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Village going with LED lights despite concerns BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N


Ilana Sherman, a Great Neck resident, has skated her entire life, traveling around the country to practice and compete. See story on page 59.

The Village of Great Neck plans to move forward with the installation of new LED street lights despite concerns from some residents about their health eects. At a meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Trustees and many residents expressed support for the project, citing decreased lighting costs and a need to embrace new LED, or light-emitting diode, technology. Village Clerk-Treasurer Joe Gill said the new lights will bring savings of 50 to 60 percent on lighting costs, which reach $175,000 per year between electricity and maintenance. “It’s incumbent upon myself, the board and the mayor to look at the expenses and make sure we’re getting the most bang for the taxpayer buck,â€? Gill said in an interview before the meeting. “We’re not trying to be brighter; we’re trying to be more eďŹƒcient,â€? he added. The village is currently in the pre-bid stage, meaning oďŹƒcials are open to residents’ input before issuing two separate bids for the purchase of the ďŹ xtures and the installation.

Scott Vokey, director of government relations and community solutions for RealTerm Energy, the company planning the village’s light installation, said the ďŹ rm has mapped out an asset inventory of the village. It is a street-by-street analysis taking ďŹ xture types, wattage, height, poles, traďŹƒc conditions and other factors into consideration. “Essentially, we’re going to make sure that our robust photometric design and installation mitigates any light trespass or glare issues,â€? Vokey said. While many supported the project, some Great Neck residents protested that the lights could be a health hazard. “We surely won’t give up our computers, our smartphones and our at screen TVs, but do we need additional blue light exposure from our village street lamps?â€? said Judy Shore Rosenthal, a longtime critic of LED lighting. “This discussion brings us here today.â€? Rosenthal and Amy Glass, another critic, cited studies suggesting that prolonged exposure can lead to sleep cycle disruption and retinal damage. Dimming the lights would also not be a solution, Rosenthal said, because then the process of Continued on Page 63

4 mayors, 12 trustees win in village elections BY ST E P H E N ROMANO, MAX ZAHN AND NOAH MANSKAR

With Gary Noren choosing Mayor Steven Weinberg and not to run for re-election in the Trustee Jill Monoson were reVillage of Thomaston, Berton elected to the board. Weston was elected to the Board All three candidates ran unof Trustees on Tuesday. opposed. Weinberg received 32 votes; Monoson, 32 votes; and Weston, 31 votes. Noren, vice president of sales for Outerstu LCC, a sports apparel company,

said in 2015 he would not seek another term after the completion of the Long Island Rail Road’s project at the Colonial Road Bridge in Thomaston. Weinberg, an attorney with the ďŹ rm Gottesman, Wolgel, Flynn, Weinberg & Lee PC, was named acting mayor in September 2014 after former Mayor Bob Stern resigned, and oďŹƒcially be-

came the mayor about a month later. Monoson, an attorney with the Great Neck ďŹ rm Kestenbaum & Mark, began serving as trustee in January 2015 after Weinberg became mayor. She was approached to serve as a trustee because of her record of pubic service as a village justice from Continued on Page 63

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Plaza trustees concerned Cops save 3 in with promenades in June G.N. Estates fire Say having all in one month could backfire on village


BY L AU R E N K LO S E Great Neck Plaza trustees expressed concern last Wednesday about a plan for all of the village’s summer promenades to take place in June this year instead of being spread out over the season. The Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District, which plans the village’s summer promenades, has proposed that only four promenades should be held this year, all in June, village Mayor Jean Celender said Wednesday. Since the first promenades took place in 2007, village trustees have given their input to the Business Improvement District, or BID, and split the costs through the village’s entertainment budget. The events, similar to block parties, are a way to bring the community together and promote the businesses of downtown Great Neck Plaza, Celender said. Celender said the Business Improvement District, which did not have members present at Wednesday’s meeting, believes higher attendance might occur during the month of June before most people go away. “I raise the concern that June is a busy month and to have all of our summer efforts concentrated into one month might backfire on us,” said Celender. “I can understand why they want to have one or two before the kids go off to camp, but not everyone goes away.” Some trustees said many of the schools are still in session and events such as graduation and prom take place in June. Deputy Mayor Ted Rosen said that while having more promenades during the earlier weeks of the summer may be worth a shot, it shouldn’t be at

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Police officers rescued three people from a home that caught fire in Great Neck Estates last Thursday, Nassau County police said. A county police officer spotted heavy black smoke while patrolling near Great Neck Estates and located the fire in a residential garage at 5:43 p.m., and it spread to the home on Bayview Avenue, police said. The officer and Great Neck Estates Police Officer Sean Murtagh located a man, 85, a woman, 84, and their home care aide, 48, and rescued them from the home, Murtagh said. The county police officer was PHOTO BY LAUREN KLOSE transported to the hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation, The Village of Great Neck Plaza Board of Trustees is seen on

police said. The three people rescued were treated at the scene, police said. The Great Neck Vigilant Engine and Hook and Ladder from Great Neck Alert Fire Company extinguished the fire. Murtagh said he and the Nassau County officer entered the front of the home, helped carry the occupants to the back yard and then called for help to get them out of the yard. “The snow didn’t make it any easier,” Murtagh said. The garage was heavily damaged but the house is still standing, Murtagh said. The Nassau County fire marshal and the Arson Bomb Squad are investigating the cause of the fire but it does not appear to be suspicious, police said.

Wednesday, March 15. the expense of having nothing planned for the rest of the summer. The Business Improvement District recently held a meeting where it was mentioned that the promenades on Bond Street were over by 9 p.m. when in previous years they have gone till 10:30 p.m., Celender said. She suggested that adding new bands or providing more unique activities could draw a larger crowd. Most people who attended the Business Improvement District’s meeting were merchants and not the restaurants that play a huge role in the promenades, Celender said. Input from both restaurants and the community would be a good idea to have, she said. “I’m not trying to throw a monkey wrench in what they are trying to do. We love the promenades,” Celender said. “I’m sure they will find a way to satisfy the merchants and the village board,” she said.

The Business Improvement District will be making a decision sometime in April. Some BID members thought four June promenades might have higher attendance because the weather is more favorable and fewer people travel than in later months, Jay Corn, the Business Improvement District’s vice president, said. But the plan is not set in stone, and the BID will continue to weigh its options, Corn said. “Every time you plan somePHOTO COURTESY OF THE GREAT NECK VIGILANT FIRE COMPANY thing like this, an outdoor event, it’s a gamble,” he said. Two police officers saved three people in a house fire in Great The BID has sought feed- Neck Estates last Thursday. back on the plans from village residents and many merchants, CORRECTIONS including restaurants, Corn said. A caption in the Guide to Also on Wednesday, the Great Neck with a photo Board of Trustees passed the vilof the mayor lage’s 43rd Community Develof the Village of Great Neck opment Block Grant application Estates to be submitted by the beginmisidentified him. As the text ning of April. below correctly indicated, he Celender said two of the is William D. Warner, DDS. Continued on Page 63

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Building raises N. Hills traffic concerns BY M A X Z A H N A dozen residents from the Gates Community in North Hills expressed concern last Wednesday about potential traffic congestion that they said may result from the Dealertrack Technologies office building now under construction, North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss said. “They’re concerned about the volume of traffic and requested a further traffic study from the county,” Natiss said. The concerns were raised at the North Hills Board of Trustees meeting, where Natiss told the residents that Nassau County will conduct a traffic study once “everything is in place” with the building, he said. The county doesn’t want to do a study now and find it underestimated the volume of traffic, he added. The Dealertrack building at the corner of New Hyde Park Road and the South Service Road will be finished on July 1, said Robert E. Kent, the vice president and general counsel at Tritec Real Estate Company, which owns the building along with Castagna Realty.

A drawing of the incoming Dealertrack Technologies office building at the corner of New Hyde Park Road and the South Service Road. “I’m not aware of any traffic concerns,” Kent said. “None have been raised to us at all.” Kent said the building approval process with state, county, town and village entities included traffic mitigation measures, all of which the company incorporated into its plans. Measures taken by Tritec to alleviate potential traffic con-

gestion included a reduction of parking lot entrance and exit points from three to two as well as installing a deceleration lane on the South Service Road and a right turn lane on New Hyde Park Road. Tritec also added a traffic light at the exit and entrance at New Hyde Park Road and a sidewalk on the building’s bound-

ary with New Hyde Park Road, among other measures, Kent said. Kent said the four-floor, 233,000-square-foot building has been under construction since the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015. Tritec will provide 833 on-site parking spaces, he added. “We definitely want to be a good neighbor,” Kent said. “We

have taken steps to make this a functional building that enhances the area and makes North Hills a great place to work.” Dealertrack, which provides software services to automotive retailers, was founded in Garden City in 2001 and moved to Melville later that year. In 2005, the company moved to its current Lake Success location at 1111 Marcus Avenue. In 2014, the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency approved tax breaks for the building project that included up to $1 million in mortgage tax exemptions and more than $5.7 million in sales tax exemptions, as well as a 19-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement that would hold real estate taxes constant for 12 years before allowing increases in the remaining seven years. Dealertrack was also awarded $12 million in tax breaks and grants from Empire State Development, the state economic development agency. Referring to the North Hills residents who expressed traffic concerns, Kent said, “I don’t know why there are complaints about traffic when the building is empty. I don’t know how you can complain about something that hasn’t occurred yet.”


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Library to spruce up Main Building BY R E B ECC A A N Z E L The Great Neck Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted Tuesday to start the bidding process for a landscaping project at the library’s newly renovated Main Building. The landscaping plan, prepared by Bayview Landscape Architecture, features performance areas, lighted seating, a deck overlooking the water and an interactive play area, board President Robert Schaufeld and Treasurer Marietta DiCamillo said. The plan also includes a children’s educational garden dedicated to Ann Hyde, who visited the library when she was a child and left money to it when she died in June 2014. “It’s really going to be quite dynamic, I have to say, and a major improvement over what it looks like currently,” DiCamillo said. The plan is the finishing touch to the two-year renovation of the Main Building, which reopened on Oct. 25. The library has seen an increase in visitors since that date, Kathy Giotsas, the executive director, said. The landscaping plans are displayed at the building for library patrons to get a sense of the project, Schaufeld said. Until the board receives bids and hires a company, it is unclear when the landscaping work will begin, how long it


Marietta DiCamillo, treasurer of the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees, speaks at a meeting on Tuesday. will take and what the project will cost. According to a budget variance report, the plans cost $30,450 for the architecture company to develop. Other budget-related matters were mentioned at Tuesday’s meeting in preparation for a hearing on the library’s 2017-18 budget on April 4.

In addition to programming and new employment positions, the library’s potential newsletter redesign was discussed. Giotsas said she proposed budgeting an additional $12,000 per year for new paper to print the newsletter on because it would add color, better showcase con-

tent and enable staff to reformat it in a more visually appealing manner. This change came after reviewing newsletters published by other area libraries, Giotsas said. DiCamillo questioned the increase for the quarterly newsletter, currently printed on newspaper. “We can get into that discussion about what other libraries are doing the day that they have four branches they have to sustain and the day that they’ve got a full teen center with professional lighting, et cetera,” DiCamillo said. The board should consider a suggestion made at a previous meeting that the library publish the newsletter digitally to save on postage, DiCamillo said. Also discussed Tuesday were suggestions to streamline programs held at the Main Building that make use of the facility’s new equipment. A resident raised an issue at a family archaeology program Sunday that started late due to equipment problems. A second resident said she had an experience with a program using the community room’s new screen and projector, which are set up in a way that is difficult for participants to view the entire screen. Michael Fuller, the library board secretary, said he thinks a library employee trained on the equipment should be working when programs are occurring to help alleviate problems.

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Study impact of health law repeal: Dems Legislators slam Mangano for not reviewing local effects of GOP’s proposal BY M A X Z A H N Nassau County Democratic legislators and allied groups like Planned Parenthood on Tuesday sharply criticized a Republican congressional effort to replace the Affordable Care Act and called on County Executive Edward Mangano to initiate a study to measure the impact of repealing the 2010 health law. “Repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with Trump’s alternative is going to drive a massive hole in the county budget while leaving more residents uninsured and without the benefits of preventative care,” said Laura Curran, a Democratic county legislator and candidate for county executive. “So that the county is prepared for these massive changes, County Executive Mangano, county commissioners, and department administrators must immediately start preparing a report that outlines the real impact of losing the Affordable Care Act and what it will mean for Nassau taxpayers.” Last Friday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, issued an executive order calling on health and social services officials to determine how the repeal of the act, known as Obamacare, will affect his constituents.


Nassau County Democrats fight to save Affordable Care Act. In response to a query, Mangano’s office did not say whether it intends to conduct such a study. “We are monitoring the impact of the bill as significant debate continues on the Hill,” said Eric Naughton, the deputy county executive for finance. An attempt to reach Mangano was unavailing.

Curran said one of every 10 Nassau residents, a total of 333,000 people, would lose their health insurance under a replacement bill put forward by congressional Republicans. The bill, the American Health Care Act, was expected to come up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives as soon as Thursday.

According to a report issued by New York governor’s office in January, Nassau County stands to lose $17,866,829 in funding, which “goes directly to counties and helps to lower property taxes.” “The more we learn about the repeal and replacement for the Affordable Care Act, the sicker New York gets,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday. “The repeal and replace act would block grant money to the state in the name of local flexibility but at the same time it would dramatically cut that funding. Over four years New York State would lose $4.6 billion and lose at least $2.4 billion a year by fiscal year 2020.” Upstate Republican Congressmen Chris Collins and John Faso have introduced an amendment to the American Health Care Act that would ban federal reimbursement for state Medicaid funds for local governments outside of New York City, cutting Medicaid for these local governments by $2.3 billion, Cuomo said in a statement. Speaking of the amendment’s potential shift of the tax burden from county governments to the state, Curran said, “It’s the same taxpayer dollars. There is not magical Albany money; it’s still coming from local taxpayers.” Continued on Page 68

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Tax break extension goes to Cuomo State Senate OKs bill renewing abatement for Nassau seniors until 2028 BY N O A H M A N S K A R The state Senate unanimously voted Tuesday to restore a property tax break for Nassau County seniors that quietly expired at the end of last year. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill) and Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) in the Assembly, extends until 2028 the discount for Nassau residents at least 65 years old who make less than $86,000 a year. The abatement will not be restored until Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the bill. Cuomo’s oďŹƒce did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Phillips introduced the Democratic Assembly’s version of the extension after the Republican-controlled Senate passed another bill of hers in January that would have made the tax break permanent. “I could put my heels in the sand here and say no, but it’s not the right thing to do,â€? Phillips said in an interview. “The right thing to do is get the thing passed.â€? The tax break, an extension of the state’s school tax relief program, was ďŹ rst approved in 2002 to oset a 19.3-percent property tax hike under


The New York State Capitol is seen in Albany. then-County Executive Tom Suozzi and was set to expire in 2016. Expire it did, without any notice to the 35,000 seniors who qualify and without any eort by the current county executive, Republican Edward Mangano, or other oďŹƒcials to restore it be-

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the relief indeďŹ nitely, but the bill’s Assembly sponsors insisted on limiting it. Such sunset clauses are standard because they let the county and state evaluate whether the tax break is still necessary in the future, said Darcy Lindgren, legislative director for Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove), who co-sponsored the Assembly bill. It is “harder to take something out of the law than put it in the law,â€? Lindgren said. Mangano and Nassau legislators have said they want to refund aected seniors who have already paid their tax bills, which were more than $200 higher in some cases. It is uncertain how those refunds would be paid for or when they would be issued. “Once the governor signs the bill, local legislation will be drafted and ďŹ led with the county Legislature so that residents can be made whole,â€? Mangano said in a statement Wednesday. The tax break’s expiration prompted political ďŹ nger-pointing between Nassau and Albany. And Mangano publicly sparred over it with Lavine and county Comptroller George Maragos, both Democrats running for county executive this year.

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Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gives town highest Brown named bond rating on $60.7M plan townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new public BY ST E P H E N ROMANO The bond rating agency Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Investor Service upgraded the Town of North Hempsteadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bond rating to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aaa,â&#x20AC;? the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top rating, town Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced last Thursday. Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assigned the rating to the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $60.7 million in public improvement serial bonds, town oďŹ&#x192;cials said. The rating will save taxpayer dollars as the town will likely see more favorable borrowing rates on bonds, the town said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Triple A rating is a reďŹ&#x201A;ection of the eďŹ&#x20AC;orts by my ďŹ nancial team and each and every town employee, who is committed to delivering services while keeping a watchful eye on the budget,â&#x20AC;? Bosworth said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely satisfying to see the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ scally conservative practice recognized in Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opinion. It will translate into savings for our hard-working taxpayers.â&#x20AC;?

Judi Bosworth Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cited the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s balanced and conservative budgets â&#x20AC;&#x153;that include no one-shot revenue sourcesâ&#x20AC;?; a history of balanced operations, which led to stable ďŹ nancial reserves; the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to keep to the state-mandated cap on property tax increases â&#x20AC;&#x153;for the foreseeable futureâ&#x20AC;?; and the reduction of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total debt in recent years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rating reďŹ&#x201A;ects the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conservative budgeting which supports balanced ďŹ nancial operations

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safety commish BY ST E P H E N R OM A N O The North Hempstead Town Board on Tuesday appointed Shawn Brown as the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Brown has worked for the town for 20 years, joined the department in 1999 and served as the deputy commissioner. Brown was named interim commissioner in February when Andrew DeMartin resigned to run for state Assembly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very excited to have Shawn serve as our commissioner of public safety,â&#x20AC;? Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He brings along his institutional knowledge about the town, along with his experiences serving as the deputy commissioner and acting commissioner of public safety. His attention to detail and strong work ethic will serve him well in this position.â&#x20AC;? Brown could not be reached for comment. In his time as deputy commissioner, Brown helped improve the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public safety productivity, â&#x20AC;&#x153;mandating all code inspectors to wear a uniform, quantifying pro-active service requests, expanding code enforcementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hours of operation to seven days a week as well as integrating the department more closely with the 311 call center,â&#x20AC;? according to a news release. Continued on Page 71




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Westbury pastor backs Maragos for exec BY N O A H M A N S K A R A Westbury pastor and community leader backed George Maragos in the race for county executive on Friday, giving the Nassau County comptroller his first public endorsement. Bishop Lionel Harvey of the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury said he supports Maragos as “the only candidate who works for the people” and “not the political bosses” in the three-way Democratic primary for the county’s top office. The race also includes Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran of Baldwin, the Nassau County Democratic Committee’s choice, and state Assemblyman Charles Lavine of Glen Cove. “Mr. Maragos is a rare public servant, willing to take big steps to help the hard working middle class and open up business and job opportunities in government for all minorities,” Harvey said in a statement. In addition to leading the First Baptist Cathedral, a church with about 1,400 members, Harvey helped found the Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corporation, a nonprofit that spearheaded development projects in Westbury and New Cassel. Harvey’s endorsement indicates Maragos, a former Republican who switched parties to run for county executive, is looking to rally support for his self-styled outsider campaign from minority and re-


Bishop Lionel Harvey endorsed George Maragos for Nassau County executive. ligious groups while elected officials align themselves with Curran or Lavine. Maragos’ news release announcing the endorsement says Harvey is part of a “multi-racial-ethnic coalition” backing the comptroller. Maragos also held an event last week with the Rev. Malcolm J. Byrd, pastor of the Jackson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Hempstead. The announcement came two days


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after Lavine rolled out a slate of new endorsements from 32 current and former federal, state and local lawmakers and civic leaders, including former U.S. Rep. Lester Wolff and state Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso. Lavine previously had backing from former Reps. Steve Israel and Gary Ackerman and the Assembly’s top two Democrats, Carl Heastie and Joseph Morelle. “As our grassroots campaign continues

to grow, it is clear that our progressive message of reform and our willingness to challenge Nassau County’s corrupt leadership is resonating with voters and Democratic leaders throughout our state and our community,” Lavine said in a statement. Eighteen of Lavine’s 32 new backers don’t live in Nassau County, but may have some political clout as chairs of various Assembly committees. Asked for comment on Maragos’ and Lavine’s endorsements, Curran touted her backing from Nassau’s Democratic committee, calling herself the “real Democrat” who can bring “real change.” “George Maragos has spent years bashing LGBT rights while serving as Ed Mangano’s yes-man and that’s the last thing we need if we’re actually going to fix the mess in Mineola,” Curran said in a statement, referring to the current Republican county executive. Hank Sheinkopf, Maragos’ head political strategist, rejected Curran’s claim, saying Maragos was an early critic of Mangano’s reforms to the county’s property tax system. Mangano has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges stemming from an alleged bribery and kickback scheme, but has not said whether he will seek a third term. The Nassau GOP is reportedly unlikely to nominate Mangano but has not yet chosen a candidate.

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Home prices up 2% Viscardi luncheon to BY ST E P H E N ROMANO Home prices in Nassau County rose 2 percent in February from the same month last year, but the number of properties sold dropped 7.4 percent, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The median price of sold properties in Nassau was $450,000, up $10,000 from last February’s figure, but down $25,000 from January. The increase from 2016 to 2017 follows a 15-month generally upward trend but the monthly decrease is the largest since August. The rise was seen mainly in residential single/multifamily homes, which jumped from $450,000 to $466,500, while condominiums and co-ops dropped. In February, condos fell to $525,000 from last year’s $550,00 and co-ops dropped from $210,000 to $198,000. The 7.4 percent drop in properties sold was seen

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in residential single/multifamily properties, which dropped from 711 to 659, and co-ops, which fell from 88 to 76. Condominiums rose from 53 to 54. The median price of properties pending sale rose 5.1 percent from $442,500 in February 2016 to $465,000. Condominium pend-

The Viscardi Center is gearing up for a “Wicked” good time. Jennifer DiNoia, a star of the hit Broadway musical about the witches from “The Wizard of Oz,” will be the featured performer at the Albertson nonprofit’s Reach for a Star Luncheon on April 4. The 35th annual event at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury will support after-school and extracurricular programs at the center’s Henry Viscardi School that give students with severe disabilities a chance to interact with their friends outside the classroom, said Kim Brussell, the Viscardi Center’s associate vice president for development and external relations. “We really firmly believe that a quality education goes beyond solid academics, that these children also need to have the opportunity to grow personally, emotionally, socially,” Brussell said. DiNoia plays Elphaba, the “Wicked Witch of the West,” in Steven Schwartz’s Tony Award-winning musical, now in its 14th year on Broadway. She’ll perform a set of songs from the musical and some other tunes, including some with a group of Viscardi School second-graders, Brussell said. This year’s event is the second in a row

ing sale prices saw a significant jump, rising from $553,500 to $615,500, while both co-ops and residential single/multifamily properties increased slightly. Despite the fall in the sales, the count for homes pending sale rose 3.3 percent, increasing from 890 to 919.

to feature a Broadway star. Last year’s featured Chilina Kennedy, who played Carole King in “Beautiful,” a show based on King’s music. DiNoia signed on for the luncheon after Kennedy told her how great her experience was, Brussell said. “We are extremely fortunate that we have had this incredible support from the entertainment side,” Brussell said. Last year’s luncheon raised $235,000 and drew 435 people, setting new attendance and fundraising records. That allowed the Viscardi School to double the number of sessions in its Friday evening recreation program, which offers students activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and computer lab programs, Brussell said. Proceeds from the luncheon also support the school’s adaptive sports programs and overnight stays in its independent living house, where students spend a night with friends and learn everyday life skills, Brussell said. “It gives them an opportunity to really kind of hang out with their friends like any other child,” she said. The lunch started with a small group of women 35 years ago and has made big strides even in recent years, said Ruth Geismar of Manhasset, one of the event’s Continued on Page 59

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Amazin’ Met in Lightfoot, 73, dies search of big win BY M A X Z A H N

BY M A X Z A H N Ed Kranepool, who played 18 seasons for the New York Mets and holds the team record for games played, has two failing kidneys and is in need of a transplant. Kranepool, 72, who lives on the border between Old Westbury and Jericho, said several donors have come forward but a match has yet to be found. “I’m still looking for a donor,” he said. “I’m hoping there is one out there. If he’s a Mets fan, great. If he’s a Yankees fan, that will work, too.” Last September, on his way to a boat trip in Essex, Connecticut, Kranepool experienced severe difficulty breathing, he said. “Instead of going to the marina, I went to the emergency room,” he said. He was rushed to St. Francis Hospital, where a doctor told him that his kidneys were failing. Kranepool said his kidneys are currently functioning at 20 percent, and he will have to go into dialysis if he does not receive a transplant. A diabetic since 1979, Kranepool had his left big toe amputated on March 1 after an infection could not be cured with antibiotics. “They couldn’t give me massive antibiotics for the infection because then that would affect my kidney,” he said.

Ed Kranepool, a former New York Mets player in need of a kidney transplant. He has received a variety of treatments and tests at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, though the doctor for his prospective kidney transplant, Dr. Frank Darras, is at Stony Brook University Hospital, he said. He said the response among Mets fan has been “all positive.” “It’s been very warming to my heart,” he said. “A lot of get well wishes. People come out of woodwork when things are looking the darkest.” Kranepool, a first baseman and outfielder, had a career batting average of .261 and is the Mets’ all-

time leader in pinch hits with 90 and games played with 1,853. He was 17 years old when he began playing for the Mets in 1962. He has spoken publicly about his diabetes for many years and has collaborated with the American Diabetes Association. “It’s a very crippling, terrible disease,” he said. “I’ve tried to get the awareness out for people to take care of themselves.” Kranepool remains upbeat about his own condition. “I’ve got to be positive about it,” he said.

Patricia Petrie Lightfoot, who attended St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, became a nurse and advocate on health issues, and was a world traveler, died in Manhasset on March 6. She was 73. Lightfoot was born on May 6, 1943, in Washington, D.C. In 1958, she moved to Manhasset with her parents, James and Lillian Petrie, and her siblings: Regina, Karen and Albert. Lightfoot attended St. Mary’s High School, where she played basketball and sang in the choir. “She was very involved,” said Regina Papa, her sister. She received a liberal arts degree from what is now Marymount University, in Arlington, Virginia, which was then a junior college with an all-women student body, Papa said. Afterward, she received a nursing degree from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York City, where she spent the ensuing years as a nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital. “When she got to nursing school, she blossomed,” Papa said. In 1967, she met her soon-to-be husband, Paul Ryan, a physician, and the couple moved to Claremont, California. Soon after, she pursued a master’s degree at Claremont Graduate School, Papa said. “She loved being in the academic world,” Papa said. While in Claremont, Lighfoot also raised two children: Paul and Deborah. When her children were young, the family spent a year in in Amsterdam during Paul Ryan’s medical sabbatical. The trip was one of many international trips taken by Lightfoot. Her favorite region to visit was the Middle East, where she spent time in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, Papa said.

Patricia Lightfoot, a world traveler, who died on March 6. “She loved that culture,” Papa said. “They were countries with rich histories.” Lightfoot was also a community speaker and advocate on end of life and health care issues, Papa said. “She wanted to educate people,” Papa said. “Whether they wanted to be on life support, or not be on life support, and to make sure they had everything written down.” Lightfoot was predeceased by her husband, parents and brother, James G. Petrie Jr. She is survived by her two children, four grandchildren and three siblings. The family has asked that contributions be made to the American Refugee Committee for the Patricia Lightfoot Memorial Fund.

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Fire marshal fails to comply with FOIL BY ST E P H E N ROMANO The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Investigative Division failed to acknowledge a Blank Slate Media Freedom of Information Law request within five days, the legal time frame. The request, which asked for the “investigation report and all other records” pertaining to the fire that occurred at the Baxter House at 15 Shore Road in Port Washington, was made on Feb. 8. The county’s FOIL system immediately sent an automated response with a copy

of the request but did not grant or deny the request. Public Officers Law article 6 section 89 of the state’s Freedom of Information Law states that an agency has five business days to grant or deny “access in whole or in part or if more time is needed, to acknowledge the receipt of the request in writing and indicate an approximate date by which the agency will respond to the request, usually not more than 20 additional business days.” The Investigations Division sent a confirmation email on March 9 following a Blank Slate Media reporter’s phone call.

“They failed to comply with the law because they failed to acknowledge the request,” said Robert Freeman, executive director of the Committee on Open Government. “They should have acknowledged it.” In a recent Press Club of Long Island audit that graded government agencies on their responsiveness to FOIL requests, the county fire marshal’s office received a B rating. It took 338 days for the office to fully fulfill the Press Club’s request. The division supervisor in the fire marshal’s office could not be reached for comment.

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Great Neck history traced through names BY L E I L A M AT T S O N , G R E AT N E C K HISTORICAL SOCIETY Do drivers navigating Cutter Mill Road ever wonder, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where was the mill?â&#x20AC;? Elijah Allen, a member of the patriot militia in 1776, owned a mill near Little Neck Bay. It became known as the Cutter Mill after Elijahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s granddaughter eloped with poet Bloodgood Cutter who wrote a poem about the burning of the mill in the 1850s. The street which connects Middle Neck Road to the area of the mill still bears his name. Street names honor the peninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early residents. The Mott family, Quaker famers, owned 400 acres in Kings Point, including the site of Adam Mott Lane. Benjamin Hicks, owner of a large house near East Shore Road, grew hay along both sides of Hicks Lane. The streets named Allen Drive, Allen Lane and Allenwood Road are reminders of the extended Allen family, said to have owned one third of the peninsula. Fortunately, the 18th century Allen farmhouse still stands on Beach Road. Baker Hill Road traversed the 95-acre farm which Mills P. Baker bought in 1855. To the south was John Henry Woolleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farmhouse on Woolleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lane. George Schenckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house on Schenck Avenue was razed in 1949 to make way for apartments to house employees of the U.N. Security Council in Lake Success Famous residents have left us their names. W.R. Grace was in Peru when he met Lillius Gilchrist of Thomaston, Maine, who had sailed there on a ship her father built. In 1872, they came to Great Neck, bought the former Mott farmhouse, and later owned property near the railroad station. Grace Avenue and Gilchrist Avenue remind us of their presence. Barstow Road, near the station, is named for William and Florence Barstow who subsidized lowering the railroad tracks to eliminate the level crossing with Middle Neck Road. In 1906, Edward Morgan sold his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 110-acre property, Arrandale Farm, for $2,000 per acre. Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house stood at the end of Arrandale Avenue according to Robert Ellard. In his 1963 memoir, Ellard left us many memories and a street name in the Old Village where he lived. Crampton Lane begins at Hicks Lane, the former site of the Crampton brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; livery stable, and continues behind the stores on Middle Neck Road to Fairview Avenue. In 1928, the brothers built charming bungalows for

working class residents on Crampton Avenue. Developers arrived around 1910 when the new tunnel under the East River oďŹ&#x20AC;ered easy commuting. They touted their high-class developments as residential parks. Thus, we have Park Circle, Park Lane, Parkside, Parkwood, and three streets called Park Place. The McKnight Brothers, who designed Great Neck Estates, emphasized the park aspect of their development with tree names such as Cedar, Linden, Maple, Sycamore, Ash, Tulip and Chestnut, Others envisioned grand vistas with Highland, Overlook, Prospect, Valley View, Vista Hill, Shoreward and Soundview. In the early 20th century it was considered good to be up high away from the mosquitos. One hundred years later the trees have grown to block many of those views. In Kings Point, can East Egg be viewed from Gatsby Lane as it was in Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel? In 1925, realtor I. G. Wolf advertised a development on the Brokaw estate. Nirvana Avenue was named for Brokawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarkable

home, and Polo Road for his polo ďŹ eld. Other names represent family members: Bernard, Florence, Gould, Henry, Preston, Ruth, Stuart, and William. Builders, seeking aďŹ&#x201E;uent buyers, emphasized English styles. Russell Gardens developers pictured an English village with names like Merrivale, Dunster and Wensley. Elsewhere we ďŹ nd Berkshire, SheďŹ&#x192;eld, Cambridge, Canterbury, Piccadilly, and Windsor. When the McKnight Brothers needed an investor for Great Neck Estates, they approached a rich Englishman, Sir Frederick Mirrielees, who bought property in several sections on the development, one of which he planned to call Mirrielees Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; probably the site of Mirrielees Road and Mirrielees Circle. Thirty years later Saddle Rock chose English authors, Shelly and Keats, as well as American ones, Longfellow, and Hawthorne. In 1875, Brooklyn surveyor Jeremiah Johnson, Jr. left no explanation for assigning a Pennsylvania name, Susquehanna, to a street in Thomaston. University Road and University Place are also a puzzle as there is no university in the area; but in 1924 a group of college and professional men bought a golf club on the south side of Northern Boulevard, which they planned to redesigned as the University Golf Club. By 1928, the property, described as surrounded by exclusive estates, was being subdivided. Untangling the past can be challenging. The beautiful tree-lined street which crosses Kensington is named Beverly Road. Was it named for the 140-acre Beverly farm described in a 1901 auction ad as extending from Middle Neck Road to Manhasset Creek? One early source tells us that Harpers Lane was the Kensington main road, The New York Times wrote in 1910 that Rickert and Finlay, Kensingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developers, were converting the Deering estate into a high class residential park. An early 1900s postcard view of Beverly Road is labeled Deering Lane. Charles Finlay wrote that when they purchased the farm it had a road lined with lindens and maples planted 30 years before. It is still lined with trees, and two lindens were replanted there recently. And then there are the beautiful gates which lead to Beverly Road. They are described as fashioned after an elegant gateway to a Renaissance palazzo outside Rome. To learn more about local history, visit the Great Neck Historical Society at

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hen the Press Club of Long Island recently asked the Village of Roslyn Harbor for a copy of its payroll as part of an audit of how municipalities and agencies complied with state Freedom of Information law, the then village clerk-treasurer responded that “Nothing good will come of this.” Actually, no. The state Freedom of Information law gives the public and the press working on behalf of the public access to records on how taxpayer money is spent and governments perform. And its value has been proved repeatedly in rooting out incompetent governance and corruption. That’s one of the prime reasons for having a free press — to deter government incompetence and thievery. The need for this deterrence is all too familiar to Nassau County voters. But apparently, many government officials either never read the Freedom of Information Law or the Constitution or don’t put much stock in it. The Press Club of Long Island audit, which was conducted over 16 months and graded the responsiveness of 195 municipalities on a 0 to 100 scale, found that villages on the North Shore averaged a 66.2 or D rating, lower than the C average for all governments and agencies. So much for the idea that the more local the government the better it serves the public. Seven North Shore villages — Roslyn Harbor, Manorhaven, Baxter Estates, Sands Point, Kings Point, Lake Success, New Hyde

Park and Floral Park — received grades of F. The Village of Sands Point earned its dubious distinction in part by being the only government to violate the law that prevents municipalities and agencies from charging excessive fees. The village charged the Press Club $150 for a copy of its payroll, according to the audit. The village attorney, Michael Sahn, defended the village clerk, Liz Gaynor, saying she was “very responsive.” We would love to know what Mr. Sahn believes is unresponsive. The Press Club gave Baxter Estates, which sent all of the information requested in 106 days, a 55, and Manorhaven,which sent it in 99 days, a 35. The Village of Kings Point received a 5 or F, the lowest score on the North Shore. The village took 151 days to send all the information. This is not just an issue between local governments and the media. Newspaper, broadcast and web reporters seek information from local government to inform the public. When the government denies or delays requests for information, it prevents the public from getting the information it needs to make informed decisions. Some governments and agencies denied or delayed requests because they were “burdensome or the agency lacks sufficient staffing” or for asking why a document was requested. Sorry but providing the press and the public with public documents is one of the requirements

for government. Those officials who don’t want to comply should find work elsewhere. As proof that local government is capable of complying with Freedom of Information requests is the Village of Flower Hill, which received a 95 for an A grade, sending all requested documents within two days. Flower Hill was joined by Roslyn Estates and Thomaston as the most responsive governments, also receiving A grades of 95. But they were exceptions and village governments were not alone in faring poorly. Nassau County government received a 68, which is good for a

D+ rating, and the average grade for county agencies was a D+. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s office received a 22 or F. Given that Mangano is under indictment for political corruption, this might be considered exceeding expectations. The Press Club was told to contact the county attorney’s office once it followed up when Mangano’s media representatives did not confirm the request, the report says. After receiving a portion of the documents, the Press Club followed up with the attorney’s office five more times but received no response.

By contrast, Nassau County Community College scored 100 — the highest grade for any agency or government in Nassau County. The Town of North Hempstead received a C or 75 and took 153 days to provide all of the requested documents. Apparently, many public officials don’t have a very high regard for the public they serve. Or, as the Roslyn Harbor clerk-treasurer indicated, they have something to hide. We pledge to aggressively pursue government information important to voters. We hope voters do the same.



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Politics today as told by movie titles


very time I turn on the television and watch the developments in Washington, D.C., it reminds me of some movie I have seen in the past. Just labeling the conduct and affairs of the White House and Congress with a name is not enough. It’s much easier to compare their actions to some movie whose title says it all. Generally, I try to give any President, whomever that may be, the benefit of the doubt. Every newcomer to the Oval Office has to go through some breakthrough time. But watching Donald Trump tweeting away and clinging to alternative facts and a handful of lies, reminds me of “The Madness of King George.” While the Revolutionary War was raging on, George was totally out of touch with the real world just like Donald Trump is.

He refused to focus on the life or death of his own soldiers, because he was so out of touch. The daily stories about Russian interference with our elections and our national safety could fall under the title of “From Russia With Love.” The President makes nice to them and he surrounds himself with a handful of Russia lovers. In the meantime, Russian hackers steal the personal information of a billion Yahoo users around the world in an attempt to bring down the economy of our nation and others. It is only a matter of time before the Russia-Trump connections before the election put the spotlight directly on the President. Watching the U.S. Congress these days reminds me of both “Silence of the Lambs” and “Animal House.” The House of Representatives is the craziest bunch of people I have ever observed.

JERRY KREMER Kremer’s Corner A group of 60 members, whose goal is to take down the government, control the entire Republican Party leadership. The few party moderates are drowned out by a chorus of boos from the Freedom Caucus. Speaker Paul Ryan is as completely detached from humanity and couldn’t care less about the people who can’t help

themselves. He makes the whole ugly scene even uglier. As for “Silence of the Lambs,” while the President tweets away making outrageous claims about being wiretapped and attacking Arnold Schwzanegger, the party in power cringes in some corner, afraid to take on the President. They are desperate to get tax cuts for the rich and to repeal Obamacare, at any cost. They are afraid of the Trump voters, so they hide in their bunkers hoping that the President’s latest rants will quickly evaporate. Take a good look at the President’s inner circle and it must remind you of “Dances with Wolves.” Mr. Trump is surrounded by such people as Steve Bannon, whose approach to government is to destroy it and turn America into a monarchy. Steven Miller, who believes

that the American judicial system should bow down to the President, is another part of the scariest team I have ever come across. Little children should be kept out of the White House for fear of giving them nightmares. Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain seem to be the only two people who have escaped from the insanity of the White House and the cowering members of the House. It sort of reminds me of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Graham and McCain have no fear of the political inmates and are prepared to go where others are afraid to go. Maybe over the passage of time this President will be “Gone With the Wind,” but the thought of Michael Pence as president could match the title of any of the worst horror movies.


Health care a right, not a privilege Several years ago, I was traveling on business in the Guangdong Province of southeastern China. It was prudent to have a local guide to show you around the area, as it wasn’t safe. Being my normal inquisitive self, I fired questions in rapid succession. However, my guide refrained from answering because he was never sure who was listening. Getting people to open up in a communist country is often a challenge. When we passed a hospital I inquired about health care. “Do Chinese residents have medical coverage if they get sick?” The response, “Of course, if you have money.” I further inquired, “If you don’t have money what happens? Is there a system like Medicaid or Medicare to protect the poor and elderly?” My guide lowered his voice and his face tightened. “No, you die in the street like

a dog.” Fast forward to present day. Someone I know quite well discovered he had lymphoma. Thankfully modern treatments for this type of lymphoma avoid radiation or chemotherapy and use a state of the art drug called Rituximab, which is sold under the brand name Rituxan. The patient had no concerns of cost because he had a high-end health insurance policy. The cost of Rituxin for each infusion was over $63,000. The total cost for his 16 treatments was north of $1 million. What would have happened if the patient didn’t have health insurance? Would he have lost precious time seeking discounts on the drug that probably would still bankrupt the average American? Would time wasted in seeking a more affordable treatment have caused the

ADAM HABER All Things Political cancer to spread? I did a quick Internet search on the cost of Rituxan in other countries. Turns out this $63,000 miracle drug costs under $1,000 for the same dose in Canada, England and India. Australians paid a bit over $3,000 for the same medicine. How can these huge price differences exist? The cost discrepancy for Americans who need Rituxan

versus other industrialized nations should be the sound bite as to why health-care costs are so high in the United States. President Trump is in the process of trying to fix the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Current solutions he has put forth leave millions of Americans, many of his base voters, underinsured, or without health insurance altogether. His plan for tax credits based on age is ridiculous. The tax credits don’t cover the cost of premiums as Obamacare now does. Many Americans live paycheck to paycheck and can’t afford their current high deductibles. Trump’s new plan hurts those who can least afford it, the poor. The way to fix the cost of health care is to address the business side of the equation, starting with a push on the pricing of prescription drugs.

American consumers would benefit from being allowed to purchase pharmaceuticals from other countries, like Canada. This global form of marketplace competition would foster transparency in the pricing of health services at home, and would drive prices down. This idea might have been realized this past January, but the Senate refused to pass an amendment allowing importation of drugs from Canada. I firmly believe our country needs to view health care through the same lens it views education, as a basic human right, not a privilege, whether you can afford it or not. Whatever the final solution, President Trump must address the insane cost of medication in this country. Without affordable access to health care, disadvantaged Americans will certainly die “like dogs in the street,” just as they do in China.

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The four laws of bicker dynamics T

here seems to be one rule about raising children I wish any of the books had mentioned. As soon as you have more than one sibling who can talk, bickering will ensue. Strictly speaking, even if you have only one child, there can still be bickering, as long as there is a close enough friend, or maybe cousin, for him or her to bicker with. It seems an unavoidable law of nature. Say, for example, that you have set up an easel in your kitchen. Two easels, of course, because how could two little boys share one? But that was just the start. “This is my red paint.” “Let me hold it!” “Yours is the one over there.” “How do you know?” “Because the lid is on crooked.” “It is not! It’s on perfectly! Oops.” “Mom, he spilled paint on the kitchen curtain!” “I did not; you made me spill it.” “I didn’t touch you!”

“It’s your fault, anyway!” “How is it my fault if I didn’t touch you?” “You looked at me and that’s why it spilled!” “Okay, boys, let’s not argue over spilt paint, let’s just wash it out.” “It’s my spot, Mommy, I should wash it out.” “Well, this one next to it is my spot.” “Where? I can’t see it!” “It’s underneath your spot, so I can wash your spot, too.” “Mom! He’s washing my spot!” This illustrates what I call the First Law of Bicker Dynamics: “There is nothing too large, too small, or too ridiculous to be bickered about.” “Mommy, he rolled his eyes at me.” “I did not! I was just watching a fly.” “Mommy, he ‘watched a fly’ at me!” Henry Kissinger once said, about universities, that the politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. What, I wonder, would he say about stakes that are completely invisible?

JUDY EPSTEIN A Look on the Lighter Side One night my two warriors were engaged in a form of combat they called Osage Bed Fighting. Originally, it consisted of both boys standing on a bed and slugging each other with pillows until one of them fell off the bed. Then one of them “invented” the “Zero-Particle Camera” (which was conveniently invisible to grownups). They started “filming” their slugfests, and critiquing the (similarly invisible) “playbacks,” instead of actually fighting. “There! I hit you with the silver bullet! I won!”

“You didn’t hit me! It didn’t come near me! It was frozen in the middle of the frame!” “Yes, but in the next frame, it hit you.” “It did not, I ducked.” “You can’t duck that fast! It’s only a millisecond!” “I can too, I’m very quick.” This brings us to the Second Law of Bicker Dynamics: “Bickering will increase with the invisibility of the issue being bickered about.” “You cheated!” “You cheated first!” Once the “c” word is bandied about, the dynamic goes rapidly downhill. But I am, frankly, baffled about how to adjudicate a dispute whose every ingredient is invisible. “I don’t care who cheated.” “But he started it!” “But he double-cheated!” “I don’t care who did what; all I care is that it’s finished. There will be no more bickering in this house!” “It isn’t bickering, it’s a disagreement!” “It’s bickering if I say it’s bickering.” “Now you’re the one bickering with us, mommy!”

“They had me, there.” They had also just proven Bickering’s Third Law: “There is always more to bicker about.” Or, to put it scientifically, “Bickering will expand to fill all available space and time.” But what you really have to watch out for is the Fourth Law of Bicker Dynamics: “Bickering will increase as the square of your inability to escape.” As, for example, when you are trapped in a car going 60 miles per hour. Or worse yet, a car going zero, stuck in bumperto-bumper traffic. “You said my right to wave my fist ended at his nose!” “It’s just an expression. You’re not supposed to really do it.” “Mommy, he just put his fist in my eye!” “At least it wasn’t your nose!” And so on, until you are ready to set your own hair on fire just to change the subject. Alas, science has no more found a cure for Bickering than it has for Gravity. I could suggest a modest proposal, researching both subjects at the same time. All it would take is a simple rocket, launched one way into space. Invisibly, of course.


Trump’s 1st budget is anti-American “Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value,” Former Vice President Joe Biden has said. This week, Trump unveiled his “budget blueprint”. It reveals so starkly Trump’s values (none) and priorities and fleshes out what his vision of “Make America Great Again” really means. Trump’s budget increases defense spending by $54 billion (10 percent), and to bring the American nuclear arsenal to the tippy tippy top $1.4 billion) and lavishes spending on building a wall ($4 billion), expanding border patrol and expanding a deportation force to terrorize immigrant communities and separate families. Mulvaney is very proud that these budget increases will be “paid for” by cuts everywhere else (though will still not make a dent in the national debt, an obsession with conservatives): slashing the budgets of the State Department by 28 percent (in-

cluding most foreign aid except $3 billion for Israel) and Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. It would zero out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Institute of Peace, as well as Meals on Wheels and Low Income Home Energy Assistance program. It would slash funding for the Department of Education by $9 billion (13.5 percent) to pre-2002 levels despite 8.6 million more students, and cut $2.3 billion from professional development, teacher training and class size reduction program, eliminate a $1.2 billion afterschool program, and slash grant aid for low-income students to attend higher education. But it advances school privatization by adding $1.4 billion for “school choice” (to be ramped up to $20 billion); And it slashes funds for job

KAREN RUBIN Pulse of the Peninsula retraining, so that those out-ofwork coal miners have no choice but go back into the mines where they will have fewer environmental and work protections and no federal inspections. Listen to Trump’s OMB Director Mike Mulvaney, who said he concocted the budget blueprint simply (and mindlessly, heartlessly) by taking Trump’s campaign speeches and putting numbers to them in order to devise a budget that would reflect

“hard power, not soft power.” “When you start looking at places that we reduce spending, one of the questions we asked was can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs? The answer was no,” Mulvaney said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” By this reasoning, I’m not a coal miner so why should I care if he has health care for Black Lung disease? “Meals on Wheels sounds great,” Mulvaney said, but “we’re not going to spend [money] on programs that cannot show that they actually deliver the promises that we’ve made to people.” Not deliver? Justifying cutting spending for the school lunch program which was enacted to improve the education of low-income students, Mulvaney asserted, “There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually helping results, helping kids do better in school....”

They should name “Ignorance” the “Trump Defense”. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo blasted Trump’s “America First” budget as “dangerous, reckless, and contemptuous of American values. It should be rejected by Congress out of hand. The proposal undermines policies and positions that have been cherished and defended by men and women of both parties, some for more than a century. It leaves behind the most vulnerable among us, and puts our environment, our infrastructure, and our future at risk. The proposal takes a wrecking ball to the federal agencies that provide crucial support and relief to New Yorkers.” Here’s the rub: except for the cuts to the State Department which has some Republicans howling, the rest of it are the things the Conservatives have been pushing for, but never had the guts to do because of the ramifications. Continued on Page 61

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No gov funding of anti-Semitism


ctions are stronger than words. That’s why the state Senate recently passed legislation to prevent our tax dollars from being used to support anti-Semitism or fund attacks against Israel. I was proud to sponsor both bills. Threats against the Jewish community have been happening at an alarming rate here on Long Island and throughout the rest of the state and country. Whether it’s bomb threats, cemetery desecration or spraypainting swastikas, these cowardly acts are aimed at scaring and intimidating people of the Jewish faith. Hate of this kind, against Jewish people or anyone else, is abhorrent and disgraceful.

Leaders on all sides have rightfully spoken out against these acts, and the Senate voted to raise the penalties for the individuals who commit them. But New York must also must ensure that it does not financially support entities who target Israel and promote hate against the Jewish people. The first bill would prohibit the state from doing business with entities that engage in or promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement or similar boycotts against Israel and other American allies. BDS aims to cripple the Israeli economy in protest of Israel’s domestic security policies. In short, it’s an economic war against one of our closest allies and the Middle East’s only democracy. And it’s not something that a

ELAINE PHILLIPS State Senator state which is home to one of the world’s largest Jewish populations outside of Israel should be supporting with taxpayer dollars. The second bill would strip state funding from student groups at New York’s public colleges if

they engage in or promote hate speech, discrimination or boycotts like BDS. Reports have noted a number of anti-Semitic threats and incidents against Jewish students and faculty at CUNY campuses allegedly perpetrated by a radical student organization. This is the same group that annually holds an “Israel Apartheid Week” on campuses across the country, where Israeli soldiers have been depicted as Nazis. That goes far beyond simply voicing public policy concerns. It promotes hate. Their harassment and intimidation of Jewish students across the country is so prevalent that the Great Neck community actually held an educational forum last year for local students entering college to prepare them for it.

Hearing the stories firsthand from students, parents and community leaders at the event, and subsequently in other communities around the district, was one of the reasons I sponsored this legislation. No one should walk anywhere in New York State and feel threatened because of their religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, most especially at higher education institutions which rightfully promote and encourage diversity and tolerance. Free speech is a constitutional right, no matter how objectionable the message. Government funding to support that speech is not. The Assembly must join the Senate in sending the message that we stand with Israel and will not tolerate hate or anti-Semitism.


High rated presidents: a challenge


hat are the factors that show a President to be rated “Great” by historians and political sci-

entists? In my previous column, I examined the “ratings” process itself. Now, let’s consider some of the substantive evaluations. Spoiler Alert: I have some major quarrels with the recent 2017 C-Span Presidential Ratings, because they have frozen Jefferson at the seventh spot since their polls began in 2000. Nearly all of the highest rated Presidents share certain variables. With one exception, all of the top rated Presidents came into office replacing their opposition Party. The singular “Great” is Theodore Roosevelt, but his accession to the presidency (after McKinley’s assassination) represented such a departure from his own party that he might be classed with his fellow top replacement “chiefs.” Indeed, McKinley’s closest advisor commented: “Now, that damned cowboy is in the White House.” The renowned biographer of Roosevelt and Reagan, Edmund Morris, has argued that Roosevelt would be a Democrat today. In their book, “The Three Roosevelts,” James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn show that Theodore Roosevelt was considered a “traitor to his class,” and that his embrace of Progressive

causes made him the “first modern President.” Do you hear any Republicans today say they want their party’s President to be like Theordore? Among all the other “Greats,” Washington literally started the presidency; Jefferson replaced the Federalists; Lincoln, as the first elected Republican, vanquished the flailing and failing Democrats of the 1850s, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt crushed Hoover’s Republicans. For those listed in what has been categorized as “Near Great,” Eisenhower defeated Democrats in 1952, John Fitzgerald Kennedy ended the eight-year GOP run in 1960 and, notwithstanding the horrors of Watergate legacies, Reagan halted the Democratic revival in 1980. In this next highest category, the 91 historians place Truman (who is distinctive in many ways, but, like Eisenhower, JFK and Reagan does not receive so high a rating from me). It has been suggested that top Presidents show “Greatness by contrast.” How fortuitous to be evaluated in comparison with predecessors who are judged as failures or at least subpar. But should all those “succeeding” Presidents not be credited with challenging the opposing party, and for winning? A related gauge for the “Best,” is that they were able to win re-election, and those rated most successful, set the stage to

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field keep their party in power with their own successor. Some scholars contend that Presidents are likely to gain status if they preside during time(s) of crisis. How one makes that judgment depends on whether one concludes the President was responsible for the crisis he addressed, or whether he showed exceptional leadership in how he responded to challenges beyond his control. On the latter point, Washington, Lincoln and FDR all deserved high marks (and it is not surprising that each won two terms and kept his Party in power with his successor). Dealing with crisis is not so pertinent in assessing TR and Jefferson. Still, in recent polls, TR has come in ahead of Jefferson, largely, I believe, because of the “modernity” of so many of his actions. In my view, Jefferson de-

serves much higher placement than the 2017 C-Span poll accorded him. He helped to avert crisis by preventing war with England and France during the early 1800s (this gave the new nation a chance to gain numbers and strength as it proceeded, and, thus, be able to avert a calamity in the War of 1812 after he left office). Especially important in my judgment are some of Jefferson’s major creative initiatives. He avoided conflict with France when he purchased the Louisiana Territory in 1803. He was personally concerned about Executive overreach; he even considered a public referendum. But his closest advisors reminded him that the 1804 Presidential election was on the horizon, and citizens could register their vote concerning the purchase and other actions. It is worth noting that Jefferson won re-election almost unanimously. Too seldom do evaluators credit Jefferson for the initiating the Lewis and Clark expedition, part of his decades-long commitment to advancing the American Dream. He referred to the Louisiana Purchase as America’s “Empire for Liberty.” Unlike subjugated colonies elsewhere, in America there would be land and economic opportunities for generations to come, fueling a society of

democratic inclusion and greater equality. It is not a surprise that Lincoln so admired Jefferson. He supported the Homestead Act of 1862, also neglected, which enabled the National government to give 160 acres of land to millions of Americans. The Morrill Act of the 1860s fostering free higher education for students is also directly derived from Jefferson’s long advocacy. He never ceased to advise that we needed “higher education” to provide a “natural aristocracy.” And, he always contended that we must “Enlighten the Public At Large” by supporting public, common schools (open to females as well as males). Much of the controversy that has surrounded Jefferson deals with slavery. As scholars of the era know, he made repeated efforts to stop the slave trade in Virginia and the nation, going back to the 1770s. However, how often have you read or heard it mentioned when and how the legal slave trade to the United States was ended? Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution stipulated: “Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall deem proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight.” There was no indication that any action needed to be taken. Continued on Page 61

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MTA ranks 5th in debt load G.N. should have two school districts D id you know that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ($29 billion debt) is fifth nationally behind Washington ($19.5 trillion), California ($455 billion), New York State ($351 billion) and New York City ($112 billion) in carrying the most debt? (Source: National Debt Clocks.) Over the past 53 years, $100 billion in combined city, state and federal taxpayers dollars have subsidized both the capital and operating costs for the MTA and various operating agencies, including NYC Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road and MTA bus. Starting in 1981, under past MTA five-year capital plans, both the city and state collectively cut billions of their own respective financial contributions. They repeatedly had the MTA refinance or borrow funds to acquire scarce capital funding formerly made up by hard cash from both City Hall and Albany. On a bipartisan basis, this included past Governors Mario Cuomo (Dem.), George Pataki (GOP), Elliot Spitzer (Dem.) and David Patterson (Dem.). Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Dem) has only made available $1 billion of $8.3 promised toward funding the $29 billion MTA five-year 2015 to 2019 capital program plan. Even if the Legislature approves his proposed additional $1.5 billion as part of the new April 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018 budget, he will still need to find $5.8 billion more in upcoming 2018 and 2019 budgets to meet his funding commitments. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio still owes most of his $2.5 billion pledge toward the same program. Billions more are still needed from both the state and city to make up for past cuts over previous decades. Everyone insisted that the MTA continue financing more and more of the capital program by borrowing. As a result, 17 percent of the annual MTA budget goes for covering the costs of debt service payments. By the next MTA five year 2020 to 2024

capital program plan, it will grow closer to 20 percent. This means less money is available for operations to provide more frequent service to riders. It also means there is less money just to maintain the state of good repair and safety. At the end of the day, the cupboard may be bare for any system expansion. Recent actions behind closed doors by Cuomo and the state legislature raised the allowable MTA debt ceiling limit from $37 billion to $55 billion. This was disappointing to those who still believe in pay as you go, balanced budgets and honest above board financing. Normally never shy around a microphone or television camera, it was no surprise that this action was done behind the scenes with no Cuomo major press conference announcing this so-called great achievement. It may be the vehicle for Cuomo to find billions more which will be amended into the current $29 billion MTA five year 2015 to 2019 capital program plan. These ill gotten additional billions more may be used to pay for his promised $2 billion Long Island Rail Road Main Line Third Track, along with other major current unfunded capital MTA Capital Construction ($6 billion Second Avenue subway Phase Two), LIRR, New York City Transit, Metro North Rail Road and MTA bus projects. Cuomo and company reminds me of the character Wimpy who famously said, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Tuesday never seems to come for commuters and taxpayers except for higher MTA debt, biannual fare increases along with more frequent service disruptions and cancellations. Larry Penner Great Neck (Larry Penner is a transportation historian and advocate who previously worked 31 years for the United States Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration New York Region 2 Office)


Colorectal cancer awareness Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and County Legislator Rose Marie Walker joined with Janet Shehata, administrative director for Cancer Services at Winthrop University Hospital, and Dr. Eva Chalas, physician director of Cancer Services at Winthrop, to illuminate in blue the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola, in honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, on Wednesday, March 1. “Colon cancer is a deadly disease that affects both men and women, yet is both treatable and beatable when caught early through screening,” Mangano said. “We commemorate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and our goal is to promote awareness

Edward Mangano and remind residents to speak with their doctors about when it would appropriate for them to get tested.” According to the American Cancer Society in the year 2017 alone over 136,000 cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed, and in the United States over 50,000 people are expected to die from colorectal cancer.

Mangano has always made health and fitness a priority under his administration, and strongly supports the American Cancer Society’s message that preventing colorectal cancer should be a major reason for getting tested. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death in the United States. Living a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, but regular tests and exams can often find colon cancer early, when it is most treatable, or sometimes even prevent it altogether. For more information on Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Prevention, please visit the American Cancer Society website at


n Feb. 14, an unprecedented number of Great Neck voters cast their votes on the question of whether to spend $95.4 million for Great Neck Public Schools’ expansion and repair projects. The votes exhibited a significant difference of opinion between the northern and southern regions of the school district. With a landslide 63 percent over 37 percent, the residents on the south of Long Island Railroad tracks voted “Yes” while with a similar landslide difference 61 percent over 39 percent the residents on the north voted “No” on the same issue. The differing opinions of the two regions is loud and clear. As a result of the overall “No” vote, determined by a majority of the residents of northern region, the residents in the southern region are upset that their interests are not being met. Since the tax burden falls

heavily on the residents of the northern area, perhaps the referendum question should be “Should the Great Neck Public School District be separated into two independent districts, North and South?” Establishing two school districts would assure each of the areas independence in designing and implementing a school board that would reflect the needs of the area. I urge the school board to put this issue as a referendum question in the next school election day in May. Although the school board is elected by the area residents, it should not unilaterally make a decision with such financial consequences. The school board should allow the residents to decide for themselves in a referendum. Rhonda M. Jackson Great Neck

Vote on May 16 for school budget


write to urge all my fellow residents who are eligible to vote to mark your calendars: May 16 is the date we will vote on the Great Neck Public Schools’ annual budget and bond referendum. The importance of each of these cannot be overstated. The annual budget will ensure the smooth operation of all our terrific top- rated schools and programs. The bond referendum will allow for low-interest rate borrowing to pay for necessary infrastructure upgrades to the district’s 18 buildings. (The new bond has been tailored down from the narrowly defeated bond in Feb. The total bond has been reduced by $17 million. The tax impact has similarly been reduced.) Please understand that the scale of the necessary projects is too large to be paid out of capital reserves or the operating budget. Bonds are widely used by our district and others for such projects. For anyone who owns commercial or residential property in Great Neck and/or cares about children to educate, the impor-

tance of supporting and maintaining the school district should be evident. Anyone with questions about the budget or the bond is encouraged to visit the district website at; to call the Phipps Administration Building to speak to the Assistant Superintendent for Business John Powell at 516-441-4000; and to attend Board of Education meetings. The line-by-line budget meetings are also open to the public. There is still time to register to vote. For the next few weeks school events will also provide registration forms (which can be readily be found on the internet at www. Democracy and liberty require constant vigilance. So let’s shake off our voter fatigue and/or complacency to please make sure to exercise our civic duty to vote on May 16. Vote yes to our property values, our great schools, and the next generation of American citizens. Rebecca Yousefzadeh Sassouni Great Neck

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Talks with an American psychoanalyst I have wanted to do a piece on psychoanalysis for a long time. Psychoanalysts are that rare breed of therapist that have been trained an additional four years in order to understand the working of the unconscious as first described by Freud. The unconscious is that part of the mind which contains the experiences of the past which are too painful to remember but also too painful to forget. Like Sisyphus and his rock people then spend their entire lives blindly repeating whatever childhood trauma they are trying to forget. So I scheduled an interview with one of Long Island’s best analysts in order to explore these issues in some depth. I called upon Dr. James Zaikowski who practices in Great Neck and teaches at the Derner Institute at Adelphi University. When I travel out of the country and need a psychoanalyst to cover my practice Dr. Zaikowski is the only guy I entrust my patients to. My plan was to explore his thoughts on the value of analysis, what patients hope to gain in analysis and what are the underlying values offered in psycho-

analysis. We had a wide ranging discussion of these topics in BeeOrganic Café in down town Great Neck. The first thing I asked was how patients come to learn about the process of psychoanalysis. He remarked that patients sometimes have had psychotherapy in the past and already know the rules of free association. He also mentioned that films often introduce basic concepts like the unconscious and the connections between past and present. The Antonioni masterpiece “Blow Up” was about the director’s efforts to explore his own unconscious. Films like this help the culture to learn about the existence of the unconscious and its importance. I then asked if he thought the process of psychotherapy was difficult. He said “The art of psychotherapy is difficult but it is also exhilarating. Patients wind up making changes at work, at home or in their friendships and the process of discovery is exciting to take part in both for patient and for doctor”. We talked about the pleasure of practicing psychotherapy as a career.

DR. TOM FERRARO Our Town Psychotherapy is like fishing. The analyst drops the line and patiently waits for something to emerge from the patients unconscious. And if we are quiet enough and attentive enough something will always jump out of the water and right into the boat. Dr. Zaikowski mentioned Erich Fromm who said that psychoanalysts spend their days listening for the ‘red thread’ to appear in the tapestry of the patients associations. I also asked Dr. Zaikowski about the use of about humor and laughter in our practice. He told me that when jokes emerge in the session it can be a sign that there is trust between patient and therapist. It remind-

ed me of the classic comedy film ‘Analyze This’ starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal. De Niro played a mobster who was having panic attacks and Billy Crystal played his analyst. Each time Billy Crystal made an interpretation De Niro would look at him, wave his finger and say “You, you, you’re good… you!” I then asked him about the question of the values that are inherent in the analytic process. All the way back in the

mid-19th century Alexis De Tocqueville described Americans as tireless, over active, status seeking , commercial minded and not terribly literate. De Tocqueville’s description of Americans remains central in political theory and this character description is referred to as “American Exceptionalism.” It is obvious that on American’s do seek money, tend to be commercial minded and seek after status. But this attitude may not Continued on Page 71

Dr. James Zaikowski, a kind and gifted psychoanalyst who works in Great Neck.


Yarn Crawl starts March 30 Seminar on jobs for the disabled

After two successful years, nine yarn shops from Mattituck to Port Washington will be participating in the third annual Long Island Yarn Crawl on March 30 to April 2. Over the course of four days yarn crafters — knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners — are invited to participate in this self-guided tour of our Long Island yarn shops, which will have extended hours and special activities throughout the weekend. It is a great way for crafters to explore what our local fiber community has to offer and meet other local yarn enthusiasts. Participants are invited to either pick up their Long Island Yarn Craw Passport from a participating store or download it from the yarn crawl’s website, and have it stamped as they “craw” from shop to shop. Crawlers who collect stamps from all 9 stores will be entered to win amazing prizes: the grand prize, a $100 gift card from each of the participating stores; or second prize, over $400 of yarn donated by gold sponsor Knitting Fever. Participants who drop off a passport with fewer than 9 stamps will be entered to win a separate drawing. Further prizes will be announced as the yarn crawl approaches! Special edition Long Island Yarn Crawl bags can be purchased at participating shops, or are

available as a free gift with $40 minimum purchase (while supplies last). Each store has specials planned and will have drawings for door prizes during the crawl. Details will be made available closer to the Yarn Craw weekend here on our website: This year’s Yarn Crawl features shops from all over Nassau & Suffolk counties: — Altman’s Needlearts - Mattituck — Knit - Roslyn — The Knitted Purl - Oyster Bay — The Knitting Cove & Yarn Shop - Port Jefferson — The Knitting Garden - Huntington — The Knitting Place - Port Washington — The Knitting Store - Oceanside — Long Island Livestock Co. - Yaphank — Sew What’s New & Yarn Tool - Islip Yarn crafters of all backgrounds are invited to explore Long Island’s rich fiber community during the yarn crawl weekend and make connections with fellow crafters. The different offerings and events at each shop are sure to provide crafting inspiration and ideas to all. It will be a wonderful Long Island celebration for yarn enthusiasts and sure to be an event to remember.

On Tuesday, March 28, Conversations from Main Street, in conjunction with The Port Washington Public Library, will present Spectrum of Hope, a program that will explore the ways educators, parents and business owners can tap into the creativity and passion of people with disabilities to create opportunities for productive employment and rich, rewarding lives in inclusive communities. More and more of our schools have students who learn differently. Autism, ADD, ADHD, Down syndrome, hearing or visually impaired, intellectually disabled and more are labels that focus on a person’s challenges rather than his or her capabilities. Unfortunately, these students have often been separated from their peers, leaving generations of people unaware of the benefits of inclusion for individuals as well as

society. The event will feature a touching video presentation and passionate panel discussion, followed by a Q&A with the audience and the chance to share information and resources. The panel will include: Eileen McDonald Egan, executive director of Community Mainstreaming Associates and Community Mainstreaming Enterprises. McDonald Egan oversees a team of professionals providing supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Long Island; including residential, employment, Medicaid service coordination, and selfdirected community habilitation. CME co-owns Coffeed, a bakery and coffee shop in Port Washington, where individuals with developmental disabilities work and train alongside typical workers.

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Northwell CEO leads St. Patrick’s parade BY M A X Z A H N Michael J. Dowling, the president and CEO of Northwell Health, paraded up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan last Friday as grand marshal of the 256th St. Patrick’s Day Parade as thousands lined the street. “To be in New York, to be in the United States and to be Irish on a beautiful day like this on St. Patrick’s Day – what could be better?” Dowling said. “It just proves what the United States is all about. No matter how you began, the United States gives opportunities that exist no place else in the world.” At age 17, Michael Dowling set off from Knockaderry, in western Ireland, for the bustling streets of Manhattan. Dowling said his hometown wasn’t much of a town. “Calling it one would be an exaggeration,” he said, as he recalled milking cows and raising pigs for local farmers as a young child. Dowling called Knockaderry a typical irish village with a church, a post office and a bar. “You know which one was most inhabited,” he joked. Over his first three years in the United States, Dowling spent half of each year working on the docks in West Manhattan and the other half attending university in Ireland. His work not only paid for his schooling but allowed him to help support his four siblings, all of whom are younger, he said. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education, Dowling decided to try living in the United States for the entire year. “I had no major plan,” he said. “I stayed here and kept working, then one year led to the next. Well over 45 years later I’m still here.” Over the ensuing years, Dowling received a master’s degree in social policy from Fordham University, where he would return to teach a few years later. Shortly thereafter Dowling began 12 years of service in New York State government, most notably as the director of health, education and human services. He became the president and CEO of Northwell Health, formerly called North Shore-LIJ Health System, in 2002 and continues in that capacity. His selection to be grand marshal came last October. The parade chairman, John Lahey, called Dowling “the true embodiment of the values we celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, a leader in a noble healing profession, an educator, a public servant, an Irish-American who has made enormous contributions to his adopted country and who has made us all proud to be Irish.”

Northwell Health President and CEO Michael J. Dowling served as Grand Marshal at the 256th St. Patrick’s Day Parade last Friday.


Michael Dowling (right), Northwell Health president and CEO appears at the St. Patrick’s Day parade with Timothy Cardinal Dolan (left), Archbishop of New York. Dowling began St. Patrick’s Day by celebrating mass alongside New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at St. Pat-

rick’s Cathedral followed by breakfast with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, a statement from Northwell Health said. Then Dowling performed his ceremonial duties, leading the parade through a sea of green to Central Park, the statement added. “Hard to believe,” Dowling said. “It’s a long way from a small village in West Limerick.”


Town to host disposal event in April Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced the first Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P.) event of 2017, which will be held on Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The S.T.O.P. program offers Town of North Hempstead residents the opportunity to dispose of dangerous and chemical wastes that are too dangerous to dispose of with routine curbside pickups. Residents can return items such as aerosols, household chemicals, pesticides, disinfectants, fertilizers, bulbs, thermostats, rechargeable and lithium batteries, TV’s and computers. Latex and water-based paints, once dried out (usually 24-36 hours after the lid is removed) can be placed in a trash bag and thrown out with your regular household garbage.

Latex and water-based paints will not be accepted at the S.T.O.P. collection site. Oil-based paints, on the other hand, are considered hazardous, and will be accepted at any S.T.O.P. program. Residents may also bring their sensitive documents to the S.T.O.P. events for proper shredding and destruction to prevent identity theft. Any documents brought will be shredded on site by a document shredding company and then transported to a pulping mill for recycling. There is a limit of six “Bankers Box” sized boxes or bags of paper per car, per event. Once the documents are shredded, they will be placed into containers and sent directly to pulping mills. Every 2,000 pounds of paper the Town recycles equates to 17 trees saved.

The Nassau County Police Department will no longer be accepting pharmaceuticals at S.T.O.P. events across the county. They request that old medications be dropped off at your local Nassau County Police Department Precinct — 24 hours, 7 day a week, 365 days a year. The April 8 and 9 S.T.O.P. events will also have a clothing donation area thanks to North Hempstead’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Representatives of Big Brothers Big Sisters will be collecting gently used and working clothes, stuffed animals, electronics, toys, sporting equipment, shoes, books, small area rugs, bikes, scooters, luggage, picture frames, table lamps, bolts of fabric, silverware, glassware, dishes, and cosmetics. Each resident will receive a receipt for their donation for income tax pur-

poses. “The Town is proud to be able to continue to offer a convenient and environmentally responsible way for our residents to dispose of hazardous and sensitive waste,” said Bosworth. Additional S.T.O.P programs will be held throughout 2017. For more information on the S.T.O.P. program, please call 311 or 516-8696311 or visit stopprogram.

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South H.S. opera show


North High School will present The Man Who Came to Dinner on March 30 and 31.

North H.S. to put on comedy North High School’s Junior Players will present “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” a comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, on Thursday, March 30, and Friday, March 31, both evenings at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held in the school auditorium, 35 Polo Rd. Sheridan Whiteside, an eccentric and acid-tongued radio lecturer, is invited to dine at the house of the well-to-do factory owner Ernest W. Stanley and his family, in the small town of Mesalia, Ohio, in the 1930s. But before Whiteside can

enter the house, he slips on a patch of ice outside the Stanley front door and injures his hip. Confined to the house for a month, Whiteside drives his hosts mad by barking orders at everyone in sight, receiving questionable visitors, running up huge phone bills, and hurling insults at anyone within earshot, wreaking havoc on the entire household with hilarious results. For ticket information, call (516) 441-4743, or contact Ilana Meredith Schikler, drama teacher, at ischikler@greatneck.

School board voting on May 16 School board candidate petitions and return deadline Voting for two Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education Trustee positions will be held on Tuesday, May 16. Qualified district residents who wish to run for a Board Trustee position must pick up Candidate Petitions from Michele Domanick, District Clerk, in the Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Road (516-441-4020), schooldays, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. By law, completed petitions must be returned to Ms. Domanick no later than Monday, April 17, by 5 p.m. Although schools are closed on Monday, April 17, Domanick will be at Phipps un-

til 5 p.m. on that day to receive signed petitions. The lottery for ballot position will be held on Tuesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. It will be conducted by Domanick. When picking up a petition, candidates will need to indicate the Board seat they are seeking — either that of Susan Healy or of Lawrence Gross. (Ms. Healy is seeking reelection; Mr. Gross is not.) In addition to the petition, Ms. Domanick will give potential candidates an informational packet of materials that explains the eligibility requirements to run for the school board and of those who sign petitions.


South High School will present Puccini’s one-act operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, on March 31 and April 1. South High Presents Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi South High School’s music department continues its long-standing tradition, now in its 48th year, of presenting exceptional, full-scale studentperformed operas. This year’s opera will be two of Giacomo Puccini’s one-act operas, “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi.” They will be performed on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, both evenings at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 341 Lakeville Road. Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) is the story of Sister Angelica, a Florentine noblewoman, who has been compelled by her family to become a nun because of a youthful fault, and for seven years has been waiting in vain for tidings from her family

and friends. When her aunt finally comes to visit, the tragic story unfolds. The opera will be paired with “Gianni Schicchi,” a comedy based on a reference from Dante’s “Inferno,” which describes a man who falsifies a will by impersonating another, with the objective of swindling his relatives. The operas will be performed in Italian, with English supertitles. They will be under the musical direction of Pamela Levy, conducted by Michael Schwartz, and directed by Robert Stivanello. Performance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be reserved in advance (suggested) by calling (516) 441-4851, or may be purchased at the door. There will be open seating for both performances.

Middle school students honored


Board Commends South Middle Students Eighty-eight South Middle School students (shown here) 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: Alexandra Agris, Luiza Arama, Nicole Atahualpa, Kyra Au, Langston Bacchus, Sophie Blitsman, Samantha Bressler, Steven Campeche, Josephine Chan, Katherine Chian, Jeong Yeon Choo, Casey Choung, Kuanghua Chu, Nathan Cohen, Madison Cordray, Lucas Curcio, Victoria Fang, Matthew Farkas, Sara Fiala, Reid Fleishman, Emily Gal, Kevin Gao, Eli Goodwin, Ivy Gu, Bradley He, Gabriela Hernandez, Bohan Hou, Isabelle Hou, Sheryl Huang, Matthew Iraheta-Ruiz, Ethan Jiang, Anagha Khandelwal, Jillian Kiernan, James Kim, Mika Langel, Anabelle Lau, Irene Lee, Jonathan M Lee, Kathryn Lee, Spencer Lee, Jolie Lenga, Albert Li, Calix Li, Sabrina Lin, Erik Lyngstad-Hughes, Selina Ma, Shalin Madan, Ezra Malater, Simin Mavani, Ellie Melamed, Jordan Molina, Daniel Moon, Alexander Mustakis, Juliana Perez, Lara Rabbani, Patrick Rau, Daniel Raziyev, Amber Roggendorf, Samantha Rosen, Garrett Roth, Lauren Sakol, Lia Seo, Simon Shamash, Nicholas Shen, Shehreen Siddiqui, Sydney Solomon, Grace Song, Nicholas Su, Aalia Syed, Serop Tirakian, Uma Tseyang, Nicholas Tung, Roshan Varughese, Julianne Verwys, David Wang, Elie Weitzman, Justin Whang, Amanda Yam, Crystal Yee, Iris Young, Victor Yu, Matteo Zeppieri, Anthony Zhan, Allison Zhang, Michelle Zhang, Zimi Zhang, Kobe Zheng, and Sherman Zheng. Joining them were Board of Education members (President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Lawrence Gross, and trustees Donald Ashkenase, Susan Healy, and Donna Peirez), and school and district administrators.

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Frank Wimberley

Laura Powers



Paul Galasso

Stan Brodsky

Local ‘abstractions’ in the spotlight


he Art League of Long Island presents the abstract artwork of four notable local artists in the Art League of Long Island’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. Participating artists are Peter Galasso and Laura Powers-Swiggett and nonagenarians Stan Brodsky and Frank Wimberley. Long Island Abstraction: 2 Generations will be on view March 25 through April 15. The artists’ reception takes place Sunday, April 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Stan Brodsky, a life-long resident of the New York metro area was born in Brooklyn in 1926, lived in Greenwich Village and New York City until moving to Huntington in 1965. After serving in WW II, he was fortunate to be able to study art in Missouri and Iowa before returning to New York City to earn his doctorate in art education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He was a professor of art at C.W. Post for 31 years. His influence on succeeding generations of artists also extends to the artists he mentors at the Art League of Long Island, Peter Galasso and Laura Powers-Swiggett among them. About his work, Brodsky said: “I have been an exhibiting artist in New York City for more than 50 years — and my passion for painting is as strong now as ever. I have traveled extensively absorbing the colors and textures of new landscapes.” Brodsky’s works can be found in the permanent collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Guild Hall, Parrish Museum of Art, the Long Island Museum, the Heckscher Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts (St.Petersburg, Fla.), Dayton Art Institute (Ohio), among many others. The “Stan Brodsky papers” a collection of his notes and sketches from 1951-2004 can be found at the Smithsonian Institute. Peter Galasso is a painter of large gestural abstracts. His current work is an exploration of feeling, memory and a unique vision laid out on canvas in a style which is both original and inviting and offers a fresh, new look at color and form. He is especially drawn to American Abstract Expressionism made popular in the 1950s here on Long Island by such

luminaries as de Kooning, Pollock, Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell. Galasso has won awards at numerous juried exhibitions throughout Long Island. New York Times art critic, Phyllis Braff, awarded Peter “Best in Show” at an international juried exhibition, Abstraction 2003. He has shown his work twice at the Nassau County Museum of Art. Other recent exhibits include the Heckscher Museum’s 48th Long Island Artist’s Exhibition and several solo exhibitions at the Alfred Van Loen Gallery in South Huntington, New York and Ripe Art Gallery in Huntington. Galasso was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides on Strong’s Neck, Long Island. He formerly studied the figure for five years with renowned Long Island artist, Betty Holliday. He went on to study abstract art with Stan Brodsky at the Art League of Long Island. Laura Powers-Swiggett has lived and painted on Long Island for most of her life. She works in a variety of media, including acrylic, oil and gouache, and draws on direct observation, memory and intuition as part of her painting process. Powers-Swiggett’s landscape-based abstractions explore spatial and color relationships between land, sea and sky, and the possibilities they suggest for dividing the picture plane. Intuitive explorations of light, color and paint, they are rooted in the natural world, yet hint at mysteries beyond the scope of vision. Powers-Swiggett is long time member of the Art League of Long Island, where she has studied with Stan Brodsky, Paul Wood and Christian White. She served on the Art League’s Board of Directors for 12 years, from 1997-2009, and was actively involved in planning and fund raising for the Art League’s current home, the Elizabeth Livingston Center. Powers-Swiggett has also served for the past 25 years on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Nassau County and is dedicated to advocacy for children and families challenged by emotional and developmental disabilities, receiving the MHA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006. Since 2011, Powers-Swiggett has led a partnership be-

tween St. John’s Church in Cold Spring Harbor and a primary school in Haiti, developing a deep appreciation for Haitian art and culture. Powers Swiggett received her BA in Visual Studies from Dartmouth College in 1979 and began her career as a marketing executive in the cable television industry. She now devotes herself fully to painting and community service. She has three children and lives in Lloyd Harbor with her husband, Brian. Born in Pleasantville, New Jersey in 1926, Frank Wimberely now lives and works in New York City and Sag Harbor. He studied with James Porter, Lois Mailou Jones and James Wells at Howard University and was awarded the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Grant for 1998. Wimberley’s works are in the collections of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC; The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; The John Hoskins Estate, Atlanta University, GA; Time Warner, NYC; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., among others. Wimberely describee his approach to his art: “The abstract painter can commence his drawing or canvas generally with only a preconceived notion, reflection or emotion. The end result, whether finished or still seeking a conclusion is then determined by tools, paint, the colors or tones employed, and the size of the work as well as the mood of the moment. He has far less guarantees than perhaps the realist painter or photographer that the finished expression will extend from calculated reason or logic. This for me provides the excitement of taking the theme or feeling from the very first stroke, and following it to its own particular conclusion. It is very much like creating the controlled accident.” The Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit visual arts organization that offers classes and workshops for children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The Art League is located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills. For information about classes, exhibits, and events call (631) 462-5400 or visit

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The top seven events


FRIDAY, MARCH 24th 8:00PM FOR LIVE MUSIC FEATURING “NO REQUEST” Now Serving Breakfast Daily 8:00-11:30AM


The Hillbenders: The Who’s “Tommy”— A Bluegrass Opry

Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m.

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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 3/30/17 • 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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Forty-five years after its original release, the Who’s “Tommy” has been reimagined as a bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The Hillbenders. This Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to “Tommy,” while paying respect to its creators. Regular price: $40/$35 Where: Adelphi University Performing Arts Center 1 South Ave., Garden City Info & Tickets: (516)877-4000 •


80s Arcade and Karaoke Night Saturday, March 25, 7-11 p.m.

Relive the glory days of the 1980s while playing classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong and singing your hearts out to ‘80s karaoke music. No need to bring quarters as games are all set to free play, but please do bring the big hair, acid-washed jeans, shoulder pads, and Members Only jackets for a costume contest with prizes. The museum has added over 60 classic consoles from the ‘70s through the ‘90s so people can play all of their retro favorites like Pong and the Atari 2600 all the way through to the Nintendo 64. Where: The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City Info: (516)572-4111 •

Sunday Only 30% Off Entire 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 3/30/17 • 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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Dancing Dream: A Tribute to ABBA

Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Dancing Dream, the Tribute to ABBA — the greatest pop supergroup from Sweden — will electrify audiences of all ages with the best of ABBA’s hits, including “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance,” “Fernando” and many more. Where: The Madison Theatre at Molloy College 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre Info & Tickets: (516)323-4444 •

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for the coming week


Word Up: Long Island LitFest

Sunday, March 26, 1-6 p.m. The region’s first literary festival now in its third year will feature a stellar roster of authors, including Dave Barry, Gail Sheehy, Barry Dougherty, Steven Gaines, Caroline Leavitt, and Bill Scheft. General admission is $40 and includes two introductory workshops on essay writing and storytelling, which begin at noon before a full day of author readings, talks and booksignings.


For Superior Freshness & Flavor Sushi • Sashimi Teriyaki • Tempura • Noodles

Where: The Madison Theatre at Molloy College 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre Info: (516)323-4444 •

All you can eat


Eat. Bid. Laugh! An Auction & Epicurean Event

Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center’s annual event connects thousands of donors, sponsors, volunteers and participants who enthusiastically collaborate to provide the JCC with funding for vital social service programs throughout Long Island. Last year’s event raised nearly $1.2 million, all of which helped enhance the lives of those who rely on the JCC’s quality services. This year’s event will feature a live performance by Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Billy Gardell, who starred on the hit CBS television series “Mike & Molly,” as well as exciting silent auction prizes, gourmet cuisine, cocktails and dessert from more than 30 of Long Island’s finest restaurants. All prices are per person Silver: $225, Gold: $360, VIP: $500 Where: Fresh Meadow Country Club, 225 Lakeville Road, Lake Success Info & Tickets: 516-484-1545 •


So You Think You’re A New York Mets Fan?

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Sports writer and Long Island native Brett Topel will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, So You Think You’re a New York Mets Fan?: Stars, Stats, Records, and Memories for True Diehards, which is sure to test and expand your knowledge of Mets baseball. Where: Book Revue 313 New York Ave., Huntington Info: 631-271-1442 •


A Quiet Passion Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence, and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (“House of Mirth,” “The Deep Blue Sea,” “Sunset Song”) will be in person, discussing how he crafted such a powerful portrait of Dickinson — from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist. Tickets: Members $15 | Public $20. Where: Cinema Arts Center 423 Park Ave. Huntington Info: (631)423-7611

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House on the Little Prairie Event Saturday, March 25, 4-5:30 p.m.






Young readers, 7-years-old and up, will be introduced to “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder with a craft and discussion about the Wilder family that inspired this delightful book series. An added treat is that those who attend will be entered into a raffle to win tickets to see the play, “Laura Ingalls Wilder,” ArtsPower’s popular musical that will be presented at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College on Sunday April 2 at 3 p.m.

Where: Turn of the Corkscrew Books and Wine, 110 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Centre / Info: 516-764-6000 or

Coreys Crystal Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Works Handmade Wire Wrapped Custom Jewelry

Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar that will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!” Tickets: $15.

Where: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport Info: 631-261-2900 or

Moana’s Whale of a Luah Sunday, March 26, 12-3 p.m.

Come in out of the cold to the warm beaches of Hawaii and explore the south pacific seas traveled by Moana, a Polynesian wayfinder and master sailor who used the environment around her to sail the seas. Learn about the whales that migrate to Hawaii, see a real stingray tail, create Te Ka’s lava and other Moana-themed crafts. Event is for children of all ages. $10 per child. Adults: regular $6 admission. Members: $5 child.

Where: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor / Info: 631-367-3418 or


iny Tots: Nature Discoveries—Animal ABCs

Tuesday, March 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. At this scenic event, children ages 3-5 will explore the natural world around them. These Tuesday programs connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Where: Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantaugh Info: (516) 780-3295 or

and Juliet: A School-Time Romeo Performance Wednesday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Recommended for grades 6 and up, this production from Shakespeare & Company tells the world’s most well-known tragic love story about a young couple whose passion of forbidden love falls against the will of their feuding families. This classic tale of romance, murder and tragedy will transport students as Shakespeare’s words come to life on stage.

Where: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts/LIU Post 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville Info: 516-299-3100 or

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Recreating a Cuban dinner at home My husband, son and I recently went to Cuba and ate the most delicious foods. Fresh, ďŹ&#x201A;avorful and satiating â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what a treat to be able to partake in a diďŹ&#x20AC;erent culture that is only three hours away from New York. Upon our return, I kept remembering all the tastes and ďŹ&#x201A;avors and wanted to recreate a meal highlighting real Cuban cuisine. Start oďŹ&#x20AC; with a Mojito to get you in the Cuban mood and follow with Cuban roasted pork, black beans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;frijole nerosâ&#x20AC;? (served at every meal we ate in Cuba), and rice. If desired, place the suggested garnishes in bowls on a platter and serve with the cut up pork roast. Finish oďŹ&#x20AC; your meal with fresh tropical fruit. Turn on some Salsa music and, if you close your eyes, you may even feel you have been transported to Havana, no visa or travel aďŹ&#x192;davit required. MENU (Serves 6-8) Mojitos

Cuban Roasted Pork Black Beans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frijoles Nerosâ&#x20AC;? Easy Boiled Rice* Garnishes Fresh Tropical Fruit* *Recipe Not Given Mojitos 5 mint sprigs 1 3/4 oz. golden rum a dash of lime juice 2 dashes of simple syrup Club soda, to top it oďŹ&#x20AC; 1. Put the mint in a highball glass, add the rum, lime juice and simple syrup. Pound with a barspoon until the aroma of the mint is released. (This is called muddling.) 2. Add crushed ice and stir vigorously until the mixture and the mint is spread evenly. 3. Top up with club soda and stir again. Serve with straws. Cuban Roast Pork 1 large 4 or 5 lb. pork roast shoulder sometimes called â&#x20AC;&#x153;pork buttâ&#x20AC;? or fresh ham (ham that is not cured,

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1/2 cup of the mojo in a jar, cover and reserve for later. Pour the rest of the sauce all over the pork roast, rubbing the mojo sauce deep into the pork meat in the slits or holes. Place in a large Ziploc bag and marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Next day: Extra cumin, pepper, oregano 2-3 bay leaves (be sure to count, as you must remove them before serving) Continued on Page 71

pork shoulder all over, making deep cuts in the meat all over the roast. Rub salt over pork, sticking your ďŹ ngers in the deep stabbed holes to penetrate the salt well into the meat. Set aside. 2. In a blender, make the Cuban mojo sauce â&#x20AC;&#x201D; add the lime and orange juice, garlic cloves and the seasonings bay leaf, cumin powder, oregano, pepper, 1 tsp. salt. Blend on high until all is liquiďŹ ed. This is your Cuban Mojo; pour

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Long Beach film fest Johnny Mac blues tickets go on sale band at The Spectrum The Long Beach International Film Festival announced this week that the sixth annual event will take place from Aug. 1 to 4 and submissions are now open. This headline event is comprised of four days of film screenings, industry celebrations and sophisticated culinary events all held on Long Beach’s pristine beachfront and at local theaters. In addition, up and coming ‘Spielbergs’ can submit their feature-length narratives and documentaries, as well as short and animated movies starting this week through and Festival organizers are expecting to receive over 1,000 submissions this year from filmmakers and producers across the globe. Last year, work was submitted from 26 countries including Italy, Ecuador, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Pakistan and more. The unique, beachfront film festival will screen a diverse lineup of more than 70 films. Professional and amateur filmmakers will compete for a series of jury festival honors and audience awards throughout the festival. Now in its sith season, the festival is expected to attract more than 6,000 attendees and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in local economic activity. “We’re thrilled to begin screening work produced by future Academy Award winners. New films, new stars, new events — each year we work to enhance the experience for our festival-goers, talented filmmakers, chefs, musicians and the community and we’re eager to unveil some additional components for this year’s festival. Whether you’re a film fanatic, foodie, filmmaker, cast member, crew member or music enthusiast, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s LBIFF,” said co-founder, Craig Weintraub. Continuing their support, SVS Fine Jewelry featuring Forevermark Diamond is back on board as presenting sponsor with plans to expand their creative and charitable giving.

Last year, they held the Bling and Bubbly Experience during the festival and raised $4,000 for the Surf For All Foundation. A harmony of arts and culture, the festival offers much more entertainment beyond film. On Friday, August 4, for the fourth consecutive year, the festival will feature a fantastic roster of local and nationally recognized musical talent performing beachfront at the Allegria Hotel. The all-star lineup on this year’s stage will once again be curated by the Rick Eberle Agency. In addition, the wildly popular, premier culinary event, Taste On The Beach, will return and feature tastings from more than 40 of Long Island’s renowned restaurants, distilleries, wineries and more. After the concerts and food festivities conclude, attendees will once again be invited into a custom built movie theatre on the beach – Beach Theatre – for the Shorts on the Beach Film Series, which will exhibit short films from around the world. The beach concerts and films shown on the beach are free and open to the public. The LBIFF premiered in 2012 with just 50 submissions and showcased 12 films with free screenings on the beach. After Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, the LBIFF had just finished its inaugural year and was threatened to collapse before ever fully taking off. Aided by a $20,000 grant from Nassau County, and participation from local celebrity stars like Daniel Baldwin and resilient festival founders. LBIFF acknowledges and thanks the many festival sponsors who demonstrate their commitment to aspiring filmmakers and the local arts community through their financial support. Their contributions not only enhance the annual event, but ensure LBIFF can continue to administer its various educational initiatives throughout the year. For more information, go to www., Twitter@LBIFFNY, Insta@LBIFFNY, and FB/ Longbeachinternationalfilmfestival.

The Johnny Mac Band is coming back to New York fresh off the heels of their recent visit to Memphis for the 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge, where they rocked the legendary Tin Roof on Beale Street. The band features the one and only Johnny Mac, a veteran of the New York music circuit. Stinging guitars and fiery solos bookend soulful voices that are supported by the rock solid rhythm section of Joe Roberts on keyboards, Dave Ice on bass and Raymond Hauck on drums. The band also features the vocal styles and guitar work of Mohair Sam Wylie, a 79-year-old blues man from Badin, N.C. The subtle influence of B.B. King, Ray Charles and others inform the band’s original music, which is distinctly their own. The warmth of their sound has often been described as “comfort music for the soul.” On their recent trip to Memphis, keyboard player and vocalist Roberts said, “Participating in the 33rd International Blues Challenge was a simply incredible experience. In those four days, Beale Street came alive with more talent per square inch than I ever would have imagined. What a wonderful opportunity it was to meet so many fellow musicians from around the world, each sharing a palpable respect for and love of this unique art form. Each, practitioners... of the blues.” Every performance is high energy and

improvisational, and JMB are always fresh and leave audiences clamoring for more. The band can comfortably and authentically morph into any musical style, ranging from the blues, jazz, classic rock, Motown, dance, funk, island, and the Dead. They also frequently attract the area’s finest musicians to their performances to sit or jam as featured guests. The Johnny Mac Band will now bring their fun, energetic and powerful sound to Long Island with two upcoming performances at Vines & Hops in Riverhead on Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m., and as the opening act for Steve Winwood at The All Music Inc. Lounge at The Space at Westbury Theater on Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Always approachable, the band is happy to talk music with anyone who is interested. Each member has had a long and successful career in music and music education, and all of the members of The Johnny Mac Band are deeply committed to giving something back to the community through teaching and educating young musicians on various levels. For more information about the band and a full list of their upcoming concert dates and open jams, go to or visit or Twitter: @ JohnnyMacBand.

Four Seasons tribute at Temple Emanuel The fifth season of Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts at Emanuel continues on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m., with Let’s Hang On!, a tribute concert to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Donna Levien Memorial Presentation in Music, Let’s Hang On! is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Commercial Bank.

Four fantastic performers and an energized four-piece band pay tribute to all of the “Seasons” details and “The Jersey Boys,” capturing the trademark vocal virtuosity, tight harmonies, and crisp choreography that made The Four Seasons one of the greatest vocal groups ever. This full-blown stage show includes all the great Four Seasons’ hits presented in a high-energy, polished production. The afternoon’s entertainment also includes an opening interlude with The Yale Alley Cats, an all male, undergraduate a cappella singing group at Yale University. Tickets are $20 or two for $35. For further information and to purchase tickets, call 516-482-5701. Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane in Great Neck.

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array of venues if one speaks up. Seniors also can enjoy travel perks, with slashed prices on resorts, plane tickets and more. The U.S. National Park Service offers citizens age 62 and older lifetime passes to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites for just $10 in person ($20 online or via mail). Reasoning and problem-solving skills: Brain scans reveal that older adults are more likely to use both hemispheres of their brans simultaneously — something called bilateralization. This can sharpen reasoning skills. For example, in a University of Illinois study, older air traffic controllers excelled at their cognitively taxing jobs, despite some losses in short-term memory and visual spatial processing. Older controllers proved to be experts at navigating, juggling multiple aircrafts simultaneously and avoiding collisions. Less stress: As people grow older, they are able to differentiate their needs from wants and focus on more important goals. This can alleviate worry over things that are beyond one’s control. Seniors may realize how little the opinions of others truly mean in the larger picture, thereby feeling less stress about what others think of them. Growing older may involve gray hair or wrinkling skin, but there are many positive things associated with aging.

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How to avoid growing bored in retirement


rom the moment young men and women first walk into the office for their first day as a working professional until the day they officially retire, the notion of planning for retirement is never far from their minds. But when the day to hang up the briefcase and donate all those business suits arrives, some retirees wonder what to do next. Some retirees know exactly how they will spend their days when they no longer have to work, while others who decide to play it by ear may find themselves battling boredom. For those among the latter group, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to understand that many retirees find themselves bored once they no longer have to focus on a career. Jobs keep men and women busy and provide a sense of purpose in their lives, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understandable that retirees feel bored once those jobs are no longer a part of their lives. But just because you no longer have an office to go to every day does not mean life cannot be as fulfilling or even more fulfilling than it was when you were still working. You just need to find something to avoid succumbing to retirement boredom.

â&#x20AC;˘ Work part-time. Though it might seem odd to start working right after you retire, a part-time job can provide the type of structure you have grown accustomed to without all of the responsibility that comes with a fulltime career. Part-time jobs can range from consultancy work that makes use of your professional experience to something entirely different like landscape maintenance at a nearby golf course that gets you out of the house and enjoying the warmer seasons. Whichever you choose, make sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something you find fun and interesting. â&#x20AC;˘ Embrace a new hobby. Working professionals often say they wish they had time to pursue a hobby. Now that you are retired, you have all the time in the world to do just that. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfecting your golf game, writing that novel, learning to cook like a gourmet chef or whatever else you might have always wanted to do, retirement is a great time to do it. â&#x20AC;˘ Get in shape. If retirement boredom has started to negatively affect your mood, one great way to conquer your boredom and improve your mood at the same time is to start exercising.

Embracing a new hobby is one way for recently retired men and women to avoid growing bored during retirement. Exercise is a natural mood enhancer. When the body exercises, it releases chemicals knowns as endorphins, which trigger positive feelings in the body. In addition, regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress, boost self-esteem and improve sleep. Working out at a gym also is a great way to meet fellow retirees in your community, and the energy you have after exercising may give you the boost you need to pursue other hobbies. â&#x20AC;˘ Volunteer. If a part-time job is not up your alley, then consider volunteering in your community. Volunteers are

always in demand, and volunteering with a local charity can provide a sense of purpose and provide opportunities to meet like-minded fellow retirees, all while helping to quell your boredom. Retirees who love to travel can combine their passion for volunteering with their love of travel by signing up to work with an international relief organization that travels abroad to help the less fortunate. Upon retiring, many retirees initially find themselves coping with boredom. But there are many ways to avoid the restlessness of retirement.

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Grace Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Offers Alzheimer Caregivers Support Group Great Neck, NY 11021 - In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center (ADRC), Grace Plaza is proud to begin offering an Alzheimer Caregivers Support Group. These meetings, which are open to the community, consist of families, caregivers, friends and other interested individuals meeting to share feelings, experiences and information. It will offer an opportunity to give and receive mutual support and exchange coping skills with one another in matters of relating to people with dementia and their care. Education, support, common experiences and friendship give people the strength to cope with the tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease. People learn from each other and most importantly

they learn they are not alone. The meetings, will be held on the third Thursday of every month at 2:00pm at Grace Plaza, located at 15 St. Paul’s Place, Great Neck. So whether this disease directly affects your family or you know of someone in this situation, this group is here to help.. Grace Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was established in 1972 as a 214-bed short & long term skilled nursing & rehabilitation center located in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. Grace Plaza offers expertise care in the field of sub-acute rehabilitation, including geriatric care, rehabilitative care, respiratory therapy and medically complex care.

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he brain is a complex organ responsible for controlling many different bodily functions. When working at optimal capacity, the brain is a wonder to behold. When illness or trauma affects the brain, various parts of the body may not work as they should. One of the more devastating things that can affect the brain is stroke. Stroke describes a sudden stoppage of blood from reaching the brain. Harvard Medical School states that if a large number of brain cells are starved of blood supply, they can die. With their demise, a person’s memory and ability to speak and move can be compromised. While many strokes come on suddenly, certain factors may indicate a person is at risk. Such factors may include prior heart attacks, genetics, high blood pressure, smoking, or a prior stroke. However, in a particular type of stroke — a “silent stroke” — symptoms are far more subtle and difficult to spot. Silent cerebral infarction, often referred to as “SCI” or “silent stroke,” is a brain injury likely caused by a blood clot interrupting blood flow to the brain, offers the American Stroke Association. Silent strokes increase risk for other strokes and can be a sign of progressive brain damage. A silent stroke is typically only noticed as a side component of an MRI of the brain. Many times patients do not recall having a stroke and never felt any symptoms. Silent strokes should not be mistaken for mini-strokes. Mini-stroke is a brief but discrete and memorable event, with symptoms appearing for a few minutes or a few hours. According to a study on silent stroke titled “Functional and Cognitive Consequences of Silent Stroke Discovered Using Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging in an Elderly Population” and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, silent strokes are quite common and can have serious consequences. Researchers have found that silent

stroke is associated with impairments in tests of cognitive function rather than movement-oriented performance tests like rising from a chair. Almost 50 percent of studied silent strokes affected frontal circuit components of the brain, such as the frontal cortex, basal ganglia and thalamus. Lesions in these brain structures compromised executive functions and were related to vascular dementia. Another study showed associations between silent stroke and visual field deficits, weakness in walking on heels, history of memory loss, migraines, and lower scores in cognitive function tests. The “silent” part of a silent stroke also refers to the areas of the brain that the stroke affects. Experts at Harvard Medical School explain that, during a silent stroke, an interruption in blood flow destroys areas of cells in a part of the brain that is “silent,” meaning that it doesn’t control any vital functions. Researchers say that, over time, the damage from silent strokes can accumulate, leading to more and more problems with memory. Collectively, silent strokes become silent no longer. There are certain ways to reduce the risk of any type of stroke. These include: • managing high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels • quitting smoking • reducing the risk of diabetes and effectively treat the condition if it is present • losing weight to prevent obesity • exercising and avoid a sedentary lifestyle • taking a low-dose aspirin or a drug that prevents blood clots. Silent strokes largely go unrecognized but can lead to significant brain injury. Getting the facts can help men and women reduce their risk for silent stroke.

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Add curb appeal to your property


any people are familiar with the idea that a strong first impression can go a long way. While that idea is most often referenced in regard to personal interactions, it’s also applicable to real estate. When selling a home, homeowners who emphasize curb appeal may find it far easier to sell their homes. Curb

projects, and the following are a handful of projects to improve a home’s curb appeal that run the gamut from simple to complex. Clean up the yard. Cleaning up the yard is among the simpler yet most effective projects to improve a home’s curb appeal. When selling their homes, homeowners should clear the yard of any clutter, including kids’ toys, grass clippings or items that might be scattered throughout the yard. A cluttered yard suggests homeowners do not care much about their home’s appearance, and that may lead buyers to think that indifference extended to maintaining the home’s interior as well. Many buyers will ignore properties without any external aesthetic appeal, but cleaning up the yard does not require much effort or expense on the part of sellers. Make the main entryway more inviting. Creating a more inviting entryway won’t be as simple as cleaning up the

appeal refers to the impression a home’s exterior makes on people seeing the home for the first time. In 2014, the online real estate database Zillow® surveyed real estate agents and found that curb appeal was one of the five most important factors when selling a home. Projects that improve curb appeal can be vast undertakings or simpler













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yard, but it can help create a strong first impression without breaking the bank. To begin, remove plants and furniture from the front porch or area surrounding the doorway, as such items can create a cluttered feel. If the front door is old, replace it. Custom doors may be expensive, but they might add the wow factor buyers are looking for. If a new door is beyond your means or just unnecessary, repaint the door, ideally in a color that complements the color of your home and the surrounding landscape. Address pavement problems. Paving problems are not necessarily an expensive fix, but the cost of repairing driveways and walkways can add up if it’s been awhile since these areas were refurbished. Still, one of the first things buyers will notice when getting out of their cars is the ground they’re walking on, so patch and repair or even replace driveways and walkways that have fallen into disrepair. Add or upgrade outdoor

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Stay safe when landscaping

Read manuals, wear protective equipment and be safe when doing lawn and garden work.


andscaping is typically viewed as a chore by homeowners, many of who enjoy doing some work on their lawns and gardens. But only few homeowners may recognize the potential dangers of lawn maintenance. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 230,000 people per year are treated for various injuries resulting from lawn and garden tools. Common injuries include loss of fingers, lacerations, broken and dislocated bones, eye injuries, and burns. Many of these injuries are entirely preventable if homeowners prioritize safety when tending to their lawns and gardens.

Understand the equipment Homeowners should not assume they know how to use all of the tools necessary to maintain lush lawns and bountiful gardens. Familiarize yourself with the proper operation of manual and motorized equipment by reading the owner’s manual thoroughly, making special note of recommended safety guidelines.

Take some time to locate the power buttons and other parts by comparing them to illustrations in the guide. Once you feel comfortable handling the equipment, then you can begin to use it.

Wear appropriate protective gear Failure to wear protective gear can lead to injury. Personal protective equipment includes gloves, eye protection, ear protection, boots, and a hard hat if necessary. When working during visibility conditions or at night, wear a reflective vest. Other protective items include a hat to shade your eyes from the sun’s rays. Sunscreen will protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation. Long pants and sleeves can guard against flying debris.

Get approval before digging It’s difficult to know what is beneath the ground without having a property surveyed and marked. Digging without approval can result in damage to gas lines or water/sewer pipes. Always check with the utility company before digging trenches or holes.

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Unplug or turn off all equipment When not in use, keep lawn equipment off. Do not try to repair or fix a snag or obstruction in equipment while it is on. Don’t modify the equipment in any way, such as removing protective guards.

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Thousands of injuries occur to children and pets who get hurt around mowers. It’s best if children and pets remain indoors when homeowners are mowing or using other power equipment that may kick up debris. Children under the age of 12 may not have the strength or ability to operate lawn tools. Also, never make a game of riding a child on a riding mower. Nobody under the age of 16 should operate riding lawn mowers.

Follow manufacturers’ safety instructions when using pesticides or fertilizers. Avoid application on windy days or right before a rainstorm, as this can spread the product and damage the ecosystem. Keep people and pets away from treated areas. Maintaining the yard is both a necessity and a hobby. Homeowners who prioritize safety can greatly reduce their risk of injury.


iring a landscape architect may be a smart move for homeowners who are planning major overhauls of their properties. “The Operational Outlook Handbook” defines a landscape architect as “a person who designs parks, outdoor spaces of campuses, recreational facilities, private homes, and other open areas.” Landscape architects typically must be licensed and many hold degrees in landscape architecture from accredited schools. Architects who work on residential spaces often work with homeowners to design gardens, plantings, stormwater management, and pools. Landscape architects design spaces to do more than merely look good. Designs also are about functionality and meeting the needs of the homeowner. Outdoor spaces are designed after considering what the homeowner wants to experience and how homeowners want to use a given space. Landscape architects often do not plant and maintain these spaces. Rather, architects collaborate with other landscaping professionals to produce the final results.

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Modifications to make bathrooms safer F This bathroom can be made safer with the addition of grab bars, a bath seat, non-slip flooring, and a transfer bench.

ew areas in a home can prove as perilous as bathrooms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says every year around 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency rooms in the United States because of injuries suffered in bathrooms. The majority of

these injuries — many of which require hospitalization — result from falls. Injuries sustained in bathrooms typically occur in and around bathtubs, usually when a person is getting in or out of the tub. Falls occur when people slip on wet surfaces or get dizzy and lose consciousness within the tight confines of the bathroom. Although bathroom injuries are mostly associated with the elderly, anyone is susceptible to such injuries. Debilitating diseases, instability from an accident or injury or even impaired vision can trigger a bathroom accident. Thankfully, some minor modifications can make bathrooms safer for everyone.

Grab bars Unsteady individuals may rely on towel bars or shower knobs to provide some balance when maneuvering around bathrooms. But such items were not designed to support a person’s weight and can be slippery, making grab bars the safer choice. Look for bars with slip-resistant surfaces instead of chrome plating. Bolted-in bars that are fixed to the studs in a wall, provide more reliable support than bars that employ suction to stay connected to the wall. Install the bars where they provide optimal leverage and stability, such as close to the shower and on each side of the toilet.

Chairs A bath/shower chair can make bathing safer. Pharmacies and medical supply retailers carry these sturdy, plastic chairs and stools which can fit inside of a shower or tub. They enable a person to rest his or her legs and sit while bathing. When remodeling a bathroom, have a seating area built into the design of the shower enclosure so that the addition looks seamless.

Transfer bench Many injuries occur when people are attempting to get in and out of the tub or shower, but a transfer bench can greatly reduce the risk of such injuries. The bench is placed outside of the tub, and users just sit on the bench and then swing their legs over the ledge of the tub rather than stepping over while standing.

Walk-in showers Some homeowners are eliminating tubs from their homes altogether. A walk-in shower provides a barrier-free entry into the shower, making it safer for those who have difficulty stepping into and out of bathtubs.

Lever-style fixtures Knob temperature controls on faucets can be challenging to grasp for people with arthritis or poor grips. Lever-style fixtures are easier to maneuver and can help prevent scalding. These levers also are easier for children to manage. The National Kitchen and Bath Builders Association recommends installing pressure-balanced and temperature-controlled valves in the bath and shower.

Forgiving flooring Tile may be preferred around the bathroom, but it can be cold and slippery. Investigate other water-resistant flooring materials that may be softer underfoot and offer greater traction. Rubber flooring made from recycled tires is one option that is gaining ground for its practicality and sustainability. Changes around the bathroom can alleviate many of the risks that contribute to the hundreds of thousands of injuries that occur in bathrooms every year.

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Composite decking a smart choice D

ecks add character and functionality to a home, increasing outdoor entertaining space and oftentimes improving the resale value of a home. Homeowners have various options when choosing decking materials, but one such option, composite decking, is growing in popularity.

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awns and gardens can bear the brunt of winter weather and are often in need of tender loving care by the time spring arrives. Preparing a garden for spring and summer involves assessing any damage that harsh weather might have caused. As temperatures climb, gardeners can heed the following post-winter garden preparation tips in an effort to ensure some successful gardening in the months ahead. Assess the damage. Even if winter was mild, gardens might still have suffered some damage. Inspect garden beds and any fencing or barriers designed to keep wildlife from getting into the garden. Before planting anew, fix any damage that Mother Nature or local wildlife might have caused over the past several months. Clear debris. Garden beds and surrounding landscapes that survived winter without being damaged might still be littered with debris. Remove fallen leaves, branches and even litter that blew about on windy winter days before planting season. Make sure to discard any debris effectively so it does not find its way back into the garden. Turn the greenhouse into a clean house. Spring cleaning is not just for the interior of a home. Cleaning a greenhouse in advance of spring can help gardeners evict any overwintering

pests that can threaten plant life once spring gardening season arrives. A thorough cleaning, which should include cleaning the inside of greenhouse glass and washing flower pots and plant trays, also can prevent plant diseases from surviving into spring. Check for pests. Speak with a local gardening professional to determine if there are any local pests to look out for and how to recognize and remove these pets from gardens. Pests may hibernate in the soil over the winter, and such unwelcome visitors can make it difficult for gardens to thrive come spring and summer. Assess plant location. If plants, flowers or gardens have struggled in recent years or never grew especially vibrant, then gardeners may want to assess the location of their plant life before spring gardening season begins. Some plants may not be getting enough sunlight in certain locations on a property, while others might be overexposed to the sun during spring and summer. Moving plants that are not thriving prior to the start of spring gardening season may be just what gardens need to flourish in the coming weeks. Spring gardening season is right around the corner, so now is an ideal time to prepare gardens for the warmer seasons ahead.

Decks used to primarily be made from pressure-treated lumber. While lumber remains a popular material, more and more homeowners are opting for composite decking products. As anyone who has pressure-washed, stained and sealed wood decks can attest, such spaces require lots of upkeep to look new year after year. Composite decks require much less maintenance, making them highly attractive to homeowners who would rather spend time using their decks

instead of maintaining them. Composite decking is any type of decking material that is formulated from different recycled materials. The majority of these materials include hard plastic and wood shavings of pulp. Unlike wood, which can fade, crack and rot, composite decking, which has been available for roughly a decade, does not degrade quickly and requires very little upkeep. Available in a variety of wood colors to match outdoor decor, composite decks also can feature artificial wood grains to make them look similar to wood planks. Although composite decks are not completely impervious to the elements, with some occasional washing to impede mold growth and new technology that has improved stain-resistance, many of the pitfalls of other materials can be avoided with composite decks. Composite decking fits in with ecofriendly lifestyles. The planks are made from recycled materials that would normally end up in landfills. Products from Trex, a popular composite decking manufacturer, are made from 1.5 million shopping bags and wood mill waste. As composite decks do not rot away and are long-lasting, they will not need to be replaced frequently, which is another eco-friendly benefit. When comparing composite decking brands, look mainly at the colors, materials used in the composition and the fastening systems. Many are fastened with regular deck screws, offers This Old House. The newer systems have channels for hidden fastening, and the composite deck tiles snap into place. Composite decks do have a few drawbacks. They can be expensive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nearly double the initial cost of wood decks. And although they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rot, composite planks can scratch. Without refinishing, damaged boards will need to be replaced. Harsh chemicals may fade color and damage the composite materials, so caution is needed. Composite decking remains an indemand choice for outdoor spaces. Low-maintenance and long-lasting, these decks have quickly become favorites among homeowners.

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Older adults can overcome gym intimidation Seniors can overcome feelings of apprehension about going to the gym.


egular exercise and a nutritious diet are two of the best things seniors can do to maintain their health. Exercise can delay or prevent many of the health problems associated with aging, including weak bones and feelings of fatigue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a person age 65 or older who is generally fit with no limiting health conditions should try to get two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, while also including weight training and muscle-strengthening activities in their routines on two or more days a week. Individuals often find that gyms have the array of fitness equipment they need to stay healthy. But many people, including older men and women who have not exercised in some time, may be hesitant to join a gym for fear of intimidation. Some seniors may avoid machines and classes believing they will not use the apparatus properly, or that they will be judged by other gym members. Some seniors may feel like gyms do not cater to their older clientele, creating an atmosphere that is dominated by younger members and loud music.

to older members. Get a doctor’s go-ahead. Make sure to clear exercise and gym membership with your doctor prior to purchasing a membership. He or she also may have a list of gyms where fellow senior patients have memberships. Build up gradually. Begin with exercises you feel comfortable performing. Spend time walking on the treadmill while observing other gym members. Tour the circuit of machines and other equipment. Find out if you can sample a class to see if it might be a good fit. Find a gym buddy. Working out with a partner in your age group may encourage you to keep going to the gym and increase your comfort level. You each can offer support and enjoy a good laugh through the learning process. Don’t get discouraged. Anyone working out for the first time, regardless of age, will feel somewhat out of place until exercise becomes part of a routine. Give it some time before throwing in the towel. Once you catch on, you may discover you enjoy working out.

Such misconceptions are often unfounded, as many gyms welcome older members with open arms. But even if seniors find gyms intimidating, they should still sign up for memberships. In such situations, the following tips can help seniors shed their fears and adapt to their new gyms.

Choose a senior-friendly gym. Some gyms cater to senior members. They may offer “SilverSneakers” classes at their facility. Other niche gyms may only accept members of a certain age group. Investigate these gyms if working out with a younger crowd is proving too great a deterrent.

Start the process slowly. Shop around for a gym that makes you feel comfortable. Get fully informed about which classes are offered, and the benefits, if any, afforded

Fitness is important for healthy seniors. It can prolong life, help seniors maintain healthy weights and reduce their risk of injury.

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3 money-saving Make vacations and travel tips travel a key component for retirees of your retirement T hen the time comes to bid farewell to conference calls, meetings and daily commutes, retirees have open schedules to fill with whichever activities they choose. Travel is one exciting way to pass the time.


rustic as travelers prefer. Many seniors spend months traveling in their campers, which offer many of the same amenities of home. Campsites and special RV hook-up sites offer the other necessities of traveling the open road.

Traveling can be a rewarding prospect for active seniors, particularly those who successfully preplanned for retirement and have the income to fund various excursions. Many seniors, both in the United States and Canada, find that travel tops their to-do lists once they retire. According to Senior Travel magazine, new travel options are emerging for newly minted retirees looking for something a little different from the status quo.

Genealogical tourism is popular. People hoping to trace their ancestry and visit their ancestral homelands are one of the fastest-growing travel segments. Visiting an old church in Europe where ancestors were married or buying food from a market in which a great aunt or uncle once worked leads retirees on many international adventures. Such trips provide travelers with a unique opportunity to understand their roots up close and personal while enjoying some international travel along the way.

The list of destinations retirees have at their disposal is limitless. The following ideas are some of the more popular ways retirees choose to travel. Road trips rule. Taking to the highways and byways is an excellent way to see the country. Seniors can customize their routes depending on which places they want to visit. RV travel can be as comfortable or as

Exotic tours can be exciting destinations. History buffs or adventure-seeking couples may be particularly attracted to exotic travel destinations that are slightly off of the beaten path. Travel tours may take vacationers to destinations such as excavation sites or backpacking through the rainforest. With passport in

hand, seniors can go just about anywhere their desires take them. Enjoy a relaxing seaside trip. A seaside vacation can be the perfect trip for seniors who want to put their feet up and sip some cocktails while watching the waves lap the shores. Many beach resorts offer all-inclusive packages for different age groups. Meals, excursions and hotel rooms can be bundled into one affordable, confusion-free price. Go cruising. Speaking of allinclusive vacationing, cruising seems tailor-made for those ages 50 and older because it offers the convenience of accommodations, food, entertainment, and transportation all in one. The various activities offered on the ship mean travelers can find ways to spend their time how they see fit. Cruising couples can opt to spend all of their time on the ship enjoying carefully prepared meals and entertainment or disembark and explore the various ports of call along the way. Now that they have more free time, retirees can gear up for travel adventures to remember.

hough a transient lifestyle is something few people aspire to during much of their lives, come retirement, the idea of staying in a place for only a short time has more appeal. According to a 2014 study from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, 36 percent of baby boomers want to spend their retirements traveling. Many are succeeding in doing just that, as a study from the luxury travel network Virtuoso found that today’s seniors spent an average of just over $11,000 per year on travel. That was more than any other generation, highlighting just how much older adults like to get out and explore the world. Retirees who fear they cannot afford to travel can explore the various ways for seniors to cut costs and still satisfy their wanderlust during retirement.

1. Take advantage of age-related discounts. Some adults prefer to hide their ages, but when it comes time to travel during retirement, honesty is the best policy. Many businesses that cater to travelers offer discounts to seniors. Car rental agencies, hotels, travel agencies, and cruise lines may offer direct discounts to customers 65 and older, while membership in organizations such as AAA and AARP may make seniors eligible for additional discounts. Discounts on lodging and airfare might net the biggest savings, but even discounts on various smaller expenses can add up to big savings.

2. Don’t overlook travel agencies. While many prospective travelers’ first instincts are now to visit various travel websites in an effort to find the most affordable trips, it’s important that travelers not overlook travel agencies when planning trips. Travel websites, though a valuable resource, only list the hotels and airlines that agree to be included on their sites. While many participate, some do not, and those that do not may instead work independent of travel websites or partner with travel agencies. Travel agencies have access to the latest information, and many specialize in certain countries, knowing all the attractions visitors to their countries want to see. Travel agencies may offer packages that include admissions to popular attractions, which can be more affordable than planning a trip a la carte.

3. Travel as part of a group. Group travel may not appeal to everyone, but it should appeal to older, budget-conscious travelers. Retirees who are uncomfortable driving at home will likely be even less comfortable driving in foreign countries where the rules of the road are not the same. Traveling in groups, whether it’s with a retirement community, religious organization or another program, can save travelers substantial amounts of money. Many hotels and tourist attractions offer steep discounts for group tours, which can even be arranged through travel agencies. A hidden benefit of signing up for a group tour is the chance to meet new people and develop new relationships with fellow globetrotters. Many working professionals hope to spend the bulk of their retirement traveling the globe. While such a goal is potentially costly, there are various ways to save and still see the world.

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Get the facts on life insurance policies F ew people want to face their own mortality when they are in the prime of their lives. However, thinking ahead and making advanced plans can save family members considerable heartache.

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out how much coverage you may need is to take your annual salary and multiply it by eight.

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Ex Ambassador Pickering talks at temple Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts at Emanuel presented Former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering whose lecture was a sharp reminder of the importance of diplomacy in maintaining international stability and keeping the world safe.

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PHOTOS: MALLORY WEBER Emanuel Past President Dr. H. David Lieberman, Publisher & Editor of Blank Slate Media Steve Blank, Ambassador Pickering, Emanuel Past President Mort Zimmerman, Vice President of Metropolitan Commercial Bank Ralph Ventura.

Fmr. Ambassador Pickering with Dr. & Mrs. Alan Guerci. Dr. Guerci Rabbi Robert S. Widom, NY State Assemblyman Tony D’Urso, Emanuel President Ira G. Cooper, Fmr. Ambassador Pickering, Can- is President & CEO of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. tor Israel Goldstein.

Canadian singer to ‘Sh*tty Mom’ author at headline folk concert Temple Beth Shalom Acclaimed Canadian singer and songwriter James Keelaghan will be the featured artist during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly First Saturday Concerts series on April 1. James Keelaghan is one of today’s most esteemed Canadian folksinger/songwriters. A Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) winner, he has been hailed as “Canada’s finest songwriter” by Dave Marsh, a noted American music critic and historian. Others consider Keelaghan a poet laureate of the Canadian folk and roots music world. “(His) is a voice in contemporary Canadian songwriting that has helped us define who we are as a people,” says David Francey, himself a respected and award-winning Canadian singer and songwriter. “He writes with great humanity and honesty, with an eye to the past and a vision of the future. He has chronicled his times with powerful and abiding songs, with heart and eyes wide open.” A Calgary native, who now calls Perth, Ontario home, Keelaghan has been plying his craft for more than 25 years. His music fuses contemporary folk with roots rock and Americana/Canadiana. “Among the most distinctive voices on the Canadian singer/songwriter scene, this baritone also is a masterful storyteller known for his literate and layered narrative songwriting,” according to Michael Kornfeld, FMSH’s president. Keelaghan’s love of language and of history is reflected in his songs.

Some of them touch on themes of social justice and problems facing society, while others — like “Cold Missouri Waters,” “Fires of Calais” and “Hillcrest Mine” — focus on tragic historical events. He is also known for his interpretation of songs by others. These include fellow Canadian Gordon Lightfoot, whose “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” Keelaghan covered on the tribute album Beautiful. The 8:30 p.m. concert will take place at the Congregational Church of Huntington located at 30 Washington Drive (off Route 25A, Centerport) and will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30. Tickets are priced at $25 ($20 for FMSH members) and may be purchased in advance online at, using a credit card, or at the door (cash and checks only). For more information about the event, go to or call 631-425-2925. The Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam, and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council.

BY M I R I A M FURMAN SILVERMAN All are welcome for an evening with Alicia Ybarbo, co-author of “Sh*tty Mom For All Seasons” and Today Show producer, on Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights. Alicia is an Emmy Award-winning producer, bestselling author and social media mom, with more than 750K followers on Twitter @ TodaysMoms. In the humor genre, the book celebrates those lessthan-perfect parenting moments. It is her third parenting book. Those who enjoyed the summer blockbuster film of 2016, “Bad Moms,” are sure to enjoy event, which is chaired by Deborah Agulnick. This parents’ night out — which will resonate with anyone who takes care of children— is sponsored by Z’havah Young Leaders of TBS Sisterhood and the Sid Jacobson JCC.

Co-authors of “Sh*tty Mom For All Seasons” Mary Ann Zoellner and Alica Ybarbo share a funny moment. Ybarbo will speak at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. It is open to the public. Men are welcome! Please register by March 31. General admission: $10. A pre-event wine and cheese reception will be held at 6:45 p.m.: $25 includes general admission to author talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the event: $20. Raffles tickets: $5.

Checks payable to TBS Sisterhood may be mailed to Temple Beth Sholom Sisterhood, 401 Roslyn Road in Roslyn Heights. To pay by PayPal, go to and click on the Event Title in Upcoming Events in the center of the Homepage. Please contact the temple office for further information: 516-621-2288.

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Arts & Entertainment Calendar GOLD COAST ARTS CENTER 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (516) 829-2570 • Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Film: “Women’s Balcony” Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Film: “Little Boxes” Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Film Documentary: “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET 232 Main Street, Suite 1 Port Washington (516) 767-1384 ext. 101 Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Vinicius Cantuaria canta Antonio Carlos Jobim Tuesday, March 28 at 8 p.m. Conversations from Main Street: “Spectrum of Hope” Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. TV Medium Kim Russo PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM Coe Hall Historic House Museum 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay (516) 922-9200 • http://www.plantingfields. org Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Music at the Mansion: Hot Club of Flatbush THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 ext. 303 Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Joe DeGuardia’s STAR Boxing Presents “Rockin’ Fights 26” Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Trace Adkins Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot — Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m. moe.Spring 2017 Tour Thursday, April 6 at 8 p.m. The Paramount Comedy Series Presents: Kevin James with Special Guest Chris Roach LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City 516-224-5800 • Friday, March 24 and 31, 2:30-4 p.m. Rainbow Wind Socks: Welcome the colors of spring as you create a ranbow wind sock with fun streamers to hang at home. Ages 3 and up. Free with museum admission Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 at 11 a.m. Green Teens: Surrounded by STEM Ages 3 and up. Free with museum admission Tuesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 30, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. stART (Story + Art) Ages 3 to 5. Free with museum admission Saturday, April 1 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Red Riding Hood Ages 4 and up. $9 per ticket. Sunday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. Messy AfternoonsFilm Ages 18 months to 4 years. Free with mu-

seum admission MADISON THEATRE AT MOLLOY COLLEGE 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, 12- 8 p.m. through April 12 The Frank & Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery at Malloy Presents... World War I: Image, Money and Propaganda—The Central Powers Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m. Dancing Dream: A Tribute to ABBA Sunday, March 26, 1-6 p.m. Word Up Long Island Lit Fest Saturday, April 8, 12-2 p.m. Office of Student Affairs at Molloy College Presents... Easter Eggstravaganzia: Celebrate spring, take pictures with the Easter bunny and join arts, crafts, games and an Easter egg hunt. At Public Square, Molloy College Adults free, $5 per child HUNTINGTON ARTS COUNCIL 213 Main Street, Huntington Thursday, March 30, 7-9 p.m. Tune in Social Channels: Basic Social Media Planning Session Registration: $10 members and DEC grant applicants/$15 non-members, $20 at the door Thursday, April 6, 7-9 p.m. The Power of the Inbox Registration: $10 members and DEC grant applicants/$15 non-members, $20 at the door NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn (516) 484-9338 Saturday, March 25-Sunday, July 9 Halston Style: The first comprehensive retrospective of the works of the American fashion designer Halston. Sponsored by “H Halston exclusively at Lord & Taylor,” the exhibition occupies the entire museum. Ongoing Sculpture Park Walking Trails Gardens Events FILM Saturday, March 25-Sunday, July 9 Halston on Film: The exhibition Halston Style includes films and videos related to Halston’s contributions to the world of fashion; films are screened at various times. For The Family Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Family Tour at 1 p.m. Art Activities at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, 9, 16 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Family Sundays at the Museum Sunday, April 23 Super Family Sunday Earth Day event STEPHEN C. WIDOM CULTURAL ARTS AT EMANUEL Temple Emanuel of Great Neck 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. “Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens” with Richard D. Wolff

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A&E Calendar cont’d Sunday, April 2 at 4 p.m. “Let’s Hang On!”—Tribute Concert to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons For more information and tickets, call 516482-5701 or go to THE DOLPHIN BOOK SHOP & CAFE 299 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-2650 • www.thedolphinbookshop. com Fridays at 11 a.m. Music & More: Marilyn & her guitar For children ages 2-4 Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Cafe Music at The Dolphin Free admission Ongoing March 1-31 Happy Montessori Student Art Exhibit Ongoing April 1-30 Alan Stein Photography on Display Saturday, April 1, 2-4 p.m. April Art Exhibit: Alan Stein Photography on display through April 30. Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m. PJC at the Dolphin: Celebrate Passover. Join Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf from Port Washington Jewish Center for a holiday story time. For children of all ages. BOOK REVUE 313 New York Avenue Huntington Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. So You Think You’re A New York Mets Fan? by Brett Topel THE ART GUILD 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset Second Thursdays: April 9, 13 Sip & Sketch: Live model, no instruction, short and long poses. Bring a snack and/or beverage. Call or email to RSVP. Beginners, 1-4 p.m.; Intermediates, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For children: Sundays until March 26 Works on Paper Exhibit TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | LIU POST 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville (516) 299-3100 • Saturday, March 25, 2 p.m. Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater Co. Sunday, March 26, 3 p.m.

Eroica Trio Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m. Real Boy Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m. Romeo and Juliet: A School-Time Performance SANDS POINT PRESERVE CONSERVANCY 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point • 516.571.7901 Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m. Lark Quartet Saturday, April 8, 10-11 a.m. Spring Back!

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Pollywog Adventures for Pre-Schoolers: Kids of all ages learn about the natural world. Saturday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Spring Egg Hunt: Tot garden, up to 2 years of age; General hunting grounds 3-8 years of age. Don’t forget your basket. No registration required. Adults: $6; Kids, ages 3-12: $4; Seniors 65 and up and children under 3: Free NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY: THE NORTHWELL HEALTH CONCERT SERIES 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury

(516) 247-5205 • Friday, March 24, 8 p.m. Sirius XM Presents: Bob Saget Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m. The Temptations & The Four Tops Sunday, March 26, 8 p.m. Larry the Cable Guy Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m. 4th Annual Louder than Love Concert Sunday, April 2, 3 and 7 p.m. The Beach Boys Continued on Page 54

CLARK BOTANIC GARDEN 193 I. U. Willets Road, Albertson (516) 484-2208 • Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m. Art: The Woman and the Garden Fireside Chat with Louise Cella Caruso $10 members; $12 non-members Sunday, March 26, 1 p.m. Pruning Basics: Fireside Chat with Richard Weir III $10 members; $12 non-members Sunday, April 2, 1 p.m. Poetry at the Garden: Fireside Chat with Linda Opyr—Nassau County Pet Laureate 2011-13 $10 members; $12 non-members HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AND TOLERANCE CENTER OF NASSAU COUNTY 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove (516) 571-8040 • Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m. Performance: The Pirates of Penzance in Yiddish There is a suggested donation of $10 for each event. Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m. Reception, Book Reading and Discussion: After the Silence, a new book edited by Lillian Gewirtzman and Karla Nieraad Sunday, April 23 Walk the Talk... Never Again: Register a team for HMTC’s 1st Annual 5K Walk online Monday, May 1, 6 p.m. Save the Date for HMTC’s Annual Tolerance Benefit COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY & AQUARIUM 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor (516) 692-6768 •

Real Estate Tip From a Professional:


Either way, you’re paying a mortgage: Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

CHRIS PAPPAS, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Commercial & Residential Expert Leading Edge Award Winner 2014, 2015* President’s Circle Award Winner 2016* C: 516.659.6508 | | * At Douglas Elliman Real Estate


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A&E Calendar cont’d Continued from Page 53 THE WHALING MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3418 • Children’s Events: Sunday, March 26,12-3 p.m. Moana’s Whale of a Luah All Ages. $10 Child. Adults regular $6 admission. Members $5 child. Sunday, April 2,11 a.m.-12 p.m. Egg-cellent Celebration All Ages. $5 Child. Adults regular $6 admission. Members $5 child. Tuesday-Friday, April 10-14, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Whaler World Explorer Camp Grades K-3; Crew Leader: Grades 4-5; CITs 8th Grade & Up Tuesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 13, 2:304:30 p.m. Build-a-Boat Workshop Ages 4 and up. $5 Child. Adults regular $6 admission + $8 per hull. Members pay only $8 hull fee. ADELPHI UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1 South Avenue, Garden City (516)877-4000 • Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m.


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The Hillbenders: The Who’s Tommy, A Bluegrass Opry Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly Tuesday, March 28-Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Brighton Beach Memoirs GARVIES POINT MUSEUM AND PRESERVE 50 Barry Dr. in Glen Cove (516) 571-8010/11 • Tuesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Beginner’s Bird Watching Tuesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft: Recycled Birdhouse Wednesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pond Study Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft: Pond Critter Sand Art Thursday, April 13 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Spring Nature Walk Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft: Fern and Leaf Prints with Film: All About Plant Pollination

Community Calendar ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY OF LONG ISLAND 38 Old Country Road, Garden City Sunday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Protecting Vulnerable Communities: Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas will speak on the topic, “A Modern Approach to Doing Justice” The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call 516-741-7304 or go to Sunday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. Free Workshop: The “New Normal”: This is a free workshop on how to cope with the changes in society since the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States conducted by Dr. Anne Klaeysen, leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. For more information, call 516-741-7304 or go to WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE HISTORIC SITE 246 Old Walt Whitman Road Huntington Station Thursday, March 30 (all day) 31st Annual Student Poetry Contest. Theme: dreams. Write a poem using Walt Whitman’s theme, “I dream’d in a dream.” Entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 17. Awards will be distributed on Sunday, June 4, 12-2 p.m. For more info., go to Friday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Walking with Whitman: Patricia Sears Jones Sunday, April 23 at 2 and 4 p.m. Walt Whitman Birthplace Presents the 2017 Long Island Poet of the Year: Tammy NuzzoMorgan

Sunday, April 30 at 2 and 4 p.m. Walt Whitman Birthplace Presents the 2016 Champion of Literacy: Dana Gioia Friday, May 5 at 6 and 9 p.m. Walking with Whitman: Wendy Barker SIP ‘N’ PAINT FUNDRAISER FOR BETHANY HOUSE At H On the Harbor 410 Main Street, Port Washington Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Join an evening of creative fun that will benefit the homeless women and children of Bethany House. Enjoy laughs, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and wine. Donation: $55 in advance; $60 at the door For more information, contact Theresa Little at 516-546-8022 TRIVIA CHALLENGE At Gino’s of New Hyde Park 1113 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. Come and see how much you know. Match wits with other great minds. You may win a prize. For more information, call 516-676-1976 REACH OUT AMERICA PRESENTS Sunday, March 26 at 11:30 a.m. LOLA SUOZZI DILLON: Freshman Congressman Tom Suozzi and award-winning jazz saxophone player Sam Dillon will be the featured guests at the Mediterranean brunch. All proceeds will benefit ROA. Price: $75 At LOLA, 113a Middle Neck Road, Great Neck Thursday, April 6 at 6:45 p.m. Film Documentary: “The Waiting Room”: An American hospital’s struggle to care for

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Community Calendar cont’d a community of largely uninsured patients. At the Main Branch of the Great Neck Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. PROJECT INDEPENDENCE SUPPORT & SOCIAL GROUP TRIVIA CHALLENGE Call 311 or (516) 869-6311 for more information. Last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Havana Central Restaurant Roosevelt Field, Garden City. For more info, call (516) 676- 1976. SID JACOBSON JCC 300 Forest Drive East Hills, 11548 Fridays Shababa Fridays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. General Exercise Group for All cancer Survivors, 12:30-1:15 p.m. Discussion Group for All Cancer Survivors, 1:15-2 p.m. Sundays Gentle Yoga for All Cancer Survivors, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays News Behind the News, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Eat, Chat, Move!, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Tuesdays Mah Jongg Clinic, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Tuesday Lectures, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Swim Program for Strength & Wellness, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Knitzvah: Knitting for a Cause, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Knitzvah: Knitting for a Cause, 12-2 p.m. Taste of Torah, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursdays Games Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meditation, 12:30-1:30 p.m. THE ADELPHI NY STATEWIDE BREAST CANCER HOTLINE & SUPPORT PROGRAM At the Adelphi School of Social Work 1 South Ave., Garden City Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m. Support for Caregivers of People with Breast Cancer Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Young Women’s Support Group, Under 40 All groups are facilitated by a social worker. Info.: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077 PORT WASHINGTON SENIOR CENTER 80 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington The first and third Tuesday of every month from 2-3 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Info.: 311 or 516-869-6311 WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL 200 Old Country Road, Suite 250 Mineola, NY 11501 Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Urology Free Support Group Meetings will be held quarterly, beginning Wednesday, March 8 At the Winthrop Wellness Pavillion 1300 Franklin Avenue, Garden City Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Neuroscience Free Support Group

Huntington’s Disease – 2nd Monday of the month Winthrop’s Research & Academic Center, 101 Mineola Blvd., Room G-013 Winthrop-University Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care Head and Neck Cancer Patient Support Group 1300 Franklin Avenue, Suite ML5 Garden City Third Monday of the month, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Winthrop-University Hospital’s Free Lecture: “Dental Care for Seniors”: The Link Between Oral Care & Your Health At the Mineola Community Center 155 Washington Ave., Mineola Wednesday, April 5 at 1:15 p.m. Seniors are invited to attend this free lecture presented by Kathleen Agoglia, DDS, to learn the latest information on dental health. WINTHROP’S RESEARCH & ACADEMIC CENTER 101 Mineola Boulevard At the corner of Second Street in Mineola Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Parkinson’s Disease: An Update with Nora Chan, MD NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN/LAKEVILLE SECTION Monday, March 27 at 12 p.m. At Clinton G. Martin Park 1601 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park Meeting and talk with speaker Herb Norman, who will discuss old-time radio shows Call 718-343-6222 for more information. TEMPLE JUDEA OF MANHASSET 333 Searingtown Rd. Manhasset (516) 621-8049 Mondays and Tuesdays at 12 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Three Days of Duplicate Bridge REAP (Retired, Energetic and Active People) The Adult Education Center of Great Neck 20 Cumberland Road, Great Neck Tuesday, March 28 at 1 p.m. Book and Fitness Club CENTER FOR THE WOMEN OF NEW YORK Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens Class cost: $10 donation per class Tuesday, March 28 Women’s Support Group Thursday, March 30 at 2 p.m. Job Club Saturday, April 29 at 12 p.m. 30th Year Anniversary Celebration Luncheon At Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Commonwealth Blvd., Douglaston TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM 401 Roslyn Road Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 516-621-2288 Saturday, March 25 at 10:45 a.m. Mini Minyan: stories, songs, dance, snacks

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION AT SHELTER ROCK 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset (516) 627-6560 Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Stand Up in the Face of Injustice: Learn more about the current threats against democracy — and against the dignity and worth of all people — from Nobel Peace Prize nominee, author and cofounder of the human rights group Global Exchange and peace group CODEPINK, Medea Benjamin. $5 suggested donation. Tuesday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. Shelter Rock’s Passover Seder — Social Hall. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members, $15 Children (12 and under). Send your checks payable to UUCSR, marked “Seder” to Sharyn by Friday, April 7. ST. FRANCES PREP’S MUSIC DEPT. 6100 Francis Lewis Blvd., Fresh Meadows Friday, March 31 at 7:45 p.m. Annual Jazz and Pop Concert, featuring its four top-tier ensembles: the jazz band, the honors percussion ensemble, the chamber choir and the chamber orchestra. $5 tickets sold at the door. LUTHERAN CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR 12 Franklin Ave., Port Washington Saturday, April 1, 6-10 p.m. Pasta dinner and silent auction night. Tickets are $25/adult and $15/child under 12 and may be purchased at the door or by contacting the church office, 516-7670603 or ST. ANDREW’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 30 Brookside Drive, Smithtown Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. The Long Island Baroque Ensemble presents its annual concert in honor of the birthday of J.S. Bach. Works of Bach for Strings, Flute, Voice and Harpsichord. For more information, call 212-222-6795 CHRIST CHURCH OF OYSTER BAY 61 East Main Street, Oyster Bay Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. The Long Island Baroque Ensemble presents its annual concert in honor of the birthday of J.S. Bach. Works of Bach for Strings, Flute, Voice and Harpsichord. For more information, call 212-222-6795 TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH ROSLYN CHILDCARE CENTER 1579 Northern Blvd., Roslyn Saturday, April 8 at 11 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt: This is a free event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

EASTERN SUNDAY AT THE INN... WITH A SPECIAL APPEARANCE FROM THE EASTER BUNNY 214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park Sunday, April 16 with four seatings at 12, 1, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a delectable Easter Sunday brunch buffet, with a visit from the Easter bunny. Adults: $59 + tax (includes a glass of champagne); Kids 4-12 years: $25 + tax (children under 4, no charge). Unlimited juice, soda, coffee and tea. USMMA MEMORIAL CHAPEL 300 Steamboat Road, Kings Point Sunday, April 30 at 4 p.m. The Great Neck Choral Society presents one of Beethoven’s only two masses, his glorious Mass in C, as well as his Hallelujah from Mount of Olives and Brahms’ Schicksalslied ST. ALOYSIUS SOCIABLES OF GREAT NECK At the Westbury Manor 1100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury Wednesday, May 3 at 12 p.m. Luncheon and Theatre Performance of My Fair Lady. $46 per person. Deadline is April 15 for reservations. For more information, call John Hyland, 516-482-3795 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL 186 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola Saturday, May 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Kentucky Derby Party: $15 per person includes hot and cold buffet, cookies and coffee. Cash bar racing games 50/50 raffle. Downstairs in Members Lounge. Contact: Tom Kelly, 516-414-2229 or LWV PROGRAM ON WOMEN GAINING POLITICAL OFFICE Port Washington Public Library Lapham Meeting Room 1 Library Drive Port Washington, NY 11050. Wednesday, April 5, at 7p.m. The League of Women Voters of Port Washington – Manhasset is sponsoring “The Political Glass Ceiling - Cracked but Not Shattered.” Four guest speakers will tackle topics that will include the challenges women face and the strategies they can use when running for political office. All are welcome. For more information, contact Allison White at (516) 944-7794.


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A family struggles to adjust when they move from New York City to a small town in Washington State. Accustomed to life in the Big Apple, the tight-knit family is ill-prepared for the drastically different set of obstacles that their new community presents. They soon find themselves struggling to understand themselves and each other in this new context. Starring Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis and Armani Jackson. Visit or call 516-829-2570 for tickets. Tickets $15/$10 for students when purchased in advance, all tickets $20 at the door.

Economics prof talk at Temple Emanuel Richard D. Wolff, professor of economics emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will be the guest in the pulpit at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck on Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. He will offer the talk, “Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens.” Wolff is currently visiting professor at the New School University in New York. His recent work has concentrated on analyzing the causes and alternative solutions to the global economic crisis. His groundbreaking book, “Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism,” inspired the creation of Democracy at Work, a nonprofit organization dedicated to showing how and

why to make democratic workplaces real. Wolff is also the author of “Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism and Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It.” He hosts the weekly hour-long radio program “Economic Update,” which is syndicated on public radio stations nationwide, and he writes regularly for The Guardian and Wolff appears frequently on television and radio to discuss his work, with guest spots including “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Moyers & Company,” “Charlie Rose,” “Up with Chris Hayes,” and “Democracy Now!” His newest book, “Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens,” makes the case that the crisis should be grasped not as a passing moment but as an evolving stage in capitalism’s history. Wolff ’s talk is preceded by a brief service. Following his talk, there will be a Q&A, refreshments and booksigning. All members of the community are invited to attend. Admission is free. Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane in Great Neck. For further information, please call 516482-5701.

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Great Neck Library Sam Dillon Quartet Performs Jazz Standards at the Min Library Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. In the Committee Room of the Main Building, 159 Bayview Avenue. The Life & Career of Sammy Davis, Jr. with Jack Schnur Monday, March 27 at 2 p.m. In the Committee Room of the Main Building, 159 Bayview Avenue. Weekly English Language Conversation Classes for Beginners and Second Level These classes are held on a weekly basis, every Tuesday at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Road (2nd level), Gardens

at Great Neck Plaza, above Best Market. The Beginner’s class is held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and stresses basic grammar and spoken language. Second Level is held from 2 to 3 p.m. and is for people who have some fluency in English. All are welcome to sit in on the Beginner’s class. Beginners are encouraged to stay for second class. For further information, please call the Reference Dept. at 516-466-8055 x218. Chess Club at Main Wednesdays from 12:304:30 p.m. Enjoy a game of chess at the newly renovated Main Library in the small Multipurpose Room at the Main

Project Independence Social Discussion and Men’s Group at Parkville Thursday, March 30 at 11:30 a.m.

Building, 159 Bayview Avenue. Wednesday Film Matinee at Main Wednesday afternoon films are back at the Main Library. Refer to the Library newsletter, film brochure or website for further information on the films scheduled.

AARP Tax Assistance at Parkville Wednesdays through April 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. AARP Tax Preparers will assist you in preparing and filing simple Federal tax returns online. At the Parkville Branch, 10 Campbell Street (off Lakeville Road), New Hyde Park

SAT Prep Course Registration Wednesdays, March 29 and April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The course is taught by NYS certified math and verbal skills experts. There is a $25 fee per student (fee includes textbook). Advanced registration is required by calling the Main Building, 159 Bayview Avenue, at 516-466-8055 x218. Great Neck Library Closing/Cancellation Information Online Library patrons connected to the Internet are asked

to check the website: www.cancellations. com for Library weather related closings/program cancellations. In order to access this service, Library District residents can log on to, type in their zip code or Great Neck Library and obtain information on program cancellations or Library closings. In addition, at no charge, residents can request automatic e-mails from when the Library has posted any information. This is a great way for Library District residents who are connected online to be advised of weather related changes in Library hours or programs.

Great Neck Park District

Great Neck House is located at 65 Arrandale Ave. in Great Neck 516-487-7665

for the GNPD’s 2017 Skate School Show. “Ice Fever” will be presented by students of the skate school programs through the past season. Due to this event, the 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. public sessions are cancelled. All are welcome to attend.

p.m. and Sunday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Pet Food Drive with Legislator Birnbaum The GNPD is partnering with Birnbaum for a pet drive, which runs through April 30. Great Neck House will have containers to collect pet food to help the less fortunate during this time.

Sunday @ 2 at Great Neck House The Sunday performance series begins at 2 p.m. Nina Gordon Party will perform on March 26.

Nature Program: Just -A-Hike Sunday, March 26 at 12:30 p.m., Join the event at Muttontown Preserve (equestrian entrance) at Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, East Norwich. Children under 16 not permittted. To register call (516) 482-0355. No children, under age 16, are permitted to attend.

Annual Skate School Show at the Rink Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Join in at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink

Weekend Movie “The Shallows” (2016) will be shown on Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 25 at 5 & 8

Great Neck House Class Registration Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis during regular

registration department hours at Great Neck House. Non-resident registration fees apply. Come to Great Neck House, 14 Arrandale Avenue or call (516) 482-0355 for a detailed list of adult and children’s classes available. Great Neck Park District Job Fair 2017 Monday, March 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, call Great Neck House at 516-482-0355. Defensive Driving Classes Classes run the first Saturdayof every month, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Great Neck Social Center

The Great Neck Social Center is located at 80 Grace Ave. in Great Neck. Veterans Social Club The Veterans Social Club is first and foremost Social! Every second Friday of the month, Veterans, their spouses, and guests meet to enjoy a program that is entertaining or informative. The next meeting will be on March 10 at 2 p.m. World in Depth

Lots to talk about for the savvy seniors who have better ideas about how to run the world. Every Thursday at 2:00pm there is a session. No charge, just come and put in your own opinion!

Combatting the Winter “Blahs” Start off the day right by coming into Room 4 on any Monday or Friday to grab a cup of tea and a little snack as you chate with other “noshers.” Listen to Doctor Herb as he plays

the piano with classics, show tunes, and popular tunes of teh day!

Take Care! Take Good Care! Everyone tells you to eat right, exercise regularly and reduce your stress. Well, here’s how! Got a hobby you’d like to share or an idea for a class. Call the office at 516-487-0025. Lunch and Learn with Janet Just imagine a light picnic lunch as you munch and listen

to one of Janet De Winter’s crisp and lively reviews of a fascinating novel. Do call (516)487-0025 to reserve a space for her delightful review. And you do not have to read the book to enjoy Janet’s review. Games People Play If you love to play Scrabble, chess, poker or any other game, come every Wednesday at 1 p.m. and enjoy an open game session, as well as an afternoon of good conversation and company.

To sign up, call Great Neck House at 516-482-0355. Moorings Available at Steppingstone Marina There are deep water moorings available for the 2017 season at the Steppingstone Marina. With easy access to City Island restaurants, New York Harbor and western LI, the marina will provide launch service beginning on Monday, April 17. A complete launch schedule is available on the GNPD website:

Great Neck Community Calendar

BOOSTS LOCAL RESTAURANTS In order to show community dedication and support, Leonard N. Katz, President of the Rotary Club of Great Neck, has instituted a new dynamic to his club. They have begun to have dinner events at local Great Neck restaurants on a monthly basis. The second Wednesday of each month will be given over to the club patronizing local establishments. As a further welcoming gesture, the club invites town residents and businesspeople to visit these Continued on Page 59

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Luncheon to have ‘Wicked’ star Continued from Page 11 three co-chairs. About 250 people attended about a decade ago when Geismar got involved with the luncheon, she said. Her son, Ryan, attended classes at the Viscardi School as a child; he’s now 18 and a sophomore at Manhasset High School. The goal is to show the crowd all the good the Viscardi School does for its students and encourage them to support it, Geismar said. The students also love the chance to rehearse and perform a song with a big name, she said. “To give them those opportunities is just wonderful, and I think people walk away from that luncheon with a really, really good feeling,” Geismar said. The Reach for the Star Luncheon starts at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the Crest Hollow Country Club, located at 8325 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury. Tickets start at $150 and can be purchased at

restaurants with them to network and to participate in keeping Great Neck great and a wonderful place to live and work. They say, “come and discover how meaningful it is to give back to the community.” For more information, visit their Facebook page, Rotary Club of Great Neck or their website, To join with them and be a dinner participant, just call 516-487-9392 or email them at FREE EXERCISE CLASSES Ongoing Program - FREE Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes For All Levels: Balance, agility, strengthening, endurance and osteoporosis for eligible seniors. Monday through Saturday. Garden City, Roslyn and Great Neck. Call for more details, including seeing if you are eligible and class times, (516) 745-8050. WOMANSPACE A discussion group devoted to issues concerning women. Weekly meetings are held every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Great Neck Senior Center, at 80 Grace Ave, Great Neck. New members welcome. For more info call Joan Keppler at (516) 487-5844. ST. ALOYSIUS SOCIABLES Wednesday, March 22 at 1 p.m. At the Jolly Fisherman, 25 Main St., Roslyn Cost: Price of your meal. Please call John Hyland 516- 4823795 for reservations. 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 Serves Best,” all are welcome to discover how meaningful and satisfying it


Great Neck skater shines on the ice BY M I C H E L E S I E G E L


Jennifer DiNoia, a star of the Broadway musical “Wicked,” is the featured guest at the Viscardi Center’s 2017 Reach for a Star Luncheon.

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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 8am in the boardroom of TD Bank at 2 Great Neck Rd. For more information, visit their website at 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 rotaryclubofgreatneck@aol. com or call 516-487-9392. TUESDAYS WITH REAP (Retired, Energetic, and Active People) at the REAP ADULT EDUCATION CENTER 20 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck. The Science Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month. The Economics and Writers’ Clubs meet the second Tusday of the month. VACATIONARTS AT THE GOLD COAST ARTS CENTER The Gold Coast Arts Center continues to bring fun and creative activities to children through the VacationArts program. It’s the perfect choice for no school days. VacationArts allows you to choose your own dates and schedule your Pre-K through 7th Graders for a fun, exciting and active day. Your children will experience sessions in Art, Music, Ceramics, Chess, and Acting, taught by experienced teachers and artists. Days off from school are filled with creative activities which will keep your child engaged and happy. Construct a sculpture; learn a hiphop routine; strategize chess moves with a grand master; make a unique edible art project; and more. Activities vary daily. Creative expression is considered one of the building

blocks of early development, so why not keep your child engaged. Further VacationArts™ Programs: Spring Recess: April 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A NUT-FREE Snack and Lunch is included in tuition. Kosher meals available upon request. Transportation not provided. GREAT NECK PUBLIC SCHOOLS Saturday, March 4 from 9am-12pm and 6-9 pm Adult Learning Center ESOL & TASC Registration, 105 Clover Drive, 516-441-4950 Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Music Night at Great Neck South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd. Info: 516-441-4873 Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Music Fundraiser at South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd., 516-4414851 Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. BOE Public Action Meeting at South Middle School, 349 Lakeville Rd., 516-441-4001 Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. North Middle School Presents “Seussical.” 77 Polo Rd. Info: 516-4414551 NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERT On Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., Karen J. Greenberg, expert on national security, terrorism and civil liberties and director of the Center on National Security, will be the guest in the pulpit at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck. She will offer the talk, “Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State—An Update.” Greenberg’s talk is preceded by a brief service. Following her talk, there will be a Q&A, refreshments and a book signing. All members of the community are invited to attend. Admission is free. Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane in Great Neck. For further information, please call 516-482-5701.

Born and raised in Great Neck, 15-year-old Ilana Sherman has been figure skating since she was a mere tot. As many youngsters do, she enrolled in the Great Neck Park District’s Skate School classes at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink and not only learned how to skate, but became dedicated to the sport just a few years later. She recalls getting extremely excited when seeing her idols, Sarah Hughes (2002 Olympic Gold Medalist) and sister Emily Hughes (2006 United States Olympic and World teams; 2007 silver medalist in U.S. National Championships) at the rink, from time to time. She began waking up very early to attend the freestyle program offered at the rink before elementary school began and then continued her skating practice when school let out. For three years, she traveled to and from Hackensack, N.J., to practice her sport more seriously. Over the past year, she has been living with a host family in Riverside, Calif. while being trained by well-known coach Tammy Gambill (amongst her students are National Ladies Champion, Karen Chen). Her mom, Nancy Sherman, has been instrumental in Ilana’s ability to pursue her dreams and has been undeniably supportive of her daughter. In October 2015, Ilana won the title of North Atlantic Intermediate Ladies Regional Champion. A month later, she competed at the eastern sectionals, earning a place to then compete at her first National USFS Championship in St. Paul, Minn., as an Intermediate Lady. In September 2016, Ilana won a silver medal in the North Atlantic regionals skating as a Novice Lady competitor. She went on to eastern sectionals in North Carolina during November 2016, where she placed third of the entire east coast, winning a bronze medal. She then competed in the National USFS Championships

in Kansas City, Mo., winning eighth place in the country as a Novice Lady. Now Ilana is back in training, working on perfecting her more difficult jumps, such as triple lutz and triple triple combos. She is currently moving up to junior level due to her incredible ability. She will continue her training for the next three months until the new season begins. She then participates in upcoming competitions in New York and California which lead her into the North Atlantic regionals, held in October 2017. When asked what her goals were for the future, Ilana replied, “In figure skating, you have to take each season at a time. Planning goals for years to come can sometimes take the fun out of it.” One thing she is sure of, regarding her future, is her desire to be on Team USA, which is a prerequisite to qualify as a U.S. Olympic skater and to represent the United States in international competitions. Great Neck is rooting for you, Ilana!

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ACLU defends Americans’ rights


uring the Civil Rights era, my friend’s sister was registering black voters in the South. One day, my friend received a phone call from his sister informing him that she had participated in a peaceful demonstration and was now in an Alabama jail. Immediately after hanging up, my friend called the American Civil Liberties Union and three hours later his sister was released. That was over 40 years ago, and that’s about how long I’ve been a proud ACLU member. In 1919 and 1920, the U.S. Attorney General Mitchell Palmer rounded up thousands of so-called radicals, denied them their Constitutional rights, and deported many. Responding to these extralegal acts, a group of civil libertarians including Roger Baldwin, Morris Ernst, Arthur Garfield Hays, Jane Addams, Felix Frankfurter (later a Supreme Court Justice) and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, founded the ACLU. While the purpose of the organization has evolved, it is best known as a defender of the Bill of Rights. These first 10 amendments to our Constitution were written because in 1787-’88, there was a question as to whether the colonies would ratify our founding document. These amendments were designed to allay the fears of those who opposed the Constitution by guaranteeing personal freedoms and placing clear limitations on the powers of the government. Let me briefly outline what some of them do. The 1st guarantees freedom of speech and the press; the controversial 2nd protects the right to bear arms; the 4th prohibits unreasonable search and seizure; the 5th prohibits self-

incrimination and double jeopardy; the 7th guarantees a trial by jury while the 8th prohibits cruel and unusual punishments. Together, they constitute the bulwark of our democracy and distinguish us from totalitarian nations. Today, the American Civil Liberties Union has more than 1.2 million members, nearly 300 staff attorneys, thousands of volunteer lawyers and an annual budget of over 100 million dollars. With offices in all 50 states, the ACLU “continues to fight government abuse and to vigorously defend individual freedoms.” In order to understand fully the impact the ACLU has had, one should examine some of the landmark cases in which it’s been involved in the past 87 years. In 1925, John T. Scopes, a high school biology teacher in Tennessee, violated a state law which prohibited the teaching of evolution. The ACLU secured the services of Clarence Darrow while Tennessee was represented by William Jennings Bryan. While Scopes was initially found guilty, the conviction was overturned due to a sentencing error. The so-called “Monkey Trial” made national headlines and it helped persuade the public of the importance of academic freedom. In 1942 during World War II, 110,000 Japanese who were American citizens were interned in concentration camps. The ACLU stood almost alone in denouncing the federal government and President Franklin Roosevelt for denying these Americans their constitutional rights. In 1954 racial segregation in public schools was outlawed by a 9-0 unanimous vote of the

Supreme Court. Joining with NAACP attorneys, this overturned an 1896 decision in Plessey v. Ferguson which held that racial segregation in public facilities did not violate the Constitution as long as they were “separate but equal.” In 1969 during the Vietnam War, student protestors wore armbands to school and were suspended. The court cited the free speech clause in the first amendment protecting the students’ rights. In 1973, the historic Roe v. Wade decision established a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. The Court held that there was a Constitutional right of privacy, but the battle for reproductive rights goes on to this day. In 2005, a case similar to Scopes arose. Biology teachers in some Pennsylvania public schools were required to present “intelligent design” as an alternative to evolution. The court held that this was a violation of the separation of church and state thus vindicating the ACLU position. In 2015, lesbian and gay activists won a major victory when the Supreme Court upheld the freedom to marry. This came on the heels of another A.C.L.U. breakthrough two years earlier when the Court brought an end to the Defense of Marriage Act. These cases reveal the nature and scope of the work performed by the A.C.L.U. Every year it is involved in thousands of lawsuits and it can boast of trying more cases before the Supreme Court than any other private organization. But this does not mean that it is without its critics. Some have said that the letters stand for the American Communist Lawyers Union. And Diane Drew, has written: “Ever notice how the Ameri-

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can Civil Liberties Union...seems to take on only cases that are anti-Christian — pro-sodomy, pro-abortion, pro-pornography, pro euthanasia [and] pro-homosexual. But Ms. Drew tips her hand when she goes on to say that the ACLU “knows nothing of true liberty, which can only be found in Jesus Christ, when one is set free from the bondage of... sin...” There have been two occasions in the ACLU’s history when the organization suffered a crisis of conscience. The first occurred in the 1940s and ‘50s. This was a dark era in America’s history. Fear of communism stalked the land. It was the time of the Smith Act, “McCarthyism,” and the House Un-American Activities Committee. A joke making the rounds was that you could find “a red under every bed.” In 1939-1940, a struggle ensued within the A.C.L.U. which voted to exclude Communists from its leadership positions. This led to the formation of the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, a more radical group, which in 1998 merged into the Center for Constitutional Rights. Without getting further into the weeds of this very complicated issue, suffice it to say that in 1968 the ACLU rescinded its position and in 1970 posthumously reinstated Elizabeth Flynn. In 1978, the second, and in some ways more significant, issue arose. Nazis wanted to march through Skokie, a suburb of Chicago, where many survivors of the Holocaust lived. The ACLU chose to defend the Nazi’s free speech rights in spite of the pain they knew this would cause the Jewish survivors of the concentration camps.

The ACLU took the position that everyone’s Constitutional rights (even Nazi’s) must be defended. “It is easy to defend freedom of speech” wrote the ACLU “when the message is...reasonable. But the most critical when the message is one most people find repulsive.” This stand cost the organization dearly. Members left in droves, including my friend mentioned at the beginning of this letter. Although conflicted, I did not drop out. I am writing this piece because, as a former Social Studies teacher, I believe that every student in America needs to know about this organization. One need not slavishly preach about the “good work” it does. One might just as easily treat it as “controversial” and challenge students to study the pros and cons of positions it has taken and then defend whatever they agree with. Lest the reader think I am naive enough to believe that my opinions will be universally adopted, including the wish that all high school students be familiar with the work of the American Civil Liberties Union, I can assure you I am not. But there is consolation in the words of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg written In a letter to their sons just hours before their execution. They said that they “were comforted in the sure knowledge that others [will] carry on after us.” This belief in the continuity of the mission gives hope that, after we are gone, new voices will rise up echoing our cry for justice. Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

Letter-writer a turn off to others


erhaps in Dr. Sobel’s next scholarly article in the News, he will enlighten us about the Five Stages of Grief, and analyze in which stage he is so stuck. Jeez.

Really, it was poor judgment to publish this. If this keeps up, then we drop out. Richard A Fuhrman Great Neck

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Raise the age of incarceration in New York


ncarceration of adolescents is estimated to cost between $200,000 and $300,000 per youth, per year in New York State. Considering the poor results of our prison system to rehabilitate our youthful offenders, it is no wonder that a majority of states, red and blue in the U.S. have launched new initiatives and passed new bills to overhaul the way they treat adolescent and teenage offenders. Virtually every state in the union has adopted fair and just practices that protect communities and help all kids become responsible adults. But not New York State! I urge our newly elected senator, Elaine Phillips, to join me and hundreds of her constituents to support the Raise the Age legislation, that has been stalled in the state Senate for the past few years. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate IDC Leader Jeffrey Klein have all

voiced support to finally pass legislation against underage incarceration in the state. Gov. Cuomo stands behind the legislation, which proposes to keep children under the age of 18 out of adult prisons, to ensure the presence of a parent or guardian during questioning and sentencing and ensure a juvenile will not be imprisoned for breaking parole — given they are not a danger to others— as well as require family support centers and special care for children with significant behavioral health issues. Last year, the governor had earmarked funding to transfer youthful offenders out of adult state prisons, where they can receive much needed rehabilitative services. The savings in terms of reducing crime and youth recidivism, and especially, in terms of lives, will be enormous. The adolescent brain is still developing; adolescents respond well to interven-

tions, learn to make responsible choices, and are likely to grow out of delinquent behavior. This same undeveloped brain that is often responsible for reckless, impulsive behavior, is malleable and equally receptive to positive change. Raise the Age legislation is pending in the state Legislature, hopefully to be voted upon in the current term. The bill has the support of over 200 organizations, hundreds of clergies, and community groups, who have been working tirelessly to raising awareness across the state for over 10 years. Forty-eight, yes 48 states are again raising the upper age of jurisdiction, including Connecticut — age 18, Illinois, Missouri and Mississippi. But not New York! Here and in North Carolina, the only other state, 15 and 16 year olds continue to be prosecuted and imprisoned as adults,

with adults, in adult hellholes, like Riker’s Island. Those offenders can wait in prison, for years to go to trial — a disproportionate number of them, black and Latino, unable to post bail — even for a petty crime, like the theft of a backpack. Not only do they not receive services provided by family court, like supervision, counseling, education, training, they are twice as likely to report being beaten by inmates or prison guards, than children placed in youth facilities. Help put New York State back on the right map, along with the other 48 states which have boldly raised the age of adult criminal responsibility. Restore the chance for a stable future to so, so many young lives. Jeanette Walowitz Great Neck Bend the Arc

EMT workers Trump’s budget anti-American unsung heroes Continued from Page 16


DNY, EMT Yadira Arroyo a mother of five was run down and killed by suspect Jose Gonzalez with her ambulance in the Bronx that suspect stole. I am greatly sadden that someone would do this to one of our bravest who’s only mission in life is to save lives not to take a life. The suspect had 31 prior arrests who obviously had no regard for human life. Yadira Arroyo was with the FDNY for 14 years and was most beloved. She loved what she did and was dedicated to helping others.

EMT medics are out in our communities in which they serve with pride and dedication. And yet sometimes are in dangerous situations and are still diligent and tenacious in their efforts trying to save lives. They therefore deserve our respect and praise for all they do for the common good. Finally let me offer my heartfelt prayers to the family of EMT Yadira Arroyo, her fellow coworkers at the FDNY, and friends in this most difficult time. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola

High ranked presidents Continued from Page 17 However, President Jefferson exerted leadership to insure the slave trade was stopped in 1808 on the first day it could legally be halted. He saw slavery as a cancer; if it could be confined and prevented from growing there would be a chance to put it into remission. In terms of the key C-Span criteria, “performance within the context of the times,” I submit that Jefferson showed extraordinary leadership with the key actions cit-

ed above, and with many others. Rescuing Jefferson from being mired in seventh place carries no disrespect for C-Span’s top four: 1. Lincoln; 2. Washington; 3. FDR; and 4. TR. In many respects, it would be reasonable to bunch those four with Jefferson. The great French commentator, Alexis de Touqueville, writing during the 1820s, said “Jefferson was the greatest advocate democracy has ever known” — a phrase that continues to speak volumes.

Now they have someone who is putting himself out there who doesn’t bother considering the impacts on ordinary people. “This is our moment,” Vice President Mike Pence gleefully told the Club for Growth at the posh Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach. This is as much Ryan’s bud-

get as Trump’s, which likely will also enact massive tax cuts, paid for by slashing benefits to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, further exacerbating the inequality in wealth, political power and justice in this country that strains the limits to what this Democracy can sustain. Trump’s ‘America First” bud-

get isn’t just anti-American in the sense of contradicting fundamental American values (or who we like to believe we are). It is quite literally anti-Americans, in the sense of taking aim at the lives and livelihood and quality of life of hundreds of millions of individual Americans. Letters Continued on Page 65

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Recent Real Estate Sales in Great Neck Great Neck Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $835,000 Demographics near Great Neck, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

35 Nassau Drive, Great Neck Sold Price: $1,700,000 Date: 02/16/2017 6 beds, 3 Full/2 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 80x100 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $20,335 MLS# 2869670

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

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

15 Highland Place, Great Neck Sold Price: $775,000 Date: 02/24/2017 3 beds, 1 Full/1 Half baths Style: Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 50x100 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $11,541 MLS# 2897709

58 Polo Road, Great Neck Sold Price: $795,000 Date: 02/21/2017 3 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Ranch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 87x165 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $17,781 MLS# 2896205

47 Deepdale Drive, Great Neck Sold Price: $2,150,000 Date: 02/17/2017 6 beds, 4 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 189x115 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $37,283MLS# 2895704

Editor’s note: Homes shown here were recently sold in Great Neck by a variety of real estate agencies. The information about the homes and the photos were obtained through the Multiple Listing Services of Long Island. The homes are presented based solely on the fact that they were recently sold in Great Neck and are believed by Blank Slate Media to be of interest to our readers.

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Village going with LED lights despite concerns Great Neck purposefully took its time, Gill said, waiting for the technology to improve and costs to decline. Other items at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting included honoring Erin Lipinsky, who raised more than $11,000 in the Town of North Hempstead’s Polar Plunge for the Long Island Special Olympics; amending construction codes for fire safety; and declaring Herzliya, Israel, a sister city of the village.

Continued from Page 1 “flicker” can lead to issues like headaches and even seizures. “We’re talking daily damage over months and years,” Glass said. But officials said those studies likely refer more to the extensive use of cellphones and computers than contact with LED street lighting, and that any reading can be bent to reinforce one’s perception. “You can’t go based on a few studies. You have to go based on what’s real,” said Mayor Pedram Bral, who is also a physician. “What is real is most places in the world are using LED lights.” Rosenthal disputed Bral’s argument in an email to Blank Slate Media, saying the danger stems from cumulative exposure to the lights. The project to replace the village’s streetlights is four years in the making.

PHOTO BY JANELLE CLAUSEN Judy Shore Rosenthal and Amy Glass, Great Neck residents, present their case against LED street lights to the Village of Great Neck Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

4 mayors, 12 trustees win in village elections Continued from Page 1 1999 through 2009. In Russell Gardens, Mayor Steve Kirschner and Trustees Martin Adickman and Jane Krakauer all won re-election. Kirschner received 55 votes; Adickman, 49 votes; and Krakauer, 54 votes. Kirschner said last week that this will be his last term as mayor, as he and his wife are looking to sell their house in the village and move into an apartment elsewhere. He began serving on the village board as a trustee in 1989. Kirschner moved up the ranks to serve as deputy mayor and in 2003 was elected as mayor. He served as mayor until 2009. After a four-year break from serving the village as an elected official between 2009 and 2012, he was

again elected to serve as mayor in 2013. In Kensington, Trustees Alina Hendler and Darren Kaplan won their re-election bids. Hendler received 22 votes, while Kaplan received 21. There were no write-in candidates. In Saddle Rock, Mayor Dan Levy won re-election with 110 votes. Jeffrey Talasazan, a write-in candidate, received three votes. Deputy Mayor David Schwartz and Trustee Mark Collins won re-election to their respective seats. Schwartz received 96 votes, and Collins received 98 votes. Saddle Rock resident Gary Stark received one writein vote in the trustee race. Village Justice Julia Gavriel received 101 votes in her successful re-election bid. Stark also received one write-in vote in the village justice race.

Four Great Neck Estates village officials won unopposed bids for re-election. Mayor William D. Warner, Trustees Jerffrey Farkas and Ira V. Ganzfried, and Village Justice David I. Schaffer won new terms with 98, 99, 93 and 93 votes, respectively. Warner, a member of the Board of Trustees since 2001, will serve his first full term as mayor. He took the village’s top office in January after former Mayor David Fox resigned. One write-in vote was cast for mayor and two for village justice. Warner, Farkas and Ganzfried could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Two Village of Great Neck Plaza trustees, Gerry Schneiderman and Larry Katz, won unopposed re-election bids with 68 and 66 votes, respectively.

Trustees concerned with promenades in June Continued from Page 2 main focuses for the grant would be the repair of both Hillpark Avenue and Bond Street at a cost of $250,000, which would include fixing curbs, replacing sidewalks and repaving the streets.

The Great Neck Plaza trustees also swore in Michael Lifland of Port Washington to the Historic Preservation committee and reappointed Richard Shapiro to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The discussion of local laws to amend the village

code, which would provide certain incentives for affordable housing units in two zoning districts, was postponed until April 19. Noah Manskar contributed reporting.


Northwell honored for ethics Northwell Health has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the third consecutive year and the only hospital system recognized in New York by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. The 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies designation honors those organizations that exemplify a company-wide culture of ethics, compliance and transparency in their day-to-day business practices. Being an honoree underscores North-

well Health’s commitment to leading ethical standards and practices ensuring long-term value to its patients, employees, suppliers, regulators, board members and others, said the Ethisphere Institute. Northwell Health is only one of seven hospitals or health systems nationwide to be honored this year. “This award is a testament to how our entire organization functions as a whole in serving our patients and communities,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health. “Our continued recognition as a

World’s Most Ethical Company serves as a reminder that we must always hold ourselves and each other to the highest ethical standards.” Greg Radinsky, senior vice president and chief corporate compliance officer of Northwell Health, said, “We are truly honored to be counted among The World’s Most Ethical Companies for the third year in a row. The award recognizes Northwell Health’s core values of integrity, innovation and excellence which we strive to deliver every day to our patients and members. This honor is a testament to

our employees who exemplify our core values.” To compile the 2017 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, Ethisphere selected 124 winning-companies representing 52 industries from 19 countries. Companies were scored in five categories: ethics and compliance program, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance and leadership, innovation and reputation.

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The method or madness of Donald Trump?


s the second month of the Trump administration draws to a close, one thing is abundantly clear: the Trump whose outrageous behavior we observed during the presidential campaign is the same as the Trump currently residing in the White House. Anyone who expected Donald Trump to display a temperament more appropriate to an occupant of the Oval Office has had those expectations dashed. So what to make of outlandish behavior not previously exhibited in the more than two centuries of our nation’s history, behavior that causes expressions of dismay and bewilderment to so many Americans and our allies while serving as an unending source of material for the entertainment of late night television audiences. Defenders of the outrageous behavior tend to say that there is no reason to expect any change given that this is what got Trump elected and this is what those voters expected. In other words, it’s worked so far so why stop now.

However, polls showing Trump with the lowest approval ratings of a newly elected leader in our history suggest that by far the majority of the electorate is unhappy with the conduct of the Tweeter-inChief. So is Donald Trump the prisoner of his own psychological monsters, so thinskinned, narcissistic, paranoid and egotistical that he is unable to cope with the legitimate criticism that any political leader must expect and that he simply cannot help himself? Or is his behavior the product of a devious mind, calculating how best to avoid a bipartisan inquiry into Russian intervention in the election, the Trump campaign’s connection with the Russians, business and financial connections between the Russians and the Trump Organization and the very legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s election? Viewed from the latter perspective, Mr. Trump’s baseless tweet about President Obama’s tapping Trump Tower is a huge distraction, paving the way for his call to investigate the Obama Administration and

diverting attention from the Russian connection and the potentially explosive conflicts of interest that may be contained in his tax returns. Method or madness? You decide. In another vein, Mr. Trump has continued his attacks on the mainstream press which has been working overtime to counter the lies, falsehoods, bogus claims, baseless assertions and delusions masquerading as truth emanating daily from the Trump administration. Undermining the legitimacy of the mainstream press serves to create a false equivalency with the publishers of fake news, alternative facts and conspiracy theories. No longer content to limit our disagreements to opinions, we are free to choose whatever “facts” we believe support our opinions and let truth and science be damned. Thus, the devastating report of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on the Trumpcare proposal to replace the

Affordable Care Act is denounced by the Trump administration when it reveals the callousness at the heart of the Republican Party, not the compassionate conservatism it likes to tout. Under Trumpcare, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance (14 million next year and even more in later years, leaving 52 million uninsured by 2026) while providing $600 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy over the next 10 years. In fact, as reported by Politico, the Trump administration’s own Office of Management and Budget projected even more Americans would lose their health insurance under Trumpcare than forecast by the CBO. But, you won’t hear about the CBO and OMB numbers in the fact-challenged alternative media which, aided and abetted by the Trump administration, remain oblivious to the truth. So, method or madness? You decide. Jay N. Feldman Port Washington

Government ‘floundering into complete chaos’


ow long are we. and those who represent us, going to watch the nightmare of a government floundering into complete chaos? The Republicans who still are sane have to stop Paul Ryan’s attempt to kill Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) and while they are gathering their courage, they should dump their insane mean-spirited budget? Fortunately, many Republican members of both houses of Congress have strongly signaled their opposition to both bills. They have emphasized that millions of citizens will lose coverage, that Medicaid transferred into block grants to the states with not only be insufficient, but the amounts will not be increased in the future. Health savings accounts that individuals would need to pay premiums are a

joke. Most of us cannot save enough. I devoutly wish that Trump, who promised coverage for all, will see the error of his ways. And we must cast out the abominable lobbyists who influence our lawmakers into keeping private health care insurers and the pharmaceutical companies who will not relinquish their pound of flesh. (Other countries have had the humanity and courage to have done this.) We are being cheated every day when we do not force our legislators to adopt Single Payer universal coverage. A New York Care Act has passed in the New York State Assembly twice. We must get our Senate to do it and we will benefit greatly. In the meantime, let’s get rid of Tom Price, a physician who is already suspected of profits from illegal stock transactions relating to health

stocks. Not the perfect person to be the head of Health and Human Services. I really am sure that some of the Congress realize that if they try, they can reassure Trump’s followers that this is no way to implement plans that he promised would fix the nation’s problems. His advisors have to be pushed into admitting that we are descending into chaos; some obviously lack the courage to argue that some of Trump’s circle are plotting to squash “…the administrative state.” We cannot survive as a nation as long as we support this confused man-child as the figurehead of our society. His conspiracy theories, tantrums, and outrageous lies deflect concentration on our real problems. Furthermore, our patience is certainly being damaged by Trump’s shameless an-

tics, telling us nobody is interested in his income tax returns, assuming that we are not watching him mount rallies to talk of his victories, The costs of these adventures, and his trips to his winter White House at Mar-a-Lago, either for a day of golf or with guests with whom he can easily discuss important matters in Washington,D.C., cost, each time, $3,000,000! Of course, he can escape to his hideout without challenges of troops of journalists and, incidentally advertise his club, thus increasing the membership fees that go into his wallet. But how any Meals on Wheels could that pay for? Haven’t you had enough? Do you really still believe that he will fulfill his promises to a hopeful nation? Esther Confino New Hyde Park

Real estate overrated as economic driver


am having my share of March Madness and have only time for a few comments this week. I commented on Philip A. Raises article of Feb. 10, 2017 about roads and bridges (infrastructure) saying regarding the roads on which I drove, “The pavement is in excellent condition and nothing about the bridges drew my attention.” In Mr. Raices’ article March 10, 2017 he slants the meaning of what I said. He begins the next paragraph “But, you need to understand...” I did not allow myself to feel belittled. In the next paragraph he states that I ascertained and made a statement that our highway system is up to date and in fine condition. I did not say or insinuate that.

Sometime in the future I will elaborate on my travels over the roads. These subtleties are in a way related to this week’s crossword puzzle. One questionclue is “Requiring fewer resources? “ The puzzles answer “economic.” Well, that is an adjective, (economics is a noun). A suitable answer would however be economical but it would not fit the spaces. Grammar is important. This is not to say that we don’t have our oddball expressions that make a point and are understood. Mr. Raises gives the idea that real estate is a major producer in our economy. From what I can see, real estate only changes hands and produces nothing except perhaps wealth for the agents, which is therefore a loss for the seller and buyer.

Plus minus minus equals zero. Even a person who makes such as hammers in a ‘lower’ profession produces something. They are a tool that makes and repairs and that is also production. To end this discussion, I am sure that agents are not stuck with paying the fees for filing documents and whatever taxes are involved. Therefore, transferring real estate is actually a loss for the economy. Also in the news: I am disheartened by what George Maragos has been saying. He is concentrated on beating down his opposition and has not to date proposed anything worthwhile. He is supporting the status quo as being

okay which most everyone knows is not true. Is he really still a Republican wolf in Democrat sheep’s clothing? Republican is associated with a Republic where the people are mute as opposed to a Democrat with a Democracy with Government By and for The People: Liberty and justice for all. We now have as I was told, Trump a republican eliminating funding for the NEA from the budget. I have been asked by The President of The American Federation of Musicians to get the word out in support of the NEA which does much more good than the amount of its price tag. Charles Samek Mineola

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Town taps safety commish Continued from Page 9 Brown was recognized by the International Code Council and named a Match Scholarship recipient in 2012. The Department of Public Safety oversees the town’s animal shelter, code enforcement, harbor patrol, parking enforce-

ment, emergency management and the Port Washington parking district. It also is responsible for enforcing town ordinances and regulations in unincorporated villages. Brown is also a “big brother” with Big Brother Big Sister, and is a past president of the New York

Pitt Club, the news release said. He also founded Samba 360, a nonprofit organization that distributes new and used sports equipment to disadvantaged children. It also provides soccer and chess programs to economically distressed communities, the release said.

Talks with a psychoanalyst Continued from Page 19 bring joy and meaning to a life and that’s why psychoanalysts are so very busy treating sad patients. He remarked that “analysis has been established to help patients find meaning in their life.” But man’s quest for meaning is no easy matter. Many an existential writer has found nothing but despair in their efforts to find meaning in life. This includes Albert Camus in the Myth of Sisyphus and Samuel Beckett in Waiting for Godot. Hope may spring eternal but meaning is no easy thing to find and hold. Dr. Zaikowski and I both meet new patients each day. They come for treatment in order to obtain symptom relief. They suffer with either

anxiety or guilt or depression or shame. But what they all must learn is that their unconscious is dictating their behavior and pain. In due time the symptoms disappear but two far more difficult tasks remain. The patient must learn that they are no different than Sisyphus and have spent their entire life pushing a rock up a mountain only to see it roll back down again. Every patient must learn why they are so blindly compulsive. And as Dr. Zaikowski mentioned they must then figure out what is the true meaning and purpose of their life. In the Fellini masterpiece “8 ½” the main character is seen as a child repeating the phrase ‘asa nisi masa’ as he

flaps his arms up and down. Fellini was in Jungian analysis at the time he was making this film and ‘asa nisi masa’ is pig Latin for the Jungian word anima referring to the power of the feminine. The film itself is all about the power of women and how enthralled and mesmerized Fellini was by them. We can take a lesson from Fellini. He used both psychoanalysis and film making to confront, understand and resolve his neurosis. FerBut most do not have the chance to make a film about their past so all that remains is to find yourself a good and thoroughly trained analyst and tell the story of your life to him. And that’s just where Dr. James Zaikowski comes in.

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Continued from Page 28 About 4 hours before serving: 3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Take your cast iron skillet or roasting pan and put the onion slices on the bottom. Remove pork from the refrigerator and place in roasting pan, fat side up. Sprinkle roast with extra cumin, pepper and oregano. Place bay leaves in pan around pork. 4. Put in the preheated oven. Pour a half cup of the reserved mojo and baste your roast every hour with some of the mojo. Roast is done when the juices run clear and the meat is tender. Do not cover with aluminum foil to roast. You can tent the roast with aluminum foil but do not crimp the edges all around. You want to roast your pork meat, not steam it.

A five to six pound roast can take as long as five to six hours. Internal temperature should read 165 degrees. Ovens vary! 5. Let pork rest, tented for 15 minutes to a half hour. Cut meat into cubes and place on a platter. Serve with as many garnishes as you like. Garnishes Chopped tomatoes Chopped avocado with squeezed lime (to prevent browning) Chopped red onion Warmed tortillias Sauteed onions from underneath the roasted pork Black Beans-Frijoles Neros 1/2 cup black beans 4 cups water 1 tsp. oregano 1 tsp. roasted garlic

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BABYSITTER/NANNY Garden City Mom looking for PT work after 2:30pm Monday & Tuesday; after 12:30pm Wednesday thru Friday. Excellent references and driving record. 20 years experience. Call Tricia at 516-313-7781 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 ! 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 ! CAREGIVER AVAILABLE Seeking position full time or part time, live in or live out. Able to work weekends. I am very flexible, honest and reliable with excellent references. Available immediately. Please call Paola 516-325-3547

CERTIFIED HOME CAREGIVER AVAILABLE: Full time or part time, Live out. Will also do light cleaning, meal preparation for patient. Happy to assist! Excellent references. Licensed driver w/own car. Call Maritza 516-472-8057

COLLEGE OR GRAD STUDENTS: Summer employment, Great Neck, NY. Full time starting Thursday, June 29th through Friday, August 11, 2017. 9am-5pm. Experience children’s camps a plus. Ideal for education, psych, social work majors. Resumes to: zacosta.copay@gmail. com or fax 516-482-3146

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MOTHER’S HELPER Looking for responsible high school student to help with 3 children in Garden City. End of June till Labor Day. 3 days a week. Prefer a member of Sun and Surf. Please call 516-710-6200

CAREGIVER: Seeking a patient, experienced care provider to care for your elderly loved one? If so, please contact me. I would be happy to assist. Call Marva 917-302-5482



SITUATION WANTED AIDE AVAILABLE: HOME HEALTH AIDE Kind, compassionate aide with 5 yrs experience seeking FT/PT position on weekdays, weekends or overnight. references available. Call MARIE 917-365-2948

CAREGIVER/COMPANION Seeking position as companion or caregiver, full time/part time, live in or live out. Experienced with references. Please call 510-560-8243

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DENTAL ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST wanted for a friendly Garden City Dental office. Part time afternoon hours available. Experience preferred. Please call 516-739-7669 for more information. Fax resume to 516-739-7670


Starting salary $15.00/hour.

HIRE MY HOUSEKEEPER! Elsie is trustworthy, conscientious, reliable and thorough. She is self motivated and works with little direction. She sees something that needs to be done and does it. Call her at 516943-1863 or me at 516-410-6849. Reference for Elsie: Lindy 917-6879941 HOME HEALTH AIDE/ ELDER CARE Home health aide with over 15 years experience !! Excellent references. Cooking, cleaning, showers, all aspects of daily care. Live in. Available Immediately !! Call Sharon 347-739-7717 HOUSE CLEANING AVAILABLE Let me do the work for you! Homes, apartments and offices! Vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, organizing, etc. Professional appearance Excellent references English speaking Own transportation Free estimates! Loves animals !! Call or text Nancy 516-469-5517. Email:

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▼ SERVICE DIRECTORY SITUATION WANTED HOUSE CLEANING: Experienced cleaning service available. Pleasant, responsible. Provides own quality clean products. Own transportation. Local references. Spanish/English speaking. Free estimates. Approximate cost: Small home $79, Mid size $99, Large $118. Please call Diana 516-8597084 HOUSE CLEANING: Experienced, English speaking, experienced, own car. Cleans & organizes home, apartment, office, etc. Free estimates. Call or text 516-9965515 YorlenisOchoa74@gmail. com



LOOKING TO BUY! Oriental items, clothing, art, old & modern furniture, estates, jewelry, silver, glassware, dishes, old photos, coins & stamps, flatware. Call George 718-386-1104 or 917-775-3048

HONDA PILOT EX 2010: 4WD, 89,250 miles, good condition. $11,250. 516-263-0598

OLD TOOLS, toys, trains, coins, antiques, sterling, costume jewelry, clocks, watches. Pleasant and courteous treatment. In business over 54 years. Immediate payment. Immediate removal. 347-256-7981 TOP CASH PAID: JEWELRY, Furniture, Art, etc. Please call 718598-3045 or 516-270-2128. www.



AIRLINE CAREERS Start here. Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call AIM for free information 866-296-7093

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONVENTIONAL & BANK RATE FINANCING, Fix’n Flips, HardBridge Loans, No DocumentsStated Income Programs, $100K$100 Million, Purchase-Refinance, SFH-1-4, Multi-family, Mixed Use, Commercial. 888-565-9477

MARKETPLACE INVITED SALES BY TRACY JORDAN Consignment Shoppe and Auction House Open 7 Days a Week Consignments by Appointment Monthly Live & Online Auctions Tag Sale, Appraisals and Estate Sale Services Complete House Cleanouts Moving Services Home Staging Services 839 Stewart Avenue Garden City, NY 11530 5 1 6 - 2 7 9 - 6 3 7 8 PIANO FOR SALE KAWAI UPRIGHT Black Ebony $2,000 Good condition, barely used. Certified pre-owned bought from reputable tri-state dealer Frank & Camilles. Serial No. A16435 1990. Bench included. Call 516-946-5585 PRIVACY HEDGE SPRING BLOW OUT SALE. 6’ Arborvitae (cedar) reg. $129 NOW $69. Beautiful, nursery grown. FREE installation/ FREE delivery. Limited supply! ORDER NOW! 518-536-1367

INVITED SALES BY TRACY JORDAN Tuesday, March 28 10:00 am 17 Massachusetts Blvd. Bellerose Village, NY 11001 Packed basement, books, records, furniture, collectibles and vintage pieces....Visit for pictures and details !


PET SERVICES A GARDEN CITY ANIMAL LOVER doesn’t want to leave your precious pooch or fantastic feline alone all day. I’m reliable, dependable and will walk and feed your pet while you work or travel. Please call Cheryl at 516-505-9717 DO YOU HATE KENNELS? OR STRANGERS IN YOUR HOUSE? HOME AWAY FROM HOME will care for your dog in my Garden City home while you are away. Dog walking also available. Pet CPR & first Aid Certified. Numerous referrals and references. Limited availability. Book early! Annmarie 516-775-4256 MYA’S K9 CAMP Full Service Pet Care Professional Dog Training Grooming Boarding Walking GC Resident 516-382-5553

AUTOS WANTED DONATE YOUR CAR to Wheels For Wishes, benefitting Make-a-Wish. We offer free towing and your donation is 100% tax deductible. Call 631317-2014 Today!


APARTMENT FOR RENT GARDEN CITY BORDER APARTMENT: Spacious, bright 1 bedroom with dining area + outdoor balcony, gated parking, laundry, A/C, hardwood floors. NO BROKER FEE, near LIRR. $1,500 + electric. ALSO Studio, $1,275.00 Available approximately March 1. or 516-742-1101 GARDEN CITY One Bedroom, LR/DR combo, New EIK, Elevator, Doorman $2,200 Large, Sunny Corner Unit, 4 rooms. 2 Bed, New Bath $3,500 Sunny, 3 rooms. 1 Bed, EIK, LR/DR combo A/C, parking. $2,300 Garden City Properties 516-746-1563 516-313-8504 MINEOLA NEW LUXURY HIGH RISE Doorman building. 3 BR, 2 Bath, Bosch W/D, S/S Appliances. Complimentary Amenities: 50’ indoor pool, sauna, fitness center, roof lounge. 2 garage parking spots. Rent $4,295. Lease for 14ms & pay rent for 12ms. Effective net rent is $3,682. Weichert Realtors 516-5515478

CONDO/CO-OP FOR RENT GARDEN CITY WYNDHAM WEST Luxury Condo. 24hr concierge/valet; health club, exercise classes (included), heated pool, entertainment room, 1 BR, 1 1/2 Baths, CAC, Spacious LR, Eff Kitchen, Patio. $3,600/ month C Quill, Broker 516-732-6049




GARDEN CITY HOUSE SHARE: Beautifully furnished Bedroom, use of all common areas of house. Includes heat, w/d, a/c. Near public transportation. No smoking, pets or overnight guests. $860/month. Call 516-477-4240

LOOK! Old clocks and watches wanted by collector regardless of condition. Highest prices paid. 917748-7225



1964 TRIUMPH TR4 CONVERTIBLE Driver in “good” condition; great for a tinkerer. Very capable of being upgraded to “excellent”. Newly painted, new valve job, 65.5K miles, British Walnut dash, runs great. $17,950. Call 516-269-1799

GARDEN CITY 1565 FRANKLIN AVE RESERVED PARKING Large Windowed Offices in newly built professional suite. Conference room, reception, copier, pantry included. Available June 1st. Call 516-248-3048





GREAT NECK: Retail store for rent by owner. 550 Northern Blvd across from Leonard’s. 1600 square foot, fully renovated, new HVAC, new lavatory, office work area and conference room, parking lot, signage, taxes included, separate gas and electric. Ready to move in! $7500 per month. 516-829-1244

AQUEBOGUE Baywoods! Big Bayviews! Beach & Boating right here! Dock slip & pool on Bayside. 3 BR, 2 Bath Colonial. LR/fireplace, Large EIK, FDR, MBR/balcony, CAC, full basement & 1 car garage. $779,000. Colony Realty, Valerie Goode 631-722-5800

VACATION RENTAL HAMPTONS: ON SHINNECOCK BAY Minutes to ocean, train, stores. 2/3 Bedroom, 2 Bath house, open Kitchen. Moor your boat free. Memorial Day to Labor Day $25,000 July to Labor Day $22,000 References/Security required. Call 516-554-2008 NORTH FORK PECONIC Spring, Summer, Fall Rental. Spacious 4-bedroom, 1-level home with inground pool. Short walk to private, Peconic Bay beach. Great for families. Call Deborah703-969-1111 or see VRBO listing #236766 OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND Best selection of affordable rentals. Full/partial weeks. Call for FREE brochure. Open daily. Holiday Resort Services. 1-800-638-2102. Online reservations:


HOMES FOR SALE FLORIDA, KEY WEST Welcome to Paradise. Across from Smathers Beach. Condo, 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Absolutely mint. Absolute turnkey operation. 305-292-9887

HOMES FOR SALE GARDEN CITY FOR SALE BY OWNER 3 Bedrooms, 4th bedroom on third floor. Great family block in the western section. Finished basement with full bath. Close to Church and railroad. Mitsubishi split a/c units throughout the house. Low taxes, approximately $13,300.00 with STAR. Sprinklers, wood burning fireplace, kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors. 38 Cambridge Avenue. $799,000.00 Call Joe 516551-3019

OPEN HOUSE JAMESPORT Sat 3/25 1:00-3:00 20 Legend Lane Cedar Shake Country Ranch! LR with Vermont Castings fireplace, large Country EIK, Master BR with Bath, additional 3 BRs & Bath. Screened porch, rear deck, hot tub. Full basement & 1 car garage. Room for a pool. Just 2 blocks from sandy bay beach. $495,000. Colony Realty, Carll Austin 631-722-5800

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BAHAMAS ATLANTIC TIMESHARE Selling timeshare. Paid $30,000.00 Will sacrifice for $3500.00 Please call for more information: 516-398-2499 JAMESPORT 375’ of Bayfront. Location! Location! Spectacular Views. 140’ of sandy bay beach. Boat dock on property. Cape with 3 BRs. Living Room with stone fireplace. Bring your architect. $2,495,000. Colony Realty, Carll Austin 631-722-5800 JAMESPORT WATERVIEW & MARINA VIEWS! 2/3 BRs, Large LR/ Fireplace, Kitchen, Dining Area, 4 Seasons room, 2 Baths, HW floors, Deck, 2 car garage/workshop. On 1/3 acre. Close to the Town Beach! Locations!! $429,000 Colony Realty, Carll Austin 631-722-5800 LAND REPO! 21 acres $39,900 Overlooks the Mohwak Valley, 1/2 hour from Albany! Views, fields, woods, twn rd, utils. Terms. Call 888-905-8847 NOW! LENDER ORDERED SALE! 39 acres $89,900 NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED! Delaware County. Catskill Mtn setting! Views, woods, meadow! EZ term avail! Call 888-479-3394 today! SEBASTIAN, FLORIDA (EAST COAST) Beach Cove is an Age Restricted Community where friends are easily made. Sebastian is an “Old Florida” fishing village with a quaint atmosphere yet excellent medical facilities, shopping and restaurants. Direct flights from Newark to Vero Beach. New manufactured homes from 89,900. 772-581-0080; WINDHAM/ASHLAND NY FOR SALE BY OWNER Ranch. 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 wood burning fireplaces, full finished Basement (bar and sauna), attached Garage and more. Serene country setting, 2 miles from Windham Ski Mountain on 5.2 acres w/ pond and stream. Asking $295,000. Call Debbie 516-599-6304


LAND WANTED LAND WANTED: Cash buyer seeks large acreage 200+ acres in the Central/Finger Lakes and Catskills Regions of NYS. Brokers welcome. For immediate confidential response, call 607-353-8068 or email



SERVICES NEW YORK MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS: Joan Atwood, Ph.D. An experienced therapist makes all the difference. Individual, couple, family therapy and anger management. 516764-2526. TAX & ACCOUNTING: Winnie Malone, CPA, MBA. Smart Allied Accounting & Tax Services. Individual & Business Taxes. Tax Problems Resolved, Financial Statements. Year-Round Accounting. Bookkeeping & Payroll. 516626-0711. TAX PREPARATION ATTENTION LATE FILERS! Michael Seltenreich, CPA has been preparing individual and corporate tax returns for over 30 years. I will meet with you in person or discuss over the telephone to uncover ways to minimize your taxes! Reasonable fees. Call 516-647-6702 THE CUTTING EDGE LANDSCAPE DESIGN & MAINTENANCE Spring clean ups Weekly service Planting & mulch more! Alex, the owner, has degrees in Horticulture, Landscape Design & Plant & Soil Science! Please visit our website: tceland. com for more details 516-437-5303 Email GCHS ‘91 local resident. Licensed & Insured Free Estimates! Happy Spring!

HOME IMPROVEMENTS AMBIANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES *Handyman & Remodeling *Kitchen Installations *Furniture Assembly *Finish Carpentry *Minor Electrical & Plumbing 23year GC Resident Lic & Ins H18E2170000 Call BOB 516-741-2154 LAMPS FIXED $65 In home service. Handy Howard. 646-996-7628 MASONRY All types of stonework Pavers, Retaining Walls, Belgium Block Patios, Foundations, Seal coating, Concrete and Asphalt driveways, Sidewalks, Steps. Free Estimates Fully Licensed & Insured Boceski Masonry Louie 516-8504886 SKY CLEAR WINDOW and Restorations Inc. Window Restorations, Outdated Hardware, skylights, Andersen Sashes, new storm windows, wood windows, chain/rope repairs, falling windows, fogged panes, mechanical repairs, wood repairs, restorations, all brands. Call Mr. Fagan, 32 years experience. 631-385-7975

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▼ SERVICE DIRECTORY PAINTING & PAPERHANGING INTERIOR & EXTERIOR PAINTING Plastering, Taping, Sheetrock Skim Cutting, Old Wood Refinish Staining, Wallpaper Removal & Hanging, Paint Removal Power Washing, Wood Replacement JOHN MIGLIACCIO Licensed & Insured #80422100000 Call John anytime: 516-901-9398 (Cell) 516-483-3669 (Office) JV PAINT HANDYMAN SERVICES Interior-Exterior Specialist Painting, Wallpapering, Plastering, Spackling, Staining, Power Washing. Nassau Lic#H3814310000 fully Insured Call John 516-741-5378

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

TUTORING CHEMISTRY TUTOR: Call Jonathan, Ivy League Ph.D. AP, SAT II, Regents. I also tutor Biology, Physics, Earth & Environmental Science. or 516-6690587 ENGLISH TUTOR: Diane Gottlieb M.Ed., M.S.W. SAT/ACT, College Essays, AP, Regents, ELA Test Prep, Reading comprehension and writing proficiency. 917-599-8007 or email: Providing one-on-one professional support to build confidence, knowledge and skills in every student. IVY LEAGUE GRAD TUTOR: 8+ years experience. Specialities include Physics, Chemistry, Math (all levels), SAT, SAT II. Rate $100/hr. Sessions held in Library. Skype tutoring available. Call 718-415-8118 MATH, SAT, ACT TUTOR: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 plus Trig, PreCalc, AP Calculus. Norm 625-3314




ENGLISH, ACT, SAT TUTOR: 25+ year experience Critical Reading, Writing, Grammar, Essays. Lynne 625-3314

A & J MOVING & STORAGE: Established 1971. Long Island and New York State specialists. Residential, Commercial, Piano & Organ experts. Boxes available. Free estimates. 516741-2657 114 Jericho Tpk, Mineola NYDOT# 10405

MATHEMATICS TUTOR: Grades 5-12, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Regents Prep. Knowledgeable about the Common Core. Certified NYS Teacher. Contact: Kathleen 516-426-8638 or SPANISH TUTOR: Spanish Grammar-Literature, FLACS A -FLACS B, Exam Preparation/Comps. William Cullen, M.A., Spanish, S.D.A. Chaminade HS, Fairfield University Alumnus. 516-509-8174. References furnished upon request.

INSTRUCTION BASEBALL INSTRUCTION Top rated on Long Island New York State Certified Go to: / coaches / johns-22 for reviews and info. PIANO LESSONS By Ira Baslow. Experience the joy of playing the piano. Private lessons in your home, free no-obligation piano lesson, all levels, all styles, all ages. Beginners a specialty. 516-312-1054

CLEANING MARIA’S CLEANING SERVICE Our excellent cleaning team will get your home or office spotless! Available Monday thru Friday 7am to 6pm Supplies provided if needed Own transportation Excellent references provided CALL 516-8492026 STRONG ARM CLEANING: Residential and commercial cleaning specialist, post construction clean ups, shipping and waxing floors, move ins and move outs. Free estimates. Bonded and insured. 516538-1125



COLLEGE ARTS ADMISSIONS: College Counseling in the Visual and Performing Arts. Dance, Musical Theatre & Drama. Film, Instrumental & Vocal Music. Audio Recording & Production. Theatre Technology & Production. Visual & Graphic Arts. Resume, Essays, Repertoire Lists. Michele Zimmerman. 516-353-6255 COMPLETE JUNK REMOVAL/DEMOLITION SERVICE: Strong Arm Contracting Inc. We haul anything and everything. Entire contents of home or office. We clean it up and take it away. Residential/Commercial. Bonded/Insured. Free estimates. 516-538-1125 FC Finishing Touch Masonry: pool coping, pool patio, driveways, sidewalks, brickwork, Belgium block, retaining walls, patios, steps, pavers, Nicolock, Cambridge, stucco, cultured stone, stone veneer. Facebook FC Finishing Touch. web: Nassau H0432180000. 516-635-4315 OLD VILLAGE TREE SERVICE: Owner operated since 1989. 24 hour emergency service. Licensed /insured. Free estimates, member LI Arborist Assoc. Please call 516466-9220 OVERWHELMED by inefficient use of living space? Drowning in an ocean of paperwork? We create order out of Chaos. Free Consultation. Neat Freaks Lisa Marx and Randi Yerman. 917-751-0395 Instagram:organizethisnthat PSYCHOTHERAPY: Efrat Fridman, LCSW. Individual, couple and family therapy. 2 Pinetree Lane, Old Westbury, NY 11568. 516-224-7670 or 225 West 35th Street, NY 10001 718-8874400

Advertising Sales Executive Blank Slate Media Blank Slate Media, a fast-growing chain of 6 award-winning weekly newspapers and website, is looking for an energetic, service-oriented professional with good communications skills to sell display, web and email advertising. Earn up to $60,000 in the first-year representing the 6 Blank Slate Media publications and website as well the 5 publications and 1 website owned by Blank Slate’s sales partner, Litmor Publications. We are looking for an enthusiastic and service-oriented sales professional with good communication skills. Requirements: Minimum of 2 years outside sales experience. Newspaper sales experience a plus. Must have your own car. • Exclusive, protected territory • Opportunity to sell both print and online programs • A collegial, supportive sales team • Award-winning editorial coverage. • A separate newspaper for each community allowing advertisers to target their markets. And you to provide the most cost-effective way to advertise. • Represent media that produce superior response for clients. Compensation • Salary plus commission • Health insurance • Paid holidays • Sick days & holidays

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Legal Notice BUDGET HEARING & ADOPTION GREAT NECK LIBRARY PUBLIC NOTICE A public hearing on the proposed Great Neck Library Budget for 2017/18 will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the large Multipurpose Room of the Great Neck Library, Main Building, 159 Bayview Avenue, Great Neck, NY 11023. GNN #145343 2x 03/24, 03/31 /2017 #145343

Invitation to Bidders BOARD OF EDUCATION Great Neck Union Free School District PUBLIC NOTICE: is hereby given for separate sealed single Prime Contract bids for: Interior Alterations at JFK Elementary Bids will be received by the School District Buildings and Grounds department, on Wednesday April 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am prevailing time in the Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, NY 11020, and at said time and place publicly opened and read aloud. The Contract Documents may be examined (NOT OBTAINED) at the following locations beginning on Thursday March 23, 2017 between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.: Office of the Architect, BBS Architects & Engineer, P.C., 244 East Main Street, Patchogue, New York, (631) 475-0349 Great Neck Public School District 345 Lakeville RoadPhipps Administration Building Great Neck, New York 11020 Complete sets of Bidding Documents, drawings and speci-

fications, may be obtained from REV, 330 Route 17A, Goshen, NY 10924: 877-272-0216 Documents may be obtained upon a deposit of One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars for each complete set. Checks for deposits shall be made payable to the DISTRICT, GREAT NECK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT and may be uncertified. The bid deposit will be returned to all plan holders submitting a proposal, upon receipt of plans and specifications, in good condition, within thirty days after bid date, except for the lowest responsible bidder, whose check will be forfeited upon the award of the contract. Any bidder requiring documents to be shipped shall make arrangements with the printer and pay for all packaging and shipping costs. Optionally, complete digital sets of Bidding Documents, drawings and specifications, are available for download at the following website: www. under projects’. Upon accessing this site, bidders must create a user account to access the downloadable file package. Upon download of file package, the bidder will be immediately listed as a valid plan holder. Any questions regarding the use of this site can be directed to REV 877-272-0216 All bid addenda will be transmitted to registered plan holders via email and will be available at www.usinglesspaper. com and www.gnpsprojects. com. Plan holders who have paid for hard copies of the bid documents will need to make the determination if hard copies of the addenda are required for their use, and coordinate directly with the printer for hard copies of addenda

to be issued. There will be no charge for registered plan holders to obtain hard copies of the bid addenda. The Contract will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder or the proposals will be rejected within 45 days of the date of opening proposals. Bids shall be subject, however, to the discretionary right reserved by the School District to waive any informalities in, accept or reject any alternatives, reject any proposals and to advertise for new proposals, if in its opinion the best interest of the School District will thereby be promoted. Each bidder may not withdraw his bid within 45 days after the formal opening thereof. A bidder may withdraw his bid only in writing and prior to the bid opening date. BY ORDER OF THE: BOARD OF EDUCATION Great Neck UFSD Dated: March 23, 2017 GNN #145486 1x 03/24 /2017 #145486

Notice of Formation of MANNA CENTER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/13/2017. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, PO Box 234642 Great Neck NY 11023. Purpose: any lawful purpose. GNN #145224 6x 03/03, 03/10, 03/17, 03/24, 03/31, 04/07 /2017 #145224

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Notice of Formation of DOUBLE G HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/01/2017. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1 Steven Lane, Great Neck, NY 11024. Purpose: any lawful purpose. GNN #145354 6x 03/10, 03/17, 03/24, 03/31, 04/07, 04/14 /2017 #145354

Notice of Formation of CAMBRIDGE STRATEGIES, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/6/16. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Cambridge Strategies, LLC., 56 Cambridge Road, Great Neck, NY 11023. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. GNN #145408 6x 03/10, 03/17, 03/24, 03/31, 04/07, 04/14 /2017 #145408

NOTICE TO BIDDERS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Water Authority of Great Neck North is soliciting sealed bids, to be received at the Authority’s Offices at 50 Watermill Lane, Great Neck, New York, 11021, until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at which time they will be publicly opened and read, for the purchase of Hydrants, Valves, and Fittings. Information to Bidders and forms of Bid Proposal are available on the Authority’s Website: under the Bid Proposal Tab. The Board of Directors reserves the right to waive informalities in bids, to reject any and all bids, or to accept the lowest responsible bid, as it deems to be in the

best interest of the Authority. Dated: March 22, 2017 Great Neck, New York by Order of the Board of Directors Water Authority of Great Neck North Gregory C. Graziano, Superintendent GNN #145463 1x 03/24 /2017 #145463

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck will hold a Public Hearing on April 4, 2017 at the Village Hall, 61 Baker Hill Road, Great Neck, New York 11023 at 7:45 P.M. to consider the following: The adoption of the proposed budget for the General Fund and Debt Service Fund for the fiscal year commencing June 1, 2017 and ending May 31, 2018. Salaries in the proposed budget for the Village Board are as follows, Mayor $10,000 annually, Trustees $4,800 annually. Copies of the proposed budget are available in the Office of the Clerk-Treasurer and may be inspected by any interested persons during normal business hours. At the time and place of said public hearing all persons will be given an opportunity to be heard. Those persons planning to attend any meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck and who require special accommodations because of a disability are requested to notify the Village Clerk no less than 48 hours prior to the meeting. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF GREAT NECK Pedram Bral, Mayor Joe Gill, Clerk-Treasurer Dated: Great Neck, New York March 21, 2017 GNN #145502 1x 03/24/2017




NOTICE OF TAX LIEN SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Real Property Tax Law of the State of New York, The Treasurer of said Village will sell at public auction in the manner provided by law on the 7th day of April, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. (prevailing time) at the Village Hall, 61 Baker Hill Road, Great Neck, New York so much of each of the following parcels of real estate upon which Village Taxes remain unpaid for the year 2016/17 as will be sufficient to discharge the tax, fees, interest and charges which may be due thereon respectively at the time of such sale and shall continue the same from day to day until the said sale shall be completed. Excepted from said sale are parcels of property on which the Village of Great Neck owns and holds one or more unredeemed certificates of tax sale. The following is a list of real estate to be sold for unpaid taxes for the year 2016/17 with a statement of the amount of all charges thereon as of April 7, 2017 the descriptions of properties being those on the Tax Map of the County of Nassau. Property Owner Name Section/Block/Lot Total Due Including Taxes, Penalties and Taxes Middle Neck Equities LLC 1/53-629 1299.13 Dobos, Lydia 1/80/4 968.07 Mahfar Djavaheri Dalia 1/81/179-180 2323.29 Global Vision Development LLC 1/81/181-182 2104.14 Rabbanifar Saadat & Soosa 1/84/3 2147.97 Woodhill Development Cor 1/85/457 104.34 Lo Piccolo Giuseppe 1/89/211 2261.92 Toma Lucian 1/92/5/7 4309.65 Chanchalashvili Michael & 1/96/6-10 4186.93 Hakiman Mojgan/Abraham 1/101/219 2884.31 Doustar Mobaassar 1/108/61-64 4484.97 Esther Wolkoicli Rev Living 1/113/53 2877.30 Livian Kourosh 1/129/398 2782.62 Bartco Holding 1/136/182 182.14 Rose as Trustee Joyce 1/142/62 2128.68 MJM Development GN LLC 1/142/71 2179.52 MJM Development GN LLC 1/142/72 1282.48 Molla Parvis Mary 1/142/95 1977.90 Wykowski Henry T 1/182/41 1937.83 Garrel Ronald T 1/183/35 1664.21 Ledor Vador Equities Inc 1/188/7 2817.69 Balazadeh Farid 1/189/49 2889.56 Banilivy Mansour 1/190/34 4302.64 Steamboat Raod Tennis Cen 1/198/15 6451.31 Kwong Michael 1/201/23 2607.30 Hematian Rami/Angela 1/201/33 2737.04 Bruce R. Lieberman & Co 1/201/57 234.57 Nadder Roofeh 1/201/134 2588.02 Klauber Gordon 1/203/88 3953.75 Jacob D 2/148/28-30 5010.92 Sung Eun Kim 2/181/243 2780.86 Kenny Development Corp 2/187/325 141.07 Adolfo Cosi 2/348/69 3985.31 J M Pine Hollow Realty LLC 2/349/4 9072.17 GNN #145445 3x 03/17, 03/24, 03/31/2017

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Business&RealEstate How to prepare your home for spring Well we made it through another winter and although some days will be colder than normal that shouldn’t stop you from thinking about preparing your home for another spring and summer of enjoyment or to sell or rent! I wouldn’t necessarily break out the hoses yet, but as the snow melts you should think about how you can consider some colorful bulbs to brighten up your landscape, especially in the front of your home. This always adds a little pizazz and colors to the entrance walkway for potential purchasers. Marigolds are an excellent at minimizing some damaging insects to your landscape, so make sure you make them an addition to your plantings around shrubbery in the sunny locations, where they will thrive extremely well. Because I had done landscape design and was a certified and EPA licensed professional lawntree and shrub applicator for 25 years, I know the ins and outs of your landscape, as well as the insects and diseases that affect one of the most crucial parts of your property. For every $1 you put into your exterior landscape, you potentially will reap $5 back, when you sell. Adding shrubbery and flowering plants spruces up the outside

and provides a much different perspective to its look and will surely attract more buyers to your property when you consider selling. Maybe you are not just ready at the moment, but over the near and long term, landscapes mature and with the proper care and maintenance, one can be sure the money spent will come back to you many times over. At this time of the year, one should be applying a dormant oil spray or (Neem Oil) from the tropical neem tree (Azadiracta indica), to all deciduous (trees which drop their leaves in the fall) and nondeciduous shrubbery (that keep their leaves all year round) to suffocate the hibernating sucking insects that will damage your trees and shrubbery during the spring and summer months; as long as temperatures are above 32 degrees. Once the flowering and leafing shrubs (deciduous) and plants begin to grow and come out, then you will need to use a safer soap (insecticidal soap) type material (organic) and these materials will also do well in minimizing the damaging insect population and will not harm bees and other type of good insects. Also, Methoxachlor (an organic pyrethrin derived from the chrysanthemum plant) is an ex-

PHILIP A. RAICES Real Estate Watch cellent organic spray to minimize chewing insects. The spinosad (parent bacterium, Saccharopolyspora spinose), was discovered in 1982 in an old Caribbean rum still. It was soon found that these bacteria produce a substance that works as a neurotoxin in many (but not all) insects. Susceptible insect species that are exposed to spinosad become excited to the point of exhaustion, stop eating immediately and die within two days (probably alcohol intoxication, lol). Also, BT (Bacillus thuriengensis) is a naturally occurring bacteria that attacks the larvae of most damaging insects, cabbageworms, tent caterpillars, cutworms, etc.

Various insect traps also are a safe method to attract and minimize the insect population that will potentially damage your landscape. One last idea for an organic approach for control are a mixture of 6 cloves of garlic, onions and hot peppers and add water to spray on your shrubbery, although the other methods might be easier to apply and cost effective. Most of the materials are safe for pets, humans and bees; however, read all instructions before applying or hire a professional licensed and EPA certified applicator and enroll in a program. Make sure you begin to edge and turn over your soil in your flowerbeds, they should be defrosted by this weekend, if not sooner. Add a fertilizer (12/8/8 Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potash) for your shrubs or hire someone to do deep root feeding to them as well as your trees. Clean your window inside and out and let the sunshine in. Wait to trim after the blooms are gone on your shrubs as well as when the leaves have fully matured in May-June. Start cleaning out your garage and get your patio table, chairs and grill ready for the warmer weather barbecues, (breakfast,

lunch and dinners). Does your driveway need patching? You can start doing this, once the temperatures are consistently above freezing. Did you clean out your gutters and leaders last fall? Check them out to make sure they are still clean from the windy days this winter, where leaves may have clogged them up again. You can also consider putting wire mesh screening across the gutters to minimize debris or change them to a system that completely eliminates stuff from clogging up your gutters (call me for info). Does the exterior of you home need painting? Start thinking about getting estimates, so you will be ready and maybe get a better price, before the spring rush or maybe you want vinyl siding or drive-it (stucco type material) to change the exterior look of your home. Always look at your home from the point of view of a purchaser, not as a seller, because you will be selling one day, not buying and you will need to be as strict as your buyer. They will subtract dollars for many things when they are in the process of making an offer. Oh yeah, the home inspector who works for the purchaser will be the other glitch in the sale, if he or she finds anything detrimental to the property. So I leave you one last thought, hire a professional certified house inspector, prior to putting your home on the market, so you will know all those things that are wrong with the place and what should be repaired or replaced; because the buyer will always reduce your price by those items and will do so by many times the cost of repair and replacement, that you could have done if you had a plan to do so in the beginning. It will be one of the best investments you will make and actually save you money and headaches. Don’ wait to be a Monday Morning Quarterback. Phil Raices is the owner/Broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 7 Bond St. in Great Neck. He has earned designations as a Graduate Realtor Institute) and 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.

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Sports New season, new coach in Manhasset BY G R E G ORY GIACONELLI The new high school baseball season will begin with a new coach for the Manhasset varsity team. Assistant coach Mark Giardino will be taking over from former head coach Brian Corbo, who coached the team for seven seasons. Giardino said it will be hard to top what Corbo has done for the Manhasset baseball program. “Not only did he set us up for success this year, but for years to come,” Giardino said. “I know that if we don’t perform well, it won’t be because of a lack of talent. I am hoping not to get in the way too much.” During his time at Manhasset, Corbo made an impact with both the baseball team and the community, according to Giardino. Giardino said Corbo built the program from the ground up and also started a travel organization to give the older players a place to play, improve and come together. He added that the program became so popular that Corbo expanded teams at the younger level. Corbo also partnered with the Manhasset Police Activity League to run youth clinics for children, starting at the Pre-K level during the fall, winter and spring seasons, according to Giardino.

“Brian was great with names and he knew every kid that played baseball in the community,” Giardino said. “Coach Corbo and PAL started coaches clinics within the community to help give ideas and drills to the coaches of the youth teams. He truly left his mark all over town.” Giardino said he admired Corbo’s work ethic and commitment and the best way to describe his effort for the program’s turnaround was that it was impossible to work harder than he did. “I can try to work, plan, prepare, and practice as hard as he did, but I can’t do more,” Giardino said. “Brian constantly told his players that, ‘Success is a byproduct of hard work.’ He didn’t just say it, he lived by it.” While at Manhasset, Corbo started a family with his wife Jahn and his two children, AJ and Julie, who were always present at games, practices and events, according to Giardino. “The only thing that meant more to Brian during his tenure here was his family,” Giardino said. “Whenever he wasn’t with his family, he was doing something baseball related.” Giardino graduated from Siena College with a degree in business and played on the men’s soccer team. He said he became an educator due to his passion for coaching baseball and got his start as an assistant coach at

Hauppauge High School for six campaigns. “I always strived to be a varsity baseball coach at Hauppauge,” Giardino said. “When I got a teaching job at Manhasset, I thought to myself, ‘Great, I’m going to one of the best lacrosse schools on the island. Coaching baseball is going to be tough.’ The next thing I knew, I was meeting with Brian and Chris Keen, his assistant and now my assistant.” Giardino said he became

great friends with Corbo and Keen and they enjoyed collaborating with each other to make Manhasset’s program successful. “It was fun to be part of building a program,” Giardino said. “When Coach Corbo and Coach Keen took their team to two county semi-finals in their seven year tenure, they made me feel part of it. I enjoyed the ride.” According to Giardino, with a daunting task at hand, his focus is to continue furthering Corbo’s

work and ensure that Manhasset maintains success this season and beyond. “I wish Coach Corbo’s tenure ended with a better season,” Giardino said. “Last year’s team was young and inexperienced but now I have an experienced and talented team in my first year. My goal is to build on what he started here, and strive to work as hard as he did. If we can do that, I know we’ll be successful.”


From left to right: Coaches Mark Giardino, Chris Keen and Brian Corbo.

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Wheatley wrestler accepts scholarship BY G R E G GIACONELLI


Carle Place/Wheatley senior wrestler Shawn Mosca

Wheatley School senior Shawn Mosca has accepted a scholarship to wrestle at Division 1 University of Maryland. Mosca said he picked the Big Ten school because of the opportunity to wrestle for a top team, as well as the school’s academics. “Their wrestling team is in a building stage and having sent three guys to nationals this year was an amazing achievement for them,” Mosca said. “During my recruit-

ment, I looked for a team I could help build into a national powerhouse and that’s what I hope to provide in my years at Maryland. What also stood out to me was the push the coaches and staff provide the wrestlers with to not only achieve success in the wrestling room, but success in the classroom as well.” During his time with at Wheatley, Mosca captured two Nassau County titles, won AllState honors twice and was named All-County four times. Mosca was also a New York State finalist for top

wrestler in the state and was ranked among the top wrestlers in the country. As a member of the Ascend Wrestling Club, Mosca competed on the national level and earned All-American recognition. During his time with the club, Mosca also volunteered his time to mentor younger athletes. Head coach Zak Korman said Mosca has been with the varsity squad since eighth grade, helping him prepare for the next level of competition.

“Since he had shown incredible promise, we sought to get him the best possible competition to prepare him for the quality wrestlers he will see at the next level,” Korman said. “He was privileged enough to participate in the New York State championships three times and was able to compete in the prestigious Eastern States Classic, which is by invitation only, as a junior and senior. Seeing this quality competition on a regular basis has been preparing Shawn to take this next step.”

Manhasset coach pins wrestling hall BY G R E G GIACONELLI


Manhasset wrestling head coach Stephon Sair In his four year wrestling career, Sair finished with an 8014 record including 12 pins, six technical falls and 22 major decisions. His record was 21-2 as a sophomore, 27-2 as a junior and 22-3 as a senior. Sair played football for four years for Cortland, earning two All-American honors as a safety


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be willing to adapt and try new things,” Sair said. “I also love the challenge of motivating young student athletes to be the best they can be in a sport as hard as wrestling. You learn so much about yourself and what you can endure through the sport of wrestling and that is something that I want to give to the wrestlers that come through my program.” Sair said he is thankful for having the opportunity to lend his experience as a wrestler and share his knowledge of the sport to the Manhasset program. “One of the goals of our program is to be able to create confident individuals that love challenges and are willing to put in the hard work to achieve their goals,” Sair said. “I have been blessed to be able to teach and coach in the Manhasset School District. The administration has been fully supportive of the wrestling program and they are a major part of our success.”


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national title at 174 pounds in 2006 and a national runner-up finish at 184 pounds the following season. He was also a three time Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference Champion, a two time Conference Wrestler of the year recipient and a 2006 Scholar Wrestling All American.


Manhasset head coach Stephon Sair was inducted into the Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 9 in LaCrosse, Wis. “It is a testament to the great coaches and mentors that I have had throughout my career starting from the youth level all the way through college,” Sair said. “I was fortunate enough to be a part of a high school and college program that had high expectations and really set the bar high for the wrestlers.” A three time All-American at SUNY Cortland, Sair was honored along with two other wrestlers and two coaches. Sair is the third representative of Cortland’s wrestling program to enter the Division III Hall of Fame. Sair’s accomplishments at Cortland included capturing a

and punt returner. He was also a first team AllEast selection and was named to the All-New Jersey Athletic Conference team four times, as well as an All-Eastern College Athletic Conference selection on three occasions. Sair began coaching at Manhasset in 2010, guiding the team to two conference titles in 2013 and 2016, as well as two runner up campaigns in 2014 and 2017. He boasts an overall 24-9 Conference Dual Meet Record. The team, Sair said, finished the season ranked in the top 10 in Nassau County out of 49 schools. He coached one state qualifier and 10 All County wrestlers. During the 2013 season, he was named Nassau County Conference 3 coach of the year. Sair said as a coach it’s no different than facing the same challenges as a wrestler. “I think the key is continuing to learn about the sport and


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Roslyn gymnast nails her frosh year BY G R E G GIACONELLI Alexandra Mastrototaro said she was in no way disappointed that she did not take one of the top spots in the state gymnastics tournament. Mastrotaro said that as a Roslyn High School freshmen she was just happy to have the opportunity to compete. “It was very exciting to compete in the state championships,” she said. “I never expected to make it as a freshman. I was really happy to be able represent Roslyn High School.” She said it was an honor to reach the state tournament in her first season. Mastrotaro, who is the first athlete from Roslyn to qualify as All-State in gymnastics as a freshman, placed 19th out of 60 competitors from across the state on uneven bars in the tournament held March 4 in Cold Spring Harbor High School. Mas-

trototaro was one of four athletes to represent Roslyn at the state championships Head coach Stephanie Orfini said she was impressed by what Mastrototaro has accomplished in her first year, and has set the bar high for the rest of her high school career. Among Mastrototaro’s other accomplishments this was year was qualifying for All-Conference on floor exercise and All-County on balance beam and vault. She was also named Most Valuable Player and a scholar athlete. “Alexandra is a great all-around gymnast,” Orfini said. “She has brought a sense of confidence to the team. She is such a calm and composed competitor and that was able to rub off onto her teammates this year.” Orfini said Mastrototaro is both passionate about gymnastics and a good team player . “It’s easy to see that Alexandra is a standout athlete, but what you can’t see

when she is competing is her love for the sport and how she truly embodies what it means to be a part of a team,” Orfini said. “During practice, she would help other girls choreograph routines and was always the first to cheer them on when they were competing. I know the other girls looked up to her throughout the season, but Alexandra looked to them as equals and teammates.” Mastrototaro said she began taking gymnastics classes at the age of four and received an invite to join a team when she was in kindergarten. Watching the Olympics, she said, at a young age served as a major inspiration for her to compete. Mastrototaro said she enjoyed being a member of the varsity team as a freshman and can’t wait for next season. “It was an awesome experience being on the varsity team as a freshman,” Mastrototaro said. “The team is very nice and supportive and I made great friends. We had a lot of fun and the coaches are great.”


Roslyn freshman gymnast Alexandra Mastrototaro

LIU Post rides quick start to victory BY D AV I D CAPOBIANCO The unranked LIU Post men’s lacrosse team defeated also-unranked Georgian Court University of Lakewood, N.J., 10-5, in a nonconference game on Saturday, March 18 at a snowy Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium in Brookville. The win pushed the Pioneers’ record to 4-4 on the season. The Pioneers got out to roaring start, going up 6-0 by halftime and extending that to a 9-0 advantage early in the third period. Georgian Court started to fight back by scoring four unanswered points late in the third and early fourth periods, but the home team was able to stave off the comeback by adding another goal in the fourth period and only allowing one more goal after that. Post’s defense was strong


Freshman midfielder Austin Guerrina taking a shot early in the game. Sophomore midfielder Connor Farrell tacked on five more groundballs to his team-leading total of 43 for the season, while junior attackman Chris Trassaco led the Pioneers

with five turnovers in the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Bryan Ochs saved seven shots in his first start of the season. The Pioneers’ offense was led by sophomore attackman and

midfielder Frank Ranfroe, who scored three goals to bring his team-leading total up to 19 for the season. Junior midfielder Dylan Harned and freshman midfielder Dan Foley also contributed two

goals of their own. Foley also led the team with 10 shots. Trassaco and freshman midfielder Nick Grassa both had two assists in the game. Overall, the Pioneers won a season-high 17 out of 19 face-offs, picked up 34 ground balls, and fired a season-high 50 shots to Georgian Court’s 29. The Pioneers also converted one out of three extra-man opportunities. The Pioneers’ next contest comes at home on Wednesday, March 22 at 12 p.m. in a conference game against Dominican College. The Pioneers are 1-1 this season against East Coast Conference opponents. This article was originally published in the Pioneer, LIU Post’s award-winning student newspaper, The article is republished by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.

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