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Roslyn Harbor receives F in transparency



N.S. villages averaged a D rating in the audit conducted over 16 months BY ST E P H E N ROMANO AND NOAH MANSKAR North Shore villages scored below average in a Press Club of Long Island audit that graded Long Island municipalities and government agencies on New York State Freedom of Information Law requirements. The audit, which was conducted over 16 months and graded the responsiveness of 195 municipalities on a 0 to 100 scale, found that villages on the North Shore averaged a 66.2 or D rating, lower than the C average for all governments and agencies. Three North Shore villages, Flower Hill, Thomaston and Roslyn Estates, all received A grades, while seven received Fs. Twenty-four percent of the governments and agencies “failed to maintain their own FOIL policies required by law,” the audit found, while 64 percent failed

to respond to the Press Club’s request within the legal deadline. The audit was conducted by Timothy Bolger, managing editor of the Long Island Press and freedom of information chair for the Press Club, the Long Island chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “If the Long Island governments and agencies we tested were high school students with a cumulative grade of a C, they would not be getting into the college of their choice,” Bolger said in the report. The Press Club based its grading on several criteria, including meeting the five-day legal deadline to acknowledge the FOIL request; providing a list of employees, including names, titles, offices and salaries; providing a subject matter listing, which lists the types of records kept on file; providing a copy of the policy regarding protocol for responding Continued on Page 47


Roslyn High School Junior Orry Zayit placed second in the 100 yard butterly in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s State Championships. See stsory on page 47.

Woman fighting cancer holds Roslyn art exhibition BY M A X Z A H N One hundred fifty people attended an art exhibition opening at the Roslyn Village Gallery on Sunday to see the paintings of Myra Fox, who suf-

fers from a severe form of brain cancer that has rendered her unable to speak or walk. She “had a smile on her face the whole time,” said Jillian Fox, her daughter. “You could tell she was happy to see

people.” Myra Fox, a resident of Roslyn from 2001 to 2015, began painting oil and water color works 30 years ago. “Local artists know her,” Continued on Page 46

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Yoga proposed for Roslyn schools Self-defense also among possible classes BY J ES S I C A C H I N

Paul Peters (left) being sworn in as a trustee by Village of Roslyn Estates Mayor Jeffrey Schwartzberg. Peters is running to replace Schwartzberg as mayor.

No contested races but new faces in elections New leadership in Roslyn Estates and Flower Hill BY M A X Z A H N A N D STEPHEN ROMANO Roslyn residents will not find any contested elections when they go to the village polls on Tuesday, but leadership changes in Roslyn Estates and Flower Hill will shake up the composition of their respective Boards of Trustees. Jeffrey Schwartzberg, the mayor of Roslyn Estates for the past six years, announced last month he will not run for reelection. Trustee Paul Peters, whom Schwartzberg appointed to the Board of Trustees last May, will run for the position unopposed. Schwartzberg said he backs Peters’ candidacy. “I think he would do a won-

derful job,” Schwartzberg said. “He is a very smart guy with high integrity. He is always talking about maintaining the beauty of the village.” A year ago Peters replaced 73-year-old Sandy Siff, who was re-elected to the Board of Trustees with 15 write-in votes but stood by a prior decision to end his tenure as a trustee. Peters moved from Manhasset into the village with his wife, Claire, in 2013. Currently Roslyn Estates residents Brett Auerbach and Allan Mendels are registered to run for trustee positions being vacated by Jeffrey Lindenbaum and Rodney Khazzam. No one is running for the seat being vacated by Peters in his elevation to mayor. Unless there is a write-in

candidate, Peters, if he is elected mayor, will appoint someone to fill the vacant trustee seat as one of his first items of business. Roslyn Estates Village Justice Seymour Reisman will run for reelection. Village justice terms last four years, while mayor and trustee terms last two years. Voting will take place on Tuesday, March 21, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Hall at 25 The Tulips. “We want to make sure everybody has an opportunity to vote whether early morning or late at night,” Schwartzberg said. Following former Mayor Elaine Phillips’ state Senate victory in November, the Flower Hill government got a new mayContinued on Page 46

The Roslyn school district athletics director proposed new elective courses, including yoga, self-defense, crossfit and wellness, for the district’s high school in his 2017-2018 budget presentation Thursday night. The athletic director, Michael Brostowski, proposed a 9.5 percent increase for his department’s 20172018 budget to $1,444,957, up from $1,319,218 this year. “We’re going to be increasing supervision, which is a large portion of that increase, and purchasing new equipment, the other large part of that increase,” Brostowski said. Increasing supervision would increase security and create a safer environment for all the games in the district, Brostowski said. Especially since some high school games have become more contentious, “it would behoove us now to have that extra supervision,” he said. Other new additions Brostowski requested include a new cheerleading team for the upcoming fall season, a weather station, new bleachers for the tennis team, two batting tunnels for baseball

and softball, and girls’ lacrosse headgear. Brostowski said he also hopes to expand health education to students in kindergarten through sixth grade. School board members and administrators applauded Brostowski’s proposal to add the new elective fitness classes. “This is really progressive thinking, this is the kind of innovation that we want all our department heads to bring to the board,” Clifford Saffron, the school board’s vice president, said. The board president, Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy, said she was concerned about whether the course electives would fit into the students’ already intensive schedules. Brostowski said he would work to get students to buy in to the new courses and fit them in their schedules. Also on Thursday, the district’s assistant to the superintendent for administration and special projects, Kevin Carpenter, also presented his 2017-2018 budget proposal at Thursday night’s board meeting. The proposed budget of $2,936,853 for the 2017-2018 year would be a very slight reducContinued on Page 46

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The refurbished waiting room at the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights.

N.S. Guidance gets lobby makeover Basset furniture donates $10,000 worth of couches, tables, chairs and other improvements BY M A X Z A H N The stigma attached to mental health issues makes one feature of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, a children’s health agency located in Roslyn Heights, especially crucial: the waiting room, said Andrew

Malekoff, the organization’s executive director. “Individuals will take a week, a month or a year to come in sometimes because of the way the world views mental health problems,” Malekoff said. “When someone finally gets the courage to make that call, it’s so impor-

tant for them to walk up to and into a place where they feel welcome and invited.” Last Thursday, Basset furniture helped North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center become more inviting by donating $10,000 worth of furniture to its reception area.

The guidance center provides various mental health and substance abuse counseling services, as well as advocacy and care coordination services, a North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center statement said. “After learning about the positive impact the North Shore

Child & Family Guidance Center has on children and families in this community, we knew we wanted to help this deserving organization,” said Anthony Lear, the store manager of the Garden City Bassett Home Furnishings store. Continued on Page 58


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Roslyn Estates budget likely to exceed tax cap 2017-18 spending to increase due to road work “If we plan for memorial million, Schwartzberg said. The additional bond expense day, it will be done by June 15,” The 2017-18 budget for Ros- would increase village spending Schwartzberg said. lyn Estates will likely exceed the next year by approximately four Nine months into its 2016New York State property tax cap or 5 percent. 17 budget, the village is $70,000 The road work plan includes of 0.68 percent, Roslyn Estates ahead of what it budgeted, due Mayor Jeffrey Schwartzberg anto revenue up $44,000 and costs nounced on Monday. “There’s a reasonable chance “ ’M LEAVING THE VILLAGE down $26,000, Schwartzberg there will be a tax increase that IN A BETTER PLACE THAN said. will exceed the cap,” SchwartzMonday’s meeting was the WHEN WE STARTED. berg said. “Primarily because of last for Schwartzberg, who will THAT’S PRETTY MUCH ALL not run for re-election on Tuesroad work.” At its meeting on Monday YOU CAN HOPE FOR.” day. the Board of Trustees unani— JEFFREY SCHWARTZBERG “I’m leaving the village in a mously approved a law authobetter place than when we startrizing the village to pass a future about 30 percent of the eight ed,” Schwartzberg said. “That’s tax levy in excess of the cap. “What we’re talking about is miles of roads in the village, pretty much all you can hope something more than a ‘just in Schwartzberg said. for.” The village intends to put case,’” Schwartzberg said. Trustee Paul Peters is runEarlier this year, the village out a solicitation for bids and to ning unopposed to replace passed a $650,000 bond for road select a contractor by April 15, Schwartaberg. work that will be paid in incre- said Bryan Rivera, the clerk/ If Peters wins, his first Board ments of $65,000 per year over treasurer in Roslyn Estates. meeting as mayor will take place Village offi cials said they a 10-year period, Schartzberg hope the work will be completed on April 4, when the village said. The village’s overall budget by memorial day but it will likely holds a public hearing regarding its 2017-18 budget. is usually $1.3 million or $1.4 take until mid-June.



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Curran touts gender equity initiative Dem county exec hopeful pledges to hire women for at least half of top positions BY N O A H MANSKAR Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) on Thursday pledged to tap women for half the senior roles in her administration if elected county executive. Under Curran, she said, women would hold 50 percent of the county’s 21 top jobs: commissioners, deputy county executives, and the county attorney, sheriff, assessor and treasurer. The plan would make Curran’s administration more representative of Nassau’s demographics than the “good old boys’ club” of current Republican county executive, Edward Mangano, who has women in only four of those roles, Curran said. “We’re not going to look to the cronies and the brother-in-laws, to the friends,” Curran said at a news conference at her Baldwin home. “We’re going to really try to get the most professional people that we can to run the government.” Curran is the first woman ever to run for county executive.


Democratic Nassau County executive candidate Laura Curran announces her plan for gender equity in county hiring on Thursday, March 9. She has backing from Nassau’s Democratic committee but faces a primary against state Assemblyman Charles Lavine and county Comptroller George Maragos.

Mangano, who has pleaded not guilty to political corruption charges, has not said whether he will seek a third term, and Republicans have not yet nominated a

candidate to run for his job. Curran, who has repeatedly attacked what she calls a “culture of corruption” in Nassau government, said political patronage has

shut women out of key roles and prevented the county government from serving the public effectively. But county officials rejected the claim that Nassau’s government is so heavily male. The county has 42 department heads, but some have titles of director or executive director rather than commissioner, Brian Nevin, Mangano’s spokesman, wrote in an email. Some 40 percent of those roles are filled by women and ethnic minorities, making Mangano’s administration “the most diverse in Nassau’s history,” said Connie Petrucci, the county executive’s press secretary. “Nassau County’s hiring policies do not discriminate on race nor creed and Laura Curran’s plan to hire based solely on gender appears to violate County policy,” Petrucci said in a statement. Curran said she would consider the highest quality men and women for top jobs while ensuring women have “an equal shot to men, and that’s just not happening right now.”

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Rename harbor for late town pol: Schumer BY ST E P H E N R OM A N O Sen. Chuck Schumer on Monday renewed his call to name a portion of Hempstead Harbor after former North Hempstead Town Supervisor May Newburger. In 2012, Schumer attempted to name a portion of the Harbor after Newburger, who died in 2012 at the age of 92 from complications of cancer, but was stopped because federal policies forbid the naming of public land until a person has been dead for at least five years. “May Newburger charted a course for public servants to follow and her legacy will live on for years to come,” Schumer said. “With the five year anniversary of her passing on the horizon, it is time to immortalize May Newburger’s immense contribution of service with the designation of May Newburger Cove.” Newburger, who lived in Great Neck, served in the state Assembly’s 16th district

from 1979 to 1986. She was elected to North Hempstead’s Town Council in 1992 and served as town supervisor from 1994 to 2003. “May Newburger’s passion was protecting and preserving the environment and I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to her than to have this serene cove overlooking Hempstead Harbor officially carry her name,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said. “I appreciate Sen. Schumer’s urging the U.S. Geological Survey to approve this request.” The U.S. Geological Survey must approve Schumer’s application to change the name on a federally published navigational chart, the release said. Reach reporter Stephen Romano by e-mail at, by phone at 516.307.1045 x214. Also follow us on Twitter @stephenromano13 and Facebook at

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Pols raise, officials reject freight claims

Herricks seeks improved internet

3rd track study should evaluate plan to hall trash, lawmakers say

Likely to begin in summer 2018

BY N O A H M A N S K A R Four Nassau County legislators asked the Long Island Rail Road last week to study a plan to remove waste from Long Island on freight trains in the context of its proposed third track project. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is considering whether to grant Green Rail Transfer, a company based in upstate Queensbury, permission to transfer municipal waste from trucks to train cars at a freight transfer facility in Holtsville, according to a public DEC notice outlining the plan. Freight trains would carry up to 900 tons of waste off Long Island each day on LIRR tracks. The railroad should revise its draft environmental impact statement for its $2 billion expansion project to include analysis of the Green Rail Transfer plan and hold another public hearing on the project, Repub-



A New York & Atlantic Railway freight train is pictured in Jamaica, Queens in 2007. lican county legislators Richard Nicolello of New Hyde Park, Vincent Muscarella of West Hempstead, Laura Schaefer of Westbury and Rose Marie Walker of Hicksville wrote in a March 7

letter to the LIRR. “It is not difficult to envision that the main line, with its enhanced capacity from the 3rd Track, will become a highway Continued on Page 58

The Herricks school district will likely upgrade its schools’ internet infrastructure beginning in the summer of 2018, with the goal of increasing the capacity of the schools’ wired and wireless systems, district officials said Thursday. The plan to upgrade the network follows the $966,909 in technology-project funding received from New York State as part of the SMART Schools Bond Act of 2014. The state borrowed $2 billion under that act to finance educational technology and infrastructure with the aim of improving students’ access to technology and internet connectivity. David Pickman, the technology integration specialist for the Herricks school district, said the internet access points

in the district’s buildings were installed prior to the increased academic need for technology and are no longer enough to support the many devices in the schools. Each access point can work for about 30 devices, he said. As the number of devices used climbs past this amount, the quality and speed of the internet connection wanes. The district’s Educational Technology Committee wants to install an access point that can support up to 100 devices in all classrooms and learning spaces, administrators said. The district increased the Internet bandwidth to 500 megabits per second in the 2016-17 academic school year, but the committee anticipates needing more bandwidth as technology usage in the classroom continues to expand. In a survey disseminated to Continued on Page 58

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Fight against intolerance


e are thankful for the forceful response of residents and elected officials to the bomb threat called into the Mid-Island Y JCC in Planview — one of dozens of threats made around the country to Jewish community centers and the second in Nassau County. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced that he’s asking the Federal Communications Commission chairman to grant a waiver for tracing the phone calls made to facilities that have been targeted. Nassau County police announced that they were increasing their patrols at Jewish institutions throughout the county in response. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo established a $25 million grant program that aims to “boost safety and security at New York’s schools and day care centers at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission.” The community also responded. A vigil at the Plainview community center following the bomb threat drew about 400. Nassau County Legislator Arnold Drucker said it was attended “not only by Jews but people of all faiths, races and religious orientations.” Among them was Habeeb Ahmed, president-elect of the Islamic Center of Long Island. Ahmed’s attendance was fitting. Like Jews, Muslims have witnessed a rise in hate crimes and intolerance in recent months. In the case of Muslim places of worship, the hate crimes in other places around the country

have included actual violence rather than just threats. Though the steps taken by elected officials and community support in New York have been heartening, they are not enough to prevent future acts of intolerance and the threat of actual violence. That requires asking the question why. Why at this time in our nation’s history are we witnessing an increase in hate crimes against Jews and other groups? While Americans have a national pride in being a melting pot we also know that racial bigotry and religious intolerance have been part of this nation’s history since its founding. At one time or another every group of newcomers to this country has faced prejudice and intolerance — including Irish, Germans, Italians and Catholics, as well as Jews, Muslims and Hispanics. With the history of slavery, black people occupy a category of their own for prejudice and oppression. So if prejudice and intolerance are nothing new, why the increase in 2017? The answer is as uncomfortable to some as it is obvious to others. Donald Trump ran a campaign for president that blamed others for America’s problems. Trump rose to prominence by calling into question the legitimacy and birthplace of America’s first black president. He kicked off his campaign by calling undocumented Mexicans criminals and rapists. He blamed all Muslims as a group for the acts of a very few, calling at one point for a ban

against all Muslims entering the country. Now, he has twice signed bans against six predominantly Muslim countries that many say is nothing more than a Muslim ban that will pass judicial review. His final campaign ad, done in grainy, black-and-white horrormovie style, talked about international global bankers conspiring to undermine our country and featured photos of businessman George Soros, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellin and Goldman Sachs President Lloyd Blankfein. All are Jewish. We are not saying that Trump himself is anti-Semitic or racist. Just that he is willing to appeal to those who are. This is also not to say that all or most Trump supporters are rac-

ists or anti-Semites. People who voted for Trump did so for many reasons, shared in some cases with Bernie Saunders Democrats and even former Obama supporters. But the connections between Trump and the recent rise of hate crimes and intolerance seems clear. It is tempting to say that Trump supporters have a special obligation to condemn statements made by Trump that are seen as racist or anti-Semitic — as people have said Muslims have a special obligation to condemn acts of terrorism committed by Muslims. But we know that is a false argument and knee-jerk response to attributing the motivation of people committing hate crimes are sometimes wrong.

Rather, in this age of Trump, it is up to all of us to respond to all racist, anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim statements or acts – no matter who makes them – whenever they are made. This is not as easy as it sounds. Condemning bomb threats from a troubled person or persons is easy. But what about travel bans proposed by the President of the United States against six predominantly Muslim nations with no history of attacks on this country? This involves politically fraught discussions that may mean criticizing Trump when many people agree with him. This is often not easy, but it is necessary if we are truly serious about combatting intolerance.



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Sen. Brooks’ assessment proposal


hortly after Ed Mangano was sworn in as county executive in January, 2010, he announced with much fanfare, a commission of “wise people” charged with recommending genuine reforms that would ensure that the disastrous assessment system was equitable, efficient and would finally end the county’s addiction to long-term borrowing to pay current tax refunds. The commission’s report, however, never saw the light of day. Instead, Mangano implemented a dubious program that forces homeowners to challenge their assessments annually. The consequence: a $1.7 billion tax burden has shifted to those less savvy homeowners who did not appeal their property tax rate. Now, Nassau’s freshman state senator, John Brooks, has entered the fray with a proposal he argues is a “low-cost system that replaces tax refund checks with tax credits as a means of reducing the huge expenses associated with success-

ful assessment challenges.” Based on summary plan information, the Brooks’ plan appears to be worthy of further study, as it may provide a means to lessen the budgetary impact of payments for assessment certiorari settlements. What is interesting about the Brooks’ plan, is that it doesn’t rely on any of the extraordinary (and historically untenable) actions on which prior proposals are predicated. Whatever merit those ideas may have, they are long-game efforts, and the county’s continuing budgetary crisis — despite ludicrous assertions about the existence of a “borrowed surplus” from the county executive and the county comptroller — requires action which can be effected quickly. The Brooks’ plan doesn’t presume or propose state legislation to end the “County Guarantee,” which forces the County to repay property taxes it never received, on behalf of school districts, towns, villages and special districts which did receive the money. It doesn’t presume that the county fixes the assessment sys-

GEORGE J. MARLIN On The Right tem which is in such dire need of corrective action; instead, it presumes that the county doesn’t fix the system. In short, it seems to be a clear-eyed analysis, focused on budgetary realities. At a high level, what the Brooks’ plan, once fully fleshed out and executed, would do is to ameliorate the budgetary impacts of the broken assessment

system, but do so in a way that focuses taxpayers (and, for the politicians who might be concerned, voters) on the effects of the county not fixing the assessment system. By cutting off tax settlements toward the end of a given year, in time to precede the setting of the tax roll for the following year, and paying settlements with tax credits, rather than by writing large checks, the effects of the payments can be reflected in the tax rolls for the next year, with a shift among taxpayers of the same total tax dollar pool. In other words, once the credits are established as a means of paying certiorari claims, they would be reflected in the tax rolls in a way that allows the same dollar amount of property taxes to be raised, with more being shouldered by those who didn’t grieve and settle. So, if the total property taxes to be raised were $900 million, $900 million would be what is taxed. And there would be no expense for any refunds. At a secondary level, the

Brooks’ plan would also seek to have the costs of the settlements borne by the taxpayers in close proximity to the settling party. In other words, if I were to grieve and settle, the cost of my tax credit would be spread among the residents of the Town of North Hempstead, the Village of New Hyde Park and the New Hyde Park School District. The taxpayers on the South Shore wouldn’t pay for my settlement, and I wouldn’t be bailing out the good people of the Village of Garden City. The high-level portion can be characterized as the budgetary solution. The secondary portion can be characterized as the “tax justice” element of that solution. Given that the secondary level could be more difficult to effect, it is important to note that the high-level plan appears worthy of study on its own merits as a budgetary solution, and the entire plan could be viewed as one worthy of exploration for implementation in phases.


Is politics stressing you out?


ince the election, do you find conversations with friends, family and neighbors start out friendly, then quickly devolve into an anxious mess when the subject turns to politics? According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association titled “Stress in America, Coping with Change,” you are not alone. The political environment has many of us on edge. The January 2017 survey states, “more than half of Americans (57 percent) report that the current political climate is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. Two-thirds (66 percent) say the same about the future of our nation, and nearly half (49 percent) report that the outcome of the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. While Democrats were more likely than Republicans (72 percent vs. 26 percent) to report the outcome of the 2016 presidential election as a significant source of stress, a majority of Republicans (59 percent) said the future of our nation was a significant source of stress for them, compared to 76 percent of Democrats.” Seems like

we are all stressed out but Democrats are feeling it more. Nassau County, with chaos and corruption at all levels of government, may be one of the most politically stressful places in the nation. Here’s why: Town of Oyster Bay Indicted Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto stepped down in early January to fight federal corruption charges. The transition was anything but smooth as several tumultuous town board meetings ensued. Recently, after another dysfunctional meeting, state Assemblyman Joseph Saladino was appointed Town Supervisor and said after his swearing in, “My destiny is to come home and to rebuild the town of Oyster Bay.” It’s still early, but to the dismay of many, Supervisor Saladino has been picking and choosing which questions he answers at board meetings. He also hired a new deputy supervisor, his former campaign treasurer, for $135,000, when the previous one did it for free. Not a good first move if you are trying to assure residents you are “destined” to rebuild your community’s government. So far, nothing in Oyster Bay’s

ADAM HABER All Things Political stressful mess of a government seems to have changed. Nassau County Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, also under federal indictment, refuses to step down and may even run for re-election. Many residents are livid, as the poorly run county is struggling to provide basic services and a broken assessment process has caused some homeowners financial harm. The county, on the brink of insolvency, keeps insisting things are wonderful and the County has a surplus. The Nassau Interim Finance Authority oversees county finances and insists there is a huge hole in the budget and predicts a

$191 million deficit next year. If you are a youth services organization that relies on county funding, a homeowner with an erroneous sky-high tax bill or a recipient of a ridiculously expensive red light camera ticket used to balance budget deficits, you are definitely stressed out by the chaos. State Senate Keeping the same federal indictment theme that is consistent on Long Island, former state Sen. Dean Skelos was convicted 10 months ago and sentenced to five years in prison for corruption. All state Senate candidates campaigned on ethics reform last year, yet somehow the discussion has ceased and nothing has changed. When two thirds of Americans, including Nassau County residents, say they are stressed about our future, it’s in part due to the lack of ethics reform, and the conga line of federal corruption in our community. Federal Government There is little I can say about President Trump that hasn’t been said already. The many stresses on residents because of our new President’s policy initiatives include: the environment, the Republican’s dumbed down version of health-

care (Trumpcare), threatened defunding of Planned Parenthood, Russian involvement in our election process, destructive immigration policies, building a wall on our southern border, worries about the future of public education, racism, vilification of the media and concerns about preserving America’s dignity. Trump’s recent action, forcing 46 U.S. attorneys to resign (which includes the firing of Preet Bahara, who refused to go quietly), has thrown the federal courts into disarray. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said it best, arguing, “the President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering the administration of justice.” How can you fire U.S. attorneys without having replacements ready to go? I am sure Mangano and Venditto are searching for a way out of their federal indictments after Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney in charge of the Eastern District, which encompasses Long Island, was also forced to resign. So much for Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp.” Many of my friends, family and neighbors, regardless of political persuasion, are stressed out. I am too.

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A smart television in a crazy world

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kay, everybody,” I announced, “it’s time to go upstairs to bed!” Then I turned our

TV off. Or rather, I tried to. But when I pushed the “Power off ” button, the screen did not go black. Instead, it went to mostly black, but with a little message in white lettering: “Press Menu to watch FIOS TV; otherwise, turn your TV off.” “See? Look at that!” I shouted, waking up the husband and son who had dozed off on the couch. “You see what it’s doing? That’s exactly what they talked about in Wikileaks! This must be that “fake Off ” everyone is talking about, where it’s really spying on you instead!” “Um, no, mom, you’ve got it exactly backwards. If they were spying on you through the TV, the last thing they’d want is to attract your attention with a notice like that. Instead, they’d make sure it looked really Off. Whereas this one is doing just the opposite, telling you it isn’t off. That’s how you

know you can trust it.” Yeah. I’d say the word ”trust” is going too far, if you want to describe a relationship between me and a machine. “So, tell me,” I asked him, “what does it mean when it does that?” “What it means,” said my husband, “is that, after all these years, you still don’t know how to use the remote.” “That’s not fair! I’ve been doing the same thing I ever did — turning it on and off. It’s the TV that’s changed, doing something different every time.” “Maybe you’re turning it off the wrong way,” says my son. “How can there be a “wrong way” to turn something off?” “It’s a Smart TV….” he started to explain. “Stop right there.” I cut him off. I have noticed that every time they call something smart, it just makes me feel stupid. “If the TV is so smart, it should know what I want it to do.” “But it’s simple. If you left it on this setting, here, it wouldn’t

JUDY EPSTEIN A Look on the Lighter Side do that....” “Oh, so you’re saying it’s my fault this happens? And not the CIA’s?” “We’re not blaming you, sweetheart! We’re just saying….” My husband’s voice trails off. “Well, I guess we are blaming you… but with love. Does that help?” “Not really. And I suppose it’s my fault that the alarm goes off, every time I try to do laundry?” “Well, maybe if you remem-

bered to disable it before you went down the stairs….” “Next you’ll be telling me that it’s my fault the car’s headlights stay on a few minutes for you, when we come home at night, but not for me?” My husband is cracking up now. “Maybe it likes me better!” “I’m starting to wonder!” “It couldn’t be because I’ve read the owner’s manual?” he continued. “Or maybe you think it’s the CIA, hacking into your car’s headlights?” “I wouldn’t put it past them. Who knows, any more? Remember, just the other day you had me wrapping the EZ Pass in tinfoil, so we could take it over some bridge in a rental car without them charging us twice? Now, I even keep my credit cards in their own little aluminum container.” It used to be, only the crazy people wrapped their wallets in tinfoil. Now, you’re crazy if you don’t. And it used to be the crazies who thought the CIA was spying on them through their TV sets. Now, it turns out, they weren’t crazy at all — just ahead of their

time. What’s crazy, nowadays, is all the rest of the world. “Come to think of it, Judy, aren’t you worried that someone could hack into your laptop? And spy on you? Seems to me that’s the first thing you’d worry about.” “Oh, I’m ready for that. I already have a post-it note over the webcam.” “How did you know to do that? I’m just curious.” “I saw it on TV.” I get all my tech updates from “Criminal Minds” on CBS. “And what about your cell phone? Do you want me to show you some encryption apps?” “Are you kidding? I get all the encryption I can handle, just trying to type what I mean in a text message. Before I know it, ‘Take a look’ turns into ‘Tesla Wookie,’ and ‘Sorry about that’ is ‘Stormy, A Bat’! I couldn’t make less sense if I tried! Not even the CIA could decode that.” So the only thing saving me from a crazy world is auto-correct? Now, that’s the true crazy.


What’s needed: Season without sex


or those women who flexed their liberated muscles by opposing Hillary Clinton (because after all, what did they have to lose?), two stories from this week stand out: “GOP Lawmaker Asks Why Men Should Pay for Prenatal Care” “Judge resigns over rape trial comment: ‘Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?’” Hillary Clinton in her campaign noted that it isn’t just “attitude” or “culture” that propagates bias, but systemic reinforcement in the economy, the tax code, the courts, the law, and most especially health care and reproductive rights, that, more than anything else for all practical purposes keep women down and lacking power. After the Women’s March on Washington and across the U.S. and the world, I proposed that women should strike to demonstrate how essential to the economy women were. On March 8, International Women’s Day, there was just such a strike, “A Day Without Women.” But as the big day approached, I realized it had to fail because women predominate in jobs that are life and death —

nurses, teachers, home healthcare and daycare providers, legal services (the list goes on and on and on). Consequently, the full impact of women on the economy, and in society — that women comprise half of the paid labor force for the first time in history, mothers are nearly 50 percent of all primary breadwinners and women drive 70 to 80 percent of consumer purchases — went unnoticed, and women as a political force were pretty much told to sit down and shut up, as Sen. McConnell told Sen. Elizabeth Warren. But, as ever, Warren expressed best why “women’s issues are economic issues” and how the system is rigged against them: “Women are the main breadwinners or joint breadwinners, in two-thirds of the families in America,” but having a child is the single best predictor that a woman will end up in financial collapse; single moms are more likely than any other group to file for bankruptcy and more likely than people living in poor neighborhoods; and single moms who have been to college are 60 percent more likely to end up bankrupt than those with just a high

KAREN RUBIN Pulse of the Peninsula school diploma. “The deck has been stacked against working women and moms for years. And with the Republicans in charge, it’s getting worse — a lot worse.” Warren noted: Women struggle under the burden of student loan debt, child care costs that equal college tuition, make 78 cents to the dollar of her male colleague and can be fired just for asking what the guy down the hall makes (Republicans are blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act). Mothers are 10 times more likely than fathers to take time off

when their kids are sick, and 60 percent are not paid for that time off. Too many women fear losing their jobs because they are stuck having to choose between work or caring for someone they love. (Republicans won’t even let us have a vote on paid sick time and family leave, and Trump rolled back Obama’s executive orders on parental leave and overtime pay). Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women but the minimum wage hasn’t gotten a federal raise in seven years, and mothers of very young children disproportionately work low-wage jobs (Trump rolled back Obama’s executive order and Republicans have blocked every effort to raise it.). Because women make less than men throughout their lifetimes, they receive an average $4,000 less a year than men in Social Security benefits (not to mention smaller pensions). This really hurts because women are less likely to have other assets, so rely more heavily on Social Security to keep them out of poverty. Republicans are pushing to cut Social Security for women and families and raise the retirement

age, while their health care plan would also increase the cost of having health care and likely toss off millions of women and children from any health care at all. “Donald Trump was right about one thing: the game is rigged. It’s rigged for rich guys like Donald Trump. The system works great for those who can hire armies of lawyers and lobbyists, but it leaves women and families behind. A system in which Republicans work tirelessly to rip away health care from millions of women and defund Planned Parenthood health clinics, while giving away billions of dollars in subsidies to Big Oil. A system that cuts Head Start programs and NIH medical research, but protects tax breaks for billionaires and giant corporations,” Warren stated. And no where is this “rigged system” more apparent than in the Trump/Ryan plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a plan that will strip health insurance from millions, raise the cost for women, for older people, for the poor and sick, in order to give the 400 richest Americans — who averaged incomes of $318 million in 2014 — a tax cut of about $7 Continued on Page 43

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A constitutional right to social media?


oes Milo Yiannopoulos have a constitutional right to tweet? Most Americans know that they can speak their mind in the public square, thanks to the First Amendment. Speech on social media, however, can be censored because private companies own those cyber spaces. But a recent U.S. Supreme Court oral argument suggests Twitter’s practice of banning controversial right-wing pundits could be deemed illegal. During a Feb. 27 hearing involving the constitutionality of a state social media law, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that Twitter and Facebook had become, and even surpassed, the public square as a place for discussion and debate. “Their utility and the extent of their coverage are greater than the communication you could have ever had, even in the paradigm of public square,” he said while hearing arguments in Packingham v. North Carolina. A majority of justices agreed. “The President now uses Twitter … everybody uses Twitter,” observed Justice Elena Kagan. “All 50 governors, all 100 senators, every member of the House has a Twitter account. So

this has become a … crucially important channel of political communication.” Although justices’ comments pertained to whether North Carolina may bar registered sex offenders from using social media, the case could herald a broader expansion of digital liberties by a court that’s often mocked for being behind the times. While there may be a free speech issue when a state government bans individuals from using social media, it would seem that there is no such issue when Twitter does the same because the First Amendment applies only to government actors. However, the justices’ shockingly forward-looking views open a potential gamechanging loophole. Long ago, the high court established that state constitutions may provide more protection than the U.S. Constitution when it comes to free speech — including the extension of rights to privately-owned spaces. In 1980, in Pruneyard Shopping Center v. Robins, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a California Supreme Court decision recognizing that California’s Constitution protected the right of high school students to gather signatures at a privatelyowned shopping center for a

MARK GRABOWSKI Professor’s Perspective petition objecting to a United Nations resolution that said Zionism was a form of racism. Driving the California court’s reasoning was a concern that traditional public squares — the old “Main Street” — were giving way to privatelyowned businesses. Consequently, the speech rights that Californians enjoyed in these public Main Street spaces would greatly diminish if a town’s center of gravity shifted to a mall and its owners were able to restrict speech because it’s on private property. In the four decades since that landmark ruling, social media has become society’s modern day public square. Think about it: If I were in

the shoes of those California students today and wanted to maximize the number of signatures I got for such a petition, I’d first put it online, and then I’d tweet it to various pro-Israel politicians, celebrities and others with a large number of followers who could easily retweet it and thereby broadcast it to millions of people. During the Supreme Court’s recent hearing on North Carolina’s law, justices acknowledged this shift. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said restricting social media access is dangerous because “these people are being cut off from a very large part of the marketplace of ideas. And the First Amendment includes not only the right to speak, but the right to receive information.” Kagan agreed. “Whether it’s political community, whether it’s religious community … these sites have become embedded in our culture as ways to communicate and ways to exercise our constitutional rights,” she said. “How many people under 30 do you think don’t use these sites to get all their information? Under 35? I mean, increasingly, this is the way people get everything, all information.” Justice Samuel Alito added: “I know there are people who

think that life is not possible without Twitter and Facebook.” To be clear, the justices’ discussion concerned a very different issue than the one raised by Pruneyard. But their comments indicate a majority might be open to expanding the definition of what constitutes a public forum where people are free to speak their minds. And, given that many of the most popular social networks are headquartered in and physically exist on server space located in California, it could be argued that the Pruneyard precedent should apply. If a shopping center, with its piddling 25,000 visitors per day can’t restrict political speech, then Twitter and Facebook, with their hundreds of millions of daily visitors, shouldn’t be able to either. Like the mall’s owner, social media companies surely won’t stop infringing on their visitors’ speech rights without a fight. But if Twitter continues down its censorious path, it might find itself in court — and lose. Mark Grabowski is an internet law professor at Adelphi University.


Threats against Long Island’s water


cross America, the quality of our drinking water is suddenly on the minds of families and policy makers. Here on Long Island, protecting the underground aquifer that provides every drop of the water we use every day has long been at the top of our agenda. It’s at the top of mine. Fresh, clean drinking water is not only of vital importance to our health, it’s also critical to supporting Long Island’s growing and vibrant economy. Right now, we face two threats to both water quality and quantity — both from existing and, now, emerging contaminants, like the chemical 1,4-dioxane, which has recently been found in public water system wells islandwide, to intrusion of ocean

saltwater into our fresh water wells. Community organizations and leaders islandwide have long been on the lookout for these two threats. But growing concerns following the discovery of contaminants like lead in water systems in other parts of the state and nation have amplified their calls for increased monitoring and remediation to protect our own irreplaceable resource. Inaction isn’t an option. Fortunately, state government is ready to act. I’m pleased to join our governor in calling for expanded testing and investing in programs and upgraded systems to protect Long Island’s aquifer. Here’s what we must do: * Ensure that every public water system is monitoring for

ELAINE PHILLIPS State Senator contaminants, including new and emerging threats to water quality. Right now, only the largest water systems that serve more than 10,000 customers are required to conduct regular testing. In Nassau County, that

limits information that’s available to many residents about the purity and quality of water coming from their taps; * Recommit to monitoring for saltwater intrusion and contamination of our fresh water wells. Our saltwater shoreline defines Long Island, but we can’t afford to have sea water entering our drinking water wells. There are several efforts underway to monitor the movement of saltwater beneath our feet, and we must continue to support these programs; * Keeping the public informed. We need to bring all the information about water quality, testing and emerging threats in one place, so that it’s accessible to the public. Knowing what’s in our drinking water

can better inform decisions we make about investing in upgrades and improvements; * Improve coordination among water districts, residents and state and local government. Threats to water are constantly changing, evolving and emerging. When one is resolved, another is waiting right around the corner. We need to bring every resource of government, as well as involved and concerned citizens into the conversation about future actions to protect this vital resource. Water quality is a top concern both for our health and our future. Let’s take this chance to make sure that Long Island’s water is protected for the next generation and our own.

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County needs independent inspector general


s your legislator, striving for the highest level of fiscal oversight is a key priority. I have voted against many costly contracts because they lack details that specify how taxpayer dollars will be spent. Both my and fellow legislative minority members’ greatest goal is to ensure contract review and approval is transparent. Unfortunately, our requests for an independent inspector general continue to be ignored. This position can be established through a fixed term of office set by law or contractual agreement, enabling the inspector to act and speak freely, without concern over losing his/her job. Currently, the commissioner of investigations’ job security is solely in the hands of the county executive, the very person the inspector general is supposed to investigate and oversee. Never before has a Nassau

county executive worked under the cloud of indictment on numerous federal counts of public corruption. The chief deputy county executive is also under federal criminal investigation for allegedly steering county contracts. Even after scandals and alleged conflicts of interest have been uncovered, the county executive and the legislative majority continue to turn a blind eye to the alleged abuse of millions of taxpayer dollars. For example, even after the county’s AbTech contract scandal that ended with the arrest and conviction of a top ranking state senator, no effective checks and balances have been put in place to prevent similar future abuses. By serving on the rules committee, I am privy to contract discussions. In just two sessions, we debated contracts where the proposed vendor was under investigation or

DELIA DERIGGI-WHITTON Nassau County Legislator had legal judgments against them. When I question why we consider using vendors with alleged abuses, my legislative majority colleagues remain silent and don’t share my concerns. Nassau residents deserve better. I will continue to fight to protect your taxpayer funds from waste, fraud and abuse.

What most concerns me is that County Executive Mangano and the legislative majority ignore alleged public corruption, but have no problem passing the financial burden for their continued mismanagement onto Nassau’s families. For example, the purported “public safety” fee — really an illegal tax — would have added a $105 fee to traffic/parking fines. Although public pressure forced the legislative majority to reduce the fee to $55, it is a burden to county residents at any price. I opposed this ludicrous fee that uses fear to attempt to balance the county executive’s disastrous budget. Unfortunately, when a budget like the one just passed by the legislative majority is adopted, the county starts cutting “non-mandated” programs like youth and social services, suicide hotlines and busses. Balancing the budget this way

places the mismanagement of this administration on the backs of those most in need. Instead, wasteful spending on questionable contracts should be eliminated. Taxpayers are paying the price for the unprecedented crisis in the integrity of Nassau County. It’s time to correct the process for today and future administrations and put true oversight in place. The thousands of residents from legislative districts who signed a petition agree that Nassau needs an independent inspector general to help restore public trust, weed out costly corruption and waste and avoid cuts that affect our most vulnerable communities. Residents deserve better protection of their tax dollars and assurance that the Mangano administration stops putting their fear of oversight and transparency before the will and benefit of the people.

Trump giving away the American Dream


n President Trump’s first address to Congress (read off a teleprompter) questions arise as to whether his words do match up with his proposed actions. Do his populist words of championing the little guy and the working class, reduce the federal bureaucracy, drain the swamp, match his actions? In his speech, Trump announced plans to create a new government agency: VOICE or Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement tasked with deporting “undocumented criminals.” No specification as to what kinds of criminals are included: jaywalkers, suspected criminals, visa violators, people with misdemeanors, or just violent, convicted felons. This expansion of government bureaucracy after promising to shrink it for the purpose of going after criminal illegals — despite Department of Justice’s report that immigrants have lower crime rates than the native-born population — disconnects his words from his deeds. In fact, his agents are fracturing families; rounding up and detaining the undocumented en masse without respect to criminal convictions; detaining people at borders with valid visas and green cards under the theory that they may be planning criminal acts based on their connection to Islamic-majority countries and also based on brownish skin color, clothing style, use of Arabic expressions or language. Mohammad Ali’s ex-wife and their son, both American-born citi-

zens, were detained at the Atlanta airport after returning from the Caribbean and separately questioned about their religion, as if Islam would predict criminal intentions aimed at their fellow Americans. Could such actions be harbingers of President Trump’s approach to immigration reform and diversity? President Trump announced his intention to invest trillions in our crumbling infrastructure: he didn’t specify if he will direct money to our compromised water supply, deteriorating roadways, high speed rail transportation, crumbling bridges or to his rich contractor friends to build a 2,000 mile wall to stop Mexicans and other undesirables from access to southern USA, so they can find other means of access from Canada or the Pacific coast, tunnels, or uncharted air flights. He proposes to fund this investment in infrastructure by providing $3 trillion of tax breaks to Wall Street and large corporations; the top 1 percent; although both plans sound like huge financial drain holes and are counterintuitive. He proposes to increase Pentagon funding, an already bloated government bureaucracy, by $54 billion in 1 ½ years by slashing programs that help the elderly, the poor, the sick, the working class and children. This, despite the U.S. spending more on defense (some say offense) than the next 12 countries combined; despite the U.S. General Accounting Office having described

a waste of $125 billion in the defense bureaucracy. He said American corporations pay the highest tax rates in the world, so he wants to lower their tax rates. But, according to the GAO, one of five corporations pay zero in federal tax (like Mr. Trump, as he admitted on the record) because corporations are stashing cash in the Cayman Islands and other taxfree offshore havens. This costs $100 billion a year in revenue loss for the U.S. Treasury. He spoke about his plan to cancel the Affordable Care ActObamacare and replace it with another plan that allows subscribers more choice of out-of-state providers; low income (non)taxpayers will be able to deduct the price of their premiums form their income tax? Instead of receiving government subsidies as in Obamacare; the elderly will pay more for coverage from their fixed incomes? Such a plan eliminates coverage for the elderly unable to afford premiums from their fixed income pensions and low- wage workers whose incomes are too little to make use of a health insurance deduction. Additionally, the President thinks of eliminating Planned Parenthood, a major health care provider for poor women; make major cuts in Medicaid funding; and, just maybe, privatize Medicare; a boon for health insurance companies and bad news for seniors on fixed incomes and low-income wage

earners. I wonder if the President heard of the 150 Town Hall rallies held across the country; held by Republicans and Democrats; that should have sent him a message loud and clear to not repeal Obamacare; and not to transfer more wealth to health insurance companies. I think health care is a right; not a privilege, for just those who can pay. Coverage should be a guaranteed right for everyone in the country; rich or poor or in-between. What about the famed Trumpian narcissism (a malignant variety as described by the chief medical officer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School) when he referred to the number of minutes on the applause meter for his highlighting the weeping widow, Karen Owens, whose Navy Seal husband was killed in an adventuristic attack in Yemen. It has been reported that the President decided to approve the attack at dinner with his son-in-law, Kushner, and chief political advisor, Bannon, days before the go-ahead; then the President blamed the debacle on the Obama administration and said, contrary to military reports, that the mission was a success. What wasn’t mentioned in his address were questions about his indebtedness to Russian moneylenders and their influence on the President’s policy making favorable to Russia; such as supporting more European Brexits in France, Germany, Greece and the weakening of NATO.

No mention about criminal justice reform in a country with 2 million-plus inmates, mostly of color, and are incarcerated for drug offenses and lack of money to pay for appropriate legal defense. No word about America’s massive income wealth inequality in which the middle class and the poor continue to race to the bottom of the income barrel. No reference to voter suppression by Republican state legislators and governors to make it harder for young people, people of color, seniors and low income people to vote. No word about spring’s early arrival and the need to address climate change. In New York, spring has come 22 days early. No word about Citizen’s United rule giving power to the moneyed elites to buy elections. No word about the need to lower the cost of college education or the crisis of student debt that can linger over one’s entire working life. No reference to his approach of taking on Wall Street and draining the swamp by populating his cabinet and inner circle with white billionaires. Trump appointed Gary Cohen, former President of Goldman Sachs, who was fined millions for his illegal financial activities.; Betty DeVoss, who proposes to redirect education funds from public schools to support private schools; thus removing resources from pubContinued on Page 19

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Maragos wrong about Nassau’s finances


y jaw dropped in astonishment when I read past the headline, “Maragos defends county’s finances,” in the March 10 issue. Mr. Maragos, the county Comptroller who recently switched political parties from Republican to Democrat so that he could distance himself from Nassau County Executive Mangano’s corruption charges and run for Supervisor himself, actually con-

tended that Nassau had “...closed 2015 with a $28 million surplus, achieved through $141.3 million in borrowing for operating expenditures...” I have no idea whether Mr. Maragos is to be considered liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between; nor do I care at this point (although I am a registered Democrat) whether he is a member of the Democratic, Republican, or any other political party. But anyone who claims to

have even modest knowledge of accounting principles, much less enough to have been in charge of the finances of even a small political jurisdiction much less a unit as large as Nassau County, and who can assert with a straight face that the receipt of funds from borrowing is the same for budgeting purposes as the receipt of revenues from fees or taxation has, in my opinion, demonstrated conclusively that he is not qualified to serve the public as Supervisor.

Indeed, his statement even has to raise the question of whether his grasp of basic finance qualifies him to occupy his current office. It is, of course, possible that he actually knows better, and that his statement was meant only to mollify residents who have been concerned for several years by the county’s budgetary strains and perhaps worried that Mangano’s personal legal troubles might have spilled over into its finances.

If that should be the case, he should be disqualified for befogging the issue for political purposes in a deliberate attempt to mislead not only the audience in the Rockville Center candidate’s night but the broader public whose votes he is courting for the forthcoming primary election. He richly deserves to be defeated. Robert I. Adler, CFA Port Washington

School board asked voters for too much


ince the 1960s I have heard the same story. The sky is falling if we don’t pass the budget, our children will fail, no more music, art, field trips, etc. Our schools will not be able to provide the education our children deserve. Our property values will fall. Fifty six years later the school board is still using the same words. One high school assistant principal bought his house for $17,000; it recently sold for $850,000. Real estate will continue to rise regardless. One of our biggest mistakes is the word property tax. We tend to think of property tax as our little piece of land and home. So why call it property tax when it really is school tax. Tuesday night the school board attended the Great Neck Village Hall’s meeting, they discussed the proposed bond referendum $85.9 million plus $9.5 million from the retirement fund, employees’ benefits, etc. I am sure this figure will be much higher as the interest rates

and the additional staff, teachers, maintenance workers, utilities, health benefits, etc., will be added to the new expansions. We all have a right to a decent place to live, but with the high budget and need to bond enormous amounts of money they are taking my rights and many others Great Neck residents. In essence you are asking we, the homeowners, to co-pay for a loan. If we can’t pay the tax increase we will suffer the consequences with a lien put on our property. Is that fair to people who have never had children in the school system? Is it fair to seniors who paid for their children’s education in which most cases would have been 13 years but are now still paying at a much higher rate of 50, 60 years later? I see many neighborhood houses becoming dilapidated, but the owners are on fixed incomes and school tax must come first or out the door you go. Even Gov. Cuomo says schools taxes must be held in check. We are willing to do it, it’s the school board who isn’t.

Do you know how many soup kitchens we have in Great Neck? What you are doing is a form of gentrification, pushing the middle class, the backbone of our community and our senior citizens out of the neighborhood. Some 3rd and 4th generations who built this community when it was still dirt roads. As a reporter from the Great Neck Record insulted me at this Tuesday’s meeting in public with the words, and with such anger: “If you can’t afford it just go some-

where else, leave.” Like I said push the middle class and seniors out. In the past few years I have visited schools in China, India, Cambodia, Africa and other third world countries. 40-50 in a class, sitting on concrete floors, a blackboard and one teacher. But they turn out scientists, lawyers, engineers and doctors. So when I read this proposed bond is a chance for our children to learn and achieve success, please

give our children some credit. Given a good teacher they will learn whether they have new auditorium seats or new tiled bathrooms. The referendum ballot should have been broken down so that voters could vote on certain issues to pass, not a flat yes or no. Call me selfish if you want but when I see my entire year’s social security income check go just to pay a school tax which you now want to increase, when I see young Continued on Page 49

Civic scholarship a good idea


ue to the fact that I am a long-time resident of New Hyde Park, and a Lakeville Estates Civic Association member, I found your March 10 interview with President Bill Cutrone of the LEAC particularly interesting. The concept of a scholarship for a student who has shown a civic commitment to our new Hyde Park community can bode nothing

but well for all of us. As New Hyde Park becomes more diverse in population, this affords an opportunity to teach all our young people (as well as our elders) to live and learn with their fellow students and neighbors. Hopefully, some of the energy that comes with diversity (sometimes a different slant on a problem or new ideas) can be channeled and used by all of us into a

sense of community pride. I urge all my fellow residents both old and new to become members of LEAC, and get involved as much as you are able. My compliments to Bill Cutrone, and all the board members, who give their time and effort for the betterment of our new Hyde Park community. Jack Benigno New Hyde Park

Threat of Trump It is time for women to be treated as equals of men

Continued from Page 18 lic education and thereby providing less to students from poor or immigrant families. This looks like plans to a. supersize our national debt; b. disenfranchise large swaths of voters; c. favor the continued enrichment of the richest Americans who need for nothing; d. make an enemy of the purveyors of news that report on government and military activity;

e. disfavor the working class; f. give more power to the most powerful military on the globe; g. disregard climate change; h. allow for continued pollution of the air and water supply; i. throw millions of people out of the country What hope does President Trump’s platforms give for optimism for the American future way of life? Diane Nahas Sands Point


would like to applaud all the women who went on strike and marched in protest on Wednesday, March 8 for equal rights. The strike around the world was called, “International Women’s Day.” The purpose of this action was to highlight the economic power

and significance that women have in the U.S. and global economies. It was reported that thousands in New York and around the world in 40 countries were protesting for equal rights, liberty, equal pay and above all respect for their gender. There were numerous arrests but that has been true for many civil rights protests.

It is a time for women to be treated as equals for what they do in making our nation great. Let me also say, Power to women who make a difference in all of our lives. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola Letters Continued on Page 42

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3 singers advance toward ‘Big Break’ BY K A R E N RU B I N


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April 1. With the first-round winners, singer-songwriters Julia Lambert, Jaclyn Manfredi, and Alex Mendes, this seals the line up for the finals, on April 1, taking place at the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. Julia Hayden brought presence and style to her performance of “Moana” (“I’m a huge Disney person.”); Paris Ray, whose original song, “Astronomy” had marvelous lyrics (“I became an astronaut to give you space”); Lydia Van Hof, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera, brought her rich vocal talent to an excellent rendition of Adele’s “When We Were Young” and Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” The other five performers also impressed the judges and audience with their original music as well as covers and live musical accompaniment: Tessa Field (whose original song, dedicated to her mother who passed away, featured this line, “don’t know what to do when I see my smile in pictures of you,”), Taylor Hogan (her original song was

“Sane Wonderland”, and two bands, City Alley and Times Like These. The “Big Break” is not just a clever title. The young performers are competing for prizes that could well launch their career. Winners are up for prizes including the chance to open for national acts at major venues like The Paramount, recording time at DCITY Studios and Online TV streaming opportunities, a feature on, musical equipment from All Music Inc. and ZOOM North America, a PR and social media campaign including management, booking and label services consultation with Rick Eberle Agency. Mentors assigned to the finalists also work to help them hone their craft before performing at the finals. 2017 mentors are still to be announced but last year’s included singer/songwriter Ryan Star, John Hampson of Nine Days, and songwriter/producer Ido Zmishlany. Judges are major players in the music industry including:’s Lou Plaia, All Music Inc.’s Guy Brogna, Label Executives Stephen Marcuccio, Jerry Lembo, Mark Ambrosino. The evening was capped with a headlining performance by singer-songwriter Matt Grabowski who was last year’s winner.

Your Big Break is hosted by the Gold Coast Arts Center’s Acoustic Café and Love Revolution Org. The contestants for Your Big Break were selected from 1,000 submissions in response to an open call for musicians age 15 to 25 who do not currently have a recording or publishing contract. The artists have to perform with a band or solo with an acoustic guitar or band or sing to a backing music track. There is no fee to submit. The Arts Center is transformed into the Gold Coast Acoustic Café once a month, a music venue that showcases local up-and-coming talent as well as established music acts. With its black box theater performance space and a lounge in the art gallery, the Gold Coast Acoustic Café is one of the few small music venues around which makes for a special and intimate atmosphere for artists and audience alike, especially during Your Big Break. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for general seating and the first act will perform starting at 8:00 p.m. each night. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Snacks are available for purchase. The Gold Coast Arts Center located at 113 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck. Call 516-829-2570 or go to

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Mike Tedesco & Kirsten Maxwell as a Duo

Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. Since 2015, Tedesco has been a member of the legendary New York Songwriter’s Circle, whose alumni include such notables as Norah Jones and Lana Del Rey. Maxwell is also a songwriter, and her stunningly pure voice has drawn comparisons to Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell. Seeing these two talented performers working together in the intimate setting of a coffeehouse will be a real treat for the audience. Suggested donations for this performance: Adults: $20; Students (w/IDs): $15; Children under 12: $6 (very young children are free). Tickets on sale at the door (no pre-sales). Where: Our Times Coffeehouse in the Ethical Humanist Society Building 38 Old Country Road, Garden City Info: (516)741-7304 •

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The Fast Lane has been heralded by the International Press Association’s Pat Ryder, who wrote, “If you didn’t know better, you’d swear you were really at an Eagles concert!” The band has quickly risen through the ranks of the tribute scene, and gone from opening act to headliner almost overnight. One listen to The Fast Lane is all it will take to make even the most die-hard Eagles lover a fan for life. The Como Brothers will also perform as special guests. Where: The Space at Westbury Theater, 250 Post Ave., Westbury Info & Tickets: (516)283-5566 •


Jay Leno Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)

Come out and see comedian, actor, philanthropist and talk show host Jay Leno, who helmed the seat at The Tonight Show on NBC for more than 20 years, as he shares his unique brand of humor and take on current events of the day. Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury Info & Tickets: (516)247-5211 •

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Book Discussion: Karolina’s Twins by Ronald Balson

Sunday, March 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Readers who crave books such as of The Nightingale, Sarah’s Key, and Lilac Girls, will enjoy this saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to return to Poland and fulfill a promise, written by the author of the international bestseller, Once We Were Brothers. Cost: $5


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The Prodigals Monday, March 20 at 8 p.m.

The Prodigals are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East Coast Irish scene. The band combines original lyrics and melody with a genuine passion for the traditional music of Ireland and a funky energy that is pure New York. The roots of the music are unmistakably traditional Irish; the branches that shoot off delve into rock, worldbeat, jazz and punk, and the result has been called “the best Irish trad-rock band.” Tickets: $25 for general public; complimentary or $15 for season ticket holders Where: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport Info: (631)261-2900 •

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th Annual Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge Saturday, March 18 at 11:30 a.m. If you’re game to brave the cold, bring the whole family out for this annual event that raises money for the athletes of Special Olympics New York. Every Plunger that raises $150 receives an official Plunge sweatshirt; raise more money and receive more great prizes!

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aint the Town Kids Class: Tote Bags

Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children ages 6 and up, along with adults, are invited to join this paint class where you will make a colorful and handy canvas tote bag (one per child) at Huntington’s newest venue where art meets entertainment. Kids under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Price: $25.

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Sunday, March 19, 10-10:45 a.m.




Experience the wonderful benefits of yoga with family and friends. Yoga practice aligns naturally with children’s imaginations as they create the shapes of animals and plants using their bodies. They will stretch, bend, reach, and balance to become trees, turtles, and more. Bring a mat for each person, and wear comfortable clothing. Members: $5 per car; Non-Members: $15 per car. Pay at the Gate House (includes parking).


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fter School Plant Detectives

Monday through Friday, March 20-24 at 3:30 p.m. Youngsters will have a blast exploring the gardens for unique plants and garden ornaments during a scavenger hunt. Pick up your game sheets at the Children’s Planting Station. Recommended for children ages 7-12. Event is free.


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Texture vegetable protein in place of meat Did you know that Texture Vegetable Protein may be substituted for ground beef, chicken or turkey in any recipe? It is a very nutritious soy product that was invented by The Archer-Daniels-Midland Company. And it is also extremely versatile, adaptable and readily available. I purchase Texture Vegetable Protein in the Bob’s Red Mill section of my supermarket. It comes in a 10 oz. bag. Each bag yields at least 12 servings. When water is added to Texture Vegetable Protein, it multiplies and multiplies. Try replacing your ground meat recipes with Texture Vegetable Protein. The following two recipes are a great way to taste this healthy meat alternative. I promise that once you try it, you will not miss the meat it replaces. Not to mention, at 80 calories per serving, 4 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein, your body will thank you for this meat alternative.

MENU Texture Vegetable Protein Stuffed Cabbage Texture Vegetable Protein Chili Texture Vegetable Protein Stuffed Cabbage (I adapted my Grandmother’s traditional recipe to make this.) (Serves 4-6) 1 head of cabbage, 6-8 outer leaves removed and boiled for 2 minutes 1/2 cup Texture Vegetable Protein soaked in water for 15 minutes 3/4 cup cooked Jasmine rice Spray Oil 1/2 can crushed tomatoes 3 tblsp. sugar 1 onion, chopped 1 shallot, chopped 2 mushrooms, chopped Optional: Sour Cream 1. Spray a Dutch oven with oil. Saute onion, shallots and mushrooms until soft and golden, about 15 minutes. 2. Add drained Texture Vegetable Protein and saute 5 more minutes. Add rice and combine.

ALEXANDRA TROY The Culinary Architect 3. Taking one piece of cabbage at a time, remove the middle hard center. Then take 1/4 cup of TVP® mixture and place in the center of each cabbage leaf. Roll up and repeat. 4. In a slow cooker, place crushed tomatoes and sugar. Stir. Gently place cabbage rolls. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. 5. Serve cabbage rolls with sour cream on the side.

TVP® Chili (This is a traditional chili recipe, adapted to use TVP® instead of meat) (Serves 12) 1 cup TVP®, soaked in water until soft, about 15 minutes Spray Oil 1 onion, chopped 2 shallots, chopped 1 clove garlic, mashed in a garlic press 1 1/2 red pepper, seeded and chopped 1 tomato, seeded and chopped 5.5 oz. tomato juice (1 small can) 1 tsp. cumin 1 tblsp Taco seasoning — I use “Penzey’s” or Old El Paso 1/2 tsp Ancho chili pepper — I use “Penzey’s” 2 cups red kidney beans — I use Goya Garnishes (optional): Avocado, Guacamole Refried Beans Rice Salsa Corn Salsa

Sour Cream Cheddar Cheese Chopped Scallion Tortilla 1. In a Dutch oven, spray oil and sweat onions and shallot for 10 minutes. Add garlic and continue sauteing. 2. Add red pepper and continue sauteing on low-medium heat for 15 minutes. 3. Add chopped tomatoes, juice, spices and continue sauteing. Add beans. 4. Transfer to a slow cooker. Cook on low until flavors have melded (approximately 3-6 hours). 5. Serve with optional garnishes you desire.

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The latest film from acclaimed director François Ozon. Frantz is a heartrending saga of guilt, forgiveness, and forbidden love in post– World War I Europe. Based on Ernst Lubitsch’s antiwar drama Broken Lullaby, it charts the complex bond that forms between two strangers: Anna (Paula Beer), a young German woman grieving the loss of her fiancé, Frantz, and Adrien (Pierre Niney), a former French soldier. What plays out between them is a haunting investigation of postwar trauma & healing rendered in gorgeous black-and-white that occasionally gives way to psychologically charged bursts of color. Visit or call 516-829-2570 for tickets. Tickets $15/$10 for students when purchased in advance, $20 at the door. Films are offered year-round.

Patchogue eatery serving up music With the coming spring season, The Emporium is gearing up with a roster of great live music from national headliners to local artists and tribute bands, along with an outstanding food and beer selection. Some of the recent highlights from the past year at The Emporium have included performances by hip-hop acts like Ashanti & Ja Rule, country stars Tyler Farr and Eric Paslay, reggae sensations Elephant Man and Serani, Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out LIVE, and great events like radio station WBAB’s Contractor Appreciation Party, as well as their weekly Saturday Night Dance Party, featuring amazing guest DJ’s every week. A few of the venue’s upcoming performances through the end of April include a St. Patrick’s Day bash with rockers Puddle of Mudd on Friday March 17, Friday Night Happy Hour with 45 RPM & Dear Prudence on Friday March 24, the perfect girls night out with Hunks: A Male Revue on Saturday April 15, and a chance to give back and have a great time at the Long Island Cares Fundraiser on Sunday, April 30. The full lineup of spring events is as follows:

Friday, March 17: Puddle of Mudd Saturday, March 18: Charly Black Sunday, March 19: St. Patty’s Day Parade After Party Friday, March 24: 45 RPR & Dear Prudence Friday, March 31: That 70’s Band Saturday, April 1: Larger Than Life Friday, April 7: 20 Highview Saturday, April 15: Hunks: The Perfect Girls Night Out Sunday, April 30: Long Island Cares Fundraiser The Emporium presents high quality live entertainment with great genre diversity. In addition to its entertainment, The Emporium represents excellence in restaurant services. With an outdoor beer garden, the venue blends a cool space with worldclass musical entertainment that the LI Advance has compared to the hip vibe of Williamsburg. The Emporium is located at 9 Railroad Ave. in Patchogue. For tickets and more information, go to or call 631627-8787.


‘Tommy’ reimagined as bluegrass tribute

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Forty-five years after its original release, The Who’s “Tommy” has been reimagined as a bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. This Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to “Tommy” while paying respect to its creators. Originally composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera, the original album sold 20 million copies and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant value.” With a perfect mix of virtuoso musicianship and rock star vocals, the HillBenders bring Pete Townshend’s original vision to life in a new and exciting way. It’s amazing to hear banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass and guitar bring the same energy and vision to “Tommy” as The Who did with a full rock band and orchestra.

Now The HillBenders Present… “The Who’s ‘Tommy’: A Bluegrass Opry” will be performed on Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. on the Westermann Stage, Concert Hall at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center located at 1 South Ave. in Garden City. AUPAC is one of Long Island’s premier cultural arts venues for entertainment of all kinds. Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $45/$40, with discounts available to seniors, students and alumni. Information is available at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516877-4000 or Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. The box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances.

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Arts & Entertainment Calendar LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET 232 Main Street, Suite 1 Port Washington (516) 767-1384 ext. 101 Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. Sarah Jarosz Performs Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies Wednesday, March 22 at 2 p.m. Art Presentation: The Renaissance Evolution Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Vinicius Cantuaria canta Antonio Carlos Jobim Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. TV Medium Kim Russo PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM Coe Hall Historic House Museum 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay (516) 922-9200 • http://www.plantingfields. org Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Music at the Mansion: Hot Club of Flatbush THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 ext. 303 Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. House of Pain--25 Years of Jump Around Sunday, March 19 at 8 p.m. The Paramount Tribute Series Presents: Led Zeppelin 2 — The Live Experience Thursday, March 23 at 8 p.m. The Paramount Tribute Series Presents: Grateful Overkill — A Tribute to the Grateful Dead Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Joe DeGuardia’s STAR Boxing Presents “Rockin’ Fights 26” Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Trace Adkins Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot — Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m. moe.Spring 2017 Tour LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City 516-224-5800 • Friday, March 17, 2:30-4 p.m. Rainbow Wind Socks: Welcome the colors of spring as you create a ranbow wind sock with fun streamers to hang at home. Ages 3 and up. Free with museum admission Saturday, March 18 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. What Makes You Radiant? Come and join Javaka Steptoe, 2017 Caldecott Medal winning author and illustrator of Radiant Child, the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Ages 5 and up. Free with museum admission Saturday, March 18, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tim Kubart: Grammy Award-wunner Tim Kubart brings his Kids and Family Show to his native Long Island. Ages 3 and up. Fee: $9 with museum admission ($7 LICM members) Saturday, March 18, 2-4 p.m. Incredible Kid Day: This special holiday was created just for kids like you and is celebrated on the third Thursday in March. Ages 3 and up. Free with museum admission

Sunday, March 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Film Canister Rockets: Explore the reaction between two household kitchen ingredients in this explosive production of gas! All ages. Free with museum admission MADISON THEATRE AT MOLLOY COLLEGE 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, 12- 8 p.m. through April 12 The Frank & Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery at Malloy Presents... World War I: Image, Money and Propaganda—The Central Powers Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m. Dancing Dream: A Tribute to ABBA Sunday, March 26, 1-6 p.m. Word Up Long Island Lit Fest Saturday, April 8, 12-2 p.m. Office of Student Affairs at Molloy College Presents... Easter Eggstravaganzia: Celebrate spring, take pictures with the Easter bunny and join arts, crafts, games and an Easter egg hunt. At Public Square, Molloy College Adults free, $5 per child HUNTINGTON ARTS COUNCIL 213 Main Street, Huntington Thursday, March 30, 7-9 p.m. Tune in Social Channels: Basic Social Media Planning Session Registration: $10 members and DEC grant applicants/$15 non-members, $20 at the door NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn (516) 484-9338 Saturday, March 25-Sunday, July 9 Halston Style: The first comprehensive retrospective of the works of the American fashion designer Halston. Sponsored by “H Halston exclusively at Lord & Taylor,” the exhibition occupies the entire museum. Ongoing Sculpture Park Walking Trails Gardens Events FILM Saturday, March 25-Sunday, July 9 Halston on Film: The exhibition Halston Style includes films and videos related to Halston’s contributions to the world of fashion; films are screened at various times. For The Family Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Family Tour at 1 p.m. Art Activities at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, 9, 16 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Family Sundays at the Museum Sunday, April 23 Super Family Sunday Earth Day event THE DOLPHIN BOOK SHOP & CAFE 299 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-2650 • www.thedolphinbookshop. com Fridays at 11 a.m. Music & More: Marilyn & her guitar For children ages 2-4 Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Cafe Music at The Dolphin

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A&E Calendar cont’d Free admission Ongoing March 1-31 Happy Montessori Student Art Exhibit Sunday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. Story Time & Craft with Jane Breskin Zalben Thursday, March 23, 4-5 p.m. Story Time & Craft: Pete the Cat. $20 includes your copy of the book. Call 516767-2650 to register. Saturday, April 1, 2-4 p.m. April Art Exhibit: Alan Stein Photography on display through April 30. Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m. PJC at the Dolphin: Celebrate Passover. Join Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf from Port Washington Jewish Center for a holiday story time. For children of all ages. BOOK REVUE 313 New York Avenue Huntington Saturday, March 18 at 11 a.m. The Peanuts Gang: You’re Going on a Hike by Rosemary Inguagiato Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. So You Think You’re A New York Mets Fan? by Brett Topel THE ART GUILD 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset Second Thursdays: April 9, 13 Sip & Sketch: Live model, no instruction, short and long poses. Bring a snack and/or beverage. Call or email to RSVP. Beginners, 1-4 p.m.; Intermediates, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For children: Saturdays until March 18 Children’s Art Studio (ages 8-12), 10-11:30 a.m. Art Explorations (ages 5-7), 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sundays until March 26 Works on Paper Exhibit TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | LIU POST 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville (516) 299-3100 • Saturday, March 18, 8 p.m. The Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Louis Panacciulli, presents an upcoming performance for the benefit Cerebral Palsy of Nassau. The concert features Linda Eder, who has

appeared as Lucy in the Broadway musical “Jekyll & Hyde” and for sold-out crowds across the country and Europe. Reserved seating: call Tilles Center Box Office, 516-299-3100 Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m. Chris Botti Saturday, March 25, 2 p.m. Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater Co. Sunday, March 26, 3 p.m. Eroica Trio Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m. Real Boy Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m. Romeo and Juliet: School-Time Performance

COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY & AQUARIUM 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor (516) 692-6768 • Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Pollywog Adventures for Pre-Schoolers: Kids of all ages learn about the natural world. Saturday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Spring Egg Hunt: Tot garden, up to 2 years of age; General hunting grounds 3-8 years of age. Don’t forget your basket. No registration required. Adults: $6; Kids, ages 3-12: $4; Seniors 65 and up and children under 3: Free

NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY: THE NORTHWELL HEALTH CONCERT SERIES 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury (516) 247-5205 • Friday, March 17, 8 p.m. Johnny Rivers & The Lovin’ Spoonful Saturday, March 18, 8 p.m. Jay Leno Friday, March 24, 8 p.m. Sirius XM Presents: Bob Saget Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m. The Temptations & The Four Tops Continued on Page 36

SANDS POINT PRESERVE CONSERVANCY 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point • 516.571.7901 Sunday, March 19, 10-10:45 a.m. Spring Family Yoga Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m. Lark Quartet Saturday, April 8, 10-11 a.m. Spring Back! CLARK BOTANIC GARDEN 193 I. U. Willets Road, Albertson (516) 484-2208 • Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m. Art: The Woman and the Garden Fireside Chat with Louise Cella Caruso $10 members; $12 non-members Sunday, March 26, 1 p.m. Pruning Basics: Fireside Chat with Richard Weir III $10 members; $12 non-members HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AND TOLERANCE CENTER OF NASSAU COUNTY 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove (516) 571-8040 • Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m. Performance: The Pirates of Penzance in Yiddish There is a suggested donation of $10 for each event. Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m. Reception, Book Reading and Discussion: After the Silence, a new book edited by Lillian Gewirtzman and Karla Nieraad Sunday, April 23 Walk the Talk... Never Again: Register a team for HMTC’s 1st Annual 5K Walk online Monday, May 1, 6 p.m. Save the Date for HMTC’s Annual Tolerance Benefit

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A&E Calendar cont’d Continued from Page 35 Sunday, March 26, 8 p.m. Larry the Cable Guy THE WHALING MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3418 • Children’s Events: Sunday, March 26,12-3 p.m. Moana’s Whale of a Luah All Ages. $10 Child. Adults regular $6 admission. Members $5 child. Tuesday-Friday, April 10-14, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Whaler World Explorer Camp Grades K-3; Crew Leader: Grades 4-5; CITs 8th Grade & Up.

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ADELPHI UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1 South Avenue, Garden City (516)877-4000 • Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. The Hillbenders: The Who’s Tommy, A Bluegrass Opry

THE VILLAGE OF WILLISTON PARK SENIOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Annual St. Patrick’s Day Winter Social At the American Legion Hall 730 Willis Ave., Williston Park

THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR 1901 Northern Blvd., Manhasset Monday, March 20, 9 to 11:30 a.m. “An Understanding of Jesus in His Jewish Context” Scholar and author Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., will lead the workshop. NEW HYDE PARK ELK’S LODGE 901 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. New Hyde Park Does’ Presents Bingo Supermarket $8 admission. Includes 1 regular & special bingo card. Coffee and cake will be served. ST. ALOYSIUS SOCIABLES OF GREAT NECK Wednesday, March 22 at 1 p.m. At the Jolly Fisherman restaurant 25 Main St., Roslyn Lunch and socializing. Cost: Price of meal Call John Hyland, 516-482-3795, for reservations.

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Tuesday, March 28-Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Brighton Beach Memoirs GARVIES POINT MUSEUM AND PRESERVE 50 Barry Dr. in Glen Cove (516) 571-8010/11 • Tuesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Beginner’s Bird Watching Tuesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft: Recycled Birdhouse Wednesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pond Study Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft: Pond Critter Sand Art Thursday, April 13 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Spring Nature Walk Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft: Fern and Leaf Prints with Film: All About Plant Pollination

Community Calendar MOLLOY COLLEGE, KELLENBERG HALL 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Center Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. Institute for Interfaith Dialogue presents... Many Faces of Judaism


Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY OF LONG ISLAND 38 Old Country Road, Garden City Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Free College Planning & Admissions Work-

shop Open to students and parents alike, this forum will explore topics, such as choosing a college that’s the “best” fit for you, the intricacies and nuances of the college application and admissions process, creating a compelling college essay, and paying for that college degree. Register at or Sunday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Protecting Vulnerable Communities: Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas will speak on the topic, “A Modern Approach to Doing Justice” The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call 516-741-7304 or go to Sunday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. Free Workshop: The “New Normal”: This is a free workshop on how to cope with the changes in society since the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States conducted by Dr. Anne Klaeysen, leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. For more information, call 516-741-7304 or go to WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE HISTORIC SITE 246 Old Walt Whitman Road Huntington Station Thursday, March 30 (all day) 31st Annual Student Poetry Contest. Theme: dreams. Write a poem using Walt Whitman’s theme, “I dream’d in a dream.” Entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 17. Awards will be distributed on Sunday, June 4, 12-2 p.m. For more info., go to Friday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Walking with Whitman: Patricia Sears Jones

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Community Calendar cont’d REACH OUT AMERICA PRESENTS Sunday, March 26 at 11:30 a.m. LOLA SUOZZI DILLON: Freshman Congressman Tom Suozzi and award-winning jazz saxophone player Sam Dillon will be the featured guests at the Mediterranean brunch. All proceeds will benefit ROA. Price: $75 At LOLA, 113a Middle Neck Road, Great Neck Thursday, April 6 at 6:45 p.m. Film Documentary: “The Waiting Room”: An American hospital’s struggle to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. At the Main Branch of the Great Neck Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. PROJECT INDEPENDENCE SUPPORT & SOCIAL GROUP TRIVIA CHALLENGE Call 311 or (516) 869-6311 for more information. Last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Havana Central Restaurant Roosevelt Field, Garden City. For more info, call (516) 676- 1976. SID JACOBSON JCC 300 Forest Drive East Hills, 11548 Fridays Shababa Fridays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. General Exercise Group for All cancer Survivors, 12:30-1:15 p.m. Discussion Group for All Cancer Survivors, 1:15-2 p.m. Sundays Gentle Yoga for All Cancer Survivors, 9:30-

10:30 a.m. Mondays News Behind the News, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Eat, Chat, Move!, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Tuesdays Mah Jongg Clinic, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Tuesday Lectures, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Swim Program for Strength & Wellness, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Knitzvah: Knitting for a Cause, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Knitzvah: Knitting for a Cause, 12-2 p.m. Taste of Torah, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursdays Games Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meditation, 12:30-1:30 p.m. THE ADELPHI NY STATEWIDE BREAST CANCER HOTLINE & SUPPORT PROGRAM At the Adelphi School of Social Work 1 South Ave., Garden City Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m. Support for Caregivers of People with Breast Cancer Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Young Women’s Support Group, Under 40 All groups are facilitated by a social worker. Info.: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077 PORT WASHINGTON SENIOR CENTER 80 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington The first and third Tuesday of every month from 2-3 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Info.: 311 or 516-869-6311

WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL 200 Old Country Road, Suite 250 Mineola, NY 11501 Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Urology Free Support Group Meetings will be held quarterly, beginning Wednesday, March 8 At the Winthrop Wellness Pavillion 1300 Franklin Avenue, Garden City Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Neuroscience Free Support Group Huntington’s Disease – 2nd Monday of the month Winthrop’s Research & Academic Center, 101 Mineola Blvd., Room G-013 Winthrop-University Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care Head and Neck Cancer Patient Support Group 1300 Franklin Avenue, Suite ML5 Garden City Third Monday of the month, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. WINTHROP’S RESEARCH & ACADEMIC CENTER 101 Mineola Boulevard At the corner of Second Street in Mineola Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Getting Your Daughters Ready for College Event is $25 per person and includes light buffet. Seating is limited and registration is required by calling 516-663-2609. Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Parkinson’s Disease: An Update with Nora Chan, MD

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN/ LAKEVILLE SECTION Monday, March 27 at 12 p.m. At Clinton G. Martin Park 1601 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park Meeting and talk with speaker Herb Norman, who will discuss old-time radio shows Call 718-343-6222 for more information. TEMPLE JUDEA OF MANHASSET 333 Searingtown Rd. Manhasset (516) 6218049 Mondays and Tuesdays at 12 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Three Days of Duplicate Bridge REAP (Retired, Energetic and Active People) The Adult Education Center of Great Neck 20 Cumberland Road, Great Neck Tuesday, March 21 at 9 a.m. Discussion: “The Healthiest Village in Africa” presented by Libby Lashansky Tuesday, March 21 at 10 a.m. General meeting: Rudy Kahn will present “My Opinion” followed by Carlos Rivera, wh will discuss “The Crime Situation in Great Neck” Tuesday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m. Lunch followed by a 12:30 current events roundtable led by Les Penner Tuesday, March 21 at 1 p.m. Short Story Club Tuesday, March 28 at 1 p.m. Book and Fitness Club Continued on Page 39

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Museum hosts Halston retrospective The first comprehensive retrospective of the work of the American fashion designer Halston will be presented at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor from Saturday, March 25 through Sunday, July 9. Sponsored by “H Halston exclusively at Lord & Taylor” and occupying the entire Museum, the exhibition Halston Style is organized by Guest Curator Lesley Frowick, Halston’s niece and confidant. Frowick is the author of the deluxe Rizzoli publication, Halston: Inventing American Fashion, that serves as the exhibition catalogue. Focusing on the life and art of Roy Halston Frowick, better known as the self-crafted name of distinction, Halston, this exhibition includes many never-before-seen objects from the designer’s personal archives. Halston left these original materials in Frowick’s care, with the directive to use them to tell the story of the designer’s career and lifestyle. The exhibition will include more than 60 Halston fashions, juxtaposed with photographs, artwork, illustrations and accessories, as well as film and video documentation. Among the highlights of the exhibition are Halston’s iconic pillbox hat design, made famous by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961, and also his innovative Ultrasuede shirt dress garment. Masterful examples of the designer’s classic gown silhouettes are abundantly on view. Galleries within the exhibition will focus on different milestones of Halston’s career, such as his early work within the elegant Hat Salon at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.

Halston Limited, Resort 1972

American fashion designer Halston will be presented at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor from Saturday, March 25 through Sunday, July 9. Designs that used innovative fabrics – such as hand-painted silks, comfortable cashmeres and the newly-developed Ultrasuede – are complemented by working sketches drawn by Halston himself or his design assistant Steven Sprouse and the fashion illustrator Joe Eula. Other sections within the exhibition are devoted to Halston’s collaborations with artistic contemporaries. Elsa Peretti designed the classic Halston fragrance bottle and the elegant jewelry chosen by the designer to accessorize and accompany his garments. The photographer Hiro produced much of the imagery employed to

market, advertise and promote the Halston brand. Halston designed numerous costumes for dances choreographed by the legendary Martha Graham. Cosmetic ads, fabric designs and other surprises emerged from the designer’s close friendship and association with Pop artist Andy Warhol. Halston designed for many celebrated American women, among them First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy and Betty Ford. He also was a favorite of several top actresses and performers, including Elizbeth Taylor and Lauren Bacall. But most notable was his close association with Liza Minnelli.

Minnelli, The Act, 1977

Halston Original, Iman, jersey dress, spring 1976

Having designed the gown she wore when accepting the Oscar for Cabaret, he went on to design her costumes for film and stage, finally becoming Minnelli’s exclusive designer. Halston’s life and style became the last word in glamour. His personal appearance was captured by a generation of photographers, while his home and office surroundings conveyed discerning tastes in modern and contemporary art. Halston and his celebrity companions were regular visitors to the infamous Studio 54 during its heyday from 1977 to 1979, when it was ground zero for the disco scene’s razzle-dazzle melding of music, nightlife and fashion. With a deep affection for his country and sense of patriotism, Halston supported American institutions and businesses. He was a trailblazer in commercial licensing endeavors, designing not only an affordable line of clothing for J.C. Penny, but also uniforms for the Girl Scouts and the U.S. Olympic team. Special programs that accompany the exhibition include presentations by the curator Lesley Frowick, discussions and interviews with clients and professional associates of the designer, as well as film and video screenings documenting Halston’s contributions to the fashion industry. The exhibition will also serve as inspiration for the museum’s family programs during the run of Halston Style. For further information on programs that accompany the exhibition, please visit beginning March 6.

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Community Calendar cont’d Continued from Page 35 CENTER FOR THE WOMEN OF NEW YORK Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens Class cost: $10 donation per class Monday, March 20 at 6 p.m. Microsoft Word Basic Class Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Microsoft Word Intermediate Class Tuesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. Free Legal Clinic Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. Microsoft PowerPoint Class Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Microsoft Excel Class Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Job Club Tuesday, March 28 Women’s Support Group Thursday, March 30 at 2 p.m. Job Club Saturday, April 29 at 12 p.m. 30th Year Anniversary Celebration Luncheon At Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Commonwealth Blvd., Douglaston TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM 401 Roslyn Road Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 516-621-2288 Saturday, March 25 at 10:45 a.m. Mini Minyan: stories, songs, dance, snacks UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION AT SHELTER ROCK 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset (516) 627-6560 Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Stand Up in the Face of Injustice: Learn more about the current threats against democracy — and against the dignity and worth of all people — from Nobel Peace Prize nominee, author and cofounder of the human rights group Global Exchange and peace group CODEPINK, Medea Benjamin. $5 suggested donation. Tuesday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. Shelter Rock’s Passover Seder — Social Hall. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members, $15 Children (12 and under). Send your checks payable to UUCSR, marked “Seder” to Sharyn by Friday, April 7.

ST. FRANCES PREP’S MUSIC DEPT. 6100 Francis Lewis Blvd., Fresh Meadows Friday, March 31 at 7:45 p.m. Annual Jazz and Pop Concert, featuring its four top-tier ensembles: the jazz band, the honors percussion ensemble, the chamber choir and the chamber orchestra. $5 tickets sold at the door. LUTHERAN CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR 12 Franklin Ave., Port Washington Saturday, April 1, 6-10 p.m. Pasta dinner and silent auction night. Tickets are $25/adult and $15/child under 12 and may be purchased at the door or by contacting the church office, 516-767-0603 or ST. ANDREW’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 30 Brookside Drive, Smithtown Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. The Long Island Baroque Ensemble presents its annual concert in honor of the birthday of J.S. Bach. Works of Bach for Strings, Flute, Voice and Harpsichord. For more information, call 212-222-6795 CHRIST CHURCH OF OYSTER BAY 61 East Main Street, Oyster Bay Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. The Long Island Baroque Ensemble presents its annual concert in honor of the birthday of J.S. Bach. Works of Bach for Strings, Flute, Voice and Harpsichord. For more information, call 212-222-6795 USMMA MEMORIAL CHAPEL 300 Steamboat Road, Kings Point Sunday, April 30 at 4 p.m. The Great Neck Choral Society presents one of Beethoven’s only two masses, his glorious Mass in C, as well as his Hallelujah from Mount of Olives and Brahms’ Schicksalslied KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL 186 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola Saturday, May 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Kentucky Derby Party: $15 per person includes hot and cold buffet, cookies and coffee. Cash bar racing games 50/50 raffle. Downstairs in Members Lounge. Contact: Tom Kelly, 516-414-2229 or


Molloy to host literary festival on March 26 Word Up: Long Island LitFest, the region’s first literary festival now in its third year, is taking place from 1–6 p.m. at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre on Sunday, March 26. General admission is $40 and includes two introductory workshops on essay writing and storytelling. Both begin at noon, just before the full day of author readings, talks and book signings starts at 1 p.m. This year’s stellar roster of authors includes: Dave Barry, Pulitzer-Prize winning humor writer whose columns and essays have appeared in hundreds of newspapers over the past 35 years. He’s also written a number of New York Times bestsellers. His latest, “For this We Left Egypt,” a parody of the Passover Haggadah, is coauthored with Alan Zweibel (and Adam Mansbach), an original Saturday Night Live writer, who has won multiple Emmy and Writers Guild of America awards for his work in television, which includes It’s “Garry Shandling’s Show,” “Late Show With David Letterman,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” His has also won a Tony Award and the Thurber Prize. Gail Sheehy is author of 17 books, including internationally acclaimed best-seller “Passages,” named one of the 10 most in-

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Bryant Library FREE CREATION DAY Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. All ages welcome with adult. Stop by to relax and put your mind at rest. Art supplies, crafting materials, and brain teaser prompts will be provided. Music will play and refreshments will be served. Online registration required. GHOSTBUSTERS SLIME LAB Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. All ages welcome with adult. Join in for an afternoon of science. Learn about polymers by making your own slime using safe, nontoxic household items. Kids will also create marshmallow shooters and dance with their favorite Ghostbusters. TODDLER STORY TIME Fridays, March 17, 24 and April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 2-3 1/2 years. The goal is to provide a pleasant introductory experience to library story time. Parent or guardian must accompany the child.

SATURDAY YOGA: 9:30 a.m. Registration Required. $42 for full session. Registration Required. $42 for full session

PRE K STORY TIME Mondays, March 20, 27 and Tuesdays, March 21, 28 at 4 p.m. 3 1/2-5 years. A story time with books, fingerplays and rhymes. KINDERGARTEN TALES Wednesdays, March 22, 29 and Thursdays, March 23, 30 at 4:15 p.m. For children attending kindergarten. Explore favoraite authors and illustrators, such as Mo Willems, Dr. Seuss, and Cynthia Rylant. Join and hear tales, make a take-home craft, and end with a short film.

FREE CREATION DAY: Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Grades 4-8. Interested in coding? Join this exciting workshop that will teach kids the BRIDGES basics of website building. Students should Friday, April 21 at 4 p.m. bring their own laptop/iPade. If bringing an Grades 4-6. What does it take to build a iPade, download the free strong, stable bridge? Join in and build a suspension bridge and learn about engiADULT PROGRAMS: neering. YOUTH CODING WORKSHOP Friday, April 7, 3:45-5 p.m.

TUESDAY YOGA 9:30 a.m.

THURSDAY YOGA 9:30 a.m. Registration Required. $49 for full session SATURDAY YOGA 9:30 a.m. Registration Required. $42 for full session. TUESDAY BODY SCULPTING 7:30 p.m. A full body work out for night owls. Please bring 3 or 5lb weights to the session for heightened intensity. Registration Required.

Roslyn Community Calendar SUNDAY MORNING SOFTBALL IN EAST HILLS PARK The weekly East Hills pick up softball game is looking for a few good men. Games are every Sunday, weather permitting, from 8:30-11:30 at the park in East Hills, off Harbor Hill Road. We have guys who have been playing in this game since the 80s, but it’s been going on even longer than that! Any men interested in helping continue this thirty plus year tradition are encouraged to attend. Contacts: William Gavin, East Hills Park Director 516 484 9800; Steward Faden 516 410 6666; Peter Wagner 516 527-1200. ACBL BRIDGE ACBL sanctioned Bridge games take place in the Nursery School Atrium every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. and Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in the main building at Shelter Rock Jewish Center, 272 Shelter Rock Rd., Roslyn. Call 917658-5991 to make a reservation. TUESDAY NIGHT BINGO Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5253 will host bingo on Tuesday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. The top prize is $1,500 with

who aren’t temple members -- although additional cash prizes totaling $1,700. Admission is $4 at the post, 155 Searing- there is a registration fee for some of the courses. Many of the courses begin town Road. in Sept. There is a Tuesday morning series of SUFFERERS OF ARTHRITIS classes taught by Zahavah Rosenfeld, a Glen Cove Hospital offers a free, weekly highly experienced Hebrew and Jewish class for people with arthritis on an studies teacher, and a monthly “Lunch ongoing basis every Thursday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the hospital’s 1 South Dining and Learn” program with guest speakers. Room, 101 St. Andrew’s Lane, Glen Cove. For further information, please download the brochure from the temple website: The class is taught by Merav under the Community man, the hospital’s recreational therapy heading, the under Sisterhood, then click supervisor, who is also certified by the Arthritis Foundation. The low-impact ex- on the Adult Education brochure link. Or ercises are designed to reduce joint pain pick up a brochure at the temple office, 401 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights, NY and decrease stiffness. The program 11577; or call 516-621-2288. is open to the community. For more information or to reserve a place in the arthritis class (limited space available), please contact Merav deGuzman at Glen The Samuel Field Y weekday programs for preschool children (ages Cove Hospital at: 516-674-7696. 3-5) with developmental disabilities and their families TBS Sisterhood Adult Education On Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Classes Open to the Community there is Gym and Creative Exploration Temple Beth Sholom offers an array of at the Little Neck Site: 58-20 Little Neck classes in Hebrew, Bible study, Torah cantillation, Jewish thinkers, prayer, and Parkway. Little Neck. We also have our Sunday Fun Day parenting through a Jewish lens. These program 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at our day and evening classes are open to all Little Neck Site. Programs are $5.00 per adults – women, men, including those

family. Snack will be served Programs are ongoing and may be joined at any time. This program is made possible by a grant from the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities – Queens DDSO For further info and to RSVP, contact Amanda at 718 423-6111 ext 242 or e mail Kindergarten Registration for Roslyn Public Schools The registration period for students entering the Roslyn Public Schools in September of 2017 will be the weeks of Feb. 6, 2017 through Feb. 10, 2017 and March 6, 2017 through March 17, 2017. All children entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by December 1, 2017. If your child does NOT attend a local nursery school, please call the Heights School office at (516) 801-5500 to place your child on the registration list. The Heights faculty and staff are eager to welcome you and your youngster

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Herricks Community Fund dinner dance

Members of the Herricks school district and community gathered for the Herricks Community Fund’s 21st annual Dinner Dance on March 2 at The Inn at New Hyde Park. The event featured a Mardis Gras theme and raised money for educational programs and special school projects. Local officials, school board members, district administrators, faculty members, PTA volunteers and others came out to celebrate 31 years of service provided by the not-for-profit organization. According to its mission statement, the Herricks Community Fund is dedicated to providing financial support for

programs, projects and educational enrichment to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages in Herricks. The group strives to raise funds and distribute resources to maximize the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development to those who reside in the community. Each year, the Herricks Community Fund provides grants that support educational programs across the district. They have enabled the schools to obtain technology resources, fitness center equipment, off-site trips, extracurricular activities, musical opportunities, robotics materials, instructional supplies and more that helps Herricks students.

The Community Fund also benefits individual community needs as well as the Alzheimer’s Day Program, Community Players, Senior Citizens Programs, Youth Council, Teacher Mini-Grants, the Herricks school district and Herricks Scholarship Fund. This year’s event welcomed Assistant Superintendent for Business Lisa Rutko-

ske, Executive Director for Human Resources Dina Maggiacomo and Herricks High School principal James Ruck into the community. It also acknowledged Jane Jingyi Chen, Chiravi Patel, Julianna DeAngelis, Laryssa DeMarco and Nicholas Troiano as the most recent Community Fund scholarship award recipients.

Man wields knife during attempted robbery BY M A X Z A H N A Queens man was arrested last Tuesday night after wielding a knife while attempting to steal five pairs of sunglasses from Lord and Taylor, Nassau County police said. At 6 p.m. last Tuesday two loss prevention officers observed Stephen Hicks, 51, of Glen Oaks, remove the sunglasses from the counter, conceal them in his jacket pocket and proceed outside of the store, police said. According to police, Hicks produced a small black knife and threatened to hurt the loss prevention officers as they tried to stop him. After a brief struggle, the subject was detained until police arrived, police said. The sunglasses were recovered at the store at 1440 Northern Blvd. Hicks is being charged with a felony Robbery 1st degree and misdemeanor possession of a dangerous weapon 4th degree, according to court records. He was arraigned on Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.


Stephen Hicks, who allegedly wielded a knife while attempting to steal five pairs of sunglasses from Lord and Taylor. Bail for his release is $100,000, court records said.


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Trumpcare helps wealthy, hurts all else


n “Face the Nation” (3-12-17), Congressman Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. claimed that, when choosing a health insurance plan, the current, proposed American Health Care Act is designed to give taxpayers, “more freedom, more choices, more markets, better access” On “Meet the Press” (3-12-17), Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price claimed that, regarding the proposed AHCA, taxpayers will, “have choices that they can select the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their family, not (what) the government forces them to buy.” Well, a quick reading of the actual American Health Care Act reveals the proposed AHCA will give taxpayers access with choices, but, at substantially higher costs than what most are paying for health insurance premiums now. Having “access” and “choices” means nothing if you cannot pay for the desired health insurance plan you want and to which you can have access. Having access to something does not mean you can pay for the something to which you have access. Words can be tricky little devils. Remember: The devil is in the details. The AHCA seems to push for taxpayers to use more of their own dollars to pay for their own health care services and, not for them to get payments from health insurance coverage.

Wording in the proposed AHCA seems to encourage taxpayers to contribute more dollars to health flexible spending accounts (dollars from taxpayers’ own pockets…not from insurers’ pockets, Pages 85-86, 121), offers mini- tax credits for taxpayers to apply against massive, out-of-pocket health insurance premiums, a 30 percent premium penalty to be paid to health insurers and, health insurance companies’ profits if one doesn’t keep paying health insurance premiums, and other discouraging tidbits, such as: Pages 46-47 — “Reducing the cost for providing health insurance coverage in the individual market and small group market, as such markets are defined by the State, to individuals who have, or are projected to have, a high rate of utilization of health services (as measured by cost).” In other words, the sicker you are, the higher your health insurance premiums will be. This is better than Obamacare? Pages 62-63 — “Encouraging continuous health insurance coverage…(a) Penalty applied equal to 30 percent of the monthly premium rate.” Pages 65-66 — “Sec. 135. Change in Permissible Age Variation in Health Insurance Rates.” Higher health insurance premiums rates for older people? Page 68 — “Repeal of Tanning Tax”… lessens tanning costs by removing a 10 percent tanning tax, thereby, possibly encouraging more young folks to potentially

increase their chances of developing skin cancer through tanning, while, ultimately, profiting the tanning salon industry. Page 78 — A tidy chart appears showing how older, middle class Americans will pay the highest in health insurance premiums, apparently based on age and income at a time in their lives when most have a limited income. Pages 88-89 — “Hospital Insurance. In addition to the tax imposed by the preceding subsection, there is hereby imposed on the income of every individual a tax equal to 1.45 percent of the wages received by such individual with respect to employment.” Page 89 — “Hospital Insurance. In addition to the tax imposed in the preceding subsection, there shall be imposed for each taxable year, on the self-employment income of every individual, a tax equal to 2.9 percent of the self-employment income for such taxable year.” Pages 89-91 — Sec._15. “Refundable Tax Credit for Health Insurance Coverage” described as between $2,000 - $4,000. This would be a mere pittance of a credit when applied to a health insurance plan that may cost upward of $20,000- $25,000 per year, leaving taxpayers with tremendous out-of-pocket costs, especially, older Americans with significant medical issues. Page 100 — “Married couples must file joint return. If the taxpayer is married at the close of the taxable year, no credit shall be allowed under this section to such taxpayer

unless such taxpayer and the taxpayer’s spouse file a joint return for such taxable year.” Seemingly, this clause would discourage married couples from filing their income taxes as, ‘married filing separately.’ I urge every taxpayer to read the actual, proposed AHCA for himself to see what the act really says as some Congressman try to shove it through Congress for quick passage. Only after reading the proposed AHCA for himself can a taxpayer draw reasonable conclusions as to what is being passed off as offering more “access” and more “choices” regarding health plans. One can have “access” and “choices” to buying a castle….but, one may not have enough money to buy that castle. At present, the group proposing the AHCA has not presented any definitive costs for its implementation. From a cursory reading of the proposed AHCA, it appears to me that the only folks who will benefit from this act will be the wealthiest people, health insurance companies, and large corporations not the middle class or the poor. I urge every taxpayer to call his congressman and express opinions about the AHCA as written. Now, more than ever, caveat emptor — let the buyer beware. Kathy Rittel East Williston

Trump plays Robin Hood in reverse


here are a number of things happening these days about which I wish to make my voice heard. Hopefully I will chose my words and make my points taking up as little space as possible. The first is regarding the age one becomes an adult being able to make proper decisions. The best knowledge I know of based on facts is 21 years of age being when one becomes a mature adult. There are many instances of what is happening to those as young as 16. The raising of the age for procuring tobacco to age 21 is the realization that at that age one may only then make proper decisions. The second is with Trump in the White House. Back during the primaries, a number of people realized that Trump was ‘sleeping’ with Putin. Recently, though it is being denied, there is much evidence of our government officials having improper communication with Russian diplomats. The last I saw was about petroleum from which I deduce that Trump as Our President would be profiting tremendously. We now have the situation with the attempt being made to destroy everything our country and government represents. As we have witnessed, Trump’s hatred and racism runs so deep that he couldn’t

wait for the opportunity to wipe out the Affordable Care Act. The same has been true for many Republicans in Congress. This Act was working well until the insurance companies’ greed began ruining it. Trump is the ‘Hood Robbin’ the poor to give to the rich. It is clear that he and they have no qualms about bankrupting The People so that they can have more billions. We The People must stand firm! Perhaps the time will come when that judge can say: “Guilty as charged! Take him away!” Let him wallow in his gruel. Third is that once our southeastern states produced so much fabric and textiles. Cotton ad flax are still grown in that area. This weaving is gone now. Are these people so helpless? There have to be many still living who worked in weaving and sewing. Surely there are still those who could find a loom or two or build them if necessary and get into production locally. Surely there are those who could at least produce simple items such as bed sheets, table cloths and napkins, etc. to sell locally and keep the money in the community: a local economy without the shipping overseas and back expenses and resulting pollution. Are these seemingly helpless people those who responded to Trump’s “Make

America great again?” In reality, it would not result in their benefit that he spoke those words. Fourth is tampering with our First Amendment. There is no need to repeat that we must preserve our freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Fifth: Somewhat on the lighter side are those second rate crossword puzzles. As an example a clue “Big fat bull” is given and the answer has to be three letters. One wonders what could it mean. Their answer is bfb. They just make the stuff up. Are we supposed to be like kiddie school and think it is funny? Sometimes the clue calls for a noun and the answer is a verb and you name it. They need to study grammar. There are the Premier Crosswords by Frank A. Longo that are virtually error free. They always have a theme or sometimes a riddle; quite intelligent. I can’t imagine how he creates one of those every week. I heard it said once by someone in the music business that a well known song writer had a crew in the ‘back room’ that wrote the songs. Music for hire is the term. Perhaps that is how Mr. Longo gets it done. After this songwriter retired I never heard anything new from him. Perhaps what I heard was true.

Six: While on the subject of grammar, we (in English) have the popular expression gismo (or gizmo). We have the word form socialism and the Spanish equivalent is socialismo. The proper ending for this expression in English would be gism but everyone likes gizmo. Seven: I notice that the streets in Garden City say 2 hour parking and in Williston Park it is one hour. That is enough time to have lunch in the Williston Townhouse Diner. In front of the Williston Park Post Office are three 15-minute parking spaces and a sign saying additional parking in back. In Mineola every nook and cranny has a parking meter. In front of the Mineola Post Office one may stop only to put something into the outdoor mailboxes. If one has to go inside to get a stamp, that is illegal. On the east side are seven parking spaces in a lot with no signs. One day six spaces were full and there were customers inside. Out of curiosity I watched as those customers left. Not one of them went to one of those cars. I wonder if the employees park there instead of behind the building (where a sign says postal vehicles only) or if those spaces are being rented out ‘ on the side.’ Charles Samek Mineola

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Newspapers offer community valuable forum


ongratulations to my fellow Letter to the Editor writer, “Book stems from Letters to the Editor Great Neck resident Hal Sobel compiles Blank Slate Reader Writes Submission” (Joe Nikic — March 10). Surveys reveal that “Letters To The Editor” is one of the most widely read and popular sections of any newspaper. Weekly newspapers in Nassau County such as our own Great Neck News, along with sister publications the New Hyde Park Herald Courier, Williston Times, Manhasset Times, Roslyn Times and Port Washington Times, along with neighborly competitors including the Great Neck Record and others all offer readers a chance to speak out. The same is true with daily newspapers such as AM New York, New York Daily News, Newsday, New York Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Staten Island Advance. There are also numerous foreign language daily and other weekly newspapers in all five boroughs within New York City. Weekly newspapers tend to offer more space for writers than daily newspapers. Some daily newspapers have quotas of no more than one letter every 30 or 60 days per writer. Newsday is once every 45 days. Most daily and weekly newspapers will print letters submitted by any writer regardless of where they live so long as the topic is relevant to readers.

The Great Neck News and Blank Slate Media’s sister publications provide several pages each week for Letters to the Editor. This is more than any other daily or weekly metropolitan New York area newspaper . While the Great Neck News has never censored me, others periodically over the years have. Some of our elected officials have thin skins when it comes to public criticism in the pages of your local weekly community newspapers. It is amazing what some elected officials will say one day in front of one group or reporter and conveniently forget when speaking to a different group or reporter weeks, months or years later. When you write about a past quote reported in a previous newspaper article and bring their conflicted position to the public, watch out! The ability of some elected officials to influence either legal advertising, their own periodic holiday greeting or campaign reelection ads may have some sway over those weekly newspapers who may be too dependent on the revenues. Remember the old adage, never bite the hands that feeds you. Lucky for us Blank Slate Media remains totally independent of such efforts. It helps to have a snappy introduction, good hook, be timely, precise, have an interesting or different viewpoint to increase

your odds of being published. Many papers welcome letters commenting on their own editorials, articles or previously published letters to the editor. We continue to be fortunate to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available. Sadly, most American cities and suburbs are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper. Newspapers have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership. Many of us have opinions on news not only from Washington, Albany, New York City, Nassau County and Town of North Hempstead but also neighborhoods and local issues which impact our communities and daily lives. I continue to be grateful that the Great Neck News along with other daily and weekly newspapers afford both me and my fellow Letter to the Editor writers the opportunity to express our views, as well as differing opinions on issues of the day. Thanks to you, ordinary citizens have the freedom to comment on the actions and legislation of elected officials in any Letters to the Editor section. Public officials use taxpayers dollars to promote their views, via mass mailings of newsletters, news releases, letters to the editor and guest opinion page columns.

In many cases, they are produced or written by campaign or office staffers who are paid for by taxpayers. The rest of us have limited time to submit a letter. In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone, including the Great Neck News, all your sister publications, along with all the other weekly newspapers. You may periodically see some familiar names including myself, Dr. Hal Sobel, Fred Bedell, Charles Samek, Morton Perlman, Dr. Stephen Morris, Esther Confino, Jack Lipsky and others gracing the Letters to the Editor section. Let us thank those few brave souls who are willing to take on the establishment and powerful special interest groups in the pages of your letters to the editor section. They fill a valuable niche in the information highway. Please join me along with your neighbors in reading your favorite daily and local weekly community newspapers. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the revenues necessary to keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. This is what helps keep our neighbors employed, the local economy growing and provide space on a daily or weekly basis for your favorite or not so favorite letter writers. Larry Penner Great Neck

Landlord abandons Trump attacks environment the handicapped F


n possible violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the handicapped ramp to 14 Vanderventer Ave. has been removed denying access to the building for the disabled and for anyone pushing a baby carriage or stroller. This will especially affect the many aged and disabled people who require the frequent services of Quest Labs which is located in the building.

If you rent space in this building, some of your customers, clients or patients now will be unable to come to your office. The tenants of 14 Vanderventer should complain to their landlord to get this matter fixed immediately. Donald S. Hecht Port Washington

Needed: a season without sex Continued from Page 16 million a year, a windfall that they will happily reinvest in buying the election of candidates who will do their bidding. Clearly, there should be a different sort of strike, one that would not require women to relinquish their work responsibili-

ties: they should strike sex. Women are considered mere vessels to incubate an embryo (an elected official actually said that), a lesser person with fewer legal and political rights than a zygote. Because sex in Trump’s misogynistic, rightwing America has come to mean enslavement.

rom the moment Trump chose Scott Pruitt, former Oklahoma Attorney General, to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the fate of the agency did not bode well. Pruitt had sued the agency more than a dozen times. He questioned legal authority to regulate mercury pollution, smog and carbon emissions from power plants. Trump pretends to care about clean air and water, but of course, his choice of Pruitt threatens the future of the agency. Since the EPA’s mission is to protect the environment, the president’s pronouncements regarding drastically abolishing regulations in every governmental agency naturally jeopardizes their success. EPA staff will be cut one-fifth, from 15,000 to 12,000 and dozens of programs will be eliminated when grants will be cut by 30 percent.

Trump has other priorities for the federal budget, planning to increase defense spending by $54 billion, ramping up security expenditures, and spending billions for his “great, beautiful” wall with money that could be better used to protect our environment. Programs that impact the health of our nation will certainly suffer. Pruitt does not connect our environment with health. Funding for the Chesapeake Bay clean up project will be reduced from $73 million to $5 million. Other projects such as brownfields cleanup, abandoned industrial sites, a radon program, climate change initiatives and funds for Alaskan native villages will be eliminated. EPA estimates that more than 450,000 sites need cleaning! The loss of so many essential

programs will disastrously affect our already suffering water infrastructure. Their Office of Research and Development stands to lose 42 percent of its budget and funding for the office’s “contribution to the U.S. Global Change Research Program”, a climate initiative launched by George H.W. Bush, is to be totally eliminated. Well, what can we expect from an agency head who, just last week, again announced that he is not convinced that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming? It does not take much of an imagination to anticipate the irreparable harm to our water supply and the suffering that will ensue. What a cynical and immoral assault on our society! Esther Confino New Hyde Park

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Single-payer health an assault on humanity


am writing this response to a letter written by Julia Appel, O.D. in the March 10, 2017 edition of the Roslyn Times. Her letter was titled, “Time for single payer in N.Y.: Her letter demonstrated an appalling ignorance of both history and of the human condition in general. To begin with, Ms. Appel states that “there was consensus among those gathered that health care is a human right.” I can state absolutely and unequivocally that health care is not a human right. This is best refuted if one understands what is meant by a “right.” If you have a “right” to free speech, does that in any way interfere with someone else’s right or ability to speak or not? No. If you have a right to freedom of religion, does that stop anyone else from freely choosing their own religion, or none at all? No. If you have a right to freedom of assembly, would that in any way infringe on anyone’s right to gather at such meetings as Ms. Appel attended? No. But when you say health care is a right, you are actually violating other people’s rights. You are making a claim on the time, skills, and resources of doctors, nurses, pharmacologist, radiologists etc. Sorry Ms. Appel, you do not have the right to coerce other people to do your bidding. She then proceeds to say that “privatizing education, the criminal justice system and health care have been shown to not work.” What a ridiculous comment. It is a known fact that most private schools are superior to most public

schools (that is why our politicians predominately send their children to private schools). The private segment of our health care system (not Medicare or Medicaid) is the best in the world. It has the best post- treatment results, the best post-surgical survival rates, the best timely diagnosis and treatment, and the most innovation of any other system. Do not buy the lies regarding the British National Health Service or Canada’s health care. When Canadian politicians and high -anking health care providers get seriously sick, they check into the Mayo Clinic or Johns Hopkins right here in the United States. What is so disconcerting here is that Ms. Appel is simply echoing what the Bolsheviks would have said about 100 years ago. They were against the private ownership of the means of production. In its stead, they wanted the government to be the owner and regulator. They said to look at the advantages. Businesses would not have to spend money on advertising against competition; there would be no duplication of costs by having each individual business needing to hire their own managers, their own secretaries, their own maintenance workers, etc. They could eliminate the parasitical middlemen who cause products to be more expensive than need be. Things would be so much more efficient. They could just concentrate on making their products. To tell you the truth, they made it sound so great that if I was

running around the Russian pale a hundred years ago, I probably would have supported it myself. Ms. Appel has much the same ideas. “Employers would not have to administer health benefits, doctors would not have to deal with myriad health insurers, etc.” She continues. “Patients would not have to worry about access to providers and services.” What? The wait for treatment times in England and Canada are so long patients literally die before they get treatment. She further continues. “Eliminating the profit margins and all the middlemen would reduce costs and complexity.” Said just like the old-time Bolsheviks, and just as naively. I am not a slave, are you? I am not a cog in the wheel of some bureaucrat’s view of the way the world should run. I want to get ahead in the world, do you? The way to do that is to give people good products and services for more than it costs to provide them in a free, competitive, exchange environment. One-Hundred years of history has taught me, and should have taught Ms. Appel, that government ownership does not work. It becomes rule by bureaucrats for the benefit of the bureaucrats with their own agendas. Ms. Appel’s true Marxist colors are reflected when she says “Payment for the program would be linked to one’s income and ability to pay and doctors would provide services and be paid by the program.” Sound familiar? Marx said it before her. “From each according to his ability to each according to his need.” This is just another socialist re-

distributionist plan. “Patients forgo treatment due to the cost.” Do they spend money on other petty priorities like designer clothes or expensive cars and vacations? What a great idea. Let’s cater to people who want something for nothing. That always works out. There are ways to arrange for the treatment of the truly needy without resorting to coercion. Charity does wonders. Money is a great motivator. I will demonstrate why. I am a dentist. We always dreamed of being able to implant teeth into the jaw bone. We tried different materials, vitreous carbon, stainless steel, etc. The body always rejected these materials as foreign bodies. Then, in the 1980’s, an orthopedist in Sweden discovered, by accident, that his titanium implants in bone could not be removed. For whatever reason, titanium is bio-inert, which means the human body does not recognize it as a foreign body; therefore, no rejection. Well, once there is a research breakthrough regarding bone in orthopedics, dentists will hear about it by that afternoon. While the Swedes made the initial discovery, once the Americans got hold of it, the innovations were astounding. Great strides were made in implant design, surgical techniques, esthetics, and bone grafting. Profits were the main contributor to this wellspring of ideas. Medicaid is single payer. The difference between Medicaid dentistry and private dentistry would make you think they were in two different centuries. In Medicaid dentistry there is

no innovation, little change. They do not even cover implant procedures. Bureaucrats decide what treatment is appropriate for you. If all of dentistry was Medicaid, we would have much more primitive treatments available. None of the impetus for breakthroughs in modern dentistry came from Medicaid dental practices. They all came from the private sector. Referring back to the 1970s, there was an expression spouted by the left. “The East is red, the West is next.” I should remind people of all the great new pharmaceuticals we now have on the market in the West. During the 72 years of communism in Russia, they didn’t create one new drug. If the West had indeed gone “red” in 1917, we would still have a 1917 medical system. In closing, I must tell of the one big advantage Ms. Appel would have if she were to get her way. People like me, who believe in human advancement and creativity, can never prove what could have been invented by a free system. How can you blame someone for destroying something that never got a chance to exist in the first place? Single payer is destructive and anti-human in all its aspects. Like all socialist ideas, it treats humans as commodities. We need single payer health care like we need single payer farming. Dr. Wayne Roth Roslyn Heights

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n matters of life and death, one must be bold and blunt. Why is our village government playing with fire when it comes to resident safety? Why is our village government taking a calculated risk with the public’s health? What ever happened to the old adage, “If it’s not broke — don’t fix it!” Vigilant Firefighters will always care more — do more — deliver more — because they reside here. There is no other ambulance service that can make that claim. For 80 years, village residents have been receiving extraordinarily responsive, personalized ambulance service when they are their most vulnerable. The Vigilant team demonstrates exemplary acts of courage — going beyond the call of duty every day because this is the place they call home. From generation to generation. There are communities all over Long Island — not to mention Brooklyn, the Bronx

and Queens — that would kill for the level of personalized ambulance service we, as residents, take for granted. And yet, we come here today, as a concerned community, to defend our right to continue these services. How do you throw away excellence? When a major snowstorm hit our village and the roads had yet to be plowed, one female resident had the misfortune to go into labor requiring transport to the hospital. But several feet of snow blanketed our Village Roads — and the Vigilant ambulance couldn’t get through. What to do? The good folks at Vigilant volunteered the use of their own personal vehicle. They had a successful Plan B — precisely because they reside here. Would Northwell ambulance service have done the same? Vigilant Firefighters will always care more — do more — deliver more. The fact is, Mayor Bral, I voted for you

in the last election. I embraced your winning with great enthusiasm. You promised to be the mayor for all residents. But for the last year, my family and friends are becoming alarmed at the projects you give attention to — and the projects you FAIL to give attention to. We see an unfortunate pattern. Our last mayor was voted out because he was too busy patting himself on the back to notice that projects he was initiating — lacked public support. He was too arrogant — too self-absorbed — and disconnected from residents — to observe the obvious signs of discontent. Mayor Bral, I was extremely angry with our former mayor — as was many of the people sitting in this room. But when a full-time physician and mayor elects to put the public’s health and welfare last — that is something to fear –

because you — of all people — should know better. Vigilant reflects the values and gold standard of our Great Neck community. To remove and replace them tears apart the very fabric and heart of our community. It erodes our faith in you. If there is a segment of our community that desires something special – something private — in the way of ambulance services — why not give it to them? But keep what is good — keep what works. Do not destroy the values and standards of Great Neck by giving up Vigilant. Our community could never afford to bring them back — new ambulances cost too much money. And that is another true fact. Judy Shore Rosenthal Great Neck Letters Continued on Page 51

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Recent Real Estate Sales in Roslyn Roslyn Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $840,000 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


39 Coolidge Avenue, Roslyn Heights Sold Price: $1,139,000 Date: 02/22/2017 5 beds, 5 Full baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 75x123 Schools: Roslyn MLS# 2884044

11 The Oaks, Roslyn Estates Sold Price: $1,075,000 Date: 02/17/2017 4 beds, 3 Full baths Style: Split Ranch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 107x200 Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $28,772 MLS# 2883902

1 Verity Lane, Roslyn 38 Capri Drive, Roslyn Sold Price: $950,000 Date: 02/24/2017 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Split # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 85x100 Schools: Herricks Total Taxes: $16,693 MLS# 2885074

Sold Price: $1,550,000 Date: 12/09/2016 6 beds, 4 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 2.01 acres Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $38,611 MLS# 2831977

Editor’s note: Homes shown here were recently sold in Roslyn, Roslyn Heights and Old Westbury by a variety of real estate agencies. The information about the homes and the photos were obtained through the Multiple Listing Services of Long Island. The homes are presented based solely on the fact that they were recently sold in Roslyn, Roslyn Heights and Old Westbury and are believed by Blank Slate Media to be of interest to our readers.

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Woman fighting cancer shows art New faces

Continued from Page 1 said Marsha Tarlow, the owner of the Roslyn Village Gallery. “Everyone who has painted with her has said wonderful things about her.” “People were lined up to say hello to her,” Tarlow added. “Her art teachers, people she has gone on painting trips to Europe with.” Over the years Myra Fox composed scores of works, occasionally participating in exhibitions that showed four or five of them, said Stewart Fox, her husband. A year and a half ago, Myra and Stewart Fox moved upstate to Saugerties. Just a few months later, Stewart Fox, a physician, took her to the hospital for a CAT scan hours after she had difficulty completing her sentences. Doctors discovered a malignant tumor on Myra Fox’s brain. After an initial surgery, she under-

went chemotherapy. “Initially she was doing art,” Stewart Fox said. “But not for very long because she slowly was developing weakness in her arms and legs from radiation and chemotherapy.” Though debilitated, she had full functioning of her body until last September, when a blood-related medical emergency, akin to a stroke, left her paralyzed on the right side of her body and unable to speak. Stewart Fox said she can understand speech but has difficulty expressing a response At the exhibition, Myra Fox recognized many of the people with whom she used to paint, Jill Fox said. “People weren’t sure if she could understand who they were but mom knows,” she said. “It’s not that she can’t understand who you are, she just can’t

say ‘hello.’ One hundred twenty two of Myra Fox’s paintings were on display, and at least half of them sold on Sunday, Tarlow said. Prices ranged from approximately $350 to $1800 per work. The event raised about $14,000, a portion of which will go to the Brain Tumor Center at Columbia University Medical Center, which provided care for Myra Fox. The month-long exhibition will be the first held at the Roslyn Village Gallery’s new, larger space on Old Northern Boulevard. “It was rare for someone to walk out of the gallery without purchasing something,” Jillian Fox said. “Just to say they had something meaningful from her.”

Drug saves those undergoing overdose Continued from Page 22 abilities Services. The county has trained about 8,000 people in the administration of Narcan since it began the program, said Eden Laikin, the liaison to drug abuse prevention efforts for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. She said the county knows of 50 everyday people in Nassau who, like Sherry, have saved friends or family found overdosing. “Heroin and opioid addiction is an epidemic in Nassau and throughout the country,” said Richard Nicolello, a Nassau County legislator who represents parts of Manhasset, Roslyn, East Williston, Williston Park and New Hyde Park. “It’s a scourge.” Nicolello said Nassau County police administered Narcan 554 times in 2016, and have administered it 99 times so far this year. Narcan is an opiate based substance that pushes heroin or prescription opioids

off of receptor sites in the brain, Hymowitz said. It stops an overdose for 30 to 90 minutes, after which period a drug user’s high can return, he added. Attendees were taught to identify the symptoms of an opiate overdose, which include shallow breathing, gurgling, clammy skin and blue lips and nails. Hymowitz suggested yelling at a drug user, or pinching him under the arm, if he is thought to be overdosing. If the user remains unresponsive, an individual should call the police prior to administering Narcan, so police can assist with recovery and ensure the user receives medical treatment afterward, Hymowitz said. Attendees were given a supply kit that included gloves, two vials of Narcan, a syringe-like tube, a nozzle for inserting the spray into the nose of the user and instructions on how to administer the drug. Hymowitz trained attendees on how to assemble the instruments and spray

the Narcan into the nose of the victim. “Squeeze the whole thing in,” he said. If the victim wakes up, the person administering the drug should not attempt to hold him down or keep him from leaving the scene, Hymowitz said. “If you try to hold them down, you will get hurt,” he said. “You are not obligated to get hurt in any shape or form.” If one called the cops, they should arrive soon, he added. He urged family and friends to support police efforts to take the user to the hospital for further medical examination and treatment. The training as well as a registration form gave the attendees certification to administer Narcan, which they took home in the kits distributed earlier in the evening. At the conclusion of his presentation, Hymowitz offered a final piece of advice about the kit attendees held in their hands. “My prayer for you is you never have to use it,” he said.

Astoria Financial agrees to 2.2B merger Continued from Page 22 executing on their differentiated, teambased commercial relationship model.” “Combining our significant strengths will create a strong regional bank that will provide exceptional value for our investors while maintaining our strong

commitment to our customers and the communities we serve,” Redman added. Sterling Bancorp said it expects the deal to be finalized by the end of the year. Kopnisky will remain the company’s president and CEO, while Luis Massiani will remain its chief financial officer, the company said. Four members of Astoria

Financial’s Board of Directors will join the company’s new Board of Directors once the deal is finalized. When the merger is complete, Sterling Bancorp said, the company will have $29 billion in assets, $20 billion in loans and $19 billion in deposits.

Yoga proposed for Roslyn schools Continued from Page 2 tion from this year’s adopted budget of $2,937,063. “It’s a modest reduction, but we’re asking for a reduction of $210 so we’re keeping it level,” Carpenter said. Two areas see large decreases in his budget. One is equipment with a reduction

of $108,000, and the other is in the oil budget by about $90,000. This is largely due to the lower price of oil in the market, Carpenter said. Projected increases in natural gas and electricity prices also drive increases in those parts of the budget, Carpenter said. Carpenter’s proposal includes money

for new floor machines, new radios for better communication and border collie dogs to control the goose population. “The border collies are not there to injure the geese, they’re there to harass,” Carpenter said. “If they’re harassed, they’ll find another place.” This method of control was recommended by Geesepeace, a national orga-

in village elections Continued from Page 2 or, a new deputy mayor and two new trustees. On Tuesday, five seats in the village are up for re-election and all five trustees have filed to run. Mayor Bob McNamara, who served as deputy mayor under Phillips and has been a trustee since 2012, has filed to run for a one-year term in a special election. When Phillips asked McNamara to be a trustee five years ago, he said, he never imagined one day being mayor. “I actually always felt sorry for the person who was going to replace her,” he said in December. “She did a superb job and was so involved in every aspect of the village.” Trustee Frank Genese, who was appointed to the board in December to fill McNamara’s seat, has filed to run for a two-year term. Genese, a resident of Flower Hill for 15 years, served as an architect consultant in Munsey Park for 11 years. Kate Hirsch, who was appointed to the board in October to replace Trustee Karen Reichenbach, who died in May, has filed to run for a one-year term in a special election. Newly appointed Deputy Mayor Brian Herrington, who has been on the board since 2014, filed to run for a two-year term, and Trustee Jay Beber, a board member since 2015, is running for a two-year term. Elections will take place from noon to 9 p.m. at Flower Hill Village Hall at 1 Bonnie Heights Road in Manhasset. In Roslyn Village, Mayor John Durkin and trustees Sarah Oral and Marta Genovese will be running for re-election. As of Tuesday morning, no candidates had filed to challenge the incumbents. Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall. In East Hills and Roslyn Harbor there will not be any village seats up for re-election.

nization dedicated to controlling geese in a caring manner, and is already in use in the Town of Oyster Bay, Carpenter said. The district’s total $107.8 million budget would increase spending by about $2 million and increase revenue from property taxes by about 0.64 percent, an average tax increase of $90 per year per homeowner. The Roslyn school board is set to adopt the 2017-18 budget in April, said Barry Edelson, a district spokesman.

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Roslyn High School Junior Orry Zayit placed second in the 100 yard butterfly in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s State Championships.

2nd place in state for Roslyn swimmer Roslyn High School Junior Orry Zayit placed second in the 100 yard butterfly in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s State Championships with a time of 50.27 on March 4. The state championship was held at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. Orry also placed 3rd in the federation championship which includes public and private schools. The coaches for the combined Roslyn-Port Washington boys swimming and diving team are Joe Lennon and Dan Oggeri.

Roslyn High School Principal Dr. Scott Andrews (far right) is pictured with the finalists (l. to r.) Mark Kong, Todd Warshawsky, Ritwik Rudra, Shawn Anand, Kamyar Ghiam, Abigail Flyer, Felicia Hou, and Alyssa Rust. Not pictured: Edgar Sit.

Nine seniors named merit finalists Nine Roslyn High School students of the Class of 2017 have advanced to become finalists after having been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program last September. These students are among 15,000 nationwide to be named finalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. About 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000

U.S. high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. These scholastically talented high school seniors are now eligible for some 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards, worth about $33 million, that will be awarded this spring to students across the country.


Roslyn Harbor gets F in audit Continued from Page 1 to records requests; and providing minutes of the five most recent legislative meetings. Governments and agencies gained points when the Press Club did not have to follow up on requests or appeal a denial of a FOIL request. If they required an appeal, governments got points for issuing a denial explaining why the request was rejected and stating to whom the Press Club could appeal. Points were also given for turning over documents “well before” the legal deadline, sending documents municipalities are not required to maintain, emailing copies of documents listed on their website and not charging money for electronic copies, or charging the permitted 25 cents per page. Points were subtracted if governments failed to respond to appeals within 10 days, charged excessive fees or made the Press Club follow up multiple times on a request. The Press Club also recorded the number of days governments and agencies took to send all of the requested documents. The Village of Sands Point was the only government to violate the law that prevents municipalities and agencies from charging excessive fees, charging the Press Club $150 for a copy of its payroll, according to the audit. Sands Point received a 35, or an F, and took 112 days to send all of the requested documents. The Village Attorney, Michael Sahn, defended the village clerk, Liz Gaynor, saying she was “very responsive.” “If you deem it in your view that the village was not responsive, that is your view; that’s not our view,” Sahn wrote in response to the Press Club. Governments and agencies also lost a point for denying a request because the request was “burdensome or the agency lacks sufficient staffing,” for requiring the Press Club to provide identification or pick the documents up in person, and for asking why a document was requested. The report said the Village of Roslyn Harbor, which received a 35 or F, was the “most hostile government encountered in the audit process.” “We might not have time to entertain every whim that comes across our desk,” Valerie Onorato, the village clerk-treasurer, told Bolger after requir-

North Shore villages scored below average on a Press Club of Long Island audit that surveyed municipalities and government agencies on their Freedom of Information Law policies. ing him to go to village hall to fulfill the request for the village’s payroll. The report said Onorato, who is no longer the village clerk-treasurer, repeatedly said, “Nothing good will come of this.” “I’m not sure that, in some government agencies, officials are as receptive to the public and the news media as they should be,” Robert Freeman, executive director of the state Department of State’s Committee on Open Government, said in the report. “I think the public has the right to expect that government will do the right thing. Unfortunately, that does not happen as frequently or as routinely as it should.” Two other Port Washington villages, Baxter Estates and Manorhaven, received Fs. The Press Club gave Baxter Estates, which sent all of the information in 106 days, a 55, and Manorhaven,which sent it in 99 days, a 35. The Village of Kings Point received a 5 or F, the lowest score on the North Shore. The village took 151 days to send all the information. The Village of Flower Hill, which encompasses sections of Port Washington, Roslyn and Manhasset, received a 95 for an A grade, sending all requested documents within two days. Roslyn Estates and Thomaston also received A grades of 95. The Nassau County government received a 68, which is good for a D+ rating, and the average grade for county agencies was a D+. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s office received a 22 or F. The Press Club was told to contact the county attorney’s office once it followed up when Mangano’s media representatives did not confirm the request, the report says. After receiving a portion of

the documents, the Press Club followed up with the attorney’s office five more times but received no response. Mangano’s office did not respond to the Press Club’s request for comment on the grade. Nassau County Community College scored 100 — the highest grade for any agency or government in Nassau County. The Town of North Hempstead received a C or 75 and took 153 days to provide all of the requested documents. In response to the town’s grade, Carole Trottere, a town spokeswoman, told the Press Club “that the town turned over more than 10,000 pages of digitized documents in response to our request and has since modernized its website to make accessing government records easier for the public.” Doug Kellogg, a spokesman for the conservative-leaning good-government group Reclaim New York, said the Press Club’s report card gives North Shore residents another tool to better understand the transparency they should demand from local governments. Reclaim New York on Monday unveiled its own checklist of criteria for residents to evaluate transparency. It has also pushed municipalities to make more records available online, which can save time and money spent processing routine FOIL requests, Kellogg said. “The government can’t be keeping those records behind closed doors and failing to respond to these requests,” Kellogg said. “Push needs to come to shove here.” Barbara Donno, mayor of the Village of Plandome Manor and the former president of the Nassau County Village Officials Association, did not respond to a request for comment on the Press Club’s findings.

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ou are at a party with friends when the host announces you should all play a game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rules are simple,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give you a list of characteristics and you tell me what name comes to mind. Here goes.â&#x20AC;? 1. a resistance to accept blame or criticism 2. a lack of empathy 3. a grandiose sense of selfimportance 4. feelings of entitlement 5. a preoccupation with fame, attention and praise 6. excessive emphasis on displaying beauty and power. Somewhere between descriptors three and four most guests have come up with a name. By the time the last characteristic is cited there is unanimity. The person being described is none other than Donald Trump, our 45th president. I suspect that most of you reading this arrived at the same conclusion. The six above-listed characteristics are described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association. The symptoms describe a malady known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. There is a debate in psychiatric circles as to whether one can diagnose a person without having personally met the individual. This is relevant today because of a letter which appeared in the New York Times in February 2017. The last line read: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.â&#x20AC;? Signatories to this letter included 16 M.D.s and seventeen PhDs. While no one questions the academic qualiďŹ cations of these gentlemen and ladies, none of them had interviewed the President. This leads to consideration of what is known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goldwater Rule,â&#x20AC;? and here, some historical perspective is useful. The 1964 presidential race pitted arch-conservative Barry Goldwater against incumbent Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson. The Democrats wished to cast aspersions on Goldwaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mental stability so they hired the advertising ďŹ rm of Doyle, Dane, Bernbach to make their point. The resulting ad was the most eďŹ&#x20AC;ective in the history of political advertising. Known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Daisy Adâ&#x20AC;? it depicted a young girl picking petals from a ďŹ&#x201A;ower and counting down from ten. The next image is of a nuclear blast.

The not so subtle message was that if Goldwater were elected, his instability and warmongering propensity would mean the end of the world. Although there was little truth to this, Johnson won in a landslide. Nine years later, the American Psychiatric Association adopted the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goldwater Ruleâ&#x20AC;? which warned against â&#x20AC;&#x153;diagnosis from a distance.â&#x20AC;? There is no denying the eďŹ&#x192;cacy of a face to face meeting between the person being assessed and a therapist, but how essential is this? I maintain that in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world with cameras and smart phones capturing every word we utter and every move we make, there is ample evidence upon which to judge a candidateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sanity. In addition, we have a president who twitters in the wee hours of the morning providing us with daily evidence of his being â&#x20AC;&#x153;unhinged.â&#x20AC;? Just this past weekend, he regaled us with a story about Trump Tower being â&#x20AC;&#x153;buggedâ&#x20AC;? by his predecessor President Obama. How many lies must be told and how many insults hurled before we can say with certainty that Trump is a liar, a bully, and yes, mentally ill? A phrase comes to mind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.â&#x20AC;? This test implies that we can glean much from observing behavior and that the Goldwater Rule may no longer be relevant. The argument has been made that it is unethical to judge a patient whom you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met. Dr. John Gartner who has taught psychiatrists at Johns Hopkins Medical School for over 20 years maintains that the truly unethical position is to ignore Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pathological behavior. Is there anyone naive enough to think that the man who refuses to let us see his tax returns would consent to sitting down for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;face to faceâ&#x20AC;? with a therapist? Health-care professionals are not the only ones who have assessed Trump as unďŹ t. Journalist George Packer writing in the Feb. 27, 2017 issue of The New Yorker states that Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disability isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t laziness or inattention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It expresses itself in paranoid rants, non-stop feuds carried out in public and impulsive acts that can only damage his government and himself.â&#x20AC;? Discussing a White House news conference, Packer writes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;He rambled on for nearly an hour and a half...ďŹ&#x201A;ung insults at reporters... and...congratulated himself so many times and in such preposterous terms...that the White House press corps could only stare in amazement.â&#x20AC;? In fairness, there is another point of view.

Dr. Allen J. Frances is the man who wrote the deďŹ nition of narcissism for the American Psychiatric Association, yet he is on record stating that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trump isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t crazy.â&#x20AC;? In a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psychology Today: piece, he stated that â&#x20AC;&#x153;in deďŹ ning all mental disorders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the behaviors also must cause clinically signiďŹ cant distress or impairment. â&#x20AC;&#x153; To make his point, Frances alleges that Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;behaviors consistently reap him fame, fortune, women and political power.â&#x20AC;? But canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the same be said about Adolph Hitler, and no one alleges that he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t insane. If Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success in the business world is an indicator that he is sane, why not, at long last, establish his worth by releasing his income tax returns? If successful with women, why three wives and who knows how many mistresses? As to political power, he may be the most powerful world leader at this time, but I do not believe he will survive four years in oďŹ&#x192;ce and I am not alone in this belief. Conservative columnist David Brooks writing in the New York Times on January 31, 2017 said â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will not be surprising in the slightest if his term ends not in four or eight years, but sooner, with impeachment or removal under the 25th amendment.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m convinced that, sooner or later, Republicans will come to their senses, overcome fear of retaliation, and put our country before partisan politics. Maybe, someday, we will agree with Dr. John Gartner that that â&#x20AC;&#x153;narcissism is an untreatable personality one can ever tell the malignant narcissist he is wrong.â&#x20AC;? Or as Robert Kagan writing in the Washington Post suggests â&#x20AC;&#x153;One wonders if Republican leaders have begun to realize that they may have hitched their fate and the fate of their party to a man with a disordered personality. Extensive research leads me to agree with the many mental health experts who believe Donald Trump suďŹ&#x20AC;ers from narcissism, an incurable aberration, which will ultimately lead to his downfall. All conciliatory eďŹ&#x20AC;orts that we â&#x20AC;&#x153;work withâ&#x20AC;? him make no sense. He will not modify his behavior because he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. No one can predict the date of his downfall, but Winston Churchillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words may apply. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is the end of the beginning.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

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Celebrate joy to assuage the pain of daily suffering I recall when I was 14 one of our horses had just won a race at Aqueduct and my father and I were walking along the track to the backstretch where the horse would be cooled down and washed. The horse was Dr. Carrington and he won maybe $35,000 for us that afternoon. But I could see my father was very unhappy. He was grumbling with his head down and cursing under his breath. I asked him what was wrong and he yelled out “If that God dammed third place horse came in second we would have won a huge daily double.” I quickly remarked “but we just won a $35,000 purse, isn’t that enough?” He looked at me and said “Well Tommy, I guess I’m never happy.” Sad indeed to win $35,000 and not take a moment’s joy from it. My old man is not alone with this problem. I would venture to say that habitual misery is the lot in life for nearly all Americans. I think we must be wired this way. Buddha told us ‘life is suffering” and Henry David Thoreau said “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Despite the familiar answer that “I’m doing great!” the inner reality is that men do lead lives of quiet desperation. And clear proof that humans are constantly suffering is to note how many drug stores like CVS’S, Rite Aides or Walgreens’ are in our neighborhoods. Last Sunday I attended my first Westbury Friends Meeting. The Quakers are a successful and highly educated group and their Sunday hour-long meeting is a silent meditation intermixed with people standing up to share thoughts about their spiritual journey. Someone spoke about the Bible’s Book of Job and how angry Job was about his losses, financial setbacks and his illnesses. Job was tired of all his suffering.

DR. TOM FERRARO Our Town Job is a guy I can relate to. I can’t recall the last time I was pain free. I go through an unrelenting cycle of suffering. It may start with prostate pain and a visit to Dr. Goldberg, my urologist in Manhasset. This will clear in time only to be replaced by chest pain, worry about a heart attack and a visit to Cardiac Associates in Garden City. Testing reveals all is well with the heart but this good news may last about the length of time it takes for me to get to my car in the parking lot where upon I may begin to feel back pain. Physical therapy will help the back but this will be followed by an attack of hives. This sounds like a Woody Allen film but I am arguing that nearly every adult in America is suffering silently about something or other be it physical or mental. So I took a survey and asked people the question “What percentage of your day is spent suffering. “ The first group I surveyed was the staff at Minuteman Press in Williston Park who looked to be in their 30s. They paused when I asked the question and were nice enough to be honest. All three discussed the various physical and psychological suffering they experience each day. The interview even touched upon the Jean Paul Sartre quote “Hell is other people.” They decided that they spend about 85 percent of the day suffer-



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ing in some way. Knight suggested that a survey of three was not big enough so I decided to ask Jasmine my yoga instructor the same question. She is this adorable looking 20 something and she said ”Well maybe about 50 percent of my day is spent suffering.” Fair statement. I sometimes wonder if trees and flowers suffer as much as humans do. If you look at a tree covered with snow it rightfully ought to feel cold and miserable but something tells me they don’t suffer like us. It must have something to do with IQ. I don’t think dogs or cats suffer like us either. If you watch them carefully they seem quite relaxed and content most of the time. I also believe that Americans suffer more than any other nations. We take fewer vacations than others. Italians have their ‘dolce far niente’, the French invented café society and even the South Koreans enjoy K-Pop, Psy and Gangnam Style. To complete the survey I needed to observe children and determine their level of suffering. I stopped by Johns Variety Store in Williston Park hoping to find a kid to observe. No kids but I did notice toys like Slinky, Silly Putty, and board games like Scrabble, Clue, Monopoly, and Chutes and Ladders. The vibes in the store were pure happiness and joy. I then walked down a few stores to Bagel Express and noticed a 9 year old boy doing a dance of some kind in front of the milk and soda case. What more proof do you need? Kids are intrinsically joyful and not filled with much suffering. The survey is complete and the conclusion is simple. Over time we human adults build up much scar tissue and lots of painful memories which make us apprehensive. We are sentient creatures, highly sensitive and cautious. Our skittishness, fearfulness and worry insures our survival. But wouldn’t it be grand if we could enlarge our share of happiness and reduce our share of suffering. Maybe someone could invent a board came called Chutes and Ladders for Adults. Something simple to play and guaranteed to instill joy into our suffering adult American brains. Any ideas?

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PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN (Never known to fail). Oh Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine of Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in this necessity. Oh Star of the Sea help me and show herein you are my Mother. Oh Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth I beseech thee from the bottom of my heart to succor me this necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh show me herein you are my Mother. Oh Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to Thee (three times). Oh Holy Mary I place this cause in your hands (three times). Thank you for your mercy to me and mine. Amen. This prayer must be said for three days and after three days your request will be granted. The prayer must be published after the favor is granted. A.C.


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SOLD OUR SUMMER HOME SALE! Outdoor tables for sale: Rectangular cast aluminum brown, Caselle patio table with 8 chairs. Excellent condition. Can easily sit 10-12 people. Size: 108 x 54. Paid $10,000. Willing to sacrifice for $2,500.00 Great Buy! Square Black Wrought Iron Table w/8 chairs$850Call 516-398-2499 for more information.

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APARTMENT FOR RENT GARDEN CITY BORDER APARTMENT: Spacious, bright 1 bedroom with dining area + outdoor balcony, gated parking, laundry, A/C, hardwood floors. NO BROKER FEE, near LIRR. $1,500 + electric. ALSO Studio, $1,275.00 Available approximately March 1. or 516-742-1101 GARDEN CITY One Bedroom, LR/DR combo, New EIK, Elevator, Doorman $2,200 Large, Sunny Corner Unit, 4 rooms. 2 Bed, New Bath $3,500 Sunny, 3 rooms. 1 Bed, EIK, LR /DR combo A/C, parking. $2,300 Garden City Properties 516-746-1563 / 516-313-8504

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CONDO/CO-OP FOR RENT GARDEN CITY WYNDHAM WEST Luxury Condo. 24hr concierge/valet; health club, exercise classes (included), heated pool, entertainment room, 1 BR, 1 1/2 Baths, CAC, Spacious LR, Eff Kitchen, Patio. $3,600/ month C Quill, Broker 516-732-6049

HOMES FOR RENT NORTH FORK PECONIC Spring, Summer, Fall Rental. Spacious 4-bedroom, 1-level home with inground pool. Short walk to private, Peconic Bay beach. Great for families. Call Deborah703-969-1111 or see VRBO listing #236766

ROOM FOR RENT GARDEN CITY HOUSE SHARE: Beautifully furnished Bedroom, use of all common areas of house. Includes heat, w/d, a/c. Near public transportation. No smoking, pets or overnight guests. $860/month. Call 516-477-4240

STORE SPACE FOR RENT GREAT NECK: Retail store for rent by owner. 550 Northern Blvd across from Leonard’s. 1600 square foot, fully renovated, new HVAC, new lavatory, office work area and conference room, parking lot, signage, taxes included, separate gas and electric. Ready to move in! $7500 per month. 516-829-1244

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HOMES FOR SALE FLORIDA, KEY WEST Welcome to Paradise. Across from Smathers Beach. Condo, 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Absolutely mint. Absolute turnkey operation. 305-292-9887 GARDEN CITY FOR SALE BY OWNER Lovely and well maintained Western Section Split Level. 3 BR, 2.5 Baths, oversized Den w/ fireplace, 2 Car Garage, CAC, In Ground Sprinklers. Priced to sell at $899,000. Taxes $14k before STAR! PRINCIPLES AND BUYER’S BROKERS WELCOME Call 516-246-3421

OUT OF TOWN REAL ESTATE LENDER ORDERED SALE! 39 acres $89,900 NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED! Delaware County. Catskill Mtn setting! Views, woods, meadow! EZ term avail! Call 888-479-3394 today! SEBASTIAN, FLORIDA (EAST COAST) Beach Cove is an Age Restricted Community where friends are easily made. Sebastian is an “Old Florida” fishing village with a quaint atmosphere yet excellent medical facilities, shopping and restaurants. Direct flights from Newark to Vero Beach. New manufactured homes from 89,900. 772-581-0080;

GARDEN CITY FOR SALE BY OWNER 3 Bedrooms, 4th bedroom on third floor. Great family block in the western section. Finished basement with full bath. Close to Church and railroad. Mitsubishi split a/c units throughout the house. Low taxes, approximately $13,300.00 with STAR. Sprinklers, wood burning fireplace, kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors. 38 Cambridge Avenue. $799,000.00 Call Joe 516-551-3019

WINDHAM/ASHLAND NY FOR SALE BY OWNER Ranch. 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 wood burning fireplaces, full finished Basement (bar and sauna), attached Garage and more. Serene country setting, 2 miles from Windham Ski Mountain on 5.2 acres w/ pond and stream. Asking $295,000. Call Debbie 516599-6304



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Legal Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the PLANNING BOARD of the INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF EAST HILLS will conduct a meeting and public hearing on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8:00 PM at the Village Hall, 209 Harbor Hill Road, East Hills, New York to consider the 4 lot subdivision application of Steven and Wendy Shenfeld for the property known as 2A Melby Lane, designated as Section 19, Block 27, Lot 46 on the Nassau County Land and Tax Map and within the R1 district of the Village. Maps and plans regarding above application are available for inspection at the office of the Village Clerk during the hours of 10:30 A.M. thru 3:30 P.M. BY THE ORDER OF THE PLANNING BOARD INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF EAST HILLS Steven Kafka, Chairman Dated: March 15, 2017 RT #145435 1x 03/17/2017 #145435

Notice of Formation of YUN HAIR KD LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/17/2017. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 36 THELMA STREET, ROSLYN HEIGHTS NY 11577. Purpose: any lawful purpose. RT #145219 6x 03/03, 03/10, 03/17, 03/24, 03/31, 04/07 /2017


Officials reject train freight claims Continued from Page 12 for moving enormous amounts of waste through our communities,” the letter says. The LIRR is finalizing an environmental study of the $2 billion project, which would build a third track along 9.8 miles of its Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville, a key stretch that carries about 40 percent of the railroad’s daily ridership. A draft environmental impact statement, or DEIS, was released in November, followed by a public comment period that included six hearings before closing on Feb. 15. Those comments will be incorporated into a final environmental impact statement the LIRR will issue later this year. The legislators’ letter continues local officials’ criticism of the LIRR’s study as procedurally flawed, despite the railroad’s community outreach efforts. And it echoes project opponents’ worries about freight train traffic being a surreptitious impetus for the project. But both the LIRR and the New York & Atlantic Railway, the

sole freight company that uses LIRR tracks, reject any relationship between the third track and increased freight business. New York & Atlantic opposes the Green Rail Transfer plan, and Eric Jakubowski, its chief commercial officer, sent a letter to the DEC outlining its concerns, John Casellini, a company spokesman, said in an email. “The DEIS for this project studied freight traffic thoroughly and makes clear that freight will not increase because of this project,” Shams Tarek, a third track project spokesman, said in an email. “The DEC’s proposal has its own separate permitting process.” Under Green Rail Transfer’s plan, up to 900 tons of waste each day would be baled, wrapped in a biodegradable film and moved into train cars covered with a hard top. At least 10 train cars would move out of the Holtsville transfer facility each day, according to the DEC’s outline of the plan. Because it is a “research, development and demonstration proposal,” the DEC would give it a one-year trial if approved, ac-

cording to a Long Island Business News article from February. But the Town of Islip, which would have to approve the new use for the Holtsville facility, also opposes it, the Business News reported. Trucks currently carry some of Long Island’s municipal waste to incinerators, which turn it into ash that’s subsequently carted to landfills in Suffolk County, the Business News reported. The rest is trucked to landfills in other states. In an interview, Nicolello said he worries that trainloads of trash rolling through Main Line communities could have a negative impact on property values and the environment. A third track, combined with the expansion of the Brookhaven Rail Terminal in Yaphank, could “exponentially increase” the railroad’s capacity to carry freight, so the LIRR should explicitly evaluate Green Rail Transfer’s plan to haul more through the corridor, NIcolello said. “The capacity, both on the railroad and in these locations in Suffolk, is going to be there,”

Nicolello said. “So at a minimum they should look at it.” But Casellini, the New York & Atlantic spokesman, said the third track project has no bearing on the railway’s plans for growth. Using data from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, the draft environmental impact statement projects that New York & Atlantic won’t need to run any more than its existing three round-trip trains until at least 2040. The company has no plans to haul more municipal waste, and can just add more cars to existing trains to accommodate its plans to carry more edible goods and building materials, Casellini said in an email. “We understand that opponents of the project claim there is an understatement of what the increased capacity for freight traffic could be on the Main Line, but the facts [do] not support that conclusion at all,” Casellini said. Green Rail Transfer did not respond to an email seeking comment for this story.




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Herricks eyes better internet service Continued from Page 12 gather feedback from faculty and students about future technology decisions, when teachers were asked what technology tools they are using with students, 12 of the 13 responses were tools that require Internet access said Pickman and Christopher Connors, the district’s technology coordinator. Some of these tools include BrainPop, Google Classroom, Google Drive and library databases. The district is also working to replace aging technology, particularly replacing Smart Boards, or touch-screen white boards, with the latest interactive TV displays, which will reduce future maintenance costs, Connors said. District Superintendent Fino Celano said there is no evidence

showing a significant relationship between academic performance and the use of tablets such as iPads in classrooms. Several school districts have distributed iPads to all students in recent years. The Sewanhaka school district used its SMART Schools Bond Act money to purchase them last year. “I’m not really convinced that handing every single student a tablet is the best use of our resources,” Celano said. Also on Thursday, several residents expressed concerns about the potential for class sizes to exceed 20 students in the next academic year due to the proposed 2017-18 budget. “The concern with having 27 students is similar to what we said earlier regarding the internet,”

said Dr. Kostas Katsavdakis, a parent of two children in the district. “Twenty-seven kids is too many kids in the classroom – it’s too much for the teacher.” Administrators last month proposed a $111.2 million budget that would increase property tax revenue by 1.62 percent, the maximum allowed under the state cap on tax levy increases. The budget would allow the district to maintain all its current programs and maintain classroom guidelines, but would not leave much room to add new programs, Celano said. Katsavdakis said his son has been in a classroom with over 20 kids for several years now, and it’s taking a toll. For the taxes he pays, 27 kids is just too much, he said. “We are not happy with classes

being so full,” said Nancy Feinstein, the school board president. But the alternative is to increase the tax levy beyond the cap, which could only happen if at least 60 percent of voters approve such a hike, something Feinstein said is very unlikely. School board Trustee James Gounaris said the board does not want to create an environment that is not conducive to learning. Since it is only March, he said, both the anticipated funding and district enrollment are still very much subject to change. The school board will discuss the budget at three more meetings before deciding whether to adopt it on May 4. District residents will vote on the budget on May 16.

Health center gets lobby makeover Continued from Page 3 Malekoff said it was possible the furniture in the lobby had not been changed since the organization moved to the 480 Old Westbury Road location in 1984. “We may have replaced a chair here or there but it’s essentially the same look,” he said. “Not like what it is now with the plush

couches and chairs.” Basset also donated tables and table lamps and had the room repainted, Malekoff said. “When children come in, from young kids to teenagers, we want it to be comfortable and relaxing,” he added. “Where they might put their feet up and grab book from the shelf

or a toy from toy chest.” The donation is Bassett’s eighteenth such gift and delivery since October 2013 and is part of the company’s Make(over) a Difference initiative that creates fresh living spaces for organizations that serve the communities in which Bassett operates, the North Shore Child & Family

Guidance Center statement said. At the opening of the refurbished lobby last Thursday, Malekoff gave a toast. “It’s so important to have a house that smiles, props that invite and space that allows for a waiting room to be a center of that whole spirit,” he said.

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Business&RealEstate Who represents who in real estate deal? Whether you are a potential seller, investor, purchaser, landlord or tenant of any type of residential or commercial deal, make sure whomever you are going to work with, that your broker or salesperson establishes who and how they will be representing you in the transaction. If you are a seller or landlord working with a listing agent, your broker or sales agent can be either be a seller’s agent or a dual agent; meaning if they are strictly representing you, the seller or landlord, they have the following fiduciary duties without limitation: (to remember it, you can give it a code, call it ccload) 1. reasonable care 2. confidentiality 3. undivided loyalty 4. obedience 5. duty to account 6. full disclosure If they are a dual agent, they will be representing both you as the seller and the buyers, but without undivided loyalty for either. However, most brokers and agents usually sign the disclosure as a sellers agent, for reasons that cannot always be explained or understood, especially if they are taking an exclusive “in house” or some call a “pocket listing” where only their office is privy to showing it. But buyers agents have the absolute legal right to show the property, as per the state Department of State which licenses all of us, but, are not paid by the seller, but must collect their commission from their buyer. In this very hot and low inventory market (lowest since 1999), many offices take exclusives for a period of time, forcing many agents to try to get paid by their buyers, which in the majority of these type of sales, is difficult to do, because it substantially raises the total cost of purchasing for the buyer, making it extremely difficult for a buyer’s agent to consummate a deal. If it doesn’t sell exclusively with the listing office, within a reasonable time, then they make it a public listing, available to be shown by all brokers and agents outside the designated listing office, then enabling outside agencies to get paid by the seller and not the purchaser. If you are a buyer, do you

want to pay more, of course not! So they go and work with the listing agents, because they think they are getting a better deal, which is not usually the case, (the selling agent and listing agent from the same office receives the full fee) since the listing agent is supposed to be loyal to the owner/seller. Ah, this is where the conflict begins if they are not a dual agent from the get go, while signing their listing agreement and thoroughly explaining it to their client seller and buyer with written consent; and they happen to have or developed a relationship with their buyer, then at that point, are the seller’s interests foremost in the mind of their listing agent? I would profess with some exceptions, absolutely not! But I have thought about this for a long time and wondered, whether you are representing the seller or the purchaser, who is really paying our fee? Of course, it comes from the buyers proceeds at the closing. So why shouldn’t the listing agent pay a buyer agent/broker as long as the seller is happy with the offer. Many times the listing agent doesn’t put in any commission in the listing for a buyer’s agent or cuts the commission by not providing the same percentage as their office is receiving (e.g. 50 percent of the total fee). The more traffic a seller receives by including buyer agents, the greater the exposure there will be to your property. As a broker agent (all agents outside of the listing office) they still fully represent without limitation, the seller, but they, as well as their customers, cannot sue the seller for vicarious liability and their recourse is only through the listing agent. The law of agency is somewhat complicated and I have been told by sellers, investors, purchasers, landlords, tenants, brokers and sales agents, that they do not really fully understand it. They may be signing a piece of paper that they don’t necessarily know why or what for? But they do it, because they are accustomed to doing so. However, if you are a buyer, investor or tenant, it is not a contract that binds you to purchase, invest, rent or lease anything, just an understanding as to who

PHILIP A. RAICES Real Estate Watch the agent is representing; and it has nothing to do with our commission. As a listing agent, you are still a seller’s agent, representing the seller (or you can be a dual agent, with the agreement of the seller and purchaser, again, representing both seller and buyer). Undivided loyalty to both parties is diminished in this situation, but disclosure to both parties, is still a requirement. However, outside of the listing agents office, the listing agent can provide a choice to those agents to be either a seller’s agent, broker’s agent or buyer’s agent, but just only one type of representation is allowed. This depends on what the listing agent chooses to provide, that is noted on the Multiple listing Service listing. I think eventually, the process of agency law will or should be much more simplified, so sellers, purchasers, landlords and tenants will have a better

understanding and concept as to who is representing their best interests. Florida and Colorado were two of the first states that offered transaction agency, where you represented the transaction, but not the seller or buyer, which in many instances would eliminate lawsuits, because of mistakes in representation and disclosure. Caveat Emptor (buyer beware) (or seller beware) should be something that the attorneys who are representing their clients interests should be more involved and play a larger role and in a sense are already involved, to make sure everything they are selling, investing, buying, renting or leasing is in the contract of sale or the lease. The attorney’s review everything, as they always do, so I ask, why are we so involved in agency agreements? It appears to me that there is a bit of redundancy in our New York State real estate agency rules and regulations. I think there should have been more focus and oversight, as there now is with the DoddFrank regulations, on the money lending aspect of the transaction 10 years ago, where documents were enhanced to push the loan through and no doc loans were the rage! Lastly, no matter how an agent represents the seller, investor, purchaser, or tenant, coming to an agreement amongst all the participants, is the most critical and crucial factor completing a

transaction. Providing honest, credible, reliable and knowledgeable service will always minimize the potential of disagreements, misunderstandings and possible lawsuits. If you cannot receive an answer from your agent about this subject, find someone that can or ask your attorney’s advice, because agency law is a legal subject, that because of its complexity, many times goes beyond the scope of some in real estate. The bottom line, know what and why you are signing and know who is representing you whether you are a potential seller, investor, purchaser, landlord or tenant. Bonus Information for our Readers: If you would like to receive a digital copy or a printed copy of “Unlocking the Secrets of Real Estate’s New Market Reality, Or “Our Seller’s Guide for “Things to Consider When Selling Your Home” just email or snail me (regular mail) with your name, email and cell number. Phil Raices is the owner/Broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 7 Bond St. in Great Neck. He has earned designations as a Graduate Realtor Institute and Certified International Property Specialist He can be reached by email: Phil@TurnkeyRealEstate.Com or by cell (516) 647-4289 to answer any of your questions or article suggestions.

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DA eyes addiction New philanthropy treatment for minors director at LICADD BY N O A H M A N S K A R

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, Long Island’s premier provider of substance abuse services and prevention programs, announced that Lee Anne Vetrone-Timothy has joined the organization as director of philanthropy effective Monday, Feb. 27. Vetrone-Timothy brings twenty-five years of marketing and communications experience to her new role. She has been involved in fcorporate marketing, communications, fundraising and event management, according to a release issued by the council. Through her efforts, according to the release, she has raised awareness, secured vital funds and engaged new support for her clients. Her work has included a presidential inaugural, international film festivals, AIDS fashion shows, school-based cultural and anti-bullying programming, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and a major fundraising campaign for a public library’s children’s room revitalization project.

“I understand the power of sharing authentic stories about people helped and lives made better. I believe strongly in the importance of LICADD’s mission and will do my best to engage many more donors and supporters about the good work of the organization,” said Vetrone-Timothy. “In particular I look forward to working on the 30th Annual Angel Ball, The Discovery of Recovery, paying special tribute to co-founder, Adele Smithers. Funds raised will ensure that LICADD programming; outreach and advocacy are funded for another year.” LICADD Executive Director Steve Chassman said, “We welcome Ms. Vetrone-Timothy who will build on our past fundraising success and develop new initiatives that shine a light on our achievements helping tens of thousands of Long Islanders struggling with addiction and educating many thousands more about prevention.” LICADD is a non-profit agency providing alcohol and drug prevention and intervention services to at-risk children, individuals, and families across the region. With offices in Westbury, Holbrook and Riverhead, LICADD conducts screenings, brief interventions, referrals to treatment and relapse prevention services to individuals and families impacted by substance abuse. The agency also conducts evidencebased prevention programs, community outreach initiatives, a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents, and public policy advocacy. More information about LICADD’s services or to seek addiction services, please call 516-747-2606, visit www. or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Nassau County District Attorney’s office will soon take further steps toward opening a facility for teens struggling with opioid addiction. The office will select an organization in the coming weeks to operate a facility where adolescents can be treated for drug withdrawal before moving into long-term addiction treatment, District Attorney Madeline Singas said last week. The DA’s office issued a request for proposals in November for such a program, which would supplement its existing partnership with the New Hope Crisis Center in Freeport. That facility cannot accommodate anyone younger than 18, so a separate location is needed, Singas said. “It’s needed in this county, sadly, for kids that are that young to have that kind of treatment,” Singas told the South Side Civic Association in Floral Park last Thursday. The DA’s office will fund the new eight-to-10-bed facility with $2.5 million from its asset forfeiture fund, a pool of money seized from criminals and used to fund public programs, Singas said. The new program will start at least six months from now, Brendan Brosh, a Singas spokesman, said in an email. The office paid the New Hope Crisis Center, operated by Port Jefferson-based Maryhaven Center for Hope, $685,000 from the asset forfeiture fund to keep its 30-bed facility open to new patients 24 hours a day, Brosh said.

Heroin and other opioids, such as the prescription drugs oxycodone and codeine, killed 210 people in Nassau County in 2015, according to county data. Addicts who are hospitalized for drug overdoses go through withdrawal after they are released, something their families are often not equipped to handle, Singas told the civic group. They often subsequently relapse and start using drugs again, she said. The New Hope Crisis Center gives opioid addicts short-term treatment and offer social services to help their families as they try to get the addicts long-term care, Singas said. The goal is to do the same for teens at the new facility, she said. “That person’s boots never have to hit the ground — they can go from an emergency room to Maryhaven to a longterm treatment facility,’” Singas said. Singas’ plan for the adolescent facility has drawn praise from drug treatment efforts. It’s one of several initiatives in her office to better treat and prevent drug use among young people. DA’s office staff also train school nurses to recognize signs of drug addiction and overdose, and show them how to administer naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdoses, Singas said. “Instead of sort of not recognizing it, we’re saying to schools, ‘Look, it’s happening, you can’t deny that it’s happening, so let’s help get these kids the help that they need,’” she said.

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Sports 5 from Herricks commit to colleges Five student athletes from the Herricks High School boys varsity lacrosse team have finalized their decisions to further their athletic careers. Greg Capelle is heading to Air Force Academy, while Anthony Picano, is Wingate University bound. Danny Woska, Danny Lopes and Connor Dillon are all going to Mercy college. Capelle, who is a junior, said he is committed to Division I Air Force Academy in Colorado. Capelle describes himself as a selfless, coachable player who is prepared to make any adjustments to become a better player. He said he has been playing with the varsity squad since eighth grade and will lead Herricks’ strong defensive corps this upcoming season. His accolades include two Nassau County All-Conference honors,

two Nassau County Rising Showcase Team appearances and played for the Philly Freshman Showcase All-Star Team two years ago. “I expect to be the leader of the defense this season,” Capelle said. “With this being my fourth season on the varsity team, I know how the defense operates and what we need to do to be a successful, dominating defense.” Picano said he is committed to Division II Wingate University in North Carolina. “Going into my final year at Herricks, I look back at all of the people that have impacted my game on and off the field,” Picano said. “Coach Mike Chin and Coach Jason Joiner put their heart, blood, sweat, and tears into this game and would do anything for anyone in this program. Herricks has taught me hard work, dedication, and maturity both on and off the field.” Picano, a 6’3 235 pound senior goaltender, said his biggest

attributes are his size, which gives him a huge advantage against the opposition and his team leadership experience. Woska, an attacker made the Nassau County Rising Showcase Team as a junior while Lopes made the Nassau County Rising Showcase Team as a sophomore. According to Woska, his focus this season is to continue working hard along with his teammates to ensure a successful campaign. “This season, I will be pushing myself harder,” Woska said. “I know I can achieve that goal with all the work I have put into the off-season. I also have great teammates that will help me reach my goal.” Lopes, a midfielder, said some of his best attributes include scoring, clearing the ball and providing team spirit. He added that his ability to read the game will be beneficial in helping him succeed at the next level.

“Herricks is a phenomenal program and it has allowed me to improve greatly,” Lopes said. “At the next level, I think my ability to unders tand the game quickly will help me adapt into the college environment.” Dillon, a defender, said his time at Herricks has helped him develop his skills in all aspects of the game. He said the coaching staff helped him mature both on and off the field and taught him the essence of hard work. According to Dillon, his biggest strength is his ability to communicate, as well as his knowledge of lacrosse. “In lacrosse, especially on defense, communication is key to keeping your opponent scoreless, as well as directing the younger and more inexperienced players in game,” Dillon said. Each of the student athletes said they were helped in preparing for the next level by Chin, Joiner

and the Herricks lacrosse program. With prior coaching experience on the college level, Chin said, he is always there to give advice to his high school student athletes as they prepare to take the next step. “It is indicative that a coach believes in you and views you as a wise investment,” Chin said. “As they do this for a living, they have to believe you will work out and are worth it and will pay off. However, you have to live up to your end of the bargain.” He said he reminds his players that it is important to work hard and stay motivated year after year because good coaches recruit top players every year. According to Chin, that’s how a great program works. “Enjoy the commitment and have fun most of all,” Chin said. “It is a very select and prestigious group to earn a scholarship for anything.”

Senior Anthony Picano

Junior Greg Capelle

Junior Danny Woska

Junior Danny Lopes

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Pioneers take second win of season LIU women’s lacrosse squad routs Philadelphia University Rams 13-7 at home BY S H E L BY TOWNSEND A strong start by the LIU Post women’s lacrosse team led to their second victory of the season, 13-7, against Philadelphia University on March 8 at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium in Brookville. The Pioneers got off to a hot start, going 7-0 in the first 14 minutes of the game. The first two goals were scored within the first two minutes by senior attacker Connor Bird, with assists from freshman attacker Jill LoManto and freshman midfielder Alyssa Mallery. Senior attacker Stefanie Vaelatos also scored two goals in the first half, along with two assists throughout the rest of the game. Sophomore midfielder Ryan McKinney and freshman attacker Jill LoManto each scored a goal during the first half to give the Pioneers an 8-3 lead going into halftime. Although the Pioneers started PHOTO BY ADELA RAMOS off strong again during the second half, the Rams were able to keep the home team’s offense from scoring

for nearly 20 minutes in the middle of the final half while closing their deficit to four points with just five minutes left to play. LIU Post’s junior goalkeeper Olivia Kirk was able to make eight saves for the home team, and the Pioneers led the Rams in draws 15-7. Head LIU Post women’s lacrosse coach Meghan McNamara said that her team should utilize its speed more offensively. “Unfortunately, our shooting percentage was quite low,” McNamara said after the game. “So I think that had a factor in a little bit of our confidence.” As a result, she said her team will make some tweaks on the defensive end to help better control the tempo. The Pioneers will return to action March 15 when they travel to Springfield, Mass. to take on American International College at 3:30 p.m.

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Baseball team gets back on track Pioneers beat Pace University Setters 6-4 after win streak was cut short BY D AV I D CAPOBIANCO The LIU Post baseball team won its home opener against Pace University on Wednesday, March 8 by a score of 6-4 after Pace had snapped the Pioneers’ five-game winning streak the day before.

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The win pushed the Pioneers’ record to 7-4 on the season. Freshman pitcher Noah Lorenzo started for the Pioneers, tossing six-plus innings, and giving up four runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts. He was able to settle down after giving up a run in the first inning, and kept Pace in check until the fifth inning, when they pushed across another run to go up 2-0. But as they’ve done so much early in the season, the Pioneers were able to come back from an early deficit. Their bats came to life in a four-run fifth inning. Junior outfielder Rob Andreoli knocked in the first run with an RBI single to left field. Two batters later, senior outfielder Kenny Daley brought Andreoli home with an RBI single of his own to tie the game at two. The rally was capped off when sophomore outfielder Dave Brehm hit a two-RBI double to center field, putting the Pioneers in front, 4-2. Pitching with a lead for the

first time, Lorenzo gave up another run in the top of the sixth inning, but the Pioneers answered back by tacking on two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-RBI double by sophomore infielder Jimmy Mendyk to extend their lead to 6-3. “We came through, and we came through in some big spots,” head baseball Coach Mike Gaffney said. “We stuck with it. We were able to show some mental toughness, and put some runs on the board.” Senior pitcher Brian Tinney came on in relief in the seventh inning and gave up an RBI double to make it 6-4 as Pace tried to inch closer, but Tinner was able to limit the damage, and stranded two runners on base. Working out of jams was a

constant theme for the Pioneers’ pitchers throughout the game, as they stranded a total of 17 runners on base. “We always say ‘bend, don’t break,’ and that’s exactly what they did today,” Gaffney said of his pitchers. Senior pitcher Dan Jagiello also did not break in the top of the ninth inning, when Pace got two runners on base and the potential-lead run to the plate with only one out, but Jagiello struck out the last two batters to seal yet another comeback victory for the Pioneers. This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post,, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.


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