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Herricks ranked 34th in nation, 7th in New York


Ranking website Niche places five North Hempstead districts in top 100 BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Five area school districts were ranked among the top 100 nationwide, according to the ranking website Niche, and at least seven were among the top 100 in the state. Making the top 100 nationwide were Great Neck, Roslyn, Herricks, East Williston and Manhasset. Niche, which measures the overall academics, safety, college readiness, teacher-student ratio, extracurricular activities and diversity of more than 10,000 school districts, gave nearly every school district on the North Shore an overall grade of “A” or higher. The Great Neck school district was ranked seventh in the nation and second in the state. It has a 94 percent graduation rate, 1360 average SAT score, and a studentteacher ratio of 11 to 1, according to Niche.

John Powell, the assistant superintendent for business, said the ranking was likely linked to just how many students graduate, where they go professionally and the “solid education” students get. “I do know that taxes are high and the cost of living on Long Island is costly. However, I think if you measure what you get out of it versus what you give into it, I feel the residents are getting a good deal here educationally,” Powell said. “We continually graduate and prepare young people to be a success after they leave their school.” Powell added that it is a “team effort between the parents and the school district.” Roslyn was ranked 33rd in the nation and sixth in the state. According to Niche, the district has a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1, an average graduation rate of 98 percent and a 1340 average SAT school. Continued on Page 67


A patient at Cohen Children’s Medical Center holds a kinkajou last Thursday as part of the hospital’s event announcing the launch of San Diego Zoo Kids, a TV show that will now be available at Cohen and the Ronald McDonald House. See story on page 3.

Man charged with stabbing ex-girlfriend at Belmont: DA BY R E B ECC A K L A R

County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced last An Elmont man was ar- Tuesday. Jose Franco-Martinez, 53, raigned on a grand jury indictment for the alleged June 17 allegedly stabbed his ex-girlmurder of his ex-girlfriend at friend, Maria Larin, multiple Belmont Racetrack, Nassau times around her body with a

silver kitchen knife as she was working with horses on the track, according to the district attorney’s office. Franco-Martinez was#upset with Larin after their romantic Continued on Page 66

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NHP couple grieve Gillen pulls pay raise son’s loss in shooting deal from agenda Glen Cove man charged with co-worker’s murder: cops Dem clashes with GOP majority board BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I


A Glen Cove man was arrested Saturday for allegedly fatally shooting a co-worker in Glen Head following another altercation the day before, Nassau County police said. Lawrence Grammer, 71, of Carpenter Street in Glen Cove, is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree criminal use of a firearm. During his arraignment on Sunday, Judge David Goodsell remanded Grammer until his next court date Wednesday. Nassau County Homicide"Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said during a news conference on Sunday that Grammer and victim" Bashir Ward, 35, of Valley Stream, had fought at the" Citgo station at 126 Glen Head Rd. in Glen Head on Friday, one day before Grammer allegedly brought a .45-caliber gun on Saturday to the station, where he has been employed for about 15 years. Fitzpatrick said"Ward had worked at the gas station for about a year. “There was friction,” Fitzpatrick said. “They did not get along.” According to police, Ward was attempting to break up a fight between Grammar and an unidentified co-worker, but the fight escalated after Ward’s intervention. During the fight on Saturday, Grammer went to his car, got the semiautomatic handgun and shot Ward, Fitzpatrick said. Ward was shot in the head, police said, and was pronounced dead at the scene. During the news conference, Ward’s parents, Mohamad and Samira Ward of New Hyde Park, said their son was a loving father and a hardworking man who

Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen removed a proposed deal from Tuesday’s Town Board meeting agenda that she said would give an estimated $870,000 in raises to politically appointed town employees. Gillen called the proposal a “blatant and flagrant abuse of taxpayer money” before tearing a copy of the resolution to pieces during a news conference last Thursday morning in her Town Hall office. “I’m saying right here and right now that I’m not signing this, nor will I ever sign this, because it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on,” Gillen said. PHOTO COURTESY OF NASSAU COUNTY POLICE According to a copy of the DEPARTMENT resolution, the town entered into negotiations with the local union. Lawrence Grammer, 71, of Glen Cove, was Gillen said she was not notiarrested Saturday after allegedly shooting of any negotiations. his co-worker, Bashir Ward, during an alter- fied “Town law is clear in that cation at a Glen Head gas station. the supervisor is the chief executive and fiscal officer of this leaves behind a wife and a 5-year-old daughter. town, and any town, in the state Grammer, a registered sex offender, was convicted of New York, and is the only one in November 1997 of raping a 13-year-old girl. According to the registry, Grammer also works at Glen Cove Auto Salvage at 232 Glen Cove Ave. and lives about three blocks from Landing Elementary School.


who can negotiate an agreement on behalf of the town to be put before the board,” Gillen said. “Therefore, this agreement does not exist.” Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, who Gillen said submitted the resolution, called Gillen’s removal of the item an “undignified political stunt.” In a statement, Sweeney said Gillen has “gone well beyond her authority under the law” and"“has demonstrated a lack of leadership and honesty on an issue that deserves to be heard by the public.” The resolution could still be called up by Town Board members and brought to a vote, according to town officials. But no action was taken on Tuesday. Sweeney also said that the labor issue in question is “legal in all respects and was lawfully placed on the Town Board calendar for consideration by all members of the Town Board.” The proposed deal would cost taxpayers an immediate $286,000 to give appointed emContinued on Page 66


Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen tore up a proposed resolution for pay-raises that she removed from Tuesday’s meeting agenda.

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San Diego Zoo Kids brings animals to Cohen patients for launch of TV show coming to hospital



Patients at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center were introduced to zoo animals on Thursday to announce the launch of the TV program San Diego Zoo Kids coming to the hospital. BY R E B ECC A K L A R The first floor atrium at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center was alive with wildlife on Thursday morning as patients were introduced to various zoo animals. The program was held to announce the launch of San Diego Zoo Kids, a closed-circuit TV show coming to Cohen and the

Children were allowed to pet and interact with the animals as they were brought around.

Ronald McDonald House. The show features stories about animals to both educate and entertain patients as they receive treatment. Debra Erickson, director of San Diego Zoo Kids, said she has witnessed firsthand how the program can help patients. The program helped one 9-year-old girl named Sadie

learn to cope with losing her legs, Erickson said. Sadie was hospitalized for two months for a leg infection, Erickson said.! Sadie was depressed and not talking to her mother or caregivers, Erickson said. Until one day, when a nurse put on San Diego Zoo Kids, she said.


These are just some of the animals children will learn about from the program.

“Her mother said it was like a light bulb went off,” Erickson said. When Sadie was told she had to lose her leg, she said “animals lose arms and legs all the time and they’re just fine and I’ll be fine too,” Erickson said. Sadie is now an expert horse rider, she said. “It’s amazing what the pow-

er of animals can do,” Erickson said. Jonathan Scheidt, deputy executive director at Cohen, and Matt Campo, executive director at the Ronald McDonald house, also spoke at Thursday’s launch event. Scheidt said the common thread between all three organizations is trying to help patients.


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W.P. trustee challenges Ra for Assembly Democrat William Carr says it is time for a ‘regular person’ to run for state office BY R E B ECC A K L A R William Carr said it is time for regular people to start running for office, which is why the Williston Park village trustee said he decided to take on the role of Assembly District 19’s Democratic candidate. “It just seems to me that a lot of the politicians nowadays are lawyers or multimillionaires,” Carr said in an interview. “So why not a regular person.” Carr will face four-term incumbent Republican Ed Ra in the November election. Ra won his last election in 2016 with nearly 62 percent of the vote. He has raised more than $52,000 for the coming election, according to campaign filing records. No campaign finance records have been filed for Carr, according to the state Board of Elections. Carr has lived in Williston Park for 19 years; he originally hails from Freeport. He is currently serving his second term on the village board and is up for re-election in March. Carr views his position on the board before running for state office as “working [his] way up,” he said. “I know local government, so I know what the struggles of the local govern-


Williston Park Trustee William Carr is running for state Assembly. ments are,” Carr said. “And I like to believe that if elected I should be able to help all the villages, not just mine, and even if I can’t help them I understand where they’re coming from because I worked on their level before.” If elected to the Assembly, Carr said, he would step down from his position on

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the village board. With spending a significant number of days in Albany he doesn’t think it would be fair not to give “100 percent” to the village. Service has always been a part of Carr’s life. Before moving to Williston Park, Carr was a volunteer firefighter in the Freeport Fire Department. In addition to his time on the board, Carr has served his local community as a coach for St. Aidan’s Church Catholic Youth Organization’s girls volleyball, and as a coach for the local Little League and lacrosse leagues. The father of four also volunteered with the Boy Scouts. Despite his dedication to service, Carr initially said no when community members approached him about running for the Assembly, he said. “And then with different people encouraging me I said, ‘You know what, why not,'” Carr said. “If I don’t run then who runs.” Carr has been a union electrician for 22 years – a position in which he’s helped to “build New York, literally,” according to his campaign website. Carr said he “absolutely” thinks being a union member will help him if elected

to the Assembly. One of his top priorities is protecting New York state prevailing wage laws, he said. A bill was supposed to come to the floor this year regarding the issue but did not come to a vote, he said. Prevailing wage laws set the wage rate for trade employees performing public works projects. He also wants to make sure state tax incentives and Industrial Development Agency money have labor standards attached to them, he said. Carr said he’d also like to help attack the drug epidemic. One way he plans to do so is through funding community after-school activities, he said. “If you keep these kids occupied, maybe they won’t go down the road of getting fixed on whatever drug it might be,” Carr said. This is the first time Carr has run for office above the village level. He said it has been a “learning experience” and he has received positive feedback from residents. “I’m motivated to run a good, clean campaign,” Carr said. Reach reporter Rebecca Klar by email at, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 204, or follow her on Twitter @rebeccaklar_.

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LIRR completes safety initiative early Nearly 300 railroad crossing enhancements installed five months ahead of schedule BY R E B ECC A K L A R

All 296 Long Island Rail Road crossings have received safety enhancements five months ahead of schedule, the railroad announced Monday.


“ eeping our customers and our employees safe is at the forefront of our minds in everything that we do at the Long Island Rail Road.” Phillip Eng LIRR PRESIDENT

The enhancements, first announced by LIRR President Phillip Eng in May, include flexible, fourfeet-high reflective delineators on the crossings, as well as!extended roadway markings and additional reflective devices to alert drivers about the crossings in an effort to keep them from accidentally driving onto the tracks.!

A train pulls into the Mineola Long Island Rail Road station. As part of the safety initiative, in June the LIRR announced a partnership with the GPS app Waze to alert motorists if they are approaching a LIRR crossing. Two of the crossings improved include Mineola’s Willis Avenue crossing and New Hyde Park’s New

Hyde Park Road crossing. In March, a woman drove onto the Willis Avenue crossing when she was misled by her GPS. She escaped her vehicle, but it damaged the tracks and caused hours of delays. This is not an uncommon inci-

cars on tracks and two grade crossing accidents. The initiative appears to be limiting the number of cars on the tracks, Eng said in a LIRR news release. Since the initiative began, there have been three incidents of cars on tracks; two of those were at locations where the delineators had not yet been installed. In the third incident, a driver “experienced a medical emergency, which inadvertently caused the car to enter the railroad’s right-of-way,” according to the release.! “Keeping our customers and our employees safe is at the forefront of our minds in everything that we do at the Long Island Rail Road,” Eng said in the release. “We are consistently implementing inPHOTO BY REBECCA KLAR novative approaches – both hightech and low-tech – to enhance safety, including when it comes to those locations where motorists may encounter our railroad crossdent. There were 29 reported inci- ings.” Reach reporter Rebecca Klar dents in 2017 of cars on the tracks, according to the LIRR. There were by email at rklar@theislandnow. also 17 grade crossing accidents in com, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 204, or follow her on Twitter 2017. Additionally, through May 22 @rebeccaklar_. of this year there were 21 reports of

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NIFA nixes county request to borrow State oversight board rejects Nassau proposal to finance $23 million to cover legal settlement BY LU K E TORRANCE

The Nassau!Interim Finance Authority voted last week to reject a request from the county to borrow $23 million. The board voted 6-1 against the borrowing, which would cover half of the $45 million legal settlement Nassau County owed two men — Dennis Halstead and John Restivo!— who were jailed for 18 years after wrongfully being convicted of raping and murdering a 16-year-old Lynbrook girl in 1984. The county has already paid the settlement out of its operating budget. But the settlement was a massive expense for Nassau and county legislators voted in February to borrow the $23 million to cover a backlog of payments on tax challenge settlements. One NIFA director, Christopher! Wright, said during the meeting that the panel has historically rejected requests to borrow money for tax refunds. Even the lone vote in favor of borrow-

“Many of these initiatives are considered risks in our current analysis because they require legislative action,” said NIFA Executive Director Evan Cohen. Curran has attempted to close the gap by looking for money wherever she could find it. Among the! proposals she made this year to bring in more money were increased fees for Little League teams using parks, drivers running red lights and use of golf carts. Her proposals failed to pass the county Legislature, where they proved to be deeply unpopular with the Republican majority. A spokesman for Curran PHOTO BY DANTD VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS told Newsday that NIFA’s views of Nassau’s finances were “pesThe Nassau County Legislative and Executive Building is seen in Mineola. simistic,” although he did acknowledge that the payment ing, Howard Weitzman, admit- “However, this is an exceptional the board said that the settle- of tax refunds needed to be adted that County Executive Laura situation given that the amount ment and the payment of tax dressed as soon as possible. Curran should have gotten the in question … is larger than any certs were a danger to the counmunicipality in New York, I be- ty’s financial health over the next request in sooner. Reach reporter Luke Torrance “Whether it was bravo lieve, could handle other than few years. The board predicted by email at ltorrance@theislandor naiveté, they thought they New York City, New York state, baseline risks of $81 million, by phone at 516-307could possibly get through the and maybe some of the cities up- this! year, $91 million in 2019, 1045, ext. 214, or follow him on $146 million in 2020 and $154 Twitter @LukeATorrance. year without bonding it. Obvi- state.” On top of denying the bond, million in 2021. ously they were wrong,” he said.

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Assembly speaker visits N. Shore Carl Heastie reviews treatment plant in G.N., beach erosion in Baxter Estates BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie visited the North Shore and South Shore to see the consequences climate change has had on Long Island last Tuesday, with officials underscoring the importance of helping the environment. Heastie toured the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District’s East Shore Road facility, which has sought to be an environmentally friendly wastewater treatment plant, and Baxter Estates Beach to study Manhasset Bay, as part of a larger statewide tour. “It is important that we continue to focus on funding water treatment plants like the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District to protect our environment, while finding mechanisms to mitigate the effects of our wavering climate,” Heastie said. Joining Heastie during parts of the day were numerous officials, including Town of North Hempstead Councilwomen Lee Seeman and Anna Kaplan, Thomaston Mayor Steven Weinberg, Great Neck Estates Deputy Mayor Jeffrey Farkas, Sierra Club chair Jane Fasullo and Sarah Deonarine, head of the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee. Officials said that Manhasset Bay has experienced “significant wetland loss” over the decades due to climate change, putting sidewalks, trees and vegetation at risk.

impact generations to come if we do not make them a priority,” D’Urso said. “Climate events will become more prevalent due to climate changes and chemical pollutants, which are an unfortunate reality.” D’Urso added that facilities like those of the district’s plant are hoping to “combat these effects” through education, technology and cooperation. On the facility tour, Heastie and officials saw the facility’s upgraded anaerobic digesters, which trap and convert methane into energy, microturbines and an ultraviolet disinfection system. According to water district officials, a third of the district’s electricity and 80 percent of its heat are generated on site. It also PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GREAT NECK WATER POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT uses effluent water and minimizes its water use to save millions of gallons per year. It also completed requirements imGreat Neck Water Pollution Control District Commissioner Steve Reiter and Composed by the state Department of Environmissioner Patty Katz speak with State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Anmental Conservation for removing nitrogen thony D’Urso during a recent presentation and tour of the district’s headquarters. from water six months ahead of schedule, district officials said, with water in the disState Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso, trict having 4 milligrams of nitrogen per And Baxter Estates Mayor Nora Haagenson, also in attendance, said her community the chair of the Assembly’s Long Island liter — less than half of the 10.7 milligram is at the forefront of climate change’s effects. South Task Force and a member of the En- state requirement. “The Village of Baxter Estates was hon- vironmental Conservation Committee, had Heastie also visited homes in Babylon ored to have a visit from New York Assembly invited Heastie to tour Manhasset Bay and still affected by Superstorm Sandy from Speaker Carl Heastie who came to observe Great Neck’s wastewater management facil- 2012 and discussed the feasibility of installfirst-hand the erosion at Baxter Beach and ity. ing a sea gate to try to protect Long Island “There are many environmental issues from storm surges. the threat to the infrastructure within the village caused by the erosion,” Haagenson said. currently affecting Long Island which will

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Census data accuracy at risk: Lavine State assemblyman says citizenship question can lead to undercounting of immigrants BY LU K E TORRANCE State Assemblyman Charles Lavine sent a letter last month to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross over concerns about a question on the 2020 census. In the letter, Lavine, a Democrat from Glen Cove, urged the Commerce Department to remove a question that asks the respondent’s citizenship status. “The 2020 Census is at serious risk of a substantial undercount, especially among hardto-reach populations including immigrant communities living in this country,” Lavine wrote.! “The addition of this question is a deliberate obstacle meant to undermine the 2020 census through instilling fear while deterring the honest reporting of immigrant data.” Ross announced earlier this year that the citizenship question would be added to the 2020 census. According to a statement released by the Department of Commerce, the question was asked on every

legitimate government purpose outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts,” the statement read. In a statement following the release of the letter, Lavine said it was important to stand up for those forgotten by society and possibly by the U.S. census. “It is our duty as elected officials to represent those who are historically underrepresented,” he said. Lavine is hardly alone in calling for the question to be removed. According to a USA Today report, the agency has received 39,000 comments on the new question. Democrats in Congress have attempted to pass legislation to remove the question. Organizations like the! Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMAN CHARLES LAVINE American Civil Liberties Union have rallied against the citizenship question, which the latter Assemblyman Charles Lavine group called “unconstitutional.” “It’s a deliberate attempt by U.S. census between 1820 and administration of President President Trump to once again 1950. The decision to bring Donald Trump. back the citizenship question “Secretary Ross determined attack immigrants,” the ACLU was done at the behest of the that obtaining complete and ac- wrote on its website. Lavine wrote that residents Department of Justice and the curate information to meet this

who are not U.S. citizens will avoid the census out of fear that their information could lead to them being jailed or deported. He wrote that the census was not for determining citizenship but for providing the most accurate depiction of the American population. The fewer people respond, the less accurate that information is. “It is imperative to get the most accurate count because every community relies on Census data for things like public safety and transportation resources,” he wrote. “The public should not be asked to answer, or pay for, a Census that could possibly detract from a fair and accurate count.” A spokeswoman for Lavine said that the assemblyman’s office has not yet received a reply from the Department of Commerce. Reach reporter Luke Torrance by email at ltorrance@, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 214, or follow him on Twitter @LukeATorrance.

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Board robbing voters of voice: Gillen Hempstead Town Board indefinitely postpones supervisor’s push for special elections BY R E B ECC A K L A R Members of the Hempstead Town Board’s Republican majority voted Tuesday to indefinitely postpone an agenda item proposing that the town hold a public hearing to discuss having special elections. The only two Democrats on the board, Supervisor Laura Gillen and Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, voted against the postponement, which was approved 5-2. Gillen and Goosby are also the only two members of the board originally elected to serve; the rest of the board members were appointed to their first terms. Other than Councilman Dennis Dunne, who is finishing up the term he was appointed to serve in June 2017, the rest of the Town Board members have been elected to subsequent terms following their appointments. This is the third time Gillen called for a public hearing on special elections. It has been tabled by the majority every time. Currently, if a vacancy on the board opens up it is filled by an appointment by board members. At a news conference on Monday,


The Hempstead Town Board’s Republican majority voted to indefinitely postpone Supervisor Laura Gillen’s proposal to hold a public hearing on special elections. Gillen said the current system help protects the power of incumbency. “It’s disgraceful that whenever there is a vacancy in the town, voters are robbed of an opportunity to make their

voices heard,” Gillen said.! Dunne said during the meeting that special elections would leave a gap in representation for districts, noting that a special election takes time.

“If I leave, I want my folks in Levittown taken care of,” Dunne said. “If it’s appointed or not, somebody has to be there to take that position.” All but Gillen also voted in favor of a rule change that requires that if a majority of members vote to indefinitely table an item it can’t be brought to a vote until a majority chooses to add it back to an agenda. Gillen said the move is a “blatant attempt to silence [her] office,” calling it “shocking and undemocratic.” Typically, items are tabled for further clarity, Gillen said. “Tabling never intended to bury an item forever so the public never gets to comment and board members never have to expose their positions on an issue they have too much cowardice to vote on,” Gillen said. The approved change will also allow items to be added to the agenda the day before the agenda is posted publicly. Gillen said this leaves no time her office, or others, to review items and puts a burden on the town clerk. Reach reporter Rebecca Klar by email at, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 204, or follow her on Twitter @rebeccaklar_.


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Douglas Elliman to open NHP location BY R E B ECC A K L A R Douglas Elliman will expand into New Hyde Park with the opening of its 27th Long Island office later this year, the real estate agency announced last week. Douglas Elliman is leasing a 3,500-square-foot space at 1700 Lakeview Road. The office will hold more than 50 desks, with space for up to 100 agents – bringing Douglas Elliman’s number of Long Island agents to nearly 2,000, according to a company news release. “We are very excited to offer enhanced service to the New Hyde Park community with the addition of this new retail location,” said Ann Conroy, president of

Douglas Elliman’s Long Island division. “As towns across Long Island continue to reinvigorate their services and amenities for residents, we plan to be there, building even deeper roots in these communities.” The storefront is undergoing a renovation and is set to open in late 2018. The company said that the office will be created as a “modernist space.” Douglas Elliman is also planning to open more Long Island offices in Sea Cliff, Rockville Centre and Cutchogue. In addition to its locations in Long Island, New York City and Westchester, there are Douglas Elliman offices in!Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, California, Colorado and Massachusetts.!




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Study backs use of safer breast cancer fix BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I Researchers at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset have found ways to increase the use of a type of radiation therapy for breast cancer that is as effective as traditional therapies but has lower toxicity levels. Dr. Lucille Lee, senior author of the study and assistant professor of radiation medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell, said the treatment uses slightly more radiation per treatment but requires fewer weeks of treatment, reducing some symptoms such as fatigue and skin reactions — common side effects of radiation treatments. “It’s a way to shorten the radiation therapy, but maintain the same effectiveness and reduce side effects,” Lee said. “It’s


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a win-win.” Lee said hypofractionation, or the shortening of the radiation treatment, has been available for about 10 years in the Northwell Health system. Randomized clinical trials previously proved, Lee said, that the therapy is comparable to traditional treatment but is less toxic. “Hypofractionated radiation therapy is underused in the treatment of breast cancer despite equal control, less acute toxicity and similar side effects,” Lee said. “We found that through the development of consensus-based treatment directives and peer review of cases by faculty in Northwell’s radiation medicine department that our adoption rate of this therapy increased to more than 73 percent of woman treated for breast cancer.” In the study, recently published in Advances in Radiation Oncology, Lee said, the team of researchers implemented guidelines for hypofractionated radiation

therapy, helping doctors and nurses provide treatment options for patients. Lee said over the years, many patients have debated the two therapy options, and in most cases Lee recommends the shortened version because of the reduced period of symptoms. “It takes many years to develop a new treatment program and then we face the challenge of the medical community adopting it into their practices so that patients can obtain the treatment,” Feinstein Institute President Dr. Kevin J. Tracey" said. “Research like Dr. Lee’s, which identifies ways to break down these hurdles, is important to ensure patients have access to a therapy that has the potential to improve their lives.” Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 215, or follow her on Twitter @acamurati.

Mail-order meds may save $12M: Northwell BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I Northwell Health is switching prescription medication providers for its employees and is expected to save about $12 million annually with the transition. Vivo Health Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy, announced last Tuesday that it will serve Northwell’s approximately 66,000 eligible employees through a new prescription medication mail-order program. The" Utilization Review Accreditation Commission named Vivo Health Pharmacy as a fully accredited specialty pharmacy, a designation bestowed on less than 1 percent of all pharmacies in the United States. Specialty pharmacies service patients with complex and chronic diseases, and often require medication that can be"complicated to adhere to, difficult to access and expensive. Vivo Health will replace Express Scripts, according to a news release, as part of an effort to streamline costs and medication deliveries to better manage chronic diseases like arthritis, asthma and diabetes as well as serve acute care needs. “Our employees should see a higher quality of care as a result of bringing their prescription medication management under the Northwell umbrella,” said Dr. Onisis Stefas, Northwell’s chief pharmacy officer. “The new facility will allow for the highest level of accuracy through automation and faster delivery to ensure anyone suffering from a chronic medical condition never has to worry about running out of a potentially life-saving drug.”


Onisis Stefas, Pharm.D, Northwell’s chief pharmacy officer, and Gregg Nevola, chief of Total Rewards, inside Vivo Health’s new facility in Great Neck.

Northwell Health executives Gene Tangney, President and CEO Michael J. Dowling, Mark Solazzo, Onisis Stefas, Gregg Nevola and Donna Drummond open Vivo Health Pharmacy’s new facility in Great Neck.

Vivo Health currently operates pharmacies at eight Northwell Health locations, including the Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. Vivo Health also recently built a 15,000-square-foot fulfillment facility at 225 Community Drive in Great Neck, where custom software, productivity workflows, smart shipping solutions and two pharmacy robots are capable of automatically and accurately preparing more than 340 types of medication to fulfill an estimated 500 prescrip-

tions per day to start." “Vivo Health has been providing on-site and mailorder pharmacy services on behalf of Northwell patients for nearly a decade,” said Mark Solazzo, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Northwell. “With this robotic pharmacy technology and automated shipping services, we’re now able to offer the same high level of mail-order prescription services to our own 66,000 employees — at a savings of $12 million a year because we’re doing it ourselves.” Coverage for Northwell employees began Wednesday.

Quail army unleashed to fight town ticks BY LU K E TOR R A N C E Having grown them from when they were eggs, North Hempstead held a ceremony Tuesday to release Northern bobwhite quails into the wild as part of a pest control program. “We’re saying goodbye to them and wishing them well,” said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “It’s kind of like sending your kids off to college.” The quails, though, were released into the woods not to the strains of

“Pomp and Circumstance” but to “Circle of Life” from the Disney movie “The Lion King.” Several members of the North Hempstead council and children from Yes We Can Community Center were present at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington to see the quails off. The quails — named “bobwhite” for their distinctive call — are being reintroduced to the park to consume ticks, the tiny insects that cling to deer, dogs and other animals and can spread Lyme disease. Biologist Eric Powers worked with

North Hempstead to help reintroduce the species to the area, which was once part of its native habitat. He said that the absence of quails has led to an increase in ticks, which led to local municipalities using pesticides. “Without the quail, there’s nothing to eat the ticks, so we resort" to using an insecticide,” he said. “We’ve been down this road before … back in the 1950s, they used DDT to spray and kill mosquitos, which was effective but it was bad for the environment, and we ended up losing all our osprey.”

Powers said that manmade problems led to the loss of quail populations in North Hempstead."The millions"of people who moved to Long Island" altered the quails’ habitat" to build roads and homes. People also brought thousands of cats with them. The abundance of cats has greatly harmed the quail population, Powers said, since the bird lives on the ground and struggles to fly. This was the second year that the town has released quails into the wild. More than 70 birds were released in Continued on Page 66

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Nassau libraries add emergency system BY LU K E TOR R A N C E Nassau County libraries will soon be able to summon the police with the push of a button. On Friday, County Executive Laura Curran and Nassau County Police Department Commissioner Patrick Ryder announced the installation of the RAVE Panic Button system at 54 libraries around Nassau. “Too often we see the headlines of active shooter events,” Curran said during a news conference in Uniondale. “The RAVE App is critical in response to active shooter situations and will protect patrons while generating a faster response to emergencies. The RAVE Panic Button system does not replace 911 but will assist greatly with response time and essential monitoring of the situation.” Among the libraries that will be receiving the system are Bryant Library in Roslyn, East Williston Public Library, Great Neck Library, Hillside Public Library in New Hyde Park, Manhasset Public Library, Port Washington Public Library and Williston Park Public Library. The “panic button” itself is actually an app that allows a library staff member to notify the police. Without anyone having to dial 911, the Nassau County Police


The Port Washington Public Library, one of 54 libraries that will be receiving the RAVE system. Department can be notified if there is an active shooter. “When a school or library can immediately contact the police, it can decrease our response time which will be of great benefit when seconds are crucial,” Ryder said. The installation of the RAVE system will also allow police to access video cameras inside the library to quickly find

the shooter. When activated, the app will also send police the floor plans and entrances to the library. In addition to alerting the police of an active shooter, the app contains other buttons that can immediately notify the dispatcher of a fire or a medical emergency. Keith Klang, the director of the Port Washington Library, praised the county’s

decision to bring RAVE to the libraries. “There is a range of different kinds of emergencies that can happen here … and I think having access to something that can alert emergency personnel and authorities quicker and expedites the whole process is a positive thing,” he said. A spokeswoman for the Curran administration said that the RAVE systems will be installed at the county’s libraries over the next couple of weeks. The cost of installation in each library is $450. “Our public educational resources, where residents gather to learn and expand their horizons, can be targets for those who are trying to infringe on our freedoms,” said County Legislature Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams. “This is a great initiative for the County that shows we are moving forward in efforts to protect our communities.” The RAVE system is already used in most school districts within Nassau, and neighboring Suffolk County has been using the app in public libraries for the past year." Reach reporter Luke Torrance by email at, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 214, or follow him on Twitter @LukeATorrance.

Miss America brings treats, smiles to Cohen



Chaaya Jonathan shares photos and memories with Miss America Cara Miss America Cara Mund, left, visited with children at Cohen Children’s Mund during her visit to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Medical Center last Wednesday. BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I A visit from the reigning Miss America brightened the faces of patients, families and physicians at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park last Wednesday. In honor of Miracle Treat Day, Cara Mund, who hails from North Dakota, walked the halls of the children’s hos-

pital, playing with patients and handing out different ice cream treats from the Dairy Queen in Massapequa, one of four owned by the Long Island Treat Co. and President Laura Maier. During Mund’s visit, one of a dozen she’s made to children’s hospitals across the country, she colored with children in the floor’s designated playrooms and went room to room, even giving some

children in isolation the chance to talk and pose for photos with Miss America in her crown. “What’s amazing is how different the hospitals are, but they all have the same mission — to care for our kids,” Mund said. “One of the things I say is Miss America only lasts for a year, but that impact lasts a lifetime.” Patients and their families were of-

fered Dilly Bars or Starkiss popsicles courtesy of Dairy Queen, which also donates $2 of every Blizzard sale at the Massapequa, Levittown, Huntington and East Northport locations to Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “It’s great to see where our funds go that we raise,” Maier, a former Northwell Health employee, said. “It’s Continued on Page 67

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Trump, Putin and N.Y. voters

n less than 100 days voters in New York and the other 49 states will go to the polls to decide the makeup of the U.S. House and Senate as well as members of the state’s executive!branch from the governor on down as well as the state Legislature. The stakes couldn’t be higher either in Washington or New York. In Washington, the House could very well face the question of whether to impeach President Donald Trump. And in New York, the state Senate majority hangs in the balance. This at a time when the nomination by Trump of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court makes it very possible that state legislators!will determine the fate of Roe v. Wade protections here. Before these questions get answered there is another question: whether we can still trust our election process to fairly produce the will of the people. We now know that Russia launched a sophisticated, threepronged attack against the U.S. election system in 2016. Social media was!used!to!push a!pro-Trump, hyper-divisive agenda that included! stealing the identities of real Americans to impersonate U.S. voices online and hide their tracks. The election systems of 39 states were!hacked. The emails of senior Democrats during the 2016 presidential election campaign were hacked and leaked. How do we know this? The leaders of all our intelligence agencies — all of whom are Trump appointees — say! so as does that indictment of 25 Russians by Mueller probe investigators.!Mueller has now indicted!or

secured guilty pleas from! 32 people!and!three Russian companies – including four former Trump advisers. Last week, top national security officials made a rare appearance in the White House briefing room to warn that Russia continues to target the U.S. election system and vow that the Trump administration has made combating interference a priority ahead of the midterms in November. Apparently, the only person in the administration who now doubts the Russians’ effort to attack our election process is the president. Trump has repeatedly called Mueller’s investigation a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” and as recently as last week called for Attorney General Jeff Session to halt the investigation because it was bad for the country. This is not an unimportant problem as only the president can oversee a fully coordinated and committed effort to protect the 2018 election. In the meantime, individual states have upped their efforts to protect election results. In what would be a surprise to many who have watched the state’s government, New York is doing relatively well. This is the result of a proactive approach on the part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and either the foresight or ineptitude of New York in updating its election machinery. New York’s continued use of paper ballots, which produces a paper trail, makes rigging the system far more difficult if not impossible. In May, Cuomo also directed the state Board of Elections — in concert with the U.S. Department

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of Homeland Security — to host!a series of tabletop exercises focused on protecting the integrity of New York’s electoral systems against cyberattacks. The effort included the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the state police, and state Intelligence Center and aimed at identifying areas for improvement in cyber incident planning, preparedness and response through simulation of realistic scenarios attempting to undermine voter confidence, interfere with voting operations and affect the integrity of elections. This does nothing to curtail Russia’s use of social media to sow dissension among the electorate and use misinformation to sway

how people vote. And the hacking of campaign emails must also remain a major concern. But it does place New York in a better position than many states. Still, New Yorkers should not feel too comfortable about the ability of its elections to accurately determine the will of the people for one major reason – people in New York often don’t vote. New York, which has the fourth! most! registered voters among states, historically does not have high voter turnouts. In the November 2016 election, New York state had the eighth-worst voter turnout among states, when 57.2 percent of voting-age citizens went to the polls, according to U.S. Census Bureau

figures. Before 2016, New York ranked in the bottom half of states for voter turnout in all but one election during the last two decades, according to the census figures. In other words, New Yorkers may not have as much to fear from Vladimir Putin as their own voters. It is true that New York’s voting laws are also among the least friendly to voters in the 50 states. But rather than serving as an excuse to not vote, this is actually a good reason to vote – to elect state officials who don’t throw obstacles in the way of citizens seeking to cast their ballots That would also be a good message to send New York’s elected officials and Putin.

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The hidden errors of the Trump era


once heard the story about a man who crossed the Swiss border each day on a bicycle with a sack on the handlebars. Each day the guards would examine the sack and find nothing. After a month of bicycle trips, the border guard finally said in exasperation, “I know you are smuggling something, but if you tell us we won’t bother you.” The bicyclist turned to the guard and said “bicycles.” The untold story of any presidency is not in the laws that Congress passes or the confirmation of judges who will impact on the philosophy of the court, but rather the ability of the president’s appointees to pass regulations that will affect the health, safety and welfare of Americans for decades to come. Let’s start with the Affordable Care Act. Despite the fact that almost 20 million citizens signed up for the program over the past eight years, and have benefitted

from coverage of pre-existing conditions, President Trump is hell-bent to destroy this program with subtle but dangerous changes in the regulations that control how it functions. The latest attack on health coverage is the approval of a new health care plan that will allow companies to offer inexpensive plans that would appeal to healthy Americans. There is a catch to that socalled benefit. The cheap plans will not cover pre-existing conditions and unless you read the fine print quite a few people will be paying money for nothing. The goal of the president is to undermine the ACA and drain it from subscribers. Prior to announcing this new underhanded program, the president decided that insurance companies that cover people with serious health conditions should be stopped from getting government assistance that helps the companies defray the cost of coverage for the very

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sick. Presidents don’t have to worry about health care because they get it free for life, but to destroy protection for the average citizen is a moral outrage. One of the big promises that candidate Trump made was that he was going to “dramatically reduce the cost of drugs for all Americans.” A few months ago, Mr.

Trump announced a plan that he said would cut pharmacy costs but it was a sham and was crafted with the input of the very industry that he was going to attack. New regulations could have successfully helped the President cut costs but he chose once again to side with the special interests. There isn’t a person who doesn’t love the Bald eagle, which is a symbol of our democracy. They are exciting to see in their majestic glory wherever they can be found. But the existence of these magnificent creatures is being challenged by the President’s plan to change provisions of the Endangered Species Act. It seems that the oil and mining interest want the Act to be watered down so they can go into national parks and preserves to make a buck. If these regulations are approved one of the big losers will be such species as the Bald eagle. Another presidential as-

sault deals with the quality of the air we breathe. It seems that some special interest, probably the gasoline producers, are unhappy with the fact that in the future all cars must be more pollution free. This is accomplished by forcing manufacturers to produce cars that give you better gas mileage. Last week the President announced that he wanted to change these anti-pollution standards by regulation. He also wants to take away the power of California to require higher standards. So while the whole country is being bombarded with stories about Russia, election meddling and the Mueller investigation, a lot of other mischief is taking place that will do harm to every American citizen for many years to come. Just like the bicycle smuggler, the president is busy reregulating the quality of life of all of us and no one is watching that carefully.


Lessons of Christopher Robin, Pooh


ummertime is vacation time, but this can prove especially difficult if you’re trying to travel as a family. I am sure there is a math prize waiting for whoever can explain why travel plans grow exponentially more impossible with every person added to the group. At such times, life has a nasty way of presenting us with a clash between irresistible family ties, and immovable work objectives. This is the situation facing Ewan McGregor at the beginning of the newly-released film, “Christopher Robin.” As the title character, McGregor plays a fictionalized, grown-up version of the little boy who appears with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, and other presumably stuffed animals in the books written by A.A. Milne and illustrated by E.H. Shephard. Through the device of a charming opening animation,

we learn that this version of Christopher Robin has left his toys behind and gone to boarding school at the age of 8 or so; lost his parents; gotten injured in World War II; married; and become the drabbest of middle managers at Winslow Luggage Company in London. Christopher Robin survives all this, but something inside him does not. He has become someone who doesn’t even have time to read a bedtime story to his 8-year-old daughter Madeline (played by the enchanting Bronte Carmichael). Then it gets worse. His wife and daughter are all packed for the vacation he’s been promising them, when he learns he must devise a plan by Monday, to slash company expenses a whopping 20%, or see himself and his whole division out on the street. His family ends up leaving town without him. Christopher sits, completely overwhelmed, on a park bench in London. That is where, somehow, his childhood playmate


A Look on the Lighter Side Winnie The Pooh comes to find him. Eventually, most of the other characters tumble into real-life London, as well. Perhaps Winnie and company have sensed, all the way from the Hundred Acre Wood, that their boy needs them; or perhaps, faced with insurmountable pressures, Christopher simply lets his mind go slack for a little while. If the latter, it turns out that that’s not always a bad strategy

for problem-solving. There are countless efficiency experts — from my mother to Sigmund Freud — who insist that sometimes the best way to start solving a problem is to step away from it. Ewan McGregor does quite a decent job of playing the harried adult. Of course, he’s no Obi-Wan Kenobi here — at no time could you see him saying “These are not the stuffed animals you are looking for!” — but you do feel how he is torn between equal and opposite demands. In fact, what we have here is a cinematically-enhanced case of every working mom’s nemesis: Work/Life Imbalance! And I have to say, it was completely refreshing to see a man trying to deal with it, for a change. I remember trying to conduct a conference-call from home while at the same time feeding my toddler a mac-andcheese that he vociferously didn’t want. Later, I described the experience to my husband

as being something like shuffling a deck of cards, “if in one hand you’re holding half a deck of cards, and in the other hand you have a squid.” I proved unequal to the task, and left the work world for a job raising squid. This film is no “Mission Impossible,” but the ensuing hijinks are enough to entertain all but the worst adrenaline junkies in your family. In the end, we learn — along with Christopher Robin — the crucial lesson that money, and work, and similar grown-up concerns, aren’t the only measure of life. Usually, it is parents who take their children to see movies like “Christopher Robin,” featuring childhood favorites like Winnie The Pooh. This time, however, I think the shoe — or the rubber boot — is on the other foot. It is the children who should make sure they get their grown-ups to see it. Hopefully, there will still be time for us to re-learn how to play…before the summer is over.

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Choose to refuse single-use plastics


ummer invites us to spend more time outside enjoying Long Island’s beautiful beaches and parks. I just returned home from a walk with my kids around Baxter Pond. While admiring a mother duck with her ducklings, we were upset when we saw plastic cups, bags and bottles floating in the pond. It’s enlightening to participate in community cleanups. The litter on our beaches includes bags, bottles, caps, straws, balloons, flip-flops, razors, and cups. Beyond what we see, it’s heartbreaking to realize that what we find on land is just a small percentage of what is in the ocean. There are dead zones in the ocean where there is more plastic than plankton, sucking the life out of any marine animal daring to enter. Most people I meet seem aware of the importance of picking up to both beautify our spaces and protect wildlife from harm. Sadly, the choices we make as consumers don’t reflect that we care. We are citizens of a throwaway culture. From food wrappers to fancy gift wrapping, plastics

have crept into every corner of our modern lives. Worldwide it is estimated we’ve produced over 9 billion tons of plastic of which less than 9 percent has been recycled. Single-use plastic bags and expanded polystyrene products are not recyclable. A flimsy bag made from crude oil is predicted to last a thousand years before it disintegrates. Deaths of sea turtles, seals, sharks and whales have been directly linked to plastic bags. A sobering example came right in time for the 2018 World Ocean Day when a pilot whale was found struggling in a canal in Thailand. Veterinarians tried to help the animal. It spit out a few pieces of plastic before it died. The autopsy revealed almost 20 lbs of plastics, including 80 bags. Scientists have recently discovered that over 90 percent of seabirds have ingested plastic pieces. Plastic trash is found in all corners of the world, from Mount Everest to an uninhabited remote arctic island in Norway. We have to wrap our minds around the plastic problem and create new habits to counteract

HILDUR PALSEOTTIR Earth Matters the thoughtless consumerism that’s brought us to this devastating point. Awareness is growing and efforts are now aimed at stepping up and out of this mess. Suffolk recently issued a 5 cent per bag charge fee to curb the use of plastic bags. In Nassau, the Village of Sea Cliff and the City of Long Beach lead the way with charge fees for plastic carry-out bags. East Hampton joined Patchogue Village to ban the sale of polystyrene foam products, including “clam shell” take-away containers, plastic foam cups, and

packing peanuts. New York City Mayor de Blasio recently re-introduced a ban on single-use styrofoam in to take effect by January 1st 2019, after three years of pushback from the industry, which successfully sued against his first attempt. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently introduced a bill that bans all plastic single-use carryout bags in New York state, but he’s facing an uphill battle in passing this legislature through the Senate sites/ The legislature moves too slowly for wildlife stuck in plastic traps at this present moment. We can make personal decisions today to change our habits. There is no reason to wait for politicians. Albert Einstein suggested “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Unlock your imagination; the next time you have a single-use plastic product in your hands, do something differently. There are many creative ways to refuse to use single-use plastics, such as:

when at the ice cream store choose edible cones over plastic foam cups with hard plastic spoons; instead of wrapping perishables in indestructible plastic films, choose biodegradable, compostable alternatives, such as natural wax paper; instead of zip-loc bags use Bee’s wrap; instead# of plastic straws use stainless steel, bamboo or compostable straws. Refuse single-use packaging that can’t be recycled in your community. Keep reusable shopping bags in the trunk of your car. Keep your favorite ceramic cup in the car for hot beverages on the go. Use stainless steel, glass and stoneware for food storage. Refill your water bottle. The consequences of using materials made to last forever as single-use disposables are clear. We have to change our habits. Let your daily mantra be: Choose to refuse single-use plastics.


Joys of aging with so much yet to do


lthough I have been working on this column for a few days (for years, on the theme), I am restarting it today (8/5) before I submit it to my editor (reason in a moment). I admire the marvelous work and commentaries by John Leland, especially this year’s book “Happiness Is A CHOICE You Make: Lessons from a year among the oldest old.” One reviewer properly praised Leland’s book as “heart medicine for uncertain times, and assurance that the only resolution that matters is the will to keep going.” To be sure, there is no chance for good things to happen unless one finds paths to engagement and stimulation, regardless of age. As I get very close to the “oldest old” (over age 85), I am increasingly mindful that our options for joys can be affected and limited by many factors. Health is obviously a major consideration. While I know many elders (into their 90s and even beyond 100) who live creative and fulfilling lives, I also lament that good people die near the thresh-

old of 85. I restarted this column after I learned that my great Hofstra friend Tim Smith died yesterday. My grief was compounded because a few months ago my marvelous pal, Richard Berkenfeld, died (all of us graduated from college in 1957). Richard had a consulting office in Great Neck for decades. My sense of joy was stunned by these losses, mindful as I am of how vulnerable we all are as we age. My resolve to continue today (and with subsequent columns on joys of aging) comes because Richard and Tim were models of people who exuded “positivity” in all that they did. Superbly educated and highly intelligent people, they were ever mindful of challenges and deficiencies in our society. What I admired about Richard and Tim was their continuing passion for an active, civically engaged life. They put a premium on friendship and on building bonds of encouragement and support in seeking a better society nationally and globally. All of us are who we are, not only because of what we have

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field done, but because of the friends and relatives who shared our journeys. Close and warm friendships that have spanned years, even decades, cannot be replaced. However, their memories can be cherished as we strive to proceed in our old age by emulating their creative positivity. My initial draft of this column invited readers to click Google for “books with joy in the title.” Twenty-two titles appear. But not one of them speaks of the joys of aging. One expected advantage of aging is that we become less burdened by time poverty. So,

with reasonable health (a key for everything), we elders have the opportunity and the time for the joys of readings (surprising that no such title was among the 22; a book prospect for one of us aging folks?). We elders can invest our time, and expand literary explorations that were not so feasible in our earlier years. We might also find better fitness and well-being with “The Joy of Yoga?” Check out “The Chemistry of Joy.” For our pleasures and to enhance culinary delights for friends and relatives, we can consult “The Joy of Creative Cuisine.” If we aged prior to tech revolutions, we may not need “The Joy of Missing Out: finding Balance in a Wired World.” Two Nobel Peace Prize winners provide lessons from their lives in “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.” “The Joy of Yiddish” can help us connect across ethnic lines. Consider beginning the day with “Joy in the Morning” Of course, “The Joy of Sex” is the most famous and best-selling joy book of all time. If you are in-

clined to a historical perspective on that topic, you can check “The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love and Longing in the Ancient World.” Recently, someone proposed a book on “The Joy of Text,” but we can leave that to the millennial generation. If you are inclined to contribute ideas for the “Joys of Aging,” you can send your views to Blank Press or to me. It is the case, of course, that “Joys of Aging” will depend on the circumstances of Americans who are over age 85 (projected to be 75 million in two decades; John Leland’s group of “the oldest old”). I will share my lists of dozens of paths to joys of aging in my next columns. But your suggestions are most cordially invited as we proceed; we could be heading for a collaborative North Shore book! The legacies of Richard Berkenfeld and Tim Smith offer guidelines for all of us. They were always nurturing participants in “Socratic café deliberations.” A hallmark of their years was providing keen encouragement and support for improving the lives of others.

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Tax breaks crafted for Trump’s benefit


ave you ever watched a horror movie with your hands over your eyes, unable to look because what’s on the screen is too scary? That’s exactly how I feel watching the rollout of Trump’s December 2017 tax cuts. His new, diabolically creative, proposed tax giveaway is set to benefit the super wealthy, with special focus on real estate tycoons such as himself. New York, and other mostly blue states, financed a sizable chunk of the GOP December 2017 tax plan, when they did away with deducting state and local income taxes from federal taxes. However, cushy tax breaks with specific benefits for real estate moguls, like our president, remain untouched. Some of these include: Carried Interest – Carried interest enables general partners in private equity and hedge funds,

such as Trump and his extended family, who syndicate real estate deals with investors, to share in profits at the much lower longterm capital gains tax rate. If carried interest gains were taxed as ordinary income, as they should be because the general partners portion of the profits are just managed capital, about $20 billion more in annual tax revenue would be raised. 1031 Exchanges (Like-Kind Exchange) – This welfare for the rich handout enables real estate investors to delay taxes on a sale of a property if they roll the proceeds of a sale into another property, of equal or greater value, within six months. Upon death, our president, and any other real estate investor, passes this real estate to their estate, tax-free. This costs the federal government a little over $4 billion a year in revenue. It isn’t well known that all other like-kind ex-


All Things Political changes were eliminated in the Trump 2017 tax plan, except real estate. I wonder why? Interest Deduction 30 Percent Cap – Business interest deductions are capped at 30 percent of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, except for real estate. This loophole specifically exempted real estate investors when the new

tax plan was passed. The aforementioned list is just a brief summary of the handouts specifically carved out, or left in the tax code, to benefit all real estate investors, such as our president. The granddaddy tax break of them all was just proposed last week by the Trump administration. It’s a plan to grant a $100 billion tax cut, of which 97 percent of the gains will go to the top 10 percent of the wealthiest Americans. The proposal indexes all investments to inflation. For example, if our President invested $100 million in 1980 in anything, and took into account inflation, profits wouldn’t be taxed until a sale price above $321 million. This is literally insane! Instead of giving an additional $100 billion annually to the rich, how about spending $100 billion to lower the price of

prescription medication or health care for the bottom 90 percent of Americans? Maybe Trump should consider injecting these same funds into Social Security, Medicare or Disability, to make sure they remain solvent for decades to come. With all this greedy welfare geared towards the president and his super wealthy family, nobody seemed to blink when it was announced that this year’s deficit will approach $1 trillion, and corporate tax payments are close to a 75-year low. Aren’t tax cuts supposed to raise more revenue from stimulating the economy? It certainly doesn’t seem that way. Are you winning yet? Probably not. But Donald Trump and his family are, thanks to the multitude of real estate specific tax breaks that come at the average taxpayer’s expense.


Prosecute purveyors of 3D ghost guns


ile this under “This couldn’t possibly be true.” Except in Trump’s dystopia that America has become. It’s as if someone said, in a country where 96 people die each day because of gun violence, there are 13,000 homicides each year, and so far this year, there have already been 201 mass shootings in 211 days, what this country needs is even easier way for domestic abusers, criminals, the mentally ill, terrorists and even kids to make their own guns at home that are untraceable and undetectable. It makes a mockery of any pretense at background checks, of whatever rules gun dealers are supposed to abide by. You would think that even the gun manufacturers would recoil at the loss of business to the DIYers. This moment, I am thinking about Tamir Rice, a 12-year old gunned down within seconds of a policeman seeing him wave a toy gun around. No charges for the policeman because the toy didn’t have the orange tip it was supposed to have. But I digress for a moment as I contemplate the absurdity of plastic guns created at home with a 3D printer. I’m also thinking about the

travel ban which is supposed to stop terror attacks which have never happened from refugees from those countries, and how the TSA takes away nail clippers, water and toothpaste when you get on a plane but these plastic guns can evade the metal detector. 21 states so far have filed suit to prevent the for-profit company from selling the blueprints online, including New York State. A judge has issued an injunction. But the plans have already been downloaded thousands and thousands of times for assaultstyle rifles like AR-15s and AR-10s, and“Liberator” and Ruger 10/22 handguns, and the proponents seem quite confident that their claim of “free speech” will prevail. Interestingly, the State Department (under Obama), after contesting 3D printed ghost guns as equivalent to gun trafficking, without any public hearing or comment, suddenly (under Trump) reversed course and gave its blessing. Surprised? Trump said he would consult with the NRA on the matter – like genuflecting before the Pope. What else might also be considered “free speech?” Burning a cross in Yosemite


National Park, where firefighters are battling the worst blaze in state history? Is shooting someone dead an exercise in free speech? How about lying to federal officials or lying on a tax return, is that also free speech? Isn’t every act of terrorism, by definition, a political act that under this theory could be “protected” as free speech? Absurd you say? No more absurd than insisting on a “right” – under the First and/or Second Amendments – to enable anyone to manufacture their own, untraceable assault weapons. And yet Reality Winner, who worked for an NSA contractor, faces prison for blowing the whistle

on Russian hacking into state voter rolls. Why is that not free speech that is in the public interest? But the claim of Free Speech is specious and cynical at best and should not be tested in this case. The reason Defense Distributed should be stopped is because every time its plans are downloaded, the individuals in this company are contributing to the commission of criminal activity, whether it be evading gun control laws (background checks, registration, licensing, the law that requires a gun to have some metal in order to be detectable to security, and New York laws that make possession of assault weapons a felony and prohibit the production of handguns in absence of having a license to own one). Why would they not be prosecuted as co-conspirators in any commission of murder or injury, terrorism or burglary? Just as the driver of a getaway car is held criminally responsible, so too should these individuals who put the ghost gun in the criminal’s hands. And they should be civilly liable as well. Cody Wilson, Defense Distributed’s director, mocked the notion that his ghost guns could be used in murder.

“We should expect and have a mature attitude that bad things can happen” he said. Say that to the mother of a slain child, the wife of a murdered police officer, or the relatives of a downed aircraft. That is reckless disregard for human life and liberty. “It is wholly absurd, irresponsible and negligent for this federal government that has done nothing to address the gun crisis we are facing to actually make it worse,” Gov. Cuomo said on a press call announcing the cease and desist order. “The last thing we need now is people making guns in their own homes that circumvent all laws. How many must die before this president takes a responsible governmental action?” Even if Cuomo and the other states are successful in stopping further downloads, and New York passes new legislation outlawing the private production of 3D ghost guns, thousands of these blueprints have already been downloaded, and there is nothing stopping the spread from those states that value guns over their children’s lives. Defense Distributed principals should already be criminally and civilly liable as accessories in the commission of crimes.

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Libraries: civic spaces that unite, inform


ublic libraries have never really been about books. Nor children’s entertainment. Nor are Amazon and Starbucks gaining “market share” on libraries. In response to the online kerfluffle that caused" Forbesto expunge an article arguing that public libraries are obsolete," Blank Slate" reporter Janelle Clausen interviewed many librarians and patrons (8/1/18), and described many great library services — and buried the lede. Public libraries transform and integrate our communities." " They are uniquely American — civic spaces that help make us who we are, and more aware of who we can be. This may sound highfalutin or fanciful, but I mean it quite literally. We associate public libraries with Benjamin Franklin, who created a lending library so paying members could improve themselves. But it was steel-baron Andrew Carnegie who created our American culture of libraries.""He built a library in every town that met

his terms: each library had to be free to everyone, with open stacks and separate children’s rooms, and maintained by local taxes. Over half the 2500 buildings he funded remain as libraries today. Public libraries are intrinsically local enterprises — public spaces with “open stacks” that welcome every segment of our community to engage together in learning and personal empowerment. Like public schools, libraries hire specialized experts to guide “user experiences.” Unlike schools, libraries don’t hire truant officers — but even so, libraries bring together a greater diversity of users than any other public space or democratic institution. Period. They’re known for being open to all, free, useful, filled with interesting collections and wide-ranging information sources — and staffed by librarians who welcome you and help you get what you need, even if that means leaving you alone to work. Libraries are our community’s democratizing social spaces

where, like Franklin and Carnegie, we’re still self-actualizing. When you come to a library, as a child or teen or adult, you will see people you know and meet people you haven’t encountered before. You may learn; you may teach. Sometimes people come to the library to work silently in deep contemplation. Sometimes to work alone, but alongside others, quietly. Perhaps you’ll come to collaborate: listen, participate, share leadership.""Or to get assistance — with a tax issue, buying a car, starting a business, understanding a medical issue, or seeking a job. Sometimes you may consume culture (find a novel, hear a story, look at the art exhibit). Sometimes you may create culture (write a paper, create art, use a software program, add your voice to a political discussion). Regardless, the library for each of us is a place where we come to learn and engage together, even when we work alone and silently.

Most of us know, intuitively, that all learning is a social act — regardless of how or with whom it is done. And most of us, based on experiences begun in childhood, associate libraries with self-motivated and self-directed learning, the best and most productive kind. Librarians are a special sort of public servant: they maintain the space, the collections, the culture, while engaging with every patron on his or her unique terms.""Librarians consistently poll as among the most respected and needed public figures (like clergy and nurses). They are the curators of the collections we value and our guides to gaining the greatest value from those collections. Yes, they do books, but they also do digital and historical archives, and maker spaces and programs. Librarians, to serve today’s patrons, with their dramatically different technological expectations, have evolved their expertise but maintain their fundamental approach: they help us learn. People who don’t read, or

who read only airport books, sometimes argue that “books will soon disappear” and so should libraries. Why would anyone need a library, they contend, if you have Google on your wrist or in your pocket? This is like the myth of the “paperless office.”" " Yes, ebook sales are increasing dramatically (from an initially small base), but print books are also growing. Yes, the amount of information available online has expanded exponentially, but library usage has a correlated increase. In fact, the heaviest consumers of the digital world, millennials, are also the most frequent users of libraries. It may be that millennials, digital natives, know that engaging with technology — databases, software, pens/paper — is more productive when done in curated, collaborative space, together. Can Amazon or Starbucks compete with libraries? Not a chance.""And aren’t we glad. Judith B. Esterquest Trustee of Manhasset Library

MTA fare hikes are needed now


ny public official, MTA Board member, MTA management or transit advocate who opposes future planned 4 percent fare hikes in 2019 and 2021, misses the reason why they are needed." Since the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964, over $122 billion in taxpayer generated dollars have subsidized both the capital and operating costs for the MTA and its various operating agencies." Under numerous past MTA Five Year Capital Plans, both New York City" and New York State collectively have 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, George Pataki, Elliot Spitzer and David Patterson." Billions more are still needed from" both the state and city to make up for past cuts over previous decades." " Everyone insisted that the MTA continue financing more and more of the Capital Program by borrowing. As a result," 17 percent of

the annual MTA budget goes for covering the costs of debt service payments. "By the next MTA 2020 – 2024 Capital Program Plan, this will grow to 20 percent. This means less money is available for operations to provide more frequent service to riders. It also means there is less cash to maintain the state of good repair and safety. At the end of the day, the cupboard may be bare"for any system expansion. Contrast City Hall and Albany with Washington. " Federal support for transportation has remained consistent and growing over past decades. "When a crises occurred, be it 9-11 in 2001 or Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Washington was there for us. " Additional billions in assistance above and beyond yearly formula allocations from the FTA was provided. "In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided billions more. Most federal transportation grants require a 20 percent hardcash local share. "In many cases, the FTA accepted toll credits for local share. "This saved the MTA $1 billion in the previous 2010 – 2014 Five Year Capital Program." Even more will be saved under the $32 billion 2015 – 2019 Five Year Capi-

tal Program." Fare hikes are periodically required" if the MTA and operating agencies such as the NYC Transit bus and subway, MTA Bus, LIRR and Metro North are" to provide the services millions of New Yorkers count on daily. They are inevitable, due to increasing costs of labor, power, fuel, supplies, materials, routine safety, state of good repair, replacement of worn out rolling stock, upgrades to stations, yards and shops as well as system expansion projects necessary to run any transit system and inflation. Let us assume the next MTA Five Year 2020 – 2024 Capital Program starts out at $30 billion." First they need $2.265 billion, bringing the total local share of funding for Second Avenue Subway up to $4 billion." This is necessary to leverage $2 billion in FTA New Starts dollars. Another $1 billion each will be needed to complete fully funding the $11.2 billion LIRR East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal and $2.6 billion Main Line Third Track Projects." How will the MTA find $19 billion more toward funding NYC Transit President Andy Byford’s proposed ten year $37 billion subway system

recovery plan? Some want billions more to accelerate bringing more of the 471 subway stations into compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act." Others want billions more to increase the numbers of new and rehabilitated subway cars and buses." For those public officials and others who oppose any fare increases and will be quick to demagogue on this issue (for political purposes to win upcoming elections), just how would the MTA balance financial shortfalls? Which capital improvement projects should the MTA cancel to help balance the budget and avoid fare increases? Which route(s) would you support service reductions to save operating dollars? Would you volunteer to reduce service, cancel or delay any capital projects benefiting constituents in your district? What future union contracts would you ask for more flexible work assignments and reduce salary increases." Will you ask employees to increase their contributions toward medical coverage and retirement pensions? MTA services continue to be" one of the best bargains in town. Since the 1950s, the average

cost of riding either the bus, subway or commuter rail has gone up at a lower rate than either the consumer price index or inflation. The Metro Card introduced in 1996 affords a free transfer between bus and subway. Prior to this, riders had to pay two full fares. "A majority of residents purchase"either a weekly or monthly NYC Transit bus/subway Metro Card, LIRR or Metro North ticket to further reduces the cost per ride." In the end, quality and frequency of service is dependent upon secure revenue"streams. We all will have to contribute — be it at the fare box or tax revenues generated by different levels of government redistributed back to the MTA." " TANSTAFFL or “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” or in this case a free ride. Larry Penner Great Neck (Larry Penner!is a transportation historian, advocate and writer who previously worked 31 years for!the US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.) Letters Continued on Page 58

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Persian pop star returns for town concert BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N Persian pop star Sepideh returned to the Town of North Hempstead on Sunday, delivering a largely upbeat Farsi performance to hundreds gathered for the town’s annual Persian concert at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. Sepideh, in a previous interview, said that in Iran music had once been “actually forbidden” and that women are still restricted from performing or singing. Consequently, she said, she has aimed to showcase herself as a powerful woman defying stereotypes. “My home and dream has been and will continue to be to have a voice for those people,” Sepideh said. “It’s pretty solidified in my head and in my heart.” An event flier created by the Great Neck Park District and the Town of North Hempstead, which co-hosted the concert, described her as “fabulously talented” and said, “Her music reflects her belief in being a strong, proud, yet independent Persian


Persian pop star Sepideh performs before a receptive audience at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington.

woman.” The Town of North Hempstead provided bus transportation from Mashadi Temple on Steamboat Road in Great Neck, while the Great Neck Park District picked up people from Lakeville Park and Parkwood Pool. Sepideh’s performance followed an earlier performance at the park by Paradigm, a variety band, and closed the town’s 2018 Summer Concert Series at North Hempstead Beach Park. Earlier performances in the series included Six Gun, a country music band; Motown Review; Endless Summer, a tribute band for the Beach Boys; and the Chiclettes, who performed songs from female R&B groups. “This year’s slate of concerts at North Hempstead Beach Park will be incredibly diverse as each performer provides a unique experience for the audience,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in the initial announcement. “What a wonderful way to spend some enjoyable time at our local beach.”

G.N. Library gets $50K for STEM lab BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N The Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved a $50,000 grant for the Great Neck Library to create a STEM – or science, technology, engineering and mathematics – lab on Monday, after a roughly two-year effort. The STEM lab was mulled since at least 2016, according to a community revitalization program project application filed by county Legislator Ellen Birnbaum (D-Great Neck), before renovations of the Main Library were completed. The Community Revitalization Program grant will go towards laptops, virtual reality systems, tablets, gaming computers and 3D printers, according to Birnbaum’s office. Those items, in turn, will be used for instruction on 3D design, printing, game development, coding and other computer skills.

“Expertise in STEM fields better prepares our young people for fulfilling careers, allows adults to enhance their knowledge, and empowers seniors to take advantage of the latest technological opportunities,” Birnbaum said. “I thank my colleagues for supporting this important project and look forward to the creating of a cutting-edge community resource for all ages.” Danny Schrafel, a spokesman for Birnbaum, said the library will spend the money before being reimbursed by the county. When asked about the timeline, Schrafel said, “CRPs tend to move kind of slow” due to extensive review and that the two-year timeline is “not atypical.” At a Finance Committee meeting in June, library Director Denise Corcoran said that the STEM space could include Continued on Page 67


The Port Washington branch was affected last week by a derailment west of Woodside.

Port line derailment causes LIRR delays BY LU K E TORRANCE

A derailment on the Port Washington branch of the Long Island Rail Road caused numerous cancellations and delays last Wednesday afternoon. The derailment occurred at approximately PHOTO BY JANELLE CLAUSEN 12:45 p.m. when the axles of an eastbound train to Port Washington jumped The Great Neck Library will be home to a STEM lab with the help of the tracks at the Harold $50,000 in county funding.

Interlocking railroad junction near Long Island City in Queens. LIRR! spokesman Aaron Donovan said an investigation was underway to determine who or what caused the derailment. Donovan said that there were no reported injuries and the train’s passengers reached the Woodside LIRR station — about a mile and a half away from the derailment — by

1:30 p.m. Passengers trying to reach Port Washington early Wednesday afternoon were directed to take any train to Woodside and then transfer to a train running between Woodside and Port Washington. Trains going westbound toward New York City were canceled for most of the afternoon. Shortly after 5 p.m., Continued on Page 66

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Sid Jacobson JCC swings for a cause


Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center hosted the 32nd annual Golf and Tennis Outing at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury on July 30.

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Coping with Alzheimer’s at younger age Rep. Rice proposes bill to allow funding of programs for sufferers of disease under 60 BY R E B ECC A K L A R When Karen Henley’s husband was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 36, she had nowhere to turn to find services for him, she said. A bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) may help the approximately 250,000 Americans like Henley’s husband who are diagnosed with the disease. “When I contacted the Town of North Hempstead Services for the Aging seeking in-home care for my husband, they were eager to help until they asked me for his date of birth,” Henley, a Westbury resident, said in a news release issued by Rice’s office. “Upon hearing his age, they explained that they only offered services to those 65 and older.” Henley’s husband died at 47 in 2012 due to complications related to his disease, according to Newsday. If Alzheimer’s doesn’t discriminate against age, “than#neither should our government agencies,” Henley said. Rice’s bill, the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Parity Act, would amend current law to allow government funding of programs available to Americans under 60 living with Alzheimer’s or similar degenerative diseases. Currently, the Older Americans Act, originally enacted in 1965, supports com-


U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice proposed a bill that would fund programs for patients with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. munity-based programs for the elderly – including programs that benefit traditional Alzheimer’s patients. Older Americans Act programs are only available to those 60 and over. “Every American living with Alzheimer’s disease deserves access to the best available care, regardless of their age,” Rice said in a


news release. People diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease can show symptoms as early as in their 30s, Rice said. Many of those patients still have “young children, new homes and growing careers,” she said. “Virtually overnight, these individuals

and their families face unimaginable financial strain,” Rice said. “…These families should not be denied help simply because of their age – they need access to these resources and this bill would make that possible by amending the OAA to finally serve younger Americans living with this disease.” Rice announced her proposed bill on July 30 at a news conference held at the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation headquarters in Westbury. She was joined by Henley, as well as representatives from the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center. Connie Wassermann, a licensed social worker and executive director at the Sid Jacobson center, said that Sid Jacobson created its own program to help those living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s since government funding doesn’t serve those patients. “Alzheimer’s and other dementias can affect any one at any age – they do not discriminate,” Wassermann said in the release. “…We are grateful to Kathleen Rice for listening to the plight of younger families and for responding.” If approved, the bill would allow Sid Jacobson to “serve more families and offer more resources to those who desperately need them,” Wassermann said.

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Hotline to report underpaying vendors Schnirman announces system for workers to report on firms doing biz with Nassau BY LU K E TORRANCE Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman announced on Thursday a new, multilingual wage hotline that allows workers to report county vendors that are underpaying their employees. “It is not an exaggeration to say that in 2018, working with this team, there is a new energy behind the living wage audit process,” Schnirman said during a news conference at the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 338 in Mineola.!“It is a vital function of our office.” The living wage law sets minimum wages for county vendors’ employees. The hotline number is 516571-WAGE and is available in both English and Spanish. Callers will be connected with staff at the comptroller’s office during business hours to either report a violation or to inquire about the living wage law, such as how to find out if a job is covered. Tips can be submitted anonymously.


Nassau Comptroller Jack Schnirman announces a hotline on Thursday for workers who are being underpaid by county vendors. Those who call outside of business hours will reach an automated menu — available in both languages — with instructions on how to leave a message or learn more about the living wage law. Schnirman said that infor-

mation on the living wage law is provided over the phone since not all workers have access to the internet. He also said that future improvements would increase language accessibility, such as a protocol that would ensure a translator is reached in a timely

manner. “Providing this number is a major step forward for equity as well as access,” he said. The announcement came on the heels of an increase in the living wage for Nassau County. Starting on Aug. 1, the living wage is $16.41 per hour for employees without health! benefits and $14.27 per hour for employees with benefits. Those were increases from $16.07 and $13.98, respectively. The living wage law was passed by the county more than a decade ago and in the ensuing 10 years more than $1 million was recovered by the comptroller’s office for workers, Schnirman said. A spokesman for the comptroller said that investigations usually take three to six months and that several were ongoing. The law applies to most county vendors with some exceptions. Contracts for child care services, worth less than $25,000, or employees under age 18 working summer jobs are not eligible. A full list of exemptions can be

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Have you heard one about dead bird? Have you ever wondered what a comedy club is like? Is the crowd filled with drunks who heckle the comedian or, worse yet, would the crowd be silent and sullen and forced to endure cringe worthy silences as the stand-up comic flounders about under the spotlight? I’ve always been interested in humor, and went so far as to do my dissertation on the dynamics of cartoon appreciation at SUNY Stony Brook. The dissertation had to be based upon experimental data and what I learned was that children will laugh at something that they can relate to and something they consider as painful. One aspect of my research was to study the differences in audience reaction to the Mel Brooks comedy classic Young Frankenstein. The younger kids laughed longest and hardest at the scene where the monster jumped on a seesaw and sent the child flying though a bedroom window onto a bed. The adult audience on the other hand laughed longest and loudest at the scene where the monster was raping Madeline Kahn, who at first screamed and then sung out in glory and joy. Don’t blame me for that one, blame Mel Brooks. At any rate I learned that my old friend David Weiss was emceeing an open mike night at Gateway Comedy Club at the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma on Saturday and I knew this was my chance to see live comics in action and perhaps spot a young star on the rise. Long Island has produced some of the funniest comics in recent memory, including Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Eddie Murphy, Rodney Dangerfield and Howard Stern. I got to the club an hour early and the first guy I met was a young comic named Israel. He told me a funny story about when he was twelve and walking to school one day with his two friends. They found a bird, which looked dead, but by the end of the story the bird awoke and flew off. As I chatted with Israel, the club be-

the founder of behavgan to fill with comediior therapy and he said ans and a packed house humor ought to be one and David Weiss arrived. of the sub sections of David is the WINS radio all IQ testing, because news anchor and we exit was the sign of high plored the intricacies of intelligence. the comic mind. Years Sigmund Freud ago, David interviewed said humor is one of the me for a television show most valuable defenses while we were at the humans possess. PGA Golf Expo in OrThe smartest perlando and I experienced DR. TOM FERRARO son I have ever known one of those moments Our Town was Spalding Gray, who when you can’t control was an actor, a writer your laughter. David has a sly, subtle, facile wit, which combines and the originator of a whole new form of irony, parody and whimsy and he reminds theater. He was also the funniest person I ever met. And as it turns out he was also me a lot of my older brother. After my talk with David I got to meet the most depressed and committed suisome of the other performers, including cide a few years ago. When Spalding started to tell a story Peter Bales, Al Lobianco, Anthony Fiordiliso, and the manager of the comedy club, to me over lunch, I was smart enough to Mike Dillon. I asked each of them how put my spoon down and push the soup they got their start and what their view and the sandwich aside until he finished. His stories were so full of anguish, suron humor was? Peter Bales has put serious thought prise, horror and laughter that if you into the topic of humor because not only were foolish enough to have food in your is he a professor of history at Queensbor- mouth, by the time he got to the punchough Community College and writer for line, you could easily asphyxiate by inhalthe History Channel, but he’s also the ing the food as you laughed. I liked the bird story that Israel told founder of the Stand-up University where he trains comics on the art of being funny. me at the beginning of the night because David Weiss told me that the art of it was such a fine exemplar of the humor stand-up comedy varies from person to person, but that the audience must relate to you and see that you are sincere and genuine. I remember watching Eddie Murphy on television when he was doing his standup and what impressed me most was that he was simply telling the audience of the horror stories from his past and was doing so in such a way that he and the audience laughed. Richard Pryor was the same way, and so was Woody Allen. The highest paid actors on earth include Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey, and that’s largely because the culture values laughter above all else. All successful comics are first and foremost extremely bright. Professor Leonard Krasner of SUNY Stony Brook is

process. It reflects how delicate and mysterious humor actually is. His story of a wounded half dead bird that learns to fly again is precisely what every comic is trying to do when they weave their stories of misery turned into mirth. Their stories are often about some kind of psychic pain that they manage to triumph over and we laugh along with them. When Seinfeld tells a story of how his mother forced him to wear a coat over his Halloween costume, the audience laughs because we all relate to this. When I had my first communion in first grade I had to go through the mortification of being the only boy who wore shorts instead of long pants. My mother must have thought I looked cute, but I assure you I felt nothing but shame. The only difference between me and Seinfeld is that I can’t think up a good punchline. Comics get paid big bucks because they show us it’s possible to survive the horrors of life," like the little bird in Israel’s story who once again takes flight after being close to death. So thank you David Weiss and Mike Dillon and all the rest of you funny people. Just like the Oscar winning film ‘Life is Beautiful,’ life can be filled with a fair degree of horror, but it’s also possible to find a way to laugh at it.



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From junk metal to sculptures



ith his well-worn engineer hat, old stogie and deep bright smile, Thomas Malloy is a man all set to take off on his latest adventure. Though his bearing might give the impression of his being a well-seasoned LIRR iron bender, he’s not — he’s a sculptor and the only iron he bends makes sculptures and has nothing to do with tracks. If you’d like proof of that, all you need do is drop by the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium to witness the results of the artist’s most recent creative adventure. Massive shovel birds and giant riveted finned fish not only cause visitors of all ages to scratch their heads with wonder and delight, but also playfully compete for attention with the live herons and fish that can be seen at the Hatchery. Malloy works with junk and he’s proud of it. Salvaging old machine parts, farming equipment and all sorts of scrap iron, the longtime Glen Head resident welds his magic not only by creating works of art, but also protecting the natural environment. “The nature of his work is right in tune with the Hatchery’s environmental mission to preserve and protect our natural resources,” said Steven DeSimone, Hatchery director. “By using recycled materials to create his sculptures, Thomas helps conserve resources while at the same time enriching our lives.” The exhibition of Malloy’s sculpture can be seen now through September at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, located at"1660 NY-25A in Cold Spring Harbor. For further information about the artist, you can visit his website at The Hatchery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during July and August, and Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.""For information call 516-692-6768 or visit www.

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Celebrating Life One Nibble At A Time!

The top seven events

Nicole Meyer is a Cookbook Author, Food Personality & Founder of Nibbles By Nic Culinary Events. Nibbles By Nic offers private cooking parties, corporate lunch & learns, holiday workshops and meal planning boot camps series for busy people who want to boost their confidence in the kitchen. WHAT’S ON OUR



• CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING/LUNCH & LEARN • BIRTHDAYS, BRIDAL SHOWERS, NEW-HOME CELEBRATIONS & MORE *Pricing for Private and Corporate Events Available Upon Request *All Events Include Ingredients, Cookware, Information Folders and Nibbles

For more information, please contact (917) 509-2938, or visit and her YouTube Cooking Show Kitchen Show-Kitchen Tips

LOW CARB ZUCCHINI ROLL-UPS SERVINGS - 4 INGREDIENTS • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese + more for sprinkling • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning blend • 1 cup low-sugar marinara sauce • Ground pepper to taste • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese • 1 egg beaten • 4 zucchinis sliced thinly lengthwise (about 1/4 inch)


1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put half a cup of marinara sauce into a sprayed baking dish. 2.) Spray a large baking sheet and place zucchini slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on each side. Bake 8-10 minutes until the zucchini is soft and pliable. 3.) Meanwhile in a small bowl combine ricotta, 1/4 of the Parm, seasoning blend and egg. Spoon one Tbsp of mixture onto an end of each zucchini piece. 4.) Gently roll the zucchini into small cylinders and place each one in marinara sauce tightly together. Top the zucchini with remaining sauce, mozzarella and Parm. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour.

Nic’s Tip - This dish can be prepared ahead of time up until ready to bake. This recipe is featured in my brand new “MEAL PLANNING BOARD” coming to "Back To School"

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Shaved into salads Sliced into Panko fries Stuffed with taco seasoned ground beef Sautéed with olive oil & adobo seasoning Shredded into bread or muffins

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A Weekend of Love Songs: Gordon Lightfoot and Air Supply

Friday, Aug. 10 at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.

Chill out this weekend with favorite performers and love songs from decades past with folk-rock musician and songwriter Gordon Lightfoot (“If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Rainy Day People”) performing on Friday night, and the dynamic duo from Down Under, Air Supply (“All Out of Love,” “Lost in Love,” “Even the Nights Are Better”), taking the stage on Saturday night. Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury Info & Tickets: (516) 247-5211 •


Four by Four: A Tribute to the Music of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Bee Gees and Motown

Saturday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.

A stellar cast of four exciting performers present the legendary hits of four of the most iconic musical styles in pop music history. The stars of Four by Four perform these instantly recognizable, classic pop songs in fully-staged and choreographed production numbers, providing an evening of feel good, raise-the-roof entertainment. Where: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson Info: (631) 928-9100 •


Film Screening: “First Reformed”

Saturday, Aug. 11 through Friday, Aug. 17 (check venue website for daily showtimes)

If you missed this critically-acclaimed film that premiered earlier this summer, then head out to see the drama/thriller starring Ethan Hawke as a priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grappling with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past. Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria Info & Tickets: (718) 777-6888 •

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PLAY FOR PINK 2018 Sunday, August 19, 2017 8:30 am


Orleans & Firefall at The Paramount

A Charity Tennis Event to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Sunday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m.

More classic pop-rock music from the ‘70s is on deck this week with Orleans (“Still The One,” “Dance With Me,” “Love Takes Time”) and Firefall (“You Are the Woman,” “Strange Way,” “Just Remember I Love You”) performing together live in concert. Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: (631) 673-7300 •



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The White Party: A Benefit for Education Programs



Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

After a well-received return to television this year, “American Idol” has taken the show on the road once again with the American Idol Live! 2018 tour, featuring this season’s talented Top 7 finalists and winner Maddie Poppe, along with special guest, Season 8 “American Idol” winner Kris Allen.


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Please make checks payable to PLAY FOR PINK Mail to Shelter Rock Tennis and Country Club, 100 Long Island Expressway, Manhasset NY 11030

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Come Join Us During The

Friday Fiesta Promenade

on 7th Street Friday, August 10th • 6-10PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH 8:30PM LIVE MUSIC FEATURING


Leo’s Lobster Specials

! One 1 ½ lb Lobster or Two 1 ½ lb Lobsters

for Kids: “The Breadwinner” Cinema Saturday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m.

From executive producer Angelina Jolie comes this animated adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ bestseller about a young Afghan girl who pretends to be a boy to help her family during the reign of the Taliban. Members $7, public $12, free for kids under 12.

Where: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: 631-423-7611 or

Are Back...All Summer Long


ermaid Tea Party Saturday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Children ages 3 to 7 can join this annual celebration of the world of mermaids where they can decorate a mermaid wand, explore beautiful shells, and enjoy yummy treats. $12 per child, $5 for adults.

Includes French Fries & Coleslaw

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

Friday Only 25% Off Entire Lunch Check

Cash Only • Alcohol not included • Lobster Dishes & 14 oz. Black Angus Steak not included. Not available at the bar • Coupon Must Be Presented At Time of Ordering • Expires 8/16/18 • Dine In Only Good for parties of 8 or less • May only be used on day specified. Not to be combined w/any other offer

Saturday Only 25% Off Entire Lunch or Dinner Check Cash Only • Alcohol not included • Lobster Dishes & 14 oz. Black Angus Steak not included. Not available at the bar • Coupon Must Be Presented At Time of Ordering • Expires 8/16/18 • Dine In Only Good for parties of 8 or less • May only be used on day specified. Not to be combined w/any other offer

Sunday Only 30% Off Entire Dinner Check

Where: Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor | Info: 516-224-5800 or

Children’s Author Katie Dunne Meet Saturday, Aug. 11, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids will meet an inchworm named Rick in Katie Dunne’s charming story, “Inches from Home.” Rick gets lost and needs to find his way home, but meets many friends along the way. Learn what inspired Dunne to write her book along with your own friends.

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


IDZ BOP Live 2018

Cash Only • Alcohol not included • Lobster Dishes & 14 oz. Black Angus Steak not included. Not available at the bar • Coupon Must Be Presented At Time of Ordering • Expires 8/16/18 • Dine In Only Good for parties of 8 or less • May only be used on day specified. Not to be combined w/any other offer

Monday Only 30% Off Entire

Tuesday Only 30% Off Entire

Lunch or Dinner Check

Lunch or Dinner Check

Lobster Dishes & 14 oz. Black Angus Steak not included. Not available at the bar • Coupon Must Be Presented At Time of Ordering • Expires 8/16/18 • Dine In Only Good for parties of 8 or less • May only be used on day specified. Not to be combined w/any other offer

Lobster Dishes & 14 oz. Black Angus Steak not included. Not available at the bar • Coupon Must Be Presented At Time of Ordering • Expires 8/16/18 • Dine In Only Good for parties of 8 or less • May only be used on day specified. Not to be combined w/any other offer

Wednesday Only 25% Off Entire

Thursday Only 25% Off Entire

Cash Only • Alcohol not included

Lunch or Dinner Check Cash Only • Alcohol not included

Lobster Dishes & 14 oz. Black Angus Steak not included. Not available at the bar • Coupon Must Be Presented At Time of Ordering • Expires 8/16/18 • Dine In Only Good for parties of 8 or less • May only be used on day specified. Not to be combined w/any other offer

Cash Only • Alcohol not included

Lunch or Dinner Check Cash Only • Alcohol not included

Lobster Dishes & 14 oz. Black Angus Steak not included. Not available at the bar • Coupon Must Be Presented At Time of Ordering • Expires 8/16/18 • Dine In Only Good for parties of 8 or less • May only be used on day specified. Not to be combined w/any other offer

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Sunday, Aug. 12 at 4 p.m.

Following the success of last year’s Best Time Ever tour, which sold out multiple shows across the country, the KIDZ BOP Kids have hit the road again this summer. Billed as “sung by kids for kids,” KIDZ BOP Live is the ultimate family concert experience.

Where: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, 895 Bay Parkway, Wantaugh | Info & Tickets: 516-221-1000 or


elebrate National Rollercoaster Day

Thursday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

August 16 is National Rollercoaster Day so head on out to Adventureland Park and enjoy a wild ride on Turbulence Coaster, Long Island’s largest and only spinning coaster, as well as other thrill rides and attractions the amusement park has to offer.

Where: Adventureland Park, 2245 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale Info & Tickets: 631-694-6300 or

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Chateau Briand, Carle Place, NY • 3 Hours Of Food & Beverage Tastings From Long Island’s Best Restaurants, Bakeries & Wineries and Spirit Distributors

15th Annual

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Proceeds will benefit the MOVE Program at the Children’s Learning Center at CP Nassau.

For more information visit our website: or call 516-378-2000 x651

Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, 380 Washington Avenue, Roosevelt, NY 11575 14TH ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR

Maestro Louis Panacciulli




America’s #1 Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Tribute Show

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 3 p.m.

Tilles Center | Old Brookville, NY

Tickets Available on our website or at the Tilles Center Box Office at (516) 299-3100 • Reserved seating tickets are priced at $35, $45 and $55


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Learn about nature at Sands Pt. walk Most medicines we know today were inspired by active ingredients found in the natural world.!Locally, we are surrounded by health promoting agents. Do you know what sassafras looks like? What gives black birch it’s fragrance and flavor? Did you know that the sap from the birch tree has functional uses? You will harvest much wisdom on these and other topics at the Guided Nature Walk: Wisdom & Folklore from Native & Exotic Plants that the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy will be hosting on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. On this guided walk with Tree Sister Hildur Palsdottir and Port Washington Monarch Alliance founder David Jakim, you will explore the cultural and traditional uses of native and exotic wild plants. Participants will learn about the physical and chemical properties that give these plants their smells, flavors, and textures, drawing on the tour guides’ knowledge of plant similarities, patterns, and family relationships. At the same time, you will also learn to look through the eye of an indigenous person as he or she comes to grips with the perceived properties of these plants. The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy has! invited the Romanian herbalist Adina Dabija of Sol Center to walk with the group and share her insight into nutritional and medical uses of local flora.! Wild Child Organic Artist Antonia

Fthenakis, who brings her Greek heritage to all she touches, will join as well and share how she uses local plant materials for her Diadiii skin care line and creative adventures.

Admission to the event is! $10 per car for members and $20 per car for nonmembers. !The fee includes parking and payment may be received at the gate. The location of the tour is Sands Point


At the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, people carry flowers representing their connection to Alzheimer’s — a disease that currently has no cure. But what if one day there was a flower for Alzheimer’s first survivor? What if there were millions of them? Help make that beautiful day happen by joining us for the world’s largest fundraiser to fight the disease. Register today at September 15 | Eisenhower Park, Westbury, NY | 9 a.m. September 23 | Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon, NY | 9 a.m. October 14 | Suffolk County Farm, Yaphank, NY | 9 a.m. Join Honorary Chair Bud Harrelson (Mets legend and co-owner of the LI Ducks) on September 23!

Preserve Conservancy’s Castle Gould at 127 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point. For more information, call 516-5717901 or go to

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Film competition takes place over 48 hours


Original Cast from the York Theatre Production. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

BEST MUSICAL 2018 Outer Critics Circle & OBA Awards BEST MUSIC & LYRICS 2018 Drama Desk Awards


New World Stages 340 W. 50th St. or 212-239-6200

Do you have what it takes to make a movie in only 48 hours? Simply put, filmmaking teams will have just one weekend to make a short film as part of the Cinema Arts Centre’s 7th Annual CAC 48 Hour Film Competition, which commences Friday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. and ends at the same time on Sunday, Aug. 19. The CAC 48-Hour Film Competition is a filmmaking competition that just has to be experienced. Filmmakers don’t know what genre they will be shooting until the start of the competition. All creativity — writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack — must occur within the 48hour window beginning Friday evening. Teams will gather at the Cinema Arts Centre’s Sky Room on that night to receive instructions, genre of film, and necessary elements. To add to the mayhem, filmmakers must also include random elements that they will just find out about at the starting line. The entire content of the short film, which!will be between one and five min-

utes, including titles and all end credits,!must be shot within the 48 hours of the competition. Reasons to compete include getting to see your creation on the big screen at the CAC,! adding a new film to your portfolio, and being in the running for a cash prize. The winning team will receive $500 and the winning film will be shown for one week at the Cinema Arts Centre, beginning on Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. To register, you must complete the registration form that can be found on the Cinema Arts Centre’s website www., where there are additional rules, requirements and tips for the competition. The form must be completed before arriving to the competition launch at the Cinema Arts Centre, located at 423 Park Ave. in Huntington. The registration fee is $85 per team, which can be paid online or at the CAC box office. So for all of the budding filmmakers out there who wish to participate in this local competition, break a leg!

Ride Free on the LIRR to Desperate Measures and Save. Go to

Avital Gallery 336 Blissful Blooms Paintings by Raisy Derzie

Great Neck Artist born and raised in Beirut Lebanon

Also on display - Pencil Drawings by Arthur Markowicz From the collection of Pinchus & Helena Schonberg, Krakow-Tel Aviv

Opening reception Sunday, August 12th, 2018 - 3-6pm Exhibition runs through September 25th, 2018

770 Middle Neck Road (9c), Great Neck Studio: 516.304.5640 C: 516.528.9765

Gallery Hours: Wed., Thurs. & Sun. 12-4, Fri. 10-12 or by appointment


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Understanding Medicare, next step Federal health insurance program aids people over 65, those disabled for 24 months plus BY J U L I E WA R D -A B D O Medicare is a federal health insurance program available to people 65 and older, or those under 65 who have been receiving Social Security disability benefits for more than 24 months. While this valuable program helps with your health-care costs, Medicare does not cover all medical expenses. It’s important to understand what Medicare covers and the coverage choices available to you. Medicare consists of four parts. Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing facilities and hospice care. Part B covers doctors’ visits, outpatient care, diagnostic tests, lab services and preventive services. Medicare Part A and Part B are considered Original Medicare and are provided by the federal government. Part C and Part D are offered through private insurance companies. Part D is prescription drug coverage. Part C is more commonly known as Medicare Advantage. Medicare Advantage plans provide the benefits of Part A and Part B and usually includes Part D. Many Medicare Advantage plans offer additional servic-

es such as vision care, dental benefits and wellness programs. Once you enroll in Original Medicare it is very important to understand your medical costs and coverage choices and to choose carefully. Medicare Part A has a benefit period deductible of $1,340. A benefit period is 60 days. Part B Medicare has an annual deductible of $183. Once the deductible is met you are responsible for 20 percent co-insurance. It is important to know that Medicare does not have a maximum out of pocket so there is no cap on the costs you might incur. To determine the type of coverage that would work for you, you need to analyze the doctors you use, the medications you take, where you live and your financial budget. The minimal coverage that is considered creditable coverage is original Medicare with a prescription drug plan. If you decide not to enroll in Part D when you’re first eligible for Medicare, you’ll likely be subject to a late enrollment penalty. If you decide to enroll in a prescription drug plan you have to choose one. Each prescription drug plan has a for-

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minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per day is recommended. Tips to Get Started Increases in daily activity can include using the stairs instead of an elevator, walking rather than driving or parking further from your destination. Stand instead of sitting in front of your computer. Improve Your Mood Studies indicate that regular exercise helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improved self-esteem. When exercising, your body releases endorphins, powerful chemicals that interact with the receptors in your brain, triggering a positive feeling. Even more beneficial is exercising with a group, as the increased social contact can also enhance a feeling of well-being and be mentally stimulating. Recreational Opportunities Abound Many communities offer inexpensive, age-appropriate fitness classes for older adults and retirement communities in particular often provide a full schedule of indoor and outdoor activities taught by a certified senior fitness professional and appropriate for all fitness levels such as chair yoga, mat Pilates, dance, stretching and relaxation and walking and swim programs. In the warmer months, residents enjoy outdoor recreation areas for both exercise and social interaction. Whether you’re a resident of a life plan or other retirement community or live in a single-family home, start investing in your more healthy future today to enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing. Joanne Lehmann, LPN is the health and wellness manager at Jefferson’s Ferry Life Plan Community in S. Setauket,




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Prepare for school with eye exam

Seeing well crucial for kids reading books, staring at computer screens, playing athletics BY F R E D R A PPS The start of a new school year can be filled with great excitement and anxiety for both parents and students. But eyesight cannot be ignored. In addition to heading back to school, August is also Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. The annual observance is a great reminder to get your child’s eyes checked before they return to the classroom, and it also reinforces the importance of maintaining good eye health and safety throughout the year. Thinking about eye safety may not be a top priority for most kids, who spend their time! running to class, staring endlessly at computer screens, and studying or training hard for their school’s athletic program. By taking time to teach them a few important safety tips, parents can ensure their children will be able to focus on what really matters: their education. Here are a few of the most important things to remember: 1. Get your child an eye exam

before school starts. The American Optometric Association recommends that children have their first comprehensive eye exam at age one, and again at age three. In addition,

children of parents who wear glasses should have an eye exam after every year after the age of five. Vision screenings are useful but often miss binocular vision disorders and hidden vision prob-


lems. 2. Kids should wash their hands regularly. The tears and front surface of the eye form a mucous membrane that transmits germs easily. Some

eye infections (particularly viral infections similar to the common cold) are extremely contagious. Kids tend to rub their eyes quite a bit, so clean hands will cut-down on eye infections. 3. Ensure children wear protective eyewear when playing sports. Sporting events are among the top cause of eye injuries. Even if a child does not need glasses to see, protective eyewear (sports goggles) are a must to guard against dust and dirt in the eyes, eyelid and corneal lacerations, and fractures of the bones that make up the eye socket or orbit. 4. Encourage kids to give their eyes a rest. Excessive screen time can lead to eye-strain, blurred vision and even nearsightedness. Handheld electronics (phones, tablets) and computer-use should be limited to 20 minutes at a time and no more than 2 hours a day – especially if someone in the family already wears glasses. Fred Rapps, owner, Focal Point Optical

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Get out of the dorm. Study abroad programs include the word “study” in their titles, so students should recognize they will still need to devote time to their schoolwork. But during your down time, embrace chances to get out of your dorm room or apartment to soak in your host city. If your host country is in Europe, where traveling between countries tends to be simpler than in other regions of the world, learn about neighboring countries and do your best to visit some during your time overseas. Disconnect from your devices. Whether or not life at home is dominated by devices, use your time overseas to disconnect so you can fully experience your host city and country. Don’t miss out on the sights and sounds of your host country by spending too much time using your tablet or smartphone.

Keep a journal. One of the best ways to commemorate your time abroad is to keep a daily journal. You will no doubt enjoy many unique experiences while overseas, and keeping a daily journal is a great way to ensure you remember each of those experiences and all the people you meet along the way. Study abroad programs can benefit students in myriad ways, and a few simple strategies can ensure young men and women make the most of their time overseas.

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Create an inventory of student experiences and awards

When completing their college applications, students submit a variety of materials. In addition to students’ track records in the classroom, schools will be interested in kids’ extracurricular activities, hobbies, volunteer work, and even things they do during their free

time. Parents and students can work together to develop a master list that includes information about what students have accomplished during high school. These may include involvement in certain clubs, participation in sports teams, advanced ranking in scouting programs, or even a list of books read. Having this document handy will make it that much simpler to fill out college applications.

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The Common Application began as a niche program for select private liberal arts colleges, but now has grown into an organization that services more than 750 schools. The organization enables students to create an account and complete one basic form that will be accepted by all institutions who are members. The CA helps students streamline the college application process and reduce redundancy. An alert system also helps applicants manage application deadlines.

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Some students think that applying to dozens of schools will improve their chances of being admitted. However, applicants may be wasting their time applying to schools they have no intention of attending, and that only adds to the stress of meeting deadlines. Narrow down the possibilities to a handful of favorite schools and go from there.

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Some schools automatically consider applicants for scholarships, grants and work-study programs. But that’s not so with every school, so students may have to apply on their own or rely on third parties for scholarships. Fastweb is a leading online resource to find scholarships to pay for school. Advance preparation can make the college application process a lot less stressful for students and their parents.

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igh school seniors are on the cusp of significant change as they begin their final year of secondary school. As students try to decide what to do after high school, many will be preoccupied with applying to college and exploring their interests in the hopes of finding the right subject to study upon enrolling in college or university. Students consider those weighty decisions while simultaneously preparing to leave home for the first time and focusing on their schoolwork. While the vast majority of high school seniors will enroll in a college or university in the fall after they earn their high school diplomas, a small but growing number of teenagers are taking gap years. A gap year is a year away from the classroom between high school and college that students use to gain more life experience as they try to decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives.

The Gap Year Association notes that gap year planning should be conducted with purpose and intent. While the gap year need not be as structured as a typical school year, a year entirely free of structure might not provide the insight students are hoping for. In fact, the Gap Year Association recommends students answer the following questions before taking a gap year so they can be sure they’re making the best decision possible. How can I make college possible after my gap year? The Gap Year Association recommends students confirm whether they need to defer, take a leave of absence or arrange for a Consortium Agreement in order to enroll in college after their gap years. Make a note of all deadlines, including when tuition deposits are due, before taking a gap year so your enrollment is not jeopardized.

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How long do I have for my gap year? Fitting a gap year into existing academic structures should allow students ample time to get what they want out of their gap years and still afford them the chances to earn money via summer jobs. So students who plan to travel or volunteer overseas should aim to do so during the months they would normally be in school. Should I go with a group or go it alone? Students should assess how they have fared in collaborative situations in the past as they try to decide if a group setting or something more independent is best for them. Students may fare better in teams or working alone, and that can be used to inform their decisions. However, students who want to challenge themselves to grow may benefit by making a decision that takes them out of their comfort zones. How much structure do I need? Some students may take gap years to get a break from the structure of student life. But students should be honest with themselves when assessing just how little structure they can handle. A year completely free from structure can be disorganized and therefore not as enlightening as students hope. In addition, students must consider safety concerns

Where do I want to be, and what do I want to do? A lack of purpose or direction during a gap year will not provide students with much insight into themselves and the world. Students should determine where they want to be and what they want to do (i.e., volunteer, teach, etc.) before deciding to take a gap year. What is my budget? Gap years can be enlightening, but they also can be expensive. Students should figure out how they’re going to finance their gap years in advance. Students who will need to work during their gap years should make sure work does not take up so much time that the goal of their gap year, namely learning about oneself, is compromised. Gap years can help students learn about themselves. But like many of the other decisions facing teenagers as they prepare to graduate high school, the decision to take a gap year requires careful consideration of a host of factors.

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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. 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.


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.


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How to avoid growing bored in retirement


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

• Work part-time. Though it might seem odd to start working right after you retire, a part-time job can provide the type of structure you have grown accustomed to without all of the responsibility that comes with a fulltime career. Part-time jobs can range from consultancy work that makes use of your professional experience to something entirely different like landscape maintenance at a nearby golf course that gets you out of the house and enjoying the warmer seasons. Whichever you choose, make sure it’s something you find fun and interesting.

• Embrace a new hobby. Working professionals often say they wish they had time to pursue a hobby. Now that you are retired, you have all the time in the world to do just that. Whether it’s perfecting your golf game, writing that novel, learning to cook like a gourmet chef or whatever else you might have always wanted to do, retirement is a great time to do it. • Get in shape. If retirement boredom has started to negatively affect your mood, one great way to conquer your boredom and improve your mood at the same time is to start exercising.

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Embracing a new hobby is one way for recently retired men and women to avoid growing bored during retirement. Exercise is a natural mood enhancer. When the body exercises, it releases chemicals knowns as endorphins, which trigger positive feelings in the body. In addition, regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress, boost self-esteem and improve sleep. Working out at a gym also is a great way to meet fellow retirees in your community, and the energy you have after exercising may give you the boost you need to pursue other hobbies.

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

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3 money-saving Make vacations and travel tips travel a key component for retirees of your retirement T


hen the time comes to bid farewell to conference calls, meetings and daily commutes, retirees have open schedules to fill with whichever activities they choose. Travel is one exciting way to pass the time.

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

Road trips rule. Taking to the highways and byways is an excellent way to see the country. Seniors can customize their routes depending on which places they want to visit. RV travel can be as comfortable or as

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

Genealogical tourism is popular. People hoping to trace their ancestry and visit their ancestral homelands are one of the fastest-growing travel segments. Visiting an old church in Europe where ancestors were married or buying food from a market in which a great aunt or uncle once worked leads retirees on many international adventures. Such trips provide travelers with a unique opportunity to understand their roots up close and personal while enjoying some international travel along the way. Exotic tours can be exciting destinations. History buffs or adventure-seeking couples may be particularly attracted to exotic travel destinations that are slightly off of the beaten path. Travel tours may take vacationers to destinations such as excavation sites or backpacking through the rainforest. With passport in

hand, seniors can go just about anywhere their desires take them.

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

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

1. Take advantage of age-related discounts.

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

2. Don’t overlook travel agencies.

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

3. Travel as part of a group.

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

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the evening one lucky audience member (who is willing the make the commitment to be a lifelong steward for the tree) gets to take it home.! The band is currently in the recording studio working on their ninth album, due for release later this year. Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and collaborative records with artists including Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, and William Shatner. Folds’ most recent work, 2015’s “SO THERE,” blended original songs with his critically acclaimed “Concerto For Piano and Orchestra” and soared to No. 1 on Billboard’s “Classical” and “Classical Crossover” charts. For over a decade, Folds has performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras. In 2017, he was named as the first-ever artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Folds continues to perform with symphonies and also recently returned to solo touring, delivering a high-energy rock show with the intimacy of a solo piano performance. To get tickets to see CAKE and Ben Folds in concert, go to or call 888-929-7849. Forest Hills Stadium is located at 1 Tennis Place in Forest Hills.

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Arts & Entertainment Calendar NYCB LIVE, HOME OF NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (516) 794-9300 • Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. NYCB Live Statewide High School Basketball Coaches Clinic NORTHWELL HEALTH AT JONES BEACH THEATER Ocean Parkway, Wantaugh (866) 558-8468 • Friday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. Brad Paisley — Dan Tyminski & Kane Brown Saturday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Lindsey Stirling & Evanescence Sunday, Aug. 12, 4 p.m. KIDZ BOP Live! Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. Jeff Beck / Paul Rodgers & Ann Wilson (Heart) Wednesday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Pentatonix (A Capella) FOREST HILLS STADIUM 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills (888) 929-7849 • Friday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m. Cake & Ben Folds NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury (516) 247-5205 • Friday, Aug. 10, 8:30 p.m. Gordon Lightfoot Saturday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Air Supply THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 • www.paramountny. com Friday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. Black Label Society Saturday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Even the Losers: Tom Petty Tribute Sunday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m. Orleans & Firewall THE SPACE AT WESTBURY 250 Post Ave., Westbury (516) 283-5566 • Wednesday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Slaughter Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. American Idol Live! 2018 MY FATHER’S PLACE The Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn (516) 413-3535 • www.myfathersplace. com Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m. The Sweet Suzi Blues Band Saturday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m. The Blasters Thursday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m. Howie Day

JONES BEACH BANDSHELL FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Jones Beach Bandshell, Field 4 Boardwalk, Ocean Parkway, Wantaugh (516) 826-5979 • Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m. Shining Star: Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Saturday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Pump: Aerosmith Tribute Friday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m. Weird Science: ‘80s/’90s Tribute Saturday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m. The Legendary Murphy’s: Classic Rock EISENHOWER PARK 2018 FREE LAKESIDE CONCERT SERIES Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick and Stewart Aves., Parking Field 6/6A, East Meadow (516) 572-0347 • www.nassaucountyny. gov Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m. Swingtime Big Band Saturday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Latin-American Music Night Sunday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. Pakistan-American Music Night Friday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m. Dr. K’s Motown Revue THE NASSAU POPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Memorial Park Bandshell, Marcellus Road, Mineola (rain location: Mineola Middle School, Garfield Ave., Mineola) (516) 565-0646 • www.nassaupops. com Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m. Louis Panacciulli and The Nassau Pops NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor (516) 484-9338 • www.nassaumuseum. org Saturday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Studio Saturdays at The Manes Center Sunday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Family Sundays at the Museum LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Ave., Garden City (516) 224-5800 • Monday, Aug. 13 through Friday, Aug. 17, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sweet Dreams Children ages 3 and up will create their own pillowcase using fabric paint, markers and stamps. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members). Thursday, Aug. 16, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band Children ages 3 and up can enjoy music by this Grammy Award-winning children’s musician. Fee: $9 with museum admission ($7 LICM members). Friday, Aug. 17, 1:30 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Fritters For children ages 3-8. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members)

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A&E Calendar cont’d BOOK REVUE 313 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 271-1442 • Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. Author Eric Engelhardt, “Below the Bottom Line: A Novel” BARNES AND NOBLE 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset and 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place (516) 365-6723 (Manhasset) (516) 7419850 (Carle Place) • Saturday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. “A is for Astronaut” and “A Place for Pluto” Story Time Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. Summer Game Night Series CINEMA ARTS CENTRE 423 Park Ave., Huntington (631) 423-7611 • Tuesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. Tai Chi Chuan / Qigong / Meditation with Robert Spencer — Free in the Sky Room THE DOLPHIN BOOKSHOP & CAFE 299 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-2650 • Friday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cafe Music at the Dolphin Wednesday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Dolphin Book Club: “Here Comes the Sun: A Novel” by Nicole Dennis-Benn TURN OF THE CORKSCREW BOOKS AND WINE 110 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre (516) 764-6000 • Saturday, Aug. 11, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meet Children’s Author Katie Dunne, “Inches from Home” SANDS POINT PRESERVE CONSERVANCY Hempstead House, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point (516) 571-7901 • Sunday, Aug. 12, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guided Nature Walk: Wisdom & Folklore from Nature & Exotic Plants Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The White Party: A Benefit for Education Programs THE ART LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, 107 E. Deer Park Road, Dix Hills (631) 462-5400 • Saturday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 19 Summer Pre-College Portfolio Exhibition PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay (516) 922-8678 • www.plantingfields. org Friday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music in the Garden: Bedlam Swing Saturday, Aug. 11, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free Concert in the Park: The Hambones Through Sept. 30 Exhibit — Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture


Community Calendar UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION AT SHELTER ROCK 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset (516) 627-6560 • Friday, Aug. 10, 17 and 24, 1 p.m. Bridge Lessons and Game Play Saturday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. Love and Stitches Wednesday, Aug. 15, 22 and 29, 7:30 p.m. Inisfada Zen Sitting Meditation NYU WINTHROP HOSPITAL (516) 663-3916 • Friday, Aug. 10 and 17, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Breast Cancer Support Group for the Newly Diagnosed Patient At the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300

Franklin Ave., Suite ML-5 in Garden City. Sessions are free, but pre-registration is required by calling 516-663-2556. TEMPLE JUDEA 333 Searingtown Road, Manhasset (718) 279-1005 • Friday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. Shabbat Under the Stars Two Mondays and Tuesdays, 12 p.m. Bridge Games Two days of duplicate bridge weekly. All games sanctioned by the ACBL and scored by computers. Refreshments will be served. Continued on Page 54

OLD WESTBURY GARDENS 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury 311 or (516) 869-6311 • Through Oct. 7 The Great War Exhibit THE WHALING MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3418 • Saturday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mermaid Tea Party Children ages 3 to 7 can join this annual celebration of the world of mermaids with crafts and treats. $12 per child/$5 per accompanying adult. COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY & AQUARIUM 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor (516) 692-6768 • www.cshfishhatchery. org Wednesday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wacky Water Wednesdays Sprinklers, bubbles, lawn games and activities every Wednesday through Aug. 29. $6 adults; $4 kids ages 3 to 12 and seniors 65 and up; under age 3 and members are free.



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Community Calendar cont’d Continued from Page 53 LIVE MUSIC AT LAMOTTA’S DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT AND BAR 10 Matinecock Ave., Port Washington (516) 944-7900 • Friday, Aug. 10, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Yacht Rock Happy Hour with DJ Spin Diesel Friday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Escape Saturday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Back to the ‘80s Live Music with Radio Daze Sunday, Aug. 12, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Yacht Rock Happy Hour with DJ Spin Diesel Thursday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Live Solo Music by Paul Cuthbert

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OLDE TRADING POST SUMMER CONCERTS 1218 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park (516) 492-3195 • www.oldetradingpost. com Friday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. Cold Side of Pillow Saturday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. The Rewind Friday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m. The RPMs Saturday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. The Hambones CAUMSETT STATE HISTORIC PARK PRESERVE SUMMER 2018 SCHEDULE 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington (631) 423-1770 • www.oldetradingpost. com Saturday, Aug. 11, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. History Hike At this hilly, moderately-paced 6-mile hike, there will be stops to discuss spots of historic interest. Admission is $4. Reservations are required by calling 631423-1770. TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S CINEMA ON THE BAY: FREE FILM SERIES Sunset Park along Manhasset Bay, Port Washington (516) 869-6311 or 311 • Saturday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Film: “Sing” MORGAN PARK 2018 FREE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL Germaine St. between Landing Road and McLoughlin St., Glen Cove (516) 671-0017 • www.morganparkmusic. org Sunday, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. Night Fever: Bee Gees Tribute NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S FUNDAY MONDAY AND FARMER’S MARKET AT NORTH HEMPSTEAD BEACH PARK 175 West Shore Road, Port Washington (516) 869-6311 or 311 • Monday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Memory Makers: Doo Wop Hits Monday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dance Aloha Funday Monday is open to all seniors of the Town of North Hempstead. For eight Mondays in July and August (rain

date Thursdays), seniors gather at North Hempstead Beach Park for a day of dancing, entertainment, card playing and socializing. Seniors can bring their lunch and purchase beverages and snacks at cost. There is free bus transportation throughout the Town and parking for seniors is free on Mondays. For a copy of the Funday Monday Program or bus schedule call 516-869-7719. BEACH VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE AT NORTH HEMPSTEAD BEACH PARK 175 West Shore Road, Port Washington Tuesday, Aug. 14, 21 and 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Every Tuesday through Aug. 28. All levels welcome. For more information, call 631355-1293. NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S 2018 SUMMER CONCERTS AND EVENTS SERIES AT CLARK BOTANIC GARDEN 193 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson (516) 869-6311 or 311 • Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. Cunningham Brothers — Celtic Night in the Garden GREAT NECK PLAZA’S 2018 FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Dunster Road, Firefighters’ Park, Great Neck (516) 482-4500 • www.greatneckplaza. net Tuesday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m. Liverpool Shuffle, “Beatles Mania” Tuesday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m. Phil Costa and The Something Special Big Band, “Swing into Summer” In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place at the Great Neck Social Center, 80 Grace Ave. in Great Neck. NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S 2018 SUMMER SERIES AT NORTH HEMPSTEAD BEACH PARK 175 West Shore Road, Port Washington (516) 869-6311 or 311 • Saturday, Aug. 18, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. BeachFest: A Festival of Food & Spirits on the Harbor NASSAU COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 15th and West Sts., Mineola (516) 747-4079 • Monday, Aug. 20, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic You must register in advance by calling 516-747-4070. NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S 2018 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT CLINTON G. MARTIN PARK New Hyde Park Road & Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park (516) 869-6311 or 311 • Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Arena Rock TRIVIA CHALLENGE Wednesday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m. At Abeetza Restaurant, 82 Glen Cove Road, Glen Cove. For more information, call 516-676-1976.

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Shelter Rock Library New Hyde Park

Shelter Rock Library 165 Searingtown Road South, Albertson; 516-248-7363;

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Wednesday, Aug. 15, 3:30 p.m. This support group is designed for all caregivers. It provides an opportunity for participants to share experiences and help one another. No one should be alone. First time attendees or for additional information, call 516-652-3964.

EMPIRE SAFETY COURSE COURSE Saturday, Aug. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fees: Ages 60+, $33. All others, $38. PLAY MAH JONGG Tuesday, Aug. 21 and Sept. 4, 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.

SENIOR RAP GROUP Monday, Sept. 17, 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, Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m. Book Canasta is a card game popular in the 1950s that is making a big comeback. Join in playing this very social game.

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. ADULT COLORING AT PARKVILLE Monday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m. Join this relaxing hour of coloring on Monday afternoons. HOUSECALLS: THE DOCTOR IS IN — NORTHWELL OUTREACH AT STATION Friday, Aug. 17, 2 p.m. Learn about Northwell Health’s House Calls program at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Road (2nd level), above Best Market. GREAT NECK LIBRARY CLOSING/CANCELLATION INFORMATION ONLINE The Lakeville and Station

Branches are closed on Sundays. Library patrons connected to the Internet are asked to check the website: for library weather-related closings/program cancellations. In order to access this service, Library District residents can log on to, type in their zip code or Great Neck Library and obtain information on program cancellations or library closings. In addition, at no charge, residents can request automatic e-mails from when the library has posted any information.

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 AT HILLSIDE: “THE CON IS ON” Friday, Aug. 10, 1:30 p.m. R; 1 hr. 30 min.; comedy. Starring Maggie Q, Parker Posey, and Alice Eve. In an effort to avoid paying off a mssive debt to a notorious mobster, a couple flees to Los Angeles and hatch a jewel theft plot. YOUR “SMART” RESUME & LINKEDIN RESULTS Monday, Aug. 13, 2:30 p.m. Join career consultant Jamie Petrizzo and learn how to alter your resume and LinkedIn pro-

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 Citizens, Inc. (516-869-6311) meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Clinton G. Martin Park, Marcus Ave. and New Hyde Park Road; Notre Dame Golden Age Guild (516-352-7203) meets Wednesdays (except in July and Aug.), 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., at Notre Dame R.C. Church, Mayfair Road and New Hyde Park Road; New Hyde Park Senior Chorus (516775-8118) meets Mondays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Clinton G. Martin Park, Marcus Ave. and New Hyde Park Road. For more information on these and other senior groups, call the Town of North Hempstead at 311 or 516-869-6311 or go to www. NEW HYDE PARK KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Council meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 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 New Hyde Park-Garden City Park

file to get maximum results. FILM AT HILLSIDE: “TRUTH OR DARE” Tuesday, Aug. 14, 1:30 p.m. PG-13; 1 hr. 40 min.; horror/ thriller. Starring Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey and Violett Beane. A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone — or something — begings to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

PAGE TURNERS BOOK CLUB Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The book being discussed is “I, Eliza Hamilton” by Susan Holloway Scott. As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler is accustomed to socializing with dignitaries and soldiers. But no visitor to her parents’ home has affected her so strongly as Alexander Hamilton, a charasmatic, ambitious aide to George Washington.

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.

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; www. MONDAY MOVIE: “WINCHESTER” Monday, Aug. 13, 1:30 p.m. Believing her home is haunted, a firearms heiress decides to keep

building onto her house to appease the spirits of people killed by the Winchester rifle. Stars Helen Mirren. Rated PG-13. 99 mins. MADE WITH LOVE KNITTING GROUP Monday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 15, 11:30 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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NHP Dad’s Club prepares for new year The Dads’ Club of NHP Memorial High School is preparing for another successful school year. During the 2017-2018 school year the Dads’ Club, once again, gave out 24 scholarships to deserving students totaling $10,000. In addition to the $10,000 in scholarships, the club also donated over $20,000 for several other Gladiator organizations and some great charities. The club purchased the plaques for the Varsity Awards, two new lacrosse cages, a turf painting machine, new music stands and helped out the school newspaper, The Chariot. The food and beverages for both the seventh!and eight grade field days were purchased and prepared by the Dads’ Club. Once again the club sponsored the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to fight childhood cancer. The Dads raised nearly $3,000 with their “Taters for Tata’s” program during breast cancer awareness month. During October, one dollar from every purchase of Shack Fries goes toward the fight against breast cancer. This year the Dads hope they can increase the amount with the help of the community. Anyone can purchase a one of a kind hot pink “Taters for Tata’s” tee shirt from the club for $15. The Dads’ Club hosted veterans and wounded warriors during the Annual Chili Cook Off. Over the holiday’s the club adopted a family in need and also donated a huge amount of toys for Toys for Tots. During the Christmas Tree Lighting in Garden City Park, the


The Dads’ Club of NHP Memorial High School was presented with a proclamation from State Sen. Elaine Phillips. In the photo from the left, Trustee Joe McMullen, Trustee James Carrick, President Gary Arman, Phillips, Past President Sal Balducci and Treasurer Howard Leeds. Dads donated and brewed over 200 cups of hot chocolate and distributed to the community. These are just some of the highlights of the Dads’ Club in 2017 and 2018. Some of the events the Dads’ Club has on the calendar for this upcoming school year are as follows. The “SHACK” will open for after school refreshments on the first day of school. The Shack is the clubs main fundraising opportunity and is a staple in the New Hyde Park Community.

All are welcome to try one of the many delectable delights at a price that can’t be beat. The Shack is also open on weekends during sporting events and they often prepare the best breakfast deal around. On October 13th the Dads’ Club of NHP will challenge the Dads’ Club from Carey H.S. in the first ever District Chili Cook Off. The contest will take place this year at Carey during the varsity football game. Again, all are welcome to catch a great football game and judge

the best chili around. As stated earlier, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Dads will again be fundraising for the cause. Come buy your “Taters for Tata’s” tee shirts and be sure to get your Shack Fries. The Dads’ Club and Davi’s Barber Shop and Salon have teamed up to fundraise for the students and student activities at the school. During September, David is donating a dollar from every haircut and Bella will donate $10 from every salon style to the Dads’ Club. The

barber shop is now located next door to Eddie’s Pizza on Hillside Avenue. The Club also has partnered with Modell’s Sporting Goods for Team Weeks. From August 17! through September 13!shoppers save 15 percent on purchases and the Dads’ Club will receive 5 percent of the purchases made. Please contact the Dads’ Club for coupons. Most recently, the Dads’ Club was presented with a proclamation from state Sen. Elaine Phillips for all the work the Club does in the school but also in the community. In the photo from the left, Trustee Joe McMullen, Trustee James Carrick, President Gary Arman, !Phillips, Past President Sal Balducci and Treasurer Howard Leeds. Please follow the Dads’ Club on twitter @NHPDadsClub on Facebook NHP Dads Club and nhpdadsclub on Instagram. Email the Club at dadsclubnhp@ Stop by the Dads’ Club tent at the New Hyde Park Street Fair on September 15!and located near Umberto’s Pizzeria. Say Hello, shake some hands, purchase some Gladiator Gear and also become a member. All proceeds from the Dads’ Club go directly back to the students and student activities at NHP Memorial High School.

Labor Day market returns F.P. bowling night Join us for our annual Labor Day Flea Market on Saturday, Sept.! 1! from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.! at the Hillside United Methodist Church located at 2801 Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park, two! lights west of Herricks Road. Vendors will be located both inside and outside! displaying jewelry, boutique items, Avon, beer collectibles, Bric-a-Brac, craft supplies!and more. A snack bar will be available. Call 516-637-8907 for more information.!

CORRECTION An article in last week’s paper regarding the Long Island Rail Road review of the Belmont Park station misstated the site of a meeting. It was held at the Elmont Public Library, not the Elmont Park Library.

For the third year AHRC Floral Park Auxiliary will be having !a bowling night fundraiser. ! Attendees will meet at the AMF Garden City Bowl, located at! 987 Stewart Ave., Garden City,!on Saturday, Sept.r 8 from 7 to 10 p.m.! Tickets are $48 per person and include three hours of bowling, shoe rental, buffet food consisting of pizza, hero, salads and soda. ! AHRC is an organization which provides help for children & adults with physical and mental developmental disabilities including autism. !This event will help raise money to further help our cause. !Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended and raffle deals bonus if ordered online at! !

Those interested can also call or text for reservations to Christina Murray!516 582-5638. Checks payable to AHRC Floral Park Auxiliary for $48 per person can be sent with a note including bowlers names, address and telephone number to Christina Murray at! 2 Horton Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11581. ! If someone wishes to join but is unable to bowl, accommodations can be made for a $25 donation. Walk ins are accepted and tickets will be available at the door for $55. !Each lane can fit six to eight people. ! A team can be made and reservations sent together or people can arrive as a single and be introduced to new friends of all ages for the evening.! All donations are gratefully accepted.

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A growing list of marijuana benefits


here is so much in the news about medical marijuana. Let’s understand what that it uses the marijuana plant or chemicals in it to treat diseases or conditions. It’s basically the same product as recreational marijuana, but it’s taken for medical purposes. The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol are the main chemicals used in medicine. THC also produces the “high” people feel when they smoke marijuana or eat foods containing it. What is medical marijuana used for? Medical marijuana is used to treat a number of different conditions, including: • Alzheimer’s disease • Appetite loss • Cancer • Crohn’s disease

• Eating disorders such as anorexia • Glaucoma • Mental health conditions like schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) • Multiple sclerosis • Muscle spasms • Nausea • Pain • Wasting syndrome (cachexia) But it’s not yet proven to help many of these conditions. How does it help? Cannabinoids — the active chemicals in medical marijuana — are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement and pain. Research suggests cannabinoids might: • Reduce anxiety • Reduce inflammation and relieve pain • Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy • Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth

• Relax tight muscles in people with MS • Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS Source: The processThe following describes how medical marijuana is created: “In order to create medicines that are safe, effective and up to the standards expected of medical products, our manufacturing process is consistent, precise and subject to rigorous review. The products are designed to satisfy and exceed the most exacting pharmaceutical standard. They are medicines that doctors can trust and incorporate into standard treatment. “The process begins with our genetics. Producers possess a diverse stock of genetic strains of cannabis, each with its own cannabinoid and terpene profile. Each selected strain is grown organically without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. Each plant grown is a clone of

a mother plant of a particular strain to ensure genetic consistency. “When the plants are mature they are harvested then dried and cured for a length of time determined by the desired cannabinoid content. During the process of drying and curing the cannabinoid content changes. For instance, raw cannabis has very little THC and a lot of THCA. While drying THCA converts into THC. This process happens with other cannabinoids as well. “Once the plants have been dried and cured to the proper specifications, they are moved to extraction. In order to create medical cannabis products, the medicinal oils that contain the bulk of the cannabinoid and terpene content must separate from the cellulose and other plant matter. Many companies accomplish this by using flammable solvents like alcohol and butane.# “After extraction comes quality control. Samples are

taken from the batch of oil produced. The samples are checked for contaminants and health risks. If the samples pass the rigorous safety checks they are then analyzed for cannabinoid and terpene content to ensure they match the formulations we are seeking. If the samples meet the requirements of both tests, the batch is passed on to product manufacturing where the oil is put into standardized products, such as capsules, tinctures, and oil for vaporizing using pharmaceutical grade equipment. “This process created the same product, every time. All of our products are benchmarked for efficacy and composition and produced to the very same specifications every time.” Bill Spitalnick Roslyn Bill Spitalnick is a business development consultant and medical liaison in the medical marijuana industry in New York and Florida

Judge erred in Plaza plan offers no help releasing suspect T


s an individual who has been actively involved with the criminal justice system in New York for over 40 years both as an Inspector in the NYPD, and as the former chief investigator of the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, I was outraged after reading the article written by Amelia Camurati concerning the release of a suspect who was arrested on June 30 of this year in Nassau County, on charges of strangling his ex-girlfriend. Then, after his release, he allegedly murdered a North Shore Hospital nurse. According to the article, Nassau County Judge Erica Prager released Daniel Drayton of New Haven, Conn., without bail on July 5, despite objections by the Nassau County DA. It is alleged that Drayton murdered nurse Samantha Stewart, who was found dead in her Queens apartment on July 17, less than two weeks after his release by Judge Prager. In addition, Drayton was ar-

rested in North Hollywood, Calif., just last week for sexual crimes and the kidnapping of a 28 year- old woman who he held captive in a hotel room According to Daniel Bagnuola, a court spokesman, Prager released Drayton after reviewing all information concerning the suspect available to her. I find this difficult to believe because, at the time of his release, and according to the article, he had a violent prior history of five arrests in Connecticut and was on probation for second-degree harassment. It appears that Judge Prager’s failure to take her important judicial duties seriously, allowed the suspect to be able to murder another female in Queens, and also kidnap and sexually abuse another female in California. Her actions should be reviewed by a judicial oversight board . Stephen Nasta Great Neck Former NYPD commander and chief Bronx DA’s office, Detective Investigators

hree cheers for Muriel Pfeiffer, whose brilliant letter appeared#last week in the Great Neck News. In it, she criticized Mayor Jean Celender’s proposed Welwyn/Shoreward project. I#am not usually interested in local news, but since I frequently drive in the affected area, I have concerns. I have been inconvenienced by changes, which took place in the past, and will be further adversely affected when the future project#is implemented. Specifically, the opening of the Shop Delight has been a disaster. We have traffic jams, honking horns

and double-parked delivery trucks, not to mention Shop Delight employees#taking up the limited number of parking spots available in the area. In the past, one could run into the Post Office, legally park for ten minutes, buy stamps or mail packages and be on the way. No longer! So what we don’t need is park and bicycle lanes to create even more headaches. Mayor Celender, be assured you will not be getting my vote when your term is up! Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

Mineola concert a delight


would like to report with great pleasure that my wife Eva and friends Dave and Marion and myself, attended a concert at Mineola Memorial Park on Saturday Aug. 4. There was a tribute band called Beginnings. They played and sounded like the band Chicago. They played great songs of Chicago’s music of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The mayor of Mineola, Scott P. Strauss, said he hoped we would have a great time listening to the music. There were many people there that night, both

young and old. But with the music, we all felt cool and groovy. Let me also mention that the group, Beginnings, received a lot of applause for the many songs they did. They need to be praised for a job well done. I also would like to applaud Mayor Strauss and all those involved for putting this most enjoyable music event together. Now for all that, let me say, Kudos. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola

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Congrats to Bob Howard’s on awards


s a long time New Hyde Park resident,! I am happy to add my congratulations to Ronnie and Eileen,!the owners of both Bob Howard’s Auto Repair and Bob Howard’s General Store (The Old Candy Store). Wow! To finish first in the best of the North Shore ratings 10 years in a row! What would the Mets give to have

that as their record! Fair,! honest, business people — as well as community minded New Hyde Park neighbors! Their record of excellence, unlike the Mets,! speaks for itself! Well done! Jack Benigno New Hyde Park

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Obama backing shows Kaplan’s support of deal


ake note of the crop of candidates whom former President Obama is endorsing in this election cycle, including Anna Kaplan. Anna Kaplan has been endorsed by him. She is comfortable both with that and the deal which Obama made with the land of her ancestry – as most Persian

Jews in our community will tell you – a land now run by criminal and Hitlerian mullahs. As to our local race for the state Senate seat held by Ms. Phillips, I rest my case. Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld Great Neck,

You’re joking. Right? About Trump defense


rebuttal to Helen Jaeger of Willison Park (Aug. 3, 2018, Great Neck News) As I read your letter, I sit here baffled about your statement, “How refreshing it would be to read weekly articles relating positive news about our president instead of columnists who do nothing but bash and complain!” Perhaps if there was some positivity you would see those articles- just sayin’! I also was taken back at the fact that you stated the old adage, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”….hmmmmm, seems like the president should be reading and abiding by that statement – don’t ya think? Perhaps if people would stop watching Fox News, take off those tight, red baseball caps and start listening to real facts, they would understand why so many people feel that Trump is not doing

a great or even good job. He is filled with narcissism, lack of common sense and basically just spews whatever nonsense is on his mind (with no regard to real facts). He is indeed a bully, yet what a joke, his wife is against bullying. I can go on and on but find that at this point it is not worth it. So in closing – Let’s Make America Great (not Irate) Again – let’s go back to the pre-Trump days when you woke up every morning not fearful of what the ramifications were going to be from an overnight Tweet or something ridiculous the President did or said the day or days before. Can’t make this stuff up Oh wait, unless you are Trump! Linda Katz Great Neck

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Local students achievements in college More than 600 students received degrees from New York Institute of Technology as fall graduates of the Class of 2018. The following local students earned degrees: Priya Shah of Williston Park graduated with a BS degree in Biology. Jorge Gonzalez Soler of Mineola graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration. Joseph Pacura of Williston Park graduated with a BS degree in Computer Science. Jorge Faggioni of Carle Place graduated with a BS degree in Information Technology. Neel Mittal of Roslyn graduated with a MBA degree in Management. Disha Devdas of Old Westbury graduated with a BS degree in Psychology. Cara Frankel of Roslyn graduated with a ADIP degree in School Leadership and Technology. Shayne Roffey of Port Washington graduated with a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Christina Tsiatsiou of Port Washington graduated with a MBA degree in Professional Accounting. Bailey Livian of Great Neck graduated with a BS degree in Architectural Technology. Frank Geng of Great Neck graduated with a BS degree in Biology. Danxuewen Zhu of Great Neck graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration. Simon Park of New Hyde Park graduated with a BFA degree in Advertising, Public Relations and Technology. Sanju Jacob of New Hyde Park graduated with a MBA degree in Management. The following students have earned the esteemed honor of placement on the Dean’s List at The College of New Jersey for the spring 2018 semester. To achieve this honor, a student must carry 12 or more credits that semester and earn a 3.5 (or above) grade point average:

Brandon Sum of Great Neck, Accountancy " Benjamin Zander of Great Neck, Communication Studies Seton Hall University announced the following students who qualified for Spring 2018 Dean’s list and to congratulate them for their outstanding academic achievements. Kevin Johnson of Albertson, NY (11507) Rachael Reardon of Carle Place, NY (11514) Sarah Rudolph of Mineola, NY (11501) James Lopez of Albertson, graduated from Buffalo State with a B.A. in media production in spring 2018. Lauren D. Esposito of Port Washington (11050) was named to the President’s List at LIM College for the Spring 2018 semester. To be placed on the President’s List students must earn a grade point average between 3.8 and 4.0. Ben Rosen, of Port Washington, graduated after majoring in economics at Bates. Rosen, the son of Steven M. Oyer of Port Washington and Mr. and Mrs. Adam L. Rosen of Port Washington is a 2014 graduate of Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School. Rosen was inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society, an organization which honors graduating seniors who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or have received special nomination from the faculty for outstanding academic achievement in their junior and senior years, and who have participated in a varsity sport for a minimum of three years. The following local students at Washington and Lee University have earned President’s List status for the recently ended academic year. * John Xavier Broderick of Manhasset, N.Y. (11030), a member of the Class of 19 * Anton Daniel Livshin of Port Wash-

ington, N.Y. (11050), a member of the Class of 19 Richard Gerard Husch IV of New Hyde Park, NY (11040), has received the following from The University of Alabama: B.S. Commerce Business Administration. Among the recipients are: Miranda Copjec of Great Neck, NY (11023), Bachelor of Arts Jameson Santelli of Great Neck, NY (11024), B.S. Commerce Business Administration Loyola University Maryland has announced the members of its spring 2018 Dean’s List. The following local students have achieved this honor and indicated that Loyola can release their directory information: Samantha Crawley, class of 2018 from Port Washington Alyson Forgione, class of 2019 from Port Washington Helena Sanders, class of 2021 from Port Washington Peter Dunn, class of 2019 from New Hyde Park Christina Jonas, class of 2018 from New Hyde Park Martha Keller, class of 2018 from Garden City Park Daniel Gavin, class of 2018 from Mineola Sara LoPresti, class of 2018 from Williston Park Kayleigh Caggiano, class of 2020 from Manhasset Brian Gallagher, class of 2020 from Manhasset Samantha Lulov, class of 2020 from Manhasset Vanessa Rijo, class of 2018 from Manhasset At the University of Rhode Island’s 132nd Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, 2018, about 3,300 undergraduate and 750 graduate students became the University’s newest

alumni. The following students from your area graduated from the University of Rhode Island: Genesis Chandell Barrera of Port Washington, NY, received Bachelor of Science, Communicative Disorders Clare D Kindler of Port Washington, received Bachelor of Science, Health Studies Elana Rivkin of Mineola, received Bachelor of Arts, Film Media Summa Cum Laude Amy Wetzel of Albertson, received Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology Cum Laude Dena Cavallaro of Roslyn Heights, received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting Summa Cum Laude Marisa Aliprantis of Manhasset, received a Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations Allie Mirsky of Great Neck was named to the Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College for the Spring 2018 semester. The following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Great Neck:"Audrey Chan is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify for the Dean’s List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units. Manhasset, Sabrina Sayed is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify for the Dean’s List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units. Taylor Giallanza, a Communication major from New Hyde Park, spent the month of May in Arezzo, Italy, learning about Italian history and culture in the Coastal in Tuscany study abroad program.

Offering sun safety info State Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso and his staff recently participated in the Town of North Hempstead’s annual Senior Health Fair at North Hempstead Beach Park, held in conjunction with the summer weekly Funday Monday. The assemblyman had a table which provided information, sunscreen bracelets that change color when exposed to UV rays and bracelets that keep mosquitoes and other insects away. His office runs the Skintelligence program during the summer to inform constituents about the necessity of being careful in the sun and the dangers caused by not having

proper protection. They handed out pamphlets, sunscreen samples, lip balms, UV detecting bracelets, and skin-care literature. In addition, free skin-damage screenings were provided. The Skin-telligence program is partnered with the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign which promotes changing our attitudes, thinking, and behaviors about not having proper protection when exposed to the sun’s UV Rays, tanning, and tanning bed use. “I hope that information provided by our Skin-telligence program will have a big impact towards keeping every-

one safe from skin damage,” D’Urso said. His constituents will have the opportunity to speak directly to the assemblyman and his staff at the “Skin-telligence” events at the following locations and dates:" Whitney Pond Park Pool on Thursday, August 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.," Manorhaven Pool on Friday, Aug.10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.," Clinton G. Martin Pool on Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,"Lake Success Village Park Pool on Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,"Parkwood Pool on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,"East Hills Pool on Friday, Aug. 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


State Assemblyman D’Urso’s Director of Constituent Services Sandy Portnoy, rear left with a constituent, and Athena Lui, student at Great Neck South High School, front left, Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso, front center, and Lucas Cole, student at Manhasset High School, at the town’s Senior Health Fair.

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Parker Jewish holds senior Olympics Patients and Residents of Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation took part in a spirited Senior Olympics on July 31. Parker held its first Senior Olympics Games in 2007. These annual games are made possible by Ben Dickstein, the great-grandson of the late Jack Parker, the world-renowned developer and philanthropist the institute was named after. The games challenge Parker’s older adult community to keep up their physical and emotional health, through planned socialization and friendly competition. Age and disability were no obstacle for the patients and residents who took part in Parker’s games last Tuesday. “Their competitive spirit and joy of life was so overwhelming and heartwarming to see,” said Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker’s president and chief executive officer. “The Olympic Games are all about friendship and fun. Our annual games allow older athletes to pursue their youthful interests, and most residents to just plain have fun helping their teams win.” The audience – patients and residents 63 to 102 years young – applauded as Rosenblut announced the opening Olympic Torch Lighting Ceremony. Then it was on to the games, including the balloon shave, stack of cups, wheelchair race, potato sack race, beanbag toss and the basketball toss. There were 35 competitors and 125 participants in the event. Parker’s resident Marvin Mosley, age 72, won the


Minnie Parker and Kathleen Keegan at Parker Jewish Institute’s Senior Olympics.

first place trophy in the basketball toss competition. “This is a tremendous activity that Parker puts on for their residents, so much fun” he said. Minnie Parker, age 82, took first place in the wheelchair races. “There’s no better way to show respect for seniors then by having an event like this,” said Parker, who zoomed ahead of the competition. “Residents become involved in all sorts of activities,” said Kathleen Keegan, director of recreation therapy at Parker. “We offer adults various opportunities to explore new ways of having fun together as a group.” Keegan ended her afternoon of great activities with an outdoor barbeque for all patients and residents. Parker Jewish Institute, conveniently located at the Queens-Nassau County border in New Hyde Park, is a leading provider of Short Term Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. At the forefront of innovation in patient-centered health care and new technology, the Institute is also a leader in teaching and geriatric research. Parker Jewish Institute features round-theclock clinical teams, and is nationally renowned as a skilled nursing facility, as well as a provider of community-based health care, encompassing Social Adult Day Care, Home Health Care and a Hospice Program.

Long Island Cares Shopping, raising awareness honors Lavine State Assemblyman Charles Lavine was presented with a plaque by Paul Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares. Lavine was recognized for his help during the Long Island Cares supply drive that assisted those in need in Puerto Rico. There were 269,000lbs of water, food, cleaning products, and pet PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF supplies distributed to 12 locations in Puerto STATE ASSEMBLYMAN CHARLES LAVINE Rico by the New York National Guard. Paul Pachter, CEO of Long Island “I became an as- Cares, presented state Assemblysemblymember to help people, and that’s ex- man Charles Lavine with a plaque actly what we were for his help during a supply drive to able to do,” Lavine help those in need in Puerto Rico. said. “Puerto Ricans are not only U.S. citizens, but they are also our sisters and brothers. They deserve the same respect, safety as all others. I was honored to have the opportunity to help so many Americans.” Lavine helped collect necessary supplies for the people living in Puerto Rico whose lives were affected by Hurricane Maria. Many still are left without electricity and clean, running water. Long Island Cares provides many resources for people in need. The organization’s food drives collect much-needed donations of personal-care items, baby-care supplies, seasonal items and nonperishable food, which are distributed to benefit the hungry and food insecure on Long Island.

North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center held its Fifth#Annual#Ladies’ Night Out#event July 19#at the Neiman Marcus Garden City store. This marked the second year in a row that the Guidance Center partnered with# Neiman Marcus in an event that offered exceptional beauty services and raffle opportunities to the women of our local communities and also raised awareness of the programs and services offered by the Guidance Center. All proceeds from the event will support the Guidance Center’s mission to provide help and healing to children and families dealing with mental health issues and to combat stigma and discrimination. Guests savored delicious small bites from NM Cafe# and sipped unique bubbly libations while they were treated to brow shaping and makeovers by Neiman Marcus makeup artists, along with blow-outs and hair styling from Manhasset salon#nuBest. Carol Marcell, a member of the Guidance Center’s Board of Directors, brought her mother Joyce Bruno and two of Bruno’s friends. “This was the second time my mom and I attended Ladies’ Night Out, and she didn’t hesitate to accept my invitation once again and to bring along her friends,” Marcell said. “We got our hair blown out by a charming young man from nuBest. And all of us loved looking at the clothes, jewelry and shoes at wonderful Neiman Marcus!” “Neiman Marcus Garden City is very proud to be a supporter of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center,” says Doris Wilshere, Vice President, General Manager at Neiman Marcus, Roosevelt Field. “It is our corporate philosophy to support and give back to our local community, particularly with organizations that are centered


Guidance Center Board President Nancy Lane shares a laugh as she receives her makeover. on children and family. Since our opening in 2016, we have been an ongoing partner with the Guidance Center and will be for the future. We look forward to a growing partnership.” “The Guidance Center is grateful to the philanthropic team at Neiman Marcus,” says Nancy Lane, Board President. “The events we hold at the store are very special.”

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Divorcees: sell homes thoughtfully Over the last few years, I have handled numerous situations where a couple with and without children were going through a divorce. It was a very difficult and trying situation for both of them as well as myself, as the Broker, when putting their home on the market for sale. I had to handle it with kid gloves since I was helping both parties and always tried my best to keep both husband and wife on the same page with the assistance of their attorneys. It is never easy seeing a family torn apart, especially when there are kids involved. Their potential uprooting and moving presents major obstacles, especially on a psychological prospective, Losing one’s security in the home you are being brought up in, severing roots in the community, loss of short or long-term friendships and the familiar surroundings. I have experienced this many times as a broker and it is an extremely challenging and heartbreaking situation to work through. However, creating a plan in advance and sitting down to discuss and strategize the best methods to deal with those obstacles, complications and the daily stress that comes along with the divorce can be dealt with as long

cooperation is part of the equation. Many times this may not be possible, but as a broker, I must strive and explain and be transparent to both parties; that minimizing the stress as much as humanely possible and working through issues will hopefully result in financial benefits for all, once the sale closes. First, I am the outsider, then, slowly but surely, I become an insider; let me tell you it isn’t easy! Dealing with the attorneys can be as challenging as dealing with the divorcing couple. I have a situation at the present time, where I had done a listing presentation over 6 months ago, both parties agreed with my marketing plan and the methods and processes that I would follow to create the necessary buzz to the market and get the home sold! I even assisted in having a plumber replace the broken boiler, during the winter and a few other fixes to make the home livable (to one party that is still living there) as well as saleable. Due to some complications, which, due to the privacy of my clients, I am not at liberty to discuss the precise details; however, I am still waiting for the signed

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listing to come back to me, which will occur in the near future. I believe I have worked at and developed the necessary trust, credibility not only with the husband and wife, but also between both attorneys that are handling their divorce. Building the necessary rapport and relationships, with information, understanding and compassion is my successful way to create the necessary environment to a path of as much stability as possible during the marketing and sales process. From the beginning right through to the closing, both parties, as well as their attorneys will need constant feedback and as glitches or uncertainties popup, they must be ad-

dressed. Sometimes, the sale doesn’t take place, due to last-minute negotiations where one party, many times the husband, who can afford to, will concede to making the mortgage payments, especially if the children are of an age, where this could cause psychological issues, if a move were to take place. Although this might not be the norm, in and around our local towns; I have seen it go well in some situations and then again, some real challenging, mindblowing and problematic events that forces the sale of the home. In many situations, depending on the financial situation and the age of the children, couples need to look at their situation as pragmatically and sanely as possible (I know this may be asking for a lot, but one must think of the effect it has on the children at all times), to end up making the best decisions for all involved. I know and have seen that emotions can get way out of hand and it’s never easy to be calm at all times! But, my feeling is that it’s always prudent to think through your situation carefully and thoroughly. You also have to keep in mind as to the cost of a divorce, where I have seen costs range

from $5,500 with a County approved arbitrator/mediator to hundreds of thousands of dollars! Some couples are making their attorneys wealthier, by dragging out their heated divorces. Many times the end result is the equity in their homes is slowly being depleted at the expense of the family, because there is not enough money in the bank to pay off the costs of the divorce. I had a couple last year that was divorced for seven years. The husband was still living in the home and the ex-wife wanted him out, so it could be sold to gain her equity. He didn’t want to move and was holding out all that time. Eventually, I was able to finally make him understand that he was still married. He was very perplexed when I told him this; but my answer was, you still have two attorneys that you are attached to and having to pay every time he or his ex-wife was on the phone and whatever paperwork was being done with them; slowly and surely, was draining the equity in their home, once the final bill came due. Although it took me 6 months, he finally let me in and I (although all the major companies had access to showing it) was able to find a couple to purchase. I realize divorce isver an easy and is an extremely emotional life-altering event with so many obstacles and problems that occur and have to be negotiated and solved. But, my professional opinion and belief as a real estate broker, is to minimize the costs as much as possible and when necessary, walk away with as much equity in your home as possible and move on. I know it’s easier said than done, but all the parties involved must try, if not for the well being of your children and everyone’s sanity as well as your financial security for the future. Philip A. Raices is the owner/ Broker of Turn Key Real Estate 3 Grace Ave Suite 180, Great Neck. He has earned designations as a Graduate Realtor Institute and Certified International Property Specialist. Receive regular “FREE” updates of sold homes in your area and what your home would sell for in today’s market. He can be reached by email, at, or by cell (516) 647-4289

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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


73 Cypress Street, Floral Park Sold Price: $755,000 Date: 06/28/2018 3 beds, 1 Full/1 Half baths Style: Tudor # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 40x100 Schools: Floral ParkBellerose Total Taxes: $15,415 MLS# 3014066

126 2nd Street, New Hyde Park Sold Price: $539,800 Date: 05/01/2018 4 beds, 1 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 38x100 Schools: New Hyde ParkGarden City Park Total Taxes: $9,543 MLS# 2981371

82 Floral Pkwy, Floral Park Sold Price: $917,500 Date: 07/18/2018 5 beds, 3 Full baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 84x190 Schools: Floral Park-Bellerose Total Taxes: $21,690 MLS# 3009930

119 Terrace Blvd, New Hyde Park Sold Price: $649,000 Date: 07/12/2018 3 beds, 1 Full/1 Half baths Style: Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 40x100 Schools: New Hyde ParkGarden City Park Total Taxes: $11,044 MLS# 3019674

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.

E X C E E D I N G M Y C L I E N T S’ E X P E C T A T I O N S


BARBARA STRUGALA, GRI Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker



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Army of quails unleashed to fight town ticks Continued from Page 12 North Hempstead Beach Park and in the woods of Port Washington this year, joining the 25 or so released in August 2017. The quails were raised at the town’s TV studio at the Yes We Can Community Center, where their hatching could be viewed on a"video stream. After hatching in May, the birds were sent to Caleb Smith State Park in Suffolk County to mature. “It’s such a great program because it’s educational as well,” Bosworth said. “Our kids are able to see them hatch … and see them grow as little babies. Now they’ll be living in North Hempstead and doing the job they do so well, which is eating ticks.” Bosworth said the egg incubator purchased last year cost $200 and spent $126.60 on eggs. She said it was much cheaper than constantly spraying insecticide on the wooded areas of North Hempstead. How much of an effect the quail has on the tick

population has yet to be determined. Powers and other town employees are conducting a study on the tick population, which"is done by dragging a white sheet over vegetation along the trail. As for the quail, Powers said he is not sure what happens to them, as none them have been tagged with tracking devices. With the bird’s camouflage"and habit of staying still in the presence of danger, he said they are almost impossible to find in the wild. “If we can secure some larger funding … I would love to be able to track them and see where they’re going, how they’re surviving,” he said. Both Bosworth and Powers expressed support for releasing"more quails next summer. Reach reporter Luke Torrance by email at, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 214, or follow him on Twitter @LukeATorrance.


Eric Powers, Judi Bosworth and other Town of North Hempstead officials watch the release of quails in North Hempstead Beach Park.

Gillen pulls pay raise deal from town agenda Continued from Page 2 ployees a raise for last year and this year, Gillen said. It would cost taxpayers an additional $580,000 for raises the next three years, she said. The deal would apply to about 86 employees, according to town officials. The town has already given more than $200,000 in raises to town employees this year, Gillen said. She noted that those raises were given on a case by case basis and only if there was enough money allotted in

the department. “Altogether, along with the raises that have already been doled out this year, the taxpayers would be on the book for an additional $1 million,” Gillen said. Gillen said members of her own staff that would benefit from the deal have said they would not “accept a dime more than what was already budgeted.” The proposed deal, and Gillen’s opposition to it, echoed a similar situation that left the Town Board divided just week’s before Gillen took office and became the first Democrat to serve in the position in over 100

years. During his last meeting in office, former Town Supervisor Anthony Santino pushed through a clause that prevented the supervisor from terminating employees for almost all reasons, even in times of fiscal emergency. Gillen, although not yet in office, publicly opposed the clause."Sweeney, Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby voted against it. Gillen is currently suing the local union, Santino and the Town Board in an effort to undo the no lay-off clause.

Man charged with stabbing ex at Belmont: DA Continued from Page 1 relationship ended, according to the office. He allegedly paid an acquaintance on June 16 to drive him from Kansas, where he was working, to New York to kill Larin, the district attorney’s office said. Larin, a hot walker, cooled the horses down after racing. A co-worker of Larin’s who saw what happened picked up a shovel and hit the defendant in the head with it,"according to the district attorney’s office. Franco-Martinez then ran"away"and threw the knife into the bushes while security staff from the New York Racing Association chased him, according to the district attorney’s office. Franco-Martinez was apprehended by the racing security staff and the police were called,"according to the district attorney’s office. “This defendant allegedly drove from Kansas to brutally murder Maria Larin, his ex-girlfriend, and an innocent

mother, as she worked with horses at the Belmont Stakes racetrack,” Singas said in a news release. “I’m grateful to Belmont staff and security for their quick action to stop and apprehend this alleged killer and my heart goes out to her family as they grieve this unspeakable loss.” Franco-Martinez previously worked as a hot walker at Belmont, too. He was remanded during his arraignment before Supreme Court Justice Angelo Delligatti and is due back in court on Sept. 5. He is charged with second-degree murder and fourthdegree possession of a weapon. Senior District Attorney Stefanie Palma of the Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. The defendant is represented by attorney Dana Grossblatt. Efforts to reach Grossblatt were unavailing.


Jose Franco-Martinez, of Elmont, was arraigned on grand jury indictment charges for allegedly stabbing his exgirlfriend, according to Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

LIRR delays due to Port line derailment Continued from Page 19 the derailed train had been cleared from the track. The first train to run from Penn Station"to"the Port Washington line"— although only as far"as Great Neck"— de-

parted"at"5:14 p.m. The first train to run from Port through to Penn Station departed nine minutes later, at 5:23 p.m. Wednesday’s derailment is the second for the LIRR in the past two weeks. On July 21, a train that was not in passenger

service derailed west of Penn Station as it approached the West Side Yard. Earlier this year, the MTA staged a low-speed derailment to practice for situations such as these. In addition to 40 LIRR employees, 125 first responders took

part. The drill was to prepare the railroad and local authorities for a much more serious accident, such as the January 2017 crash at Atlantic Terminal that left over 100 people injured.

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Miss America brings smiles, treats to Cohen Continued from Page 13 a great feeling, and to come here and see where that money is going and being able to bring ice cream and seeing a smile on their face is such a cool thing.” Karen Navarro said during the visit her daughter, Adryana, had been in surgery that morning and lit up as soon as Mund walked

in the room, offering ice cream and autographs to her and her brother. “It brightens her day,” Navarro, of Hempstead, said. “She was down and out from the surgery, so this made her excited.” Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at acamurati@theislandnow. com, by phone at 516-3071045, ext. 215, or follow

her on Twitter @acamurati. PHOTO BY AMELIA CAMURATI

Miss America Cara Mund shared coloring books and smiles with patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

G.N. Library gets $50K for STEM lab Continued from Page 19 virtual reality programming, laptop computers and equipment paired with already purchased 3D printers. There could also be laser cutters, coding equipment, engineering systems and other items, she said, but the list of items could “change over time.” “Until we know exactly where we are with the funding and what we’re going

to add, I think it’s a little premature to decide this space or that space,” Corcoran said at the time. “Plus we want to see the need.” Corcoran was not available for comment Tuesday afternoon. The laboratory will be located in the Main Library at 159 Bayview Ave. in Great Neck, but will be accessible to Nassau County residents with an active library card.

Robert Schaufeld, the president of the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees, said the library aims to begin work very soon. “We’re very pleased that the county followed through and awarded us the grant,” Schaufeld said, “and we’re looking forward to having a fully functional STEM lab as soon as possible.” Additionally, Schaufeld said the library board is working on a policy to en-

sure 3D printers cannot be used to print weapons like plastic guns. “The way we have the 3D printer used now is everything is with supervision, so no one could make anything on their own without it being seen and approved by a staff person,” Schaufeld said, adding that the board feels it should “be a firm policy because it’s something that we believe in.”

Herricks ranked 34th in nation by Niche Continued from Page 1 Herricks was 34th in the nation and just below Roslyn at No. 7 in the state. The district’s average graduation rate is listed at 97 percent, SAT score at 1300, and student-teacher ratio at 12 to 1. Herricks jumped from last year’s nation-wide ranking of 69th, which Superintendent Fino Celano attributes to the district’s “commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.” “It is gratifying that Herricks continues to be recognized as one of the finest school districts in the nation,” Celano said in a statement. “Our success can be attributed to our outstanding students, talented faculty, supportive parents and dedicated board of education. Congratulations to the entire Herricks community for this wonderful accomplishment.” East Williston was ranked 49th in the nation and 9th in the state by Niche, with an average graduation rate of 95 percent, an average SAT score of 1290, and a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. Manhasset was 58th in the nation and 11th in the state, according to Niche rankings, with an average graduation rate of 97 percent, SAT score of 1320 and 13-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

Port Washington was in the top 200 schools nationwide, at the rank of 186 on Niche, and 36th in the state. Niche rankings show an average graduation rate of 95 percent, average SAT score of 1280 and a 13-to-1 studentteacher ratio. Sewanhaka Central High School District ranked 75th in the state and 422nd in the nation, putting it among the top 5 percent of school districts nationwide with an overall Niche grade of A. Its graduation rate is listed at 92 percent, average SAT score at 1160 and student-teacher ratio at 17 to 1. The Mineola Union Free School district ranked in the top 200 districts in the state at 167; it was ranked 1,476 in America. Mineola received an overall Niche grade of A-. The Meadow Drive School, one of three elementary schools in the district, received an A. New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District was not given a national or state ranking on Niche. An average graduation rate and SAT score were not listed, nor was a college prep score, but the district secured an A- overall Niche grade and lists a 13-to-1 student-teacher ratio. Save for Sewanhaka, all of


Great Neck North High School is seen on a warmer fall day. the school districts are below the average 17-to-1 student-teacher ratio, according to Niche. All of the schools are also listed as spending more than $20,000 per student, nearly double the national average of $12,239 per student. Jericho Union Free School District, also on the North Shore, was ranked No. 1 in the nation and state, with an SAT score averaging 1380, a graduation rate of 98 percent and a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. Rebecca Klar contributed reporting.

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TAG SALE *BROWSE *SHOP *CONSIGN A.T. STEWART EXCHANGE CONSIGNMENT SHOP China, Silver, Crystal, Jewelry, Artwork, Furniture, Antiques, Collectibles Tues-Fri 10-4 Sat 12-4 Every Tuesday: 10% Senior Citizen Discount. All proceeds benefit The Garden City Historical Society 109 Eleventh Street Garden City 11530 516-746-8900 email: www.gardencityhistoricalsociety. org AVITAL GALLERY 336: Paintings, Royal Copenhagen, Rosenthal and more. Hours Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 12-4, Friday 10-2 or by appointment. 770 Middle Neck road, Great Neck, NY 11024. 516304-5640 or call 516-528-9765. Free parking in back

GARAGE SALE THE ANDY FOUNDATION YARD SALE SHOP An eclectic selection of furniture, home decor, jewelry, china, artwork, antiques, housewares. New donations daily 195 Herricks Rd Garden City Park, NY 11040 Tues Sat 10am-4pm 5 1 6 - 7 3 9 - 1 7 1 7 Proceeds benefit The Andy Foundation


PET SERVICES A GARDEN CITY ANIMAL LOVER doesn’t want to leave your precious pooch or fantastic feline alone all day. I’m reliable, dependable and will walk and feed your pet while you work or travel. Please call Cheryl at 516-971-3242

PET SERVICES DO YOU HATE KENNELS? OR STRANGERS IN YOUR HOUSE? HOME AWAY FROM HOME will care for your dog in my Garden City home while you are away. Dog walking also available. Pet CPR & first Aid Certified. Numerous referrals and references. Limited availability. Book early! Annmarie 516-775-4256 K9 MONK, LLC Full Service Pet Care Professional Dog Grooming Boarding, Day Care Training Life Coaching Healing Arts 516-382-5553 thek9monk@


AUTO FOR SALE MERCURY SABLE LS: 2004 silver station wagon, 117k miles, very clean in and out, seats 7, clean Carfax, runs great, many extras. Asking $2750 or best offer. 516-840-8943

AUTO SERVICES CAR DETAILING done at your home, includes cleaning of interior, vacuuming. Very reasonable. Please call 516-373-5928



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OFFICE SPACE MANHASSET: Single office with private bathroom includes one parking space and internet. Located two blocks from LIRR on the second floor of prestigious Manhasset building. Large window adds to this bright, quiet, private, comfortable place to work. Includes separate reception area. Strong cell service. Utilities extra. No other fees. No medical inquiries. Call 516-2093227 for more information. MANHASSET: Two private offices (both with windows) plus reception area and private bath. Next to LIRR Port Washington branch 30 minutes to NYC. Parking (two) included at building and WIFI. Must see if you want an office location on the island convenient to NYC. In Manhasset business district area where restaurants and retail are close by. Call 516-650-9841 for more information



CONDO/CO-OP FOR SALE GARDEN CITY Large One Bedroom Condo in the heart of downtown Garden City. This 800 sq ft Condo boasts newly finished Hardwood Floors, Dining Room, brand new Bathroom & Kitchen with d/w. Low maintenance & taxes. By ownerno broker. $569,000 Call: 646-499-1684

LOTS FOR SALE BUY A LAKE! 35 acres $149,900 5 ac lake, gorgeous views, old barns & sheds! Quite twn rd, G’teed buildable. Fin avail. Call 888-479-3394 or go to NewYorkLandandLakes. com for video and photos FARM LIQUIDATION! 42 acres, abuts state land$69,900. 3 hrs NYC. Big views, woods, pond, meadows! Town rd, utils. Owner terms. 888-701-1864

OUT OF TOWN REAL ESTATE CENTER MORICHES: WATERFRONT! Like new Victorian features 4 BRS, 2.5 Baths, New EIK/granite countertops, Formal LR, DR, Family Room/fireplace. 2 Car Garage, Full Basement & Wraparound Porch. Beautifully landscaped with dock. Located on a Cul De Sac. Desirable Dockside Community. $799,000 Colony Realty, Carll Austin 516-658-2623




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CHILD CARE by Experienced, Certified Teachers with excellent, extensive references in Mineola, walking distance to train station. No TV, enriching activities, outdoor play, healthful meals, small group. Call or Text 516-729-2896 DISH TV $59.99 for 190 Channels + $14.95 high speed internet. Free installation, smart hd dvr included, free voice remote. Some restrictions apply. Call 1-877-229-5789 EARTHLINK HIGH SPEED INTERNET as low as $14.95/month (for the first 3 months). Reliable High Speed Fiber Optic Technology. Stream Videos, Music and More! Call Earthlink today 1-855-970-1623. Expert Bathroom & Kitchens: Repairs and new installations, mold removal, shower pan leak experts, tile repair, sheetrock, plastering, painting, floors repairs and refinished, grouting, install tankless hot water heaters. Office: 516-933-6508 or cell: 516-263-6774 SPECTRUM TRIPLE PLAY! TV, Internet & Voice for $29.99 ea. 60 MB per second speed. No contract or commitment. More Channels. Faster Internet. Unlimited Voice. Call 1-855-977-7198

ATTORNEY REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY Buy/ Sell/Mortgage Problems. Attorney & Real Estate broker, Probate/ Criminal/BusinessRichard H. Lovell, PC, 10748 Cross Bay, Ozone Park, NY 11417. 718-835-9300

COMPUTERS COMPUTER SERVICES BY GCHS honors graduate & EE major, 9 years experience. Set-up, upgrade, repair your computer or custom build one, improve performance, install programs, remove malware, set up printers, back-up drives, provide instruction. Low rates. 516-743-2149

DIGITAL MEDIA SERVICES MULTI MEDIA DIGITAL TRANSFERS: videos, pictures, negatives, 35mm, slides, Films: 8mm, Super8, 16mm. Audio: Reel to reel tapes, cassette tapes, LP records: 33, 45 and 78, 15% discount with ad. 7 1 8 - 8 3 5 - 2 5 9 5 .

HOME IMPROVEMENTS AMBIANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES *Handyman & Remodeling *Kitchen Installations *Furniture Assembly *Finish Carpentry *Minor Electrical & Plumbing 25 year GC Resident Lic & Ins H18E2170000 Call BOB 516-741-2154 BATHROOM RENOVATIONS EASY, ONE DAY updates! We specialize in safe bathing. Grab bars, no slip flooring & seated showers. Call for a free in home consultation: 888-657-9488 BATHROOM RENOVATIONS EASY, ONE DAY updates! We specialize in safe bathing. Grab bars, no slip flooring & seated showers. Call for a free in home consultation: 844-782-7096 CJM CONTRACTING, INC. Chris Mullins. Specializing in general contracting including churches and cathedrals. All renovations, expert leak repairs, dormers/extensions, bathrooms, kitchens, basements, carpentry, roofing, flat shingle, attics, masonry, stoops, brickwork, waterproofing, pointing, windows, power washing, plumbing, electric. Small jobs welcome. Free estimates. Licensed/insured #H18C6020000. 516-428-5777 HANDYMAN HOME IMPROVEMENT All phases of repairs inside and out. Siding, Cement, Brick, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Extensions, Patios, Fencing, Porch, Basement, etc. Licensed and Insured. Call 516-406-1842 LAMPS FIXED $65 In home service. Handy Howard. 646-996-7628 MASONRY All types of stonework Pavers, Retaining Walls, Belgium Block Patios, Foundations, Seal coating, Concrete and Asphalt driveways, Sidewalks, Steps. Free Estimates Fully Licensed & Insured #H2219010000 Boceski Masonry Louie 516-850-4886 ROOF LEAKS REPAIRED All types Roofing & flashing repairs, aluminum trim work and Gutter Clean Outs. Nassau Lic# H1859520000. B.C. Roofing & Siding, Inc. Text or call: 516-983-0860

HEALTH & FITNESS Z ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL HEALING ARTS Xiao Jun Zhou, L.Ac. NYS Licensed Acupuncturist/ M.D.China. U.S. National Board Certified Herbalist. 103 South Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021 516-809-8999 Insurance Accepted

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KINDERGARTEN TUTOR Get your child ready for the rigors of Kindergarten Reading, Writing and Math. NYC certified teacher and Garden City resident offering 1:1 tutoring for your child. Call 516-729-5753 MATH, SAT, ACT TUTOR: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 plus Trig, PreCalc, AP Calculus. Norm 625-3314 ENGLISH, ACT, SAT TUTOR: 25+ year experience Critical Reading, Writing, Grammar, Essays. Lynne 625-3314


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PIANO LESSONS By Ira Baslow. Experience the joy of playing the piano. Private lessons in your home, free no-obligation piano lesson, all levels, all styles, all ages. Beginners a specialty. 516-312-1054



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$235K raised for North Shore NICU


At the North Shore University Hospital Auxiliary Golf Outing’s evening reception are Lori Ballen, President, North Shore University Hospital Auxiliary; Dr. Marc Greenwald, honoree; Scott DeMatteis, honoree; Richard DeMatteis, honoree; John Bonanno, Golf Chair and 1st Vice President, North Shore University Hospital Auxiliary; Rick Schwartz, Vice President, Finance, North Shore University Hospital Auxiliary; and Gladiola Sampson, Vice President, Advocacy, North Shore University Hospital Auxiliary.

More than 145 golfers and additional supporters helped raise more than $235,000 at North Shore University Hospital! Auxiliary’s 40th Annual Golf Outing held on July 16 at the North Shore Country Club in Glen Head, NY. Funds raised benefit the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.! The event honored Dr. Marc Greenwald, chief of Colorectal Clinical Services at North Shore University Hospital and assistant professor of Surgery at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell, along with Richard and Scott DeMatteis, principals in the DeMatteis Organizations, a 100-year-old, third generation family-owned group of companies with a long history in construction, real estate development and property management. At the event’s evening reception, Lori Ballen, president

of the North Shore University Hospital Auxiliary, expressed North Shore University Hospital Auxiliary’s commitment to enhance the experience and care for NICU patients and families. “We thank our honorees and all those who supported the North Shore University Hospital Auxiliary and our pledge to raise $2million for the renovation of the Neonatal ICU at North Shore University Hospital.” For more than 60 years, the! North Shore University Hospital! Auxiliary has supported programs and services to foster the growth and evolution of North Shore University Hospital.! North Shore University Hospital! Auxiliary Golf Chair, John Bonanno, the Auxiliary Executive Board, the Auxiliary Golf Committee, event sponsors and the Volunteer Department at!North Shore University Hospital! helped make the event a tremendous success.

State to disclose chemicals in products


Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso, seen here at his desk, said he is pleased that the state plans to disclose the chemicals in everyday products.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, or NYS DEC, is establishing a program to disclose the chemicals used in household and industrial cleaning products. Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso, a member of the state Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee and self-described environmentalist, said he is pleased that with the news. “I am concerned about the chemicals we use in our homes which end up in our water supply,” Assemblyman D’Urso said. “By using the listings provided by this program, people will be able to make better choices and help keep harmful chemicals out of their homes and the environment.” This will be the first program of its

kind in the nation providing consumers information about the contents of their cleaning products. NYS DEC is currently working with the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse to develop and maintain a database of the disclosure information. Known as the Household Cleaning Product Disclosure Program, it was developed after lengthy discussions with many groups including industry, state agencies, advocacy groups and private citizens. Manufacturers of cleaning products will be required to disclose known carcinogens such as 1,4 Dioxane among other chemicals. “This will address consumers’ concerns about the safety of the products they buy,” D’Urso said.






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