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Votes 4-1 against Trump nominee BY K R I ST Y O’CONNELL The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school board approved a resolution Monday opposing President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HERRICKS SCHOOL DISTRICT The seven-member board Students at the Herricks school district’s Shelter Rock Academy got a visit on Jan. 6 from pet therapist Susie Wong voted 4-1, with one abstention, in favor of the resolution, which and her therapy dog Logan. The Great Pyrenees and his trainer brought connection and companionship to students came after a request from Ralph and staff members who gathered for the visit. Ratto, president of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Teachers Association, the school district’s teachers union. Trustee Ernest Gentile abstained, saying he did not know enough about DeVos to cast a vote. Trustee David Del Santo was absent. Trustee Patricia Rudd stated B Y N O A H M A N S K A R home of Nail Garden, a nail sa- cluding Matthew Sexton, an of- cials told employees they needed the board’s position to U.S. Sens. lon that recently moved into the ďŹ cer in the South Side Civic As- a license to perform them, Lia Charles Schumer and Kirsten said. storefront at 149 Tulip Ave., vil- sociation. Gillibrand, both Democrats, on “We promise we [do] not “We don’t want Tulip Avenue A Floral Park massage par- lage oďŹƒcials said. The small stuTuesday, when DeVos’ Senate lor has some residents worried dio’s menu advertises foot and to be known for storefront pros- do extra here, only regular one conďŹ rmation hearing was origi- about prostitution possibly tak- back massages from 10 to 90 titution,â€? Sexton said. “It can [massages], so don’t worry,â€? she nally scheduled. bring in some unsavory people.â€? said. minutes long. ing root in the village. The studio’s opening caused Rita Lia, a receptionist at But its advertisements in the Du’s Foot Spa opened Jan. Continued on Page 60 3 at 153 Tulip Ave., the former “adult entertainmentâ€? section of Du’s Foot Spa, said the studio an uproar on Facebook among Backpage, a website notori- did not oer any sexual services residents of Floral Park and ous for salacious classiďŹ eds and has only one masseuse, who other nearby areas, prompting for prostitution and other works on both men and women. some to write letters to village, The parlor stopped oering Town of Hempstead and Nassau sexual services, have raised red ags for residents, in- back massages after village oďŹƒContinued on Page 60

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Car crash into frozen Bacteria closes pond leaves 3 dead GCP gym’s pool State cops were following stolen auto in Albertson Linked to Legionnaires’ disease BY N O A H M A N S K A R

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A stolen 2010 Honda crashed into this sump pond at the corner of Searingtown and I.U. Willets roads in Albertson on Sunday. The car’s three occupants later died. B Y N O A H M A N S K A R for backup before trying to pull 50 emergency workers who reThree people were killed Sunday night after the stolen car they were driving crashed into a frozen Albertson pond. They were fleeing a state trooper and crashed through a chain link fence into a sump pond near the intersection of I.U. Willets Road and Searingtown Road around 6 p.m., New York State Police said in a news release. State police identified the victims as 29-year-old Joan A. Sanjuan of Central Islip, 46-yearold Adolph Ford of Roosevelt and 51-year-old Donald Farr of Westbury. The 2010 Honda was reported stolen in the Village of Hempstead on Jan. 6, state police said. The state trooper started following the car after his license plate reader flagged it on the Northern State Parkway before it exited at Shelter Rock Road, police said. The trooper did not have his patrol car’s lights on and called

over the car, state police Maj. David Candelaria told reporters, according to Newsday. “I think he spotted me,” the trooper told dispatchers over his radio as he followed the car eastbound on I.U. Willets Road, according to police. The car accelerated and illegally passed several cars before trying to turn left on Searington Road, then losing control and overturning into the 10-footdeep sump pond, police said. The car was fully submerged in the iced-over pond when Albertson firefighters arrived, said Albertson Fire Department Chief Joel Melamed, who was at the scene. One of the occupants was pulled from the car as Albertson firefighters and officers from the Nassau County Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit used a winch to get it out of the water, Melamed said. Rescue divers from the Oyster Bay and Freeport fire departments were also among the

sponded, Melamed said. Workers pulled a second occupant out of the car after removing it from the water, but had to use jaws of life to remove the third, Melamed said. All three were later pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. One police officer was hospitalized for hypothermia and one diver was hospitalized for hypertension after getting out of the water, Melamed said. The state police are continuing to investigate the crash, but Candelaria told Newsday the vehicle’s speed and faulty tires were likely contributors. Police have not said how fast either car was going. “The vehicle was attempting to make a left-hand turn at a high rate of speed,” Candelaria told Newsday. “... It wasn’t 100 mph or anything like that, but that neighborhood is a 30 mph zone, so with a little bit of icy roads and you’re going beyond Continued on Page 48

A Garden City Park gym is working to clean the swimming pool where county health officials found the bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease last month. The pool and spa area at LA Fitness at 2350 Jericho Turnpike closed Dec. 30 after two samples taken from the pool tested positive for legionella bacteria, Jill Greuling, a spokeswoman for Fitness International, the parent company of LA Fitness, said in a statement. The Nassau County Department of Health tested the pool after receiving at least one report of a person being diagnosed with the disease, Mary Ellen Laurain, a health department spokeswoman, said. She declined to say how many cases have been diagnosed because the investigation is ongoing. The pool has been drained and Fitness International has hired Nalco Water, a national water treatment and management firm, to address the bacteria problem, Greuling said. “Once the area is remediated, we will coordinate with the Department of Health to sched-

ule clearance testing and will re-open the area only when it is declared safe,” Greuling said, adding that there is no estimated time when the pool and spa will reopen. Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, the county health commissioner, ordered the gym to close the pool and spa. The gym itself and other facilities there remain open. The Health Department also required the gym to notify all customers who used the pool between Nov. 1 and Dec. 30, Laurain said. The Garden City Park gym’s members can use any other LA Fitness location in New York until the pool reopens, Greuling said. Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia that produces symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, high fever, headaches and muscle pains, which usually appear two to 10 days after exposure to legionella bacteria. The disease is usually contracted from mists or vapors because the bacteria are naturally found in water; it cannot be spread from person to person. Legionnaires’ disease is among several conditions that Continued on Page 48

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This LA Fitness club in Garden City Park closed its pool Dec. 30 after legionella bacteria was found there.

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Continuing Herricks’ science strides Five seniors set school record for most semifinalists in Regeneron Science Talent Search BY N O A H M A N S K A R One project studied how to protect encrypted computer messages from hackers. Another could inform how geologists study rocks on Mars. And three others could have big implications for how to treat diseases, including some forms of cancer. The five Herricks High School seniors who made the semifinal round of the Regeneron Science Talent Search — a record number for the school — have wide-ranging scientific interests and varying reasons they chose their research projects. But Natalie Tan, Seta Mehtu, Nora Koe, Alan Chen and Bongseok Jung said they share an intense curiosity and a desire to learn more about the world around them. “By exposing yourself to different fields of research, you not only get to explore your passions for learning more things about the world, but also you get ... the additional benefit of helping others in the process,” Mehtu said. The students were among 16 Herricks seniors who applied to

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From left: Herricks High School seniors Alan Chen, Natalie Tan, Nora Koe, Setu Mehta and Bongseok Jung. the national contest for top high school science research students, said Renee Barcia, director of Herricks’ science research program. Regeneron, a Westchester County-based medical technol-

ogy company, named 300 “scholars” last week from high schools across the country, including 17 other students from the North Shore area. Forty finalists to be named Jan. 24 will compete for $1.8 million in awards in Wash-

ington, D.C., in March. The Regeneron contest isn’t the first stroke of success for Tan and Jung. Both were named to the semifinals of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology in the fall, a dis-

tinction Jung has gotten the past three years. He was named a finalist in 2015. The Herricks students have all been in the school’s science research program for four years and worked with professional research mentors at major New York City-area institutions, including Columbia University, Stony Brook University and Manhasset’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Motivated by the cancer deaths of three of his grandparents, Jung, an Albertson resident, embarked on a three-year study to find a safe and effective treatment for colon cancer. “All these labs, they had their own projects going and I just had to join in with their projects, whatever they were being funded for, so I was motivated to do my own research, start from the beginning, fund myself,” Jung said. He examined two drugs: COX 2 inhibitors, which target cancer cells effectively but cause side effects like intestinal bleeding, and Salacin, which has no Continued on Page 47


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Bond projects ‘essential’: ed board BY J OE N I K I C

The Great Neck Board of Education are necessary to preserve the quality of education that we have been able to provide in Great Neck,” he added. “In my mind, it’s so important for the community to approve this bond issue on Feb. 14.” Board President Barbara Berkowitz echoed Ashkenase’s statement, saying that if the “structural projects” were not completed in a “timely fashion” the district’s buildings can be severely damaged. “These need to be taken care of in a timely fashion because otherwise your buildings will deteriorate, create dangerous working conditions and school con-

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Members of the Great Neck Board of Education on Monday urged voters in the district to approve a proposed $85.9 million bond issue that aims to address infrastructure needs and provide educational enhancements to its public schools. At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, officials outlined where $51.7 million would be spent toward the district’s capital needs and how another $43.71 million would be spent on educational and school building improvements. Trustee Donald Ashkenase, who is serving his 12th term on the board, said the proposed bond issue is “one of the most important undertakings” the board has considered during his 35-year tenure. “When you think about the age of our school buildings, the youngest school building being 50 years old or older, if we don’t make that $51 million investment in the infrastructure of those buildings, where are we going to be in the next five or 10 years? It’s essential for the preservation of the public schools in Great Neck to make that investment,” Ashkenase said. “This investment reassures the community and all of us as taxpayers that for the next 15 or 20 years, we have made the investment in the public schools that

superintendent of business, said the proposed $95.41 million in spending would come from a bond issue of $85.9 million and about $9.51 million from reserves. One of the biggest upgrades as part of the proposed bond would be the creation of a $6.58 million early childhood center, where children across the district would be offered a pre-kindergarten education, at the district’s Adult Learning Center on Clover Drive. The district currently has a universal pre-kindergarten program at Parkville Elementary School, but the location is more convenient for students living in the southern half of the district. Prendergast said the transformation of the Clover Drive facility into an early childhood center would offer prekindergarten to students zoned to begin kindergarten at E.M. Baker Elementary School, Saddle Rock Elementary School and Lakeville Elementary School. As the facility currently houses the Adult Learning Center, Supportive Environment for All Learners and Pupil Personnel Services programs, the district is proposing to construct a building at the Cumberland Adult Center to relocate those programs. The proposed building would cost about $9.8 million. Prendergast said the early childhood center would also help alleviate over-


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County probation cost victims $226K: audit

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BY N O A H M A N S K A R Mismanagement in Nassau County’s Probation Department led crime victims to lose out on $266,000 over three years, according to an audit by county Comptroller George Maragos. The department failed to follow up on 1,102 checks worth that much left uncashed as of Dec. 31, 2014, from its Restitution Bank Account, which collects about $2.6 million in criminal restitutions annually, according to the audit released last Thursday. “The Probation Department appears to be failing crime victims and our system of justice by not effectively accounting for, safeguarding and distributing restitution funds,” Maragos, a Democrat who is running for county executive, said in a statement. The Probation Department collects fines, court-ordered restitutions and reparations, probation fees and surcharges and makes payments to crime victims from its restitution account. Maragos’ audit, covering 2013 through 2015, found the restitution account was “not adequately managed or reconciled.” The department is supposed to spend up to a year searching for victims whose checks have not cleared to ensure they get their money, but auditors found it had not sent letters trying to locate unpaid victims since December 2011. In addition to leaving the checks unaddressed, the department failed to reconcile its bank balances for at least 19 months, left more than $100,000 in bank entries unadjusted for two years and had not released payments from restitution trust funds since 2011, the audit says. The department also lacked controls to prevent money from being stolen and used restitution money as probation fees, which violates state regulations, the audit says. “Probation should take the audit as a wakeup call and expeditiously implement all recommendations in order to serve its mission,” Maragos said in a statement. The audit covered the last three years under Probation Director John Fowle, who retired in January 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile. In a written response to the audit, acting Probation Director John Plackis disputed several of the audit’s findings, but said the department has implemented several of the comptroller’s recommendations to strengthen its financial controls. Department records indicate there

Comptroller George Maragos have been 751 checks worth $150,766 left uncashed since Dec. 31, 2014, not the 1,102 the audit reported, Plackis wrote. Auditors noted they counted all checks leading up to that date, while the department counted those uncashed after it. The department now sends form letters to crime victims telling them to contact the department if they cash the check or if it never arrives, Plackis wrote. “Although it is not mandated, we will attempt to use DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles] records as a means to try and locate beneficiaries’ current addresses and then ascertain their reasons why checks were not cashed,” Plackis wrote. Plackis rejected the audit’s findings that the department does not segregate duties well enough and that it improperly uses restitution money as probation fees. No theft was found in the probation account system, he wrote. The department now uses a case management program called Caseload Explorer that allows for better oversight and more accurate tracking of payments, Packis’ response says. “The department has segregation of duties of the supervisor to avoid any conflicts,” Plackis wrote. “There are internal controls.” Maragos, a former Republican, regularly audits county agencies, but in recent months has been more vocally critical of County Executive Edward Mangano’s administration as he begins his county executive campaign. Mangano, a Republican who has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges, has not said whether he will run for a third term.

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Ex deputy commisioner sentenced Edward Korona Jr. gets 1-year conditional discharge for lying on county job applications BY J OE N I K I C The former deputy commissioner of Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge for making false statements while applying for various county jobs. State Supreme Court Justice Robert McDonald sentenced Edward Korona Jr., 54, of Hicksville, on Monday to the one-year conditional discharge after he pleaded guilty in November. Korona was facing up to four years in prison on charges of perjury, offering a false instrument for filing and making an apparently false sworn statement, according to Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas’ office. According to Newsday, his guilty plea ended his felony trial, with a public corruption unit prosecutor stating that he had met with her office and provided law enforcement officials with “fruitful” information. “Mr. Korona is relieved that this matter has been resolved and is looking forward to moving on with his life,” Korona’s attorney, Joseph Lobosco, told Newsday. Singas said in December that it was discovered that he had a prior

criminal conviction during her office’s investigation of county contracts and the contracting process, though he was not accused of any crimes related to contracts. In February 1982, Newsday reported, Korona was convicted of seconddegree burglary and sentenced to 1 2/3 to five years in prison. According to the DA’s office, the investigation revealed that he made false statements on four applications to the Nassau County Civil Service Commission in December 2007, February 2010, April 2010 and June 2013 while applying for various civil service positions. Korona, who was arrested on Oct. 15, checked off “No” to the question “Except for the above traffic offenses, have you ever been convicted of any violation, misdemeanor, or felony?” on the four applications. As long as he does not commit any crimes over the next year, he will avoid jail time. Reach reporter Joe Nikic by e-mail at jnikic@theislandnow.com, by phone at 516.307.1045 x203. Also follow us on Twitter @joenikic and Facebook at facebook.com/theislandnow.

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3rd track comment period extended BY N O A H MANSKAR The Long Island Rail Road has extended the deadline for public comments on its proposed third track project to Feb. 15 from Jan. 31, the railroad announced Wednesday. The move gives local oďŹƒcials and residents two more weeks to submit formal feedback on the lengthy draft environmental study of the $2 billion plan released in late November, and followed requests to extend the deadline from New Hyde Park Mayor Robert Lofaro and Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino. In a project update email, planners of the project Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed last year noted — as they have previously — that the two-month comment period was already longer than that for larger projects such as the Second Avenue subway and the new Tappan Zee bridge. “Today’s deadline extension is another example of the governor’s and project team’s strong commitment to community out-

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A Long Island Rail Road train pulls into the Great Neck station. reach and input,� the email says. The public can submit comments through the project’s website, AModernLI.com, by emailing info@amodernli.com, writing a letter to the MTA or attending one of six public hearings scheduled for Jan. 17, 18 and 19. Project planners will review the comments and incorporate

them into a ďŹ nal environmental impact statement later this year. The LIRR wants to add a third track to a key 9.8-mile stretch of its Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville, expected to take three to four years. The LIRR did not extend its deadline for comments on the outline of the environmental study released last spring after

Lauded detective dies at Manhasset hospital BY M A X Z A H N Detective Steven McDonald, a New York City police oďŹƒcer who inspired many with the forgiveness he showed a teenage gunman who rendered him quadriplegic, died on Tuesday at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. He was 59. McDonald, of Malverne, reportedly suered a heart attack on Friday. On duty in Central Park in July 1986, McDonald was shot by Shavod Jones, a 15-year-old who left McDonald paralyzed from the neck down. Though he lacked the ability to walk or talk, McDonald remained an active duty police oďŹƒcer after the attack. Eventually, he regained speech and become a public speaker known for his message of forgiveness.

“No one could have predicted that Steven would touch so many people, in New York and around the world,â€? NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement. “Like so many cops, Steven joined the NYPD to make a dierence in people’s lives. And he accomplished that every day. He is a model for each of us as we go about our daily lives.â€? Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said McDonald “became a voice for peace and served as an inspiration for countless people. Detective McDonald was a true American hero and we should all aspire to live a life of service like him.â€? McDonald is survived by his wife, Patti Ann, and his son, Conor. A public wake was set to take place on Wednesday and Thursday at the St. Agnes Parish Center, adjacent to St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.

similar requests from local oďŹƒcials and project opponents, but did hold additional public hearings on that document. More than 1,200 people attended those meetings and more than 750 submitted comments at those hearings, project oďŹƒcials said in August. The environmental study says the project would have a minimal environmental impact and improve train service, traďŹƒc and noise along the corridor. But many local residents have remained concerned about construction aecting traďŹƒc and their quality of life and questioned the need for a project they see as disruptive. Larry Montreuil, the Village of New Hyde Park’s deputy mayor, praised the two-week extension, but said the six weeks village oďŹƒcials asked for “would have been much more helpful.â€? “We thought the magnitude with which this project may impact New Hyde Park deserves a very careful study so that we can appreciate the impacts and hope to mitigate them,â€? Montreuil said.

Bernard Ryba, mayor of the Village of Old Brookville and president of the Nassau County Village OďŹƒcials Association, praised the extension, saying it makes sense because small villages do not have the resources of larger municipalities that have hosted projects of this scale. “These communities that have these concerns about having enough time, they’re not the size, obviously, of New York City,â€? Ryba said. “When New York City knew [other projects were] coming, they had attorneys at their beck and call.â€? New Hyde Park, Floral Park and Garden City have together retained Beveridge & Diamond, a Manhattan environmental law ďŹ rm, and Vertex, an engineering ďŹ rm, to review the LIRR’s environmental statement. Dave Kapell, executive director of the pro-third track Right Track for Long Island Coalition, called the extended deadline “an additional eort to make this project as inclusive as possible, resulting in increased support and momentum for the project.â€?

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Stopping by a snowy woods in Nassau Last weekend was the first big snow storm of the season. Children will greet the arrival of winter’s first snow with glee. I was the same when I was a kid. At the first sign of big snow my brother and I would bundle up, grab our American Flyers sleighs and head for the nearest hill. Oh dear me how things change in adulthood. When the snow started falling on Saturday my reaction was a mixture of annoyance laced with dread. Indeed I’d have to shovel out myself or face the challenge of negotiating with the gang of four. The gang of four is the group of neighborhood teens who are not in the least bit afraid to charge me $150 for what to me looks like a $40 job of shoveling. But if I choose to face the challenge myself I do risk the terrifying possibility of a heart attack. Well this time I shoveled myself and as I finished the job night time had arrived and I thought to myself of the wonderful poem by Robert Frost entitled “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Here was an example of a guy who liked snow quite a bit. Here is how it started:

“Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.” Lovely start. So I thought to myself on Sunday I would drive out to the Muttontown Preserve and take a walk through the woods. Well as it turns out finding the preserve wasn’t all that easy. I following the instructions from my GPS, turned into the road it told me and was greeted by two signs that shouted “Private Property. This is not access to Muttontown Preserve!” However I remained undaunted, having just read the Frost poem which did say “He will not see me stopping here.” I slowly crept down the private road past mega estates and Bentley’s park on the side. Soon enough I began having fears that the cops or some private security guard would be arriving at any moment so I turned around and got back on the main drag. I kept riding north and passing ever more expensive estates, got to 25A and headed east. Within a mile or so I noticed a small sign that says Chelsea

DR. TOM FERRARO Our Town Preserve, Property of Nassau County. I assume this is the place I am looking for and head deep into the woods along a pretty little road which has just been plowed clear. The second stanza of the Frost poem reads: “My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year.” Given the fact that I am in a car rather than on a horse it is difficult for me to relate to these lines. And further it is morning time and not night so again hard to relate. I pass by a woman

There are many nature trails and winter time sanctuaries in Nassau County.

who is strolling along the road and finally get to a parking lot with some very old and nice looking homes and stables. I now feel certain that this is not the Muttontown Preserve but my patience has worn thin so I decide to make the best of it and walk around the grounds and through the woods making believe it’s the Muttontown Preserve. The place has a quiet beautiful elegance to it with stable houses and a central mansion and it’s all covered with white freshly fallen snow. As I begin my walk I notice the lady and ask her if this is the Muttontown Preserve. She tells me that the real preserve is down the road about half mile. I feel I need to explain my reason for being here and say I am writing a story about nature trails in Nassau County. She explains that this place is always very quiet and hidden away and please don’t do any writing about it. I quickly say that she ought not to worry too much because no one reads anymore anyway. Most like watching television. I walk around the grounds and listen to the silence like in the third stanza of the Frost poem. “He gives his harness bells a

shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound’s the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake.” But in my case I hear the sound of a jet plane high overhead. No question I live in a different place and time for Robert Frost. He wrote the poem in 1922 and he lived in Shaftsbury Vermont. Not jets flying overhead, just the sound of ‘easy wind.’ I am mesmerized by the beauty of this place. I spend about 2 to 3 minutes strolling about, snap a picture and then wonder if I should stay longer in order to try to enjoy the place more. But I quickly realize I’m under deadline and must have this written by 5 p.m. today. However I don’t feel too bad about my rushing. I recall the last line of the Frost poem and think maybe he and I are alike in some way. The last stanza goes like this: “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”


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Great Neck South High School semifinals of the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, another major contest for high-caliber science research students. Westchester County-based Regeneron, a medical science and technology company, this year took over sponsorship of the contest recognizing top science research projects from high-schoolers around the country. The seven Great Neck students were

picked as semifinalists from among 1,749 applicants based on their promise as scientists, academic performance and recommendations from teachers and professional scientists, according to a news release from the Society for Science & the Public, which co-sponsors the competition. The 300 semifinalists each get a $2,000 award. Forty finalists to be named Jan. 24 will compete for $1.8 mil-

lion in awards in Washington in March, with winners named at a March 14 gala. The top winner will get $250,000. This year’s honored research projects focus on topics in astronomy, biology, medicine, physics and social sciences. Gao’s project was titled “Development of an Automated Feedback Loop for the Geometric Stabilization of Taylor Cones in Low Flow-Rate Magnetoelectrosprays.” Hlaing’s project was titled “Modulating LRRK2 Kinase Domain Through an FDA Approved Compound,” Zhang’s project was titled “A Cell Culture Model of Glutamine Addiction in Cancer via the c-Myc–Sirt5–Glutaminase Axis” and Ko’s project was “Extraction of the Specific Shear Viscosity of the Quark-Gluon Plasma from Measurements of Flow Harmonics in Au + Au Collisions at 200 GeV.” “Sorting Microfossil Concentrate Under Ultraviolet and Daylight Conditions Using a Support Vector Machine” is the title of Lundelius’ project, Smith’s project was titled “Modeling Topography and Mammal Species Diversity Within the Western U.S. Basin and Range from 36Ma” and Su’s project was titled “Groundwater Contaminant EDC: A Potential Hazard on Human Nervous System.” Efforts to reach the students were unavailing.

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Herricks board fetes high achievers BY S A M U E L G L A S S E R The Herricks school board recognized outstanding student achievements in music, science and social studies at its meeting last Thursday. While music and science dominated, Herricks students excel in “every single discipline ... there is no one area,” Christine Finn, the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction, said. Four Herricks High School musicians were chosen to participate in the National Association for Music Education’s Eastern Division Honors Festival to be held in April in Atlantic City, N.J. Senior Adam Cordero will play the saxophone in the All Eastern Jazz Ensemble, and senior Kelly Yu, a violinist, will perform in the All Eastern Orchestra. Junior Alyssa Corona and senior Sam Tesch, both vocalists, will sing in the All Eastern Chorus. Corona and Tesch gave the board a preview, opening the meeting with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Six hundred students from schools on the East Coast will participate. Herricks was one of three national winners of the NAMM Foundation’s annual “What makes music education great in my school district?” video competition. The foundation is an arm of the National Association of Music Merchants. Senior Jonathan Sanelli, who plays

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Herricks High School junior Alyssa Corona and senior Sam Tesch open the school board meeting singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” The students will perform at the Eastern Division Honors Music Festival in the spring. double bass and guitar, produced a oneminute video asking music teachers and students to answer the question. The winning districts, including one in California and one Illinois, will receive a two-day residency on the foundation’s John Lennon Educational Tour Bus coming to Herricks next fall. A group of eight to 10 students will compose, record and produce an original

song and music video aboard the bus, which is outfitted with professional recording and production equipment. Freshman Carrie Hsu was recognized for placing second in the children’s category of the Goi Peace Foundation’s International Essay Contest for Young People. Her essay, “Education Across Endless Clouds,” was one of nearly 13,000 submissions from around the world.

Senior Anna Zolyniak was cited as “Best Delegate” in the 20th annual Model United Nations conference at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The conference is an educational simulation and a competition, Finn said. Fino Celano, the district superintendent, said the high school orchestra and chorus participated in the Harmony Peace Foundation’s holiday concert at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 19. Five high school seniors were congratulated for being named as semi-finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition: Alan Chen, Bongseok Jung, Nora Koe, Setu Mehta and Natalie Tan. Tarrytown-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, which took over sponsorship of the competition from Intel, the semiconductor chip company, made the announcement last week. The students will be invited to appear at the next board meeting. The contest recognizes top science research projects from high school students around the country. Nationally, 300 semifinalists were named from 1,749 applicants. In other business, the board heard a report by Shari Diamond of its outside auditor, Cerini & Associates. Diamond said checks to outside vendors are not issued until every piece of supporting documentation is verified.

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Time to resign Mr. Mangano, II Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto was arrested with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Mangano’s wife on federal corruption charges on the same day in October. Venditto and Mangano were both charged with trading government contracts and official favors for free vacations and in the case of Linda Mangano, a no-show job as a food taster, with a businessman widely identified to be Harendra Singh. Both Republicans leaders declared their innocence and intent to fight the 13-count indictment U.S. Attorney Robert Capers unsealed in federal court. Last week, Venditto announced his resignation. “I have decided to leave my position as the Oyster Bay town supervisor,” Venditto said in statement. “I now feel that it is in the best interests of the town and its residents for me to do so, especially since it will be difficult, if not impossible, for me to function as the town supervisor going forward as I focus on clearing my name.” Mangano, on the other hand, says that at least for now he has no intention of leaving. “There’s really, honestly, nothing that is not occurring that occurred before,” Mangano said in a recent interview with Newsday. “We’re not having any issues in terms of governing, communication, policy or positions.” He cited his work on the protracted 2017 budget negotiations, the Nassau Coliseum redevelopment, and studying the feasibility of a cheaper way

to keep effluent out of nitrogenchoked bays, according to Newsday. It’s possible that Mangano is better at time management than Venditto. Or that the demands of being county executive are less than those of the supervisor of the Town of Oyster Bay. Or that Mangano believes the charges filed by federal prosecutors have less weight than Venditto does. But we doubt it. So, as we have said before, it is time for Mangano to step down. Certainly, the case against Mangano recently took an ominous turn when a federal trial for Singh was delayed indefinitely. Singh has been negotiating a plea deal to be a key witness in the case against Mangano, his wife and Venditto, according to a report in Newsday, citing unidentified sources. He has been charged with bribery, income tax evasion and obstruction of justice on Long Island. He has also been negotiating a similar deal with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who are investigating the possible granting of favors by city officials to campaign fundraisers such as Singh. Mangano has faced a growing chorus of officials calling for him to step down. State Sen. Jack Martins joined other Republicans in calling on Mangano to resign following his arrest — at a time Martins was running for Congress against former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi. “It is imperative that government continue undistracted by

anything that may be out there,” Martins said. “And so, we’re asking county executive to resign, step aside, and to allow county business to continue undistracted.” Martins, who lost his bid for Congress, is now mentioned along with Hempstead Town Receiver Donald Clavin and Hempstead Town Board member Bruce Blakeman as possible candidates for county executive in the fall. Martins was joined at the time by Republican state Sens.

Kemp Hannon and Carl Marcellino as well as then Senate candidates Elaine Phillips and Chris McGrath — in calling for Mangano’s and Venditto’s resignations. Incredibly, Mangano has not only said he did not intend to resign, but he has not ruled out running for re-election. Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, who switched parties to run for county executive as a Democrat, called for Mangano’s resignation this week.

He has joined Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran of Baldwin and state Assemblyman Charles Lavine of Glen Cove among the Democrats seeking to clean the corruption for which they hold Mangano responsible. Rarely has there been this much unity among Democrats and Republicans. Self interest, no doubt, plays a role. But in this case, they have it right. Ed Mangano should do the right thing and step down. Now.

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KREMER’S CORNER

The burdens facing President Trump

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n Jan. 5, 1966 I walked into a tiny Albany office in the state capitol, ready to take on the responsibility of being an elected member of the state Assembly. Having had six years of experience in local government I felt that I could take on the responsibility of representing the 175,000 people who lived on the South Shore of Long Island, but I had my share of uneasiness. I knew that state legislators made laws as I had seen many of them during my local service. But there was no handbook or one-month preparatory class for newly elected officials. Shortly after my arrival in Albany I was summoned to the Assembly chamber to take part in the seat selection process. I didn’t expect to be seated in the first few rows of the chamber as they were reserved for the more senior members. And as luck would have it, I was assigned a seat in the last row. I confess that during those early days, I was in awe seeing

state government, not as an outside observer, but as a member of a body that had the power to change people’s lives, hopefully for the better. During that period of time Albany had its celebrities such as Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, surrounded by advisors such as Henry Kissinger. These are a few observations illustrating the experience of a political neophyte. I am contrasting this short history of my earliest days in politics, with the Presidentelect Donald J. Trump and what thoughts may or may not be going through his mind. Mr. Trump is the son of a wealthy father. He always had the best of everything from military school to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. I was a first-generation office holder whose father toiled as a milkman and a grocery store owner. Trump has had a charmed existence never wanting for anything and always able to get out of his business headaches either through bankruptcy or the

JERRY KREMER Kremer’s Corner use of other peoples’ money. But no matter who you are in life, becoming an elected official, especially President of the United States and the voice of 300 million people, has to be a mind blowing experience. Over the years we have known Donald Trump to be brash businessman, a great marketer and the creator of a successful brand. But I am hopeful that on the first day that he walks into the fabled Oval Office, he takes a

very deep breath and is in awe of what it’s like to be this country’s leader. Running a real estate empire, building golf courses and condominiums, is not considered basic training to be a president. In the private sector you can snap your fingers and everyone stands at attention. You can hire and fire with no real consequences as the world is not watching you. The two-plus months leading up to the inauguration have been a circus sideshow. Tweets on a cell phone attract attention and get some people nervous and upset. But when you speak from the nation’s capital, words have a lot more meaning and the wrong words can lead to a national crisis. You can brush aside the controversy of hacking by Russian President Putin, but once in office you can’t ignore a Russian invasion of a NATO ally. Mr. Putin is not Mr. Rogers, and sooner or later he will turn your neighborhood upside

down. As a state legislator the only people who follow you around are your loyal staffers. As President of the United States, you are followed by a soldier a suitcase that can start a nuclear war, with more consequences than a silly tweet. The voters who supported Donald Trump may have chosen him because they viewed him as a person who didn’t believe in being politically correct. But once you sit in the seat of power you have to be a lot more politically correct and a lot more measured in your words. In the weeks and months ahead, the caring people of this country are hoping that the new president takes on the job with the seriousness that it deserves. That he conducts himself in a manner to be worthy of sitting in the Oval office. And that someday some youngster says that a President Trump inspired him or her to seek high office. That’s the burden a new president must bear and we all pray he will do it well for our sake.

A LOOK ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

A different kind of ‘to-do’ list

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emind me why we’re tossing out perfectly good pots?” I ask my son. “Do I have to?” “Yes, mom, you do.” His voice was stern. When my boys are home for the holidays, I try to do things with them that they’ll enjoy. We work on our lists all semester. But this boy’s list started with making me declutter — and went downhill from there! I did not bargain for this. “So why are we doing this?” I asked. “Because they’re worn out; you never use them; and they clutter up so much of the kitchen table that there’s no room for us all to have breakfast together!” I summoned up the energy for one last try. “But one of these is the good latke-frying pan, and I can never remember which!” “It’s this one, mom. See? The one with the sticky-note saying ‘Keep this—good Latke pan’? Now, can we recycle all of the others?” “If it makes you happy,” I say. But in truth, I’m done with decluttering; I must distract him

somehow. Aha, I’ve just remembered! “Sweetheart — let’s get back to your list. Wasn’t there some TV thing you wanted to watch?” “The football game? You’ll really watch it with me?” “I said I would, didn’t I? Too bad there aren’t any on….” “Actually, you’re in luck! There’s one right now.” And he snatched up the TV remote and found us a game. And before you could say, “Concussion protocol,” I was watching a herd of men in hot pursuit of another man, from another herd — like lions after a stag — cutting him out and bringing him down. “This is so violent!” I mutter. “What else can we do? Where’s that list?” “How about watching a show?” “Okay. What are my choices?” “There’s ‘The Walking Dead’.” “With all the zombies? Who get shot in the head?” “Or stabbed. Or speared. Or….”

JUDY EPSTEIN A Look on the Lighter Side “Anything else?” “How about ‘Daredevil’? “He’s the one who gets beaten up, every episode?” “Well, he beats other people up, too.” “Lovely. Anything less violent?” “Remember, this is still a teenage boy you’re dealing with,” my husband butts in. “Well,” says the boy, “There’s the series ‘Tyrant’. It’s about the Middle East, so of course there’s some violence, but it’s mostly political.”

“Okay, let’s try it.” “Tyrant,” from the creators of “Homeland,” is the story of a ruling family in a fictional place that might as well be Syria. When we watch, I am torn between admiring the beautiful mosaics and interiors, and flinching from the backstabbings — both literal and figurative — of characters I have come to care about. “I can’t watch this!” I soon say. “But mom, you promised!” “I promised I would try. But it’s so painful! Can’t we just watch a nice, clean murder for once?” “What’s a ‘nice, clean murder’?” “Well, for one thing, I mean a murder that gets solved before the end of the show; but also, one with a victim you never meet — or if you do, they’re horrible people and you’re happy to see them go!” “Mom, that sounds worse than anything I’ve asked you to watch!” “Well, I can’t help it — that’s what I want. That’s what’s on my list. Now, give me that remote!”

And before he can object, I snatch the TV remote, pushing the buttons to change to something else. But nothing happens. I push the buttons harder. Still nothing. “Why isn’t this working?” “Because it’s broken. Are you looking for this?” My boy grins as he holds up a twin of the remote in my hand. “Or this one, perhaps?” And he holds up a third! “I have to ask you, Mom — why do you keep all the broken remotes, right next to the good one?” “I don’t know.” “In fact,” he continues, “maybe we should…” “Oh, no!” I know where this is going. “… just get rid of them?” So here we are, back at the recycling bin. He makes me throw the two old remotes away! “There. Was that so hard to do?” he asks me. “Yes it was!” I answer. But at least it’s done one good thing — it’s making me just a little bit less sad about putting him on the plane tomorrow, back to school!


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Women’s voices in history, part II

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fter my previous column was published, one of North Shore Long Island’s most acclaimed feminists asked me a question. “Do you realize,” she said, “that all the American voices you cited were males?” Frankly, I had not been attentive to that. I did not consider the critical comment as a “political correctness” assault. As a person who taught the first women’s history class at Hofstra in the 1960s, I was now reminded that my half century focus on “Her-story” still had a ways to go. Clearly, like many males (notwithstanding my ongoing efforts for gender equity and inclusion), I slipped into being the product of my long male socialization (not alert enough to

recognize how deeply language and identity should matter in our pluralistic society). Ironically, I know — and respect — many outstanding female voices. Although I have taught them for decades, my last column slipped to the exclusivity of “His-tory.” So, let’s begin a bit of remedial commentary here. Anne Bradstreet, the first published female poet in America (in the 1600s) had much to say about growing up — and living — female. You can check her views and also note that the introduction to her book of poetry was by a man. He explained that lest anyone conclude that Mistress Bradstreet had neglected her husband and children to do her writing, he wanted it known

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field that she had snatched the extra time from her sleep! Most of Abigail Adams’ letters was not opened to the public until the 1950s. For years, I taught about her based on primary source research conducted in an honor’s project by Patti Alleva, one of

my all-time star students. So far as I know, Patti might have been the first scholar to pluck from Abigail’s letters to husband John, the comment: “My pen is freer than my tongue, so I am able to write things to you that I would not say.” That was a view of the code of female modesty and subordination. Because Abigail did so much writing (John was away for years as a diplomat in Europe), she became bolder and bolder as a social commentator. She was among the early critics of maintaining a system of slavery while the Americans said they were contending for liberty from the British. Everyone who has studied Abigail during the past half century knows her famous “Remember the Ladies” letter to

John, warning him that women should be included in the new laws and constitutions, and, if they were not: “We are determined to foment a rebellion of our own, and will not hold ourselves bound by laws in which we have no voice or representation.” Indeed, that is precisely what Elizabeth Cady Stanton did at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. Not only did she use the model employed by the Revolutionaries of calling a “convention” (an assemblage of citizens), but she took the dramatic step of paraphrasing Jefferson’s “Declaration” as the focal point of the meeting. Because Jefferson had listed 16 grievances against King George III, Stanton used the Continued on Page 18

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Urge LIPA to OK windpower pact

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n Jan. 25, activists who have been fighting for decades for clean, renewable energy in order to end our society’s dangerous addiction to fossil fuels, are hoping they will finally be able to pop the champagne corks when the Long Island Power Authority Board approves a power purchase agreement for off-shore wind power for the East End. Indeed, just a week after the Block Island Wind Farm began producing power, New York labor unions, civic and environmental organizations and elected officials hosted a rally outside of Long Island Power Authority praising LIPA for expressing support of offshore wind power and its anticipated vote on Jan. 25 to move forward on the nation’s largest offshore wind project. Over 100 gathered in front of LIPA, in the largest show of Long Island’s support for offshore wind to date. Located off the east end of Long Island, Deepwater Wind’s 90-megawatt, 15-turbine project will produce enough energy to power about 50,000 Long Island homes by 2022. This pivotal decision, opening a new era for Long Island’s energy economy, would eliminate the need for LIPA to build a new coal-fired plant to meet the region’s energy needs. Keep in

mind that Long Island officials keep saying the impediment to businesses coming here are the high energy costs. Now the activists are calling on LIPA to move forward on the Island-Wide renewable energy Request for Proposal in early 2017 which could include another 210 MW of offshore wind off of Long Island’s south fork. (Europe already generates 12,100 megawatts of off-shore wind energy). Meanwhile, in the waning days of the Obama Administration (and not a moment too soon), the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, awarded Statoil Wind US LLC, a private company from Norway that specializes in oil and gas, the lease to develop an off-shore wind farm on 80,000 acres some 12 miles off of Long Island’s south shore. Statoil’s $40 million bid beat out NYSERDA, the New York State energy research development agency, which had wanted to win so it could be the lead agency and expedite development of offshore windpower for New York. Now that it will be the domain of a private company, New York customers- like LIPA and Con Ed — will likely have to compete with New Jersey and others. LIPA needs to lock in supply and do so before the Trumpsters try to overturn the lease altogether.

KAREN RUBIN Pulse of the Peninsula Recall this is the same area where a private company wanted to site a Liquified Natural Gas facility, which would have shut down any wind farm. The incoming Trump Administration’s determination to reverse course on a transition to clean, renewable energy, and return us to dependency on fossil fuels — no matter the impact on climate, the environment and ecology, no matter how it basically indentures residents and businesses to ever higher prices for energy, no matter how it endangers national security - means it will be up to the states to continue progress. Gov. Cuomo has set a goal of producing 50 percent of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and 80 percent

by 2050. Developing offshore wind power — and a wholly new industry for Long Island — is essential for achieving that goal, along with solar, geothermal and hydro power sources (East Hampton has passed legislation that it would get 100 percent of its electricity from clean, renewable sources.) Gov. Cuomo made major news during his State of the State message at SUNY Farmingdale on Long Island, announced that New York is committed to building 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2030 – enough to power 1.25 million homes. The governor also pledged his support for New York’s first, and the nation’s largest, offshore wind project off the east end of Long Island. Offshore wind power is especially important in light of Cuomo’s pronouncement in his State of the State address that the Indian Point nuclear plant, which theoretically generates 2000 megawatts of energy, will be shut down by 2021. The Atlantic waters off Long Island has some of the best conditions for off-shore windpower production in North America, if not the world. Dubbed the “Saudi Arabia of offshore wind” we could be the epicenter for a new American energy industry,

already $20 billion globally. Scientists and engineers at SUNY Stony Brook are developing new battery storage systems and monitoring controls. Wind turbines need to be manufactured, installed, monitored and maintained, producing thousands of everlasting jobs along with the wind power. And unlike fossil fuels, where the prices are unpredictable except they almost always go up (oil and gas, after all, are finite resources, costly to develop, process and deliver), wind power is a predictable, stable price that is on a trajectory to come down, not up. “It’s been a marathon of work and effort to bring wind power to Long Island, but we are at the last mile and moving closer to the finish line,” Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment said at the Dec. 20 rally. “Long Islanders are ready for offshore wind. We have assessed the science, the economics and the societal benefits and we concluded that wind works as an important mainstream energy source. We can longer be fossil fools and deny the consequences of climate change.” Come out to the LIPA board meeting on Jan. 25 to show your support. If they build it, we will come.


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ALL THINGS POLITICAL

Run your financial life efficiently

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’ve said it before; I’ll say it again. Long Islanders are suffering financially, and we’re not alone. In America, 38 percent of households carry credit card debt with an average outstanding balance of $16,000. This kind of debt is usually worse right after the holidays. It’s time for Long Islanders to get their financial houses in order. I’ve always had a passion for business and investing; and, as my wife Renée likes to say, I’m “fluent in the language of money.” I’m always working at lowering our monthly nut, and you can too! Here are some suggestions to run your financial life more efficiently. Credit Card Debt As previously stated, 38 percent of American households owe $16,000 in credit card debt. The average interest rate charged, about 14.95 percent, makes credit cards one of the worst choices as a source of debt. On Long Island, credit unions usually have the most competitive credit card rates.

line access. When I told the customer service rep this seemed way too high and asked if Verizon could do better, it was cut in half to $20 per month. My family cell phone bill is now $140 per month cheaper.

For example Suffolk Federal Credit Union has a 0.00 percent 6-month introductory rate on both purchases and free balance transfers. After the introductory period ends, the rate can be as low as 7.74 percent. It’s worth the time and effort to make the balance transfer and change credit cards! Mortgage Payments Most conventional mortgages are for 30 years and pay off interest and principal with a monthly payment. If you pay your mortgage every two weeks instead, you will make 26 annual payments, or one extra monthly payment a year. This will shave off roughly five years of mortgage payment. Make sure your lender deducts the payments immediately as some wait until month’s end to give you credit. There may be some fees the servicer of your mortgage will try and tack on. Don’t ever accept the statement, “This is standard and customary.” Everything is negotiable! Don’t be afraid to ask to have fees waived.

ADAM HABER All Things Political Cell Phone Fierce competition among cell phone service providers creates opportunity for the consumer. Don’t be concerned about switching services if savings are to be had. Quality of service is relatively consistent among providers throughout Long Island. I recently called Verizon and found out they roll over unused gigabytes of data so I lowered my plan from 40GB a month to 18GB for a savings of $60 per month. I also noticed I was paying $40 per month for smartphone

Cable TV and Internet Just like cellphone service, there is fierce competition for cable TV and internet connections. Dish Network, Verizon/Fios and Cablevision/Optimum all want your business. If you don’t call your provider every six months to check on the latest deal you are actually losing out. Although I am currently already on a “promotional rate,” a quick call to my cable and internet service provider saved an extra $20 per month. Banking Heavy competition for your business means you should have free checking and overdraft protection. Consumers shouldn’t have to pay a monthly maintenance fee or for many bank services such as wires, overdraft protection or an insufficient funds fee.

When these fees hit up, if they aren’t already free, complain! If you are a good customer these annoying fees are usually waived. Long Island has several credit unions such as NEFCU, Bethpage or Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union, which are competitive and worth a look. Other Bills Other negotiable household bills that need to be shopped around at least once a year are home heating oil providers, auto and homeowners insurance. For example I just switched from Geico to Liberty Mutual for auto insurance and saved $2,500 per year. The gecko on the commercials may be cute but Geico didn’t provide a competitive quote when my son was recently added to our auto policy. My father gave me great advice many years ago: “You don’t get poor from asking.” Now stop wasting your precious, hard earned dollars and go out there and negotiate!

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Village at fault in Baxter House deterioration

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ecently, the Port Washington Times ran a letter from a resident of the Village of Baxter Estates who has ascribed a “lynch mob” mentality to individuals in Port Washington who are concerned about the condition of the Baxter House and want to see the village require the owner to maintain her historically designated property as required by the law. While the writer felt compelled to provide “background” in order to inform people that the owner “is not the villain,” in our opinion he failed to provide the complete picture and frankly missed the point. Must there be a villain? Certainly, the good lawabiding residents of Baxter Estates and Port Washington who want to live in a community in which the rule of law applies aren’t villains. The property was landmarked in 2005 by the Village

of Baxter Estates under authority contained in the village code and under New York State Law. The owner, who fought the designation at the Village level, never availed herself of the opportunity to challenge that determination in State Supreme Court as was her absolute right. Rather, she accepted the designation and moved into the home for a period of time. At one point, however, according to village records, she illegally converted the one family house into a multiple occupancy and illegally rented the house. At some point, the original front door and leaded glass windows were removed without seeking permission from the Historic Preservation Committee. For the past several years, she has not maintained the home and indeed has allowed the roof to go unpatched in spots, resulting in a village-

hired independent inspector to note that birds were nesting in the house. Rather than maintain the house as one might expect of any owner, she has allowed it to run down to the point that she has claimed it cannot be saved and must be demolished so that she can build another house — presumably a larger one — or subdivide the property and place two houses there, a subdivision that she has applied for twice in the last eight years only to withdraw both applications. It is indeed unfortunate that many unkind comments have been directed toward the current owner of the Baxter House. We believe these comments reflect how strongly the Port Washington community feels about the potential loss of the historic Baxter House. Anyone driving down Shore Road can see that the house has not been maintained and al-

lowed to fester in decay. Whose responsibility is that if not the owner’s? The leaded windows and original front door have been replaced, in violation of VBE’s preservation laws. Not only is the house unsightly with the black and blue tarps, but those deteriorated tarps are ending up on neighbor’s lawns, as well as in the Baxter Pond and Manhasset Bay. The owner can renovate the interior as she likes — although she is not permitted to subdivide and rent out the house to multiple individuals, as she has done. While the law allows her to erase the historic beauty of the interior, it is worth noting that recent photographs of the interior reveal beautiful detail that cannot be recreated and which anyone would be glad to live in. The exterior of the house belongs to our history and has

been allowed to decay. Why? Who knows, but some speculate that the owner wants to tear down the house and build a McMansion she can sell. Does any of this make the owner a villain? No, but it does paint a slightly different picture than the one painted by some. We are not looking for, as the writer put it, a “pound of flesh,” what we are looking for is an equal application of the law by the village. Every resident is responsible and accountable for the upkeep of our homes, it seems that only one resident of the Village has not been called to account. We do desire that the house be preserved, but we also desire that the owner of the Baxter House live under Village law as the rest of us do. Kathy Coley Port Washington


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Obama attacked Israel in UN vote

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fter watching all the pomp and circumstance of the presidential inauguration of Jan. 20, 2009, I remember turning to my husband Steve and saying: “The sole mission of Barack Obama and his henchmen is to destroy Israel.” Sure enough, over eight years he consistently genuflected to our enemies and spit in the face of our most faithful allies, most particularly Israel. Writer Mona Charen has said that Mr. Obama has a “genocidal hostility toward Israel.” Sure enough, he spit on Jews –– and also Christians –– by launching his poison dart on Dec. 23, right in time for Chanukah and Christmas. That dart was Resolution 2334 to condemn Israeli “settlements”–– meaning housing on Israeli land –– and insist on a return to 1967 “Auschwitz borders” that was proposed by the UN’s Security Council members New Zealand (10,000 miles from Israel), Malaysia (where the official religion is Islam), Senegal (which is 90-percent Muslim), and Venezuela (so impoverished that people are now scrounging for toilet paper).

Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Obama regime refused to veto this anti-Semitic proposal. This sneak attack was hatched and orchestrated directly from the Oval Office and involved Mr. Obama himself, Secretary of State John Kerry, Susan Rice, and other of his Jew-hating acolytes, among them (this is the short list): current U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power (end all U.S. military aid to Israel); all the “court Jews” who sold their souls to the devil in exchange for the seductive allure of access to power; close advisor and Hamas and Hezbollah fan Robert Malley; Dennis Ross (who suggested a plan that translated today would mean listening to the 22 hostile states that surround Israel and saying “majority rules!”); George Soros –– Obama’s “puppet master” –– the Hungarian-born Jewish multibillionaire, who has founded and funded numerous groups that work unstintingly to bring about Israel’s destruction; Hillary Clinton, whose relationships with terrorists date back decades and whose rancid relationship with Israel is well known; Susan Rice, former Am-

Clark does not deserve freedom

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ov. Cuomo’s commuting of Judith Clark’s sentence for second-degree murder and robbery charges in connection with the Brinks armored car robbery in Nannette, N.Y., In 1981 makes Ms. Clark eligible for parole in 2017 and raises some interesting points of view. No matter how the proponents for Miss Clark couch their rhetoric, the fact remains that three decent family men were murdered in the course of doing their jobs, trying to uphold the law, in response to a crime for which Ms. Clark was found guilty. Ms. Elaine Lord, former superintendent of the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, where Ms. Clark has been an inmate for most of her 35 years of incarceration,

stated that she has witnessed Ms. Clark “change into one of the most perceptive, thoughtful, helpful and profound human beings I have ever known either inside or outside of prison”. Assuming for the sake of argument, that Ms. Lord is correct in her assessment, what better for Ms. Clark to make the best use of her quiet attributes and truly repay her debt to society, than to remain in prison and to minister to the inmates who would surely benefit from Ms. Clark’s perceptive insights. Let the day that either Sergeant O’Grady, Officer Brown, or Mr. Paige walk into the correctional facility and ask for the keys to her cell, so that they may set her free, be the day that she leaves prison. Jack Benigno New Hyde Park

bassador to the U.N. and current National Security Advisor, who has advocated ending all U.S. military aid to Israel; Lee Hamilton, former Indiana congressman, who has suggested pressuring Israel to surrender the Golan Heights and leave the West Bank; Zbigniew Brzezinski, Obama advisor and longtime Israel loather, who suggested that the Obama regime tell Israel that the U.S. will attack Israeli jets if they try to attack Iran; John Brennan, former Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and current head of the CIA, who has suggested that Mr. Obama “reach out” to Hezbollah, and also that “jihad is a holy struggle…”; and the execrable John Kerry, who, after the anti-Israel U.N. vote, spoke directly for his boss on TV, engaging in egregious historical revisionism and fairytale bromides to essentially inflict a two-state solution on Israel, with partners who to this day do not –– and have sworn they never will –– accept a Jewish state in their midst. My favorite line was Mr. Kerry saying that Israel could be Jewish or democratic, but not both. Right, like Iran and Iraq could be either democratic

or Muslim but not both. Former Great Neck resident Rabbi Aryeh Spero writes that after most votes in the UN, “the vote is recorded. Period. But after the vote to declare Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria as Arab/Islamic land, the [U.N. members] celebrated by giving themselves a standing ovation. They clapped…in declaring the Jewish tie to the Old City of Jerusalem as illegitimate and Israel’s attachment to the Temple Mount and Judea and Samaria as illegal…It was an act of anti-Semitism.” Writer Caroline Glick writes of Mr. Obama’s four-pronged attack on the people and the state he loathes beyond loathing. First was the UN Resolution 2334. Second was Sec. Kerry’s hate-filled speech. And on Jan. 15, “stage 3 will commence in Paris” when foreign ministers of some 50 [to 70] states are expected to adopt Kerry’s anti-Israel [so-called] principles. “The next day,” says Glick, “it will be Obama’s turn…he can be expected to use the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to present the Palestin-

ian war to annihilate Israel as a natural progression from the American Civil Rights movement that King led 50 years ago. “Finally, sometime between Jan. 17 and 19, Obama intends for the Security Council to reconvene and…recognize `Palestine’ and grant it full membership in the UN.” Happily, on Jan. 20, President-elect Donald J. Trump, who shares the affection and respect of all sane people for Israel, as do all of his appointees, will be inaugurated. My personal wish is that he immediately stop any U.S. funds from going to that nest of America-and-Israel haters and that he ultimately kick the putrid U.N. out of the United States altogether. Personally, I believe that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had a hand in booting out the anti-Semites from the current White House, preventing the loathsome heiress apparent from continuing their destructive policies, and bringing our country a true American patriot in their stead. Hallelujah! Joan Swirsky Great Neck

Women’s voices in U.S. history, part II Continued from Page 16 same number against the oppressive male sex (a document that, sadly, is still relevant 169 years later). She began by modifying Jefferson’s opening lines: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men AND WOMEN are created equal. The history of man toward woman is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.” This discussion is an extremely modest beginning; I will use future column space for so many other significant women’s voices: Anthony, Chopin, Paul, Roosevelt, Friedan, Steinem, and others who represent the qualities of Helen Fisher’s “The First Sex.”

Two aspects of women’s voices are timely right now. One of those voices has been frequently presented in the Blank newspapers. Not only is Diana PoulosLutz an elegant and articulate voice, but in her “Readers Write” submissions, she regularly presents analytically probing and incisive commentaries of high quality. One could expect to find her essays in the top publications in our nation. She writes from a gender perspective, but her views resonate for all who seek just and inclusive societies, here in the U.S. and around the world. I don’t know if Diana Poulos-Lutz will be among the approximately 200,000 women who have committed to a demonstration in Washington on

January 21, the day after the inauguration of the 45th President of the U.S. Women don’t need to go to Washington. They will also be mobilizing in towns and cities across the U.S. to remind the new President that, for everyone, there needs to be an agenda of fairness, equity and inclusion for women. Author Peggy Orenstein has emphasized that the coarse views and hostile policies of the new President might “unwittingly inspire a new bipartisan feminism.” Women’s Voices going forward from Jan. 21 can help to do for our nation and the world what Eleanor Roosevelt did in fostering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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NICE provides improved bus service

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et us all celebrate the fifth anniversary of NICE bus which occurred this past Jan. 1, 2017. Thousands of Nassau County residents ride Nassau Inter County Express Bus to jobs, schools and other destinations in Queens. Many transfer to the New York City Transit subway at Flushing, Jamaica or Far Rockaway stations. Thousands of Queens residents travel via NICE bus to jobs, schools and other destinations in Nassau County. The viability of NICE benefits everyone. To understand the origins of how we got here, you must go back in time to the early 1970s. Prior to NICE, bus service in Nassau County was operated under Long Island Bus and Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority. In 1973, Nassau County purchased equipment, routes and some facilities from numerous private bus operators most of whom were experiencing serious financial difficulties. These private bus operators included Bee Line, Rockville Center Bus Corporation, Utility Lines, Stage Coach Lines, Schenck Transportation, Inc., Nassau Bus Line, Hempstead Bus Corporation, Jerusalem Avenue Bus Lines, Universal Auto Bus, Roosevelt Bus Lines, Stage Coach Lines, Hendrickson Bus Corporation and others. Their respective fare box income was becoming insufficient to cover current day to day operating expenses. They also lacked the funding to

purchase new replacement buses, along with upgrading out of date maintenance and operating bus garages. Nassau County followed up that same year by entering into a lease and operating agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to continue providing local bus service. This resulted in creation of the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority. Years later, the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority was followed by Long Island Bus and on January 1, 2012 Nassau Inter County Express (NICE). Many of the same routes operated by MSBA, LI Bus and NICE today can be traced back to the various private bus operators. It is a four-way dance between fares paid by riders (know as farebox revenues) along with funding provided by Nassau County, New York State and the Federal government in financing public bus transportation operated by NICE. They operate a fleet of 308 buses out of the Rockville Center and Mitchell Field bus garages. NICE also operates a fleet of almost 122 Able Ride paratransit vehicles out of the Stewart Avenue facility. All three facilities were constructed by federal capital grants with local matching funds provided by Nassau County and the state Department of Transportation. It was the same funding sources for both construction of the Hempstead Multi-Modal Bus Terminal and Mineola Intermodal Bus Terminal/

Commuter Parking Garage. All five of these initial investments combined cost almost $100 million. In today’s dollars, it would be far higher. NICE attempts to schedule bus replacements on a 500,000-mile or 12-year cycle, which ever comes first, is based upon U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines. Since 1973, buses operated by NICE under contract to Nassau County are now on the fourth replacement cycle. Most buses operated by NICE are under 12 years old. This was not the case decades earlier when the average age of the fleet was closer to 12 years. Over time, there have been other capital investments, including compressed natural gas fueling stations, facility modifications to accommodate CNG buses inside garages, new fare collection equipment, automatic vehicle locator equipment, real time communications systems to notify riders for anticipated arrival of the next bus, shelters, bus stop signs and other support equipment necessary to run the system. Just like a homeowner, what is new today requires constant maintenance, periodic upgrades and eventual replacement years later. Capital physical assets of any bus system (including revenue vehicles along with bus facility components such as HVAC, bus washers, paint booths, engine shops, bays, pits, lifts, doors, fueling stations, lighting, security systems and many others) eventually reach the end of

their useful life based upon straight line depreciation and/or manufactures warranty. Significant changes in technology may also require replacement of outdated equipment. Farebox recovery rate analysis is critical in determining the frequency and continuation of service on a route by route basis. Fifty percent is a good transit industry standard. Some routes are higher and others lower. There are bound to be routes with a handful of riders and a very low farebox recovery rate. In these cases, difficult decisions have to be made by management for preservation of the overall system benefiting the other 98 percent of daily riders. It is easy over time to add service providing the financial support is available. The riding public has a difficult time understanding why their route is subject to reduction in the frequency or elimination of all service because it has become a significant financial drain on the transit system. The costs of labor for drivers including salary, fringe and benefits along with fueling, washing, cleaning and maintenance of equipment are major factors in determining the price of service. You also have to add depreciation over time for the life of the bus. The average cost of providing service on any bus route averages $150 dollars or more per hour. It has been 44 years, since Nassau County took control of all bus routes from private operators. Over that time period, Nassau

County, New York State and the Federal governments have combined invested over $700 million in capital improvements. Operating subsidy dollars easily top over $1 billion. NICE services continue to be one of the best bargains around. Since the 1950s, the average cost of riding a bus in Nassau County has gone up at a lower rate than either the consumer price index or inflation. The Metro Card introduced in 1996 affords a free transfer between NICE bus and the NYC Transit bus or subway. Prior to this, riders had to pay two full fares. Purchasing either a weekly or monthly pass further reduces the cost per ride. Many employers offer transit checks, which pay even more of the costs. In the end, it all comes down to the availability of increased funding for additional transportation service to serve residents. Operating subsidies are required to increase the level of service and reduce the amount of time one waits for a bus on existing routes. Same for adding more off-peak, evening and weekend service. This also holds true for those routes currently under discussion for elimination when there are insufficient revenues to maintain existing service. TANSTAFL - There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch or in this case bus ride. Larry Penner Great Neck

Ignoring pledge not wrong Give N. Shore, staff more credit I

have been hearing much about those not adhering to proper protocol when the pledge to our flag is recited. I don’t see it as disrespect to the flag of our country but as a protest to the many improper and corrupt things that happen every day here in the USA. Burning the flag is in the extreme but it does reflect how deeply some feel about injustices. One such injustice will probably be the soon to come destruction of The Affordable Care Act: More tax cuts for the rich and big trouble for the deprived. They, and we know who they are just laugh about the dire straits of their fellow human beings. As, What are you going to do about it? As is said, one has the right to remain silent in certain instances but one also has the right not to remain silent which amounts to acceptance. One has a duty to speak the truth. In the pledge to our flag, skip to the part where ‘Under God’ has been inserted. Our Constitution begins with Our Creator. Our Creator is our only legitimate God ,which is or should be understood. Too many have their small limited perception of the real reality. There are a multitude of ‘undergods’ around: the reason for separation of church and state. We are primarily considered to be a democracy.

There have been reasons in the past for aspects of being a republic to exist: Re (the) public. Fun was being made of the millenials who so strongly supported Bernie Sanders. Never before has this age group and many others who are older been so well educated and informed. This has eliminated much of the need for republic aspects as in the past. Bernie Sanders actually won the Democratic primary. We know the ones who have nothing doing with that and Bernie was defrauded. Skip to the last line of the pledge to our flag: Justice for All. One can hear them saying “What is this with Justice for All?” One can sense their expletives: Foofaw! Gwoosch! Snort! Scrumph! Justice for All? Is he kidding? Are these individuals part of the human race? The thought came to me that perhaps aliens don’t have navels. Maybe they should have their bellies examined. At any rate, for decades now Bernard Sanders and James Carter among many others stand out as shining examples of how those in government should be. Charles Samek Mineola

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et me start off with the fact that I had surgery at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset which is a member hospital of Northwell Health. This occurred on Jan. 3 and is my fourth surgery in about 18 months. My first was due to an aggressive prostrate cancer and was recommended by my primary physician Dr. Doris Berland and was operated on by my urologist Dr. Barry Goldberg of Advanced Urology in Manhasset. Due to expert care and his medical staff I’m in remission. He did another procedure to correct another problem. My next two procedures

were administered by Dr. Angelo Procaccino of Northwell Health of Great Neck for hernias. I found the nurses in the hospital kind, caring and concerned with what I was going through. I also found this true in the operating room with the doctors, nurses and medical personal who made me feel at ease and safe. I think not enough of us give credit to all those in the medical field for what they all do caring and trying to save lives. In closing let me say this, kudos, for all you did for me. Frederick Bedell, Jr. Mineola


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Populism a response to economic stress

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ohn O’Kelly makes some valid and highly important points in his rebuttal (issue of Dec. 30) to the letters from other readers critical of his initial contribution. It is incontrovertibly clear that his views are given Constitutional protection by the First Amendment, and that the Port Washington Times enjoys a similar right to publish those views — provided, of course, that the language is not obscene, scatological, or otherwise degrading. As O’Kelly suggested, demands for censorship of unpopular or even blatantly incorrect opinions, as well as a proposal to boycott a newspaper because it published such opinions, violate the Constitutional principles of free speech and freedom of the press and are inherently un-American. He is also on solid ground by stating that ad hominem remarks are both uncalled for and, more importantly, ineffective in the development of points in a debate. However, O’Kelly displays and even reinforces the biases that evoked the protests by other readers. He asserts his opinion as though it were fact that those who differ with him about the role of the U.S. are actually “fronts” for some insidious but unnamed forces bent on undermining their — and

our — country. He then adds that “the role of the media and of George Soros in assisting Clinton and opposing Trump is well documented,” as though they — and all other individuals — as well as the news media should not have every bit as much right to support the candidates of their choice as vigorously as he and his fellow conservatives do. That right of all citizens, regardless of race, color, creed, or country of origin, is the very essence of democracy; to suggest otherwise is a profound violation of American principles. O’Kelly is, in my opinion, also correct that war is bad for the country. Indeed, I consider it bad for the victors in wars as well as for the losers; even though the U.S. was fortunate to be sheltered by two great oceans from the devastation suffered by countries that were ravaged during the two world wars, too many American families lost fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, who died or were grievously wounded in the hostilities. Furthermore, O’Kelly seems to overlook in his assessment of the harm inflicted by war that Soros, who survived World War II and the Holocaust as a child in Hungary, has probably had more direct, personal experience with war and its consequences than O’Kelly and, thus,

has an understandable motivation to do his best to avoid or at least mitigate the conflicts that all too often lead to war. In his defense of “populism,” O’Kelly may have forgotten, overlooked, or chosen to ignore some lessons of history. In Germany in the 1930s, Adolph Hitler cultivated and intensified the populism that arose from the defeat in World War I and the subsequent economic misery compounded by the victors’ insistence on reparations; the very title of the national anthem, “Deutschland Ueber Alles” (Germany above all others) expresses that sentiment admirably. We all know how that turned out. In Italy, the Fascist government of Mussolini, as well as the more recent, albeit less painful, leadership under Silvio Berlusconi proved to be disheartening experiences with “populism.” In the U.S., it is virtually unanimously agreed upon by economists of just about every theoretical stripe that the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930 — a classic example of economic populism — was a significant contributing factor to the intensification of the Great Depression that battered our country, as well as nearly all of the rest of the world. And, finally, because O’Kelly’s name indicates his Irish heritage, it’s pertinent to point out that, in much of the 19th century in the U.S., a potent expression

of populism was the anti-Irish hysteria on the part of the more populous residents of English and Scottish ancestry who decried the allegiance of Catholics to the Pope and considered them a threat to the new nation’s social and cultural stability. In sum, populism is not, contrary to O’Kelly’s conviction, a “natural” state. It is, instead, a sporadic occurrence in history that reflects what is hoped by many Americans to be a temporary response to periods of economic (and perhaps social) stress that is relieved when leadership — of whatever party and, in the context of democracy, of whatever political philosophy-- is able to restore in the nation a sense of common purpose. And an essential role in that process must be played by the news media, the role of which is to report fully and accurately — with due respect to the opinions of those reporters and their employers — on the conduct of government and the foibles of its elected leaders so that, in a true democracy, a well-informed informed public is able to reach reasonable conclusions about the political philosophies of the contending parties and the merits of the various candidates for office who run under their banners. Robert Adler Port Washington

U.S. hypocritical on Israeli settlements

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fter years of enduring Karen Rubin’s myopic columns unconditionally supporting anything related to Obama/Clinton/Democrats, whether it be her lame defense of Obamacare, Hillary’s emails and private server, or the Clinton Foundation, I finally couldn’t take it anymore with her Dec. 30 piece “Why Obama Administration abstained.” If Rubin had any journalistic acumen, she would realize that, at best, Obama’s abstention was a personal vendetta of a lame duck president against the Netanyahu government of our democratic ally Israel, and Obama’s attempt to damage our country by sabotaging the foreign policy agenda of our incoming administration. Even worse, the abstention sets back the peace process and endangers Israeli and American lives. Fittingly, Obama, who abstained from his red line in Syria, leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths, and abstained from action in Iraq, leading to the rise of ISIS, has once again defined his foreign policy with an abstention. It’s unprecedented that an American lame duck president makes substantial foreign policy decisions within the last month in office that run counter not only to the incoming president’s planned policies, but to the opinion of the overwhelming majority of our democratically elected Senate and Congress, including a substantial number of Democrats.

It perplexes me that in the same column Rubin makes some rational observations, including the fact that Israel’s dismantling of settlements and complete withdrawal from Gaza has led to an unrelenting terrorist barrage of rockets from Gaza, she then bizarrely concludes that Israel should follow the same withdrawal policy with regards to the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Rubin prefaces her favor of UN Resolution 2442 with, “The way I understand the resolution.” Well, here is some text of the resolution to help clarify her understanding: 1. “Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace; 2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;” A rudimentary “understanding” of the resolution would make it clear that even the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem are considered illegal settlements. Does Rubin therefore believe, as the UN does, that the renovation of the Western Wall

plaza area, reconstruction of synagogues in the Jewish Quarter previously destroyed by Jordan in 1948-1967, or addition of a bedroom to a Jewish Quarter home, are illegal settlement activities? Does she agree with UNESCO, that the Western Wall isn’t even a Jewish site? If not, she should understand why for decades the United States has vetoed such UN resolutions and why Obama (and his cheerleader Karen Rubin) should have objected as well. But Obama, Kerry, and Rubin, from the comforts of their homes, are content to dictate the terms of their vision of a peace agreement to Israel with regards to settlements. The word settlement is even a misnomer, as the land at issue dates to being Jewish for 4000 years. Had the state of Israel not been attacked by Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in 1967, it would have remained within the 1948 borders. But it was attacked, and in a defensive move, reclaimed these territories. Yet, despite Israel’s historical connection to this land, and despite Palestinian intransigence, it is still willing to negotiate land for peace. Speaking of actual settlements and occupation, perhaps Rubin should ponder the fact that her home, as well as the White House, are genuine settlements on land originally belonging to the Native Ameri-

cans. And this is very recent history, stretching only over the last few hundred years. However, through guns and germs, “America” has been quite successful in eradicating the Native Americans, and marginalizing the remaining handful to substandard living on reservations, where, out of sight and out of mind, they are occasionally thrown a bone of a casino. Perhaps we should return to the pre1492 border, when it was all Native American. Or the pre-1607 border, before there were North American European settlements. Or the pre-1803 border, before the Louisiana Purchase gained land from France that was unjustly taken from the Native Americans. Or the pre-1845 border, and return Texas, California, Arizona, and Nevada to Mexico. And what is America doing way out in the middle of the Pacific on land taken from the native Hawaiians? Perhaps the UN, Obama, and Rubin should consider these occupying settlements (never mind Tibet, Kurdistan, Kashmir, Northern Ireland, Crimea, Australia, New Zealand, and others) before lecturing Israel about their native land. Ron Weber Great Neck Letters Continued on Page 22


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Feds offer USMMA sex abuse solutions BY J OE N I K I C An independent auditor’s report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Transportation found that the United States Merchant Marine Academy must address a history of sexual harassment and assault at the institution by developing a comprehensive plan, change a culture of fear and form policies to improve sexual assault reporting. The Logistics Management Institute report, which was released last Friday, states that a culture of “fear of reprisal and retaliation is a huge driver that causes midshipmen not to report incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment” at the Kings Point-based academy. The report also states that programs at the academy aimed at addressing sexual assault and harassment “tend to be reactive rather than based on a unified, strategic approach” and that academy leaders needed to present a “unified message” regarding sexual assault and harassment. “The audit reinforces what the Defense Manpower Data Center, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the USMMA Advisory Board and our numerous interactions with midshipman have told us; that while the academy’s culture is grounded in a sense of service, discipline and teamwork, our young people are at far greater risk of sexual assault and harassment than they should be and that there are things we can do now and over

Kings Point-based United States Merchant Marine Academy the longer term to put a stop to it,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wrote to the academy’s superintendent, Rear Adm. James Helis, in a letter following the report’s release. In July, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education issued a warning to the academy about its accreditation status, citing the school’s failure to meet five of the agency’s 14 standards. The academy’s Sea Year, when midshipmen spend an academic year aboard a merchant vessel, was scrutinized by the accrediting agency. The Middle States report said the marine academy needs to take steps “to build a climate of mutual trust and respect on campus and during the Sea Year.” Academy officials suspended the pro-

gram on June 15 to hold student training on acceptable conduct in regard to bullying and sexual harassment, but in July the program was partly reinstated to allow midshipmen to serve Sea Year on federal ships, but not on commercial vessels. In his letter to Helis, Foxx permitted the academy to restore its Sea Year program on commercial vessels as long as the marine academy and U.S. Maritime Administration, or MARAD, determine that a company has “complied with the credentialing criteria established” by the MARAD Shipboard Climate Compliance Team. The report, which interviewed 162 people associated with the academy, including leadership, faculty, students and others, found that “the academy and MARAD lack a program to ensure that

shipping companies have adequate policies and procedures in place during Sea Year.” The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, or AAF, announced in October the creation of the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment, a sevenmember group of representatives from the maritime industry and different maritime academies. The task force released a report of its findings last month, which stated it found “no evidence of a culture that condones sexual misconduct, nor a climate that facilitates precursory behaviors such as sexual coercion, sexual harassment, hazing or bullying.” Midshipmen are not worried about their personal safety while serving on commercial vessels during Sea Year, the report said. It noted that both male and female midshipmen were surveyed. The AAF report stated that midshipmen were unsure of what behaviors are categorized as sexual harassment, specifically when it came to verbal conduct. “Although midshipmen were clear about the definition of sexual assault, they were unable to give an equally consistent definition of sexual harassment,” the report said. The report also said that incidents of sexual assault and harassment have gone unreported because the “recipient” did not Continued on Page 47

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READERS WRITE

Opponents of home display lack holiday spirit

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think it is a shame and very sad that one or two grinches can ruin the holiday spirit for so many people. I just read the article about the Flower Hill family whose house is decorated every year for the holidays. I seems that the homeowners have been harassed to the poi nt of not decorating the house anymore.

My family and I have been passing by that house for years. It is a testament to the holidays and the spirit of the season. The fact that these people allocate so much time and energy to assemble this display should be appreciated. It beautifies the block and peoples spirits. It can be seen from St Francis hospital and helps lifts patient’s spirits in,

what is usually, a dark time for most of them. The fact they are also raising money for a charity that works with kids makes i t even more important. For those neighbors that are bothered by the traffic, it is only one month a year. I understand it can be annoying having a lot of cars on your block. Having a

curfew for the lights is only right. If the homeowners abide by the curfew, then they should be allowed to keep the decorations without being harassed. They also have the right to practice their holidays as they see fit. The traffic is a temporary inconvenience, not harmful. In this very uncertain and hateful time in our country’s his-

tory, a bright, cheerful and happy display is just what we need. What the neighbors and the town are doing is shameful and disgusting. Maybe you should embrace the holiday spirit instead of trying to stamp it out. Terri Hovanec Port Washington

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e: “Ills of globalism, Dem. Policies are real” and “Globalism a threat to Western Civilization” (Port Washington Times, Jan.

6): Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, “as Jew, by the way,” finds John O’Kelly’s “idea that only personalities with Jewish surnames

were worthy of mention” in his virulently anti-Semitic Dec. 16 letter “disturbing.” Dr. Wayne Roth, “a proChristian Jew,” doesn’t even

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bother to address the issues raised “in the many letters of the past two weeks criticizing” Mr. O’Kelly’s anti-Semitic slanders. Yet Messrs. Wiesenfeld and Roth are more than willing to give Mr. O’Kelly a pass on his anti-Semitic views because they agree with Mr. O’Kelly’s political views. Messrs. Wiesenfeld, Roth and O’Kelly are entitled to hold whatever political beliefs (however extreme and misguided they may be) which they find

appropriate, but anti-Semitism should never get a pass. The anti-Semite who defends himself by noting the “some of my best friends are Jewish” is still an anti-Semite. And, when Mr. Wiesenfeld states that “I stand with John O’Kelly” and Dr. Roth dismisses Mr. O’Kelly’s comments about “Jewish bankers,” it’s the same as saying: “Some of my best friends are anti-Semites.” Jay Feldman Port Washington


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Eating, laughing for a good cause

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id Jacobson Jewish Community Center’s “Eat. Bid. Laugh!! An Auction & Epicurean Event,” the premier fundraising event on Long Island, will be held on Thursday, March 30, at 6:00 p.m. at the Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success. The event will feature an exciting live performance by Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Billy Gardell. The annual event connects thousands of donors, sponsors, volunteers and participants who enthusiastically collaborate to provide Sid Jacobson 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. A highlight of the event was the raising of a record-breaking more than $200,000 in scholarships for Camp Kehilla, the JCC’s pioneer camp that has served those with special needs for more than 20 years. This year’s event will feature a live performance by Gardell, exciting silent auction prizes, gourmet cuisine, cocktails and dessert from more than 30 of Long Island’s finest restaurants. Gardell, an Emmy-nominated actor and comedian who starred on the hit

CBS television series “Mike & Molly,” has a slate of several comedy specials airing on Comedy Central and Showtime. Gardell currently stars on the CMT series “Million Dollar Quartet.” Tickets will go on sale Thursday, Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m. To purchase tickets or for more information on the event, please visit www.sjjcc.org/auction or contact Assistant Director of Development Bridgette Adair at 516-484-1545, ext. 141 or auction@sjjcc.org. Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, in East Hills, and its surrounding campus, the Bernice Jacobson Day School and Camp, in Old Westbury, provide a full range of cutting-edge recreational, health, fitness, educational, cultural arts and social services programs. Sid Jacobson JCC promotes Jewish identity and provides a comprehensive program based on Jewish values, traditions, heritage and culture and is committed to enriching the lives of all individuals and families in its community. For more information, contact the JCC at 300 Forest Drive, East Hills, NY, 516-484-1545 or visit www.sjjcc.org. Sid Jacobson JCC is a beneficiary agency of the UJA Federation of New York.


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Winter Walk at the Muttontown Preserve

Sunday, Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Muttontown Preserve will present a “Brisk Winter Walks” tour. Comprising 550 acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and estate grounds, the Muttontown Preserve is one of the most beautiful settings on Long Island. The preserve includes miles of marked nature trails with local wildflowers, trees, birds and animals, as well as structures, including the renovated Chelsea Mansion. The walk is $5 and begins at the Bill Paterson Nature Center on the preserve. Pre-registration is required. Where: The Muttontown Preserve Muttontown Lane, south of 25A, East Norwich Info: (516) 571-8500 • nassaucountyny.gov/parks

Academy-Award nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film is a simmering drama steeped in intellect and nuance that premiered at Cannes in 2016, taking home the awards for Best Actor and Best Screenplay. The film follows young couple Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), who are forced to find a new apartment in Tehran. While fate seems to finally smile on them, in the form of a recently vacant apartment owned by their acting buddy, an incident linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life. Visit goldcoastfilmfestival.org or call 516-829-2570 for tickets. Tickets $20/$18 for seniors.

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The Guthrie Brothers Present “Scarborough Fair”: A Simon & Garfunkle Experience

Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8:30 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. open mic The Guthrie Brothers will perform the songs of Simon & Garfunkle, along with a few of their own, during the monthly Hard Luck Cafe series. With their tight vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars, brothers Jeb and Jock Guthrie emulate the signature sound of the iconic folk-rock duo. Stories and trivia will be interspersed with songs during the concert. Tickets are $15. Where: Cinema Arts Center 423 Park Avenue, Huntington Info: (631) 425-2925 • fmsh.org

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The Huntington Arts Council: Opening Reception of “The Masters Show”

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Whether photography, still life, abstract or portraits, “The Masters Show” features a variety of pieces from artists who participated in the juried shows of 2016. This exhibit is a wonderful compilation of some of the Best in Show and Honorable Mention artist recipients from last year and will be on display through Jan. 28. This is a free event. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome! Where: Main Street Gallery 213 Main Street, Huntington Info: (631) 271-8423 x15 • huntingtonarts.org


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Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling

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Ongoing through March 5 Ansel Adams’ ability to create photographs with a remarkable range and subtlety of tones is legendary. Yet for all his technical mastery, Adams recognized that what made a compelling photograph was far more elusive. This exhibition of Adams’ photographs, from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, suggests how his intuitive and emotional response to the landscape resulted in powerful and enduring photographs. Where: Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor Info: (516) 484-9337 • nassaumuseum.org

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The Dolphin Book Club Discussion: The Little Red Chairs: A Novel by Edna O’Brien

Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. “One of Edna O’Brien’s best and most ambitious novels yet. The Little Red Chairs is personal and political; charming and grotesque; a novel of manners and a novel of monsters.” -- National Public Radio. No registration necessary, but Dolphin Bookshop requests that you purchase the book from the store and offers a 10% discount. Where: Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main Street, Port Washington Info: (516) 767-2650 • thedolphinbookshop.com

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Film: Lost in Paris Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The filmmaking duo of Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel (The Fairy) return with a whimsical adventure about a small town librarian who heads to Paris to help her elderly aunt (Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva), but after a slew of wild catastrophes finds herself relying on a seductive but annoying bum who refuses to leave her alone. Where: Bow Tie Squire, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck Info: (516) 829-2570 • goldcoastarts.org

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id Jacobson JCC to host Dream! Read! MLK Literacy Projects

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Sunday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Give back to the community and volunteer along with your neighbors as you sort and organize donated books and assemble summer reading book bags to help underprivileged children. There will also be opportunities for families with young children, including story time, arts and crafts, a film screening and music. Dream! Read! MLK! Literacy Projects is part of UJA-Federation’s new Time for Good volunteer platform encouraging New Yorkers to give back to the community. Registration is required.

Where: Sid Jacobson JCC 300 Forest Drive, East Hills Info: 516-484-1545 or www.sjcc.org

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ids in the Kitchen

Friday, Jan. 13, 20 and 27 from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Join the group and mix things up in the kitchen to stir an interest in kitchen creativity and healthy eating. Each week, you’ll be making an easy and yummy, kid-friendly snack. Helping in the kitchen is a great learning tool as children practice measuring ingredients, following directions and building their vocabulary. Ages 3-5. Material fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members).

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ream Big Workshop: MLK, Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. On this special day, explore the fascinating diversity of whaling crews. Design and sew a pillow for your own dreams. Ages 7 and up. Admission plus $5 craft fee. Member child $5.

Where: The Whaling Museum 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor / Info: 631-367-3418 cshwhalingmuseum.org

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usic & More at the Dolphin Bookshop

Friday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. Marilyn and her guitar will make music and more for children. Kids will listen to stories and poetry as well as participate in songs, creative dramatics puppetry, explore musical instruments, movement and more.

Where: The Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main Street, Port Washington Info: 516-767-2650 www.thedolphinbookshop.com

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THE CULINARY ARCHITECT

Turning lamb stew into party dish January and February are the perfect months for entertaining at home. All of my friends jump at an invitation this time of year, as other social obligations have come to a complete halt. As you know, when I entertain I like to make the “affair” delicious and as easy as possible so that I may enjoy my time with my guests to the fullest. Lamb stew is the perfect winter entree…it is easy to prepare ahead of time; in fact, it even tastes better if made a day before. The lamb stew, one pot wonder, lends itself to being served family style and it is delectable. Round out the meal with slow cooker “Bulghar Wheat and a salad and your entree is filling. End your meal with homemade pear sauce and store-bought chocolates and you have a party. Before your guests arrive, light a warm, welcoming fire, set out wine and wine glasses and you are bound to have a warming winter party that soothes the soul. MENU Serves 6 to 8 Lamb Stew Bulghar Wheat Salad* Pear Sauce and store-

bought chocolates and tangerines* *Recipe Not Given Lamb Stew 1 tblsps. olive oil 4 slices of bacon, sliced into 1” pieces 3 lbs. lamb shoulder cubed (I like to use lamb with marrow bones, available at A & F Market in Manhasset) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Wondra 2 cloves garlic, minced (I use a garlic press) 2 cups homemade beef stock or store-bought 1 cup full-bodied red wine 1 cup crushed canned tomatoes 2 tsp. minced fresh thyme leaves 1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch thick slices, diagonally 3 small Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into chunks 1 lb. fresh cipolline or pearl onions, peeled 6 small turnips, whole or halved, depending on size (1 lb.) 2 tblsps. unsalted butter,

ALEXANDRA TROY The Culinary Architect at room temperature 1 (10 oz.) package frozen green peas, defrosted 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a medium, ovenproof pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 5 minutes until browned. Transfer the bacon to a large plate, leaving the fat in the pan. Dry the lamb with paper towels and toss it in a bowl, with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper, and then with the 1/4 cup of Wondra. Raise the heat to medium high and cook half the lamb in the bacon fat for 5 minutes, turning

occasionally until browned. (Do not over crowd the meat as it will steam, rather than sear) Add the lamb to the plate with the bacon and brown the second batch, once cooked add it to the plate. Add the garlic to the pot and sautee for one minute. Pour the lamb and bacon, along with any juices back into the pot. Add the beef stock, wine, tomatoes (including the juice), thyme, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil, scraping up the brown bits in the pot. Simmer for 5 minutes, cover and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Add the carrots, potatoes, onions and turnips. Cover and return to the oven for 1 hour, until all the vegetables are tender. Rferigerate overnight. The next day, remove any fat that has accumulated on top. Heat the lamb covered on the stove on low. Mash the 2 tablespoons of Wondra with the butter in a small bowl, add a 1/4 cup of the Lamb Sauce and combine. Stir the mixture into the stew and simmer on top of the stove for 10 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the defrosted peas and parsley, season to taste and serve family style.

Bulghar Wheat Pilaf 2 cups Red Bulghar Wheat 6 cups Homemade or store-bought Chicken Stock 3 hours before serving, place Bulghar wheat and stock in a slow cooker. Cook on High. Just before serving, fluff Bulghar Wheat with a fork and serve along side Lamb Stew. Pear Sauce 7 Pears 1/4 cup apple juice or water 2 cinnamon sticks 1/8 cup sugar optional Using an Apple slicer, core and divide the pears into wedges Remove any seeds. Place wedges in a pot with liquid and sugar, if using. Cook on medium heat and mash every now and then. Serve warm or chilled. Alexandra Troy is owner of Culinary Architect Catering, a 32 year-old Greenvale-based company, specializing in private, corporate and promotional parties. She lives in Manhasset with her husband and son.


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Rick Eberle to launch Planting Fields to hold music show on radio gardens fest on Jan. 15. With the new year just beginning, music and entertainment industry leader Rick Eberle will be launching his brand new “Rising Stars Radio” show on WHPC 90.3 FM, the station of Nassau Community College, every Monday at 10 p.m., with a replay Tuesdays at 5 a.m. The show is set to premiere new music along with interviews from some of Long Island and the greater New York area’s top music acts in varying genres from rock to reggae, blues, R&B, hip-hop and more. Eberle is an accomplished publicist,

talent agent, artist manager, musician, songwriter, singer, guitarist and TV and radio personality. His band Iridesense (1993 to present, which also includes Tara Eberle-Drouin on vocals and bass, Rich Drouin on drums and Rob Viccari on guitar), of which he is a founding member and co-lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitaristm, has toured the U.S. opening for major acts such as Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors and Sugar Ray and placed songs on the Nickelodeon Network shows “Drake & Josh,” “Zoey 101” and “iCarly.” The band has several independent label releases, including “Cool Dream Tomorrow” (1997), “Iridesense” (2001), “A Trip Called Life” (2007), “Secret Constellation” (2011) and “Thought Parade” (2015). Eberle’s music business career began in New Media where he spent time working on online initiatives for Pink, Usher, Outkast, Dido and others at Arista Records in New York City from 1999 to 2002. Eberle left Manhattan to begin work in venue management, booking and promotions for The Downtown Concert Venue from 2002 to 2005 with artists such as Jewel, Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5 and Gavin Degraw, and handled public relations and assisted with bookings for The Crazy Donkey Concert Venue from 2005 to 2010 for acts such as Bowling for Soup, LMFAO, Cinderella and Cobra Starship.

The Planting Fields Foundation will hold the Paradise Garden Festival at Planting Fields on Sunday, Jan. 15 in the Winter Garden, known as the Main Green House, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with events for children and families. Admission is free. The large Winter Garden, originally known as the Hibiscus House, with tropical trees and plants, was built in 1929. It is one of the last surviving examples of a private winter garden in the northeast, typical of the sort that had first been constructed by the British in the 1830s. Private winter gardens were built for the pleasure of wealthy owners to entertain their family and friends. This greenhouse, a feature of the 409acre park, is now owned by the State of New York and is open to visitors 364 days a year. The Main Greenhouse was erected by the prominent firm, Lord and Burnham, and was designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The idea of setting up a Garden of Eden, an earthly paradise that mocks the winter scene outside, is an age old dream which became possible in 19th-century England with the invention of iron and glass buildings heated by coal stoves. For the very wealthy the fashion spread throughout Europe and the U.S. For such a greenhouse, the construction, purchase of plants, upkeep and heating are very expensive. A winter garden, like a big house with an art collection, became one of the recog-

nized signs of high social standing. At Planting Fields the main greenhouse was commissioned by W. R. Coe, who was born in England and came to the U.S. as a teenager. He made his fortune in marine insurance. His wife, Mai Rogers Coe, was the daughter of Henry Huttleston Rogers, one of the founders of Standard Oil. Growing under the palm trees are two a small cocoa trees, from the beans of which chocolate is made. It is difficult to pollinate cocoa flowers in a green house, but in the last year they have been successfully pollinated and there are now cocoa beans at Planting Fields. There are ferns, begonias, orchids and cactuses to be seen. The exotic vanilla vine is another plant which is very difficult to pollinate under glass but is successfully pollinated here in the main greenhouse. Small animals to be seen here are the small eastern gray tree frog, which changes color to adapt to gray or green backgrounds, and Italian wall lizards. The two-story Hibiscus House was one of the last great private winter gardens to be built before the financial crash of 1929. In 1949, Coe sold Planting Fields for $1 to the State of New York, and it is now a state park, partly supported by Planting Fields Foundation Tropical vegetation, banana trees, palms, guava, cocoa and orange trees, orchids, begonias and dozens of other “indoor” plants will be on view.

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home is the most costly thing many people will ever buy. The process of buying a home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. One way to make the process of buying a home go more smoothly is to save enough money to put down a substantial down payment. Saving for a down payment on a home is similar to saving for other items, only on a far grander scale. Many financial planners and real estate professionals recommend prospective home buyers put down no less than 20 percent of the total cost of the home they’re buying. Down payments short of 20 percent will

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dequate retirement planning can set men and women up to enjoy their golden years however they see fit. Getting to retirement with enough money takes discipline and commitment and may require some sacrifices along the way. “Retirement planning” is an umbrella term that covers various types of financial products and investments. One of the products prospective investors are likely to hear about when mulling their retirement investment options is an Individual Retirement Account, or IRA. An IRA is a personal retirement savings plan that can provide tax benefits to those who qualify. When speaking with a financial planner or exploring options on their own, prospective investors will hear about traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs and wonder what distinguishes one from the other. The following breakdown can help investors understand those differences with the hopes of finding the best option for them.

require private mortgage insurance, or PMI. The cost of PMI depends on a host of variables, but is generally between 0.3 and 1.5 percent of the original loan amount. While plenty of homeowners pay PMI, buyers who can afford to put down 20 percent can save themselves a considerable amount of money by doing so. Down payments on a home tend to be substantial, but the following are a few strategies prospective home buyers can employ to grow their savings with an eye toward making a down payment on their next home. Decide when you want to buy. The first step to buying a home begins when buyers save their first dollar for a down payment. Deciding when to buy can help buyers develop a saving strategy. If buyers decide they want to buy in five years away, they will have more time to build their savings. If buyers want to buy within a year, they will need to save more each month, and those whose existing savings fall far short of the 20 percent threshold may have to accept paying PMI.

Prequalify for a mortgage. Before buyers even look for their new homes, they should first sit down with a mortgage lender to determine how much a mortgage they will qualify for. Prequalifying for a mortgage can make the home buying process a lot easier, and it also can give first-time buyers an idea of how much they can spend. Once lenders prequalify prospective buyers, the buyers can then do the simple math to determine how much they will need to put down. For example, preapproval for a $300,000 loan means buyers will have to put down $60,000 to meet the 20 percent down payment threshold. In that example, buyers can put down less than $60,000, but they will then have to pay PMI. It’s important for buyers to understand that a down payment is not the only costs they will have to come up with when buying a home. Closing costs and other fees will also need to be paid by the buyers. Examine monthly expenses. Once buyers learn how much mortgage they will qualify for, they will then

Avoid risky investments. Some times it’s great to take risks when investing, but risk should be avoided when saving for a down payment on a home. Traditional vehicles like certificates of deposit, or CDs, and savings accounts can ensure the money buyers are saving for their homes is protected and not subject to market fluctuations. Saving enough to make a down payment on a home can be accomplished if buyers stay disciplined with regard to saving and make sound financial decisions.

depending on which type of IRA an investor chooses. There are no income limits attached to traditional IRAs, but account holders’ ability to deduct contributions from their income may be limited if their spouse is eligible to participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan. There are income limits associated with Roth IRAs. Account holders’ adjusted growth income must be below certain limits depending on their tax filing status (i.e., filing single or filing jointly with a spouse).

Contributions Contributions to traditional IRAs are pre-tax, and they may be tax deductible depending on the account holder’s income and other factors. Contributions to Roth IRAs are made with post-tax income and are not eligible for tax deductions.

Taxes on distributions While men and women about to open an IRA likely won’t have to worry about distributions for quite some time, it’s important that prospective account holders know that, according to Prudential, traditional IRA account holders will pay federal taxes on their account’s investment earnings and on pretax contributions when money is withdrawn. Roth IRA account holders will not pay federal taxes on withdrawals, including their investment earnings, if they meet certain eligibility requirements. Prospective investors should know that there are tax penalties for account holders who withdraw money from their traditional or Roth IRAs before they reach age 591⁄2.

see how close they are to buying a home. But prospective buyers of all means can save more each month by examining their monthly expenses and looking for ways to save. Buyers can begin by looking over their recent spending habits and then seeing where they can spend less. Cutting back on luxuries and other unnecessary spending can help buyers get closer to buying their next home.

Exceptions to that rule should be discussed with a tax or accounting professional.

Income requirements In order to open an IRA, whether it’s a traditional or Roth IRA, prospective account holders must have earned income, such as wages, salaries or income from self-employment. Men and women who do not work can still open an IRA, but only if their spouse is employed and the couple jointly files their tax return. There also may be income limits

Distributions and age The Internal Revenue Service notes that traditional IRA account holders must begin taking distributions by April 1 following the year in which they turned 701⁄2 years of age and by December 31 in future years. No minimum distributions are required for Roth IRA account holders. Understanding the various types of IRAs can be difficult. Prospective investors who need help navigating their retirement planning should not hesitate to contact financial planning professionals.


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

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aving money on everyday expenses is a goal for many adults. Certain expenses, such as loan payments, may be more difficult to pare down than others. But there are ways adults can save on everyday expenses without drastically overhauling their daily routines.

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Transportation is a significant expense for many adults. The Federal Highway Administration notes that the average American family devotes 19 percent of its monthly budget to transportation costs, while Statistics Canada points out that Canadian families spent slightly less than $12,000 on average on transportation in 2014. A 2011 report from the American Public Transportation Association found individuals who ride public transportation can save more than $10,000 annually. That figure is closely tied to fuel costs, but even when fuel costs are low, adults can still save substantial amounts of money by utilizing pubic transportation instead of driving themselves to work every day. Even adults who live in auto dependent exurbs, where families devote 25 percent of their monthly budgets to transportation costs, can save by carpooling to work, which allows commuters to split fuel and toll costs while also reducing wear and tear on their vehicles. That reduced

pon retiring, many newly minted retirees find themselves looking for ways to fill their free time. Hobbies may not take up too much time, and travel can stretch retirees’ budgets. One way that retirees can make great use of their free time and make a little extra money is to find part-time employment. Part-time jobs can help retirees maintain their connections with their communities, whether it’s their professional community or the community in which they live, while also providing a sense of purpose. Retirees interesting in finding parttime work may want to consider the following jobs. Consulting work: Many retirees have long résumés, and that experience is still valuable even after retirement. Consulting firms often hire experienced businesspeople on a project or contract basis, which can be great opportunities for retirees to fill their time and make sizable amounts

wear and tear will add years to a vehicle’s life, saving auto owners money as a result.

Food Food is another daily expense where many adults can likely save some money. A 2013 survey from Visa found that the average person goes out for lunch twice per week, spending $10 each time. That adds up to more than $1,000 annually. By bringing their own lunches to work, working professionals can save hundreds of dollars per year. In addition to the financial benefits of brownbagging lunches, adults can reap nutritional rewards by packing healthy meals for themselves. Men and women who eat out for lunch each day will have to eat whatever the eateries near their offices have to offer, whether those offerings are healthy or not. Individuals also can save more money by bringing their own coffee to work each day rather than relying on coffee shops to

of money without having to commit to long-term employment. Teaching: Retirees can also put their professional experience to work in the classroom. Inquire about teaching opportunities at a nearby university or even the local high school. Such opportunities may only be available on a volunteer basis, but some might pay part-time salaries or small stipends. Either way, many retirees find that working with young people helps them stay young, and passing on lessons learned to younger generations can provide a strong sense of purpose. Seasonal work: Seasonal work is another great way for retirees to fill their time and make a little extra money along the way. Come the holiday season, retirees should have no trouble finding seasonal retail work at their local malls or shopping centers. In warmer months, retirees may find seasonal employment at area beaches, golf courses or parks. Sports teams: Retirees who live in

satisfy their morning java fix.

Entertainment Entertainment is another area where many adults can likely save money. NBC News reported in 2015 that the average cable bill was $99 per month, and that was before 2016 rate increases were announced by a host of providers, including DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. Streaming services such as Netflix ($9.99 per month), Amazon Prime ($99 per year) and Hulu Plus ($7.99 per month) combine to cost a fraction of that figure, and such services continue to increase their offerings. Adults interested in trimming their daily expenses can access all three services for less than $320 per year, or a little more than three months’ worth of cable bills. Reducing everyday expenses is a goal for many adults, and doing so is simpler than men and women may know.

cities with professional sports teams may be able to find work with their favorite franchise. Professional sports franchises often rely on retirees to staff in-game positions like ushers and concessions employees, and some may even hire retirees to greet fans. While the pay might not be great, such positions are ideal for retirees who happen to be big sports fans. Crafts: Retirees with a love of crafting can turn their hobby into income. For example, Etsy.com makes it easy for creative entrepreneurs to post their creations and sell them to buyers all over the globe. Sellers often dictate how quickly they can make and ship products, so retirees need not feel worried about being rushed. Many retirees still work even after calling it a career, and opportunities abound for men and women looking to fill their time and make a little extra money along the way.


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nsurance policies come in various forms. There is a type of insurance to cover everything from motor vehicles to personal health to apartment dwellings. While the majority of people understand the importance of insuring their homes and cars, many may not explore the benefits of a different type of insurance: umbrella coverage. Unlike other types of insurance that only offer one specific coverage, umbrella insurance is a single policy that covers various aspects of a person’s life. An umbrella policy can fill in the gaps where liability limits come into play with other insurance policies, keeping a person protected regardless of deductibles and other assets. According to the financial resource Money Crashers, umbrella insurance is a type of liability insurance. Its main purpose is to protect policy holders in the event of lawsuits. The umbrella policy will provide additional coverage against bodily injury liability claims and property damage liability claims. These policies also provide broader forms of coverage and can help cover some legal fees, if necessary. Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents says umbrella

urchasing a house or property is about more than setting up a home. Although quite a number of people buy real estate to establish their future, long-term abodes, many others recognize the potentially lucrative investment that lies within a real estate purchase. Despite the ups and downs of the economy, real estate has become a common investment vehicle — one that has plenty of potential for making big gains for those who are willing to put in the effort. According to the experts at Entrepreneur, even in a bad economy, real estate investments will insurance is important because it usually fare better than stocks. Real can prevent financial ruin in the case estate also continues to appreciate of an accident. despite the occasional economical The amount of umbrella coverage slow-down. a person may need depends on Like any other endeavor, there is a how much that person is worth. right and a wrong way to go about Prospective policy holders can investing in real estate. Novices may calculate their total assets and then not know where to begin their first take out policies in that amount forays into the real estate market as or more to protect their net worth. investors, even if they already own Depending on the insurance their own homes. Buying a property company, umbrella policies range as an investment is an entirely anywhere from $1 to $10 million. different animal than buying a home to Coverage typically starts in the range establish a residence. However, with the right guidance, anyone can dabble of $150 to $200 for a $1 million policy. What’s more, some insurance in real estate. companies will not issue an umbrella Establish financial goals. Before policy unless the insured already has you even begin looking at properties an automotive or home policy with or put forth the effort of meeting with an agent, you must determine what them — and one that maintains the you expect from the investment. The standard amount of liability in those days of buying real estate and flipping other policies. it for a fast profit may no longer When reviewing umbrella policies, it’s also wise to think ahead to future be here. However, real estate can provide a steady stream of long-term income and how one’s assets may income. Understand what you hope to grow. Adjust policies to account achieve by investing. If it’s to become for inferred earnings or other an overnight millionaire, you may expected assets. be looking at the wrong investment Learn more about umbrella policies vehicle in real estate. that can offer above-and-beyond protection by speaking with a trusted Establish a plan. New investors who do not have a plan in place will insurance agent.

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


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Hofstra exhibit on Civil Rights movement Works of Danny Lyon, a photographer best known for capturing some of the most memorable and haunting images of the civil rights movement, will be showcased in an exhibition presented at the Hofstra University Museum. Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement will be featured from Jan. 31 to April 13 at the Emily Lowe Gallery, organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. An opening reception that is free and open to the public will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. In the summer of 1962, Lyon, a 20-yearold University of Chicago history student, packed a Nikon Reflex and an old Leica in an army bag and hitch-hiked south. Within a week he was in jail in Albany, Georgia, looking through the bars at another prisoner, Martin Luther King, Jr. Lyon soon became the first staff photographer for the Atlanta-based Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which already had a reputation as one of the most committed and confrontational groups fighting for civil rights. This exhibition at Hofstra highlights the events and individuals that Lyon captured as SNCC’s staff photographer. He was present at some of the most violent and dramatic moments of civil rights history: Black Monday in Danville, Virginia; the aftermath of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham; the March on Washington in 1963; the violent

winters of 1963 and 1964 in Atlanta; and the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. But Lyon’s photographs are more than a record of marches, jailings, and protests. They take us inside the Movement-to the meetings, organizing work, and voter registration drives that were the less visible but no less important side of the struggle. Many people have since forgotten the idealistic and truly multiracial character of the movement’s early years. Lyon’s pictures, taken during the early 1960s, chronicle the Southern Civil Rights Movement at the height of its power. Curated by Karen T. Albert, Hofstra University Museum deputy director and chief curator, this exhibition brings together the photographs Lyon took from 1962-1964, defining a new form of photojournalism in which the image maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. Funding support has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Feb. 9 opening reception will feature guest speaker Dr. Jonathan Lightfoot, director, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice at Hofstra University. There will also be a musical tribute by Gequon Hunter and Jazara Morales, students from the Hofstra Gospel Ensemble, as they perform songs that were, and continue to be, a source of strength and hope in the ongoing effort toward equality and justice for all.


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Arts & Entertainment Calendar GOLD COAST ARTS CENTER 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (516) 829-2570 • goldcoastarts.org Jan. 22 to March 12 Lost & Found: The Art of Assembling LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET 232 Main Street, Suite 1 Port Washington (516) 767-1384 ext. 101 www.landmarkonmainstreet.org Saturday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. Tom Papa, standup comedian Saturday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. The Olate Dogs, America’s Got Talent winning family show Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. Berenstain Bears, live musical show PLANTING FIELDS Coe Hall Historic House Museum 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay (516) 922-9200 • http://www.plantingfields. org FRIDAY, JAN. 20 at 7 p.m. West Side 5 Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. The Master Keys Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Hot Club of Flatbush THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 ext. 303 www.paramountny.com Thursday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. Michael Carbonaro Live Friday, Jan. 13 “The Ultimate Beach Party Tribute to Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown” LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City 516-224-5800 • www.licm.org Monday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Dreaming with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ages 5 and up. Fee $3 with museum admission ($2 for LICM members) Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Friday, Jan. 20 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Silly Snow People Ages 3 and up. Free with museum admission. Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Air-mazing Dynamos Ages 3 and up. Free with museum admission. Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Messy Afternoons Ages 18 months to 4 years. Free with museum admission. HUNTINGTON ARTS COUNCIL 213 Main Street, Huntington February 2-25 The Human Condition exhibit

THE JOHNNY MAC BAND Sunday, Jan. 15 Mousetrap Cafe Amityville ZEBRA- A HAMMERHEADS REUNION Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall 3232 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh Saturday, Jan. 14 NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn (516) 484-9338 www.nassaumuseum.org Nov. 19 to March 5, 2017 Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling Nov. 19 to March 5, 2017 Light Works: 100 Years of Photos Nov. 19 to March 5, 2017 New Photos: Long Island Collects Ongoing Sculpture Park Walking Trails Gardens Events FILM SCREENING Nov. 19 to March 5, 2017 Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression FILM SCREENING Nov. 19 to March 5, 2017 Cartier-Bresson’s Century For The Family Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Family Tour at 1 p.m. Art Activities at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 22, 29 Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 Neiman Marcus Family Sundays at the Museum Sunday, January 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Super Family Sunday Merrymaking in a Gold Coast Mansion 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Wednesday, Feb. 22 Thursday, Feb. 23 Family Art Making Days February Three-Day Break for Art New Program Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17, Feb. 14 Sketching in the Galleries Exhibition Lecture Thursdays. 1-2 p.m. January 5, February 2 Brown Bag Lectures: Riva Ettus THE DOLPHIN BOOK SHOP & CAFE 299 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-2650 • www.thedolphinbookshop.com Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Book: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien “One of Edna O’Brien’s best and most ambitious novels yet. The Little


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A&E Calendar cont’d Red Chairs is personal and political; charming and grotesque; a novel of manners and a novel of monsters.” Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio The ART Guild 200 Port Washington Blvd. Manhasset www.TheArtGuild.org Mondays from Jan. 23 to March 13 Drawing: Get Sharp! with Stephanie

Navon-Jacobson Beginners, 1 to 3 p.m.; Intermediates, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 10 to Feb. 14 Oil Painting: Landscape Painting with Paul Bachem Beginners, 1-4 p.m.; Intermediates, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 11 to Feb. 15 Watercolor with Paul Eileen Neville Beginners, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Interme-

diates, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 12 to Feb. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oil Painting: The Still Life for all levels with Frances Ianarella For children: Saturdays, Jan. 28 to March 4 Children’s Art Studio (ages 8-12), 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Art Explorations (ages 5-7), 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesdays, Jan. 25 to March 1 Children’s Art Studio (ages 8-12), 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 9 to March 30 Advanced Art Instruction for High School Students (ages 15-18), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Community Calendar WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL 200 Old Country Road, Suite 250 Mineola, NY 11501 Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Neuroscience Offering Free Support Groups Huntington’s Disease – 2nd Monday of the month Winthrop’s Research & Academic Center, 101 Mineola Blvd., Room G-013 Head and Neck Cancer Patient Support Group Offered by Winthrop-University Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care 1300 Franklin Avenue, Suite ML5 Garden City Third Monday of the month, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. RESIDENTS INVITED TO PROVIDE INPUT FOR FUTURE OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD BEACH PARK Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. Port Washington Library Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. Clinton G. Martin Park Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. North Hempstead “Yes We Can” Community Center THE SAMUEL FIELD Y TWO WEEKDAY PROGRAMS FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES Contact Amanda at (718) 423-6111 ext. 242 or e-mail asmith@sfy.org 58-20 Little Neck Parkway. Little Neck On Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

TEMPLE JUDEA OF MANHASSET 333 Searingtown Rd. Manhasset (516) 6218049 temple-judea.com Three Days of Duplicate Bridge The game schedules are: Mondays and Tuesdays at 12 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. COPAY 21 North Station Plaza, Great Neck Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. Psycho Neurology Of Trauma Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. Child Abuse Prevention SID JACOBSON JCC 300 Forest Drive East Hills, 11548 www.sjjcc.org/jll. Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meditation Classes To Calm The Spirit COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS FOR EDUCATION Currently looking for community volunteers, with a music background, to assist our music teachers with students for one or two hours a week in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District. (516) 434-2306. SAMUEL FIELD Y WEEKDAY PROGRAMS FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES 718 423-6111 ext 242 asmith@sfy.org 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Little Neck site on Dec. 18 Sunday Fun Day Program

HAVE A HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR Chris Pappas Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Commercial & Residential Expert / Leading Edge Award Winner 2014, 2015 C: 516.659.6508 | chris.pappas@elliman.com www.ckpappas.com Manhasset Office: 154 Plandome Road © 2017 DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE.

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Northwell defies stats on baby births With the number of American babies born in 2016 expected to fall to the lowest rate in history and birth rates in New York State again remaining flat, Northwell Health projects a 4 percent increase in newborns in 2016. “Bringing over 40,000 newborns into the world in 2016 alone is both an honor and a privilege, and something that’s taken very seriously by the highly experienced staff at our 11 hospitals that have maternity programs,” said Dr. Michael Nimaroff, interim executive director of obstetrics and gynecology services at Northwell Health. “The goal of everyone associated with these world-class facilities is providing the best clinical care, which is why our outcomes for both mothers and infants are among the best in the nation.” The Katz Women’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park saw the largest spike in births in 2016 to more than 9,400 — the largest maternity program in New York State. Other Northwell Health hospitals with significant increases were Southside Hospital in Bay Shore with an eight percent jump, and Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn with a 7 percent rise. The increase in births goes against the national trend, where in the first quarter of 2016, the birth rate fell to the lowest rate ever recorded in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Northwell hospitals account for about 17 percent of all births in New York State and 1 percent nationwide, far surpassing any New York health system. The number of babies born every year at Northwell hospitals would fill Citi Field in Queens. “Our vision is to provide high-quality care for patients in the communities in which they live and work,” said Nimaroff. “That is why we are investing about $25 million over the next two years at several of our maternity programs to enhance our commitment to woman’s health and family-centered care, including Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, Huntington Hospital, the Katz Women’s Hos-

pital at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and Southside Hospital.” This year, LIJ Forest Hills will be expanding its maternity unit, including the creation of 10 private rooms. The hospital’s newborn nursery and Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will also be renovated to create an entire patient- and family-centered maternity unit with a total of 23 beds. In February, a major renovation project is scheduled to begin at the Katz Women’s Hospital at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, which is adding an operating room, upgrading labor and delivery rooms and expanding the number of triage and post-operative care beds. Huntington Hospital will be converting all of its maternity rooms to private rooms, creating 17 private suites with full baths that can accommodate family members and the newborn. The hospital will also be adding stateof-the-art monitoring equipment and expanding its nurse midwifery program. Southside Hospital is developing plans to expand its labor and delivery and maternity rooms and neonatal intensive care unit to meet the growing demand for mater-

nity services. As part of the introduction of its new name on January 1, 2016, Northwell Health launched a robust rebranding campaign by celebrating the birth of Austin Joseph Sparacio of Franklin Square on New Year’s Day, one of the first of about 40,500 babies delivered at Northwell hospitals over the past 12 months. In 2015, Northwell hospitals delivered about 39,000 babies. The “Happy Birthday” ad was part of Northwell Health’s extensive rebranding campaign in 2016--the most-aggressive marketing push in the 25-year history of the 21-hospital health system. The touching, first-of-its-kind ad debuted on New Year’s Day 2016 and featured emotional footage of Austin and his mother embracing for the first time at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Beginning this week, a new advertising campaign will be launched to celebrate the first birthdays of Austin and Northwell Health–and the many milestones both have reached over the past year. The new TV ad will air on stations throughout the New York area, including: WABC, WNBC, WCBS and WNYW. The campaign will also include a digital and social media initiative directing viewers to a new Northwell hub page, giving them the opportunity to learn more about the campaign and explore ways they can kick start their journey towards wellness in the New Year. In addition to LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park, Southside Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, Huntington Hospital and LIJ Forest Hills, Northwell has maternity programs at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, Staten Island University Hospital and Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

L.I. Baroque Ensemble opens 47th year In its 47th subscription season, the Long Island Baroque Ensemble’s is presenting: ALBA Consort. “Treasure Laden”— gems of early Mediterranean music on Jan. 28 and 29. Bach — the Live Stream. LIBE’s 47th annual tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach on April 1 and 2. Fortepiano! The instrument of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven on May 20 and 21.

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Community Meetings Village of East Hills Board of Trustees Meeting

Herricks School District Board of Education Meeting

Port Washington Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Village of Plandome Manor Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, January 18 @ 8:00 p.m. Village Hall 209 Harbor Hill Road, East Hills 516-621-5600

Thursday, January 19 Herricks High School 999B Herricks Road New Hyde Park 516-305-8900

Wednesday, January 18 @ 7:30 p.m. 1 Library Drive Port Washington 516-883-4400

Tuesday, January 17 @ 7:00 p.m. Village Hall 55 Manhasset Avenue, Manhasset 516-627-3701

Village of Kensington Board of Trustees Meeting

Village of North Hills Board of Zoning and Appeals Meeting

Village of Plandome Manor Board of Zoning and Appeals Meeting

Wednesday, January 18 @ 8:00 p.m. Village Hall 2 Nassau Drive Kensington 516-482-4409

Tuesday, January 17 @ 7:30 p.m. Village Hall 1 Shelter Rock Road North Hills 516-627-3541

LIRR Third Track DEIS Public Hearing

Village of North Hills Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, January 17 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Yes We Can Community Center 141 Garden Street Westbury

Wednesday, January 18 @ 7:30 p.m. Village Hall 1 Shelter Rock Road North Hills 516-627-3541

LIRR Third Track DEIS Public Hearing

Village of Old Westbury Board of Trustees Meeting

Village of East Williston Board of Zoning and Appeals Meeting

Thursday, January 19 @ 7:30 p.m. Village Hall 2 Prospect Street, East Williston 516-746-0782 Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, January 17 @ 8:00 p.m. Village Hall 1 Floral Boulevard, Floral Park 516-326-6300 Floral Park Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, January 17 @ 7:30 p.m. 17 Caroline Place Floral Park 516-326-6330 Village of Great Neck Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, January 17 @ 7:30 p.m. Village Hall 61 Baker Hill Road, Great Neck 516-482-0019 Village of Great Neck Planning Meeting

Thursday, January 19 @ 7:30 p.m. Village Hall 61 Baker Hill Road, Great Neck 516-482-0019 Village of Great Neck Estates Board of Zoning and Appeals Meeting

Thursday, January 19 @ 7:30 p.m. Village Hall Atwater Plaza/4 Gateway Drive Great Neck 516-482-8283 Great Neck Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, January 17 @ 7:30 p.m. Main Branch 159 Bayview Avenue, Great Neck 516-466-8055 Village of Great Neck Plaza Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, January 18 @ 8:00 p.m. Village Hall 2 Gussack Plaza, Great Neck 516-482-4500 Great Neck Water Pollution Control District Board of Commissioners Meeting

Thursday, January 19 @ 8:30 a.m. District Office 236 E Shore Rd, Great Neck (516) 482-0238

Wednesday, January 18 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. David S. Mack Student Center at Hofstra University, Hempstead

Tuesday, January 17 @ 7:00 p.m. Village Hall 1 Store Hill Road Old Westbury 516-26-0800

Thursday, January 19 @ 8:00 p.m. Village Hall 55 Manhasset Avenue, Manhasset 516-627-3701 Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, January 17 @ 8:00 p.m. Village Hall 1200 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn 516-621-1961 Village of Roslyn Estates Board of Zoning and Appeals Meeting

Wednesday, January 18 @ 7:30 p.m. Village Hall 25 The Tulips, Roslyn Estates 516-621-3541 Meetings are held at the respective Village Halls except where noted. All meetings, dates and times are subject to change.

LIRR Third Track DEIS Public Hearing

Thursday, January 19, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Inn at New Hyde Park 214 Jericho Turnpike New Hyde Park Village of Manorhaven Board of Zoning and Appeals Meeting

Tuesday, January 17 @ 7:00 p.m. Village Hall 33 Manorhaven Blvd. Port Washington 516-883-7000 Manhasset School District Board of Education Meeting

Thursday, January 19 @ 8:00 p.m. Manhasset Secondary School 200 Memorial Place Manhasset 516-267-7600 Village of Mineola Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, January 18 @ 6:30 p.m. Village Hall 155 Washington Avenue Mineola 516-746-0750 Village of New Hyde Park Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, January 17 @ 8:00 p.m. Village Hall 1420 Jericho Turnpike New Hyde Park 516-354-0022

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Hillside Library You may register for programs at hillsidelibrary.info/events. You need to have your library barcode number for registration. The library subscribes to several museum passes for the enjoyment and entertainment of our patrons, holders of Hillside Library cards in good standing. The library collects used cell phones (with their chargers) for charity. Also, the library collects reading glasses. The Donation Boxes are on the First Floor. We thank you.

PROGRAMS Movie: Ben Hur PG-13, 2 hr, 5 min.; Action, Adventure, Drama. Friday, Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m. Starring Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Judah Ben-Hur. The story of a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at seas to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Career Connections Reboot Camp Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Thursday, Jan. 19 Appointment times are 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m. Email to schedule an appointment. This free service is open to all, but is directed to those actively engaged in a job search. Bring current resume(s) to appointment. Book Discussion: Page Turners Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 1 & 7 p.m. The book being discussed is

Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen. A chance to run a B&B show in snowy, remote Vermont-it’s an offer Kira Danner can’t resist after working as a lawyer in Florida. As she steps into her brand new life, she quells her fears about living with the B&B’s co-owners... or can she? -13, 1 hr., 55 min. Comedy,

CHILDREN

Blooming Yogis Friday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. Grades 1-4. A yoga program

especially designed just for children. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What are you doing in the Library? Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. Grades K-1. Polar bear facts, stories and craft. Time for Kids with Donna Green: Pete the Cat Thursday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. Ages 18 months to 4 years with parent or caregiver. Pete the Cat stories, games and a craft. Registration begins on Jan. 12 for Hillside patrons and Jan. 16 for Out of District residents.

Shelter Rock Library Art on Display in the Community Room On Display in December The Art of Jack Grimando Jack loves nature and old world scenes which he paints with great detail... many are painted from his imagination.

Valentines for Vets Thursday, Jan. 20 from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Make handmade Valentines for Veterans who have served our country and are currently hospitalized. You can also donate a small, new item a veteran can use. For teens in Grades 5-12.

Your scarf will be made from old t-shirts which you will transform. Bring an old t-shirt (needs to be large or extra large) to make one for yourself after you make your donation. The scarf will be brought to a local shelter Registration begins on Jan. 26. For teens in Grades 5-12.

Scarf Donation Project Thursday, Feb. 9 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The Manhasset Art Association Announces “A Wonderland of Art”

The Manhasset Art Association is having a two-month fall exhibit at the Shelter Rock Public Library from Jan. 10-Feb. 27. Approximately 40 works will be shown, including Oils, Watercolors, Pastels, Pencil, Charcoal, Photography, Collage, Mixed Media and more. We award Best in Show, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, 3 Honorable Mentions, and a special award for Figure Drawing.

Our distinguished judge will be Rob Zeller, Owner and Instructor at Teaching Studios of Art in Oyster Bay. The reception and awards ceremony is Saturday, January 14, from 2-4pm. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited. For viewing hours and directions, please contact The Shelter Rock Public Library at 516-248-7363

Great Neck Library Thursday Film Encore at Station Branch Beginning this month the Thursday film at the Station Branch will be an encore of the film shown on Wednesday at Main. The second encore film, a chronicle about an epic march for equaly voting rights, is schedued for Thursday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Rd. (2nd level), Gardens at Great Neck Plaza. Refer to the Library Newsletter, film brochure or website for

further information on the films scheduled. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Arrive early as seating is limited. Priority seating is given to Great Neck School District residents. Please

bring your Library card, driver’s license or other ID showing your Great Neck School District address. Sticks in the Stacks Knit-

ting and Crochet Class at Lakeville Come and learn the basics, or perhaps just brush up on what you already know at this new, ongoing knitting and crocheting class. The next session will be held on Thursday, December 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Lakeville Branch, 475 Great Neck Road. All skill levels are welcome. Supplies will be provided, or bring your own from home. Registration is ongoing. Call 466-8055,

Great Neck Park District

Defensive Driving Classes at Great Neck House Great Neck House continues to offer Empire Safety Council Defensive Driving Classes. The classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is a class Saturday, Jan. 7. To sign up for a class or for more information, call Great Neck House at 482-0355. Christmas Holiday Public Sessions at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink There is a special public skate

schedule for the December holiday vacation break which you can find on-line at www.greatneckparks.org. In addition, there will be puck shoots offered on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 30 from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. Join us for some skating fun down at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink over the holidays! Check our website for more information or call (516) 4872975, Ext. 128. Indoor Playscape at Steppingstone Park

Children, ages 2-9, will love the indoor Playscape, at Steppingstone Park no matter what the weather is outside. LEGO walls and tables in one area, a play diner and supermarket in another and many other imaginative ways to explore. Residents must present a park card to be admitted into the park (two guests welcome per park card). Open Monday through Sunday; 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required (or come down for first-come, firstserved) because there is a limit

ext. 231/232. 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 cancellations.com, type in their zip code or Great Neck Library and obtain

to how many children can play at once. An adult must be present with the child(ren) as there are NO drop-offs permitted. Call for more information (516) 487-9228 or to reserve an open play slot. The phone will be answered only when the Playscape is open. Birthday Parties in the Park District If you’re looking for a new way to celebrate your child’s birthday, the Park District has choices for you. Enjoy a private party room at Steppingstone Park with one of our unique birthday packages (Dancin’ Disco, Glamour & Glitz,

information on program cancellations or Library closings. In addition, at no charge, residents can request automatic e-mails from cancellations.com 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.

Superhero Style, to name a few) which includes invitations, pizza, cake, 2 party hosts and more. For more information or to book a party at Steppingstone Park call (516) 482-0355. MLK Jr. Holiday Ice Rink Public Sessions Monday, Jan. 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday public sessions at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink will be held at 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 1-3 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m. For more information, call (516-487-2975) for details or visit www.greatneckparks.org.


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SCHOOL NEWS

NHP holds annual science fair

Teaching yoga to young minds Jeanine Gallina, an art teacher in the Mineola Union Free School District, has brought mindfulness into the Jackson Avenue School and Mineola Middle School buildings. As a certified yoga instructor, Ms. Gallina has been host-

ing weekly after-school yoga sessions in each of the schools for interested students. Response has been overwhelming and the third- through seventhgraders have been enjoying the yoga classes, which offer increased focus, more mindfulness and reduced stress as some of the many benefits.

New Hyde Park Memorial High School held its annual Science Fair for seventh and eighth graders on Dec. 7. Students who placed first, second and third in the competition will compete in the Long Island Science Congress on April 4 at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington. Congratulations to the following students: Seventh Grade: • Shafee Mahmood - Acoustic and Thermal Insulation (first place) • Elisa George/ Stephanie Ragusa - How does Glucose from Different Fruits contribute to Blood Sugar Levels? (second place) • Miranda Lin - Magical Mnemonics (third place) Honorable Mentions • Audrey Koening • Mariyah Kooran • Reshman Lukose • Max O’Connor • Eric Orbon • Michelle Petroy Eighth Grade • Saanvi Mirchandani - Tiny Titans (first place) • Evan Kreth - How Does Radiation Affect Different Organisms? (second place) • Evita George/Gayathri Suresh - How does Salivary Amylase Affect Starch Digestion? (third place) Honorable Mentions • Gina Bamberger • Bella Bigeni • Aarti Devjani • Julia Si • Ashley Varghese

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NHP-GCP preps for budget Dinner dance I want to wish all our constituents a happy and healthy new year for 2017 in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school community. Once again the month of January signals the official start for the development of next year’s school budget. As a school board and central office administration, it is very important to hear from you at our board meetings over the next few months regarding what you would like to see included in the proposed budget while we still adhere to the tax cap law. This year, more than ever, it will be difficult to expand our offerings to our students since the proposed consumer price index, or CPI, is estimated to be less than 1 percent. This is the total percentage that fits into the state formula that will be used to calculate our budget increase. Our goal for the past 10 years has been to offer a wellrounded quality education for our kindergarten through sixth

ROBERT W. KATULAK New Hyde Park - Garden City Park school superintendent grade students supported by a fiscally sound and responsive budget to our taxpayers. As a district, we wish to continue to maintain all programs that are effective and beneficial to our students and maintain all positions necessary to implement and continue those programs. We are clearly cognizant of the demands for increase integration of technology into our classrooms to prepare our

students to be competitors in a global economy. Technology moves as a rapid pace and has a very brief shelf life when used throughout the day so our goal will be to keep on target with all our current hardware and software for instructional use in all classrooms. We have many highly effective and dedicated teachers and support staff in all of our buildings, and we will ensure that the capacity of our staff continues to grow through a highly organized and effective professional development program that enhances existing skills and works to help learn new strategies in the proposed budget. Lastly, we will create the budget that continues to support year two of our board-approved three-year plan. Please attend our budget input sessions at our board meetings or send us your thoughts via district email. Our united goal is to offer the best education available at an affordable cost for all of our students.

set for Feb. 9 The Herricks Community Fund will hold its 21st annual dinner-dance celebrating Mardi Gras on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Guests will include Lisa Rutkoske, assistant superintendent for business in the Herricks school distrit, Dina Maggiacomo, the district’s director of human resources, and Herricks High School principal James Ruck. Proceeds from the $65 ticket price will beneft the Al-

zheimer’s Day Program, senior citizen programs, Herricks Youth Council, Herricks teacher mini-grants, the Herricks school district, Herricks scholarship fund, the Herricks Community Players and Herricks Community Fund scholarships. The dinner-dance will feature a DJ sponsored by Ridgewood Savings Bank. The ticket price includes unlimited beer, wine and soda. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Jan. 26.

Chorus needs singers The New Hyde Park Senior Chorus is currently welcoming new members. The chorus meets Mondays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Clinton G. Martin Park on Marcus

Avenue. Male voices are needed. Rehearsals start on Feb. 6. For more information, call 516-775-8118.


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Recent Real Estate Sales in New Hyde Park New Hyde Park Real Estate Market Conditions Median sales price $585,000 Demographics near New Hyde Park, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 9,698 11,277 44.5 3 94,063 35,837

County 1,338,712 4,702 41.2 3 97,049 42,286

146 Celler Avenue,, New Hyde Park Sold Price: $597,500 Date: 11/18/2016 4 beds, 1 Full baths Style: Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 40x100 Schools: New Hyde ParkGarden City Park Total Taxes: $10,858 MLS# 2862500

114 Mayfair Avenue, Floral Park Sold Price: $620,000 Date: 09/01/2016 3 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Duplex # of Families: 2 Lot Size: 50x100 Schools: Floral Park-Bellerose Total Taxes: $13,378 MLS# 2864728

82-22 266th Street, Floral 632 S 8th Street, New Hyde Park Park Sold Price: $560,000 Date: 10/14/2016 4 beds, 1 Full baths Style: Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 40x100 Schools: Elmont Total Taxes: $10,300 MLS# 2860011

Sold Price: $595,000 Date: 10/17/2016 4 beds, 1 Full/1 Half baths Style: Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 40x100 Total Taxes: $4,863 MLS# 2864220

Editor’s note: Homes shown here were recently sold in New Hyde Park 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 New Hyde Park and are believed by Blank Slate Media to be of interest to our readers.

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Business&RealEstate Ready to sell or buy now or in spring? So far, we have had two snowfalls this winter, the first being a few inches, but the one on Saturday, Jan. 7 was six to eight inches in our local North Shore area. Are you still holding back, sort of contemplating putting your property on the market, maybe in the spring, when more conducive weather comes around (you can always ask buyers to take their shoes off or maybe offer them some booties or covers for their shoes) or are you procrastinating in moving ahead and really want to do it now? Don’t let the snow or cold weather hold you back; because it isn’t holding back those serious purchasers who are out there, searching for their first or second “place to call home.” So do not wait, the market is still hot and moving along quite nicely and inventory is still very, very low (4.3 months), demand is still far greater than supply and interest rates are still very low by historical standards of 6 percent (did you read my column from Dec. 30?). Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean everyone has left the market to warmer climates (those are the snowbirds and snowflakes, who are probably not looking to buy immediately, some tire kickers and looky Lous too). Looking back many years in my records, I have found that some of my best and most qualified income and credit worthy customers have purchased homes, home owner’s, condos and coops and even some commercial investments, from December through March, where the crowds have dissipated and gone into hibernation. Moreover, the cash purchasers are also still around, looking

for that special place to raise their family and grow roots in a community and just get planted and away from that ever increasing “loss of wealth” in the “rental zone” where they are providing all the benefits of appreciation and tax benefits to their landlord. I am always asking myself the question: “Why not be your own landlord” and gain all the benefits of tax write-offs, appreciation and security of not having to pick up and leave every few years for various reasons? I also suggest to those buyers, to beg, borrow and steal (only kidding) to scrape up that down payment from family, relatives, even distant relatives or even your closest friends, if possible (pay them a decent interest rate, better than the less than 1% that everyone else is earning; with a payback period that is comfortable you and them). Accomplishing this monumental but doable task will allow you to go out and start searching for your next “place to call home, that you will own!” As a seller, you can always ask your buyers or your Broker’s purchasers for a written mortgage commitment or proof of funds to make sure that they are capable of purchasing. For many, this may be uncomfortable for you to do this; for it may seem intrusive to ask questions to a perfect stranger, right? But it really isn’t; just that you are trying to sell, possibly one of the most valuable assets that you possess and you surely want to make sure the individuals or family that are considering buying are in a solid position to qualify for their mortgage. If it is not subject to any financing, obviously, that’s easy, as long as they show you proof of funds, to know that they have the

PHILIP A. RAICES Real Estate Watch money in a bank or investment account. In some areas, there are some phony buyers, looking to get into homes to possibly vandalize or rob them at a later date and time or even when you are home. Don’t be surprised as to their friendly disposition because they might ask you questions and inquire as what you do for a living, where you work and how many hours a week you work. Thieves can be extremely sharp and finagle their way into having you provide the necessary information for them to do you harm or take your possessions. When you are not around. Although our economy has been improving and unemployment is under 5 percent, there are still families and individuals that are suffering and may choose the easy way to consider and take the illegal path to earning their money. Drugs are also causing some homes to be vandalized, for the items that can be pawned for cash to keep their habit going. Hiring the right professional real estate broker always goes a long way in securing the best and most qualified purchaser. He or she will hopefully vet those inter-

ested in viewing your home and will ask the right questions that will provide the best opportunity for you to get a real qualified income and credit worthy buyer and eliminate those that don’t meet the necessary requirements. As I had previously said, this can be an arduous, time consuming and uncomfortable task for you to do, because you are not seasoned at doing this and besides most homeowners don’t want to be involved and that is where we come in. You have a job or business and don’t have the time to undertake this important business of selling your home. This is one of the only professions where owners believe and feel that they can do our business (it’s not a job); granted, some maybe able to do it, but the vast majority, cannot do what a seasoned broker can do. People think, because they have sold a home or two in the past that today it’s the same. The real estate market as well as the technology that goes along in performing it, has changed drastically and has advanced to the point, that you really need to know what you are doing and unless you study this business; what you had to do years ago to find the right buyer was to just place an ad and send out some postcards to the surrounding areas to alert everyone. The old ways of selling real estate pales in comparison to what has to be prepared and completed today. To start and finish a sale so much has to be done; the rules and regulations, and all the required disclosures and paperwork alone, are cumbersome, but necessary. I have seen enough legal entanglements and law suits occur-

ring in this business, due to lack of knowledge and understanding to what has to be done. A knowledgeable broker will earn their commission by doing the necessary and crucial marketing and merchandising of your property as well as providing you the necessary and regular feedback about how the process is going. If you are a purchaser, the feeling of ownership will be indescribable and you will gain much more control over your destiny and surroundings. You have to start to finish. Go for it, what do you have to lose? You need to grab those interest rates before they go up again, possibly in the spring; or if you are a seller, keep in mind the cost of money, so increased interest rates could affect the price of your home. As interest rates go up, as in the past, the price of homes tend to fall. But don’t worry, it won’t happen overnight, but, it will occur eventually, so don’t wait. Find and interview those brokers that will perform the best for you and your family and do what needs to be done to complete the transaction. “Our Seller’s Guide for “Things to Consider When Selling Your Home,”just email me with your name, email and cell number. 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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NEW HYDE PARK-GARDEN CITY PARK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT Towns of North Hempstead and Hempstead Annual Financial Report Year Ending June 30, 2016 ANALYSIS OF GENERAL FUND BALANCE Fund Balance - July 1, 2015 Add: REVENUES Real Property Taxes Other Real Property Tax Items State Sources Other Sources TOTAL REVENUES Less:

10,617,506 25,918,958 3,947,158 5,365,728 1,225,915 36,457,759

EXPENDITURES General Support Instruction Pupil Transportation Employee Benefits Community Service Debt Service TOTAL EXPENDITURES

4,058,098 19,312,381 686,168 8,994,590 51,200 2,166,454 35,268,891

OTHER FINANCING SOURCES AND USES Operating transfers in 20,000 Operating transfers out (385,763) TOTAL Fund Balance- June 30, 2016

(365,763) 11,440,611

ANALYSIS OF SCHOOL LUNCH FUND BALANCE Fund Balance - July 1, 2015 Add: Sales State/Federal Sources Other Sources TOTAL REVENUE Less:

86,274 181,764 117,584 30 299,378

Cost of Sales Employee benefits TOTAL EXPENDITURES

316,497 7,840 324,337

OTHER FINANCING SOURCES AND USES Operating transfers in 26,000 TOTAL Fund Balance -June 30, 2016

26,000 87,315

SPECIAL AID FUND - ANALYSIS OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES Add:

Less:

REVENUES Local Sources State Sources Federal Sources TOTAL REVENUES

30,350 431,752 505,569 967,671

EXPENDITURES Pupil Transportation Instruction Employee Benefits TOTAL EXPENDITURES

37,894 1,064,834 18,311 1,121,039

OTHER FINANCING SOURCES AND USES Operating transfers in 153,368 TOTAL Fund Balance June 30, 2016

153,368 0

SPECIAL AID FUND - BALANCE SHEET JUNE 30, 2016 Cash-unrestricted State and Federal Aid Receivable

7,429 369,876

Total Debits

377,305

Accounts Payable Due to other govts Due to other funds Collections in advance Total Credits

78,661 15,506 280,959 2,179 377,305

TRUST AND AGENCY FUND - CASH BALANCE JUNE 30, 2016 CASH BALANCE - restricted July 1, 2015 RECEIPTS DISBURSEMENTS

220,862 21,587,559 21,543,715

CASH BALANCE - restricted June 30, 2016

264,706

CAPITAL FUND CASH BALANCE CASH BALANCE July 1, 2015 RECEIPTS DISBURSEMENTS

487,213 217,709 267,387

CASH BALANCE June 30, 2016

437,535

CAPITAL FUND-BALANCE SHEET JUNE 30, 2016 Cash-unrestricted Cash-restricted Due from other funds Total Debits

434,535 3,000 699,43 1,136,96

Due to other funds Fund Balance Accounts payable Total Credits

369,746 767,219 1,136,965

STATEMENT OF CAPITAL INDEBTEDNESS JUNE 30, 2016 BONDS PAYABLE Library Serial Construction Serial Installment Purchase Bus/Truck/Tractor TOTAL CAPITAL INDEBTEDNESS JUNE 30, 2016

4,910,000 9,185,000 88,963 14,183,963

STATEMENT OF GENERAL FIXED ASSET ACCOUNTS JUNE 30, 2016 Land Construction in Progress Building & Building Improvements Furniture and Equipment Licensed Vehicles Outdoor Improvements Less: Accumulated Depreciation Capital Assets, net The full text of the annual financial report in the form filed with the State Education Department is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the Business Office of the district located in the Manor Oaks building at 1950 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park NY 11040.

3,142,368 7,711 41,347,786 1,642,194 484,322 1,006,353 47,630,734 (12,925,355) 34,705,379 NHP #144924 1x 01/13/2017 #144924

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU, VENTURES TRUST 2013-I-H-R BY MCM CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC, ITS TRUSTEE, PLAINTIFF, V. HYO SUN OH A/K/A HYOSUN OH A/K/A HYO OH, GENE NAHM OH A/K/A GENE OH, ET AL., DEFENDANTS. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on October 28, 2016, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the CCP (Calendar Control Part Courtroom) in the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY on February 07, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., premises known as 7 Dunhill Road, Manhasset Hills, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of North Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, Section 8, Block 275 and Lot 124. Approximate amount of judgment is $1,211,351.46 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 018315/10. Giovanni L. Escobedo, Esq., Referee Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., Attn: Jackie Halpern Weinstein, Esq., 120 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, New York 10271, Attorneys for Plaintiff NHP #144760 4x 01/06, 01/13, 01/20, 01/27 /2017 #144760

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU HSBC Bank USA, National Association as Trustee for Merrill Lynch Alternative Note Asset Trust, Series 2007-A2, Plaintiff AGAINST Maria Samet; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated December 15, 2015 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Calandar Control Part (CCP) 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, New York, 11501, on February 7, 2017 at 11:30AM, premises known as 375 Yale Road, Garden City, NY 11530. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of NY, Section: 33 Block: 594 Lot: 22. Approximate amount of judgment $734,495.13 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 12-008215. Kimberly D Lerner, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: December 22, 2016 NHP #144856 4x 01/06, 01/13, 01/20, 01/27 /2017 #144856

TION OF IMPROVEMENTS TO DISTRICT BUILDINGS AND SITES; STATING THE ESTIMATED TOTAL COST THEREOF IS NOT TO EXCEED $28,291,141; APPROPRIATING SAID AMOUNT THEREFOR, INCLUDING FUNDS ON HAND IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,291,141 IN THE DISTRICT’S CAPITAL RESERVE FUND AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF NOT TO EXCEED $25,000,000 BONDS OF SAID DISTRICT TO FINANCE THE BALANCE OF SAID APPROPRIATION Objects or purposes: to construct improvements to District buildings and sites Amount of Obligations to be Issued not to exceed $25,000,000 Period of Probable Usefulness: thirty (30) years A complete copy of the bond resolution summarized above shall be available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the District Clerk, Herricks Union Free School District, 999-B Herricks Road, New Hyde Park, New York. Dated: January 5, 2017 New Hyde Park, New York NHP #144930 1x 01/13 /2017 #144930

SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, AS TRUSTEE FOR STANWICH MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2014-3, Plaintiff against FREDERICK W. MARION A/K/A FREDERICK MARION, CAROL A. MARION A/K/A CAROL ANN MARION, BRIAN MARION, DEBRA MARION, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on October 17, 2016. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in the Calendar Control Part (CCP) Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, N.Y. on the 7th day of February, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. premises All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in New Hyde Park, Town of North Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York. Said premises known as 1425 Park Avenue, New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11040. Tax account number: SBL#: 8-200-30 & 31. Approximate amount of lien $ 890,414.47 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 15787-12. George Esernio, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, P.C. Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900 NHP #144824 4x 01/06, 01/13, 01/20, 01/27 /2017 #144824

NOTICE The bond resolution, a summary of which is published herewith, has been adopted on January 5, 2017, and the validity of the obligations authorized by such bond resolution may be hereafter contested only if such obligations were authorized for an object or purpose for which the HERRICKS UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT, in the County of Nassau, New York, is not authorized to expend money or if the provisions of law which should have been complied with as of the date of publication of this Notice were not substantially complied with, and an action, suit or proceeding contesting such validity is commenced within twenty days after the publication of this Notice, or such obligations were authorized in violation of the provisions of the constitution. Lisa Rutkoske District Clerk BOND RESOLUTION OF THE HERRICKS UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT, NEW YORK, ADOPTED JANUARY 5, 2017, AUTHORIZING THE CONSTRUC-

Legal Notice Notice of Annual Meeting and Election New Hyde Park - Garden City Park Union Free School District Towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead County of Nassau, State of New York NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing of the qualified voters of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District, Towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, will be held at the Manor Oaks - William R. Bowie School, 1950 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, New York, on Monday, May 08, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. for the presentation of the budget, although the budget will not be voted upon at that time. AND NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the Annual Meeting and Election will be held at the Manor Oaks-William R. Bowie School in the District on May16, 2017 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., at which time all persons who are qualified

to vote and shall have registered, as provided for in this notice, may vote on the budget expenditures set forth herein and for the election of members of the Board of Education of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District and the Hillside Public Library Board of Trustees. AND NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required for the ensuing year for school and library purposes, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained on the District’s website and by any resident in the District during the fourteen (14) days immediately preceding the Annual Meeting and Election, except Saturday, Sunday or holidays, at each of the following school houses and library, during regular school and library hours: Manor Oaks-William R. Bowie School, 1950 Hillside Avenue New Hyde Park Road School, New Hyde Park Road Hillside Grade School, West Maple Drive Garden City Park School, Central Avenue and Third Street Hillside Public Library,155 Lakeville Road NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law requires the District to attach to its proposed budget an exemption report. Said exemption report, which will also become part of the final budget, will show how the total assessed value of the final assessment roll used in the budgetary process is exempt from taxation, list every type of exemption granted by statutory authority, and show the cumulative impact of each type of exemption, the cumulative amount expected to be received as payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) and the cumulative impact of all exemptions granted. In addition, said exemption report shall be posted on any bulletin board maintained by the District for public notices and on the District’s website. AND NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education and Hillside Public Library of Trustees must be filed with the Clerk of the District in the Superintendent’s Office at the Manor Oaks- William R. Bowie School, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on school days, and no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017. The following vacancies are to be filled on the Board of Education: For a term of three (3) years, commencing July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020 Tara Notine (last incumbent) For a term of three (3) years, commencing July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020 James Reddan (last incumbent) The following vacancies are to be filled on the Hillside Public Library Board of Trustees: For a term of five (5) years commencing July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2022 Peter Pinto (last incumbent) Each vacancy is a separate specific office and a separate petition is required to nominate a candidate to each separate office. Each petition must be directed to the Clerk of the District, must be signed by at least 37 qualified voters of the District, must state the name and residence of each signer, the name and residence of the candidate and describe the specific vacancy for which the candidate is nominated, including at least the length of the term of office and the name of the last incumbent. For the convenience of the inhabitants of the District, the Board of Education and Hillside Public Library are providing forms of nominating petition for candidates, which are available in the Superintendent’s Office at the Manor Oaks-William R. Bowie School, 1950 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, on school days between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The nominating forms are also available on the District website. These forms are for convenience only and need not be used, and any forms which comply with the Educa-


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tion Law will be acceptable. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the following propositions will be presented and voted upon at the Annual Meeting and Election to be held as provided above on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. PROPOSITION NO. 1 NEW HYDE PARK - GARDEN CITY PARK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET ‘RESOLVED, that the annual budget as proposed by the Board of Education of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District, in the sum set forth in the budget estimate heretofore filed pursuant to law, for the maintenance and upkeep of the schools and personnel of the District for the year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 be accepted, and that the necessary tax be levied therefor. Adoption of the budget requires a tax levy increase which does not exceed the statutory tax increase limit for this school fiscal year and therefore does not exceed the state tax cap.’ PROPOSITION NO. 2 HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY BUDGET ‘RESOLVED, that the annual budget as proposed by the Board of Trustees of the Hillside Public Library in the sum set forth in the budget estimate heretofore filed pursuant to law, for the maintenance and upkeep of the library and personnel of said library for the year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 be accepted, and that the necessary tax be levied therefor.’ PROPOSITION NO. 3 SEWANHAKA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET ‘RESOLVED, that the proposed budget of expenditures of Sewanhaka Central High School District of Elmont, Floral Park, Franklin Square and New Hyde Park in the County of Nassau for the year 2017-2018 for the purpose shown in the statement of estimated expenditures adopted by the Board of Education, be and the same hereby is approved and the amount thereof shall be raised by a levy of a tax upon the taxable property within said Sewanhaka Central High School District, after first deducting the monies available from state aid and other sources as provided by law.’ PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that no person shall be allowed to vote on May 16, 2017 unless they have registered for school district voting purposes or for general voting purposes. Personal registration is required. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Board of Registry shall meet at the Manor OaksWilliam R. Bowie School on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Tues-

day, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to prepare the Register, and any person shall be entitled to have his or her name placed upon such Register, provided that at such meeting of the Board of Registry, he or she is known or is proven to the satisfaction of such Board of Registry, to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the school election for which the Register is prepared. The Register so prepared will be filed with the Clerk of the District and such Register will be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the District between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday in the Superintendent’s Office at the Manor Oaks-William R. Bowie School, on each of the five (5) days prior to and on the day of election, except Saturday and Sunday. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that applications for absentee ballots may be obtained in the office of the Superintendent of Schools at the Manor Oaks-William R. Bowie School, 1950 Hillside Avenue, on school days, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The applications are also available on the District website. Such application must be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. No absentee ballot shall be canvassed unless it is received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the election. A list of all persons who are issued absentee ballots will be on file with the District Clerk and open for inspection by any qualified voter of the District between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Superintendent’s Office at the Manor Oaks-William R. Bowie School, on each of the five (5) days prior to the day of election, except Saturday and Sunday. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that voting on May 16, 2017 will be by the DC Scanner and Tabulator and there will be one Automark Ballot Marking Device available for any voters needing assistance. DATED: ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION NEW HYDE PARK-GARDEN CITY PARK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWNS OF HEMPSTEAD AND NORTH HEMPSTEAD COUNTY OF NASSAU, NEW YORK PATRICIA OLIVE DISTRICT CLERK NHP #144920 1x 01/13/2017 #144920

CORRECTIONS The Jan. 6 article “Going from Bushwick to bookshelves” misstated author Michael Cascio’s age when he was in fourth grade. He was 9 years old. The Jan. 6 article “3rd track sessions in villages” omitted a response from Shams Tarek, a spokesman for the Long Island Rail Road’s third track project. “We’re constantly meeting with our neighbors and stakeholders throughout Long Island to answer their questions and talk about how the project helps both commuters and local communities,” he said in a statement.

HERRICKS UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT 999 B HERRICKS ROAD NEW HYDE PARK, NY 11040 516-305-8945 NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed proposals will be received by the Board of Education of Herricks Union Free School District, at the Business Office, 999 B Herricks Road, New Hyde Park, NY 11040 on February 2, 2017 at 10:30am prevailing time for the 20172018 School Year for the following categories: BUILDING MATERIALS & MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLES ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES Specifications and instructions to bidders may be obtained by calling Educational Data Services, Inc. at 973-340-8800 OR by logging onto our website at www.ed-data.com. Click vendors & fill out the Vendor Bid Enrollment form and fax to (973) 340-0078. Bids will be available five (5) days before the bid due date listed in this notice to bidders. No bids will be sent unless requested by the above procedure. Bids will be addressed to the Board of Education, Attn: Jim Brown, Herricks Union Free school District, 999 B Herricks Road, New Hyde Park, NY 11040. BIDS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN SEALED ENVELOPES AND CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE NAME OF THE BIDDER, BID TITLE, DATE AND TIME OF THE BID OPENING. Proposal must be accompanied by a Certified Check in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the total bid, made payable to Herricks Union Free School District, OR a bid bond for a like sum, executed by a Surety Company authorized to do business in the State of New York. A guarantee of surety must be included in or with the bid security. The Board of Education reserves the right to waive any informalities in any bid, or to reject any or all bids, or to accept that bid, or any part of that bid, which is in its judgment is for the best interest of the school district. No bids shall be withdrawn pending the decision of the Board of Education. A performance bond of one hundred percent (100%) MAY be requested by the district participating in the bid, and, if requested, must be submitted within ten (10) days. PRICES MUST REMAIN FIRM UNTIL FEBRUARY 2, 2018 Mr. Jim Brown Director of Facilities Dated: January 13, 2017 NHP #144962 1x 01/13/2017

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Continuing Herricks’ science successes Continued from Page 3 side effects but is far less effective at killing cancer. When used simultaneously in certain concentrations, both worked to kill colon cancer cells without side effects while Salacin treated the disease’s other “hallmarks,” such as the development of new blood vessels that help it spread, Jung said. Tan, also from Albertson, is a competitive figure skater and often puts on makeup for contests, she said. Once she learned titanium dioxide nanoparticles, often used in sunscreens, are found in many cosmetics, she wanted to examine their potential health risks, she said. “Knowing that people were putting on sunscreen every day, slathering it on, and it’s full of these particles that god knows what they do to you — it motivated me to keep going,” Tan said. Her research project at Stony Brook University examined whether titanium dioxide and dextran, a sugar often used to treat diabetes, increased vulnerability to staph infections. She found titanium dioxide nanoparticles weaken some cell membranes and increase their vulnerability to staph bacteria, she said. And dextran, widely believed to have anti-adhesive properties, actually made staph stick to cells more easily, she said. Mehta, a New Hyde Park resident, investigated the connection between the presence of a protein, interferon regulatory factor 5, and the growth of breast cancer tumors. Mehta got to work at the Feinstein Institute through its Advancing Women in Science and Medicine program. As a Girl Scout, the opportunity to work with women at the top of their fields on a disease that primarily affects women was one she was excited to tackle, she said. Testing on live mice, Mehta’s research determined that lower amounts of the protein correlated with more cancer

growth. The findings could help doctors predict how far breast cancer will progress in a patient, she said. Koe, another New Hyde Park resident, worked with cryptography researchers at Columbia University to find a more efficient method of secret sharing, which distributes pieces of a secret computer message to a group of individuals. Her project, which combined mathematics and theoretical computer science, found that certain computer formulas called Boolean formulas can be used to create secret-sharing schemes that better protect against certain hacking efforts, she said. Chen, also from New Hyde Park, examined the effects of weathering on the chemical composition of basalt rocks using instruments similar to those planned for the rover NASA wants to send to Mars in 2020, he said. He found the composition of certain chemical elements in the rocks changed over time, Chen said, contradicting other scientists’ past findings. “It is a small-scale study, but ... that has an impact on how we analyze results from the Martian instrument,” he said. The students’ appearance in the Regeneron semifinals continues the success of Herricks’ science research program on the national stage. Three students made the semifinals in last year’s contest, which was sponsored by Intel, the semiconductor chip company. “I knew that this was a very special group, and was really hopeful that their potential would be recognized, and it was,” Barcia, the program’s director, said. All five students said working with mentors who were so knowledgeable and advanced in their fields led to their projects’ successes. But finishing and submitting an extensive research paper proved their own strengths, they said. “I wasn’t expecting anything, but I proved to myself that I was able to do it, which taught me a lot about myself,” Koe said.

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Feds offer sex abuse solutions Continued from Page 21 view the comments as sexual harassment or because midshipmen handle incidents internally and confronted the man or woman accused of sexual assault or harassment. “Some midshipmen theorized that suspension of Sea Year has created a disincentive to report an incident out of concern that it would be used as a pretext to extend the suspension,” the report states. Foxx said to Helis that sexual assault and harassment was, in fact, a problem both on campus and during Sea Year, and pushed him to “take aggressive action” to stop any denial of the problem. “I further urge you to take aggressive action to put an end to denial and downplaying among those charged to be part of the solutions,” he said. “Those who perpetrate or condone these behaviors or look the other way must have no place at the academy, in the U.S. Merchant Marines or our nation’s Armed Forces.”

A 2014-15 survey conducted by the Merchant Marine Academy found that 63 percent of women and 11 percent of men at the school said they had been sexually harassed and 17 percent of female midshipmen said they had been sexually assaulted. The president of AAF, James Tobin, said the auditor’s report was “an indictment of the academy’s leadership, whose efforts to date to address sexual misconduct fall woefully short when compared to the work of their peers at academies and colleges around the country, who are facing similar issues.” Tobin also said that the report shows no justification for the Sea Year suspension, nor does it provide evidence that the program “places midshipmen in harm’s way.” “We look forward to working with the academy and the Department of Transportation to ensure that Sea Year is restored – in full – so midshipmen can immediately resume their mission-critical training,” he said. “We cannot afford to further negatively impact the education and career prospects of even more students.”


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Club spreads holiday joy to sick kids Inspired by the holiday spirit, the World Language Honor Society at Floral Park Memorial High School decided to make holiday cards for those who need a little extra joy this year. When asked why she believed holiday cards were the best way to give back this holiday season, Veronica Powers-Scollo, supervisor of the world language honor society, said, “Unfortunately not all children are able to enjoy the holiday season, and this year I believed that bringing smiles to sick children around the nation was a great way to spread cheer. “Anyone can donate toys and gifts, but it takes special people with kind hearts to write thoughtful cards to remind these kids that people are thinking about them

this holiday season.” Club President Tina Seuling and Vice President Vishal Mirchandani agreed with Powers and set up a day after school where the world language honor society members

spent two hours creating cards to send to sick children who had to spend their holidays in the hospital. The group hoped these cards would bring joy to the children and their families.

Transportation Register for kindergarten requests due All requests in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school district for transportation to a non-public school must be filed no later than April 1, 2017, according to sate Law.

No applications will be accepted after the April 1 deadline. Applications may be obtained from the transportation sffice in the administration building at 1950 Hillside Ave., or by calling 516-434-2318.

Albertson car crash kills 3 Continued from Page 2 30 miles an hour and you try to make a hard left hand turn, you just slide right off the road.” Damon Multani, who saw the crash, told NBC4 New York the car hit a patch of ice and “slid right into the water.” “I was scared, I was definitely shocked when I saw him drive into the pond,” Alex Stephen, another witness, told the TV station. The state police did not return phone calls or emails seeking to confirm details of the crash.

Anyone with a child who will be 5 years old by Dec. 1, 2017, or knows of someone in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school district who has a child of this age, then it is time to register the child for kindergarten. In order for the dsitrict to adequately plan for the next school year, it is necessary for all children eligible for kindergarten to be registered at this time. Anyone who has an eligible child should register their child at their neighborhood school. Registration forms can be obtained at the main office of each of the district’s schools or on the district website at www. nhp-gcp.org. Please have the forms completed at the time of registra-

tion. Registration dates are Jan. 11 and 12. The Garden City Park School will be open for registration from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The Hillside Grade School will be open from 8:45 to 11 a.m. and from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. The Manor Oaks School will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. The New Hyde Park Road School will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Please bring the following items to register for kindergarten: the child’s immunization record, the child’s original birth certificate, parent/guardian photo identification and proof of guardianship. Homeowners need two

proofs of residency: a mortgage statement, deed or tax bill, and a LIPA, water or National Grid bill. Phone bills are not acceptable. Renters need to have an owner’s affidavit filled out and notarized with a mortgage statement, deed or tax bill showing proof of ownership, as well as a renter/non-owner affidavit filled out and notarized with a copy of the lease or rental agreement. Anyone with any questions about the registration process should contact the school in their neighborhood for further information. Additional information and copies of the affidavit mentioned above can be found in the “District” tab of the district website under “Registration.”

Legionnaires’ bacteria Bond work ‘essential’ found in GCP gym pool to G.N. schools: board Continued from Page 2

Continued from Page 4 crowding at E.M. Baker. Many of the projects school officials identified were related to renovated science labs and library and media centers, auditorium renovations, bathroom renovations and improved air conditioning and infrastructure in the district’s schools. Also at the meeting, the board approved

the district’s 2017-18 school calendar, which includes recognizing the Lunar New Year as a holiday. The board voted last year to recognize the Lunar New Year during its 2016-17 school year, but the holiday falls on Jan. 28 this year, a Saturday. “We’re very proud that we were actually the first district on Long Island to go ahead and vote this in,” Berkowitz said.

must be reported to the county Health Department if diagnosed. Others include salmonella, tuberculosis, e.coli and meningitis, Laurain said. The bacteria thrive in warm water and can grow in hot tobs, hot water tanks, plumbing systems, cooling towers on buildings and fountains if they are not maintained properly, according to the state Department of Health. Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks are relatively rare, the state Health Department’s website says.

Nassau County saw 56 cases in 2016, Laurain said. Between 200 and 800 are typically reported across the state each year, according to the state Health Department’s website. An outbreak in New York City stemming from a Bronx hotel’s cooling tower sickened 124 people and killed 12 of them in the summer of 2015. Legionella bacteria were found in two Smithtown high schools in October 2015, but no one was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in connection with the bacteria, according to news reports.


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Sports LIU men’s basketball team eyes title BY T H OM A S G I LL E N With 14 games remaining in its 2016-17 season, the LIU Post men’s basketball team stands at 4-10, with a 3-2 record in the conference. Head coach Erik Smiles knows the team has to improve their game in order to contend for a championship this season, with six games remaining at home. “It seems like we play 36 great minutes every game and then don’t execute in the last four to six minutes. It’s important for us to clean up every game and remain consistent throughout the season,” Smiles said. Smiles’ goal this season is to lead the team to a championship after playing in the East Coast Conference Championship last season, when they beat the University of Bridgeport in the first game but lost to Saint Thomas Aquinas College 85-58 in the semifinals. “This year we are better seeded in the conference and we have great offensive skills,” Smiles said. “While our defensive skills are

getting there, we have six freshmen on the team who are still trying to get adjusted to the game.” One of those freshmen is Hall Elisias, an undecided major who is the fifth highest scorer on the team, with 99 points through 13 games. Elisias also has 26 blocks, 27 free throws, and 95 rebounds, with 58 coming in the defensive zone. About the team’s performance this season, Elisias stated, “we have all the pieces to be great, but there are certain spots in the game that kill us each week. I don’t think anyone is happy about this season, but there is always room for improvement.” Elisias played varsity basketball at Valley Stream South High School and was named All-State in 2016. His high school team won Nassau County Titles in 2014 and 2015 and a Long Island Championship in 2015. During his first semester playing at Post, Elisias stated that his mental toughness has been the biggest im-

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provement in his game and has helped him transition to college basketball. “The amount of work has been the biggest difference between playing in high school and college,” he said. “It’s not just about playing a game 40 minutes a week, it’s a 24 hour job that requires a lot of mental preparation.” After beating Roberts Wesleyan College 86-64 in a non-conference game on Saturday, Jan. 7, the Pioneers will play 12 games against teams in their own conference, including Daeman College, Mercy College, and the University of the District of Columbia. The team’s next game is on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the University of the District of Columbia at LIU Post’s Pratt Recreation Center in Brookville. This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post, www.liupostpioneer.com, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer. Sports Continued on Page 61

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Board opposes Trump’s ed nominee Continued from Page 1 But the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions announced Monday night that it had postponed DeVos’ hearing to Jan. 17, a move Rudd praised. The district’s teachers union fears DeVos, a Republican who strongly advocates for charter schools, is unqualified and a threat to the public school system, Ratto said. “She [DeVos] does not have any educational experience at all. Zero,” Rudd said. School board Trustee James Reddan voted against the resolution, saying DeVos’ policy stances could change after she takes office and that it would be unfair to oppose her nomination. DeVos is known as a prominent supporter of so-called “school choice” policies, such as charter schools and vouchers that use public money to pay for students’ private school tuition or home schooling expenses. DeVos chairs the Windquest Group, a Michigan-based investment management firm, and the American Federation for Children, an advocacy group for “school choice.” The Senate committee says it rescheduled DeVos’ confirmation hearing to accommodate the Senate schedule. The move followed concerns from Sen-

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The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school board approved a resolution opposing Betsy DeVos, Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. secretary of education. ate Democrats that DeVos should not be confirmed until the federal Office of Government Ethics finishes reviewing documents she submitted for potential conflicts of interest. The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s two largest teachers unions, oppose DeVos’ confirmation. The New Hyde Park-Garden City

Park school board joined the PatchogueMedford school board in formally opposing DeVos. That board’s resolution, approved last month, called her “a candidate apparently lacking any credentials as an educator.” The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school board also held the first public budget input session on Monday as district officials develop the budget for

the 2017-18 school year. Ryan McNeely, 12, a former student at the New Hyde Park Road School, addressed the board for the third year in a row, asking for continued funding of music education and special education. His mother, Jill McNeely, expressed support for her son and those who are parents of special needs children. Music education and special education have benefited her son’s education, she said. “He needs those two programs to get through school,” Jill McNeely said. School district Superintendent Robert Katulak said the board has no interest in reducing the budget for music programs or special education. Other parents, such as Danielle Fagan and Shari Hargrove, said they want to continue to see small class sizes and science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, or STEAM, programs in classrooms. James Svendsen, the director of curriculum instruction and technology, said the district is “full steam ahead with STEM and science.” The district is currently implementing project-based learning through updated technology in the classrooms, educational software programs and comprehensive learning programs, he said. Noah Manskar contributed reporting.

F.P. massage parlor raises eyebrows Continued from Page 1 County officials. Its location about a quarter-mile from the John Lewis Childs School and the Our Lady of Victory School contribute to the concerns, Sexton said. The Floral Park Police Department has not heard any credible allegations of prostitution, but has parked a patrol car out front to ward off illegal activity, Police Commissioner Stephen McAllister said. The studio would need an exception to village zoning rules to give back or full-body massages, which are classified as an “adult use” under the village code, Gerry Bambrick, the village administrator, said. But current regulations allow foot massages at the site, he said. Du’s Foot Spa submitted no applications for a zoning exception before opening, and building department officials told employees to remove signs advertising back massages from the front windows, Bambrick said. None could be seen there Tuesday. Du’s Foot Spa has postings in the “Other services” section of Backpage.com advertising “foot rub & bodywork” in a “nice service environment.” Other similar postings in the sexually explicit “adult entertainment” category could be seen Monday before Backpage

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The Floral Park Police Department has parked a car outside Du’s Foot Spa to deter criminal activity. blocked that section in the wake of a U.S. Senate report alleging that the site knowingly harbors prostitution and child sex trafficking. Village police have shut down seven Floral Park prostitution parlors on Jericho Turnpike fronting as massage studios in the past six years, most of which ad-

vertised on Backpage, McAllister said. But that is not evidence of any illegal activity on Tulip Avenue, he said. “We of course are going to continue our investigation if there is anything to investigate,” McAllister said. At the studio on Tuesday, Lia said many businesses and individuals adver-

tise on Backpage, and Du’s Foot Spa only uses it to get word out about its offerings. The studio opened in Floral Park because it saw the empty storefront as a good place for a business, Lia said. She noted the space has a window without blinds and three massage rooms with partly transparent curtains and no doors. “We [are] here doing a very good job, good work,” she said. An earlier Du’s Foot Spa ad in Backpage’s adult section also listed an address on Prince Street in Flushing, Queens, that appeared on other ads more explicitly soliciting prostitution, Sexton said. But Lia said her studio is not affiliated with any other business and repeatedly emphasized that it does not offer any sexual services. An online state business incorporation record for Du’s Foot Spa lists an address on 41st Avenue in Flushing. The studio’s corporation was formed on Dec. 7, the record shows. The village and Police Department will ensure Du’s Foot Spa follows all applicable laws, Bambrick and McAllister said. They encouraged residents to report any incidents of criminal activity there. “We’re very lucky to be served by our Police Department, which has experience and success in investigating those types of activities and stopping them,” Bambrick said.


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Sports Westbury edges Port Washington BY G R E G ORY GIACONELLI The Westbury Green Dragons defeated the Port Washington Vikings 68-56 on Saturday afternoon, led by Jonathan Dean and Darius Young’s double double performances.

Westbury 68 Port Washington 56 Dean recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds while Young posted 12 points and 10 rebounds. Isiah Bien-Aise chipped in with 12 points and Khalid Ketchens added eight points and 12 rebounds for Westbury. Xavier Merriweather led Port Washington with 27 points. Port Washington head coach Sean Dooley said the team competed hard but couldn’t come up with the big shots in the final quarter. “We came out and executed for the most part,” Dooley said. “They made a couple of shots in the fourth quarter and we missed a couple. Basketball is a game of runs and they had the last run.” In the first quarter, Port Washington outscored Westbury 13-9. Merriweather led the way for Port Washington’s offense with nine points. He shot six points from the inside and capped off his opening quarter outing with a three point shot. In the second quarter, it was

a back and forth contest that saw both sides combine for 38 points. Jayln Donlap went 3-5 on the line and recorded seven points for Westbury. Merriweather continued his first half push with six more points in the second quarter and finished the half with 15 points. Garrett Ressa also added six points for Port Washington. Westbury outscored Port Washington 21-17 in the second quarter but both benches headed off to the locker room tied at 30 apiece. Dooley said the boys played well in the second quarter, especially on the transition. “We did a good job boxing out,” Dooley said. “That leads to good offense. You hit shots, you get rhythm and you feel good about yourself and that’s key.” In the third quarter, Westbury edged Port Washington 17-16 in the scoring and clinged onto a 47-46 lead heading into the final quarter. Bien-Aise led Westbury with five points while Jake Block led the Port Washington’s offense in the third. Block hit one shot from the inside, one from the three point mark and went 2-2 on the free throw line. In the fourth quarter, Westbury outscored Port Washington 21-10 and went on to win 68-56. Dean paced the Westbury offense with nine points, ending his 18 point game. Merriweather put up eight points for Port Washington in the final quarter. He made two three pointers and added a basket to fin-

Dominic’s 74-27. Kyle Murphy led Chaminade with 21 points while Bobby Connors recorded 12 points and seven rebounds.

Port Washington senior Xavier Merriweather (no. 22) 2. Port Washington senior Jake Block (no. 10) ish his 27 point game. Dooley said if the team was more patient in taking their shots in the final quarter, the outcome could have changed in their favor. “I think we got a little bit stagnant and quick on our shots,” Dooley said. “I thought we got some decent looks that we just didn’t knock down, that we were doing earlier in the game. We gotta knock down shots.” Weekly Boys Basketball Scores Tuesday, Jan. 3 Sewanhaka defeated Carey 56-23. Rahim Akinwunmi led Sewanhaka with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while Giovanni Brice recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds. Roslyn defeated New Hyde Park 56-55. Ben Perez led Roslyn with 11 points while Jacori Clem-

ons led New Hyde Park with 22 points. Perez hit two free throws to put Roslyn ahead 56-52 with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter. Clemons sank a three point shot as time winded down in a last rally effort but the clock ran out. Great Neck North defeated Jericho 67-64. Julien Hakimian led Great Neck North with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Friends Academy defeated Mineola 47-32. Tayvon Alexander led Friends Academy with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Manny Martins led Mineola with 10 points. Oyster Bay defeated Wheatley 46-29. Devon Marmorale led Oyster Bay with 18 points and seven rebounds while Khalil Williams had 12 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks. Michael Tragale led Wheatley with eight points. Chaminade defeated St.

Wednesday, Jan. 4 Hicksville defeated Port Washington 52-38. Connor McPartland led Hicksville with 28 points and four assists while Steve Pavlak chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds. Xavier Merriweather led Port Washington with 20 points. Manhasset defeated Calhoun 74-73. Peter Conlan led Manhasset with 30 points and five rebounds while Tom Santella had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Conlan netted two free throws with nine seconds left in the second overtime to seal the double overtime win. Great Neck South defeated MacArthur 57-48. Liam Blicher led Great Neck South with 16 points while Sheldon Henry recorded 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Herricks defeated Long Beach 59-44. Jordan Idaspe led Herricks with 29 points. Floral Park defeated Lawrence 59-37. Frank Phelan led Floral Park with 21 points. T.J. Cluess posted nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists while Brian Fox added 14 points for Floral Park. Friday, Jan. 6 Glen Cove defeated Floral Park 57-49. Jared Jackson led Glen Cove with 27 points. Kevin Ernest recorded 10 points while Chris Blissett collected five points and 12 rebounds for Glen Cove. Brian Fox led Floral Park with 16 points. Continued on Page 63

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Mineola rides 2nd half surge in win BY G R E G ORY GIACONELLI The Mineola Lady Mustangs defeated the West Hempstead Lady Rams 57-24 on Friday evening, led by Victoria Venus’ 24-point performance.

Mineola 57 West Hempstead 24 Megan McCaffrey added 12 points for Mineola, which improved its record to 9-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Despite the margin of victory, head coach Dan Bailey said this was a game where they gutted it out and overcame a slow start. “We played a sloppy first half by turning the ball over and committing too many fouls,” Bailey said. “We played harder in the second half and came out with a pretty big win. We had more energy, intensity and dedication in the defensive end.” In the first quarter, each team recorded nine points apiece and combined for six fouls. McCaffrey led the Mineola offense with six points in the opening quarter. In the second quarter, Mineola co-captain Elizabeth Ryan scored six points while Venus added five to pace the offensive attack. Mineola took a 22-14 lead into halftime. Venus said going into the second half, they needed to get off to a good start to carry the momentum. “In the second half, we said we had to really pick it up as we were not playing the way we should have been,” Venus said. “That really impacted how we were thinking. We came out in the second half and just took it away from there.”

Mineola sophomore center Megan McCaffrey (no. 13) Ryan said the girls played a good team game in the second half and communicated on the court better. “We were able to talk more and worked together as a team,” Ryan said. “Basketball is a team sport. That’s what we had to do and that’s what we were able to do going into the second half.” In the third quarter, Mineola dominated West Hempstead 17-4. Venus and McCaffrey combined for 12 points in the quarter. In the final quarter, Venus took charge and posted 10 points for Mineola. She recorded four points from the interior and added six from the outside. Mineola went on to win 57-24. Venus said a big factor in her performance was her defensive play. “Overall, it all depends on your defense,” Venus said. “If you’re not having an offensive game, which I wasn’t in the beginning, your defense makes up for it.” Ryan, who finished with eight points in the game, said the secret behind Mineola’s success this season is due to Bailey’s coaching. “Coach Bailey is amazing,” Ryan said. “He brings us togeth-

er and is able to see everyone’s weaknesses. He pulls our heads together and makes us a better team.” Bailey said it was a combination of stout defense and clutch scoring that got his team the win. “We played some good defense and that translated into good offense,” Bailey said. “We began moving the ball better in the second half and we started making our layups.” Weekly Girls Basketball Scores Tuesday Jan. 3 Sewanhaka defeated Carey 59-12. Kate Weinschreider led Sewanhaka with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds. Destiny Hurt added 10 points and three rebounds while Ashley Cattle collected 10 rebounds for Sewanhaka. Floral Park defeated Lawrence 49-29. MaryKate Guerriero led Floral Park with 27 points and five assists while Faith Balletta recorded five points and 12 rebounds. Roslyn defeated New Hyde Park 47-42. Samantha Busch led Roslyn with 13 points and five assists. Joanna Mauceri led New Hyde Park with 15 points.

Jericho defeated Great Neck North 49-47. Marlee Lehrhoff led Jericho with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She scored 15 points in the second half. With 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Lehrhoff sank a three pointer and added two free throws to secure the win. Carolyn O’Byrne led Great Neck North with 13 points. St. Mary’s defeated Sacred Heart 52-45. Kadajah Bailey led St. Mary’s with 19 points. Wednesday Jan. 4 MacArthur defeated Great Neck South 34-31. Angeline Klein led MacArthur with 17 points. Klein made four free throws in the final two minutes, which gave MacArthur a onepoint lead. Shannon Myles’ two free throws with 35 seconds remaining extended the lead to three. Kristen Renta led Great Neck South with 10 points. Calhoun defeated Manhasset 44-30. Katie Healy led Calhoun with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Elizabeth Kim led Manhasset with eight points. Herricks defeated Long Beach 40-26. Stephanie LaPlante and Chase McGahan led Herricks with 14 and 12 points respectively. Wheatley defeated Oyster Bay 64-24. Allison LaMonica led Wheatley with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists. Julia Braito recorded 13 points and five rebounds while Sam Rothstein had 12 points for Wheatley. Mineola defeated Friends Academy 62-42. Meghan McCaffrey and Vicki Venus led Mineola with 27 and 18 points respectively. Thursday Jan. 5 Port Washington defeated Hicksville 44-39. Rachel Rosen led Port Washington with a double double, 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rosen stole the ball and made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to seal the win. Roslyn defeated Roosevelt

45-34. Samantha Busch led Roslyn with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Liana Drenis recorded 10 points while Emily Cohen posted seven points and 14 rebounds for Roslyn. Friday Jan. 6 Glen Cove defeated Floral Park 51-36. Destiny Howell led Glen Cove with 18 points. Grace Brady recorded 12 points and nine assists while Grace Woods chipped in with nine points and eight assists for Glen Cove. Natalie Hickman led Floral Park with 13 points. Elmont defeated Great Neck North 57-32. Zhaneia Thybulle led Elmont with 13 points and 11 assists. Kiera Holland and Gigi Faison also scored 13 points apiece for Elmont. Abigail Rabbany led Great Neck North with 14 points. St. Anthony’s defeated St. Mary’s 67-65. Maia Moffitt, who recorded 14 points for St. Anthony’s, sank a three point shot with three seconds remaining in overtime. Tamia Lawhorne, who led St. Anthony’s with 19 points and 20 rebounds, tied the game 56-56 with two free throws, after getting fouled with under a minute left in regulation. Kadajah Bailey led St. Mary’s with 29 points. East Rockaway defeated Wheatley 55-45. Alessia Drevnyak led East Rockaway with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Juliet McCarthy recorded 15 points. Allison LaMonica led Wheatley with 29 points. Saturday Jan. 7 Port Washington defeated Westbury 61-22. Tyler Owens and Rachel Rosen led Port Washington with 16 and 11 points respectively. Division defeated New Hyde Park 51-39. Emily Gillis led Division with 18 points while Nora Tracey recorded 15 points and 14 rebounds. Hannah Arkin led New Hyde Park with 12 points.

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Floral Park runners rack up accolades BY G R E G ORY GIACONELLI The Floral Park varsity boys and girls cross country teams finished their respective campaigns with outstanding individual and team efforts. The girls finished as co-winners of Division 3B in Nassau Conference 3 while the boys posted a respectable .500 season in Conference 3, according to head coach Chris Renner. Renner said Emilee Becker, Kelly Courtney, Annaliese Nardi and Michelle Ashbahian received All-Conference honors and each played a vital role in allowing the girls to be crowned division cham-

pions. The girl’s biggest victory of the season came in the final league meet against Valley Stream North, bringing them to a three way tie for first place in the division, according to Renner. Renner said Matt Monahan and Paul Lubicich were named All County players for the boys team. According to Renner, Monahan finished in first place in each of the five Conference 3 league meets. Monahan ranked 14th out of 130 runners in the Bob Pratt Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park. He also finished in ninth out of 183 runners in the Suffolk Coaches Invitational, which was

The Floral Park High School Boys Varsity Cross Country team also held at Sunken Meadow State Park. At the Nassau Coaches Invitational Meet, which took place at Bethpage State Park, Monahan placed second out of 96 runners.

The Floral Park High School Girls Varsity Cross Country team

According to Renner, the biggest milestone occurred at the State Qualifier Meet at Bethpage State Park, where Monahan scored a time of 16:50 in the 5K race.

Renner said Monahan advanced to the New York State Championships held at Chenango Valley State Park as a member of the Section 8 Nassau County Class B Boys Cross Country Team.

Westbury edges Port Washington Continued from Page 61 Roosevelt defeated Roslyn 85-60. Timmy Santana led Roosevelt with 31 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Latrell Hollis recorded 11 points while Isaiah Stone scooped up 10 rebounds for Roosevelt. Johan Tenner and Omar Burns led Roslyn with 19 and 13

points respectively. West Hempstead defeated Mineola 53-46. Chris Jean-Louis led West Hempstead with 16 points and eight rebounds while Christian Martinez chipped in with 13 points. John McMahon led Mineola with 18 points. New Hyde Park defeated Divi-

sion 61-32. Nick Anthony and Tom Kamberis led New Hyde Park with 10 points apiece. Wheatley defeated East Rockaway 51-48. Stephen McCleary had nine points for Wheatley, including a free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining in the second overtime. East Rockaway’s Nick Parziale

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