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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

PEACE RALLY HELD IN PORT

NIFA REJECTS COUNTY BUDGET

PAGES 29-36, 53-60

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Football finishes unscathed

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No injuries with new schedule BY ST E P H E N ROMANO After switching to an independent schedule to combat injuries and match up with teams of equal size, the Paul D. Schreiber High School football team ďŹ nished its season with no concussions and no major injuries. Stephanie Joannon, director of health, physical education and athletics for the Port Washington School District, called the season an “absolute success.â€? “The biggest factor for us,â€? she said, “was that there were no injuries and we were competitive in every single game. Yes, we went 1-5, but there wasn’t one game we were completely out of. At halftime, for every game, we weren’t down by more than a touchdown.â€? During the 2015 season, six Port Washington players suered concussions, the most in Nassau County, and seven starters were sidelined by injuries. The Vikings started with 35 players and ďŹ nished with 23, and the team reContinued on Page 85

PHOTO COURTESY OF PORT WASHINGTON COMMUNITY CHEST

Runners take off at the starting line during the 41st annual Thanksgiving Day Run. See story on page 3 and photos on page 68.

How pols give millions to local projects State legislators in majority have power to hand out grants B Y N O A H M A N S K A R Landmark on Main Street in Port or for another oďŹƒce. A new scoreboard for Williston Park’s Little League baseball ďŹ eld. Resurfaced tennis courts in New Hyde Park. A power generator for a theater in East Hills. Performances for children at

Washington. These projects and initiatives, along with 102 others on the North Shore, have received money from state grant programs through members of the Assembly and Senate. The lawmakers often promote them with news releases and appear at ribboncuttings when they’re complete — sometimes as they run campaigns for re-election

Those lawmakers have discretion over who receives hundreds of millions of dollars in grants each year through three programs: the State and Municipal Facilities Program, the Community Projects Fund and supplemental grants to school districts and libraries known as “bullet aid,� according to state legislators, their aides and publicly available documents. More than $1.5 billion has been appropriated for the State

and Municipal Facilities Program alone since its inception. North Shore municipalities and nonproďŹ t groups have been designated to receive at least 109 grants worth nearly $6.9 million since 2014, according to lists published by the Senate and Assembly. Ranging in size from $5,000 to $350,000, they are meant to pay for projects from after-school programs to road repairs and maContinued on Page 74

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Promoting cultural Being the class diversity in Port clown for a day Residents come together for peace gathering Second graders perform circus BY ST E P H E N ROMANO Holding candles and signs filled with messages of peace and unity, Port Washington residents gathered in Manorhaven Park on Sunday to honor the community’s cultural diversity. Around 600 people came to the inaugural One Port Community gathering, organized by Port Washington residents. “We just wanted to organize an event that shows our community’s diversity and our unity,” said Cherie Khan, a resident and one of the event’s organizers. “There was no specific reason other than having a celebration of our town and its inclusiveness.’’ Diane Venezia Livingston, another resident organizer, said the event was planned in less than a week. “The strong community involvement in the program really attests to the fact that there’s a big spirit here in Port Washington,” she said. “It was quite amazing.” Livingston said, and it was noted on the event’s flyer, that the gathering was “strictly nonpolitical,” but it came less than three weeks after a presidential election that divided people around the country. Residents were invited on stage to introduce themselves in their native language to affirm and present the community’s diversity, Khan said. Joined by North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, residents stood together, talking to one another about the importance of unity and the cultural diversification of Port Washington. “Everyone who was there and everyone who spoke reiterated the importance of community and cultural diversity in the

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dents to “juggle scarves, balance, spin plates, walk on stilts, manipulate devil sticks and more,” according to a news release. “Our participation in the National Circus Project is a true interdisciplinary unit in which art, library, music, physical education and classroom instruction come together,” Ferrante said. “Students learn teamwork, hone their gross motor skills and put together a magical hour-long circus celebration.” National Circus Project instructors educated Salem physical education teachers in workshops to learn how to prepare the second-grade students for the performance Classroom teachers helped students practice the poems performed at the start of each act, Ferrante said. Music teachers worked with students who sang songs, and library teachers had students research the circus performance students were involved with, she said. “Everyone works together very well,” Ferrante said. “I thought it was perfect for the students to see the educators Continued on Page 70

Students are usually disciplined for being the class clown, but last Wednesday, they were encouraged to play that role. Second-graders at South Salem Elementary School performed in a school-wide circus with parents in attendance in which students and teachers dressed as clowns, did acrobatics and juggling acts. “The performance was excellent,” Salem principal Pia Ferrante said. “It was like a professional act and everyone worked extremely hard to put it together, from the faculty to the students. It was just great.” Students read poems before each performance and sang songs that they prepared with their music teachers. Sixty-five second-grade stuPHOTO COURTESY OF VIVIAN MOY dents participated, with each of their skill-sets and interests matched with a different perforChildren made signs promoting peace for the One Port mance, Ferrante said. Community event. The performance was part of community,” Khan said. “One of peace and togetherness, Khan the National Circus Project, an educational out-reach program the reason I was so attracted to said. “The musicians added an- that works with schools and Port Washington was the fact that it had such a diverse, wide- other side to the celebration,” young students and teaches stushe said. “It was really all about ranging community.” Some people introduced shining a light on this issue in themselves on stage as a way to any way possible and we did it share their culture, and others, in a few different ways.” The idea of the event, Livparents and children, stood in the crowd and held signs with ingston said, was for everyone to set aside their political and repeace messages. One child held a sign with ligious beliefs and bond the Port “One Port Community” written Washington community. “Port Washington residents in the center, surrounded by words like “friendship,” “love” work really well together,” she said. “I think it’s just another and “kindness.” “The signs people made kept way to be reminded. There was with the theme of unity and no agenda, just togetherness.” Both Livingston and Khan peace,” Khan said. In between introductions, said because of the event’s suclocal musicians performed songs cess, they will consider doing it PHOTO COURTESY OF PORT WASHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT such as John Lennon’s “Imagine” again in the future. “It was a community event Second-grade students used the circus skills they learned to and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to affirm the message of for everyone,” Khan said. perform for their parents and teachers.

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Clearing space for Thanksgiving dinner Runners help raise $100K in 41st annual Thanksgiving race in Port Washington BY ST E P H E N ROMANO Port Washington residents cleared space for turkey early Thursday, starting their day by running in the 41st annual Thanksgiving Day Run. A record 2,975 runners participated in the five-mile run hosted by the Community Chest of Port Washington, a nonprofit organization that raises money for grants, and the Town of North Hempstead. “It’s such an amazing and inspiring event for everyone involved,” said Julia Meer Harnick, executive director of the Community Chest. “It’s actually heartbreakingly beautiful to see the people run and the crowds cheer.” Gathering in Manorhaven on Edgewood Road for an 8:30 a.m. start, runners prepared for a fivemile loop starting and ending in Manorhaven and going through Sands Point, Baxter Estates and Port Washington North. With a lineup of communitybased fundraisers throughout the year, the Thanksgiving Day

nick said. “They are doing it because they want to give back to the community and because they feel like helping. It’s really great for everyone.” Harnick said despite the chilly morning, the Port Washington streets were packed with spectators, handing out water and playing music from their homes to encourage runners. “For some runners, this is a very serious race,” Harnick said. “We have some terrific runners in Port Washington who can break records, but for the majority of the runners, it’s just a beautiful event and an opportunity to help people.” The top male finishers were Bobby Asher, finishing in 27:07; PHOTO FROM COMMUNITY CHEST OF PORT WASHINGTON Aaron Siff-Scherr, finishing at 27:24; and Jack Ellwood, finishing at 28:09. The Thanksgiving Day Run top male and female finishers collecting their medals. Both Siff-Scherr and Ellwood Beginning in August, the Paul D. Schreiber High School’s are 17-year-old runners from Run is the Community Chest’s Community Chest started orga- Key Club and lacrosse team, Port Washington. most successful, Harnick said. The top female finishers The Community Chest net- nizing the annual run, signing Community Chest board memted over $100,000, she said, up volunteers, enlisting sponsors bers and over 50 people from were all local residents: Joelle with contributions from differ- and “working out all of the logis- the Port Washington community. Feinberg finished at 30:12, The“The people who are vol- resa McCabe finished at 30:19 ent foundations, runners’ entry tical parts,” Harnick said. Over 150 people volun- unteering are taking time away and Maggie Tursi finished at fees and other donations from teered, including members of from their Thanksgiving,” Harresidents. Continued on Page 70

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Celebration for Roslyn man’s 100th birthday Bernie Feinstein rings in centennial year at community center BY M A X Z A H N

Bernie Feinstein, who enjoyed his 100th birthday ceremony at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills on Wednesday.

Bernie Feinstein allows each member of the senior men’s club at the Jewish Community Center in Roslyn no more than two pieces of lox per meeting. “If I allowed them to eat more, they would fill up their plates,” he said. “I’ve become the lox Nazi.” Feinstein was sure to get flak for his rigid smoked salmon ways at his 100th birthday celebration on Wednesday, when he received recognition from the center as well as a roast from his friends. Feinstein was born on Nov. 30, 2016, in Brooklyn, where he grew up playing football at public schools. “In high school my parents put a stop to the football playing and I had to go into the family business to help out,” he said. That business was a manufacturing company that sold lighting, lamps and imported

gifts to stores like Lord & Taylor and Macy’s. When he graduated from high school, Feinstein set off for New York University, where he studied business and economics and took a special interest in foreign relations. The latter knowledge would prove relevant a few years later when Feinstein was drafted and sent to Europe to fight in World War II, where he spent two years with artillery units in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. “I told the others where to place the guns,” he said. “I went up as far as I could in a church steeple or on high ground to see where enemy guns were firing at us from. After directing our guns, I got out of the way because I could always become an object of enemy fire.” After returning from the war, Feinstein went back to work with his father at the light manufacturing company, where he spent

the remainder of his career. While at a friend’s wedding in 1954, Feinstein met a woman 10 years his junior named Charlotte. Only months later, she became his wife. They remain married to this day. “She has brought up our four beautiful children and taken care of her nutty husband,” he said. Soon after their marriage, the couple moved to a home in Flower Hill, where they lived for 53 years. “We added room after room after bathroom after bathroom in order to stay because the neighbors and the neighborhood were wonderful,” he said. They have since moved to the North Shore Towers, a gated community in Floral Park. Almost two decades ago Feinstein joined the Jewish Community Center to use its exercise facilities. He soon became a fixture of the community, becoming a founding member of its Continued on Page 70

10 hospitalized by carbon monoxide BY ST E P H E N R OM A N O Ten people were treated at the hospital Wednesday morning after getting sick from inhaling carbon monoxide fumes that came from a restaurant in Port Washington, fire officials said. A cleaning crew was power washing Eastern Strawberry Restaurant at 704 Port Washington Blvd. with a gas-powered washer when it filled with carbon monoxide fumes and rose to the apart-

ment building above, according to a Newsday article. The victims included five children and five adults. Some victims received treatment in a hyperbaric chamber at Nassau University Medical Center after being exposed to the fumes, the article said. None of the injuries were serious. One of the people exposed to the fumes was a police officer. The officer was released from the hospital, according to the article.

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NIFA rejects Nassau County budget Oversight board instructs Legislature to fill $36 million budget gap, response due Monday BY ST E P H E N ROMANO The Nassau County Interim Finance Authority rejected the county’s proposed $2.9 billion budget for 2017 on Tuesday night and instructed the county Legislature to fill a budget gap of $36 million, which developed when legislators reduced a proposed $105 traffic ticket fee. NIFA, the county’s financial control board, voted unanimously to reject the unbalanced budget, which was approved by the Legislature on Oct. 31. Lawmakers have until Monday to amend the budget. “We all agree the county’s fiscal situation is severe and needs to be addressed,” Adam Barsky, the NIFA chairman, said. The $105 traffic ticket surcharge was proposed by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, and was to be applied to all parking and traffic violations. The fee was proposed to raise $66 million to fund the hiring of 150 police officers and 81 civilian

Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative building police employees, but the Legislature voted earlier this month to cut the fee to $55 for traffic tickets and eliminate it for parking violations. The fee reduction caused the $36 million budget gap. Republican legislators proposed filling the hole with a partial amnesty program, which would require businesses that have violated a 2013 county law

requiring them to report income and expenses to pay 75 percent of their fines. However, the proposal was rejected by NIFA, because the law is currently being challenged in court. “The amnesty program is subject to legal challenge and we don’t believe that those legal challenges will be fully resolved in time for the county to realize any revenues from that program,”

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Barsky said. This is the second consecutive year that NIFA has rejected the county’s budget. A resolution voted on by NIFA indicated that the adjusted budget must include $75 million in tax refund payments already approved and action to fill the $36 million gap. Howard Weitzman was the only NIFA member to vote against the resolution, which passed 5-1, saying “more cuts are necessary to plug the gaps in the budget and meet the NIFA mandated budget goals.” Chris Wright, who was not present, issued a statement agreeing, backed Weitzman and said $80 million in spending should be cut. One NIFA member, Paul Annunziato, disagreed with other members of the board, saying the county’s financial situation isn’t as serious as others said. “I strongly disagree on many of the assertions that are being made,” Annunziato said. “It is important to note the progress the

county has made,” referring to the county’s progress in reducing the budget risk. On Monday, the Legislature will vote on a plan to raise $15 million by increasing a fee to verify tax maps on real estate transactions. That fee was raised $150 in the 2016 budget, according to the budget. The rejection of the budget comes amid a not-guilty plea by Mangano on federal corruption charges. On Tuesday, Republican legislators filed a bill to increase the tax map verification fee to $355 to raise $15 million, and they could resolve the remaining $21 million gap by cutting funding for youth programs and bus services, county officials said. Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos issued a news release on Tuesday saying his office projects a deficit of $121.1 million “on a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles basis, down from a $134.1 million deficit before the amendments.”

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Phillips slams MTA for proposed fare hikes State Sen.-elect calls for Governor Cuomo to add funding to state budget to avert plan BY J OE N I K I C State Sen.-elect Elaine Phillips called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week to add funding to next year’s state budget to avert proposed plans by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to increase Long Island Rail Road fares. On Nov. 16, the MTA announced proposals to increase fares for both public transportation and tolls, which includes a $15 maximum increase for monthly LIRR tickets and a $6.75 maximum increase for weekly tickets. “We depend on the MTA to provide commuters a safe, convenient and affordable way to get to and from work but, sadly, it’s failing as delays mount due to overdue maintenance and fares increase to the point where riding the train is becoming unaffordable,” Phillips said. She said that residents in the 7th Senate District, which she was elected to represent

last month, pay as much as $3,444 per year to commute by train into the city. Phillips added that it does not include the additional cost of using subways and buses for LIRR riders to arrive at their final destination. The MTA is also proposing an increase of MetroCard fares to $3 from $2.75 for a single ride. MTA officials said that the proposed increases are the lowest since 2009. “The MTA continues to keep its promise to make sure that fare and toll increases, while necessary to keep our system running, remain as low and possible and that they are done in as equitable a way as possible,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said in a statement. “Fare and toll revenue cover just 51 percent of the operating budget, which is why this modest increase is needed to ensure that subway, rail, bus and paratransit services continue to operate safely and reliably and to fuel

State Sen.-elect Elaine Phillips the region’s economic and financial growth.” Charts outlining the proposed prices for LIRR tickets by station are available at www. mta.info. Citing a study conducted by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Phillips said recent fare increases have equaled three times the amount of inflation. She was also critical of the LIRR’s 9.8-mile proposal to add

a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville, saying it should focus on making traveling more affordable for riders rather than expensive projects. “Instead of raising fares and promoting expensive mega projects that will cost billions of taxpayer and railroad customers’ money, like the ‘third track,’ the state needs to step up and provide funding to treat Long Island commuters more fairly, support the railroad’s core mission, promote safety and ensure affordability,” Phillips said. “Right now, the MTA is making plans to spend billions of dollars to install new tracks, but without first taking steps to improve safety and keep fares down.” “It’s time for the MTA to get its priorities straight and ensure that commuters are getting the service they pay for without asking them to dig even deeper,” she added. The MTA will hold eight public hearings throughout MTA’s service territory to get

comment from members of the public on the proposed fare hikes. For residents on Long Island, the public hearing will take place at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington, located at 598 Broad Hollow Road in Melville, at 5 p.m. The registration period to speak at the meeting or to have comment placed into the official record is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members of the public can register in advance to speak at a meeting by calling 646-2526777 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Additionally, those interested can submit comments via email by going to www.mta.info or by mailing a letter to MTA Government Affairs, 20th Floor, 2 Broadway, New York, NY 10004. Reach reporter Joe Nikic by e-mail at jnikic@theislandnow. com, by phone at 516.307.1045 x203. Also follow us on Twitter @joenikic and Facebook at facebook.com/theislandnow.


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Toys for Tots in Nassau

Preserve Christmas dinner

Retired United States Major Chuck Kilbride and members of the U.S. Marine Corps, along with members of the Tier Rats Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Lance Wolff, assistant general manager of Miller’s Ale House in Levittown, joined Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano at the Fourth Annual Ride for Toys for Tots on Saturday, Nov. 19. This annual event collects money and toy donations for the Toys for Tots Drive, helping to ensure that every child receives a toy this holiday season, according to a press release from the Nassau County executive office.

The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy presents the annual Not Quite Christmas Cabaret and dinner in the Gatsby-era mansion on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in historic Hempstead House. Produced and hosted by Tony Awardwinning composer Steven Lutvak, this lovely holiday tradition brings quintessential cabaret music to the elegant Winter Living Room on the Gatsby-era mansion. Three outstanding Broadway artists join this year’s cast: Lauren Worsham, Mykal Kilgore, and Sally Wilfert. In her second appearance at the Sands Point Preserve, Ms. Worsham starred in the Broadway productions of Spamalot and Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder for which she earned a Tony Nomination and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Ms. Worsham also starred in the New York City Opera’s Candide and The Turn of the Screw, and the New York Philharmonic’s production of Showboat. Known for his magnificent multi-octave tenor voice, Mr. Kilgore will make his debut at the Preserve. His credits include NBC’s The Wiz Live; Motown the Musical and Hair on Broadway; and the national tour of The Book of Mormon. He has performed in sold-out concerts at Joe’s Pub, Birdland, The Kennedy Center, and Apollo Theater’s Cafe. The Conservancy also welcomes Ms. Wilfert whose credits include the Tony Award-winning production of Assassins on Broadway and the national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. At Carnegie Hall, she appeared in Cole Porter’s Jubilee, South Pacific in Concert, and Sondheim: A Tribute, all for PBS. Her cabaret concert venues include 54 Below, The Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, and Birdland. General tickets are $125 per person – beginning at 7 p.m., the evening includes cocktails, dinner, concert, and dessert with the artists. Limited VIP Sponsor Tickets are $250 per person and include a special 6 – 7 p.m. cocktail reception and moderated Q & A with Mr. Lutvak and the artists in the beautiful mezzanine-level Morning Room. For information and tickets, see www. sandspointpreserve.org, call the ticket line: 516.304.5076, or visit the Gatehouse at 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050, open daily at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Follow us on Facebook (Sands Point Preserve Conservancy) and Twitter (@SandsPtPreserve) for daily updates.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is joined in the picture above by: Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer; Lance Wolff, Assistant Manager of Millers Ale House, Levittown; Ret. U.S. Army Major Chuck Kilbride; Steve Breitman, President of the Tier Rats, LEMC; Santa Claus; Mike Kutzma, President of FOP 69; Staff Sgt. JD Quinton; Lt. Col. Bitanga; Gunny Sgt. Hernandez; and Sgt. Lopez.

Jewelry trunk shows The New Jewelry Boutique at Fortunoff Fine Jewelry in Westbury will be holding trunk shows featuring designer jewelry on Dec. 8, 10 and 11. Located at 1504 Old Country Road, Westbury, the show will follow a day-byday schedule, according to a press release from Autuori Corporate Communications, Inc. On Thursday, Dec. 8 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Angela George Trunk Show will feature 18k gold or sterling silver pieces. Angela George will be on hand for the show, and the event will also include a benefit for The Safe Center of Long Island, a nonprofit helping victims of family violence and sexual assault. Saturday, Dec. 10 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. will hold the “Straight from the Heart Collection” by Beth Golove Trunk Show, featuring sterling silver pieces. Golove will be there to meet shoppers as well. Saturday, Dec. 10 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 from 12 p.m. to 6 pm., Misha of New York will show handcrafted designs featuring Misha’s wire wrap designs and exotic stones in modern settings for earrings and necklaces. Misha will attend the show as well. Sunday, Dec. 11th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. will feature Monte Carlo Designs will display fine bold gold and classic gold with diamonds, in pieces ranging from bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings. For more information, call (516) 2227879.

Pictured from left to right: Rabbi Todd Chizner, Dr. Steven Walerstein, Susan Goldklang, Stanley Goldklang

Doctor talks on end of life The congregation of Temple Judea of Manhasset recently held a presentation at a Shabbat service by Dr. Steven Walerstein, associate chief medical officer of Northwell Health. Walerstein explained the Conversation Project, which is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care and how it can provide understanding of what matters most to families and loved ones, according to a press release from Temple Judea of Manhasset. He distributed a “conversation starter kit” to further help each to approach end-of-life issues in a meaningful

way. The emphasis is on having discussions and conversations over the course of weeks, months and even years in advance on how to deal with end-of -life decisions when they are needed. This program is part of CHAT — Conversation: Health and Treatments — which helps to make advance directives easier to understand for families. Walerstein will also be speaking as a representative of the CHAT project, which is a joint initiative between Northwell Health and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law of Hofstra University.

Rabbi Chizner spoke on behalf of the Jewish view of having an open dialogue with loved ones on all matters — including death. He referred to knowing our loved ones’ wishes as a “blessing and a gift.” Walerstein himself had experienced a lifethreatening illness recently. He explained his own experience of discussing with his wife and family prior to his illness his preferences and desires regarding end-of life care, thereby making decisions about his own treatment and care easier to make.

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Responding to hate speech

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he swastika drawn on the wall in a boys bathroom at Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington two weeks ago appeared to be written in pencil and covered less than a third of a tile. After the swastika was reported by a student, the school immediately closed the bathroom and cleaned the wall. Kathleen Mooney, the Port Washington school district superintendent, then responded forcefully, saying, “This type of behavior is completely unacceptable, does not represent who we are as a school district or a community, and will not be tolerated.” Mooney also praised the student who reported the incident and announced an investigation to determine who drew the swastika In short, the school district’s was proactive and forceful. But though the drawing of swastika may be as the school district called it — an “isolated incident” — more needs to be done. Especially at a time when hate speech and symbols of hate have become far too common and far too accepted. And especially in response to a symbol under which six million Jews died and a world war was fought that claimed the lives of 60 million people, including 400,000 American service members. Just a day after the swastika was found in Port Washington, the National Policy Institute — a think tank that is part of the

so-called “alt-right” movement, which includes neo-Nazis, white supremacists and antiSemites — held a gathering at the federally owned Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. A video of the meeting, which came in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprising election victory, showed the leader of the institute shouting “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” as some of the people in attendance gave the Nazi salute. This did not take place in a vacuum. Incidents of hate speech directed at Mexicans, Muslims, blacks and Jews rose dramatically after Trump’s election. All of which should come as no surprise. During his campaign, Trump called undocumented Mexican immigrants “rapists,” said a judge should be disqualified from hearing a case about Trump University because of his Mexican descent, proposed to ban all Muslims from entering the country, mocked a disabled reporter, singled out violence in black communities, criticized women on the basis of their looks and ran advertising linking Jews to global financiers hostile to America. And after he was elected, Trump appointed Steve Bannon, the former head of a website linked to the “alt-right,” as his chief White House strategist. The website’s headlines have included “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” and "Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew.”

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Trump and his campaign have maintained he was merely advocating an “America First” policy that sought to secure the country’s borders and protect the country against violent extremists, that he had no antipathy to any particular group and he wouldn’t be constrained by “political correctness." The reaction of extremist groups to Trump’s statements seems to say otherwise. The Trump transition team initially issued a tepid response to the National Policy Institute meeting — at a time Trump was on Twitter blasting the cast of “Hamilton” for its call to Vice President-elect Mike Pence to respect the country’s diversity and “uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all

of us.” "President-elect Trump has continued to denounce racism of any kind and he was elected because he will be the leader for every American,” Trump-Pence transition spokesman Bryan Lanza said in a statement. Trump issued a stronger condemnation a few days later at an interview at The New York Times. “I disavow and condemn them,” Trump said. After a campaign hailed by white nationalists with little or no discouragement by Trump, his disavowal is a good starting point if he wants to be the leader for every American. We hope he goes further, but to say we have our doubts is more than an understatement.

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Even if he is sincere, it will take more than Trump alone to undo the divisiveness of the campaign. The Holocaust Memorial Museum’s response to the meeting of the National Policy Institute instructs us both in how unspeakable acts begin and how to prevent them from happening again. “The Holocaust did not begin with killings: it began with words,” the museum said. “The museum calls on all American citizens, our religious and civic leaders and the leadership of all branches of the government to confront racist thinking and divisive hateful speech.” We hope this is a lesson learned well beyond a high school in Port Washington.

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OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Women interrupted, but not for long

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embers of the Electoral College meet in their respective states on Dec. 19. Despite three different approaches to block Donald Trump, it is not likely that Hillary Clinton will take the Presidential Oath on Jan. 20. Still, her campaign — flawed as it was, and grossly distorted by the rise of “fake news” — represents another step forward in the advancement of female leaders for the United States. Clinton received 2 million more popular votes than Trump — the most ever by a “losing” candidate. Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000 by more than 600,000. Our national citizens have signaled they are now ready for a woman chief executive and commander-in-chief — it would behoove Mr. Trump to keep that in mind. Do you remember the Virginia Slims ads, ironically introduced in 1968? “You’ve come a long way, baby!” What a sexist way to sell cigarettes by trying to dramatize progress women had made to that time.

Protest and reform are at the heart of American democracy, and they have been producing more gender equity and inclusion. The progress has been uneven, but Helen Fisher emphasizes that the 21st century will be led by “the first sex” — her response to Simone DeBeauvoir’s 1952 depiction of women as “the second sex”. Along the way, Pat Schroeder, longest serving female member of Congress, until her record was recently eclipsed by Barbara Mikulski, offered an incisive perspective in her appropriately entitled book of 1998: “Twenty Years of Housework and the Place is Still a Mess.” Schroeder was the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado in 1972. At the time only 14 females served in the House of Representatives. After the 2016 election there will be a record-tying 104 women in the 115th United States Congress — 83 of them in the House, nearly a 600 percent increase since Schroeder’s election. In a year when most pundits and citizens expected a woman to be elected President, feminists

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field might have hoped for even larger gains. However, an examination of women in the House and Senate illustrates demographic and Democratic trends that will shape future elections. Just as Republican candidates have lost the popular vote in six of the last seven presidential elections, too often overlooked for significance, so too, the party differences for women in Congress are another danger sign for Republicans. Here are some of the trends worth noting — all of then augur well for Democrats in terms of national demographics.

Six new women of color have been elected to the House, contributing to a new historic high of 34 — 31 Democrats, three Republicans. In that record group, AfricanAmerican women number 17 Democrats, and only one Republican. Of the nine Hispanics in 2017, seven are Democrats, and only two Republicans — just imagine what can happen in 2018 elections if Donald Trump holds to his “deportation squads” that will surely disrupt Latino families, friends and communities. There will be seven Democratic Asian-Pacific-Islander women in the 2017 House — there are zero Republicans from that group. In recent elections, “AsianAmericans” have sometimes given even higher support for Democrats than latinos. Only two female House incumbents failed in reelection bids — both losers were Republicans. In competition for eight open seats, Democrats won six. In 2017 the House will have 62 Democratic women, and only

21 Republicans. When we turn to the Senate, demographic trends even more dramatically bolster Democrats. Of 21 Women in the 2017 Senate, 16 will be Democrats. Especially noteworthy, with three new Democratic senators of color, they will quadruple the number of women of color serving simultaneously. Indeed, besides these four in 2017, only one other woman of color has ever been elected to the Senate in all of American history. Consider two other factors here regarding key roles by women when the new government meets in 2017. Joining the GOP House group will be Liz Cheney. She replaces the former Wyoming representative — one of only three women who wanted to be addressed as “congressman”. More important, Cheney is likely to take Cynthia Lummis’ spot on the so-called “house freedom caucus” as the only female among 40 extreme conservatives that Long Island Republican Congressman Peter King has called “the crazies.” Continued on Page 16

A LOOK ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

It starts with an ‘m’ and ends with a ‘y’

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octor,” I said, “I keep forgetting things.” “Like what?” “Ummmmm.....” What, indeed? There were dozens of examples, but suddenly I couldn’t recall a single one. “Like all the examples I was going to tell you,” I lamely finished. “You’re probably just under a lot of stress,” he said. Yes, I wanted to shout — the stress of knowing that my mind is disintegrating, piece by itty-bitty piece. “Why didn’t you save yourself the co-pay and just talk to me?” said a friend later, over coffee. “I could have told you what stress you’re under. It starts with an M.” “Memory loss?” “Here’s another clue: You could call it estrogen withdrawal.” “Oh. Well, at least it isn’t Alzheimer’s...but does that mean you’ve been forgetting things, too?” “Let’s just say that I don’t enjoy watching Jeopardy as much as I used to.” I used to enjoy Jeopardy, my-

self. In fact, when I was in high school, I was on our team for “It’s Academic,” a local television station’s quiz show where area high schools competed every week. I used to know all sorts of trivia, from the countries and capitals of Africa — my favorite was Ouagadougou, in Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso — to which musical featured the song “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” — Kismet — to who ran against Harry S. Truman in his second campaign for President — trick question, he only ran once. Plus, for extra credit, there should not be a period after that “S” in Truman’s name, as he always insisted it didn’t stand for anything. Nowadays, I’m lucky if I remember my own middle name. Too often, I find myself staring into the refrigerator, not seeing whatever I was looking for because I can’t remember what it was — only to close the refrigerator and go back to the living room, sit down again, and remember: “oh yes, a cup of coffee!” Repeat that process a dozen times a day, and then wonder

JUDY EPSTEIN A Look on the Lighter Side where the time has gone — and before you start, I can tell you, don’t go looking for that in the refrigerator! Another thing I can never remember is where I left my glasses. Every night and every morning, my children had to help in the search, because I refused to wear the librarian-strings people gave me. “As lost as mommy’s glasses,” my 11-year-old once contributed as an example of “simile” in English class. Worst of all for a compulsive

talker and writer, I have begun to find myself at a loss for words. “I know it begins with a K,” I said, when one child asked me for a synonym for “curdle.” Six days later, I was driving the other child somewhere when it finally came to me: “Coagulate!” At least it sounds like a “K.” I wonder if we could design a new game show for me — say, “Menopausal Pursuit,” or “Menopause Jeopardy!” Categories could be: Names, Places, Facts and Faces — all followed by the phrase “That I Used to Know.” For example, when you run into someone who “looks familiar,” do you spontaneously remember having met them before? Ten points! Do you remember where? Fifty points! Never mind their name. They probably don’t remember yours either. When your answer to a question is “I don’t remember the word, but I know it starts with an ‘S’,” you get 50 points if there turns out to actually be an “S” anywhere in the word. When a child picks up a

knick-knack in your house, 20 points if you can remember where, or why, you got it, before it hits the ground. For example: “honey, please put that down; it’s the incredibly expensive teacup Daddy and I bought on our honeymoon in Paris.” “But you told us you and Daddy never went to Paris!” “Okay, so we bought it at the airport, later, to pretend we’d gone to Paris. Now, put it down!” Instead of a bird descending when you say the secret word, you will be randomly overcome with sudden hot flashes. And, in the Double or Nothing Final Round, no one needs to bother with the actual answer. “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” Instead, full credit will be awarded to every contestant who leaps up, after the answer is revealed, and shouts out “I knew that!” The prize will be a pad of paper and a pencil, for writing down whatever it is you were looking for in the refrigerator. Just don’t put down “my mind.” That’s gone forever.


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Lesson for media-academia complex

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s the clock approached midnight on Election Day, our collective bubble began bursting and my iPhone began blowing up. Colleagues from my two professions, journalism and academia, and I were shell-shocked the presidential election didn’t go as expected. “This is so f---ed up!” texted a journalist. “Oh my God!” pinged a professor. “We will be the ones ostracized if he wins.” When Donald Trump’s win was official, another academic acquaintance observed: “It’s an indictment on all of us.” Indeed, it was an epic failure for the media-academia complex. And not just because nearly every poll showing Trump had little-to-no chance of winning was a collaborative effort between media outlets and universities. Journalists are supposed to inform the public about what’s happening in society. Professors are expected to educate students about the real world. But, this election, both were out of touch with reality. While some correctly predicted the outcome, most of us perished the thought. Our hubris may have even suppressed Hillary Clinton’s turnout and mobilized angry

Trump supporters. We need to reckon with our flaws, or risk becoming completely irrelevant in the political process. Here are some ways we can improve: First, we must stop being insufferable know-it-alls. As scribes and scholars, we have expertise in a particular beat or field, but that doesn’t make us qualified to determine which candidate is best to lead 320 million Americans, each of whom has many and varied needs. Nor is it our job. Yet, law professor Stanley Fish acknowledged in a New York Times op-ed, it’s “so commonplace for professors to regularly equate the possession of an advanced degree with virtue.” Likewise — “journalists, at our worst, see ourselves as a priestly caste,” CBS political editor Will Rahn confessed in a column. “We believe we not only have access to the indisputable facts, but also a greater truth.” Trump showed us we’re not as smart as we think. It’s time for some humility. As Socrates, a great teacher with a knack for a good sound bite, said: “the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” But that’s difficult to realize when living in a bubble. The election exposed how

MARK GRABOWSKI Professor’s Perspective isolated and insulated we are from the typical Trump voter: a Republican who lacks a college degree and who lives in Middle America, according to exit polls. By contrast, journalists and professors are highly educated and tend to be liberal, studies show. Universities are concentrated on the east and west coasts. Meanwhile, “journalism jobs are leaving the middle of the country and heading for the coasts” due to the Internet, Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab found. We care about different things, too. While the media-academia complex fixated on social justice, exit polls showed the most important issue for Trump voters was the economy.

But, as professor Liz Swan decried in Psychology Today, we made “ignorant presumptions about how others are feeling or thinking without even having a conversation with them.” Although prejudice may be unavoidable, as professors and journalists we’re professionally obligated to try to be fair. However, shortly before the school year started, a Gettysburg College political science professor declared in a Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed that a Trump presidency was “unteachable” and it would be “a disservice to students to attempt to provide balance.” The next day, The New York Times published a cover story calling on reporters to “throw out the textbook American journalism has been using” even though “it may not always seem fair to Mr. Trump.” Many other journalists and professors adopted this approach, creating an echo chamber and hurting their professions’ integrity. Critical thinking, the American Philosophical Association stresses, requires being objective and fair-minded in evaluation. “Ethical journalism,” the Society of Professional Journalists asserts, “should be accurate and fair.” Small wonder that studies show critical thinking among

college students and public trust in the media are at all-time lows. If we want others to support our calls for social justice, we must first be fair ourselves. Thankfully, some leading media and academic institutions have started addressing these problems. Even before the primary elections began, the University of Chicago released a powerful statement committing the school to freedom of expression, including “ideas and opinions — individuals — find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.” Immediately after the election, The New York Times’ publisher and top editor promised to “rededicate” themselves to reporting “honestly” and “impartially.” Others in the media and academia should follow suit. But, a few weeks after the election, it’s clear from perusing social media that many scholars and scribes still haven’t learned much from November’s surprise. And it doesn’t take a college degree to know what happens when you don’t learn from history. Mark Grabowski Journalism professor at Adelphi University and former political journalist

Women interrupted Castro’s death offers hope Continued from Page 15 This is the group that drove John Boehner to resign as GOP Speaker. Historian Jon Meacham has described the former President George H.W. Bush and others as furious with Liz and her mother Lynn for pushing Dick Cheney to more extreme positions in the Bush 43 presidency. Liz and her mom have been described as team “iron ass.” The Washington Post notes: “The Cheney women adopted the moniker with pride.”

As an early supporter of Trump and a far-right conservative, Liz is likely to cause huge mischief as a new member of the House — a reason Sen. Rand Paul endorsed her Wyoming GOP opponent. A second consideration is the fantasy of many Democrats that Michele Obama will seek office. If Trump and Cheney “go low,” Ms. Obama, as the person with the highest approval rating in the United States, could be best equipped to channel Eleanor Roosevelt “to go high.”

Fidel Castro has died at age 90 and now maybe there is hope for the people of Cuba. Here was a tyrant that was most nefarious by his actions and had impoverished his nation and his own people. His brutal regime executed thousands of innocent people. As reported, Fidel Castro admitted holding 15,000 political prisoners. It was also reported that over 582 people were shot by firing squad in a two year period. And during the 1960s the United States and the Soviet Union were on the verge of nu-

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clear war over missiles in Cuba. Now on a personal note my mother became good friends with a woman on 213th street in Queens Village in the 1950s. She had escape from Cuba with her three sons and one daughter after her husband was killed by Castro’s rebels. She and her sons worked hard and was able to buy a house in Queens Village. I remember she would take care of me while my mother had to do errands. Her name was Marie and I found her to be a most kind woman who worked hard for her family and believed in the American dream and hated what Castro did to Cuba. I also remember she even gave my mother a set of maracas for a present because my mother likeLatin Americanmusic. Marie also try to teach me how to play the piano which was in her living room. After my mother died she

told my father if there was anything she could do to help. A number of years later she sold the house in Queens Village and invested in a apartment building — I think somewhere in Queens. As I think back Marie was truly an example of the Cuba immigrants that have come to the America. I still don’t understand how Fidel Castro was able to stay in power all these decades. I therefore pray for the Cuba people that they can be afforded more freedom, economic security and religious freedom. Although, Raul Castro is still in power and can prevent that from happening. But that regime may also pass away. So in closing let me say:” Viva, Cuba and its’ people for its’ a new day.” Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola


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READERS WRITE

Trump’s election sets America back

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onald Trump is no Adolf Hitler. Certainly there are similarities — they were obsessed with controlling their public image. They took great joy in affixing their name to public places. They enjoyed finding dirt that could be used for blackmail to manipulate, or threaten, people into compliance. They employed counterfeiting to achieve their goals. In Hitler’s case, it was the creation of counterfeit histories — the ‘stab in the back’ myth, the ‘Jewish cabal’ myth — in addition to the counterfeit signs and facilities meant to fool people into believing that the gas chamber was a communal shower. This list can go on. Trump employed the art of counterfeiting by creating a ‘university’ where he pretended to offer useful advice for a large sum of money. He created a ‘foundation’ that could accept donations. He lent his name to construction projects, giving them the veneer of respectability, when often they were scams. This list can go on.

Still, Trump is no Hitler. Hitler could act as his own lawyer in a court of law, as he did after his failed 1923 coup. Hitler possessed a core ideology, however reprehensible. Hitler could express himself using more than 140 characters. Trump, thankfully, possesses none of these qualities. For Trump to be Hitler, he would need to have characteristics that go beyond bombast, narcissism, and the ability to work a crowd into a frenzy. He’d need the craftiness of a Steve Bannon, the cynicism of a Paul Ryan, and the diabolical cunning of a Newt Gingrich. Yet even this would not be sufficient to create a Hitler — a human being capable of orchestrating the inhuman on a massive scale. However, let’s not break open the champagne to celebrate Trump’s shortcomings. Trump has resuscitated the horrors of American history. If Reagan made us believe that greed is good, and Bush made us believe that torture is good, Trump has made a fright-

eningly large segment of the populace believe that hatred is good. He did not do this all alone. He had many enablers in the media, in the halls of Congress, and in the upper reaches of business. The three decades long I.V. drip of hate that has come out of the mouths of Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Coulter, and others, combined with nearly two decades of digitally distributed hate, combined with faux histories — counterfeit histories — put forth by O’Reilly, Pat Buchanan, Jonah Goldberg, and others, has prepared the hearts and minds of millions to embrace hatred, to cherish it as an unalloyed good. On Jan. 20, 2017, when we put a madman at the helm of the most powerful nation on earth, we should not think that America will suddenly have transit camps, work camps, or killing centers. We will not have Nuremberg Laws —however there may be faint echoes of these things. Our patriotic storm troops may be pulling people out of their homes, tossing them into detention centers, and sending them back home where, in some cases, death awaits.

Our version of the Nuremberg Laws may be in the guise of exclusionary quotas, reverse discrimination lawsuits. Will our home-grown neo-Nazis claim that they are being unfairly excluded from the halls of academia by the culture of political correctness? And an even newer Jim Crow that goes beyond the nationwide carceral state and which becomes international in scope. We may be marching towards an America that we have yet to fully imagine, an America where every crackpot Republican idea will be given serious consideration, and stands a serious chance of being implemented. Trump may not be Hitler, but the psychological damage approaches the scale of a Hitler. Everything that we have cherished, that we have considered inalienable, that we have taken as the bedrock of America’s greatness, has been broken. On Jan. 20, 2017, this can only get worse. Jeff Siegel Port Washington

Turkey Trot rules are for the birds

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fter moving to Port Washington four years ago, the annual Turkey Trot has become a tradition in our family and one we look forward to every year. This year, as in the past, my kids looked me up to tell me I had placed second in my age group. However, on further research, we realized I had actually placed fifth, according to my “GunTime,” and only placed second, according to my “NetTime.” It didn’t make sense to me so I did a little research into the scoring system, since participants were not informed about how their times would be recognized in any of the entrant information or details about the race. Runners in a chip-timed race, which are used by most road races these days, usually have two sets of times, which are called GunTime and NetTime. In many running events, organizations give each

registrant a “chip time” with a radio frequency identification chip adhered to the back of their bib number, a starting line mat and a finish line mat. Each finisher receives a NetTime that “starts” when you cross the starting mats, “StartTime,” and “finishes” when you cross the finish mats, FinishTime. When you cross the starting line, the mats activate the chip and read its unique code from antennas embedded within the mats. The time of day is recorded and paired with your chip code and stored in a special computer box called a decoder that is attached to the mats. The same exact thing happens at the finish line as the exact global positioning system time of day is recorded when you cross the line. Each finisher also gets a GunTime. This time starts when the starting device, gun, air

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determination that each child receive the best education possible. She recognizes that “one size fits all” doesn’t apply to our students. We need a candidate that can oversee a quality education within the constraints of difficult economic times. Donna Peirez is that candidate. Shelly Stern Great Neck

Faith Paris Port Washington

America is mad as hell

Peirez for ed board onna Peirez brings a unique perspective to the role of a member of the Board of Education. As a long-time resident of Great Neck, she is mindful of the rising cost of education. She is intimately aware of the limits that the tax cap puts on running the school district. Having worked beside Donna for many years, I observed that she has an incredible understanding of what the children in our community need and a

horn, voice command, is implemented to begin the race, regardless how long it takes the participant to get to the actual starting line. I learned that the Port Washington Community Chest determines its Turkey Trot winners by GunTime. You have to physically cross the Finish line before someone else in order to be recognized as the winner, even if you have run a full minute faster than them. This was not publicized anywhere but now I know for next year. Though you have to wonder why they have a chip system if they don’t use it in any official capacity. And to all those looking to place first, second or third — make sure you get to the front of the race.

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’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore,” — that’s the real message from the election. It’s been clear for years that the United States Congress and the Washington establishment doesn’t do anything. Well they talk a lot and pose for pictures and solicit campaign contributions — so they can get re-elected and talk to each other some more. Our system of government is broken. The lobbyists have taken over. Money talks and it doesn’t say: “let’s help the little guy — the average Joe.”

Money says: “let’s help ourselves — the little guy be damned.” Corruption is the norm. Lying is expected. Honesty is in short supply. Unbiased news reporting is a myth. It’s been said that people get the kind of government they deserve. So what does that say about America? “We have met the enemy, and it is us.” Dave Golbert Great Neck

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Paper’s columnists, Dems out of touch

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was a bit tired when I read the Nov. 18 edition, so I went back and re-read it. It was so partisan — I couldn’t decide whether to laugh or get angry. I have come to respect the columns of Jerry Kremer, and as usual, he did not disappoint. “Election is over, time to move on,” is sage and correct — a wise man. That is what we do here in America. All the crybabies and sore losers need to go to their safe spaces, and have some milk and cookies, and enjoy their Play Dough. As a retired United States Navy Officer, who has lived in 23 states, and been to 49 of the 50, missing North Dakota, I am always somewhere between amused and annoyed when the very liberal people of the North Shore of Nassau County think

that they are wiser and more sage than the rest of the United States, and just can’t imagine why others don’t see the sagacity of their positions. This election has proven just that — that many people in the United States who are good citizens and love their country don’t agree with a lot of people around here, and for good reasons. I have read the columns of Judy Epstein, and I find her amusing and refreshing most of the time, but not this time. I have traded shots recently with several women who wanted to see a woman in the White House, regardless of who she was or what she stood for. Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate, and most people with any sense of right and wrong knew that. A sage lady I work with likened her candidacy to a “coro-

nation.“ Fortunately, enough of us weren’t buying. Those pundits who attempt to blame it on “sexism” or “white-lash “ are stupefyingly clueless. This had nothing to do with racism or sexism. If Condoleeza Rice ran for President, I would have voted for her-because she would have been a good President. Voting for Hillary because she is a woman is like buying a car because you like the color, and ignoring everything else that you want in a car. The time is not far off when we will have a woman President, but Hillary was totally unsuited and unsuitable. Rebuffed on her health care plan as First Lady — you can have two for the price of one — a nothing United States senator from New York, others would

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y name is Steven Flynn, and my wife Cindy and I are lifetime residents of Manhasset. My daughter Michelle just graduated with the class of 2016 from Manhasset High School, and my son Aiden is attending kindergarten at Shelter Rock. I am writing to inform you that on Tuesday, Dec. 13, I will be running for the position of Manhasset-Lakeville Water/Fire Commissioner. My last 18 years of working with a water distribution system has given me extensive knowledge on the everyday operations of how water systems operate. Additionally, I am a New York State certified water operator for the past 16 years. I have proudly served my community for 27 years as a volunteer firefighter, and I understand what is needed to provide the best fire/emergency medical services to the district. In my years of

service as a volunteer firefighter, I have held the position of 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, and Captain from 2000 to 2006. I hope that the qualifications I have mentioned above will allow you to give me a chance to serve as your next commissioner. My extensive water and fire experience, coupled with my leadership positions, gives me the experience and insight into what our district needs. Please vote on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at firehouses no. 1, 3, 4, and 5. I appreciate your support, and I’d like to wish you and your family a very happy, healthy and safe holiday season. Remember — your vote counts.

call her a carpet-bagger, and a less than successful Secretary of State. And her treatment of those around her when not on camera? Thanks, but no thanks. I am not a huge Trump fan, though I voted for him. America is a center/slightly right country. Barack Obama took us way too far to the left. There had to be a swing back to center. How far — we’ll have to wait and see, however Obama knows that his leftist “vision” for America, financed by George Soros, will be rolled back. To read the column by Michael D’Innocenzo, a retired History professor, discussing abandoning the Electoral College in favor of the popular vote, makes me want to tell him it’s time for him to retire. As a history major myself, I was always taught to be very

sidering fracking in New York State Patty Katz joined state Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and myself on a trip to Dimock, Pa., to witness first hand the effects of hydrofracking on water contamination. Patty has been a member of The Town of North Hempstead Ecological Commission for the past six years as well as the Environmental Legacy Fund working on initiatives to protect the environment and open space. Not to mention her visits with me to a recycling facility in Brookhaven, chairing the Envi-

William C. Kempner Lt. United States Navy Retired Roslyn Heights

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n celebration of the upcoming Christmas season, the Port Washington Knights of Columbus Council No.1227, Columbiettes and the John Michael Marino Lodge No.1389 Order Sons of Italy in America join together to celebrate the Annual Lighting of the Nativity. The event takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the fire medics building located at Steven and Cindy Flynn 423 Port Washington Blvd. The lighting will include the Manhasset blessing of the Nativity followed by singing of traditional Christmas carols. The Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes are hosting refreshments and homemade soup at the council’s building at 155

Right pick for sewer district It is with great pleasure and passion for the environment as well as the Great Neck community that I urge you to go out and vote for Patty Katz on Dec. 13 for commissioner of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District. As the former Chief Sustainability Officer of The Town of North Hempstead and a 30 year Great Neck former resident I can think of no one in the community who has worked harder to preserve and protect water quality. When Gov. Cuomo was con-

careful of revisionists, and revisionism, as truth is usually the first casualty. The Electoral College is a pillar of our republic. Otherwise, the people in New York and California and Chicago can vote and the rest of the nation doesn’t matter. I’m sure his opinion would be different were the shoe on the other foot. Benjamin Franklin said it: “We‘ve given you a republic if you can keep it.” Most Americans are desperately in need of a civics course, or in Prof D’Innocenzo‘s case — due for a refresher. The system of “checks and balances” worked as designed. The Republic will survive.

ronmental Committee for Reach out America and raising money to build a well in Kenya providing access to clean, safe water to the local water crisis. All as a dedicated volunteer. onna Peirez is the most The Great Neck Water Polqualified candidate for lution Control District is fortuthe seat on the Great nate to have the opportunity Neck Board of Educato have Patty Katz available to tion. serve as commissioner. We have known her for 40 I ask you to please go out years. and vote for her on Tuesday, During that time she has Dec. 13. been a parent, PTA leader, community activist, and educator. Fran Reid She is committed to mainNorthport taining educational excellence

Manorhaven Blvd.. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend. This promises to be a wonderful start to the Christmas holiday season. The event is sponsored by two outstanding Port Washington organizations. Everyone is welcome so please join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Anthony Carpinelli Grand Knight Rita DiLucia Presisdent, Columbiettes Marianne Bortone Prince President, Sons of Italy Lodge

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and, as a retiree, she is keenly aware of the fiscal realities facing the schools. Great Neck would be very fortunate to elect such a knowledgeable, intelligent, fair minded and dedicated individual to serve on the school board. Barbara and Stephen Singer Great Neck


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NHP fights battle against citification It’s about time I wrote about New Hyde Park, that little hamlet just west of Williston Park. I had always thought that New Hyde Park was the area between Hillside Avenue and Jericho Turnpike and between Herricks Road and Denton Avenue. How wrong I was. Actually what I thought of as New Hyde Park is made up of Herricks, North New Hyde Park, Garden City Park, Manhasset Hills and New Hyde Park proper. I like to describe a town’s character by pointing to its most magical spot. Paris has the Eiffel Tower and London has Westminster Abbey. Closer to home, Williston Park has Hildebrandt’s, Manhasset has the Miracle Mile and Port Washington has Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille. So what’s the architectural center point that best symbolizes New Hyde Park? Given the fact that New Hyde Park is actually four towns in one, this is sure to be a challenge. Once again my plan is to plot a minor excursion into this western hinterland and keep my eyes open. I begin at the intersection of Herricks and Hillside and head south. I give a tearful goodbye to Williston Park and immediately

to my right is Herrill Lanes. I work with professional bowlers so I’ve been there before. I’ve always liked the sound that bowling balls make when they hit the pins. And who doesn’t like those comfy bowling shoes — a real throw-back to the fifties. However, I don’t like the smell of bowling alleys — too dusty, I think. I keep heading south and notice Dominck’s Italian Deli on the right. It is recessed away from the road with a large parking garage on the right and a big home on the left making it a perfect little piazza. I have thought maybe one thousand times that if they would develop the outside into a patio setting I would come there once a week. I keep heading south until I get to Jericho Turnpike and head west. I pass Jonathan’s — I once had brunch there; fond memories. To my left is Uncle Bacala’s — nice Italian seafood. I keep going west past the Denton House and suddenly develop a feeling that I’m closer to New York City than I want to be. The feeling is subtle and comes from a combination of too many speeding cars, streets

DR. TOM FERRARO Our Town that are too cramped and too many traffic lights. Undaunted, I keep going past New Hyde Park Road, and get to Lakeville Road — where I make a right and head north. Back in 1683 New Hyde Park was an 800-acre parcel of land given to Thomas Dongan who was fourth royal governor of New York. He called the land “Dongan’s Farm,” and built a mansion on Lakeville Road. By 1691 he fled back to Ireland and the land was eventually purchased by George Clarke in 1691 who named the land Hyde Park after his wife’s maiden name. When I get to Union Turnpike I make a right and head back east. I travel to Marcus, keep going east until I get to Hillside Avenue and see Spring Rock Golf

Center on my right. Many Korean-Americans over there hitting many golf balls. I am tempted to stop by and hit a few myself but resist the urge given my limited time frame. Like most Americans these days, I am too busy to waste my time on trivial things like fun and games. I keep going east and now am in familiar territory. I spy Iceland Rink on my left and think fondly of the big poster I have of myself hanging over the ice and worry whether my phone number is large enough. I then pass by Sushi Republic, the wonderful Japanese restaurant where I have lunch maybe twice a week. Soon enough I am back in my office in Williston Park and wondering about how best to characterize New Hyde Park. The answer is easy — the best way to describe New Hyde Park is to speak nostalgically of Lakeside Avenue when it had Thomas Dongan’s mansion which was surrounded by open farmland and grazing cattle. Those days are long gone and what is of great concern is the slow, steady inevitability of Nassau County turning into Queens County. This is unsettling. I always thought of myself

A McDonalds in the historical landmark Denton House circa 1795 on Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park.

as a suburban guy, not a city guy but clearly the city is coming our way. It has crawled its way past Lakeville Road and is steadily encroaching upon Williston Park. I feel like handing out brooms to all the people in New Hyde Park and ask them to stamp out any evidence of Queens County by sweeping toward the west.. Somehow I do not think this will work. I would even be willing to commission a 25-foot tall bronze sculpture of a broom by Claes Oldenburg and place it somewhere on Lakeville Road as a symbol of the resistance to the slow approach of Queens into Nassau County. New Hyde Park is the border land between Queens County and Nassau County and for that reason it needs all our love — good will and blessings we can muster. There will be no Trumpian wall built between Queens and Nassau. There will be no 25-foot bronze broom to symbolize the protection of suburbia. Welcome to the 21st century. Progress and growth and change will not be stopped — so Nassau County, get ready to be citified.


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glevsky Ballet recently announced its annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. The by the The performance performan nce will feature new neew choreography chor executive artistic Brandon Curry, and star company’s ex xecutive artisti ic director, Mauricee Brando “Sugar Nicholas Rose as the Alison Stroming Strom ming as the “S Sugar Plum Fairy” aand nd Nic “Cavalier,” according release “Cav valier,” accordi ing to a press releas se from Eglevsky Ballet. Stroming Both Strom ming and Rose are principal princip artists with the Theatre New Dance Theatr re of Harlem, and N ew York actor Chris Comportray godfather “Drosselmeyer.” fort will por rtray Clara’s godfath her “Dro “Eglevsky for its ap“Eglevs sky Ballet has longg been known k proach Curry said. “I wantproac ch to this treasured sstory,” tory,” C deeper ed tto o delve a little dee eper into the characters of ‘Clara’ ‘Clar ra’ and ‘Drossel- meyer’ and also increase participation the pa articipation of our incredibly academy students talented aca with our professional dancers.” dan ncers.” has welcomed back Additionally, Curry h Eglevsky to tthe he stage several E glevsky Ballet alumni to participate in the ballet’s party scene aas the parents and guests of th the ctional family who are he Stahlbaums, the fictiona the party’s hosts. One ooff these alumni is JJamie Stanton, who as a amie S child young chi ild and teenager appeared iin many of the Eglevsky Ballet ballet. Baallet productions off this bal This year, Stanton returns retturns to play the role of Clara’s mother “Mrs. Stahl Stahlbaum.” lbaum.” “After Eglevsky School of Ballet “A After studying at thee Eglevsk from the age of 8 and pe performing erformin roles many children’s joining the Eglevsky Ballet dren n’s roles and then jo oining th Company professional dancer when I was Com mpany as a profess sional d 18, 18 8, I am thrilled to be be returning return to the stage,” Stanton said. Lutin Tanner, lighting d designer for Garth Fagan Dance, Bad d Boys oof Ballet, and nudance companies, will parmerous other da ance com ticipate in the p production roductio as well. The Eglevsky Eglevvsky Ballet Bal has presented “The Nutcrac Nutcracker” cker” as a holiday gift for children of aall ll ages since 1960.


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Arts & Entertainment Calendar LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET 232 Main Street, Suite 1 Port Washington (516) 767-1384 ext. 101 www.landmarkonmainstreet.org Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET: Holiday Hits & More Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. CHERISH THE LADIES: A Celtic Christmas GARVIES POINT MUSEUM 50 Barry Dr. in Glen Cove (516) 571-8010/11 • www.garviespointmuseum.com THE 50+ COMEDY TOUR 2016 SCHEDULE Saturday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson Paul Anthony Rich Walker Keith Anthony Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. at The Madison Theatre in Rockville Centre Eric Haft Tina Giorgi Rob Falcone Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. at Cultural Arts Playhouse in Syosset Peter Bales Steve Lazarus Carie Karavis NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury (516) 247-5200 venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Jingle Bell Bottom Ball Sunday, Dec. 4 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Max & Ruby Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Doo Wop Extravaganza Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. Kenny G. - Live In Concert Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Paul Anka Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live Friday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. Kenny Rogers: The Gambler’s Last Deal Christmas & Hits THE SPACE AT WESTBURY 250 Post Ave., Westbury (516) 283.5566 www.thespaceatwestbury.com Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. America Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Alive! ’75, Schism and Live After Death Friday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. KTFO and ACC Presents: Worlds Collide Thursday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. Gogol Bordello THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 ext. 303 www.paramountny.com Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. Friday Night Fever - Featuring The New York Bee Gees with Special Appearance by Raniere Martin: A Tribute to Donna Summer & Special Guest - 45 RPM

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‘Electric’ roast beef for the holidays To me and my family, nothing says it is holiday time more than gathering around a beautifully set table and eating roast beef. The holidays are the perfect time to make a standing rib roast. It is one of those meals that is regal and delicious. However, it is not that easy to prepare, as it takes up most of the oven and you have to pull out this heavy piece of meat several times. I set out to “free up my ovenâ€? and make it easier to prepare this delicious meat. Enter The Electric Roaster — by making the roast beef in an electric roaster, this diďŹƒcult meal becomes easy. Add vegetables midway and you have your vegetable side dish, pass around stewed tomatoes and make individual Yorkshire puddings while the roast rests and you have a feast that will make any holiday dinner festive. MENU Serves 6-8 Standing Rib Roast Mixed Vegetables Yorkshire Pudding

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Stewed Tomatoes (See Island Now October 6, 2016) Standing Rib Roast 1 6-7 lb. standing rib roast 1/8 cup Maggi Seasoning 1/8 cup Worcestershire Sauce Olive oil Freshly ground pepper 1. Twenty-four to forty-eight (24-48) hours ahead of time, combine the Maggi Seasoning and the Worcestershire Sauce in a large non-reactive bowl or very large Ziploc bag. 2. Generously, pepper roast and place in bowl or ziploc to marinate. Refrigerate. Rotate every now and then. (I rotate my mine every time I open the refrigerator door). 3. One half hour (1/2) before roasting, turn electric roaster on highest heat. 4. One half hour (1/2) later, brush electric roaster with oil. Dry o roast and put in roaster, fat side down. Sear for 15 minutes. Turn

ALEXANDRA TROY The Culinary Architect over. Ten minutes later, turn again. Ten minutes later, turn on last side. 5. Turn down roaster to 325 degrees. Cook 15 minutes more. Add vegetables at this point, so roast and veggies will be done simultaneously. 6. After roast has cook 1 1/2 hours, double check its temperature. It should be 120 degrees for a perfectly cooked center. Remove the roast from roaster. Set aside on a wooden carving board. Cover with foil and let rest 1/2 hour. 7. Carve and serve.

5 - 7 carrots, washed, peeled and cut into chunks 4 - 6 celery stalks, washed, peeled and cut into chunks 2 onions, peeled, stem removed and cut into chunks 1/4 cup olive oil Salt and Pepper tot taste 1. One to twelve (1 - 12) hours before cooking, place all the ingredients in a Ziploc bag. Toss to combine, seal bag and let marinate in refrigerator. 2. After roast has cooked for 1 hour, add vegetables. Roast vegetables until roast is done. If vegetables need more time, continue roasting while meat rests. 3. Scoop vegetables into a serving dish and serve along side carved meat.

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Tips for less stressful holiday travel R

oadways, railways and skies tend to get busy come the holiday season, when millions of people across the globe travel to visit family and friends. Wherever travelers are headed, be it across the country or across the world, they should realize that many other people are traveling as well. That can lead to traffic, long lines and other side effects associated with large crowds. But before travelers let the idea of challenging travel conditions deter them, they can consider certain ways to make the process of getting from point A to point B a bit more manageable.

Travel by car Those traveling by automobile will have a few extra steps to take to ensure their trips go off with minimal disturbances. One of the more important steps is to ensure the vehicle is properly maintained prior to departing. Have the car checked by a

mechanic and take care of any service appointments, such as oil changes or tire rotations.

Traveling by plane

Map out the route in advance and have an alternative plan if the route chosen proves to be too congested. One idea is to choose a scenic drive that may be a little longer but has less traffic. In addition, account for rest stops or points of interest that can break up the trip. Apps such as GasBuddy can help drivers find the cheapest gas or the cleanest bathrooms along their routes.

One of the key things air travelers can do to make holiday traveling easier is to avoid peak travel dates. Whenever possible, avoid traveling the day right before the holiday, which tends be the busiest and most expensive. Remember, weekends tend to be more harried and expensive as well, particularly when the holidays fall in close proximity to a weekend.

Bring along plenty of snacks so you can eat healthy and aren’t forced to rely on foods you otherwise would not eat. This is particularly helpful with keeping kids satiated. Plan for a few treats along the way so that everyone traveling has an end goal, such as an ice cream or a souvenir.

Weather is a gamble in many regions of the world during the holiday season. Develop a contingency plan just in case foul weather delays or cancels flights. It’s much less stressful to put plan B into motion than it can be to rush around trying to make new, last-minute plans.

Always shop around for the best rates, but also the best atmosphere. It may be wiser to fly out of a smaller airport where crowds will be thinner and delays less frequent, or you may prefer a larger airport that’s closer to home and offers more amenities. Another way to avoid delays is to pack minimally. Ship gifts and even travel essentials ahead to your destination, and only bring carry-on bags aboard the plane. This helps travelers sail through security checks and avoid the crowds at the luggage carousels. Holiday travel requires planning, patience and having alternative plans in place so that everyone can make it home for the holidays.

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way to encourage participation. When everyone brings something along and helps, it frees up time to spend together rather than worrying about what needs cooking in the kitchen or whether a last-minute trip to the store is in order.

Downsize Festive feelings may inspire you to expand your guest list. Social people understandably want to invite all of their circles of friends, but an overwhelming guest list can make hosting more difficult. If you have trouble paring down the guest list, consider hosting separate parties, designating one for family and another for friends. You can even downsize your offerings to lessen some your load. Rather than spending days in the kitchen making unique apps, stock up on chips, snacks and premade appetizers so you have enough food. If you want to make one or two appetizers from scratch, stick to a handful of tried-and-true recipes and convenience items so you’re not worrying about kitchen-testing new things.

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oliday revelers tend to be busy with social engagements — from corporate parties to cocktails with close friends — between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Chances are, many people will be attending a party and/or hosting their own this holiday season. While attending a party requires little of celebrants other than a willingness to have a good time, hosting a holiday get-together can be hard work. But hosts can heed a few time-tested strategies to ensure they and their guests make the most of their time together this holiday season.

Hire professionals If you’re simply too busy to handle hosting but still want to invite loved ones, hire some professional help. Hire wait staff to tend to guests during the party, and book a cleaning service to clean your home in the days before the party. Don’t hesitate to have the party catered if you prefer your gathering not be potluck. Holiday hosting can be a big time commitment, but there are ways to make hosting easier regardless of how busy you are.

Forget perfection Television, movies and advertisements paint an unrealistic picture of what the holidays should be. Don’t get down if a holiday party that would make Norman Rockwell proud is beyond your capabilities. Rather than trying to plan a picture-perfect holiday party, channel your energy into what you do best. Cook up a holiday feast if you love being in the kitchen, or decorate till you drop if you love to deck the halls. The point of the party is to gather with family and friends, so no need to worry about throwing a perfect party.

Enlist helpers Ask others to contribute to the party so all of the work is not on your shoulders. A potluck party is a great

Hiring a bartender or wait staff for a holiday party frees up more time to socialize with your friends and family members.


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onsumerism reaches a fevered pitch during the last quarter of the year, when the holidays fuel increased spending on everything from dining and entertainment to gadgets to toys. It can be easy to get swept along during the season of spending and fail to pay attention to budgets when the urge to splurge on loved ones sets in. However, failure to take inventory of where money is going can leave individuals facing some unwanted financial repercussions come the new year. Spending beyond their means is something many holiday shoppers fall victim to. Perhaps they didn’t accurately budget for the year, or surprise purchases crop up, pulling resources away from holiday allowances. That’s when credit cards can become so attractive, and potentially dangerous. A 2014 survey from Accenture, a leading global professional services company, found that most people make a budget for holiday gift buying, but nearly half exceed their budgets anyway. Buying with credit cards makes overspending easy. Consumers who want to avoid holiday debt can take a proactive approach and explore some other financing options this holiday season.

Layaway Various retailers have reinstituted layaway policies to make it easier for shoppers to buy holiday gifts. With layaway, instead of paying for an item all at once and leaving with it the same day, shoppers pay a percentage of the cost of the item. In the meantime, it is held in layaway. Once an item has been paid for in full, the merchandise is free to leave the store. Spacing out payments can help shoppers avoid

overspending, and many stores do not charge interest fees on layaway purchases.

Holiday clubs Financial institutions may offer savings clubs that can help people save for holiday spending over several months. The “club” is simply a special short-term savings account set up to encourage holiday saving. Many such accounts can be opened with a nominal deposit. At the end of the term, the money can be withdrawn and used for holiday purchases. Shoppers likely won’t miss the small amount of money being set aside each paycheck, but are surprised to see just how quickly savings can add up. While some banks still offer Christmas club accounts, which reached the height of their popularity in the 1970s, today they are most commonly offered by credit unions. According to the Credit Union National Association, or CUNA, nearly 72 percent of credit unions run Christmas clubs, and consumer interest in these clubs is holding steady.

Credit card perks Smarter credit card usage during the year can be handy come the holidays. Choose cards that will yield cash back or other perks, such as discounts at certain retailers. Also, be sure to pay the balances off in full when the bills arrive, so as not to rack up high interest charges throughout the year. Use the cash-back rewards you accumulate during the year as a holiday spending allowance. Holiday shoppers can implement a few saving and spending strategies to avoid going into debt this holiday season.


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he holiday season can be hectic, and thanks to that sometimes frenetic pace, it can be easy to put things on the back burner. While it’s OK to put off some things until the holiday season has come and gone, shipping gifts to loved ones does not fall into that category. Shipping can be expensive, especially for last-minute shoppers who want to ensure their gifts arrive in time for the holidays. But the following are a handful of ways to ship smart and save both time and money. Ship directly to the recipient. Lastminute shoppers who are buying online can save money by shipping gifts directly to the recipient. While shipping directly to the recipient may seem less personal than sending a gift you wrapped yourself, many online retailers allow shoppers to send gift-wrapped items directly to another person. Just be sure to have the recipient’s correct address when choosing this option. Ship early. Waiting to ship all gifts at the same time may be more convenient, but it can prove more costly as well. If you typically finish your holiday shopping just a few days before Christmas, then waiting to ship

everything will cost more money than shipping gifts as you buy them. The longer you wait to ship gifts, the more you can expect to pay if you expect those gifts to arrive on time. Shipping gifts as you buy them, especially if you get much of your shopping done early, can save you short-term or overnight shipping fees, which can be significant. Comparison shop. Much like you can save money by comparison shopping for holiday gifts, you can save by comparing shipping costs as well. Pack-and-ship companies compete for consumers’ business during the height of the holiday shipping season, so compare the costs between the various pack-and-ship companies, including the postal service, to see which offers the best deal. Insure the items you ship. The holiday season is the busiest time of year for the pack-and-ship industry. While the industry is often remarkably effective at delivering gifts intact and on time, items are sometimes lost or damaged. By insuring your packages, you’re ensuring you won’t be out of luck should your package be lost, damaged or stolen before it reaches its destination.


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or those people who don’t know a box cutter from a box saw, shopping for men and women who like to get their hands dirty

around the house can be a difficult task. Home improvement projects are complex undertakings that often involve the use of complex tools, and novices may be lost in the proverbial woods as they look for gifts for their loved ones who can’t wait to swing hammers around the house. Though there’s always an element of risk when shopping for gifts for loved ones, the following hints might help shoppers with no knowledge of home improvement projects find gifts that will please their favorite handyman. Take inventory of his or her existing tools. When shopping for the DIY enthusiast in your family, try to take inventory of his or her tool chest before beginning your search. Make note of any tools that look new, checking those off your shopping list, and any that look like they need replacing. Use your phone to photograph any unfamiliar tools that you might want to replace so you know what to look for when visiting the hardware store.

Think of what your relative likes to do most. The family handyman may have a particular area of home improvement expertise or something he or she is especially passionate about. Does your loved one prefer to work in the garden? Is he into woodworking and making decorative items for the house? Think of what he or she likes to do most and then look for something that will make that hobby more enjoyable. While multipurpose tools might make for welcome gifts, something more specific to his or her particular passion may make an even better gift. Think outside the (tool)box. While new tools might make a handyman’s day, they are not the only items that make great DIY gifts. Consider enrolling your loved one in an advanced class so he or she can learn more about a favorite hobby. Or gift a magazine subscription so he or she can stay abreast of the latest DIY trends and topics. Such gifts are great options for shoppers hesitant

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Gorka to perform at folk music concert Singer-songwriter John Gorka will perform at the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturday Concerts series on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Huntington. Now in its 48th year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam, and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council, according to a press release from the Folk Music Society of Huntington. Since emerging three decades ago as a winner of the Kerrville New Folk Competition in the Texas Hill country, Gorka has been writing personal songs with a touch of humor. Born in New Jersey and now a Minnesota resident, Gorka is a baritone singer, and has recorded and released 13 albums. The concert will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m., and the church is located at 30 Washington Drive, off Route 25A in Centerport.

Tickets are priced at $30, and $25 for FMSH members. For more information, and to inquire about tickets in advance, call (631) 4252925.

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Joel Grey tribute at Temple Emanuel “Shades of Grey,” a musical tribute to Joel Grey will be performed at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The musical is conceived, directed and performed by Bob Spiotto, according to a press release from Temple Emanuel of Great Neck. Grey has been a performer for over 60 years whose acts include on Broadway as Master of Ceremonies in “Cabaret,” as well as “George M,” “The Grand Tour,” “Chicago,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Wicked” and “Anything Goes.” Spiotto has worked as a director, producer, manager, arts administrator, consultant, as well as an actor, choreographer and teacher in the New York, Long Island and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas and abroad. Spiotto last served as executive/artis-

tic director for the Suffolk Theater, prior to which he worked at Hofstra University for 23 years, most notably as the executive producer/artistic director for Hofstra Entertainment and Artistic Director of Community Arts Programs for the Hofstra University Cultural Center. In 2011, Spiotto performed in “Harry and Eddie: The Birth of Israel,” which ran at the Actor’s Temple Theatre in New York City. Spiotto holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater performance from Hofstra University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from The Catholic University of America. The suggested donation is $5. Call (516) 482.5701 for further information. Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck.

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A&E Calendar cont’d Continued from Page 27 St. Francis Prep’s Music Department Annual Christmas Concerts 6100 Francis Lewis Boulevard Fresh Meadows (718) 423-8810 Ext. 255 Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 Lord and Taylor Hosts Breakfast With Santa 1200 Franklin Avenue, Garden City (516) 742-7000 Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. SENIOR POPS ORCHESTRA PRESENTS HOLIDAY CONCERT Brookside School 1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick (516) 414-1831 Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. SCW Cultural Arts presents An Afternoon of Comedy with Robert Klein and special guest Nicolas King singing The American Songbook Temple Emanuel of Great Neck 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Grand Opening of Nassau County Christmas Village and Winter Wonderland at Milburn Lake Behind the Coral House at 70 Milburn Avenue in Baldwin Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Festivities continue: Saturday, Dec. 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. GOVERNORS’ COMEDY CLUB 90 Division Ave. Levittown (516) 731-3358 • http://tickets.govs.com/ index.cfm Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. Tim Krompier Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Bob Nelson BROKERAGE COMEDY CLUB 2797 Merrick Road, Bellmore (516) 781-LAFF (5233) GovernorsFeedback@gmail.com Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Kurt Metzger ZEBRA- A Hammerheads Reunion Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall 3232 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh Saturday, Jan. 14 HARP CONCERT — Performed by members of the Long Island Chapter of the American Harp Society Plainview-Old Bethpage Library 999 Old Country Road Plainview Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Northport Chorale’s Holiday Concert, with selections performed with the Northport Community Band Laurel Hill Road, Northport www.northportchorale.org Contact Debi at (631) 223-3789 Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.

OLD WESTBURY GARDENS 71 Old Westbury Rd, Westbury 516-333-0048 • www.oldwestburygardens. org Wednesdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. Yoga NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn (516) 484-9338 www.nassaumuseum.org Nov. 19 to March 5, 2017 Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling Nov. 19 to March 5, 2017 Light Works: 100 Years of Photos Nov. 19 to March 5, 2017 New Photos: Long Island Collects Ongoing Sculpture Park Walking Trails Gardens Events FILM SCREENING Nov. 19 to March 5, 2017 Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression FILM SCREENING Nov. 19 to March 5, 2017 Cartier-Bresson’s Century For The Family Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Family Tour at 1 p.m. Art Activities at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 22, 29 Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 Neiman Marcus Family Sundays at the Museum Sunday, January 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Super Family Sunday Merrymaking in a Gold Coast Mansion 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Wednesday, Feb. 22 Thursday, Feb. 23 Family Art Making Days February Three-Day Break for Art New Program Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17, Feb. 14 Sketching in the Galleries Exhibition Lecture Thursdays. 1-2 p.m. January 5, February 2 Brown Bag Lectures: Riva Ettus THE WHALING MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER 301 Main Street Cold Spring Harbor, New York, 11724 www.cshwhalingmuseum.org Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. Holidays in the Harbor: Sea Glass Ornaments Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Holidays in the Harbor: Menorah Workshop Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Holidays in the Harbor: Gingerships! THE DOLPHIN BOOK SHOP & CAFE 299 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-2650 • www.thedolphinbookshop. com Fridays at 11 a.m. Music in the Cafe Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Hanukkah Celebration


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Community Calendar ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY OF LONG ISLAND Free Monday Talks at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island 38 Old Country Road At the western end of Old Country Road Paths To Humanism Monday, Dec. 5 WEDNESDAY MONTHLY LUNCHEON (Holiday Lunch) Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. At the Milleridge Inn, 585 North Broadway, Jericho Call John Hyland at (516) 482-3795 for reservations WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE ASSOCIATION 246 Old Walt Whitman Road Huntington Station Yuletide Family Day Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL 200 Old Country Road, Suite 250 Mineola, NY 11501 Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Neuroscience Offering Free Support Groups Brain Tumor Support Group for Patients: First Monday of the Month 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Dec. 5 Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Ave., Suite ML-5, Garden City 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 Dystonia Support Group for Patients – Fourth Monday of the Month Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Ave., Suite ML-5 Garden City 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 Epilepsy Patient Support Group – Third Wednesday of the month Winthrop Research & Academic Center, 101 Mineola Blvd. Room G-020 Mineola 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 12 Huntington’s Disease – 2nd Monday of the month Winthrop’s Research & Academic Center, 101 Mineola Blvd., Room G-013 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 Relapsing & Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and Newly Diagnosed MS Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Avenue, Suite ML-5, Garden City Head and Neck Cancer Patient Support Group

Offered by Winthrop-University Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care 1300 Franklin Avenue, Suite ML5 Garden City Third Monday of the month, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. “Improve Your Well-Being” Tai Chi & A Mindfulness Approach to Stress Management Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 1:15 p.m. The Samuel Field Y Two Weekday Programs For Preschool Children With Developmental Disabilities Contact Amanda at (718) 423-6111 ext. 242 or e-mail asmith@sfy.org 58-20 Little Neck Parkway. Little Neck On Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Carle Place End of the Year Christmas Dinner Social Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Domenico’s Restaurant Levittown Shopping Center 3270A Hempstead Turnpike Levittown TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM 401 Roslyn Road Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 516-621-2288 Saturday, Dec. at 7:30 p.m.

Club TBS Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8:30 a.m. Blood Drive Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Current Events/Discussion Group Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Friday Night Live Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. IDF Musical Ensemble Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 11:30 a.m. Senior Luncheon Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Sisterhood Author Talk

15th Annual Long Island Smart Growth Summit Crest Hollow Country Club 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury Contact (631) 261-0242 or info@visionlongisland.org for more info Friday, Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Non-Profit Symposium Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building 1550 Old Country Road, Mineola (516) 571-0896 Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. TEMPLE JUDEA OF MANHASSET 333 Searingtown Rd. Manhasset (516) 6218049 temple-judea.com Three Days of Duplicate Bridge The game schedules are: Mondays and Tuesdays at 12 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation 21 Old Westbury Road SINGLES ASSOCIATION OF L.I. For further information on any or all these events, call 516-465-3953 or email singlesassofli@optimum.net. Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. Apple Bee’s Restaurant 1300 Corporate Drive (off Merchants Concourse) Westbury Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Ben’s Carle Place Restaurant 59 Old Country Road

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Auditions set to begin Adelphi chorale, vocal for ‘The Music Man’ ensembles to perform The Community Synagogue Theater Company recently announced auditions for its next musical, “The Music Man,” where performances will be at the Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark On Main at 232 Main St. in Port Washington on Thursday, April 27, Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30 Auditions will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 5 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. A double matinee performance will be on April 30. “The Music Man” is an Americana musical featuring songs such as “Seventy Six Trombones,” “Goodnight My Someone” and “Till There Was You,” according to a press release from the Community Synagogue Theater Company. The Community Synagogue Theater Company is welcoming Matt DeLuca into the role of Director. “I am happy to join this creative team and theatre company because it is evident upon meeting the people involved how much they love the idea of creating live theatre together,” DeLuca said. “With such palpable enthusiasm, creativity and excitement, the show can’t help but be a hit.”

Musical director Michael Janover will work with the cast and conduct the orchestra, Aislinn Oliveri will join as the choreographer, and Lydia Gladstone will serve as costume designer. Returning as technical director is Brian Wedeking, as well as and artistic director Nick Gardella. Lori Zlotoff will also return as executive producer. “ We have chosen a timeless musical that has a part for everyone,” Zlotoff said. “I am so excited to showcase our talent on stage this year with such a wonderful show.” All adults are welcome to audition, and children aged eight and older are invited as well. Tweens, teens and young adults are also encouraged to come out for both chorus and featured roles. Callbacks will be on Thursday, Dec. 8. All auditions will be held at the Community Synagogue Theater Company at 160 Middle Neck Road in Port Washington. Appointments are not necessary. For more information, call (516) 883-3144, Ext. 359.

The Adelphi University Performing Arts Center recently announced that the department of music will perform the Adelphi Chorale and Adelphi Vocal Ensemble: Holiday Celebration on the Westermann Stage of the Concert Hall on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. Under the direction of Karen Faust Baer, the Adelphi choral ensembles will celebrate the wonder, hope and peace of the season, according to a press release from Adelphi University. “One of the highlights of our concert will be the performance of ‘Peace of Wild Things’, a work composed by Jake Runes-

tad, who recently gave a workshop at Adelphi,” Karen Faust Baer, choral ensemble director and adjunct professor, said. The program will feature works by Mendelssohn, Handel, Copland, Elgar, and a work by award winning composer Jake Ruhenstad. The concert hall is located at 1 South Avenue in Garden City. Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $20, with discounts available to seniors, students and alumni. For more information, call (516) 877-4000 or e-mail boxoffice@adelphi. edu.

Singer-songwriters to play ‘Hard Luck Cafe’ Jon Bellion concert to benefit Cohen center The Paramount in Huntington will host Jon Bellion’s “Home for the Holidays” concert on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m., which will also benefit Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a member of Northwell Health. Strictly a producer at age 14, Bellion, a resident of Lake Grove and graduate of Sachem North High School, developed a unique sound and style, according to a press release from The Paramount. Set to open for Twenty One Pilots on their 2017 tour, Bellion will perform live on stage for one night only at The Paramount for his first hometown headline

concert. Also performing at the event, special guest Nick Tangorra will perform as well. With over 27 million streams, Tangorra has performed at The Paramount as a special guest three times, opening for Meghan Trainor, Bridget Mendler & Fifth Harmony in recent years. This will be Tangorra’s first direct support slot at The Paramount. A portion of the proceeds for this event will go to benefit the Cohen Children’s Medical Center. For tickets and more information visit paramountny.com, or call (800) 745-3000.

Singer-songwriters Steven Pelland and Aly Tadros will be featured artists during the monthly “Hard Luck Café” series at the Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8:30 p.m. The concert will be in the Cinema’s Sky Room, and will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Aly Tadros, from

Laredo, Texas, now calls Brooklyn home, according to a press release from the Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington. Her music combines folk, pop, Mexican and Middle Eastern influences. “It’s not your mama’s folk music,” Tadros said. “Take the cool tone of Norah Jones, the guttural

growl of Fiona Apple, and the unorthodox guitar work of Ani DiFranco — and you’ve got this half-Egyptian/half Texan songwriter.” Steven Pelland, a native of Fall River, Massachusetts, began his musical career at the early age of seven, learning accordion and organ. His father, a professional guitarist and vocalist, inspired him to study electric bass and voice during his teens. At age 19, Steven graduated from the Modern School of Music and began freelancing as a bassist on Boston’s jazz scene. Tickets are $15, and $10 for Cinema Arts Centre members. Tickets will be available at the door as well. For more information, call (631) 425-2925.


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County museum opens 3 photo exhibits North Shore residents, along with artists, art collectors and gallery owners recently gathered at the Nassau County Museum of Art for its members and press preview of three exhibitions of photography. This marked the first time in recent history that the museum has devoted all of its galleries to the art of photography, ac-

cording to a press release from the Nassau County Museum of Art. Guests at this invitation-only reception were the first to see these exhibitions, which explore photography from its nearly earliest days through to the work of some of the most prominent contemporary photographers. Two of the exhibitions, “Ansel Adams:

Sight and Feeling and Light Works: 100 Years of Photography” were organized by Michigan’s Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts. The third exhibition, “New Photos: Long Island Collects,” features more recent works of photography from the second half of the 20th century down to the present day — all on loan from Long Island collectors.

The exhibits opened to the public on Nov. 19 and remain on view through March 5. For information, visit nassaumuseum. org or call (516) 484-9337. The museum is located at 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor off of Northern Boulevard/25A, and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Steve Blank, publisher of Blank Slate Media, with NYS Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine.

Museum trustee Dr. Harvey Manes with Girls in Windows, a 1960 a Ormand Gigli work he loaned to the exhibition.

Artist Ellen Kahn is shown with the four works in New Photos created by her and her sister, Lynda Kahn.

Museum trustee Deborah A. Cannon is shown with a work by William Wegman, famed for his photographs of dogs.

Dr. Stephen J. and Sharon Cuchel. Sharon Cuchel is a museum trustee.


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Port Washington Library 2 Friday SANDWICHED IN: We will screen Soft Hands: Jazz Ethereal, a profile of jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone, who will join us to discuss the film. On Sunday, December 11 he will return to perform with his group, The Cello-Quartet. Made possible by the Friends of the Library. 12:10 p.m. SCRABBLE. Join us for a game! Fridays in December from 2 to 5 p.m. TRAVELERS WITH CAMERAS. Atypical travel films by Ann Deborah Levy and Chris Lynn. 7:30 p.m. 3 Saturday RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS. A small group workshop for job seekers, presented by career counselor Karen McKenna. Sign up at the Reference Desk, or call 516883-4400, ext. 111. 10 a.m. ENTREPRENEURS WORKSHOP. Due to technological advances and economic factors, more people are launching their own business or working as independent contractors. This workshop will explore self-employment options and resources to help potential entrepreneurs make key decisions. Presented by career counselor Karen McKenna. Sign up at the Reference Desk, or call 516-883-4400, ext. 111. 1 p.m. 4 Sunday DANIEL HSU. The pianist performs selections from Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin and others. 3 p.m. 6 Tuesday EXERCISE OVER 50. Registration begins today for a series of eight classes. The chair exercise class is on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. from January 3 through February 21 and is taught by Nicole Asselta. The mat exercise class is on Thursdays at 9 a.m. from January 5 through February 23 and is taught by Donna Harrigan. The fee of $35 for each series is due at registration. For Port Washington residents. 9 a.m. CHESS. Join us for a game! Tuesdays in December from 2 to 4 p.m. ADULT COLORING. Meetings are relaxed and informal; they’re great for stress relief and getting to know your neighbors. Tuesdays in December from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

and smaller as the tide comes in. A gripping tale of survival from director Jaume Collet-Sera. 7:30 p.m. 7 Wednesday A BOB DYLAN SOUNDSWAP. An evening of clips of Nobel laureate Bob Dylan. 7:30 p.m. 8 Thursday DIRECTOR’S CUT. Film expert John Bosco will screen and discuss Woody Allen’s Cafe Society (2016-96 min.). In the 1930s, young Bronx native Bobby (Jessie Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood, where he falls for Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), the secretary of his uncle (Steve Carell), an agent to the stars. 7:30 p.m. 9 Friday SANDWICHED IN: “The Big Apple Goes to War.” Jim Picinich, docent at New-York Historical Society, discusses the role New York City played in World War Two. More than three million troops and over sixty-three million tons of supplies passed through New York Harbor en route to the battlefield. Supplying our armed forces, New York produced everything from battleships to penicillin. 12:10 p.m. HARLEM. Join Dr. Ronald J. Brown for the last in a series focusing on the historic neighborhood. Made possible by the Friends of the Library. 3 p.m. PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD. Philip Harwood presents a four-film series that captures the motion picture industry at a critical period in the early 1930s, when depictions of criminality, sexuality and drug use caused outrage and soon led to strict enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code. Tonight, in Mervyn LeRoy’s Five Star Final (1931-89 min.), Edward G. Robinson stars as Randall, the city editor of a sleazy tabloid, who goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a long-forgotten murder case. 7:30 p.m. 10 Saturday NEXT CHAPTER. A discussion of current events. Bring your opinions! 10 a.m.

11 Sunday LIVE AT PWPL: The Cello-Quartet, featuring jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone, accompanied by Mike Richmond on cello, Lisle Atkinson on bass and drummer Andy Wat“THE SHALLOWS” (2016-86 min.). son. Made possible by the Friends Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing off of the Library. 3 p.m. the coast of Costa Rica when she is attacked by a great white shark. 12 Monday She scrambles onto an outcropping VIRTUAL VISITS. Boston’s Isabella of rock two hundred yards from Stewart Gardner Museum, opened shore, only to discover that her in 1903, contains painting, sculpisland of safety is getting smaller ture, tapestry and decorative arts

from Europe, Asia and America. Join Ines Powell for this illustrated lecture. After this month, Virtual Visits will go on hiatus until March. Made possible by the Friends of the Library. 2:30 p.m. END OF THE YEAR FINANCIAL CHECKLIST. Presented by Samuel J. Schiff, LUTCF. Sign up at the Information Desk, or call 516-8834400, ext. 136. 7 p.m. “REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT” (1956-73 min.). Jack Palance stars as Harlan “Mountain” McClintock, a washed-up boxer who discovers that his manager, Maish (Keenan Wynn) has sold him out. Keenan’s father Ed Wynn portrays McClintock’s cut man, Army, and Kim Hunter plays sympathetic social worker Grace Carney. This live Playhouse 90 production was scripted by Rod Serling, who earned both an Emmy and a Peabody, and directed by Ralph Nelson, who won an Emmy. Presented by TV producer Bob Waldman. 7:30 p.m. 13 Tuesday HYPERTENSION SCREENING: Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “THE DRIFTLESS AREA” (201596 min.). Bartender Pierre (Anton Yelchin) returns to his hometown after his parents die, and finds himself in a dangerous situation involving mysterious Stella (Zoe Deschanel) and violent criminal Shane (John Hawkes). Directed by Zachary Sluser. 7:30 p.m. 14 Wednesday MEDICAID SIGN-UP HELP. Free, walk-in assistance from the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council. 2:30 to 5 p.m. FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan. After two friends are killed by a bomb in a Dehli marketplace, a young man becomes entangled with a mysterious and charismatic activist. Discussion led by Keith Klang. Books available at the Information Desk. 7:30 p.m. 15 Thursday NON-FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION: The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell. A dramatic account of a secret WWII-era American internment camp where prisoners were exchanged for other Americans behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany. Discussion led by Keith Klang. Books available at the Information Desk. 1:30 p.m. 3rd THURSDAYS AT THREE: “Biblical Themes in Art.” A talk

with Marc Kopman. 3 p.m. A BOB DYLAN HOOT. A hootenanny tribute to the Nobel laureate. 7:30 p.m. 16 Friday SANDWICHED IN: “From Saint to Santa.” Through centuries of art, much of it now in East Coast museums, we’ll explore how a Turkish bishop evolved into one of Christianity’s most beloved saints. Then in American artwork we’ll see Nicholas change again—into Santa Claus. Join Dr. Dennis Raverty for this illustrated discussion, made possible by the Friends of the Library. 12:10 p.m. LIVE AT PWPL: Hungrytown. A Vermont duo with timeless-sounding, original folk-based songs. 7:30 p.m. 18 Sunday NEW YORK CLASSIC FILM CLUB. Dr. Dan Pompa selects influential films and invites speakers who have been directly affected by these movies. Today’s selection is Henry Koster’s holiday fantasy The Bishop’s Wife (1947-109 min.). An elegant angel (Cary Grant) comes down to earth to help a young bishop (David Niven), his wife (Loretta Young) and parishioners. 2 p.m. 19 Monday AFTERNOON ON BROADWAY. Guys and Dolls (1950) remains one of the greatest musical comedies. Frank Loesser’s music and lyrics find a perfect match in Damon Runyon-esque characters and a New York City that only exists in fantasy. Professor James Kolb discusses the show and plays such unforgettable songs as “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” 3 p.m. “THE MAN IN THE FUNNY SUIT” (1960-60 min.). Ralph Nelson recreates the drama on the set of Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956) as Keenan Wynn tries to help his father, Ed Wynn, tackle his first dramatic role after decades of comedy. When Wynn Sr. flubs lines or loses his way, he falls back on old catch-phrases and jokes. As Requiem is an intense drama scheduled for live broadcast, this causes much worry among the cast. The Wynns, Nelson, Rod Serling and Red Skelton all play themselves in this installment of The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, broadcast in 1960. TV producer Bob Waldman will discuss the program. 7:30 p.m. 20 Tuesday HAPPY BIRTHDAY, IRENE DUNNE! The actress, born this day

in 1898, plays the title role in John Cromwell’s adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s novel, Ann Vickers (193376 min.), about a woman who opts for self-fulfillment in social causes rather than use “women’s wiles” to snare a man. 7:30 p.m. 21 Wednesday GREAT BOOKS: Ode 3.2 by Horace and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen. 2:30 p.m. LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING. The public is invited at 7:30 p.m. PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD. Philip Harwood will screen and discuss Night Nurse (1931-72 min.). Private nurse Barbara Stanwyck uncovers a criminal plot to starve a wealthy woman’s children to death. William A. Wellman directed. Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell and a young Clark Gable co-star. 7:30 p.m. 22 Thursday “EAST SIDE SUSHI” (2015-106 min.). Latina single mom and expert home cook Juana (Diana Elizabeth Torres) lands a job doing food prep at a Japanese restaurant. To earn the respect of her bosses, she sets out to learn the art of sushi preparation. Anthony Lucero directed this inspiring movie. 7:30 p.m. 23 Friday SANDWICHED IN: “The Best of Broadway: 1950s.” Rogers and Hammerstein created a template which, by the 1950s, served as the framework for most Broadway musicals. Marc Courtade will discuss South Pacific, The King and I, Kismet, Damn Yankees, My Fair Lady, The Music Man and more. 12:10 p.m. KEN TALVE TRIO. Instrumentals with elements of jazz and rock, harmonically rich with catchy melodies. 7:30 p.m. 24 Saturday HOLIDAY CLOSING. We will be closed today for Christmas Eve. 25 Sunday HOLIDAY CLOSING. We will be closed today for Christmas. 26 Monday PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD. Philip Harwood will screen and discuss Mervyn LeRoy’s Three on a Match (1932-63 min.). Although Vivian Revere (Ann Dvorak) is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it all away for a life of debauchery. Joan Blondell, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart co-star. 7:30 p.m. 27 Tuesday


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‘The Music Man’ Play to open on Friday auditions in April After an incredible debut with sold out performances, The Community Synagogue Theater Company is proud to announce auditions for its next musical THE MUSIC MAN. Performances will be at the historic Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark On Main Street at 232 Main Street Port Washington on Thursday April 27, Saturday April 29, and Sunday April 30 (double matinee performances on April 30!) THE MUSIC MAN is a classic flag-waving, feel-good, Americana musical filled with wonderful tunes such as “Seventy Six Trombones”, “Goodnight My Someone” and “Till There Was You.” “Professor” Harold Hill, traveling sales man and con man, convinces the parents of River City to buy instruments and uniforms for their youngsters in order to save them, but chaos ensues and instead “Professor” Harold Hill learns a lesson in moral responsibility from the town’s lovely librarian , Marian. The Community Synagogue Theater Company welcomes Matt DeLuca who is thrilled to step into the role of Director. “I am happy to join the creative team and theatre company at The Community Synagogue because it is evident upon meeting the people involved how much they love the idea of creating live theatre together. With such palpable enthusiasm, creativity and excitement, the show can’t help but be a hit!” Musical Director, Michael Janover will work with the cast and conduct the orchestra. Aislinn Oliveri joins as the choreographer and Lydia Gladstone brings her years of experience

as Costume Designer. Returning as Technical Director is Brian Wedeking, as well as and Artistic Director Nick Gardella, who round out the creative team. Lori Zlotoff returns as Executive Producer and comments on why THE MUSIC MAN was chosen. “We have chosen a timeless musical that has a part for everyone -- I am so excited to showcase our talent on stage this year with such a wonderful show!” “‘The Music Man’ has beautiful music with melodies that remain with you long after the show is over. The story is engaging and fun to follow, and the characters are richly drawn. Presenting THE MUSIC MAN to an audience is very rewarding because it is certain to make for an enjoyable evening of theatre” adds Director Matt DeLuca. All adults are welcome to audition even if this is your first musical theater experience! Last year, newcomers Joel Ronis, Bob Epstein, and Roy Smitheimer all made their first time ever debut and loved it. “It was the most fun I’ve ever had” said Joel Ronis. Children aged 8 and older are invited to audition. Tweens, teens and young adults are also encouraged to come out for both chorus and featured roles. Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 4th 11:002:00, Monday, December 5th 7:00-10:00. Callbacks will be on Thursday, December 8th. All auditions will be held at the Community Synagogue Theater Company 160 Middle Neck Road Port Washington, NY. Appointments are not necessary.

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Curtins Up, a musical theater group, will be performing “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” on Dec. 2 to 4. . Directed by Weber music teacher Allison Friedman and Salem 4th grade teacher Stacey Medford the show tells the story of a Alice, a curious young girl, as she goes on an adventure while trying to follow the White Rabbit, meeting a lot of interesting and entertaining characters along the way. Over thirty fourth and fifth grade students from all five elementary schools and a talented team of high school volunteers have been working since September to put on this exciting production. “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” features songs from the original Disney movie, such as

“How D’Ye Do and Shake Hands” and “The Unbirthday Song” as well as the Disney classic: “Zip a Dee Doo Dah.” Start off your holidays with a special treat for the whole family on Friday, Dec.

2 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4th at 2 p.m. in the Sousa Elementary Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for general admission and children under five are free!

Basketball sign-ups open Port Youth Activities, Inc. (PYA) is pleased to announce the following winter basketball programs for 2016-17. The basketball program is open to boys and girls in grades K-7. The program includes evaluations and clinics for grades K-2 assisted by the staff of Hoops 101, and is designed for all skill levels. The beginner will be introduced to the sport, taught essential fundamentals, and provided with an early opportunity to experience team play. Those players who already have developed basic skills will be offered the opportunity to enhance those skills and become more involved in the strategy and techniques of the game. All youngsters will have the chance to play in regularly scheduled games. The program runs on weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Dec. 3, 2016 through March 12, 2017. Below are the current days and times for the various age groups. You will also be able to check updated information at the PYA website, www.pyasports.org/calendar, for exact reporting locations, dates, and times. Boys Basketball: Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade – with Hoops 101 (all games and practices on Saturday morn-

ings) 3rd Grade - games on Saturday afternoons and practices on Friday evenings 4th & 5th Grades - games on Sunday afternoons and practices on Tuesday evenings 6th & 7th Grades - games on Sunday afternoons and practices on Thursday evenings Girls Basketball: Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade – with Hoops 101 (all games and practices on Saturday mornings) 3rd Grade - games on Saturday mornings and practices on Thursday evenings 4th & 5th Grades - games on Saturday mornings and practices on Wednesday evenings 6th & 7th Grades - games on Saturday mornings and practices on Wednesday evenings Applications for all the sports, with all the details including deadline information, can be picked up at Arena Sports, 52 Main Street; Gail’s Shoes, 9 Main Street or online at www.pyasports. org (where you also may register and pay by credit card). You also may mail your registration form to PYA, P.O. Box 69, Port Washington, NY 10050 or drop it off either at either Gail’s Shoes or Arena Sports.

BID installs lit snowflakes As part of our ongoing mission to improve the quality of life and overall image for all those who live, work and visit Port Washington, the Board of Directors of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District (BID) for many years has worked with the Town of North Hempstead on installing brightly lit LED snowflakes all over Port Washington for the holiday season. “Words can’t express how grateful we are to Supervisor Bosworth, Councilwoman DeGiorgio, TONH Highway Department and Home Run Electric for working with us as a TEAM to help beau-

tify our town for the holiday season,” said Mariann Dalimonte, BID Executive Director. “We are once again thrilled to be joining with the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District to celebrate the holiday season in Port Washington,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “These beautiful snowflakes, which line our downtown streets, help embody the joyful and festive feelings during this very special time of the year… And even better, they are the type that do not need to be plowed!”


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Peace gathering in Manorhaven

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Residents gathered in Manorhaven on Sunday to exhibit their peace and unity as part of the Port Washington community.

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Thanksgiving in pediatric wing Seeking county contracts Dr. Victor Politi, chief executive officer and president of Nassau University Medical Center along with doctors and nurses from the hospital recently joined Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano on Wednesday, Nov. 23 to surprise children in the pediatric wing with a Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings. “While most of us will gather around the dinner table with family and friends this Thanksgiving, there are many residents who will not,” Mangano said. “Today, we help give back to children here at Nassau University Medical Center who are unable to return home for Thanksgiving Day — I thank the doctors, nurses and all those joining us today for challenging themselves to give to those less fortunate.”

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos held the Comptroller’s Business Roundtable for Minority, Women, and Veteran Business Owners on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Attended by over 400 people, the event was held to boost the participation of minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses in Nassau County contracting, according to a press release from the Nassau County comptroller’s office. “The attendance brought out the remarkable energy of our small businesses and their eagerness to participate in a greater share of government contracts,” Maragos said. “The comptroller’s office will continue to encourage more opportunities for small businesses in government.”

The Business Roundtable was held at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building at 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola. Over 250 local business owners and community members attended, which included standingroom only panel discussions with government buyers sharing their purchasing needs, panels on the certification and procurement process for small business owners, and a panel of Nassau County prime contractors discussing upcoming subcontracting opportunities. The Roundtable speakers and exhibitors included key players from federal, New York State, New York City, and Nassau County government agencies

Making wishes come true Bosworth attends Girl Scout meet

Pictured from left to right: state Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, Girl Scout Kathryn S., Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Girl Scouts of Nassau County Board of Directors member Joanne Antun, Town of Hempstead Council Member Dorothy Goosby, Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran, and the GSNC Executive Director/CEO, Donna Ceravolo at the Golden Flight to Leadership Conference. Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth recently attended the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Golden Flight to Leadership Conference & Reception at the Post Campus of Long Island University on Saturday, Nov. 12. The conference, which was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, was a full day of workshops with vari-

ous guest speakers, according to a press release from the Town of North Hempstead. Bosworth took part in a panel about encouraging young girls to get into public service and run for office. “If you have a calling to serve people and you believe that working in government is the best route to affecting change, then go for it,” Bosworth said.

Northwell Health and Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York recently joined forces to ensure that two families would have much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. In an event to mark the ongoing collaboration between these two organizations, leaders from Northwell Health and Make-A-Wish greeted Seraphina O’Brien, 10, of Port Washington, and Alexander Castillo, 19, of Queens. “As our chapter’s No. 1 referral source, Northwell Health has long partnered with Make-AWish to bring the hope, strength and joy of a wish to their eligible pediatric patients,” Phil Lussier, president and CEO of Make-AWish Metro New York and Western New York said. “We’re grateful for the fundraising support we had this year from Northwell and look forward to expanding the collaboration between our organizations, which will benefit children in the communities we both serve.” Both are patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and were joined by their families to celebrate their upcoming wishes, according to a press release from Northwell Health. Castillo, diagnosed in 2015 with leukemia, describes himself

Alexander Castillo, of Queens, and Seraphina O’Brien, of Port Washington, were joined by friends and family during a celebration kick-off hosted by Northwell Health and Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York. as a swimmer and avid football fan. When given the opportunity to make a wish, he knew that he wanted to spend time with his family in a tropical resort. Castillo was joined by his mother and other family members, and he says he can’t wait to enjoy time in Hawaii. O’Brein also loves to spend time with her family and enjoys watching movies. The inspiration for her wish came from one of her favorites,

“An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success.” Joined by her mother at the event, O’Brein said she is excited for her upcoming trip to Disneyland Paris. Also on hand was Joyce Van Drost, 19, a Make-A-Wish alumni who is now a junior at Rutgers University. In 2014, Joyce’s wish to meet Oprah Winfrey came true. Citing Winfrey as a role model, Van Drost wished the two recipients well on their trips.


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Thanksgiving Day Run in Port Continued from Page 3 31:28. The money raised will fund grants for organizations around Port Washington, as well as need-based scholarships. The Community Chest makes 26 grants for programs covering bully prevention, education, meals for senior citizens, counseling for children, substance abuse work and domestic violence counseling, Harnick said. “It’s great that this is such a big event for funding our grants,” Harnick said. “It makes the Thanksgiving Run more special and inspiring.” Harnick said the run is a family-based event, with three generations of the family involved. “It’s something people come out and do with their families,” Harnick said. “It’s joyous for them to come together and participate. Some people run, others walk, but they are doing it together, either as a family or a community.” Sponsors who donated to

the Community Chest for the run received free entry into the race, which they gave away as “scholarship entries” for people who wanted to run, Harnick said. Not only did sponsors donate money and their entries, but many provided other services, too. The Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation gave away 200 Thanksgiving pies; Om Sweet Om Yoga and Yoga Life conducted a pre-run stretch for the runners; Baker Air donated trucks; Frank’s Pizzeria donated pizza; and the Nassau County Police, the Port Washington Police and the Sands Point Police donated their time, Harnick said. The event was originally a for-profit race for competitive runners in the Port Washington area, but for the past 11 years, it has been organized by the Community Chest of Port Washington to sponsor charitable grants for organizations, according to a history of the event.

Second-grader circus in Port Continued from Page 2 working together flawlessly. It set a really good example for the students, who took away a lot of team-building experience.” Salem began participating in the project eight years ago. “I came aboard last year as the principal and witnessed this performance for the first time, and I was blown away,” Ferrante said. “We are grateful to our HSA’s for supporting programs like NCP and so many other enriching activities that educate the whole child,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Mooney said. Students were split into different groups, with some spinning plates on sticks, others juggling wands dressed as clowns

and others donning black blazers and top hats singing songs to their parents, Ferrante said. “What I love is the skills the students take way from it,” Ferrante said. “At all levels and at all times in our lives, we’re performing, weather it’s public speaking or presenting in front of a classroom or in the future in college. This program really helps build those skills from a young age and teaches students how to handle themselves in front of an audience.” “For more than 30 years, NCP specialists have presented more than 12,000 circus performances and conducted more than 60,000 workshops involving a total audience of more than six million participants,” a news release said.

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Entertainment One, a Toronto-based media distributor, will close its Port Washington branch in June.

Media distributor in Port to close in June BY ST E P H E N ROMANO The Port Washington branch of a Toronto-based media distributor will close in June, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filing with the state Department of Labor. Entertainment One, a media company that distributes movies, television shows and music and has over 20 locations worldwide, will begin laying off workers on Dec. 31 and will close at the end of June, the filing said.

A total of 65 employees will be affected by the location’s closing. The affected workers do not belong to a union, the filing said. Entertainment One develops, acquires, finances and distributes television shows, movies and music to outlets such as Netflix, iTunes and Amazon, according to its website. The company also distributes DVDs and CDs, its website said. The branch’s closing is a result of the staggering expense of physical distribution, according to a Newsday article. With an influx of online

music streaming, the physical distribution of music is significantly down, according to a mid-year U.S. music report Nielsen report. The report shows that streaming music has continued to grow, with a 59 percent in on-demand music streaming — and a 15 percent bump in overall digital music consumption. Physical album sales, the report said, are down 10 percent, “despite continued recordsetting strength in Vinyl LPs, which are up 12 percent.” A request for an interview with an Entertainment One official was unavailing.

100th birthday celebration Continued from Page 4 Gezunter club for senior men and earning the nickname “Bagel Bernie.” “I found a lovely group of people,“ he said. “The JCC added new life to me; without it, I don’t think I would’ve reached a hundred.”

At his birthday party Feinstein was set to receive citations from Nassau County Legislators Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and Donald MacKenzie as well as New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine. “The event is wonderful and

it’s driving me crazy,” he said. “It’s wonderful seeing all these great people that I’ve associated with but it’s just a little overwhelming. 100th birthday parties should be reserved for people in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.”

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Business&RealEstate In the middle of a perfect storm? The election for now is over, but interest rates dipped before the election, due to uncertainty and many put their dollars in the safe bond market, causing rates to go down. Now, rates have gone up a bit, with that normal fear of an increased economy and the flight to stocks as you can see that they are at an all time high of 19,000 plus. Many people for now are feeling much better, and some are not. The big question is whether or not the election and/or the Electoral College votes were fixed (as Trump previously was saying, if he lost, “the system was fixed.”); even though Hillary Clinton was ahead by 2 millionplus popular votes. Will the Electoral College for the last 100-plus years be changed or doomed in the near future? Stick around and we shall see. How will real estate be affected over the next four years? My thoughts are that if things continue to bode well — huge demand, 15-year low in inventory, 40-year low in interest rates and more and more millennials entering the market to

purchase — I do not see an end in sight; especially since builders throughout the country are still way behind in catching up to the current and future demand, because they literally stopped construction over the last three to five years and only the last year and half have come back to play “catch up baseball.” Based on the demand it will take possibly 10-plus years to build the necessary housing to satisfy the current demand. Inventory based on Multiple Listing Service of Long Island statistics for October 2015 was 25,623 properties down to 21,721 units at the end of October 2016, a reduction of 15.2 percent (only 6.7 months of inventory!) (down 32.5 percent since 2014) The impact has been to increase sale prices by 8.8 percent during the same period. The pressure on prices goes up as inventory decreases, basic supply and demand economics. We are still at an historic low for interest rates as was mentioned earlier. However, as the rates have now increased a bit since the election, due to money moving out of the Mortgage Bond Mar-

PHILIP A. RAICES Real Estate Watch ket and back to the stock market, rates had to increase to attract more investors who demanded more value. Return on investment, therefore equaling higher rates. This might be eliminating some who were border line purchasers due to the increased monthly cost of their mortgage, (principle, interest and taxes, insurance: P.I.T.I.). Moreover, as interest rates further increase, psychology sets in with those who become afraid or those who wait and figure prices will come down, as demand cools off. Waiting will usually cost

more because of the cost of money. It is far smarter to buy the interest rates than to wait for the drop in prices, because the monthly cost of one’s mortgage would still be less than sitting on the sidelines for a lower price point, over the long run. Unless rates go up to 7-9 percent (6 percent has been the average normal interest rate in the past), ownership will still be, for the very foreseeable future more advantageous and cost effective and less expensive than renting. Remember being your own landlord allows you to receive all the tax deductions, appreciation and security of growing roots within your community and raising a family without the fear of increased rents (fixed rate mortgage), the landlord not renewing your lease (you have the comfort of not being told that you have to move, eliminating the uncertainty factor). The increased equity for an owner over the years, is the single best leverage for increasing a family’s long term wealth and generally where most have their equity and wealth in homeownership. I can see that our economy is surely not overheating, by any

stretch of the imagination and the profitability of companies has been more in the mass layoffs and getting more work accomplished with less people. My wife got laid off in July, after 28 years with her company, because they wanted to save money, and most likely getting the current crew to do her graphic arts and production responsibilities, that she had been in charge of. (Any company need a fantastic graphic artist?) Although the initial shock was sudden and by surprise, her severance package was much more than most receive and her pension that she took with her was okay. But this has happened to millions over the last eight years, however, unemployment has been coming down to less than 5 percent. This has mainly been due to service sector jobs, which do not pay a sufficient wage to make it very feasible for those to gain the “American Dream of Ownership.” Even locally I have experienced a multitude of people and families, who have to take on two or three jobs to live on Long Island. I know and have the simple solution, as I have mentioned in an article I wrote five years ago in a blog on the internet. Begin rebuilding our infrastructure of roads, bridges, tunnels and high speed passenger and commercial rail in the north, south, central U.S. And west. These types of highly skilled positions, paying $50-100-plus per hour, will allow those to save and eventually purchase their home. This will obviously increase demand further, but continue to allow the construction industry to do well far into the future. I hope Mr. Trump will accomplish this one task in the next four years, more high paying jobs! Currently, the average price of a home in the U.S. as per Realtor.Com and The National Association of Realtors has gone above $250,000 (obviously not related to our local values, by any stretch of the imagination). I guess for me, without my wife’s income, I will have to find more sellers to sell their homes, condos, coops and commercial properties for and purchasers to do transactions with.


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in Port Washington Port Washington Real Estate Market Conditions Median sales price $720,000 Demographics near Port Washington, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 15,916 3,803 41.4 2.8 121,397 59,616

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

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73 Carlton Avenue, Port Washington Sold Price: $480,000 Date: 08/08/2016 2 beds, 1 Full baths Style: Condo # of Families: 1 Schools: Port Washington Total Taxes: $2,874 MLS# 2857602

1 Toms Point Lane, Port Washington Sold Price: $222,500 Date: 10/13/2016 1 beds, 1 Full baths Style: Co-Op # of Families: 1 Schools: Port Washington MLS# 2858410

7 Murray Avenue, Port Washington Sold Price: $1,600,000 Date: 10/14/2016 5 beds, 3 Full/2 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 100x120 Schools: Port Washington Total Taxes: $31,205 MLS# 2857820

15 N Bayles Avenue, Port Washington Sold Price: $710,000 Date:10/07/2016 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 50x108 Schools: Port Washington Total Taxes: 13,358 MLS# 2857011

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.

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How state legislators in the majority Continued from Page 1 jor construction work at public parks. Local officials have praised lawmakers for obtaining the grants, saying they provide funding for needed projects for which small municipalities could not otherwise pay. “Communities rightfully expect their legislators to fight for them and bring home as much state aid as possible, because every additional dollar in aid from Albany is one that doesn’t have to be raised locally,” Chris Schneider, a spokesman for state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury), wrote in an email. But government watchdogs say the grants come from opaque piles of money that are subject to political forces and that lack clear criteria for who can and should receive them. That means they pose a financial risk to the state, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “At the end of the day we shouldn’t be doing any of them,” said E.J. McMahon, executive director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, a conservative think tank. “This is not core state priorities. This is political pork.” North Shore legislators and their aides said the majority leader of each chamber — Democrat Carl Heastie in the Assembly and Republican John Flanagan in the Senate — primarily decide who gets grant money to award and how much. Documents indicate a major partisan imbalance. Republican senators and Democrats who vote and caucus with them awarded nearly $84.5 million worth of State and Municipal Facilities Program, or SAM, grants between early 2014 and October 2015, according to a list the Senate published last year. Democrats who are not part

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Two state grants totaling $200,000 helped pay for renovations at the Village of New Hyde Park’s Memorial Park. of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference — aside from Simcha Felder of Brooklyn, who votes with Republicans — got none to award, according to the list. Assembly Democrats gave more than $104.2 million in SAM grants in 2015, according to a list the Assembly published last year. Republicans got a total of $3.6 million. State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, an Independent, awarded more than $1.3 million. North Shore Democratic Assembly members Charles Lavine, Michelle Schimel and Michaelle Solages awarded 39 community project grants worth $225,000 this year, according to an Assembly list published in October. State Assemblyman Ed Ra, along with the rest of his Republican colleagues, got no money to award this year, according to the list. “I think this plays into all of the concerns that it would talk about with ethics in the Legislature and everything,” Ra said in an interview. “Having the resources, the control, that much at the top is just another thing that the top leadership has to hang over the heads of the rank and file.”

The Senate and Assembly publish some lists of awarded grants on their websites, but spokespeople for both chambers did not respond to emails seeking detailed information about how money is allocated among legislators and the processes for determining who receives grants. The process for receiving grants is straightforward, according to interviews with state and village officials — municipalities or community organizations send lawmakers a letter saying what they want to do and how much money they need to do it, and the legislator decides who gets funding. That concerns DiNapoli and officials in his office. In a May comptroller’s report titled “Unfinished Business: Fiscal Reform in New York State,” DiNapoli proposes more strictly regulating lump-sum budget appropriations like those used to fund the grant programs. “Details on expenditures – purposes, recipients and other key factors – remain largely outside the State accounting system,” DiNapoli’s report says, specifically referring to the State and Municipal Facilities Program. “... As a

tiative through which North Shore communities receive state grants. The state has allocated $385 million to the program each year for four years. Municipalities and other publicly financed bodies can request funding for brick-andmortar building projects, certain vehicles or economic development projects, according to state budget documents. Most grants are administered through the state Dormitory Authority, which borrows the money to fund the program. From February 2014 to late 2015, North Shore municipalities were nominated for 55 SAM grants worth a total of $6.3 million, according to lists published in 2015. The Dormitory Authority reviewed 10 of them as of Oct. 20. Thirty-nine came from Martins; two from ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (awarded to Nassau County), a Republican convicted last year on corruption charges; three from Schimel; five from Lavine (D-Glen Cove); and one from Ra (R-Franklin Square). The grants have funded large capital projects, such as the $250,000 renovation of the Village of Williston Park’s firehouse and road repaving in the Village of Thomaston, as well as purchases of new vehicles. Fifteen were designated for improvements at local parks. New money has not been appropriated since 2010 for the Community Projects Fund, which provides smaller grants known as “member items” to municipalities and non-profits. But some money is reappropriated and distributed to legislators each year. Three North Shore Assembly members — Lavine, Schimel and Solages, all Democrats — awarded 39 grants worth $225,000 this THREE PRIMARY year using money appropriated PROGRAMS between 2001 and 2005, accordThe State and Municipal Fa- ing to an Assembly list published cilities Program is the largest ini- in September.

result, it is difficult for the public to be assured that the funds are being put to good use in a costefficient and effective manner.” Where oversight is arguably lacking before grants are awarded, it is very much present afterward, state and local officials said. It takes an average of a year for grant money to be disbursed once allocated as the applications are reviewed by state agencies and the Legislature, said Tara Butler, Lavine’s chief of staff. Municipalities receive capital grant money as a reimbursement after performing the designated work. “Whether it’s $500,000 or $5,000, it takes a really long time,” Butler said. Their partisan aspects may not be pretty, but ultimately the grant programs help North Shore communities and are run in the best way possible, Lavine said. “If we view this process cynically, which is easy to do, it’s simple to do, then we play a role in undermining democracy, because majority rule is what counts in our families, it counts in our communities, and it has to count in our government,” he said. “There’s no other way to do it.” A spokesman for the GOP Senate majority did not respond to requests for comment. Schimel referred two requests for information about grants to the Assembly press office, which did not respond to repeated requests for information over several weeks. A representative for Solages did not respond to a request to schedule an interview with her staff member who handles grants. The office did send a list of grants Solages awarded in the last fiscal year.


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hand out millions for local projects They went mostly to nonprofit groups, including the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition and Roslyn-based North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, to support social programs and other services. The amount of money allocated to that program has decreased tremendously since scandals involving the misuse of member item grants, state lawmakers said. Under the old system, member items could be awarded to almost any organization for almost any purpose with little oversight. That led to several scandals in the Legislature. In perhaps the most prominent, former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, a Democrat, was convicted on corruption charges in 2012 for funneling member item money to nonprofit groups he controlled. In the 2009-10 fiscal year, Senate Democrats, who then controlled the chamber, awarded more than 2,700 grants totaling more than $64.1 million. Senate Republicans awarded fewer than 1,000 grants totaling more than $8.2 million. More recent information on Senate member item grants, which are now controlled by Republicans, could not be found on the Senate website. Dozens of so-called “bullet aid” grants also give school districts and local libraries money on top of their annual state aid packages. The Assembly approved $14 million and the Senate approved $15 million in such grants in 2015. Lawmakers negotiate the lists of recipients in budget deals each year, Ra and Butler said. Fifteen bullet aid grants totaling $355,000 went to North Shore schools, libraries and other publicly funded organizations last year. A POLITICAL ‘HONEY POT’ The Senate and Assembly majority leaders determine who gets grant money and how much — and members of the controlling party get more to dole out

than the minority. Once lawmakers get the money, they ask municipalities and community groups to send written requests for grants, legislators and their aides said. They then review them and decide which projects to fund. Spokespeople for both chambers did not respond to emails asking how grant funds are distributed among legislators. Ra said Assembly Republicans received SAM grant money for the first time last year, the first under Democratic Speaker Carl Heastie. Heastie’s predecessor, Manhattan Democrat Sheldon Silver, was convicted on corruption charges last year. Ra was given one $100,000 capital grant to award and received $25,000 in community projects money last year, he said. By contrast, Lavine got $157,500 for the last fiscal year, according to a list Butler provided. Ra has not received any bullet aid grants since taking office in 2010, he said. Asked how they are distributed, he said, “I couldn’t even guess.” “It shouldn’t be, ‘we’re pulling out however many billion dollars

for this program and you’re really going to have to peek around to find out where it’s going,’” Ra said. “It shouldn’t be that way.” The Village of New Hyde Park has a “wish list” of projects it takes to Martins each year that it would otherwise have to fund by raising taxes or borrowing, village Trustee Donna Squicciarino and Mayor Robert Lofaro said. The village got $200,000 in SAM grant funds to renovate basketball and tennis courts and make other fixes at its Memorial Park in 2015. But McMahon, head of the Empire Center, said grant programs, especially SAM, are a “honey pot” of political porkbarrel spending that lacks transparency and uses tax dollars from across the state to fund projects that have only local impacts. “Why in the world is it at any time a priority for the state to put a scoreboard in the village of blank’s Little League field, or to build somebody’s firehouse?” he said. “There’s a lot of these projects in here. Build your own firehouse.” The lack of clear criteria and oversight for the programs puts them at greater risk for waste, fraud and abuse, officials in DiNapoli’s office said.

The lump sums that fund them should therefore be allocated in a “competitive process with clear, measurable, public and objective criteria defined in statute or by regulation,” DiNapoli’s report on fiscal reform says. OVERSIGHT AFTER THE FACT Grants to municipalities and nonprofit groups go through a lengthy vetting processes after the grants are awarded that often take at least a year. Grant nominations get reviewed by the relevant state agency, then must be reviewed and approved by the Legislature before the agency disburses them, said Butler, Lavine’s chief of staff. Each grant program has specific eligibility requirements and clear oversight “to ensure that recipients use the funds solely and entirely for their approved purpose,” unlike previous member item grants that could be awarded for basically any purpose, said Schneider, the Martins spokesman. Before municipalities get SAM grant payments, they must submit an application for reimbursement after completing the project that includes an itemized

breakdown of costs, checks paid to vendors, bid materials and other supporting documents. For grants administered by the Dormitory Authority, local officials must sign a grant disbursement agreement outlining the terms of the grant and the conditions under which it can be revoked. New Hyde Park’s materials related to its two grants for the $211,000 park renovation contain hundreds of pages filling two large file folders. It did not receive the second $150,000 grant until May 31 of this year, more than two years after Martins awarded the first $50,000 grant, and about a year after the project was finished. The village paid $61,000 out of its coffers for the project. Robert Lofaro, the village mayor, said the lengthy review was at times frustrating, but he thinks oversight is important to ensuring grant programs are not abused or awarded to politically connected groups. “Whichever way the discretionary monies work and so on, my concern is that the end result is benefiting somebody, truly,” Lofaro said. “And we feel the money we had received, people in the state, people in the village should feel that we’ve done the right thing with the money that was discretionary that was awarded to us.” Lavine said an independent body reviewing grant applications would be ideal, but a stricter process could thrust funding for important but sometimes controversial organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, into the political fray. The current processes give lawmakers flexibility while effectively safeguarding grant money from misuse, he said. “The bottom line is I am almost positive — I think I am positive — that with rare exception, if I can even think of one, every dollar that I have been able to play a part in distributing to these notfor-profits has been well used,” Lavine said.

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OLD VILLAGE TREE SERVICE 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE Owner Operated Since 1989 Licensed & Insured

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Port football finishes season with no injuries Continued from Page 1 corded 57 missed practices, Joannon said. This year the Vikings started the season with 32 players and went into the final game with 28, Joannon said. The four players who missed the last game where “banged up” from the game before and didn’t sustain any major injuries, she said. Because conference placement is based on school enrollment, Port Washington had been in Section VIII’s Conference 1, for schools with the largest enrollments. But Port Washington had significantly fewer players compared with other schools in Conference 1, Joannon said. After appealing its conference placement over the summer to the Football Council, the Nassau County Athletic Council and the Nassau County Superintendents Council, the district was offered relief in its schedule and would have face lower-ranked teams. Instead, Port Washington decided to play an independent schedule. With the recent awareness of the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., discovered in over 80 former NFL players,

Port Washington didn’t take its seven concussions lightly, Joannon said. In 2015, only nine of the 32 teams in the NFL had more than seven concussions. A Virginia Tech study that tested and evaluated the durability of football helmets and ranked them on a scale of one star to five stars has prompted high schools to invest in better helmets. Joannon said Port Washington purchases new five-star helmets every year to provide students with the safest helmets. Each helmet costs around $230, Joannon said, but the cost has never interfered with the safety of the players. “We replenish our helmets every year,” she said. “We have five-star helmets and we throw out any that are damaged and purchase new ones to keep all of our players safe.” “Playing an independent schedule really worked out for us, and everyone was behind it, because it was either play independent or don’t play football,” Joannon said. “The kids had more fun because they knew they would be in every game this year.’’ Conference placement has been an ongoing issue on Long Island and has af-

fected other programs as well. Port Washington has appealed its conference placement seven years in a row, Joannon said. During the 2012 season, other schools appealed their conference placement, too, spurring the establishment of a developmental conference — Conference 5 — for teams with fewer players on their rosters. The league lasted only two years, but the Vikings had a 14-2 record. “We were very successful in Conference 5 because we were playing teams like us,” Joannon said in August. “Teams that struggled because of the amount of students participating in the football program. It was a fair conference.” In the two season after the discontinuance of Conference 5, the Vikings went 3-15, and were outscored by opponents 291 to 51 during the 2015 season. Carrying 32 players on its roster this year, Port Washington never played a team with more than 35 players, Joannon said. “It was a big difference, and our players went into every game knowing they had a good chance of winning, unlike last year,’’ she said.

The Vikings’ only win came in a 22-0 contest against Peekskill High School, a public school in upstate New York. In addition to their game against Peekskill, the Vikings’ independent schedule allowed them to travel off Long Island to play schools around New York, including Tappan Zee High School and Pelham Memorial High School. Joannon praised the Vikings’ firstyear coach, Adam Hovorka, for handling the unusual schedule and situation well. “He did such a great job,” Joannon said. “I really think he inspired the players and motivated them to play football. He went in with an attitude of ‘we do the best we can and we’ll have a good season.’ He was very focused on team preparation and was able to get the team to strive for good results and he never quit.” From the beginning of the season, Joannon said, it wasn’t about winning games; it was about being competitive. “The competitiveness we showed was great for us,” she said. “I think this entire season was a great display for the future. We’re hoping that it brings in more players to the football program.”

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Sports LIU Post falls in 1st round of tourney BY M I C H A E L OTERO Coming off of a thrilling 48-41 victory against WinstonSalem State University in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament, the LIU Post football team faced their toughest test this season and suffered a 40-21 loss at the hands of Shepherd University on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium in Brookville. The Pioneers’ loss is the team’s first of the season, rounding out a historic campaign with a 12-1 record. The 12 wins are a program record, as are the two playoff games.

With the win, the Rams from Shepherd University move on to face California University of Pennsylvania in the quarterfinals. In the game, the Pioneers were dealt a blow early when the Rams marched down the field on their opening possession and scored a touchdown. Their drive went for six plays and 63 yards and finished with a 31-yard scamper by freshman halfback Brandon Hlavach. On their ensuing drive, the Pioneers attempted to answer that score with one of their own, but a costly turnover in the redzone kept the Pioneers off the scoreboard. After the defense forced a punt, the Pioneer offense made

Shepherd Univ. 40 LIU Post 21 sure to get in the end zone, with a one-yard run by red-shirt sophomore running back Malik Pierre to even the score at seven apiece. The score stood at 7-7 until the end of the first quarter, but the Rams unleashed a 19-point unanswered outburst to take a commanding 26-7 lead into halftime. Senior quarterback Jeff Ziemba tossed all three touchdowns, two to senior 6”4’ pass

catcher Billy Brown and one to senior receiver CJ Davis — the last score coming just 23 seconds before halftime. The Pioneers fought valiantly until the end, cutting the deficit to 12 twice during the second half, but the Ram offense was in rhythm and could not be stopped. They scored in response to Pioneer touchdowns twice and capped off the win with Brown’s third receiving touchdown of the day with 4:27 left in the game. Senior LIU Post quarterback Jeff Kidd went 25-for-43 through the air for 288 yards and a touchdown and was also sacked four times. His counterpart, Ziemba, threw for 375 yards and four scores.

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Herricks athletes excel in the fall Girls swim team wins conference title, 4 football players win post-season awards The Herricks Public Schools’ Athletics Department ended its fall season with a number of victories and outstanding displays of sportsmanship. The girls swim and football teams earned spotlight for both individual and team victories. The girls swim team was crowned Conference IV Champions after completing an undefeated season with a record of 8-0. The team competed in three relays at the Nassau County Girls Swimming Championships, and Katherine Hong additionally competed in the 100 Backstroke. Head Coach Sara Bove expressed pride in the team members for their hard work and dedication. The football team enjoyed a banner season with a total of four wins, the most it has had since 1995 — and finished with a 4-4

record — just one spot below the playoffs cut. The preseason ninth seed is the highest seed since 1996, and the wins were against the seventh, eighth, no. 12 and no. 14 seeds. Football players also secured four post-season awards. Michael Saleme earned All-County status, Michael Scaldaferri was named All-County Honorable Mention, Michael Chase received recognition as a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete and Nicholas Gounaris was presented with the Long Island Association of Football Officials’ Unsung Hero Award. “The athletes and coaches worked diligently during their off-season, which in turn produced positive results,” Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health Education Jim Petricca said.

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