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Nassau still lags in bang for its IDA buck


Remains behind Westchester, Suffolk counties despite gains since 2012 BY LU K E TORRANCE The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency gave out $3,003 in net tax exemptions per job created in 2016, the lowest amount for the county since 2012, according to! the New York state comptroller’s annual IDA report, released earlier this month. But the amount is higher than Westchester County’s! $2,961 per job gained and more than six times the amount of Suffolk’s IDA net exemptions per job gained. Of the three counties, Nassau had the most IDA projects with 173. The $88.6 million in tax exemptions was not only the most of the three counties, it was the most of any county in the state by a significant margin (Westchester was second with $48.1 million). While Nassau recovered about half of that through payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), its net tax exemptions of $43.6 million were the highest of any IDA in the state

save New York City. These numbers are actually an improvement for Nassau in some areas. The $3,003 net exemption per job gained was half of 2015’s $6,358. The net jobs gain of 14,518 for Nassau was the county’s best number since 2012. Nassau was also able to recover 50.79 percent of its tax exemptions through PILOTs, the highest amount since 2010 and a big improvement over 2012 and 2013, when only about a third of tax exemptions were recovered. The county’s performance in 2013 was so poor that it prompted then-Nassau Comptroller George Maragos to write a letter to Joseph Kearney, the agency’s executive director. A report released by the state showed that Nassau IDA had given out $23,611 in tax exemptions in 2013 per job gained, more than 10 times the state median. “The above alleged sub-par performance by the NCIDA should be addressed as soon as possible,” Continued on Page 69


Ramesh Khurana, a Parker patient, plants a flower as part of the new Eldergrow program during a presentation on Thursday. See story on page 3.

Herricks’ top two head to Ivy League schools B Y R E B E C C A K L A R ing to Dartmouth College.

Salutatorian Janet Hsu, a Herricks’ top two students Roslyn resident, is going to Yale will be attending Ivy League University. Chen said she grew up in a schools in the fall on a pre-med family of health practitioners; track. Valedictorian Esme Chen, a her father is a doctor and her New Hyde Park resident, is go- mother is a nurse.

“Health has always been a fundamental part of my upbringing and is a field that genuinely interests me,” Chen said. “But I don’t want to set myself in a direction if I think I can do Continued on Page 57

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Ragusa, Sharma look Pope promotes back on years in NHP former Port priest Top 2 students feel bittersweet about graduation Henning will serve as an auxiliary bishop BY LU K E TORRANCE Monsignor Richard G. Henning, a priest who got his start in Port Washington, was appointed last week as the auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre by Pope Francis. “I am grateful to His Holiness, Pope Francis, for the call to serve as an auxiliary bishop,” Henning said in a statement. “This is a moment of deep reflection and the humble acknowledgment of my dependence upon the grace of God and my joy in His service.” The announcement was PHOTOS COURTESY OF NEW HYDE PARK MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL made by"Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the pope’s representative, New Hyde Park Memorial High School valedictorian Arianna Ragusa, left, and salutatorian, or apostolic nuncio, in the United States, last Friday in WashingSaumya Sharma. ton, D.C. Henning will serve as the fourth auxiliary bishop for the DiB Y R E B E C C A K L A R member of mathletes and sci- and loved both her tenth grade ocese of Rockville Centre, which chemistry class and the AP ence olympiads. has 351 priests and a Catholic “It’s kind of bittersweet,” chemistry class she’s currently Arianna Ragusa said when population of" 1,455,644, makshe entered New Hyde Park Me- Sharma said. “Even though enrolled in. ing it the eighth-largest diocese “It’s really interesting seemorial High School in seventh there’s so much I’m leaving bein the United States. He will regrade the seniors told her and hind, there’s so much I can do ing how everything works and place Bishop Nelson Perez, who her classmates the years would at Cornell – stuff I’ve never done something I’d like to learn more is leaving Long Island to become before like kayaking or even about,” Ragusa said. go by quickly. the bishop of the Diocese of In addition to her school“I said, ‘It can’t possibly go something I’ve never heard of.” Cleveland. As part of the Dyson pro- work, Ragusa has been on the by that fast,'” Ragusa said. “But Henning can speak Spanish now that we’re here I’m excited gram, part of Sharma’s credits twirling team since seventh and Italian fluently. His knowlto move on but also definitely will go toward business and the grade. edge of the former will help Another big part of her life part toward her major, applied going to miss it.” him reach the diocese’s Hispanic is dancing, which she takes outRagusa is this year’s valedic- economics management. population, and it is a skill he She said the program gets to side of school and helps teach to torian of the graduating class. learned during his time in Port She’ll be attending St. John’s combine a lot of what she was younger kids. Washington. Ragusa is also part of an outUniversity in the fall and said involved in and interested in Born in Rockville Centre and she plans on studying chemistry. while at New Hyde Park Memo- of-school archery team. raised in Valley Stream, Henning Ragusa said it was interestLike Ragusa, this year’s salu- rial, such as science research and became a priest at St. Peter of Aling finding time to balance all of tatorian, Saumya Sharma, said Model U.N. cantara Roman Catholic Church “I have a wide variety of in- her activities but she found the she’ll miss her time in the high in Port Washington after he was terests, so to me it came down time since she enjoyed them. school. ordained in 1992. At the time, “It was also a lot of late Sharma, who will be attend- to trying to combine all those the Hispanic community in the ing Cornell University next year interests into something I like,” nights,” Ragusa said. area had grown rapidly, as many While she may not have as part of the Dyson Program, Sharma said. nationalities— especially SalvaRagusa’s classes at New time for all of them in the fusaid it’s sad to think of all she’ll dorans, he noted— fled violence Hyde Park Memorial also helped ture, Ragusa said she wants to be leaving behind. in their home countries to move In addition to her school- influence her future major, she continue dancing on teams at St. to the United States. Johns and possibly continuing to work, Sharma was captain of said. “When I arrived at the parRagusa said she’s always teach, too. the varsity girls tennis team, ish, I followed a priest who had president of french club, and a been math and science oriented,

provided pastoral care to Spanish speakers,” Henning wrote in an email. “At first, I struggled in ministry as my Spanish was ‘classroom’ Spanish. However, the people there organized tutoring sessions — all volunteer — and helped me to function in about one year.” Learning Spanish helped him to connect with the Hispanic population in Port. “As the language barrier lowered, I came to know and love a community of deep faith, abiding joy, and great love,” he wrote. Henning worked alongside Father Bill O’Rourke and said his years in Port were “extraordinarily happy for me.” In particular, he mentioned how much he enjoyed getting to know the Port Washington Police Department and members of the area’s Jewish community. “[Port]"always struck me as a unique community — distinct from most suburbs,” he wrote. “It had the diversity and energy of the city balanced by a small town friendliness and commitment to family.” Continued on Page 69


Monsignor Richard G. Henning, who previously served as a priest in Port Washington.

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A garden grows in Parker Jewish

Eldergrow program uses gardening to improve seniors’ minds, memory and motor skills BY R E B ECC A K L A R Orla Concannon said she was always close with her nana, who died at 99 and had a green thumb. That bond helped Concannon found her Seattle-based company, Eldergrow, which allows elderly patients to garden indoors. After founding the program in graduate school, Concannon won numerous awards for her business plan; she successfully completed the University of Washington’s Jones & Foster Accelerator Program for Innovative Start-Ups and was awarded money to start Eldergrow. Parker Jewish Institute recently embraced the program, becoming the first facility in the Northeast to have a horticultural program. “Once again, Parker is at the forefront of innovative and stateof-the-art therapy modalities for older adults,” Parker President and CEO Michael Rosenblut said during a presentation of the program last Thursday. “We’re excited about our new horticultural therapy program, because it promotes the stimulation of body,

The horticultural therapy engages all five senses, which leads to its many benefits, Concannon said. Benefits include improved mood, motor skills and memory. During Thursday’s presentation, patients got a chance to start planting their chosen flowers. Sharon Walters said she always loved to garden but hasn’t done it recently because of pain. Unlike a traditional garden, where Walters would have to bend down, causing her pain, Eldergrow allows her to remain at seat level. “Massaging the ground, the earth … that’s what I love,” Waters said. “I feel accomplished after.” In addition to the indoor gardens, the Eldgergrow program offers classes to patients. PHOTO BY REBECCA KLAR Sabina Boccia, an Eldgergrow educator who lives in GarOrla Concannon, Eldergrow founder, helps two Parker Jewish Institute patients garden den City, will teach classes twice during a presentation on Thursday. a month at Parker. Classes include garden art mind and spirit.” wheelchair height. grow. With Eldgergrow, patients The indoor gardens, which “Bringing nature indoors, and cooking, among others. The classes also help stimucan garden all year round. The will be placed on various levels that’s the whole premise,” Conindoor gardening stations also throughout Parker Jewish, have cannon said. “It’s not always a late cognitive function, Concannon said. allow patients to garden from a light that allows the plants to beautiful day out.”


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Cellini Lodge celebrates 50 years

Italian-American organization keeps culture alive, gives back to community through service BY R E B ECC A K L A R Nearly 50 years ago Joseph! Sciame, then a St. John’s University student, joined the Cellini Lodge No. 2206,!the New Hyde Park area’s chapter of the Sons of Italy organization.

My uncle was one

of the founders of the lodge and they were signing people up. He came one Sunday morning and said, ‘You should join this Italian-American organization.’”


Cellini Lodge President Mark Ventimiglia, center, with past presidents at the lodge’s recent 50th anniversary celebration.

nization.'” Since joining in 1968, Sciame has served in different “My uncle was one of the board positions in the lodge, infounders of the lodge and they cluding president in 1974. were signing people up,” Sciame He also went on to serve as said. “He came one Sunday the New York state president of morning and said, ‘You should Sons of Italy and the organizajoin this Italian-American orga- tion’s national president.

Joseph Sciame

“I’ve had a lot of experience looking at the lodges, how they function, and it just seemed to me that the Cellini Lodge was always a very strong lodge,” Sciame said. “It had a lot of commitment, programs and a lot of energy.” The lodge, which will offi-

cially turn 50 in September and has 368 members, recently celebrated its coming anniversary at its annual Scholarship Charity Dinner Dance at Chateau Briand in Carle Place. Sciame said there have been about three generations of members during the lodge’s 50 years.

With each new group of members, the lodge has always been “open to the community and done a lot of good,” he said. While the lodge has an emphasis on celebrating and remembering Italian-American culture, it also focuses on giving back to the community, President Mark A. Ventimiglia said. The lodge does different work in the area by volunteering time and donating money, he said. The lodge also started a fund that gives scholarships to students in surrounding schools. This year’s scholarship recipients were to be announced on Thursday. Ventimiglia said he joined the lodge because he had been active in charity work throughout his life. Joining not only helped him maintain his altruism but helped him better understand his heritage, he said. Ventimiglia said the lodge’s goals for the future are the same as the last 50 years – to help the community and keep ItalianAmerican culture alive.

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Curran seeks new Hub proposals County exec invites plans to create a ‘live-work play innovation district’ based on tech BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has asked developers for proposals for the Nassau Hub property less than a month after denying a lease extension for the plot. The request calls for plans from developers interested in partnering with Nassau County for a new “Nassau Hub Innovation District” surrounding the Nassau Coliseum in East Garden City, including life sciences and biological research corporations, housing, retail stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and possibly a hotel or convention center. “The county’s highly skilled workforce stems from a long history in industries such as aerospace and defense, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing, while Nassau County’s research, health care and academic institutions and close proximity to the business capital of the world – New York City – help ensure that its competitive edge is constantly advancing,” Curran said in the request. “Nassau County is committed to leveraging

ment Group of Syosset, which offered plans on May 2 to develop entertainment and retail facilities on the area surrounding the Coliseum. Blumenfeld and Forest City, which were at one time working together to develop the property known as Coliseum Plaza, have been embroiled in a legal dispute since 2015, and the county had been granting extensions on the lease in 60- or 90-day periods. Previously, Curran said since a! plan was announced! to build a new arena for the New York Islanders as well as a hotel, retail and office space near Belmont PHOTO BY JANELLE CLAUSEN Park, the plans for the Nassau Hub needed to be different, including County Executive Laura Curran during her State of the County speech in Garden City. a potential biotech park, housing, pedestrian walkways and a rapid Gov. Andrew Cuomo has adjacent sites and improving walk- bus transit system connecting the these assets to support an innovative economy while creating new committed $90 million for Nas- ability, and Curran said the county site, which has no Long Island jobs and opportunities for our resi- sau County — with $85 million could receive another $30 million Rail Road stop, to the Mineola and dents. A top priority is unlocking to construct one or more parking from the state to establish a new Hempstead stations. the potential of the Nassau Hub, garages in support of a transforma- life sciences employer and for the Reach reporter Amelia Camua 77-acre site in the heart of the tional development and $4 million construction of a Bus Rapid Transit rati by email at acamurati@theisCounty, as a live-work-play innova- for planning and construction of system at the Hub. A few days before the deadline, by phone at 516-307on-site infrastructure improvetion district.” The deadline for the request is ments, including green pedestrian in May, Curran refused to extend 1045, ext. 215, or follow her on overpasses connecting the Hub to the lease for Blumenfeld Develop- Twitter @acamurati. July 20.

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Schnirman defamed me: Labriola Defeated GOP candidate for comptroller files suit over comments made during campaign BY LU K E TORRANCE It has been seven months since Jack Schnirman was elected Nassau County comptroller, but tensions are still simmering between him and his opponent. Steve Labriola, the Republican nominee for comptroller, has filed a $2 million lawsuit against his rival accusing him of making “malicious and patently false statements” during the campaign. The lawsuit, filed by! Byron Divins Jr. of Divins and Divins in Garden City, says that Schnirman falsely claimed during the campaign that Labriola was responsible for “corrupt contracts” given out during the tenure of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, according to Newsday. These contracts were the focus of a criminal investigation into Mangano, who spent the last 12 weeks in federal court in Central Islip to deter-


Republican candidate Steve Labriola (left) is suing Nassau Count Comptroller Jack Schnirman (right) for making false remarks during the 2017 campaign. mine whether he was guilty for accepting gifts from restaurateur!Harendra Singh. A mistrial was declared for Mangano and his wife, Linda, late last month. Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John

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Labriola notified Schnirman during the campaign that the claim against him was false, but the Schnirman campaign continued to run the ads. “[Schnirman’s] accusations are false, have no basis in reality and are not based upon any conviction or other activity,” Divins wrote, according to Newsday. The lawsuit claims that the campaign ads damaged Labriola’s reputation and seeks $1 million in damages for defamation and $1 million for intentional infliction of emotional distress, Newsday reported. Labriola is seeking a jury trial. Kim Devlin, a political adviser to Schnirman, said that the lawsuit had no merit. “This is a ridiculous waste of the court’s time by a candidate who lost his race seven months ago,” she said. “It would be laughable if it weren’t so bizarre. Jack is focused on reforming Nassau County as he was elected to do.”

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GOP chairman to get 3 paychecks Joseph Cairo will simultaneously collect from party, Off-Track Betting and law firm

BY R E B ECC A K L A R Former Nassau County Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello collected multiple paychecks while leading the party, and his successor, Joseph Cairo, is set to do the same. Cairo, 72, also serves as head of the Nassau County Off-Track Betting Corp. and has a Valley Stream-based law firm. Cairo gets $198,000 as the head of the OTB, according to the New York Post, which also reported that Mondello at one point served in both those capacities simultaneously, too. Cairo doesn’t see a conflict in serving in both positions, according to Tom Van Riper, a Nassau County Republican spokesman. “Other political leaders have done this, Democrats and Republicans,” Van Riper said. “He did discuss this with our attorneys, just to kind of make sure, but as far as serving as president of OTB and ... being a political leader as chairman of Nassau County Republicans he does not feel there’s any legal or ethical conflict at

program bribery and honest services wire fraud. Venditto was found not guilty on all counts and Mangano’s case ended in a mistrial. In North Hempstead, former Democratic Party Chairman Gerard Terry was sentenced late last month to three years in prison for federal tax evasion. The New York Post also reported"that"Cairo’s legal license was revoked in the 1990s for misuse of client funds. Cairo told the Post that was “something that happened” 25 years ago, adding, “I think people who know me know the type of person I am.” Before taking over for MonPHOTO COURTESY OF NASSAU COUNTY dello, who served as party chairman since 1983, Cairo had been Nassau County Republican Chairman Joseph Cairo, third from left, with other Republicans serving as first vice chairman of the party and worked closely at a previous Nassau County event in 2015. with Mondello. patronage is a “political way of scandals across the island in both all.” Cairo also served as the parties. The situation is not uncom- life” on Long Island. North Hempstead Republican Former Republican Nas- leader for several years. “It is what greases the wheels mon for political players on Long Island, according to Lawrence of political organizations, pro- sau County Executive Edward Mondello stepped down afLevy,"executive dean of the Na- vides their foot soldiers, provides Mangano and Oyster Bay Town ter being nominated to serve tional Center for Suburban Stud- their donations,” Lawrence said. Supervisor John Venditto were as U.S. ambassador to Trinidad The issue of Cairo’s dual roles recently on trial on charges of and Tobago by President Donald ies at Hofstra University. Levy told CBS New York that arises after a series of corruption conspiracy to commit federal Trump on March 19.

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won third place for “9/11 Bond Stays Strong,” which told the story of Port Washington resident and firefighter Tom Rice serving as a father figure to a boy from Nebraska. Manskar won second place for best nonlocal news/feature about a New Hyde Park author reuniting with the teacher who inspired him, as well as second best headline for “Band stops playing at Eleanor Rigby’s.” Manskar won third place for government/politics coverage with his report investigating the power Gerard Terry, a former Democratic Party chairman, once held in the Town of North Hempstead before being tried for tax fraud and evasion. He also won third place for “Applause and then a resignation call,” which reported on county Republicans calling for the resignation of embattled County Executive Edward Mangano mere hours after applauding the state of the county. Blank won third place for crafting the “Applause and then a resignation call” headline. Matt Bodkin won third place for his editorial cartoon “Working in Nassau County…” while Judi Epstein, who writes “A look on the lighter side” each week, won third place in humor for “Watch out for that real estate column.” The Press Club of Long Island awards follow Blank Slate Media winning eight awards at the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in April in categories like editorial pages, ads, special sections and reporting. At last year’s Press Club of Long Island gala, Blank Slate Media took home seven awards, including in editorial/ commentary, humor, breaking news and features. Three members of the Blank Slate Media family also took home honors that year.


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NHP-GCP teacher transfer upsets parents BY J OH N N U G E N T Members of the public expressed dismay at the transfer of physical education teacher Kerri Rudd from Hillside Grade School to New Hyde Park Road School at the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education meeting Monday night. Kathryn Canese, a parent of two students at Hillside, praised Rudd for her high energy and said she was disappointed about her transfer. Parent Karen Muntzenberger, a 13-year resident in the district, said she felt that some board decisions were motivated by fear of lawsuits against the district and that some “policies” were more important than the interests of the children. She also said she was upset that some teacher moves were made after the budget vote. Commenting on personnel matters, resident Anthony Guerrero said that “although change is good, consistency is important.” Board President Jennifer Kerrane said that all personnel changes are made for the benefit of the school and the children. Superintendent Jennifer Morrison added that if the budget had failed, three teachers at the bottom of the seniority list would have lost their jobs. Thus, transfers were carried out after the vote to avoid that issue. During the meeting, the board also heard presentations from Hillside Grammar School sixth-grade students about their passion projects. The first presenter, Jensen Varghese, spoke about


Jensen Varghese presents his passion project at a New Hyde Park-Garden City Park board of education meeting Monday. life without technology. He told the listeners that there are many global challenges, like providing relief from natural disasters and emphasized how much can be learned by talking to

No more public peeing in Town of Hempstead BY R E B ECC A K L A R Hempstead Town Board members may not see eye to eye on all issues, with a pending lawsuit between Town Supervisor Laura Gillen and the board members, but there is one thing they agree on – people should not be able to pee in public. The Town Board voted unanimously to ban public urination and defecation at last Tuesday’s board meeting. The new law will allow Hempstead Town public safety officers and Nassau County police and park rangers to write tickets to those violating the law, according to Newsday. Before the law passed, police could not write citations when responding to complaints because there wasn’t a law in the town code, Councilman Dennis Dunne said, according to Newsday. “The reason for this is, there’s been a problem — police couldn’t write a ticket,” Dunne said, according to Newsday. “This is disgusting. Most of the time there are big-rig drivers or cabdrivers urinating in clear sight in our parking fields.” The board also unanimously passed a bipartisan transparency law at the meeting. The resolution requires all town contracts over $10,000 to be posted online, along with full disclosure of all financial, forensic and performance audits relating to the town departments, agencies and operations. The resolution was proposed by Gillen, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. It also will require all preliminary and final

each other rather than to electronic gadgets. Ethan Mehta’s project focused on cybersecurity. He warned of the dangers of computer hacking and stressed the importance of protecting oneself online. Mehta recommended that computer users install anti-virus software and avoid joining unsecured networks. The final presentation by Grace Heskial, Ann Aphraim, Rebecca John and Angelena Alias addressed the issue of bullying. The girls gave a short performance of a bullying incident and followed by singing the song, “Whatever,” written by Heskial. Part of the lyrics read, “Whatever, whatever, you and your friends are forever.” Also during the meeting, Morrison thanked the community for passing the budget and highlighted some student achievements during her monthly report. Jonathan Daniel, a fourth-grader at Garden City Park School, was one of six winners among over 1,000 entrants in an essay-writing contest sponsored by the Humane Society of New York, Morrison said. In the Nassau County Math Olympiad Tournament, Nathaniel Park, a sixth-grader at Hillside Grade School, placed third and Justin Semet, a sixth-grader at Manor Oaks School, placed fifth among more than 300 entrants in the individual competition, Morrison said. The New Hyde Park Road School also earned the highest team achievement for the yearly Math Olympiad, she said. The team’s score was in the top 10 percent of teams nationwide.


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Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen and the Town Board unanimously voted to ban public urination during last Tuesday’s meeting. town budget materials and documents relating to the Highway Capital Plan to be posted online. There will also be a link to the New York state Board of Elections campaign finance disclosure page so residents are aware of public information relating to current and past political campaign contributions. “Openness and transparency were hallmarks of my campaign, which are not only key to rebuilding trust in Town Hall, but vital for the functioning of basic Democracy,” Gillen said in a news release. “I am proud to have worked jointly with Council members on this and look forward to implementing what will lead to greater civic engagement and public participation in our town.”

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Search begins for new USMMA superintendent BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN


The Manhasset Community Fund distributed 13 grants to Manhasset-area nonprofit organizations.

Community Fund announces 13 grants BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I The Manhasset Community Fund distributed 13 grants to local nonprofit organizations that serve the Manhasset and Nassau County communities. Manhasset Community Fund Copresident Linda Clarke said she has personally worked with many of the organizations that work with the community at large and children in the school district. This year’s grant recipients are Adventures in Learning of Manhasset, Manhasset Women’s Coalition against Breast Cancer, the Science Museum of Long Island, the Nicholas Center of Port Washington, Child Abuse Prevention

Services of Roslyn, Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse, Literacy Nassau in Freeport, Manhasset Great Neck EOC Childcare Partnership, Manhasset Student Aid Association, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center of Roslyn Heights, The Safe Center L.I. of Bethpage, Manhasset Special Education Parent Teacher Association and PASE of Manhasset. Karyn Browne with Child Abuse Prevention Services said the volunteer-based program goes into Long Island schools for programs with kindergarten students through high school on anti-bullying, date rape, sexual harassment and child Continued on Page 57

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point has begun a search for a new superintendent after Rear Adm. James Helis accepted a position as special assistant to the head of the Maritime Administration. The official website for federal job listings,", posted the position for academy superintendent on June 5 and allows people to apply until July 5. Helis will remain head of the academy until a new leader is found. “Today, the Academy remains fully accredited and the student body’s educational experience has been enhanced by much needed improvements to the facilities where Midshipmen learn, live, eat, and study,” the Maritime Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation agency overseeing the academy, said in a statement. “During this transition period, it is our priority to find an exceptional person to lead the Academy into the future, while still maintaining a strong and effective organization.” During Helis’ six-year tenure, he helped the academy regain full accreditation status after the Middle States Commission issued a warning saying the school fell short on institutional planning, leadership and governance, administration, student support services, resources and other areas. This warning criticized Sea Year,

Roslyn man steals $4.5M from mom: DA BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I A Roslyn Heights man was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly stealing more than $4.5 million from his mother’s bank account to fund his lavish lifestyle, including a $100,000 bottle of champagne and Super Bowl box seats, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. Samuel Bernstein, 24, of Roslyn Heights, was arraigned Thursday by District Court Judge William Hohauser on charges of first-degree grand larceny and second-degree aggravated harassment. An order of protection was also issued for Bernstein’s mother, Donna Bernstein, 68, of Roslyn Heights. “This defendant is accused of pilfering his mother’s bank account for at least two years and using that money to fly on private jets and buy $100,000 bottles of champagne,” Singas said. “The victim set aside this money to support a charitable cause, but because of her son’s alleged actions more than $4.5 million was wasted on extravagant expenses.” Bail was set at $750,000 or $650,000 cash, and Samuel was indicted Wednesday on the two counts.


Samuel Bernstein, 24, of Roslyn, was charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing more than $4.5 million from his mother’s bank account.

The trial was moved from Nassau County First District Court to Nassau County Supreme Court. If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of up to 25

years in prison. According to Singas, Samuel also allegedly threatened via text message on Thursday to harm a law enforcement officer’s family member and to destroy his mother’s home. Based on the Nassau County district attorney’s office investigation, Samuel allegedly stole $4.5 million from a personal bank account controlled by his mother to fund a charity for wheelchairbound tennis players. Singas said Samuel allegedly began accessing his mother’s account electronically in June 2015, and his mother became aware of the missing funds in April 2017 and filed a complaint in Manhattan. Singas said the proceeds were allegedly used to pay for night clubs, hotels," private jets, Super Bowl box seats, rent and a $100,000 bottle of champagne. Samuel also allegedly used mobile payment services such as PayPal and Venmo to transfer money to various bank accounts and obtain cash from the transfers. Samuel also allegedly used the funds to pay off credit card that belonged to his friends.


USSMA Superintendent Rear Adm. James Helis, seen here at a Fleet Week event in May 2017, will be serving as a special assistant to the head of MARAD. when midshipman spend a year aboard a merchant vessel, prompting the academy to temporarily suspend it to hold student training for acceptable behavior following bullying and sexual harassment. Helis also ordered the USMMA men’s soccer season canceled due to a federal investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by seven of its players on a team bus. The athletes were deferred from graduation before commencement, prompting the students to sue the Department of Transportation, the academy and Helis. The students were ultimately allowed to graduate and receive their diplomas and licenses after private executive board meetings. The academy, however, was named the subject of a $5 million claim by a former student alleging sexual harassment by those students. The students have denied the allegations. Under Helis’ supervision, the academy hired people to help deal with sexual misconduct, expanded its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, and added more resources like a 24-hour hotline and special devices available to midshipmen during Sea Year to call about assaults and harassment. According to the job posting, the position’s responsibilities include providing “executive leadership, direction and coordination for all operational and administrative activities relating to the support of the Academy.” The salary is listed as $126,148 to $189,600 per year.


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Chaminade High School’s top 2 eye future BY G R E TC H E N K E LL E R Chaminade valedictorian Shawn Connell is ready to apply his ambition in business, love of sports and commitment to service at Fordham University this fall on a full tuition National Merit Semifinalist Scholarship. He plans to study business, but will enter college undecided on a major. Connell, a Woodbury native, has attended Chaminade High School in Mineola since his freshman year. He has been manager of the varsity basketball team, volunteers to run retreats for incoming freshmen to make them more comfortable at Chaminade and was a senior leader, further assisting freshmen with academic guidance. During his senior year, Connell was the captain of the varsity volleyball team, leading his team to an undefeated championship season.! Connell credits his volleyball debut to one of his teachers. “Of my teachers at Chaminade, the most influential would be Mr. Dubon,” said Connell, referring to Peter Dubon. “Mr. Dubon convinced me to try out for volleyball freshman year after watching me play basketball even though I had never played before. The time spent playing with him as my coach for four years was incredible and capped off by an undefeated season this year,”! Connell said. He said he was grateful to be chosen

as valedictorian. “As the valedictorian is determined by a popular vote of the graduating class, it was an honor to be recognized by my fellow classmates as a leader in academics,” he said. “The recognition made all the hard work and late nights throughout the last four years worth it.” Nicholas Plante, the! Chaminade salutatorian, has dabbled in the many disciplines that Chaminade offers throughout his four years there. “From being heavily involved with the Science Olympiad team in high school to being a co-editor-in-chief of Tarmac [the school newspaper] — with other interests in between, of course — I’ve gotten a broad taste of the spectrum, so to speak,” said Plante. Plante will go to the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania with!an undecided major. In addition to Science Olympiad and the Tarmac, Plante was co-president of the Math Club, played the tuba and was vice president of the National Honor Society. Aside from Chaminade activities, Plante helped establish a youth choir at his parish, St. Thomas, during his junior year. In his spare time, Plante said that he often volunteers at the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead as a server and fundraising organizer. Looking back on his high school experience, Plante said he is extremely grateful for the relationships he has


Chaminade valedictorian Shawn Connell, left, and salutatorian Nicholas Plante. forged and his experiences at Chaminade. “’Chaminade never leaves you’ — I’ve heard this said in a Tarmac interview before, and it’s already starting to mean more to me as I prepare to move

on to college,” he said. “I know that, even though there’s much more waiting to be experienced, this school and the memories I made here won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.”


Biz honor society inducts 50


Fifty New Hyde Park Memorial High School students were recently inducted into the school’s Business Honor Society. On May 29, 50 New Hyde Park Memorial High School students were inducted into the Business Honor Society. The induction ceremony was held after school in the school library and was attended by faculty, parents and honorees.

The Art Academy of Garden City is now offering a summer art session. Camp will be held on July 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th for grades 2-12. An additional week may be added as needed. Call (516) 902-3613 or email for inquiries and registration. Now offering private lessons and birthday parties

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No option to opt out of the world


eaders of the opt-out movement in New York managed a neat trick last week. They not only rejected the arguments of their usual opponents, the state Education Department, but also their usual allies, the state teachers union. The parent representatives said proposed state legislation that would de-emphasize the! use of student scores in evaluating teachers did not go far enough and that the state law which links students’ test scores to teachers’ job performance should be wholly replaced rather than revised. “I think that parents who understand what it means to link tests of any sort to teacher’s evaluation will not bring their children back,” said Deborah Brooks, a Port Washington attorney and mother of an eighth-grader who has opted out of state testing the past four years, according to a Newsday account. This is a telling comment. Especially when New York State United Teachers, a statewide union umbrella group, says the proposed legislation would represent a big step forward in decoupling standardized tests from job performance ratings of professional educators. This is also a problem for the United States and especially New York state, where nearly one in five school-aged students opted out of standardized testing. Standardized testing is meant to serve three purposes: monitor student performance, improve teaching and learning, and evaluate the quality of teaching and schools. New York taxpayers, especially on Long Island, pay a lot of

money in taxes. Shouldn’t they use the most accurate tools to measure how well that money is being spent? Shouldn’t they know how well their school district is performing, how well their children’s teacher is performing, how well their child is performing? Opponents have argued that tests cause undue stress for teachers and students, and that they do not provide valid!or timely information about what students know and understand. They also contend that testing on math, science and reading can marginalize courses in untested disciplines!like art and social studies. There is some truth to the criticism. Tests do cause stress, which in the case of weak teachers is not necessarily a bad thing. And sometimes they don’t provide valid! or timely information, and sometimes untested studies can get lost in the shuffle. But those are all flaws that can be fixed. And standardized tests still offer some of the best objective information about student performance. Decades of research has shown that grading practices can vary dramatically depending upon the teacher, even within the same school. Research has also shown that reliance on teacher judgments about student ability may systematically limit access to accelerated classes and gifted programs for talented black and Hispanic students. And without standardized!tests how exactly are teachers evaluated? On the basis of how they grade students? This is an open invitation to grade inflation

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if there ever was one – and a lack of accountability. Curiously, supporters of the opt-out movement have little to say about our reliance on property taxes to fund school districts. Under this system, affluent school districts spend thousands more per pupil than students from less affluent school districts. This is known as destiny by zip code. And public education becomes a cause of income inequality, not a cure. Or perhaps spending thousands more on students from affluent districts than less affluent districts does not make a difference. Why don’t we give all the students a test and see? Perhaps the affluent districts don’t need to

spend as much. Or perhaps more money should be provided the less affluent districts. Another question: how is the current system working? According to U.S. News and World Report, not very well. New York state may be No. 1 in the country in opting out of standardized tests, but according to the magazine, it ranks 23rd in the county in education. This,!in a country whose students do not fare well in comparisons with students from around the world. According to the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment, 15-year-olds from the United States ranked 24th in science, 38th in mathematics and

24th in reading. Critics may legitimately question the validity of studies comparing both states and countries. And the picture painted may not be as dark as it appears. But what if they are right? The world, as New York Times columnists Thomas Friedman has pointed out, is now flat and today’s students will be competing for jobs with students from across the world. And in that competition, there will be no opting out. Standardized tests are the best way to evaluate whether we are doing all we can to prepare our children for the future. Fix their problems, but do not get rid of them.

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The challenge of keeping lights on


e New Yorkers are a little jaded. We expect the trains, planes and buses to run, even if they are occasionally late. Somehow, with all its faults we also expect the government to deliver its usual services such as garbage pickup and police protection. We also expect the lights to go on when we flip the switch, but someday soon, that may not be the case. The forces that generate energy in this region and around the country are getting old and most of them will not be easily replaced. It is a proven fact that over 80 percent of the power generating equipment in New York State was built before 1980. Because of cost factors, many of the utility companies, have no intention of building new plants or replacing any obsolete equipment. Long Island and New York City are able to keep the lights on because a handful of old

plants are still working, even though the clock is ticking against them. If one plant, whether it is in Port Jefferson or Queens shuts down, there is no doubt that the lights will flicker much more often and go off in the middle of a very hot summer. It is logical to question whether there will be any reliable replacement power should some of those facilities cease to run. Even though our utility companies say there is nothing to worry about New York needs more reliable energy sources and most of them are a long way from being built. The Long Island Power Authority is considering the construction of a wind facility in the ocean off of Montauk Point. It has taken the first steps for the wind power installations to be built, but it is still many years away from operating and the cost is in the billions. It would be a welcome addition if it happens

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but it doesn’t solve our energy needs for the next ten years. During hot summers, which will eventually return, some of our power comes from small generators called “peakers,” which were supposed to have been shut down over 20 years ago. While they still work, there is no guarantee that they will

keep working over the next five to ten years. Efforts are being made to build solar farms in Suffolk County, but neighborhood groups have been battling these facilities even though they are clean and reliable. New York City is going through a major construction boom. The west side of Manhattan is going through a dramatic change with large high-rise residential and commercial buildings cropping up on almost every block. High-rise towers are being built facing Central Park. A recent article in Crain’s magazine pointed out that almost all of the condominium buildings ignore their impact on the environment by offering many occupant benefits that use tons of electricity. Westchester County and the surrounding areas are faced with the planned shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. That facility generates 2,000

megawatts of energy each day, which is used to power the subway and hospital system in the city as well as take care of the needs of over a million people north of Manhattan. Environmental groups claim that there will be more than enough replacement power, but their claims are more like prayers and not factual. I have spent the last 40-plus years working on energy issues and keep hoping that one day there will be new and guaranteed sources of alternate power that will do away with the need for the old reliable baseload power plants. Various companies are experimenting with battery storage, heat pumps and other devices, but so far, none of them have become the prime source of future power. The power needs of this region are not a very sexy issue but when the lights go out the issue will capture your attention.


Sometimes, early bird catches trouble


was talking with a friend when she said, “It never hurts to be early for something.” The next words out of my mouth were, “Actually, it can.” Take the time I arrived early for dinner, meeting a bunch of new friends in a nearby restaurant. I was half an hour early, in fact — for a restaurant that makes a point out of seating people on time. The only thing I’d be able to do for that half hour, I feared, was sit at the bar — spending money I couldn’t spare, consuming calories I didn’t need, and probably spilling something on my shirt, into the bargain, just as everyone else walked in. Great way to make a first impression! But sitting in my car was no great option, either, because it was a surprisingly hot day. So I stepped out, locked the car, and looked around. I noticed an enticing little shop, facing me across the parking lot, so I walked down to it and stepped inside.

I was able to pass a pleasant 25 minutes, pretending I was furnishing my Gold Coast estate with chandeliers, silver punch bowls and Limoges china. Then I walked back up to my car, so I could check my lipstick in the mirror before showing up, spot on time, at the restaurant. Except my car wasn’t there. It wasn’t there! “Now, Judy,” says my friend. “Did you look a row or two beyond where you were sure you had left it?” “Yes, and nothing.” “And did you try using the remote to find it?” “Of course I did! I’m not an idiot. You think I’ve never lost track of my car, before?” “If you have, you’ve never told me about it.” “Because I’m not an idiot! But this time, it was really gone!” I tried a few more times. Still no car. Hard to misplace a whole car, even for me. Had I stupidly left it running? Or left the keys in it? No, the keys were right in my hand.


A Look on the Lighter Side Reluctantly, I concluded it must have been stolen. I took out my phone to call the police. That’s when a heavy-set man smoking nearby informed me that the car had most likely been towed. He pointed to a sign: “TOW AWAY ZONE. Illegally parked and unauthorized vehicles will be towed at vehicle owner’s expense. If you leave this parking lot, take your car with you or you will be towed. The Management.” The result was that one cab

ride, two hours, and $300 later, I was back where I’d started. Or rather, I was back home. Without dinner. And all because I’d arrived too early! Another time may have been even worse: the time my husband and I showed up early for his sister’s wedding. I admit this was totally out of character for us. We weren’t even on time for our own wedding! “So what are they going to do? Start without us?” my husband-about-to-be had asked. But this time, he had agreed to shoot a video of the event for his sister, and we felt obliged to get there early so he could scope out the location. The caterer was still folding napkins when someone came over to me and, pointing toward my husband, asked me, “What is his name?” So I told them. “And how does he spell it?” I wasn’t sure why they wanted to know, but I chalked it up to just some security thing. Hours later, the party was in full swing when I noticed my

husband standing still. He was pointing the video camera at the wedding cake — for a very long time. Too long. I went over to see what was up. “Is something wrong with the camera, sweetie?” “Not the camera. The cake. Why does this cake think I’m marrying my sister?” Instead of the traditional bride-and-groom cake topper, this cake’s top layer bore a frosting message: “Congratulations,” it said, to the bride and….my husband’s name instead of the groom’s! We whisked the cake back to the kitchen, where the frosting was re-done and the groom’s name corrected. And the bride would never have known…if only we had remembered to edit the shot — a lingering close-up — of the wrong name out of the finished video! Luckily, both bride and groom had a good sense of humor. But I have certainly learned my lesson. When it comes to showing up for things — better late than sorry!

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Film showcases social enterprise here


t is an amazing experience to sit in a movie theater in Port Washington to watch the world premiere of a documentary where it was filmed with the people it was filmed about. “This Business of Autism” is more than a profile of a social enterprise built around providing jobs for adults on the autism spectrum, it provides a manual, a template to how such businesses could be replicated and even more significantly, why they should be replicated. The documentary leaps from Port Washington where Spectrum Designs, a social enterprise company founded in 2011 to employ adults on the autism spectrum, has just opened new, expanded offices, tripling its capacity. It travels to San Francisco to peek in on a Jobs Club that has focused on the need to train managers and mentors in companies that want to increase job opportunities for people with special needs, to Mercyhurst College in Erie, Penn., which created a program that stresses life and social skills that are needed in the real world. And it offers the wisdom of Dr. Temple Grandhin, who is herself on the autism spectrum, who lays out in no uncertain terms the need to instill self-sufficiency to the extent possible as early as possible.

The opening sets out the issue with jarring statistics: 1 in 59 children in the US is born with autism. Each year, 50,000 teens with autism age out of school-based services; an estimated 70- 90 percent of autistic adults are unemployed, under-engaged and living their lives in isolation; 84 percent of autistic adults live with their parents, who have the constant fear of what will happen to their children after they pass away. Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder affecting the way a person communicates, socializes and engages with the world. Though there is no cure, behavioral therapy can transform lives, and the earlier services are provided, the better. The highest functioning individuals on the autism spectrum, as Dr. Grandhin notes, are employed by the likes of NASA and Silicon Valley, but the vast majority – the 60 percent in the middle – have few employment opportunities. It is a revelation to be brought into the homes of the parents of Spectrum Design’s employees – starting with the founders of Spectrum Designs Foundation and Nicholas Center, Stella Spanakos and Nicole Sugrue, whose sons are autistic, lived with the daily panic of how their children will be able to fare in the world.


They decided to start a business that could employ special needs adults. Nicole Googled “recession-proof businesses” and came up with t-shirt printing. It turns out that T-shirt printing was a fortuitous choice because the tasks are defined with a beginning, middle and end, can be easily taught, and are well suited to individuals who are in that 60 percent range on the spectrum. They had the advantage of building a business around this social purpose, rather than insert employees with special needs into an existing business. And we get some insights into that: the visual cues are key, like the giant chart that tells everybody their tasks for the day with words and pictures; the lists of steps at each workstation; naming the

various machines and areas (one is named Octopus). Also, there is a one-to-three ratio of “educators” to workers. What else is necessary? All the back-ups and supports, starting with the Nicolas Center, which helps counsel the young people and screen them for jobs and training. But it comes down to the fact Spectrum Designs is a business, albeit one that is based around social enterprise. Clients (who have included Northwell Health, KPMG, Google, Facebook, Accenture, NYU Langone Health and Mount Sinai) require a quality product. Indeed, the business has grown from $100,000 in sales in 2012, to $1.1 million in 2016, and is targeting $3 million by 2020, in their expanded (tripled) space. On the other hand, as the film demonstrates, the Spectrum Designs experience is replicable – I can even see them franchising. But while this not-for-profit has developed a sustainable business model, it also requires the support of community – that is the village of Port Washington, the Town of North Hempstead, and the state. Indeed, the return in developing self-sufficient, actualized individuals for society, the community and government, compared to

government spending that goes merely to warehouse individuals, is enormous. The lifetime cost of autism averages $1.4 million to $2.4 million. These costs place a tremendous burden on families and society but can be dramatically reduced with high-quality interventions and adult transition support. Jack Martins, the former state senator (a Republican) remarks in the film, “This is an appropriate role for government.” And the genuine feeling of self-worth, of accomplishment in bringing home a paycheck is, well, priceless. There is a lot to be said for quality of life and not merely existing. The film, “This Business Of Autism” presented as part of the Gold Coast Arts Center’s Cinema Series at the Soundview Cinemas, mere blocks away from Spectrum Designs new building on Main Street, serves as a tutorial, a business manual, and even more importantly, raises awareness and overturns misconceptions. The documentary is available on Vimeo on Demand and on Amazon, and will be available on itunes and Googleplay as well as Blueray and DVD. See more about Spectrum Designs Foundation and its products and services at its website, www.


Preparing her for lifetime of leadership


s a parent, our greatest desire is to ensure that our children are equipped with the skills, strategies, and tools necessary to lead healthy and independent lives. We also want to make sure we provide a safe environment that allows them to seek new experiences and take risks knowing they are supported by caring adult mentors. For my daughter, she experienced this and so much more with the Girl Scouts. ! For more than 106 years, the Girl Scouts’ mission has proven to help girls develop a strong sense of self, display positive values, seek challenges, learn from setbacks, and form and maintain healthy relationships. I have seen this first-hand. As a board member of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, it is gratifying to know that I serve in good company as 50 percent of female business leaders, 76 percent of female U.S. Senators, and 100 percent of female U.S. Secretaries of State were Girl Scouts. In today’s world, which has become in-

creasingly filled with distractions, it is more important than ever to maintain the timetested methods and research-backed programming that has guided the Girl Scouts for more than 10 decades. The programs designed with, by, and for girls have helped these young women take the lead in their own lives while also driving positive change in their local community. ! For generations, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County has been committed to offering girls a safe space where they can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves. To encourage their development, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Board is fully committed to offering an inclusive, all-female environment focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, outdoor adventures, development of life skills, and entrepreneurship. In Nassau County, our membership is diverse and our reach allinclusive, with nearly 30 percent of troop members representing underserved and

underrepresented communities. The Girl Scouts are steadfast in making sure elementary to high-school aged girls know they have every opportunity imaginable to nurture and facilitate their enthusiasm for STEM programs. When a girl joins Girl Scouts, she has a multitude of activities and development programs that will prepare her with 21st century skills. For example, our elementary-school initiative “Think Like a Programmer” helps keep girls interested in science and technology as they move on to middle school and high school. In my opinion, the Girl Scouts bring together the expertise and the insights to help girls develop the skills they need to be leaders in today’s constantly changing, fast-paced world. Tremendous progress has been made; yet more can be done. This is an open invitation for Long Island’s business and civic leaders to get involved. Let’s work together to build on the Girl Scouts’ model of taking the potential of

girls, combining it with robust skill-building programming, and adding active participation by strong role models. Together, we can broaden girls’ horizons while allowing the Girl Scouts to offer a truly one-of-a-kind experience. !The Girl Scouts has had a lasting and positive impact on our family, my daughter’s life, and her fellow troop members. The friendships formed and confidence gained are something they carry with them in everything they do. As a father and board member, I take great pride in supporting the diverse leadership and community-oriented programs the Girl Scouts have to offer. To Girl Scouts of all levels, may you tackle the world and inspire the next generation of girls. Christopher Pendergast Senior Vice President and C hief Technology Officer at Henry Schein, Inc., Vice-President, Girl Scouts of Nassau County Board of Directors.

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Winthrop E.R., hospital: an appreciation


mergency Rooms are not places that any of us look forward to experiencing. Yet, those of us who live on the North Shore of Long Island are fortunate to have among the best E.R.s in the world. As I proceed in my ninth decade, I have had my share of various E.R. experiences. I came away from my most recent emergency “visit” with a keen appreciation of the range of medical folks and the attentive effectiveness of Winthrop’s E.R. and its hospital services. During 14 hours in the Winthrop E.R., I was given an early diagnosis of pneumonia and a “baby heart attack.” I had experienced chest pains in pre-dawn hours and arrived at the E.R. at 10 a.m. Although I was not wheeled to a regular room until midnight, what transpired during my first 14 hours in E.R. left me, in retrospect, with enormous admiration for the steady procession of folks who tested me, medicated me, inserted two IVs, and who bolstered my spirit along the way. Only after I left the hospital five days later did I begin to regard my treatment in the E.R., and then in my room, as a kind of humanistic version of a Henry Ford “Assembly Line.” My experiences resembled a mechanized assembly line in terms of the continuing procession of people with tests and

treatments. As patient and health amateur, I had no idea of what the sequences were and why particular treatments were being administered at designated times. However, the flow of attentive services (with seemingly interchangeable operators) impressed me in terms of organizational competence, combined with personal attention. The dozens of doctors who worked with me along with dozens of nurses and other medical staff provided ongoing, seamless approaches to patient treatment. In retrospect, I was ever more appreciative of how the “hand-offs” from one staff person to another kept a focus on me, on what had previously been done, and on what was in the works. If I had more presence of mind while enduring my health distresses, I would have wished to be more attentive to the names of the few score Winthrop personnel who assisted me. However, the “emergency” designation in E.R. signifies that those of us who are the patients are likely to have more distracted attention than acute mental consciousness. Dr. Goldman was the supervising E.R. doctor when I arrived; he gave me early diagnoses and kept me posted on next steps. But my E.R. stay eclipsed his work day, and a succession of

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field other folks worked with me during those first 14 E.R. hours. All of them introduced themselves and were warmly supportive. I wish I could credit each of them individually, for their professionalism and for not losing sight of the personal for patients. Their work was all the more impressive because I was alert enough during my E.R. time to see many of the folks who assisted me pushing carts with computers and medications as they moved throughout the very large E.R. area from patient to patient. While many patients (several older than I) were positioned in open E.R. spaces, I was fortunate to spend my E.R. hours in one of the “alcove” type spaces (an area about 10 feet by 8 feet, with curtain divider from the next alcove and a curtain at its entrance). Privacy becomes a minor concern in a hospital but, with

my spouse at my side the entire time, it was comforting to have a sense of one’s own space. From that location, I had a continuing view of the medical folks wheeling their units from patient to patient. My E.R. stay was extended as I was wheeled from place to place for various tests. As my chest pains diminished I appreciated having a TV screen mounted above the entrance to my alcove. For my first nine"hours I had no interest in watching TV or in reading (one of my favorite activities). But as NBA game time approached, and as I was feeling better, the chance to watch the basketball game was comforting – so much so that I implored a staff person who came to bring me to an assigned room to wait for six minutes until the close contest ended. When I arrived in my room, the excellence of medical care that I had experienced in the E.R. began immediately and was sustained for several days. Once again, I wished I had noted the names of the succession of staff folks who assisted me. I especially appreciate Angelina, my first main nurse, and Jen, my last nurse, who oversaw my hospital discharge. From Angelina to Jen, a host of Winthrop’s medical staff, from doctors to nurses to aides, deserve the highest praise.

So, too does young Christopher who delivered three meals a day to me, always with a bright countenance. When I wasn’t eating he cheerfully offered to find food alternatives (during my first day in the room I could eat nothing, and felt awful, perhaps the result of the antibiotics that were streaming through my body). Here is a bit of advice for future hospital patients. Christopher, on the first day, gave me an alternative menu from which I could make approved selections if I was not satisfied with the daily options. Unfortunately, I misplaced it, never asked for another copy, and regretted not having more eating options. Food is the least of hospital concerns, although comfort eating has always reduced stress for me (whatever its negative tradeoffs). The very supportive Winthrop staff made more endurable the limits on my mobility because of IVs and other attachments to my body, as well as the difficulty of getting any sustained sleep. Now, at home for nearly two weeks, I am grateful to Winthrop for the comfort I feel. I have been given a boost to consider the next steps in cardiac treatment (particularly after the initial view of a “baby heart attack” was upgraded to a fullscale heart attack).


Trump waging a war on the poor


nce again, Barry Nathanson" has written a lengthy letter to Blank Slate Media Newspapers (June 8, 2018) asking his readers to “recognize some of the good things that have happened under this president.” As a progressive, it pains me to acknowledge that the stock market is up and unemployment down. I do, however, believe that this is true because the Trump acolytes know that the man sitting in the White House is their friend and an enemy of the poor. A United Nations report pointed out that there are some 40 million Americans living in poverty with 13.3 million of

them being children. How does this affect the billionaire class? They are growing in number with 1 percent of Americans holding nearly 40 percent of all U.S. wealth. In a letter I wrote which appeared on January 26, 2018, I stated how the Trump family and cabinet benefitted from the so-called tax-reform legislation. The figures tell the story. Trump was enriched by $11-$14 million, Jared Kushner $5-$12 million, Betsy deVos $2-$7 million with substantial savings to Linda McMahon, Steve Mnuchin and Rex Tillerson. Alert!!" I am about to quote Karl Marx who, incisively, "stated that “the rich get richer and

the poor get poorer.” I do not wish to further distress Dr. Nathanson by pointing out how the Estate Tax deductions in this legislation benefitted the most affluent Americans. One other point needs to be made. Nathanson cites as Trump achievements the following:– number of people collecting food stamps reduced by 2 million - number of people collecting disability declined by 100,000 since 2017 - welfare down 12 percent under Trump -Medicaid enrollment dropped by 1 million in 2017 If you see these program reductions as “good,” then, ob-

viously, you must credit the embattled billionaire. But what if you worry about the family denied food stamps going to bed hungry, or the patient no longer on Medicaid getting adequate medical attention? We must look to our underlying assumptions about the government’s role…some see it as caring for those “ill-clothed, illhoused and ill-fed,” while others concerned with their taxation rate (whom I would describe as selfish and mean-spirited) view the diminution of government interference as laudatory. As I engage in this back and forth with Dr. Nathanson, I am led to conclude that we are stuck

in the weeds, each of us presenting only the data which support our divergent opinions. We each have our network of heroes (Fox v. MSNBC.) And, unlike in the past, there is very little reaching “across the aisle.” Such ideological bifurcation does not auger well for our democracy. My hope is that “the Donald” will not be around much longer and that we can return to a time when there were moderate Republicans who understood compromise," rapprochement, and the utility of the rule of law. Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

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Avena our best Sobel best choice for VGN mayor in decades I

My husband and I have owned a home in Manorhaven for nearly 60 years. We raised our children here and still love living in our lovely community. I can’t remember when the village government has run so well as it has over the past two years since Jim Avena became our mayor. Our streets are cleaner, snow removal is better than I’ve ever known it and I understand that the budget is in such great shape that we have a nice surplus and the village plans to improve the roads and

sewers. The nature preserve looks terrific and I’m so glad that Morgan’s Park will finally be finished. I’m also really happy that Mayor Avena is committed to protecting our waterfront so it can be enjoyed by generations to come. My husband and I are voting for Jim Avena and Priscilla von Roeschlaub in the June 19 election and encourage my Manorhaven neighbors to do the same. Thank you. Barbara Faticone Village of Manorhaven

Phillips abandons women on 2 votes


wo vitally important health bills were killed by the state Senate yesterday. The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act and the Reproductive Health Act are straight forward and essential to women’s health and equality. Sen. Phillips said she was a supporter of women’s rights and she says she wants our families to be healthy. I am at a loss to understand why Sen. Elaine Phillips is bending to the GOP! in Albany.

Why did she walk out of room just before the critical vote? Why has she allowed the GOP majority and the big Insurance companies decide our private medical needs? Why did! ! Sen. Phillips not stand up as she said she would?! ! She has abandoned us and is cowardly. We looked to Senator Phillip for leadership.! ! Instead, she went back on her word and promises. Beyond disappointed, Laura Montllor Box Port Washington

Trump good for black Americans


he 71-year-old white President, Donald Trump, asked the black population – “what have you got to lose” by voting for me? He has been in office less that two years and he has reduced the unemployment rate of African-Americans to the lowest percentage ever. I believe that since the nation is split down the middle in

support and hatred of President Trump, the African-American community must realize that if only 15 to 20 percent of them join forces with those voters who supported him, they could change the direction of America. If they do, there will not be a blue wave coming in November. A black wave is coming. John Messina East Williston

am writing to urge my fellow Village of Great Neck residents to re-elect Bart Sobel as trustee this June 19.! !Bart is a very active member of the current and past boards, and we need him to keep working on our behalf.! In addition to his day-to-day demanding work conducting the business of the village as its deputy mayor, he has spearheaded specific projects to improve the quality of life for his constituents.! Among these are the new Street Fair/Music Festival and the revamping of Village Court to make it a faster, friendlier,

and more efficient system.! Bart is currently working to build a pedestrian bridge to connect the Allenwood and Baker Hill neighborhoods and is active in the downtown re-visioning project, two undertakings that will greatly benefit all of us. ! Bart and his wife are invested in the community, raising their four children, ages 10-19, in the Village.! He is also a local business owner, practicing law here in Great Neck for the past 22 years.! He has been active in Great Neck civics in many ways, including with the Great Neck Library, the Great Neck Park Dis-

trict, and currently as a member of the board of the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce. Bart’s opponent has no relevant experience and has shown no prior interest in civic or governmental involvement. The job of Trustee is too important to entrust to such a candidate.! Be sure to come out and vote on June 19 and vote to reelect Bart Sobel as Trustee of the Village of Great Neck, on the Great Neck Greater Village Party line.! He is the right man for the job. Adam Cohen Great Neck

Vote Sobel, Namdar for VGN


’m writing in support of the candidacy of Bart Sobel and Norman Namdar. In 2010, after serving as a village trustee for 10 years, I decided not to run for re-election to my position as trustee in Great Neck Village. I was asked by my party to help find a suitable candidate to run for my seat. I instantly thought of Bart Sobel, who by then had served as a member of the planning board for four years. He had also served in an elected position to the Great Neck Library for several years and he also volunteered as a resident advisor to the park district. Several others recom-

mended him as well. When we approached Bart with the suggestion that he run for Trustee, his first reaction was to inquire whether there might be anyone more experienced than himself to run. As experienced as he was, he still had the humility to question whether he’d be the best candidate. Thankfully. Bart came to the right conclusion and has served with distinction ever since. Bart’s patience and respect for his position are two of his greatest attributes. He is generous with his time and diligent in his role as Trustee. He is respectful to the

residents and employees of the village alike. Even though he was elected under the previous administration, he has apparently earned the respect and admiration of the new mayor as well – having been appointed deputy mayor last year! There can be no challenge from an inexperienced candidate. There can be no choice but to re-elect the incumbents. Please vote on June 19 to re-elect Trustees Sobel and Namdar. Edna Guilor-Segal Village of Great Neck

Kaplan backed Obama on Iran


alk about dissembling! I enjoyed the letter defending Anna Kaplan by Toby Katz. I only mention Toby alone because she apparently penned her “pure party” opinion and had the others sign with her. The sad facts are as follows: 1. The vast majority of AIPAC attendees were pleased with Trump’s remarks at the time whence he called out the traitorous actions involving Obama and Kerry in the Iran Surrender Plan. 2. The $120 million in annual dues to AIPAC are paid to run that organization by its members, including me, not by the staff who were concerned about

the criticism of Obama from the membership. Anna Kaplan’s statement attacked them and defended Obama. 3. Bipartisan support for Israel is essential but dwindling amongst Democrats. The pro-Israel old guard – Hoyer, Pelosi, Engel, Lowey, et al, will soon retire. I blame the liberal Jews who fund the Democrats and who march with antiSemitic groups for “the larger cause.” These people do not possess the common sense of blacks, Hispanics and others who would not tolerate such treatment from the Democratic Party.

And no one knows the truth of this sentiment better than Great Neck Dem Leader Steve Markowitz. Liberal Jews! allow the takeover of the Democratic Party by leftists. They’re not alone, but no group contributes more dollars. 4. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We have a gem in state Sen. Phillips. I state this as a Republican who supports and has worked for many Democrats. Toby Katz: How many not of your party have you supported? Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld Great Neck Letters Continued on Page 52

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Winthrop, police promote prom safety In advance of senior prom nights for so many Long Island schools, emergency, safety and educational leaders joined forces today at NYU Winthrop Hospital to address concerns about students driving under the influence or driving while distracted, and they shared precautions being taken to protect students. Representing NYU Winthrop was Dr. D’Andrea Joseph, chief of the Trauma and Critical Care Division. She was joined by the New York State Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Rich Mallow, along with Nassau County Police and New York State Police. Representing area high schools was Carle Place Superintendent David Flatley; Mineola School District Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Edward Escobar; and Garden City High School Principal, Nanine McLaughlin. Approximately 2,000 underage drinkers die each year behind the wheel, with alcohol a factor in a third of those auto fatalities. Far too often, those deaths occur on prom night, just as graduating students are about to embark upon promising futures – but instead have their lives cut short “As a trauma and acute care surgeon, there are few worse things seen than when young adults become victims and die due to car crashes brought on by drinking or distracted driving. We are physicians and healers, and it is heartbreaking knowing that the loss of life is entirely preventable,” said Dr. D’Andrea Joseph, chief of the Trauma and Critical Care Division at NYU Winthrop Hospital. “For many Long Island teenagers, proms and graduations mark the end of a chapter in their young lives. By emphasizing to them the dangers of drunk or distracted driving, we hope to ensure that there is a next chapter for them and that we do not see them in our Trauma Center after prom – or in any emergency room on Long Island.” Although drivers under the age of 21 represent only 10 percent of licensed drivers, they are responsible for 17 percent of fatal alcohol-related crashes, and drivers under the age of 20 make up the largest percentage of distracted drivers. “The purpose of prom night is to celebrate a milestone, to enjoy a special night with friends and classmates. But the celebra-

tion must be responsible,” said Garden City High School Principal Nanine McLaughlin. “Every student needs to understand that laws are in place to protect them. Drunk driving, driving under the influence, driving while distracted or taking selfies while behind the wheel is not only irresponsible and foolish, but it could be deadly.” “Schools have a responsibility to continually impress upon young people that their decisions have consequences,” said Mineola School District Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Edward Escobar. “Underage drinking and drug use are widespread problems in society that can hurt families and ruin lives. It is important for educators to make positive connections with young people and model appropriate behavior.” According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in addition to DUI risks, distracted driving can also be deadly: • 33 percent of high school students nationwide have texted or e-mailed while driving. • 12 percent of distracted drivers involved in fatal car accidents were teens ages 15 to 19. • Talking on a cell phone can double the likelihood of an accident and can slow a young driver’s reaction time to that of a 70-year-old.

• 56 percent of teens admit to talking on cell phones while driving. Said Rich Mallow, the New York State executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, “Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants every high school student to enjoy their prom! Just remember to be smart and safe. Do not drink and drive. This should be the best time of your life. Keep it that way.” Added David Flatley, Superintendent of Schools for the Carle Place Union Free School District, “While we recognize that the vast majority of our students enjoy a safe and healthy prom experience, the occasional poor choice can ruin more than just one night. The artificial consequences imposed by law enforcement or school officials can ruin end-of-year celebrations with families and friends; however, these pale in comparison to the natural consequences of a single dangerous decision.” Dr. Joseph offers the following suggestions: Safety Tips for Parents of Teenagers • Limit the number of passengers your teen will be driving to no more than three. • Insist on seatbelt use. 55% of teens killed in motor vehicle accidents were not using seatbelts. • Know your teen’s plans.

Where is the prom? Is there a pre or post-prom party? Where will they be before and after the prom? How are they traveling about? Obtain contact information of who they are with and where they will be. • Keep in contact with your teen. Make sure that their phone is charged. Ask for phone calls over the course of the night as they change their destinations. • Emphasize to your teenager that you are a phone call away and that you will pick them up wherever they are, at whatever time. Safety Tips for the Teens • Do not drink alcohol and drive or let your friends drink and drive. • Extreme alcohol consumption frequently sends kids to the ER on prom night; either for alcohol poisoning or due to motor vehicle crashes. • Do not leave nonalcoholic drinks unattended at the table. If you do so, discard the drink and get a new one, to ensure that no one has spiked your beverage. • Do not accept a beverage from someone you do not know; it could be tainted. • Keep an eye on your driver to make sure they do not drink alcohol. • Keep a close eye on oncoming drivers. Impaired drivers tend to drive toward lights. • After the light turns green,

wait a second before pulling into the intersection. • Keep the radio volume low enough so the driver can concentrate on getting to and from the fun event. • Do not text, use a cell phone or take a selfie when behind the wheel. About NYU Winthrop Hospital, Founded in 1896 by a group of local physicians and concerned citizens, Long Island’s first voluntary hospital is a 591bed university-affiliated medical center and ACS Level 1 Trauma Center offering a full scope of inpatient and outpatient programs and services to address every stage of life. Ever changing and growing with the diverse community it serves, NYU Winthrop Hospital is, in many ways, a unique institution, simultaneously large and small, regional as well as local. NYU Winthrop successfully blends the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of our organization.

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Herricks’ debuts Hoang’s play wins contest student’s music At a Herricks High School concert held on May 22 in the auditorium, the Concert Orchestra presented the world premiere of “Legacy.” This piece was written for string orchestra by Michael Pacciullo, a sophomore and trombone player in the Wind Ensemble. The music department featured him as a “composer-in-residence” for this concert series. High School Orchestra Director Catherine Fish, a strong advocate of new music, emphasized how unusual it is to find a student who is

already composing at such a high level. “Michael is such a rare talent,” she said. “When he first showed me his composition, I was blown away by the maturity of his compositional style. I knew right away that one of our orchestras absolutely had to perform his piece live in concert.” The Herricks Public Schools looks forward to hearing more from Michael in the future as he pursues his talent and passion for music.


Michael Pacciullo, a Herricks sophomore, premiered his piece “Legacy” at a school concert on May 22.

Joanna Lau named a superior writer "Joanna Lau, current junior, has earned a Superior Writing Award in the National Council for Teachers of English’s annual Achievement Awards in Writing for High School Juniors program."The purpose of this competition is to encourage writing among students and provide them with recognition. Contestants each submitted two writing entries; one piece that focused on this year’s PHOTO COURTESY OF theme of how story narratives HERRICKS PUBLIC SCHOOLS can change, and another that Joanna Lau, current junior, the student considers to be his/ has earned a Superior Writ- her best work in any genre. Work was judged by a panel of ing Award in the National teachers across the nation. The Council for Teachers of Eng- Superior Writing award is the lish’s annual Achievement highest level of recognition in Awards in Writing for High this program, and Lau is among 27 honorees in New York State. School Juniors program

An award-winning playwright has been discovered at Herricks High School. Sophomore Joylynne Hoang’s “Bittersweet” was one of 100 plays selected as part of the 2018 Gi60 One Minute Play contest. Her play, scheduled to be performed in the United Kingdom, tells the story of a girl and a sleeping stranger she meets on the train who reminds her of a lost love, with a surprising and poignant ending. Joylynne is a member of the high school’s STAC program and wrote her play as part of a playwriting unit. Over the course of a few weeks, the students cranked out approximately 35 one-minute plays.


Herricks Sophomore Joylynne Hoang’s “Bittersweet” was one of 100 plays selected as part of the 2018 Gi60 One Minute Play contest

“Four students submitted to the Gi60, and one was picked, out of thousands worldwide who entered,” said STAC Director Luke DeLalio. “That’s a good success ratio.” He described Joylynne’s play as “Moving. It really captures something.” “I didn’t think it was anything special,” Hoang said, “but people in class were crying when we first performed it, so I guess I did something right.” Bill Grabaowski, STAC’s fine art teacher, who introduced the Gi60 project to the students, commented that, “Joylynne’s work in all media is always exceptional and different. And her play is a perfect example of her unique viewpoint.”

NHP b-ball team honored North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Council Member Angelo Ferrara and the Town Board welcomed the New Hyde Park Memorial High School Unified Basketball Team, cheerleaders and coaches to Clinton G. Martin Park on June 5 and celebrated the team’s win at the 2018 Basketball Championship. Town officials presented certificates of recognition to the team members and congratulated them on their accomplishments this season. New Hyde Park Memorial High School beat Long Beach High School 25-23 to clinch the championship title.


Town officials honored the New Hyde Park Unified Basketball Team on their championship win. The unified sports team combines athletes with and

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A win for NHP Lady Lynx


NHP Wildcats U12 Lady Lynx team beat the the Sachem Black 06 team this weekend. NHP Wildcats U12 Lady Lynx team clawed their way to an incredible win against the Sachem Black 06 team this weekend. Scores were tied at 1-1 at the 90 minute mark with a precisely

placed assist by Fiona O’Reilly to Julia Lopez who scored early in the second half of the game. Both teams worked tirelessly in overtime to break the tie but it was Natalie Shon’s cross to Julia

Lopez’s beautiful finishing shot that delivered the outstanding winning goal with only 20 seconds left. A special thanks to Tyler Okui who stepped in as goalkeeper for the first time and did an amazing job keeping the Lady Lynx in the game. The Lady Lynx not only clinched the Eastern New York’s Arch Cup Championship title but they were also awarded the Sportsmanship award from the league for games played in the season. Congratulations to coach Pat Lopez and the remarkable girls team for a well-deserved win. The NHP Lady Lynx currently plays in Division 1 in the LIJSL league.

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see over the crowd. When the horses finally made their way into the starting gate, a roar went up from the 90,000 in attendance. The screams from the crowd continued for another three minutes, growing louder every second as Justify, a chestnut colt from Kentucky, won the Belmont Stakes and became the 13th Triple Crown winner. “This horse ran a tremendous race,” jockey Mike Smith told The New York Times after the race. “He’s so gifted; he was sent from heaven. I can’t even begin to describe my emotions right now.” His joy was matched by many in attendance. Thousands had placed bets on Justify to follow in the footsteps of American Pharoah, who ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015. Hundreds eschewed fancy hats for yellow foam crowns. This year marked the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, making it the longest-running of the three Triple Crown races (the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby were first run!in 1873 and 1875, respectively; the Belmont Stakes was canceled in 1911 and 1912). Sir Barton was the first to win the Triple Crown Continued on Page 63

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North Shore! have lower opt-out rates than the Long Island average – with two of five Nassau students and one in five North Shore students opting out of state tests in 2018 – they could also be subject to the rule change. Herricks had the lowest opt-out rate of 11.31 percent for state math exams and Great Neck had the second lowest rate of 14.83 percent, while Sewanhaka saw 33.64 percent of its students opt out. No North Shore school district had 95 percent of students take state English or math exams – or an opt-out rate below 5 percent. The Board of Regents also pitched the Composite Performance Level rating system, which factors in academic achievement, English language proficiency, chronic absenteeism, interim student progress, graduation rates and the “civic readiness index.” It would also take opt-out rates into consideration when it comes to school rankings.

In a letter sent to the Board of Regents, leaders of the New York State United Teachers said the new rules amount to an unnecessary penalty against parents and schools and put too much weight on the opt-out rates. “Specifically, the regulations continue the provision allowing the Commissioner to place a school on the [Schools Under Registration Review] list for low participation rates without taking into account the change in federal law,” NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango wrote in a letter to the Board of Regents. DiBrango continued, “Contrary to the [state education] department’s position, it is a financial penalty when the state directs a school to stop spending funds on services to students and instead spends it on convincing parents to have their children take the test. This penalty will not solve the problems with the testing program that led to the opt out movement.” In a statement, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said, “The assertion

that schools could face financial penalties for low participation rates is patently false.” Ian Rosenblum, the executive director of Education Trust-New York, wrote in a letter to the Board of Regents that the NYSUT letter “distorts the substance of New York’s ESSA plan and the requirements of federal law.” “ESSA enables New York to define what it means to be a successful school, set clear expectations that schools must raise achievement for all of their students – not just some – and help schools and school districts by targeting attention, resources and support to the places where schools are struggling,” Rosenblum wrote. Rosenblum also told Newsday that the proposed changes are “a step forward” in higher academic work being achievable for all students, especially low-income minority ones. There will be a public comment period through July and August, with the Board of Regents set to vote in September.


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fter hosting a successful inaugural Dinner en Blanc at NYIT Old Westbury’s de Seversky Mansion in October, a marketing group returns to Long Island with the first Gold Coast Summers Music and Wine Festival this weekend at Nassau County Museum of Art. Donyshia Boston-Hill, CEO of the marketing group,! Keeper of the Brand, said the 21-and-up p event will run from registration at 1 p.m. ev on Saturday and Sunday and end around 7 p.m., featuring wine tastings from wineries that source their grapes from w Long Island’s North Fork and New York Lo as well as France, Spain, South Africa, California, New Zealand, Australia, C Chile, Argentina, Portugal, Japan, AusC tria and Germany through a partnership tr with New York Uncorked. w “I was married at the museum, and I love it,” Boston-Hill said. “I call it my happy place, and I wanted to bring happiness to people in the form of music and sampling wines and artisan cocktails.” In addition to wine tastings, Boston-Hill said there will be gourmet food and cheese tastings as well as a handful of food trucks on site during the event. Boston-Hill said the final PHOTOS COURTESY OF KEEPER OF THE PH artist each night will take the BRAND stage around 6 p.m., including local artists, a string quarKeeper of the Brand will host the tet, jazz bands and singers. K in inaugural Gold Coast Summers “We look forward to evM Music and Wine Festival at Naseryone coming out and enjoyssau County Museum of Art this ing the day,” Boston-Hill said. “Hopefully, we can grow this w weekend.

event a little bit for next year.” Festival attendees will be able to view the exhibit, including the original cover art for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and the!Hobey Baker Memorial Award trophy given to the best college hockey player annually, at a discounted rate. Tickets for the festival are available for $59, or $79 with a blanket provided for the picnic event. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets online at!, and receive a 50 percent discount on either ticket option with the promotional code “Times.” Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at, by phone at 516307-1045, ext. 215, or follow her on Twitter @acamurati.

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Weekend Concerts at Jones Beach Theater

Friday, June 15 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. Jones Beach Theater continues its summer 2018 concert series with the following headline shows: 106.1 WBLI’s Summer Jam with Shawn Mendes, the Backstreet Boys, Meghan Trainor and 5 Seconds of Summer on Friday, and 103.5 KTU’s KTUphoria with Dua Lipa, Ne-Yo, Charlie Puth, Sting, Shaggy, Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias on Saturday. Where: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Ocean Parkway, Wantaugh Info & Tickets: (866) 558-8468 •


Live Nation Presents: Dead & Company

Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Citi Field, home of the N.Y. Mets, kicks off its summer concert series with Dead & Company, which formed in 2015 when the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir joined forces with artist and musician John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge, and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, resulting in one of the most successful touring bands of the decade. Where: Citi Field, 12301 Roosevelt Ave., Corona Info & Tickets: (718) 507-8499 •



Eternal Con: The Long Island Comic Con

Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 starting at 10 a.m. or 212.239.6200 For groups or birthdays call 866.642.9849

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Eternal Con, Long Island’s premier comic book and cosplay convention, returns for its sixth anniversary — a two-day extravaganza with gaming tournaments, informative panels, a vendor room with over 150 tables of toys, jewelry, clothing and collectibles, and a car show that will feature iconic movie vehicles including the DeLorean time machine from “Back to the Future” and a jeep from the original “Jurassic Park.” Where: NYCB Live, Home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale Info & Tickets: (516) 231-4848 or (800) 745-3000 •

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Roger Daltrey Performs The Who’s “TOMMY”

Sunday, June 17 at 8 p.m. Roger Daltrey and The New York Pops unite for a special Father’s Day performance of The Who’s “TOMMY,” backed by the symphonic orchestra and a band of seasoned Who players. Fans can expect to hear beloved classics from the 1969 rock opera, including “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me, Feel Me,” and more. Where: Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills Info & Tickets: (888) 929-7849 •


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Trace Adkins Wednesday, June 20 at 8 p.m.

American country singer Trace Adkins will perform his Billboard music hits, including “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury Info & Tickets: (516) 247-5211

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s sartorial style became an intimate part of her artistic identity. She dressed like she painted, highly valuing abstraction, simplicity, and seriality. Drawing from the clothing in her closets when she died, this lecture led by Wanda M. Corn explores O’Keeffe’s modern use of dress to join body and art in a common aesthetic. A seated luncheon including wine, iced tea, salad, fresh breads, and dessert will precede the lecture at 12 p.m.


Summer Luncheon & Lecture at Coe Hall — Georgia O’Keefe’s Closets: Clothes, Style and Dressing Modern

Where: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay Info & Tickets: (516) 922-8678 •


Trevor Hall with Special Guest Will Evans Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. Trevor Hall, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who grew up in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, performs music that blends roots, folk, and reggae with spirituality and life exploration. His latest album, KALA, written in Hawaii and recorded in Los Angeles, debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes singer/ songwriter chart. Where: The Paramount 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: (631) 673-7300

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ather’s Day Story Time

Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m.

Kids can join this special Father’s Day story time with a book celebrating all that is great about dads, “With My Daddy: A Book of Love and Family.” Activities to follow.

Where: Barnes and Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset and 91 Old Country Road in Carle Place Info: 516-365-6723 (Manhasset), 516-741-9850 (Carle Place) or


inema on the Bay

Saturday, June 16, 8:30 p.m. (ongoing through Aug. 11)

Cinema on the Bay, a favorite summertime tradition in Port Washington, kicks off on this evening with a sunset screening of “Wonder Woman” and a lineup of upcoming films that includes “Wonder” on July 7, “Ghostbusters” on July 21, and “Sing” on Aug. 11 — all brought to the community for free by the Town of North Hempstead.

Where: Sunset Park along Manhasset Bay in Port Washington Info: 516-767-9151 or

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ather’s Day at Adventureland Park

Sunday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dads ride for free on Father’s Day at Adventureland Park, Long Island’s amusement park since 1962 that has something for everyone — thrill rides, family rides, kiddie rides, and water rides. And as of the first day of summer on June 21, the park will be open every day of the week (see website for daily hours). Get your season passes now!

Where: Adventureland Park, 2245 Broad Hollow Road, Farmingdale Info: 631-694-6868 or


he Wiggles!

Sunday, June 17, 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

The world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, which formed in Sydney, Australia in 1991, presents their Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Tour!

Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury Info & Tickets: 516-247-5211 or

hildren’s Nature Film Festival: AnC imal Adventures Tuesday, June 19 through Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Children’s Nature Film Festival launches with “Puffin Adventures” on June 19, “All About Amphibians” on June 20, “Eyewitness: Mammal” on June 21, “City of Bees” on June 22, and “All About Plant Pollination” on June 23.

Where: Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove Info: 516-571-8010/11 or

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‘Be the Change’: talks now online This spring, Adelphi University presented the third annual TEDxAdelphiUniversity series, centered on the theme “Be the Change.” Some of the major topics focused on healthy eating and community, including healthcare in the communities, how news is portrayed and reflected, healthier alternatives to common toxins, the use of aeroponic Tower Gardens, drug abuse prevention and more. The event featured talks by notable speakers including: Benjamin Dynkin has spent his career working to help defend the United States and its businesses from cyber threats. He is the cofounder and co-executive director of the American Cybersecurity Institute and the co-founder of Atlas Cybersecurity. Tracy Stopler is a registered dietitian and the nutrition director at NUTRITION E.T.C. She has been an adjunct nutrition professor at Adelphi University for 20 years and has published extensively on the topic of nutrition and exercise. She is also the campaign coordinator for the Enough Abuse on Long Island and has published an award-winning novel, The Ropes That Bind: Based on a True Story of Child Sexual Abuse.

Janine L. Bradley was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. She is a graduate of Jamaica High School, where she faced the struggles of attending night school so she could graduate on time. She is now the coordinator/principal of the Uniondale Alternative High School Program. Hannah Fons ’19 currently serves as senior editor at a small trade publishing company and is also a professional strength and conditioning coach at Five Points Academy in New York City. Hannah is a graduate student in the M.S.W. program at Adelphi University’s Manhattan Center, focusing on the care and concerns of LGBTQ

youth in general and transgender/ gender-divergent youth in particular. Anthony Guerne began his career in medicine in 1990 as an emergency medical technician and in 1994 he became a paramedic and began working in New York City. He is currently the Simulation Center technologist for the Adelphi University’s College of Nursing and Public Health and works for volunteer fire departments on Long Island as a first responder. Howard Robertson retired from the New York City Department of Correction after serving more than 22 years as a warden on Rikers Island.

He currently serves as the CEO of Airtight Solutions Inc. Robertson is now focused on keeping our youth out of gangs, away from drugs, reducing violence, and motivating them to become successful in life. Oscar Bruce, a Long Island native who graduated from Baruch College with a degree in public affairs and a minor in AfricanAmerican and Latino studies, currently serves as a community organizer and workshop facilitator for the Pulse Center for Patient Safety – ASK For Your Life Campaign and has interned at Hunger Free America. His passion for writing has motivated him to become a spoken-word artist, and his goal is to empower people to advocate for themselves to achieve better healthcare outcomes. Karen Clements Roach is an award-winning journalist and founder of the news organization, Communities of Color News, which has been honored by the City of New York as a best business for Communities in Queens. The outlet has become a go-to source for community news for people of color that has the courage print what others will only say behind closed doors. “What made us different as

a news organization was we were celebratory and not sensational,” said Roach. “This was something people of color didn’t regularly see, themselves represented positively and consistently in the news.” Beth Fiteni is the executive director of Green Inside and Out, a nonprofit whose mission it is to educate on matters of toxins and environmental health. She has a master’s in environmental law from Vermont Law School and has worked in multiple environmental positions such as Renewable Energy Long Island, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and Beyond Pesticides. She lectures regularly on non-toxic and energy-efficient green living and has been trained by former Vice President Al Gore. Kaylenne Brown ’20 is a nationally recognized authority in health education and dance fitness and a plant-based chef. She is currently pursuing her master’s in nutrition from Adelphi and delivers the “Health is Wealth Project” curriculum to several schools with the power of aeroponics and seedlings. For more information on TEDxAdelphiUniversity – including links to all 10 of this year’s talks — visit

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Art League ‘BIG Picture’ winners The names of “The BIG Picture” winners are in. The Art League of Long Island’s latest juried art exhibition invited artists from the Long Island region to submit large pieces into its latest juried exhibit.! Out of 259 works submitted by 115 artists, 39 works were selected by juror Bruce Lieberman.! Of the 39

works on display in the gallery, six were singled out for awards.! Awards of Excellence went to Pura Cruz of Coram for “A Guitarra Grows on L.I.” (triptych/acrylic), Joseph Santarpia of Farmingville for “Dual Range” (alcohol ink on Yupo paper), and Marjorie van de Stouwe of Upper Brookville

for “Berries of Winter” (oil). Honorable Mentions were awarded to Terry Finch of Northport for “Passing By” (acrylic and pastel), Lori Horowitz of Dix Hills for!“Inside Out” (mixed media welded copper and bronze relief sculpture with photography), and Caroline Kaplowitz of Roslyn for “Biographical Portrait

of Miriam Shapiro” (acrylic paint on canvas, collage, paper, mirrors, transfers, powder pigment). “The BIG Picture” exhibit is on currently on view through June 30.! The public is also invited to attend the juror talk in the gallery on Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.! The gallery is open free

of charge Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Art League is located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills. For more information visit or call 631-462-5400.!

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Hot Rize’s blue grass at Landmark Tours of Dobro slide guitarist, singer and songwriter! Abbie Gardner will kick off an evening of string instrument wizardry at the Jeanne Rimsky Theater when she joins bluegrass legends Hot Rize on Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m., the final show in Landmark on Main’s 2017-18 season. Back in April, Gardner stole the show when Red Molly and Ellis Paul rocked the theater at one of the season’s most memorable shows. Now, she returns to open for Hot Rize in a seasonending concert that will have the audience on its feet. Gardner, who toured with Red Molly for eleven years, grew up studying the classical flute, but eventually made the switch to Dobro, a type of American resonator guitar. After familiarizing herself with the Dobro, Gardner wrote her first full-length track in

2004. The track, called “My Crazy Dream,” earned her a spot in Hal Leonard’s 2009 book “The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide.” In the years since the release of the song, Gardner has put out four successful CD albums of her own: Honey On My Grave (2006), Bad Nights and Better Days

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(2008), Hope (2011), and Wishes On A Neon Sign (2018). “Abbie Gardner shows her prodigious writing chops in her album, Hope,” said Richard Cuccaro, a publisher for Acoustic Live. “Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by now familiar, formidable slide

guitar licks.” Since the release of her CD albums, Gardner has filled her trophy case with a number of distinct recognitions, including a second place finish at the 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, the 2008 Lennon Folk Award for her song “The Mind of a Soldier,” and the 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric for her song “I’d Rather Be.” Now, Gardner tours on her own, teaming up with other bands at different shows or dazzling audiences at her own gigs. Meanwhile, Hot Rize will bring some heat of their own. The band has no shortage of accomplishments since their formation in 1978, winning the International Bluegrass Association’s inaugural Entertainer of the Year Award in 1990, being tabbed as a Grammy nominee for the

Best Bluegrass Album in 1991, and taking home IBMA Song of the Year at one point. Since the band’s retirement in 1990, Hot Rize has taken the stage at occasional reunion shows, producing the culminating recording of “So Long of a! Journey” (2002) in the process. No group in the history of the bluegrass genre has maintained the same members for as long as Hot Rize did from 1978 to 1998. Simply put, Hot Rize is a piece of musical history. Today, 21st century Hot Rize aims to deliver traditional bluegrass music to two generations’ worth of fans. Tickets for Hot Rize are available through Landmark’s box office by calling 516-767-6444 or going to Landmark on Main Street is located at 232 Main St. in Port Washington.


MOBA Dance Academy’s 2018 Ballet and Contemporary Intensive. Featuring some of the best teachers in the country! June 18th-22nd from 4:00-9:30 pm, Int/Adv Dancers from all over are welcome. Ages 10-14. Summer Intensive June 25th-29th, 4:00-930pm. For detailed questions you can call MOBA Dance Academy at 516-326-2377. We are located in New Hyde Park, NY.

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National Historic Site Cedarmere will open its doors for docent-led tours of the house and grounds from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. Docent Mary Maguire will show select rooms of the Cedarmere home of William Cullen Bryant and answer questions on the importance of Mr. Bryant to our history and heritage. Cedarmere on Bryant Ave in Roslyn Harbor.


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Therapy for seniors thru puppies BY LU K E TOR R A N C E For Shari Leventhal, the director of recreation at the Harbor House in Oyster Bay, few things are better for the senior population than a visit from puppies. “It’s amazing how it stimulates them emotionally, socially, physically,” she said. “There are residents that have motor issues and they get encouraged to move their hand and pet a puppy. There are residents that are not speaking and it stimulates memories, and we get some thoughts or words out or even just a smile.” The visits to Harbor House are part of the North Shore Animal League America’s Shelter Pet Outreach Team (SPOT) program, which makes visits to those who are alone, ill, or live in specialized care facilities. The program, which is based out of the league’s headquarters in Port Washington, started by taking puppies and kittens to visit people around the area. “It was started because the volunteers had heard about the potential positive effects on the health of seniors and their emotional and cognitive well-being,” said Diane Alexander, a spokeswoman for the organization.


Seniors at the Harbor House in Oyster Bay hold puppies as part of the North Shore Animal League America’s SPOT program. The pets who participate — mostly puppies between eight to 12 weeks old and older dogs — are all up for adoption on the weekends. That means the

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dogs who go out to visit with volunteers vary from week to week. Alexander said that the dogs chosen! are the ones not afraid of people or loud

noises, and the participants can visit as many as seven facilities per week. She added that the pets usually spend about 90 minutes at each facility they visit, with the length varying on how many people want to participate. The program is not just to visit the elderly. The dogs also make visits to special education schools, where the pets help the children develop a sense of empathy and reduce anxiety. The benefits that Leventhal described of the group’s visit to Harbor House are shared with other senior living facilities. The visit is a mental and physical stimulation for the residents and provides an event where they can socialize with one another. According to the Animal League, the visits help seniors recuperate from illness more quickly, relaxes them and significantly reduces loneliness. A study conducted in New York, Missouri and Texas nursing homes showed patients’ medication costs dropped an average of 69 percent when pets were allowed to visit. “It’s just phenomenal to see those who aren’t speaking light up as soon as they see a pet and touch them,” Leventhal said. “The work that they do here, we cannot thank them enough.”


Ask the Funeral Director… By Joseph Velotti, Funeral Director Roslyn Heights Funeral Home

Preplanning a funeral is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most important decisions you will make in your lifetime. Whether it is for you or a loved one, the first step is obtaining all the necessary information to make an informed decision. More and more people are choosing to preplan/prepay their funeral and burial expenses. In doing so, they recognize that it is smart financial planning and provides great emotional relief for themselves and their loved ones. Prepaying your funeral will allow you to make your own funeral plans, but, more importantly, preplanning will spare surviving relatives and loved ones from the emotional burden of having to make decisions at a time of great stress and grief. The most common questions people ask when they are considering preplanning their funeral arrangements are:

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#1. Why Pre Plan at all? • Allows individuals the opportunity to make personal and specific selections for the funeral service that most closely meets their needs. • Spares loved ones from having to second-guess the wishes of the deceased at the time of need. • Allows for time to research funeral homes, burial options, and financial considerations; • Provides an option to set aside funds for final expenses, relieving family members of an unexpected financial burden. #2. Why Pre Pay for my arrangements? • Placing the cost of the funeral (at today's prices) in an investment vehicle, so that the interest earned will keep pace with inflation to cover the cost of the funeral (at future prices) when the death occurs. • Prevents life insurance policies from being depleted at the time of a loved one's death. • Allows individuals to consider options while they are better prepared to make sound, fiscally responsible decisions. • Spares loved ones the unexpected cost of a funeral during a stressful time. Roslyn Heights Funeral Home offers price guaranteed pre-arrangement thru PREPLAN a funeral trust pre-funding program backed by the NYS Funeral Directors Association, Inc. call 516-621-4545 for more information.

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Vision changes as you age


s a person gets older certain bodily changes are to be expected. For example, muscle tone may diminish and bones can become more fragile as we age. Exercise and healthy eating may be able to stave off some of the effects of aging, but avoiding vision problems may require some additional effort. Vision naturally diminishes as we age, but not all vision changes are related to aging. Many natural changes are not severe and may only require a minor adjustment in prescription glasses or contact lenses. Improved lighting or bigger print may help remedy other issues, including blurry text. However, certain conditions that people blame on getting older really may be hereditary or a byproduct of an illness. There’s a difference between changes that are the result of aging and those that are not. Recognizing the differences can help individuals get the treatment necessary to prevent permanent eye damage.

Age-related changes Difficulty seeing clearly for reading and close work is one of the most common age-related vision issues. This condition can begin as early as age 40 and worsen as a person gets older. Variation in the eyes’ ability to focus properly is called presbyopia, and it will worsen over time. Other normal signs of aging include problems with glare from headlights or the sun. Lens changes in the eye can cause light to be scattered rather than focused on the retina. This leads to more glare. In dim conditions, a person may find he or she needs more light to see well. That’s because muscles that control pupil size and reaction to light lose some strength. Changes in color perception also may begin. The normally clear lens of the eye can discolor, making it difficult to distinguish between certain hues.

Not all vision problems are directly correlated to aging. Adults should speak with their eye doctors about any problems they may be having.

Conditions not directly tied to aging Certain eye disorders may become more prevalent as a person gets older, but that does not mean they are a byproduct of aging. Macular degeneration, which causes spotty loss of detail or sudden and severe loss of central vision, may occur. This condition is a result of damage to the macula, the central part of the retina responsible for detail, color and daylight vision. Risk factors for macular degeneration include high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, and untreated high blood pressure. Poor circulation to the retina is the most common cause of macular degeneration. Glaucoma is another condition linked to aging. Glaucoma is caused by damage to the optic nerve by fluid pressure inside the eye. Patients with glaucoma typically do not exhibit early symptoms. Glaucoma is only detectable through routine vision examinations. According to the Mayo Clinic, about half of all 65-yearold Americans have some degree of cataract formation in their eyes. People who have cataracts may think they’re an unavoidable part of getting older. While aging may increase the risk of getting cataracts, according to Lighthouse International its true cause is unknown. Other risks include long-term exposure to the sun’s rays, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, and eye injury. Illnesses like diabetes can affect eyesight in many different ways. Proper treatment for diabetes and management of the condition can prevent a number of eye disorders. Adults should not assume all vision changes are a direct result of getting older. Annual vision examinations by qualified eye doctors can pinpoint the cause of problems and find treatment options that are successful.

Yearly eye exams can reveal more than just vision trouble


ore evidence points to the importance of routine eye exams, not only to pinpoint potential conditions of the eye, but also to serve as windows to diseases that affect the entire body. Now more than ever it is essential to make and keep annual eye exams, as they can help to reveal the first signs of serious ailments. Doctors from around the world say dozens of diseases — from certain cancers to arthritis to high blood pressure — can show symptoms in the eye. Under the watchful and knowing gaze of an eyecare professional, individuals can get early diagnosis and begin treatment promptly. According to Dr. Roy Chuck, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, there are many systemic diseases that can be seen in the eye. In addition to the conditions mentioned, jaundice can indicate liver disease while retinal detachment and bleeding in new blood vessels may indicate hypertension. By looking at the color of the cornea, some doctors can tell if a patient has elevated levels of cholesterol. Many people have had their eye doctors be the first healthcare professional to detect the presence of their diabetes. If an ophthalmologist suspects an underlying medical condition, he or she will likely refer men and women to their primary care doctors for a more thorough examination. Going to the eye doctor can do more than ensure your vision is sharp. It’s a life-saving decision for many people who have major health conditions diagnosed through the eyes.

Easy ways to get more youthful looking skin F ew people would pass up the opportunity to look younger. But men and women who want to look a little more like their younger selves without resorting to surgery can still have younger, healthier-looking skin without going under the knife. The following are a handful of natural ways to keep skin vibrant and youthful.

• Quit smoking. Quitting smoking can add years to your life and improve your appearance. Smoking damages collagen and elastin in the skin, which are the substances that help keep skin flexible and firm. Also, smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and makes it difficult for it to receive enough oxygen to stay healthy. The act of smoking also can contribute to olderlooking skin. Pursing the lips to draw on a cigarette, as well as squinting to avoid smoke in the eyes can lead to the formation of wrinkles on the face. • Steer clear of the sun. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet light damages the skin and can cause it to age prematurely. Also, inadvertent UV exposure, which can happen when running errands or sitting in front of an open window, also can affect the skin. Sun exposure is the top cause of uneven skin tone and dark spots. Always wear sunscreen to protect the skin from the sun. Applying sunscreen should become as automatic as brushing your teeth each day.

• Drink more water. A dehydrated body will divert water to the organs that need it the most, including the liver and heart. When that happens, skin pays the price by not receiving adequate hydration for skin cell renewal. By drinking the recommended six to eight glasses of water per day, you can ensure your body is getting the fluids it needs to fuel natural functions, including skin cell production. • Exercise. By working out you’ll promote good cardiovascular health, which in turn will deliver blood flow and nutrients to the surface of your skin. Skin cells are pushed to the surface of the skin, helping to create a younger appearance and glow. Exercise also can help banish stress, which can contribute to an older appearance and frown. • Avoid alcohol. Drinking alcohol in excess can damage blood vessels over time. This can cause burst capillaries at the surface of the skin, which are highly visible. Drinking also may lead to flushing, which can affect appearance. People who have damaged their livers from drinking too much or abusing

Many lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and staying out of the sun, can contribute to younger-looking skin. medication may develop jaundice, a medical condition characterized by a yellowing of the skin.

• Avoid stressful situations. It’s impossible to avoid all the stressors in life, but taking steps to reduce stress can improve your psychological outlook and appearance. Stress can lessen your body’s ability to function properly, and that can affect the appearance of your skin. Stress-related insomnia can lead to under-eye bags and a tired appearance. And according to the Archives of Dermatology, stress can increase your risk of skin diseases and may cause wounds to take longer to heal. • Eat a healthy diet. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it makes sense that healthy foods will benefit the skin. Omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, flax and fish oil are important for skin health because they support healthy cell membranes. Antioxidants like vitamins A and C also are beneficial because they fight the effects of cell oxidation and combat free radicals that can lead to illness. • Take care of your skin at night. Moisturizers and serums with concentrated blends of vitamins, antioxidants and botanicals are most effective at night. That’s because, when applied at night, such products are in contact with the skin for several hours without being wiped off. Just be sure to apply any products to clean skin for maximum effect. A dermatologist can recommend the right products for your skin type.

There are various ways to get more youthful-looking skin, many of which can benefit the rest of your body as well.

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How Can I Tell If I Have Glaucoma?

What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the optic nerve is damaged, causing permanent vision loss. Most commonly, the damage occurs when your eye’s internal fluid pressure rises too high. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. What causes glaucoma? The exact cause of glaucoma is not known. For some reason, the passages that normally allow fluid within your eye become clogged or blocked. Fluid within your eye builds up and increases pressure on the optic nerve. The nerve fibers and blood vessels in the optic nerve are easily damaged by this pressure, resulting in vision loss. An injury, infection or tumor in or around the eye can also cause the pressure to rise. People who have glaucoma with normal eye pressure likely have poor blood flow to the optic nerve. Who gets glaucoma? Glaucoma most frequently occurs in individuals over the age of 40. In some families, the disease is hereditary. It is estimated that over 2 million Americans have glaucoma, and this number is expected to rise as the U.S. population ages. How is glaucoma harmful to vision? The optic nerve, at the back of the eye,

carries visual information to the brain. As the optic nerve fibers are damaged, the amount and quality of information sent to the brain decreases and a loss of vision occurs. Will I go blind from glaucoma? If diagnosed at an early stage, glaucoma can often be controlled with little or no further vision loss. If left untreated, first peripheral vision and then central vision will be affected, and blindness may result. How Is glaucoma detected? A comprehensive optometric examination will include tests for glaucoma. A simple, painless procedure called tonometry measures the internal pressure of your eye. Health of the optic nerve and your field of vision will be checked. How is glaucoma treated? Glaucoma is usually effectively treated with prescription eye drops and medicines that must be taken regularly. Some cases require laser therapy or surgery. Will my vision be restored after treatment? No. But early detection and treatment can control glaucoma and reduce the chances of vision loss.



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Some benefits of growing older

What is a silent stroke? Silent stroke may not exhibit any symptoms, making it more difficult to detect.


he brain is a complex organ responsible for controlling many different bodily functions. When working at optimal capacity, the brain is a wonder to behold. When illness or trauma affects the brain, various parts of the body may not work as they should.


any people are quick to think of growing older in a negative light. Although there certainly are some side effects of aging that one may wish to avoid, people may find that the benefits of growing older outweigh the negatives. Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of the population. In the United States, the Administration on Aging states that the older population — persons 65 years or older — numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). Statistics Canada reports that, in July 2015, estimates indicated that there were more persons aged 65 years and older in Canada than children aged 0 to 14 years for the first time in the country’s history. Nearly one in six Canadians (16.1%) was at least 65 years old. With so many people living longer, it’s time to celebrate the perks of getting older rather than the drawbacks. Here are some great benefits to growing old. Higher self-esteem: The insecurities of youth give way as one ages, and older people have less negativity and higher self-esteem. A University of Basel study of people ranging in ages from 18 to 89 found that regardless of demographic and social status, the older one gets the higher self-esteem climbs. Qualities like self-control and altruism can contribute to happiness.

Financial perks: Seniors are entitled to discounts on meals, museum entry fees, movies, and other entertainment if they’re willing to disclose their ages. Discounts are available through an

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

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

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

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NOBODY WANTS TO LOSE TEETH Nevertheless, it can happen to anyone!

Thanks to Dental Implants, you can avoid further damage that would otherwise add insult to injury, like the inevitable shifting and tilting of surrounding teeth and the loss of supporting bone. Both create a premature aged appearance. Whether you have lost teeth due to decay or as the result of an accident, Dental Implants are a wonderful innovation that can help you secure your smile into the future. Dental Implants are also used to permanently remedy the inconveniences associated with dentures. What are Dental Implants: Dental Implants are the next best thing to your healthy, natural teeth! Strong, safe and stable; a Dental Implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Three parts of a Dental Implant: • Implant – A “biocompatible

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screw” is placed into the jawbone and fuses permanently over time, serving as a root for the new teeth • Abutment - Connector above the implant that supports the tooth • Crown – The actual tooth that is visible in your mouth Different types of Dental Implants: • Single Tooth Implants - A single tooth replacement • Multiple Implants – More than one tooth needs to be replaced with other natural teeth left intact • Complete Implant Set - When a complete set of upper and/or lower teeth (arch) need replacement. Four or more implants are placed in a total arch Dental Implants improve your ability to confidently eat, smile, laugh, play, and enjoy all regular activities of everyday life! They are sturdier and more secure than

removable partials or dentures. For those with implant-supported dentures, Dental Implants eliminate the fear of slippage and the discomfort from food particles becoming trapped under the denture. With Dental Implants, most patients report a freedom previously not thought possible as they can essentially eat anything they want. Care for the implants is the same as with natural teeth and includes regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. To ensure the Dental Implant procedure is successful, we require patients to present with the following characteristics: • Healthy gum tissue • Adequate bone density in the jaw • Good jaw structure • No medical condition that can complicate the surgery or healing.

Schedule a COMPLIMENTARY Implant Consultation and Smile Evaluation During the consultation process, we will evaluate whether you are a good candidate for Dental Implants. Our doctors can discuss alternative solutions and make recommendations to help you achieve your individual goals. Additionally, our team at Port Washington Dental is happy to discuss other exciting Cosmetic Dental procedures that often compliment Dental Implants; including Teeth Whitening, Laser Gum Therapy, Porcelain Veneers, and Invisalign®. Whether you are looking to replace a single missing tooth, or want to discuss the steps of a Complete Smile Makeover, we can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.

Dr. Sultan Salem is an accredited member of the AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry), a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and is Port Washington Dental’s Implant Expert! He is passionately devoted to improving patient lifestyles by replacing missing teeth. Dr Salem provides our patients with a seamless experience by easily delivering both the surgical and restorative phases of implant treatment.

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Boz Scaggs at The Cradle-Con to Paramount June 26 make debut on L.I.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist William Royce “Boz” Scaggs, who performed with the Steve Miller Band in the 1960s and gained fame with several solo hits in the ’70s, including “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown,” will be the headline performer at The Paramount on Tuesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. Scaggs will be playing songs from his new album, A Fool to Care. "“I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Scaggs says about his latest work. “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.” That sense of fun and willingness to wander in any musical direction is evident in the album’s twelve tracks. The inspirational heart of those songs lies in the sounds of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that played such a vital role in shaping Scaggs’ musical sensibility.

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The music then evolves from the seductive New Orleans rumble of the title track to the wry social commentary of “Hell to Pay,” to the heartbreakingly wistful interpretation of The Band’s “Whispering Pines.” As he did on his previous album, Memphis (2013), Scaggs worked with producer Steve Jordan and a telepathic core band consisting of Jordan on drums, Willie Weeks on bass, Ray Parker, Jr. on rhythm guitar and Jim Cox on keyboards. “Steve works on a high energy level,” Scaggs says of his prized collaborator. “It’s relaxed and easy, but also very highly charged. His direction is laser-focused, and his playing is intense. It’s a whirlwind and he’s a strong leader, but it’s also lovely and loose and cool. That’s all a comfort to me. I’ve produced myself and I feel pretty solid in the studio, but it’s really nice for me not to have to do anything but help select the material and be free to be a singer and a guitar player.” The result of this collaboration is a concert experience sure to be enjoyed by Scaggs’ fans and a new generation of music lovers. For tickets to the show, go to or call 631-673-7300. The Paramount is located at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington.

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Cradle-Con is Long Island’s newest comic, collectible, and pop culture convention — built for fans, by fans — that will take place on Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center has been host to many expos, conventions, and special events over the years. But this year, the museum is hosting its own comic convention to address the changing needs and wants of an evolving fandom, making it accessible for all and delivering a genuine fan experience like no other. Cradle-Con is an opportunity for readers to meet and greet their favorite comic book creators, for collectors on the hunt for those elusive rare books and toys, and for cosplayers to show off some of their best work, providing a spectacular new experience for fans of all ages to gather, socialize, and be passionate about what they love. The event not only supports local artists, it is also raising much needed funds to support the museum’s Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education Programs. Seamus Keane, director of special events for Cradle-Con, says the following about the show: “It’s an innovative community and family-friendly event in response to the fans’ evolving needs and our changing climate. The guest artists, vendors, and panelists have all been carefully curated to deliver an exceptional fan experience that showcases local talent, recognizes the diversity of a changing fan base, and is all about nostalgia and having fun among a community of clever, creative, and collaborative members. Its built

entirely around what the fans want.” The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center’s awe-inspiring space — home to more than 75 planes and spacecraft representing over 100 years of aviation history and Long Island’s only Giant Screen Dome Theater — provides the perfect backdrop for this family-friendly event where cosplayers can take plenty of photos. Other highlights of the convention include: a live podcast with “Rick & Morty” Co-Creator Dan Harmon; comic artists Billy Tucci (“Shi,” “Heroes for Hire”), Mark Russell (“Flintstones”), Jennifer Hernandez (“Sonic the Hedgehog”), Somos Arte (“Ricanstruction”), Rich Drezen (“Luckyzilla”), and up-and-coming local artists Jay Stuart and Tom Velez; pop culture actors and voice actors Michael Bell (“X-Men,” “GI Joe,” “Call of Duty,” “Star Wars”), Larry Kenney (Lion-O on the “Thundercats”), and Michael Copon (“Power Rangers,” “One Tree Hill”); Jedi training and visits from 501st Legion Star Wars Cosplayers; cosplay costume contests for adults, teens, and children, with prizes including an Apple MacBook Pro and iPad; and a Retro Arcade Game Lounge featuring “Space Invaders,” “Pac Man,” “Star Wars,” and more. Tickets to Cradle-Con are" $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 2 to 12, and $30 for a 2-Day Pass (advance sale only). The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center is located on Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in Garden City. For more information about the event, call 516-572-4111 or go to www. or www.cradleofaviation. org.

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Arts & Entertainment Calendar NYCB LIVE, HOME OF NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (516) 794-9300 • Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m. U2 — Experience + Innocence Tour Saturday, June 16, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Volksnation X Dubexpo Through Sunday, July 1 (check venue website for daily showtimes) Cirque du Soleil: VOLTA Through Sunday, Dec. 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Empire State Fair Market: Every Sunday through Dec. 23. NORTHWELL HEALTH AT JONES BEACH THEATER Ocean Parkway, Wantaugh (866) 558-8468 • Friday, June 15, 5 p.m. 106.1 WBLI Summer Jam: Shawn Mendes / Backstreet Boys / Meghan Trainor / 5 Seconds of Summer Saturday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. 103.5 KTUs KTUphoria: Dua Lipa, Ne-Yo, Charlie Puth, Sting, Shaggy, Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias Wednesday, June 20, 7 p.m. ZZ Top / John Fogerty Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m. Poison / Cheap Trick & Pop Evil EISENHOWER PARK 2018 FREE CONCERT SERIES Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick and Stewart Aves., East Meadow, Parking Field 6/6A (516) 572-0347 • www.nassaucountyny. gov Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. International Music Night: South AsianAmerican Night Sunday, June 24, 8 p.m. Band of Long Island Monday, June 25, 7 p.m. International Music Night: Italian-American Night Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. The Real Diamond: A Neil Diamond Tribute FOREST HILLS STADIUM 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills (888) 929-7849 • www.foresthillsstadium. com Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m. alt-J with Kamasi Washington Sunday, June 17, 8 p.m. Roger Daltrey Performs The Who’s “TOMMY” with the New York Pops Friday, June 22, 6 p.m. Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury (516) 247-5205 • Saturday, June 16, 8 p.m. Howie Mandel Sunday, June 17, 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Wiggles Wednesday, June 20, 8 p.m. Trace Adkins Thursday, June 21, 8 p.m. Cesar Millan

THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 • Friday, June 15, 8 p.m. Gary Gulman Saturday, June 16, 8 p.m. The Jim Breuer Residency: Comedy, Stories & More Thursday, June 21, 8 p.m. Trevor Hall THE SPACE AT WESTBURY 250 Post Ave., Westbury (516) 283-5566 • Saturday, June 16, 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Broadway Dance Academy Celebrates a Decade of Performing Arts LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET 232 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-1384 • Friday, June 15, 8 p.m. Hot Rize Wednesday, June 20, 2 p.m. Magic & Comedy with Pat Darienzo GOLD COAST ARTS CENTER 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (516) 829-2570 • Monday, June 11, 6:30 p.m. (food tasting), 8 p.m. (film screening) Movies to Dine for — “The Quest of Alain Ducasse” NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor (516) 484-9338 • Friday, June 15, 9:30 a.m. Fri-Yay Art Days! at The Manes Center Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. Studio Saturdays at The Manes Center Sunday, June 17, 1 p.m. Family Sundays at the Museum Saturday, June 23, 3 p.m. An Historian in the Gallery: Dr. Jay Tartell SANDS POINT PRESERVE CONSERVANCY/HEMPSTEAD HOUSE 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point (516) 571-7901 • www.sandspointpreserve. org Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free Family Fun Day LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Ave., Garden City (516) 224-5800 • Friday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: Ranch Pasta Salad For children ages 3-5. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members) Friday, June 15, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Summer Garden Stones Children ages 3 and up can create their own colorful garden stone to celebrate the arrival of summer. Ongoing event through June 22. Free with museum admission. Sunday, June 17, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Coolest Pop Children ages 3 and up will create a cheery Father’s Day card and paint a popsicle shape in bright colors for their cook pops. Free with museum admission.

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A&E Calendar cont’d BARNES AND NOBLE 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset and 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place (516) 365-6723 (Manhasset) (516) 7419850 (Carle Place) • Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. Father’s Day Story Time: “With My Daddy: A Book of Love and Family” BOOK REVUE 313 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 271-1442 • Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m. Tina Alexis Allen: “Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives ” Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m. Dave Bushy: “The World Looked Away: Vietnam After the War” CINEMA ARTS CENTRE 423 Park Ave., Huntington (631) 423-7611 • Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. Cinema for Kids: “Lu Over the Wall” Free for kids 12 and under. THE DOLPHIN BOOKSHOP & CAFE 299 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-2650 • Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cafe Music at the Dolphin Sunday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. Children’s Story Time & Craft Through Saturday, June 30 John P. Cardone Photography Exhibit THE ART GUILD 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset (516) 304-5797 • Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Children’s Art Studio (Ages 8 to 12) Mini Sessions $65 members/$100 noon-members per child/per session Saturday, June 16, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Art Explorations (Ages 5 to 7) Mini Sessions $65 members/$100 noon-members per child/per session OLD WESTBURY GARDENS 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury 311 or (516) 869-6311 •

Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Take Flight: Bees and Brews PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay (516) 922-8678 • www.plantingfields. org Thursday, June 21, 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Summer Luncheon & Lecture at Coe Hall — Georgia O’Keefe’s Closets: Clothes, Style and Dressing Modern Through Sept. 30 Exhibit — Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture TURN OF THE CORKSCREW BOOKS AND WINE 110 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre (516) 764-6000 • Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Meet James Campion, Author of “Accidentally Like a Martyr: The Tortured Art of Warren Zevon”

Community Calendar UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION AT SHELTER ROCK 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset (516) 627-6560 • Friday, June 15, 1 p.m. Bridge Lessons and Game Play Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m. Women’s Group Book Series: “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv Sunday, June 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Seasonal Cooking Class in the Veatch Kitchen Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. Inisfada Zen Sitting Meditation

OLDE TRADING POST 1218 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park (516) 492-3195 • Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. Live Music: The Atlantics Saturday, June 16, 7 p.m. Live Music: Rick & Ted Friday, June 22, 7 p.m. Live Music: The Stages Friday, June 29, 7 p.m. Live Music: Dexter Haven Saturday, June 30, 7 p.m. Live Music: Marco Coneli & Friends Continued on Page 46

THE WHALING MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3418 • Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ship in a Bottle Workshop for Father’s Day Children of all ages will explore the history of “ship in a bottle” and make their own “ship in a jar” craft. $12 per child; $5 for adults. Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Father’s Day Dads get in free with a paying visitor. COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY & AQUARIUM 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor (516) 692-6768 • www.cshfishhatchery. org Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m. Happy Father’s Day Free admission for Dads when accompanied by their children. WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station (631) 427-5240 • Saturday, June 16, 1 p.m. Civil War Storytelling with Walt: Path Through History



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Community Calendar cont’d Continued from Page 45 VFW HALL SUMMER LUAH 2163 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. New Hyde Park Collumbiettes Luah Dinner, music, raffles, door prizes. $25 (BYOB — wine or beer). For more information, contact phylthomas609@gmail. com or NYU WINTHROP HOSPITAL (516) 663-3916 • Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The 2018 Men’s Health Seminar At the Garden City Hotel, 45 7th St. in Garden City. A series of panels and workshops will address men’s health issues. $40 per attendee includes a continental breakfast and a threecourse lunch. To register, go to www. or call 516663-2316. Wednesday, June 20, 3:30 p.m. Free Multiple Sclerosis Support Group At the NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Ave. in Garden City. For further information or to reserve your place, call 516-663-4593. Friday, June 22, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free Prostate Cancer Support Group At the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Ave., Suite ML-5 in Garden City. Sessions are free, but pre-registration is required by calling

516-663-1017. 5 Washington Ave. in Mineola. Admission is free, but seating is limited by calling 516-663-8300. KINGS PARK 2018 FARMER’S MARKET Sunday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Head over to the Kings Park Farmers Market (Municipal Lot 25A and Main St.), which will be open every Sunday through Oct. 7. NORTHWELL HEALTH (855) 544-1250 • Monday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free Career Workshop: The Business of Life After Cancer This workshop is tailored for those returning to work or entering the workplace after a cancer diagnosis and will be held at the Monter Cancer Center, 450 Lakeville Road in North New Hyde Park. To register for the event or for more information, call 888-321-3627 or go to WALK ‘N TALK SINGLES Monday, June 18, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Every Monday night through Sept. 3 at Jones Beach Boardwalk, Ocean Parkway, Field 6, Wantagh. For more information, call 516-681-0540.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE Tuesday, June 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Every Tuesday through Aug. 28 at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Road, Port Washington. All levels welcome. For more information, call 631-355-1293. NORTH HEMPSTEAD PROJECT INDEPENDENCE MEETINGS (FOR THOSE 60+) (516) 869-6311 • 311 Wednesday, June 20, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fruits and Veggies Bingo Join this interactive class where you will learn how to eat healthier by eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables while playing a fun game of bingo at Magnolia Gardens, 899 Broadway in Westbury. Call 311 or 516-869-6311 to register or for more information. Wednesday, June 20 and 27, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Caregiver to a Spouse Support Group Learn new ways of coping with demands of care giving and your relationship with your loved one (over age 60) at the Port Washington Senior Center, 80 Manorhaven Blvd. in Port Washington). Call 311 or 516-869-6311 to register or for more information. LONG ISLAND ROAD RUNNERS CLUB WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER SERIES Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. for kids; 7

p.m. for adults Every Wednesday through Aug. 8 at Eisenhower Park, Field 2, East Meadow. Cost: $12 (adult)/$6 (kids). For more information, contact Peter Cirona at 516-797-2685. WIT & WHIM 6 Carlton Ave., Port Washington (516) 944-9200 • www.wit-and-whim. com Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Handmade Soap & Scrub Workshop Create your own soap and shower scrub. To register, go to SID JACOBSON JCC 300 Forest Drive, Greenvale (516) 484-1545 • Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 28, 2 p.m. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival Screening: “Shelter” Directed by Eran Riklis (Thriller, Drama | 93 minutes | Israel | 2018 | English, Hebrew, Arabic with subtitles). Israeli Mossad agent Naomi is sent to Germany to protect Mona, a Lebanese informant who is recovering from plastic surgery to assume her new identity. What should be a quick assignment turns into a labyrinth of espionage and intrigue inside a safe house. To purchase tickets, go to

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When Every Child is Known, it’s even harder to say goodbye.

It is with great pride that we present The Green Vale School’s 2018 graduating class. We celebrate their high level of academic accomplishment, strength of character, selfawareness and well-roundedness. These traits will translate to natural leadership as they go on to excel in high school, college and beyond. They join generations of Green Vale alumni in a commitment to improve the world we all share.

High Schools for 2018 Graduates Chaminade High School Choate Rosemary Hall Deerfield Academy Episcopal High School Friends Academy Georgetown Preparatory School Harborfields High School The Lawrenceville School Locust Valley High School Manhasset High School Middlesex School Millbrook School Phillips Academy Andover Portledge School St. Anthony’s High School Stevenson School Taft School Trinity School Westminster School


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Shelter Rock Library Shelter Rock Library 165 Searingtown Road South, Albertson; 516-248-7363; ART IN MAY AND JUNE The artwork of Smithtown native Donna Gabusi, who makes face portraits with pencil and landscapes with mostly earth colors of acrylic. PLAY MAH JONGG Tuesday, June 19 at 1 p.m. Join others in playing a game that has fascinated people for so many years with its strategies and combinations.

Bring a team, a friend or come by yourself and enjoy the game. Limited materials will be available, so if you own a set, please feel free to bring it with you. PLAY BRIDGE Wednesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. Come and play this stimulating card game. Bring a team, a friend or come by yourself and enjoy the game. Limited materials will be available. SENIOR RAP GROUP Monday, July 2, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For the 55+ set who have

a lifetime of experiences to share. Come and join Shelter Rock Public Library Senior Rap Group on selected Mondays. This group discussion is led by longtiime group member David Marx. CANASTA Monday, July 2, 1:30 p.m. Canasta has made a big comeback. Join in playing this very social game. Limited materials will be available, so if you own a set, feel free to bring it with you.

New Hyde Park

Community Calendar THE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF NEW HYDE PARK VILLAGE Board meetings are open to the public and take place on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Village Hall, located at 1420 Jericho Turnpike at New Hyde Park Road. For more information on the topics covered at each meeting or for any issues related to the Village of New Hyde Park, call 516-354-0022 or go to

NEW HYDE PARK SENIOR CITIZENS’ GROUPS/MEETINGS Extra Years of Zest Club meets the first and third Mondays of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at First Reformed Church, Jericho Turnpike and Herkomer St. in New Hyde Park; New Hyde Park Senior Library patrons connected Citizens, Inc. (516-869-6311) meets to the Internet are asked to Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. check the website: www. for Library to 3:30 p.m., at Clinton G. Martin weather related closings/pro- Park, Marcus Ave. and New Hyde Park Road; Notre Dame Golden gram cancellations. In order to access this service, Library Age Guild (516-352-7203) meets Wednesdays (except in July and District residents can log on Aug.), 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., at Notre to, type in Dame R.C. Church, Mayfair Road their zip code or Great Neck and New Hyde Park Road; New Library and obtain information on program cancellations Hyde Park Senior Chorus (516775-8118) meets Mondays, 12:30 or Library closings. In addito 2:30 p.m., at Clinton G. Martin tion, at no charge, residents Park, Marcus Ave. and New Hyde can request automatic ePark Road. For more information on mails from these and other senior groups, call when the Library has posted the Town of North Hempstead at any information. This is a 311 or 516-869-6311 or go to www. great way for Library District residents who are connected online to be advised NEW HYDE PARK KNIGHTS OF of weather related changes in COLUMBUS Council meetings are held Library hours or programs. on the second Tuesday of the month at

New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, call Eileen Bileski at 516-434-2306. You will assist students under the supervision of a classroom teacher. There is no prior experience necessary to participate in the program.

Great Neck Library Great Neck Library Station Branch is located at 26 Great Neck Road (2nd level) in the Gardens at Great Neck Plaza. Great Neck Lakeville Branch is located at 475 Great Neck Road. Great Neck Parkville Branch is located at 10 Campbell St. in New Hyde Park. Following is a sampling of upcoming events. For a complete listing, go to www. THURSDAY FILM ENCORE AT THE STATION BRANCH The Thursday film at the Station Branch is an encore of the film shown on Wednesday at Main. Refer to the Librarywebsite for information on the films scheduled. Bring your library card, driver’s

license or other ID showing your Great Neck School District address. STICKS IN THE STACKS AT LAKEVILLE The group meets on Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Learn the basics or brush up on what you already know. All skill levels are welcome. PROJECT INDEPENDENCE AT PARKVILLE FOR 60+ Social Discussion Group meets on Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Men’s Group meets on Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. GREAT NECK LIBRARY CLOSING/CANCELLATION INFORMATION ONLINE

Hillside Library Hillside Public Library is located at 155 Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park. Following is a sampling of upcoming events. For a complete listing or to register for programs, go to events. FILM: “ANNIHILATION” Friday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m. R; 1 hr. 55 min.; adventure/ drama/fantasy. Biologist and former soldier Lena is shocked when her missing husband returns near death from a mission into a mysterious quarantine zone from which no one has ever returned. CARDS, COLORING, GAMES & COFFEE Monday, June 18 at 1 p.m. Relax and de-stress by joining

FREE CAREER COUNSELING Tuesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 21. Appt. times are 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m. Email to schedule an appt. Bring current resume to appt.

these afternoon activities. CAREER COUNSELING Tuesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13. Appt. times are 10:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m. Email to schedule an appt.

FILM: “TOMB RAIDER” Tuesday, June 19 at 1:30 p.m. PG-13; 1 hr. 58 min.; action/ adventure/drama. Lara Croft returns in this film starring Alicia Vikander and Dominic West. BOOK DISCUSSION — PAGE TURNERS Wednesday, June 20 at 1 and 7 p.m. The book being discussed is “How to Find Love in a Bookshop” by Veronica Henry.

8 p.m. at Martin Hall, across from Holy Spirit Church on South Sixth St. in New Hyde Park (516-352-2852). Knights of Columbus Senior Club meets at 11 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month except in July and August at Michael J. Tully Park at 1801 Evergreen Ave. in New Hyde Park. COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS FOR EDUCATION If you would like volunteer in the

FREE EXERCISE CLASSES Ongoing Program — Free Silver Sneakers exercise classes for those 65 and older at all levels on balance, agility, strengthening, endurance and osteoporosis for eligible seniors on Monday through Saturday. Locations are in Garden City Park, Lake Success and Floral Park. For more details, including seeing if you are eligible and class times, go to or call (516) 745-8050. AARP DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSES AT CLINTON G. MARTIN PARK FOR 2018 The classes, open to drivers age 50 and older, will be held on May 12 and June 9. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To register, make your check payable to AARP. Be sure that your check contains your name, address, phone number and the date of the class you wish to attend. Mail all checks to: Defensive Driving Coordinator, Department of Community Services, 1601 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park. Once checks are received, a seat will be reserved in your name and a letter confirming your registration will be mailed to your address.

Floral Park Library Floral Park Library 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park 516-326-6330; CHEF OF D’FUTURE FOR ADULTS Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. Chip it and dip it (and eat it!). Miss Julie will make guac, salsa, and chips. Tasting included. Registration limited to 20 adults (18 and over). Register online at or at

the Adult Reference Desk. MADE WITH LOVE KNITTING GROUP Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, June 20 at 11 a.m. Whether you’re a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between, Made with Love knitting and crocheting group welcomes all to their weekly evening group. No sign-up required.

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College news about our students Kevin A. Beil of Manhasset was one of 482 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, May 27, receiving a bachelor of arts degree at the College’s 197th Commencement.! Beil, who majored in government, attended Manhasset High School and is the son of Christopher Beil and Maureen Murphy. Michael Harrington, a sport!management major from Mineola is among the 1,621 students that have been named to the Dean’s List at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania for the Spring 2018 semester of the 2017-2018 academic year, according to Joanne Bruno, J.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. Students eligible for the Dean’s List are those who have attained a 3.50 quality point average or better and are enrolled full-time. The letter grade “B” earns 3 quality points per credit, and the grade “A” earns 4 quality points per credit. Hofstra University student Jillian Pallone of Mineola Inducted into History Honor Society New Hyde Park resident Shanon Thomas, a student at Hofstra University majoring in Legal Education Accelerated Program and Women’s Studies, was inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, the international honor society in philosophy this spring. Roslyn resident Nikeeta Ahluwalia, a student at Hofstra University majoring in Biology, was inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, the international honor society in philoso-

phy this spring. Sonia Zia, of Mineola has been the named to the Dean’s List at Becker College for the Spring 2018 semester. Zia is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Science, with a Pre-Veterinary Concentration. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students (24 or more credit hours earned for the academic year; 12 minimum each semester – September through May) whose term grade point average is 3.50 or higher with no grade below a B- and no incomplete (I) or withdrawal/failing (WF) grades. The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 Dean’s List.! To be included on the Dean’s List, fulltime students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades earning at least a 3.30 quality point average. Among them are: Carolyn Patricia Bollerman of Port Washington Kara Haberman of Port Washington Clare D Kindler of Port Washington Danielle Stalnaker of Port Washington David Hwang of Great Neck named to the University of Rhode Island Spring 2018 Dean’s List Brendan Nolty of New Hyde Park

named to the University of Rhode Island Spring 2018 Dean’s List Brendan Nolty of New Hyde Park was named to the Dean’s List. Haley Alyssa Perlow of Mineola Elana Rivkin of Mineola Connor James Smith of Mineola Amy Wetzel of Albertson Dena Cavallaro of Roslyn Heights named to the University of Rhode Island Spring 2018 Dean’s List On May 26,! the following were! inducted into Wesleyan University’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest national scholastic honor society. The Wesleyan Gamma Chapter was organized in 1845 and is the ninth-oldest chapter in the country. Brew previously attended Herricks High School. Kerry Brew of Williston Park Christine Mathew of Roslyn Heights Nicole Boyd of Manhasset Paula Tartell of Great Neck The following!students received a degree from the College of the Holy Cross at its 172nd commencement on May 25. * Kerianne Erin Moran, of Manhasset, received a Bachelor of Arts degree. * Jennifer Lynn Sciarrino, of Manhasset, received a Bachelor of Arts degree. * Joseph Anthony Blando Jr., of Manhasset, received a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The following l athletes were members of the 2018 SUNY Oneonta women’s lacrosse team. Lauren Bascelli of Williston Park Christen Patalano of Mineola The team finished 9-7-1 overall this season and went 5-3 in the SUNYAC conference and qualified for the SUNYAC tournament. Curry College announced that the following had been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester: Megan Kelly of Mineola, Samantha Petriello of New Hyde Park To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school. The following local students have been named to the University of Vermont Dean’s List: Sophie Germain of Port Washington Eden Harari of Port Washington John Geron of Manhasset was recently named to the Dean’s List at William & Mary for the spring 2018 semester: In order to achieve Dean’s List status, a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 Quality Point Average during the semester.

June programs for G.N. schools TV Current programming on Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) includes “District Spotlight,” “South Middle Spotlight, “North Middle Spring Concert,” and “Coffee House 306.” Programs can be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Airing times in program descriptions below are for Cablevision and Verizon viewing. Visit the GNPS/TV homepage at https://www.greatneck. for additional information. District Spotlight “District Spotlight” is a live-

ly, magazine-format program that highlights the events taking place throughout the Great Neck Public Schools and the community. This edition features segments about the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser at South High School, the 90th Birthday Celebration at Lakeville School, the Mindfulness Room at John F. Kennedy School, the recognition of Village School students from the February Board of Education Meeting, and more. “District Spotlight” airs at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. South Middle Spotlight “South Middle Spotlight” takes a look back at some of

the segments that originally aired on HTV (Homeroom Television), the live morning news show that is broadcast to South Middle School students and staff daily. These segments showcase a variety of events at South Middle, including the Spring Concert, Dancing Classrooms, Paint for a Cause, the recognition of South Middle School students from the May Board of Education Meeting, and more. “South Middle Spotlight” airs at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m. North Middle Spring Concert This program features per-

formances from North Middle School’s Seventh and EighthGrade Spring Instrumental and Choral Concert on May 16, 2018. The band and orchestra are under the direction of Matthew Trinkwald, music department head, and the chorus is under the direction of Arielle Murdocco. “North Middle Spring Concert” airs at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. Coffee House 306 “Coffee House 306” is a!brand new show that is produced, filmed, and edited entirely by GNPS/TV students.!It features music, bands, performances, and examples of en-

semble acting. This edition of “Coffee House 306” includes performances by the Great Neck South Improv Troupe and a contemporary music club called “Just Another Cover Band.” The show airs at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. GNPS/TV Programming GNPS/TV programming reflects the offerings of the Great Neck Public Schools and the achievements of its students and staff. For further information, please contact Robert Zahn, director of educational television and broadcast media, by e-mail at rzahn@greatneck., and by phone at (516) 441-4676.

May Students of the Month Sewanhaka High School celebrated its Students of the Month for May. Each department at the high school selects students who demonstrated academic achievement and also served as a positive influence in the classroom.

This months winners are: Tyesha Devil, for art, Kathya Zecena Escobar, for Business, Keziah Joseph, for career education, Tyler Bowden, for English, Perla Medrano Lopez, for English as a new language, Michael Gugilelmo, for math, Zane Small,

for music, Jessica Diaz, for physical education/health, Alina Adnan, for science, Michael Murphy and Chrian Nerys, for social studies, and Romesha Khan, for world language.

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County Dems press transgender legislation BY R E B ECC A KLAR Joanne Barden said she has attended nearly every Nassau County Legislature meeting for the

last eight years asking for the same thing – equal rights for the transgender community. “I’m not asking for special treatment, I’m asking for justice,”

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Barden said at a news conference in front of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola on Monday. “What we want is no more and no less than what everyone has in Nassau County.” The North Woodmere resident is seeking protection under the Nassau County human rights law, which currently does not contain language protecting the transgender community. The legislation, which was filed for many years by the late Legislator Judy Jacobs and never called for a vote, has been refiled by her successor, Legislator Arnold Drucker (D-Plainview). There are no plans for the Republican majority to call the legislation to a vote soon, according to Presiding Officer Richard Continued on Page 59


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eply to Helen Jaeger on “Trump wins you won’t see on CNN, MSNBC,” You made some good points. Please consider my quickly written counterpoints, which you might not see on FOX. (My information comes largely from CNN, MSNBC, award-winning stations, and the New York Times, an awardwinning newspaper). Re: No. 1: Most top economists say that tax reform signed by Trump was primarily for the benefit of the wealthy and corporations. Yes, there were a few bonuses and raises. But this tax bill tremendously increased the U.S. debt. Because of this deficit, economists expect that the administration will institute cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. Were you aware of that? Re No. 5: I hadn’t heard of the 9 million fewer people on welfare than under Obama. No. 6: Part of the increased manufacturing jobs would be based on Obama’s saving the auto industry.

No. 9: Many top U.S. and world diplomatic leaders advised against moving our embassy to Jerusalem. It will now be virtually impossible for the U.S. to lead in brokering a peaceful solution to the IsraelPalestine conflict. No. 13: We do not have a trade deficit re goods and services with Canada, but mainly with China. When services are included, we have a trade surplus. Tariffs will affect the cost of materials our manufacturers need and cut exports of our farm goods. Trump seems to enjoy alienating our allies. He asked Prime Minister Trudeau if Canada burned our capitol building? Trudeau asked when Trump if he was referring to the War of 1812? Trump, not well versed in U.S. history, asked when was that? Trudeau replied that the British burned the capitol. Canada was not even a country at the time! No. 15: Not long ago, Congress instituted some new sanctions against Russia, and Trump,

put on the spot, reluctantly approved it. Are they implemented yet? No. 19: Firing civil servants for just cause sounds good, as long as it is not used to obstruct the special investigations of the FBI and the Justice Department. Never before has a president denigrated the efforts of the FBI and Justice Department like this. The civil servants of the FBI and the Justice Department who serve for the good of our country are supposed to act in a nonpartisan manner, and many of them, contrary to what Fox would have us believe, hew to the Republican or conservative line of thinking. No. 27: Prison reform is needed. We need to curtail the use of private for-profit prisons to ensure the health of prisoners, and to reform the bail system (even Rupert Murdoch supports it). Sentences for non-violent low-level drug violations need to be reduced, which would cut the prison population. But, we do not know what actions this

pro-business administration will take. Trump seems loathe to rule on the side of compassion. No. 28: The administration has done everything it could do to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Large numbers of people are no longer able to secure health coverage. The Trump administration just recently has decided to no longer protect people with prior disabilities who seek insurance coverage. This seems to favor the health-care industry, but is it humane? No. 29: Draining the Swamp? This administration is, I think, the most overloaded with appointees who do not respect the very department they lead. Ben Carson, housing – spent several thousand on furniture for his office, as he belittles the needs of people asking for assistance. Scott Pruitt now faces 12 or 13 investigations overspending, such as a sound-proof telephone, costing about $43,000,

several $1,000 pens, and more while he has terminated staff from his agency, the EPA. The media would be remiss if it did not report on this malfeasance and corruption! Yes, it’s good that he has focused on arresting members of MS-13, aided in the release of hostages from North Korea and Venezuela, and is meeting with Kim Jung Un (all covered by MSNBC and CNN). What I can’t understand is why he is the first president to so vehemently attack the press, the freedom of which is based on the first amendment. The free press is one of the most important elements of a free society. If you watch the history channel or heeded the events studied in history classes, all the evil demagogues in history to the present day, have sought to curtail the freedom of speech and of the press to better control their people. Carol Kharivala New Hyde Park

Great Neck Library bullied me at meeting


would like to suggest that our taxpayer dollars should be going towards a public institution that leads by positive example – not an institution that participates in false accusations, demonstrates undignified, disrespectful behavior towards constituents, topped off by a wildly hysterical public outburst. My ordeal took place at the Great Neck Library Main Branch – a public spectacle few people witnessed – but for those who did – the memory and the sheer horror are, most assuredly, etched in their brains permanently. I was the target of publicly humiliating bullying in the Community Room on May 23. To stay silent is to allow Great Neck resident, Rebecca Gilliar, and library personnel further power, and this type of inappropriate power, no individual, male or female should possess. On May 23, the Great Neck Library sponsored, “Is our Technological World Putting Our Health at Risk?” Patti Wood, director of

Grassroots Environmental Education (Port Washington), was the highly anticipated speaker. GN resident, Rebecca Gilliar was responsible for initiating this event. That same evening, under the direction of Ms. Gilliar, a familiar library employee, placed her hand on my back to escort me out of the Community Room. This inappropriate action occurred at the conclusion of a program I had worked tirelessly to promote over several months. In a perverse twist, this same employee, who days earlier had praised me for my passion and dedication, was now instructed to escort me out of the room. Sadly, I had walked into a premeditated trap concocted by Ms. Gilliar, with full participation and complicity by library personnel." I was shocked. I plainly stated this behavior was inappropriate and had crossed a line. I was shouted at and advised by a male employee that if I didn’t leave – he would be forced to call the police. Jerry Kirschner had this to

say about what he witnessed, “I regret that an extremely informative evening was spoiled by Rebecca Gilliar’s unhinged and hysterical reaction when you attempted to distribute your flyer.” A female attendee stated, “Port Washington would never have responded in such a way. " It was absolutely your right to speak and tell people about your newly formed group. "It was appalling to see this level of disrespect towards a fellow resident in public.” The crime I was accused of was that of knowingly violating Library Policy by attempting to distribute flyers at the end of the program. These flyers enabled attendees to connect with each other. The flyer was also intended to introduce a new citizen’s group whose objective was the preservation of public health and welfare in the face of emerging technologies. Forty-eight hours before the event, I spoke twice to Library Director Denise Corcoran. I queried her on what was permissible so that program

attendees could connect with each other afterwards. Ms. Corcoran advised it was permissible for me to give out my contact information to attendees." The catch was that I was to ask permission from Ms. Gilliar first. Ms. Corcoran could not possibly have known that for the past two years, I have been on the receiving end of several hostile, aggressive emails from Ms. Gilliar. Requiring her permission was a set-up. Three library employees saw me and spoke with me, with great regularity, in the final weeks leading up to the May 23"program. I asked if the library could place a paid advertisement in the local press. It was explained that paid advertising was strictly against library policy." I was advised it was permissible for me to take out paid advertising – which I did twice — at a personal expense of $360. The advocacy group, “Be Safe. Be Smart. Long Island” was created specifically to sponsor the library event.

My objective was to level the playing field so that Great Neck leaders would be in the best position to make informed, intelligent choices for our community. I actively distributed and emailed over 500 of the library’s event flyers to a diverse population of Great Neck leadership. "It was my fear that Great residents would remain vulnerable to aggressive technology companies. With such a generous and time-consuming volunteer effort, it makes the subsequent treatment by library personnel – towards me – unacceptable. Word to the wise: " when residents volunteer their time and energy to publicize a library sponsored program – the appropriate response should be: “Thank you very much. The library appreciates your effort and enthusiasm.” What I received for my efforts was: “We’re calling the police.” Judy Shore Rosenthal Great Neck

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Trump’s apparent ignorance of history


n a Memorial Day entry on Twitter (05-28-18), it seems our current president stated, “Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!” Saying, “Happy Memorial Day!” is never appropriate on a day set aside to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day is a day of solemn remembrance to honor America’s heroes who sacrificed and suffered during those hells known as war. To add insult to injury, on a day devoted to extolling the achievements and sacrifices of our heroic war dead, our current president, through Twitter, chose to engage in self-aggrandizement, extolling alleged achievements under his administration, alleged achievements with which, I believe, many Republicans and Democrats would take issue. Using Twitter to highlight one’s own supposed accomplishments on a national day observing our deceased military heroes is totally reprehensible to me and demonstrates an obvious lack of understanding for the reason we observe Memorial Day. My husband lost two brothers in the Vietnam War. Memorial Day will never be happy for my husband and our family, nor will Memorial Day ever be happy for the other countless patriots’ families who have

lost their loved ones in service to our great country. In addition, in my opinion, it is ignorantly presumptuous for our current President to say that our war dead would be “very happy and proud of how well our country is doing today.”" My patriotic brothers-in-law, who were both lost in the Vietnam War, believed in the foundations of our Constitution and its amendments." I would be very surprised if either were “very happy and proud” of how our current President constantly denigrates one our Constitution’s main freedoms:" the freedom of the press. My dead brothers-in-law fought and died for all of the Constitutions’ provisions – not just for a cherry-picked few. When my father and my father-in-law fought the evil Axis in World War II on different sides of the world, they both fought for all of the Constitutions’ provisions, not just for a cherry-picked few. My father-in-law received a Purple Heart for the copious blood he spilled preserving our Constitution, so we all could continue to live and to enjoy all the freedoms it affords …including freedom of the press. In fact, when our current President took the oath of office at his presidential inauguration, he swore to“faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and…to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” In my opinion, by demeaning the press incessantly, with the exception of his praising news outlets favoring his stances, Donald

Trump is not fulfilling his oath of office. If Donald Trump is trying to suppress the open discourse provided through our Constitution’s guaranteed free press…he would not be fulfilling his oath of office to ‘protect and defend the Constitution.’ Anyone with historical knowledge understands that, when a leader attempts to undermine and/or suppress a free press (whether that free press source is favorable or unfavorable to that leader’s policies), he is following the playbook of past and present dictators around the world. The clear path to dictatorship is a leader’s denigrating and/or removing outlets that can speak against his policies (e.g., free press, free media). Americans must beware when they may hear Donald Trump compliment cruel and oppressive leaders around the world….leaders who rule by removing adversaries and/or by removing adversarial agencies (e.g., Turkey’s Recep Erdagon, the Phillipines’ Rodrigo Duterte, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin)." If an American president compliments dictators who have risen to power…and, who keep their power through the elimination of critics…one must begin to worry that he, too, may aspire to rule our government with similar tactics. When CNN and the Associated Press reportedly were not admitted to an EPA conference on water contamination last month, I believe the tenets of our Constitution and our Constitutional rights

as citizens were being trampled. When confronted with a question from a journalist during the G7 Summit on Saturday, 6/9/18, our current President aggressively retorted, “Who are you with?”" When the journalist replied, “CNN” and Trump replied, “I figured…. fake news, CNN, the worst,” our Constitutional rights were being trampled (specifically, freedom of the press)"again. As a President of the United States who has sworn to “….faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and… to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Donald Trump’s aforementioned reply to the CNN journalist is evidence of his doing anything but protecting and defending our Constitution, in my opinion. Freedom of the press is a part of our Constitution’s First Amendment. To insult and demean a journalist because he represents a news agency that, in Donald Trump’s opinion, is adversarial, seems to demonstrate our current President’s failure to ‘protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ At a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania in March, 2018, our current president stated, “Fake as hell CNN. The worst. So fake. Fake news…” when referencing the news channel. Again, in my opinion, by making such a statement, our current President is failing to fulfill his oath of office to ‘protect and defend the Constitution of the United States’…a Constitution in

which our right of having a free press is integral. Have some Americans forgotten how the press was suppressed in Germany in the 1930s when stories involving a rising dictator were being covered? What next?" Will libraries be targeted for closing because they may have too many books on their shelves that Donald Trump deems are unfairly covering his presidency? It is not the job of an American president to tell American citizens which news channels are better than others, yet, this is exactly what appears to have happened in Trump’s Moon Township, Pennsylvania rally in March, 2018, when he referenced CNN, again, by stating, “…And….Their ratings are lousy, by the way… and compared to Fox.” Many of the world’s past dictators wrote books prior to their rise to power revealing their strategies for a new world order. Is this what our current President did before running for the highest office in our great country?" I certainly hope not. It would be wise for all of us to read our current President’s prior writings to try to gain insight into his possible playbook for our collective future…beyond his current stated strategies. The respected 20th century philosopher, George Santayana, once reminded us, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”""" The past really can be prologue. Kathy Rittel East Williston

Congress must save Medicare, Social Security


t has just come to my attention that Social Security and Medicare is in the red. Social Security can still make full payments until 2034 and Medicare’s reserve are to run out by 2026. This I find quite troubling. I’m 69 years old and my wife

is 65 and"is also collection Social Security benefits. I am working part-time now" for Northeast Plumbing in Mineola for 38 years and 35 years full time" to supplement what I get from Social Security. It would be a hardship and a struggle to have benefits re-

duced. In the last three years I have had four operations due to an aggressive cancer and have depended on Medicare benefits as well as my wife who had a recent operation. And to add more insult to injury it has been reported the

government has used past Social Security surpluses and the government owes the program $3 trillion to fund other spending. As a senior citizen, I call for Congress to find solutions to keep these programs going. Senior citizens across this great nation have worked all their lives

to make this nation what it is today and demand to be given our rightful due. And not to do this is an insult to all senior citizens and that would be a national disgrace. !Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola

Trump supporter offers selective facts


he recent letter to the editor from Mr. Nathanson is once again instructive as to those who applaud Trump and his “many accomplishments.” Other than specializing in the

art of snide commentary, he obviously enjoys sorting through his selective ‘factoids’ to demolish the opposition. (Sort of like Trump’s bludgeoning with his selective ignorance….)

It appears that he thinks his response gives him great stature as an intellectual. Not really, just someone who’s fixated on pummeling with selective rants to support his highly par-

tisan views that in his alt-universe explains why Mr. Trump is ‘making America great again’. Apparently, he too embraces the ‘art of the deal’ and will no doubt continue citing a string of

‘incredible’ accomplishments by his hero, while of course denigrating a former president, for whom he obviously shares the same animus – for reasons too obvious to name. Continued on Page 54

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MTA needs to prioritize construction projects


t will require more prudent use of existing dollars and a change in priorities for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to find $38 billion to fully funding New York City Transit Authority President Andy Byford’s proposed 10-year Fast Forward action plan. He is looking for $19 billion from the upcoming MTA 20202024 and $18 billion from the following 2025-2029 Five Year Capital Plan.! A majority of 160,000 daily LIRR riders also use the NYC Transit subway system.! They have a vested interest in seeing that the subway signal system is upgraded, new subway cars are purchased, stations reach a state of good repair and more are brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.! !! One potential source of funding is a suspension of any new system expansion projects that are not already well into construction.! This is a good starting point to begin fully funding the backlog of NYC Transit subway and bus critical state of good repair projects.! Why not first have the MTA reprogram! $695 million Metro North East Bronx Penn Station Access?! Then utilize funds amassed for the Second Avenue Subway Phase 2, LIRR Main Line Third Track,! Cubic Transportation Systems for a new fare collection

system to replace the Metro Card and! Customer Service Ambassador program.! The funds for these respectively are $1.7 billion $2.6 billion, $573 million and $23 million.!!This would provide almost $5 billion as a down payment against the $38 billion needed.! ! All five canceled projects can be funded out of the next MTA 2020-2024 or following 2025 – 2029 Five Year Capital Plans. ! This still provides ample time for both Metro North East Bronx Penn Station Access and LIRR Main Line Third Track project completions to coincide with LIRR East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal by December 2023 or 2024. It is time for the MTA to stop wasting millions of dollars on transportation feasibility studies for future system expansion projects costing billions that will never happen in our lifetime. ! Do not initiate any new system expansion projects until the MTA and each operating agency, including New York City Transit subway, bus and Long Island Rail Road have reached a state of good repair.! Make the difficult decisions today that the following future capital expansion projects will have to be postponed twelve years for funding consideration until the MTA 2030-3034 Capital Program.!

This includes! Phase 2 of the Woodhaven Blvd. Select!Bus Service ($231 million);! Light Rail between Glendale and Long Island City! on the old Montauk LIRR branch ($2.2 billion); restoration of service on the old Rockaway LIRR branch ($1 billion); Triboro X Subway Express new subway line connecting the Bronx, Queens & Brooklyn ($2! billion); BrooklynQueens Waterfront Street Car Connector connecting various neighborhoods along the waterfront from Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens ($2.8 billion);!Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 ($6 billion); new #7 subway station at 10th Avenue & 41st ($1 billion); Staten Island! North Shore Bus Rapid Transit ($600 million) & West Shore Bus Rapid Transit ($1.5 billion); Brooklyn! Utica Avenue subway! extension from Eastern Parkway to Avenue U ($5 billion) and Downtown Manhattan to Red Hook Brooklyn subway extension ($5 billion).! All of these need to be put on hold until NYC Transit, LIRR & Metro North! fleets, stations, tracks, signals, interlockings, power, yards and shops reach a state of good repair.! And they should ensure that maintenance programs for all operating agencies assets are fully funded and completed on time for reliable service.!!!! Starting in 1981, under past

MTA Five Year Capital Plans, both the City and State have collectively cut billions of their own respective financial contributions. They repeatedly had the MTA refinance or borrow funds to acquire scarce capital funding formerly made up by hard cash from both City Hall and Albany. ! On a bipartisan basis, this included!past governors Mario Cuomo (Dem), George Pataki (GOP), Elliot Spitzer (Dem) and David Patterson (Dem). ! Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Dem) continues to honor this practice.! Last year’s amendment to increase the MTA $29 billion Five Year 2015-2019 Capital Program Plan by $3 billion to $32 billion they increased long term MTA debt $1.6 billion.! This disinvestment has contributed to today’s crises facing the MTA, especially NYC Transit.! !! All Cuomo has done is restore the $3 billion cut from the original proposed $32 billion MTA Five Year Capital Plan from 2015. !Most dollars include $1.5 billion for LIRR Main Line Third Track and $700 million for Second Avenue Subway Phase Two are going toward system expansion projects rather than solving more critical state of good repair projects and programs such as those proposed by NYC Transit President Byford.

For over 37 years, too many career politicians have insisted that the MTA continue financing more and more of the Capital Program by borrowing. !This has not changed. ! As a result,!17 percent of the annual MTA budget goes for covering the costs of debt service payments. ! By the next MTA Five Year 2020-2024 Capital Program Plan, it will grow closer to 20 percent.! This means less money is available for operations to provide more frequent and safe service to riders. It also means there is less money to maintain the state of good repair, safety and basic day to day service that riders desire. The MTA can’t continue to wait for both City Hall and Albany to step up and help provide billions in additional funding.! Neither can transit riders and taxpayers.! We are looking for accountability, efficient and timely completion for both capital projects and routine maintenance to assure more reliable and safe ontime service.!!! Larry Penner Larry Penner is a transportation historian and advocate who previously worked 31 for U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.

No one Trump backer offers selective facts knows the person No one knows the person, Who hides behind the name, No one feels his passions, No one knows his pain. For buried deep inside him, are demons we don’t know, that follow him and haunt him, wherever he does go. He builds up a persona, He smiles every day, But no one knows the pain, That he keeps tucked away. And so, we’ve lost another, Who suffered from the pain, And we are left to ponder, The things we can’t explain. God willing he’s at peace now, Away for all the pain, God rest this soul we’ve lost, Goodbye to Chef Bourdain. Michael Cascio New Hyde Park

Continued from Page 53 Never mind that three hundred noted historians across the political spectrum have ranked Trump dead last at No. 44 in the latest poll and Obama in the Top Ten. But ! clearly, Nathanson knows best with his ‘brilliant insights’. It’s interesting that he never addresses the major points made regarding the damage being done to our democracy and constitutional norms by this intellectual wasteland of a president. I guess the transactional Nathanson has no concern for the nation we leave to our children and grandchildren – as long as Mr. Trump ‘wins’ daily in denigrating the norms of democracy and turning us into an international pariah. If he’d taken the time to read, that was the major point being made, which he dismisses as frivolous and ‘stuck in a time warp. Interesting! Let’s assume he knows that ! many a demagogue, intent on destroying a nation’s norms, have accomplishments. (Yes, and even Mussolini had the trains running on time!) Stringing these together in a flood of factoids does not address the damage Trump is doing, whether to the western

alliance…or through his hero worship of autocrats …or his ignoring the constitution on the emoluments clause…or engaging in rampant race-baiting in the public square… or attacking a legally mandated investigation to save his own !damaged hide…and on and on. These are facts, not some biased opinions that Nathanson seeks to support in his endless search for validation. !(Yet he describes Trump’s obvious personality disorder as mere ‘character flaws.’ I assume the naive Nathanson would have described Hitler the same way !in the 1930s when he was making Germany great again.) But among Trump’s worst offenses is the damage he’s doing quite adeptly in destroying the international norms that are overseen by the U.S. – as the only superpower economically, politically and, yes, morally capable of performing this job. No amount of deal-making to make a profit here and there can replace the benefits we enjoy in an orderly world we oversee, where prosperity can be enjoyed by more of its citizens. Only petty dictators, real or potential, think otherwise in their narrow and petty need to stand supreme… as the gullible

and ignorant bow to these false idols. Strip away the moral authority of a vibrant democracy !…and we’re no more than a transactional China or Russia – both praised incessantly by our poster boy for preening narcissism. It sounds as though Nathanson prefers to view history as passé in predicting the future… preferring to harp on the current events he endlessly sorts through his distorted lens, as if that will tell the whole story. Or, may I suggest he take one of the courses I teach at the Adult Education program in Great Neck, including one on the hallmarks of ‘Presidential Greatness,’ which includes Trump supporters in a robust yet civil exchange that may actually enlighten. (And yes, my degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton !and years of teaching do qualify me to speak on the subject even to some would be PhD’s.) If Nathanson cares to try to overcome in his words ’intellectual bankruptcy and empty rhetoric,’ the invitation still stands. Ken Grossman Great Neck Letters Continued on Page 59

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What to do about bed bugs, roaches? I have had a recent call about the pest situation in a building. I will not mention which one or what town or county where they are located. This person has had a very challenging time with management to resolve the issue. If you are having a problem and do not receive the necessary remediation and satisfaction you should call the local municipality and let them know and let management know what you plan to do and if that doesn’t make them fix your problem, then maybe notifying the health department will; they will step in and hopefully force the problem to be taken care of in an expeditious and efficient fashion. Fines could result from this action and no management wants this type of exposure, which could cause problems renting their units in the future. Bed bugs are an extremely difficult pest to eradicate. High heat is the most effective way to reduce and actually eliminate the insect. However they are the size of an apple seed and are brown to red in color and their shape is flat and are not so easily identified, unless you are looking for

them. They can hide pretty much anywhere and can be transferred by clothing or any other object from one location to another. They are very difficult to see and the female eggs are white in color and are the size of two grains of salt and are almost impossible to see without carefully searching and identifying them. Female bedbugs can produce and lay up to 5 eggs a day and up to 500 per year! Bedbugs can live up to one year without food. Indications of an infestation in your home or business or any other location can include a red, very itchy swelling on your skin, brown or red fecal spots on bedding or upholstery, molted bed bug skins and excessive infestations may have a sweet smelling odor associated with them. They are able to hide anywhere and cold does not have much of an effect on them; but heat does and this is the method that a professional exterminator utilizes to alleviate the problem. However, there is a product you can purchase online that will also kill bedbugs immediately and this could be another more economical process to minimize and eliminate bedbugs

PHILIP A. RAICES Real Estate Watch

on contact. It was invented by some university entomologists and from the reviews, it works very well. Since I am not here to promote products, you can go online and find it under “spray for bedbugs.” It appears to be extremely safe for children and pets; you must read all the information to make your own decision to purchase. You can call me for product suggestions too. However, if your situation is more than you can handle, then hiring an exterminator to use the “ high heat process” will be the method that will eradicate your problem. It takes several hours for this process to work. Some compa-

nies actually have dogs that are trained to find and sniff out bedbugs and have been successful in locating and identifying them. Call me if you need some advice on who to hire. Roaches are another issue that some buildings have had a few issues with and this shouldn’t be a huge issue if handled properly. I have used boric acid in the past (only use with a professional exterminator and do not use this yourself, as a respirator is required. The holistic approach to minimizing and riding oneself of roaches is to make sure all the cracks, crevices and holes where water pipes go through the home or apartment are sealed with steel wool, thereby preventing their entrance into your place. Also, checking all packages that you bring in are “roach free.” In hot air systems, putting in a fine mesh screening, making sure they are cleaned periodically) in air and exhaust vents will eliminate their passage into your home too. Dr. Harold Harlan, staff entomologist for the National Pest Control Association, said that the least costly and most effective strategy for effective roach control was that

eliminating food and water from counter tops, toaster ovens and places that there would be an accumulation, will also cut down on their encroachment into your home. Roach baiting traps also are a way of controlling them, extremely safe around children and pets are highly effective. The bait used in some, is ingested by foraging roaches that return to the nest, where baby roaches then feed on the doomed roaches’ sputum and excrement, enhancing the product’s effective range. You surely do not want these pests in your place when your home is being shown, so do your preventive maintenance or get the issued resolved asap! Phil Raices is the owner/ broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 7 Bond St (soon moving to 3 Grace Ave). in Great Neck. He has earned the designations as a graduate of the Realtor Institute and is a certified international property specialist. He can be reached by email:Phil@TurnKeyRealEstate. Com or by cell (516) 647-4289 to answer any of your questions or article suggestions or provide you a free comparative market analysis on your property.

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Recent Real Estate

Sales in New Hyde Park New Hyde Park Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $660,000 Demographics near New Hyde Park, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 9,811 11,367 41.2 3.2 99,469 35,118

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

5 Magnolia Drive, New Hyde Park Sold Price: $899,000 Date: 05/07/2018 3 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 60x100 Schools: New Hyde ParkGarden City Park Total Taxes: $10,825 MLS# 3003685

1675 Stewart Avenue, New Hyde Park Sold Price: $1,145,000 Date: 04/30/2018 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 50x100 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $14,120 MLS# 3001691

607 Leonard Blvd, New Hyde Park

39 Bellwood Drive, New Hyde Park

Sold Price: $580,000 Date: 03/06/2018 4 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 50x100 Schools: New Hyde ParkGarden City Park Total Taxes: $11,630 MLS# 2984362

Sold Price: $899,000 Date: 05/23/2018 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Split # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 60x100 Schools: Herricks Total Taxes: $13,000 MLS# 3004382

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


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Herricks’ top 2 head to Ivy League schools Continued from Page 1 something else in a different field that’s also just as interesting.” Chen is planning to major in computer science while on the pre-med track, with a minor in Spanish. Chen said she became interested in computer science in the last couple of years, and took AP Computer Science her senior year. She is also president of the coding club and participated in the Girls Who Code program the summer before her senior year. The program was held through IBM at the City College of New York campus. “I think that program was really important to me realizing that I like computer science,” Chen said. She said she can see herself going down both paths, technology or medicine, in the future – or said she may find a way to combine them. While at Herricks Chen was also involved in the school’s music program. She plays the violin in the school’s chamber orchestra and"also plays in different chamber ensembles and festivals. Chen said she wants to continue playing the violin while at Dartmouth. Hsu also plays the violin and is part


Herricks valedictorian Esme Chen, left, and salutatorian Janet Hsu, right, are both heading to Ivy League schools in the fall. of the Juilliard School’s pre-college program. She has been involved in the program since fifth grade and goes every Saturday from 9 a.m. to about 7 p.m. to take classes and lessons. Hsu has tests and homework from Juilliard in addition to her Herricks

coursework. “I usually plan out my whole week,” Hsu said. “It’s a pretty strict calendar of what to do.” Hsu said she plans to major in biology or mathematics while on the pre-med track at Yale. She said she has dreamed of being a

doctor ever since she watched a Japanese drama as a child. “There are people doing heart surgery and I was begging my parents to translate everything,” Hsu said. As she got older, Hsu realized her dream became more of a realistic career path, she said. “I want to dedicate my life to helping people,” Hsu said. Both Hsu and Chen said the announcement that they were the top two in their class came as a shock. The girls found out over the loud speaker as it was announced to the rest of the students, Principal James Ruck said. “In a school where there’s a lot of kids who do really well, we’re proud of them,” Ruck said. Chen and Hsu, who have been in the district since kindergarten, both said Herricks has been a great place to learn and grow. “I’ve gotten the full journey, and I realize that Herricks is a really great academic institution and also in terms of extracurriculars I’ve been able to grow as a person,” Chen said. “… I think my time here is coming to a close and I’m ready to move on and go to college.”

Community Fund announces 13 grants Continued from Page 12 abuse. Browne said the grant would be used to help start a prekindergarten program based on kindness and goodness to continue the organization’s mission: “Working together to keep all children safe from harm.”


“ e serve some of the kids that are longterm underprivileged children in Manhasset, but we also serve families that have a temporary issue like a lost job or a medical issu. We try to help them as well.” Maureen Lavin MANHASSET STUDENT AID ASSOCIATION

Andrew Vanderpool with the Manhasset Great Neck EOC Childcare Partnership said the organization is run out of the Manhasset Valley School alongside Adventures in Learning


Ellen Coughlin with Adventures in Learning said the organization works with underprivileged children after school. and offers many programs for children throughout the year, including organizing the 11through 13-year-olds to work with the public access television channel to learn the ins and outs of television production. The grant, Vanderpool said, will help pay for many structural improvements done this year, including installing an air conditioning unit for the first time in years. Kelly Siry with Literacy Nassau said the organization has always been devoted to helping adults learn to read, speak and write in English, but through the years, officials realized many of

their adults had dyslexia and therefore, so did many of their clients’ children. Since then, Siry said the organization has been working with both adults and children on their English skills. “In September, we are starting the first donation-based tutoring center for children with dyslexia on Long Island,” Siry said. “We’re very excited about that, and this will be very helpful in that endeavor.” Maureen Lavin with Manhasset Student Aid Association said the group works with underprivileged families to help send Manhasset children to col-


North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center Board President Nancy Lane thanked the Manhasset Community Fund for the grant. lege. Last year, the organization served about 35 families, including an older woman from Manhasset who wanted to go back to school. “We serve some of the kids that are long-term underprivileged children in Manhasset, but we also serve families that have a temporary issue like a lost job or a medical issue,” Lavin said. “We try to help them as well.” Barbara Kelly with the Manhasset Women’s Coalition

against Breast Cancer said the 22-year-old organization began as a fundraising arm for breast cancer research before members realized they could help lives more directly in Manhasset. In 2004, the group began an outreach program to help those diagnosed with breast cancer in the area. “Every year, we help so many amazing women who are struck with this insidious disease and give them a place to go to assure them about the fear and give them hope,” Kelly said.

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Avena, von Roeschlaub Money talks in deserve re-election Manorhaven cell issue


y fiancé and I are so pleased with the job that Jim Avena has been doing as mayor for the past two years. Because he has extensive senior management experience and a finance degree, he runs the village like a business and is always focused on how our tax dollars are being spent. This seems like common sense and it is. But this isn’t how the village has been run in the past. The fact that this is the first time in several decades that a mayor is running for re-election unopposed is not a coincidence. Jim Avena is doing an outstanding job of running our government and is constantly looking for ways to improve on

the job they’re doing that no one would waste their time running against him knowing they have no chance of winning. I feel that we are honored to have someone with the impressive credentials and dedication to a job very well done running our village. I for one am voting to re-elect Jim Avena for mayor and Priscilla von Roeschlaub for trustee on June 19. Even though they are running unopposed, I hope other Manorhaven residents will join me and show their support for Jim Avena and Priscilla von Roeschlaub by casting their votes for them at Village Hall on June 19. Chrisann Sevoian Manorhaven

County Dems push for transgender legislation Continued from Page 50 Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park), who said the current human rights law already protects the transgender community. Drucker was joined by members of the minority, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Comptroller Jack Schnirman, Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, North Hempstead council members Peter Zuckerman and Anna Kaplan, and transgender rights advocates on Monday at the news conference. Curran called the amendment “common sense” and the “right thing to do,” adding that it is not a political issue. The event followed a transgender rights rally the weekend before and fell the day after the Long Island Pride Parade in Long Beach. Drucker’s office reached out to members of the majority, according to the minority’s press office, but none attended Monday’s event. “As lawmakers, it is our duty to ensure that Nassau County is inclusive and welcoming to people from all walks of life,” Drucker said. “Our transgender residents deserve every opportunity to live honest, productive and authentic lives without fear of retaliation or discrimination.” While Drucker says the law leaves out members of the transgender community, Nicolello said it’s “clear the

current human rights law already protects the transgender [community].” “[There’s] no reason to change it, so again what they’re proposing really does not accomplish anything,” Nicolello said. In a previous interview, Drucker said there should not even be a perception that the transgender community is not protected under county law. “There’s no such thing as redundancy when it comes to legislation, and making sure you protect anyone,” Drucker said. “It leaves no ambiguity.” He also called those opposed to the amendment “narrow-minded” and “out of touch with our society of 2018.” Both New York City and Suffolk County have laws protecting transgender rights, making Nassau the largest county in the state without protection. On the state level, Democratic lawmakers face their own battle trying to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA. When the Sexual Orientation NonDiscrimination Act was put together in 2003 it did not include language protecting the transgender community. Drucker, who also supports GENDA, said “there is no better time than now to bring this county up to speed.” The North Hempstead Town Board unanimously voted to add gender identity as a protected class under town law in 2015. “This should not be considered a great accomplishment,” Bosworth added. “It’s a basic human right.”


t’s not over, until it’s over.! It’s over! The 10-year Pequot Avenue cell tower issue in the Village of Manorhaven has come to an end.! !While purported talks of a possible compromised settlement to reduce a 55year lease with AG Towers to a lesser term, none occurred.! Five months of empty exchanges resulted in the Appellate Court losing patience and moving ahead with a decision (March 21, 2018) ! The appeal by defendants NY SMSA Limited and AG Towers Inc. as to whether the lease with the village expired on March 7, 2013 (5-year period) as per board resolution (2008) or was validated for the 55-year period, the court ruled in favor of AG Towers.! The premise being that the village ratified the lease beyond the five years — correctly written or not — by accepting rental payment from AG Towers. !“Verizon and AG established their prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by demonstrating that the Village ratified the lease by, among other things, consistently accepting

rental payments pursuant to the lease after the initial five-year term of the lease had expired.”! ! The Village of Manorhaven approved budget of April 5, 2018 item 2410 indicates Rental of Property (cell tower) as $73,000. This arduous and costly 10-year challenge by multiple residents – some more than others – often using personal sums in the thousands, speaks courageously for those who desperately want protection from the electromagnetic field — radiation, being spewed from this tower.! Like the brave young students who are begging for gun control have learned, in their tender teenage years, money talks and B.S. walks.! Our leaders have failed us. Government of the people, by the people, for the people is fast perishing from the face of the earth…. Barbara Mallon Port Washington


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Justify wins at Belmont Stakes Continued from Page 22 in 1919, almost a century ago. In the last 99 years, only 12 others have accomplished the task. For many, Saturday was a chance to experience history firsthand. But for Mike Creighton, experiencing history was something he’d done before. A resident of Floral Park, living just blocks from the racetrack, he has attended at least 10 Belmont Stakes. His first one was in 1973 when he was 20. “My first Belmont Stakes was Secretariat; that was an incredible horse,” he said of the 1973 Triple Crown winner who still holds the track records for fastest times at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Creighton was here three years ago when American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Since the ’70s, he said the Stakes has been slowed by the demands of television. “They don’t run races as often as they used to,” he said. And as a local resident, he wasn’t particularly thrilled about the hockey arena being built nearby for the New York Islanders. “It is what it is,” he said. “It seems like a waste, though. They should have just fixed up the [Nassau Coliseum].” But those were concerns for another day. As Justify made his way down the home stretch and across the finish line, Creighton was celebrating with the rest of the 90,000, even if he had seen this before. After the race ended, the second race began to the Long Island Rail Road station adjacent"to the racetrack. Like the trip coming in, the train was packed and slow moving — the “express” train to Jamaica often moving at about 5 mph — but everyone on board was excited about Justify’s victory. Leo Giacometto was among those heading to Penn Station, where he would then catch a train back to Washington, D.C. He had come to see the race all the way from his ranch in Montana. “We saw him win at the Preakness and I said, ‘we have got to go to Belmont, it’s a chance to see history,'” he said. It turns out his faith was justified.


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Pet food drive a success Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso recently sponsored the 7th annual Legislative Pet Food Drive in the 16th Assembly District, in partnership with Long Island Cares. The drive, which was run during the month of April, helped local soup kitchens and food pantries meet the needs of struggling families with pets. “It is heartbreaking to know of beloved pets that are placed into shelters simply because their families can no longer afford to feed them,” Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso said. “These decisions are made by struggling families who have to choose between heating their homes, buying medications, putting food on their tables, and feeding family pets.” About 668 pounds of pet supplies and foods for dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, reptiles, and ferrets were collected at a variety of

locations. D’Urso’s district office in Great Neck collected 67 pounds, the Great Neck Library got 104 pounds, the Port Washington Community Chest secured 63 pounds, the Shelter Rock Public

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North Hempstead creating new quail army BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Release the quail! The Town of North Hempstead is doubling down on its battle to fight ticks, officials announced on Monday, with plans to hatch up to 60 northern bobwhite quail to send into wooded areas. Carole Trottere, the town spokeswoman, said the town released a smaller number of quail last year – between 23 and 28 – on 200 acres of land across from the North Hempstead Beach Park and across from the Hempstead Harbor Trail. And the first one hatched on Tuesday afternoon. “Usually when one goes, they all come in succession re-


Ranger Eric Powers and town officials released quail along the North Hempstead Harbor Trail. ally fast,” Trottere said. About 60 quail eggs are currently stationed at the town’s television station at the

“Yes We Can” Community Center, with their hatching being live streamed online. After about two weeks in

the studio, the new platoon of quail chicks will join other chicks to mature, before being sent out to hunt down ticks. “Lyme disease is a very serious condition caused by deer ticks, which are prevalent in wooded areas and grasslands all over Long Island,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said. “The town is constantly on the lookout for natural methods we can use to control disease-causing pests that do not involve using toxic chemicals.” Trottere said officials have gotten several emails from people saying they saw quail, meaning the new tick hunters could be joining veteran ones. Biologist Eric Powers, who hosts North Hempstead’s TV series “Off the Trail,” designed the quail program and helped

make North Hempstead the first municipality to participate. Powers has also worked with schools across Long Island to set up incubators and raise quail. In a news release, Powers cautioned the public to keep cats inside to protect the quail. “Cats take a massive toll on our ground-dwelling wildlife, such as bobwhite quail, which turns out to be our front line of defense against ticks,” Powers said. “So the biggest help anyone can do is keep your cats inside.” The quail cam can be found online at Trottere said the town plans to do a survey this summer to get a “before and after” picture of how many ticks there are.


The beauty and glory of the horse When Justify won this year’s Belmont Stakes in Elmont he became the sports 13th Triple Crown champion. He was undefeated and never raced as a two year old thereby roaring into the record books but not our cultural imagination. His value as a stud is well over $100 million which means that it’s unlikely the public will ever see this magnificent creature again. Who could blame Elliot Walden of Winstar Farms for chasing breeding money because it’s large money indeed? Justify will command over $200,000 for each live foal he sires in the United States and that could amount to about 150 foals per year. If you have trouble with math let me assist. Justify will make about $30,000,000 per year as a stud. One would have to be very

wealthy, very slow and very much in need of applause to risk all that with an injury on the track. So let’s say bye-bye to Justify. As a sport, thoroughbred racing is in a double bind with regard to Justify and any other super horse because when they show early promise on the track. When they win big at an early age they are now invariably hustled off to the stud farm before the public can get to know them at all. And if the public is not given the opportunity to fall in love with the horse, the sport of racing itself will eventually die in the long run. Every sport needs champions that stick around for more than fifteen minutes. But no matter how quickly our equine champions are whisked away people will always identify with and love fast horses. And it has always been so. The only way to really appre-


ciate their beauty and their power is to go to the races, hang out near the paddock and just watch. The horse’s magnificence is made all the more stunning when you get to watch those little 110 lb. jockeys all dressed up in colorful silks jump atop them and fit their tiny toes into the stirrups. Seeing horses up close in a privilege. One of my favorite memories as a child was to drive to the barn the night before a big race and watch as a hot walker would take a race-ready horse out of his stall and walk him around the shedrow. My uncle James Ferraro who was a trainer would say that his job was to wind up the animal like you would wind up an alarm clock. You keep on tightening and tightening the horse until it was ready to explode out of the starting gate. And you could see their true power and grace that night before

as they were walked in the shedrow. It was like watching a professional boxer move. The horse seemed to punch at the ground as it walked by and you knew it was very ready to run. The beauty and the power of horses have mesmerized sculptors, writers, filmmakers and songwriters for centuries. I have just returned from a visit to Rome where fine sculptures of horses were all over. They were atop the Vittorio Emanuele II building, inside the Capitoline Museums and winged horses can even be seen guarding the Trevi Fountain as the photo you see attests to. But if high art is not to your liking just think about how mesmerizing the Peter Shaffer play Equus was. It was about a psychiatrist who was treating a boy who had blinding six horses and was based upon a true incident. Broadway has written about horses but so has TV. Everyone can recall The Lone Ranger crying out “Hi yo Silver, Away!” and let’s not forget Scout who was Tonto’s horse. How about Pokey in the Gumby Show, Trigger on Roy Rodgers or the talking horse on Mr. Ed? Budweiser produced 26 Super Bowl ads using those bay colored Clydesdales. In the film “Godfather,” we saw Khartoum get beheaded. That was a tough one to watch. My son screamed when he saw it. Even Mick Jagger and Keith

Richards used images of horses when they wrote that haunting classic “Wild Horses.” which is considered one of the great rock songs. Horses bring out the creative urges in mankind. Just think about the wonderful names we come up with for thoroughbreds. Names like Seabiscuit, Ruffian, Man O’War, Affirmed, Secretariat and Seattle Slew. I once saw Seattle Slew in the paddock at Hialeah and still can remember how black and lean and full of fury he was. So let’s have three cheers for Justify. We only got to see him for a few weeks of glory and I doubt that his memory will enter into our collective unconscious. It reminds me of the crass phrase in “Jerry Maguire” to “Show me the money!” Well, money will surely be shown to the owners of Justify but nothing more than that. This wonder horse’s name will never have the cache or the magic that a Seabiscuit or a Secretariat or a Silver or even a Mr. Ed. You see it’s very simple. You just can’t have it both ways. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. So goodbye sweet Justify and enjoy your quiet days on the farm. No more applause for you or for your handlers. I think thoroughbred racing has a problem here that it has yet to figure out and if they don’t figure it out soon the whole industry will be in jeopardy.

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Pope promotes former Port Washington priest Continued from Page 2 Henning, who graduated from Chaminade High School in 1982, said that he felt called to “give back in life” and had great respect for his parish priests growing up. He attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington after graduating from St. John’s University in 1986. After several years in Port, Henning left to continue his studies of scripture at the Catholic University of America, where he learned to read Biblical Hebrew and Greek, studied French, and became fluent in Italian when his studies took him to Rome. Henning will be officially ordained by Bishop"John O. Barres on July 24 at the"Cathedral of Saint Agnes in Rockville Centre. “Bishop-elect Henning’s pastoral charity and intelligence, his commitment to a demanding life of daily prayer, his love for the Hispanic community and evangelization, his biblical scholarship and experience in seminary formation, his national contributions to the ongoing formation of priests and assistance

As the language barrier

lowered, I came to know and love a community of deep faith, abiding joy, and great love.” Monsignor Richard G. Henning, PRIEST

to international priests who serve in this country give him a wide range of pastoral experience and skills to help advance the New Evangelization and dramatic missionary growth on Long Island,” Barres said in a statement. While Henning did not hear directly from the pope about his appointment, he will have the chance to speak with him soon — perhaps in Italian. “In September, there will be a gathering in Rome of all the bishops appointed since last September,” he wrote. “At that gathering, I will have the chance to meet Pope Francis.”

Nassau County still lags in bang for its IDA buck Continued from Page 1

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Maragos wrote in 2015. “It is disappointing that we have fallen behind in these critical areas.” In the three years since that report, the Nassau IDA has made improvements relative to its peers in the New York City suburbs, Westchester and Suffolk, with 2013 proving to be something of an outlier. But Nassau is still lagging behind when it comes to a return on its tax exemptions. When the report on 2013 was released and Maragos wrote his letter, Kearney insisted that" no changes needed to be made. “We are not underperforming,” Kearney told Newsday at the time. “I am proud of the job we have done, are doing and will continue to do.” While Nassau did improve — it’s net exemptions per job gained dropped to $5,855 the following year — the continued lagging behind surrounding coun-


The Nassau County Legislative and Executive Building is seen in Mineola. ties on return on investment has prompted criticism from county officials. During last year’s county executive race, both candidates said that the agency needed to be reformed. In February, County Comptroller Jack Schnirman announced that he would be auditing the IDA. “We need to be sure we are getting a solid return on these investments,” he said. In March, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran called for the IDA

to close the “tourism loophole,”" which gave tax exemptions to storage facilities and car dealerships. At that meeting, she also said the IDA would be required to hit benchmarks, although she did not elaborate on what those would be. Repeated efforts to reach Kearney for comment were unavailing." Richard Kessel, whom Curran nominated to the IDA’s board of directors, also could not be reached.

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Catalanotto to head sports at NYIT Former Long Island star, ex major leaguer to also serve as head baseball coach One of the most accomplished position players from Long Island in Major League Baseball history is joining NYIT Athletics. MLB veteran Frank Catalanotto has been named head baseball coach, director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation Dan Vélez announced Thursday. Catalanotto played 14 major league seasons with the Tigers, Rangers, Blue Jays, Brewers and Mets. “We’re fortunate at NYIT to have a world-class university with a passionate fan base, tremendous student-athletes, coaches and staff, and an impressive record of success,” Vélez said. “These thoughts were reconfirmed during the search process by the volume of excellent applicants and alumni interest in this hire. From the beginning we knew we wanted and needed a head baseball coach who displayed an incredible high level of integrity, work ethic, and grit, and who would also take our mantra of “Honor, Pride, Champions” to heart. I have no doubt Frank will do exactly that. “We needed a head coach who understood what Tech baseball was, is and will be. I am thrilled to welcome Frank to Bears Nation and look forward to working side by side with him as we build NYIT baseball into a Division II powerhouse.” He appeared in 1,265 major


Former New York Met Frank Catalanotto will join NYIT as the head baseball coach. league games. He owns a .291 career average and .357 career on-base percentage. He saw action at five positions — left field, right field, first base, second base and third base — as well as at designated hitter. Catalanotto hit .330 and finished fifth in the American League in batting average in 2001 with Texas, behind only Ichiro Suzuki, Jason Giambi, Roberto Alomar and Bret Boone. In 2000, Catalanotto set Rangers records for consecutive at-bats with a hit (10) and plate appearances reaching base (13). He then set the Blue Jays record for hits in a nine-inning game

with a 6-for-6 performance on May 1, 2004 against the White Sox." “The greatest compliment I can give Frank is that he earned everything he received in his career,” seven-time All-Star Michael Young wrote in the foreword to Catalanotto’s memoir,"Heart and Hustle. “He developed himself from a young kid out of high school to one of the game’s most respected players. He learned to play multiple positions, ran the bases aggressively and intelligently, and developed a fantastic approach to hitting. In short, he was a player that you wanted on your team. When guys were hurt, tired and enduring the late stages of a physically exhausting season, Frank was one of the guys we could depend on to lead with his toughness and grit.” Catalanotto, 44, had a standout prep career at Smithtown East High School on Long Island. He had committed to play baseball at Seton Hall. However, he instead signed a professional contract after being drafted by the Tigers in the 10th round in 1992. Arguably, Catalanotto is among the three most accomplished position players from Long Island in MLB history, along with Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski of Bridgehampton and Craig Biggio of Kings Park. Since completing his playing career with the Mets in 2010,

Catalanotto has remained active in the game. He has served as the lead hitting instructor at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank for the past five years. He also coached with Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017 and continues to assist with running youth baseball camps in Toronto for the Blue Jays as well as in Germany, Spain and Italy. Catalanotto is president of the Frank Catalanotto Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and aiding with the early intervention of vascular birthmarks." Now in its 10th year, Catalanotto and wife Barbara started the foundation because of a love for their daughter, Morgan. A vascular birthmark — or hemanginoma — is a type of vascular anomaly of the skin that, if left untreated, can spread rapidly. Shortly after birth, Morgan’s parents identified what turned out be a vascular birthmark on the newborn’s face. Originally misadvised by a physician “to just wait for it to eventually go away,” the Catalanottos were not satisfied. The eighth annual" Frank Catalanotto Foundation Golf Classic, which raises funds for the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, will be held Aug. 6 at the Old Westbury Golf and Country Club. Catalanotto was inducted

into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He resides in St. James with Barbara. The couple has four daughters: Morgan (now a volleyball student-athlete at Salisbury University in Maryland) as well as Camdyn, Karson and Gracyn. Catalanotto joins an NYIT baseball program with a proud tradition. The program’s products include former first-round pick Allen Watson as well as Don Cooper, the longtime pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox. NYIT joined Division II and debuted in the East Coast Conference in 2018 after spending more than three decades in Division I, including the final four seasons at that level as an independent. The Bears went 13-25-1 overall and 6-18 in the ECC this past season. Catalanotto was attracted to college coaching in part because of his competitive DNA. Although a racquetball enthusiast, regularly playing that sport has not duplicated the rush of being in uniform in a competitive baseball game. “I really look forward to the challenge of returning NYIT to being a top-notch baseball program here on Long Island,” Catalanotto said. “I’m confident the experience and knowledge of the game my staff and I have will help take this program back to the top.”


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Winthrop’s Teddy Bear clinic teaches kids

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Injured teddy bears were lined up at Lee Avenue Elementary School recently in Hicksville, with kindergarteners taking on the roles of doctors and nurses to treat the injuries. Slings were made, cuts tended to, and teddy bear pulses checked. It was all part of a free “Teddy Bear Clinic” orchestrated by NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Trauma Center to teach young members of the community about injury prevention, treatment, and to educate them on the medical profession. The children were asked to bring in their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal, with NYU Winthrop providing equipment for the students to dress up as doctors and nurses. NYU Winthrop trauma nurses assisted students in treating the injured bears, and they were aided by Adelphi University nursing students. Similar Teddy Bear Clinics will be held at elementary schools in Freeport and North Merrick next week. “We teach children how to take safety into their own hands such as by wearing bike helmets, seat belts, and stopping at stop signs,” said Ellen Berghorn, RN, who heads NYU Winthrop’s Pediatric Injury Prevention Program. “We also teach students that the medical world is really not so scary, and the children’s hands-on experience treating injured bears helps bring that to light.” Added Stephanie Stam, principal of Lee Avenue School, “It’s so important to impart to young students knowledge that will help keep them safe outside the classroom and prevent injuries, but if emergency medical situations arise, we also want children to have awareness as to what happens next. It’s wonderful that we are able to bring to children hands-on experience in the medical world.” Presentations educated 75 children in total. Among the lessons taught: • Whose job is it to keep our bodies safe? (Ourselves!) • What’s the first thing we do when

we get in the car? (Buckle up!) • Where’s the safest place for kids to sit in the car? (In the back!) • How do we protect our brains? (Wear a helmet!) • What’s the number to call in an emergency? (911) NYU Winthrop nurses also explained their roles as nurses and helped the children learn about different medical instruments. Students also went home armed with flyers providing tips for parents to keep children safe, including the proper safety belt fit. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit organization, road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the U.S., but child safety seats, correctly used, can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related deaths for children ages 5 to 19, with teens particularly at risk. Safe Kids Worldwide emphasizes the need for children of all ages to put down phones and take off headphones when crossing the street. Added NYU Winthrop’s Berghorn, “The majority of trauma injuries are preventable if children and their parents take basic precautions, stay alert and follow public safety rules.” Similar Teddy Bear Clinics will be held at elementary schools in Freeport and North Merrick next week. NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Program is dedicated to reducing the number of preventable injuries through research, training and public education. The Hospital works throughout the year with local communities to spread awareness about safety-related issues and advocate for policies to improve the safety of Long Islanders. For more safety tips go to www.

The Saint Anne’s Parish Family is very proud that our 8th grade students have been awarded over $500,000 in academic awards and have been accepted to the following Catholic High Schools:

Archbishop Molloy* Dominican Academy* Sacred Heart Academy* Holy Trinity Diocesan High School* Chaminade High School* Kellenberg Memorial High School* Regis High School* Saint Dominic High School* Saint Francis Prep High School* Saint Mary’s High School* The Mary Louis Academy Our Lady of Mercy Academy Xavier High School

*Denotes full and/or partial scholarships awarded by these schools to some of our students.

The Saint Anne’s Parish Family wishes the Graduating Class of 2018 all the best as they begin their high school education ~ God Bless and God Speed!

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