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Mainstay Publicans officially reopens New management gives life to storied local bar after spending a year closed BY R O S E W E L D ON A Plandome Road staple has returned with a bang. Publicans, the iconic Manhasset bar, has reopened its doors for the first time in over a year. New management had placed a handwrittennote in the window of the bar in September, which read: “Closed for light renovations. Stay tuned for exciting news, opening in [less than] one month. See you soon!” Upon obtaining its liquor


Senior forward Cole Zaffiro of the Manhasset Secondary School varsity basketball team shoots in match against Oceanside. The team is currently on an eight-game winning streak.

license from the state, it has officially opened. Publicans, which has stood on Plandome Road since its opening in 1977, received widespread recognition in Pulitzer Prize-winner J.R. Moehringer’s memoir “The Tender Bar.” At the time of the book’s publication in 2005, it had been rechristened as Edison’s, but three years ago, the bar returned to its original name. In 2017, its new owners reimagined and renovated Publicans as a gastropub, creating a new menu and includ-

ing new beers on tap, but that iteration closed late in 2018. The newly open bar received a positive review from Newsday food critic Corin Hirsch, who wrote that it had been instilled with “a vibe that still feels deeply local.” Hirsch also remarked that despite its renovation, the bar had seemed to “somewhat return to its roots.” A request for comment from Richard Cammarata, one of the bar’s new owners and a Manhasset resident, was not immediately returned.

Lake Success, Plandome face ExteNet decisions BY R O S E W E L D ON The Village of Lake Success has rejected settlement of a lawsuit over cell nodes filed by ExteNet Systems, while the Village of Plandome is preparing to vote on two additional nodes in the midst of its own lawsuit against the infrastructure provider.

Lake Success, which rejected all but four of ExteNet’s 13 cell node applications in May and headed into mediation with the Illinois-based company later in the year, had received a settlement offer that called for installing seven of the originally proposed 13 nodes. But the village’s Board of Trustees voted against the

plan, 4-3, on Monday night. Trustees David Milner, Lawrence Farkas, Sugnam Peter Chang and Deputy Mayor Stephen Lam voted against the settlement, while Trustees Gene Kaplan and Robert Gal, and Mayor Adam Hoffman voted for it. The vote was followed by Continued on Page 60

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Library employees defend their director Gough receives support in investigation BY R O S E W E L D ON


Allyson Weseley, coordinator of secondary research in the Roslyn school district, congratulates Roslyn High School students Jake Stoller, Andrew Goldberg and William Borges on being named Regeneron Scholars.

Students honored in science contest

Four Manhasset seniors named Regeneron scholars BY R O S E W E L D ON Fifteen high school students across the North Shore have been named scholars in the nationwide Regeneron Science Talent Search, with Manhasset High School leading the pack. The competition, formerly sponsored by Westinghouse and then Intel before its current sponsor, pharmaceutical company Regeneron, is run each year by the Society for Science and the Public, with the goal of finding solutions to the world’s challenges from budding young scientists. From an initial 1,993 applications, 300 students across the country were named scholars in the 2020 contest, with 36 being from Long Island, and 15 of those students representing the North Shore. Manhasset had the most

scholars of any school on Long Island, with four. Thomas Elkins, coordinator for science, technology and health education in the Manhasset school district, said, “We’re very proud of all of our students who entered, and the fact that they did shows the reach of science in the Manhasset district.” Of the 17 students who entered the contest in Manhasset, seniors Kevin Carratu, Kevin Gauld, Ella Wesson and Elizabeth Wu were named scholars, with their projects ranging from research into Parkinson’s disease to neural style transfers in pictures. Roslyn High was one of three schools on Long Island, the others being John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore and Jericho High School, to have three students named as scholars. “I’m extremely proud of

these students,” said Allyson Weseley, Roslyn’s coordinator of secondary research. “They’re not only hard-working and exceptionally bright, but they truly love science.” Seniors Will Borges, Andrew Goldberg and Jake Stoller were all commended for their projects, which included exploring ways to remove nitrogen from wastewater, looking at brain activity in individuals with schizophrenia, and creating a more effective treatment for dedifferentiated liposarcoma, or severe cancer in connective tissues. Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, Herricks High School in New Hyde Park and North Shore High School in Glen Head each had two scholars apiece. Schreiber seniors Prima Chainani and Jaime Levin were Continued on Page 60

Fourteen employees of the Manhasset Public Library are defending library Director Margaret “Maggie” Gough in the midst of an investigation into an incident in which she was accused of making comments perceived as racist. Violinist Roslyn Huang, who held a recital in the library’s community room for her music group, the Long Island Camerata, on Dec. 14, said that parents of her students told her that Gough had called the performers, many of whom were of Asian descent, “foreigners.” Huang also said that Gough complained about the catering, provided by Pearl East Restaurant, and threatened to fine her $20,000 for water spilled on a carpet. Huang further said that two days later Gough canceled the Camerata’s contract for a similar recital in the spring. A petition was later created

called “Eradicate Racism from the Manhasset Public Library,” which has received over 800 signatures. Gough called the allegations “horrendous, deeply hurtful, and completely unfounded” ina statement two weeks ago, and also said that “legal counsel is requesting meetings with all those involved to determine if the facts in this matter have merit or are meritless.” Written statements from library employees were sent to Blank Slate Media by a public relations firm representing the library. Ellen Majorana, who has worked as Gough’s administrative assistant for nearly seven years, wrote that she had “never, ever heard Maggie use any racial slurs or insensitive remarks.” “On the contrary, I find her to be totally inclusive and she has worked very hard to bring in programs, books and other materials that support our diContinued on Page 60


Manhasset Public Library Director Maggie Gough, pictured at a June 2019 meeting, is being defended by employees after accusations that she made comments perceived as racist at a violin recital held at the library.

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Buckley addition won’t add students $5 million capital campaign would include classrooms, parking spots BY R O S E W E L D ON Buckley Country Day school’s application for a $5 million capital project that will include a parking lot renovation, dining hall expansion, addition to the headmaster’s house and six new classrooms foresees no change in enrollment. The project had been in development for two years, Headmaster Jean-Marc Juhel said at a February 2019 Board of Trustees meeting in the Village of North Hills. A public hearing on the plan, which has been revised, was to be held on Wednesday after being postponed from March 2019. “We created a master plan for what we needed to do to enhance the quality of the programs here, the quality of the experience of the students and to enhance traffic,” Juhel said at the meeting last year. Plans obtained from the Village of North Hills through a Freedom of Information Law request say that while the number of parking spaces would be increased from 120 to 317, proposed enrollment would remain

to be able to enjoy this beautiful location that we’re in without having to worry about cars.” A dining hall and six new classrooms for the performing arts and language departments will also be built, as per the original plans. Additions to the original site plans include a proposed garage and equipment storage building, and a black aluminum fence around the perimeter of the school’s property. The additional classrooms would reinforce Buckley’s commitment to foreign language and performing arts programming, Juhel said. The school’s support for the project will come from alumni and parents, the headmaster said, and the school’s endowment will receive part of the $5 million, according to the camPHOTO COURTESY OF BUCKLEY COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL paign’s webpage. “They gave us a preliminary site plan and that’s where we’ll A rendering of the proposed renovated parking lot at Buckley Country Day School. start the public hearing,” North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss said the same. headmaster said last year, is to “Our youngest children are last year. Buckley Country Day School The intention behind the beautify the campus and make 2 1/2 and our oldest are 14,” parking lot renovation, the it safer for pedestrians. Juhel said. “I really want them was unavailable for comment.

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Leaders push for action at Dr. King event Pastor calls for congregants to remain ‘maladjusted’ to injustice in Great Neck sermon BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Religious leaders delivered a message of resilience at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. service at St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Neck on Sunday afternoon, urging congregants to continue pursuing the vision of the late civil rights leader. More than two dozen people attended the service, an annual tradition for more than 30 years, joining together in song and prayer. Speakers said that Kings message and example are particularly relevant today as the nation continues to confront poverty, war, and rising bigotry. The Rev. Kathleen Edwards of St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church said King continues to inspire millions through his example of civil disobedience, nonviolent resistance, patience and persistence to “rise above themselves and to realize that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” “He taught us we do not have the privilege to be indifferent to the suffering and persecu-

Greenport and a guest speaker, said that congregants would be “mistaken” if they thought King’s dream of freedom, equality and justice for all had come to fruition. The list of issues is long, she said: housing, healthcare accessibility, people living below poverty level, militarism, failed immigration policy, violence, and police and communities being at odds – to name a few. “But I think Dr. King would tell us that we may be far from the dream becoming a reality, but he would tell us it’s not an impossibility. It can still be done,” Wimberly said. “It can still be accomplished.” “It would be accomplished doing what he calls to in his famous speech the American Dream,” Wimberly continued, “if we agree to be maladjusted.” PHOTO BY JANELLE CLAUSEN Rabbi Michael Klayman, Great Neck Clergy Association The Rev. Natalie Wimberly of Clinton Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church called on congregants to president and senior rabbi of remain “maladjusted” in the face of continued injustice in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Lake Success Jewish Center, recalled Rabbi Abraham Joshua Herschel’s introduction of King tion of our brothers and sisters, wards said. a senior pastor of Clinton Me- during the 68th Annual Conven[God’s] sons and daughters,” EdThe Rev. Natalie Wimberly, morial A.M.E. Zion Church in Continued on Page 12

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County recovers $710K lost in scam Funds were lost, then recovered in cyberattack against comptroller’s office in Oct. BY R OB E RT PE L A E Z

Nassau County recovered $710,000 in payments made by the comptroller’s office to scammers impersonating a county vendor, according to county officials. Controls that were implemented at the county’s bank identified fraudulent activity taking place, according to a news release from County Comptroller Jack Schnirman. An investigation was then coordinated between the Nassau County Police Department, the district attorney’s office, the treasurer’s office and the comptroller’s office. “In the digital age, cyber-attacks target municipalities throughout the country, costing taxpayers and residents millions of dollars,” Schnirman said. “This malicious attempted cyber-crime was thwarted, and taxpayers were protected due to the efforts of this coordinated investigation.” At a news conference on Friday, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said everyone has to be mindful of the growing number of cyberattacks across the country. “Many times we talk about the scams on our elderly, how they can get fooled, but government can become a victim too,” Ryder said. “If it weren’t for the co-


Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder announced the recovery of $710,000 the comptroller’s office lost from a cyberattack. ordinated effort and initial contact from the comptroller’s office, the money may not have been recovered because it moves quickly.” According to Ryder, officials from the comptroller’s office contacted the police on Oct. 25 and reported the fraudulent activity.

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County joins Climate Smart program BY R OB E RT PE L A E Z Nassau County is the newest participant in the state’s Climate Smart Communities Program after legislation was signed by County Executive Laura Curran last Tuesday.

Curran was joined by state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, Deputy County Executive Adrienne Esposito and climate change activists to announce the county’s participation in the program at Nickerson Beach. “It is our responsibility to protect our Continued on Page 52


Nassau County Executive Laura Curran signed legislation that deemed the county as a Climate Smart Community last Tuesday.

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Curran calls for changes to bail reform BY R OB E RT PELAEZ Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has called for changes to the state’s bail reform law that was implemented on Jan. 1. The law, passed in April, eliminated pretrial detention and optional cash bail in an estimated 90 percent of cases. If properly implemented, a conservative estimate of the legislation’s impact projects a 40 percent reduction overall in the state’s pretrial jail population, saving taxpayers money. In an op-ed article in The Daily News last week, Curran addressed a pair of viewpoints that she said have “dominated” recent discussion of the statewide bail reform. “The first is that

criminal justice reform is long overdue, and the second is that the reforms passed went too far too fast,” Curran wrote. “I agree with both of these views and believe we owe the residents we serve immediate changes to the law to better protect them.” According to county officials, more than 175 people accused of misde-

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LIJ inaugurates ‘black box’ tech on L.I. BY R OB E RT PE L A E Z Northwell Health is putting cuttingedge “black box” technology in operating rooms to enhance the safety and wellbeing of patients. Operating rooms in Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park will be the first in the nation to use a technology called OR Black Box, according to a news release from Northwell. The technology, consisting of video cameras and microphones, monitors various activities and machines in the operating room and produces data that gives medical professionals more insight into how a patient’s surgical experience can be improved. “I think it is very innovative for Northwell to be the first health system in the United States to use this technology,” said Dr. Mark Jarrett, Northwell senior vice president. “The OR Black Boxes enables surgical teams to learn, minimize risk and improve care. It is a proactive approach to improving safety and replicating favorable practices.” OR Black Box was created by the Canadian medical technology start-up company Surgical Safety Technologies. The Black Box has been used by surgeons in Canada and Europe for the past two years. The inventor of the OR Black Box said the technology has come a long way since the first prototype was developed in 2014. “I’m absolutely convinced that this will change the way we practice surgery and bring a level of openness, transparency and accountability,” said the OR


Northwell’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation to use OR Black Box technology. Black Box inventor, Dr. Teodor Grantcharov. “No one would question the value and the impact the black box has made in the aviation industry.” Much like a flight data recorder, which uses recorded data from a variety of aircraft sensors to analyze specific aircraft performance parameters, the black box gathers data to analyze a surgical

procedure. Once recorded, the data gets synchronized and reconstructed for examination to discover what improvements can be made. While the technology can pick up the buzz of a cellphone, it is not invasive in regard to a patient’s health or medical history. “The OR is the one place that nobody

has ever really studied well. Yet, we know that surgical cases can be very complex and risky,” Jarrett said. “The data collected is all secure, and the names of the patients, surgeons and all the individual cases are not identified, so everybody’s privacy is protected.” Dr. Louis Kavoussi, the urology chair at Northwell, was the first Northwell surgeon to use the technology. Kavoussi praised the advanced technology as helping Northwell and soon other hospitals prioritize patient safety more going forward. “I think this technology is important because it begins to dissect out potential issues that can adversely affect patient outcomes in the operating room – and the operating room itself has been a black box,” Kavoussi said. “This is an opportunity to start analyzing what happens in the operating room to see if there are ways of improving patient outcomes further.” Kavoussi, who has been practicing in the medical field for almost 30 years, said that the technology has aided him in perfecting his operations and warding off potential hazards to patients. “When I was a resident, I used to look at my own surgeries on VHS tapes and I realized there were so many things that I could have done better,” Kavoussi said. “That’s when I realized that we need a better system of providing feedback that could help us critically reflect on our performance. Because this is the only way we can improve.” Northwell said it is preparing to expand OR Black Box use at other hospitals in its system.

Thousands march against anti-Semitism BY R OB E RT PE L A E Z More than 150 elected officials and 2,500 Long Island residents marched to take a stand against anti-Semitism on Sunday. “We organized this march to send a clear message in one voice: Long Islanders of all faiths and backgrounds stand united with our Jewish community and against anti-Semitism,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said. “We are all together as human beings to say, there is no room for hate here on our beautiful island.” Many interfaith leaders and community activists took part in the march, which began at the intersection of County Seat Drive and 11th Street in Mineola. Along with Curran, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone helped organize the event. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, state Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-Great Neck), Assemblyman Chuck Lavine (D-Glen Cove), and U.S. Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) and Peter King (R-Seaford) participated. Schumer tweeted, “We must work to-

gether to stand up to anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hatred. I am so proud to stand with everyone at the Long Island March Against Anti-Semitism.” Representatives and members of 12 Chabad institutions, 12 churches, nine temples and seven synagogues attended the march along with hundreds of other Long Islanders. They marched down County Seat Drive and ended up at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building on Franklin Avenue. The event was one of the initial actions taken by the islandwide task force that was established in December as a

Thomas allegedly stabbed and seriously injured five people during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York, according to officials. “It’s crucial that we all stand up to hate, no matter where it occurs,” Chabad of Mineola Rabbi Perl Anchelle said. “Sending a united front against hate, we can send the message that anti-Semitism, bigotry and hate symbols of all kinds have no place in our community.” Suozzi, King and Rice were integral in drafting and sending a letter to national security officials asking them to investigate potential acts by foreign adversaries to cause civil unrest in the wake PHOTO BY ROBERT PELAEZ

Over 2,500 Long Island residents attended Sunday’s march against antiSemitism. result of anti-Semitic attacks against the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove. Graffiti outside the center depicted one swastika spray-painted in red on a tree, and another on a rock accompanied by the name “Tommy.” Two weeks later, 37-year-old Grafton

of recent anti-Semitic acts. The letter cited a recent FBI study that found that hate crimes increased by 17 percent from 2016 to 2017. According to the study, anti-Semitic crimes increased by 37 percent in 2017 and attacks motivated by racial or ethnic prejudice doubled.

At the march, New York State Attorney General Leticia James said that hateful actions do not belong in society and that they must be stopped, regardless of race or religion. “It was Jewish storekeepers who allowed black people not to go to the back door, but through the front door, and it was the blood of Jewish people that died for my freedom and your freedom,” James said. “We stand together in love and recognizing that hate will not be tolerated in Long Island or anywhere in the states.” James mentioned the importance of combating all forms of hatred across the county, state, and nation by joining forces and the need to put aside differences for the greater good. “It’s critically important that we all understand that an attack against one of us is an attack against all of us,” James said. “I want to live in a world where we can respect one another. I want to live in a world where we can all understand love, and that love will triumph over hate. I want to live in a world where we don’t see our differences, and we celebrate our diversity.”

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Diocese starts bid to bolster schools BY R OB E RT PE L A E Z Facing declining enrollment, the Diocese of Rockville Centre has begun an effort to revitalize education and strengthen scholarship funds in Roman Catholic elementary schools on Long Island. Bishop John Barres announced on Friday that the diocese will partner with the Marianists to complete a comprehensive review of education in 39 elementary schools the diocese oversees. The project will be known as the Morning Star Initiative. Barres, who called the situation “critical,” said enrollment had fallen to just over 11,000 from 25,000 in 1999. The diocese has been forced to close 14 schools since the beginning of the century. “The core of this initiative is to foster the educational and spiritual development of our students,” Barres said. “We owe it to our parents, families, teachers, parishes, alumni and communities to provide a robust, evangelizing Catholic education for Long Island children.” The Marianist Brothers have been involved in Catholic education for 200 years. On Long Island they have operated Chaminade High School, Kellenberg Memorial High School, the Brother Joseph C. Fox Latin School and St. Martin de Porres Marianist Elementary School. The diocese asked Marianist Brother Thomas Cleary, who is the president of Chaminade High School in Mineola, to serve as the initiative’s chief revitalization officer. According to Barres, Cleary will work alongside fellow Marianists and seek feedback and ideas from students, parents, teachers, administrators, priests, parish leaders and community supporters to gain a full spectrum of opinion on what changes are necessary. “As a religious order dedicated to providing faith-based education, we are

committed to a strong and sustainable experience and one that promotes a powerful Catholic culture and identity,” Cleary said. “In the coming year, the Marianists look forward to leading the Morning Star Initiative team on a full review of each Catholic elementary school and making thoughtful recommendations on how they will not only survive, but thrive, in the years ahead.” According to Barres, the Morning Star Initiative will establish four pillars to renew and transform Catholic education in Long Island elementary schools. Barres said the pillars are to integrate a robustly Catholic culture, safe and supportive communities, academic excellence and a sense that the schools are here to stay to meet the changing needs of the community. The initiative will also seek to strengthen the diocese’s Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, which provides scholarship and program funding for students and schools. Sean Dolan, director of communications for the diocese, said, “The Morning Star working group will develop an action plan based on site visits to all elementary schools, review of academic, operational and financial data and input from the community.” The input will be gathered through a series of surveys and working group meetings that have not yet been scheduled, according to Dolan. “We are in the very early stages of this effort and significant analysis is required to determine what if/any investments are required,” Dolan said. “The source of funding will be determined once we understand the level of investment that is required.” The diocese said in a news release that it did not intend to close or consolidate any more schools in this school year.

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Continued from Page 4 tion of the Rabbinical Assembly of America in 1968. In that introduction, Herschel had described an America with “districts of despair” living in the shadows of affluent cities. He then described King as “a sign that God has not forsaken the United States” and the “hope of America.” Klayman said he thought about Herschel’s words as assaults against Jewish people have risen. “And I thought about the passionate and irrepressible voice of Dr. King, who would be speaking out against the evils of anti-Semitism just as he spoke about the evils of racism, poverty and indifference,” Klayman said. “And I miss the era that together these two remarkable people, an African-American reverend and a rabbi from Eastern Europe, reminded our nation that pursuing justice, equality and dignity demanded actions beyond mere words.” The Rev. Natalie Fenimore, a minister at the Unitarian Universalist Con-

gregation at Shelter Rock, said many people’s lives have been “scarred” by forces like racism, anti-Semitism, poverty, homelessness, need and want. But, Fenimore said, the walls dividing people are “artificial” and the “strength of God can break them all down.” “We know that deep within us, if we stand together in love, we can eradicate these evil things which cause us pain and suffering,” Fenimore said in delivering a prayer for unity. Rabbi Robert Widom of Temple Emanuel said King was a model, having given his life and voice to the pursuit of justice and love. Now the nation faces a rising tide of extremism and bigotry, he said, and people must “work beyond the words and stand up to it all.” “We may be few in number, but we have in us the strength to push back the walls of darkness,” Widom said. “That’s a task for each and every one of us.”




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Events at the Elmont Library Brennan named Jan. 16-22, 2020 Movies are shown every Tuesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Elmont Library Theatre.Enjoy some of the most recent movies as well as beloved classics. Check out the library’s website for movie listings or come into the Library for their month flyer. Movies are free and open to the public. No tickets or registration is required. Understanding Your Income Tax with Livingstone Young, EA, NTPI Fellow Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m. This presentation will take you through Form 1040 line by line and explain the associated forms and how they are developed. Various filing

status and how to determine standard deductions versus itemized deductions and how to arrive at allowable dependent exemption and credits. A comparison of the changes under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act will be explained. Tax consequences on retirement distributions and social security will also be discussed. Questions will be addressed. How to Protect Yourself from Telemarketers & Scams with Ray Kerr Friday, Jan. 17, 12:30 p.m. This program covers the inside world of telemarketing and how to protect yourself from local and international marketers.

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now! MLK is Still the Way! With Jerome “City” Smith & the City Sounds Music Ensemble Monday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m. Celebrate the birthday of the extraordinary Dr. King with the sounds of Motown. The Library is closed but the Theatre is open for this special event! This live event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required. Please note that all dates, times and events are subject to change. Submitted by the Elmont Memorial Library


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Dr. Christina Brennan, vice president of clinical research at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. Brennan will serve in this role for a two-year term, beginning this month. ACRP is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that supports clinical research professionals and offers tools for its 13,000 members through eLearning to develop skills and improve operations. It hosts webinars to keep clinical researchers updated on regulatory developments, industry trends and best practices. ACRP also serves as a career resource for job opportunities and maintains an online community to connect with peers. “I am delighted to have been elected as an ACRP board of trustees member,” said Brennan. “I have been a member of the organization for over 15 years. I believe in the mission of ACRP and I am honored to represent the members.” Brennan has more than 19 years of extensive clinical research experience, including over 15 years in management roles. Under her leadership, 375 active clinical trials are conducted each year at the Feinstein Institutes. She supports nearly 400 clinical investigators and their research delegates. “Dr. Brennan’s outstanding clinical research expertise and leadership promises to be a major asset to the Association of Clinical Research Professionals through her role on the Board of Trustees,” said Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institutes.

Christina Brennan, MD, MBA, appointed to Association of Clinical Research Professionals board. Brennan is the immediate past president of ACRP’s New York Metropolitan Chapter and is an active member of the Clinical Trial Transformation Initiative with Duke University and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Brennan also serves on the oncology advisory board with the Society for Clinical Research Sites and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has authored numerous textbook chapters, co-authored over 25 manuscripts and abstracts. Brennan is an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University, where she teaches a clinical trials and research management class for the Masters of Science, biotechnology and entrepreneurship program. She has been an invited guest speaker at various scientific and research conferences and will be presenting at the Crown Congress (Clinical Research & Operations Worldwide Networking) in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 21-23, where Brennan will speak on diversity in clinical trials.

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We must respond to climate change


ov. Andrew Cuomo’s call last week for a $3 billion bond to help fund habitat restoration and flood reduction may not have received as much notice as other items in his agenda starting with a renewed call for legalizing adult use of marijuana. And with New York facing a $6 billion deficit next year, some may wonder where he – meaning you, the taxpayer – will get the money. In this case, the public will decide in a referendum on the bond in November. But make no mistake: the money is needed. The latest reminder of this painfully obvious fact comes in Australia where at least 27 people have been killed asbushfires have burned more than 12 million acres — an area approximately the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. The fires have also devastated Australia’s unique wildlife with an estimated one billion animals feared dead. This is just the latest in a long series of events across the world that can be tied directly or indirectly to climate change. Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a strong defender of oil and coal interests in his country, expressed regret about the fires but repeated that economic concerns would still play a key role in climate policies. Sound familiar? So Cuomo’s call for investing in environmental restoration merely reflects reality – notwithstanding the denials of President Donald Trump, almost every Republican in national office and Fox News. “Scientists attribute the global

warming trend observed since the mid-20th century to the human expansion of the ‘greenhouse effect’ — warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space.” Who says? Well, that last quote belongs to the NASA website. The fact is that the impact of climate change is acknowledged across the federal government with the exception of Trump, his executive branch appointees and Republicans in Congress. Just check the federal government’s budget starting with the Pentagon. The Navy cannot afford to be ideological in responding to the threat posed by rising seas to its bases. And the entire military is already planning how to combat a refugee crisis caused by climate change that could dwarf what happened in recent years in Syria. Cuomo made a good case for a response by New York in his State of the State Book. “Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee provided dramatic evidence of the threats New Yorkers face,” the book states. “Since 2011, every county in New York has experienced at least two weatherrelated disaster declarations, and more than half have suffered five or more disasters. The Federal and State governments have spent more than $26 billion in responding to these disasters. Scientists estimate that flooding will cause more than $50 billion in damage in New York over the next decade.” Cuomo’s plan for the $3 billion he seeks would greatly benefit Long Island. It would restore wetlands, reclaim floodplains, add four artificial reefs off Long Island, plant 200 million oysters and


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The bill was unanimously passed by the County Legislature in December. Along with lowering greenhouse emissions, the county vows to decrease energy usage, promote reuse and recycling of materials, enhance community resilience to impacts of climate change such as sea-level rise, and evolve a climate action research program to incorporate new ideas and initiatives. The state of New York and Nassau County are faced with many challenges. And many cost money at a time when their budgets are stretched. But this is one challenge that simply cannot be ignored because in the end we will pay one way or another.

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change. This effort includes the installation of solar, wind and storage capacity. Cuomo’s plan also calls for at least 1,000 megawatts of offshore wind and an upgrade of a transmission line to bring renewable energy downstate. Nassau County joined the effort last week by becoming the newest participant in the state’s Climate Smart Communities Program after legislation was signed by County Executive Laura Curran. The Climate Smart Communities program began in 2009 as a state initiative focused on encouraging local governments to find ways to be more conscious of climate change.


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t was a race nobody thought she could win. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, Laura Gillen, the Democratic candidate for supervisor in the Town of Hempstead, upset the Republican incumbent, Anthony Santino. Although Santino outspent Gillen by a margin of about 8-1, Gillen rode the wave of antiTrump public sentiment. Receiving over 80,000 votes, she won handily, with the margin of victory greater than 2200. The newly elected Gillen was the first Democratic supervisor for the Town of Hempstead in over 100 years. With a population of over 775,000, Hempstead is the largest town in America, and Supervisor Gillen came into office with a full agenda to make the town a better place for its residents.

However, because the Republican-dominated Town Board held five of the seven council seats, everyone knew this would be an uphill battle. In town government in New York State, the supervisor is thought of as a kind of CEO. She sets the agenda for board meetings, and she proposes a budget. However, her vote counts the same as every other councilperson. In other words, for anything to be accomplished in the Town of Hempstead, you need a majority vote. (There was one lone Democratic Councilperson on the council, Democratic Minority Leader Dorothy Goosby. However, Ms. Goosby often votes with the Republican majority.) Immediately after Election Day in 2017, Supervisor-Elect Gillen put together a transition team. She filled her staff with competent professionals who

ADAM HABER All Things Political were excited to create positive change. I was excited as well: Supervisor Gillen asked me to be her deputy chief of staff of Economic Development and Government Efficiency. I have an extensive background in finance, real estate, and venture capital. I have government experience as a former

director of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a three-term Roslyn School Board member, and a former candidate for Nassau county executive and the state Senate. With my decades of experience in the private and public sectors, I was optimistic, believing that most people in government would do what’s best for their constituents. Our efforts would be blocked at every turn. Off to a Bad Start On Dec 12, 2017, just before Gillen took office, outgoing Supervisor Anthony Santino, through a 4-3 vote by the town board, approved promotions, raises, and transfers to 192 Town of Hempstead Republican loyalist employees. At the same time, the town board voted to protect these 192 employees: they could not be fired for budgetary reasons,

only for misconduct or gross incompetence. If that weren’t bad enough, the Nassau County Republican leadership then rewarded Santino with a cushy job at the Nassau County Board of Elections, with a salary of $160,000 per year. After taking office, Supervisor Gillen sued Anthony Santino and all members of the town board, asking a judge to reverse the decisions that left her fiscally handcuffed. Ultimately, the judge ruled the no-layoff clause null and void, because Santino and fellow Board Member Anthony D’Esposito had awarded some of the 192 jobs to their relatives. As you might expect, the Republican town board majority was furious. Adam Haber is the former deputy chief of staff of Economic Development and Government Efficiency, Town of Hempstead


Spring cleaning came early this year


omething’s been going on in my home that no one would ever have bet on… least of all me. It’s unprecedented. Wild. An upheaval, in fact. I am cleaning house! I am upending laundry hampers and baskets; turning duffel bags inside out; clearing out closets and dumping out dresser drawers. I am even — take a steadying breath — making piles of stuff to donate or otherwise get rid of! Why all the furor? Well, it boils down to the same two things that are at the root of nearly every change in my life. To use terminology borrowed from that great work of literature, “The Cat In The Hat,” it’s all thanks to Thing One and Thing Two. Thing One — my firstborn — was also the first to return to his university apartment after visiting his dad and me over the holiday break. No sooner had he arrived back there than he texted me: “Mom, could you look in my room? I can’t find

my multicolor, vertical-striped sweater.” I remembered the sweater because I remember wondering why skinny tall guys get all the vertical stripes. I looked for it in his room. I looked in his laundry hamper. I looked in his closet, and under his bed. No luck. I texted him the bad news. “Have you checked the coat pile by the front door?” Ah, so he noticed that. Yes, I used to hang up every coat and jacket, but they just fell off their hangers every time I wrestled anything out of the hall closet, or jammed anything back in; so I gave up and just kept a pile of outerwear draped artistically over a table near the door. But to humor my child, this time I borrowed hangers from everywhere else in the house and hung every single thing up. Alas, no sweater lurking anywhere in the pile. Then I checked inside the coats already hanging, just to make sure nothing was hiding inside a coat, sharing its hanger. Nope. I began to feel like a prison


A Look on the Lighter Side warden. I insisted on emptying every laundry bag going into or out of the basement. I even checked INSIDE the washing machine and dryer, though each of them had an undisturbed layer of dust on top. I checked every laundry basket in the house, including my own. I checked my own dirty sock pile. Then a glimmer of hope: Two sweaters had fallen down, between Thing One’s dresser and his clothes hamper. I took

a picture of each with my cell phone and sent them to him with a query: This one? This one? No and no. Darn it! Then Thing Two — the younger brother — got into the act. From his new apartment, he texted me, “Have you seen my winter gloves and scarf? I can’t find them.” I went into overdrive. I can’t expect my child to go through what might still be a brutal winter without gloves! I checked every suitcase in the house, full or empty, even those leftover from my trip to Israel. I checked under every bed and sofa. I found a lot of spiders — big ones, cranky at being disturbed — but no sweaters. I even went out to the garage, to see if the missing items had mistakenly found their way into the “give to some charity” piles. Finally, I remembered that there was a laundry hamper in the back room, little used since

the bygone days of muddy boys coming into dinner. Maybe in an absent-minded moment, I had stuffed something in there? There were no sweaters or winter gloves. What I did find, to my chagrin, were a set of sheets — balled up and waiting to be washed — that I had accused Thing Two of losing, some time ago, at college. I sheepishly smuggled them downstairs to be washed before anyone saw them. When I came back upstairs, I heard my husband talking to someone on the phone. Did we have company? “Excellent work,” he was saying to somebody. “She’s straightened up every pocket of chaos in the house!” There was a pause, then he said, “Oh, you can wear the sweater — just don’t let there be any pictures of it on Facebook. And tell your brother the same with his gloves and scarf: Out of sight till you can get back here and pretend to ‘find’ it all. Oh, and to the both of you: Thanks! I owe you.”

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Governor Cuomo’s fiscal mess


he United States economy is booming, unemployment is at its lowest level in over half a century, and the stock market in 2019 had its strongest gains in a decade. Yet, despite all this good economic news, which has translated into more tax revenue in New York State’s coffers, Gov. Cuomo’s budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 that begins on April 1, is projected to have a $6 billion deficit, about 6% of the $102 billion operating budget. What’s the cause of this huge unbalance? According to David Friedel of the Citizens Budget Commission, it’s “really a spending issue.” Revenues, he noted, “are coming in pretty much as expected. Running up deficits appears to run in the Cuomo family. During Governor Mario Cuomo’s first 10 years in office (1982-1991), his budgets, which grew above the inflation rate from $20 billion to $36 billion, incurred deficits in nine of those years. The state’s accumulated deficit during that period grew from $2.9 billion to $6.2 billion. To give the appearance of bal-

ancing recent budgets, Andrew Cuomo has been employing the same fiscal gimmicks his father did including raiding surpluses from various government funds and pushing shortfalls into future budgets. For example, Cuomo, in March 2019, quietly postponed a month’s worth of Medicaid payments by shifting $1.7 billion in spending into the next fiscal year. He also raided the state’s mortgage insurance fund and delayed repayments to the New York Power Authority and shifted other expenses off-budget. One year earlier, he shifted $435 million of 2018 expenses into 2019’s budget. This is Mario Cuomo redux. Sadly, the present Cuomo administration is publicly defending their fiscal “blue smoke and mirror” antics. On Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, The New York Times reported, “State budget officials said delaying payments was a common book-balancing practice. In fact, they plan to do it again to offset next year’s shortfall….” Delaying payments is not “a common practice,” it’s accounting chicanery.

GEORGE J. MARLIN On The Right It was this kind of deceptive bookkeeping that brought New York City to the edge of bankruptcy in 1975 and Nassau County in 1999. What’s driving the state’s deficit? Medicaid. Not only is Medicaid’s cost per recipient 50% higher than the average of the nation’s fifty states, Newsday reported that experts say “its oversight and financial control … are among the worst.” A U.S. Health and Human Services Department analysis concluded that as many as 15% of Medicaid recipients are not properly en-

rolled. As a result, the Cuomo administration admitted in December 2019 that the Medicaid program “is running over budget by an astonishing 16 percent, or $4 billion, even though enrollment is flat and medical inflation is at historic lows.” Other reasons for cost overruns: When fighting off a primary challenge in 2018, Cuomo promised Medicaid providers they would be reimbursed for increased costs due to the minimum wage hike. The Empire Center for Public Policy has reported that the cost of Cuomo’s campaign promise is projected to be $3 billion. Also, Cuomo helped two of the top donors to his campaign treasure chest, the Greater New York Hospital Association and Local 1199, by ordering several hundreds of million dollars in additional funding for hospitals and nursing homes. And what is the reaction of Albany’s power brokers to the Medicaid crisis? Gov. Cuomo dismissed it. “It’s nothing we haven’t addressed before,” he said.

And then he went on to blame (as he does most of his fiscal woes) the Trump administration for allegedly reducing Medicaid payments. However, Moody’s, the credit rating agency, disagreed. It “blamed the rising deficit on actions by the Cuomo administration and the Legislature.” As for the state Legislature, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced that his Democratic conference would consider raising taxes to resolve the crisis. “For us in the Assembly,” he said, “we always believe in raising revenues.” Yup; raising taxes ad infinitum on people who already shoulder the highest tax burden in the nation, is the progressive answer to all the fiscal problems of state and local governments. This tax and spend mentality help explain why 1.4 million people have fled the Empire State since 2010. In 2020, don’t be surprised if the Democrats, who have ironclad control of Albany, continue their fiscal conjuring to mask the real costs of their radical ideological agenda.


One drop in 20 swimming pools


here is a lot of talk today about chemicals and their health risks, especially those that are ubiquitous in our everyday lives. Potentially harmful chemicals are found in our water and air, in our food, in our personal care products, in our children’s toys, in our laundry detergents, and even in our cars. Recent news has highlighted this last example. Chemicals that are responsible for that coveted “new car smell” have been found at levels up to 10 times the regulatory limits established by many countries. That smell is generated by volatile organic compounds, chemicals released as gases by the materials that make up dashboards, carpeting, seat covers and other interior car components. Additional chemicals common in car interiors include bromine and antimony, as well as chromium which is used in the leather tanning process. “Automobiles function as chemical reactors, creating one of the most hazardous environments

we spend time in,” says Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center. In China, new rules could put an end to this worrisome problem. It appears that Chinese citizens are expressing concern over the toxicity of the chemicals that compromise the air quality in their cars, making it a top priority for the industry, beating concerns over excessive fuel consumption. In response, Ford has submitted a new method for eliminating the new car smell to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which literally “bakes” it out of the vehicle. Other automakers have been switching to less toxic materials, such as soy for interior finishes and no-VOC adhesives. This is a great example of educated consumers driving the industry to do better. But what about all those chemicals that don’t smell and we can’t easily detect? For those product categories that are required by law to disclose chemical ingredients, we at

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least have the option of doing a little research to make educated choices. And Californians have Proposition 65, a law passed in 1986 which dictates that manufacturers of products that contain chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm must provide a warning to the public through labeling, signage or public notices. Proposition 65 also requires the state to publish and maintain an updated list of those chemicals, which number

almost 1,000 to date and include chemicals found in pesticides, food, drugs, solvents and a range of common household products, along with substances used or discharged by industry. New York has not yet passed a similar comprehensive law, instead of addressing individual chemicals or chemicals in children’s toys and products. The Child Safe Products Act, passed by the legislature last spring, has not been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. It would require the DEC to list banned chemicals in children’s products on its website and force manufacturers and retailers to remove the dangerous chemicals from toys and other kid’s products or take them off the market. New York industry leaders with deep pockets are fighting the bill, claiming it will put them at a competitive disadvantage. Darren Suarez of the Business Council of New York stated that “We’re talking about parts per trillion or billion. It’s just an ink drop in a milk

truck in terms of contamination.” Is he right that we shouldn’t worry? What about those chemicals in our environment that are so small that it takes very expensive and sophisticated testing devices to even know that they are there? It would seem that if they are so hard to detect, you shouldn’t have to worry about them. But scientists are telling us this isn’t the case. Some of the most problematic chemicals we encounter daily can be harmful in parts per billion and even parts per trillion. These include non-stick and water-repellent substances (PFCs), flame retardants (PBDEs), and bisphenols and phthalates, chemicals found in plastics and other products commonly used by consumers. Bisphenol A is likely in your body right now, as more than 90 percent of Americans have been tested positive for this chemical in their blood. We absorb it through our skin every time we touch a paper receipt or ingest it from can linings or plastic beverage bottles. Continued on Page 57

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Americans once led world in voting


oting is the critical key to any democracy. However, many historians (and most citizens) have no idea of the enormous extent by which Americans prevailed as voters prior to 1776. In her otherwise excellent new book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” Elaine Weiss repeats a major error that has discombobulated the understanding of how our political process developed. Weiss writes: “At the outset of our democratic experiment, ‘We the People’ really meant ‘We the White, Wealthy Men’ – no one else had a voice, or had a vote.” That view dominated textbooks for generations and was propounded by Charles Beard, one of the most acclaimed historians of all time. Beard argued that colonial American society and the U.S. Constitution were undemocratic. They were dominated by aristocratic elites who used undemocratic methods in a society that was inherently undemocratic. At the core of Beard’s judgment was the ease, with which, a small number of voters could be dominated. His voluminous and influential writings caused generations to regard early America as a profound class struggle, because “only six percent of the population voted in elections.” Beard’s statistic was misleading because voter turnout was more accurately gauged in terms of the adult white men (20 percent of society). So six percent of this 20, shows that 30 percent actually vot-

ed. In the decades leading to 1776, only 10 percent of the adult white men qualified to vote in England (most nations in the 17th and 18th centuries did not have representative governments, hence no voting at all). The striking contrast was that 70 to 95 percent of adult white men qualified to vote in America prior to 1776, depending on the colony in which they resided. British leaders never adequately recognized the emerging power of people in the colonies, and, especially, the popularization of politics that fueled the American Revolution. “Salutary Neglect” was England’s term to describe benefitting from the colonies with the least oversight and costs, but this approach missed how much the colonists were also advancing. Americans literally achieved a revolution in citizens’ voting through a plethora of circumstances and developments – some were accidental, some due to geography, and others were due to the ways power was exercised. Americans never ceased to strive for expanding the definition and power of the people. In his magisterial study, “The Age of Democratic Revolutions,” R.R. Palmer concludes that the single key factor in the American Revolution (and key legacy for other nations) was “the people as the constituent power.” This notable principle of government by the people has been examined and expanded several times throughout our history, as it well should be.

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field How the voting population advanced prior to 1776 begins with an absence of British overall authority and the privatizing of colonies established by joint-stock companies and their investors. By the time Parliament sought deeper control, every colony had its own Assembly and had expanded voters way beyond anything known in England or elsewhere in the world. The key basic factor was that the companies in charge of individual colonies found it challenging to attract settlers. [Would you be eager to take an 8-week sailing vessel trip to a primitive land in the 1700s?] As an inducement to attract people, and to retain settlers who had arrived, various incentives were provided. Sometimes land, sometimes religious toleration, but also a chance to shape policies for the particular colony in emerging representative bodies (called “Assembly” in most; the House of Burgesses in Virginia, begun in 1619). Initially, such participation of

settlers (now voters) was intended to be limited with the council of stockholders and executives expected to have shaping power. However, not many stockholders came 3,000 miles to run the colonies, and numbers began to count as the locals sought and achieved expanded policy-making roles. A different dimension of this situation emerged as the British government revoked privatization and took over nine of the 13 colonies, but by that time Assemblies (backed by extensive voters) had acquired growing power. The British sent royal governors (with more power than the King had in England) but they were an ocean away from their “Old World” support base, and in all the colonies the Assemblies used absence or deaths of governors to advance their power. Increasingly, the American assemblies regarded themselves as miniature models of the House of Commons, and as the King was challenged in England by that limited representative body, the American assemblies claimed the same rights for their far more representative assemblies. The key point is that seven-to-nine times as many Americans were eligible voters compared to the 10 percent British electorate. The huge unintended effect for voting was applying the same voting laws that had been used in England for centuries. Based on land ownership, these laws intentionally limited the suffrage to the adult white male British population who owned enough land to qualify (one of every 10 adult males).

One of my students remarked, decades ago, on an exam: “America was a land of land.” Because land ownership was rare in England, few qualified, but the exact same laws in the American context meant most adult white men could own enough land to become voters. Eventually, even those who had arrived in poverty as indentured servants acquired enough property to qualify as voters (including George Washington’s grandfather, as a recent book about his mother Mary shows). In “Common Sense” and other writings, Tom Paine called for universal adult manhood suffrage without land-owning from the British laws (or use of an American practice of tabulating an individual’s personal property as a gauge that he was a responsible stakeholder in the society). In his typical satirical fashion, Paine gave an illustration: “You require that a man must own $100 dollars of property or he cannot vote. Very well, take an illustration: today a man arrives to vote with his jackass who is worth $100 dollars, and the man casts his vote. The next day, alas, the jackass dies. When the man next comes to vote, he is told he cannot vote at all. Now, tell me: which was the voter, the man or the jackass?” The contagion of liberty that characterized the American Revolution not only expanded the uniqueness of American voters, but it also posed major, timeless concerns about the machinery of politics through which the suffrage was organized or manipulated.


Valentine’s Day, Women’s Honor Roll


f you’ve been reading my monthly column in this publication, you will already know that the responsibilities of the town clerk are extensive. What you may not know is that our office gets to host joyous events for the town, including the Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal and May W. Newburger Women’s Roll of Honor. The town’s Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal event is in its eleventh year. This event is hosted each year on Valentine’s Day for couples who have been married for many years. Most of the participants have been married for 40, 50, 60, or even 70 years or more! The day begins with a short program in which the couples renew their vows to one another. A luncheon follows the ceremony

and a complimentary champagne toast is included. Dessert is served once lunch is concluded. The Vow Renewal will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at Clinton G. Martin Park, located at 1601 New Hyde Park Road in New Hyde Park. Participants must be Town of North Hempstead residents married for a great length of time. Due to overwhelming demand and limited seating, please reserve a place in advance by contacting my office or the Town’s 311 Call Center. Payment is accepted by check in advance only. No payment will be received at the door the day of the event. Seating requests are honored for couples who wish to sit together. Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 7 to reserve your spot. Your


North Hempstead Town Clerk participation will help us commemorate the day for all who will be exchanging their vows. The Women’s Roll of Honor is in its 27th year. Named for former

Town Supervisor May W. Newburger (1994-2003), the Women’s Roll of Honor acknowledges the very best of our Town. The women we honor at this event are a large measure of what makes the Town of North Hempstead an amazing place to live, work and raise our families. They serve as role models not just for women but for all who they come in contact with and whose lives are enriched by what they do each and every day. Nominations made by friends, family and colleagues are received over a month-long period and reviewed by an anonymous, independent committee of past honorees. The honorees are announced at the end of February and pre-

sented with the awards at a breakfast held on the last Wednesday in March, Women’s History Month. This year, the event will take place at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at Harbor Links Golf Course. Do you know someone who deserves to be added to the Women’s Roll of Honor? Please nominate an extraordinary woman in the Town who, through public or private effort, has made a continuing difference and is deserving of recognition. Nominations are being accepted until Friday, Feb. 21. It is a great privilege to be able to plan such meaningful events for our town residents. Please join us as we pay tribute to our residents at either of these events.

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2020 women’s march more needed now It is disappointing that with all the recent protests – the 25,000 who marched over the Brooklyn Bridge against anti-Semitism, the thousands who turned out to Impeach Trump the week before, the 250,000 in New York and 7 million worldwide who turned out for Climate Action, the 20,000 who marched in New York to protest the cruel separation of migrant families – that there is absolutely no buzz about the upcoming Women’s March on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Washington DC, here in New York City (at Central Park West and 72nd Street, 11 am,, and cities around the country. It is unlikely they will re-create the 470,000 who marched on Washington and millions more around the world who turned out in 2017 in the largest single day of protest in history, vastly outnumbering those who came out the day before to watch Trump swear to uphold the Constitution and protect the nation against enemies foreign and domestic. But it is crucial that people turn out for 2020. There isn’t even the same buzz as for the 2018 march, so much more important because the protest was less about “converting” lawmakers, but mobilizing voter registration, inspiring women to run for elected office, and driving turnout in the November mid-terms. And they did in historic numbers, taking back the House which put the brakes to the extent possible on the

worst impulses of Trump and the Republicans. This is what is at stake if Trump wins in 2020 and sees himself as all-powerful. “I can do anything I want,” he said. “I’m the president.” In 2019, tens of thousands did march in New York City, calling for action on a Woman’s Agenda that encompasses everything from pay parity, paid parental leave and reproductive freedom, to immigration reform, gun violence prevention, climate action, criminal justice reform – in other words, the gamut of social, political, environmental and economic justice. So far, only 10,000 are expected to march in Washington D.C. on Saturday. Perhaps it is because of frustration that even after such dramatic turnouts, so little is achieved; lawmakers seem not to care a whit, after all, why should they, they win even when they defy the majority. And women’s issues wind up being surmounted and contorted to issues about race, Zionism, anti-Semitism. The Women’s March is about all these other BIG issues: war and peace (#NoWarWithIran), climate change, living wage, public education, health care, affordable pharmaceuticals, clean air and water, climate action, voting rights, gun safety, DACA and immigration reform. But at the heart of all of them is women’s reproductive rights, under


threat as never before by a radical right-wingers in Congress and on the courts determined to disregard law and precedent and overturn Roe v Wade (along with Obamacare) which is again before the Supreme Court (39 Republican Senators and 168 Republican Congressmen have signed an amicus brief to repeal Roe). Some 600,000 women lost birth control coverage last year because of the Trump Administration’s attacks on healthcare; funding for women’s health clinics has been eliminated and artificial barriers to their operation have forced many to close. The Hyde Amendment, banning federal funds to pay for abortions, effectively bans abortion for low-income women. Roe v Wade ruled that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an

abortion without excessive government restriction – in other words, it was built upon some extrapolation of privacy and property rights. It should have been decided based on the principle of equal protection. Overturning Roe v Wade would mean that women, unlike men, are not entitled to the same right to selfdetermination, to make their own judgments and choices for their health, their body, their family or their lives. And like all those other cases that Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued as the leading gender rights lawyer for the ACLU before becoming Supreme Court Justice, it would re-establish the systemic barriers to women (not men) to fulfill all their aspirations and abilities. It would essentially make women a slave of the state, forced to give up professional aspirations to care for a child, or spend inordinate amounts of money and resources on child care, put women into poverty because all of these social services are also being tied to work while doing nothing to make childcare affordable, taking away food stamps and school lunch. Roe v Wade is way more than mere reproductive freedom, it is about the whole system of gender injustice. Virginia, only recently in Democratic control, could be the 38th state to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which would make it the 28th amendment to the Constitution, though opponents are already challenging the legality, insist-

ing the votes by the other 37 states have expired, and we’ll have to go through this entire 60-year process all over again. We need to march to tamp down that opposition. Opponents argue there is no reason for an amendment that certifies the equal rights of all people. But based on the policies, laws and lawsuits at the federal and state level, an ERA is more necessary than ever, because as we have seen from the radical rightwing, anti-democratic Supreme Court, precedents like Roe v Wade, one-person, one-vote, or equal protection for all are fungible. Lately, the movie “On the Basis of Sex,” has been on cable tv, which should be such a stark reminder that not long ago women had no rights whatsoever. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued then, in the first case to recognize gender discrimination, when one of the judges said, “women” does not appear once in the Constitution, she retorted, “Neither does the word ‘freedom,’ your honor.” At the time, Ginsburg realized that she could not argue based on precedent, which for hundreds of years had ratified the inferior status of women, but argued for “a new precedent.” This is a crucial year for women to turn out, not allow the momentum of 2018 to be lost, but rev up for the 2020 election. So whip out those pink pussy hats and march for women’s rights on Saturday, January 18. March as if your ability to determine your own future is at stake.


Federal budget borrows from future


ongress passed a 2.6 percent salary increase for federal employees effective Jan. 1, 2020 as part of the recent $1.4 trillion spending package. This will fully fund the federal government until Sept. 30, 2020. It included increasing overall spending by another $50 billion. Then the President signed it into law. Based upon end of year personnel evaluations, they are also eligible for cash awards ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars or more. There is also a bonus in grade step increases rather than waiting for periodic automatic in grade step increases. These raise the base salary between one to two thousand dollars. They receive monthly transit checks to help pay for commuting by public transportation to work. This can average one to two hundred dollars monthly. They usually pay for weekly or monthly bus, subway or com-

muter rail tickets. These transit passes can be used after work evenings and weekends for nonwork related travel. Contrast all of the above with the meager 1.6 percent cost of living increases for retired federal employees enrolled in the old Civil Service Retirement or newer Federal Retirement systems along with millions more Americans on Social Security. The current COLA calculation for retired federal employees and those on Social Security fails to accurately measure seniors spending. In 2019, spending by seniors for health Insurance went up 18.6 percent. Many retired people in their 60s and 70s are taking care of parents, aunt, uncles, older brothers and sisters as more and more people are living into their 80s and 90s. Others serve as parents to grandchildren and foster kids. The 2020 COLA of 1.6 percent will be insufficient to keep up with various costs that have grown at a higher rate. Isn’t it only fair that

the Congress and president offer retired federal employees and those on Social Security the same cost of living increases as current federal employees? Something was alsomissingconcerninggiving federal employees 12 weeks paid parental leave. As usual, no one ever identifies how Uncle Sam will find $5.5 billion to pay for this new program. Like most entitlement programs, once approved, it will quickly growbybillions over coming years.Over time, twelve weeks will expandby many moreweeks. Washington currently carries $23.1 trillion in long term debt. This is anticipated to grow by $1 trillion per year over the next decade. Isn’t it time we consider pay as you go for any new spending? Within a $4 trillion-plus annual federal budget, why can’t the president and Congress agree on finding a $5.5 billion offset from another program to pay for family leave? Federal employees earn four

hours sick leave and four hours annual leave for every two week pay period. There are 26 pay periods per year. After working three years, annual leave grows to six hours every two week pay period. After working 15 years, annual leave grows to eight hours every two week pay period. Many federal employees are allowed to telecommute or work from home up to 4 days every two weeks. They can carry up to 240 hours annual and any amount of unused sick leave from one year to the next.Federal employees are allowed to donate annual leave to colleagues who face medical emergencies. Supervisors can advance employees’ future anticipated accrued leave within any calendar year. Unfortunately, employees are not allowed to donate accumulated sick leave. Why not introduce legislation allowing federal employees to donate both annual and sick leave to colleagues who have insufficient

accumulated leave time to remain on payroll during maternity leave? Why not ask employees who are planning on having a family deduct a small portion of their paycheck to fund a maternity leave program just as they do 401K retirement accounts? Both Democrats and Republicans in Washington remind me of J. Wellington Wimpy who famously said: “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Tuesday may never come for taxpayers who have to pay for all the goodies promised by today’s generation of federal elected officials from both parties within their lifetime. Sincerely, Larry Penner (Larry Penner is a transportation historian, advocate and writer who previously worked 31 years for the US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration) Letters Continued on Page 56

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Officials visit Caemmerer Park


From left are Council Member Peter Zuckerman; Parks Deputy Commissioner John Darcy; Parks Commissioner Arnyce Foster-Hernandez; and Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth look over the newly-paved parking lot. worth Avenue in Albertson, offers residents a lush green field in addition to a playground suited for children. A gazebo located within the playground area is the perfect way to relax. Caemmerer Park also has a restroom amenities and plenty of parking. Submitted by the Town of North Hempstead

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Council Member Peter Zuckerman stopped by John D. Caemmerer Park in Albertson to view the newly paved parking lot and new drainage structures that were part of the 2019 capital plan projects. The park, located on Went-

FCA receives $100K The Hearst Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Family and Children’s Association to support the Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op, a proven program providing short-term childcare and case management for parents seeking to improve their individual and family circumstances. The Hearst Foundation grant will enable the Nursery Co-Op to continue its program operations and continue changing the lives of little ones and their families. The grant will make a significant difference for the program as the Nursery Co-Op relies solely on fundraised dollars. “We know that FCA is impacting the lives of those it serves,” said George Irish, Eastern Director of the Hearst Foundation. “And by expanding the operating hours and days of the Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-op more will benefit from this valuable service.”

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Don Holden, FCA’s Chief Development Officer, commented, “Thank you to all at the Hearst Foundation for supporting the families who utilize the services that FCA provides at the Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op. You have brightened many lives with your kindness and giving hearts.” When those closest to the Nursery were told about the grant, FCA Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op Coordinator Ana Castillo said: “The Hearst Foundation has enabled us to further our mission by helping to stabilize the lives of low-income families. With this grant, the nursery can now open five days a week and program hours can be extended to better serve our children and community. We are so grateful for this grant, it means the world to us!” The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of cul-

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Marching against anti-Semitism


Public officials and their constituents gathered in Mineola on Sunday to march to the against anti-Semitism. The thousands gathered then heard speeches by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and others.

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Dalton funeral home supports INN The Team of the Dalton Funeral Home decided to donate to one of our local charities for the holidays, the Mary Brennan INN. By reaching out, we found the items that they were in most desperate need of this season. Our donation of all new items included: 72 blankets and throws, 60 sets of hats, gloves and scarves, 120 pairs of men’s socks, 120 pairs of ladies’ socks, and 40 personal care sets that included deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc., as well as children’s games and coloring books. Hardbound story books about Santa that included music CDs were donated to us to give to The INN by our local crematory, All Souls Crematory. Victor LoGiudice, James Lewis and Kathleen Mendolia brought the donations to THE INN on Thursday, Dec. 12and were treated to a tour of the facility led by Chief Development Officer for Corporate & Community Relations Cynthia Sucich. We were floored by the reception we received and the


The Dalton Funeral Home made donations to the INN in December. grateful thanks that were extended to us by Cynthia and the entire staff. The facility is immaculately clean and very welcoming for the guests that they serve. The “INN,” as it is known, provides a broad variety of es-

sential services to assist those challenged by hunger, homelessness and profound poverty. They partner with those in need in a dignified and respectful manner to help them achieve self-sufficiency. The INN was founded in

1983 as a single soup kitchen run by a small group of concerned volunteers. Working at a church in Hempstead, the volunteers discovered that not only were there large numbers of hungry people on Long Island, but that individuals working to-

gether could make a difference in their lives. From this simple start and through the vision and determination of a small group of dedicated volunteers, the INN has grown to become the largest private social service agency of its kind on Long Island. The Hempstead soup kitchen has grown into a multifaceted effort that remains grounded on a single principle – that everyone would be treated with dignity and respect. Anyone who comes to the INN’s soup kitchen receives a hot, nutritious meal, a warm welcome and access to whatever additional support services are available. The volunteers soon found that dealing with hunger was only one of the problems facing the soup kitchen guests. Many of the children and adults who visited the INN were also homeless. The INN responded to this problem by opening its first emergency shelter in 1984. Submitted by the Dalton Funeral Home

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Joe Sledge, Al Piscatello, Richard DiMartino, Peter Gong, Judith Flatoro, Charles Wohlgemuth, Bob Bernstein, Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Kathy Garneau, Council Member Lee Seeman, Tony Catalone, Council Member Peter Zuckerman, Matthew Falcone, local veteran, N.Y. State Senator Anna Kaplan, Kay Farrell, Suzette Grey and Tom Devaney.


Judge Scott Fairgrieve On Nov. 20, 2019, Judge Scott Fairgrieve spoke to lawyers from the Nassau County Attorneys’ Office on the subject of the recent changes to the New York State Landlord/Tenant Law. The program was done in conjunction with the Nassau County Bar Association. The meeting was held at the County Executive Building at 1550 Franklin Ave. in Mineola.

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North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town’s Veterans Advisory Committee completed the 6th Annual Veterans Donation Drive on Saturday, Dec. 14 when over 200 boxes of new clothes, toiletries, and other supplies that were collected through the town-wide drive were transported to the Northport VA Medical Center. North Hempstead’s senior organization “Blankets of Love” also crafted 30 blankets for the drive. The donations were collected throughout at locations includ-

ing American Community Bank of New Hyde Park, the American Red Cross, Blankets of Love, Dominick’s Deli, Garden City Park Civic Association, Inn at Great Neck, Joy Fu Club, Lakeville Estates Civic Association, Long Island Nets Organization, PATV LI, the Rotary Club of Great Neck, Seeds of Willistons, the Village of Great Neck Plaza, the Village of New Hyde Park as well as Town facilities, local high schools, libraries and many more. “We are proud to continue the tradition of our annual Veterans Holiday Donation Drive,”

said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. The Veterans Advisory Committee and the entire community come together to collect donations for the Northport VA Medical Center. We are thankful for everyone’s generosity and support. Especially during the holiday time, it is important that we recognize our veterans and the tremendous sacrifices they have all made for our country.” For more information about the Town’s Veteran’s Advisory Committee please visit: www. or call 311.

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Curran calls for changes to bail reform Continued from Page 9 ted for that offense,” Curran wrote. “A defendant whose arrest resulted in a police seizure of five kilos of fentanyl would also be released; the defendant will be back out in our communities and able to continue dealing. This is wrong.” Nassau County Legislator John Ferretti (R-Levittown) was one of the first county officials to voice a need for changes to the bail reform laws before they were implemented. Ferretti said his office received calls from concerned citizens wondering what actions will be implemented to regulate the release of inmates. “Very close by the Correctional Facility is Nassau University Medical Center, Eisenhower Park and two colleges, and East Meadow High School across the street,” Ferretti said. “We should follow the lead of other states that have passed criminal justice reform by granting judges the power to consider public safety before releasing a suspect back onto the street,” Curran wrote. According to officials, a total of $3.9 million in this year’s county budget is allocated to help agencies comply

with the newly implemented laws. Of that amount, $890,000 will be used to establish the Office of Crime Victim Advocate. The new department was created by the county to provide legal services to those affected by crimes. As of 2018, the United States was the world leader in incarceration rates with almost seven million people under criminal justice supervision, according to the Sentencing Project, an organization established in 1986 that conducts research and advocacy for criminal justice reform. Other states such as Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Colorado, Illinois and Louisiana have all adopted a range of criminal justice reforms since 2018. “Nationwide, Americans have reached a bipartisan consensus that we must fix a criminal justice system that has too often tilted unequally against people of color and those with fewer resources,” Curran wrote. “We can and we must build on this consensus with smart reforms that make the justice system more equitable, save taxpayers money and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

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estled just across the street from the Long Island Rail Road station on Haven Avenue in Port Washington is a snug studio space packed with a lot of young talent. The space is home to Shining Studios, a performing arts nonprofit where children and teens interested in theater can hone their crafts. Founder and Executive Director Kyle Savage of Great Neck came up with the idea for the studio shortly after graduating from Adelphi University with a master’s degree in education. “I knew I wanted to work with kids, I knew I wanted to teach, but I didn’t want to teach in a public school system,” Savage said. “I had been working at the Great Neck Arts Center teaching theater there, and I decided to do my own thing.” Savage, a Babylon native who participated in theater at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip and the Great South Bay YMCA in Bay Shore, knew the value of a performing arts community for young people, and sought to make it happen on the North Shore. Shining Studios’ first rehearsal space was in the basement of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Port Washington. “We had nine kids, and within six months we expanded to having 50 kids,” Savage said. Under Savage’s direction, the students, mostly aged 12 or 13, inaugurated the studio with its first production, “13 the Musical.” “A lot of those kids are now 16 or 17, and they’re teaching


The cast of Shining Studios’ production of “The Addams Family” rehearses the opening number, “When You’re an Addams.” classes for me,” Savage said. Now housed in proper studio space, Shining Studios has over 200 students involved in its programs, and has classes for students ranging in age from 6 to 18, with two to three sections per class. “Our motto is production with instruction,” Savage said. “You sign up for a class, and then the class culminates in a show. In class, we teach you acting, we teach you singing, we teach you dancing, improv, all those different facets that make up theater.” On average, the studio puts

on 10 full-scale musicals per year, but Savage says that 2020 will see 11 produced. One musical, “The Addams Family,” which opens Friday and continues on Jan. 18 and 19, stars Julian Kimball, 12, of Sands Point, as Gomez Addams. Julian began his career at the studio with a role in the musical “Grease,” and in the two years since, he has been cast in seven shows. While most of the students come in from different schools or areas, he says, they become close quite quickly. “In like a week, you’ll be

friends with everyone, and you never feel embarrassed because they treat you like family,” Julian said. Following “Addams,” on Feb. 7, 8 and 9, the organization will present “Les Miserables: School Edition,” a full-company production directed by Savage. In lieu of a stage, the students will be performing in Castle Gould at the Sands Point Preserve. Marcus Fonsecca, 10, of Port Washington plays Gavroche, just a year after making his debut with the studio as Troy in “High School Musical.”

“I’ve always loved to act, and I wanted to have the experience for myself,” Marcus said. “I love Gavroche’s little songs, and mainly I really like his lines, because it’s a lot of fun to learn the accent and work with everyone else.” At the end of February, Shining Studios will also produce the North Shore Hebrew Academy’s spring musical, “Mary Poppins.” Savage said the organization was hired to mount the musical after winning Best Theater Arts Center in the Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Best of Long Island contest. In addition to the shows, Shining will also present its annual fundraising gala Mirage on March 7 at the Village Club of Sands Point. This year, Savage says, it will be themed to the musical “Moulin Rouge!” with cabaret performances from professionals and students alike. “It’s going to be the hottest party Port Washington’s ever seen,” Savage said. Last year’s gala saw Loren Allred, a vocalist best known for providing the singing voice for Jenny Lind in the film “The Greatest Showman,” perform with students. “One of the things that I emphasize here is finding new and innovative opportunities for our kids to perform,” Savage said. “Interacting with the community, working with different people, that’s something that’s really important for us.” Even more is ahead for Shining Studios in 2020, but Savage says he wants to keep some surprises in store. “We have a lot more going on, but I don’t want to give away all the secrets,” Savage said.

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Friday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m. Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah will be performing at the Paramount. During his time on SNL, Pharoah became popular for his impressions of celebrities like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Chris Rock and many more. In addition to his work on SNL, Pharoah has lent his voice to animated shows like “Family Guy,” “Bojack Horseman” and “Robot Chicken.”







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Raise Your Glass Festival Saturday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m. Some of Long Island’s best wineries and food vendors will be showcasing their brews at the Nassau Coliseum. Attendees will have the opportunity to take unlimited samples of wine, beer, spirits, and ciders in their own souvenir tasting glass. Additionally, some of the New York City area’s top restaurants, food trucks and vendors will have their best gourmet food on hand. Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Tpke.,Uniondale, New York 11553 Info: 516-231-4848 or


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Jan Karski and the Lords of Humanity Sunday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center will be holding a special screening of “Jan Karski and the Lords of Humanity,” with commentary by the film’s director, Slavomir Grunberg. The film tells the true story of a Polish underground courier who infiltrated the Warsaw Ghetto and a Nazi transit camp to record firsthand accounts of the unfolding Holocaust before delivering them to the United States and Great Britain, in hopes they would stop Nazi Germany after seeing and hearing about what was happening. Where: Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center Welwyn Preserve 100 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove, NY 11542 Info: 516-571-8040, or


Northwell Health Eye Institute Ribbon-Cutting Monday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m. The Northwell Health Eye Institute will be cutting the ribbon on its new state-of-the-art Eye Center, marking its opening. The 5,178 square-foot facility cost $2.5 million to be made. It will allow for the Institute to better provideservices for the diagnosis, treatment and management of comprehensive eye conditions, including glaucoma and corneal disease. Where: Northwell Health Eye Institute 4300 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage NY 11714 Info: 516-210-8200 or



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FOR THE COMING WEEK Mike Eruzione Book Signing Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. The captain of Team USA’s men’s hockey team during the 1980 Olympics, Mike Eruzione, will be speaking and signing copies of his book, “The Making of a Miracle,” at Book Revue. In his book, Eruzione provides an inside perspective of the team’s unlikely run to the gold medal, including the legendary “Miracle on Ice,” in which Eruzione scored the game-winning goal against the heavilyfavored USSR during the semifinals. He also discusses the obstacles he had overcome throughout his life prior to playing for Team USA, as well as the aftermath of the win against the USSR. Where: Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743 Info: 631-271-1442 or

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All My Sons Thursday, Jan. 30, 2 p.m. Broadcast live from London’s Old Vic theatre to the Cinema Arts Centre, Arthur Miller’s 1947 drama, “All My Sons,” will be performed, starring Academy Award-winner Sally Field and Bill Pullman as Joe and Kate Keller. In the play, long-buried truths resurface for the Kellers when a figure from their past returns, laying bare the price of the American dream. Tickets are $25 for the public and $20 for Theatre members. Where: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, NY 11743 Info: 631-423-7611 or


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Friday, Jan. 24, 2:30 p.m. The Long Island Children’s Museum will be holding a special winter-themed arts and crafts project. Kids will have the opportunity to create their own polar bear and take it home with them. This will be a free drop-in program. Where: The Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY 11530 Info: 516-224-5800 or


The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Saturday, Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m.

Ten-year-old Stanley Lambchop ends up becoming flat after a bulletin board falls on him. In an effort to become threedimensional again, Stanley sets out on an adventure across the globe in a musical travelogue. Where: The Argyle Theatre at Babylon Village, 34 West Main St.,Babylon, NY, 11702 Info: 631-230-3500 or


Portledge Day of Play Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m.

Kids between two years of age and fifth grade will have the opportunity to enjoy several activities with their families. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia and Portledge Lower School Program, some of these activities include sensory and art-related ones for little kids and STEM activities for those of elementary age. The playground will be open if the weather permits it. Among the activities expected to be at the event are light exploration, creating with clay, building, painting and the aforementioned outdoor play. Where: Portledge School, 355 Duck Pond Rd., Locust Valley New York 11560 Info: 516-750-3100 or


Escape Room: Voldemort’s Revenge Monday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m.

Participants will have 40 minutes to escape from Prof. Snape’s potions classroom by finding the eight pieces of the Marauder’s Map before Voldemort’s forces show up in this “Harry Potter”-themed escape room. Kids could gain experience in teamwork and logic in this exercise. The escape room is meant for people of all ages. However, kids ten and under must be accompanied by an adult. Where: Bellmore Memorial Library Meeting Room, 2288 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, NY 11710 Info: 516-785-2990 ext. 109 or


Mighty Movers and Tumble Time Drop-In Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m.

Kids aged four years or younger will have the chance to work on their developing motor skills as they play in a gym. The “Mighty Movers” class promotes independence and confidence for the toddlers through play. They can enjoy bubbles, music and more as they socialize with each other. Registration to the event is $15 per child. Where: Tumble Tides Gym at Rolling River, 477 Ocean Ave., East Rockaway, NY 11518 Info: 516-593-2267 or


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What is Catholic Schools Week? Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It begins the last Sunday in January, which in 2020 is Jan. 26, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 1. The theme for Catholic Schools Week is ‘Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.’ During Catholic Schools Week, schools across the diocese, and across the country, mark the occasion with masses and special entertainment and activities for the students, families, parishioners and members of their extended communities. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and the school’s contributions to our church, our communities, and our nation How Is Catholic Schools Week Celebrated on Long Island? On Long Island, Catholic Elementary Schools celebrate the week with masses and open houses to thank parents and parishioners, and to introduce new families to the benefits of a Catholic education. These frequently kick off with a mass and open house on Sunday the 26thbut can be held early as St Patrick School in Huntington is doing on Thursday the 23rd. In addition to the Open House to welcome new visitors, Catholic Schools Week features a series of events designed to recognize the contributions of students, parents and faculty during the course of the week. Many schools also offer additional open houses and opportunities for prospective new families to visit

during the week as well. Catholic schools are unique in many significant ways, and Catholic Schools Week highlights many of those differences. First, Catholic education acknowledges the parents as the original teachers in each of our lives and celebrates the continued and ongoing involvement of parents in their child’s education, and with their child’s school. Catholic education is not a ‘bystander sport’ for parents, and their participation and service to their child’s education is celebrated with recognition and acknowledgement events to thank them for their commitment. Catholic Schools Week is also a week

to acknowledge the teachers and administrators from the schools who give so much of themselves because they believe in the value of a Catholic education. The teacher’s and staff ’s contributions are often recognized through special breakfasts and luncheons that are often prepared by, and served by grateful parents. And Catholic Schools Week is a highlight on every student’s calendar. There are interactive game shows, magic shows, animal acts, special guests who come and read to the students, science fairs, book fairs, father-daughter dances, sports competitions, faculty – student contests and much, much more. Catholic Schools Week is also the best opportunity for families who might

be considering the benefits of a Catholic education to experience first-hand the commitment to academic excellence and faith formation in your local school. There you’ll find a unique community environment where children are surrounded by other children, families and a parish which serve to reinforce moral values and beliefs. The open houses are an opportunity to meet the highly experienced teachers, see the creative classrooms, and learn how Catholic elementary schools leverage technology across the curriculum, and throughout the school. Prospective families tour the facilities are introduced to the innovative reading and math programs that accelerate academic achievement, and they get to see how the safe, loving, supportive and orderly environment in a Catholic school makes it the perfect environment to support learning. As many of the touring parents have said, the best part of the visit during Catholic Schools Week is being able to see and feel the difference that a valuecentered education can make for every child. This is frequently reinforced by the contact prospective families have with the 7th and 8th-gradestudents, most often as tour guides. When you see the confident, caring and courteous individuals these young men and women have become, you begin to really understand the Catholic school difference. For more information, calendars of events and links to the schools, visit

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Frequently asked questions

What is Catholic Schools Week? Catholic Schools Week is an annual event, celebrated across the country during the last week in January. The week is set aside to celebrate the unique nature of the Catholic schools in each community. In addition to the internal events (teacher and parent recognition events, school ‘spirit’ days, special assemblies, etc) it is also a week where the schools open their doors to the families of the Parish/Parishes they serve, and to the general public who might be considering the benefits of a Catholic education. As a school family, how do I participate? Each school publishes a complete list of events and activities taking place in their school during the week. School families are encouraged to visit the web site of their school. As a family considering a Catholic education, how do I learn more? Catholic Schools Week features Open Houses at the schools where parents and students can visit the school(s) they think they might be interested in and get a tour of the facility, be introduced to the teachers, meet some of the current families and children and generally learn about the academic, spiritual, social and physical development programs.

As a prospective family, do I have an ‘assigned school’? One of the first differences you will notice about Catholic school is that you get to select the school that you believe your children will be most successful in. There is no direct ‘assignment’ based on where you live and most school districts provide busing to the school of your choice within a 15-mile radius. Is there a difference in tuition to attend a different school? Long Island’s Catholic Elementary schools set their own tuitions, so they vary slightly, but there is no penalty for choosing a school outside of your Parish or town if you are a Parishioner in the Diocese. The system of schools is an asset here on Long Island for all of the families of the Diocese and for all of the families of Long Island. What are the tuition rates for the schools? – Each school gets to set their tuitions independently based on their costs but on average, annual tuition is approximately $5,500 per year. Are non-Catholics welcome in the schools? The schools are welcoming places to everyone without regard to race, religion or national origin. A religion class is a requirement, students participate in Liturgies, and faith is an integrated part of daily

activities, but many schools have a significant population of students who attend because of the quality of the education alone. What should parents look for during their visit? Many parents of current students tell us that their decision was emotional and based on a feeling of warmth and caring they got during their visit. Others are more analytical and make direct comparisons based on the results on standardized test scores and high school admittance history. Regardless of how you make your decision, the schools are ‘open books’ during this week, providing whatever information prospective families desire to support their decision. There is also a series of video interviews on the web site where current parents offer their advice on how to get the most out of your visit. When parents select Catholic elementary school, what are the most frequently cited reasons? The reasons that are most frequently mentioned are; academic excellence, the reinforcement of the values lived at home, Catholic religious identity, a safe, nurturing environment for learning, more individualized attention to each student’s learning needs, an outstanding extracurricular program and the level of partnership established with parents.

Will attending a Catholic elementary school help my child get into a prestigious Catholic high school? Attending a Catholic elementary school isn’t the only way to get into a Catholic high school, but it is still the best way. The Catholic high schools are open to all students and typically have a very significant number of students from a public school background. Students qualify for Catholic high school through a test for 8th graders that is administered in October of each year. Typically the students from Catholic elementary schools are best prepared for the academic rigor, the integrated program of faith and values, and the service orientation of the high schools. Virtually all of the students from Catholic elementary school (99 percent) are admitted to a Catholic high school with the vast majority getting into the school that is their first choice. How can I learn more or choose the school(s) I would like to visit? There is a resource for families on the Internet that provides a very complete picture of the Catholic elementary school experience. It features an interactive map that is your guide to each of Long island’s distinctive Catholic schools, and that lets you view the geographic options for your children at

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Saint Anne’s School

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25 Dartmouth Street, Garden City, NY 11530 For more information call 352-1205 or visit the school website at

Saint Anne’s School

25 Dartmouth St. Garden City, NY 11530

Catholic Schools Week Celebration 2020


OPEN HOUSE January 26 • 1:00pm-2:30pm Please Join the St. Anne’s Parish Family Celebration Mass 11:45am

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Tuition aid to turn dream into reality The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation is a Long Island-based charity that is funded by Long Island businesses and individuals and used exclusively to support the students and schools of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The mission of Tomorrow’s Hope is to ensure the excellence and continuance of Catholic schools on Long Island by increasing awareness and by providing scholarship and program funding. Every student from grades K–8 who are attending Catholic elementary school and are in need of tuition assistance are eligible to apply for an award which is based on the families’ current economic circumstances and financial need. Applications for scholarship funding are typically made in January following Catholic Schools Week when many Long Islanders visit the school they plan on sending their children to in the following school year. Applications can be processed whether you have already registered at a school, or even if you haven’t registered yet. Only one application is necessary per household and multiple children’s needs can be served based on that one application. An application can be made online or on paper, and many schools offer coaching days when a representative from Tomorrow’s Hope and the schools are on hand to help families complete and submit the form.

Complete confidentiality is the rule, so only you or you and your ‘coach’ know that you have applied and your sensitive information is carefully guard-

ed and not shared outside of the Foundation and credit scorer. Awards are equally confidential and the faculty and staff of the school are not even aware

of which students are utilizing tuition assistance. There is a small processing fee and awards range from $250 to $2,500 per year in the form of a grant. There is some documentation required, like W2 forms and tax returns to ensure the integrity of the application. Individual circumstances that identify special circumstances for the need are also welcomed and help the awards team evaluate and distribute the scholarship money. Decisions are dependent on when the application was submitted, and processing takes between three and four weeks. The first round of applicants is notified in June. When an award is issued, the money goes directly to the school and is deducted from the school tuition bill. Each award is in name to the student, so even if the student transfers to another Catholic school the award money follows the student and doesn’t stay with the school. In the event there are extenuating circumstances there is a simple, single-page appeal application to explain the need for additional funding. It is the goal of Long Island’s Catholic Elementary Schools to welcome every student whose family wishes a highquality Catholic education for them and the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation helps families make their catholic school dreams a reality.

Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, L.I., is an all-girls Catholic college preparatory school, rooted in the spirituality and tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The all-girls environment provides unique learning opportunities that !"#$%&'$()!*+,-(+!()'+-)#('-(./0%1)/2%##/3) (+!*".'4%+4)/$"-(+$/)$*)5$'2()$0()#('-67 A Sacred Heart education focuses on all dimensions of human growth. The school community is committed to live, learn and work with inclusive love and to bring about unity and reconciliation with God and with one another.

Student achievement is the best indication of Sacred Heart Academy’s excellence. Over ninety percent of the Class of 2019 were awarded college scholarships in the areas of academics, athletics and the arts. The athletic teams are consistently ranked among the best on Long Island and the student-artists and dancers excel in local and national competitions. The Bloomberg Finance Lab and state-of-the-art Science Research Lab prepare students for competitive opportunities.

Above all, however, Sacred Heart students are critical thinkers who actively !"#$%&'#$(#)$!&($*+,'#!-"(!"#-(#)$!&(.!/$0('"*(&-+#!"$.1(2"*(3'10(#-(4'5$( a difference through their commitment to community service and social justice.

Fast Facts • On average, 98 percent of graduates attend four-year colleges. • Each student is required to complete at least 20 hours of community service annually. However, most students far exceed this, devoting up to 200 hours of their time each term to helping their neighbors. • The exceptional 13:1 student-teacher ratio, combined with a faculty extraordinarily dedicated to students’ success, Sacred Heart Academy students routinely surpass their state peers in standardized test scores and the majority earn Advanced Designation Regents Diplomas each year. Schedule a visit or shadow a student by visiting the school online at:

(516) 483-7383 | 47 Cathedral Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550

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Trinity Preschool is committed to providing a significant and effective early childhood education to the younger seeds of our generation Trinity Preschool has been serving our Community for over 60 years. We offer a caring, Christian environment and flexible programs that cater to the needs of working families and their children, two and a half to four years of age. Our program seeks to develop the whole child; academically, personally, and spiritually, while having an enjoyable, learning experience. We are known for how well we prepare our children for successful journeys into elementary education. In addition to our strong academic program, our students learn that they are loved by God and how to show that love to others. The timeless virtues of patience, responsibility, respect,


Catholic Schools Week Open Houses, Jan 26 - Feb 1

and care for others, are modeled and practiced in their daily interactions in the classroom. At Trinity Preschool, parents are encouraged to take an active role in educating their child through feedback and participation that will help foster a flexible pathway to learning. We also offer an observing room, so parents can watch their children interact in the school environment. Trinity Preschool is committed to providing a significant and effective early childhood education to the youngest generation. A caring, Christian environment awaits your little one at Trinity Preschool! Together, we can open his/her world to new possibilities! Enroll now!

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Come see how a Catholic education will inspire your children, at an Open House near you. St. Martin of Tours School Amityville • St. Christopher School Baldwin • St. Patrick School Bay Shore • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School Bellmore • Our Lady of Providence Regional Central Islip • Our Lady Queen of Apostles School Center Moriches • Holy Family Regional School Commack • S S Cyril and Methodius School Deer Park • St. Mary School East Islip • Trinity Regional School East Northport • St. Raymond's School East Rockaway •

Our Lady of Victory School Floral Park • The De La Salle School* Freeport • St. Anne's School Garden City • St. Joseph School Garden City • Holy Family School Hicksville • Our Lady of Mercy School Hicksville • St. Patrick School Huntington • Long Beach Catholic Regional School Long Beach • Our Lady Of Peace School Lynbrook • Our Lady of Lourdes School Malverne • Our Lady of Grace Montessori* Manhasset •

St. Mary's Elementary School Manhasset • St. Rose of Lima School Massapequa • Notre Dame School New Hyde Park • Holy Child Academy* Old Westbury • St. Dominic Elementary School Oyster Bay • Holy Angels Regional School Patchogue • Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School Port Jefferson • St. Peter of Alcantara School Port Washington • St. John Paul II Regional School Riverhead • St. Agnes Cathedral School Rockville Centre • Sts. Philip and James School St. James •

Maria Regina School Seaford • St. William the Abbot School Seaford • St. Patrick School Smithtown • Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional School Southampton • St. Edward The Confessor School Syosset • St. Martin De Porres Marianist School* Uniondale • Holy Name of Mary School Valley Stream • St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School Westbury • St. Thomas the Apostle W Hempstead • St. Aidan School Williston Park • *Private Schools


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Experience the difference:

More than 11,000 young people discover learning and faith in the 10 Catholic high schools of Long Island. From southwestern Nassau County to the East End, these high schools reflect the tradition, commitment, and family spirit of their communities. Three are owned and operated by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, two grew from local parishes, and five are the apostolates of religious orders. Each has its own identity — all are defined

by academic excellence on a foundation rooted in faith. Dedication to success in the classroom, however, is the hallmark that sets Catholic schools apart. 99 percent of graduates from our schools continue their education at college, and last year, they earned more than $355 million in college scholarships and grants. The religious and lay faculties of Long Island’s Catholic high schools build upon history and tradition to de-

liver a contemporary education to their students. At St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, for instance, students learn on iPads for a dynamic, interactive program of studies. Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, an all-girls school of the Sisters of St. Joseph, science education is complemented by participation in local and national science fairs, and partnerships with Hofstra University’s Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science and

National Grid. In Riverhead, Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School students learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on work in the school’s Apple computer lab. Kellenberg Memorial High School’s Robotics Club brings those disciplines together from design to creation in a collaborative setting. Alumni of Catholic high schools remain close to the mission of their al-

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Catholic High Schools of L.I. mae matres. Years after graduating, you’ll see alumni return regularly to catch a Cougars football game at St. John the Baptist in West Islip. Oyster Bay’s St. Dominic High School welcomes college-age alumni back every winter for a convivial luncheon. At St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, students realize that they are “classmates for four years, and Friars forever.” What keeps so many graduates connected to their Catholic high schools is the well-rounded, values-centered environment to form the complete person. It’s reinforced by daily Mass and food drives at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville. Y Young men of Chaminade High School in Mineola regularly perform service projects in the community. Young women are empowered by mission trips and a nurturing yet challenging program at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset. A host of extracurricular activities and interscholastic sports at each school further develop friendship, faith, and understanding. The goal of each Catholic high school is as sacred as it is simple – to provide young people with an education that challenges, inspires, and prepares students to lead successful lives at work, at home, and in the community. The Catholic High Schools Entrance Exam is used for admission to these ten schools in the 9th grade. More information about it and the Catholic High Schools of Long Island may be found at Open Houses will also be scheduled for prospective candidates and their families in the fall.

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Together in Learning, Together in Christ and Together as Future Leaders. OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

• Early Childhood Programs • Full Day Nursery-8th Grade • After School Care Program • State of the Art Technology • Extracurricular Programs • Enrichment Programs • Middle School Sports

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Schedule of school open houses

Holy Angels Regional School

510 Narragansett Avenue, East Patchogue (631) 475-0422 Principal: Mr. Michael B. Connell Open House Sunday, January 26th from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Holy Child Academy

25 Store Hills Road, Old Westbury (516) 626-9300 Open House Sunday, January 26th from noon - 3 pm. Also, Tuesday, January 28th from 10 am - 12 noon

Holy Family School

17 Fordham Avenue, Hicksville (516) 938-3846 Principal: Mrs. Maryalice Doherty Open House Sunday, January 26 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (following the 10:30 Opening Mass in the Church). Also Monday through Friday, January 27-31 from 9:00 am to 1:45 pm.

Holy Family Regional School

35 North Service Rd., Dix Hills (631) 543-0202 Principal: Mr. Brian J. Caltabiano Open House: All levels, N - 8, Sunday, January 26 from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm (following the 9:30 am Family Mass at Christ the King Church)

Holy Name of Mary School

55 E. Jamaica Avenue, Valley Stream (516) 825-4009 Principal: Mrs. Pamela Sanders Open House Sunday, January 26th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (following the 10:30 am Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass) and again Tuesday, January 28th from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Long Beach Catholic School Regional School

315 E. Walnut Street, Long Beach (516) 432-8900 Principal: Mrs. Kerry Kahn Open House Sunday, January 26th from 11 am -12:30 pm. Monday, January 27th - 9 am - 11 am Tuesday, January 28th, - 9 am -11 am Wednesday, January 29th - 7 pm - 8 pm Thursday, January 30th - 9 am - 11 am

Maria Regina School

3945 Jerusalem Avenue, Seaford (516) 541-1229 Principal: Mrs. Leona Arpino Open House: Thursday evening, January 23rd - Early Childhood Open House - 6 pm - 8 pm for Nursery/ Pre-K/ Kindergarten. Sunday, January 26th - Maria Regina School Open House - All Grades Nursery through Grade 8 - 12 noon through 2:00 pm. (following the 10:30 am Family Mass in the Church) Also, Monday, January 27th - All Grades, Nursery through Grade 8 between 9:00 am and 10:00 am.

Notre Dame School

45 Mayfair Road, New Hyde Park (516) 354-5618 Principal: Mrs. Caryn Durkin Open House Sunday, January 26th from 10 am - 1 pm. (following the 9 am Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass in the Church) Also offering classroom visits on Monday 9:30 am - 10:30 am or 1 pm - 2 pm and Tuesday- 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Our Lady of Lourdes School

Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School

300 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson (631) 473-1211 Principal: Mr. John Piropato Open House Sunday, January 26th from 12 noon - 2 pm. Also Thursday, January 30th from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm and again Saturday, February 1st from 4 pm - 8 pm

St. Anne’s School

35 Dartmouth Street, Garden City (516) 352-1205 Principal: Mr. Gene Fennell Open House Sunday, January 26th, 1 pm - 2:30 pm. (following the 11:45 Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass)

St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School

Our Lady Queen Of Apostles - Reg. 101 Maple Avenue, Westbury

65 Wright Avenue, Malverne (516) 599-7328 Principal: Katheen Cotiletta Open House Sunday, January 26th from 10:30 am - 12 noon following the Catholic Schools Week opening Mass, and again on Wednesday, January 29th from 9:30 - 11 am

25 Ocean Avenue, Center Moriches (631) 878-1033 Principal: Fr. John Sureau Open House Sunday, January 26th from 10 am - 12 noon (following the 9 am Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church). Also Thursday evening, January 30th from 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Our Lady of Mercy School

Ss. Cyril & Methodius School

500 South Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville (516) 433-7040 Principal: Mrs. Jane Harrigan

125 Half Hollow Road, Deer Park (631) 667-6229 Principal: Sr. Susan Snyder, CSJ

11 Gale Avenue, Baldwin (516) 223-4404 Principal: Mrs. Marianne Carberry Open House Sunday, January 26th from 10:30 am - 1 pm (following the 9:30 am Catholic Schools Week opening Mass)

Our Lady of Providence Regional School

Ss. Philip and James School

St. Dominic School

84 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip (631) 234-6324 Principal: Ms. Sharon Swift Imperati Open House Sunday, January 26th from 10 am - 2 pm. Additionally, tours will be offered Tuesday, January 28th beginning at 9:30 am - 11:30 am and again on Wednesday, January 29th from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Our Lady of the Hamptons School

168 Hill Street, Southampton (631) 283-9140 Principal: S. Kathryn Schlueter, CSJ Open House Sunday, January 26th beginning with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 am with school tours through 12 noon

Our Lady of Victory School

2 Floral Parkway, Floral Park (516) 352-4466 Principal: Mrs. Margaret Augello Open House Sunday, January 26: 11:30am-1:00PM - Tuesday, January 28: 10-11am

1 Carrow Place, St. James (631) 584-7896 Principal: Mrs. Diane Anderson Open House Sunday, January 26th from 11 am - 1:30 pm (following the 10 am Catholic Schools Week opening Mass) and Thursday evening, January 30th from 6 pm - 7:30 pm

St. Agnes Cathedral School

29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre (516) 678-5550 Principal: Mrs. Cecilia St. John Open House Sunday, January 26th following the Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass at 9:30 am there will be a Meet & Greet from 10:30 - 11 am in the Parish Center followed by Tours of the School from 11 am - 1 pm

St. Aidan School School

505 Willis Avenue, Williston Park (516) 746-6585 Principal: Mrs. Julie O’Connell Open House Sunday, January 26 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (following the 9:00 am Mass in St. Aidan Church) in the Upper School and Lower School

(516) 333-0580 Principal: Mr. Paul P. Clagnaz Open House Sunday, January 26 from 2 until 3:30 pm. Tours at other times can be arranged by calling (516) 344-0580 or emailing

St. Christopher School

93 Anstice Street, Oyster Bay (516) 922-4233 Principal: Mr. Ronald Martorelli Open House Sunday, January 26th from 11 am - 1 pm (following the 10 am Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass) and again on Monday, January 27th from 9 am - 1 pm

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School

2323 Merrick Avenue, Merrick (516) 785-5709 Principal: Ms. Leeann Graziose Open House Sunday, January 26th from 11 am - 1 pm

St. John Paul II School

622 Pulaski Street, Riverhead (631) 727-1650 Principal: Mrs. Abbey Swiatkowski Open House Sunday January 26th from 12 noon - 2 pm and again Wednesday January 29th from 9 am - 11 am

St. Joseph School

130 Fifth Street, Garden City (516) 747-2730 Principal: Mr. Brian Colomban Open House Sunday, January 26th from 10 am - 12:30 pm (following the 9 am Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass)

St. Martin of Tours

37 Union Avenue, Amityville (631) 264-7166 Principal: Mr. Vincent Vizzo (acting) Open House Sunday, January 26th from 10 am - 12:30 am (following the 9 am Catholic Schools Week opening Mass) Continued on Page 41

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Schedule of school open houses Continued from Page 40

St. Mary School

20 Harrison Avenue, East Islip (631) 581-3423 Principal: Ms. Laura McMahon Open House Saturday, January 25th from 10 am - 12 noon. Also Wednesday, January 29th from 9 am - 10 am

St. Mary’s Elementary School

1300 Northern Blvd., Manhasset (516) 627-0184 Principal: Ms. Sarah De Venoge Open House Sunday, January 26th from 12 noon - 3 pm

St. Patrick School - Bay Shore

9 North Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore (631) 665-0569 Principal: Mrs. Roseann Petruccio Open House Sunday, January 26th from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm (following the 9:30 am Catholic School’s Week Opening Mass) Also Monday, January 27th from 9:30 am - 10:30 am and from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm and Tuesday, January 28th from 9:30 am - 10:30 am and again from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

St. Patrick School - Huntington 400 Main Street, Huntington (631) 385-3311 Principal: Sr. Maureen McDade, RSM Open House Thursday, January 23rd from 3 pm - 7 pm

St. Patrick School - Smithtown

280 E. Main Street, Smithtown (631) 724-0285 Principal: Mrs. Barbara Pellerito Open House Sunday, January 26th from 1 pm - 3 pm (following the noon Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass)

St. Peter of Alcantara School

1327 Port Washington Blvd. Port Washington (516) 944-3772 Principal: Deacon John Hogan Open House Sunday, January 26th 10:30 am - 1 pm (following the Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass at 9:30 am in the Church) Tours will begin from the Gymnasium for all our grade levels N 8. Student shadowing and prospective parent visits during the week.

St. Raymond School

St. William the Abbot School

St. Rose of Lima School

Trinity Regional School

263 Atlantic Avenue, East Rockaway (516) 593-9010 Principal: Sr. Ruthanne Gypalo, IHM Open House Sunday, January 26th. Following the 9 am Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass in the Church, guests are invited for breakfast in the cafeteria, followed by tours of the school from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. Also Thursday, Jan. 30th from 9 am to 11 am. 2 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa (516) 541-1546 Principal: Mr. Brian Jensen Open House Tuesday, January 28th from 9:30 am - 10:45 am and again Tuesday evening from 7 pm - 8 pm

St. Thomas the Apostle

2000 Jackson Avenue, Seaford (516) 785-6784 Principal: Mrs. Elizabeth Bricker Open House Sunday, January 26th from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm. (following the 10:45 am Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass at St William the Abbot Church) Visit school web site for information on Early Childhood visits January 16th and 17th. 21 East Ninth Street, Huntington (631) 261-5130 Principal: Ms. Patricia A. Ayers Open House Sunday, January 26: Open House – 9 am – 1 pm. (snow date Sunday, Feb. 2nd) Also Wednesday, January 30th from 9 am - 11 am.

24 Westminster Road, West Hempstead (516) 481-9310 Principal: Ms. Valerie Serpe Open House Sunday, January 26th from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (following the 10:30 CSW opening Mass) and Monday Friday January 27th - 31st - Daily Open House from 9:00 am - 11:00 am.

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Why parents choose a Catholic school While everyone has their own reasons, a number of significant themes are identified when you speak to parents about why they selected a Catholic Elementary School for their children: #1 – Catholic elementary school offers an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence. #2 – We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all. #3 – We partner with parents in the education and faith formation of their children. #4 – We teach children respect of self and of others. #5 – We instill in students the value of service to others.

#6 – We effectively use technology to enhance education. #7 – We emphasize moral development and self-discipline. #8 – We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders. #9 – We provide a balanced curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life. #10 – We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring and effective. # 11 – We set high standards for student achievement – then helps each student succeed. #12 – Virtually all of our students graduate to attend a prestigious Catholic high school and 99 percent of them go on to college.

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Letter from bishop of Rockville Centre It is with joy, enthusiasm and purposedriven mission, that I invite you to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from January 26, 2020 through February 1, 2020. Together, we recognize the extraordinary contribution that our Catholic schools across Long Island make by forming young missionary disciples on fire with love for our Lord Jesus and the mission of the Catholic Church. At the same time, we recognize our collective responsibility towards the future of Catholic education in our Diocese. Enrollment and investment in our Catholic schools depends on the leadership of each individual Catholic. Our willingness to witness to the transformative and destiny-changing experience of Catholic education to the families we meet makes all the difference. Pope Saint John Paul II once said: “In order that the Catholic school and the Catholic teacher may truly make their irreplaceable contribution to the Church and to the world, the goal of Catholic education itself must be crystal clear. Catholic education is above all a question of communicating Christ, of helping to form Christ in the lives of others”. In Catholic Schools Week 2020, our Catholic Schools recommit themselves to helping parents and extended families form successful, servant leaders who help drive dramatic missionary growth on Long Island and beyond. Sincerely in Christ, Most Reverend John O. Barres Bishop of Rockville Centre ADVERTORIAL

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Letter from schools superintendent Catholic Schools Week is a time to celebrate and share all the wonderful opportunities that our schools provide for students and their families. The supportive environment that is found in each of our schools is second to none! Our schools are faith communities within whose walls extraordinary people are working to build the Kingdom of God. Our faith adds a dimension to learning that creates a personal relationship with God that will grow throughout a student’s life. The gift of a Catholic education would not

be possible without the deep level of commitment and sacrifice from our parents, parishioners, pastors, staff and broader communities. Thank you for entrusting to us the academic and spiritual education of your child. We are filled with gratitude for your passion and commitment for Catholic education. I’d like to invite you to take some time to visit our schools during Catholic Schools Week. Come and see the many programs our students are engaged in that enable them to compete and excel in the world today. Come

and see first handedly the quality instruction and academic rigor that is present in our classrooms each and every day. Experience the joy of the gospel alive in our schools and see what a difference a Catholic school education makes! Thank you for you support! Wishing you God’s blessings, Dr. Kathleen Walsh Superintendent of Schools Diocese of Rockville Centre

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ST. BRIGID/OUR LADY OF HOPE REGIONAL SCHOOL 101 Maple Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590

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Every morning at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School, two eighth graders lead the community in the pledge, prayers and announcements. The final words of the announcements are, “St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School, a place where faith shapes the spirit, family shapes the heart, and knowledge shapes the mind.”

FAITH: At St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope

Regional School we share our faith not only in formal religion classes but also in how we conduct ourselves. The adults in the building strive to preach the Gospel in words and actions as witnesses to our students. The rich cultural diversity of the school community is celebrated, and Christian values are woven into daily activities. A powerful expression of our faith in action is our response to those in need. We partner with St. Brigid’s Parish Outreach throughout the year for food drives, gifts at Christmas and Mother’s Day Baby Shower. Beyond our local community, we reach out to veterans groups, residents in assisted living facilities and animal welfare groups. We even reach out globally through Catholic Relief Services.

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Open House during Catholic Schools Week is Sunday, January 26, 2019, from 2 until 3:30 PM. Tours start from the lobby on Maple Avenue. Call the office (516-333-0580) or email to arrange a school visit at other times.

feel like a family. Not only do we often gather to pray, we also get together to celebrate and break bread. Activities throughout the year bring students, families and school staff together. They include ice cream socials, pasta suppers, fellowship after Mass, Thanksgiving feasts and dances. Every time we get together, we build relationships. Recently we served breakfast for 300. Even Santa joined us! For the last two years we have sponsored a 5K Run/Walk through the streets of Westbury. Our family includes the greater community as well. technology supports our academic program and turns everyday lessons into interactive learning experiences. Our academic program prepares students for the challenges of high school and beyond. High school level Regents courses in math and science are offered in 8th grade. Passing rates are 100%, many with distinction.

In addition to academics, students explore their gifts in the arts and on the athletic field. Our fine arts programs include vocal and instrumental music, drama, visual arts and dance. Our middle school students participate in three seasons of interscholastic sports – cross country, basketball and volleyball. All members of the school community gain knowledge of our loving God, knowledge of the world around us and knowledge of themselves!

University partnerships have been forged with St. John’s University School of Law and Molloy College. Other enrichment opportunities for all grade levels (K-8) are offered during and after school.

Providing a quality Catholic education in our community since 1918. Accredited by AdvanceED™




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St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School • 101 Maple Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590

Come visit our Open House Sunday January 26, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Learn more about our programs for Toddler through Eighth Grade


A nurturing program for 18-month-olds and their caregivers Meets once per week (1.5 hours)

Toddler Plus

A gentle introduction to preschool for 24 months + (separation program) Meets twice per week (1.5 hours each day)

Nursery School for 3 year olds Pre-K for 4 year olds

• Half day and full day programs are available for 3 and 5 days a week • After school program is available until 5:30 pm Full Day Kindergarten, Elementary Grades 1-5 and Middle School Grades 6-8

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Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation provides tuition assistance to qualified families (K-8) Se puede visitar las facilidades de la Escuela con guía que habla español Existen becas para estudiantes que cualifiquen. Información en español

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Serving the community since 1918 Accredited by AdvanceED™

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Jim Messina, Joan ‘Love Doctor’ brings Osborne at Landmark secrets to Adelphi The Landmark on Main Street announced two shows scheduled for later in 2020, each featuring a notable musician. Jim Messina will be performing at the Jeanne Rimsky Theater Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m. and Joan Osborne will play there Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. Messina’s legacy of music spans five decades, three super groups, a vibrant solo career and scores of producing and engineering credits. After performing in “Buffalo Springfield” and “Poco,” Columbia Records asked Messina to work with a then-unknown musician named Kenny Loggins in the early 1970s. The two discovered they worked well together. “Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In” was released in November of 1971 and an accidental duo was formed. They ended up releasing eight hit albums, had scores of hit songs and sold over 16 million albums. Messina later formed a band made of acclaimed musicians who have played with him at various points in his career. His latest release, 2017’sIn the Groove, includes selected hits from all three of his previous bands and several of his solo works. Joan Osborne has earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both a commanding, passion-

ate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Osborne is widely known for her 1995 hit song, “(What If God Was) One of Us,” as well as her live performances of “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted” and “Heat Wave”in the 2003 Grammy Award-winning documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award nominee, Osborne is firmly rooted in R&B and soul, as evidenced by the soul covers she has recorded on her albums “How Sweet It Is”and “Breakfast In Bed,” in addition to “Bring It On Home,” which garnered a Best Blues Album nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Tickets for both shows are now on sale. Story submitted by The Landmark on Main Street.

Love is in the air at Adelphi University. World-renowned relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch, a.k.a. The Love Doctor, will bring “Secrets to Finding and Keeping Love” to Adelphi Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. Studies show that when people are in a happy love relationship, they’re better able to handle stress, more likely to be physically active and sleep better. In this engaging and fun presentation, Dr. Orbuch shares her secrets to finding and keeping love based on over three decades of experience as a world-renowned relationship expert, author and speaker.This program is for everyone — whether single or in a long-term relationship. Come learn how to find and keep love! The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required.For more information and tickets visit


Dr. Terri Orbuch au_event/secrets-to-findingand-keeping-love/ About Terri Orbuch: Orbuch is a world-renowned relationship expert, author, speaker, therapist, distinguished professor at Oakland University, research professor at the University of Michigan, and media personality whose practical sciencebased advice has helped thousands of people find and create the loving relationships they deserve. She is also the director of a landmark study, funded by National Institutes of Health, where she has been following the same couples

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for more than three decades. Dr. Orbuch is widely published in scientific journals and the author of “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great.” and “Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.” Orbuch has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and TIME magazine and has appeared on The Today Show, MSNBC, The Katie Couric Show, ESPN, HuffPost Live, and CNN. She writes articles at Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other national outlets, and her relationship segments are aired on Fox-2 Detroit Morning News. Her national public television special titled, “Secrets from The Love Doctor” has been airing since December 2013. Learn more about her at DrTerriTheLoveDoctor. com.

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County joins Climate Smart program Continued from Page 8 environment for generations to come and Nassau County stands ready to do our part,” Curran said. “We are pledging to make significant strides towards fighting climate change by joining the Climate Smart Communities program. We are excited about the prospects of working together to create a more sustainable, cleaner New York.” Along with lowering greenhouse emissions, the county vows to decrease energy use, promote reuse and recycling of materials, enhance community resilience to impacts of climate change

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Management will also implement its Hazard Mitigation Plan 5-year update in the coming months, according to officials. The office is working with local municipalities and stakeholders to increase communal resistance to natural hazards such as severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. “Climate change is the defining issue of our generation,” Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said. “On behalf of DEC, I applaud Nassau County for adopting the Climate Smart Communities pledge and joining the communities across New York State who are working to tackle this challenge in a collaborative and proactive way.” There are currently 290 registered communities that have taken the Climate Smart Pledge, serving a total of 8,766,236 people, according to the program’s website. Roughly 45 percent of the state’s population is living in a climate-smart community, a number that Seggos and the DEC would like to continually increase.

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Helping sick with morphine, cocaine


recently saw a sign in a pharmacy window that they do not stock any CII or narcotic medications. How can that pharmacy serve its customers with such a policy? I tried to determine who was real and who was not when I had my own pharmacy in a rather simplistic manner. I would call the physician’s office and ask for an ICD9 or now, an ICD10 code, which would indicate to me the condition being treated by the physician and give me a clearer picture of the patient’s needs and be able to offer better care from a pharmacy perspective. I have seen terminally ill patients given Tylenol No.3 instead of a more potent opioid for fear of becoming a target for both the addicts and the

law. It really serves no purpose to explore the source of the problems we have today. Perhaps if the doctors had not written the original prescription in quantities that we now know to be excessive and the pharmacists had not been so quick to fill them without calling the physician and asking for the reason for such a product and such a quantity, we might have avoided some of the problems we see today. Finding a way to serve these individuals is what we should be exploring, I was a young pharmacist alone in my own pharmacy and a nun walked in, dressed in clothing that indicated who she was and presented me with a ”written” prescription”. It contained the following: Morphine

sulfate, cocaine hydrochloride, gin and honey. The year was 1970 and even though I had already been a pharmacist for 13 years and had worked for what seemed forever in a drugstore, I was not certain what to do. I weighed the different possiblities and decided to fill the prescription. I asked the nun to go to the nearest liquor store and buy a bottle of the least expensive gin, and then go next door to the supermarket market and buy the honey, and bring them both back to me, as neither of these was standard stocking in a “drugstore.” Could you imagine in your wildest dream stocking morphine sulfate powder or cocaine HCl crystals today?

The man for whom the prescription was intended turned out to be a priest in a local monastery who was suffering from terminal cancer and was in severe pain and who was being treated with what we know historically as “Brompton’s Cocktail,” to relieve his pain and suffering. Robert Twycross, a leading pain researcher and hospice physician, noted a “tendency to endow the Brompton Cocktail with almost mystical properties. The “Encyclopedia Of Death and Dying” in a survey of teaching and general hospitals in the United Kingdom showed the mixture and its variants to be in widespread use in 1972. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the psychiatrist and pioneer of end

of life care, became one of its supporters, as did some of the pioneers of pain medicine and palliative care in Canada. This entire episode could not have happened today. The physician could not write a prescription since it would have to be sent electronically, nobody would stock either morphine or cocaine crystals or powder, and no pharmacist would fill it for fear of being considered a target by an addict, and the fact that medical schools, I think, probably do not teach the students how to write a compounded prescription. Try filling that prescription and putting it through the insurance carrier for approval. Bert Drachtman Great Neck

Feeling welcome at Manhasset library


n light of the recent controversy, I would like to offer my experiences and interactions with the Manhasset Public Library and its director, Maggie Gough. I teach both the adult and children calligraphy classes held at the Manhasset Public Library and is currently the president of the North American Calligraphy Association. The children’s calligraphy class at the MPL will reconvene in February 2020. This is the third children’s calligraphy class offered by the MPL. The calligraphy class takes the pictograph principle of Chinese characters as a start-

ing point and combines Chinese culture with innovative methods to learn Chinese characters, which stimulates students’ interest in Chinese calligraphy. It is also a meaningful exploration of Chinese and calligraphy learning from childhood. In recent years, in response to the needs of the increasing number of residents of Chinese heritage in town, the Manhasset Public Library has hosted or organized many cultural activities with the theme of Chinese painting and calligraphy. The Adult Calligraphy Class started two years ago, and is now in the tenth session with

ten lectures each. Three calligraphy exhibitions showcasing learning achievements of the students were held in the library, which attracted many visitors. Themes include “Fifty Most Culturally Important Chinese Characters,” “Rhyming Couplets of December,” “Manhasset Children’s Calligraphy Exhibition,” etc. In addition, the Spirit of Chinese Ink Painting Exhibit held in 2019 was markedly well-received by the New York calligraphy and painting community for the superb quality of the arts and calligraphy fea-

tured. All these events and activities are open to the public. These activities also demonstrate the respect of the Manhasset Public Library has for the residents of Chinese heritage and Chinese culture and tradition, and the commitment of the library to embrace and promote the multicultural development within the Manhasset community. The mission of the MPL to serve its broad community has won the support and appreciation of Manhasset residents of all ethnic backgrounds. The development and appreciation

of cultural diversity in a community require long term commitments. The support of the Manhasset library for the Chinese calligraphy classes and art exhibits has been a wonderful mean for encouraging cultural exchanges and understandings in our community. I believe that this support from the library is essential and will benefit all residents of diverse backgrounds in the community. Xinde Shen President of the North American Calligraphy Association

Critics unrepresentative of VGN voters


t’s ironic that the four residents quoted in the articleResidents speak out on lack of public input during Village of Great Neck meetings are actually recorded on the video of the Board of Trustees meeting provided by the village. Those quoted malign the mayor over his lack of transparency and speak falsely about a “gag order.” Yet, the video shows they each exceeded their 3-minute time limit, some of them speaking multiple times.

Unfortunately, there is a small group of people who often hijack these meetings by injecting their comments and arguing throughout the meetings, preventing all agenda items from being heard and providing little constructive input. Watch the videohttps:// the 2:51 mark – you will see that there was plenty of public comment. Another preposterous allegation of one of the residents

quoted is that when the public’s comments are registered it is too late for any serious revision of any project to be made. This could not be further from the truth. She made her public comments at this meeting and the last meeting. This is one of the few municipalities that have a board that does listen. This resident administers a Great Neck Facebook group that regularly smears and misstates many of the village’s initiatives and has

a clear bias against this Village government. Listening to the small group of ill-informed but oft-quoted naysayers narrows all the thinking in this Village to what a select few unelected individuals care to think and disseminate to others. Many of the rude interruptions that occur during these meetings are at the hand of these self-appointed radicals. They complain about the process, and when that process is

followed to a tee, they argue that it has not been followed. The people quoted in the article don’t represent the thinking of the residents of our great Village, even though they may think they do. Facts matter, and if this publication had any sense of journalistic integrity, it would check the video before spreading falsehoods spoken in bad faith. Dr. Joshua Ishal Great Neck

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American socialists dangerous for 100 years


hile on vacation in New Mexico a few weeks ago, I came across the following in the local paper, the Santa Fe New Mexican ( past_100_years/the-past-yearsdec/article_1e73149c-235411ea-9faa-0f091ae4368f.html): “Dec. 22, 1919: The ship which carried Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman and 200 more hyenas of radicalism back across the ocean, sails under sealed orders. We don’t know where Emma and Alexander are going, but they are on their way. This is the most delightful feature of their deportation — we don’t even know where they are going.” Please note that Santa Fe is the most liberal city In New Mexico for 2019 (https://

More information on Emma Goldman can be found at: dec/21/1919/emma-goldman and https://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Emma_Goldman Readers might also find reading about the Palmer Raids of November 1919 and January 1920 informative. Reading about Emma Goldman and the Palmer Raids brought me back to my March 26, 2019 letter, “Democratic Socialism, Communism not very different at all.” May I again quote thehill. com, “Democratic Socialism — philosophy of poverty,” by Alexander G. Markovsky, opinion contributor (Feb. 1) — to explain Democratic Socialism’s relationship to Marxism. “Nowadays, the Mensheviks’ concept adopted by American Socialists is being promulgated by

Bernie Sanders and his disciples as an alternative to Marxism. This Marxist’s Trojan Horse is intended to enact socialism by installing the Hugo Chavezes of this world through the democratic process. Democratic socialism is not a new version of socialism; it is just another method of establishing socialism. This slow-roll strategy designed to do to the United States incrementally what Russian Bolshevism did to Russia in 1917 abruptly.” I would like to share with readers information on the late Theodore H. “Ted” Draper which might explain how this country’s institutions of higher learning became indoctrination centers for the world Marxist agenda. The following information is from: Theodore_Draper: In 1930, Draper enrolled at the College of the City of New

York, better known as “City College.” It was there that he joined the National Student League (NSL), a mass organization of the Communist Party USA targeted at organizing and mobilizing college students. Draper graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in philosophy in 1933; by this time, the College’s National Student League organization “was so large and influential that it could virtually close down the school on May Day.” According to, https://www. us/theodore-draper-freelancehistorian-is-dead-at-93.html: “Mr. Draper went from Communist Party fellow traveler in the 1930s to liberal anti-communist in the 1950s and ’60s before breaking with the Cold War hawks and attacking the United States’ role in Vietnam. For a time he was also the

leading historian of American communism, writing two authoritative books about it.” In conclusion, the following articles show that what was the Democratic Party is on the road to being the Bolshevik Party: campaign/395347-with-ocasio-cortez-ny-dems-reenactbolsheviks-vs-mensheviks https://www.americanthinker. com/articles/2016/07/hillary_ is_a_menshevik.html A Bolshevik Party will be a reality if the leadership of the Democratic Party and their friends in academia and the Main Street Media continue to, excuse, support and defend the likes of Ocasio-Cortez and “The Squad,” who are Anti-American and/or AntiSemitic. Walter J. Jaworski New Hyde Park

Bail reform in N.Y. endangers seniors


ail reform in New York State has taken a bad turn that endangers all of us. This is especially true for senior citizens like myself and other citizens, who can’t protect ourselves against violent repeat offenders who are released with-

out bail and free to attack again. A case in point and I will not mention names so as not to glorify their actions but recently a bank robber who was arrested many times and including four Chase banks in Manhattan and released without posting bail. Then there was a homeless

man who attacked a woman and knocked out one of her teeth and was arrested and then released without bail. He then a few days later was arrested for aggressive panhandling and again was released without bail being posted. Now according to reports he

was arrested again and placed in a mental hospital for evaluation. This no bail for those breaking the law, I find quite troubling and quite scary. As a senior, I worry about being attacked by a repeat offender who is released without bail and free to commit the same or differ-

ent crimes again. In my opinion, New York is slowly becoming a most dangerous place to live. I feel our mayor, governor and government officials really don’t care. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola

New York needs GOP majority in state Senate


he State of New York has, in our lifetime, functioned better when it was constituted by a divided govern-

ment. The State Senate was the sole check on the dominant leftism slamming the citizenry with every-greater taxation, growing homeless encampments and now increasingly vicious and frequent crime – including Jew-hate crime (anti-Semitism is a polite euphe-

mism). The good work of Gov. Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Giuliani is now being reversed. We are on our way back to the very bad 1970s. The most outrageous denials of blame are personified in the likes of Senate Leader Cousins, Assembly Leader Heastie and most especially here on Long Island – state Sen. Anna Kaplan – who

voted for and brought you the “No Cash Bail Law.” These governmental incompetents have moved Gov. Cuomo to the left, along with the other crazies. These people sponsor marches and decry anti-Semitism (anti-Jew crime) while authoring the laws which help enable offenders. Save the crocodile tears and commit to the only action which will halt New York’s march to compete with San Francisco and other

sewers of California: bring back the Republican state senators in the suburban districts and in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Anna Kaplan’s fakery in “rationalizing” her vote for the greatest crime-inducing legislation in decades should be more than enough for our district’s idiots who disposed of Elaine Phillips to seek a representative elsewhere: by replacing her and the other state Senate Democrats with Republi-

cans. Recall that all the Democrats votes for the “No Cash Bail Law,” which brings you all the crime videos you currently see on the news each evening. A Republican state Senate in New York was –and can be – the only “insurance” you have against complete chaos in this state. Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld Great Neck


One drop in 20 swimming pools Continued from Page 16 The amounts are very small, but a growing number of scientists and academics are worried about the adverse effects. BPA, like the other chemicals mentioned above, is known to interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse de-

velopmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. An amount equivalent to one drop in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools could produce a change in natural hormone concentrations. The amount of 1,4-dioxane

and PFAS in Long Island’s water supply is found in concentrations of parts per billion, and we are passing legislation to avoid further contamination and securing millions in funding to filter it out. So we have to re-think the 16th-century alchemist Paracel-

sus’ assertion that “only the dose makes the poison.” Many highly respected doctors and researchers have written extensively about these low dose exposures of endocrinedisrupting chemicals. Books include Dr. Leo Trasande’s recent publication, “Sicker, Fatter, Poor-

er,” Dr. Sheldon Krimsky’s “Hormonal Chaos,” and the classic on endocrine disruption, “Our Stolen Future” by Theo Colborn. All of them know what everyone needs to understand: even a tiny amount of a toxic chemical can have a big impact on our health.

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L.I. living could cost less than Queens My daughter is looking to purchase a home on the North Shore of Nassau County and to come back from Queens to save a boatload of money. The reason that I say this is that homeowners and others, (and those who should be buying instead of renting), that I have spoken to, who happen to be fortunate to earn $100,000 plus need to fire their accountants. If you add up your city income tax, supposed “cheap real estate taxes on a 18′ X 90′ or a 40′ X 100′ lot, or larger, your water bill (water costs more to pump down from the reservoirs upstate) (included in your coop maintenance, raising that cost) and auto insurance and the quality of life, and also the school districts; Nassau County offers so much more! Oh yeah, do you remember that crazy record-breaking snow of 27.5 inches on January 22, 2016, and those who suffered in Queens (Nassau and Suffolk too) being really stuck and had to abandon their cars; as well as a few died because the EMS vehicles in Queens, couldn’t get down certain blocks and either could the plows? So when the next heavy

snow hits; good luck if you are on a tertiary street, you might as well stay in your home for up to 24-48 hours and relax and watch the boob tube! Years ago, the powers that be were trying to make the “Big Apple” the 51st State and I quote from Wikipedia “New York City: the 51st State was the platform of the Norman Mailer–Jimmy Breslin candidacy in the 1969 New York City Democratic mayoral primary election. Mailer, a novelist, journalist, and filmmaker, and Breslin, an author and at the time a New York City newspaper columnist, proposed that the five New York City boroughs should secede from New York State, and become the 51st state of the U.S. Mailer topped the ticket as candidate for Mayor; his running mate, Breslin, sought the office of City Council President. Their platform featured placing city governmental control in the hands of the neighborhoods, and offered unique and creative – if impractical and even logistically impossible – solutions to air pollution, traffic congestion, school overcrowding, and crime. After a strong grassroots cam-

PHILIP A. RAICES Real Estate Watch

paign, the ticket entered the primary on June 17, 1969, as decided underdogs. They finished second to last, garnering a citywide total of 41,288 votes, 5 percent of the total votes cast. One never knows what would have happened if New York City had become the 51st State and maybe, just maybe it would have been even more successful than what it is today and maybe there wouldn’t be a city income tax and other burdensome costs to those who now have moved or are moving out and into the other counties away from the 5 boroughs or even out of state as the current exodus of the millennial group and others continue to deplete

our population all over New York State and negates the numbers of those coming in. So the question is, why are people with higher incomes staying put, still residing in Queens, when Nassau in so many ways offers more, especially when it comes to the schools? I can’t provide you an exact answer, maybe they like paying more, have too many friends in the area, feel comfortable or complacent, lazy and not motivated to move. But one should be questioning their accountants as to the #1 way to save money, and if you fit that income profile that I mentioned at the beginning of this column would move out of Queens, even if it isn’t Long Island. Moving out of State would save you a “boatload of money.” But obviously, it sounds so easy for me to say this because I am somewhat comfortable financially and in my surroundings with my children and grandchildren nearby, but I am also cognizant of the fact that more individuals and families are truly struggling to get by to be able to stay in New York. My suggestion is to start a small side or internet business, any type of affordable

one with as low a risk as possible (unless you have funds to fuel something larger that you can afford the greater risk, but will potentially gain a greater return) or you could consider earning your real estate license in as little as 16 days with a minimal cost of about $1200 (includes the class in person or online, class exam, New York State exam, license fee, errors and omissions insurance, and business cards and be sponsored by a licensed Brokerage) to begin your career than you might suddenly learn to grow into and have a passion for, but never considered “pulling the trigger” and to begin. When there is no risk, there is no reward, no pain, no gain and if you don’t take the first step to start, you will never finish! This is in no way a solicitation, but to educate those who want more financial freedom and to also scale their incomes and/or business to a higher level to be in a position, once you reach that magic number that allows you to escape the expensive costs of living in Queens and move; if not on Long Island, but pretty much anywhere else. However, that all depends on if your business or job is transferable to another area or your business is portable enough to run it anywhere. I truly and thoroughly love and enjoy living in Long Island and will most likely never leave, but I am fortunate to live and work there and have available choices and want to be around my family. You too can accomplish this if you start thinking outside the box, go back to school, learn a different trade, think of a viable business to start parttime that you always wanted to be in and as they say, “just do it” and then earn the necessary monies to move, Good Luck in whatever endeavor you choose! Philip A. Raices is the owner/Broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 3 Grace Ave Suite 180 in Great Neck. He has earned designations as a Graduate of the Realtor Institute and also as a Certified International Property Specialist (He can be reached by cell: (516) 647-4289 or by email: Phil@TurnKeyRealEstate. Com to answer any of your questions or concerns.

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Recent Real Estate Sales in Manhasset Manhasset Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $1,330,000 Demographics near Manhasset, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 17,711 2,651 47.2 2.9 132,741 92,018

County 1,352,825 4,752 42.5 2.9 85,195 45,421


7 Brook Lane, Manhasset Sold Price: $1,429,000 Date: 11/25/2019 4 beds, 3 Full baths Style: Colonial # of Families: Lot Size: 140x180 Schools: Port Washington Total Taxes: $29,490 MLS# 3162821

186 Munsey Place, Manhasset Sold Price: $1,200,000 Date: 12/09/2019 3 beds, 3 Full baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 75x200 Schools: Manhasset Total Taxes: $19,659 MLS# 3161114

135 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset

55 Estates Terrace, Manhasset

Sold Price: $999,000 Date: 12/10/2019 4 beds, 1 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 100x100 Schools: Manhasset Total Taxes: $15,847 MLS# 3160658

Sold Price: $1,025,000 Date: 12/20/2019 3 beds, 3 Full baths Style: Condo Schools: Manhasset Total Taxes: $19,162 MLS# 3173828

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

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Villages face ExteNet decisions Continued from Page 1 applause from over 30 residents, but the deputy mayor and mayor warned that it may not be the end. “Most of the people gathered here are not in favor of the application,” Lam said. “I can’t tell you how much time Adam has spent to try and get an agreement with our counsel. The board spent a lot of time and consideration, and we all have different reasons for voting for or against it, but I think you have to understand that if all of you are saying no, and the board voted no, there very well may be ramifications. We had an agreement on the table that was mediated between the village and ExteNet, that eliminates several poles, moves several poles across Lakeville Road. That offer may very well be off the table if this decision goes forward to the ExteNet people in the court.” Lam added that he “couldn’t say what our chances are if it goes to court.” “We’re taking a very real risk of being sent back three years to the original application, which is what you’re asking us to do,” Lam said. “I think you have to take it into consideration that you are playing a very large part in this decision. It’s not just a decision of the board, it’s a decision of a lot of the residents of Lake Success who will say, ‘vote against it.’ And by doing so, we all have to accept the possible consequences.”


Lake Success residents applauded as their village’s Board of Trustees rejected a settlement with ExteNet Systems. Mayor Hoffman said that he had similar concerns that the situation could turn “all or nothing.” “There’s a real risk that three to four nodes now end up on individuals’ front lawns,” Hoffman said. “Not across the street from their house, but on their house, on a pole 10 feet from. I don’t want

it near anyone’s house, but if this is going to court, and there is a possibility that we lose because they have the court on their side. I’m sure everyone’s going to fight it and if we’re sitting here a year from now and it’s in front of people’s lawns, that’s something we’ll all have to live it.” Hoffman noted that the matter had

Employees defend library director Continued from Page 2 verse community,” Majorana wrote. Four-year library employee Charisse Relyveld-Osnato wrote that she had “never seen or heard [Gough] exhibit discriminatory or racial behaviors toward anyone.” “[Gough] is always looking for ways to help the community in any way possible,” Relyveld-Osnato wrote. Linda Palmieri, who has worked at the library since 2013, wrote that she has “never witnessed Maggie Gough to speak or write racist remarks to staff or patrons,” and said the accusations “have made our dignified work of serving this library and the Manhasset community humiliating.” “Maggie maintains an ‘open door pol-

icy’ for staff and patrons alike to come to her office any time with any issue,” Palmieri wrote. “To Maggie, it is all about the patrons,” wrote Alice Pastor, the senior clerk in the library’s children’s room. “I have found [Gough] to be very inclusive in her manner and effort as library director,” wrote employee Linda Giacalone. “Actions speak louder than words; I urge everyone to look at Maggie’s record in the community; it is stellar,” wrote employee Stephanie Catlett. Michael Marino has worked for Gough in the Manhasset and Elmont public libraries since 2011. “For the nine years that I have worked under her leadership, I have never met such an articulate, hardworking, profes-

sional and truly dedicated director,” Marino wrote. “I have been in her presence in a vast amount of staff meetings and as well as one on one meetings, and I can vouch for her character as a fair, caring and most respectful human being when dealing with her employees and the patrons of the library.” Library building maintainer Garry Serraino has worked in Manhasset since 2008, and has worked with Gough since she took her position in 2011. “Any supervisory position is never easy, especially the position of being the director of a public facility, but I have to say with all honesty that Maggie is always working on moving the library forward to meet the needs of ALL patrons, not just a select few,” Serraino wrote. Karen Annunziata, a library services

Scholars honored at Manhasset H.S. Continued from Page 2 honored for projects that looked at drug deaths through income inequality across the country, and at anti-vaccination activity on Twitter in urban areas. At Herricks, seniors Carrie Hsu’s and Bhav Patel’s projects explored ways of detecting cell growth and changes in neural connectivity in psychosis patients, while North Shore seniors Keaton Danseglio’s

and Kyra McCreery’s projects looked at paternal stress between generations of flies, and cyclone and precipitation patterns in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Districts in Great Neck and East Williston each had one scholar honored. Great Neck South High School senior Kallista Zhuang’s project involved looking at Alzheimer’s disease, while Karen Li, a senior at the Wheatley School in Old

Westbury, tested interactions between carbohydrates and aromatic amino acids. Each scholar and school will receive $2,000. Later this month, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named finalists and go to Washington, D.C., for the competition’s final phase in March, which will see the students compete for more than $1.8 million in awards from Regeneron.

been before the board for three years, and acknowledged that while the settlement was “not perfect,” it would have been the best option. “I’m disappointed, honestly, I really am,” he said. “I think we had the best solution we could possibly get out of this. And we’re going to be back at square one, where we won’t have control of where they go, where they have the right to go to court on that judgment and we have to hope that the judge feels for us, and it’s a summary judgment so there’s not going to be a lot of say on our part. We have to hope that the judge feels sorry for Lake Success, and that to me is not a great plan.” The board then resolved 6 to 1 that it would approve the settlement if Node 12c, which had received much public criticism, was removed. In Plandome, the next Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday will see a vote on the last two cell nodes in ExteNet’s 10 applications. The November meeting saw the trustees reject eight of the proposed 10, resulting in ExteNet suing the village a month later. The two proposed stealth nodes that will be voted on are marked as 42 and 46, and are located near the southern end of The Ridge and near the east end of North Drive. The Village of Plandome did not respond to a call for comment. A call to ExteNet’s legal department was not immediately returned.

coordinator in the Sewanhaka Central High School District who said she has worked with Gough, wrote that she has “always observed Maggie being professional and courteous.” “[Gough] is always concerned for everyone’s safety and has implemented security measures to allow us to feel safe,” Annunziata wrote. “To hear Maggie’s character attacked saddens and disgusts me.” Mary Glynn, a youth services and art coordinator at the library, wrote that she had never heard Gough uses racial slurs of any kind in her three years working in Manhasset, and described the director as a “very caring person who is very concerned with the community and ensuring that the library is as diverse as possible.” “I am shocked by the accusations against Maggie and wish her nothing but the best,” Glynn wrote. “Manhasset Public Library is a wonderful place to work, and I am certain that will continue under Maggie’s direction.” None of the 14 statements explicitly discussed the incident on Dec. 14. Efforts to reach other library employees were unavailing. Lisa Hendrickson, whose LCH Communications conducts public relations for the library, said last week that the investigation would be finishing by the end of this week, with the findings presented soon afterward. “I am hopeful that the conclusion of the investigation regarding the original accusation will allow us to move forward with our mission to serve this wonderfully diverse community,” employee Maria Migano wrote in her statement.

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Christian club to Rice bill to reimburse meet in Roslyn water districts passes The Nassau North Shore Christian Women’s Club cordially invites everyone to a luncheon on Feb. 4 promptly at 12:15 p.m. at the Jolly Fisherman & Steak House, 25 Main St. in Roslyn. Special Feature – Marina Horan, Environmentally Friendly Products Inspirational Speaker will be Morgan Lippolt Soloist will be Kathryn Prinz For reservations or information call Jane Voss 742-0861 (after 10 a.m.) or Alice Russo at (516) 248-9726 by Jan. 27. The cost of the luncheon is $32.00. If you pay by check, please make it out to “cash”. Prayer connection will be Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the home of Diane Kelly (516-328-1722).

Legislator touts law enforcement Following the observance of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D – Glen Cove) is highlighting recent philanthropic and governmental efforts aimed at ensuring Nassau County’s law enforcement professionals have unfettered access to potentially life-saving mental health care resources. During the legislature’s meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, County Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton joined her colleagues in recognizing Fourth Precinct Officers Stephen Orlando & Adrian Lally for organizing the department’s fourth annual “Mustache Movember,” an observance that raises awareness of police suicide and generate funds for the New York Law Enforcement Assistance Program, a nonprofit organization that provides mental health services to first responders. This year, Mustache Movember raised more than $8,000. Earlier in the fall of 2019, Leg-

islator DeRiggi-Whitton joined her colleagues in a unanimous, bipartisan vote to create Mental Health and Wellness divisions within the Police Department and Sheriff ’s offices. These new divisions will be tasked with providing confidential peer support, training, and other resources such as a smartphone application and website for active and retired officers. “To truly show our appreciation for the law enforcement professionals that serve and protect Nassau County residents on a daily basis, we must do all we can to ensure sufficient mental health care resources are in place and that these men and women can reach out for help in their hour of need without hesitation,” Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton said. “I am heartened that my colleagues and the leaders and members of Nassau County’s law enforcement agencies are prioritizing the mental health and wellness of every individual that wears the uniform.”

Bipartisan amendment included in House passage of water contamination bill authorizes $50 million in grants to reimburse water districts for past PFAS contamination expenses. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019, a comprehensive bill to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), clean up water contamination, and protect public health. A bipartisan amendment offered by Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04), and co-sponsored by Reps. Peter King (NY-02) and Tom Suozzi (NY-03), was included in the final passage. The amendment authorizes $50 million in new grant funding for communities across the country that have already incurred past PFAS water contamination expenses, including local municipalities on Long Island. The bill passed by a vote of 247-149. “Water contamination has been a costly public health issue for years on Long Island,” Rice said. “I was proud to vote for this bill which included my amendment to reimburse local water districts that have been footing the bill to fight this crisis for far too long. I’m pleased the federal government is finally stepping in to ensure families have access to the clean drinking water they deserve.” “Families must always have clean drinking water but it imperative that their local communities are reimbursed for expenses in ensuring this right,” said King.“I am proud to work with Reps. Rice and Suozzi on this important legislation.” “PFAS chemicals are a clear danger to our families and the environment,” Suozzi said.“We have known about these ‘forever chemicals’ for years and unfortunately it has been local communities, like ours on Long Island, that have been picking up the tab and treating our drinking water. I’m proud to support Rep. Rice’s amendment that reimburses communities for prior expenses on PFAS treatment technologies because it’s simply what’s fair.” According to a May 2019 study by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Long Island has the most contaminated drinking water in the state. Several contaminants, including PFAS, were detected above the Environmental Pro-


Rep. Kathleen Rice announces amendment which authorizes $50 million in grants to reimburse water districts for past PFAS contamination expenses. tection Agency’s (EPA) safety levels. “The public has the basic right and expectation of government that when they turn on their taps, their water will be safe for them to drink. But that has been taken away by toxic PFAS chemicals that have polluted the water supplies serving millions of New Yorkers, and millions of other Americans,” Liz Moran, environmental policy director for the New York Public Interest Research Group, said. “The PFAS Action Act includes crucial measures to give justice to these communities and to prevent future contamination crises. We thank Representative Rice for her support of this legislation and commitment to making sure victims of these chemicals aren’t the ones footing the bill. We urge the Senate to do right by Americans and pass this legislation swiftly.” “Long Island’s water providers are working tirelessly to implement treatment for emerging contaminants PFAS and 1,4-dioxane,” Long Island Water Conference Chairman Rich Passariello said.“The state-of-theart treatment systems needed to remove these new contaminants from our water bear an enormous financial cost. We greatly appreciate Congresswoman Rice seeking an additional funding stream for PFAS treatment through this amendment as it would provide much needed—

and much deserved—relief to Long Island ratepayers.” The PFAS Action Act of 2019 directs the EPA to address PFAS contamination in several ways, including: Preventing further PFAS environmental contamination by requiring cleanup of contaminated sites, setting air emission limits, prohibiting unsafe incineration of PFAS, and limiting the introduction of new PFAS chemicals into commerce. Identifying health risks by requiring comprehensive health testing and monitoring for PFAS in drinking water. Requiring a stronger drinking water standard for PFAS that protects public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations. Providing funding through the PFAS Infrastructure Grant Program to assist local communities with impacted water systems. The PFAS Infrastructure grant program was originally reserved for local water districts, which had yet to remedy PFAS contamination. However, several Long Island communities have been incurring PFAS-related costs for years. Rice’s amendment makes funding available to these communities by allocating an additional $50 million to the grant program solely for reimbursing water districts that have already sustained past PFAS-related costs.

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The debt we owe to the dreamers long. They may devote Stone have dreams a few months to trainwhich demand that ing and then stop.” they must leave each This is true with other in order to purmost dreams. Peosue them. The show ple start in a blaze stopper is Emma Stone of passion but soon singing “Dreamers” with enough peter out, the lines ‘here’s to the lose focus and quit. ones who dream, foolMark went on to say ish as they may seem.” that for himself he nevSo with this kind of iner stops training despiration, I was deterDR. TOM FERRARO spite a variety of injumined to interview a Our Town ries that get in the way. local to see if it was true This is the difference that we all have dreams between those who go to pursue. The first man on the street I approached was Mark, a on to successfully achieve their dreams and those who never do. fitness trainer at Healthtrax. Those with big dreams Mark is the perfect interview beundaunted by barriers. cause each of his clients have a dream of are some kind. I asked him about his clients’ In the case of Werner Herzog, the comdreams and he said “I think they fall into pletion of Fitzcarraldo took four years. two categories. Some come in order to The obstacles Herzog faced included improve appearance. They may have a pulling the 320-ton steamship over the big wedding coming up. Something like mountain, a variety of jungle diseases, warring tribes in the jungle, the loss of that. The other big reason is longevity. They both leads which were Jason Robarts and may have some physical issues and want to his sidekick Mick Jagger. When Jason Robards came down improve their health through gym work. ” He then remarked in an offhanded way with amoebic dysentery he was out. As that “it’s too bad but they often drop out time dragged on Jagger was scheduled to and fail to pursue their dreams for very do a world tour and had to leave. Herzog flew back to Germany and was confronted by his producers who were inpatient CAMP DIRECTORY and running out of money. They asked him if he wanted to complete the film or let it drop. He said he would either complete the film or die trying. With that kind of commitment, he was given more money, sent back to the jungle and completed this impossible film. The Oscar-winning documentary “Burden of Dreams” was about the obstacles

Everyone has a secret dream. You may be dreaming of fame, money, status or love. If there is one thing that all humans have in common it’s that we all like to dream. And if you don’t have your own dream you probably identify with someone who does. In the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, repeated over and over “I have a dream!” His “I have a dream” speech is now a part of American history. Dreams are a force of nature. When the character of Don Quixote became possessed with his insane dream to become a knight errant he was ridiculed and laughed at. How can an old man go out to save the world? In the end, his impossible dream was achieved. My favorite dreamer is the character Fitzcarraldo in the Werner Herzog film of the same name. Klaus Kinski plays a man driven with a wild obsession to build an opera house in the middle of the Amazon jungle so that the natives would be able to hear Caruso sing. In the film, a group of natives and Fitzcarraldo must haul a 320-ton steamship over a mountain to fulfill his dream. A more contemporary film about dreamers is “La La Land“ where a pair of lovers played by Ryan Gosling and Emma


faced while making “Fitzcarraldo.” In it, Herzog said that the artist’s role in film making is to channel and articulate mankind’s central dreams and he felt as an artist it was his duty to do express these dreams through cinema. Dr. Segal was a British psychoanalyst who studied creativity in artists and suggested that they all endeavor to recover their lost past through their artistic creations. In many of Herzog’s films, it is man against nature. As a child Herzog was raised by his mother in the Swiss Alps in a wooden shack with no electricity, no heat and no running water. We can see that his films about man in the jungle are a way of revisiting his painful and frightening childhood. And when I asked Mark my trainer why he thought he never gave up training despite injuries he said his whole family had big health issues and his dad died when Mark was only 2 years old. So here we can understand the drive to be a successful trainer may be tied to his own past. This is true of every top-tiered athlete I know, including Tiger Woods who grew up in an all-white neighborhood where he regularly faced racial epithets. This is the burden of a dream. If you grew up in safety, ease and comfort you may have a dream but when faced with challenges you will walk away. But for the ones who grew up in pain and with suffering, let them take solace in the fact that when they choose their dream they will be willing to overcome every obstacle they must face. They are driven by the darkness of their past which will force them to recreate a better world. And we, the audience, are the lucky recipients.

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U.N. reps speak on human trafficking It can happen in any country and community. Victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Within the safety and comfort of our homes, it is hard to believe that human trafficking exists in our society and even in our neighborhood as participants learned at Northwell Health’s Third Annual Human Trafficking Symposium held on Jan. 7, 2020, at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell. “Human trafficking is a social justice and human rights issue of our generation,” said Dr. Santhosh Paulus, Zucker School of Medicine assistant professor and creator of the first Northwell Health Human Trafficking Response Program. “We need a coordinated response to this issue across all disciplines to give voice to those who are exploited physically and financially.” Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. It can also include the removal and sale of organs. People fall prey to traffickers for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional distress, economic hardship, lack of family and social network, natural disasters, and political instability as addressed by symposium keynote speaker and internationally acclaimed anti-trafficking expert, Dr. PM Nair. “We live in a world of exploitation, a world of demand,” said Dr. Nair, former director-general, National Disaster Response Force & Civil Defense, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and an advisor to the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime. “Once demand is stopped, we will stop trafficking.” The symposium featured a variety of talks and workshops for health professionals that covered understanding the victim

Symposium panelists discuss the realities of human trafficking identification and prevention. (left-right) Dr. PM Nair, Dr. Makini Chisolm-Straker, and survivor Ricarda Diamond. mindset, law enforcement strategies, caregiving for trafficking victims and survivors, and how our nation’s health care system can serve as a front line for identification and protection of those impacted by trafficking. To date, Northwell has trained more than 3,000 employees to identify, triage, and support victims of human trafficking in partnership with Restore NYC and has been invited to be a part of a United Nation’s cohort of U.S. healthcare providers to receive training on human trafficking and to collect data for a one-year pilot study to address victimization. “Each site will receive training on how to develop individual protocols for screening and managing trafficking cases. We will then take the common denominators from the protocols at each site and form a policy to present to the World Health Organization

that can be instituted globally,” explained Deborah O’Hara-Rusckowski, delegate for the Order of Malta at the U.N. and spearhead for the U.N. Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking which will announce its healthcare provider training-research initiative at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30. Amid escalated efforts close to home and abroad to save victims and halt human trafficking, the focus for millions of survivors is on sustainable recovery, including access to education and work experience, residential assistance, and access to support groups and services that promote healing, safety, and lifelong wellness. “I was able to break away from prostitution but still live in fear every day,” said Ricarda Diamond, a human trafficking survivor turned motivational

speaker who was part of a symposium panel discussion. “For people like myself, who become victims of trafficking, the problem starts well before it happens. To clinicians, doctors, and nurses, I would say to pay more attention to our children. We need to allow our children to feel safe and free to talk about what is happening in and outside the home.” Special thanks to New Life Community Health Center, Empowerment Collaborative of Long Island, Exploitation Intervention Project, NOMI Networks, Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Inc. (VIBES), Crime Victims Center, The Safe Center, the NYPD Detective Bureau, Cycle for Change, Northwell Health professionals, and exhibitors for support and help in raising awareness about human trafficking.

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D’Urso seeks donations for Valentines for Vets State Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso invites the 16th Assembly District to open their hearts to Long Island’s veterans by participating in the annual Valentines for Vets Program. “This is an annual districtwide effort to show our hospitalized veterans who have served our country that they are appreciated and have not been forgotten,” said D’Urso. For more than a decade public and parochial schools, as well as businesses, libraries, and private citizens in the community have donated personal care items, outerwear and electronics for the Valentines for Vets Program. Each year the 16th AD delivers two truckloads of handmade valentines and donated items to the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook and the Northport VA Medical Center. What better way to show our appreciation for the sacrifices that veterans have made than to send a valentine or donate an item that veterans can use? Please drop off items by Friday, January 31, at our new District Office, 20 Vanderventeer Ave.,


State Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso, a member of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, visited veterans at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook. Pictured left to right, Fred Sganga, executive director, one of the residents, and D’Urso.

Suite 100 West in Port Washington. Other drop off locations: Great Neck Social Center, 80 Grace Avenue, Herricks Community Center, 999 Herricks Road, Port Washington Community Chest, 382 Main Street, and the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue. All items must be new. Suggested donations include handmade valentines, toothbrushes, toothpaste, denture adhesive, shampoo, deodorant, hairbrushes, non-slip socks, winter hats, gloves, scarves, stamps, patriotic caps or t-shirts, compact discs, scratch-off lottery tickets, iTunes gift cards, wheelchair cup holders, note cards, phone cards, hand-held computer games, electric razors, clock radio/cassette players, walkmans, terry cloth robes, winter coats, universal remotes, DVDs, portable CD players, earphones, electric toothbrushes, sweatpants, and sweatshirts. If you have any questions, please call Sandy Portnoy at (516) 482-6966. Submitted by state Assemblyman D’Urso

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