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Roslyn’s Rust to row for U.S. national team



Member of Port Rowing preparing for world championship in Tokyo BY J E S S I C A PA R K S Lindsey Rust of Roslyn has been selected to compete on the world stage with the U.S. junior national under-19 rowing team. Rust is the first rower with Port Rowing of Port Washington to be invited to the identification camp for the national team, a precursor to being selected. The team is expected to be finalized by July 18, according to Port Rowing women’s head coach Isa Rahman, but he said it isn’t likely to be adjusted unless someone gets hurt before then. The world championship is in early August in Tokyo. Rahman said the junior national teams always inaugurate the course that is to be used for the next year’s Olympic Games going back to the 1970s. He said it is a huge success for a member of a community-based rowing team to be selected to compete with rowers from much larger

organizations. Rust is currently practicing at a camp in Princeton, New Jersey, where she has been since she progressed to phase two of the selection process in which the pool was narrowed from about 45 to 25 girls. Rahman said Rust has been competing for a spot on the four or eight rowing teams. He said being selected took a lot of hard work and planning from Rust, with whom he has been working toward this goal for a number of years. She really wanted to get on the junior national team this year, the last year she was eligible, in order to have a better chance to compete with the under-23 team in the future, Rahman said. Rust put a lot of time in to achieve her goal, doing a lot of work on the margins and training when many others weren’t, her coach of three years said. Continued on Page 58


The Village of East Hills hosted performances, food and a fireworks show on July 3 in honor of Independence Day.

Residents oppose, brace for Macy’s development BY T E R I W EST Richard Bentley, who leads the conglomerate of all of Manhasset’s civic groups, described it as “everybody’s worst fear.”

A development with three rental unit apartment buildings, an office building and hotel along Manhasset’s Northern Boulevard and Community Drive proposed by Macy’s and Brookfield Properties is simply

far too big, he said. After Brookfield and Macy’s debuted the plan for the Manhasset Square project to the Council of Greater Manhasset Civics Associations in May, disContinued on Page 58

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Top: The grist mill’s husk frame was removed in early June. Right: Howard Kroplick with an original Dutch frame in the grist mill. Left: A street view of the grist mill taken in February.




BY T E R I W EST It looks like the kind of structure kids instinctively draw to depict a house – a rectangle with a triangle slammed on as the roof. An ordinary looking building like that stands out in Roslyn, where many are tall and ornamented. Right now, however, the Roslyn Grist Mill looks sunken. The base of the roof is nearly at street level, and the construction signs on the light brown wood out front could trick one into thinking the building is just another new structure being built. It’s not. The grist mill has known Roslyn since before the United States was independent. It has seen the village evolve over the course of 45 presidencies and the main street rise with development. Soon, as the next step in what is planned to be a threeyear restoration project, the grist mill will be raised to be at street level once again. In years to come, it will welcome visitors. “This is one of the jewels,” said Howard Kroplick, president of the Roslyn Landmark Society, which is leading the restoration project. “This is a real treasure here.” Wooden beams traverse the length of the structure, bolstered by diagonal pieces and connected by pegs. The existing timber frames are the original ones from when the Grist Mill was built, sometime between 1715 and 1741. “People who love grist mills just go crazy when they see this,” Kroplick, in a hard hat, said as he gestured toward the Dutch frames. “This is like a dinosaur.” The hardest part about the grist mill restoration was starting it, he said. For decades, there was a

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sign out front promising a coming restoration that never happened, Kroplick said. The Nassau County-owned building required millions of dollars worth of grants to be completed. They have flowed in. To date, the state has contributed $1 million, the county has given $440,000 and an additional $820,000 has come from donations, trusts and foundations. That $2.26 million is 40 percent of what the Roslyn Landmark Society estimates the project will require. “In terms of being a museum, I think that it will be an attractive option for all surrounding communities and eventually word will spread throughout Long Island and also Westchester and Manhattan,” said Roslyn Landmark Society Trustee Jordan Fensterman. “I think that people will be very interested in coming and seeing an area that is really a time capsule for how America was.” In August, the society successfully began the first phase of restoration, having hazardous


The Roslyn Grist Mill served as a teahouse for 54 years, beginning in 1920. Photo circa 1930. materials abated, beams stabilized and the roof repaired. In coming weeks, a company from Pennsylvania will

come to raise it. The building had been at street level until around 1900, when the parking lot across the street was built,

Kroplick said. “The lake used to come right to the road,” said Roslyn Landmark Society Secretary

Jay Corn. “That parking lot is all filled, so to bring it back to grade level is really bringing it back to its original location, and that’s exciting.” The building served as a water-powered mill for more than 150 years, according to the Roslyn Landmark Society. As of 2017, it was one of 21 wind and water mills still standing on Long Island, according to Kroplick. “The mill was the center of the economy when it was built,” Corn said. “The farmers used to bring their grain there. That mill probably supplied half of Manhattan with flour.” One of the Roslyn Grist Mill’s most renowned visitors was America’s first president. George Washington wrote about a stop at the owner Hendrick Onderdonck’s house, which was next to the grist mill, in his diary, according to the Roslyn Landmark Society. “Breakfasted at a Mr. Underduncks at the head of a little bay; where we were kindly received and well entertained,” Continued on Page 59

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Kayak run returns to Manhasset Bay 15th annual event promises time to enjoy the water in a noncompetitive environment

BY J E S S I C A PA R K S The Port WashingtonManhasset Kayak Run is not a race but instead an opportunity for people to enjoy Manhasset Bay in a noncompetitive way. The idea for the event was conceived in 2004 by members of the community – Community Chest board member Joel Ziev, Twin Pines Co-op and Twin Pines Kayak Club founder Edna Turner and Atlantic Outfitters owner John Thompson – who wanted to help enhance the kayaking experience on the bay. Now, the on-the-water event returns for its 15th year on Saturday, July 20, and Community Chest of Port Washington’s executive director, Julie Meer Harnick, said it might be the largest kayaking event on Long Island. She said last year the kayak run saw almost 100 participants paddling on about 76 boats, including one with a crew of dogs adorned in floaties and life vests. Harnick said the easy-structured, well-supervised event is a good opportunity for people who aren’t too familiar with using the


The Port Washington-Manhasset Kayak Run returns for its 15th year on Manhasset Bay on Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m. bay for water sports. Participants follow a marked route consisting of 12 checkpoints, each manned by volunteers. Safety assistance is provided by the town’s bay constable and Port Washington’s fireboat.

Boats take off from the Town Dock at 10 a.m. and checkpoints include the Port North Dock, Gulfway Marine, Manhasset Isle Community Dock, Manorhaven Park boat launch, North Shore Yacht Club,

Brewer Capri gas dock, Plum Point Dock, Worry Wort or the Yellow Barge, Manhasset Bay Estates, Port Washington Estates, Port Washington Yacht Club and the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. Harnick said that while

some attendees do go out for speed, there will be no awards for a fast finish. Participants usually begin arriving at 9 a.m. to put their boats in the water, Harnick said. Rentals are available from Kostal Paddle and Atlantic Outfitters at a discounted price for those who do not have their own boats. The raffle’s grand prize this year will be a new kayak and proceeds will go to the Community Chest of Port Washington, which co-presents the event with the Town of North Hempstead. The 2019 Port Washington-Manhasset Kayak Run is sponsored by the Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation. Registrations for the event are available in paper at the Town Dock, Atlantic Outfitters, Kostal Paddle and West Marine and also online at Fees for ages 20 and under are $10 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. For adults, fees are $24 in advance and $45 on the day of the event. Admission includes one raffle ticket, hat, whistle and light lunch at the conclusion of the event.








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State seeks first cap on 1,4-dioxane


Mineola among 14 water systems across the state to receive $30K to treat contaminant BY J E S S I C A PA R K S The state health commissioner recommended a maximum contamination level of 1 part per billion for the drinking water contaminant 1,4-dioxane Monday as the governor cleared millions of dollars to help fund local projects to treat the chemical. The contaminant 1,4-dioxane is a clear liquid that was prevalent in Long Island manufacturing and is used in solvents, paint strippers, greases and wax. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies the chemical as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” through all routes of exposure. Commissioner Howard Zucker has directed the state Department of Health to begin adopting the standards that were recommended by the state Drinking Water Quality Council in December. The maximum contaminant level set by for 1,4-dioxane is the first contaminant level regulation set on the substance in the nation, according to the governor’s office. Zucker also accepted a maximum contaminant level of 10 parts per trillion for both PFOS and PFOA. PFOA is a chemical used to produce nonstick, stain-resistant and water repellent products. PFOS is a chemical used in the production of firefighting foam. “We’re proposing the most protective levels in the nation for three emerging con-

availability of $350 million for municipalities to carry out infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality. Another $27 million has been allocated to help Long Island communities upgrade drinking water treatment systems and address emerging contaminants. State grants will fund up to 60 percent of each project’s cost up to a maximum of $3 million. Both the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District and the Port Washington Water District received $3 million from the state for 1,4-dioxane treatment. The Port Washington district’s funds will also be used for PFOA treatment. The state will provide another $370,000 in grants to fund the planning and development of new local infrastructure projects that address emerging contaminants. Grants of up to $50,000 each PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS have been awarded to 14 public systems across the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved funds to support local water authorities to Among those municipalities are the conduct infrastructure projects that improve water quality and public health. Garden City Park Water District, which was awarded $19,600 for 1,4-dioxane taminants to ensure we are regularly test- 1,4-dioxane at wells in Christopher Morley treatment planning; the Village of Mineoing and fixing water systems before they Park in Roslyn before the close of the sum- la, which received $30,000 for 1,4-dioxane ever rise to a public health risk in any part mer. One of the three Port water district removal planning; and the Roslyn Water wells in the park is slightly above the pend- District, which was granted $30,000 for of the state,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. 1,4-dioxane treatment planning. The Port Washington Water District ing maximum contamination level. Continued on Page 60 The governor also announced the is expected to begin a pilot study to treat

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Opioid deaths see decline in Nassau BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N Annual opioid overdose deaths in Nassau County dropped by nearly a quarter from 2016 to 2018, newly released statistics from the Nassau County medical examiner’s office show, decreasing from 195 in 2016 to 147 in 2018.

The new numbers show a reversal of a trend of consistently rising overdose deaths in Nassau County. There were 82 deaths involving at least one opioid in 2010. By 2015 that number more than doubled to 177, before peaking at 195 in 2016. Continued on Page 68


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The Town of North Hempstead added bite to its laws regarding tethered dogs at a Town Board meeting last month, adding a series of protections for dogs and fines for convicted offenders. The change calls for dog owners to provide suitable food, water, shelter and dry ground when a dog is tethered outside. Dogs also cannot be tethered to a stationary object outdoors for more than one continuous hour during a 12-hour period between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. It also bars choke collars that could hurt a dog or impair its breathing, limits the amount of time a dog can be kept outdoors, and says dogs cannot be tethered outside in temperatures below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees. “We are speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said. “Dogs depend on hu-

mans to care and protect them.” The first violation comes with a fine ranging from $500 to $750, the second violation has a fine ranging from $750 to $1,000, and the third and subsequent violations carry a fine from $1,000 to $1,500. Each violation also carries a risk of imprisonment for up to 15 days. The new law will add considerable length to the subsection of the town code pertaining to “dogs to be restrained,” which did not restrain how an owner could tether a dog. Prior to the amendment, that chapter of the code only said it was illegal for a dog to be on any property without the owner’s consent unless the dog is “effectively restrained in the immediate custody” of its owner or on a chain or leash that was six feet or less. The full law can be found online at Continued on Page 68

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Town seeks help on Port waterfront BY J E S S I C A PA R K S North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio announced on Tuesday that the town will hire a consultant and a surveyor for the Port Washington waterfront business district. Residents urged the town to make the move at last month’s town meeting where developers and residents alike shared their issues with proposed zoning changes. Developers raised concerns that the proposed changes would halt development in the district, while residents were worried about the potential for overdevelopment. The board’s proposed zoning code changes include eliminating residential use from the district, eliminating below-ground parking, implementing a 10-yard setback on the front and rear of properties and reducing maximum building height from three stories to two. Hotel and boatel uses were eliminated from single-use properties and instead can be part of a mixed-use building. A density cap of 35 rooms per acre was introduced for new hotels. A boatel is a waterside hotel equipped to accommodate visitors traveling by boat. De Giorgio said she will head a steering committee of interested stakeholders to guide the consultant


North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio shared her vision for the future of the Port Washington Waterfront Business District at a meeting in May. through the zoning process after community members asked her to do so. “I am very flattered that everyone seems to have so much confidence that I can do that,” she said. The councilwoman said that some of the property owners have expressed interest in being part of the process. At last month’s meeting, Port Washington Chamber of Commerce President Mitch Schwartz suggesting organizing developers to hear how they would like to see the zoning code changed after one property owner

reached out to the chamber about the zoning code changes. Mariann Dalimonte, Democratic candidate for De Giorgio’s board seat and executive director of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, spoke out against the idea. “I really feel the chamber should not be hosting these meetings,” she said. “I really feel that it would be a benefit to the Town of North Hempstead to host these meetings.” De Giorgio said at the time that it wasn’t that the town is not interested

in hosting the meetings but that sometimes people feel more comfortable “not under the pressure of coming into Town Hall” and thought it would be best that the chamber host at least the initial meeting. She said on Tuesday she is trying to figure out where and when the meetings will take place but is planning for the first meeting to be held the first week of August. So for now, the board continued the public hearing without a date and scheduled a public hearing for next month’s meeting on a resolution to extend the building moratorium to April 1. Representatives of various civic groups in Port Washington voiced the need for the town to use the recently proposed zoning changes as the foundation for the updates to the code. Mike Benedetti, a member of the Mitchell Farm Home Association and the Port Washington Waterfront Association, said he was echoing his neighbors in suggesting that the proposed code dated June 7 be maintained as a baseline and incorporated into the request for proposal with the selected consultant. The 11.2-acre waterfront business district was organized in June 2009 and runs along the north side of Main Street from Sunset Park to the west side of Main Street after the curve and ends just before Dolphin Green. A building moratorium has been in effect since December 2017.

Cuomo announces Lake Success sued over Belmont LIRR station cell facility rejections BY TOM M CC A RT HY A Long Island Rail Road station will be built on the Main Line as part of the Belmont Park development, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday. It is the first full-time LIRR station to be built in nearly 50 years. The new station will be located between the Queens Village and Bellerose stations just east of the Cross Island Parkway. Cuomo’s plans said that electric shuttle buses, which were already planned to run from parking lots within Belmont Park to a proposed new arena for the Islanders hockey team, will also serve LIRR riders traveling to the grandstand and planned arena, hotel and retail village. “The Belmont project will help drive the region’s economy forward while building the Islanders a state-of-the-art facility at home on Long Island, creating thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic output along the way,” Cuomo said in a news release. The cost of constructing the new fulltime station on the Main Line and upgrading the existing spur is estimated to

BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N ExteNet Systems is suing the Village of Lake Success, according to court papers filed last month, suggesting local officials acted beyond their legal authority in blocking the company from installing cellular nodes throughout the area. The lawsuit, filed on June 12 in U.S. District Court and awaiting a response from Lake Success, calls for an expedited review and judgment that would preempt the village’s “regulatory scheme,” overturn the board’s denial of the proposed small cells, and compel the village to issue all necessary permits and consents. “ExteNet has suffered and will continue to suffer irreparable harm because of the Village prohibiting ExteNet from providing telecommunications services,” Christopher Fisher and Brendan GoodPHOTO BY JANELLE CLAUSEN house, attorneys for Extenet, argued in court papers. The lawsuit follows Lake Success be $105 million. Cuomo’s announcement said that the Empire State Development trustees rejecting nine of 13 node proteam will cover $97 million, 92 percent of posals from ExteNet Systems Inc., a comContinued on Page 22 pany that designs, builds and manages

distributed networks, to boost cell phone coverage and data capacity in May. Residents flooded public hearings regarding the proposed cell nodes, questioning their need while raising concerns. Among their worries had been aesthetics, placement and impacts on property values. Fisher and Goodhouse argue in court papers that the village violated the Telecommunications Act’s nondiscrimination provisions, “placing a substantially higher procedural and substantive burden on them” – more than $78,000 of fees. They also argue that over a roughly two-year period, ExteNet extensively modified its applications to respond to concerns, only to see most of the nodes denied with “after the fact findings” based on items “not within the limited authority reserved to the village.” Among those items, ExteNet argued, are “undefined and not ascertainable aesthetic standards,” “an alleged failure to demonstrate a lack of alternatives” when many were offered, and “claimed negative effects” from installing small utility Continued on Page 59

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U.S. soccer win also a win for Long Island BY TOM M CC A RT HY The United States women’s soccer team’s 2-0 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday to capture the World Cup was also a win for Long Island. Crystal Dunn, a defender for the women’s soccer team, was born in New Hyde Park and raised in Rockville Centre. She attended South Side High School, where she was a four-year starter for the school’s soccer team. During her tenure at South Side, she served

as forward and midfielder and as team captain in 2008 and 2009. On Monday, a day after winning, Dunn tweeted, “Woke up this morning and all I can still say is W.O.W… I’m a WORLD CHAMPION.” This was the first World Cup appearance for the 26-yearold player. On the team, she is a defender, but the Team USA’s website says, “Versatile and ruthless, Crystal Dunn excels in virtually every position on the field.”

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Macy’s proposal a test for town Brookfield Properties and Macy’s are expected to submit their plans for a $400 million, mixedused development on the Manhasset Macy’s property to the Town of North Hempstead in coming days. The town’s response to these plans will provide a test of North Hempstead’s ability to balance the desires of area residents and village officials with the needs of healthy downtown business districts in the 21st century and a strong local economy. The project would add three apartment buildings containing 355 rental units, a hotel, an office building and retail and dining outlets to the Macy’s property on what is now a vast and unsightly parking lot surrounding the department store. Most of the 2,271 parking spaces would be in an underground lot. “The site has been a productive center of commerce for more than 50 years,” said Aaneen Oslen, vice president of mixed-use development for Brookfield. “With the changing landscape of retail real estate, the proposed project will ensure its success for the next 50 years.” The apartment building would also provide much-needed housing for young people as well as older adults. The entire project would bring jobs and tax revenue. But concerns, if not outright opposition, appear to be building among civic leaders and neighboring village officials. At a meeting with the Greater Council of Manhasset Civic Associations, members expressed legitimate concerns about the impact on the Manhasset school system, water system, adjacent neighborhood, traffic and an already exist-

ing downtown district on Plandome Road. Some village officials have echoed the concern about the impact on the downtown on Plandome Road as well as neighboring areas such as Great Neck, whose downtown is filled with empty storefronts. These concerns are, in some ways, a positive sign about the proposed Macy’s development. At a time when village officials have cited a decline in sales at brick-and-mortar locations as a reason for empty storefronts in their communities, even they apparently believe that a strong retail presence is possible on the Macy’s site. Which begs the question, what’s stopping them from developing a plan that keeps or restores their downtown shopping districts? Sue Auriemma, secretary of the Greater Council of Manhasset Civic Associations, pointed out that Manhasset’s downtown along Plandome Road has been struggling to hold on to businesses and attract new businesses because it doesn’t have sewers. Which begs another question, why not? Thanks to the efforts of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, which has been working with the Town of North Hempstead, sewers may be finally coming to Plandome Road. We hope the town’s dereliction in providing sufficient infrastructure to Manhasset’s business district does not negatively affect the plan presented by Macy’s and Brookfield Properties. Nor should the concerns of other villages that have failed to keep up with the needs of businesses in the 21st century.


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It is true that the Macy’s site has advantages over the downtown districts. The partners have in Macy’s an anchor tenant that will attract shoppers by virtue of its well-known brand and aggressive advertising. They also have ample and, if they continue their current practice and those of other shopping centers, free parking. In contrast, downtown districts in villages require that shoppers pay for their time in a store and run the risk of getting a ticket. For some villages, this is a significant source of revenue but is counterproductive when downtown districts are competing with online stores and shopping centers where parking is free. The amount of parking is often an issue as well. Richard Nicolello, the presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, said county legislators actually receive funds that can be used to increase parking availability – but have routinely redirected the money to other uses. How about government funding new parking lots, only placing meters in front of storefronts to ensure they are available for quick purchases and making parking lots away from storefronts free? This would make the downtowns more competitive with malls, strip cen-

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The mayors of both Farmingdale and Mineola, which have both seen turnarounds in their downtowns, told attendees of Blank Slate Media’s recent community forum that building a consensus around a single plan is a key to revitalizing local downtown districts. Unfortunately, the leadership to bring these groups together seems missing in too many places. On the other hand, Great Neck, Manhasset and other communities in the Town of North Hempstead have something that Macy’s and Brookfield Properties want – a Main Street feel. We hope town officials will deal wisely with what Macy’s and Brookfield Properties are offering the Town of North Hempstead. There are legitimate concerns with the project that need to be addressed. The town officials should work with Macy’s and Brookfield Properties to overcome them. We also hope the town, as well as village officials, will look for ways to allow existing business districts to better compete with the Macy’s location as well as other shopping centers and online retailers. To do otherwise, would be bad for the Macy’s site, the downtown shopping districts and the communities that surround them.



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ters and the Internet. What about the revenue lost? Find another way to finance your government not at the expense of local businesses. Local government also needs sensible, customer-friendly parking regulations. In one case – Great Neck Plaza – the mayor and trustees have discouraged dining in the villageby banning valet parking. They are the lone village in the Town of North Hempstead to do so. They also have many empty storefronts – including those formerly occupied by restaurants. The Great Neck Plaza business district, as well as other neighboring villages, might actually benefit from the people in the 355 rental apartments, office building and 200-room hotel planned by Macy’s and Brookfield Properties. With reasonable amenities such as valet parking and an improved infrastructure to enable new restaurants to open, the Macy’s project’s apartments, hotel and office building could become a new source of customers for downtown business districts. Macy’s and Brookfield Properties have another major advantage that villages and civic associations should consider – a coherent plan for an entire shopping district.


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Trump fails test of time in 2 1/2 years


or almost three years, America has been witness to one of the oddest and most confusing spectacles in the past 50 years. That aberration is the tenure of Donald J. Trump as president. Depending on your age, most of our readers have lived under either a Bush, Clinton or Obama. We have seen them on their best days and their worst days and have drawn our own conclusions on what type of person we want occupying the Oval Office. Despite being a partisan, I have tried hard to understand what motivates Trump, what he has done and what he has failed to do. I have a number of friends who are staunch Trump supporters, but even they are weary and mystified over the conduct of a man who came to office as a real estate power, a television star and a candidate who pledged to make America great again. Trump supporters praise the rising stock market, low

unemployment and claim that the country was never in better shape than it is now. But I see an America that is more divided than when President Obama left office. His advocates talk about his legislative successes, but when you look closely, there are no Trump victories that emanated in the House or the Senate. He swore that he would not govern by executive order, but his every claim of success is based on some document he signed that was never approved by Congress. A great day on the stock market may help your 401-k plan, but nationally, wages for the common person or woman are stagnant. The Trump tax law enriched the one per cent of Americans and helped corporations buy back trillions in stock from the shareholders, but it didn’t help middle-class citizens with their struggle to survive. Unemployment is at an alltime low, but it was decreasing dramatically when Obama left

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office so the downward trend didn’t start on Jan. 20,2017, when Trump took office. Trump entered office sitting on a pile of pledges that he would “drain the swamp,” make everybody prosperous and would undo all the political evils of the past. Over 2 1/2 years he has seen many of his appointees resign due to conflicts of interest

and his so-called base is worse off now than ever before. Most of his key campaign aides have been convicted of some form of criminal acts and his Cabinet is made up of almost a dozen “acting” heads, due to the massive turnover in their departments. Can you name any successful deals that have been concluded under the Trump tenure? Reduction of the nuclear threat by North Korea? Last I looked Trump and the Korean dictator were still writing love letters to each other at the same time that Kim Jong-un is building new missile sites. Peace in the Middle East? Well into the Trump term, things have gotten worse in the Israel- Arab world. Pledges of cash to the Palestinians for development are useless without some type of autonomy. Remember all of the campaign promises to residents of the red states? At this point in time, farm bankruptcies are at an all-time high, coal mines are closing and manufacturing is

rapidly declining. New rounds of layoffs have eclipsed the promised jobs. The only business that seems to be growing is the sale of MAGA hats, the proceeds of which go to the Trump campaign. Can you name one recent president who used foul words or threw insults at a political competitor? Trump has reduced the level of political conversation to its lowest level in history. Every person who Trump dislikes is subject to taunts, name-calling and verbal abuse. Whether it’s a Bette Midler or Nancy Pelosi, no one is spared from the Trump tweet. One of the reasons former Vice President Joe Biden is leading in the polls is because voters view him as a welcome contrast to the current president. I am not a young man anymore and time is precious. But if the next 18 months went by in the blink of an eye, I would be very happy.


Family dialogue can be a mindfield


ommunicating with your nearest and dearest can be tricky at the best of times. For instance, one of my boys got very upset years ago when he thought I had threatened someone with a beating. “Mommy, who are you going to beat up here?” he asked in a tremulous voice. “No one!” I answered. “Whatever gave you that idea?” It eventually turned out that he’d overheard me talking politics with a friend. “We might lose the Senate,” I had apparently said, “but we’ll definitely beat them in the House.” It isn’t just me, confusion is everywhere. A friend told me that recently, with so many college graduates and world travelers home from school, she and her husband had called a family meeting. “We’re going to need some more rules,” she told them. “From now on, everyone has to be sure to leave the shower curtain open, so it doesn’t get moldy.” “You mean closed,” said her son. “No, I mean open,” she

said. “Closed is how it gets moldy.” “But that’s exactly why you should want it closed — so that it doesn’t,” he responded. This continued until one of the other children noticed that although the words sounded diametrically opposed, both mother and son were miming the same gesture for what should happen to the shower curtain — namely, two hands starting together but ending up far apart. “You both mean the same thing,” she exclaimed. “You’re just saying it differently. You, Mom, mean the curtain itself gets opened out, while my brother means that anyone looking at it from outside the shower would think the shower area is closed off.” “Exactly!” Mother and son said, together. Thank goodness they solved that one. Misunderstandings can even happen out of thin air. I was driving one of my boys somewhere, when he was old enough to sit in the front seat — say, 14 — but not yet old enough to drive. We came to


A Look on the Lighter Side an intersection where a left turn would bring us to a traffic light that seemed always to be red. So I turned right, planning to go the long way around the block and avoid it. But the move puzzled my son, who knew that our ultimate destination lay to the left. “Why are you going this way?” he asked me. “To avoid the light,” I replied. Puzzled, he looked up at the cloudless sky. “Um, how, exactly, is that supposed to work?” It took me several days to

figure out that it seemed to him as if his crazy mother was planning to outwit the sun. Eventually, this boy went to college and was finally about to graduate. His university, in its infinite wisdom, announced that commencement would be held in its open-air football stadium…come rain, shine or thunderstorm. I packed for the worst: three ponchos, two umbrellas, two binoculars, and one waterproof portfolio for the diploma. The only thing that would carry it all was a college backpack. It made perfect sense to me, but it did not impress the guard at the stadium entrance. “No backpacks,” she barked. “There was nothing from the university about backpacks,” I protested. “It just said ’stadium attire.’ I only need this because of the rain. Here, see for yourself.” And I unzipped every zipper, opened every compartment and gave a guided tour of everything inside. The guard was adamant. “No backpacks,” she snapped again. “Then what am I supposed to do with it?” I wailed.

“You’ll have to check it,” she said.“Over there.” She waved her hand, away from the stadium, toward the whole rest of the campus. “No can do,” I said. I was afraid that if I wandered off in search of the mythical bag check, I might miss my child’s entire graduation… which wasn’t an option. On the other hand, I am no longer young enough for sprinting nimbly past stadium guards, so I stood rooted to the spot. Finally, someone came to their senses and let me in — bag and all. But recounting this story later, to the newly minted graduate, he had only one question for me. “Why didn’t you just let them check the bag?” he asked. Boom! Twenty-five minutes later I was still in mid-rant about why I couldn’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t “just check the bag,” when it became clear he thought I had simply refused to let the guard look into it. “If only!” I said, and ranted on. It would have been easier to avoid the light.

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Canceling student debt a bad idea


he recent Democratic presidential debates made one thing clear: cancelling outstanding student debt is on the table. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to wipe away $640 billion in outstanding loans, while U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders would like to cancel all $1.6 trillion in student debt now on the books. As attractive as these proposals may sound, they are a mistake. Here’s why: First, loans when cancelled, don’t vaporize into thin air. In fact, legislation freeing student debt would transfer this financial burden to the American taxpayer. The deficit would then go up by roughly $1.6 trillion. That’s $1,600,000,000,000! The interest on the additional debt service alone would cost taxpayers, who didn’t take out college loans, over $30 billion per year. Second, wiping out student debt sends a message that accumulating debt isn’t a concern, because the government will save you. Use the 2008 mortgage crisis as an example. If all student loans suddenly disappeared, students and parents working several jobs

to pay for college educations, would discover this had been a waste of time. And what about the grandparents who have emptied their retirement accounts? The message being sent by some Democratic presidential hopefuls is this: Those who scrimped, saved and budgeted wisely to pay for college were foolhardy. Finally, if the government forgives student debt, where will the funding come from for other initiatives, like Universal Health Care? Where will the $3 trillion come from to fix America’s roads, bridges and drinking-water systems? Where will the federal government find funding for Social Security and disability before they go bankrupt? The United States already runs a trillion-dollar annual deficit during a strong economy. In other words, funding even one of the aforementioned initiatives would be difficult, especially during the eventual recession. What I don’t understand are the poor choices students make by running up $100,000 or more in undergraduate student debt. For New Yorkers in particular, going to a local community college for

ADAM HABER All Things Political two years and a top-notch SUNY School for two more, would cost a total of $65,000, which is what a private university’s tuition with room and board is for one year. Is going to a private university a better value and going to improve your future pay several times more than a state school? I don’t think so. Your average 18-year-old students can’t comprehend what the debt service is on a $100,000 student loan, or how that will affect

their future ability to purchase a home, save for retirement or even start a family. The standard repayment plan for a student loan is for 10 years but studies show the average bachelor’s degree takes 21 years to pay off. To pay off a $100,000 student loan at 6 percent over 15 years would cost $844 a month, which is over $10,000 a year of after-tax income. If the federal government can now borrow at roughly 2 percent, which is the current interest rate on the 10-year bond, why isn’t our government initiating student loans at the same interest rate? The difference in payments between 6 percent and 2 percent interest on a 15-year, $100,000 loan is $200 per month. Here’s a better solution to the student debt problem: the interest accruing on student loans could be frozen or even wiped out if borrowers can prove they are struggling to make payments, but the principal borrowed must eventually be repaid. That’s the very least that should be expected when a loan is taken out. Here’s another suggestion:

there should be a mandatory Intro to Finance class given to every high school senior. The curriculum should include costs of loans with different interest rates and payment schedules, the negative effects of poor short-term spending habits, suggestions for smart choices necessary for prudent long-term financial planning, and how to apply for every possible college scholarship out there. A prospective college student should have a thorough understanding of the future sacrifices that may need to be made to pay back outsize loans. Presidential hopefuls like to put forth initiatives where everything is free, such as wiping out outstanding student loans. They will offer anything they can in the hopes of getting elected, and let future generations worry about how to pay for it. Unfortunately, student debt needs to be paid back. Regardless of how attractive these candidates’ magical thinking may sound, the consequences for abandoning debt are real. Student debt doesn’t magically disappear on its own.


Climate crisis demands mobilization With all the coverage of the athe moon landing, I just realized what was missing from applying an Apollo Mission-level intensity and a World War II-scale mobilization to solving the most pressing, existential crisis this nation faces: climate change. Both the Race to the Moon and World War II mobilizations were propelled by the need to beat an enemy – Russia for domination of space and fascism in World War II – which overcame the knee-jerk responses of “too expensive” or “too disruptive” to society. Instead, solving the climate crisis requires cooperation – partisan cooperation and global collaboration. And that’s where it all broke down under Republicans going back to Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Trumpism. (Moment of nostalgia: Just 2 ½ years ago, we had a president, Barack Obama, who led the nation and the world to the Paris Climate Accord and implemented significant steps toward transitioning from a carbonbased economy to one fueled by clean, renewable energy.) So much these last 2 ½ years has felt so surreal, but none more than the back-to-back press calls I had: the first with EPA Administra-

tor Andrew Wheeler and Council of Environmental Quality Chair Mary Neumeyer, who were giving a preview of the speech Trump was about to give. The theme, “America’s Environmental Leadership Under President Donald J. Trump.” (gag) Laughably, Wheeler used as his measure of Trump’s masterful leadership the statistic that from 1970 to 2018, the combined emissions of the most common air pollutants fell 74 percent while the economy grew over 275 percent. The 1970 starting point pre-dated the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and the EPA, His example of global “leadership” was that Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord, which, he said, was unfair to U.S. trade. Mary Neumeyer, for her part, repeated at least four times the mantra that Trump “recognizes a strong economy is vital for environmental protection” – not that environmental protection is vital for a strong economy. The next day, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) held a press call about their plan to introduce a resolution declaring the climate crisis a national emergency


warranting massive-scale mobilization on the level of World War II to urgently halt, reverse, and address the consequences of climate change. Blumenauer compared the absurdity of Trump declaring a “national emergency” to justify building a wall on the southern border to the real national emergency of climate change – 93 degrees in Anchorage on July 4, record heat waves in Europe (113 degrees in Paris), record drought in Oregon, flooding in Nebraska, wildfires in California. “The U.S. has only 12 years to reverse global warming. It’s time for Congress to understand

this is an emergency and act like it,” he said. But there is, in fact, a connection between the refugee crisis here in Europe, Syria, Africa, and Latin America. People are escaping the political and economic turmoil which has as a root cause the climate catastrophes that are leaving people destitute and desperate. By mid-century, it is estimated there will be 150 million climate refugees – dwarfing the record 66 million refugees today. And that’s what the world has to look forward to – not in centuries or generations, not even in decades, but unfolding now. Margaret Klein Fellerman, founder and executive director of The Climate Mobilization (https:// www.theclimatemobilization. org/), said, “Global warming is accelerating and will cause the collapse of civilization this century if we fail to move toward zero emissions in years, not decades. A WWII-scale mobilization is necessary to reverse global warming and the mass extinction of species in order to protect humanity and the natural world from climate catastrophe.” Alan Minsky, executive director of Progressive Democrats for

America, said, “U.S. federal government leadership on this issue is necessary for the world. The U.S. has an outsized obligation, not only because we have the world’s largest carbon footprint, but also the balance of the world’s scientific research capacity and its brain trust. The American university system is unrivaled – the development of technology should be here.” More than 700 governments in 16 countries have already declared a climate emergency, including New York City. And if there has been any progress in the U.S., which Wheeler credits to Trump, it is because 26 states and U.S. territories have formed their own United States Climate Alliance, committed to upholding the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. Collectively, they represent 50 percent of the U.S. population. If the U.S. air and water quality has improved and carbon emissions been reduced, as Trump boasts, it is because of their efforts, certainly not overturning Obama’s standards for car fuelefficiency or coal plant emissions, or opening fossil fuel extraction on public lands. These are Trump’s only “policy” contributions. The money is there. Continued on Page 60

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Healthy soil helps immune system


residential candidate Marianne Williamson said during the first Democratic debate “we have a sickness care system in the United States. We just wait until somebody gets sick and then we talk about who is going to pay for the treatment and how they’re going to be treated … It gets back to not just big pharma, not just health insurance companies, but it has to do with chemical policies, it has to do with food, it has to do with drug policies, and it has to do with environmental policies.” I don’t think that Williamson should be our next president, but I do believe that she is making a good point and some politicians, scientists, and engaged citizens are addressing or have tried to address these issues. Unfortunately, it’s human nature to act only once something has happened, once a sickness has struck. And it certainly doesn’t help that a sick patient is more lucrative than a healthy one. On the other side, the National Cancer Institute says that

“making strides in cancer prevention is not only a public health imperative, it is also an economic imperative. By 2020, the United States will spend an estimated $174 billion each year on cancer care.” So why is it that research into cancer prevention receives only a fraction of cancer cure investments and only focuses on areas such as nutrition, physical activity and tobacco use? There is no mention of environmental exposures such as engine exhaust, pesticides, and other chemicals, like the exposure of many Long Island residents to chemicals such as 1,4-dioxane that currently have no standards set for maximum levels allowed in our drinking water. We all know that our government is not a corporation, nor should it be. But it should take a page out of the corporate playbook, find the root cause of this $174 billion problem and eliminate it. It won’t be fast, but we will never find a cure if we don’t start looking more diligently at

JULIANE SAARY-LITTMAN Earth Matters causes. And this strategy should be applied to a lot of different illnesses. Let’s not rely on our government. There are a couple of steps we should do to address those root causes: First, and you probably have already heard this, support public officials who recognize prevention as a major cost saver and are pushing for environmental exposure limits that will keep us healthy.

Second, when you hire somebody to take care of any part of your home, like cleaning services, painters, or landscapers, make sure to ask them about the cleaners, paints, fertilizers or pesticides they are planning to use on your property. And don’t just believe them when they tell you that all products used are perfectly safe. Do your own brief research to confirm their statement, just to be sure. Especially if you have young children at home and the service is part of a franchise with an outof-state head office as some may follow their more lax home state safety standards. Finally, we all need to recognize the long-term health benefits of not only eating healthy, but also supporting farmers and landscapers that keep our soil healthy. Simply put: Healthy soil -> healthy plants -> healthy people. Scientists have found that letting children play outdoors in the mud, aka healthy soil, is the best way to ensure they develop a strong immune system and fewer incidences of sickness or diseases

such as asthma. Healthy soil is so important for life on Earth yet so poorly understood or appreciated. Science and technology brought us the “green revolution:” chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, super-sized tractors, genetically modified crops adapted to agricultural chemicals. What is rarely apparent is the damage this is causing to the soil. Let’s all stop using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and let’s buy organic produce which has been grown in healthy soil whenever possible. It won’t break your bank, especially if you eat with the season. I am a strong believer that in the long run eating organic will save you a lot of money by avoiding those sky-high medical bills and missed work or school days. You could even consider it your personal contribution to eliminate the $174 billion problem. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday mornings at Port Washington’s own (organic) Farmers Market at the Town Dock.


More transparency from health insurers I was pleased to represent North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center as part of a significant advocacy effort, along with a broad array of mental health and substance use providers and consumers across New York State, that led to the December 2018 enactment of the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Report Act. The new law will require commercial health insurers to submit key information to the state Department of Financial Services for analysis and evaluation of compliance with federal and state parity laws. The intent of this provision of the new law is to advance the need for greater accountability and transparency. Until now, existing parity laws – which demand that coverage and treatment for mental health and substance use disorders are on par with the coverage and treatment of physical

illnesses – have been widely ignored, putting lives at risk. The failure to enforce parity laws was made clear in January 2018, when the Guidance Center released Project Access, a Long Island-wide study on the difficulty or ease in which families were able to access healthcare for mental illness and addiction. You can access the full report on the center’s website, www.northshorechildguidance. org; click on the Project Access tab. This new legislation, which was passed one year after the release of Project Access, is a shared success and would not have been possible without strong grassroots support that included the generation of an enormous volume of letters, calls and social media posts from advocates. The challenge ahead will be to hold the DFS accountable, ensuring that they are taking adequate steps to verify the


data and information that will be provided to them by health insurers. Verification is essential to determining, for example, if the networks of providers on a health insurer’s plan are in fact real, as opposed to deceased, retired or no longer accepting insurance. They must also verify and report when waiting lists of valid providers are so long that access is delayed beyond a rea-

sonable time with respect to the urgency of the need. Before a recent client of ours found the Guidance Center, she told us a provider that was part of a large hospital system told her that the wait for an appointment for her teen was six months – and this was a girl in urgent need of care. I’m proud that at the Guidance Center we see emergency cases within 24 to 48 hours, and no one is turned away for inability to pay. One reason for the paucity of mental health and drug treatment providers is the substandard rates of reimbursement that health insurers pay such providers, as compared to what they pay physical health care providers. This must be exposed and corrected if found to be the case when access to care is denied. In addition to this promising advancement in New York state, this past April a federal court in the Northern District

of California found that the giant health insurer United Behavioral Health had been using flawed criteria, contrary to generally accepted standards, to determine medical necessity for the care and treatment of patients with mental health and substance use disorders. This decision fires a powerful warning shot at all insurance carriers who cut corners in determining medical necessity without regard for quality of care, and whose sole aim is enriching themselves at the expense of their beneficiaries living with mental health and substance use disorders. Now, according to leading mental health advocate and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, a federal court is making it clear that there will be consequences for disregarding established standards of quality care in favor of a financial bottom line. We are making progress.

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Accused of helping the undocumented


ast week, I wrote about Scott Warren, who provided food, water and medical services to migrants who were fearing death in their native lands. I was interested in knowing more about Scott Warren and his work. I learned that he was 36 years old and worked with an organization called “No More Deaths.” Government prosecutors Nathaniel Walters and Anna Wright said he was the “hub” of a conspiracy at his recent federal trial in Arizona on charges of aiding undocumented immigrants. Ross Carroll, writing in The Guardian, pointed to other charges against Warren including “driving in a wilderness area, entering a wildlife refuge without a permit and abandoning property,” the latter an apparent reference to leaving water, food and blankets. The absurdity of these charges would be laughable if the punishment weren’t so serious. Warren also instructed new

volunteers on distributing “harm reduction kits.” These consisted of chlorine to purify water, ointment for blisters, combs for removing cholla cactus spines, and a list of emergency numbers including 911. Do these actions sound like they are designed to shake the foundations of our republic? Supporters of the “orange Satan” make the following argument: The migrants make a conscious decision to come north and by so doing violate U.S. law. Strict law enforcement will deter others from risking their lives in a fruitless endeavor. There is no evidence to substantiate this claim. There is a name for this policy. It’s called zero tolerance. “Trumpites” can make the case that without borders we would be inundated with hordes of illegal immigrants. And as our president has stated, the illegals enter the U.S. carrying drugs, bringing disease and form gangs which commit serious crimes. The final argu-

ment is that it is unfair to all the legal immigrants who played by the rules. The Center for Constitutional Rights points out that zero tolerance “is meant to be cruel…to punish families. It is intentionally inhumane.” The Southern Poverty Law Center states “the administration’s callous ‘zero tolerance’ policy ‘…ripped apart thousands of families at the border as they sought safety in the United States.'” One should also question the administration’s argument about disease and gangs. Most seeking safe harbor in the U.S. are law-abiding and hardworking. At least six children have died while in U.S. custody. This catastrophe could have been avoided if more money had been allocated for processing migrants. Instead of building walls, we might think about ameliorating the economic conditions in Central America which lead to the “caravans.” Finally, it is hard to believe POTUS when he, accord-

ing to the Washington Post, has lied or exaggerated over 10,000 times since taking office. Having said this, one of the lessons we can learn has to do with the ends/means relationship. Democracies do not believe that the ends justify the means. In Warren’s case, our government’s end – to stop illegal entrants – may be legitimate, but the means (zero tolerance) aren’t. Dictatorships hold that using horrific means to achieve noble ends is acceptable. After the Russian revolution, the Bolshevik government murdered 4 million Kulaks who would not give up their land to collectivization. The Bolsheviks were willing to employ whatever means necessary to achieve their end. So, there must be limits as to what is permissible. During Vietnam, the U.S. condoned “waterboarding” as a means of extracting information from the enemy. This led to a national debate as to whether torture was permis-

sible. It flew in the face of everything this country stands for. It was argued that we were employing tactics more appropriate in autocratic regimes. Once we abandon time-honored principles this nation has stood for, we are no better than our enemies. And there is the admonition of Jesus: “What is it worth to gain the whole world and yet lose your own soul.” When Scott Warren’s trial ended in a hung jury, his attorney, Greg Kuykendall, issued a statement which puts the trial in a larger, historical context. He said, “…as a nation we have a long and consistent history of demonizing… those we fear. But just as deep and ever-present in America is a contingent of people – always a minority at first – who are resolute people of conscience. People who love, honor and respect all other people, regardless of race or status…” Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

Celender’s folly wreaks havoc on Plaza


alamity Jean rides again. Mayor Jean Celender’s ill-conceived TEP project has not even been completed, yet it already has created a monster much larger than the congestion and inconvenience to all the drivers, shoppers and residents who live in and pass through this area. In the past two weeks, there have been two vehicular accidents on the streets in front of the stores and two acts of overnight vehicular vandalism (July 2 and July 3) – one on a car and the other on a motorcycle – both of which were diagonally parked across from the post office, in close proximity to a non-working village lamppost in front of 8 Welwyn Road. Our car was one of the vehicles that was vandalized. It was not a “professional” job; after inspection of the damage, we were told that the vandalism was clearly done by amateurs. Maybe someone was “unhappy” that on that night we had the nerve to take away one of the parking spaces on the block that is “reserved” for Shop Delight’s employees. Or maybe someone was “unhappy” that we have openly and repeatedly asked our mayor for proper oversight of the non-resident, illegally

parked Shop Delight employees – to no avail. Or maybe the vandalism to our car was just coincidental. Shop Delight’s conditional use permit prohibits their employees from parking on the streets adjacent to the store. Celender has brazenly ignored the terms of the permit by allowing the employees to usurp as many spaces as they can on Welwyn Road, as close to the store as possible, for as many hours as they wish, without fear of parking tickets to the employees or retribution to the store. Our hypocritical mayor has made it impossible for residents of the area to find parking on our block while Shop Delight is open. That’s not new news. Everyone already knows that Jean Celender doesn’t care about the residents (e.g. the promise of the resident garage that was most recently breached) unless she can reap some personal gain. However, this time, her lack of concern for residents has given us a concrete reason to hold the mayor and the village responsible for the vandalism to our car. As of this writing, the village street lamp in front of 8 Welwyn Road has been out of service for over five months. We have per-

sonally reported this outage to the village multiple times, asking for it to be repaired, because the street is too dark without it. However, the non-working lamp is situated in front of a residential building. Therefore, in keeping with the mayor’s modus operandi, this repair garners the lowest possible priority because it would mainly benefit the residents of the area. Yet nothing has been spared by the village in the creation of this mayor’s ill-conceived, million dollar TEP atrocity. On the night that our car was vandalized, it was parked adjacent to that non-functioning village street lamp in front of 8 Welwyn Road; the situation was the same for the motorcycle vandalized on the following night. Because the area was very dark, the felon(s) could not be seen. Had the lamppost been repaired in a timely fashion, the vandal(s) would have been easy to spot. For that reason, we believe that the mayor and the village are responsible for vandalism that might have been prevented had there been adequate light on the street. The recent accidents and vandalism in the Welwyn/ Shoreward area since the TEP installation began are just the

tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, there will be more of the same. For example, the mayor had pictures of bicycles stenciled onto the streets directly in back of the parked cars in front of the stores and directly in front of the post office where the buses turn. No bicyclist who values his life would ever attempt to ride there (or anywhere else in this area). And for this reckless assault on the lives of her constituents, the mayor collected big bucks in grant money. Jean Celender never responds to letters and emails. For that reason, Jay and Judy Linden spoke out in an open letter to Mayor Celender in the June 28 issue of the Great Neck News, adeptly calling her TEP project “ill-conceived, problematic and out of step with the needs of the community” and “a perfect match to your tenure as mayor.” In last week’s Great Neck News, Monica Braunfeld’s article asking for mayoral term limits did a praiseworthy job spelling out the best and worst characteristics of public servants, and she didn’t mince words when asking residents how much longer we are expected “to live under this regime of insanity,” with a plea to residents to wake up to “the disastrous impact this

mayor has been continuing to impose on GNP.” Sam Yellis’ article in last week’s Great Neck News shed light on the empty store issue in the village during a symposium which dealt with revitalization planning. He wrote an impassioned plea to reimagine a village “where we can cross Middle Neck Road, where pedestrians’ lives matter, where people are a priority, not cars, where bicycles and bicyclists are respected…” Jean Celender was not in attendance at the symposium. Where is the knight in shining armor who is ready and able to slay this dragon next March? We need you! Imagine our community if we had a mayor who actually cared. And we need plaza residents to get involved to make it happen. Remember Ben Franklin’s Revolutionary warning: “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” The message is still valid today. It’s time for the Jean Machine Regime to go. Muriel and Leo Pfeifer Village of Neck Plaza (We want our “Great” back!) Letters Continued on Page 50

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North Shore High seniors graduate It was a beautiful day on June 26 as the North Shore High School seniors donned their caps and gowns for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony. Parents, friends, administrators, and families, happily gathered outside the high school to watch the ceremony led by Principal Albert Cousins. Speakers included Superintendent Peter Giarrizzo, Valedictorian James Campbell, Salutatorian Hanah Leventhal and North Shore Board of Education President Sara Jones. To begin the ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Senior Class Co-Presidents Alyssa Dey and Kyra Kiggins followed by the National Anthem sung by Mairead Colby, accompanied by members of the North Shore High School musicians conducted by Mr. David Soto. Prior to the graduation ceremony, the high school seniors visited each of the elementary schools in their caps and gowns stopping to say “hello” and take photos with their younger peers. Giarrizzo said, “I try to select a song that makes me think fondly of all of you while providing me with an opportunity to use a soundtrack to help me

frame my thoughts. “Let It Be,” written by Paul McCartney is a song that was inspired by a dream and is about possibilities and perspective. It is a song, almost a hymn, of innocence naiveté, hope, and overcoming hardship.” McCartney writes, “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, Let it be.” The song concludes with, “There will be an answer, let it

be – Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.” Giarrizzo continued, “While we don’t know the words she offers, in a time of hardship he hears his mother tell him that he should free himself from whatever is weighing him down… All throughout your life you will find yourself in times where you will need to find perspective and persist. Communication on deep, personal levels is so important and I encourage you to

commit to connecting with others in the world in meaningful ways.” Giarrizzo concluded by saying, “As you leave on your many journeys, listen carefully for the whispers that will bring you peace, clarity, learning, and afford you opportunities to be your best self and then let it be.” At the conclusion of the 2019 Commencement Ceremony, the North Shore Alma Mater was led by Olivia Bross and

Demi Otis. Cousins thanked all of the parents and their families and told his graduating seniors that he respected them and was very proud of their accomplishments. He stated that they had fulfilled all of the New York State High School requirements to graduate. To a loud round of applause by all of those in the audience, the graduates joyously tossed their hats in the air. Submitted by the North Shore school district

Campbell, Leventhal named val and sal North Shore High School Valedictorian James Campbell took the podium at the 2019 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony while her peers, teachers, family, and friends watched with joy and admiration. He asked, “What, you may say, is this magical element, this special quality that makes North Shore so different? And to that, I’d say it’s the faculty. That’s right, in my time here, I can say that my teachers have been some of the most interesting and remarkable people I’ll ever meet in my life.” Campbell went on to thank many of his teachers by name who “helped to make North Shore what it is.” Later in his speech, James concluded by saying, “My advice is this: be conscious. What does this mean? It means to think, to be aware, to question, to have an active mind. More than anything, it means to ask “why? Being conscious means having a purpose behind everything you do. It means being relentless about considering your reasons for acting…Consciousness is what makes humanity distinctive in the universe…The matters of the world are too important to just sit there zoned out with nothing on your mind. If you are going to live your life, live it alive. Always be conscious. It is certainly better than the alternative.” Campbell’s numerous accomplishments including member of the Rho Kappa Honor Society, National Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society, and Science Honor Society. He was awarded the AAPT Award for Achievement in Physics Campbellalso participated in a myriad of fulfilling activities including being a Peer Leader, he was awarded a Long Island Math Fair Silver Certificate with Distinction, was the President of the Science Bowl and Team

and was on the Executive Board of the Key Club. Campbell is also a musician who plays trumpet in the concert band and jazz band and was a co-president in the concert band. In addition, he participated in athletics exceling on the varsity and junior varsity soccer teams as well as the junior varsity basketball team. He will be attending Cornell University in September 2019. “I am chanpuru,” said salutatorian Hanah Leventhal at the North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony. “This Okinawan word literally mean mixture, but it is also the name of a much loved local dish…I am a mixture of two cultures from opposite sides of the globe: an American father from Eastern Europe and a mother who emigrated from Okinawa. I am lucky to experience

the riches of not one, but two district cultures. Being biracial gives me a unique lens through which to view the world. It helps give me the ability to understand the point-of-view of others and have an appreciation for what makes everyone special.” She concluded by saying, “Each and every one of you has the potential to change the world. Continue to build your skills; get into the game and make a difference. I am truly excited by the idea that we will all have the chance to make an impact and light the way to a brighter future.” Leventhal is also the receiver of many awards and honors at North Shore including International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist, Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors (mastery in Math and Science), Advanced Placement Scholar, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society (President), National Science Honor Society, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, National Language Honor Society (Spanish), and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She also received the George Washington University Book Award and Freda Kittleburger Award. She has been involved in Math Research and the Long Island Math Fair and was the first female captain on the robotics team. In addition, Leventhal loves music (singing, piano and cello) as well as art. She has participated in the High School Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra playing the cello. She also sings in the concert chorale. She also achieved the following Scholastic Art and Writing Awards including the National Silver Medal, Regional Gold Key and Regional Silver Key. She will be attending Yale University. Submitted by the North Shoreschool district



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Albertson fire company earns award The Chiefs of the volunteer Albertson Fire Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Co. No. 1 were honored with the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) 2019 Recruitment and Retention Award on June 10, at the Albertson Fire Station by Steve Klein, FASNY President and Jose DaRocha, FASNY Board Member and member of the Albertson Fire Company. This honor is a new award for FASNY. The volunteer fire service has a long, proud heritage in New York State and is deeply integrated into the social fabric for the region. Volunteer fire departments not only answer emergency calls, but they often serve as key community organizations. Across New York, member enrollment has been down in most firehouses– and with call volumes up for both fire, safety and EMS – there has been a crucial need for additional volunteers all-around. Between the 1980s and 2011, the volunteer fire service dwindled to about 85,000 members. But, during this time, the number and complexity of emergency calls continued to increase. For the past nine years, FASNY has hosted a recruitment campaign throughout the entire state during the month of April, however, it is important that individual firehouses host on-going opportunities to increase membership as well.

Over the past two years, the Albertson Fire Company has seen a 30 percent increase in new member applications. The fire company has a unique family dynamic and camaraderie that helps with recruiting but the dedication of the Chiefs, including Bill Clark, Joel Melamed, Jay Janowitz and Tim Farrell has been reflected in the company’s successful retention rate. To help bring in new members from the

community, the fire company has several welcoming street signs including the one in front of the firehouse. Every Sunday, they have the doors open and invite families to engage with the members and visit the fire trucks and rescue vehicles. The Albertson Fire Company is actively engaged with residents at community meetings, house calls, parades and social outings. Using social media, many of the young-

er members post about the work they do and social opportunities, which helps to contribute to the retention of the junior probationary membership. However, the fire company’s old-fashioned approach of recruitment including using local advertisements and a large electronic display in front of the firehouse still helps to bring people in. To aid in building camaraderie, the Albertson Fire Company participates in a mentorship program, where Chiefs engage closely with recruits for the first six months. Social outings like baseball games at local stadiums, hockey, paintball and trap shooting bring about 30 members to each event, which has assisted in maintaining morale. And at monthly meetings, firefighters are recognized for exemplary behavior. “The success of the Albertson Fire Company is one I would like to use for the entire state of New York,” says Steve Klein, president of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. “Increasing membership by nearly 30 percent over the past two years and keeping the retention of new members greater than 80 percent is something we should all strive for.” Submitted by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York

Roslyn alum to premiere play

North Shore students move up During the weeks of June 17 and June 24, families, administration, faculty and staff were warmly welcomed to the moving up ceremonies of each of the three North Shore Elementary Schools led by their respective principals including Chris Zub-

lionis (Sea Cliff), Bridget Finder (Glenwood Landing) and Lori Nimmo (Glen Head). In addition, Principal Robert Dennis at North Shore Middle School led his eighth graders in a memorable moving on ceremony that was held on June 25 in the gym-

nasium at the middle school. Additionally, North Shore Middle School Principal Robert Dennis spoke to all of his incoming sixthgrade students at each of the elementary schools. Submitted by the North Shore school district

Ellen Pober Rittberg, a Roslyn High School alum who returned to Roslyn in 2009 and lived there for six years, is having the Manhattan debut of her play Sci Fi at New York Theater Festival’s Summerfest. The festival is New York City’s largest theater festival. Sci Fi will have performances July 29 at 6:15 p.m., Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. at Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 26th Street. It began as a play in Roslyn over 25 years ago when Rittbergdid a staged reading of it at Nassau County Festival for the Arts, held at the museum in Roslyn. She learned the craft of writing plays in Great Neck after seeing saw a newspaper community announcement that there was a playwriting course being given at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Great Neck by Ann Early. So you could say Sci Fi, a dystopian near future play about what happens to people and relationships once freedom and democracy have disap-


Ellen Pober Rittberg, playwright and former Roslyn resident. peared, has decidedly Long Island roots. Ticket information can be found at Submitted by Ellen Pober Rittberg

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East Hills celebrates summer Gov announces

On June 26, the Village of East Hills’ Kids in the Park celebrated the end of the school year with its annual “Party at the Pool.” Hundreds of children and parents joined in the fun.

Among the many festivities, the children enjoyed DJ music and games, temporary tattoos and hair braiding for the girls. Gold Sponsor North Shore Day Camp and Silver Sponsor Joyce

Styne of Berkshire Hathaway Laffey Fine Homes added to the success of the day by providing giveaways. “Every year, our children look forward to this event,” said Mayor Michael Koblenz. “The Kids in the Park Committee stepped it up again this year to make it an even greater tradition.” The Kids in the Park Committee Co-Chairs are Ellie Tulumba and Robyn Brattner, and Alethea Shapiro is the vice chair. The members of the committee include Risa Eshaghian, Tracey Fiddle, Rachel Liebman, Danielle Pradas, Elyse Sentner, Allyson Stumacher, Natalie Viener, Lauren Director and Keri Prestia. Submitted by the Village of East Hills

Herricks fifth and eighth grade students move up Herrick’s fifth and eighthgrade students stepped ahead during moving up ceremonies that commemorated their years of growth and success. The eighth-graders were honored with a ceremony held at the Tilles Center, where they were addressed by Principal Brian McConaghy, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fino Celano, board of education trustee Henry Zanetti, Student Government President Amelia Rasheed and members of the PTA. Numerous awards were presented, and Kaitlin Abraham read an essay.

Musical ensembles performed “Seasons of Love” and “Quintet in G Minor, K.516.” The elementary schools’ promotional events were held at the Herricks Community Center and also involved performances, awards and reflections. Center Street’s program included presentations of the songs “Song of the Open Road” and For Good.” Denton Avenue students entertained guests with the songs “One Wish” and “A Million Dreams.” Searingtown’s graduates performed “Four White Horses, Good Riddance (Time of

My Life) and “Go With a Song in Your Heart.” In addition to being exciting milestones for the students, these events were also significant for the principals. Mr. McConaghy, Denton Avenue Principal Loren Borgese and Searingtown Principal Diana DiGiorgio all completed their inaugural year in the district. Brennan Bierwiler celebrated his sixth moving up ceremony as Center Street Principal, bidding farewell to the class of students that began their journeys in the building in the same year that he did.


Belmont station

Continued from Page 12 the total, and the state will invest the remaining $8 million. The LIRR station is expected to have service approximately every half hour during peak hours and every hour during off-peak hours, according to the news release. The announcement came as the Empire State Development board voted at a meeting in Manhattan to publish the arena project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement online. Aubrey Phillips, a spokesman for the Belmont Park Community coalition, expressed frustration with the announcement, saying he had been led to believe that Cuomo would hold a news conference on Long Island. “There was no conference; he issued out a press release instead,” Phillips said. Phillips was critical of the announcement and the location of the meeting, saying, “They announced a meeting on a holiday weekend nowhere near where the project is.” In regards to transparency, the Belmont Park Community Coalition sent out an email giving the Empire State Development board an “F.” Larry Penner, a transportation historian who previously worked for 31 years for the U.S. Department of Transportation, wrote an open letter critiquing Cuomo’s announcement. In regard to the project costing $105 million, Penner wrote, “Just how did he come up with this number? A reliable cost estimate takes more than just a press release with station renderings that were probably prepared by Empire State Development Corporation project consultant.” Phillips is critical of the location of the proposed train station, noting that the station is not in Belmont, but in Bellerose Terrace. On the station, Phillips said, “It doesn’t solve the problems of Elmont residents.” Dominick Longobardi, mayor of the Village of Floral Park, said that he has asked engineers to review the plans for the proposed LIRR station.

In a statement to residents Longobardi wrote, “Although a train station may be helpful in that it may alleviate some traffic, it’s not a panacea and, quite frankly, generates additional concerns as to the placement of the train station and its impact on surrounding residents.” Longobardi said his three concerns about the Belmont Park project are traffic, parking and security. He said that while the original plans for the arena project had a parking lot, the parking burden will be on the residents in more updated plans. Longobardi said that in order to be successful, the arena must be open at least 250 days a year and he is concerned about the effect the constant influx of consumers for games will have on the community. At Monday’s village board meeting Longobardi said, “As this project progressed new elements were introduced such as the use of the south parking lot for the “Shopping Experience,” forcing the major majority of the parking to be behind the main racetrack and placing it adjacent to our grammar school and many of our homes, leaving our residents to deal with all kinds of issues from security, tailgating, light and noise pollution, etc. We have discussed ways to alleviate these issues such as natural barriers, directed lighting.” Longobardi is requesting more time to review the project’s final Environmental Impact Statement, which has 22 large chapters. Longobardi and the Floral Park village board said they doubt that a public comment period closing at noon on July 23 is enough time to respond. The new LIRR station has the support of state Sens. Anna Kaplan (D-Great Neck) and Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach), Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “I am confident that this project will deliver real, longterm benefits for Long Islanders. Let’s say ‘yes’ to jobs, ‘yes’ to economic opportunity, and ‘yes’ to creating a Long Island that will thrive in the future,” Curran said in a news release.





he summer season on Long Island is typically the busiest time of year for families looking to get out of the house together. From Manhattan to Montauk, there are plenty of events to choose from to enjoy the warm weather with your family and find activities everyone will enjoy. The events that tends to draw a sizable crowd are local fairs and festivals – and Long Island has plenty of those all summer long. Here are some of the events that will be happening across Long Island the next few weeks: July The Long Island Summer Festival: Happening Friday, July 12, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, July 13, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Long Island Summer Festival will be taking place at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. The festival will host hundreds of local vendors and have a wide variety of food options. It will also feature a carnival-like experience, which includes rides and Long Island’s only Hot-Air Balloon trips. Tickets are on sale now and are available online, along with more information, at Children 12-and-under are free to enter, while all others will be charged $5 to get in. Babylon Block Party: This year’s first date for the Babylon Block Party already took place last month, so if you missed out on June’s event, you won’t want to make the same mistake this month. July’s Babylon Block Party will be held on Thursday, July 18, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. along Deer Park Avenue. The festivities include live music and outdoor dining, as well as games, vendors, artisans and bouncy houses for the kids to enjoy. If you can’t make it out to Babylon on July 18, don’t worry, another block party will be happening on Aug. 29. Admission to the event is free for all ages. Great South Bay Music Festival: The 13th annual music festival is back at Shorefront Park in Patchogue again, with live

Great South Bay Music Festival (credit/ performances happening all weekend long from July 18 to July 21. The Great South Bay Music Festival features over 60 performers on four different stages, including 2018 Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductee Taking Back Sunday, of Levittown. The festival also features an artisan markets for those interested in arts and crafts and a fun and educational KIDZONE. Tickets are required for admission and can be purchased online at Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Art Craft & Gift Fair: For those who love to shop-tillyou-drop, this event is an opportunity for you to shop local from established artisans and high-quality craft and gift vendors along the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk. The fair is happening Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

along with additional dates in the future (Aug. 17-18, Sept. 14-15) in case you’re busy all weekend. Admission and parking to attend the event as a customer are both free of charge. For more information, head to Taste of Montauk: The Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 7th annual Taste of Montauk event on Sunday, July 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be held on the Great Lawn of Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina and will feature locally produced craft beers, Long Island wine, and plenty of food from restaurants located at the end of Long Island’s south fork. The event is 21-plus and tickets are $85 in advance or $95 on the day of the event, if available. For more information, visit www.montaukchamber. com.

August Garvies Point Museum Day: Glen Cove’s Garvies Point Museum and Preserve will be hosting its Museum Day on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will be fun and educational for all ages and includes insect studies, nature walks, bird-watching, paper-making workshop, butterfly gardens, rock and mineral identifications, movies and more. Admission to Museum Day is $5 for those aged 5 and up. More information can be found at www. Massapequa Park Village Street Fair: From Sunrise Highway to Clark Boulevard, Massapequa Park will once again be hosting its annual street fair on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s fair features more than 150 vendors down Park Boulevard, live entertainment, children’s rides, a rock-climbing wall, mechanical bull, clam shucking, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, plenty of food and a slapshot booth, courtesy of the New York Islanders. Admission to the event is 100 percent free and if it rains, there’s no need to worry, the rain date is scheduled for the following Sunday, Aug. 11. Sayville Summerfest: An art show, a classic car show, a four-mile run and live musical performances are just some of the exciting things you can find at this year’s Sayville Summerfest. Hosted by the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce, Sayville Summerfest will be happening all weekend from Friday, Aug. 9, to Sunday, Aug. 11. In addition to everything already listed, Sayville Summerfest will also feature over 200 craft and food vendors, rides, games and a beer and wine tasting tent. For more information, including the full schedule of live musical performances, head to www. Italian Festival in New Hyde Park: New Hyde Park is hosting its annual Italian Festival for five days in late August, from Wednesday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 25. The festival features plenty of Italian dishes, along with zeppoles, pastries, famous stuffed cellinis, rides, games, live music and much more. On Saturday, Aug. 24, a fireworks show will be held at night. The festival costs just $1 for adults to enter and on Sunday, Aug. 25, admission is free for community appreciation day, the final day of the festival. Also part of community appreciation day are half-priced pasta dishes until 5 p.m. The festival will be held at Michael J. Tully Park from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. More information can be found through Cellini Lodge 2206 on its website,

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THE TOP SEVEN EVENTS Florida Georgia Line: Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour Saturday, July 20, gates: 6 p.m., show: 7 p.m.

The duo’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour is Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley and comes after releasing their fourth studio album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, on Feb. 15. Dan + Shay and FGL’s “Up Down” collaborator Morgan Wallen will join them on the road as support acts.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic

Saturday, July 20, doors: 5:30 p.m., show: 7 p.m. “Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammys and 15 career nominations. Yankovic is stopping at Forest Hills Stadium as part of his Strings Attached tour, joined by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Where: Forest Hills Stadium 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills Info & Tickets: 888-929-7849


Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presents “Rockin’ Fights XXXV” Friday, July 19, doors: 7 p.m., show: 7:30 p.m. Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing “Rockin’ Fights” series at The Paramount has developed some of Long Island and Star Boxing’s biggest stars, such as former world champion Chris Algieri, light heavyweight star Joe Smith Jr. and junior welterweight knockout artist Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin. The “Rockin’ Fights” series at The Paramount offers an affordable and extremely entertaining night out, that is guaranteed to see action packed professional fighting. Where: The Paramount 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: 631-673-7300


Mike DelGuidice - Performing the music of Billy Joel and much more Saturday, July 20, doors: 6:30 p.m., show: 8 p.m.

Mike DelGuidice and the band all currently are touring members of Billy Joel’s band, and when they are not performing at the groundbreaking residency at MSG, they are performing at their Long Island home – The Paramount. Welcoming them back for their 24th sold-out show – Mike and the band never disappoint with a high energy, crowdpleasing performance – playing all the major hits. Where: The Paramount 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: 631-673-7300


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FOR THE COMING WEEK Take Flight: Bats & Taps – Nature and Brews Night Friday, July 19, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A bat biologist chats bat conservation on a twilight gardens walk. Later, sample beers from featured brewery Barrier Brewing Company as sourced by Hicksville Beer and Soda and handmade cheese from Goodale Farms. 21+ only. Where: Old Westbury Gardens 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury Info & Tickets: 516-333-0048


Electric Mud/5Dead X’s Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m.

The two bands will be performing on Wednesday, July 24 at My Father’s Place. Electric Mud was started by brothers Marc and Matty in Staten Island back in 2008, while 5Dead X’s was founded by Chris Kinnear in late 2018, with Jason Liebman, Chris Crosby, and Joe Pess. Where: My Father’s Place 1221 Old Northern Blvd, Roslyn Info & Tickets: 516-413-3535


50+ Comedy Tour

Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m. The 50+ Comedy Tour returns to the Gold Coast Arts Center with a new lineup of comedians over 50. The lineup features Scott Schendlinger, Rob Falcone, David Weiss, plus a surprise guest.


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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Soulful Sunday Morning

Where: Gold Coast Arts Center 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck Info & Tickets: 516-829-2570

11:00 AM


Multigenerational Worship Service for family and friends with LIVE Cosmic Orchestra, an extension of the Soulful Sundown Friday evening program.

Family Coffee* House and Religious Education Sunday Summer Program Kick-Off


Our first-ever, interactive, spin on Soulful Sundown Coffee* House (*now with lemonade) led by Strummin’ and Drummin’. (Or tour the Veatch House or join a UUCSR Philanthropy discussion.) Picnic lunches brought from home are welcome.

During Summer Services: 11:00 AM–12:30 PM

July 21


For Children K-Grade 6 & Childcare for younger kids

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Come Visit

THE OYSTER BAY RAILROAD MUSEUM 102 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay

We are open Sat. & Sun. 10AM-4PM and invite you to our Visitor Center, Theodore Roosevelt's historic train station, display yard with railroad equipment and turntable.

THE TOP EVENTS FOR KIDS FOR THE COMING WEEK Geology of Garvies Point & Long Island

Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn about local geological phenomena including concretions, rattlestones, Cretaceous clays and plant fossils, and more. Followed by a walk along the rocky beach. Where: Garvies Point Museum & Preserve 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove Info: 516-571-8010 or



Saturday, July 20, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Go aboard the newly acquired DE/DM locomotive and M7 cab simulators.


or on the web @ Admission: $6.00 13-61 Adults, $5.00 Seniors 62+, $4.00 children 6-12, 5 and under FREE

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Come celebrate the anniversary of this momentous step in space history as you learn about astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, explore rocket science, and more. Where: Long Island Children’s Museum 11 Davis Ave., Garden City Info: 516-224-5800 or


Shark Invasion

Sunday, July 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s Shark Week and we’re celebrating this apex predator with lots of hands-on activities. See a real shark jaw and a Megalodon tooth! Find out about sharks’ amazing senses, and excavate a real shark tooth fossil and turn it into a necklace to wear home. Where: The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor Info: 631-367-3418 or


Kidz Bop Live

Sunday, July 21, Gates: 3 p.m., show: 4 p.m.


Following the success of last year’s tour, which sold out multiple shows across the country, The KIDZ BOP Kids are hitting the road again in 2019 with a Bop-Stop at Jones Beach on Sunday, July 21. Where: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 895 Bay Pkwy, Wantagh Info & Tickets: 516-221-1000 or



JoJo Siwa: D.R.E.A.M. the Tour

Sunday, July 21, Doors: 5:30 p.m., show: 7 p.m. or 212.239.6200

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Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, New York Times bestselling author and star on Nickelodeon’s “Lip Sync Battle Shorties.” On July 21, Siwa will be taking her “D.R.E.A.M. the Tour” to Forest Hills Stadium. Where: Forest Hills Stadium 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills Info & Tickets:


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Tributes to Isadora Preserve celebrates 4 Duncan, Walt Whitman years of music, poetry Dance Visions NY has several exciting programs in the lap of nature coming up at Long Island landmarks throughout July. On Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m., Dance Visions NY will be performing at Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, both indoors at Hempstead House and outdoors in the beautiful Rose Garden overlooking the Long Island Sound. Admission to the performance is free for members or $15 per car for non-members. The group will also be performing on Thursday, July 25, at 8 p.m. at the Steppingstone Waterside Theater in Kings Point. Highlights of the program for both dates include the late American and French dancer Isadora Duncan’s “Tribute to Greek Gods,” created to

Schubert’s Symphony in C (the Great), and new Jucovy works. “Earth Trilogy” recently premiered at “Take Root” at Green Space, in Long Island City, and includes Isadora Duncan’s dances of nature, “Delicate Web,” which illustrates the possible effects of climate change on humanity, and “Hymn,” a prayer for the Earth created to a Native American medley arranged for the dance by soprano and choral director, Farah Chandu. “Jolted Reverie,” another new work, is set to music of Beethoven and music of percussionist Napoleon Revels Bey, who will play live at the concert along with pianist Paul Baserman. Another new work, “Tangos,” will premiere at this program. “Tangos“ includes duets,

featuring one man and four women, and an enticing finale, created to the stunning music of Astor Piazollo. Lastly on Saturday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m., the group will present a dance/poetry performance in honor of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday anniversary, called “I Hear America Singing, I see America Dancing” outdoors on the lawn of the Walt Whitman Birthplace. Whitman’s 200th birthday also coincides with Isadora Duncan’s 141st birthday. Duncan was greatly influenced by Whitman, calling him her “spiritual teacher.” The dance group will pay tribute to the two influencers through word, dance and music. Excerpts of poems by Whitman are illustrated by authentic Duncan dances under the direction of Beth Jucovy. Duncan dance pianist Mark Fiedler will play many of these works live to the music of Chopin, Brahms, Gluck, Strauss, Schubert and the group will be reviving a work to the music of Micheal Sheyne. The program will be performed outdoors at the birthplace of Walt Whitman, located at 246 Walt Whitman Rd. in Huntington Station.

Judea plans summer Shabbat services The Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) is a year-round observance and celebration. During the months of July and August, Temple Judea introduces some interesting variables making observance even more exciting and perhaps unexpected within the range of the traditional songs, Torah readings, blessings and prayers. For starters, wine and cheese will be served in the lobby at 6 p.m. each Friday evening, followed by the Shabbat service in the Sanctuary at 6:30 pm. All are invited to attend. The Adult Volunteer Choir will assist in the responsibilities of observing the traditions, prayers and songs of Shabbat each week in July and August, including the two weeks of Shabbat when Rabbi Chizner is on vacation. The new cantor, Deborah Jacobson, who has recently been appointed

by Temple Judea, will begin her term in August. The Adult Volunteer Choir is a group of congregants who are thoroughly familiar with and trained in conducting the Shabbat service. They come from a variety of vocations including two lawyers, a poet/ author, two psychologists, the manager of a dental office, an insurance broker and a professional actor/musician/comedian. Tod Groman is the leader and trainer of the group. He is joined by Sha Beaman, Karen Blum, Irving Flamer, Dr.Stanley Goldklang, Susan Goldklang, Paula Groothuis, Dr. Vin Guarerra, and Spencer Herman. Temple Judea is located at 333 Searingtown Road, Manhasset (off Exit 36 on LIE) and can be reached at or (516) 621-8049. New members are always welcome.

The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, located on the Gold Coast of Long Island, presents Summer Playlist, the third in four magical concerts comprising the new Four Seasons in Music series, on Saturday, July 13, in historic Hempstead House and Rose Garden. Artistic Director Kathryn Lockwood created this captivating, thought-provoking series, gathering brilliant, internationally renowned artists to perform in beautiful venues across the Guggenheim Estate. The series is designed for adults, but children 8 years and older are welcome. A summerthemed dinner follows the concert outside in the Rose Garden overlooking the Long Island Sound. Summer Playlist celebrates the sunny days and sultry nights of summer with an eclectic-mix of poetry and music. The “playlist” features classics by Bach and Mozart, exciting new works, and folk tunes from around the globe. The Conservancy welcomes an ensemble of world-class musicians such as Lockwood (viola), Todd Reynolds (violin), Nathan Koci (accordion), Yousif Sheronick (percussion), and Sheri Hammerstrom (poetry reader). The concert is set inside Hempstead House, where the living room will be transformed into a European-style courtyard. “Summer lifts our spirits and inspires dance and song,” said Lockwood. “You’ll be uplifted by an exuberant Gigue by Bach, touched by a romantic waltz from accordionist-composer Guy Klucevsek, seduced by the breathless beauty of ‘Oblivion,’ the famous love song by the legendary Argentine master Astor Piaz-

zolla; and swept away by the sensual pulse of Indifference, a showcase for our entire ensemble. Summer breezes carry you to lands near and far while taking you on a journey to an exciting world of innovative music-making.” Also on the program: the sizzling Indian accents of Shirish Korde’s “Joy,” a virtuoso duet for viola and percussion performed by duoJalal (violist Kathryn Lockwood and percussionist Yousif Sheronick); the haunting Americana of Bill Carson’s colorful arrangement of the traditional Bright Summer Morning; the Central European folk flavors of Klucevsek’s witty “Moose Mouth Mirror;” and the virtuosity and timeless quality of Sheronick’s “Expanding Time.” Following the concert, guests will enjoy a bountiful summer supper in the Rose Gardens, originally designed by Florence Guggenheim. The superb seasonal dinner menus are created by master chef Nicola Zanghi, prepared by Philip Stone Catering. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert in Hempstead House at 7 p.m. Dinner and dessert in the Rose Garden will take place at 8 p.m., following the concert. The final concert in the 2019 series is Autumn Leaves on Oct. 5. For Sands Point Preserve Conservancy members, adult tickets cost $100 and $50 for those aged 8 to 18. For nonmembers, adult tickets are $110 and $60 for those 8 to 18 years old. Tickets can be purchased online at or can be purchased by phone by calling 516-304-5076.

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Home remedies for joint pain can provide relief


tiff, painful joints affect a vast number of people. According to the American College of Rheumatology, arthritis and other rheumatic diseases afflict roughly 23 percent of Americans, while Canadian Health Surveys indicate that nearly 17 percent of the Canadian adult population have arthritis. The number of people living with arthritis is expected to increase as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age.

Treatments for joint pain and stiffness range from medication to physical therapy. Finding the right regimen may take some effort, including some trial and error. For those looking for treatments they can try at home, consider these homespun remedies. (Note: Check with a physician to confirm the safety of alternative treatments before adding herbs to or modifying your existing medications.) • Exercise more. Regular movement helps to maintain

garlic, celery, and kelp should be included in diets as well.

flexibility in the body’s joints. Those with joint pain may shy away from exercise, but they could be doing themselves a disservice. Low-impact exercises, like swimming and water aerobics, can work out muscles and joints without adding extra stress. Walking can replace jogging or running, and yoga and pilates may be just the thing for deep stretching.

• Lose weight. Joint pain is often tied to obesity. Losing just a few pounds can ease up strain on certain joints, such as the hips, feet and knees. Shedding weight can improve mobility and decrease pain and potential future damage to joints. Exercise goes handin-hand with healthy eating to lose weight. • Consider hot and cold therapies. Using a heating pad, hot shower or bath or an ice pack can work wonders on arthritis-related pains. Hot treatments will loosen up stiff joints, while cold therapy is best for acute pain relief. Do

• Go for a massage. The Arthritis Foundation says regular massages can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve range of motion. The massage therapist should have experience working on people with arthritis. In addition, massages should be performed by licensed physical therapists and guided by a doctor’s recommendation.

not apply hot and cold packs to the skin directly, as this can injure the skin. Wrap them in a towel first before application. • Include anti-inflammatory foods and beverages in your diet. Explore the many different natural foods and

herbs that are purported to reduce inflammation in the body. Ginger, turmeric, flaxseed, grape juice, and bromelain can alleviate inflammation and stiffness. Foods such as fatty fish and nuts high in omega-3 fatty acids also will help fight inflammation. Blueberries,

• Increase magnesium intake. Magnesium can alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. It is best ingested through dark, leafy greens but also can be taken in supplement form. Magnesium oil can be applied topically to sore joint areas. Joint pain can impact daily life and make activities less enjoyable. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that do not require harsh medications to loosen joints and combat pain.


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Home health care is supportive care provided directly for an individual. Assistance may occur in the home, a rehabilitation center or assisted living facility, a nursing home or hospital. Most times, the care helps older adults live independently for as long as possible even with illness or injury in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of home! A home health aide can help you with tasks such as bathing, dressing, toileting, laundry, light housekeeping and meal preparation. Are the home health aides background-checked? Marian Care, Inc. is a licensed agency, therefore, our home health aides must be certified and registered with the New York State Department of Health. Their backgrounds are thoroughly screened and fingerprints are registered with the criminal history database of New York State. What are the advantages of going through an agency for a home health aide? You will have the peace of

mind knowing that all the necessary measures have been considered when placing one of our aides in your home. Also, if the situation calls for a replacement aide, an agency is prepared for the challenge. Do you have any Registered Nurses working with Marian Care, Inc.? Yes. Our registered nurses are responsible for developing a tailored care plan according to the specific needs of the individual. The RN’s ensure that the aides are up to date on their in-service training and equipped with the skills needed to give you quality care at home. An RN will also visit you in your home every three months to ensure that you are receiving the care you deserve. Marian Care, Inc. provides services to Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens county residents. Marian Care, Inc. is accredited by CHAP- Community Health Accreditation Program – meeting the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards.

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How to eat after 50

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People over age 50 should increase their intake of unsaturated fats and reduce consumption of saturated fats. Nutrient-rich unsaturated fats can guard against heart conditions, protect against stroke, keep skin supple, and even help men and women maintain good neurological health. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in nuts, olives, seeds, and fatty fishes. Increase protein


s people age, their dietary needs begin to change. Foods that were once staples of your diet as a youth may be restricted once you hit a certain age, while other foods you may have always avoided may now be necessary to fuel and support a healthy body.

Eating healthy foods and exercising may not be enough to sustain health, as hormonal changes and other health effects as a person reaches age 50 can have a profound impact on his or her nutritional requirements. The following are a few things men and women over 50 may want to consider as they look to eat a healthy diet for years to come.

Vitamin D Both men and women age 50 and up have a reduced ability to produce vitamin D through exposure to the sun. Extra vitamin D will be needed from foods and supplements. Everyone over the age of 50 should take a daily vitamin D supplement of 400 IU (10 µg), according to Canada’s Food Guide. Without adequate vitamin D, bone strength and health can deteriorate because vitamin D promotes calcium absorption. Vitamin D also has other roles, including helping neuromuscular and immune function and reducing inflammation.

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According to Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as they age, men and women need more protein in their diets to maintain their muscle mass. The amount of protein needed at a younger age no longer may be adequate. Look for lean sources of protein from fish and poultry. Beans are also a low-fat source of protein that can help fulfill daily protein requirements. More fiber Eating more fiber can help with digestive and intestinal problems, such as constipation. Constipation can occur when fiber intake is not enough, coupled with a more sedentary lifestyle. The best way to get fiber is through diet. Leave the skins on fruit and vegetables and choose whole fruits

over juices. Whole-grain breads and cereals also are good sources of fiber. Dry beans and lentils can add a fiber boost. Always increase fiber slowly to determine your tolerance. Fewer calories

The National Institute on Aging says women over the age of 50 need between 1,600 and 2,000 calories, depending on how physically active they are. Men need between 2,000 and 2,400 calories per day. With each passing year there is a decrease in the energy required to maintain body weight, so caloric intake should be adjusted accordingly. More water As a person ages, his or her body may not signal it is thirsty as well as it once did, so it’s possible that you may not recognize when you are thirsty or dehydrated. The Mayo Clinic recommends around nine to 10 cups of beverages per day to remain hydrated. Eating healthy and changing one’s diet is important as a person ages, as dietary needs at age 50 may be quite different from what they were at age 30.

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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 like-minded 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 longterm care insurance pay for all or a portion of the fees? Which types of services does the monthly fee cover? • 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.

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Top causes of wrinkles

Coping with agerelated hair loss


ttitude goes a long way in regard to self-esteem. With a positive spin, it’s possible to get through difficult situations and even have a favorable outlook on getting older. But even the most optimistic among us may at times worry about the physical signs of aging and wonder what can be done to make them feel and look their best.

Wrinkles and a little extra weight around the middle certainly garner attention, but hair loss is another age-related concern. As people age, their hair changes in several ways. Graying through loss of melanin pigment is the most apparent. MedlinePlus, the health information resource from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, says that strands of hair also can become less dense and smaller through the years. Many follicles also may stop producing new hairs. Regardless of age, it is customary for a person to lose about 100 hairs a day. If those hairs are not replaced as readily as they once were, patches of thinning and balding hair may appear. The rate at which hair falls out is largely determined by genetics, according to Headcovers Unlimited, a company that produces wigs, scarves and other headwraps. But nearly everyone will experience some sort of age-related hair loss. Hormonal changes during menopause can cause noticeable thinning and scalp exposure that may be mistaken for actual hair loss. There are many ways to mitigate hair loss. Here are some handy tips.

Getting older brings about many physical and emotional changes. Wrinkles are one such physical change that is widely associated with aging.

Try a new cut. Work with your stylist to determine a haircut that can suggest the appearance of thickness and camouflage the loss of density or bare spots. Graduated layers kept close to the face can help, as can pixie cuts. Men can choose to go entirely bald and bold. Treat hair gently. Avoid harsh chemical processes and constant heat styling. Protect fragile hair from damage by pampering it.

Look for thickening formulas. Many shampoos, serums and conditioners tout volumizing or thickening properties. These can help plump up hair and make thinning less apparent.

Talk to your doctor. Hair loss may be a result of medication, a skin condition or aging. Doctors may suggest products, such as Minoxidil and Lipogaine formulas, that can be used on the scalp to reduce hair loss and help follicles produce new hair strands. Hair thinning and hair loss can be a symptom of getting older. Knowledge is key to improve hair’s appearance at any age.

Some people begin fighting wrinkling long before their first wrinkle even appears. A poll of 2,000 women conducted by DermStore found that around 30 percent of women under 35 regularly use anti-wrinkle products. The average millennial user starts at age 26 compared to the average currently 55-year-old woman, who began using wrinkle-reduction products at around age 47. As skin ages, its natural tendency is to become less elastic. However, other factors also contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Understanding the main culprits behind wrinkles can help people combat them more effectively.

Exposure to UV light: The Mayo Clinic says that ultraviolet radiation speeds up the natural aging process and is the primary cause of early wrinkling. UV from the sun can break down the supportive connective tissue in the skin, which includes collagen and elastin fibers. Using sunscreen and staying out of the sun as much as possible can help. Exposure to pollution: Pollution can cause free radical damage that contributes to wrinkling, advises Maral Skelsey, M.D., director of the Dermatologic Surgery Center of

Washington. Other data indicates those who live in urban settings have more wrinkles and age spots than those who live in rural areas. Washing off skin contaminants from the air each day may be beneficial. Smoking: The contaminants in cigarette smoke can damage the skin, promoting wrinkles, states the skincare company Nivea. Also, dragging on a cigarette purses the lips and can form deep wrinkles around this area of the face. Poor diet and stress: Stress and eating unhealthy foods, such as a diet high in sugar, may contribute to premature aging of the skin. According to Kristina Goldenberg, MD, boardcertified dermatologist of Goldenberg Dermatology, after sugar is ingested it goes through a process called glycation, which involves binding to different proteins in the body. These proteins include collagen and elastin. By binding to these building blocks of the skin, sugar weakens collagen and elastin and will lead to an appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Stress can increase cortisol levels that affect the skin’s ability to stay hydrated and elastic. Avoiding wrinkle triggers and following a dermatologist’s advice on skincare products and care can help people stave off wrinkles.

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Pros and cons of joint replacement surgery

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To people outside the medical field, joint replacement surgery might sound like a solution that’s considered only after all other options have been exhausted. But joint replacement surgery has become very common, even though some studies have suggested certain procedures are being performed unnecessarily.

A 2014 study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology found that one-third of patients who undergo knee replacement surgery may not be appropriate candidates for the procedure because their symptoms are not severe enough to merit aggressive intervention like surgery. The decision to undergo surgery is always a patient’s to make. Weighing some pros and cons of joint replacement surgery can help patients make the most informed decisions possible.

Pros The Cleveland Clinic notes that many patients who have undergone joint replacement surgeries have experienced dramatic improvement within a relatively short time after undergoing the surgery. Much of that improvement is related to pain, which for many people becomes overwhelming prior to surgery.

Another benefit to joint replacement surgery is the recovery time. For example, the Cleveland Clinic notes that patients who have knee replacement surgery are usually standing and even moving the joint the day after their surgeries. Within six weeks, those same patients are typically walking comfortably with very little support. While each patient is different, any fears that joint replacement surgery will require patients to be immobile for months after surgery are unwarranted. Joint replacement surgery also can be a long-term solution, whereas the alternatives might not be. The Cleveland Clinic says that roughly 85 percent of knee implants will last 20 years, and that life expectancy figures to grow as technology advances.

Cons As beneficial as joint replacement surgery can be, it’s not without downsides. Cost is one such disadvantage. How much a patient pays for the surgery depends on his or her coverage, but AARP notes that the average knee replacement surgery costs $31,000. Such costs can be prohibitive for aging men and women who are no longer working.

Another potential disadvantage to going under the knife, especially for those who are borderline candidates for replacement surgeries, is the likelihood that surgery won’t have a significant impact on quality of life. A 2017 study published in the journal BMJ found that knee replacement had minimal effects on quality of life, especially for patients whose arthritis was not severe.

Joint replacement surgeries are common. When deciding if surgery is their best option, patients should consider the pros and cons of going under the knife before making their final choice.

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Yogurt is a dietary source of probiotics, healthy bacteria and yeasts that may improve overall health.

Exercises to support stronger hips Surgery is not an inevitable side effect of aging. In fact, men and women over 50 can employ various preventive techniques to strengthen their bones and joints in the hopes of avoiding the surgical wing of their local hospitals.

Feel your best, starting with your stomach Did you know that they key to personal health may begin in the core of the body? Doctors

and researchers are learning more and more about how the immune system and other functions of the body are tied to microscopic players housed in the stomach and intestines. Improving this digestive environment can benefit the body in various ways.

Understanding probiotics Bodily bacteria outnumber body cells by 10 to one, offers the health and wellness resource Healthline. Most of the bacteria in the body are harmless, and many of them in the gut actually are linked to numerous health benefits, such as weight loss, enhanced immune function, reduced risk of disease, and improved digestion. Unfortunately, bad bacteria also vie for space in the gut. If the good bacteria and yeasts, or probiotics, are not in abundance to push out the bad bacteria, like salmonella and E. coli, those bad bugs can proliferate, causing problems. It is essential to keep an abundance of probiotics available to stay healthy and maintain the “good vs. bad” balance in the gut.

Getting probiotics While the body can be healthy without the addition of probiotics, having more can be beneficial. The Cleveland Clinic says that food and supplements containing probiotics assist the good bacteria already present in your gut. When a course of antibiotics wipes out both

According to AARP, more than 370,000 men and women undergo hip replacement surgeries in the United States each year. Some may think such surgeries are a final solution to their hip pain, but that might not be the

case, as AARP notes than one in 10 hip replacement recipients will need a second procedure for any number of reasons, including infection or mechanical failure.

A proactive approach that focuses on strengthening and protecting the hips can help aging men and women reduce their risk of one day needing hip replacement surgery. The following are a handful of exercises, courtesy of the AARP, that can help men and women strengthen their hips.

good and bad bacteria, for example, probiotic-rich foods and supplements can more readily replace what’s lost. Dietary sources of probiotics include some yogurts, cheeses, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, pickles, and beverages like kombucha, a fermented tea. Getting probiotics from foods is the most natural way to supplement good gut bacteria, as the foods meld with the probiotics in ways that doctors may never understand to deliver the most benefits. The downside is it’s impossible to measure just how many probiotics can be acquired from foods. That is what makes supplementation so handy. Capsules and tablets are loaded with a variety of different active bacteria and yeast cultures to aid the digestive system in measurable ratios. Some tout anywhere from one to 30 billion active colony-forming units (CFUs) per serving.

Side effects Probiotics are generally healthy for people to consume in amounts found in foods, advises the Mayo Clinic. Most healthy adults can safely add foods or dietary supplements that contain probiotics to their diets. Introducing probiotics may cause temporary and mild flatulence, discomfort and bloating. Probiotics can be yet another tool to improve overall health at any age, but especially for adults looking to minimize illness risk.

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Stand with your feet shoulderwidth apart and keep your hands at your sides. With your knees slightly bent and your back naturally arched, bend at your hips as if you’re bowing out of respect as far as you can go, or until your torso is almost parallel to the floor. Return to the starting position. During the exercise, keep your core braced and don’t bow your back.

Hip Abduction

Stand with your feet shoulderwidth apart. Loop a resistance band around both ankles, and then raise your right leg out to the side as far as you can. Hold in this position for a moment before slowly returning to the starting position. Switch legs and then repeat the exercise on the other side.

Hip Adduction

Loop one end of a resistance band low around a solid object,

then stand to the left of that object before looping the other end of the band around your right ankle. Place your legs shoulder-width apart, and then pull in your right leg until your ankles touch. Repeat with your left leg, this time moving to the right side of the object.

Glute Bridge

Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Raise your hips to form a straight line from your shoulders to your knees, using some type of support if you need to. Clench your butt at the top of the movement, pause, and lower yourself back down. Men and women unaccustomed to exercise should consult their physicians before performing any of these exercises. In addition, if necessary, perform the exercises under the supervision of a personal trainer who can advise you on proper form and help you reduce your risk of injury.

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

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

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The importance of knowing your family medical history The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that family history might be one of the strongest in!luences on a person’s risk for developing cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. people at an increased risk of certain cancers. Doctors may recommend biannual checkups to stay apprised of any changes in health that may signal a risk.

A thorough health care professional will record your family medical history and ask you to update it routinely in an effort to ensure you get the best, most effective care possible. You can help the process by having the information needed at the ready. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the following.

When visiting a physician for the first time, patients may notice an extensive section on family history on one of the requisite forms they fill out before meeting the doctor. Though it can be hard to remember family members’ conditions, doctors have good reason to ask about their patients’ family’s medical histories.

Family medical histories can be vital to one’s own health care. The National Center for

Biotechnology Information states that family history might be one of the strongest influences on a person’s risk for developing cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. While you cannot modify your genetic makeup, knowing your family’s medical history can help you take the steps necessary to protect yourself.

Family history reports can serve as warning signs for illnesses. These clues can help doctors prescribe certain screening tests at earlier ages to catch potential diseases when they are most treatable. For example, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says that healthcare professionals may recommend more frequent screenings (such as mammography or colonoscopy) and screening at an earlier age for

Talk to family. Make a list of close family members and discuss any conditions or issues they might have had and at what ages. Learn about chronic diseases. Speak to your relatives about chronic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure, being sure to ask how severe such issues were and if any required hospitalization.

Plot your ancestry. Learn about your ancestry and if any medical issues are more common among people who share that ancestry.

Record everything you learn. Keep the information where it can be easily accessed and updated. For example, My Family Health Portrait is a free web-based tool to organize family health information and share it with doctors. Family history plays a key role in how doctors will approach patients’ treatment and preventive care.

Smart ways to embrace retirement Retirement is on the horizon for a significant number of people. Around 10,000 people retire each day in the United States, according to a study by Merrill

Lynch and Age Wave, a consultancy studying the cultural and economic impacts of aging. But many soon-to-be retirees are not fully prepared for life after their work life ends. Shedding new light on this next chapter can make retirement something to look forward to even more.

How retired are you? Retirement may no longer mean what it once did. Some retirees remove themselves entirely from the active employment market, while others prefer to keep at least one toe in the professional water. Some retirees change fields and do part-time work. Others may volunteer their time without getting paid. Still, some choose to use retirement as an opportunity to spearhead a new business venture that may not have been possible beforehand. Retirees should reflect on their goals, as well as their finances, and make plans accordingly.

Don’t neglect health care Retiring may involve finding health insurance and preparing for other types of health care later in life. The U.S. Census Bureau says that employmentbased insurance covered 55.4 percent of the population in 2015, the most recent years for figures, followed by

Medicaid (19.5 percent) and Medicare (16 percent). Residents of other countries may be covered by government standardized health programs. It pays to know the rules of each plan to avoid unnecessary expenses that can eat into retirement dollars. For those Americans who will be relying solely on Medicare, find a counselor who can spell out the intricacies of the plan, or use the free tool on

See retirement as a beginning, not an end Quite often soon-to-be retirees focus on the end of a career or the end of a stage in life without putting enough focus on the possibilities ahead. This is a prime time to find a new social network, travel, join a ministry, and much more.

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Honor Flight L.I. to hold reunion of vets Honor Flight Long Island will hold a reunion on Aug. 10 at the American Airpower Museum, to celebrate local World War II and Korean War veterans who took a free, early-morning flight on May 11 for a one-day tour of their Washington, D.C. military memorials. They also saw the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier and were greeted by officers from their respective branches. Our heroes landed late that evening at Long Island MacArthur Airport to a raucous welcome by the Long Island Bagpipe and Drum Band and to thunderous applause from hundreds of family and friends. The veterans’ tour in D.C. was sponsored by Honor Flight Long Island, a local, non-profit chapter of the national Honor Flight Network. HFLI organizes, hosts and pays for the biannual flights each spring and fall. As part of the day’s events, veterans and their guardians (volunteers who make the trips possible) fly to BaltimoreWashington International Airport, where a motor coach takes them to D.C. and the WWII, Korean and Vietnam memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, Air Force, Navy and other memorials. Each Honor Flight trip transports 50 veterans for free, thanks to donations from across Long Island. They are accompanied

by 50 guardians; next generation, ablebodied volunteers who donate $400 to offset costs. If there is no family member to act as a guardian, HFLI has a list of volunteers ready to step up for the privilege and donate the required fee. HFLI is now accepting applications for future flights from WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans. Veterans from other theatres of conflict with life-limiting illnesses are encouraged to apply for future flights. HFLI’s Gala Honor Flight Reunion will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the American Airpower Museum located at 1230 New Hwy., Farmingdale. Help applaud veterans during the Ceremony of Honors, as each is presented with their own tribute journal full of photographs taken during the May 11 D.C. tour. In addition, an official U.S. Military Band will play the iconic musical themes from each branch of service. The public, family and friends are invited to come early to can marvel at the museum’s fantastic exhibitions of military aircraft from WWII and beyond. To apply for spots on upcoming flights or become a guardian, go to or contact Virginia Bennett at 631-702-2423 or vbennett@

Honor Flight Long Island Holds August 10th Reunion of Veterans Who Took May 11th Flight to Visit Washington D.C. Military Memorials

Motorcycle run, car show to aid veterans On Sunday, July 14, thousands are expected to gather in Holbrook to support veterans with the seventh annual Kick Stands Up motorcycle poker run and car show. The event will have bikes and custom cars on display for those in attendance to check out, along with live music, food and drinks, vendors and raffle prizes. Admission is free for those interested in attending, but

those who want to participate in the motorcycle run or put their car on display must pay to register for the event. Kick Stands Up will be held at the Four Seasons Sunrooms & Windows located at 5005 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Holbrook. The motorcycle run will begin there, making stops in Oakdale, Ronkonkoma, Shirley and Continued on Page 49

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Paramount comedy Motorcycle run,car series kicks off show to aid vetertans The Paramount comedy series is scheduled to begin on July 27, starting with Long Island native Jim Breuer and his residency at the venue, “Comedy, Stories & More.” The Paramount’s comedy series consists of 16 shows and will continue through the second half of the summer into the fall months, concluding in November. The full comedy series schedule includes: Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m.: The Jim Breuer Residency “Comedy, Stories & More.” Thursday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.: Jay Pharoah. Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.: Pablo Francisco. Sunday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Kevin James. Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.: Ryan Hamilton. Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.: “Mr.

and Mrs. America” Andrew Dice Clay and Roseanne Barr. Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.: T.J. Miller “Touring in Perpetuity” Tour. Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.: SteveO “The Bucket List.” Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.: Bumping Mics featuring Jeff Ross and Dave Attell. Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.: “Kreeps with Kids” comedy tour with Robert Kelly, Ron Bennington, Jim Florentine and Rick Vos. Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.: Bret Kreischer “Body Shots” tour. Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.: Ken Jeong. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.: Norm MacDonald. Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster or at The Paramount box office. Box office hours are Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Continued from Page 48 Coram before returning to the starting line. The event starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., with kickstands for the motorcycle run going up at 11 a.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Suffolk County United Veterans project, providing housing and support services for at-risk and homeless veterans. For more information, contact Ruth McDade with Suffolk County United Veterans at 631-4717242 or

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Discouraging tolerance center support shameful


s a rabbi in the Lake Success district of Great Neck, I was not actively engaged in the recent Village of Great Neck elections. However, the unwarranted personal attacks and threats against Steve Markowitz – and by extension the Holocaust and Tolerance Center – highlight some disturbing trends within our Great Neck community. I have known Steve Markowitz for many years. He has always been, what we call in Hebrew an osek b’tzorchei tzibbur b’emunah –an individual genuinely and faithfully dedicated to the needs of our community.

Steve has served with distinction as president of a local synagogue, and as a passionate defender of Israel and Jewish causes. He has actively collaborated with a diverse group of religious and political leaders to combat antisemitism and all forms of racism in our county. Following an anti-Semitic incident several years ago, it was Steve who initiated a partnership with the Great Neck School District to introduce the Holocaust as part of the curriculum. He has cultivated strong relationships with a diverse population within our town and presently serves as chair of the Holocaust Memo-

rial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove. The disgraceful attacks against him do an injustice to Steve and to anyone dedicated to fighting hatred in all its ugliness. As a longtime Jewish activist, I understand and appreciate the efforts and passionate concerns of individuals and groups who speak out against intolerance, racism and religious discrimination. There are many legitimate reasons for all of us to be vocal and assertive when it comes to combating antisemitism and any other form of racism within our town. However, I would caution against impulsive reactions or

threats which are ill-timed and misdirected. Criticizing Steve and threatening to discourage people from supporting the highly acclaimed work of the HMTC, is counterproductive and shameful. There are other more effective, constructive and positive ways to make our voices heard and to exercise our influence. Great Neck’s diversity should be a source of strength and not a cause for ignorance or selfaggrandizement. There are too many of us, who refrain from any community responsibility and only speak out (often vituperatively) when an incident touches

our backyard. Attacking the character of noble, community-minded individuals like Steve Markowitz violates, for me, the Jewish prohibition of causing someone public shame. I suggest a more positive and global approach: Establishing community forums and dialogues, which will further communal esprit d’corps and provide opportunities for needed dialogue and conversation. The era of intolerance must end. Michael Klayman Rabbi Lake Success Jewish Center

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e have known Steve Markowitz for close to 20 years as a fellow congregant at Temple Israel, as a former president of the Temple Israel congregation, leader of the Great Neck Democrats, and chairperson of the Holocaust center. To accuse him of anti-Semitism or anti-Jewish orthodox beliefs defies logic and is the height of absurdity.

Steve Markowitz has been nothing but an asset to the entire Jewish community, and to the town of Great Neck. We can think of no greater blessing to the Jewish community and no person better able to articulate or support Jewish values in these fragile time. Cheryl and Seth Moin Saddle Rock

e write in response to the recent vicious and completely unwarranted attacks on Steve Markowitz. We have lived in Great Neck 49 years, and have known Steve for a great portion of these. He has been a community leader in various capacities, whether in his village, his temple, as leader of the local Democratic Party affiliate, and, most recently, the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center. He has been a strong advo-

cate of tolerance in the community, and, in particular, has been actively involved in supporting dialogue among all branches of the Great Neck Jewish community. He worked closely with us in our attempts, some years ago, to have a new Main Library building designed and built reflective of the needs of a highly-literate community such as Great Neck. (Unfortunately, we were not completely successful in that goal). We have found him to be

completely honest, outspoken with his opinions where necessary, and a strong advocate of soliciting community input and opinions. Great Neck needs more individuals of Steve’s honesty and integrity. As we noted above, these attacks on Steve’s character and leadership qualities are unwarranted and unfounded. Their perpetrators should apologize. Mischa and Charlotte Schwartz Great Neck

Model of decency Markowitz elevated center and integrity In regard to any articles casting doubt on Steve Markowitz’s intentions and political and religious affiliations, I would like to report my support for Steve’s involvement in the betterment of Great Neck. I was a very early founding member of HMTC and Steve was most supportive of our goal: the teach young people about the dangers of intolerance. We brought in middle and high school students from schools in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk for intensive all-day tolerance workshops. The teachers were grateful and students left with heightened awareness. Steve was most supportive of this program. He certainly never espoused “antireligious animus”. I never heard any claims about the Great Neck Library From Mr. Markowitz. As head of the Democratic Party,

Steve never took any antagonistic positions toward any groups. I have known Steve for many years. I was on the board of The Holocaust Center and an Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Great Neck for 11 years (after teaching and being an assistant principal in Great Neck). At no time during my life and career in Great Neck have I heard Steve disparage any group of people from any community. I don’t know what this is all about, but Steve Markowitz deserves to be viewed as a model Great Neck resident and a spokesman for decency and integrity Arlette Sanders, PhD Former teacher and administrator in GNPS Former Director at HMTC North Shore Towers


have been affiliated with The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) since it opened in 1992. Under HMTC’s first two chairmen I was the center’s treasurer. For the past seven years, I have been the vice chairman under our third chairman, Steven Markowitz. I have known Steve since he became an HMTC board member 15 years ago. I was shocked and saddened to learn of the recent attacks, the hate mail, etc. and the anti-Steven comments, and the request that Steve be removed from the chairmanship of HMTC. This is not the Steve that I know. This to me is politics at its worst. Steve has donated his

time and devotion to HMTC to bring the center to new heights. Steve stands behind the Center’s Mission Statement: “To teach the history of the Holocaust. We teach about the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, bullying and all other manifestations of intolerance. We advocate respect for every human being.” This is the Steve that I know. Under Steve’s leadership HMTC has become highly respected and is constantly requested for our programs. Currently, HMTC is working hard in the Great Neck schools dealing with anti-Semitism, and intolerance between all races. Under Steve’s leadership of our small but devoted staff, we run our programs for the police department, nurses,

attorneys, teachers, students and more. We have had many different speakers come to the Center to tell their story. We’ve had the Yazidi refugees tell about the current genocide against them. And we had the South Korean “Comfort Women” tell about the atrocities by the Japanese during WW II. I invite the anti-Steve people to come to the center and sit in on a bullying program because we all need to get along by discussion. Sit down with Steve. Learn who he is and what he stands for. I know Steven Markowitz and I’m proud to be his vice chairman and honored to be his friend. Neil Tannor Roslyn

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Mess at Mill Pond should be cleaned


have lived on Mill Pond most of my life. Since the town had a group come in, they messed up the pond. Never have I seen it so bad. When I was younger you could walk around the pond.

My father crabbed and got eels. I ask every one to come and see the mess. And the smell is so bad. Please, someone do something. Grace Bellomo Port Washington

Religion’s role in Wiesenfeld brings out worst attacks scary G


reat Neck, please stop and put on the brakes! I am saddened and shocked when someone targets and denigrates anybody, let alone Steven Markowitz, a community advocate whose longstanding role at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center speaks to

his dedication to remedy hatred aimed at human beings. The religious undertow of these recent incidents makes it more frightening. True power is love and peace. Are we working to achieve that power? Michelle Schimel Port Washington

reat Neck, like our country, has become divided both by political and religious interests, led by the self-proclaimed Pied Piper Jeffrey Wiesenfeld. Wiesenfeld leading the band in opposition of all those that oppose his opinions on both politics and religion, is bent on destroying anyone and everyone who does not agree with him. He relishes the idea that it’s his way or the highway. Well, I have enjoyed this community for almost three-score years

and never have I seen a community so divided. We came to Great Neck with common interests in education,in beauty, location, neighborhood safety; yet we have a man who distorts the truth, corrupts the minds of manyto turn good people against good people, friends against friends telling us how we should practice our faith our religion. Wiesenfeld’s observance of our common faith violates the very principle of Jewish law. We shall

not speak disparagingly of others, violating Halacha. He poisons the minds of good people with his corrupting thoughts. He purports to have the only good thoughts and the only way that one should believe. This self-righteousness is the poison. He has created trepidations and fear; he is not a problem solver but a problem maker. Charles Schneider Great Neck

No better man Markowitz should step than Markowitz down as center chairman


have known Mr. Markowitz for more than 40 years as a neighbor, a friend, a business associate, a twotime speaker at the Rotary Club of Great Neck, as the leader of the local Democratic Party, and as the head of the Holocaust Museum. In every capacity, he is the consummate gentleman: honest, friendly, punctual, generous, etc., and to accuse him of

acting in any way contrary to what I’ve stated here is plain folly – because the truth will always out, and will reveal the true character and motive of the attackers. I am not so naïve as to believe that there are no other men as good as Steve Markowitz, but you will never find any that are better. Michael Flamhaft Great Neck

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his is a classic example which law professors often use to show one of the categories that invalidates the testimony by a witness. Mr. Jones sued his neighbor, Mr. Smith, claiming that he had lent his antique vase to Mr. Smith, but when Smith returned it to him, it was cracked. “Your honor, the case should be dismissed,” Mr. Smith said at the trial. “First, I never borrowed an antique vase from Mr. Jones, and second, when I returned the antique vase to Mr. Jones, it was in a perfect shape and had no cracks,” Smith professed as his defense. Obviously the judge rules in favor of Jones as Smith has lost credibility due to assertions of inconsistent statements about the same event. The case of the antique vase is similar to Steven Markowitz’s 2015 campaign e-mail. According to a July 5 article in the Great Neck News, “In an earlier conversation with Blank Slate Media publisher Steve Blank, Markowitz said he did not remember writing the email.”

However, Markowitz asserted in a second statement, “As for the email from 2015, Markowitz said he never wrote it.” Both statements “not remember writing” and “never wrote it,” are inconsistent assertions about the same event which quashes Markowitz’s credibility. What makes the situation even more depraved is that the email was sent while Mr. Markowitz was the chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, an organization with the mission of promoting tolerance: “I think the callers should tailor the script according to whom they’re talking. Have no reluctance to tell people that you know that this election is about an attempt by right wing Orthodox groups to take over the village. Most people are unaware and are generally apathetic but not when you scare them a little” was the message he sent to the campaign members of the previous mayor (Great Neck News, June 14, 2019, page 22). On a Sunday in late March there was a solidarity rally against antiSemitism at Great Neck’s Village

Green. At times, Steven Markowitz was seen standing on the platform next to the officials. Needless to say, after what has transpired, he no longer could be invited or attend a similar event without causing controversy, protests and possibly boos from the audience. Clearly, after his “scare them a little” e-mail and subsequently by making the inconsistent statements about the same e-mail, he has lost his “credibility” to many. It is foreseeable that should Mr. Markowitz be present as an official in a future event similar to the event in late March, it only could do harm instead of healing. It would bring heartache especially to those whose families were affected by the Holocaust. Does the Holocaust Center really need such a controversial individual as its chairman? Mr. Markowitz not being involved in the Holocaust organization would be a win-win situation for all, better sooner than later. Leon Manoucheri Great Neck

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Markowitz unfairly attacked in my race


ran for mayor of our fine village this June. It was a brief five-week campaign that we ran on the issues I thought were important to our community. But instead, the brevity of the campaign made the community’s lack of familiarity with me the issue. I lost the election and now advocate for peace and harmony. Now, in the election aftermath, individuals attack my campaign and its supporters for losing in a most unsportsmanlike, foul manner with a message of hate, projecting their own intolerance for others. In the utmost height of intolerance, individuals attack Steve Markowitz, the chair of the Holocaust and Tolerance Center, for supporting a non-Jewish candidate, a Chinese-American veteran for mayor and a black woman

for trustee. Steve Markowitzis a man who has worked tirelessly to fight intolerance across Long Island and New York, from helping kids in our schools stand up to bullies and intolerance, to fighting intolerance in our backyard. And, for this effort, he is now being attacked. These attacks and threats against Steve Markowitz are unjustified, reprehensible, divisive and damaging to the future of our community. My campaign was focused on the issues and calls for a debate were unheeded.We never at any time issued any messages of hate of any kind, including anything anti-Orthodox or anti-Persian. Nor did we anonymously call rabbis with messages of racism and lies, leave hate literature at synagogues, nor write fraudulent

racist letters to the press to rile up the opposition. Not a single message of hate was directed at the opposition. The only messages of hate were to rile up the opposition. This was only done to my campaign while I stayed on the issues and tried to have a debate. Also, individuals in our community have fabricated a partisan fight from this non-partisan election.Personally, I am a political moderate and have been a registered Republican and Democrat. I have also worked for both Democrats and Republicans. I care about issues, not parties. Of my trustees, one is a Republican/Independent, the other a Democrat. However, at no time was there ever any partisan involvement in my campaign. I worked with Steve Markow-

itz and hold him in the highest regard. I worked with Ben Meed at the American Gathering for Jewish Holocaust Survivors to build their online presence. I gained an understanding of the horror of the Holocaust and I have made an effort to impart this to my children, before I ever thought of moving to Great Neck. I’ve talked with them about the horrors of the Holocaust, that there are even people who would pretend such horrors never happened, that this is something humanity must never forget, and that we must fight at every turn. I’ve taken my children to a Holocaust survivor book reading and to a Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center benefit. This event my youngest child found so moving she initiated a Facebook fund-raiser, rais-

ing $95 for the center. Also, the Great Neck Chinese community has an excellent relationship with the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, which Steve Markowitz has been instrumental in building. He is a man who has long worked effectively to build peace and harmony in our community beyond politics, for the greater good, for all of us. Steve Makowitz is an individual who I respect and admire. Steve Markowitz is an honest, selfless leader. I believe in him. The election is over. The rancor is done. We must move forward and strive to work together for the greater good of our community. James Wu Great Neck

Bral is mayor for only some – not all


ur once quiet, nice, idyllic old village of Great Neck has slowly eroded over the past few years. We talk, we put up signs, our schools have neon signs lit up against bullying and hate. Our library has a poster “I pledge to not remain silent to hate, intolerance or violence.” Not in our town, yet sad to say this past June election proved otherwise. I have seen four mayors come and go over the years but never, never so much controversy, hysteria, bad mouthing to point of lies and slander against James Wu and his two trustee candidates’ party, Village For All.

Note the word “all.” Mayor Bral’s Alliance Party was supposed to be responsive to its residents. That, to me, means all residents, not a portion of our population. I do not blame so much our trustees, Anne Mendelson, Steve Hope, Norman Namdar or our Deputy Mayor Bart Sobel. No one speaks up, they just occupy the seats at the board meetings, which leaves me to believe that they have been instructed to sit there and not to engage with the public who might question why Bral purchased a piece of someone’s back yard at a cost of $150,000. Because the owner didn’t want to pay tax on it? Why

are we renting a public parking lot for $3,500 a month and a lot of East Shore, also a car dealer, for $5,000 a month when Great Neck public school rents to a car dealer the Watermill property for $20,000 monthly? Why make a commitment in the back room to a school board member B.B. to sell our historic village hall on the pretense of overcrowding at Baker School? Why does Bral say his goal is to keep Great Neck an affordable place to live — for who? Certainly not the middle class. Take Millbrook Court and Academy Gardens, for example. Why has what was supposed to be a $12,000 to $15,000 Wool-

ey’s Lane footbridge for a few to cross climbed to $200,000? Yes, $200,000. Why pay VHB $100,000 for a plan that we had spent $85,000 on previously to the same firm? Why does, after four years, the construction of a temple next to 7-11 still remain a giant hole with few steel girders and why does 733 Middle Neck Road have three derelict buildings that look like the London Blitz in World War Two? I could go on and on back to the election. Now we live in a village with criminals. I say criminals because running around under cover of darkness, trespassing on homeowners prop-

erty, vandalizing and stealing what belongs to someone else is a crime and whoever was responsible should be prosecuted. I hold Mayor Bral’s Alliance Party responsible. He could have sent word out to stop these tactics but he chose not to. I understand Mayor Bral’s background. His growing up in an authoritarian country, Iran, but that cannot and should not work in our Village Hall. We need to install term limits, fair and decent behavior in future elections. Jean Pierce Great Neck

Trump and Eisenhower as patriots


ccording to what we have heard, Donald Trump is the most patriotic president since Dwight D. Eisenhower. As presidents, both stood as the head of our military. Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving two terms, from 1953 to 1961. As a five-star General in the United States Army, he served as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War II. No need to say more about President Eisenhower’s patriotism. Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, was born in 1946, shortly after World War II had ended. Back

in those days we had what was called a “draft” which made all young men between the ages of 19 to 26 eligible to be drafted for a military service requirement of 21 months. Deferments from the “draft” were given to full-time students, to young men whose service would cause hardship upon his family and to individuals who had a medical condition that would make it difficult to serve. In 1964, Trump began his college career at Fordham University and after two years he transferred to Wharton and graduated in 1968 with a B.S. in economics. During those four years, Trump received four deferments, one for each of the

years he attended college. The United States entered the Vietnam war in 1965 and involvement ended in 1973. While in school, Trump in 1966 was deemed fit for military service based upon a medical examination and in July 1968, after graduating Wharton, a local draft board classified him as eligible to serve. However, in October 1968, he was given a medical deferment due to “bone spurs” in his heels. It didn’t hurt that his father, Fred Trump, a successful builder in his own right, preferred that Donald join him in the business. Only recently did the two daughters of the New York podi-

atrist who had made the diagnosis say that their father did it as a favor to the doctor’s landlord, Fred Trump. During the war, there were many young men who opposed the war and staged numerous protests. Some even went to Canada to avoid being drafted. Whether right or wrong, there was substance behind their behavior. But what about all the young men who were not as privileged as Trump who served and suffered serious injuries or died? They did not have the connections to keep them from being drafted. For all Trump supporters who fought in the war, why aren’t they questioning

the fact that Trump evaded the draft. The fix was in. The bottom line: Donald Trump, the President of the United States, was in fact, a “draft dodger.” And now, he has the fate of other young men in his hands if he decides, even on a whim, that we should once again go to war. Veterans who voted for Trump, you should be ashamed. How would you have liked to have him in the foxhole with you? Do you think he would have had your back? No way, especially since he was suffering from “bone spurs”. Alvin H. Goldberg Great Neck

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Unjust attacks against good man


have known Steve Markowitz for 31 years. He is the most honest, upstanding, genuine, caring individual in the Great Neck community. He has worked arduous hours at the Holocaust Center because he believes so strongly in protecting people’s rights against tolerance, bigotry and anti-Semitism. It amazes me that others can write such hurtful and untrue statements about a man who loves his community dearly and now is a victim of a slanderous and unjust attack. Please reach out to close members of the community who have had the pleasure of

working closely with Steve for such a long time. At that point, you will hear the truth about this upstanding, honest and ethical individual. I know the real truth will come out in Steve’s behalf once this issue is properly investigated. Steve’s reputation is pristine and anyone who truly has had the pleasure of working with Steve will agree. This incident is just a personal attack and an unnecessary smear campaign. I know Steve’s name will be exonerated in the days to come. Sharon Tracy Port Washington

Markowitz leads anti-Semitism fight


t has come to my attention that Steve Markowitz has come under attack from members of the Great Neck community. Even worse, they are smearing Steve as being anti-Semitic. I’ve known Steve since I moved to Long Island 18 years ago. I’m a personal friend of his, have worked professionally with him, and teamed up with him for charitable endeavors. Steve is one of the finest individuals I’ve ever met. He has tremendous integrity. A wonderful family man. He is a pillar in the community for so many reasons. Most important though, is his uncompromising stance against anti-Semitism and concern for advancing Jewish issues locally and nationally.

As it is a major area of advocacy for me, Steve has been a mentor to me in the area of fighting anti-Semitism. He has stood with me on many initiatives relating to fighting hate and he recruited me to join the board of the Nassau Holocaust Museum. Serving alongside Steve on the board was an honor and privilege. Anyone who thinks Steve is anything but a leader in relation to Jewish issues in our community is truly ignorant and not worthy of participating in the debate. I have so much more to say but will leave it at that. I’m happy to speak further on the topic at your convenience. Brad Gerstman Roslyn


A shameful campaign

read with utter amazement the recent article regarding Steve Markowitz that was written in the July 5 issue of the Great Neck News. The disparaging way in which Steve Markowitz has been described as well as the letters to the editor that were published from individuals who seem to have some other agenda are shameful. This is an attempt to under-

mine the reputation of a prominent and well-known citizen who has been a staunch supporter of Jewish causes for decades. I’ve known Steve for almost 30 years, and I can safely say that Steve is someone who gives his time, effort and energy to institutions and individuals who advocate for the greater good. I know him best as past president of Temple Israel of Great Neck where he put great emphasis on

bringing the Conservative, Reform, Orthodox and Sephardic communities together. The people involved in this terrible campaign against Steve have no idea who he is or what he has contributed to the Great Neck and Long Island community, and to the Jewish community as a whole. He doesn’t deserve this. Sam Husney Great Neck

Standard bearer for tolerance


have been on the board of directors of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center for 25 years and know Steve Markowitz for 15 of those years. He has performed an outstanding job as chairman of the center. Part of his job is to fulfill the mission statement that includes the word “tolerance.” Never once did I hear him say anything against our Orthodox community or any other community. We have been asked for help

from schools, religious organizations, including the Westbury Muslim Center. We have taught 23,000 students, per year, from public schools and religious organizations from Queens to Suffolk County, including the Nassau and Suffolk County Police, universities, hospital staff, the message of the Holocaust. He has been a meaningful supporter for the State of Israel and has worked tirelessly to combat BDS and anti-Semitism. In my opinion, having

worked with Steve for those 15 years, he has always upheld the highest standards, and the false statements that have been published by scurrilous individuals who seeks political advantage by falsifying accusations against the righteous Steve Markowitz. Hopefully, we can expect more from you and your supporters than what has been falsely published. Murray Slimowitz North Hills

Divided VGN must be united


his is a very dangerous time for our Jewish community, both in the United States and around the world. Acts of anti-Semitic violence and harassment are at record levels. Israel faces unprecedented threats from so many international fronts.That is why I am so profoundly offended when political attacks and agendas undermine the need to be united and move forward as one com-

munity. Steve Markowitz has been a champion, both for our Jewish community and on behalf of the State of Israel. His leadership in Temple Israel, the Jewish Community Relations Council and as Chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center has been essential for Great Neck and our faith. In addition, Steve has been pivotal in educating so many communities on Long Island and

building trust with them. Our Great Neck community has a very important role to play on Long Island and nationally in the battle for justice and against intolerance. We are at our best when we come together. The challenges before us demand that for ourselves and generations to come. Robert Zimmerman Great Neck

Markowitz victim Linking Sater, Chabad unfair of evil gossip S


n the wake of our contentious village election, a small group of people have indicted Steve Markowitz for spurious reasons. These people are guilty of lashon hara (evil gossip) and wrong about Steve. His contributions to our community are vast. I’ve know him for over

imply stated: why are we linking personal religious affiliations to a possible criminal’s ac-

30 years. His leadership of the Great Neck scholarship fund, Temple Israel and the HMTC have been exemplary. I don’t think anyone has added more to the good fortunes of our community than Steve. David Levin Great Neck

tions? If every time the press ties an individuals house of worship to a possible criminal act the list could be endless. Can you imagine if News-

day linked each member of Congress’ or the state Legislature’s affiliation with their church, mosque or synagogue in headline form? I believe there would be a public outrage. But here in Port Washington, former resident Felix Sater’s actions constantly

bring headlines linking him to Chabad. Why should his religious affiliation be linked to presentday legal issues? If not all, why then one? Bill Ostrower Port Washington

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Better times ahead for Nassau bus riders


he recent Nassau County public notice for a $20 million grant application to the Federal Transit Administration on behalf of Nassau Inter County Express bus system, which appeared in Newsday July 3, was great news. Our local bus system is a four-way partnership between fares paid by riders along with funding provided by Nassau County, New York State Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration in financing public bus transportation operated by NICE. They operate a fleet of 280 buses out of the Mitchell Field bus garage. NICE also operates a fleet of 122 Able Ride paratransit vehicles out of the Stewart Avenue facility. Both facilities were constructed by federal capital grants with local matching funds provided by Nassau County and the state Department of Transportation. It was the same funding sources for construction of the Rockville Centre bus garage, Hempstead Intermodal Bus Terminal and Mineola Intermodal Bus Terminal/Commuter Park-

ing Garage. All four of these investments combined cost almost $100 million. In today’s dollars, it would be far higher. NICE attempts to schedule bus replacements on a 500,000 mile or 12-year cycle, whichever comes first, based upon federal Department of Transportation guidelines. Since 1973, buses operated by NICE under contract to Nassau County are now on the fourth replacement cycle. Most buses operated by NICE are under 12 years old. This was not the case decades earlier when the average age of the fleet was closer to 12 years. Over time, there have been other capital investments, including compressed natural gas fueling stations, facility modifications to accommodate CNG buses inside garages, new fare collection equipment, automatic vehicle locator equipment, real time communications systems to notify riders for anticipated arrival of the next bus, shelters, bus stop signs and other support equipment necessary to run the system. Just like a homeowner, what is new

today requires constant maintenance, periodic upgrades and eventual replacement years later. Capital physical assets of any bus system (including revenue vehicles along with bus facility components such as HVAC, bus washers, paint booths, engine shops, bays, pits, lifts, doors, fueling stations, lighting, security systems and many others) eventually reach the end of their useful life based upon straight line depreciation and/or manufactures warranty. Significant changes in technology also require replacement of outdated equipment. In 2020, Nassau County has wisely requested $20 million from the Federal Transit Administration. These funds — matched by $2 million from Albany and $2 million from Nassau County — will pay for 23 Compressed Natural Gas replacement buses, 14 replacement paratransit vehicles, engineering and design services (for development of future capital projects), five replacement non-revenue dispatch, patrol or service vehicles, shop improvements to heating, ventilation, air

conditioning, CNG fueling station dispensing system improvements and bus area operations improvements and capital cost of contracting, which maintains NICE’s revenue fleet and support facilities in a state of good repair. We have come a long way over 46 years since Nassau County took control of all bus routes from a group of private operators in 1973. In 1973, Nassau County purchased equipment, routes and some facilities from numerous private bus operators, most of which were experiencing serious financial difficulties. These included Bee Line, Rockville Centre Bus Corporation, Utility Lines, Stage Coach Lines, Schenck Transportation, Inc., Nassau Bus Line, Hempstead Bus Corporation, Jerusalem Avenue Bus Lines, Universal Auto Bus, Roosevelt Bus Lines, Stage Coach Lines, Hendrickson Bus Corporation and others. Nassau County followed up that same year by entering into a lease and operating agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to continue

providing local bus service. This resulted in creation of the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority. Years later, the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority was followed by Long Island Bus and on Jan. 1, 2012, Nassau Inter County Express managed by Transdev. Many of the same routes operated by MSBA, LI Bus and NICE today can be traced back to the various private bus operators. Over that time period, Nassau County, Albany and Washington combined have invested over $740 million in capital improvements and almost $1 billion in operating subsidy. NICE services continue to be one of the best bargains around. It is a model, cost-effective suburban bus operator for others to emulate. Let us give thanks to the hardworking men and women of Nassau County Department of Public Works Transportation Division and NICE bus who make all of this possible. Larry Penner Great Neck

Everyone in Great Neck needs to be heard


s a resident of Great Neck for over 50 years, I have consistently worked within this community to bring people together. Anyone in this community who knows me is completely aware that, in every capacity, I have spent decades working with community leaders of all faiths to ensure that we celebrate and honor diversity and provide opportunities to work together and build a stronger community. I’ve done this work in partnership with Rabbi Robert Widom of Temple Emmanuel and other

friends within this community who share the same values that I do. People who fundamentally believe and practice creating a community that provides space and opportunity for people of all races and faith to thrive and contribute. My desire to see a community that honors and respects all residents is the reason why I wanted to join with James Wu and Harold Citron. Our vision was to bring community back to the Village of Great Neck, where people who have lived in this community for years do not have to feel un-

comfortable in their own community. Our goal was to create transparency and restore competence, integrity and morale in Village Hall and village government. Our vision for the future of Great Neck is not about spreading hate and division. The reality is there are people who have raised their children in this community and have been here for decades and they need to be heard. There are good people in Great Neck from various walks of life and our goal was to foster inclusiveness, acceptance and re-

spect for all residents. As long as I am a resident of Great Neck, I will continue to advocate for what I believe is right. I have been in this community since 1965 and I have watched people be completely pushed out and people who left on their own because they no longer felt welcome. I talk to residents from all ethnic backgrounds that have been here for years and talk about how much they don’t feel like it’s their community any longer. The fact that so many residents feel this way is unacceptable. It is a disgrace

to live in a community, pay taxes, and feel that you don’t belong in your own community. So please know, I want to make it very clear that advocating for all residents is about wanting to live in a community that is inclusive, not divisive. We are all human beings and my hope for the future of Great Neck is compassion will move us towards building a community where everyone feels proud to be a resident. Julia Shields Great Neck

Attacks on Markowitz harm community


continue to admire Steve Markowitz and his lifetime of dedication promoting tolerance and understanding amongst all peoples and for his ceaseless fight against antisemitism.His selfless efforts on behalf of many causes and total dedication to the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center are a testimonial to his commitment.

He is amongst the most decent and accepting people I have known. To even suggest that he is disposed against any segment of the Jewish community, or disrespectful of any race, religion, faction or nationality would be ludicrous and laughable if it were not a serious matter Those (he or they) who

make this despicable charge and attempt to assail Mr. Markowitz’ stellar reputation, for whatever self-serving perceived advantage, does so with deliberate and complete disregard for the well being of the community. It has been reported that they are now attempting to leverage their distempered venom to dissuade financial sup-

port to the Nassau Holocaust Center, one of our country’s most venerable institutions. This vicious and unjustified bullying has no place in our town. People such as Steve Markowitz and so many other selfsacrificing citizen volunteers have worked so hard to bring the many beautiful, disparate and changing cultures and

challenging human nuances into one relatively harmoniously functioning mosaic. To allow the virus of hate and voice of dissonance to destroy our progress would be as a sin. Gary Ackerman Roslyn Former U.S. Congressman

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Shame on Nike for caving to Kaepernick


ike has recently been in the news for withdrawing from the marketplace a new Independence Day-themed shoe featuring the Revolutionary War-era flag designed by Betsy Ross that was used on the original Fourth of July. The pusillanimous cowards who run Nike did this in response to a complaint from Colin Kaepernick who is well known for his hostility to American Patriotic Symbols. Not only will I never purchase another product from Nike but I am looking to purchase a shirt with the Revolutionary-era flag design.

I want to preface my remarks by stating that I am proud to be a fourth generation American, while my children are fifth generation and my grandchildren are sixth generation. I still get a thrill every time I hear the Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and G-d Bless America . The web site Educational Background states that Mr. Kaepernick graduated from the Universality of Nevada with a degree in business education. The United States that he hates so much gave him an opportunity to make tens of millions of dollars playing football. While he was in college I won-

der if he ever took any courses in American or World History. Since I am unsure, I think that it would be advisable for him to visit England , Belgium , France or any other Country in Europe where World War I or II were fought. He should visit the graves of the brave soldiers that gave their lives protecting the freedom that he thinks so little of. He should also visit the concentration camps that we helped liberate. These concentration camps murdered millions whose only crime was that they were Jews. Mr. Kaepernick should learn about the hundreds of thousands of men and

women who gave their lives for their flag and of the many more who suffered traumatic physical and mental injuries. It was the United States that helped win World War I, World II and the Cold War. It was the United States that defeated the Central Powers in World War I, the Nazis and Fascists in World War II and the Communists in the Cold War. I am sick and tired of socalled “Entertainers” and “Athletes” whose only claim to fame is their ability is to excel in a small niche pontificating on the “shortcomings” of the United States of America. Their contribution to what

makes the United States great is minimal at best. Since Mr. Kaepernick thinks so little of the United States and the service and sacrifice of so many heroes that made it possible for him to play a game for a living, I would like to invite him to move to a county of his own choice such as Cuba, Venezuela or Iran. In fact, I am willing to pay for a one-way flight there so he can learn to appreciate the greatest country that ever existed, the United States of America. Jack Lipsky Great Neck

Review Macy’s, Brookfield plan carefully


onald Davret makes some good and valid points in his letter about the proposal to redevelop the Macy’s property in Manhasset. It’s unfortunate he couldn’t make the points without displaying such utter contempt for his neighbors, but I guess that’s our culture now. (Yes, I live in Munsey Park but didn’t realize I was a “Biddy” or “bloviator” until Mr. Davret so kindly pointed it out to me.) I signed the petition against the Brookfield proposal. But not because I’m opposed to change or development. As Mr. Davret points out, change and development are inevitable and historical facts, particularly in this area. I’ve been aware of this throughout my 27 years in Manhasset, as I’ve watched once-modest houses

maxed-out or demolished and 6-bed 6-bath mansions erected in their stead, cars multiply to choke every driveway and road, and wooded areas give way to landscaped tracts infested with leafblowers. But this is no longer 1680 – or 1929, or 1992 for that matter. Increased population density, inadequate infrastructure and an overheated economy mean that more people in a wider radius will be affected by any major development at the foot of Spinney Hill than would have been the case even just a decade ago. The impact of any plan to redevelop the Macy’s parcel deserves careful public review. The concerns of all the affected communities — including the “mobile communities” of commuters condemned

Markowitz is a voice for inclusion


ravo to Steve Markowitz for being willing to voice unpopular thoughts that should be brought to everyone’s attention. The mayor of the Village of Great Neck has used the public trust to allow zoning variances that further the interests of a specific sector of the community. Local government should be based on respect for all members of the community. Steve Markowitz has participated in many civic, religious and

political institutions. These institutions – including the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, the Gold Coast Art Center, the Great Neck Student Aid Fund – have been enriched by his participation and leadership. His personal philosophy and his political views have always espoused inclusion and fairness. I applaud his bravery for speaking out when others seek to abuse the democratic process. Varda Solomon Great Neck

daily to drive the area’s roads or ride the LIRR or NICE buses — need to be taken into account. Manhasset’s residents and those in the surrounding towns have a legitimate right to express their opposition to proposals they believe to be poorly conceived. Organized opposition and the online petition are a flag to the elected officials (whom Mr. Davret seems also to hold in contempt), that they need to weigh the potential benefits of a plan like Brookfield’s against its potential negative effects; effects that will have longterm, and possibly unintended impacts. Mr. Davret may well be an expert at brick-and-mortar retail. It hardly takes an expert to see that the Macy’s time capsule in Manhasset Valley is a white el-

ephant, or that Manhasset’s retail stores outside the AmericanaApple Store bubble are struggling. Additional housing for empty nesters who want to cash in and stay in the neighborhood, or for millennials and others who want to return to their beloved Manhasset would be nice, of course. But I’m not sure I share Mr. Davret’s apparent optimism about how this project will improve the lot of these suburban exiles. I doubt that Brookfield is driven by benevolence towards the elderly or the young who struggle. The market will rule. It will be interesting to see how local authorities fare in any effort to shape the proposed redevelopment: it’s worth taking a glance at Brookfield’s global heft. The pressure it can bring to

bear on local communities and institutions charged with representing the public interest should give one pause. Brookfield is not your neighbor. Nature and real estate abhor a vacuum. The Macy’s parcel is a vacuum that will inevitably be filled. With what? On what scale? At whose ultimate cost? To benefit whom? What, if any, common good can the local population actually gain from a redevelopment plan? People who express opposition to the Brookfield proposal have a right, and are right to ask such questions, even if they’re “biddies.” Peace to you, Mr. Davret. Kevin S. Kennedy Manhasset

Shame on those criticizing Markowitz


ever in my 45 years in Great Neck have I witnessed anything like the vicious and totally unwarranted attacks on Steve Markowitz. After winning an election, (Robert) Spitalnick and (Jeff) Wiesenfeld have mounted a hate campaign against Steve – for reasons I cannot fathom. Is their extreme reaction simply because they were challenged? How dare they

turn a nasty, sustained, personal vendetta against Steve into an attack on the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center – which fosters understanding of anti-Semitic hatred – in the name of combatting “anti-religious animus”? I’ve known Steve Markowitz for 20 years. Although we are polar opposites in politics, he is a very caring friend and wise counselor. When we engage in spir-

ited discussions, he always responds respectfully, with no personal hatred towards me or anyone else who may hold different views. There is not one hateful bone in his body. Steve does not deserve the bile and slander that have been thrown at him. Shame on you! Jack Epstein Lake Success Letters Continued on Page 56

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Who wins from economic expansion? We have now surpassed the longest economic expansion in U.S. history (since 1854!) this month and it’s officially, breaking the record of 120 months of economic growth from March 1991 to March 2001, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Starting in June of 2009, our record-setting run saw GDP growing cumulatively by 25 percent, far slower than previous expansions. While the unemployment rate has dropped to 3.6 percent in May, the lowest since 1969, job growth has been relatively slower than during other postwar recoveries. Our recovery obviously started way before our current president; however, he may take all the credit, (and provide no credit to anyone else). However, the consuming public and small independent businesses have been the true crusaders and have really brought our country back from the catastrophe of our economic collapse in 2008 to its current stellar state and have made it shine and have set an example for its accomplishments to the rest of the world, whereby, quitters never win and winners never quit! But the truth be told is in the real facts and figures so, go to if you want to check everyone’s statements for their accuracy and truthfulness to find out. So it’s an amazing time in the U.S. for a certain percentage of the population and those that are entrepreneurs and independent business people and most importantly the real estate industry as a whole, for without us my belief is that the economy would not have reached its astonishing level of record-setting success. However, I do realize that the economy hasn’t been good or great for everyone and I’m quite sure it’s different in every country; but those countries with smaller populations, the challenge of earning a living wage is connected to a multitude of reasons, which I will not elaborate in this column, but a future one. Most important, those that aren’t earning enough should either think of changing their vocation, job or business, (get your real estate license) if possible, go back to school and learn a different trade that pays more, assuming you have six to 12 months or whatever is needed to pay your current and future bills, and, if possible, to start a side business to add a second stream of income to your current one.

PHILIP A. RAICES Real Estate Watch

For in order to purchase a home in the U.S. today, the average price is approximately $252,000, which may sound like bupkis (for those who understand Yiddish) and a ridiculously small amount of money for my readers, whose average value is $750,000 to a multiple of millions of dollars, but for many, is a struggle and thereby forces them to rent and make their landlords richer and more wealthier by handing over all the benefits. Many of us live in a “bubble world” of lavishness, opulence and wealth way above a typical U.S. citizen or immigrant. More important, I believe is that it’s a new world out here and lazy and lacka-

daisical individuals, and there are plenty of you out there, need not apply and will have to accept their consequences later on! But here are some scary but candid and upfront facts to dwell upon and deal with now and not procrastinate for another day: A great many people looking to retire one day, don’t have four hundred dollars extra saved to their name, or what some would say, “ and don’t have a pot to piss in” for emergencies, as per the Government Accountability Office. I quote from the, “According to a 2018 study by Northwestern Mutual, 21 percent of Americans have no retirement savings and an additional 10 percent (1 in 3) have less than $5,000 in savings. A third of Baby Boomers currently in, or approaching, retirement age have between nothing and $25,000 set aside. Those between 55-64 have a median savings of $107,000, which is pretty shocking, considering we are supposedly considered the wealthiest country in the world, really? Today, one needs at least one million dollars to retire comfortably. The Economic Policy Institute paints an even bleaker picture. Their data from 2013 reports

that “nearly half of families have no retirement account savings at all.” For most age groups, the group found, “median account balances in 2013 were less than half their pre-recession peak and lower than at the start of the new millennium.” The EPI further found these numbers even worse for millennials. Nearly six in 10 have no retirement savings whatsoever. But financial experts advise that the average 65-year-old have between $1 million and $1.5 million set aside for retirement. workers with savings. If any of my readers or anyone you know are in this position, tell them to “wake up and smell the coffee” and make a change in their lifestyle and/or savings, because if you or they keep doing the same thing, expecting different results, it’s called “business insanity” or on an individual basis, “personal financial insanity.” Philip A. Raices is the owner/ Broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 3 Grace Ave. Suite 180 Great Neck. He has earned designations as a graduate of the Realtor Institute and a certified international property specialist. He can be reached by email, at:Phil@TurnKeyRealEstate.Com, or by cell: (516) 647-4289.


Markowitz support is political Markowitz brings


ubsequent to the local papers publishing Steve Markowitz’s 2015 campaign letter – which included non-tolerant language about the Orthodox Jews – the news is that Mr. Markowitz is reaching out to some fellow Democratic friends, acquaintances and some rabbis requesting from them to write character reference letters and send them to the local newspapers. Some accommodated his request letter by sending the most beautiful letters. In fact, some al-

luded that Markowitz is the best person in the world! Some went as far as saying that they are sure that Markowitz never wrote the letter! I believe that Mr. Markowitz, as any other human, probably has some redeeming qualities. But going as far as saying the best person ever, is not suitable for the situation as it is an obvious overstatement. Some who wrote that they would not believe that Markowitz wrote the email are even voicing a worse overstatement as to testifying to such requires to be next to

Mr. Markowitz at all times which is not feasible. However, fellow Democratic friends of Markowitz like Schimmel and Gary Ackerman are proving a great point. Their supports hints that they hold the position of chairman of the Holocaust Center has a political value to the Democratic party. The museum started by Borris Chartan, a Holocaust survivor in 1989 for reasons other than politics! Sara Povic Great Neck

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am writing to express my support for Steven Markowitz, thechairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, who has been the subject of an unjustified smear campaign. I have known Steven for almost 40 years, and he has been relentless in his efforts to fight all forms of intolerance. I have served with Steven on the board of trustees of Temple Israel of Great Neck, where, as a board member and president, he has worked to bring the Conservative, Reform, Orthodox, and Sephardic communities together.

In these roles, he started what has been a successful inter-synagogue rabbinic dialogue that has lasted for decades. I have also witnessed his leadership of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, which under his leadership has become one of the most important local institutions for fighting intolerance both outside and inside the Jewish community. I am available to discuss these issues further if it would be at all helpful in informing your readership. Arden Smith DPM Village of Great Neck

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Recent Real Estate Sales in Roslyn Roslyn Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $1,175,000 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

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


6 Woodland Road, Roslyn Sold Price: $1,175,000 Date: 06/07/2019 5 beds, 3 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: .33 Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $25,261 MLS# 3095029

10 Pine Drive S, Roslyn Sold Price: $935,000 Date: 05/24/2019 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Exp Ranch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 100x102 Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $22,666 MLS# 3097261

5 Pine Drive So., Roslyn 3A Woodland, Roslyn Sold Price: $1,373,000 Date: 07/03/2019 6 beds, 5 Full/1 Half baths Style: Contemporary # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 100x236 Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $35,451 MLS# 3095340

Sold Price: $920,000 Date:06/28/2019 4 beds, 3 Full baths Style: Exp Ranch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 87x121 Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $24,250 MLS# 3075402

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Bracing for Macy’s development Continued from Page 1 cussion in Manhasset neighborhoods has manifested in early opposition. A digital petition against rezoning the property from commercial to residential has 1,145 signatures despite a formal application not yet reaching the Town Board. “I don’t think anybody around the table has gotten any feedback from any resident that said, ‘Oh this is beautiful,’” Bentley said at the June meeting of the Council of Greater Manhasset Civics Associations. “The scope was far too large.” Since meeting with the civic leaders, Brookfield Properties has continued to meet with groups including the Manhasset school district administration and town council members. “Through early interactions with town officials, our team heard the concerns raised about the project and we have tailored the program and modified the scope in response,” said Aanen Olsen, vice president of mixed use for Brookfield Properties. He did not specify any changes. Brookfield is also planning a website that would allow for question or feedback submissions and project updates, he said. Residents’ concerns include adding students to the Manhasset school district, which already struggles to fit students in Munsey Park Elementary School, increased congestion on Northern Boulevard and Community Drive and a jarring change to the character of Manhasset by bringing in taller apartment buildings. The Town Board is listening, Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey said at the greater council’s June meeting. “It’s very important to the town to listen to what residents say,” she said. “I mean you saw what happened with MedMen, right, and that was a tiny little portion of this.”


Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations President Richard Bentley said the Manhasset Square would be too large. The center of the MedMen commotion was just up the hill from the Macy’s location. An application to convert a mattress store into a medical marijuana dispensary resulted in a protest, three townwide laws regulating such facilities and the application ultimately being withdrawn. The Town of North Hempstead government is aware of residents’ concerns about the Macy’s project, said spokesperson Carole Trottere. “The Town’s role in the Macy’s proposed development by Brookfield Properties is limited to zoning and permitting,” she wrote in a statement. “We want the community to know that we hear your concerns loud and clear and the Town is watching this issue very closely. How-

ever, at this time, the Town’s Building Department has not received any applications, nor has the developer reached out to the Town to ask for any zoning changes, which would be required under the proposed plan.” Though much of Manhasset is unincorporated and under the Town of North Hempstead’s jurisdiction, several villages, including the Plandomes and Munsey Park are down the road from Macy’s. Munsey Park has its eyes on the project, said Mayor Lawrence Ceriello. “At the appropriate time, the Village of Munsey Park looks forward to sharing our concerns with the Town of North Hempstead over the impacts that the proposed development will have on Munsey

Park including, but not limited to, an increase of traffic in the Village, potential overcrowding in the schools in the community and generally a negative impact on the quality of life in Manhasset,” Ceriello wrote in a statement. The village is in the process of forming a committee that would “help protect the interests of Munsey Park residents,” according to its summer update on its website. It cites the MedMen store and Macy’s development as projects that “might fairly be viewed as threats to the quality of life in Munsey Park.” The Manhasset school district has had multiple meetings with Brookfield Properties to learn about the project, said Superintendent Vincent Butera. Brookfield has not yet offered an estimate for the development’s impact on the district’s enrollment, he said Tuesday. A resident who attended the Manhasset Board of Education’s most recent meeting urged it to form a committee to evaluate the issue and “overreact.” The schools are not inclined to overreact, Butera said. In a statement this week, he said the schools are continuing to monitor the plans. Donald Davret, who lives in Searingtown, is one voice in favor of Manhasset Square. It would provide much needed housing opportunities for older residents who no longer want to pay for a home for a larger family as well as needed housing variety, he said. “You don’t build for density and the homes become more and more expensive,” Davret said. “Obviously since Nassau is the first suburb and devoted itself so much to single family housing it’s coming back to haunt you, and you’ve got to change.”

Rust selected for national team


Continued from Page 1 With her smaller stature at such a young age, it can be difficult to be selected, he said, but Rust’s advantage is that “she creates a lot of power for her size.” He said only the fastest are selected, which usually coincides with a bigger stature, but few athletes of Rust’s size are as fast as her at such a young age. For her observation, where coaches see how well she performs in the water, Rahman said Rust rowed on the opposite side than usual because of her willingness to do whatever it takes to get placed on the team. Rust, who just graduated from Roslyn High School, is going to Stanford University in California in the fall, where she will compete with the lightweight rowing team, which is considered one of the best in the country.


Lindsey Rust (r) of Roslyn has been selected for the Junior national U19 rowing team. Pictured here with Port Rowing women’s head coach Isa Rahman and fellow rower Carter Shields.

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Old destination, new generation Continued from Page 3 Washington wrote. “This Gentleman works a Grist & two Paper Mills, the last of which he seems to carry on with Spirit, and to profit-distc. from. Oyster bay 12 Miles. From hence to Flushing where we dined.” After retiring from its original purpose, the grist mill was converted into a teahouse in 1920. It remained so for 54 years, garnering tourist attention. For years after that, it had a sign out front proclaiming restoration would begin soon, Kroplick said. He moved to East Hills in 1984, and remembers it being one of the first things he noticed. “That was always the question, when are they going to do anything?” he said. “The only thing that you saw being changed for like 30 years was the sign in front when new politicians came in.” The Roslyn Landmark Society was founded in 1961. Roger Gerry sought to restore homes in the area and have it designated as historic. “Roslyn eventually got on board and said run with it,” Corn, who knew Gerry, said. “He really was responsible for saving what was there and creating this little bucolic village that is a trip back in time.” The grist mill project has momentum now, Kroplick said. The mayor of the Village of Roslyn is supportive, the state and


The back of the Roslyn Grist Mill, circa 1895. county are supportive and the Roslyn Landmark Society has recently invested in other restoration projects. It even has an Instagram page devoted to the grist mill. “We eat and walk in the area around the pond all the time and see the grist mill in a state of disrepair,” Fensterman said. “My children have asked about it, and I’m excited that it has progressed to the point where it’s going to be a community resource.” A recent accomplishment was having

a historic marker sign placed out front. Despite its location on the village’s main street, people who have lived in Roslyn for years had never known where the grist mill actually was, Kroplick said. Standing inside the grist mill, he spotted a family peering at the sign from across the street. “That’s what’s great,” Kroplick said. “Here you’ve got people who’ve been ignoring this building forever now see that something’s being done.”

Lake Success faces ExteNet lawsuit Continued from Page 12 equipment on poles. Lake Success Mayor Adam Hoffman said that the village is working on a response, but otherwise could not comment on pending litigation. The lawsuit against Lake Success by ExteNet would not be the first in the area. The Village of Munsey Park in the Manhasset region was sued when it did not act on an application to construct a node in August. The suit was dropped in December, after which the two parties began working in a “spirit of cooperation,” and a conditional use permit was granted to ExteNet to install a cell node in the village in April. The legal action also comes as the villages of Plandome and Flower Hill weigh applications from ExteNet to install 10 and 18 cell nodes in their respective villages. Kings Point village approved an application by ExteNet earlier this year to install 31 cellular nodes throughout the village. Paired with it was the approval of a new village telecommunications law, which aims to accommodate these small cell facilities and comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations. In Lake Success, six nodes were unanimously rejected: No. 1 at the right of way adjacent to 1 Pine Hill Road, No. 5 at the right of way adjacent to 21 Briarfield Drive, No. 8 at the right of way adjacent

USA win also a win for L.I. Continued from Page 13 According to the USA soccer website, Dunn won five separate Player of the Year awards as a senior in high school, including the New York Gatorade Player of the Year award. In a News12 interview, former South Side coach Judy Croutier said, “She was just able to hit another speed that other people couldn’t.” Even before heading off to college, where she led the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to a national championship, Dunn was making a national impact. She played on the U-17 national team before helping her Rockville Centre high school achieve a state title her senior year. “Dunn plays as if the girl with the ball – in the rare instances she doesn’t have possession herself – just stole her lunch money,” Newsday’s Chris Mascaro wrote in 2009, following South Side’s Class A state win. In 2015, Dunn was a year into her professional career when the last World Cup roster was announced, and she learned she hadn’t made it. “I think as soon as I got that news, I went through my venting stage,” Dunn told USA Today Sports that year. “But then I was like, I’m gonna prove to myself I can reach my potential and get to where I gotta go. I started saying that I have things to work on.” In 2016 she played more games for the women’s national team than she had in her first three years combined, according to U.S. Soccer. She was also an Olympian in the Rio games, where her goal against Colombia helped the United States tie. She has played on professional teams in Maryland and England and is currently a forward for the North Carolina Courage.


Mayor Adam Hoffman said the Village of Lake Success is preparing a response to a lawsuit by ExteNet, following a May decision to block the installation of several cell nodes. to 75 Horace Harding Blvd., No. 11 at the right of way adjacent to 37 Meadow Woods Road, No. 12 near 2 Bridle Path, and No. 13 at the corner of Lakeville Road and Windsor Gate. Trustees also voted down No. 9 at the right of way at the intersection of Horace Harding Boulevard and Fairway Drive, No. 2 at the right of way adjacent to 354

Lakeville Road, and No. 10 at the right of way adjacent to 255 Lakeville Road. Nodes No. 3, at the right of way adjacent to 334 Lakeville Road, No. 4 adjacent to 318 Lakeville Road, No. 6 near the northeast quadrant at Horace Harding Boulevard and Lakeville Road, and No. 7a in the Lake Success Golf Club were approved.


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State seeks cap on water contamination Continued from Page 9 After the regulations are adopted, the Environmental Facilities Corp. and the Department of Environmental Conservation will work with the Department of Health to remediate water systems that test above the maximum levels. All public water systems will be required to test their water within specified time frames and comply with the adopted maximum contaminant levels. Most water suppliers in the state will be required to submit their first round of testing within three months of the regulation’s adoption. To adopt the regulations, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the New York State Register is expected to be published on July 24, which will commence a 60-day comment period. After assessments of public comments, the proposal will be revised or submitted for adoption by the Public Health and Health Planning Council, under the condition of approval by the state health commissioner. “This long-awaited first step puts New York on a path to cleaner drinking water. Establishing Maximum Contaminant Levels for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-dioxane will require all public

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Climate crisis demands mobilization Continued from Page 16 Instead of spending $700-$800 billion on defense each year, $4.6 billion on for-profit prison companies that are starving and torturing children and parents in concentration-camp-like conditions, billions on royalties and incentives to fossil fuel companies, and $1.5 trillion more in tax-giveaways to the largest, most profitable companies and the top 1%, that money could be spent on research and development of clean, renewable energy technologies, new agricultural processes, conservation and low or zero-carbon infrastructure.

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Opioid deaths see Town dog tethering decline in Nassau regulations approved Continued from Page 10 Deaths dropped by 11 to 184 in 2017, according to the medical examiner’s office, and then by another 37 people in 2018 to 147 – an overall difference of about 24.6 percent. This is the lowest overdose death count since 2014, when 149 people died from overdoses. “The opioid epidemic continues to be the most pressing public health crisis facing our communities, but this dramatic drop in overdose deaths shows that our work to bridge the treatment gap is saving lives,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. Singas said that since the district attorney’s office partnered with Maryhaven’s New Hope Center to provide inpatient treatment in 2015, the facility helped more than 2,200 people get “the support they need to break free from addiction.” Singas also thanked the county executive, Nassau County Police Department and “law enforcement partners at every level.” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran credited much of the drop in overdose deaths to a “three-pronged strategy of enforcement, education and treatment to fight the opioid crisis” by the district attorney and said the county is “com-

mitted to building on this commendable process.” “That’s why at my direction, Nassau County has mobilized at full-scale to meet the long-term treatment and education challenges necessary to eradicate this epidemic in Nassau County,” Curran said. “We cannot wait this out – for every additional life we can save, there is another family that does not have to bury a loved one.” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the department and district attorney’s office have been in a “full-court press for the last two years” against the heroin epidemic and overdoses. In that time they have seen a decline in overdoses, both fatal and nonfatal, and the need to use naloxone – better known as Narcan – to block the effects of opioid overdoses, Ryder said. Still, Ryder added, they intend to keep on pushing with initiatives under “Operation Natalie” such as the “Takedown Drugs Programs” in wrestling, lacrosse and Little League. “We thank all of these organizations for their continued support, that we stand together and for sending the right message that we will continue to work together to take down drugs,” Ryder said.

Continued from Page 10 In other business, the Town Board awarded a $1.08 million contract to Galvin Brothers to expand the Hempstead Harbor Shoreline Trail by one mile south. This will be partly funded by $450,000

worth of grants. The 200 acres of woodlands across the street from North Hempstead Beach Park was also renamed Hempstead Harbor Woods, which will be the location of a mountain bike trail and hiking trail.


Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, pictured here with North Hempstead Animal Shelter Director Jenna Givargidze, pets Royal, a dog at the North Hempstead Animal Shelter.

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Birth order’s impact on your personality “Mom always liked you best!” The Smothers Brothers capitalized on that little sibling problem and their skits were hysterical. Poor Tommy Smothers was always being beaten and outsmarted by older brother Dick. We take for granted that we’ve been raised in a family and acknowledge that mothers and fathers have had a profound influence on our development. But, what is less commonly understood is the way that our siblings have determined who we are. The Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges all worked together and the world laughed long and hard as they smacked each other around, but how often have you heard anyone talk about how siblings influence our personality? Not too often

I suspect. The first guy to discuss birth order was Alfred Adler, one of the co-founders of psychoanalysis, and he developed his theory of birth order back at the beginning of the 20th century. He suggested that the place you had in your family had a big impact. Here is how Adler analyzed birth order: The Firstborn: Adler believed that the oldest sibling is the most dominant, feels the most responsibility, and pressure and is often the most neurotic and depressed in the family. They are the ones who are more likely to end up in an asylum. Research has also shown that firstborns are the brightest in the family. That is certainly true in my family. I was the middle child in my family and grew


up thinking I was mentally deficient since my older brother was so smart. He was the one who got all the scholarships and all the academic awards. The Middle Child: The middle child is thought to have feelings of inferiority, becomes attention seeking, is highly competitive, feels unloved and

Born first, in the middle or last has a big effect on who you are

never gets enough attention. I must say that describes me well. But the good news about being a middle child is that they are often the ones who benefit from what the older siblings teach them. My older brother, not my teachers, introduced me to writers like Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Henry Miller and he was the one who took me to museums when I was younger. Middle children often seek out paths different from their older siblings and are the ones who tend to be the most successful in the family. The Youngest Child: The youngest sibling is usually described as the least responsible, most spoiled and most indulged. They are often the most fun, charming, social and outgoing. My family is proof of that with my youngest sibling being

chock full of charisma and social grace. Everyone wants to be around this guy. I recall that we once went shopping for some clothes for his two girls and remember how all the sales girls buzzed around him like bees to honey. And I felt like Mr. Invisible. Yes, indeed, my younger brother David has charm plus. It is of interest that all the hard science research fails to support much of these findings, but I think that isn’t because birth order is meaningless but more because the research is weak and not yet sensitive enough to measure these things. It makes sense that siblings have a big impact because they are the ones we spend so much time with as we grow up. In the family we all vie for parental love and approval and actually go to great lengths to get some. When I was a kid, I realized that we had a big family of seven and I once asked my mother the question that all kids either ask or think about: “Hey, Mom, Do you have any favorites in the family?” Kind of like what Tommy Smothers would shout to Dick, “Mom always liked you best!” My mother was a sly one and she cleverly answered, “Oh, Tommy, my love is like a big apple pie and I cut up the pieces equally between all of you. Everyone gets exactly the same size slice.” Somehow I never really believed that. But my question gets to the point Alfred Adler was consumed by: What goes on in the family? I think children will go to great lengths to gain the attention from parents and will go even further to differentiate themselves from their siblings. We all want a bigger piece of the pie don’t you think?

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Zucker med school launches pipeline program Eight rising college sophomores from close-to-home and beyond continued their quest for science and medical knowledge on June 24, as the first class of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine Pipeline Program for college students. A decade following the inception of the school’s highly successful Medical Scholars Pipeline Program for high school students, the newly launched ZPP focuses on taking college students like Kelly Centeno all the way to medical school and the fulfillment of a dream to become a doctor or other professional in medicine. “When I learned about the ZPP, I took the opportunity and applied,” said Centeno, an MSPP graduate and sophomore at Brooklyn College. “In the MSPP, we received SAT and ACT preparation, which was very helpful. In this program, we will receive science enrichment courses that will help in preparation for the next semester in college.” The mission of the ZPP is to enhance the matriculation of students underrepresented in medicine. The three-year, summer-intensive, academic enrichment program is designed to provide high-achieving college students who are interested in a career in medicine an opportunity for direct

enrollment to the Zucker School of Medicine for those who are economically disadvantaged. “It is an amazing opportunity for these deserving students and our medical school to bridge the gap for minorities in the healthcare professions even further with a program geared toward advancing underserved students enrolled in college and aspiring to careers in medicine,” said Gina Granger, assistant director of pipeline programs at the Zucker School of Medicine. The ZPP also serves as an open door for students to explore other places and people beyond their community or region. “The program caught my attention because my whole education has been in the south, I wanted to venture out and do something different,” said Alea Jones who recently finished her freshman year at the University of Mississippi. “While here, I hope to find out more about the medical field and our nation as a whole. I’m glad to have this chance to learn more about people outside of my area.” Following the ZPP start, more than 60 high school students from Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties began a rigorous multi-year, four-week summertime academic

Zucker Pipeline Program inaugural class led by (top, far left) Dr. Robert Roswell, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, and (top, far right) Gina Granger, director of pipeline programs at the Zucker School of Medicine. program at the Zucker School of Medicine on June 27 developed to provide young scholars with early exposure to careers in the medical field. Like the ZPP, the MSPP offers mentoring, healthcare skills training, clinical exposure and coursework, but also provides college preparation to turn students into highly competitive applicants to undergraduate and graduate schools in medicine and other fields. To date, nearly 200 students have enrolled in the MSPP, including 100 students who have

completed the program. Of the graduates, 100 percent have matriculated into leading universities and graduate schools, an achievement that includes four MSPP alumni who are now medical students at the Zucker School of Medicine. Both the ZPP and MSPP are generously supported by donors who provide for a variety of social and cultural enrichment activities during programming. “Our goal is to help all of our participants discover and develop confidence in their potential,” said Granger. “From high school to col-

lege and career, we strive to offer support and guidance for each step of their journey.” The tenth anniversary of the MSPP will be commemorated during a closing ceremony to be held on July 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Zucker School of Medicine. The ZPP ends for collegians on Aug. 2. For more information about special programs at the Zucker School of Medicine, visit Submitted by the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine.

North Hempstead offering summer recreation programs Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth with members from Muslims for Progress.

Town, Muslims for Progress meet North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth joined with the organization Muslims for Progress on June 15 at Town Hall. Muslims for Progress is a community of individuals dedicated to spreading awareness and understanding of the Eid holiday within Long Island school districts. Bosworth presented the group with a proclamation of special recognition for their commitment to educating the public. Eid is a religious holiday that marks the end of the Ramadan, a month of prayer, reflection and fasting. The holidays are celebrated throughout the world. Submitted by the Town of North Hempstead.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board are pleased to announce that the town’s Parks and Recreation Department is once again offering free drop-in summer recreation programs at Broadway Park in Garden City Park and Charles J. Fuschillo Park in Carle Place from July 8 until August 15.The programs are completely free and do not require registration. They do require that children be accompanied by a parent, who must remain at the park while their child is participating in the program. Children are welcome to attend on any day for as many activities as they would like.

Participants will enjoy sports such as volleyball, kickball, basketball and arts and crafts, relay races and more. The programs will take place at: Broadway Park: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Charles J. Fuschillo Park: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a full schedule of daily activities, please visit: For more information, please call 311 or 516-8696311 from outside of the town.Submitted by the Town of North Hempstead.


72 The Roslyn Times, Friday, July 12, 2019



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