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ExteNet sues Flower Hill for denying nodes

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Board rejected 18 small cell devices BY J E S S I C A PA R K S ExteNet has sued the Village of Flower Hill over its decision to deny all 18 of the wireless infrastructure provider’s cell node applications. The Illinois-based company claims that Flower Hill refused to process ExteNet’s permits, implemented an illegal moratorium on cell node applications, used subjective and undefined aesthetic standards when reviewing ExteNet’s application and denied the application based on ExteNet’s failure to meet “phantom local requirements,” according to the lawsuit. The village board unanimously voted to deny ExteNet’s application to install cell nodes in the village’s right of ways last month primarily for ExteNet’s failure to specify the exact locations of the proposed cell nodes despite village requests for clarification. Verizon Wireless contracted

with ExteNet four years ago to install small cell devices in a number of Long Island communities to improve its 4G network. The Village of Lake Success in Great Neck is also the subject of a lawsuit from ExteNet for denying nine of 13 proposed cell nodes. ExteNet contends that Flower Hill’s determination that ExteNet had provided the board with a special permit application with conflicting plans and options instead of “specific alternate plans” is a “charade.” “Ignoring that ExteNet actually provided the Board with photographs and simulations of the three options for the decorative poles for it to choose from along with photographs and simulations of the PSE&G utility poles and small cell attachments,” the lawsuit said, “the findings erroneously state that ExteNet failed and refuse(d) to identify ‘site-specific infrastructure types’ for each proContinued on Page 69

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Port Washington’s Aneesha Mirza performing at Port’s Got Talent variety show on Saturday night, an annual event which benefits the Port Washington Adult Activities Center.

Man found with stockpile of ghost guns: police BY J ES S I C A PA R K S

that had their identifying serial numbers defaced. John Dejana, 47, was the A Port Washington man subject of a long-term investiwas arrested last Thursday af- gation by the FBI Long Island ter a police search of his prop- Joint Terrorism Task Force, acerty turned up 11 “ghost” guns cording to police.

Kevin Smith, first deputy commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department, said a total of 27 weapons were found in the Dejana residence, where the defendant lived with Continued on Page 69

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League to host 2 election forums Town, county candidates will speak BY J ES S I C A PA R K S

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The Wild Goose, one of 21 restaurants participating in Port Washington’s Restaurant Week.

Port Restaurant Week kicks off Oct. 20 Over 20 restaurants to offer $25 prix fixe menus B Y J E S S I C A P A R K S on Oct. 20, Manhattan Comedy Washington Boulevard; Ayhan’s Port Washington Restaurant Week will kick off Sunday, Oct. 20, and run through the following Sunday. “Restaurant Week is an opportunity to show our community and the surrounding communities what we have to offer,” said Mariann Dalimonte, executive director of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, who organized the event. More than 20 restaurants across Port Washington are participating in Restaurant Week and offering three-course prix fixe menus for $25. Even more, Dalimonte said, the business improvement district teamed up with the Landmark on Main Street to offer dinner and a show. Those interested in attending the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Night on Oct. 26, or kicking off Restaurant Week a night early with Candice Guardino’s Italian Bred can enter the promotional code RW5 for $5 off select seats. Restaurant Week also provides an opportunity to show support for the restaurants that provide support for the community year-round, most recently by donating food for the community’s annual Pride in Port dinner dance, Dalimonte said. Diners will have a variety of cuisines to try throughout the week from pizza to French cuisine and from Middle-Eastern to Latin American. “It is a time to visit the restaurants you always wanted to try or return to your favorite neighborhood spot,” Dalimonte said. Participating restaurants include Ale’Port Bar & Grill and Sullivan’s Quay on Port

Shish-Kebab Restaurant, Bareburger, Dynasty, f.i.s.h on main, Finn Mac Cool’s, Frank’s Pizza, Gino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant, La P’tite Framboise Bistro, Mojito Cafe, Port Thai Place, Secrets of Flight, The Wild Goose, Toscanini Ristorante Italiano, Wild Honey on Main, Yummy Gyro and Louie’s Grill and Liquors on Main Street; Bosphorus Cafe Grill and Diwan on Shore Road; and Mi Ranchito Grill on Manorhaven Boulevard. Frank’s Pizza will offer its prix fixe menu for taking out in addition to dining in. On Saturday, Oct. 26, Restaurant Week specials will only be available until 7 p.m. Prix fixe menus for the participating restaurants are available to view on www.portwashingtonbid.org under the “Restaurant Week” tab.

The League of Women Voters of Port WashingtonManhasset is hosting two forums next week for candidates running for county and town posts across the Town of North Hempstead. The first of the two forums will be held at Castle Gould at the Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the candidates for Nassau County district attorney – Madeline Singas, the incumbent Democrat, and Republican Francis X. McQuade – how they will handle issues that the district attorney’s office will be facing over the next four years. A larger forum on Oct. 17 will be held at the Universal Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the congregation’s women’s group.

That forum will kick off with North Hempstead Tax Receiver Charles Berman, a Democrat, and opponent Republican Ron Rochester discussing the tax receiver position and fielding questions from the audience. Then featured speakers for Nassau County elected positions will speak, including Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) and Democrat Mal Nathan, who are running for legislator in the 9th District; Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum (D-Great Neck) and Republican Helene Sherman, who are seeking election in District 10; and Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) and her Republican opponent, James M. Greenberg, who are vying for District 11. North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, a Democrat, and her Republican opponent, David Redmond, will speak after the county legislators. Continued on Page 5

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Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, the Democratic incumbent, left, and her opponent, Republican Francis McQuade.

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Oral histories of civil rights victories A series of interviews with 10 activists recount N. Hempstead’s civil rights movements BY R OB E RT PELAEZ When speaking about the civil rights movement, the Rev. Edward Corley of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Manhasset reflected on the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” “We can teach the youth to not waste your importance, and to not waste your gifts, and to use what you have to make a difference in the world,” Corley said. “You don’t want to leave here without making that difference, and letting somebody know how significant you are, and how significant they are.” Corley has been the pastor at the Mount Olive Baptist Church for over 45 years and was one of the 10 people that the Town of North Hempstead highlighted in a series of videotaped interviews on the civil rights movement in North Hempstead. In addition to Corley, the profiles feature Rabbi Jerome Davidson of Temple Beth-El, Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, Town Council-

The interviews, which vary in length, highlight the activists’ involvement during the movement in the 1960s and 70s. “Nassau County has been tagged as the most racist county in the world, with what was taking place,” said Corley. “I began to realize as I read, especially as I got older, that I could see a whole lot of problems taking place here.” Corley’s impact in the community goes beyond his work in the congregation and developing relationships with African-American activists such as the Rev. Al Sharpton. After spending 16 years as a social studies teacher at Great Neck South High School, he received his Master’s in Social Work from Yeshiva University. His connections with the Jewish community on Long IsPHOTO COURTESY OF THE TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD land stem from working with Davidson in creating black-JewRev. Edward Corley recounts his involvement with religious ish dialogue. The dialogue led to a joint effort by members of both figures to promote black-Jewish dialogue. congregations to combat injustice at that time. “The Judaic-Christian link woman Lee Seeman, Bernice Marge Rogatz, Peter Kornblum from the Bible, we believe that Roberts, Alan Reff, Bernice Sims, and Saul Weinstein.

we are linked on a journey together,” Corley explained. “It strengthened my bond and my understanding that there are people that care for the same things you care for.” Along with Corley, Davidson has been a longstanding activist in the town and served as senior rabbi for Temple Beth-El of Great Neck for 35 years. He was an active member of the Committee on Human Rights, which focused on local issues and exploring ways for the Jewish community to aid with housing and economic issues. “There was that kind of selfimposed segregation because of the economy,” Davidson said. “Aside from being an active member of the committee, I was anxious to speak with young people in the congregation on the importance of the tolerance of other races and religions.” The two were instrumental in aid efforts in which members of the temple with medical backgrounds treated members of the Baptist Church at no cost. Their joint efforts also resultContinued on Page 20

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Bonanno attorney seeks to move trial Representative of Great Neck plastic surgeon requests relocation to a Bronx courthouse BY R OB E RT PELAEZ

A lawyer for a plastic surgeon and Great Neck resident, Matthew Bonanno, who is charged with illegal weapons possession has requested that his trial be moved to the Bronx. “Dr. Matthew Bonanno cannot get a fair trial here in Westchester County,” the lawyer, Paul Gentile, said Tuesday. “The jury pool has been tainted by the Westchester district attorney, with unlawful accusations of Mr. Bonanno being a domestic terrorist, and a danger to himself, and others.” Gentile said that the process has begun to move the trial to the Bronx, where he served as district attorney in 1988. Bonanno was arrested on Aug. 12 by Tuckahoe village police in Westchester County after a tip that he was discussing plans to harm his estranged wife. On Sept. 10, he was charged with 53 counts of criminal possession of weapons, according to a news release from the Westchester district attorney’s office.

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Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino Jr., left, with Tuckahoe Police Chief John Costanzo. The weapons gathered had been found after a search warrant on Matthew Bonanno’s vehicle and homes in Great Neck and Mount Pleasant. After working with the district attorney’s office, Tuckahoe police were able to obtain search warrants for Bonanno’s vehicle, as well as his Great Neck residence, officials said.

The search led to police finding rifles, handguns, loaded magazines, ballistic body armor and headgear, face masks, military knives and other weapons in Bonanno’s vehicle, according to

the district attorney’s office. Courtroom footage from News 12 Westchester showed Gentile claiming that the seizing of weapons from Bonanno’s vehicle was illegal and that his Mi-

randa rights had not been read to him before the arrest. “The unlawful searches of his vehicle and home were contributing factors to this need of movContinued on Page 59

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Arts center to honor Ben Vereen at Tilles BY R OB E RT PE L A E Z Actor and singer Ben Vereen will receive the Gold Coast Arts Center’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. “Ben Vereen is the iconic triple threat,” said the center’s director, Regina Gil. “He is so iconic and legendary, it’s almost crazy that there is a whole generation that, for the most part, doesn’t know he exists.” He will be honored at the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast International Film Festival on Nov. 4 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville. Vereen, a Tony Award winner in 1973, has made his mark in the world of the arts on and off the big screen. He has been in such Broadway productions as “Pippin,” “Wicked,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Jelly’s Last Jam.” Along with a number of guest appearances on hit shows, Vereen’s biggest television role was as Chicken George in the 1980s show “Roots,” and his most notable film was “All That Jazz,” released in 1979. “There’s really nothing that man can’t do,” Gil said. “He is the ultimate performer, and we’re so excited to have a home-bred talent be the recipient of the award.” Vereen attended the Manhattan High School of Performing Arts, and will receive a tribute from Uniondale High School’s award-winning show choir, Rhythm of the Knight, which has been featured on programs for NBC, ABC, FOX and News 12, during the festival’s opening ceremony. “I think the tribute by the group is extremely fitting,” Gil said. “Not only are they an outstanding local performance group, but it gives the younger generation who may not know the extent of Ben’s impact a glimpse into just how remarkable of a man he is.” Each year, the Gold Coast Arts Center puts together a committee of jurors to submit and then vote on one person to be recognized for the lifetime achievement award. Past jurors have included directors of photography, documentary filmmakers, actors and Oscar-winning producers. Gil said that more than some people might think goes into narrowing down a list to find one winner. “First, you get all these amazing sub-

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Ben Vereen will be honored with the Gold Coast Arts Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 4. missions from highly credible and reputable figures in the arts,” she said. “You have your initial list, and then weeding out those who may not be able to attend due to various circumstances, and making sure that they have lived enough to have this lifetime award, then it gets more tricky.” She continued, “Our main objective is to find someone that is worthy but also shares the same values that our center, and the people who work with us have. After thoroughly discussing Ben’s impact on wanting to mold and inspire future generations to enter the exciting world of the arts, we had our winner.” Aside from his iconic performances, Vereen has received awards and recognitions from a variety of activist and humanitarian groups, such as Israel’s Cultural and Humanitarian Award, NAACP Image Awards, and Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2011, and the Dance Hall of Fame in 2012. “I encourage everyone to come for the whole festival, but especially to watch a living legend grace the stage in our own collective backyard,” Gil said.

Two league forums Continued from Page 2 North Hempstead Councilman Peter Zuckerman, a Democrat, will speak and field questions alongside 2nd District Republican opponent Ragini Srivastava to lead the town council speakers. They will be followed by Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey, a Democrat, and Republican David Yaudoon Chang, who are seeking election in District 4. The forum will con-

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clude with Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, a Republican, speaking side-by-side with her Democrat opponent in the 6th District, Mariann Dalimonte. Both forums are free of charge and are expected to begin promptly at their scheduled times. Light refreshments will be available. Election Day for all seats to be discussed at the forum is Nov. 5.

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Ex-County Exec Ed Mangano disbarred Court docs state that a lawyer is ‘automatically disbarred’ when convicted of a felony BY J E S S I C A PA R K S

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Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano

Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was formally disbarred in a Sept. 25 ruling from the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division. The court documents state that a lawyer is “automatically disbarred” when convicted of a felony, but the court decision strikes Mangano’s name from the roll of attorneys and councilors-at-law. Mangano has neither opposed the motion nor issued a response, according to the decision. Mangano, along with his wife, Linda, was found guilty on corruption charges in early March. Edward Mangano was convicted after a sevenweek trial in Central Islip of bribery and accepting kickbacks in exchange for governmental action. His bribery conviction is based on a deal he made with Harendra Singh, a restaurateur on Long Island and a star witness in the trial, in which Singh kicked back money and personal benefits in return for pushing the Town of Oyster Bay to authorize loans for Singh, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office. Mangano and his wife obstructed justice by conspiring with Singh to fabricate work Linda Mangano supposedly performed at Singh’s restaurant to prevent a grand jury investigation, the news release said. Kevin Keating, Mangano’s Garden City attorney, declined to comment. Mangano’s sentencing scheduled for Oct. 3 before U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack was postponed to Dec. 18, according to court documents.

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County sees drop in opioid deaths 149 fatalities in 2018 a decrease of 25 percent since 2016, according to task force report BY J E S S I C A PA R K S

The number of opioid-related deaths in Nassau County decreased to 149 last year, nearly 25 percent below the peak in 2016, according to a report by the county’s opioid task force. The report released last Thursday by the group, a consortium of county officials, drug treatment specialists and law enforcement officials, described how the nationwide opioid crisis has affected Nassau County and gave a “roadmap to recovery.” Nassau’s opioid-related death count is dropping faster than any other large county in the state, according to recent statistics from the state Department of Health. The 149 deaths in 2018 were down from 195 in 2016, and the number was the lowest on record since 2013. Nassau’s typical drug users were identified in the report as white males between the ages of 21 and 30. Some 60 percent of overdoses responded to by the Nassau County Police Department are male drug users. Eighty-five percent of overdoses the Police Department responds to are white drug users. Black drug users account for 7 percent of overdoses and Hispanic drug users account for 4 percent. Overdoses were overwhelmingly more frequent on Nassau’s South Shore than on

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The Nassau County Opioid Crisis Action Plan Task Force released a case study on Nassau County last week. the North Shore in 2018 with overdoses mainly concentrated in the Town of Hempstead’s western border with Queens and the Town of Oyster Bay’s eastern border with Suffolk County. The Town of North Hempstead saw the lowest number of total overdoses throughout the county, a map in the report indicated, and a large area of Old Westbury through

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Upper Brookville saw no overdoses at all. Nassau County spends $4,800 for each fatal overdose that police respond to and $3,520 for each nonfatal overdose. The county spent approximately $2.51 million on overdose response in 2018, an almost 24 percent drop in spending since 2016, when the county spent $3.3 million. The report’s action plan suggests the

county focus on preventative measures. Reducing the impact of early-childhood trauma, which if left untreated is seen as a gateway to substance abuse, is identified in the report as a major factor. “Researchers have established a clear link between untreated trauma and substance abuse, but all too often, we react to the devastating symptoms of that trauma,” said Nassau County Legislator Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury), co-chair of the task force. “We have created a powerful blueprint for a holistic, proactive strategy that identifies and addresses the root causes of substance abuse by employing a traumainformed therapeutic approach, and I am hopeful that our findings and recommendations will be used to guide the next phase of our community’s response to the opioid crisis.” Recommended preventative measure the county can take include funding for education programs on the recognition of trauma, funding for comprehensive prevention measures, opening additional traumainformed agencies, ensuring service providers see the connection between trauma and addiction by mandating training, developing prevention messaging through social media and establishing resources for academia related to evidence-based prevention and tools to train faculty. Continued on Page 60

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Curran vetoes GOP assessment package Presiding Officer Nicolello says he will seek override vote on six hotly disputed resolutions BY J E S S I C A PA R K S An assessment bill package that Nassau Republicans said would make the county assessment process “more fair and transparent” was vetoed by the county executive last Wednesday. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran contended that the legislation package was “politically motivated.” “It is not meant to offer real solutions or relief – it’s meant to mislead taxpayers and distract from their decade of doing nothing,” Curran said. Home assessment values in Nassau County had been frozen for nearly 10 years until Curran undertook a countywide reassessment in what she said was an effort to make the county’s assessment roll more defensible in order to avoid issuing reductions to those who grieve their property taxes. Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) said that the resolutions were based on the concerns of residents heard by legislators at

open town hall meetings. “These bills were designed to ease the burden on taxpayers who are simply trying to understand the reassessment process and have their questions answered,” he said. He said the GOP plans to announce a veto override vote as soon as possible. The Nassau County Legislature passed the measures along party lines after hours of debate last month, with the 11 Republican legislators voting in favor and the seven Democratic lawmakers voting against the package. The six vetoed resolutions would force the county Department of Assessment to staff its phones with a human operator, mail updated tax impact statements, restrict private home inspections conducted by the department, require the county assessor to hold multiple public hearings throughout the country and mandate that the appointed county assessor reside in Nassau County. Nassau County Assessor David Moog is a resident of

needs to be set in place before tax statements are prepared for October 2020. Also under review by the county GOP are three contracts for services that would assist the county in kickstarting the 2020-21 assessment process which Curran spokeswoman Christine Geed said was the majority’s attempt “to sabotage the 2021/2022 assessment roll.” Nicolello contended in a prior statement that the administration said these services would be performed by existing staff when the county Legislature passed the same three PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NASSAU COUNTY EXECUTIVE LAURA CURRAN contracts last year. “There are issues as to whether the work on updating Nassau County Executive Laura Curran vetoed a GOP-prothe assessment roll should be posed assessment package last Wednesday. accomplished by existing staff, which is what the administraPlan was approved by the state tion said would be the case New York City. Curran urged the Repub- Legislature as part of the bud- when we voted for the same lican legislators to take “real get but requires ratification by contracts last year,” he said. action” and pass the proposed the Nassau County Legislature An April analysis by Newsfive-year phase-in which would to go into effect. day found the 2020-21 tentaRepublican legislators have tive assessment roll to be fair spread property tax increases stated previously that they are and accurate. and decreases over five years. The Taxpayer Protection reviewing the legislation that

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G.N. man indicted for OD deaths BY R OB E RT PELAEZ A Great Neck resident has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury on manslaughter charges for allegedly distributing illegal drugs that resulted in two overdose deaths. The Queens County district attorney’s office said last Thursday that Justin Lum, 30, of Forest Row in Great Neck, was charged with distributing cocaine, alprazolam (or Xanax), heroin and, in one case, fentanyl, to a man and woman, in the spring of 2017 and 2018, respectively. He is the first alleged drug dealer to be charged in Queens County with a homicide related to overdose deaths. “Heroin, unfortunately, has made a deadly comeback in Queens County and throughout New York City, and our nation as a whole,” said acting District Attorney John M. Ryan. “The dealers who profit from distributing these drugs bear responsibility when their clients die. This defendant thought he was safe from prosecution. He was dead wrong.”

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Great Neck resident Justin Lum was indicted on manslaughter charges for suppyling heroin, resulting in two deathly overdoses, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Lum was arraigned on a 15-count indictment that included three counts of seconddegree manslaughter and multiple counts of third- and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, according to a news release. If convicted,

he could face 26 to 126 years in prison, according to Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. According to the charges, Lum supplied heroin to his girlfriend, Patricia Collado, 28, of Brooklyn, in April 2017. Af-

ter allegedly snorting lines of heroin from a cellphone at the movies, Collado passed out in a parked vehicle, where first responders transported her to a nearby hospital for further treatment, Queens prosecutors said.

The next day, after being discharged from the hospital, Collado and Lum allegedly snorted more heroin at his grandfather’s home in Flushing, which resulted in Collado immediately going into cardiac arrest. Lum did not call for medical assistance but attempted to “stabilize her,” according to the district attorney’s office. Lum awoke the next morning to find his girlfriend had been foaming at the mouth, called 911 and administered CPR with the medical dispatcher’s instructions, officials said. By the time emergency medical workers arrived, she was dead, the district attorney’s office said. “Overdose deaths have far outpaced homicides in the last few years,” Ryan said. “These are individuals who have become addicted to opioids and when heroin is laced with fentanyl there is an added risk since the synthetic opioid can be more than 50 times more potent than heroin.” According to the indictment, less than a year later in March 2018, Lum allegedly supplied heroin to Bayside resident

5K raises $6,500 to restore lighthouse BY R OB E RT PELAEZ One hundred forty participants laced up their running shoes and took a 3.1-mile trek around Kings Point on Sunday as part of the Stepping Stones Lighthouse 5K. “Once again there was a terrific turnout and everything went like clockwork,” said Bob Lincoln, commissioner of the Great Neck Park District. “It’s a very pleasant event, and it makes you feel great when people turn out for an event that hard-working individuals spent time putting together for an important cause.” The 5K began at Stepping Stones Park in Kings Point, with the route going down Redbrook Road running parallel to Kings Point Park. From there, runners and walkers passed Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink and continued down West Shore Road, with the last landmark being the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy before they reached the finish line at Stepping Stones Park. A 17-year-old Great Neck

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A participant finishes the Stepping Stones 5K. resident, Jan Kaluta, won the event. Kaluta finished with a time of 17:38, which equals a 5:41-minute-per-mile pace.

Aside from the top three male and female contestants, awards were presented to the top three in 14 age categories

for each gender, with a fouryear range. Medals and Tate’s cookies were awarded to top contes-

tants, and raffles featured prizes including heart rate monitors, automatic entries to other 5K events on the island, and of course, more cookies. The event was spearheaded by the Great Neck Park District, the historical society and Event Power Long Island, with plenty of help from other community groups and organizations, Lincoln said. “There was so much organizational support that was immensely appreciated by myself and the entire staff,” he said. “I can’t forget to mention the support of JFK Elementary School. They have played a pivotal role since the first year of this event, and I can’t thank them enough.” Though no final tallies have been calculated, Lincoln estimated that run registration and sponsorship efforts brought in around $6,500. Though roughly the same amount of sponsors were featured this year, the event was able to attract new ones such as Lynx Mortgage Bank LLC. “As residents of Great Neck Continued on Page 69


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The 3 acts of the Sand Miners Monument West Shore Road is a flat, straight, four-lane, divided highway with a 45 MPH speed limit intended to discourage commuters who would like to imagine they are in a drag race with James Dean. Even if you resist the fantasy and stay within the speed limit, you’ll have to slow down even more not to miss the turnoff to the Sand Miners Monument Park. How many of us have passed it by day after day without even knowing it’s there? Too bad, because this is a perfect place to pull over, get out of the car, and chill out. Our rest stop feels larger than its twoacre setting thanks to the No. 2 hole of the Harbor Links golf course on the other side. Hard to imagine, but you are in the middle of what was once a bustling company town, the largest sandbank east of the Mississippi. The sculpture in our featured photo is the focal point of the park and tells a dramatic story of sand mining in three acts. In Act One, three sand miners are positioned above us,

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Local History Matters each one holding his own tool of the trade – a mallet, a shovel, or a wrench. They are not working or even resting after a hard day’s work, but look out over what they have accomplished. Looking back at them from below, they appear confident and self-assured. In Act Two, at eye level, captured in mid-air, sand flows through a larger-than-life pair of hands. An informational panel tells us that “if you dumped all the sand that came from Port Washington on New York City, with the

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The Sand Miners Monument as seen off West Shore Rd. in Port Washington. Empire State Building being the point at which the sand reached its peak, you would build a mountain of sand on the island

of Manhattan that would stretch as far north as 59th Street and to the south of Washington Square, from river to river.”

In Act Three, the sand has been transformed into a miniature model of Manhattan. Continued on Page 59

Church to form Boy Scout troop for girls BY TOM MCCARTHY James Lark said the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow girls to join was a chance to get his 12-year-old daughter, Seren, involved in Scouting, a dream of hers. Lark, an assistant cub master for Cub Scout Pack 8 in East Williston and a former Scout, said Seren would often come to BSA events and want to be a part of the organization. “Our story is the same that is being told over and over nationally. My daughter spent a lot of time participating in Pack 8 activities and always wanted to join,” Lark said. Now she will be able to join a BSA troop for girls that will be hosted by the Community Church of East Williston. The troop is the first of its kind in the BSA Shelter Rock District, which encompasses the northwest quadrant of Nassau County. While several other girl

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The Community Church of East Williston is sponsoring a Boy Scout troop for girls. BSA troops have formed in Nassau County since the new

policy’s implementation Feb. 1, there had not previously

been any local options, Lark said. He said his daughter’s

desire to become a Scout and Continued on Page 59


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As I explained in Part 1 of this message, Mr. Robert J. Freeman, the very long serving Executive Director of the state’s Committee on Open Government was terminated as a state employee on June 24th by the NY Department of State, which oversees the committee. He was terminated, specifically, “for behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner toward a female reporter”. Mr. Freeman did not deny that charge, or other similar charges. The committee was formed in 1974 to oversee the implementation of the state’s Freedom of Information Law and the state’s Open Meetings Law. The Freedom of Information Law governs rights of access to government records, while the Open Meetings Law concerns the conduct of meetings of public bodies (which includes school districts) and the right to attend those meetings. Mr. Freeman publically stated, a number of times over the years, that school districts are the worst offenders of the two laws just mentioned. Why do school districts sometimes ignore aspects of these “open government laws” ? Probably, to hide things, and from their prospective, to operate more efficiently. And also, because there are almost no penalties that can be imposed on the districts for ignoring the laws. Our own Port Washington School District is a constant offender of some aspects of the state’s Open Government Laws. Here is an example of that. If you will go to the district’s Portnet website and look at the school calendar for the month of June just passed, you will see that an Executive Session has been scheduled for our school board on the 17th, the 18th, the 24th and on the 26th of the month. The sessions for the 17th, the 18th and for the 24th, are going to be held in the (Daly ES) Annex conference room, a room not capable of accommodating the public, while the session for

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the 26th is going to be held in the Weber Middle School’s principal’s office; certainly a small room not capable of accommodating the public. The school calendar tells you that for all four sessions, “It is anticipated that the board will be meeting in Executive Session ONLY. No public action will be taken at this time.” It all does sound quite straightforward and innocent enough, doesn’t it, but there is a huge problem with these scheduled executive sessions? The huge problem is, they are all ILLEGAL meetings of our school board. The following is what the Open Meetings Law says about executive sessions of any governmental board, including a school board.

“The law (the Open Meetings Law) provides for CLOSED or “executive” sessions under circumstances prescribed in the law. It is important to emphasize that an executive session IS NOT SEPARATE from an open meeting, but is defined as a portion of an open meeting during which the public may be excluded. To close an open meeting for executive session, the law requires that a public body (must) take several procedural steps. First, a motion must be made DURING AN OPEN MEETING to enter into executive session; second, the motion must identify “the general area or areas of the subject or subjects to be considered”; and third, the motion must be carried by a majority vote of the total membership of the a public body. Further, a public body cannot close its doors to the public to discuss the subject of its choice, for the law specifies and limits the subject matter that may appropriately be discussed in executive session. There are eight subjects (public safety, litigation, collective bargaining, the proposed acquisition or sale, or lease of real property, securities, etc. and four other subject matters) that may be discussed behind closed doors. These are the

ONLY subjects that may be discussed behind closed doors; all other deliberations must be conducted during open (to the public) meetings.” “The Open Meetings Law requires that minutes of both open meetings and EXECUTIVE SESSIONS must be complied and made available (to the public). Minutes of executive sessions must consist of “a record or summary of the final determination” of action that was taken, “and the date and vote thereon.” If a public body merely discusses a matter during executive session, but takes no action, minutes of the executive session need not be compiled. HOWEVER, if action is taken, minutes of the action MUST BE compiled and made available. The Freedom of Information Law requires that a voting record must be compiled that identifies how individual members (of the public body) voted in every instance in which a vote was taken.” Today is October 8, 2019, more than months after the illegal meetings of our school board were held on June 17th, 18th, 24th and the 26th. If you will go to the district’s Portnet website today, you will find no minutes for those four illegal meetings that were held, in spite of what the Open Meetings Law and the Freedom of Information Law, require. If any of our school officials tells you that no action was taken at any of those meetings and that hence, no minutes are required, don’t believe them. Our school district only schedules an illegal executive session, when action must be taken on some matter. The state’s Education Law requires that a school board must meet in an Open (public) Meeting (at least) once a quarter during the year. However, the law notes that most school boards meet at least once a month. The purpose of a

board meeting is to conduct public business. Public business includes not only binding votes of the board, but also any activity that is preliminary to such a vote, or involves consideration of a matter that could be the subject of board action. There is no question that if the law didn’t require it, our school board wouldn’t hold any meetings that the public could attend. Our school board members and our top school administrators will tell you that our school board members were elected by the community (which is not true) to conduct the business of the school district and that the board members and our school administrators can do that, without our entire community watching them conduct school business, over their shoulders. So, since our school officials must hold Open Meetings, once in a while, what they’ve done, cleverly, is to conduct as little public business as possible at those Open Meetings and to fill in the two hours of each meeting with entertainments and time wasters, that the few members of the public in attendance would ever object to watch (see below) If you will go to our school district’s calendar for this month of July on the district’s Portnet website, you will find that an open meeting was scheduled for July 1st. The open meeting was scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Schreiber HS library. However, before that, an executive session of the board was scheduled for 6:30 p.m., in the Schreiber HS faculty lounge. The scheduling of an executive session of the board is absolutely illegal, as explained above by the Open Meetings Law. However, this practice of scheduling executive sessions before an open meeting begins, has been followed by our school district for many years now and we can expect it to continue. Continued on next page


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A friend of mine in town tried to attend the June 26th illegal board meeting. He was told by the then president of our school board that he was not welcome at the meeting and that counsel for our school district had approved of holding the illegal meeting. I doubt that counsel ever did that, but if counsel did, I believe that counsel was just trying to keep a very well paying client happy. When our school board meets behind closed doors starting at 6:30 early in an evening, when it shouldn’t be meeting at all, what is it doing? I have strong reasons to believe that it’s reviewing, discussing and voting on the agenda items that will be presented to the public at the open meeting of the board that begins at 8:00 p.m. What is the problem with that? The agenda probably lists dozens and dozens of items for discussion and approval, but, in all likelihood, each of

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those many items won’t be discussed at the open meeting. Most likely, the president of the school board will move, when Agenda Item 1 is reached, that Agenda Items 1 – 46 should be approved of by the board, in a bloc vote. Then, after that motion is seconded, the board will vote 7 to zero to approve Agenda Items 1 – 46, all with that one vote. What harm has been done? The board’s legal obligation to discuss, review and vote on individual agenda items before the public, has been avoided. Is that good or bad? It’s certainly not good, since transparency in government, which is the aim of the state’s Open Government Laws, has been avoided. Are our school district’s open meetings actually conducting “public business”? I think that for the greater portion of each meeting, our school board does not conduct “public business” before the residents of

Port Washington. I think that for the greater portion of each meeting, beginning at 8:00 p.m., the meeting just offers entertainment to the few members of the public in attendance and is used to announce some student accomplishments that the district is happy about. Lengthy time is then usually allotted for someone to make a presentation to the board about any one of thousands of diverse matters, like artificial turf athletic fields, the contents of student lunches, or the design of gender neutral bathrooms. Attend an open meeting of our school district yourself and you will see how little time is spent on public business. Where and when was the public business of the district conducted? It was conducted from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in the faculty lounge, without the public in attendance, or it was conducted at some other time and place, again without the public in attendance. Over the years, I’ve been able to dis-

cuss this situation with a number of different board members. Each has told me that our school district prefers to formally approve of dozens of agenda items in a great bloc vote, with the public watching, because time does not permit each individual agenda item to be discussed and voted on at an open meeting that normally runs from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. I don’t buy that as a valid reason for not following the Open Meetings Law. If more time is needed to review , discuss and vote on, in public, a long list of individual agenda items, then let’s have longer open meetings, or more of them. Part 3 of this message will discuss how our school district evades, or avoids, other aspects of the state’s Open Government Laws.

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Republican Town of Hempstead Inc.

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f you consider the job of Republican Hempstead Town Board members to be to serve the best interests of the town’s more than 750,000 residents, their recent decision to table five money-saving measures and postpone a vote on a proposed 2020 budget that would cut taxes 1.7 percent makes little sense. On the other hand, if you view Hempstead’s government as a private organization whose first priority is to protect patronage jobs of Hempstead Republicans and their families, then the two recent votes make perfect sense. The problem with the five money-saving measures and the budget that calls for a spending cut both start with the person who proposed them – Town Supervisor Laura Gillen. In 2017, Gillen became the first Democrat elected Hempstead town supervisor in more than 100 years. This, as they say, is bad for business. At least as practiced by Town of Hempstead Republicans. Before Gillen could take office, outgoing Town Supervisor Anthony Santino and the Town Board handed out $4 million in raises to 197 employees and moved his top political allies to permanent positions in the Gillen administration. Gillen is now running for reelection against Town Receiver of Taxes Donald X. Clavin Jr. Cutting taxes and introducing money-saving measures just might help Gillen’s election chances. For Town of Hempstead Re-

publicans, this is apparently a bad thing. Making matters worse for Hempstead Inc. is that Gillen’s tentative 2020 budget reduces overtime projections by 10 percent and eliminates 55 full-time positions through anticipated retirements. That’s 55 jobs that the Republicans could not hand out if they regained control of the town supervisor position. The Town Board also postponed a vote to draw on $6.9 million from town reserves and direct $5.2 million to pay for salaries and wages in 18 departments that Gillen staffers said went over their budgets in 2018. The Town Board on Tuesday submitted its own budget. Gillen has since proposed a ban on town department heads leading political committees and said she intended to submit legislation next month to ban town commissioners from serving as heads of local political clubs or committees. About half of the town’s department chiefs, including nearly every commissioner and town attorney, are leaders of local Republican clubs, she said. What are the odds that these department heads are the most qualified people to hold their jobs? How willing would you be to trust these departments to hold down overtime costs? Especially when employees are members of some of the same political clubs and committees as their bosses. The five money-saving measures that the Republican town council members tabled pro-

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vided a further demonstration of the cost to taxpayers of the GOP’s focus. One of the five was a contract to digitize the clerk’s office, create greater transparency and get rid of the 72 typewriters needed to run the office. Consider that last item for a moment. Like some land that time forgot, the Town of Hempstead in 2019 uses 72 typewriters to run the clerk’s office. Typewriters. In 2019. Where else in North America are there 72 typewriters being used to run an office? And yes, replacing typewriters with computers would save time and money. But what about those jobs? Especially when they are held by people who knock on doors, hand out flyers, man phone banks and make campaign contributions to the Hempstead Republican Party. Then there was the Siemens energy performance contract.

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Until recently at least, Republicans and Democrats have been separated by a philosophy centered around the role that government should play in people’s everyday lives. The differences between the two parties have generally been muted at the local government level. There is little disagreement about the need to collect garbage, hire police or hire school teachers. Sure, politics gets mixed in, particularly when local officials go looking for higher office. But this is different. Thanks to free rein for more than 100 years, the Republican Party in the Town of Hempstead turned into a suburban version of the old, big city political machines. That is a system taxpayers in the Town of Hempstead can longer afford. Nor be forced to endure.

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The contract had gone through a bipartisan review process involving thousands of hours of work over the last year that cost the town tens of thousands of dollars and Siemens several hundred thousand dollars. It was projected to provide the town $11.381 million in guaranteed electric savings that would have paid for five energyrelated projects. This is known as a no-brainer. But what’s $11.381 million in electric savings and five energyrelated projects when there is an election to be won. So what if other vendors watching this process decide not to invest time and money to bid on projects in the town when they can get their legs cut out from under them for political reasons? This not how elected officials whose priority is to serve the public or a political party

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Hempstead’s irresponsible GOP

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wo years ago, Town of Hempstead voters, disgusted with corrupt and incompetent Republican leadership, elected Laura Gillen the first Democratic town supervisor in one hundred years. The repudiation at the ballot box, however, appears to have fallen on deaf Republican ears. Since Gillen was sworn into office in January 2018, GOP Town legislators have been spiteful obstructionists, rejecting time and again thoughtful public policy proposals that would benefit taxpayers. Here are a few examples of the GOP’s bad behavior: Shortly before defeated Supervisor Anthony Santino left office, he rammed through the Town Legislature a resolution that limited Gillen’s ability to clean house. To protect at-will hack employees from being fired, the legislation reassigned them with current salaries to unbudgeted civil service jobs in “departments that were not financially positioned to handle the additional salary expense.” What an insult to voters

who evicted Santino! When Gillen learned that her predecessor failed to refund bonded debt to procure lower interest rates that would save taxpayers millions of dollars, she asked the Legislature to empower her, if warranted, to refund up to $110 million of the debt. But once again, GOP legislators objected an approved only limited authority. Excuses for not approving the potential refunding of the $110 million were specious, reeking of a partisan desire to rob the new supervisor of a victory, rather than a responsible approach to doing good service for taxpayers. Another casualty of the Republican slash-and-burn approach to governing was the rejection of Gillen’s Foreclosure and Registry Ordinance Act that would have relieved the Town from maintaining and managing foreclosed homes. Instead of spending $1 million annually to maintain unsafe buildings, the proposal, if enacted, would have generated $3 million in fees from banks

GEORGE J. MARLIN On The Right required to be accountable for foreclosed property. Cutting town spending, generating revenue and eliminating neighborhood blight — a big win for taxpayers — was stopped in its tracks by Republican obstructionists. Then the Republicans discarded Gillen’s balanced budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 and imposed a fiscal gimmick called “Less Savings” throughout the Town’s line-item budget. This shell game practice is a guesstimate of unspecified savings that may or may not be

achieved savings is unique in the annals of municipal finance. One Republican dolt accidentally revealed to Newsday the true intent of the scheme: “Less savings is a way to pad money and hide money by removing it so there’s a surplus next year so whoever is running can say they’d save taxes.” The GOP’s latest antics reaffirm their “public be damned” attitude. In late September, they tabled indefinitely a host of sensible Gillen proposals that would have saved millions. The most important item tabled was the Siemen Energy Performance Contract. This contact projected $11.4 million in savings and more than $5 million in positive cash flow over 20 years. Those savings would have permitted the town to finance — without any additional cost to the taxpayers — numerous worthy projects including computer management software for 1,100 terminals, 16 highefficiency pool pump motor replacements, 19 high-efficiency transformer replacements, and 5,400 conversions to LED light-

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When speaking about the restored Bourbon monarchy after the fall of Napoleon, the renown French diplomat, Talleyrand, quipped “They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.” By this he meant King Louis XVIII and his family did not understand why King Louis XVI was beheaded in 1792 by the revolutionary government; and that they did not forget grudges against those that overthrew them. Hence, it was no surprise when the House of Bourbon was booted out of France for good in 1830. Similarly, Hempstead Republicans have learned nothing from voter rejection in November 2017 and are driven solely by rancor. This flawed and dangerous approach to governing will eventually drive voters to do to the Hempstead GOP what the French did to the Bourbons—sweep them into the dustbin of history. I’m hoping it’s sooner than later.

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I dream of ‘Downton Abbey’ in Port

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n the recently released cinematic update of “Downton Abbey,” the entire household is in a lather because the King and Queen will be arriving for a visit. The royals in question are the slightly fictionalized King George V and Queen Mary, whose granddaughter Elizabeth II is the U.K.’s current monarch. The upstairs family — the Crawleys — harbor some concerns about the expense of entertaining royalty, but it is the entire crew of downstairs servants who take the situation directly to heart. “I want every surface in this house to gleam and sparkle,” ordains housekeeper Mrs. Hughes. I know how she feels. That was just exactly what I wanted for some recent visitors to my home. There were only a few glitches with that idea. For one thing, unlike the Crawleys, I do not possess a giant estate house with more than 200 rooms, or a household staff of numerous

footmen and maids, two cooks, a housekeeper, valet, and butler. If I did, at least one of them would probably have remembered where I had stashed the emergency set of linens for the fold-out bed we haven’t used in quite a while. And, once found, all the sheets and pillowcases would likely have been the same color! Alas, when it comes to laundry maids, footmen, valet, and cook at Casa Judy, I am it — the entire kit and caboodle. Which is why I sympathized, not with Downton’s ambitious housekeeper, but with Thomas Barrow, instead. He is the newly-promoted butler who soon scandalizes the daughter of the household, Lady Mary, with the radical confession that he doesn’t plan to polish every last vase, urn, and sterling silver serving piece (which look, from one scene, to fill a room the size of my old apartment); he only wants to polish the items that the royal visitors are likely

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A Look on the Lighter Side to use. I say, give that man a medal! — if a slightly tarnished one. But this kind of talk terrifies Lady Mary and sends her scampering to the home of retired butler Mr. Carson, the butler of her youth. “Barrow is like a deer in the headlights,” she complains to him, begging him to come back to work at least long enough to get the household through the royal visit without mishap.

Which of course he does. We all know it wouldn’t be Downton Abbey without Carson telling Who’s Who just What’s What, and keeping everyone at the top of their game. A second difference between our two scenarios is that at Downton, the staff are informed that they are all to take the night off. The King’s own butler — or, as he haughtily insists on their calling him, “The Royal Page of the Backstairs” — informs them that they will all be replaced for the night, from the cook to the maids to the footmen serving the food. This outrages the Downton staff, who are determined on their right to serve “My King and Emperor.” (I assume the Queen/ Empress is important to them, too, although nobody mentions her.) I cannot divulge what, if anything, the Downtoneers choose to do about this situation. All I can tell you is that Here is where I draw the line. If somebody or-

ders me to take off for the night, and leave the cooking, baking, serving and cleaning to them … they will find me only too happy to comply! Alas, no one did, and we had to make do with America’s version: paper plates and a pizza delivery, followed by the ritual cutting-up-for-the-recycling of all the resulting cardboard. I am sure that even Mr. Deer-in-theheadlights-Barrow could have handled it all with aplomb. There are many spills and chills, twists and turns, both in the Downton story and our own. (Why do my son and his friends insist on walking to Main Street in the dark? Will they wear reflective armbands? No? Then at least consent to carry flashlights!) The Downton folk are heartily relieved when their visit is over. Royalty generally only drop by once in a generation. I, however, hope my visitors come back sooner than that. Even if it means polishing some silver!


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OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Days of atonement, weeks of activism

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spects of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have always appealed to me. I offer my comments mindful that, for religious Jews, there are many dimensions to the 10-day period of the High Holidays that are not included in this discussion. Folks in our general society often see a new year as a time for reflections and resolutions. Indeed, for Jews, this Day of Atonement is the culmination of the launching of their New Year 5780. I have commented to friends that all of us could benefit from regular days of atonement, some of whom have then reminded me that Catholics have a sacrament of confession and are urged to engage on a weekly basis. Many groups foster regular reflections. The annual Odwira Festival (Oct. 12) in Queens indicates that “the community is expected to make amends, settle disputes, release grudges – then receive cleansings. This opens the way for growth, progression, and new blessings. We are rejuvenated, refocused.” I am especially attracted to some Jewish references for Yom Kippur “to atone” (or cleanse), as

the day seeks a focus on both “personal and national sins.” Yom Kippur and other occasions of reflection and redirection can have even greater benefits as one looks beyond the personal to our social responsibilities. Clearly, for Jews and others, rituals can serve as annual dates to mark engagement, participation with others (thus, being strengthened by a sense of community), reinforcement of historical memory, and good conduct. The question then emerges: how do we proceed after seeking atonement? Will religious folks have more success in keeping vows for change than secular folks do each New Year? How many penitents will seek to connect their personal improvement with the improvement of their nation and of all nations? The challenges for personal enhancement are daunting by themselves; can reflective and penitent folks be encouraged to become engaged in sustained efforts to improve their own lives, as they also think nationally and globally for human rights? In short, how many of us can move from atonement to “le vertu,” what Montesquieu de-

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field scribed as “the willed initiative”? Just to become aware of our shortcomings is a positive if that cleansing reflection motivates us to try to do better with others and for society. But what factors are most likely to foster le vertu for weeks, for months, of action? As Dr. King once observed, most people are capable of a spasm of virtue, but their sustained goodness is necessary for transformational changes. Fitness studies show that folks progress when they have partners who share their commitment (often having a mentor is an added boost). Certainly, temples and other religious groups,

as well as voluntary associations (celebrated by Toqueville nearly two hundred years ago as distinctive American endeavors), can bring people together for focused goals and demonstrate the satisfactions of shared endeavors to do good (not merely to do well). Weeks of action are likely to be successful when they are based on written goals when there are regular review processes to take stock of how things are going, when leadership is widely shared, and when constructive critical views are invited. Individuals who come together to do good need not be solemn; social opportunities with each other – picnics, festivals, music, theater outings, book clubs, square dancing, and myriad activities can deepen bonds of affiliation. Building from days of atonement – and more frequent points of reflection – individuals and groups benefit from the confidence that their sustained commitment can make a difference. A guide for all of us was posted Sunday on a large bulletin board at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Long Island:

“I am only one, but I am one, I cannot do everything, but I can do something And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” The statement from Edward Everett Hale in the 19th century captures the 21st-century spirit of Ben Ferenc, who was Sunday’s focus in the documentary film, “Prosecuting Evil.” The large crowd of Long Islanders appreciated Ferenc’s role as a Nuremberg prosecutor and, especially, his expanding advocacy for nonviolence, for justice, and for peace initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. During a highly informative question and answer segment, St. John’s University Professor of Law John Q. Barrett deepened appreciation for Ben Ferenc’s ongoing activism. As individuals seek pathways to protest and reform, Mr. Barrett urged that they “regard Ben Ferencz primarily as a teacher,” and that they benefit from consulting his website (benferencz.com) Now, at age 99, Mr. Ferenc regularly calls on everyone to contribute to advancing human rights, from weeks of action to decades of activism.

VIEW POINT

Question of only how many charges

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he question now isn’t whether Trump should be impeached but how many offenses to include in the Articles of Impeachment. Some believe that the Democrats who have shied away, looked the other way, because of fearing a political backlash if they prosecute the many high crimes and misdemeanors of this unhinged, corrupt, dolt who was installed in the White House by Putin, should keep it simple and just focus on Ukraine, which is the most obvious smoking gun for abuse of power and violating election law barring foreign interference. But now, with even the White House’s edited transcript of phone call to Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump explicitly withheld crucial military aid to Ukraine until and unless Ukraine dug up dirt on his rival for 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump has doubled down, apparently believing that the more illegal acts

he commits in public, the more acceptable they become, inviting China with words mimicking “Russia, if you are listening…” to similarly interfere in the 2020 election, with an implied threat “if they don’t do what we want, we have tremendous power.” Add his statement to ABC’s George Stephanapolos that he would happily accept foreign assistance, it is clear that Trump has committed multiple crimes including election violations, not to mention selling out the USA’s national security for his own political or financial profit. Ukraine has provided the clearest, most obvious case of Trump’s Mafioso-like approach to governance and the political strategy here is that it is the easiest for Americans to process. The Mueller Report, which laid out in 448 pages how Trump operatives worked with Russians (125 contacts), documented crimes and 10 obstructions of justice, also said he would be indicted but for be-

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ing a sitting president, basically leaving the next step to Congress (impeach), was considered too complicated. But others believe that if Trump is not stopped and held accountable for a huge list of “high crimes and misdemeanors”, that, if his proclamation, “I can do anything – I’m the president” is not challenged, then Congress may as well pack up and go home and

cede government to a dictator. It is the very definition of the Deep State that Trump has charged the intelligence community with. The first article of impeachment would be Ukraine, abusing his office and betraying America’s national security interests by extorting political benefit. Now add in: – multiple obstruction of justice charges stemming from blocking Congress’ investigation and oversight into Ukraine, the cover up, the shadow foreign policy. – 10 obstruction of justice charges that Mueller already investigated and documented. That’s just scissors and paste. – how the Trump campaign solicited and welcomed the help of Russia in the 2016 election “Russia, if you are listening”) and list the 125 encounters between Trump campaign and Russians. – witness intimidation and tampering, and incitement to violence, not to mention slander

– you only have to pull up the tweets, including the ones that call for Civil War, that say impeachment is akin to a coup, that say the whistleblower should be executed as a spy, and Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff should be prosecuted for treason and Sen. Romney impeached. He has incited numerous instances of violence. ABC News documented 36 instances of violence incited by Trump’s comments, including a Florida man who mailed 15 bombs to Democrats, prominent critics and media figures; a Marine veteran who was stockpiling weapons and compiled hit list of prominent Democrats; and a Utah man who threatened to kill Democratic lawmakers, whom he said were “trying to destroy Trump’s presidency.” – suborning illegal acts – for example, lying to Congress, shooting migrants, stealing land for his border wall – with the promise of pardons. Continued on Page 54


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KIDS F IRST

Whistleblowers aid good governance

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espite the contentious politics that the public is exposed to on a daily basis, there are valuable lessons to be learned. For example, I wonder how many working people are fully aware that they have whistleblower protections and what they are. Their only exposure, until most recently, may have been to whistleblowers that have been popularized in films like On the Waterfront, Serpico, All the President’s Men, Silkwood, and Erin Brockovich, to name just a few that might ring a bell. As the executive director of a nonprofit children’s mental health agency, it is my responsibility to make sure that we have a whistleblower policy. This is to ensure that all employees understand the organization’s commitment to prohibiting intimidation, harassment, discrimination or other retaliation for reporting actions that are illegal, unethical, and fraudulent or in violation of any organization policy. According to Tim Barnett, a

professor in the Department of Management and Information Systems at Mississippi State University, whistleblowing policies should have the following components as a minimum: 1. A clear statement that employees who are aware of possible wrongdoing within the organization have a responsibility to disclose that information to appropriate parties inside the organization; 2. The designation of specific individuals or groups outside the chain of command as complaint recipients; 3. A guarantee that employees who in good faith disclose perceived wrongdoing to the designated parties inside the organization will be protected from adverse employment consequences; and 4. The establishment of a fair and impartial investigative process. The Whistleblower Protection Act that was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 1989 extends the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 to offer protections to federal government

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employees from retaliatory action for voluntarily disclosing information about dishonest or illegal activities occurring in a government organization. If you follow the news you know that a federal employee – a whistleblower, recently filed a complaint involving the president’s phone call with the Ukrainian president. The President denies that any wrongdoing occurred. He is entitled to a fair hearing. Congress is investigating. In the meantime, the President has asked, “why aren’t we

entitled to interview and learn everything about the whistleblower and also the person who gave all of the false information to him?” That’s a fair question. The simple answer is because it would be a violation of the protections detailed in the law. According to University of South Carolina professor Xuhong Su, “anonymity is of paramount importance for both protecting whistleblowers, but also in the long run, to incentivize more acting whistleblowers along the road.” The president went on to say that the whistleblower is “almost a spy” and made reference to how spies were dealt with in the past. He didn’t spell it out, but spies were subject to long prison sentences or execution. In fact, in 1971 when U.S. military analyst Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers, exposing decision making regarding the Vietnam War, he was charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 and faced 115 years in prison. The charges were later dismissed. Imagine if a whistleblower

at my workplace filed a report against me for some wrongdoing and when I learned of it if I announced, “I want that person in my office ASAP so I can get to the bottom of this.” Although I’ve never been the subject of a whistleblower report, it would be most disconcerting to have someone unknown to me, report me for some alleged wrongdoing. Nevertheless, agency policy would prohibit me from doing anything other than waiting for a fair hearing. I’m sure I would be upset and probably angry. And, I would wonder who made the report. I would likely speculate. I might have some fantasies about what to do about it. I’d like to think that I’d wait out the investigation. Would I make a death threat? I don’t think so. Andrew Malekoff is the Executive director of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, which provides comprehensive mental health services for children from birth through 24 and their families. To find out more, call (516) 626-1971 or visit www. northshorechildguidance.org.

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Change thru peaceful civil disobedience

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eptember featured the largest environmental mobilization recorded to date. Never before have 7.6 million people in 185 countries marched for a livable climate. This Global Climate Strike was intentionally scheduled three days before the UN Climate Action Summit in New York where the UN secretarygeneral cautiously stated: “’we have a long way to go.” Seventy-seven countries committed to carbon zero by 2050. That is a start, but not enough. We need to all start making dramatic changes TODAY. We must act now, or there’s no tomorrow. A growing social movement, Extinction Rebellion, is a powerful example of international mobilization for non-violent direct action and civil disobedience to protest governments’ inaction on climate change. Rooted in UK, with branches in many countries,

non-compromising XR activists are growing in numbers, strength and most notably, in compassion. We stood near them during the climate rally at Battery Park, September 20th. One of my favorite signs carried by XR activists read: “Respect existence, or expect resistance.” Youth chanting: “A better world is possible” felt so powerful that I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh, so I did both. Extinction Rebels demand that we disrupt “business as usual” and break through the cultural denial responsible for where we’re at today. They warn that we’re unprepared for a future where floods, wildfires, extreme weather, droughts, crop failures and mass displacements wreak havoc. XR demands to governments are: Tell the truth. Act Now. Beyond Politics – The government must create and be

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led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly. We’re living in unprecedented times, we’re in the midst of the sixth mass extinction (or as coined by Jonathan Cook “The first Extermination Event”) and we may be the first species aware that we are facing our own impermanence. What we do today matters. It’s truly a matter of life and death. I’m not being dramatic. The data is clear. Devastating biodiversity

loss should be enough of a warning sign. Birds are excellent indicators of environmental health. Rachel Carson warned of a world without bird song in Silent Spring. With a net loss of 29 percent North-America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970. What are we waiting for? On Sept. 27t, XR activists shut down the Congress Street Bridge in Boston during rush hour. Two protesters climbed 40 feet onto the bridge structure and placed a banner stating: “Tell the truth … declare a climate emergency.” In solidarity, the Buddhist branch of Boston XR called for “Mass Meditation: Love for the Earth, Love for the Future,” extending the invitation to all faiths, clearly stating that anyone who shares “a commitment to non-violence, inclusivity, and care for the Earth and her creatures are welcome to participate.” It is truly countercultural to stop and sit down to breathe together in a fast-paced world

that so often seems fed by conflict, fueled by aggression and measured in productivity. If you were a passenger in a car that’s speeding towards the cliff’s edge in a thick fog of mental pollution and confusion, it would only be wise to ask the driver to stop the car; to “disrupt business as usual.” I grew up in Iceland, where there’s no denying climate change. This summer included a formal memorial for our first glacier to melt as a consequence of climate change. This glacier is named “Ok” in Icelandic (translates into “Burden” in English). Ok is a lake now. A beloved author, activist and former presidential candidate, Andri Snaer Magnason wrote the dedication on the plaque: “Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge Continued on Page 53


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READERS WRITE

Harm of income tax, Social Security, Obamacare

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write this response to a respectful letter by Roger Cooper in the Oct. 4tissue. Mr. Cooper begins by saying that I seem to be praising Trump as a conservative? I do not. In my four previous letters, I praised Trump for specific policies and positions. Trump gets too much bad press and I wanted to mitigate it. I myself tend towards being socially conservative and economically libertarian. Very often, Trump’s positions coincide with my own. In other ways, he is actually too leftist for my preferences. Since he is the best we have had in a long time, I have to overlook some things. You don’t get everything you want in one person. Addressing Mr. Cooper directly, you write, “Trump’s signature policy has been his unconstitutional tax increases. Let’s talk about that and not side issues.” Sorry, I do not agree with that at all. I listed 97 reasons for my gratitude. I believe many of them are significantly more important than tariffs and trade which is what you chose to emphasize. Which ones? Stopping the Iran nuclear deal. Building a wall on the southern border. Stopping Kim Jong shooting missiles over Japan (I am biased here since my in-laws live in Tokyo). Putting Judy Shelton on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to moderate the power of the Fed. Protecting my 2nd Amendment rights. When abortion became infanticide, Trump drew the line with Planned Parenthood. Trump is also increasing our economic productivity which is the key to a higher standard of living. While you might consider my choices as side issues, I happen

to think they have priority over yours. You do not explicitly say it, but you seem to be referring to trade with China. Let us separate legal issues from economic issues. First legal. You believe the Trade Promotion Act is unconstitutional. It has never been declared as such. Just because you believe it, does not make your opinion legally binding. There are a lot of things I think are unconstitutional but are still legally valid. On the other hand, there are some laws declared constitutional that I think were the result of horrible decisions and will hopefully be reversed. As of now, Trump’s actions are not legally unconstitutional. I am well aware of the benefits of free trade. I have studied the law of comparative advantage and Say’s law. I have read Frederic Bastiat, Henry Hazlitt, and David Ricardo. I agree with much of what you say. That does not mean I don’t apply exceptions. The Chinese government is an evil institution. I won’t go into detail but I will mention Tibetan genocide, organ harvesting on live individuals who are deemed enemies of the people like the Falun Gong, exporting products with poisonous side effects like baby toys with lead, plasterboard with formaldehyde, poisonous pet food, etc. How about the cybersecurity violations of our citizens and government? I do not believe we should have any trade with China at all. In the proper context, moral reasons take priority over economic ones. Questions of parochial selfinterest vs. collective morality can be very dicey. I do not have all the answers but I

don’t think you do either. I should add that China trade represents about 5 percent of our economy. Any losses from China trade actions can be easily managed and absorbed. Free trade has to go both ways. Mexico and Western Europe, while not evil, did take advantage of us until Trump came along. What was the end result of previous Presidents? The “rust belt.” I am not a purist. If I have to pay a little more, of what you prefer to call a tax, to help other Americans live better productive lives, I am happy to do it. When Trump says “America First,” he wants to stop decades of managed decline. I would also be careful with your statement, “the money we spend on imports is used by foreigners to buy American exports or invest in American assets.” Again, Trump believes in “America First.” I do not want China, the Russians, or Arabs buying our assets. I am OK with them buying Ben and Jerry’s. Then again, do you remember the idea of selling our port management services to Dubai Ports? Not every deal is acceptable from a security point of view. Foreigners buying financial institutions, security companies, software companies, etc. could lead to very bad outcomes. I also do not agree with you calling Trump the most socialist president since Nixon. Let’s define socialism. It means wishing to provide more power and decision making in the hands of the government First of all, why stop at Nixon? That seems arbitrary. Let’s talk about more presidents. Wood-

row Wilson started the income tax and created the Federal Reserve system. Franklin Roosevelt removed the gold standard, overregulated business, and passed the votebuying Ponzi scheme called Social Security. Lyndon Johnson passed the vote-buying scam and intergenerational declaration of war called Medicare. Nixon supported Keynesian economic policy and, as you said, passed wage and price controls. Bill Clinton is hard to read since Gingrich and a Republican congress were there to thwart him. It is also hard to tell what he believed since he was so corrupt, you could get what you want with a bribe. Excuse me. I meant a political donation. Yet, he still tended towards big government solutions, i.e. attempted national health care and tax increases. Obama was a real socialist but was so incompetent and in over his head he could not accomplish much. Was raised by outright, full-fledged communists. Hated this country and embraced our enemies. Much of my Trump praise was in regards to reversing his executive orders and bureaucratic tyranny. Passed that atrocity called Obamacare. Thereafter, as with Clinton, a Republican congress held him in check. Compared to the above, Trump usually wants more power and control to shift towards the private sector. Trump is not a socialist. Thank you for this exchange of ideas in a civilized manner. Dr. Wayne Roth Roslyn Heights

Vote Dem in town A month to consider races, millennials fighting breast cancer

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ver the past year local media coverage, both in these pages and in Newsday, has regularly featured the challenges millennial Long Islanders face due to the high cost of living in our communities. The issue is a vital one, not just for local millennials, but also for all of the Island’s residents who need us to sustain economic growth and our tax base. Accordingly, this issue should be front and center in our local elections. In terms of who to support, voters should look to who is taking steps to address the issue. Leading the charge has been Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman (D), whose office released a report in August titled “The Deal For The Next Generation.” The report offered concrete solutions to address the issue including investing in public transportation, working to relieve debt burdens stemming from the cost of higher education, and adjusting zoning regulations to increase housing stock. Similarly, behind Supervisor Judi Bo-

sworth, Democrats in the Town of North Hempstead have made great strides in keeping costs down for residents. They have maintained the highest possible municipal bond rating of Aaa for the Town. This has allowed taxpayers to save significantly by keeping debt servicing payments to a minimum. In response, with a number of hotly contested Town Council races this November, voters focusing on this issue should invest in Bosworth’s success and support fellow Democrats Veronica Lurvey in Great Neck, Mariann Dalimonte in Port Washington, and Peter Zuckerman in Roslyn. Making Long Island affordable for my generation is a critical issue for our communities. Residents, our local press, and some of our elected official have identified the issue, now it is up to the voters to make their voices heard so that the issue can be addressed. Peter Fishkind Great Neck

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ctober is Breast Cancer awareness month and it is a reminder for all of us to do something. Throughout the month of October, women are encouraged to make mammography appointments. Also, remember in rare cases men can also come down with breast cancer. Some may wonder why a man is writing a letter about breast cancer which is more common in women, but it affects us all. Like the ones we love-like our mothers, sisters, aunts, wives, or life companions- are affected by this insidious disease. We are their caregivers and try to care for the ones we love. I know my wife of 32 years, Eva, goes often for the test, and I know it scares her because breast cancer runs in her family and has had friends who have had this disease and some who have passed away. Yet each time she goes for the test, I’m afraid to hear the worst and maybe lose the most important person in my life. But we must remember early detection is the answer. I know that for a fact because I had

come down with aggressive prostate cancer but due to early detection and an aggressive surgery I am in remission four years later. Now, with new treatment options, mammography screenings do improve a women’s chance of survival. Many years ago I had an aunt who had breast cancer in the 1960s and had passed away at age 62. But more can be done today and the cure rate is much better today. We all need to get involved and do what we can to fight this insidious disease, like donating to the American Cancer Society which helps a woman cope with this disease. A lot of organizations are out there that can also help and can be found on the internet and in local newspapers. There are also runs, walks and other fundraisers that also help. So please volunteer and let’s help end this disease that has affected many women and their families. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola Letters Continued on Page 52


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Prime minister’s wife visits Helen Keller

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Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan Akie Abe (second from left) is joined by (L-R) Helen Keller National Center Executive Director Susan Ruzenski, Helen Keller Services President and CEO Kim Zimmer, and the spouse of the consul general of Japan, Yukiko Yamanouchi. The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults, or HKNC, a divi-

sion of Helen Keller Services, was honored to host two distinguished guests this week, Aike

Abe, the spouse of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and Yukiko Yamanouchi, the spouse of Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, the Consul General of Japan in New York. Abe was in the United States while the prime minister attended the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and requested the opportunity to visit HKNC’s headquarters in Sands Point accompanied by Yamanouchi. “We were thrilled and honored when we learned that Mrs. Abe wanted to visit us,” observed HKNC Executive Director Susan Ruzenski, “but nothing could have prepared us for how warm, caring, and engaging she was with the students and staff. During our interactions, while Mrs. Abe toured the program she even demonstrated Japanese sign language for us. Through her translator and HKNC’s sign language interpreters, Mrs. Abe took the time to speak with the students about their lives, aspirations, and what they hoped to accomplish

at the National Center. It was very moving. We all came away with the feeling we had made a new friend.” Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kind in the United States to provide training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. Hellen Keller Services President and Chief Executive Officer Kim Zimmer was also present for the tour and appreciated the significance of the visit by Abe. “Helen Keller Services was founded more than 125 years ago and continues to set the standard for serving the blind and deaf-blind communities,” she noted. “Technology evolves and the world changes but what remains constant is our commitment to inclusion for individuals who are blind, visually-impaired, or who have a combined hearing and vision loss. It is that commitment that first drew Mrs. Abe and Ms. Yamanouchi to our National Cen-

ter. Meeting these women of character and compassion was a privilege. I speak for everyone at Helen Keller Services when I say I hope we have the opportunity to host them again in the not too distant future.” In addition to its Sands Point headquarters, HKNC maintains 10 regional offices serving New England, Mid-Atlantic, East Central, Southwest, North Central, South Central, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, and Northwest. HKNC also partners with other agencies across the United States to build their capacity to work with individuals who are deaf-blind. Founded in 1893, Helen Keller Services offers services and programs through two divisions: Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults and Helen Keller Services for the Blind. For more information, please visit www. helenkeller.org. Submitted by Helen Keller National Center.

New ‘Try Port File for Star Tax exemptions First’ directory The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 2019-2020 edition of “Try Port First” will be coming to all homes in Port Washington on Oct. 16. Try Port First is an accurate and complete directory of all businesses, services and organizations located in Port Washington. “Try Port First”has become the most important reference for products and services in our town. Over 13,000 copies are distributed free to all Port residents through an initial mailing to all homes and throughout the next two years by real estate agencies, restaurants, marinas, the Port Washington Public Library, the Port Washington Police, the school district, homeowner organizations and at events like Har-

borFest and SOUPer Bowl. This conveniently sized, 96-page directory also contains a map, emergency and handy reference phone numbers and information about the community. All businesses, services and organizations in Port Washington are listed at least twice – one listing is alphabetical and the other is by type of business or service. For a continually updated listing of businesses and organizations, visit the Chamber’s website, pwcoc.org. Additional copies of Try Port First will be available for pick-up from the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce can be reached by calling 883-6566 or emailing office@pwcoc.org. Submitted by the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF NASSAU COUNTY LEGISLATOR DELIA DERIGGI-WHITTON’S OFFICE

Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (standing) addresses a full house at a recent STAR workshop. Nassau County’s School Tax Relief, or STAR, program offers property tax discounts to qualifying homeowners. Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) is sponsoring a STAR Tax Workshop on Friday, Oct. 11 from 1– 2 p.m. at the Bryant Library, 2 Papermill Road in Roslyn. “Filing is much easier than many homeowners think,” DeRiggi-Whitton said. “While the workshops make the process easier, online forms are also simple to fill out and submit.” Even homeowners who have previously applied for

STAR discounts should consider filing, especially if their situations have changed. Discounts may be available to homeowners who fall into one or more of the following categories: death of a spouse, change in income, veterans, volunteer firefighter, ambulance worker, limited income disability or home improvement exemptions. Homeowners over age 65 who were already enrolled in the STAR Program prior to January 2, 2015 can also file Enhanced STAR applications. The deadline to apply for the 2020 – 2021 tax year is Dec.

31. Note that first-time new homeowners wishing to apply for a STAR exemption need to register with New York State instead of Nassau County. The Nassau County Assessor’s office can also answer questions and otherwise help homeowners determine what exemptions they may be entitled to. Call 516-571-1500 or visit https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/3575/ExemptionForms to download forms. Submitted by Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton’s Office.


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Halloween on Main is back

The Greater Port Washington Business District is bringing back Halloween on Main. This event will be taking place on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Sunset Park near the Town Dock on Lower Main Street in Port Washington. Festivities kick off at 12:30 p.m. with performances by students from Bach to Rock music school. After the concert, the first 300 kids will receive a free Hallow-

een bag to fill with all of their candy loot. “Our organization is very excited to bring this fun event back to Main Street. The merchants really look forward to greeting the trick or treaters. In addition, it’s a great way for families to get to know the businesses and all they have to offer. It’s very important to shop local because the money you spend in

your community goes back into your community. When shopping on-line zero goes back into your community,” stated Mariann Dalimonte, executive director of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District. This event would not be possible without the guidance of Nancy Sinoway and the cooperation of The John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Shell Committee, Port Washington Water Pollution Control District, Port Washington Police and all of the merchants on Main Street who have agreed to participate. Submitted by the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District.

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Bike trail to open on Hempstead Harbor Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the Town Board, Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists and Port Washington Green will be hosting the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the town’s newly constructed mountain bike trail at the Hempstead Harbor Woods in Port Washington. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. The C.L.I.M.B. organization, which has been responsible for designing and constructing the trails, will also be maintaining them. There are two ways of

entry to the bike trail. The southern entrance is located .8 miles past the entrance to Harbor Links Golf Course on West Shore Road. The entrance to the aerodrome will be on the left. The northern entrance is directly across the street from 145 West Shore Road and is marked by a sign for the aerodrome. The ceremony will be taking place regardless of whether or not it rains. However, if it does rain, there will be a shelter on site. Submitted by Town of North Hempstead.

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Continued from Page 3 ed in getting Dr. King to visit Temple Beth-El in 1968. King was a prominent member of a panel of African-American activists that discussed why the country needed activists for the civil rights movement and called the Great Neck community to action. “He was spellbinding in what he said,” Davidson recalled. “It was an amazing thing, and the speeches were all eloquent. And everyone there became very sympathetic to the movement.” The collection of personal accounts is one of two town projects that were funded by

a $50,000 grant that the town received in 2017 from the National Parks Service. “Oral histories help us preserve eyewitness accounts of major turning points in our nation’s past,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “The people included in our civil rights oral history library have given us a wonderful gift, and we’re so grateful to them for sharing their stories about the challenges they faced, and the courageous actions they took.” All of the interviews can be found on https://www. mynhtv.com/civilrights.

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Dalimonte says transparency Ban on sale of needed in North Hempstead flavored vaping BY J E S S I C A PA R K S Mariann Dalimonte, executive director of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, said she is running for the North Hempstead Town Board to bring back the voice of constituents. “I am running because I feel that we currently don’t have a voice,” she

said in a sitdown interview with Blank Slate Media, citing a town project on Port Washington’s Main Street spearheaded by her opponent in the 6th District, Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio. North Hempstead’s 6th District comprises Port Washington and the villages in Manhasset. “There was no merchant meeting.

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Mariann Dalimonte is running for North Hempstead’s 6th District.

Not one merchant had a meeting with the councilperson,” Dalimonte said of the project. “There was no community meeting.” She said the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce, Residents Forward and the business improvement district were invited to a meeting with the town but they “don’t speak for the community.” “I want to be accessible, I want transparency,” she said. “I want to host town hall meetings in the morning, in the afternoon, at night.” Since she announced her candidacy, running as a Democrat, she said there have been town hall meetings all the time, which should be the standard, not because it is an election year. She said her Republican opponent reaches out to community organizations, but falls short of engaging all of her constituents. The fourth-generation “clam digger,” a term for some of Port Washington’s long-term residents, said she wants her constituents to feel as if they are a team. “It will not be my way,” she said. “We are going to be working on this together.” Continued on Page 55

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The state Appellate Division issued a temporary delay on a statewide ban on the sale of flavored vaping products the day before the ban was to go into effect on Friday. Vapor Technology Association, Benevolent ELiquids Inc., and Perfection Vapes appealed a decision last Tuesday on their lawsuit in which Judge Gerald Connolly of Albany County Supreme Court upheld Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency ban. The governor announced the emergency ban on Sept. 17 following a vote by the Public Health and Health Planning Council. On Sept. 24, the council suggested Cuomo include menthol e-ciga-

rette products in the ban. The temporary restraining order comes amid an outbreak of vaping-related illness that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said has climbed to 1,080 cases across 48 states as of Oct. 1. Statistics also show that there have been 18 deaths in 15 states due to the illness. While the resolution was to go into effect immediately, the state Department of Health was to provide a two-week grace period for retailers to comply. Last Thursday’s ruling will not allow the state to enforce the ban until the court rules on a motion for a preliminary injunction. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Oct. 18. Continued on Page 60

Every day we make lots of choices and decisions that can impact our health. Some decisions involve what we eat, where we eat, what we drink, how we get to school or work and how we spend our free time. With overweight and obesity affecting so many of our youth today, parents and caregivers need tools to help establish good habits that can have a lasting impact on their family’s health.

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YOUR GUIDE TO THE ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND DINING

HALLOWEEN FOR ADULTS BY E T H A N MARSHALL We’re not even halfway through the month of October, but people are already setting up their Halloween decorations, shopping for candy and picking out their costumes. It’s not just the kids who make preparations for Halloween. Halloween is no longer just a holiday for children. Some homeowners take pride in having the scariest or most-decorated home in their neighborhood. Additionally, getting the most trick-or-treaters in their area is viewed as a badge of honor by some people. As for the kids, it’s not just the trick-or-treating that they may be anticipating. The time friends spend traveling around the neighborhood together is a great experience. In fact, for some groups, the fun may begin before trick-ortreating. For example, my friends and I would play a football game at the neighborhood park before we went trick-or-treating. Some groups of friends may go to one of their homes to spend the rest of the night watching scary movies or playing games with each other, like bobbing for apples. Halloween is a wonderful night to just get together as a group and have fun.

bayvillescreampark. com. It’s not just the people who get into Halloween. Some towns on Long Island set up decorations around their local government buildings. Places like White Post Farms in Melville see a lot of business thanks to their pumpkin patches.

Bayville Scream Park is a must-visit destination for those interested in going to haunted houses, especially during the Halloween season. Throughout the month, there are Halloween-themed festivals and fairs that will be occurring or have already happened across Long Island.


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Public Forum

Why We Need a Radically New Conversation About Racism TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019 7:30 PM • All Are Welcome

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THE TOP SEVEN EVENTS Health and Wellness Fair Friday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.

St. Joseph Hospital’s Outpatient Service will be hosting a variety of panels and giving out screenings and flu shots. Among the panels available to the public are those on foot care, stress management techniques, what to know about strokes and the importance of detecting breast cancer early. Among the screenings available are diabetes education, lung cancer screenings and hyperbaric and wound care. Light refreshments will be provided at the event. Where: St. Joseph Hospital, 4295 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage, NY 11714 Info: 516-520-2487 or stjosephhospital.chsli.org

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Long Island Fall Beer Festival Saturday, Oct. 19, 12 p.m.

An indoor and outdoor event at the Academy Sports Complex in Farmingdale, the Long Island Beer Festival will provide unlimited samples of local breweries with local food trucks and vendors. There will be multiple lawn games available for attendees to play. This year, a kids zone will be part of the festival, with face painters, a bounce castle and craft vendors, among other forms of entertainment they may find. Tickets are available online for $55 plus taxes and fees. The price will increase to $60 on the day of the event. Designated driver tickets are available for $20 plus taxes and fees. Where: US Academy of Soccer, 875 Conklin Street, Farmingdale, NY, 11735 Info: showclix.com/event/long-island-fall-beer-festival-2019

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Historic Haunts on Long Island Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.

The Connetquot Public Library will be hosting historian Kerriann Flanagan Brodsky and her ghost hunting partner, Joe Giaquinto. There, they’ll speak about some of their paranormal encounters while visiting supposedly haunted sites on Long Island. Where: Connetquot Public Library 760 Ocean Ave, Bohemia, NY 11716. Info: 631-567-5079 or connetquotlibrary.org

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Platinum-selling country singer/songwriter Chris Janson will be performing at The Paramount on Long Island. Janson is most known for his songs “Buy Me a Boat,” “Holdin Her” and “Fix a Drink.” His third album, “Real Friends,” is scheduled to be released Oct. 18. Where: 370 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743 Info: theparamountny.com or 631-673-7300

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Spooky Fest at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.

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Pumpkin Park at Adventureland

Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.

Adventureland will be permitting free admission, free parking and free treats for visitors. Families are encouraged to dress up, as kids will be able to trick or treat around the amusement park from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parents are also encouraged to bring nonperishable food for the Helping Hands Food Drive. The rides will still be open throughout the event. P.O.P bracelets and tickets are available for purchase at normal price. Where:Adventureland, 2245 Broadhollow Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735 Info: 631-694-6868, events.discoverlongisland.com.

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The Long Island Children’s Museum’s Story and Art program will be reading Ella Bailey’s story about a penguin chick who sets off on an adventure to swim around the southern hemisphere. After the story, the children will be able to pack their own little suitcases with whatever they think would be needed for their own Antarctic adventure. Admission for the event is $4, but Long Island Children’s Museum members would only have to pay $3. Where: Long Island Children’s Museum 11 Davis Ave, Garden City, NY 11530 Info: 516-224-5800 or licm.org

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Making Masterpieces: Sugar Skulls Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m.

Pre-school-aged children will learn about the Mexican holiday “Dia de Los Muertos,” or the “Day of the Dead.” The holiday, which is celebrated on Nov. 1, is celebrated all around the world. In addition to being educated on the day, the kids will get to design their own sugar skulls with royal icing. Preregistration for the program is recommended, as the sugar skulls need to be made in advance. There is a $5 materials fee for each child, plus the $10 per person admission into the MidHudson Children’s Museum. Where: Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum 75 N Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Info: 845-471-0589 or mhcm.org

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Malcolm Nance to ‘Monster Who Ate speak at Emanuel My Peas’ at Adelphi Malcolm Nance will offer a talk at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The title of the talk is: “The Plot to Betray America, also the title of his soon to be published book.” Malcolm Nance is a counter-terrorism and intelligence consultant for the U.S. government’s Special Operations, Homeland Security and Intelligence agencies. He’s also a counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News. Over 34 years, Nance participated in field and combat intelligence activity including acquiring experience as an Arabicspeaking special intelligence collections operator, field interrogator as well as providing both covert and clandestine anti & counter-terrorism support to national intelligence agencies and assets. A former Navy intelligence operator, he has eye-witnessed numerous terrorist incidents and/or participated in response operations, and has trained and advised numerous international and government agency personnel in terrorist tactics and countering extremist ideology including the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Malcolm is the author of several books, including, “Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight and What They Believe;” “The Plot to Hack America:

How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election;” and, more recently, the New York Times bestseller, “The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West.” Malcolm Nance’s talk is preceded by a brief service. A Q&A and refreshments will follow the talk. All members of the community are invited to attend. Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane. For further information, please call 516.482.5701.

Malcolm Nance wil be guest in the pulpit at Emanuel, Fri., Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The ArtsPower National Touring Theatre brings the multi award-winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner to the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 19. Its newest original musical theater production, The Monster Who Ate My Peas, is a funny and poignant story about a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. The tale about the value of will power is designed for young people in grades K-2 and their families. The story follows the boy’s dealings with a crafty monster. If the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions. When the monster raises the stakes, will the boy refuse the monster and make the difficult decision to face his own fears? The show was adopted for the stage by ArtsPower’s

The Monster Who Ate My Peas artistic director Greg Gunning, who wrote the script and lyrics, and composer Richard DeRosa, who also orchestrated his score. “The Monster Who Ate My Peas” takes place on Saturday, October 19 at 2 p.m. on the Westermann Stage in Adelphi’s PAC Concert Hall. Tickets are $20, with discounts available to seniors, students, alumni and

employees. For more information call the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516-877-4000 or email boxoffice@adelphi.edu. Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and the box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances. Ticket sales and additional information are available online.


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Tips to choosing retirement community BY C AT HY D E A N G E LO , C M P At every stage of life, we want to be able to exercise control and make choices. Among the most critical of those choices is where and how to live. This is particularly true for older adults, who are looking to stay put and age in place. Affordability, elevator or single-floor living, access to services, and a like-minded community stand out as the top decision drivers. Equally important is making sure that access to services and health care remains viable and affordable as needs change over time. While no one has a crystal ball, the future outlook for optimum health and activity for most of us will require some greater level of assistance. Here are some senior housing options, and pros and cons to keep in mind.

Cathy DeAngelo or even to a different facility to get a higher level of care. Often, your apartment does not have a fully equipped kitchen and all meals are provided. Additionally, if you require a hospital stay followed by rehab, you’ll have to continue paying to hold onto your accommodations at your independent living or assisted-living residence until you’re well enough to return. Fees can vary widely and are unpredictable. Most of these communities are for profit. If you run out of money because of unanticipated health or other issues, most of these communities do not accept Medicaid. Stand-alone assisted living and memory care are likely private pay. Long-term care insurance can help pay for these services. Make sure you read the fine print and are aware of future costs in order to choose the facility that best suits your needs and ability to pay.

Stand-alone Rental Communities with Assisted and Independent Living options These communities offer a no-commitment option for people who may or may not be quite ready for assisted-living services but are looking for convenience, prepared meals, transportation, maintenance-free living, a low community fee and community activities. Assisted living and dementia care options are available on site. While this may be an excellent short term option, it’s important to understand that while you may initially live independently, as your needs change, costs will rise according to your needs and you may have to move to a different room

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Life Plan Community A Life Plan Community like Jefferson’s Ferry is a not-for-profit alternative that offers residents an active community lifestyle with a guarantee of health care and the ability to age in place in South Setauket. Independent living apartments and cottages, assisted-living apartments and studios, rehabilitation services and skilled nursing with priority access are all available on one campus. A Life Plan community contract protects your estate against the potential high cost of assisted living and long-term care. To become a resident of a Life Plan community, you must meet health, financial and insurance requirements. Each Life Plan Community has its own requirements and contract options. Many Jefferson’s Ferry residents, for example, pay an entrance fee that while it can be sizable, it is in some cases, as high as 90 percent refundable, securing the resident’s estate for their heirs. After the entrance fee is paid, residents are responsible for a predictable monthly fee that does not rise if your health care needs increase. As a not-for-profit community, entrance and monthly fees are invested back into the community. If residents require additional services in rehab, assisted living or skilled nursing, they remain on campus close to family and friends.

ties is very appealing to the independent and active later middle-aged and senior population. There is a variety of beautiful residences, appealing amenities, and a built-in community of potential friends. While many residents of 55+ communities work well into their 70s, there is generally a dynamic community for daytime social activities. Most of these communities don’t have on-site services of any kind outside of social activities, so it’s important to consider the proximity of shopping, other services and the availability of alternative means of transportation. As your needs change with age, home care is a consideration and expense in this type of community, as would be a move to a community offering the services you may need. People are aging for a much longer period than years ago. In 2030, the expectation is that there will be twice as many 85-year-olds and three times as many people over 100 years of age than there are today. Today’s older adults are more active than previous generations. People want to be in communities with their friends, who will become more like family members, as our actual family may live far away. Retirement communities help people hold on to the community relationships we need in order to thrive at every age.

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When is the "right time" to have cataract surgery? If you are noticing vision problems and have been told you have cataracts, it's likely your cataracts are bad enough to require surgery. In some cases, people experience bothersome vision problems such as glare and halos at night even before their eye doctor notices significant clouding of the lenses in their eyes during a dilated eye exam. This condition, called dysfunctional lens syndrome, often is reason enough for many people to consider cataract surgery, especially if they need better visual acuity for driving at night. If your night vision is blurry and headlight glare is bothersome when you drive, you may need cataract surgery. However, financial considerations and insurance requirements also are factors when considering the best time to have cataract surgery.

Some insurance companies (including Medicare) consider cataract surgery to be "medically necessary" and a covered service only after the cataract has caused corrected visual acuity to be reduced below a specified level. Often, this criterion is 20/40 or worse (20/40 is the legal vision requirement to get an unrestricted driver's license in most states). Be sure to review the details of your insurance policy with your insurance agent or your eye doctor's staff so you understand if your vision qualifies you for coverage of your cataract surgery as a medically necessary expense. If you plan to pay for your cataract surgery completely out-of-pocket, you can have the procedure done at any time, provided your cataract surgeon feels you are a good candidate and that you will benefit from surgery.

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Get more youthful looking skin Many lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and staying out of the sun, can contribute to younger-looking skin.

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

• Drink more water. A dehydrated body will divert water to the organs that need it the most, including the liver and heart. When that happens, skin pays the price by not receiving adequate hydration for skin cell renewal. By drinking the recommended six to eight glasses of water per day, you can ensure your body is getting the fluids it needs to fuel natural functions, including skin cell production.

• Exercise. By working out you’ll promote good cardiovascular health, which in turn will deliver blood flow and nutrients to the surface of your skin. Skin cells are pushed to the surface of the skin,

• Avoid alcohol. Drinking alcohol in excess can damage blood vessels over time. This can cause burst capillaries at the surface of the skin, which are highly visible. Drinking also may lead to flushing, which can affect appearance. People who have damaged their livers from drinking too much or abusing medication may develop jaundice, a medical condition characterized by a yellowing of the skin. • Avoid stressful situations. It’s impossible to avoid all the stressors in life, but taking steps to reduce stress can improve your psychological outlook and appearance. Stress can lessen your body’s ability to function properly, and that can affect the appearance of your skin. Stress-related insomnia can lead to under-eye bags and a tired appearance. And according to the Archives of Dermatology, stress can increase your risk of skin diseases and may cause wounds to take longer to heal. • Eat a healthy diet. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it makes sense that healthy foods will benefit the skin. Omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, flax and fish oil are important for skin health because they support healthy cell membranes. Antioxidants like vitamins A and C also are beneficial because they fight the effects of cell oxidation and combat free radicals that can lead to illness. • Take care of your skin at night. Moisturizers and serums with concentrated blends of vitamins, antioxidants and botanicals are most effective at night. That’s because, when applied at night, such products are in contact with the skin for several hours without being wiped off. Just be sure to apply any products to clean skin for maximum effect. A dermatologist can recommend the right products for your skin type.

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


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The right foods can fight inflammation T

he human body and its immune system excels at fighting foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. Signaling chemicals called interleukins tell cells whether they are needed to fight illness or they should wait in the wings. While these immune defenders are doing their jobs, soreness, fatigue and swelling can occur — the natural side effects of an immune system response — but will soon dissipate. However, many people deal with immune systems that are consistently revved up, even when no invaders are present. This is the problem with many chronic diseases and immune system dysfunction. Unfortunately, the inflammation that is a hallmark of immune defense becomes a daily problem that may result in chronic pain and other complications. What many people may not realize is that the foods that they are putting into their bodies may exacerbate inflammatory responses, while others may help keep inflammation at bay. People with rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Hashimoto’s, and other chronic illnesses may find

that turning to the right diet can tame inflammation and other symptoms. Recently, many health experts, including Dr. Barry Sears, founder of the Inflammation and Research Foundation and author of the “Zone Diet,” and Dr. Andrew Weil, who offers the Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid, have begun to tout certain foods that are purported to reduce inflammatory response over an extended period of time.

As beneficial as some foods can be, it’s important to note that individuals are unique and certain foods may produce a particular response in some but not in others. Systematically isolating certain foods can help paint a picture of foods that can be problematic. But generally speaking, refined carbohydrates, sugarsweetened beverages, fried foods, and processed meats may increase inflammation, advises Harvard Health Publishing. Conversely, certain foods and beverages that have been identified as reducing inflammation for many people.

Including these foods in one’s daily diet may help to relieve the pain, bloating and fatigue associated with inflammation:

• tomatoes • olive oil • green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables • nuts, like almonds and walnuts

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Getting started

Estate planning should begin early in a person’s life, especially for young parents. It’s easy to talk about saving for a home or retirement, but it’s not so simple to discuss who will care for your children should you die while they are still minors. Those who are not able to sort through these answers on their own should enlist the help of an attorney or a financial adviser, both of whom can take some of the emotion out of the discussion and put it in more practical terms.

The will

A will is an important component of estate planning. Without clearly and legally spelling out your wishes, there is no guarantee that those wishes will be honored. It will be up to a state or province to make potentially life-altering decisions that can impact your surviving family members, and the only way to ensure your

wishes will be carried out is to put them into a will. Although men and women can write their own wills, many people prefer to seek the assistance of an attorney, who can make sure all necessary details are included in the will.

Medical directives

In addition to a will, estate planning includes your wishes if you become incapacitated or

suffer from a serious medical condition that precludes you from making decisions about your care and finances. Spouses can be named to make important health decisions, but you may want to indicate other information, such as life support measures or organ donation, as well. If you have strong opinions on treatment, medical directives and living wills are a necessity.

Another aspect of estate planning concerns funeral arrangements. Many people prefer to make their own funeral and burial plans so that these heart-wrenching decisions do not fall on the shoulders of grieving family members. Funeral planning may include choosing a burial plot, selecting a casket, indicating cremation, and paying for everything in advance so there is no financial burden on surviving family members. According to the funeral planning website Efuneral.com, the average cost of a funeral in the United States in 2012 was more than $8,500 for a burial service and $3,700 for a cremation. That’s a considerable expense that you may not want surviving family members to pay. Estate planning is a process that is difficult to discuss, but one that is essential to maximize your assets and ensure your end-of-life wishes are honored.


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Artistry and science changing people’s lives BY S U E TA B A K I N While practicing optometry, Olga Lucia became interested in permanent eye makeup to benefit her patients that desired to look good, but were unable to apply make-up. Her innate artistic ability motivated her to study the field of permanent cosmetics. She began her new career in 1993 and since then she has been changing the lives of so many, not just with permanent makeup, but also with Micropigmentation for breast cancer survivors. “I started to see that there was a need for this type of procedure. Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer go on a physical and emotional journey and I wanted to help them get through it”, Lucia said. “Years ago, not that many people were having this type of procedure. After the radiation, chemotherapy, and surgeries, women were unaware of the options available to them. They didn’t understand. I wanted to let them know that they could change their appearance.” She adds, “For a breast cancer survivor, there is a disruption of body image. She wants to look and feel normal again, feminine again, and after the surgery there is a renewed spirit.” Now a popular option, Nipple Tattooing, also known as Micropigmentation, Derma Pigmentation or Paramedical tattooing, is when the technician implants pigment into the derma layer of the skin. Diseased tissue inside the breast is removed and often so are the nipples and areolas. By using before and after photos and working with the plastic surgeons and other breast cancer specialists, Olga is able to create the illusion of a full breast with shading and highlighting. “I create a three dimensional breast. I camouflage the scars so that when a client looks in the mirror she is no longer reminded of cancer. “ Many clients schedule appointments with Lucia right after their surgeries while others have the

procedure done years after their diagnosis. “It is an individual experience and everyone goes at their own pace,” she said. Using topical anesthetic, the procedure time can range from

thirty to ninety minutes. There is no maintenance once the initial procedure is done. Both women and men undergo this procedure. “Men are happy that they

can once again take off their shirt on a hot day and not be self-conscious about their appearance,” Lucia notes. Over the years she has perfected her technique

and is a certified instructor with apprentices of her own. “I have so much compassion for these survivors. I am completing their transition and it is a rewarding experience for me

bring a smile to their face after such a long journey.” Olga Lucia’s compassion, matched with her talent and skills in art, is making a difference one survivor at a time.


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Mother, daughter exhibit at Art League The Art League of Long Island will offer the creative work by long-standing Art League of Long Island member Fran Roberts and artist daughter Cynthia Roberts. This show is a unique opportunity to explore a lifelong conversation of creativity between father and daughter. As over 70 percent of the earth is covered with ocean water, the title Oceans Connect Us refers to both Roberts’ love of the sea, and the varied life paths that connect them at different markers. Fran Roberts has blended his prominent career as a progressive educator, L.I. school leader, and president of the Bank Street College of Education with a parallel career in the arts. Beginning as a teen with marine photography in his ocean-side home town of Marblehead, Mass. Harvard-educated Roberts has quietly continued to study art, including 12 years with Stan Brodsky, paint, and make wood sculpture. Fran enriched his studio practice with 25 years as a Trustee of the Heckscher Museum. In this exhibit one views works from the 1960s to the present. Cynthia Roberts’ work utilizes layers of lush colors at times with exacting drawings of botanical forms, map elements, and in some cases buried words and phrases. She is interested in the relationship between hyperlocal experiences and pleasure in the planet’s natural riches. Her paintings are a celebration of wonder while observing

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and embedding careful detail. Also included in this exhibition is work created when she was an artistin-residence in the city of Le Havre, France, as a Laureate of the Regards// Croises grant sponsored by the Institut Francais. She has a BA in English literature from Brown University where she also studied painting and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. Currently, Roberts is a full professor of Studio Art at Endicott College in Massachusetts. Cynthia was born on Long Island and graduated from Cold Spring Harbor High School. An additional live component will be a 10-minute visual/dance performance created by Cynthia Roberts and dance professor and choreographer Nikki Sao Pedro-Welch. This work is a site-specific excerpt from their fullscale production Armations Anthropocene, which explores global change and the anthropogenic epoch, and is adapted specifically for the Jeanie Tengelson Gallery. The exhibition will run from Oct. 12-27th, with a reception on Sunday, October 20th from 3:30-5:30. The 10-minute dance performance will be at 4pm. The public is welcome. The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery is open free of charge Monday through Thursday 9 am – 9 pm, Friday 9 am – 4 pm and weekends from 11 am – 4 pm. The Art League is located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills. For more information call (631) 462-5400 or visit www.artleagueli.org.


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Ensemble to presents music of Americas The American Chamber Ensemble, celebrating its 54th Anniversary, will present Music of the Americas: Part 1 on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at Hofstra University’s Monroe Lecture Center Theater, California Avenue in Hempstead. The event will also honor ACE Founding Director Blanche Abram. This is presented by the University’s Music Department. Music of the Americas: Part I will present the first part of ACE’s seasonlong exploration of the music of North and South America, as well as those who emigrated to this country, includ-

ing works by American-born Edward Thomas (in honor of his 95th birthday), Dana Wilson, William Bolcom and Edward MacDowell, Swiss-American Ernest Bloch, Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla and Cuban-American Paquito d’Rivera. It will be a multi-media presentation, making for an immersive experience, introducing the concertgoer to a different way to experience the performances. This concert will honor Founding Director Blanche Abram with special presentations and a reception after the performance. Pianist and co-director of the American Chamber Ensemble

since its inception in 1965, Abram has performed throughout the eastern United States and the Caribbean and on TV and radio stations WQXR, WNYC, WFUV and News 12 Long Island. She was a long-time adjunct senior professor of Music at Hofstra University and faculty member of the 92nd St. Y. Professor Abram has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, including a presentation at the International Conference on Tension in Performance in England and is well known for her many workshops and Master Classes. Performers will be ACE members,

pianist Marilyn Lehman, clarinetist and assistant ACE Director Mindy Dragovich, violinist Eriko Sato, violist Lois Martin and cellist Chris Finckel. Tickets at Hofstra University Box Office – $20 general admission; $15 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. For ticket information, call 516463-6644 or visit https://tkt.xosn. com/tickets/BuyTickets.dbml?DB_ LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=22200&_ M O D E _ = CAT E G O RY & S A L E _ T K T _ PERFORMER_ID=149379&SALE_ T K T _ S A L E _ C AT E G O R I E S _ ID=191540&stage=list.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

JCC’s Stronger Than Cancer 5K Next Sunday, Oct. 13, Sid Jacobson JCC will host its 13th annual Stronger Than Cancer 5K starting at 9:30 a.m. at the JCC in East Hills. The event benefits the Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center (NMCWC) which provides 98 percent of its services completely free of charge to those affected by cancer and their families. With less than two weeks until the 5K, participants can still register to run or walk, or make a donation today at sjjcc.org/5k. “The Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center’s programs are so incredible and unique. I love that the JCC has this Center where anyone can go in their darkest hours regardless of background, financial situation, or religion,” says Andrea Barzvi, 5K co-chair and ambassador. “Our reach goes beyond our walls – you don’t need

to be a member and you don’t need to live within this immediate area.” Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to attend to walk, run or cheer and enjoy the day which will include a high-energy Zumba warm-up, bouncey house, inflatable obstacle course, arts and crafts, food vendors

(including an ice cream truck), and a DJ. Strollers are welcome along with leashed, well-behaved dogs. The race will feature announcer Terry Bisogno and will begin on the grounds of Sid Jacobson JCC and travel through Country Estates. The $25 entry fee includes a 5K t-shirt, food and refreshments, and race awards. The race will commence at 9:30 a.m. sharp and takes place rain or shine at 300 Forest Drive, East Hills, NY. It is not too late to make a difference, there is still time to register for the Stronger Than Cancer 5K! For more information about the event, to register, or to make a donation, visit sjjcc.org/5k or contact Jaimee Molberger, Development Associate, at 516.484.1545 ext. 116 or jmolberger@sjjcc.org. Submitted by Sid Jacobson JCC.

Breast cancer HIV PrEP education event screenings at LIU

For women age 50 and older who are uninsured or underinsured, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center offers free cancer screenings, including clinical breast exams and stateof-the-art mammograms. While cancer screenings are offered year round, LIJ is encouraging eligible women in the community to reduce their risk for breast cancer and get screened during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. One in eight women in the United States will develop in-

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In recognition of New York’s first awareness week focused on PrEP, a drug that effectively blocks HIV transmission, Northwell Health’s Center for AIDS Research and Treatment (CART) will hold a free education session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at 400 Community Drive (use entrance 5) in Manhasset. The event includes presentations by CART’s medical director, Joseph McGowan, MD, and several patients who will discuss their decisionmaking and experiences taking PReP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. The drug, approved by the US Federal Drug Administration, is a daily pill that can help prevent transmission of HIV from sex by more than 90 percent. Many different factors go into deciding if PrEP is the appropriate drug for an individual and an evaluation with a medical professional is necessary.

During the event, CART outreach and education staff will be on hand to answer questions and how to access services at the center. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact: Shameika Williams at 516-5623282, orswilliams45@northwell.edu. Submitted by Northwell Health.

Dog of the Month award North Hempstead Town Clerk Wayne Wink today announced that dogs getting licensed by their owners will now be eligible to become “Dog of the Month” of North Hempstead. The contest will be held monthly as a way of raising awareness about licensing dogs. All dogs in North Hempstead are required to be licensed by state law with a valid rabies vaccine. Applications for dog licenses can be found online at the Town’s website andin person at the Town Clerk’s Office or the Town’s Animal Shelter. “Keeping a dog license up to date means local authorities have contact information that, should the animal become lost, will help reunite you with your pet,” said Town Clerk Wink. “I hope that the Dog of the Month award will add some fun to the process of getting your dog licensed and also provide an op-

portunity for owners to show off their beloved dogs.” To enter the contest, the first step is to license your dog. Next, submit a photo either with the license paperwork or on social media using #DogsofNorthHempstead hashtag. Please include the name of the dog and part of the town where you live. Owners may submit

one entry per dog per year. The monthly winners of the contest will receive a prize pack with dog-related gifts, as well as a Certificate of Recognition. The first “Top Dog” winner will be selected on Oct. 26. Please visit: www.northhempsteadny.gov or call 311 or (516) 869-6311 with any questions.


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n Sept. 25, funding to pay for the new $105 million Long Island Rail Road Elmont Station for the Islanders Belmont Park Arena was officially amended into the existing Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s ongoing $33 billion 2015-2019 Five-Year Capital Plan. The source of funding comes from the Empire State Development Corporation transferring $105 million from their budget to the MTA, which will pay for the new Elmont LIRR Station. Board members rubber-stamped this action by voting in favor with no discussion. They were unaware and couldn’t care about two ongoing lawsuits against the Islanders Belmont Arena

It is interesting that Gov. Cuomo has manipulated the MTA funding process using one state agency budget to help another fund a project.He is robbing Peter to pay Paul. At the end of the day, it is all the taxpayers’ money.The developers are putting in $30 million upfront and the state $75 million. The developers will then make payments, without interest, to reimburse the state over the next 30 years. The developer ends up with an interest-free loan. Could a small business person get the same sweetheart deal?They would have to go to a bank and pay interest charges for a similar loan. The next step would be for the Albany based MTA four-person MTA Capital

Program Review Board to also adopt this amendment. Completion of these actions willlegally allowthe LIRR to proceed with construction of the new Elmont LIRR Station now rather than wait for adoption of the new$51 billion 2020 – 2024Five Year Capital Plan by end of December. With 25months left before the scheduled opening of the new Arena, it will remain achallengefor the LIRR to complete various capital improvements. These include the eastbound platform (serving the Hempstead branch) for the new Elmont Station, in time to coincide with the promised fall 2021 opening of the Arena. It will also be interesting if we can

learn about the internal LIRR schedule on behalf of the ESDC for advancement of design and engineering, procurement process, award of construction contract followed by a notice to proceed, contractor mobilization and detailed project construction schedule with interim progress milestones to validate the promisedcompletion of the newElmont Station and other related transportationimprovements. Larry Penner Great Neck (Larry Penneris a transportation historian, writer andadvocate who previously worked 31 years for the United States Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office.

New leadership needed to fix G.N.’s biz district

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s businesses in Great Neck continue to shutter and our downtown continues to erode, it is fair to say that our community is suffering from a lack of leadership. The article “Officials Discuss Downtown” on the front page of the Oct. 4, 2019 issue of the Great Neck News was another missed opportunity to shine a light on the problems that afflict this community. Our simple reality is that the career politicians that “govern” us won’t be able to breathe life into this community. They lack clarity and conviction, and in more than a few cases, they have carelessly mismanaged Great Neck for decades. While I appreciate that the various mayors and elected officials of Great Neck and the Town of North Hempstead are concerned about the blight that is

Middle Neck Road, let’s not lose sight that this is, in fact, the responsibility of the Village of Great Neck Plaza. Our elected officials are responsible for the stubborn death spiral we all get to witness as we pass the dirty storefronts that line our main thoroughfare. The Village of Great Neck Plaza and its longstanding elected officials deserve much of the credit for the demise of our downtown. They also deserve credit for their inability to create opportunities for investment and redevelopment within the Plaza. The Town of North Hempstead won’t fix this problem. The school board can’t fix this problem. And the surrounding village officials have no actionable role in addressing this problem. We live in a community where our local elected officials—from the top

down—are complacent (and so are local voters for that matter!) as they ignore many years of economic erosion, failed policies, cronyism and simple inaction. We live in a village that is plagued by superfluous village expenses such as the cost of healthcare premiums for trustee spouses, illogical plans to improve the local economy by beautifying empty storefronts, a weak and ill-equipped Business Improvement District, and public art installed next to parking lots. Feeble attempts to govern and simple-minded approaches won’t spur growth. Here are a few ways our elected officials could start addressing the problems over which they preside: reallocate village funds and hire a qualified professional to implement and lead an economic development plan; walk through the village and speak to the very people

who live and shop here; take advantage of the few entities that have thrived such as the Gold Coast Art Center; and create an advisory council of real business leaders and seek their advice on revitalization. Just do something, and please, do it soon. None of us can see the future, but this prediction seems pretty clear: property values throughout the entire peninsula will suffer and resources for our schools will become scarcer if our downtown isn’t fixed, and fixing this requires more than a handful of ill-equipped politicos sitting around a table reminiscing about the good old days. Michael S. Glickman Village of Great Neck Plaza Immediate Past President, Gold Coast Arts Center

Obama’s home buy proves climate change lie

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hank you President Obama! You have confirmed what the vast amount of Americans believe. That capitalism is terrific. Consider this. With his law degree, he tried to help people in Chicago with his community hope and change activity. He went on to become a United States senator. Then he became president of the United States. Talk about moving up the

economic ladder. It did not end there. He received a$ 60,000,000 book advance. And now he is producing movies for Netflix. Talk about black privilege! No different than white privilege…the privilege of living in the United States. And he uttered his thoughts on the Global Warming/Climate Change discussion. A few years ago it was predicting

the destruction of the earth, Manhattan would be underwater as the seas rose. It didn’t happen. Today, the crazy leftists are now saying in just eleven years the same doomsday scenario is upon us. And those living near the water’s edge are in trouble. Enter President Obama. He has no such fears. He has just purchased a $14.85 million Martha Vineyard

home. The property sits on Edgartown Great Pond, an 890- acre body of water separated from the Atlantic by a slim barrier beach. He is scared that he and his family will be washed away. John Messina East Williston

Support the Community Chest of Port

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he Community Chest is a nonprofit organization and is one of Port’s oldest, having been around for 75 years. While much has changed in seven decades, much has not; we continue

to give funds to charities that serve the People of Port. I’m on the board of the Community Chest of Port Washington and one of my challenges is to reach new donors so we can continue to keep Port a strong com-

munity. We all know that everyone benefits when residents are physically and emotionally healthy and safe. Please donate today to the Community Chest of Port Washington, 382 Main St., Port Washing-

ton, N.Y. 11050 or on-line at www.portchest.org. Thank you. Mitch Schultz Board member Community Chest of Port Washington


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READERS WRITE

Good news on downtown revitalization in G.N.

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he meeting is good news and long overdue. But how it comes that members of this gathering repeat that the number of those people who protested revitalization was 20-something? The change.org online petition to Stop the Revitalization has more than 1,400 signatures (https://www.change. org/p/stop-the-village-of-great-neckzoning-code-change).

Several public hearing meetings in a row the residents filled the Village Hall beyond capacity to warn against the plan, among them a judge, an architect, a city planner, a professor, several lawyers, a school board president, fire department chief and many other highly educated and respected members of the community. It’s obvious that the quoted numbers of Bart Sobel and Marc Stumer

are not only disrespectfully dismissing resident’s concerns but plainly not true. Another question: how did it happen that a private architect, who has an interest in local development (among his current applications is the Mashadi Center on Steamboat Road) is invited to the meeting of the local officials? What kind of public office makes him eligible for participation? Stumer calls to ignore the resident’s

valid arguments (schools overcrowding, traffic, and environment) and calls instead to provide developers with incentives to make them WANT to build here. I wish this gathering would invite an independent urban planner or civil engineer, but not a private architect directly involved in local development. Kate Goldberg Great Neck

Fooling some VGN residents some of the time

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ho’s kidding who? I write in response to last week’s Great Neck News cover story (Officials discuss downtown: Group meets for revitalization plan). Days away from the most solemn religious occasion, celebrated by many of our elected Village of Great Neck government leaders, can we please demonstrate a modicum of truth and dignity? Deputy Mayor Bart Sobel is quoted as stating,”….20-something people try to bottle-neck progress.” The mayor’s favorite architect of choice, Mark Stumer of Mojo Stumer Associates, is quoted as stating, “ 20-something people who show up here and have

nothing but complaining to do.” Where is the truth and dignity in any of these explicably false statements? As of Oct. 8, 2019, 1,436 Great Neck residents committed their signatures to an online petition, initiated months ago, to stop Mayor Bral’s overdevelopment and rezoning plan for Middle Neck Road. This petition remains available for all to view on-line, Google search: Stop the Village of Great Neck zoning code change @ change.org. The numbers speak for themselves. I can surely forgive the well-meaning local architect, Mark Stumer, but Deputy Mayor Sobel is responsible, as of late, for vicious, aggressive, inexcusable behavior

towards truth-seeking residents. As a practicing attorney, Deputy Sobel is keenly aware of the phrase, “….the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” By grossly understating the numbers of Great Neck residents in opposition to overdevelopment – real numbers of 1,436 (minimum) vs. 20-something quoted by Deputy Sobel, it makes any statement issued by Village of Great Neck government leaders highly questionable. Even if it is in print. Bullying and intimidating behavior should have no place in local government meetings. If these Great Neck Village Officials Association meetings were always in-

tended for participation by Mayors only – let them be for mayors only – not deputy mayors and board of trustees – Mendelson and Hope – who enable and empower bad, bullying behavior. It should not be acceptable or commonplace for any elected leader to retaliate or take revenge at a truth-seeking resident by creating a public scene suitable for reality show television. With hope and faith for the New Year, let us pray for civility, unity and decorum in the Village of Great Neck. Judy Shore Rosenthal Great Neck

How to contend with a very stable genius

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lejandra grew up in Honduras. One day, she was grabbed off the street, brutally beaten and sexually abused. Logic dictated her going to the police, yet when she did, she was ignored. She then decided to seek asylum in the U.S. and after a difficult journey through Mexico, she reached our border. She was then placed in a crowded detention center. This occurred because of the Trump administration’s campaign against asylum seekers. This policy called “zero tolerance” was designed to punish those who broke the law. It is ironic that one of the camps used to house detainees had been used during World War II as an internment center for Japanese-Americans. At the least, the “orange Satan” had precedent for his despicable actions. There is further evidence that Trump’s immigration policies are Neanderthal. He

talked about building a moat on our southern border and stocking it with snakes and alligators. I f this weren’t enough, he suggested shooting “illegals,” but only in the legs. In fairness to the president, he did back away from these extreme positions acting upon the advice of his advisors. I now think it useful to look at Trump’s tweets to gain a better understanding of how his mind works. The first thing one observes is his use of superlatives. He didn’t simply attend a graduate school; he went to the Ivy League Wharton School. He didn’t merely create a good economy; his is the best economy in this nation’s history. Here are some other examples: We had incredible meetings.. .we finished very strong…Cooked Hillary Clinton went down in flames…I am a VERY successful businessman… I went from a businessman to a TV star to president of the United

States (on my first try.) I think I would qualify as not smart, but genius…a very stable genius. While I am not a licensed therapist, I suspect that these statements reveal a person with a marked inferiority complex. I won’t go further and speculate about his relationship with his millionaire father. But I will state that such braggadocio reveals much about Trump’s psyche. As a college professor for many decades, I have often thought about how I would handle a student like Donald Trump. I suspect I would ask him to come to my office and I would ask “how do you think your peers are reacting to your boastful statements?” There is another very revealing habit manifested by our president. He loves assigning nicknames (always derogatory) to people he disdains. There’s Pocahontas for Senator Warren, Low Energy for Jeb Bush and Shifty for Congressman Adam Schiff.

One might write these insults off as the work of a schoolyard bully, but I believe they have much more psychological significance. I think our president cannot leave well enough alone. It may be extreme to say that he has a “death wish,” but he does have a propensity to “shoot himself in the foot.” How many times has he gone off the teleprompter and adlibbed in spite of his advisors’ warnings? Finally, there is his tendency to make foreign policy without consulting any of the experts in the field. Tom Nichols referencing Trump writes about “the death of expertise.” While the president twitters about his “great and unmatched wisdom.” Is there any wonder that Democrats fear for the survival of our democracy? Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

Change through peaceful civil disobedience Continued from Page 17 that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.” What did we do? What are you doing today?

“Ordinary people, all the time, are engaging in pretty heroic activities that are actually changing the way the world works,” Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at Harvard University, suggests with her studies that civil disobedience is

not just a matter of public outcry sparked by a moral sense of urgency; it is perhaps the most powerful way to shape world politics. Chenoweth states that nonviolent campaigns are twice as likely to succeed

as violent campaigns. She confidently stresses that there is historical evidence that if 3.5 percent of the population peacefully protest, the rest will follow and serious political change will take place.


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OUR TOWN

Word about overlooked subject of noses

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word about noses Noses have always been a maligned appendage. Cyrano De Bergerac suffered in shame and Jimmy Durante was often called The Schnoz. I always thought my nose was just about right until one day a patient of mine told me “Boy, don’t we both have big noses.” I had an unusually keen sense of smell as a child. I would sniff the pots that were just cleaned and rinsed by my mother because I could not tolerate the scent of dish soap on them. She would shrug, grimace and then rinse them again, muttering to herself that she had a very strange child. I think I may have developed a hatred of the smell of soap because my father owned a factory in Long Island City which was located next to a soap factory and that smell was toxic. When in graduate school I planned on doing my dissertation of olfaction but decided to stick to clinical work instead. I am not alone in my obsession with smell. One of the most popular books of the 20th century was the German novel “Perfume: The story of a murderer” which sold over 20 million copies and was translated into 49 languages. You may have seen the movie. It was about a boy, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, in 18th century Paris who had a keen sense of smell and could discern scents from long distances. Unfortunately for him his nose got the best of him when he could not resist the smell of women.

Our olfactory sense is what produces sexual attraction. We pick up the scent of pheromones from the opposite sex and it impels us to get closer to each other. Kissing is probably more about smelling than it is about touching lips. Of course, the human sense of smell is nothing compared to the nose of bloodhounds which are one hundred million times as sensitive. Modernization divorces us from our bodies and turns us into quasi cyborgs as we drive cars and are flooded with information overload and the electronic world but basic senses like olfaction reconnect us with our bodies and with nature. We all love the smell of perfume and we love flowers because they smell so pretty. Go smell the inside of an iris and tell me if you don’t see God. Better yet, go stay at the Ville

DR. TOM FERRARO Our Town

D’Este Hotel in Lake Como and walk around the grounds. They have bushes that give off such an exquisite aroma that you want to stay there forever. That may be why George Clooney has a summer home there. Or if you don’t have a passport just fly out to The Lodge At Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula and walk around at

”A nose by any other name, smells as sweet”

night. The air smells like burning wood from the fireplaces, jasmine from the trees and the sweet smell of the ocean breezes. It’s kind of like you died and went to heaven. Granted it’s not cheap to stay at The Lodge but who said heaven was cheap. Children have less refined smells. I used to love the smell of the bubble gum that came with the baseball cards and they only cost 10 cents. It can’t be that all smells are good but honestly, there is almost no smell that I don’t like. I like the smell of garlic, sauerkraut, wet wool, kerosene, cigars and even the smell of a skunk. About the only smell that I dislike was the smell of thalidomide when I dissected that green frog in a biology lab. The ultimate treatment of smell was given to us by Proust in his opus “In Search of Lost Times.” The sense of smelling madeleine cookies and tea is the foundation of the book and one quote is, “smell and taste still remain for a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping.” The church uses the smell of frankincense, myrrh, spices and cedar which they burn during mass. It is said to symbolize the prayers of the saints in heaven. I am not sure of that but the sentiment is grand. A few filmmakers have explored the sense of smell. The awardwinning film “Quest for Fire” by Jean-Jacques Annaud is about 80,000 BC Paleolithic Europe with a wonderful scene of a cave-

man craving the scent of the cavewoman who has just left him. The last of the Jason Bourne films has a scene where one of the highly trained assassins smells the clothes of Jason Bourne so as to be able to hunt him down. To bring this story full circle let me tell you of something that happened to me and how my sense of smell helped me. My house was robbed about five years ago and after the detectives did their job I was left with the grim and surprisingly difficult task of re-establishing a sense of safety in my home as I entered it. For years I would walk into my home and expect to find burglars prowling around inside as I turned on the kitchen lights. This was quite disconcerting and it went on month after month until I came upon a solution to my fear. It dawned on me one night that if a burglar was inside the house he would most certainly be anxious and smell of sweat as he went about his business and so I took to taking a big whiff of air the moment I walked in and immediately realized that all was clean and all was clear. Believe it or not that settled me down right away. So you see our noses are very good things. If you want to find a little happiness and remind yourself what it feels like to be human just take a walk, smell the air, look at the sky and feel the grass under your feet. It won’t cost you a penny and I guarantee you will feel happier for it.

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Charges only question for impeachment Continued from Page 16 – violations of the Presidential Records Act – hiding or destroying records of exchanges with foreign leaders like Putin, Mohammed bin Salman and others (particularly heinous considering his nonending attacks on Hillary Clinton for her emails on a private server). – violations of the Emoluments Clause – start with how the De-

fense Department started including a stopover at Trump’s Turnberry Resort in Scotland; the list of foreign dignitaries and lobbyists who curry favor by staying or holding events at Trump International in DC (T-Mobile spent $195,000, just after announcing intention to merge with Sprint); show how Don Jr. and Eric have been trading on the Trump name in India, Chi-

na, how Ivanka mysteriously won dozens of trademarks in China; how Trump overturned sanctions on the Chinese company, ZTE, after China put up money at a Trump development in Indonesia. Finally, impeach because Trump is colossally unfit for office – temperamentally, intellectually, morally. We have been hearing how

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aides have had to talk him down from doing things that were patently illegal or outrageous – like filling a moat with alligators and snakes, shooting asylum seekers, and completely shutting the southern border “by noon tomorrow”, and opening the floodgates to Turkey’s Dictator Erdogan to massacre the Kurds of northern Syria without any consultation with Defense or State. And, organizing his foreign and domestic policy around debunked right-wing conspiracy theories. All of which he would do if he is not impeached and believes, in fact, he has the power to do anything. The reason why impeachment

needs to be comprehensive is that Republicans who go as far as to admit it is a bad thing to solicit foreign interference in U.S. elections (in fact, it is a crime), say that is not a sufficiently egregious offense to warrant removal from office. Maybe censure, not impeachment. So they can’t twist and ignore the criminal activity, there must be a more comprehensive list of offenses. This one instance fulfills the definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” but with Trump, it is a whole pattern If this activity is not what the Founders had in mind in writing impeachment into Constitution, what would? Impeach Trump now.


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Dalimonte says transparency needed Continued from Page 22 One of the issues she wants to tackle with a team mentality is the litter problem on Port Washington’s Main Street. She said she wants to work with the Town of North Hempstead, the local merchants, code enforcement and the Port Washington Garbage District to brainstorm an action plan to solve the litter problem. Dalimonte said she would also like to follow a commercial and residential property through the building process to better assess if it can be improved. She likened streamlining the process to experience she obtained when she served as director of operations for Epic Records Group. “I would go through those policies and procedures and make them better, sometimes stricter, and make sure they were done the right way,” she said. The town council hopeful said she would be in favor

of mandating that all North Hempstead-issued building permits must be processed within 90 days unless variances were involved. In regard to the muchdiscussed Macy’s development, which is expected to include apartments, Dalimonte said she has concerns about the impact an influx of new students would have on the Manhasset school district. “I would be against putting a little city down there,” she said. “I think it would destroy the Manhasset school district and I think there is a traffic issue right now.” When asked how she would vote on proposed development projects in her district, she said she could not say because she would host a town hall meeting to hear what her constituents want. Furthermore, she said she wants to meet with Port Washington residents to find out their vision for Port Washington. “Between our boulevard

and our bay, we need to have a vision,” she said. “We need to come together as a community and try to figure out what would be the best thing for our community.” She said she thinks that stakeholders need to come up with a plan, then see what grants are possible and how to work it in to the town’s five-year capital plan. Dalimonte said that in regard to medical marijuana, she thinks that dispensaries need to be spread further around Nassau and not just concentrated in the Town of North Hempstead. She added that they should be located near medical facilities and she supports the town’s decision to prevent more dispensaries from coming within the town’s borders. “That code can always be changed as times change,” she said. “They needed to put something in because they kept on looking at the Town of North Hempstead to put medical marijuana facilities.”

She also supported the town’s decision to implement a building moratorium on the Port Washington Waterfront Business District, but criticicized what she called a lack of productivity during the 18-month moratorium. Dalimonte said she attended the town’s steering meeting on the waterfront zoning district in which organizations and certain residential groups were invited to participate and she said everyone else had to sit in the audience without the handouts the participating groups had. “How are we supposed to participate if we’re not even allowed to get the tools that everyone around the table has,” she said. For the waterfront district, she said she would like to capitalize on the area’s nautical roots and boost it toward becoming a destination location. “Making it where the people who are coming from the city who want to spend a day trip

here, they can come to this area and stay in the boatel,” she said. “Make it a weekend destination for people.” Another one of her ideas is to try to bring North Hempstead parking tickets back to the town, instead of having them handled by the county, with the town only seeing a portion of the ticket revenue. She said she would work with the town to get state approval to authorize the municipality to rule on its own parking tickets and keep the fee, which is currently $85. If elected to the Town Board, Dalimonte said she plans to resign from her post as executive director of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District. She stressed that she does not have any conflicts within the town if she were to serve as a councilwoman and that much of her campaign funding is from grassroots donors. Next: An interview with Dina De Giorgio.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Jovia gives Adelphi grant Jovia Financial Credit Union has awarded Adelphi University a three-year, $135,000 grant to support a financial literacy program as well as student consulting projects. The Jovia Financial Literacy Program at Adelphi will provide on-campus training to help students, faculty, staff and members of the larger community strengthen their short-term and long-term financial security. Adelphi students who receive the training will then have the opportunity to provide financial literacy training to high school students across Long Island. “Nothing speaks to our heritage more than supporting education at every level, and this partnership with our neighbors at Adelphi underscores our commitment to not only expanding the financial literacy of area students and faculty, but ultimately will help strengthen their financial security moving forward,” said John Deieso, CEO of Jovia Financial Credit Union, which recently changed its name from NEFCU. “We’re excited to work with Adelphi on making a difference across the island.” The first Jovia/Adelphi Fi-

nancial Literacy Workshop for students will take place on campus on Wednesday, October 9. Jovia CEO Deieso, himself an Adelphi graduate, will be the featured speaker in a workshop led by Dr. Ganesh Pandit, associate professor of accounting and law at Adelphi. The program will provide about 50 participating students with the basic knowledge and skills of managing their money effectively and building a foundation for sound financial health. A similar workshop will be run for Adelphi faculty and staff on Friday, October 18. “We live in a world of unlimited wants and limited means to fulfill those wants,” Pandit said. “In such times, it is important for everybody, and especially the young people, to educate themselves about how to use their monetary resources effectively, save and invest wisely, stay away from unnecessary debt

and create a good credit history, and build a solid foundation for a secure financial future.” The grant also supports Adelphi student consulting projects and student participation in a Jovia advisory council related to banking preferences of Generation Z and Millennials. As an Adelphi Strategic Corporate Partner, Jovia has recently supported Adelphi’s President’s Gala and the Spirit Weekend 5K. “Jovia’s support is a superb example of a win-win partnership between academic institutions and business organizations,” said Rajib Sanyal, Ph.D., dean of Adelphi’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business “Combining Jovia’s expertise in the financial industry and their presence in Long Island with the Willumstad business school’s enviable reputation of its faculty and its commitment to student success enables us to provide relevant and vital education on money to the community that both of us serve. We look forward to an enduring and innovative relationship.”

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Renters should determine how to buy

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t still amazes me how so many capable individuals and families continue to rent and provide all their benefits to their landlords (appreciation, tax deductions and building future equity/wealth). Is it that they are just plain lazy or maybe they haven’t strategized how to accomplish purchasing? There are several ways (even if you have student debt) to secure your down payment. The first step, assuming you have parents or any relatives, is to get a gift from them, which doesn’t count against your debt to income ratio or even as income (up to the allowable gift limit of $14,000 per child per year in 2019).

Then you can also borrow money out of your 401K or any retirement plan (ask your administrator of your plan and/ or your CPA for advice) for your first primary residence (or college or medical reasons) without any penalty. You should also calculate what you can add to the down payment and total it up. Also, realize there are loans upwards of 97 percent that can be provided (not for co-ops and most condos) for homes, assuming you have all the paperwork from your lender saying that you are qualified based on checking your total income, debt/income ratio, credit, job status, etc. I also mentioned many months ago in one of my col-

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umns that all the counties provide grants that you do not have to pay back if you reside in the home for at least 10 years; it’s called “free money.” There may be a waiting list, but you can call each county to find out on to apply: Here are two links that will assist you: 17 New York First-Time Home Buyer Grants h t t p s : / / w w w. g i l l i brand.senate.gov/imo/ media/doc/Gillibrand%20 Housing%20Funding%20 Guidebook%202013.pdf My mortgage person actually was able to get a 3 percent down and 97 percent loan for one of my customers without any grant money.

However, finding a home within your price point and budget is always the challenge to make the numbers work and enable the seller to feel comfortable going with you. Unfortunately, there are still cash buyers, although not as many as in past years as well as those who have larger down payments, making the sellers consider taking those individuals and families as a safer path to take. But there are towns in Nassau and Suffolk where homeowners would consider a low down payment situation. The longer the home is on the market the greater the opportunity for those types of transactions to work. As we go into the fall and winter months, where some homes are still not selling due to pricing and other issues, that can be an excellent time to seek out those sellers that just might go with your minimum three percent to five percent out of pocket down payment. It may take some time to locate such a home with a negotiable seller, but they are out there. It sure beats renting, right? There is always that certain comforting and secure feeling of ownership, that now puts you into the position of being your

own landlord and finally having control over your life and gain all the benefits that you were giving away! Wouldn’t that be amazing transition to being an owner, even though you might have thought that you wouldn’t qualify? Yes, there is some groundwork to be done, but nothing is usually on a silver platter unless you are very fortunate and are in the right place at the right time (it’s called timing, not luck!). If staying on Long Island for the long run is your goal, then thinking outside the box is crucial to figuring a plan in accomplishing this most challenging task. I understand how the price of homes has escalated over the last eleven years since the implosion of the market in 2008. But saving and scrimping every penny, as needed, is the sacrifice one must make in order to stay local to be among family and friends. I am quite sure relocating out of state as many have been contemplating and actually doing is not necessarily what people want to do. But making that decision is mainly for economic and quality of life reasons. Having your children and grandchildren reside locally is a huge benefit psychologically and physically, especially as we grow older. When you need help someone is there! Luckily my children are local, so when they need our help, we are close by. Just this morning, my daughter’s nanny locked her house keys in my daughter’s home, where she and her husband were at work in New York and obviously couldn’t leave to come back home to open). My wife went over to enable her to get back in. So parents and grandparents, if you can assist your children to stay in New York, help them out, and it will be a win/ win situation. This way we can stem the tide of losing our most valuable asset, the younger generation! Philip A. Raices is the owner/ Broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 3 Grace Ave Suite 180 Great Neck. He has earned designations as a Graduate of the Realtor Institute and a Certified International Property Specialist. He can be reached by email, at:Phil@TurnKeyRealEstate. Com, or by cell: (516) 647-4289.


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Recent Real Estate Sales

1 Angler Lane, Port Washington

Port Washington Real Estate Market Conditions

Sold Price: $775,000 Date: 08/22/2019 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Splanch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: .1561 Acres Schools: Port Washington Total Taxes: $17,688 MLS# 3135968

in Port Washington

MEDIAN SALES PRICE $840,500 Demographics near Port Washington, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 31,095 3,112 45.1 2.7 91,081 64,106

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

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35 Sea Gull Lane, Port Washington Sold Price: $785,000 Date: 08/07/2019 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Splanch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 50x100 Schools: Port Washington Total Taxes: $10,255 MLS# 3117904

19 Fishermans Drive, Port Washington Sold Price: $845,000 Date: 09/16/2019 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Hi Ranch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 75x101 IRR Schools: Port Washington Total Taxes: $16,816 MLS# 3140621

25 Slocum Avenue, Port Washington Sold Price: $608,000 Date: 08/09/2019 4 beds, 1 Full baths Style: Ranch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 60x100 Schools: Port Washington Total Taxes: $14,396 MLS# 3131244

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

As a full time broker, I provide each customer and client with superior individualized attention and the peace of mind that comes from working with Douglas Elliman’s consistent Top Producer on Long Island, and Real Trends magazine’s top 100 broker, year in and year out. MAGGIE KEATS Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker O: 516.944.2879 | M: 516.449.7598 maggie.keats@elliman.com maggiekeats.elliman.com

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James Lark, pictured with his daughter Seren, said the Boy Scout of America’s decision to allow girls and young women to join was a great chance for his daughter to get involved in Scouting.

Continued from Page 11 possibly earn the BSA’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, inspired the Larks to pursue founding a troop in the local community. Cub Scout Pack 8’s events are hosted by the Community Church of East Williston, which Lark said he felt was the best place to host a new girls BSA troop. “Already acting as Pack 8’s charter organization, the CCEW seemed the obvious choice to charter a girls BSA troop. I had not even finished asking Reverend [Marcus] Tillery about it and he was on board,” Lark said. The Community Church of East Williston announced Sept. 30 that it had finalized a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America to become the official charter organization for a BSA troop for girls. Tillery, who was a Scout growing up, said, “There is no other program that prepares leaders for life like Scouting. We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to the young women of the community.” The troop’s formation also has the support of the BSA’s Theodore Roosevelt Council. “Being able to have a home in East Williston that will help promote scouting among young women in the Shelter

Sand Miners Monument’s 3 acts Continued from Page 11 Cow Bay sand is there, in the subway tunnels, the sidewalks, and the skyscrapers that make New York what it is today. It’s a legacy to be proud of. But their story is more complicated than that. Take a look in the tunnel that ran under the original Shore Road. The gates and the conveyer belt are artifacts from the mines. The conveyer belt brought the sand down to the barges in Hempstead Harbor. In the early days of sand mining, the miners used wheelbarrows to transport the sand. This was hard work. A series of graphic panels use maps, historic photographs, and succinct text to tell a more complete story of sand mining and its role in the development of Port Washington. Easily perused, you can take in from them as much as you have time for. Here are a few that stick with me.

One map shows the boundaries of the various sand mining operations on both sides of the peninsula. If you live in a relatively flat area in Port Washington, it’s likely to be on the site of a former sand mine, and you can find the name of your own sand mine here. Aerial photographs capture the enormity of the operations. There’s a more detailed map of the company town that surrounds you. Workers’ homes, shops, a bocce court, and a school are interspersed with cement plants, train tracks (121 miles worth!), and the sand washing building that was the last step before transfer on the conveyer belt. Photographs capture events and feelings. In one, a giant boulder at least 20 ft high and 30 ft wide dwarfs a group of sand miners posed in front of it. In another, an ominous group of men who were deputized to bust a strike in 1908 confront the viewer as they once did the workers, who were asking for a 25 cent a day raise. Not

until 1939 were unions able to negotiate for better working conditions. One text provides some stats that put the industry in perspective: “Early in the 20th century, sand mining became one of the largest employers on Long Island. In 1915, there were 400 workers, and later when mining was to reach its peak, there were almost 4,000 miners employed on the Port Washington peninsula.” Names of some sand miners have been memorialized in bricks; “Antonio Carta, 1900 -1985” rang a bell for me, so I reached out to my neighbor to see if he was related. Turns out to be his grandfather who, in an oral history preserved at our library, told a story about discovering that giant boulder. Before you get back in your car, time travel back to the present, but don’t forget where you have been, and drive carefully. Ross Lumpkin is a trustee of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, www.cowneck.org.

Bonanno rep seeks to move trial Continued from Page 4 ing the trial out of Westchester,” Gentile said. “Mr. Bonanno is simply an avid gun collector and is not the danger to society that the district attorney is claiming him to be. He hasn’t been charged with anything in relation to the alleged threats against his wife and child, and had his wife, under oath, requesting the order of protection be lifted.”

Footage from the courtroom showed Bonanno’s ex-wife, Marianna Soropoulos, asking Judge George E. Fufidio on Sept. 10 to end an order of protection. Gentile said that she never asked for the order and asked that it be lifted to have Bonanno out of jail to provide for her family. The 47-year-old Bonanno remains in jail on $100,000 cash bail.

Gentile claimed that a sealed indictment has been handed down in Nassau County, but Brendan Bosh, a spokesperson for the Nassau district attorney’s office, said that the case remained under investigation, according to Newsday. If the trial does not get relocated to the Bronx, Bonanno is set to return to the Westchester court on Dec. 10, according to Fufidio.

Rock District is the realization of a longtime goal for this region,” said Brian P. Gorman, senior district executive for the council. Girls who have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old but not yet 18 are eligible to join, said Wilson Troche, a church spokesman. A recruitment event is scheduled for Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. “Wilson’s input as charter rep and Brian’s help as BSA district executive has been and will be invaluable going forward. We will need plenty of parental input and assistance as we get off and running,” Lark said.

G.N man indicted for OD deaths Continued from Page 10 Calvin Brown. After consuming drugs that were allegedly provided by Lum, the 24-year-old Brown immediately had a medical emergency. Lum called 911 and administered CPR until first responders arrived and Brown was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, officials said. After being discharged almost a week later, Brown returned to Lum’s home, allegedly receiving more heroin just three days after he was released from the hospital, according to the news release. The next day, Brown’s mother found him slumped on a desk in his bedroom dead. An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was the combined effects of heroin, Xanax, diazepam and phenobarbital. According to the news release, an investigation was started after Collado overdosed during which an unnamed source recorded conversations between Lum and another individual. On April 9, 2018, Lum was overheard telling the person whose conversation was recorded while conducting a drug sale, “You’d be technically my third body. I woke up next to my girlfriend, like OD’d,” according to the news release. Lum allegedly told the individual he was safe due to the “Good Samaritan law. I can’t get in trouble.” Ryan thanked Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas and her office for help in the investigation. Lum is next expected in court on Dec. 11.

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County opioid deaths drop since 2016 peak Continued from Page 8 The report also said that the state’s “impending bail and discovery laws have a potential negative impact on treatment efforts.” Cashless bail, a measure included in the state budget passed in April, could significantly impede the district attorney’s ability to intercede and divert defendants away from the criminal justice system into treatment, the report said. The task force recommendations for the county in regard to enforcement measures include conducting education and prevention programs in Nassau and Suffolk county jails; compassion fatigue training for EMT and first responders; setting protocols

Sport Psychology

for engagement, transport and transfer for overdose victims before and after hospitalization, the creation of a residential crisis stabilization facility for youth; and instituting the Hope Initiative, a program in which drug users can walk into any precinct and ask for help in getting treatment. The report found that while the county had ramped up its substance use services, there is room for improvement. Potential improvements include the expansion of the Community Services Advisory Board Mental Health and Substance Use subcommittees, providing incentives to medical students, residents and practitioners to enter addiction medi-

State appellate division delays vaping ban Continued from Page 22 A preliminary injunction allows the status quo to remain in place throughout the course of a lawsuit. The vaping industry welcomed the appellate court’s delay.

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cine, exploring funding opportunities for adolescent treatment and recovery programs, and increasing funding for work forces to address attrition and retention, among others. The Nassau County Opioid Crisis Action Plan Task Force is co-chaired by Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder and Bynoe. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran formed the committee in May. “The battle is far from over, but Nassau County is leading the way in the fight against the opioid crisis,” Curran said. “Our comprehensive strategy focused on treatment, enforcement, and education is working – but we’re not slowing down now.”

PHOTO BY REBECCA KLAR

A ban on vaping products, seen here at a Mineola gas station off Jericho Turnpike, was delayed by the state Appellate Division Thursday.

dreds of small businesses to remain open and continue to serve their adult customers,” said Tony Abboud, executive director of the Vapor Technology Association, a trade association. He said the state Legislature has already addressed concerns over youth vaping by raising the minimum age for vaping products from 18 to 21 and imposing a major tax increase. Dr. Howard Zucker, the state health commissioner, contends that the vaping industry is using flavored vaping products to “get young people hooked.” “While the court’s ruling temporarily delays our scheduled enforcement of this ban, it will not deter us from using every tool at our disposal to address this crisis,” he said. “Make no mistake: this is a public health emergency that demands immediate action to help ensure the well being of our children, and we’re confident that once the court hears our argument they will agree.”


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ExteNet sues F. Hill for nodes Continued from Page 1 posed installation.” The complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York details a long application process in which the company filed the initial applications in May 2017 and finally received a decision in September of this year. ExteNet states that after filing the application, the company was informed by the board that the village would implement a yearlong moratorium on cell nodes that lasted from August 2017 to August 2018. “The moratorium enacted by the Board, by its terms, expired August 1, 2018,” the lawsuit states. “However, in practice, a de facto moratorium continued to be in effect post-August 1, 2018.” After multiple meetings with the board during and after the moratorium was in place, ExteNet said it filed a site plan review application in February of this year “per the Village Board’s direction.” In March, after ExteNet filed the application, the board adopted a local law that modified its village code to “specifically regulate small cells,” the lawsuit reads, and ExteNet was told by the board that its application would be processed as a request for a special permit under the amended code. ExteNet alleges that Chapter 209, the section of the code that addresses small cell wireless facilities, does not define “stealth technology

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ExteNet’s Richard Lambert discussed the company’s 18 cell node applications in Flower Hill at a June meeting. designs” or what is “aesthetically pleasing” to the board, both of which are conditional to approval. The wireless infrastructure provider seeks an order that will grant ExteNet all necessary permits and authorization to immediately deploy

infrastructure in the village right of way as proposed in its February application. Flower Hill’s attorney, Edward Ross of Mineola’s Rosenberg Calica and Birney LLC, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Man found with ghost guns: police Continued from Page 1 his wife, four daughters and two dogs. One of the guns was found in Dejana’s 12-year-old daughter’s room along with a pink Louis Vuitton holster, according to police. Some 3,000 rounds of ammunition, marijuana and steroids were discovered in the home of Dejana, who is the husband of a nursery teacher at Roslyn’s Temple Sinai. “As a result, we have placed the teacher on administrative leave while we investigate the impact of the situation,” a news release from the organization said. Dejana, of 10 Slocum Ave., was

charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree. He was found to be in possession of five assault rifles, 12 ammunition magazines and four serial code defacement kits, according to police. Smith said Dejana had no previous criminal history or known domestic issues, nor did he hold any firearm licenses. William Petrillo, Dejana’s defense attorney, said: “John is a responsible, hard-working family man with four children and no prior record. He has earned the respect of many in the community. The legislative intent behind this criminal statute was to prosecute a category of of-

fenders of which John is not a part. We are uncovering evidence which we are confident will lead to a fair resolution and we ask the public to reserve decision.” Dejana was arraigned last Friday in First District Court in Hempstead, where his bail was set at $100,000 in cash or $200,000 bond. Dejana has posted bail “and is back to working very hard,” his attorney said. His next appearance before the court was scheduled for Tuesday but has been postponed to Dec. 3. Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said if found guilty, Dejana could face up to 25 years in prison.

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Continued from Page 10 we always look for opportunities to help give back and enhance the community,” said Lynx President Zahra Jafri. “When the 5K came to our attention we saw no better opportunity then to sponsor the race to help restore such a monumental landmark. We look forward to stay-

ing involved for years to come.” According to Lincoln, funds raised will go toward construction at the Stepping Stones Lighthouse, where the dock has already had work done in the last month. “It’s a very expensive project,” Lincoln explained. “$6,500 is a small drop in the bucket. But it is

one of the most important drops in the bucket. This event shows the value of restoring something historic, and it’s great to see so many people excited about it. We hope to get more of the same next year.” Photos and race results can be found on eventpowerli.com/stepping_stone_5k/.


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