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Greenvale-based Laffey Fine Homes joins mogul’s HomeServices umbrella BY LU K E TOR R A N C E Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate arm of Warren Buffett’s multinational conglomerate, announced on Tuesday that it was entering the Long Island market through Laffey Fine Homes International in Greenvale. Laffey, which" sells homes in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, will remain independently owned and operated by" Emmett Laffey, Gregory Berkowitz, and John Schoonmaker. Laffey Fine Homes International will join a number of franchises under the HomeServices umbrella, which" has grown to nearly 46,000 agents and 1,400 offices since it was founded in 2013. “[Laffey] and his team are highly respected in the marketplace and will be strong ambassadors of our brand,” said" Gino Blefari, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in a

statement. “We are pleased to welcome them to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.” Details of the franchising deal were not disclosed, and efforts to reach a spokesman for Berkshire Hathaway were unavailing. Laffey said in a statement that the Berkshire Hathaway brand would help to draw wealthy Manhattanites to the Long Island luxury real estate market. “Our new brand carries the name of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., one of the world’s most trusted and successful corporations,” he said in a statement. “New Yorkers respect Mr. Buffett and the Berkshire Hathaway enterprise.” That, coupled with Laffey’s existing reputation on Long Island, would pay dividends for both companies, he said. Emmet Laffey founded"Laffey Fine Homes International in FebContinued on Page 69


The Village of East Hills held their annual Independence Day celebration in July 3 with the fireworks choreographed to music for the first time.

Arrested in Heights after fleeing in stolen car: cops B Y R E B E C C A K L A R stolen vehicle, Nassau County pull over, police said. A Bayville man was arrested in Roslyn Heights on Friday at 11:57 p.m. after fleeing officers and violating traffic laws in what was discovered to be a

Hogya refused to pull over Police said. Thomas Hogya, 36, of Bay- and headed southbound on ville, was driving a blue BMW Mineola Avenue, police said. He was stopped on OakX1 westbound on Northern Boulevard in Roslyn when of- dale Road and placed into cusficers flashed lights for him to Continued on Page 59

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Historic summit of L.I. historians Roslyn meet aimed to aid preservation BY LU K E TORRANCE


Jesse Sullivan, of Baldwin, and Samantha Carroll, of Albertson, were arrested for selling opioids, Nassau County Police said.

Albertson woman sold opioids in Baldwin: cops Samantha Carroll arrested with S. Shore man BY R E B ECC A K L A R An Albertson woman and Baldwin man were arrested in Baldwin on Friday at 4:50 p.m. for possessing and selling a substance! believed to be heroin and fentanyl to a Nassau County resident, according to Nassau County Police. Jesse Sullivan, and Samantha Carroll, both 25, were arrested without incident at Sullivan’s Baldwin residence, police said. The arrest follows a lengthy investigation involving several overdoses and numerous community complaints, police said. The investigation was part of Operation Natalie, Nassau County’s war against opioids. Sullivan is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and seventh-degree

criminal possession of a controlled substance. Carroll is charged with thirddegree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Jude Valerie Alexander adjourned both cases during arraignments on Saturday. Sullivan is held on bail of $7,500 bond or $3,750 cash, and Carroll on bail of $15,000, or $7,500 cash. They were both due back in court on Tuesday. Sullivan’s father told News 12 he was somewhat relieved to hear his son was arrested. “My son has a problem. We’re aware of it,” he told News 12. “If he’s doing anything they’re accusing him of, he is where he belongs.” As part of Operation Nata-

lie and Nassau’s five-prong approach of education, awareness, enforcement treatment and diversion, police said the department will continue with its zerotolerance policy to illegal drug activity within the county. Nassau police have also been using a new ODMAP system that gives the department real-time information about overdoses in Nassau County, which the department has attributed to dropping rates of opioids overdoses. In June, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said countywide fatal overdoses were down 7 percent and non-fatal overdoses were down about 30 percent compared to last year at the same time. Reach reporter Rebecca Klar by email at rklar@theislandnow. com, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 204, or follow her on Twitter @rebeccaklar_.

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From Great Neck to Montauk, Long Island has a rich history dating back to before the founding of the United States. But what remains of that history — particularly structures — are frequently in danger of being cleared for new development. “A lot of the historic buildings that aren’t landmarks are really being threatened when the property becomes more valuable than the building,” said Howard Kroplick, the historian for the Town of North Hempstead. “The property is more valuable if they knock it down instead of preserving it.” Saving these historic structures was one of the goals of the Long Island Historian Summit, held on June 30 in Roslyn. Kroplick was the main organizer of the event, backed by funding from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

Sixty-three people were in attendance, including 31 historians. According to New York state historian Devin Lander, last month’s meeting was the largest meeting of Long Island historians ever and likely was the largest gathering of local historians at a New York state regional meeting. “The state of New York is unique in that it passed a law requiring every town and village must have an official historian,” Kroplick said. But in reaching out the various towns and villages on Long Island, Kroplick said, he learned that many villages — particularly smaller ones — were not following this law. A presentation given! at the meeting showed that there are a potential 117 historians on Long Island, although only 72 have been confirmed. This was a result of 45 incorporated villages (38 percent) not assigning an historian. Continued on Page 59


A gathering of local historians in Roslyn behind North Hempstead historian Howard Kroplick’s “Black Beast” 1908 car.

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A ‘Cool Mess’ at new Roslyn eatery Families can make their own ice cream together at Old Northern Blvd. restaurant BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I It’s heating up on the North Shore, but it’s all cool at the latest restaurant and ice cream shop in Roslyn. Founder! Marguerite Loucas opened the second location of Cool Mess at the end of June after the 62nd Street location in Manhattan had been a success for about two years. The mother of three, Loucas said she was struggling to find things to do with her children that would be entertaining and interactive, coming up with the idea for a restaurant that gives kids the power to choose their own flavors and toppings for a unique combination. “The cool thing about Cool Mess is you can grab a scoop of Longford’s small batch ice cream or our cereal bar, but the real difference is the ice cream making at the table,” Loucas said. Located at 1512 Old Northern Blvd. in Roslyn, the brightly colored store is filled with ice cream, candy and sweets, but Loucas said her family is known

sauce or chocolate coffee beans. Though Burger Heaven is well known as a New York City spot with locations on Lexington Avenue and East 53rd Street, the family’s roots stretch to Long Island. “The Burger Heaven family is from Manhasset, and after we opened the first location in the city, people were asking us to add a second location all over Manhattan,” Loucas said. “I’ve been looking for place in Roslyn, anywhere on Northern Boulevard between Glen Cove Road and Community Drive, and we found it. This is a hub; people come from all over.” Thanks to the family recipe, Loucas said, in the first few weeks she has seen many repeat customers, many of which say the Burger PHOTO BY AMELIA CAMURATI Heaven burger is one of the best, topped with caramelized onions, American cheese, lettuce, tomato Siblings make their own ice cream at Cool Mess in Roslyn. and their signature house sauce. their own ice cream at the table, for their savory faire. Cool Mess also serves sandLoucas said her family watching it go from a liquid wiches and salads and is open for founded Burger Heaven!in Man- vanilla or chocolate base to a both lunch and dinner every day hattan more than 70 years ago thick ice cream with up to three except Monday. and decided to branch out with toppings, such as mini gummy Those feeling less advena family friendly experience in bears, chocolate chip cookie turous can ask the staff to cre2016, allowing patrons to make pieces, strawberries, caramel ate their sweet treats, including


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New asst. middle school prinicpal named Jennifer Sheehan elevated after serving as district’s world language, ENL chair BY R E B ECC A K L A R Jennifer Sheehan will serve as the Roslyn Middle School assistant principal in the next school year, based on a unanimous Board of Education vote on Tuesday. Sheehan was previously the world language and English as a new language chairperson for Roslyn. The board also voted to approve her resignation from that position as they voted to approve her probationary appointment as assistant principal. During the meeting, the board also welcomed Gary Ramonetti, who they approved a probationary appointment as science department chair, to Roslyn. Ramonetti previously served as the associate principal at Robert Frost Middle School in Deer Park. By a unanimous vote, the board also voted to have Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy continue to serve as the board’s president. It’s a position Ben-Levy said is her pleasure to serve — and one


Roslyn board of education President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy swears in new Trustee Michael Levine during Tuesday’s meeting. she has an enormous fear not to During the meeting, the serve in. board also swore in three trustClifford Saffron was re-ap- ees who were elected in a March pointed to serve as vice president election. in another unanimous vote. Trustee David Dubner and

Trustee David Seinfeld were sworn in to serve another term. Trustee Michael Levine, who is taking the spot vacated by Adam Haber, was sworn in for his

first term. Levine said he’s excited to work with his fellow board members and the district to keep moving Roslyn schools forward.




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Kaplan, Phillips clash on abortion Dem challenger campaigns for bill to revise state law; GOP senator says proposal goes too far

BY R E B ECC A K L A R Erika Christensen said she decided to terminate her pregnancy at 32 weeks when she found out the baby she would give birth to would not be able to breathe outside of her body. Christensen, from Brooklyn, was shocked to learn in her known-to-be progressive home state of New York her medical decision was criminal, she said. “Our trauma and our grief were compounded by having to leave the state to get on a plane and fly across the country and play a small fortune to mercifully end my pregnancy,” Christensen said, joined by her husband Garin Marschall and their baby, at a rally for Councilwoman Anna Kaplan on Thursday. “And we were lucky because we could afford to that.” Christensen and Marschall are now patient advocates for the Reproductive Health Act, a bill that would change the state’s language surrounding abortion from the penal code to public health law. Kaplan, the Democratic


Erika Christensen, a patient advocate for the Reproductive Health Act, joined North Hempstead Councilwoman Anna Kaplan at a rally supporting the bill on Thursday. candidate for New York State Senate District 7, said she supports the bills that strengthen women’s right to choose during her rally outside of the Nassau County Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building. In a statement, Phillips said she is pro-choice and “passion-

ate about protecting women’s health,” but does not support the bill because it “goes too far.” The Democratic-controlled Assembly has passed the bill for several years, most recently in March. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also shown support for pro-

tecting women’s reproductive rights, tweeting “I pledge to do everything in my power to protect access to all reproductive health services and to codify Roe v. Wade into the NY State Constitution.” In Senate, the bill did not make it out of committee and

brought to a vote. “Some lawmakers in Albany believe they can totally ignore this problem because people most affected suffer silently intimated by stigma and shame,” Christensen said. Kaplan said that her opponent, incumbent Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill), has never made an effort to bring the bill to the floor. “If she won’t act, I will,” Kaplan said. Phillips, in her statement, noted that she is a sponsor of the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, and"believes “all women deserve timely access to contraceptives and information to help plan their families and protect their health.” “Protecting women’s health is also the reason why I do not support the current version of the so-called Reproductive Health Act,” Phillips said. “I wholeheartedly support Roe v. Wade, but this bill goes too far, and threatens the health and safety of women by removing any restriction on late-term Continued on Page 47

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Dean Skelos takes the stand for 1st time Republican former state Senate majority leader said he was just trying to help his son BY LU K E TOR R A N C E

Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) did not testify in his 2015 corruption trial. But the second time around, Skelos decided to take the stand and tell the jury why he pushed local companies to hire his son, Adam. “Quite frankly, I asked!a lot of people to help my son,” he testified last week at a federal courthouse in Manhattan, according to the New York Daily News. “If I had the opportunity to ask [somebody] to help Adam, I would.” The two Skelos men are again facing charges that Dean Skelos used his power in Albany to secure jobs and fees worth $300,000 for Adam Skelos from Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers in Roslyn, New Hyde Park real estate developer Glenwood Management and Arizona-based environmental technology firm AbTech Industries. The father and son were convicted on corruption charges in 2015, but the conviction was overturned last September by a federal appeals court, citing a U.S. Supreme Court case involving former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, which narrowed the definition of an “official act” and what constitutes corruption. In testimony last week, Skelos paint-

Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos ed his efforts to help Adam as motivated not by greed but from a desire to be a good father. He said he became close to his adopted son after his wife left him in 1982 and said that Adam struggled with school work and behavioral problems growing up, according to the Daily News. Those struggles led to alcohol and drug addiction in Adam’s early 20s, along with anger management issues, the Daily

News reported. An employee at! Physicians Reciprocal! Insurers testified earlier in the trial that Adam threatened to “smash his [expletive] head in” after he questioned Adam about not showing up for work. “His temperament, sometimes, he could get a bit abrasive,” Skelos said, according to the Daily News. “It could get a little ugly.” While he admitted to asking Glenwood Management for “financial” help for his son, Dean Skelos denied that he ever threatened businesses or promised benefits in Albany if they worked with him, according to a Newsday report. That went against the testimony of! Physicians Reciprocal! Insurers CEO Anthony Bonomo, who testified earlier that he could not fire Adam because he needed his father’s support that was essential to the company’s survival. David J. Ayres, a former Nassau County judge and current partner at Barket Epstein Kearon LLP in Garden City, said that he was surprised that Skelos chose to testify this time around. “For the second trial, it’s unusual for the strategy of the trial to change so much,” he said. “The defense is going to bring their violin and try to paint [Dean Skelos] as Robert Young from Father Knows Best.”

Ayres said that there were benefits and drawbacks to Skelos deciding to testify. He said that Skelos likely felt that using the same strategy as the first trial would produce the same result, so why not try something different? But he added that Skelos testimony could be undercut by other pieces of evidence. “When he paints himself in that light [as a concerned father], it flies in the face of what the wiretaps recorded, that he was livid with!Glenwood for donating to the Democrats, or telling them to pony up!money,” he said.! That was exactly what happened on Tuesday. Federal prosecutor Thomas McKay called Skelos’ testimony “ridiculous” during closing arguments, according to a Newsday report. “Everything that happened… was someone else’s fault,” McKay said, and accused Skelos of lying when he claimed he didn’t have the power in the state Senate to kill a state-sanctioned building project in Nassau County. Reach reporter Luke Torrance by email at, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 214, or follow him on Twitter @LukeATorrance.

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Email addresses accidentally disclosed Kaplan campaign reveals more than 140 accounts on list in a technical mistake, apologizes BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN An email sent out by the Anna Kaplan campaign on July 6 about a chance to “meet and greet” the town councilwoman and state Senate hopeful the next day accidentally revealed the email addresses of more than 140 recipients. The disclosure of email addresses to the 140 recipients prompted at least one not so friendly greeting. “Idiots to not send such emails,” one recipient and respondent replied over email, all in capital letters. “Bcc. Remove my address. You lost any chance of my vote.” The campaign message came from an old account hosted on Google’s servers. In turn, the email addresses of 144 people ranging from advocates and residents to local officials normally masked were disclosed. In a message to “friends and supporters” – this time

An email sent out by the Kaplan campaign, as seen here in Microsoft Outlook, accidentally disclosed more than 140 email addresses. from the proper account – Kaplan said one of her campaign’s “hard-working volunteers” accidentally sent out that email from a FriendsofAnnaKaplan

Gmail account, which “doesn’t have any built-in rules to prevent” disclosures. “I’m sorry that happened and my campaign staff and I

have taken steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We value your privacy and we want to make sure your information is protected,” the email said.

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Plan for North Side fence moves ahead BY R E B ECC A K L A R The East Williston Board of Education is moving forward with its plan to fence in the North Side School, President Mark Kamberg said at Tuesday’s meeting. The board is currently reviewing safety concerns outlined in a Nassau County Department of Homeland Security report, Kabmerg said. The board is also looking at recommendations from the Nassau County Police Department Homeland Security officer, the local precinct’s problem-oriented police officer and the districtwide safety committee report, he said." “The board has directed the administration to work with district counsel and the district architect to review the legal, physical and regulatory parameters in developing proposed plans for a North Side School fence,” Kamberg said." He added that the board intends to involve the East Williston village board as it moves forward with the elementary school fence." At a public meeting in June regarding the fence, some residents voiced concern for the fence, saying they didn’t’ think it would help with security and it would not be aesthetically pleasing. Others, mainly parents, were in favor of a fence to help protect the children. Police officers at the meeting said that while a fence, or any measure, cannot fully guard against intruders, it can delay and deter intruders – which can save many lives in case of a tragedy. During the meeting, the board also

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LIU chief eyes world, picks research officer BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I Long Island University has appointed Richard Nader as inaugural chief research and international officer. Nader will lead LIU Research and create a new research development office, working alongside leadership and faculty to grow the university’s research program and develop integrated global research and educational partnerships. “Long Island University’s bold vision is to be a globally engaged, internationally recognized teaching and research institution,” LIU President Kimberly Cline said in a statement. “Rick Nader possesses the research, international and academic credentials, and the hands-on experience building a globally agile research infrastructure, to further accelerate our momentum.” Nader’s newly developed role will


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include strategic planning as well as connecting faculty to fund national and international opportunities. Nader will lead the LIU research administration and research development office expansion to support faculty-driven research and will lead the development of new resources, such as faculty proposal writing workshops, grant and research management training and programming design for the university. Nader will also oversee federal research development to spearhead signature research areas and build bridges between funding agencies and LIU. Previously, Nader has served as vice provost of international affairs at the University of North Texas for six years before holding the associate vice president for international programs position at Mississippi State University, where he led efforts in international develop-

ment education and research as well as worked with the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Nader earned his doctorate in educational philosophy from Texas A&M University in 2005. “Rick Nader has a proven track record of building research programs with global relevance,” LIU Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Randy Burd said in a statement. “At LIU, we are working to build an integrated and internationally relevant research enterprise driven by local discovery, national influence, global reach, and collective impact. Rick Nader will complement the outstanding faculty and resources we have in place and further elevate our academic and research initiatives.” Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 215, or follow her on Twitter @acamurati.

NYIT eyes strategic A new understanding communications of psychiatric disorders BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I

BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I The first female dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences in Old Westbury was recently promoted to help implement the vision of the university’s new president. NYIT President Henry C. Foley appointed Nada Anid as vice president to lead the newly created strategic communications and external affairs office. Professor# Babak Beheshti, formerly associate dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, will serve as its interim dean. “I will miss mostly my direct interaction with the students, but I will try to do something about that in my new role,” said Anid, who has been dean since 2009. During her time in charge of the school, Anid said, a focus was put on hiring for the cybersecurity, biotechnology and clean energy courses. As dean, she spearheaded the creation of# National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, its federally and state-funded Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center, and its Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and the school’s certified business incubator. During her tenure, the school’s enrollment increased and Anid put a focus on engaging teenagers and chil-


NYIT’s Nada Anid was promoted recently to lead the newly created office of Strategic Communications and External Affairs. dren in STEM fields as well as encouraging women to learn about robotics, engineering and technology at the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day#with Long Island high school students — a cause Anid said is close to her heart. “As dean of NYIT School of EnContinued on Page 69

A new understanding of how certain psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and suicidality present themselves and can be treated has been discovered by a group of Northwell Health scientists. Researchers at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in conjunction with colleagues at Rockefeller University in New York City published a paper Tuesday entitled “Molecular Profiling of Reticular Gigantocellularis Neurons Indicates that eNOS Modulates Environmentally Dependent Levels of Arousal,” focusing on an area deep in the brainstem just above the spinal cord that activates responses to stimuli. Previously, the enzyme studied, known as# endothelial nitric oxide synthase or eNOS, was only known to exist in blood vessels and not in neurons. “Discovering that eNOS was in neurons was quite unexpected and led to further studying when and how the eNOS within neurons is activated, and how such activation manifests in the body,” said Joel N.H. Stern, co-senior author of the paper and associate professor at the Zucker School of Medicine and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and co-director of the Autoimmune Brain Disorder Center at Lenox Hill Hospital. Beginning with two key experiments on mice, researchers tested when the enzyme was active in the mice by monitoring the levels of nitric oxide in their cells. When the mice were in a familiar environment, such as their home cage, the enzyme was not very active, Stern said, but when the mice were exposed to new


Joel N.H. Stern environments and experiences, such as taken away from their home cage, the enzyme levels increased significantly during and immediately after the change. From there, Stern said researchers sought to understand what behaviors would occur if the enzyme was blocked or inhibited in some brain cells. A chemical that can inhibit the production of nitric oxide was microinfused into the mice before exposing them to different experiences to explore. When the mice with an inactivated enzyme were returned to their home cages after exposure to new experiences, Continued on Page 59

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Northwell to show updated plans Designs for new pavilion in Manhasset to be shown to North Hempstead zoning board BY LU K E TORRANCE

Northwell Health officials will show updated plans to the Town of North Hempstead Zoning Board next week for a $342 million advanced surgical pavilion on the grounds of the North Shore University Hospital. The meeting is a follow-up to a presentation given to the zoning board last October. Associate Executive Director of Hospital Operations Derek Anderson said Northwell has used the ensuing eight months to elicit feedback and incorporate that feedback into their design of the proposed seven-floor structure. “We’ve already walked the Town [of North Hempstead] through the redesign, and now we’re going through the specifics with the [zoning] board,” he said. Northwell’s plan calls for space for 44 intensive care unit beds and 18 operating rooms for transplants, open heart surgery, neurosurgery and complex orthopedic and spinal surgeries, among other procedures. There will also be two shell floors for future ICU beds. The


A new rendering of the North Shore University Hospital’s proposed advanced surgical pavilion shows the planned mirrored facade to reduce the visual impact from its neighbor, Greentree Foundation. goal of the expansion is to increase capacity, improve patient experience and provide new services to patients so they no longer have to travel to New York City for care. Anderson said in response to concerns expressed at previous

meetings the health care system had rearranged the floors of the building. The mechanical floor was originally going to be on the fifth floor, but will now be on the top (seventh) floor, which allows it to be

indented on the east and west sides. And since the mechanical floor has no hospital rooms, there will be less light shining from the top floor at night. “We do lose some efficiency, but it allows us to shift"the top oc-

cupied floor down almost 20 feet,” Anderson said. “So over time, as trees grow in and the buffer zone grows in, that top level will be almost invisible from Greentree side of the property.” Continued on Page 69

Local oncologist faces sexual abuse charges BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N A Great Neck surgical oncologist and professor was arraigned" on two misdemeanor"charges of sexual misconduct on Tuesday. Dr. Dwight De Risi, 70, a breast surgeon in private practice at Long Island Breast Care in Great Neck and a clinical assistant professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, had been arrested on June 21. He now faces charges of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree, according to court records, which allegedly took place at his practice. Miriam Sholder, a spokeswoman for Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, said no further information could be shared “due to the nature of the charges.” Nassau District Court Judge William Hohouser released De Risi after he promised in writing to return to court for all proceedings and issued a stay-away order of protection, which was signed on behalf of the unnamed victim. Joseph Conway, De Risi’s Mineolabased defense attorney, described his cli-

ent as a “well-known and highly respected breast cancer surgeon” who has served over 30,000 patients for four decades facing “unfounded” and “completely frivolous” charges. “Today’s charges, brought after zero investigation, are unfounded and completely frivolous,” Conway said in an emailed statement. “We will begin the process of bringing the true facts to Law Enforcement immediately, and vindicating Dr. De Risi’s impeccable reputation.” “Among those facts will be an eye-witness to the events, who completely contradicts any allegations of wrong-doing by Dr. De Risi,” the statement concluded. Terry Lynam, a spokesman for Northwell Health, said De Risi is not employed by the health network but that he has an academic appointment and admitting privileges in three of its hospitals: North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and Glen Cove Hospital. When asked if De Risi could possibly lose these admitting privileges as a result of the charges, Lynam said “that’s always a possibility, yes,” but that the matter is under investigation and it’s too early to say. De Risi is due back in court on Aug. 16.


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Editorial Cartoon

How to succeed in business, not


he U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to impose higher standards for federal prosecutors who charge public officials with wrongdoing in 2016 was a blow to good government. But the court’s ruling in the case of Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell did perform an important public service: it gave us a retrial of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and a second look at how government in New York works. In fact, Skelos and his son, Adam, serve as a"kind of how-tosucceed-in-business-without-really-trying guide for state officials. At"least, up until the part of their getting indicted. Start with getting elected state Senate majority leader. While simply getting elected to the state Legislature in New York currently offers many opportunities for mischief, being elected state Senate majority leader makes you one of the socalled three men in a room who routinely make the final decision on most important state matters. And from there the opportunities grow exponentially. Not so coincidentally, a second person in the room during Skelos’ time as state Senate majority leader – former House Speaker Sheldon Silver – was recently convicted a second time for public corruption. According to prosecutors, Skelos used his position and votes to help his son Adam get jobs and other work from Glenwood Management, a New Hyde Park-based real estate developer, Physicians’ Reciprocal, a Roslyn-based medical malpractice insurer, and an environmental company seeking to do business with Nassau County.

Skelos testified last week that Adam had “certain issues” he was dealing with and he was doing what any good dad would do. With the help of his dad, the state Senate majority leader, Adam got work from two companies that allowed him to earn $145,513 in 2010. That income grew to $441,099 in 2013. This included a $20,000 payment from a Glenwood-linked title insurer, $68,000 in consulting fees paid by another firm partially owned by Glenwood executives and $74,120 from a low-show job from Physicians Reciprocal. Though he cast votes on behalf of all three businesses worth millions of dollars, Skelos said his votes had nothing to do with them giving his son work. Glenwood executive Charles Dorego said he thought otherwise. He testified that Dean Skelos’ request for help intensified over a two-year period that coincided with the state Legislature voting on real estate legislation important to them. Dorego previously testified that the company reaped an estimated $50 million to $100 million in savings over an unspecified period from one state program alone, a real estate tax-abatement law called 421-a, for luxury office buildings. The law’s continued renewal, he said, was an “absolute necessity” for Glenwood. Anthony Bonomo, a Manhasset resident who formerly headed Physicians’ Reciprocal, said he didn’t dare fire younger Skelos, despite his poor working performance, for fear of alienating his father: the state Senate majority leader.

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This poor performance, his supervisor testified, included responding to the question of why he was not showing up to work, by saying ” ‘Guys like you don’t amount to anything. And if you talk to me like that again, I’ll smash your [expletive] head in.’” The Rockville Centre Republican also asked Physicians’ Reciprocal to direct some of its courtreporting work to his daughter in-law, prosecutors said. But Skelos was not just looking out for family members. Like virtually every state official, Skelos was the beneficiary of a state campaign finance system dominated by a loophole"for limited liability corporations that allows them to make virtually unlimited campaign contributions. Scholars may debate whether

this system is legal bribery, extortion or both, but it" proved especially helpful when Dean Skelos was indicted and in need of legal help. Skelos spent more than $1.6 million given to him by campaign contributors to battle charges of bribery, extortion and conspiracy in the first trial. All perfectly legal, mind you. And before he was indicted, Skelos earned up to $150,000 a year at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, a Uniondale law firm with a lobbying arm that had landed millions of dollars in state grants and contracts, Newsday reported. What was Skelos doing for his salary? Good question. Skelos, who was also earning $120,000 a" year as state Senate majority leader, was the only law-

yer on the law firm’s website who didn’t list a specialty, Newsday reported. Or offer details on what he did there or how he avoided conflicts of interest. Skelos testified Monday he was basically paid for his prestige. Even if Skelos is convicted a second time he will not be without income. He will receive $95,831 a year until he dies under his state pension. The Legislature voted to prevent legislators convicted of political corruption from receiving their pensions in 2011. But Skelos and Silver were exempted because they were elected before the law passed. Good work if you can get it. Bad if you are a taxpayer and have to pay for it.

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Strange meddling of Donald Trump


t has become increasingly hard to understand what motivates the president of the United State in how he handles our relationships with our closest allies. He constantly berates the leaders of England, Germany, France, Australia and Canada and kisses up to Vladimir Putin and a host of other dictators. But worst of all is how he meddles in their affairs and ignores the same conduct by Vladimir Putin. Unless you have been living in an underground bunker or some mountain cave, the evidence is overwhelming that Russia meddled in the 2016 election and is hell-bent on undermining the 2018 vote. Every intelligence agency in existence has confirmed Russian meddling through forums like Facebook, Google and many other social media sites. Putin’s agenda was to drive a deep wedge between the American voting groups and he has done almost as well as Mr. Trump himself in splitting up the nation. At the same time that he is oblivious to Russian interference,

President Trump has actively sought to undermine the political landscape in numerous European countries. His first target was England where his allies worked feverishly to push for a vote taking England out of the European Union. The pro-Brexit movement had support from right-wing advocates like Steve Bannon and on numerous occasions Trump spoke out for England leaving the EU. It is a known fact that Trump kept in touch with the exit fanatics and spoke frequently with Nigel Bruce the leader of the movement. No doubt a number of the President’s contributors helped with the exit effort because President Trump wanted chaos in England which is exactly what happened. The winning group campaigned with promises of health care for everyone and railed against immigrants using the same language that Mr. Trump uses each and every day. It took only about three months before the voters who supported the departure realized that they had been duped, but it was too late.

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Next in line for the Trump meddling is Germany. There is no question that Germany took in over 800,000 Syrian immigrants and that generosity has created a great deal of angst in the country. Chancellor Merkel is a conscientious believer in the need to welcome people who are being brutalized by their countries and is paying a political price for it. But it isn’t the business of the President of the United States to wage a steady attack on the leader of an ally and encourage political

chaos in a foreign land. To add insult to injury, Trump nominated a radical politician Richard Grenell as Ambassador to Germany. He has been outspoken in favor of the right-wing president of Austria Sebastian Kurz. Kurz’s agenda is identical to Mr. Trump who ran successfully on an antiimmigrant platform and his views line up very much with our president on every social issue. American ambassadors have a limited number of duties. Their job is to represent Americans in that country, attend social events and be a respected face for all of America. While injecting himself into those two nations he has taken the opportunity to meddle in the Canadian, French and Turkish political scene. Canada has been a proven friend to this country dating back to World War II and is a vital source of goods and supplies for numerous American industries. The so-called trade imbalance between Canada and the United States is minuscule but the president will never allow himself to be

confused by the facts. The President’s rambling attacks on the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) are even more mystifying. America was one of the major architects behind the creation of NATO and the idea that democratic nations band together to protect each other was the dream of countless American presidents over the past 50 years. There are currently 29 members in NATO and there is no doubt that many of them are not contributing enough money to the organization. But that’s no reason to try to tear it apart. There is no doubt that Russia has a stranglehold on Donald J. Trump and he has made Vladimir Putin a very happy man by meddling in the affairs of so many nations. There can only be one of two reasons for the President’s weird behavior. It’s either that Putin has compromising films of our leader or Mr. Trump skipped fifth-grade history and is badly in need of a refresher course.


A real dilemma: death versus cleaning I had just pulled the last box of photos out from under the bookcase when the doorbell rang. It was my friend Marlo from down the street. “I’m stopping by for that cup of tea you promised me.” Then she looked around at my patch of chaos: boxes all over the living room, photo albums piled high, furniture disarranged. “What on earth is going on here? Did you lose your wedding ring?” “No, just my mind. I have a family reunion coming up, and my cousins asked if I could send a picture of us as kids. And I know I have one, somewhere. But now I can’t find it!” “Can you remember where you saw it last?” This was my husband, the engineer. “Yes. Somewhere inside the house.” “Good thing you’ve narrowed that down.” “It’s driving me crazy; I can’t locate anything, what with all this junk!” “I have the answer for you,” said Marlo. “Three words: Swed-

ish Death Cleaning.” “What the heck is that?” I asked her. “And can I pick Death over Cleaning?” Turns out, it’s the name of a book: “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter,” by Margareta Magnusson. “Her point,” said my friend, “is that you should clean all the unnecessary junk out of your home before you die, so that your children don’t have to do it. For example,” she said, looking around the room, “must you keep every one of your children’s art projects? Couldn’t you pitch at least a few of these?” “Oh, no,” I say. “That’s definitely reserved for my kids. They brought it all into this world, they’re going to have to take it out. Any other ideas?” “Well, she says to get rid of anything you wouldn’t want your children to find. Got anything like that?” “Of course! But I’m counting on you to come over and throw it out for me, when my time


A Look on the Lighter Side comes.” “I’d be happy to,” said Marlo. “If I outlive you.” “You’re a vegetarian, and you walk everywhere. I think you’re a safe bet,” I reply. “In fact, here’s a set of keys — if you hear of my sudden demise, just come on in and purge my sock drawer. You can keep the chocolates.” “What about me?” says my husband. “You need to find your own sock-drawer person.” “No, I mean — don’t I get

chocolates?” He pouted. “You get a kiss. Now off you go, to your client meeting, before I make you move boxes.” “There’s something else you can do,” said Marlo once he was out the door. “You can give stuff away, as gifts, to friends and relatives. To remember you by.” “They’ll remember I was a menace,” I said. I eyed the chipand-dip bowl she’d given me last Thanksgiving. “So, that works for you?” “It did, for a while,” she said. “Until people started giving things back. Or pretended they weren’t home when I came by.” I can’t say I blame them. “Thanks for the suggestions,” I said, “but I don’t think they’ll help me find my photo. I’ll just have to spend all weekend, looking through all of these boxes.” Suddenly a stack of books fell over, and I spotted a dusty framed picture behind them. “Bingo!” I said. “Here it is!” “Maybe now you could give away those books?” suggested Marlo.

“No one wants books or furniture,” I told her. “Not even charities. I tried to give away my old sofa one time and they left it right at the curb.” I sat and thought a bit. “Say… just how authentic is this ‘death cleaning,’ anyway? Because the only Scandinavian death thing I’ve ever heard of is the Viking funeral pyre!” “Vikings were Norwegian, not Swedish.” “Whatever. You know what I mean — they’d put the dead Viking on a boat, push it out into the water and send a flaming arrow to set it on fire.” “It sounds dreadful,” said Marlo, primly. “Au contraire,” I insisted. “I think it’s glorious! Plus, I can see it now — All my friends and family would come running up, with all my junk, tossing boxes and clothing — and art projects — onto the boat with me, before setting it ablaze!” That would be fine with me — all of the glory, and none of the work. Best of all, it turns out, I can take it with me!

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Trump SCOTUS pick could backfire


olitically, Trump’s Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh is a win-win-win-win for

him. Anyone on that list assembled for him by the Federalist Society would be a reliable vote to overturn women’s reproductive rights, environmental and economic protections, workers rights, voting rights, while making gun rights sacrosanct. But with Kavanaugh, he gets the one person on the list who has written explicitly on the need to shield a president. This is truly ironic (hypocritical) since he was on Ken Starr’s commission that turned an investigation into a failed real estate deal into a witch hunt over Bill Clinton’s adultery, and wrote the articles of impeachment over lying about it. This was hardly colluding with a foreign adversary to hack an election to win the office that Kavanaugh now should be walled off from investigation or indictment – music to Trump’s ears. What I never understand is

why a nominee presents himself as standing for “equal justice,” “an independent judiciary” and to uphold the Rule of Law and faithfully follow the Constitution “as written informed by history, tradition and precedent,” rather than boast of what they have done: deny a pregnant minor migrant held in detention her request to be released to access an abortion, saying that otherwise, affirms the right of non-citizens to what citizens have a right to; and declaring the Consumer Financial Protection Board unconstitutional. He served on Ken Starr’s He also was part of the cabal that had to work around the Constitution, which gives authority of elections to the states, in stopping Florida’s constitutionally mandated recount in order to select George W. Bush president over Al Gore. And what role did he play in George Bush’s White House in the legal memos that authorized torture? Kavanaugh, along with Samuel Alito and John Roberts (all out of the Federalist Soci-


ety), believes in a Unitary Executive – as long as a Republican is the executive – which would seem to contradict the Framers’ hypersensitivity to replacing one monarchy with another. This nonsense that “Congress makes the law, the court interprets it,” is just that: The radical activist judges overturned Congress’ reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, and clawed back Citizens United in order to overturn precedent and equate dollars with speech, giving corporations and

the wealthy unlimited “speech” and, in Hobby Lobby, to establish a corporation as capable of having a religious conscience. “Brett Kavanaugh, contrary to 200 years of Supreme Court precedent, believes a president ‘may decline to enforce a statute . . . when the president deems the statute unconstitutional,’” Sen. Bernie Sanders stated. So Kavanaugh, like the other self-proclaimed “originalists” are really “ends justify the means” radical activists, conveniently mind-melding with The Framers like a spiritualist’s con, is Trump’s ideal. Second, Trump gets to throw red meat to the Evangelicals who will forgive him anything (sexual assault, money laundering, tax evasion, colluding with a foreign power, even murder, I suspect), as long as they get to dictate a Radical Right agenda for the next 40 years, and he gets to fire up his base who would otherwise abstain in the midterms (having gotten Gorsuch and tax cuts and probably a little unnerved by botching North Korea and

launching a trade war), so that he can retain control of a complicit Republican-dominated Congress and avoid impeachment. Third: Trump gets to demonstrate the impotence of Democrats, now that a shameless Mitch McConnell has basically exerted one-party rule, disenfranchising more than half the country, that the Republicans hope will so discourage Democrats (or worse, cause the progressives to punish Democrats) that they see voting as a useless exercise and stay home Fourth: Trump would likely also be the big winner If the Democrats somehow manage to delay confirmation until after the midterms, or even more unlikely, if Kavanaugh fails to get 51 votes. Trump will rile up the base with hysteria (he is already hysterical that he could lose control of the House and make impeachment more likely), and blame the “unprecedented obstruction” on Democrats. Continued on Page 55


Your choices in fertilizer matter!


ast week I wrote about how excessive amounts of nutrients like nitrogen are harming our waters and promised to give you some things you can do at home to reduce the amount of nitrogen reaching our waters. These are some simple steps that if we all took could really impact the quality and health of our waters. Since fertilizers are one of the biggest contributors of nitrogen to Long Island waters, a really simple thing to do is change the fertilizer used on your lawn and garden. Choose a fertilizer with a 50 percent water-insoluble nitrogen content and no more than 12 [percemt nitrogen content overall. Milorganite, Safer Brand, Scott’s, Kellogg, Lilly Miller, Jobe’s and Sunniland are some brands you can look into. Talk to your landscaper and insist the company use a fertilizer that meets these nitrogen content requirements. If you want to do a little

more, consider using organic alternatives to traditional fertilizers. Organic fertilizers matter because they contain only natural materials. Inorganic fertilizers are made of man-made materials and may be manufactured using fossil fuels. Overuse of inorganic fertilizers can cause the buildup of damaging salts and minerals that, over time, can harm your plants and lawn. Organic fertilizers may act more slowly, but they last longer and will not overfertilize. There are a number of organic fertilizers on the market and they can be found at any garden store. For those of you that have some time and like to spend it in the garden, consider making your own fertilizer. The first step is to get your soil tested which you can do through the Cornell Cooperative Extension. http:// Then you know exactly what nutrients you need for your lawn and garden based on the specifics of your own soil and the plants

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you are growing. You can look for the right store-bought organic fertilizer or mix your own fertilizer. There are lots of sites on line with directions on mixing your own fertilizer and plenty of books in the library to guide you, so I won’t try to do that here. To get you started though, take a look at https://thegrownetwork. com/15-simple-and-inexpensivehomemade-fertilizers/. Alternatively, one of the simplest ways to start nourishing

your soil and your plants is by using compost that you make at home. Compost is decomposed organic matter rich in nutrients that are excellent for your garden. The Town of North Hempstead offers a program that provides you with a discounted compost bin that you can use to collect organic matter like fruit and vegetable scraps and lawn clippings. By next growing season, you’ll have beautiful rich compost to apply to your lawn and garden and you’ll have reduced your waste stream in the process. Not to mention what a great lesson for your children to see how food scraps can turn into rich compost with the help of worms and heat. I call it black gold because there is nothing better for your garden and making it means turning trash into something highly valuable. Just take a look at the cost of compost the next time you’re at the garden store. Some final steps you can take to reduce your use of nitrogen

include letting your grass grow naturally without the use of fertilizer. Take a look around your neighborhood and see how the lawns without the yellow flags warning of fertilizer application look. Maybe you can tell a difference, but is it that significant? Can you change your expectations for your lawn a bit for the larger benefit of protecting our water? Consider replacing some of your lawn with plants native to this area that attract pollinators like butterflies and bees. These plants naturally nourish your soil and help absorb rain and filter rainwater before it enters the aquifer system. Places like the Long Island Native Plant Nursery can help you identify the right plants for your soil and light conditions. Their website is It’s incumbent on us all to understand the nitrogen issue and do something about it. Take a few minutes and make a change in your own home that will make a difference across the Island.

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Resisting presidential fake news


residential “credibility gaps” during the 1960s and ‘70s by Democrat Lyndon Johnson and Republican Richard Nixon have left scars on our democracy. There is also a legacy of continuing doubts about Congressional enablers who do not challenge excessive executive conduct. Now, since Jan. 20, 2017, the Presidential “credibility gap” has become a creditability canyon. It is easy to count dozens of lifetime conservatives and Republicans who are dismayed by the unparalleled – and continuous – falsehoods by Mr. Trump. Many even wonder whether the 45th president is suffering from some kind of psychological malaise. Nonetheless, his Republi-

can supporters in Congress say nothing about his abhorrent personal conduct so long as he helps deliver lifetime judges, privileged tax cuts and removal of government regulations (including environmental protections). One wonders what this President’s supporters say to their children about his personal conduct, exacerbated when he spews venom and falsehoods from the most powerful office in the world. Recently, a North Shore Long Islander wrote that Trump had “normalized nasty.” Supreme Court analyst Jeffrey Tobin notes the irony that Justice Kennedy, whose favorite word was “dignity,” left his successor’s nomination “to the least dignified man ever to serve as President.”

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field But columnist Michelle Goldberg avers that this is worse than aberrant personal conduct by the president: “We have a crisis of democracy, not manners.” The editorial in USA Today (July 2) was: “White House bleeds credibility, one lie at a time.”

The editorial emphasized “Most Americans have come to recognize Trump’s long and sordid abuse of facts. In recent weeks, his falsehoods have come even faster and with greater vigor. The Post tracked 3,251 false or misleading claims by Trump in his first 500 days. The Toronto Star reported that Trump recently hit a record of 15 lies per day.” With regard to the earlier Johnson and Nixon “credibility gaps,” a striking judgment comes from a man who had ardently supported the war in Vietnam. But once he was assigned to the Defense Department and worked on the Pentagon Papers project, Daniel Ellsberg realized it was an act of patriotism to be a whistleblower against Presi-

dential fake news. Ellsberg said “It was a compliment to the American people that Presidents felt they had to lie to them to get their support, but it was no compliment to the American people that it took them so long to discover they were being lied to.” The supreme irony is that Mr.Trump accuses everyone else of “fake news,” even while he tweets and speaks falsehoods on nearly a daily basis. With his nonstop attacks on “mainstream media,” aided by shills like Hannity on Fox, he is totally unmindful of the professionalism of modern journalism. Unlike Trump and Hannity, when newspapers and networks make a mistake, they give a correction. Continued on Page 54


Our role as beacon of light dimming


ach year on July 4th we celebrate our country’s founding, an event that was a truly remarkable achievement. Our founders achieved the overthrow of what was the most powerful empire in the world and birthed a system of democratic governance that had been largely extinct for millennia. This story of origin set us on a path to be a unique development in the world. We wrote a constitution, promised freedoms to the citizens of the early nation, and over time spread those freedoms to more Americans. More than that, similar freedoms spread across the world. Kings fell in Europe and people looked towards the United States for guidance and inspira-


tion. The generations who built our country’s foundation had a clear purpose. Later generations similarly aspired towards great ends. They defeated the Nazis in Europe and the Japanese Empire in Asia, worked to free millions from the tyranny of the Soviet Union and built an international system that has promised relative stability and lifted billions out of poverty globally. But as I write this today, I am sadly at a loss to define my generation’s purpose. As a young American, I am remarkably fortunate to have grown up in a country that affords me immeasurable liberties and freedoms, many of which I cannot imagine having to live without.

However, I fear there is a certain sense of purpose within our nation that is lacking. The achievements of those who came before us were reached with a sense and desire for national unity that one would be hard-pressed to find today. Our political culture has been largely corroded, with many of our leaders far more intent to define themselves in opposition to the “other” than in a desire to seek a greater end to unite our nation around. Of course, opposition can be warranted, but opposition alone cannot be what defines us. Above all, we must seek unity towards such a purpose before we are pulled further into an ever-increasing divide that risks leaving us vulnerable to forgetting what has made American his-

tory special. Sadly, I do not have the answer to what our next unifying purpose might be. I, and I expect most of you, are looking for it. As Americans we have it hardwired into our DNA to look toward something greater than ourselves. We have historically aspired to be a light onto the world and with the proper focus, we can regain this destiny. I am hoping that on our next July 4th"we will again have a common purpose to aspire in our sights. If we wait too long such an opportunity may pass us by. Peter Fishkind Roslyn Heights

Where did all the ripe fruit go?

am old enough to remember when really ripe tasty fruit was quite common. Not now." What has occurred? There are numerous factors involved." As late as the 1940s most fruit was locally grown and were for the most part not picked until ripe or nearly so. Today most fruits are grown on huge industrial farms which tend to be located far (California) from the store where one shops. Thus the crop is picked when green. They ship well that way. That is what you

get. The nectarines I bought were hard as a rock as were the pears, peaches, apples and many others. " Tomatoes became tasteless for another reason. In the old days, a good tomato often did have a bit of green, especially near the stem." The agriculturists" ”engineered” tomatoes so that their was no green. They are beautifully red all over. But as a consequence they are tasteless. Bananas are a special case. Too long a time for most of you to

recall, bananas were more creamy, well suited for banana splits for example." This Gros Michel type of banana was wiped out by the Panama disease in the late 1950s." We have ever since been stuck with the current variety." "Is there anything one can do to improve the problem? Well, for one thing, buy locally when possible. Farmer ’s markets are a good bet if legitimate. " Thankfully some, but not all, fruits will ripen even after picking. The fruit should be left out in the open for some days or even weeks.

Unfortunately, the amount of time is difficult to determine since it is unknown how long it may have been in transit and the supermarket. Here is a partial list of fruits that will ripen further: apples, apricots, cantaloupes, honeydew melons, peaches, nectarines, pears, pineapples and tomatoes. Here is a partial list of fruits that will not ripen further: berries, cherries, grapes, peppers, and watermelons. Theodore Theodorsen Manhasset

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An ode to Jim our mail carrier in Mineola There is a mail carrier named Jim who travels, to and fro delivering our mail without fail. Mineola is his beat a mail carrier who is most impressive as he delivers our mail with a kind smile and that can’t be beat. Now it is hot, hot, hot Jim says with a smile,” clap your hands and stamp your feet because you can’t beat the heat”. So get with the beat, when you see our merry mail carriers who travel in the heat, getting what you need with their sore hot feet. Sincerely Yours, Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola

$35K too little to retire on here


had to laugh when I read the article that indicated that a typical retiree earning $35,000 annually would be!able to live in Great Neck, Manhasset and New Hyde Park. Perhaps it is possible if the retiree would reside in a one car garage, shed or on a small back deck. The home depicted in the article would probably go for no less than $800K plus in New Hyde Park, and well over $1 million in Manhasset and Great Neck. I would imagine that the taxes in Great Neck and Manhasset for this home is well in excess of $20,00 per year. I guess the retiree could defray the cost by skimping on luxuries such as food and working for the real owners. Vic Oliveri Williston Park

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ivility starts at the top and it should come from the President of the United States. It must also be understood that the Democrats are not the enemy of the Republicans. They are the opponent. The enemy of the United States is Russia. ! Let’s now get personal. Donald Trump is the star of both the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. They both are hungry to feed him whatever they want him to say. Trump is their puppet and they keep pulling his strings. You can see the gyrations of his hands as his mouth moves, but it is near impossible to actually see the control they exert over him. The words he utters shows how much of a dummy he really is. But Trump is no ordinary ventriloquist

dummy. His words are totally synchronized to his mouth’s movement. He is at the top of the list as the greatest dummy of our time. Trump is old enough to know about Howdy Doody, who he has overtaken as the previous all-time champ. Perhaps the letter U should be substituted for the letter A in the final word of the last sentence. You might ask who was Howdy Doody? Check it out on Google. !Many years ago, a songwriter apparently was wise enough to see into the future when the song he wrote ended with the following lines: “If you say you love me madly, I’ll gladly be there Like a puppet on a string.” ! Welcome to “THE DONALD TRUMP PUPPET SHOW.” ! Trump, as president of the

United States, is supposed to do what’s best for the majority of the people; not only for the privileged few. But most of Trump supporters, especially those who are die-hard supporters but not of the privileged few, forget one basic thing. Trump is, for sure, one of the privileged few. He is worth billions, so he says. How much are you worth? Yep! He certainly can relate to all of you. ! Trump supporters. Listen carefully. He is having so much fun making sure you all believe him. To him, it’s nothing more than a joke. For all of you, his supporters, laugh, unless you finally realize that the joke is on you. Alvin H. Goldberg Great Neck

3rd track on schedule unlikely


here is still more to “LIRR Main Line expansion construction begins” (Rebecca Klar – June 28).! That same week, Newsday reported in “According to “LIRR Third Track First Phase” by Alfonse A. Castillo published on June 24 that the completion date for this $2.6 billion project has slipped from 2022 to early 2023. This delay of several months (in less than six months after contract award) will be the first of what I predict to be many more during the four or more years it will take to complete this ongoing project.! Remember you read it here first in the always informative and cutting edge Great Neck News and Blank Slate publications.! Only 10 of the 50 project components will be initiated over the coming 18 months.!! The success of starting full 24 trains per rush hour peak along with reverse commuter service for Long Island Rail Road East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal is directly dependent upon the Main Line Third Track also being completed by December 2022.! Earlier this year, MTA officials promised that the most recent construction recovery schedule was guaranteed and written in stone for service to begin by December 2022.! Just like all the other previous promises going back to the original 2009 completion date, this now appears to have crumbled to dust.! Don’t be surprised if the final

completion date for LIRR Main Line Third Track with 40 more project components to be initiated in coming years slips several months or a year from the original promised December 2022 date to December 2023 or later.!! Now that work will commence on Main Line Third Track, when will the LIRR share a real detailed project budget that includes the estimated costs for each of the 50 project components?! What about a detailed project schedule that would reveal the start and end date along with interim milestones for each of the fifty project components.! A detailed project schedule should include the overall project critical path.! This information reveals the relationship between each of the 50 project components.! If one or more of the overall project critical path should fall behind, it could trigger a domino effect impacting other project schedules.! This could result in further delays to the overall project final completion date.! ! The LIRR has a very sophisticated yearly annual schedule for management of capital improvement projects, along with assignment of Force Account (LIRR employees), track outages and procurements (purchasing of capital items) to ensure maximum! efficient utilization of resources.! ! Does the LIRR have enough workers and scheduled track outages to support Main Line Third

Track along with East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal, Positive Train Control, Jamaica Station Capacity Improvements, Ronkonkoma Double Tracking, new Ronkokoma Storage Yard and LaGuardia Air Train Willets Point Station (just to name a few) along with all the other numerous annual state of good repair and safety projects and programs to meet Main Line Third Track budget and schedule?! ! ! Will there be any slow work zone areas resulting in train schedule service delays as the first ten projects begin to be underway?! Will this result in adding several minutes to the travel time for commuters on some trains? How much work over the next four years will be performed evenings, overnight and on weekends?! We already now know that work for the Covert Avenue street crossing will run 24 hours per day five days per week for one year.! How many of the other 49 projects within Main Line Third Track will require the same amount of time or more?! Main Line Third Track!is an incredibly complex project to perform 100% of the work within and adjacent to two active tracks.! It is like a doctor attempting to perform open heart surgery on a jogger who is running a 26-mile marathon.! There are 194-weekday! and 152-weekend trains! serving riders on the Huntington/Port JefferLetters Continued on Page 54

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Town seeks its own clinic for veterans Rice, Suozzi express support for community-based VA outpatient clinic in North Hempstead BY LU K E TOR R A N C E For veterans on the North Shore, receiving medical care from Veterans Affairs can be a difficult task. The closest medical center is in Northport, more than an hour’s drive for many on the North Shore, and the two outpatient clinics in Nassau County are located in East Meadow and Valley Stream. To make a VA trip more convenient, the Town of North Hempstead’s Veterans Advisory Committee has recommended adding a community-based outpatient clinic in the town. “Installing a [community-based outpatient clinic] within the Town of North Hempstead will enable more veterans, regardless of age, to utilize health care services they have earned in service to this country,” said advisory committee member!Kathy Garneau in a statement. “This, in turn, will alleviate the stress of traveling to either East Meadow or Valley Stream in order to receive necessary care.” On Tuesday the measure gained the support of town officials, who signed a letter to federal representatives requesting funding for such a clinic. A statement from the town said that North Hempstead would be the ideal place for a clinic due to services provid-


North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset. ed by the town government — such as transportation — and the large number of veterans in the area. “A [community-based outpatient clinic] would assist in the support system that many of these veterans have established near their homes and friends, family and caretakers would breathe a sigh of relief to know that a clinic is open nearby to care for their loved one,”

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in the statement. “In addition, the Town of North Hempstead has three excellent hospitals that would be ideal partners for the CBOC.” North Hempstead has reached out for funding and support from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)! Rep. Kathleen Rice (DGarden City)!and Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-

Glen Cove). Suozzi expressed his support in a statement on Wednesday. “I am in favor of establishing community-based outpatient clinics in Nassau County, which would broaden VA services to help veterans who are unable to travel to the Northport facilities,” he said. Continued on Page 69

District pilot program eyes ‘Elvis’ kicks off concerts chemical linked to cancer at Mary Jane Davies BY R E B ECC A K L A R The Garden City Park Water District has created a pilot program aimed at removing low levels of 1,4 Dioxane, a chemical linked to cancer, from drinking water through a process using chemical reaction and UV light. “Obviously, 1,4 Dioxane has been a topic of conversation and a hot-button issue lately,”! Garden City Park Water District Superintendent Michael Levy said.! “The water district has taken it upon itself to get out in front of it and figure out how to treat it.” Right now, 1,4 Dioxane is an unregulated contaminant. There is a recommended safe drinking water standard of!50 parts per billion, Levy said. Across Nassau and Suffolk!counties about 70 percent of wells have some detection of 1,4 Dioxane, but the majority of wells are below 1 part per billion, Levy said. In the Garden City Park Water District, all wells except one have less than 1 part per billion 1,4 Dioxane detected. The well with the highest detected level, the Manhasset Hills well, has 3

parts per billion, and is the site of the pilot study. “Our hope is to make it non-detectable to the best that technology can look for it today” Levy said. The Garden City Park Water District includes, Manhasset Hills, parts of New Hyde Park, parts of Mineola, parts of North Hills, parts of Roslyn, parts of Williston Park, parts of Albertson and parts of Garden City. The pilot is of a process called advanced oxidation, which Levy said is the only treatment proven to remove 1,4 Dioxane at this time. The process uses either chlorine or hydrogen peroxide combined with a UV reactor to remove the 1,4 Dioxane from the water. Depending on the levels of 1,4 Dioxane in a well, would depend on the size of the treatment system needed, Levy said. “In Garden City park we have very, very low levels of 1,4 Dioxane so we’re piloting a process ! … that is on the smaller side,” Levy said. Currently, the district is waiting for Continued on Page 59

BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N “The King of Rock n’ Roll” – or, rather, an impersonator and a tribute band just like him – rocked at the Mary Jane Davies Green on Monday night, marking the first of concerts scheduled at that venue and only the second show of the Town of North Hempstead’s summer concert series so far. Around 300 people visited the park just across the street from Town Hall in Manhasset to watch Jimmy “King Kai”!Caiazzo and his band pay tribute to rock legend Elvis Presley. While many attendees lounged in chairs and snacked on popcorn offered by Bow Tie Cinemas, plenty also rose to dance, applaud or stop by a parked ice cream truck. Mary Mahaffy, an administrator in the Town of North Hempstead’s Parks and Recreation Department, said this is the first time the town has had an Elvis tribute “in many years,” but that they have had success with other tribute bands so far – including this one. “We’ve been going tribute and so far we’ve been having good luck with them,


King Kai and the Creoles paid tribute to Elvis Presley at the Mary Jane Davies Green on Monday night. we’ve been lucky with the tribute bands,” Mahaffy said. “Like tonight with the tribute to Elvis and tomorrow night the tribute to Billy Joel and it just goes on.” Continued on Page 48

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Adults ask for diseases — they eat too much, drive too fast and drink too much, Dr. Brain Gilchrist said. But kids, he said, are “total victims.” “They don’t choose to have [diseases,] they don’t do anything wrong,” Gilchrist said. That’s what compelled him to pursue pediatric surgery, a field he deemed a sacred calling, he said. It’s a calling that has most recently brought him to Mineola, as Gilchrist was! named the new chief of pediatric surgery at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Gilchrist, a Brooklyn resident, brings more than 20 years of pediatric experience to the job, according to a Winthrop release. He is currently available for consultations in his Mineola office located at 120 Mineola Blvd., suite 210. He will soon begin seeing patients in Huntington, as well. Gilchrist’s range in medical experience spans fields from gastrointestinal tract conditions to thoracic and neck conditions. His expertise also includes transplantation surgery. He completed a transplantation fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Gilchrist also completed a pediatric surgery fellowship at St. Jude’s children’s Hospital He is a graduate of Tufts Medical School and completed his residency at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

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He previously worked at the Boston Floating Hospital for Children and! served as a combat surgeon with the 311th Evacuation Hospital during the Persian Gulf War. He most recently worked at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, where he served as chairman of surgery. “Being a division chief now instead of a chairman allows me to focus more on just straight pediatric surgery,” Gilchrist said. Gilchrist said in his new position he’s also helping to develop the new surgery residency program with NYU Winthrop. Another goal on Gilchrist’s radar is elevating Winthrop’s status as a pediatric trauma center, a mission he said he’s “hell bent on doing.” “Here [there’s] a magnificent hospital that was being sort of overshadowed by a lot of the giants,” Gilchrist said, noting the presence of Northwell Health across the island. “… And when NYU took this place over they needed some people who would take this place to the next level, and I’m very excited about that.” Winthrop’s chairman of surgery, Dr. Collin Brathwaite, said the hospital is pleased to have Gilchrist join its “team of stellar surgeons.” “As we continue to raise the bar for pediatric surgical services, Dr. Gilchrist is a welcome addition to the department,” Brathwaite said in a Winthrop release. “Many patients and families have already benefitted from the highly specialized and lifesaving care he provides and we know many more lives will be impacted in the days and weeks to come.”

Northwell Health has added armed guards outside two of its hospitals as part of a pilot program to deal with active shooting situations and is planning to expand the program across all its centers within the year. Armed guards were first added to Manhasset’s North Shore University Hospital in March, and more were placed at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park last week. Although Northwell facilities are safe, Scott Strauss, Northwell’s assistant vice president of security who also serves as the mayor of Mineola, said Northwell is getting ahead of the issue. “We see the news, we all see what’s happening, whether it’s school or workplace shootings, active shooting situa-

tions are happening all around the country,” Straus said. “… We decided to be proactive.” Northwell also noticed an uptick in violence in the health-care industry, Strauss said, noting a shooting last July at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in Bronx. A doctor returned to his former workplace and shot at seven people, killing one, according to the!New York Times. “Any time there’s an incident that happens around the nation or around the world in health care, our team gets together and says if it happened here what would we do … how could we prevent it from happening,” Strauss said. The answer was simple, he said. “We have highly trained law enforcement working for us, why don’t we tap Continued on Page 59

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How to get happier amid malaise You may recall last week’s column which was originally titled Unhappy in America all about the growing malaise in America. My publisher may have thought that the title was off putting so it was changed to ‘Best and worst of times in America.’ Indeed the subject matter was rather dismal. I wrote about the general anhedonia the nation was suffering with and suggested it was caused by the growing inequality, our sense of isolation, political corruption, the general inability to have a rational debate and general stress induced by the speed of technology. Our malaise is by no means

an overstatement but one of the miraculous parts of human nature is that when things get bad we address these problems by making changes. That’s one reason every doomsday prediction turns out wrong. Those who predict our doom always fail to factor in our amazing ability to problem solve, adapt and make changes. And so it is with the current state of American malaise. An amazing piece in New York Magazine was entitled “Read this story and get happier” by Adam Sternbergh. He had heard about a course being taught at Yale University by Laurie Santos called Psychology and the Good Life. Dr. Santos was con-


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history. Adam Sternbergh discovered many things over the semester. The first few classes focused on how easily humans are manipulated into thinking material things will lead to unending happiness. All those advertisements we ingest each day tell us that a good beer, a sweeter milkshake, a longer vacation or a bigger home guarantee happiness. All you have to do is make, find or borrow enough money and joy is yours. Professor Santos quoted research that revealed that all those material changes will have very minor impact on happiness. Research by Professor Sonia Lyubomirsky of University of California at Riverside tells us that happiness is 50 percent genetic, 10 percent circumstantial and 40 percent based upon thoughts, behaviors and attitude. This means that if you’re lucky you were born smiling, your lot in life matters little but what matters lots is if you are optimistic, brave and think positively. Dr. Santos and Mr. Sandbergh appear to minimize the real challenge it is to change one’s thinking or attitude, they are nonetheless on the right track. As a psychoanalyst I have spent 10 hours a day, five days a week for the last 25 years attempting to help my patients establish a better attitude toward life. Dr. Santos also used the book “Stumbling on Happiness” by Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert. Dr. Gilbert suggested that happiness is not stumbled upon but must be created by you. He also said that the impact of any major event, whether that’s hitting the lottery or getting fired will be gone and forgotten within three months and you will return to your baseline mood once again. It reminds me of a conversation I had in a bar with a friend when I was in college. He suggested that no matter what happens in any given day, you will be back to normal within three days. Both statements seem to me to be

true. Thanks to the power of forgetting combined with our ability to problem solve all will be well within a very short time. Dr. Santos also emphasized that the most precious commodity we have is not money but time and to use it wisely. This is one of the benefits of aging. As one endures the loss of loved ones you inevitably become aware of how temporary life is which enhances ones appreciation of each day the longer we live. Dr. Santos recommends to her students to spend more time with friends, keep a gratitude journal, practice optimism, keep active, and savor life’s many pleasures. My guess is that her wise counsel will have only a minor impact on most of her students but I commend her for fighting the good fight. Millennials, Gen Xer’s and Baby Boomers are all in the same boat. We are hypnotized into believing that money buys happiness. However, the problem is that it takes so much time to make money that one loses out on the only thing that matters which is time itself. One of my favorite novels was the Jean-Paul Sartre masterpiece “Nausea.” In the novel, the main character is always sitting in a café listening to Ethel Waters singing the jazz classic “Some of these days.” The lyrics go “Some of these days, you’ll miss me honey. Some of these days, you’re gonna feel so lonely.” This song is supposedly about lost love but I think a better interpretation and the reason Sartre included this song in the novel is that the song is about the loss of time rather than the loss of love. Sartre’s work supports Dr. Santos plea to value time more than money and to spend time wisely. If you want to find more happiness think about pausing more often, walking around outside more often and having coffee with a friend just to chat about"nothing at all. Bravo to Dr. Santos and her message of savoring the simple joys.




n Sunday, July 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., The Friends of Cedarmere present FLOW! performances with the acclaimed Dance Visions NY company, under the direction of Beth Jucovy, celebrating the legacy of American choreographer, Isadora Duncan. In addition to important works from Duncan’s repertoire, which enlarged the field of expression in dance, the evening’s program features more recent work by Jucovy. An element characteristic of both artists is a dynamic principle known in the Duncan tradition as “flow,” from which the event takes its name. (The term is used in psychology to describe states of optimal creativity, and serves in other practices, such as yoga, to signify balance.) Duncan’s pioneering work is a full-

on engagement with nature, space and emotion. FLOW will examine these relationships beginning with more intimate works, danced to live piano accompaniment in the beautiful Great Room at Cedarmere. The flower borders of the Sunken Garden will frame more dramatic storyline dances. And finally, as the sun slowly sets, Ms. Jucovy has prepared a veritable banquet of dances in the Lawn Amphitheater, taking us beyond the visual horizon of Hempstead Harbor into the deep serenity of a summer night. This “moveable feast” involves a bit of self-paced travel: from the handsome interiors of William Cullen Bryant’s famous house, through the historic formal gardens, and down a gentle slope, past a stand of apple trees, towards the water.

Seating will be provided outdoors, but it is strongly advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Seating in the Great Room is limited to 45 at any time, and audience members are encouraged to kindly offer their seats to others. Parking is available in two lots, to the north and south of the Main House, at 225 Bryant Ave. in Roslyn Harbor. Street parking is permitted, and handicapped spaces are available in the lot directly in front of the House. Tickets may be purchased online at, or held for payment at the door by calling (516) 544-3944. Prices are $15, $10 for Seniors and Students (with ID), and Free for Children under 12. The show begins promptly at 7 p.m., flowing on til dusk, around 8:30. As ever… See you at Cedarmere!

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Panic! at the Disco Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

The American rock band that formed in 2004 in Las Vegas will take the stage to coincide with the recent release of their sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked. Where: NYCB Live, Home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Info & Tickets: (516) 231-4848 or (800) 745-3000 •


“Summer Fiesta” at the Vanderbilt Mansion

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The Vanderbilt Mansion and Museum will hold its seventh annual summer benefit, Summer Fiesta, in its beautiful Spanish-revival courtyard. This special fundraising event will include music, food and dancing. Where: The Vanderbilt Mansion and Museum 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport Info & Tickets: (631) 854-5579 •


Dion at Theatre at Westbury Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m.

The singer and songwriter whose music combines elements of doo-wop, rock and R&B styles will perform his many hits, including “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer,” “Ruby Baby” and “Lovers Who Wander.” Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury Info & Tickets: (516) 247-5211 •


Damn The Torpedoes: A Loving Tribute To Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m.

Mesmerizing audiences since 2007, Damn the Torpedos offers a complete Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert experience, performing note-for-note renditions of the late rocker’s classic hits. Where: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson Info & Tickets: (631) 928-9100 •

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Blackmore’s Night Sunday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

The British/American folk rock duo comprised of Ritchie Blackmore, a former member of Rainbow on acoustic and electric guitar, and lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Candice Night will perform their unique blend of rock and Renaissance music. Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: (631) 673-7300 •

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Beyond Fab — Free Summer Concert at Christopher Morley Park

Tuesday, July 24, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Enjoy a performance by acclaimed Beatles tribute band Beyond Fab, as they play all of your favorite Beatles’ songs at this free, outdoor concert. Where: Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Road, Roslyn Info: (516) 572-0200 or x0355 •


Creedence Clearwater Revisited Wednesday, July 25 at 8 p.m.

Creedence Clearwater Revival founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford will perform the band’s greatest hits — from “Proud Mary” and “Down on the Corner,” to “Fortunate Son” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: (631) 673-7300 •

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Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Enjoy the enchanting tale of nanny Mary Poppins, who takes the children in her care on an exciting and magical journey while teaching important life lessons. $12 per ticket.

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appy Dreamer Story Time

Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Author and illustrator Peter Reynolds is back with an inspirational new picture book about what it means to dream big and find happiness. Join this story time and get a coupon from the Barnes & Noble Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.

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Shark Supersenses! Sunday, July 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get ready for Shark Week! Kids of all ages can touch a shark jaw, go on a shark scavenger hunt, and fashion a shark tooth necklace at this event. $12 per participant; $5 for accompanying adult.

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laddin — 2018 Summer Series Children’s Theatre

Tuesday, July 24 at 11 a.m.

Children will be welcomed to Agrabah, the City of Enchantment, and the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince. Here they will see all of their favorite characters — Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more — in a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides.

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


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Wednesday, July 25 through Aug. 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children will be busy (and cool) at this weekly event that involves sprinklers, bubbles, lawn games and other activities. $4 for kids ages 3 to 12; $6 for accompanying adult.

Where: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor Info: 516-692-6768 or

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Drizzle of doubt gives way to concert BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N With steady rain came a drizzle of doubt in the early evening about whether or not the July 3 show in the Great Neck Plaza’s summer concert series could go on. Mayor Jean Celender said it had been an open question whether the concert, featuring Great Neck Plaza concert series veterans Nina Et Cetera, was possible due to the rain and the fact they would not have access to the Great Neck Social Center that night. “This is what’s so hard about summer concert series – that you have to deal with the weather and because it’s the day before the holiday, we would’ve had to call the show even earlier,” Celender said. “And at 1:30 today it didn’t even look like it was gonna’ rain. You just never know where the thunderstorms are going to pop up.” But the weather cooperated. Rain gave way to clouds hanging over Firefighters’ Park on Grace Avenue, where attendance peaked at over 100 people to watch Nina Romano and Tim Smith perform. People filled most of the seats lined up in front of the illuminated gazebo, which was surrounded by eight American flags. Others also hung around the edge of the park, walked through it, or rested on benches. The folk duo’s music was a mix of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, poet Carl Sandburg, and other Americana clas-

sics, featuring guitar, soulful singing and a dash of harmonica that echoed down to Bond Street. “What could be more Americana than Independence Day?” Celender said. The summer concert series, presented by the Village of Great Neck Plaza in cooperation with the Great Neck Park District, Great Neck Social Center and a number of other sponsors and supporters, holds concerts every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. until Aug. 28. The next show will take place on Tuesday, July 10, with David Saul & the Electric Dudes. Following that will be Blue Bayou, a Linda Ronstadt tribute band, on July 17, Wayne Holmes, a Ray Charles impersonator, on July 24, and Ricky Pen on July 31. Come Aug. 7, Pamela Levy will perform “Opera Under the Stars.” Then, on Aug. 14, the Liverpool Shuffle will bring “Beatles Mania” to Grace Avenue Park. Aug. 21 will feature Phil Costa and The Something Special Big Band, inviting attendees to “swing into summer.” The McLean Avenue Band will round off the summer concert series on Aug. 28. “We’re three for three,” Celender said. Usually, in the event of inclement weather, the Great Neck Social Center at 80 Grace Avenue would be used as an indoor concert hall. Additionally, the first of the village’s four promenades will take place on Sunday, July 15, with a rain date of July 16.

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Bringing concierge elder care to home Alliance Homecare builds on founder’s experience caring for ailing grandmother BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I The idea for Greg Solometo’s business, he said, came from his experiences caring for his grandmother in her final years. Raised by his grandparents in upstate New York, Solometo said he spent five years as his grandmother’s primary caregiver after she developed Alzheimer’s disease at 85. “I took care of everything — I hired and fired caregivers, I took her to the doctors, I paid her bills,” Solometo said. “Over that time period, I developed an interest in it and a passion for it.” In 2006, Solometo alongside fellow founders and registered nurses Michele Teter and Diane Sirakovsky opened! Alliance Homecare and was licensed by the state Department of Health in 2009. The company now has three offices in New York — one in Woodbury, one in New York City and one in West Nyack.


Greg Solometo, left, founded Alliance Homecare after serving as his grandmother’s primary caregiver for five years. Solometo said the company is built on three core principals: finding great caregivers, managing cases with care managers and offering personalized concierge services. The nurses and caregivers hired, Solometo said, are typically the top 15 percent of the workforce, with 150 hired in 2017 out of the approximately 900 that applied for positions

with Alliance Homecare. “When we’re hiring people, we’re conscious of their personalities, their positivity and the softer skills you can’t really gauge without having experience or empathy,” Solometo said. The caregivers are managed in small batches by care managers, Solometo said, who typically manage about 20 cases per

manager. The care manager’s job goes beyond the supervision of the caregivers but also coordinating between doctors for the client as well as working with the children and grandchildren to help the entire family as a “professional family member,” Solometo said. Alliance Homecare’s personalized concierge options for each client range from physical and occupational therapy for all clients, including a fall risk assessment and individualized plans to increase strength, to geriatric psychologists and psychiatrists for mental health support. Solometo said about 30 percent of the clientele works with the psychiatric team as well as some of the client’s spouses. “These are hard times for people,” Solometo said. “They’re entering new phases of life, they’re losing independence and losing control, so the clients themselves can use support sometimes.” Solometo said the company

also partners with eldercare attorneys who can assess all end of life documentation and help clients who haven’t drafted a power of attorney or health-care proxy document yet. Food, Solometo said, is a critical part of eldercare but one often overlooked in the eldercare industry. Alliance Homecare offers a registered dietician to build a culinary plan for the clients and an organic chef can help caregivers, clients and family members implement that plan with shopping lessons, cooking classes and easy but healthy recipes. “Food is something that’s so critical and really not considered in the general homecare industry,” Solometo said. “We’re trying to educate the caregivers on culinary expertise and provide good food on a regular basis to the clients.” Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at, by phone at 516307-1045, ext. 215, or follow her on Twitter @acamurati.

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Joint replacement surgery, rehabilitation BY J OH N JA N E D I S Hobbling around with a swollen knee or stiff hip may soon be passé for America’s seniors. Thanks to surgical advancements, people are seeking medical help sooner to alleviate chronic pain and receive artificial joints — some of them are in their 50s or are even younger. Every year in the United States an estimated 1 million people undergo total joint replacement surgery to correct a damaged or arthritic joint. A joint forms the connection between two or more bones to add support and help you move. The knee, for example, is a hinge joint, and the hip and shoulder are balland-socket joints. The weight-bearing hip and knee joints see ongoing wear and tear and are replaced most frequently. The shoulder, ankle, wrist and elbow are other joints that are wellknown to orthopedic surgeons. Joint replacements are among the most common elective surgeries in the country. A study presented in March by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that people are seeking joint replacements earlier in life, in part because people are staying more active as they age and they want a better quality of life through retirement. The study also noted the rise in U.S. obesity, as obesity places greater stress on aging joints. People are also living longer, and the accumulative use of joints over the years leads to joint breakdown. Dr. Ritesh Shah, an AAOS boardcertified orthopedic surgeon with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute of metropolitan Chicago, notes that on average people receive a total joint replacement between age 64 and age 66. Shah is seeing an upswing in total knee and hip joint replacements and says that total knee replacements are projected to increase as much as 400 percent in the U.S. by 2030 and that total hip replacements are projected to increase as much as 175 percent. “People are enjoying activities at an older age now and want to enjoy their quality of life,” Shah said. “The ability to ambulate becomes very important to a good quality of life. Significant joint pain is a significant disruption of life and people don’t want to live that way anymore.” Gregg Balbera, president of Right at Home Nassau Suffolk is also seeing seniors be more proactive in improving their day-to-day mobility. “For older adults who do choose joint replacement, many are now bypassing rehabilitation centers and completing post-surgery care at home,” Balbera says. “With the right care supervision, it’s encouraging to see older adults back on their feet and enjoying activities again with their families and friends.”

When Is Joint Replacement Advised? Prominent joints in the body can become severely damaged through the aging process, everyday wear and tear, and injuries. Or conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, fractures, gout, tumors and other diseases can comprise the connections between bones. Joint pain can be mildly irritating to chronically debilitating. One national survey found that roughly one-third of adults have experienced joint pain within the past 30 days. Women have higher rates of arthritis than men (26 percent vs. 19 percent) and more readily elect to have joint replacements, but nationwide, more men are joining the joint surgery ranks. So when do you know if you need joint replacement surgery? Your doctor may recommend surgery if you experience chronic inflammation, limited movement, joint deformity, or when non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy, medications and injections have not provided sufficient relief from continual pain. Risks and Benefits of Joint Replacement During a replacement operation, damaged cartilage that cushions the joint surface is removed. Parts of the joint are also removed and fitted with a titanium, ceramic or plastic prosthesis to replicate normal joint movement. Total joint replacements do not last forever, and patients may eventually need a revision to their joint implants, but Shah notes that with today’s improved surgery methods and stronger, cement-less materials, replacement joints are now lasting up to 15 to 20 years on knees and up to 20 to 30 years on hips, depending on the activity level of the patient. Each joint replacement surgery candidate is evaluated for potential risks and complications. A person’s general health and family health history are part of a comprehensive pre-surgery assessment. As with any surgery, conditions such as heart disease, poorly controlled diabetes or a weak immune system can elevate risk. Possible joint replacement surgery complications include infection, blood clots, nerve injury and the prosthesis loosening or dislocating. For the million-plus people each year nationwide who choose joint implant surgery, the benefits of pain relief, better movement and strength, and engagement in sports and social activities outweigh the possible risks. Post-Surgery Recovery and Care Tips Recovery and rehabilitation for joint replacement varies with each individual, but in general, following the doctor’s instructions will speed healing. Most patients will experience pain Continued on Page 40

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Senior living options abound

enior living communities often present an affordable and comfortable option for adults over the age of 55. Filled with likeminded and similarly aged residents, these communities can be the right fit for individuals no longer interested in or capable of taking care of a larger home. Senior communities are located all across the country. Finding one that meets your needs takes only a little research. Although they are often moderately priced and offer a variety of amenities, senior living communities sometimes suffer from a bad reputation. But such communities are not the “old age homes” that some people purport them to be. Rather, they’re entire living neighborhoods that cater to the needs of an active resident base. These communities can range from independent living private homes or condos to managed care facilities. Residents may be able to enjoy organized outings, recreation, shopping, and socialization without having to venture far from property grounds. Some communities offer food services or an on-site restaurant. Fifty-five and older communities offer conveniences that many find irresistible. They’re frequently located close to shopping, dining and healthcare providers. Taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance expenses may be covered in one fee. Clubhouses, golf courses, lakes, card rooms, and many other offerings are designed to appeal to residents of many ages. Now that baby boomers have reached the age where retirement communities are a consideration, there has been an influx of interest. Those considering a move to one of these communities should research some information before purchasing a unit.

• Determine the fees associated with a community. Can Medicaid or long-term care insurance pay for all or a portion of the fees? Which types of services does the monthly fee cover?

Cholesterol and its relation to heart disease Cholesterol levels may not have the same relationship to heart disease as once believed.

• Who is eligible to live in the community? Some restrict all residents to a particular age, while others do not. Rules may be in effect that include an age cut-off limit. • Investigate the types of residents and who would be your immediate neighbors. What percentage of people live in the community all year long, and how many are part-time residents? • Look into the particular home owner’s association rules. Bylaws may indicate that the property must be kept in a certain manner. You may not be able to paint exterior items a certain color, nor put up fencing or set up outdoor patio furniture. Get the details before you sign anything. • Is this the type of community where you can age in place? Meaning, are there separate accommodations if you eventually need assisted living care? Some communities offer living options that vary depending on residents’ ages. • Be sure there are activities or amenities that appeal to you. You eventually want to find your niche and get together with a group of friends who share the same interests. • You may want to find a community close to your children or other relatives. This way you will not have to travel far to visit others, and they will be able to visit you easily in return. • Some communities are gated, which can increase feelings of safety. If this is a priority, look for housing under security. Following these guidelines can mean discovering a community where anyone can feel comfortable for years to come.


igh cholesterol levels have long been directly linked to heart disease. But as more research into cholesterol and its relation to heart disease is conducted, some doctors are shifting their views on the relationship between the two. Statistics from the American Heart Association indicate that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease. And even though one-quarter of the population takes cholesterollowering medication and have reduced the fat content of their diets, the AHA estimates that more Americans will die of heart disease than ever before. More revelations are coming to the forefront regarding cholesterol and heart disease. New research has shown that statin drugs are ineffective at reducing mortality rates in most populations. Furthermore, according to the Framingham Heart Study, which is the longest-running and most comprehensive study on heart disease to date, it was demonstrated that cholesterol intake in the diet had no correlation with heart disease. The study found that men and women with above average cholesterol levels had nearly identical rates of heart disease compared to those with below average cholesterol rates. Another potential eye opener is that, in addition to cholesterol not affecting heart disease risk, eating highcholesterol foods does not elevate blood-cholesterol levels as doctors once thought. Ancel Keys, who is considered the “father” of the theory that cholesterol contributes to heart disease, now says that there’s no connection between cholesterol in food and cholesterol in the blood. If not cholesterol levels and the foods one eats, what, then is responsible for heart disease? Many medical

professionals and researchers now believe the primary causes of heart disease are inflammation and oxidative stress. According to Dr. Dwight Lundell, a heart surgeon and author of the book, “The Great Cholesterol Lie,” foods like refined sugars and vegetable oils used to preserve processed foods may lead to the inflammation that ultimately causes heart disease. Inflammation is the body’s immune response to a foreign invader. Foods high in sugar and saturated fat can exacerbate inflammation. Bacteria and other unwanted substances in the body also contribute to inflammation. To combat inflammation, people can adopt a healthy eating style. Fatty fish, whole grains, leafy greens, fiber, and nuts can help reduce inflammation. Exercise also can reduce inflammation. Research from Mark Hamer, PhD, an epidemiologist at University College London, found that, regardless of BMI or weight, study participants who completed 2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week — about 20 minutes a day — lowered their markers of inflammation by at least 12 percent. When a person exercises, muscle tissue releases a protein molecule called cytokine, which likely prompts an inflammation drop. Just about any type of workout that raises heart rate is effective in helping with inflammation. The public may have been misinformed about just how vital it is to reduce cholesterol levels. Contrary to popular belief, high cholesterol may not have the same connection to heart disease as doctors once thought. In fact, inflammation may be the bigger component in heart disease risk.

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Dating after 50

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weaty palms, heart palpitations and nervousness are common first date symptoms. Many people can remember the feelings of excitement and fear they felt the first time they went out on a date as a teenager. But those who find themselves back in the dating pool as mature adults quickly learn that dating jitters still may be present even after all this time. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that those over the age of 50 are now divorcing at double the rate of younger people. Loss of a spouse is another reason the over 50 crowd may once again be dabbling in dating. Recent reports say that 40 percent of online daters today are over the age of 50. Successfully navigating the waters of matchmaking sites or old-fashioned meet-and-greets means reacquainting oneself with a few handy tips. • Don’t open up with your extended history. Older daters have more life experiences and potentially a greater number of past relationships. Recognize that you both may bring former spouses and even children to the table, but don’t feel the need to delve into all of your adventures (or misadventures) on the first date. Early dates are not for setting the entire course of your relationship. They’re for getting acquainted and seeing if this is a relationship you want to continue. Getting too personal right off the bat can sabotage a relationship before it starts.

• Take it slow. There’s no need to rush anything along. Biological clocks or perceived societal notions no longer may be causing pressing relationship deadlines. Take the first date and any

other subsequent dates at a pace that’s mutually agreed upon. It may take several months to years before all of your truths come out, but for now focus on having fun until you’re both ready to share more.

• Look for the positives. Before you decide a person is not for you, make a note of all of his or her positive attributes. What do you like most about him or her? Initial negativity or doubts may stem from your fear of rejection. Be open to others who may not fit your type. • Don’t get discouraged. The person you first meet may not be the right fit. Don’t let this turn you off of dating. The right person may be the next one around the corner.

• Meet in public places. Many dates begin with online conversations with the intention to meet for a physical date later on. Always keep safety in mind when setting a rendezvous with someone you don’t know well. Choose a public meeting spot, such as a busy restaurant. Ask a friend to check in on you via phone call. Consider a doubledate if you’re weary. Take your own car and meet at the date location rather than being picked up at home. • Wait for intimacy. It may take a while before you feel comfortable getting intimate with someone new. This person should respect your feelings and not pressure you into a physical relationship until you are both ready. Also, give the other person time to grow comfortable with intimacy. Dating after 50 means taking chances, going slow and exploring new relationship possibilities that make you feel comfortable.

in the replaced joint as tissues heal and the body adjusts to strengthening surrounding muscles that have been weak from inactivity. For new knee joints, the doctor may prescribe a continuous passive motion (CPM) device for patients to use at home to help the knee learn to flex and extend. Cryotherapy machines and packs that employ ice to reduce pain and swelling are also used in post-surgery care. The first weeks at home may also require the use of assistive items such as handrails, a shower bench, raised toilet and long-handled reacher. “Typically, seniors who are at home recovering from joint replacement need the initial support of a home health therapist or nurse, then transition to outpatient physical therapy,” Balbera said. “Older patients recover better when they have a family or professional caregiver present to help with medications for pain management and the specific exercises to help restore joint strength and movement. Balancing rest with activity is key.” New Horizons for Joint Replacement Surgery While traditional joint replacement surgery has meant months of recovery including pain, opioid medications, limited mobility and intense rehabilitation, Dr. Shah and a growing number of orthopedic surgeons are employing innovative surgery techniques to significantly advance patient outcomes. These contemporary technologies and techniques include shifting muscles out of the way instead of cutting into them or disturbing too much bone. Prefabricated cutting block molds from 3-D magnetic imaging help eliminate the need for more invasive bone separation, rods and pins. Digital cameras, optical navigation and robotic-assisted systems in the operating room help ensure precise positioning of the joint implants and speed total surgery time. “We’ve really changed recovery significantly where, for example, when I do

a total knee replacement or total hip replacement, that patient walks about 30 to 40 minutes after their surgery, climbs stairs about an hour after surgery, and goes home between an hour and a half and two hours after their surgery,” Shah explains. “So it’s no longer the idea that you’re going to be in the hospital and a nursing home and rehab for weeks. Week in and week out, this outpatient total replacement is a very routine process for us. The patients are happy because the recovery isn’t so long, and they are back to life much faster.” Based on insurance coverage and upfront training and equipment costs for surgeons, hospitals and surgery centers, these advancements in joint replacements and post-surgery recovery are not yet available for every patient, but the outlook is promising. “Surgery is really an important part of the process of having a total joint replacement, but surgery is not the only part,” Shah adds. “It is important that the surgeon builds a team that encourages appropriate anesthesia, nursing and physical therapy. My oldest patient was 81 and we’ve had multiple people in their late 70s and early 80s have outpatient surgeries. The main thing to consider with a senior is identifying safety by seeing if medical problems are compatible with having surgery and anesthesia and then making sure the home situation is appropriate.” About Right at Home of Nassau Suffolk The Nassau Suffolk office of Right at Home is a locally owned and operated franchise office of Right at Home, Inc., serving the communities Centerport, Cold Spring Hills, Commack, Dix Hills, East Northport, East Setauket, Greenlawn, Halesite, Hauppauge, Huntington, Kings Park, Lake Grove, Lloyd Harbor, Melville, Nesconset, Old Bethpage, Plainview, St. James, Smithtown, Stony Brook, West Hills and Woodbury. For more information, contact Right at Home Nassau Suffolk at, 516.719.5999/631.352.0022 or by email at

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How to avoid growing Pointers for adults bored in retirement returning to school T oday’s seniors, particularly those who already have passed retirement age, may find themselves with many free hours to fill now that a job no longer accounts for most of their time. Returning to school may help seniors realize lifelong dreams of finishing a degree, exploring a hobby, getting educated to gain work in a new field, or just to fill some time in a productive way. Information from the United States Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics finds the demand for continuing education is still growing. For those aged 35 and older, the center says adult enrollment should grow by at least another 7 percent through 2016.


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

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

• Embrace a new hobby. Working professionals often say they wish they had time to pursue a hobby. Now that you are retired, you have all the time in the world to do just that. Whether it’s perfecting your golf game, writing that novel, learning to cook like a gourmet chef or whatever else you might have always wanted to do, retirement is a great time to do it. • Get in shape. If retirement boredom has started to negatively affect your mood, one great way to conquer your boredom and improve your mood at the same time is to start exercising. Exercise is a natural mood enhancer. When the body exercises, it releases chemicals knowns as endorphins, which trigger positive feelings in the body. In addition, regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress, boost self-esteem and improve sleep. Working out at a gym also is a great way to meet fellow retirees in your community, and the energy you have after exercising may give you the boost you need to pursue other hobbies. • Volunteer. If a part-time job is not up your alley, then consider volunteering in your community. Volunteers are always in demand, and volunteering with a local charity can provide a sense of purpose and provide opportunities to meet like-minded fellow retirees, all while helping to quell your boredom. Retirees who love to travel can combine their passion for volunteering with their love of travel by signing up to work with an international relief organization that travels abroad to help the less fortunate. Upon retiring, many retirees initially find themselves coping with boredom. But there are many ways to avoid the restlessness of retirement.

It’s possible to return to school at any age. Adults looking at continuing education possibilities can heed these easy tips to make stepping into a classroom again successful.

• Get some help. Some time may have passed since you last toted textbooks or entered a classroom setting. Things have changed since you last were in school. Sit down with a guidance counselor or a career advisor and go over your schooling goals to plot out a degree map. This will help you determine which courses to take or what schools will best fit your needs. • Research schooling options. According to the National Survey of Students in Continuing Education, adult learners prefer post-secondary education that is affordable and close to home. Recognize that many schools now offer online learning, which may be ideal for you if you prefer to learn from the comfort of home. Decide what is important to you in a school, then narrow

down your prospects.

• Schedule a campus visit. Tour the campus to get a feel for the school environment. Visit with someone in student services or attend an event for adult learners so you will know what the admissions process entails. • Get financial assistance. Scholarships, grants and other financial aid are not just for young students. You may be eligible for financial help. Speak with a financial aid advisor to determine your eligibility for programs.

• Decide enrollment status. Do you want to go to school full time or part time or do you want to take classes here and there? Knowing in advance will help you develop the right schedule. • Take a few refresher courses. Rather than delve into the tough stuff right away, enroll in a few basic classes to ease yourself back into the academic environment. Then next semester you can increase the difficulty level and workload. • Be prepared for homework and study. You may have grown accustomed to being only accountable to yourself as of late. Once in school you will have assignments and tests. Plan for study time and develop a schedule to allow for school commitments. • Take it slow. There’s no race to the finish line. Going back to school is your decision, and you can go at your own pace. Adult students return to the classroom for many reasons. Involve family in the decision to continue education and embrace the positive changes that are in store.

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In our Making Memories at the Movies events, individuals of all ages will enjoy clips of classic films followed by guided conversation and reminiscence. Movies have the power to spark memories & create emotional connections.

It reinvented a genre, swept the world off its feet, and made millions believe in happily-ever after. And now, one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time is coming to Broadway as a new musical!

From “Love Me Do” to “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, Deconstructing the 1963 Beatles traces the Beatles remarkable story through the year of 1963 as they create their first hit singles and albums, including “Please Please Me” and “She Loves You”.

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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning American classic To Kill a Mockingbird comes to Broadway in a new adaptation by Aaron Sorkin, Directed by Bartlett Sher and starring Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch.

Cher’s life story is brought to the stage in this new musical featuring her beloved chart-topping hits including; “I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.“ The Cher Show is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman.. aka Cher!



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Arts & Entertainment Calendar NYCB LIVE, HOME OF NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (516) 794-9300 • Saturday, July 14, 8:30 p.m. Long Island Loves Movies: “The Karate Kid” Sunday, July 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Empire State Fair Market Every Sunday through Dec. 23. Sunday, July 15, 7 p.m. Interactive Introverts Friday, July 20, 7 p.m. Panic! at the Disco NORTHWELL HEALTH AT JONES BEACH THEATER Ocean Parkway, Wantaugh (866) 558-8468 • Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m. Foo Fighters Sunday, July 15, 6 p.m. Ms. Lauryn Hill Tuesday, July 17, 8 p.m. Dave Matthews Band Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. Weezer & Pixies + Sleigh Bells Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m. Little Big Town / Miranda Lambert / Turnpike Troubadours / Tenille Townes JONES BEACH BANDSHELL FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Jones Beach Bandshell, Field 4 Boardwalk, Ocean Parkway, Wantaugh (516) 826-5979 • Friday, July 13, 8 p.m. Half Step: Grateful Dead Tribute Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m. Awaken: Yes Tribute Friday, July 20, 8 p.m. Appetite for Destruction: Guns n’ Roses Tribute Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m. Bon Journey: Bon Jovi & Journey Tribute EISENHOWER PARK 2018 FREE LAKESIDE CONCERT SERIES Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick and Stewart Aves., Parking Field 6/6A, East Meadow (516) 572-0347 • www.nassaucountyny. gov Friday, July 13, 8 p.m. Disco Unlimited Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m. Elevation Band: U2 Tribute Sunday, July 15, 7 p.m. International Music Night: African-American Night Friday, July 20, 8 p.m. ‘80s Explosion Monday, July 23, 8 p.m. Harry Chapin Tribute NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury (516) 247-5205 • Friday, July 13, 7 p.m. Retro Futura with Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Modern English and More Wednesday, July 18, 8 p.m.

YES: Celebrating 50 Years Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m. Lee Brice Friday, July 20, 8 p.m. Felix Cavaliere & Gene Cornish’s Rascals with Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m. Dion Tuesday, July 24, 11 a.m. Children’s Theatre: “Aladdin” THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 • Friday, July 13, 8 p.m. An Evening with Chris Botti Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m. The Jim Breuer Residency: Comedy, Stories & More Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m. Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot: Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel Sunday, July 22, 7 p.m. Blackmore’s Night Wednesday, July 25, 8 p.m. Creedence Clearwater Revisited THE SPACE AT WESTBURY 250 Post Ave., Westbury (516) 283-5566 • Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m. 38 Special LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET 232 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-1384 • Through Sunday, July 22 at various times (check website for the schedule) Raunchy Little Musical Wednesday, July 25, 2 p.m. Vintage Bliss: History of Rock n’ Roll MADISON THEATRE AT MOLLOY COLLEGE 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre (516) 323-4444 • www.madisontheatreny. com Saturday, July 14, 7 p.m. Nassau’s Got Talent Saturday, July 21, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The 50+ Comedy Tour Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m. South Shore Theatricals Presents: Showtune — Celebrating the Words and Music of Jerry Herman NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor (516) 484-9338 • www.nassaumuseum. org Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Studio Saturdays at The Manes Center Sunday, July 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Family Sundays at the Museum LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Ave., Garden City (516) 224-5800 • Friday, July 13, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Fritters. For children ages 3-5. Fee: $5 with mu-

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A&E Calendar cont’d seum admission ($4 LICM members) Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sweet Dreams Children ages 3 and up will create their own pillowcase using fabric paint, markers and stamps. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members). BARNES AND NOBLE 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset and 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place (516) 365-6723 (Manhasset) (516) 7419850 (Carle Place) • Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m. “The Princess and the Pit Stop” Story Time Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m. “Happy Dreamer” Story Time CINEMA ARTS CENTRE 423 Park Ave., Huntington (631) 423-7611 • www.cinemaartscentre. org Tuesday, July 17, 9 a.m. Tai Chi Chuan / Qigong / Meditation with Robert Spencer — Free in the Sky Room THE DOLPHIN BOOKSHOP & CAFE 299 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-2650 • Friday, July 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cafe Music at the Dolphin Sunday, July 15, 11:30 a.m. Children’s Story Time & Craft TURN OF THE CORKSCREW BOOKS AND WINE 110 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre (516) 764-6000 • Friday, July 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Author Peter Rush, “Wild World: A Novel” Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Book Discussion: “The Shadow Land” by Elizabeth Kostova THE ART GUILD 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset (516) 304-5797 • Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Week-long Morning Art Workshops For children ages 5 to 7. $225 members/$2600 non-members per child/per

week Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Week-long Morning Art Workshops For children ages 8 to 12. $225 members/$2600 non-members per child/per week THE ART LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, 107 E. Deer Park Road, Dix Hills (631) 462-5400 • Through Sunday, Aug. 5 Art Exhibit: “It’s All About the LIGHT!” PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay (516) 922-8678 • Friday, July 13, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Theater in the Park: “Sister Act” Through Sept. 30 Exhibit — Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture


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fulness Coloring, as well as for crafts and games, is required. Please call 311. July 9: “Jerry Costanzo and his 10 Piece Band”" plays your favorite jazz tunes. July 16: “Sweet Lorraine”" will provide a show-stopping start to the FunDay Monday season. July 23: “The Vic Vincent Group”"will rock the beach. July 30: “Senior Health, Education and Information Fair”" Do you know someone who would benefit from the information and services at our annual Health Education Fair? Invite them to come or bring them along with you for this fun and free event. August 6:" “Elvis” will be in the house so get ready to shake, rattle and roll." August 13: “Memory Makers” will bring you back with their Doo Wop hits. Bring your dancing shoes. August 20: “Dance Aloha”"Take a trip to the Polynesian Islands with the amazing Dance Aloha, and sing along to songs by Frank Sinatra with Jerry Cardone. August 27: “HomeTown USA”"An exciting celebration of American traditions with crafts, hobbies, demos, musical performances, a classic car show and a special salute to the Armed Forces." In addition to enjoying the entertainment, seniors can participate in a variety of activities, such as Line Dancing (10 a.m.), Zumba (10 a.m.), Fitness (11 a.m.), Mahjong (10 a.m.), and Tai Chi (12:30 p.m.). Free transportation is available from various points throughout the Town. For further information, or for a pick-up location near you, please call 311 or 516-8696311.

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Kaplan, Phillips clash on abortion reform Continued from Page 6 abortions, and allowing non-doctors to perform abortions, which could jeopardize a woman’s health.” Chelsea Polis, an epidemiologist whose work involves improving global sexual and reproductive health, noted on Twitter that a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine report found that physicians and advanced practice clinicians can safely and effectively provide mediation and aspiration abortion. The current New York State law was written in 1970, three years before the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade. New York’s pre-dating law is inconsistent with the rights granted under the federal decision. With the announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring from the court, and an expected conservative appointment from President Donald Trump, Roe v. Wade could be overturned. If overturned, abortion rights are granted by individual states – an outcome that Kaplan said could “bring us back to the dark ages.” “I promise you that if I’m elected I will make New York a state where women are safe and privacy is respected,” Kaplan said. “… No one but women and doctors will have the … choice to make these deeply personal and private decisions…” If passed, the bill would repeal criminal abortion statutes and create a new section of public health law to regulate abortion. It would also include exceptions to abortion law to protect a woman’s health and for instances of fetal nonviability, in some cases into the third trimester. The bill would also expand the current law to allow nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants and other health care professions to provide abortion services. Democrats tried getting a vote on the Reproductive Health Act near the end of the session by attaching it, along with the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, as hostile amendments to another bill. The GOP had a slim one person majority over the Democrats in the Senate after all but one in a group of Democrats caucusing with the Republicans, under the title Independent Democratic Conference, reunified with the members of their elected parties. State Sen. Thomas Croci, a Republican, left at the end of the session when he was called for Navy duty, leaving the Senate split 31-31 between Democrats and Republicans. The legislative session ultimately ended without a vote on either bill. The November election could give Democrats control of the Senate, allowing for the passage of the Reproductive

Health Act and other bills the Republicans have not brought to floor votes for years. Christensen also called out “moderate state senators” who she said are “pro-choice during election years.” “They are happy to stand with Planned Parenthood because they know a majority of New Yorkers support prochoice agenda, but when given a real chance to stand with women in this state, where are they?” Christensen said. “It’s time to take a vote and they’re taking a convenient bathroom break.” Christensen said she’s met with Phillips’ office, and her husband has met with the state Senator herself. Marschall said he went up to Albany as part of the National Institute for Reproductive Health Day of Action and met with a number of senators, including Phillips. Along with members from the National Institute and Civil Liberties Union, Marschall said he spoke broadly about the bill. He also shared his own story, he said. Marschall said Phillips implied she was unaware there was a bill to address the issue, which she said seems unlikely given the fact that he, and other advocacy groups, had met with her office or her personally before. “It was frustrating because it’s certainly legislation that has been around Albany for a while,” Marschall said. “… But she sort of kept steering the conversation away from it and seemed liked she was avoiding being pinned down to a stance on it.” Kaplan was joined by her fellow North Hempstead Town Board members Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Councilman Peter Zuckerman, Clerk Wayne Wink and Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, in showing support for the bill at the rally. Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana also came out to voice her support. Another Democratic Senate candidate, Kathleen Cleary who will face Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan for his 2nd District seat in November, also came to Kaplan’s rally to voice her support for the bill. Christensen is urging voters to take a moment and learn where a candidate stands on abortion reform – with pregnant people or anti-choice ideologues. “Despite what many in Albany seem to think politics is not a game for most New Yorkers, it’s personal,” Christensen said. “It’s about whether government is with you or against you on the hardest days of your life.” This story was last updated Friday at 4 p.m.# Reach reporter Rebecca Klar by email at, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 204, or follow her on Twitter @rebeccaklar_.



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Roslyn Community Calendar VILLAGE OF EAST HILLS The Architectural Review Board meetings take place on the first Monday of the month at 209 Harbor Hill Road in East Hills. The Village includes Kids in the Park and Seniors Activities Committees, the latter of which includes movies, lunches, games, trips and other events. For a complete schedule of upcoming events, go to www. The East Hills pick-up softball game is always looking for a few good men. Games are every Sunday, weather permitting, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the park at East Hills off Harbor Hill Road. Contacts: William Gavin, East Hills Park Director, 516484-9800; Steward Faden 516-4106666; Peter Wagner 516-527-1200. SHELTER ROCK JEWISH CENTER The Shelter Rock Jewish Center, located at 272 Shelter Rock Road in Roslyn, offers a full range of religious services, an Early Childhood Center (including a program for two-year olds, three-year olds, and a pre-K program), an Adult Education program, a hospitable Sisterhood and a thriving Men’s Club. For

a complete schedule of events, which includes ACBL sanctioned Bridge games every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. and Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. (call 917-658-5991 to make a reservation), go to the website at www. NORTHWELL HEALTH’S CENTER FOR WELLNESS AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE IN ROSLYN This education, wellness and retreat center, located at 1500 Old Northern Blvd., Suite 3, in Roslyn, hosts a variety of mind, body and soul improvement classes on an ongoing basis, including yoga for adults, Pilates, daily meditation sessions, an 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, nutrition, medical wellness consultations, massage, Reiki, acupuncture, 200Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Vinyasa Teacher Trainings, and workshops. Specialized programs now include Cardiac Medical Yoga, Yoga for Infertility and Cancer, Kundalini Yoga, Personalized Fitness under Spencer Scalzetti and more. For a complete schedule, go to or call the center at 516-858-3095.

TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Temple Beth Sholom, located at 401 Roslyn Road in Roslyn Heights, offers an array of classes in Hebrew, Bible study, Torah cantillation, Jewish thinkers, prayer, and parenting through a Jewish lens, as well as a monthly “Lunch and Learn” program with guest speakers and TBS Sisterhood Education Classes that are open to the community. The day and evening classes are open to all adults, although there is a registration fee for some of the courses. For further information and a listing of events, go to www.tbsroslyn. org or call 516-621-2288. THE LITTLE GYM OF ROSLYN The Little Gym of Rosllyn, located at 55 Lumber Road in Roslyn, is a children’s gym offering activities for kids including parent/child classes, kids dance, gymnastics, sports skills and karate for children from 4 months to 12 years. Tuition plans starting at $27 per class. To see a full schedule of events, go to or call the studio at 516-513-0600.

Elvis kicks off concerts Continued from Page 19 “I thought he was fabulous,” Mahaffy also said. “I thought he was so much fun.” The next concerts at Mary Davies Green, all taking place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays, will include a family night on July 16 featuring Darlene Graham and The Shades of Green Band, Folk and Rock Night with Raffi Froundjain and the Just Sixties Band on July 23, Country music night with Mary Lamont on July 30, and a night of classic rock and R&B with Nitework on Aug. 6. “Don’t miss these great concerts happening at Mary Jane Davies Green this summer,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a statement. “There is a great variety of music. All you need to do is bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes!” North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington will also offer a series of performances, which take place every Sunday at 1 p.m. The performers will include Dr. K’s Motown Revue, Endless Summer, The Chiclettes, and Paradigm. Sepideh, a Persian pop star, will also return to North Hempstead Beach Park on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. Clark Botanic Garden’s concerts include Pat Farrell, a Lake Success village administrator by day and Billy Joel tribute performer by night, on July 10, “The Wizard of Oz” presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions on July 17, David Sear followed by Marc Berger and Ride for Folk Night on July 24, the Great Neck-based Dance Visions on July 31 and the Cunningham Brothers on Aug. 14. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Manorhaven Beach Park’s two performances include Petty Rumors, a tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty, on July 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Half Step on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Michael J. Tully Park Stadium, located at 1801 Evergreen Ave. in New Hyde Park, will have a July 28 performance from The Doobie Others, a tribute to the Doobie Brothers, followed by Beginnings, a tribute to Chicago, starting at 7 p.m. For a full schedule of events, visit summer.

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Elementary kids excel in Math Students from Harbor Hill School and East Hills School in Roslyn were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad program. They participated in five

monthly contests of five problems each, from November to March, and weekly practice sessions under the supervision of Harbor Hill Computer Teacher Amy Braunstein and East Hills Enrichment teacher Suzanne Fal-

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Mathletes from East Hills won national awards for excellence within the Elementary Division for grades 4 through 6. The embroidered felt patch is awarded to those in the top 50 percent of all the participants. Harbor Hill’s Esha Chandra also won the Silver Pin for being in the top 10 percent and Ethan Berkowitz was also awarded the gold pin for those in the top


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or prejudice?"" According to its"stated terms, anyone with holiday decorations who receives visitors or guests over a 10-day period could easily meet its terms."" Some" neighbors passing by to ob-

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that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.” Contrary to common belief, not everything in the Declaration is true." All men (please update to include women and children) are not created equal." Some have severe problems from birth – physical or mental (for instance,

hundreds of AIDS babies are warehoused in hospitals)." And sadly, many" more are born to life as unwanted children and all the depredations that entails. Your"letter-writer includes the information that he is a “grand knight of the St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus.”" I

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Resisting presidential fake news Continued from Page 17 There are folks who think the media is too critical of Trump. To be sure it is highly critical of him, including the New York Post (front page, July 6) and often The Wall Street Journal. The key matter is that Trump has earned that level of criticism because of his conduct. A model for confronting Presidential falsehoods and “post-truth” scenarios is by following Ellsberg’s example of

providing documented, reliable facts that should inform the judgments of caring citizens. But while many of Mr. Trump’s supporters don’t like his personal conduct, they support him for other reasons. The challenge is to engage Americans who are self-described independents in addition to not giving up on reaching folks who voted for Donald Trump. It is important to subscribe to newspapers and magazines

that offer the most reliable data for informed political judgments and to share that data with others who are missing it. Tipping points take time, but, with civility and persistence, even folks in resistance or denial can alter their opinions. Sheila Krumholz, Center for Responsive Politics, says: “We need to be here building the record so that when the opportunity arises, when people on both sides of the aisle decide

that enough is enough, we will have armed them.” You can hasten the process by reading what life-long conservatives say about Mr. Trump and fake news: Bruce Bartlett, “Truth Matters;” Michael Hayden, “The Assault on Intelligence.” Other books amplify the need for responsible citizenship: Michael Eric Dyson, “What Truth Sounds Like;” Michael D’Antonio, “The Truth About

Trump.” David Cay Johnston, “It’s Even Worse Than You Think.” Most important, introduce Trump supporters to the book by Jack and Sara Gorman, “Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us.” Then, try to follow the Gormans’ advice with supporters of Mr. Trump, that “changing minds requires compassion and understanding not disdain.”

3rd track work on time not likely Continued from Page 18 son, Oyster Bay, Ronkonkoma and Babylon to Speonk branches." This does not include additional LIRR work trains, freight trains and movements of nonrevenue passenger trains not in service." How many times per hour will work stop when a train passes by?" Don’t be surprised when you learn that a significant portion of" construction work ends up taking place evenings, overnight and"on weekends when there is less activity on the Main Line."" Each grade crossing elimina-

tion may require several" weekend track outages resulting in partial to full suspension of Main Line service." Will there be any need for future 24/7 shuttle bus service between Jamaica and Mineola or Hicksville?" Costs for substitute bus service could"easily run into the millions" over the project’s construction. What will the future impact of any access improvements to the Belmont Park Islanders Arena LIRR Station be to Main Line Third Track schedule?" How would the potential installation of new interlockings

west of the Floral Park Station be coordinated with Main Line Third Track?" This would be necessary to provide direct access east of Belmont Park versus traveling westbound to Jamaica followed by changing to another train so riders can double back east to the Belmont Park Islanders Arena Station. When will the MTA/LIRR share this information with commuters, residents, taxpayers, transit advocates, elected officials and the media to build credibility for this project? Based on past experiences

and history with other major projects such as LIRR East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal, don’t count on Main Line Third Track being completed by December 2022 and now early 2023 as promised by the MTA LIRR."" Larry Penner Great Neck (Larry Penner!is a transportation historian and advocate who previously worked in 31 years for the US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.)!

Editors Note: Aaron Donovan, deputy communications director for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, responded to the letter’s posting online, saying there has been no slippage or delay of the third track’s completion date. Donovan said Penner was “confusing the opening of service on the third track, which is slated for December 2022, with formal conclusion of the contract, which is slated for early 2023 while the contractor closes out their work and completes punch-list items.”


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he grand re-opening of the Clinton G. Martin Pool was grand indeed. Allow me this opportunity to thank Supervisor Bosworth and her team for the successful renovation of Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park. Despite unforeseen delays, such as being unable to pour concrete on a ground that was still rock-solid frozen in March to unmet equipment delivery commitments from manufacturers, the pool opened for the 2018 summer season as promised. It is dazzling. New lounge chairs, new pool liner, completely redesigned kiddie pool, a splash pad, water slide, additional shade structures, upgraded men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a recreational room. What won’t be seen by members is the total modernization of the infrastructure, the pipes and valves which have been so problematic in the last few years. Sadly, this renovation was long overdue. Former administrations neglected our pool and allowed it to deteriorate to the point of no-return. The current administration, under the leadership of

Supervisor Bosworth, understands how important our park district is to us. For this we are grateful. On another note, I recently had occasion to walk the Harbor Beach Trail. It is positively divine. My daughter and I enjoyed the smell of honeysuckle and amazed at the peacefulness, despite its proximity to East Shore Road. It was interesting to realize it has been left in its natural state and only the paths have been cleared to allow for strolling. And, Clark Gardens is a wonderful getaway for a relaxing, quiet walk where one can see turtles and frogs sunning themselves or chipmunks busy with their daily foraging. Definitely did not expect the beauty of the rose garden; it is colorful and the smells are captivating. The town deserves a commendation for the effort it has made so that residents can take advantage of nature at its best. I look forward to enjoying the summer in a North Hempstead Park and hope you all join me. Marianna Wohlgemuth! New Hyde Park



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Trump Supreme pick may backfire politically Continued from Page 16 That political calculus could backfire against the backdrop of unprecedented protest and resistance of the millions (20 percent of Americans) –and a good share of the 93 million who did not bother to vote in 2016, are mobilized to vote in the midterms. That would begin the process of taking back not just Congress, but state offices. Because Democrats, who never made the same priority of Supreme Court appointments as the radical right, are realizing the judiciary is no longer the “backstop” against the erosion of democracy, the ascendancy of the plutocracy and the loss of all the rights we hold dear and naively take for granted. Indeed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is drawing a line in the sand, demanding state legislators return for a special session to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into New York State law, which,

though the state legalized abortion in 1970, three years before Roe, is in its current state much weaker than Roe. For years, Republican state legislators argued it was not necessary to bolster the state law because of Roe, but Roe is all but certain to overturned. As Cuomo said, many Republican moderates would make a pretense of supporting a woman’s right to choose in front of one audience, then, with winkand-nod, assure other audiences that they would not allow a stronger law to be voted on in the state. This could give Democrat Anna Kaplan an edge in her bid to defeat Republican Elaine Phillips for state senator. “Elections have consequences. This is a wake-up call to all of us,” Gov. Cuomo told a packed audience at the Teamsters Hall in New Hyde Park, as he signed an executive order requiring insurance companies to cover emergency contraception.

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Purchasing a home or a lifestyle? Everyone is trying to search and locate the best and most ideal home for their hard earned money that they have to spend in today’s hot, hot market. As the interest rates increase, there appears to be a last-minute, mad rush to put offers on their “American Dream.” Even co-ops, which use to be shunned by many groups are now being snatched up by those who would have never given a second thought to purchase them, unless it was a condo. But as prices have increased on houses (we are about 5-7 percent off the highs of 2007-2008), co-ops and Condos are being bought instead due to the lower price points, affordability and less daily maintenance (sometimes they are already in excellent or mint condition); no worries about plumbing, heating, electrical, roof repair, windows, property maintenance, etc. (although anything inside the units are the responsibility of the stock holder/owner. Turn the key and go to work the very next day or go out to play! It’s amazing how school district No. 7 (especially south schools) escalates the home prices in those homes in New Hyde Park by, in some cases $100,000

or more, depending on the style and upgrades! I have a home in New Hyde Park that had offers the very night I placed it online the other week; partially due to our amazing 3D Tours, interior layouts and quality pictures; and is now hopefully going to contract shortly. The other factor is the lack of inventory, which I have talked about in past articles. With less than 4 months inventory and interest rates at 62-year lows, this has proven a bonus and windfall to those who are contemplating selling or who are ready to sell now. However, if you aren’t ready, I can understand that you have built roots in your community and are very happy staying in place and retrofitting to make it easier to get around in the future! But keep in mind, I do not see rates ever going back to 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent again. So as rates go back to, what I feel will be 6.5-7 percent over the next three to five years, demand will lessen and this will assuredly have an effect on prices, most likely leveling them off and I believe they will come down off their highs where they are at the moment. So selling now will con-

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serve more of your equity than waiting. More important, you never know what additional changes might occur in the tax code; maybe Trump will pass another new law reducing the $500,000 tax exempt profit for married couples and $250,000 for singles. I am sure the government would love to get more money out of us, as they have been doing lately. That $10,000 maximum S.A.L.T. (State and local taxes) deduction is and will have a pronounced and prolonged effect on those homes with higher taxes and I have already seen it happen around Long Island and New York City.

Those that are truly wealthy will not really worry about it, unless psychologically, it turns off a portion of those individuals or families uncomfortable in purchasing those types of high priced, high tax properties. Some will buy the lifestyle, more than just a home. All those creature comforts that go along with their location. For families, excellent and superior schools will still be a crucial and critical consideration and an overriding factor to move into an area. Private schools may be the preferred choice of those wealthy and ultra-wealthy who can afford and don’t mind shelling out $40,000-plus and paying New York City income taxes, which we in Long Island are not subject to. Also, even our water bills out in Long Island are considerably less than city water and real estate taxes are lower, depending on the type of purchase one is looking for. So when you add the private school, real estate and city income taxes; it’s a reason why many are moving their residences and businesses to the “burbs” to actually save money! Queens and New York City real

estate taxes have been going up over the years and my personal opiion, is that the quality of life and lifestyle is better out in Long Island than in NYC. However, there is much to do in New York City, as long as you can afford the lifestyle, enjoy the subways and smells and constant noise of the “big apple” If you are single, the city is where it is at, if you can afford it; however, as you get older, get married, have children, the city can look less inviting to your specific, “needs and wants” as your family grows. Lifestyle is very personal and one will hopefully choose one that suits them; however, change is never ending and what one thoroughly enjoyed today maybe be different down the line. Phil Raices is the owner/ broker of Turn Key Real Estate 3 Grace Ave Suite 180 in Great Neck. He has earned the designations as a graduate of the Realtor Institute and is a certified international property specialist. He can be reached by email:Phil@ TurnKeyRealEstate.Com or by cell (516) 647-4289 to answer any of your questions or article suggestions or provide you a free comparative market analysis on your property.


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Recent Real Estate Sales in Roslyn Roslyn Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $900,000 Demographics near Roslyn, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 2,795 4,331 43.7 2.2 87,961 66,626

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

103 Willow Gate, East Hills Sold Price: $1,638,800 Date: 03/19/2018 5 beds, 4 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 96x100 Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $47,361 MLS# 2984503

98 Village Road, East Hills Sold Price: $1,165,000 Date: 06/19/2018 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: .23 Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $20,540 MLS# 3004957

55 Redwood Drive, East Hills Sold Price: $1,425,000 Date: 06/12/2018 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 121x147 Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $24,189 MLS# 2976348

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Continued from Page 19 approval from the Nassau County Health Department to run the pilot, Levy said. Levy added that the water run in the pilot will be run to waste, and not sent to consumers. Levy spoke about the pilot process to Long Island water commissioners during a Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association meeting in June. Westbury Water District Commissioner Vincent Abbatiello, president of the association, said in a news a release that “issues surrounding 1,4 Dioxane are of great concern to the public in all our 21 member districts and beyond.”" “Superintendent Levy’s fact-filled presentation shed light on potential avenues of action while we await information on development of a regulatory standard for 1,4 Dioxane,” Abbatiello said. Other suppliers on Long Island are piloting similar systems, Levy said, including Plainview, Bethpage and Hicksville. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies 1,4 Dioxane as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” by all routes of exposure. Levy noted that the allowable levels of 1,4 Dioxane in food and other products are much higher than the 50 parts per billion allowed in drinking water. The set safe level by the Environ-

mental Protection Agency for food, “food products that you eat,” is 10,000 parts per billion, Levy said. “Tomatoes you might buy at a supermarket might have 10,000 parts per billion,” Levy said. The safe range in certain cosmetic products, such as shampoo, range any-

where from 2,000 to 300,000 parts per billion, Levy said. Though, Levy said, everyone should be “always be concerned with the quality of water.” “I will say, water departments, obviously, make it a priority to make sure the water is safe to drink,” Levy said.

Continued from Page 2 Analysis from Kroplick’s wife, Roz, showed that most local historians worked part-time and 80 percent had college degrees. Of those villages and towns with historians, 27 percent never issued a report on that area’s history. As Kroplick and other speakers at the meeting discussed, the lack of historians in some villages (every town on the island had an official historian) and the issuance of no reports in others stemmed from a lack of access to resources. “Part of the reason we put this together was because I wanted to share resources, not just with villages in the Town [of North Hempstead] but all across Long

Island,” Kroplick said. In addition to speeches and presentations, Kroplick said, the summit was a chance for Long Island historians to network and establish connections, which he said could lead to assistance for preservation and funding down the road. Among those in attendance was Peter Fox Cohalan, the former Suffolk County executive who served as a justice on the Supreme Court of New York from 1987 to 2012. He is now Suffolk County’s historian and one of the" Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation’s five board members. He introduced Thomas Ruller, the state archivist for New York, who spoke of the resources the archive and the Gardin-

er Foundation could offer local historians. Following a panel discussion on further resources, there was a presentation on challenges facing new historians given by Southold Town historian Amy Folk and a presentation on preserving burying grounds given by Southampton Village historian Zach Studenroth. To wrap up the day, Kroplick gave the attendees a tour of the Waterfront at Roslyn building (which hosted the event) and took several on a ride in his “Black Beast,” a 1908 car manufactured by the American Locomotive Co. “We need a way to really work together and make a concerted effort to really identify [historic structures] and find a way to restore them,” Kroplick said.

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Garden City Park Water District Superintendent Michael Levy addressed Long Island water commissioner on 1,4 Dioxane issues at a recent Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association meeting.

tody after a struggle with officers, police said. Police said the car Hogya was driving was reported stolen the day before from a Locust Valley resident. Hogya was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, reckless driving, resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and multiple traffic law violations. Judge Tricia Ferrell adjourned the Hogya’s case during his arraignment on Sunday. Hogya is held on bail of $1,000 cash or bond. He is due back in court on Wednesday.

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Two hospital get armed guards Continued from Page 20 into that resource and give them the tools that they would need,” Strauss said. Northwell is only arming officers with a law enforcement background. Northwell is not disclosing the num-

ber of armed guards that will be placed at its hospitals, but it will vary based on the size of each facility. The next hospital set to get armed guards is Southside Hospital in Bayshore. The armed guards just add another

level of security, Strauss said. “You leave us with your most prized possessions, your family members, your loved ones,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure they are safe in our hospitals.”


Continued from Page 12 they behaved in a hyperactive way long after the return. “A human analogy might be when a person gets excited by something good that happens and cannot come down from that high, or alternatively, gets stuck in a depressive state after a negative experience,” Stern said. Prior studies have found genetic mutations in the eNOS gene in humans with various aspects of bipolar disorder and major depressive order, Stern said, suggesting that the mutations could contribute to the development of the psychiatric problems and relief could come from optimizing the production of nitric oxide. “The discovery of the presence of eNOS in NGC brain cells, and the effect of eNOS on the length of reactions to stimuli, may signal a new understanding and the discovery of a new mechanism for how certain psychiatric diseases that involve a mutation of the NOS-III gene can potentially be treated or controlled,” said Stern. Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at, by phone at 516307-1045, ext. 215, or follow her on Twitter @acamurati.

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Administrative Assistant Rita Pavone, center, is flanked by Harbor Hill Principal Jessica Kemler, left, and Assistant Principal Mary Wood, right.


Roslyn Middle School administrators joined together to honor some of the retirees. Pictured are, from left, nurse Pat Collins, Assistant Principal Dave Lazarus, Assistant Principal Claire Scordo, social studies teacher Amy Manzone, Principal Craig Johanson, and computer teacher Janet Dombrowski.

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The head of Buildings and Grounds Kevin Carpenter, left, paid tribute to Harbor Hill Head Custodian David Cabral and Senior Maintainer Norman Rose. The Roslyn Board of Education honored the 2017-18 school district retirees at its June 14 meeting. The retirees are: • Jane Alter, East Hills, science teacher • Rosemarie Augusto, secretary to the superintendent • Mary Linda Bieber, High School, cafeteria • David Cabral, Harbor Hill, head custodian • Patricia Collins, Middle School, nurse • Mary Lou Cross, Harbor Hill, grade 2 teacher • Linda D’Amore, Middle School, cafeteria • Janet Dombrowski, Middle School, computer teacher • Robert Gazzo, Middle School, music teacher • Gail Horn, Middle School, special education speech teacher



Roslyn High School Principal Scott Andrews with teaching assistant Denise Pastel.

Heights Principal Regina Co- Roslyn High School Principal Scott Andrews is pictured lardi will miss Kindergarten with Library Media Specialist teacher Janet Lupardo. Karen Leon. • Dorene Konecky, Harbor Hill, special education teacher aide • Karen Leon, High School, library media specialist • Janet Lupardo, Heights kindergarten teacher • Louis Majano, High School, head custodian • Amy Manzone, Middle School, social studies teacher • Denise Pastel, High School, teaching assistant • Rita Pavone, Harbor Hill, administrative assistant • Alda Pinheiro, Middle School, cafeteria • Norman Rose, Buildings and Grounds, senior maintainer • Cheryl Rude, High School, special education teacher • Patricia Schultz, High School, special education teacher aide • Robin Shea, Purchasing Department, senior account clerk


Rosemarie Augusto is congratulated by Superintendent Allison Brown.

Center street hosts 2nd ‘Senior Prom’ Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso’s staffers attended the 2nd annual “Senior Prom” hosted by the Student Council and Service Club at the Center Street Elementary School in the Herricks School District. At the event, the school’s staff, along with a group of "third, fourth and fifth graders held an event which bridged the gap bePHOTO COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMAN ANTHONY D’URSO tween seniors and elementary school students. The Janine Gentile, Service Club Advisor, from left, Jo Korder and Dani Kain Student Council Advistudents served dinner and sors, along with students from the Center Street School’s Service Club and Student Council at desert and mingled with the seniors and asked them to the “Senior Prom.”

dance. Food was donated by Jameson’s Pub in Floral Park and North Shore Farms, and DJ services were donated by RPM DJ entertainment, making for a jubilant affair for all age groups. Members of the Center Street Senior Club, the Williston Park, Herricks, and New Hyde Park American Legions, the Kiwanis Club, and the Herricks Community Center were all smiles as they mingled with their younger prom companions.

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Support shown for new Nassau police academy Continued from Page 22 was initially proposed in 2015 for Nassau Community College as a 120,000-square foot facility that would feature a new training academy, intelligence operations, an auditorium, classrooms and other features. It came with a $40 million price tag at the time. Now the facility, designed by Woodbury-based Spector Group, would be 90,000-square feet and cost around $54 million, Newsday reported. “What we need is a cutting-edge and an advanced training facility … We need to have a facility that represents the excellence of this department and allows us to keep up with rapidly changing advances in crime-fighting,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said at a news conference. Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park), who represents all or parts of Manhasset, Roslyn, the Willistons, Mineola and New Hyde Park, told Newsday the county Legislature will likely fund the capital project. The project also appears likely to receive Democratic support. “The police academy project is one that appears to be worthy of our support,” Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams said in a statement, “We are working hard to finalize a comprehensive 2018 capital

plan that will encompass this and other worthy projects that will improve the quality of life for all of our residents.” In addition to serving as the training ground for future Nassau County Police Department officers, the facility would also be used for students on the college campus. “Not only will generations of new police officers receive their training at this site, but the Nassau Community College will have hands-on learning opportunities within the state of the art facility,” W. Hubert Keen, the president of NCC, said in a statement. “This new training facility will be an asset for both the residents of Nassau County and for the students of Nassau Community College as well.” Kate Murray, the vice president of institutional advancement at Nassau Community College and former Town of Hempstead supervisor, said criminal science students could see “state of the art investigative technology” and theory “in action.” Additionally, she said, it’s possible their nursing and allied health students could “have some interaction with forensic science techniques” and theories, which in turn would have “relevance for our science students.” “The imagination wanders to many academic areas,” Murray said.

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Tuesday 11:00am: Classified Advertising Tuesday 1:00pm: Legal Notices/ Name Changes Friday 5:00pm Buyers’s Guide Error Responsibility All ads placed by telephone are read back for verification of copy context. In the event of an error of Blank Slate Media LLC we are not responsible for the first incorrect insertion. We assume no responsiblity for an error in and beyond the cost of the ad. Cancellation Policy Ads must be cancelled the Monday before the first Thursday publication. All cancellations must be received in writing by fax at: 516.307.1046 Any verbal cancellations must be approved by a supervisor. There are no refunds on cancelled advertising. An advertising credit only will be issued.

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DRIVER/WAREHOUSE WORKER for a local beverage distributor. Friendly environment. Driver’s License, no CDL needed. Ask for John Render 516-807-1180



Seeking highly motivated and experienced Programmer Analyst. Primary responsibilities will be to design, test, implementation and maintenance of membership related software system to meet end users’ needs. Analyze and evaluate present or proposed business procedures/problems.

Candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree, 5+ years exp. Extensive knowledge of the iMIS association management system and website interface, Strong database skills, computer coding languages and Report Writers (SQL Views-Access-Crystal-Excel-Word), ability to react to change and handle tasks as assigned, excellent communication skills, fast learner with good analytical and people skills. Submit resumes and salary requirements to: and specify Job#PA2018

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FRONT LINE CONSULTING LLC is a State Certified SDVOSB. Our firm provides Disaster Recovery, Project Management, Construction Management and Professional services. We are looking for qualified veterans in these fields to join our team. Please visit or call: 917-525-3075 P/T ASSISTANT IN PHYSICAL REHAB office in Garden City. Perfect for college student or returnee. Will train in office procedures. Knowledge of Microsoft Word a must. M-F morning and afternoon hours available, no weekends. Call 516-564-1138 Part time greeter position available at local multiple location Funeral Home. Must be reliable, courteous and professional in both manner and appearance. Specifically in need of coverage for weekday shifts but need to be available for all shifts. Holidays mandatory. Must be willing to commit to a min of 10-12 hours /week. Responsibilities include but are not limited to lifting of flower pieces & chairs and some cleaning is required. $11 per hour to start. Please call 516-354-0634 for an appointment.

SITUATION WANTED A NURSES AIDE/COMPANION SEEKING position to take care of your elderly loved one. Experience and very good references. Live in or out. Driver. Light housekeeping, shopping, doctor appointments, etc. Please call 516-353-9686

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Repair all small gas, electric, & hydraulic tools for electrical & mechanical contractors. • Salary and benefits negotiated based on experience

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SITUATION WANTED CARE GIVER: NEED A COMPANION or nursing assistant for your loved ones at home or in a health care facility? Call 516-410-9943 for a NY State certified nursing assistant with excellent references ! COMPANION/CAREGIVER Over 7 years experience. Impeccable references. Seeking part time/full time position to care for the elderly. Please call Marvalyn 347-679-9016 ELDER CARE:Young woman seeks position to take care of the elderly. Excellent references. 30 years experience. Call 516-688-4322 HOME CARE/COMPANION Available. Over 30 years experience. Excellent references. Clean Driver’s License. Please call 516-850-7998 HOME HEALTH CARE AIDE Irish trained woman with 10 years experience and excellent checkable references available. Honest and reliable. Licensed driver with own transportation. Please call 516-383-7150

CAREER TRAINING AIRLINE CAREERS Start here. Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call AIM for free information 866-296-7094

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Join A Growing Team That Values Your Experience….. Don’t miss an opportunity for a great job where you can serve your community and make good money too. • Training provided to obtain your commercial drivers license

We Have Openings for School Bus Drivers

WE OFFER: • Flexible hours • 401K plans with matching funds • Health & Life insurance • Emergency family leave • Safety and attendance bonus twice a year RETIREES WELCOME! Easy to drive vans - CDL training (We will train for the rad test) CALL TODAY!

NEW STARTING SALARIES FOR SEPTEMBER • BIG BUS: $20.73 hr. Benefit rate • BIG BUS: $22.73 hr. *Non-Benefit rate • VAN: $17.96 hr. Benefit rate Positions • VAN: $19.96 hr. *Non-Benefit rate available for

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• Seeking Permanent P/T School Monitors, P/T Bus Driver and P/T Night Cleaner Bus Drivers must meet A-19 requirements plus CDL class B with P & S endorsement • Also seeking P/T Substitute Bus Drivers, P/T Substitute School Monitors, P/T Substitute Clerical & P/T Substitute Cleaners on an on call basis

Send resume and letter of interest to: East Williston Union Free School District Diane Castonguay, Assistant Superintendent for Business 11 Bacon Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568 - Or fax 516-333-1937

PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN (Never known to fail). Oh Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine of Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in this necessity. Oh Star of the Sea help me and show herein you are my Mother. Oh Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth I beseech thee from the bottom of my heart to succor me this necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh show me herein you are my Mother. Oh Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to Thee (three times). Oh Holy Mary I place this cause in your hands (three times). Thank you for your mercy to me and mine. Amen. This prayer must be said for three days and after three days your request will be granted. The prayer must be published. Grateful thanks. (L.B.) PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Holy Spirit thou who made me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideals. Thou who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me, and thou who art in all instances of my life with me. I thank thee for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you no matter how great material desire may be, I want to be with thee and my loved ones in Your perpetual glory. Thank You for your love towards me and my loved ones. Pray this prayer for 3 consecutive days. After 3rd day your wish will be granted no matter how difficult it may be. Promise to publish this dialogue as soon as your favor has been granted. (L.B.)





LUNG CANCER? And Age 60+? You and your family may be entitled to significant cash award. Call 866951-9073 for information. No risk. No money out of pocket.

OXYGEN Anytime. Anywhere. No tanks to refill. No deliveries. The All New Inogen One G4 is only 2.8 pounds! FAA approved! FREE info kit: Call 866-971-2603

REVERSE MORTGAGE: Homeowners age 62+ turn your home equity into tax free cash! Speak with an expert today and receive a free booklet 1-877-580-3720


BOY BEDROOM FURNITURECherrywood bed and desk with bookshelves from Raymour & Flannigan. Very good condition. $500 for both. Call 516-877-1533 and leave message. GARAGE CONTENTS FOR SALE GARDEN CITY: HON Lateral Filing Cabinet, 5 drawers. Excellent condition. Misc Items: Printer, fax, scanner, A/V installation parts, connectors, cabling, etec. Please call for details/pricing: 516-779-8788


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MARKETPLACE INVITED ESTATE SALES BY TRACY JORDAN Estate & Tag Sales Online & Live Auctions Cleanout & Moving Services Home Staging Services Appraisals 5 1 6 - 2 7 9 - 6 3 7 8 Email: tracyjordan@invitedsales. com MOVING SALE GARDEN CITY Saturday, July 21 9am to 6pm 75 Huntington Rd. Childs bedroom suite, fish tank, paintings, flower pots, costume jewelry, turkish carpets, table saw, chandelier, old toys and games, stereo equipment, speakers, roll away bed, antique stove 1937, antique highchair/ stroller, Country French chairs, Indian jewelry etc... Something for Everyone !!!

WANTED TO BUY LOOKING TO BUY! Oriental items, clothing, art, old & modern furniture, estates, jewelry, silver, glassware, dishes, old photos, coins & stamps, flatware. Call George 718-386-1104 or 917-775-3048 TOP CASH PAID: JEWELRY, Furniture, Art, etc. Please call 718-598-3045 or 516-270-2128.

TAG SALE *BROWSE *SHOP *CONSIGN A.T. STEWART EXCHANGE CONSIGNMENT SHOP China, Silver, Crystal, Jewelry, Artwork, Furniture, Antiques, Collectibles Tues-Fri 10-4 Sat 12-4 Every Tuesday: 10% Senior Citizen Discount. All proceeds benefit The Garden City Historical Society 109 Eleventh Street Garden City 11530 516-746-8900 email: www.gardencityhistoricalsociety. org GARDEN CITY Saturday, July 21 10am4pm 70 Jackson Street Furniture, paintings, china, crystal, glassware, jewelry, books, holiday items, bric-a-brac, area rugs, miscellaneous household items

GARAGE SALE PORT WASHINGTON: Saturday July 14th from 9am-3pm. 3 Guilford Road. Furniture, housewares, women’s and girls clothing THE ANDY FOUNDATION YARD SALE SHOP An eclectic selection of furniture, home decor, jewelry, china, artwork, antiques, housewares. New donations daily 195 Herricks Rd Garden City Park, NY 11040 TuesSat 10am-4pm 5 1 6 - 7 3 9 - 1 7 1 7 Proceeds benefit The Andy Foundation


PET SERVICES A GARDEN CITY ANIMAL LOVER doesn’t want to leave your precious pooch or fantastic feline alone all day. I’m reliable, dependable and will walk and feed your pet while you work or travel. Please call Cheryl at 516-971-3242 DO YOU HATE KENNELS? OR STRANGERS IN YOUR HOUSE? HOME AWAY FROM HOME will care for your dog in my Garden City home while you are away. Dog walking also available. Pet CPR & first Aid Certified. Numerous referrals and references. Limited availability. Book early! Annmarie 516-775-4256 K9 Monk, LLC Located in Garden City, NY, K9 Monk, LLC is a full service pet care company who is committed to providing the very best care to your dog’s well-being by using cutting edge professional dog grooming, day care, overnight boarding, private training and energy healing techniques. 516-382-5553 thek9monk@gmail. com



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

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518-866-1570 CAPE COD: Cottage on river, two kayaks, available weekly Saturday to Saturday 7/21-7/28, 8/25-9/1, 9/19/8. $1350. Security $200. Picture on request


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

OPEN HOUSE JAMESPORT Sunday July 15 1:00pm to 3:00pm 703 Herricks Lane Stunning 3500sf Victorian. Private landscaped setting on 1 acre. 4 BRs & 3.5 Baths. 2 Master Bedroom Suites. Large EIK, Formal LR, Formal DR, Family Room/fireplace. Geothermal Heat, Central Air and Solar panels. Finished Basement. 3 Car Garage. Must See! $949,000. Colony Realty, Carll Austin 516-658-2623



JAMESPORT Sunday July 15 1:00 pm3:00 pm 92 Vista Ct 2 Story Expanded Cape on 1/2 acre. 4 BRs, 2.5 Baths, LR/Fireplace, EIK, Dining Area, Unfinished Bonus Room, Full Basement w/Outside Entrance, 2 Car Garage, New Roof. All This & Close to the Beach! $525,000 Colony Realty, Dolores Peterson 631-413-7572

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

OUT OF TOWN REAL ESTATE JAMESPORT Elegant Custom Contemporary in Sea Cove Estates. Bay Beach Community. Spacious Open Floor Plan. Vaulted Ceilings, HW Floors, Fireplace, Screened in Porch & ING Pool. Celebrate the beauty of the North Fork here with Friends & Family. $799,000. Colony Realty, Valerie Goode, 516-3190106 JAMESPORT: 375’ of Waterfront. Location! Location! Spectacular Views. 140’ of Sandy Bay Beach. Boat Dock on Property. Cape with 3 BRs. Living Room with Stone Fireplace. $1,995,000. Colony Realty, Carll Austin 516-658-2623 JAMESPORT: COUNTRY RANCH with Deeded Private Beach. Very short distance to the Sound. Great year round or vacation home. 3+BRs, 1.5 Baths, LR/Fireplace, Kitchen, Dining Area, Porch, Deck, Outside Shower & Shed. Reduced! $499,000 Colony Realty, Carll Austin 516-658-2623


SERVICES DISH TV $59.99 for 190 Channels + $14.95 high speed internet. Free installation, smart hd dvr included, free voice remote. Some restrictions apply. Call 1-800-943-0838 DISH TV $59.99 for 190 Channels + $14.95 high speed internet. Free installation, smart hd dvr included, free voice remote. Some restrictions apply. Call 1-877-229-5789 Expert Bathroom & Kitchens: Repairs and new installations, mold removal, shower pan leak experts, tile repair, sheetrock, plastering, painting, floors repairs and refinished, grouting, install tankless hot water heaters. Office: 516-933-6508 or cell: 516-263-6774 Guaranteed Life Insurance! (Ages 50 to 80). No medical exam. Affordable premiums never increase. Benefits never decrease. Policy will only be cancelled for non payment. 855-686-5879


HOME IMPROVEMENTS AMBIANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES *Handyman & Remodeling *Kitchen Installations *Furniture Assembly *Finish Carpentry *Minor Electrical & Plumbing 25 year GC Resident Lic & Ins H18E2170000 Call BOB 516-741-2154 BATHROOM RENOVATIONS EASY, ONE DAY updates! We specialize in safe bathing. Grab bars, no slip flooring & seated showers. Call for a free in home consultation: 888-657-9488 CJM CONTRACTING, INC. Chris Mullins. Specializing in general contracting including churches and cathedrals. All renovations, expert leak repairs, dormers/extensions, bathrooms, kitchens, basements, carpentry, roofing, flat shingle, attics, masonry, stoops, brickwork, waterproofing, pointing, windows, power washing, plumbing, electric. Small jobs welcome. Free estimates. Licensed/insured #H18C6020000. 516-428-5777 LAMPS FIXED $65 In home service. Handy Howard. 646-996-7628 MASONRY All types of stonework Pavers, Retaining Walls, Belgium Block Patios, Foundations, Seal coating, Concrete and Asphalt driveways, Sidewalks, Steps. Free Estimates Fully Licensed & Insured #H2219010000 Boceski Masonry Louie 516-850-4886

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ROOF LEAKS REPAIRED All types Roofing & flashing repairs, aluminum trim work and Gutter Clean Outs. Nassau Lic# H1859520000. B.C. Roofing & Siding, Inc. Text or call: 516-983-0860 SKY CLEAR WINDOW INC. Window Restorations, Outdated Hardware, skylights, Andersen Sashes, new storm windows, wood windows, chain/rope repairs, falling windows, fogged panes, mechanical repairs, wood repairs, restorations, all brands. Call Mr. Fagan, 45 years experience. 631-3857975

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


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INTERIOR & EXTERIOR PAINTING Plastering, Taping, Sheetrock Skim Cutting, Old Wood Refinish, Staining, Wallpaper Removal & Hanging, Paint Removal, Power Washing, Wood Replacement JOHN MIGLIACCIO Licensed & Insured #80422100000 Call John anytime: 516-901-9398 (Cell) 516-483-3669 (Office)

JV PAINT HANDYMAN SERVICES Interior-Exterior Specialist Painting, Wallpapering, Plastering, Spackling, Staining, Power Washing. Nassau Lic#H3814310000 fully Insured Call John 516-741-5378 MICHELANGELO PAINTING & WALLPAPER Interior, Exterior, Plaster/Spackle, Light Carpentry, Decorative Moldings & Power Washing. Call: 516-328-7499

PARTY HELP LADIES & GENTLEMEN RELAX & ENJOY Your Next Party! Catering and Experienced Professional Services for Assisting with Preparation, Serving and Clean Up Before, During and After Your Party Bartenders Available. Call Kate at 516-248-1545 P L AC E Y O U R A D CA L L 516 . 3 0 7. 10 4 5

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MATH, SAT, ACT TUTOR: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 plus Trig, Pre-Calc, AP Calculus. Norm 625-3314

SPRING INTO ACTION LET US CLEAN YOUR HOUSE WINDOWS GARDEN CITY WINDOW CLEANING Home Window Cleaning Service by Owner Free Estimates Inside & Out Fully Insured 25 Years Experience 631-220-1851 516-764-5686

COLLEGE ARTS ADMISSIONS: College Counseling in the Visual and Performing Arts. Dance, Musical Theatre & Drama. Film, Instrumental & Vocal Music. Audio Recording & Production. Theatre Technology & Production. Visual & Graphic Arts. Resume, Essays, Repertoire Lists. Michele Zimmerman. 516-353-6255 www.

ENGLISH, ACT, SAT TUTOR: 25+ year experience Critical Reading, Writing, Grammar, Essays. Lynne 625-3314 TUTOR EXPERIENCED WITH ALL SUBJECTS; emphasis in math and sciences. Ivy League background. Resume upon request. Full availability in September; limited availability in summer months. Contact

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


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CLEANING AVAILABLE EXPERIENCE POLISH HOUSE CLEANER Good references, ability. Very honest, reliable, responsible and hard working. Own transportation. English speaking. Flexible days and hours. Reasonable rates. I will do a good job. Call or text 516-589-5640 CLEANING SERVICES AVAILABLE ! 10yrs experience cleaning home & offices. Great references. Specializing in laundry, ironing and deep cleaning. Love animals. Own transportation. Please call Erika 516-406-5680 HOUSE AND APARTMENT CLEANER with many years experience and good references available 7 days with flexible hours. 516-632-0169 HOUSE CLEANING I clean your house and leave it spotless. Hard worker, experienced with excellent references and own transportation. Free Estimates Call: 516-943-7124

RELIABLE, high quality service with great references. Please call Mirian at 516-642-6624 STRONG ARM CLEANING: Residential and commercial cleaning specialist, post construction clean ups, shipping and waxing floors, move ins and move outs. Free estimates. Bonded and insured. 516-538-1125

SERVICES 1-866-We Junk It: All phases of rubbish removal & demolition. Residential, commercial, construction sites, kitchens, bathrooms, clean-ups, attics, basements, floods, fires. All size dumpsters. Same day service. Fully insured. Bob Cat Service. 516-5411557 A & J MOVING & STORAGE: Established 1971. Long Island and New York State specialists. Residential, Commercial, Piano & Organ experts. Boxes available. Free estimates. www.ajmoving. com 516-741-2657 114 Jericho Tpk, Mineola NYDOT# 10405

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$95K for Northwell breast cancer programs Pink Aid Long Island has awarded $95,000 to three Northwell Health breast cancer programs serving Long Island’s uninsured and underinsured women. These funds will help women to obtain life-saving breast cancer screenings and provide non-medical support to patients who are undergoing treatment. The Dolan Family Health Center in Greenlawn, which is part of Huntington Hospital, received a $40,000 grant this year that will allow women to receive free mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, breast sonograms, cyst aspirations and biopsies. The Dolan Family Health Center is a Joint Commission accredited National Committee for Quality Assurance Level III Patient Centered Medical Home. The Northwell Health Cancer Institute’s Pink Aid Breast Cancer Hardship Fund received a $30,000 Pink Aid grant this year that will allow women to get support for non-medical needs such as transportation, food expenses, house cleaning, child care, wigs and post-mastectomy garments. Pink Aid support is available for patients of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute at the Center for Advanced Medicine, Cancer Institute at Huntington and Imbert Cancer Center. Pink Aid gave $25,000 this year to the Pink Aid Hardship Fund at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead that allows women to get assistance with

transportation, post-surgical recovery garments, wigs, prosthesis, groceries, delivery services, housing and utility financial assistance. Additionally, Pink Aid is funding Peconic’s Taking Care of You Navigation Services program, which includes a bilingual navigation coordinator to help women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. “This generous support from Pink Aid Long Island will help ensure that underserved women throughout Long Island are able to get the support they need,” said Dr. Richard Barakat, physician in chief and director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute. “Financial barriers should never prevent women from obtaining breast cancer screening or care and Pink Aid’s support is helping to make this a reality.” Pink Aid Long Island’s mission is to provide underserved women with the ability and resources to get the breast cancer screening and assistance they need. This is the fourth year Pink Aid Long Island has awarded grants to Northwell Health. Pink Aid has given a total of $125,000 to the Dolan Family Health Center over four years; $88,154 over three years to Northwell Health Cancer Institute and $37,400 to Peconic Bay Medical Center over the last two years. For more information about Pink Aid Long Island, go to




Pink Aid Long Island has given $95,000 in grants to three Northwell Health programs which help under-insured and uninsured women get breast cancer screenings and get assistance while they are receiving breast cancer treatment. These grants were given to the Northwell Health Cancer Institute based in New Hyde Park, Dolan Family Health Center in Greenlawn, and Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

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Real estate firm joins Buffett group Continued from Page 1 ruary 2012 after he broke away from Laffey Fine Homes, which is operated by his brothers Philip and Mark. Laffey added that the real estate firm planned to “at least” triple the number of agents it employs in the coming two years as a result of the partnership. Offices in “strategic locations” would be coming to Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Brooklyn. In addition to its Greenvale location, Laffey also operates locally out of offices in Glen Cove, Williston Park, and Woodbury. Laffey planned to commemorate the brand transition on July 11 with a celebration at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville. Reach reporter Luke Torrance by email at ltorrance@, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 214, or follow him on Twitter @ LukeATorrance.


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Legal Notice Notice of formation of P.R.A.D, LLC Arts. of Org. files with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/11/2018. Office location: Nassau county. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 14 Ford Street, Glen Cove, NY 11542. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. RT #148792 6x 07/13, 07/20, 07/27, 08/03, 08/10, 08/17 /2018 #148792


Laffey Fine Homes International office in Williston Park.

Northwell to show off updated plans Continued from Page 13 The expansion will come almost up to the edge of the property line shared by Northwell and the Greentree Foundation, although Anderson said that Northwell will not need a back setback variance for the project. Trees will be planted to hide the building from view and Anderson said a fire lane was moved to create a larger buffer zone of vegetation between the building and the Greentree property. He said the parapet, or edge, of the roof would be 95 feet high.

A cooling tower on top will bring the height up to 111 feet after changes were made to the original design. The top floor will also have reflective glass that will help it blend in with the sky; this reflective glass will wrap around the entire top floor of the pavilion. Anderson said he wasn’t particularly# worried about birds crashing into the glass, as Northwell has other buildings with the same type of windows and he said there had not been reports of birds hitting them.

Northwell and Cannon released the new designs to the public earlier this month. While they do not need a back setback variance, the project will need variances for front-yard setback, side-yard setback, building height and on-site parking. When first reviewing the plans in February, Greentree Foundation President# Nicholas Gabriel said that the North Shore University Hospital had “boxed themselves into a corner,” which Anderson said was a fair assessment. “There really is no other loca-

tion we can build this,” he said. “All the services this [expansion] needs are connected to the existing hospital, the#only place to build new ICUs#is in this location.” He said that Northwell had tried to cooperate with Greentree to limit the visual impact, but there was only so much they could do. “While they appreciate the efforts we’ve made to make the building less visual, they still have concerns that it’s too large and too close to the property,” he said. “But we’re moving ahead and Greentree is aware of that.”

Anid to lead NYIT communications office Continued from Page 12 gineering and Computing Sciences, Dr. Anid worked tirelessly with faculty and staff to demonstrate to prospective students and their families what makes NYIT’s engineering and computer science programs so exciting,” Foley said. “She has been especially effective in her efforts to

bring more young women into technical disciplines, and has been unflagging in her advancement and promotion of the engineering school, its people, and its programs. It is this energy and passion that she will now bring to all of NYIT in her new role.” Anid said her new role will

be to both work with Foley on his vision as well as advocating for the institution much as she did as dean. “My job will be to realize our new president’s vision and to make NYIT better known as the place for makers, for doers, for inventors and innovators, and to make NYIT a premiere polytech-

nic both on Long Island and in New York,” Anid said. “That will be the main message we’re going to push forward.” Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 215, or follow her on Twitter @acamurati.

Town seeks its own clinic for vets

Continued from Page 19 “I have met with both the outgoing director and the incoming acting director of the Northport VA Medical Center, and have stressed

the importance of expanding all services to meet the needs of all of our veterans.” A spokesman for Rice told Newsday that the Congresswom-

an agreed that another clinic in Nassau would be “of great service to local veterans.” According to the VA website, there are 47 outpatient clinics in

the state of New York. A clinic in North Hempstead would give Nassau three clinics, as many as Suffolk County.

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NE W YORK COUNTY NASSAU Index No.: 8191/15 Assigned to Justice Roy S. Mahon, J.S.C. HUNT BRESKY, as Executor of the Estate of Jeffrey R. Ruggiero and HUNT BRESKY as Trustee of The Jeffrey R. Ruggiero Revocable Trust, Plaintiff, -againstTina Ruggiero, Defendant. TO ALL CREDITORS NOT PARTIES TO THE ABOVE ENTITLED ACTION WHO HAVE LIENS ON THE UNDIVIDED SHARES OR INTEREST OF ANY PARTY: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that each and every person whether a party or not a party to the above entitled action who, at the date of the order appointing the undersigned referee, namely June 6, 2018, had a lien upon any undivided shares or interest of a party in the property hereinafter described, is hereby required to appear before the undersigned at 300 Garden City Plaza, Fifth Floor, Garden City, New York, on or before August 10, 2018 to provide such lien and the true amount due or to become due by reason thereof. The property herein is described in the complaint is as follows: 9 The Poplars, Roslyn Estates, County of Nassau, State of New York, 11576. Dated June 26, 2018 Anthony J. Falanga, Esq. RT #148714 4X 06/29, 07/06, 07/13, 07/20 /2018 #148714



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Two alums return to NYIT to coach Jimmy Goelz, Chris Rojas return to school as baseball program assistants Two decades after graduating from NYIT and heading to professional baseball, Jimmy Goelz and Chris Rojas are returning home. The former NYIT standouts have joined recently hired Frank Catalanotto’s staff as assistant coaches with the baseball program. Rojas will serve as pitching coach, while Goelz will oversee the position players. “I am thrilled to have Jimmy and Chris on the staff,” Catalanotto said. “They are both very passionate about the game and are two of the hardestworking coaches I know. I can’t wait to watch the impact they have on the NYIT baseball program.” Frank Battaglia, who joined NYIT in October, also remains with the baseball program as an assistant coach. Goelz and Rojas were teammates with the Bears two decades ago. They both graduated from NYIT with bachelor’s degrees in 1998 — Goelz in business management, Rojas in criminal justice. “We’re all proud of this program, so I’m thrilled to be back,” Goelz said. “I think when we were here as players the tradition was so strong. We always wanted to get it back to where it was before we got here. I think we had some moments where we did, but we never sustained it. I think that’s the challenge from the alumni and what Chris and I are trying to put together.” Said Rojas: “Being able to do it with this coaching staff, it makes it a perfect storm. I’m looking forward to


Jimmy Goelz, left, and Chris Rojas will return to NYIT as assistant coaches with the baseball program. the challenge, and really trying to help invigorate the alumni and create a consistent winner here.” Goelz, a 16th-round draft pick as a senior, appeared in 463 games over seven seasons as a utility player in the minors with the Dodgers, Indians, Red Sox and Marlins organizations. Rojas, undrafted, compiled a 59-53 record and 4.12 ERA in 187 appearances (164 starts) over nine minor league seasons with the Pirates, Padres and Phillies organizations. He also represented Puerto Rico in the 2006

World Baseball Classic, on a squad that included Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina. Both also played in the independent Atlantic League — Goelz for the Long Island Ducks and Rojas for the Somerset Patriots. The duo most recently had been at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, with Goelz serving as the head coach and Rojas as the associate head coach. They took the baseball program to two CHSAA finals in four seasons. Goelz also has worked for the past

dozen years as an FDNY captain in Manhattan. Rojas is vice president of sales at MPX, a major credit-card processing firm owned by fellow baseball alum Chris Briller, a 2017 inductee into the NYIT Athletics Hall of Fame. Goelz’s relationship with Catalanotto, a former 14-year major leaguer, predates knowing Rojas. They grew up together and both played baseball at Smithtown East High School. “Frank was the guy I looked up to,” Goelz said. “I was the JV second baseman and he was the varsity second baseman. I always wanted to be like him. And when I was drafted, he called and took me under his wing and mentored me through pro ball. He’s like a big brother to me.” Rojas also served as pitching coach for the Bears during the 2012 and ’13 seasons. The highlight of his undergraduate career, Rojas recalled, was pitching five scoreless innings against a ranked Georgia Southern team in a road victory as a sophomore. Goelz easily recalled his favorite memory. On the first pitch to NYIT of the 1998 season, he homered at Wake Forest en route to an 11-6 victory. The Demon Deacons reached the finals of the NCAA South Regional later that season. Goelz was named NYIT MVP that year. Goelz now resides in St. James with his wife Victoria and sons Chase and Carter. Rojas lives in East Meadow with his wife Paola and sons CJ and Justin.

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