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Ben-Levy and Saffron each seek a fifth three-year term BY M A X Z A H N Voters in Roslyn will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fates of re-election bids by Roslyn school board President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy and Vice President Cliord Saron and a proposed $107.1 million 2017-18 budget. Ben-Levy and Saron, who have both served for 12 years on the Roslyn Board of Education, are seeking a ďŹ fth three-year term. Their candidacies are unopposed. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Roslyn High School. Both candidates initially sought their seats after a multimillion-dollar ďŹ nancial scandal rocked the Roslyn school district in 2004. “On one of my early campaigns I met Meryl,â€? Saron said, noting that Ben-Levy joined the board only months after he did. “Almost since day one we shared a singular view of what had

transpired and what needed to be done to get Roslyn back on track,â€? he said. “We have unďŹ nished work and I made a promise to the community and a pledge to myself that I would do all I could as a volunteer to put Roslyn in a healthy educational and physical posture,â€? BenLevy said. “I made that promise many years ago and I want to see it through.â€? Since then, the district has made strides in technology, infrastructure and curriculum oerings, Ben-Levy said. Among the additions to the curriculum, Ben-Levy cites advanced placement courses in the high school as well as science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM) oerings throughout the district. Other achievements listed by Saron include the adding of student clubs, the eort to give students iPads and the equipping Continued on Page 28


Children attended the 7th annual All Kids Fair at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington in Melville on April 30. The event was put on by Specialty Connections, a company run by Roslyn Chamber of Commerce Board Member Barbara Kaplan. See story on page 68.

Yevoli to challenge Drucker in Dem primary BY M A X Z A H N Lewis Yevoli, a former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor who last served in public oďŹƒce 20 years ago, will challenge Nassau County Legislator Arnold Drucker (D-Plainview) for the

Democratic nomination to represent the county’s 16th legislative district. Yevoli, 78, of Old Bethpage, said he decided to enter the race out of frustration with the partisan status quo in county politics.

“You’ve got to have an adult in the room,â€? he said. “Someone independent who is willing to speak out whether it oends the Republican Party or the Democratic Party.â€? The 16th legislative district Continued on Page 91

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Town holds unity and anti-hate rally Participants discuss taking stand against bigotry BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN

Route 25, a progressive political organization founded by former State Senator Adam Haber, to hold first meeting on May 15.

Haber launches progressive group Organization for those ‘fed up with political process’ BY M A X Z A H N A new political organization will be launched on the North Shore on Monday with the goal of uniting liberals in their opposition to President Donald Trump and their commitment to a more progressive Nassau County. The group, called Route 25, seeks “to inform, organize and encourage Nassau County residents to actively participate in the democratic process,” said Adam Haber, of Roslyn, who founded and leads the organization. He is a member of the Roslyn school board and a former Democratic state Senate candidate. Haber said the impetus for the group is 90 to 95 percent liberal discontent with Trump and 5 to 10 percent aggravation with the state of Nassau County politics. “I felt there are so many

people who are fed up with the political process,” he said. “I want people to get involved because they’re sick of what’s going on.” Haber said the group is “loosely affiliated” with the Democratic Party and will not seek to raise or spend money but to “inform people and point people in the direction of candidates.” Haber envisions the organization as a “rapid response to get people to show up at rallies or get people involved in organizing around certain issues” like the Obamacare replacement bill that passed in the House of Representatives last Thursday. The bill is “an abomination” and “a way of enriching the upper crust,” Haber said. Haber said there is no Democratic Party club in the area from Hicksville to Great Neck, and noted that Route 25 aims to bring together disparate groups

like Indivisible and even Republican organizations that oppose Trump. People need to “stop fighting each other and get on board with the same issues to elect good candidates,” Haber said. “We’re shooting ourselves in foot; it’s time to look forward.” Rep. Kathleen Rice (DGarden City) will speak at the group’s first meeting, which will take place on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center. Haber, who lost to Republican Elaine Phillips last November in a race to represent New York’s 7th Senate District, said his “goal is to change our community from a position either inside as an elected official or outside as a community activist.” He said he has not ruled out running for office again. But “I haven’t ruled out playing left field for the Mets,” he added.

The Town of North Hempstead and the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County hosted “Not in Our Town: A Unity and Anti-Hate Conference,” a forum featuring speakers from various communities explaining what they’re doing to counter hate and how to come together, on Thursday. Representatives from the Nassau County district attorney’s office and Police Department were present, discussing residents’ concerns, what constitutes hate crimes and the importance of reporting them. A couple of dozen people attended. It was both a pro-active and reactive response to hate crimes and unease within some communities. “I will tell you the minute I heard the phrase ‘not in our town,’ I said ‘that’s it,’ not in our town, because we are determined that hate and bigotry and intolerance has no place in the Town of North Hempstead,” said Judi Bosworth, town supervisor of North Hempstead. While Steven Markowitz, chair of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau

County, said North Hempstead is not quite a “hotbed of hate crimes or incidents,” it has its “share of name-calling, bullying and swastikas.” “We want to take a pro-active stand in trying to alert the community to the dangers of these kinds of incidents, their implications and what we can do as a community,” Markowitz said. Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontiere, whose community was shaken by the hate-crime killing of immigrant Marcelo Lucero by seven teenagers in 2008, emphasized focusing on integration rather than dehumanizing immigrants. “We know that we cannot resolve the immigration debate at the local level. The debate itself has created a sense that these people are expendable, and discriminatory behavior like ‘beaner-hopping’ is acceptable,” Pontiere said, referring to the practice of specifically hunting Latinos, “despite the reality that immigrants are interwoven into our communities in many ways.” Dr. Isma Chaudhry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, said diversity should be seen as a strength. She also said that one must stand up to intolContinued on Page 88


Advocates, politicians and attendees pose for a photo with a giant ‘Not in our Town’ sign, which many of them signed.

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14 arrested in alleged deadly drug ring 15-month investigation leads to the breakup of operation that allegedly sold $170K in heroin per week BY N O A H M A N S K A R Fourteen people were recently arrested for their alleged involvement in a drug ring that led to the death of a Garden City Park woman last year, Nassau County prosecutors announced last Friday. A 15-month investigation by Nassau County police, the Nassau district attorney’s office and the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force led to the breakup of a major operation that allegedly sold at least $170,000 of heroin a week in Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn, prosecutors said. Helped by a retired NYPD detective, the alleged ringleader, Leigh “Chris” Jackson, sold heroin out of Bushwick, Brooklyn, branded as “Taster’s Choice” that allegedly caused several overdoses, including one that killed the 23-year-old Garden City Park woman in June 2016, prosecutors said. “This operation followed an alleged street-level dealer back to a major narcotics trafficking week in our neighborhoods,” a statement. “Our collaborative, network that was dealing more Madeline Singas, the Nassau multifront assault on heroin than 20,000 doses of heroin each County district attorney, said in dealers has led to more than 50

arrests in the past month alone and we will not rest until this epidemic is over.” Authorities also seized two guns, ammunition, about $12,000 in cash, 1,000 prepackaged bags of heroin and more loose heroin that would have added up to 2,000 more bags, the DA’s office said. Jackson and three other al-

leged dealers — James Bermudez, Maurice Pelzer and Robert Parker — could get 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, operating as a major trafficker. The dealers allegedly packaged and sold the “Taster’s Choice” heroin to lower-level sellers using barber shops and Continued on Page 88

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Roslyn Estates to begin $840K road project Should take six to eight weeks and will be completed by July 1, village Clerk-Treasurer Rivera said BY M A X Z A H N A road improvement project costing about $840,000 will begin in Roslyn Estates next week, Mayor Paul Peters said at a Board of Trustees meeting on Monday. “Hopefully [residents] will be happy about it and not upset about the inconvenience,” he said. United Paving Corp., which won the bid for the contract two weeks ago, was set to sign it no later than Friday, Peters said. The $839,537 project should take six to eight weeks and will be completed by July 1, Roslyn Estates Clerk-Treasurer Brian Rivera said. The project comprises 15,000 linear feet, which amounts to almost three miles of the total 7.8 miles of village roadway, Rivera said. Due to weather damage over the winter, the scope of the project increased by 50 percent in recent months, Peters said. “The road project itself is a huge thing,” Peters said last week. “We actually expanded it for a relatively modest increase

Roslyn Estates Mayor Paul Peters (left) on Monday presented former mayor Jeffrey Schwartzberg (right) with a plaque commemorating his tenure.

in what it’s going to cost us.” The roadwork will come in $94,463 under the $934,000 budget for the project, which included $650,000 from a bond, $184,000 from the New York State Department of Transportation Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPS, and $100,000 from a grant by state Sen. Jack Martins, who has since left office. The Board of Trustees meeting was the first led by Peters since he was sworn in on April 21, which was 17 days after the death of his 37-year-old son, Jaime Peters. “Getting back is probably going to be therapeutic for me,” he said last week. “It has been so far.” As his first item of business, Peters presented former Mayor Jeffrey Schwartzberg with a plaque commemorating his sixyear tenure. When the meeting adjourned, Peters let out an audible sigh of relief.


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Ethics bill advanced after sparring Vote to bar certain felons from office follows fight over who’s tougher on corruption BY N O A H M A N S K A R The Nassau County Legislature’s Rules Committee unanimously approved a law Monday that would ban certain felons from holding county ofďŹ ce. The full 19-member Legislature will vote May 22 on the bill Republicans introduced last week, which would bar from public oďŹƒce those convicted of any of eight felonies: bribery, embezzlement of public money, extortion, theft, perjury, fraud, tax evasion or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes. Elected oďŹƒcials automatically lose their seats under state law when convicted of a felony, but they can seek a court waiver to run for oďŹƒce again after serving their sentences. “This simply closes a loophole and furthers the public policy,â€? Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) said. The three Democrats on the sevenmember Rules Committee voted for the bill after arguing that it did nothing to prevent corruption before it happens, a point Republicans conceded. They called on Republicans to vote

Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) on their bill creating an independent inspector general’s oďŹƒce to oversee the county contract system, from which several corruption scandals have emerged in recent years. “It’s really just a no-brainer from that standpoint, but more importantly I would love to be able to have a greater and larger debate that talks about how we root out the possibilities and potential for public corruption,â€? Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-

Hempstead) said. But GOP lawmakers argued that Democrats’ long-stalled inspector general proposal would only create an unelected oďŹƒce that could be easily abused. As Democrats would have it, the inspector general would be appointed to a six-year term by a committee and could only be removed by a supermajority vote of the Legislature. County Attorney Carnell Foskey, a Republican, advised lawmakers in December 2016 that the proposal would violate the U.S. Constitution and state law. “This individual with all this power is held accountable to no one,â€? Nicolello said. “This is a description of absolute corruption.â€? The debate came as Republicans, in an election year, take a tougher stance against corruption following the indictment last fall of Edward Mangano, the GOP county executive, on federal corruption charges including conspiracy to commit bribery. Republican oďŹƒcials have previously argued that the county’s commissioner of investigations, who is appointed by the county executive, has essentially the same powers the inspec-

tor general would have. Mangano has refused to step down but has not said whether he will seek re-election. Republicans have picked former state Sen. Jack Martins to replace him. Democrats are making Republican corruption a major campaign issue as they seek to retake the county government Nicolello on Monday accused Democratic legislators of political posturing and ignoring corruption on their side of the aisle, pointing to the 2015 conviction of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a guilty plea by county Legislator David Denenberg. But Abrahams said the Democrats have raised the issue consistently since Dean Skelos, the former state Senate majority leader, was indicted the same year on corruption charges related to a Nassau contract. Reach reporter Noah Manskar by email at or by phone at 516.307.1045 x204. Also follow us on Twitter @noahmanskar and Facebook at

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Labriola launches comptroller run BY ST E P H E N ROMANO Republican Steve Labriola announced on Thursday that he will run for Nassau County comptroller, pledging to “restore the taxpayer trust” and double the number of audits conducted by the comptroller’s office. Labriola, of Massapequa Park, a former county chief deputy comptroller, kicked off his campaign with a press conference Thursday in Mineola. “My goal is to restore the taxpayers’ trust, and show exactly where money is spent, by whom and for whom,” Labriola said. “I have many ideas to add controls without slowing down the contract process unnecessarily, with a clear goal to prevent shady contractors and vendors from doing business with the county.” Labriola, a chief compliance officer in Nassau’s Office of Management and Budget, said he wants to create a “whistle-blower hotline” for employees and citizens to leave anonymous tips and an anti-fraud unit to prevent corruption.


Steve Labriola, the chief compliance officer in Nassau County’s Office of Management and Budget, launched his Republican campaign for county comptroller last week. The unit would create a vendor rating and experience database, as well as a contract review process to ensure taxpayers are protected, he said. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he said. “My pledge to our resi-

dents is simple: Nobody will rip-off the taxpayers on my watch.” In a news release, Labriola touted his record as chief deputy comptroller, saying he managed more than 80 employees in accounting, audit, claims

and payroll departments while fighting corruption and fraud. Before serving as chief deputy comptroller, Labriola served as the Oyster Bay town clerk from 2003 to 2009. He also represented the 12th Assembly District from

1997 to 2003. Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman, a Democrat, is also running for comptroller. On Thursday, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli endorsed Schnirman, calling him a “trustful manager of tax dollars.” “The residents of Nassau County deserve an independent county watchdog dedicated to safeguarding taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse,” DiNapoli said. Democratic county executive candidate George Maragos said last month that a comptroller candidate will run on his ticket, but he has not announced who. Former state Sen. Jack Martins is running as the Republican’s pick for county executive, and county Legislator Laura Curran is running as the Democrat’s pick. Reach reporter Stephen Romano by e-mail at sromano@, by phone at 516.307.1045 x214. Also follow us on Twitter @stephenromano13 and Facebook at facebook. com/theislandnow.

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Curran pitches campaign finance fixes Dem candidate would restrict or ban donations from county contractors, appointed staff contract the same day. And Edward Mangano, the current Republican county executive, was indicted in the fall in an alleged bribe and kickback scheme with an Oyster Bay restaurateur who received county pacts. Curran modeled her “doing business with” list on New York City’s similar rules, which was established in February 2008, campaign aides said. The Nassau district attorney’s office and the state attorney general’s office have similar restrictions for appointed staff giving to those officials’ campaigns, aides said. Republicans, though, said Curran’s promises are empty because she has taken political donations from county contractors and used public resources for political purposes. “Jack Martins was the first candidate who called for a change in leadership for Nassau County,” E. O’Brien Murray, the political strategist for Martins, the GOP county executive candidate, said in a statement. “Every day Laura Curran reminds Nassau voters she is a hypocrite.” Curran, who has been en-

BY N O A H M A N S K A R Democratic Nassau County executive candidate Laura Curran pledged Thursday to limit political contributions by her staff and county vendors if elected. Curran, a second-term county legislator, said she would sign an executive order barring appointees in her administration from giving to or soliciting donations for her campaign. She would also lobby the county Legislature to create a list of people and companies with business before the county, and limit them to giving $500 to county legislative campaigns and $1,000 to campaigns for countywide offices. The measures would help erode Nassau’s “pay-to-play” culture and and dispel the “appearance of malfeasance” that limits trust in government, she said. “The reality is, most of our vendors are honest and hardworking, as our most of our public officials,” Curran said at a news conference at her Baldwin home. “It’s the arrested, indicted and convicted politicians who give all of us a bad name, and also make


Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) speaks at a news conference outside her Baldwin home last Thursday. the public so cynical about us and government.” Curran said she would also lobby the state Legislature to further limit contributions by limited liability companies, which are often used by individuals to give large amounts to campaigns. Nassau has seen several scan-

dals in recent years involving political donations that appeared to be given in exchange for favorable action. Rob Walker, the chief deputy county executive, is reportedly under investigation for political contributions from a company that got a multimillion-dollar Nassau

dorsed by the Nassau Democratic Committee, faces a three-way primary against state Assemblyman Charles Lavine and county Comptroller George Maragos. Maragos said Curran’s proposals would be an “ineffective bandaid” and said he would ban all political donations from “county vendors, their families and LLCs.” “Her plan does nothing to end the pay-to-play corruption culture,” Maragos, a former Republican, said in an email. Andrew Mulvey, a Lavine campaign spokesman, touted the assemblyman’s experience with ethics reforms in Albany. “Nassau County needs an executive who has experience fighting for reform,” Mulvey said in a statement. A Mangano spokesman did not return a request for comment. Philip Shulman, a Curran campaign spokesman, called Murray’s attacks “false” and said “everyone plays by the same set of rules” when running for office. “When Laura’s elected, she’ll change those rules to limit the influence of money in politics,” Shulman said in a statement.

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Talks continue on Penn Station fixes Draft plan would close tracks for total of 44 days in July and August, reports say BY N O A H M A N S K A R Talks between transit agencies are continuing this week as Amtrak plans for repairs at Penn Station this summer that are expected to snarl commutes for weeks. Amtrak, the national passenger railroad company that owns and operates Penn Station, has been meeting with representatives from the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey before finalizing repairs to the aging tracks, agency spokespeople said. The agencies have yet to reach an agreement on a schedule. But news reports last week said a draft “New York Penn Station Project Work Plan” called for closing tracks at the nation’s busiest rail hub for a total of 44 days in July and August, requiring schedule changes for the railroads that use the station. Mike E. Tolbert, an Amtrak spokesman, said the agencies will “provide clear and advance communication” of whatever

schedule they agree to. “In the coming days, we will continue to work together to develop schedules that will minimize disruptions and inconvenience for all of our customers who rely on us for service,” Tolbert said in a statement Monday. Under the draft plan, tracks would be shut down for 19 days

from July 7 to July 25, and another 25 days from Aug. 4 to Aug. 28 to replace signal machines and track ties, tear down concrete structures and pour new cement, Newsday reported last week. Tolbert said he could not confirm the details of the plan as reported by Newsday and The

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epublican Nassau County legislators filed a bill Monday that would bar anyone convicted of corruption crimes from ever holding public office. If approved, the bill would prohibit any felon convicted of any of eight specific offenses from being elected to countywide offices or appointed to any Nassau boards or commissions. New York State law already strips felons of their right to hold offices. But the GOP proposal would extend the prohibition to convicted felons who have received a court waiver restoring their voting rights, officials said. This effort to curb county corruption may not amount to much. “They are now closing the barn door after the horses are already out,” Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) said at a news conference. Suspicious minds might also question the proposed law’s timing — months before county legislators face the voters in November. As the saying goes, nothing concentrates the mind like the prospect of being hanged. Still, the proposed legislation is a step in the right direction. The law would apply to anyone convicted of felonies involving bribery, embezzlement of public money, extortion, theft, perjury, fraud, tax evasion or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes. Several states have similar provisions in place, but in New York convicted felons can seek a court order restoring their rights to vote and run for office if they show good behavior. The Nassau

bill mirrors one proposed but not passed in Albany, Legislature Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said. The proposed law is actually a continuation of a series of reforms implemented in the wake of corruption scandals centered in Nassau County. The most recent came in October, when Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife Linda, and then Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arrested on federal corruption charges stemming from an alleged bribe and kickback scheme. After declining to join other Republican officials in calls for his resignations for six months, nine of the 12 GOP legislators asked Mangano to resign a month ago; he has refused to do so. In 2015 the Legislature lowered the threshold for legislative review of county contracts to $1,000 from $25,000 after Newsday reported that hundreds of pacts had been approved for amounts just lower than the threshold. Another measure passed that year required contractors to disclose donations to candidates for county offices. But Republicans have rejected a recommendation by District Attorney Madeline Singas, backed by Democrats, for the county to create an independent panel to hire an inspector general with the power to review and investigate any contract after her review of the county’s contracting system. The recommendation came in the wake of former Republican state Sen. Dean Skelos’ indictment on corruption charges that involved a county contract with

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Arizona-based AbTech Industries. Skelos and his son, Adam, were later convicted during a trial in which Deputy County Executive Rob Walker said he was under investigation for political corruption. Mangano and Gonsalves said the county’s Commissioner of Investigations and Director of Procurement Compliance — a position created upon the recommendation of a panel Mangano commissioned to review the contract system —- already fulfilled the role an inspector general would have. Forgive us for having our

doubts — beginning with Gonsalves’s involvement in the process. A state judge ruled in December that she violated state campaign finance disclosure rules eight times between 2013 and 2015 after the state Board of Elections brought legal action after finding she failed to file reports listing her campaign’s donors and expenses at least 34 times between January 2006 and February 2015. Gonsalves was also among three Republican legislators to use a taxpayer-funded mailer in 2015 before the last election in which

the legislators falsely claimed not to have increased county taxes over a five-year period. The county had, in fact, raised taxes that year. Singas asked for an investigation by federal prosecutors. Given this track record, an inspector general selected by an independent panel would seem like the least county Republicans could do to restore the public’s confidence. But for now we will accept baby steps. Until election day, we have no other choice.

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Gov. Cuomo’s presidential budget


ith Albany’s legislative session winding down, it appears that Gov. Cuomo is moving into campaign mode; focusing on his 2018 gubernatorial re-election and a 2020 presidential run. One tell-tale sign was his appointment of his communications director, Melissa DeRosa, to the top Executive Chamber job, secretary to the governor. The DeRosa appointment is an unusual one. Generally, the job doesn’t go to a p.r. flack but to a long-time associate or friend of the governor, who has his complete trust, understands the workings of the capital and is skilled at cutting deals with legislative leaders in the governor’s name. Ms. DeRosa doesn’t fit that mold. She’s a relative newcomer to Cuomoland and worked as deputy chief of staff for a Cuomo political foe, state attorney general Eric Schneiderman. Other reasons it’s an odd choice: Ms. DeRosa is the daughter of Giorgio DeRosa, the head Albany lobbyist for Bolton-St. Johns.

Mr. DeRosa’s web site boasts that the Albany Times Union named him “one of the best lobbyists in town.” He takes credit for “successful procurement projects, including the N.Y.S. Prescription Drug Program, valued at $1 billion per year, and the state Mental Health Contract, valued at $120 million per year.” Also, Ms. DeRosa’s husband, Matthew Wing, heads up public relations for Uber’s northeastern U.S. region and is registered as a company lobbyist. Coincidentally, the state budget enacted last month, empowers Uber to market its transportation services upstate. Although a spokeswoman for the governor has stated that Ms. DeRosa is complying with the public officers law recusal policy and has met with the Joints Commission on Public Ethics “to ensure that even the appearance of impropriety is avoided,” I cannot help being a bit skeptical. After all, conflicts in the Cuomo administration are not unprecedented. The governor’s pet project, the Buffalo Billion, has been riddled with scandals and two of his

GEORGE J. MARLIN On The Right long-time political confidants, Joe Percoco and Todd Howe, were indicted by the Feds for allegedly seeking “to enrich themselves through bribes using their positions to help particular companies receive ‘hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and other official state benefits.’” (N.Y. Times, September 22, 2016) Another out of character Cuomo appointment: naming Maria Comella as his chief of staff. Ms. Comella has been a Re-

publican political campaign marketing and communication consultant. She has worked for N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, President George W. Bush, Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain. In 2016, she served as Christie’s “messaging officer for his official presidential campaign.” Albany political wags maintain that Cuomo had to hire an out-of-state Republican operative because most talented New York Democrats refuse to work for the control freak governor known to browbeat his staff members. Because Ms. DeRosa and Ms. Comella have strong communication backgrounds and are not the classic “Inside Cuomoland” types running the Executive Chamber, my guess is they will focus on enhancing the governor’s image on a national level. Promoting Cuomo, however, will be a difficult task. It will take Herculean efforts to transform the governor’s mediocre record into a platform for a presidential candidacy. Let’s face it, after six years in office, Cuomo’s so-called pro-business agenda has failed to jump

start New York’s economy. His signature initiative “StartUp New York” has expended over $50 million in taxpayer ad campaigns and has created in three years only 772 jobs. The New York Post has reported the program “will no longer require businesses to report annually on how many jobs they’ve actually produced” to avoid releasing future embarrassing results. A study released in April by the prestigious W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, concluded that New York economic development programs, which awarded $8.25 billion in subsidies in 2015 alone, is the most expensive in the nation and the least cost effective. And the American Legislative Exchange Council’s “Rich State, Poor State” annual reports, have consistently rated New York during the Cuomo years, as the least economically competitive state in the nation because of high taxes and oppressive regulations. I do not envy the task Cuomo’s new political apparatchiks face because as the proverb goes, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”

McCarthy illustrates excitement of history


ast week I wrote that, in spite of what many think, politics and history are fascinating. I gave as an illustration the confrontation between Senator Al Franken and Supreme Court nominee (now Justice) Neil Gorsuch. Another example of the interest and tension which can be generated is the story of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. In the 1950s, the Cold War was raging and fear stalked the land. Investigations were conducted by the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Senate Internal Securities Committee, the F.B.I., as well as many non-governmental agencies which targeted everyone from teachers to lawyers to the entertainment industry. This era has been captured on film in such classics as “The Way We Were” and “The Front.” Persons were accused of being “Communist sympathizers” without a shred of evidence; many were “black-listed” and lost their jobs. The Republican senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, did everything he could to fuel the fear. He was a reckless demagogue who made unsubstantiated charges about Communists in govern-

ment. A joke making the rounds at the time was “there’s a Red under every bed.” On February 9, 1950, Sen. McCarthy was invited to address the Woman’s Republican Club in Wheeling, W.Va. Toward the end of the speech, he held up a piece of paper which he claimed contained the names of 205 members of the Communist Party working for the State Department. He further alleged that Secretary of State Dean Acheson, knew about these subversives, but that they were still shaping our foreign policy. On later occasions, the number was reduced to 57 and, finally, the junior senator from Wisconsin stated that his case would “stand or fall on this one” man who was “the top Russian espionage agent” in the U.S. Owen Lattimore was a professor at Johns Hopkins University whose expertise was the Far East. For anyone interested in what it meant to be accused of being a Communist and how it changed one’s life, I recommend Lattimore’s Ordeal By Slander. After 17 months of hearings, a Senate Committee chaired by Sen. Pat McCarren, whose political

views were similar to McCarthy’s, indicted Lattimore on six counts of perjury. Three years later a federal judge, Luther Youngdahl, dismissed the charges on grounds that they were “insubstantial and not judicable.” One of the lessons to be learned here is that one might find oneself in agreement with the Soviet Union on a particular issue, civil rights for example, without being a Communist. While the Lattimore incident did not advance McCarthy’s cause, the coup de grace did not come until the Army McCarthy hearings of 1954. One institution attacked by Senator McCarthy was the United States Army. It hired the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr to represent it. Joseph Welch, the Army’s lead counsel, was, like McCarthy, an Irishman, but there the similarity ended. Welch was an “old school” gentleman. At one point in the hearing, he got under McCarthy’s skin. The senator retaliated by mentioning the fact that Welch had brought a young lawyer from his firm to Washington to assist him.

When Welch discovered that the attorney had belonged to the National Lawyers Guild which the Attorney General said was “the legal bulwark of the Communist Party,” Welch sent the lawyer home. But this did not stop McCarthy from mentioning Fred Fisher by name and jeopardizing what looked to be a brilliant career. This attack led Welch to state: “...I fear he {Fisher} will always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you. If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I would do so. I like to think that I am a gentle man, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me.” When McCarthy resumed his attack on Fisher, Welch plaintively continued: “Senator, may we not drop this?..Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator, you’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” Anyone watching knew that this was an historic moment. Welch’s words about decency would rank with William Jennings Bryan’s “cross of gold” oration and FDRs “rendezvous with destiny.” Like a pit bull McCarthy did not let up, which led to another quotable moment for Welch.

“Mr. McCarthy” he said: “I will not discuss this further with you. You have sat within six feet of me and could have asked me about Fred Fisher. You have seen fit to bring it out. And if there is a God in Heaven it will do neither you nor your cause any good. I will not discuss it further.” A moment later, people in the gallery burst into applause. This marked the beginning of the end for the Wisconsin senator. On Dec. 2, 1954, the United States Senate censured Joe McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.” The vote was 65 to 22. On May 2, 1957, the senator was dead at the age of 48. In 10 short years in the U.S. Senate, McCarthy went from being a non-entity to the public face of anti-Communism in America. The theme of this letter has been that history, properly written and taught, can be an exciting narrative which can captivate an audience. The McCarthy saga illustrates this thesis. Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

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Lost in the jungle, from Smurf to Z


ditor’s Note: Due to a production error, the end of this column did not appear when this column appeared last week. Below is the column in its entirety.> Two movies came to town, last weekend, with radically different perspectives on virtually the same idea. I speak, of course, of “The Lost City of Z” and that other epic adventure, “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” First, I went to “The Lost City of Z.” This action/adventure film tells the unbelievable-but-apparently-true story of Percival Harrison Fawcett: a British soldier, surveyor and explorer, who was commissioned in 1906 by the Royal Geographic Society to survey the border between Brazil and Bolivia. On the resulting expedition through the Amazon, Fawcett hears a legend of a long-lost native civilization, somewhere in the jungle. He makes it his life’s work to find the place. To judge from the film, he returns home in between adventures only long enough to sire

a new child each time with wife Nina (Sienna Miller), who magically never ages. She remains upbeat and devoted, untouched by such worldly concerns as pregnancy, labor, and the rearing of three children on no visible means of support. There is also no sign of either cook or servants, and yet you never see her touch a dish. Quite the fantasy tale. There’s just one little thing that sets her off: being told by her husband that she can’t go with him on his second trip. “The children will be in school,” she protests, so there’s no reason she can’t come along. I suppose by “school” she means boarding school. But even so, she sounds completely deranged — as if the expedition were for buying bonnets one afternoon in town, rather than spending months slogging through an Amazon jungle that could easily kill them both. Fawcett tries, rather lamely, to explain to Nina that women and men are not equally strong. “In courage, yes,” he says. “But not in physical strength.” Nina replies with a rant about the strength it takes just to get

JUDY EPSTEIN A Look on the Lighter Side through childbirth, a phenomenon he has never stuck around long enough even to witness. “You tell him!” I’m thinking — but eventually she caves, even allowing their oldest son to go with his father on the third expedition. It did cross my mind to wonder why, by this third time, Fawcett did not provide his expedition with anything stronger than a handkerchief against the inevitable hail of deadly native arrows which apparently marred every trip. I am thinking even the natives must have wondered: “Why does

this crazy white man keep rafting up our river with no protection?” I also wondered why holding up a book (which looks like a Bible) and shouting in Spanish (“Amigos! Amigos!”) would be expected to pacify native people whose experience with Westerners probably ranged from unfortunate to horrific. Alas, these and other mysteries were never answered. By contrast, I found the animated “Smurfs: The Lost Village” much more believable. Sure, they live in a village composed entirely of male Smurfs, except for one Smurfette. You might think such a lifestyle to be unsustainable — but it’s no worse than the usual sort of harem kept by kings of old, except in reverse. The thing is, none of the Smurfs even seem to know what a female is; I guess no one is ever born in Smurf Village. Still, Smurfette starts to wonder, why is she different, and what is her “purpose”? Somehow — I’m fuzzy on how — this sets her on the road to discovering, and then saving, a lost world on the other side of a big wall.

Perhaps I should mention that my own childhood was blessedly Smurf-free, so I was never forced to wonder how anyone could survive exposure to a show in which the word “smurf” somehow served as adjective, subject, verb, and adverb, all in the same sentence (as in, “The smurfy Smurf smurfs smurfily.”) But that was before I had to endure Teletubbies and Barney the purple dinosaur. By that standard, this film was riveting. I didn’t even fall asleep! There were some points at which things got smashed up, which reminded me how one of my boys would always turn to me, at such times, and whisper “Who is going to fix that?” The answer, I’m afraid, is: No one ever does. Ultimately, although Lord knows the Smurfs tried my patience, I thought their adventure was the more wholesome one — warning a village that doesn’t know it is in peril, as opposed to obsessively chasing a legend that just wants to rest in peace. But the choice is up to you. Either merits a big container of popcorn.


Kron right choice for G.N. school board seat The vote on Tuesday, May 16 that faces Great Neck is truly a watershed election that will shape our public schools for a generation. It has never happened in memory that we vote only on a budget and a once-in-20-years bond, but two open seats on the five-member school board. Previous columns have discussed the reasons to support the budget and the bond proposal. Now it comes down to people — most crucial of all. Our public school system has been so successful -— No. 1 in New York State, No. 5 in the nation — largely because of the culture and mission ever since Lawrence Gross first joined the board 36 years ago — a similar time of cost-cutting obsession and disparagement of public education. The biggest reason is the commitment of each of the school board trustees to the fundamental mission to enable each child, regardless of ability, fulfill their full potential. From this also flows a culture on the board — an ego-free zone, if you will — which also promotes transparency, participation from

all constituents and respect and appreciation for the often competing interests of constituencies and stakeholders. Now our community is faced with crucial choices of who should take up the two open seats. Among the two candidates running for the seat being vacated by Lawrence Gross, who has so ably and heroically served this community for more than 36 years, contributing his genius for finance and fiscal management, Nikolas Kron brings vital finance and management experience, and has invested the time to attend board meetings and most significantly the budget process. He has spoken eloquently on behalf of supporting the bond, and has made smart, incisive points and suggestions. Jeffrey Shi , who has lived in Great Neck since 2013 and is an IT specialist for the City of New York, would be the first trustee from Great Neck’s burgeoning and important Asian community, but unfortunately, has little knowledge or understanding of the workings of the school board. His heart is in the right place

KAREN RUBIN Pulse of the Peninsula but he has said because he works so hard, he has not had the time to devote to the schools. I fear he does not realize how much time and work that a school board trustee entails and he certainly has no familiarity with the budget process, the constraints on public school systems and the challenges. By our reckoning, Shi has attended but one board meeting and did not even participate in the budget process. His responses during the two

candidates night presentations were shallow. “I am running because as an engineer, I believe in simple things, 1 plus 1 equals 2,” he said. “I will stand up for public schools — it’s about equal access... Since I entered race, I realized the gravity of situation — not just my kids, all the kids, parents. The interest of those kids is weighing on me.” Shi, at the April 24 Candidates Night, made a statement that seemed to disqualify him in my mind: “The graduation rate is 100%...Why limit to 100%, why not 200%? Look at enrichment – we should give the smartest kids a chance to really swing the bat and knock out of ball park.” Nicholas Kron, who I have become familiar with at the various board, bond and budget meetings and who previous ran (losing to Donna Peirez), strikes me as intelligent, reasonable, pragmatic, and open-minded, someone who has independent ideas but works for consensus. He possesses the most important attributes for this position: a passion and appreciation for public education and a commitment

and dedication to protect and preserve the excellence of Great Neck’s public schools. In a surprise move, Ilya Aronovich, after giving an opening statement at the May 9 Candidates Night at Great Neck House organized by the Allenwood Park Civic Association, announced he would step aside in the interests of healing the rift in the community, so that Rebecca Sassouni is uncontested to replace Susan Healy on the board. Sassouni certainly deserves the seat, based on her experience, her expertise as a lawyer who advocates on behalf of students with special needs and disciplinary issues, her long, long involvement with UPTC (she chairs the legislative action committee) and schoolbased committees. And most importantly, the obvious empathy, compassion and passion she brings to the mission of public education. “Great Neck is an exceptional place, a glorious tapestry of micro communities, but for each and every one, it’s our home,” she stated at the April 24 Candidates Night. Letters Continued on Page 72

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MTA fails to address 3rd track concerns


here are still many unresolved issues despite “MTA board approves 3rd track study” (Noah Manskar, May 5). The Environmental Impact Statement as part of the study approved by the MTA Board appears to be in compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. Why didn’t anyone on the MTA Board question why there was no reference to the National Environmental Protect Action? Without following NEPA, the MTA/ LIRR forfeits any opportunity to access U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration or Federal Highway Administration funding. U.S. DOT FTA provides over $1.2 billion in yearly formula grant assistance to the MTA. The LIRR’s annual share averages $150 million, not counting east side access. This is supplemented by New Starts and other competitive discretionary dollars which over any Five Year Capital Plan can average one to two billion. Why would the MTA board members not want to preserve the option to apply for U.S. DOT FTA capital funding in the future for this project? Was it to avoid U.S. DOT FTA oversight over the project especially the environmental review process? In 2005, the project was following National Environmental Protect Action with the intention of applying to U.S. DOT FTA for construction funding. In response to both community and political opposition from elected officials, the project was canceled by that generations senior MTA and LIRR Management team. President Trump has proposed a 10year trillion dollar infrastructure program. Sen. Schumer and Democrats have done the same. This is one program which Democrats and Republicans, city, suburban and even rural transit advocates might agree on. Even if reduced to several hundred million, it could have been a potential funding source if National Environmental Protect Action was followed. Financing this project still remains unresolved. The anticipated final potential cost will never be known until completion. Costs will be further refined by award of construction contracts followed by any unforeseen site conditions and change or-

ders to the base contracts during the course of construction. Even $2 billion may be insufficient. There is only $7 million to support planning, preliminary design and engineering along with environmental work approved in the $29 billion 2015- 2019 MTA Five-Year Capital Program. Gov. Cuomo’s belief that $2 billion more can be found to amend actual construction and grade crossing elimination funding later this year into the existing 2015-2019 MTA Five-Year Capital Program will be difficult. It is subject to approval by both the MTA Capital Program Review Board and State Legislature. If he attempts to provide $2 billion for Main Line Third Track, NYC advocates who play a critical role in the process, looking for $5 billion to fund Second Avenue subway phase 2, may also ask for $2 billion for their priority project. How would Cuomo find $4 billion instead of $2 billion more? Cuomo proposed providing $1.5 billion more toward the $8.3 billion shortfall he originally promised two years ago to fully fund the $27 billion 2015-2019 MTA FiveYear Capital Plan. This leaves a balance of $5.8 billion that he owes carried over into 2018 and 2019. The new $153 billion state budget failed to deal with these financial shortfalls. Cuomo and his aides have publicly stated that there is no need to deal with any other issues prior to adjournment of the State Legislature in June. They said, “Everything big we wanted to get done, we got done in the budget,” the governor declared over the weekend. (Source: “What Cuomo Won’t Fight For” New York Post Editorial, April 17). Cuomo still also finds $3 billion to pay back the federal loan for Tapan Zee Bridge and $6 billion for his commitment to support the NJ to NY Amtrak Gateway Tunnel project (a new connection for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit across the Hudson River to access Penn Station). The list goes on and on for Cuomo’s unfunded transportation commitments including Main Line Third Track over the past two years totaling $100 billion. After completion of double tracking in 2018, Ronkonkoma Branch riders will enjoy off peak 30 minute service. However, there will be no additional

rush hour trains in the a.m. to Penn Station or p.m. from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma. There is no capacity on the existing Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville to accommodate any additional rush hour trains on the Ronkonkoma branch. Capacity can only be increased by construction of the proposed Main Line Third Track project There is also a direct relationship between completion of the $10.8 billion LIRR Grand Central Terminal East Side Access in December 2023 or 2024 along with $2 billion Main Line Third Track. Without a Third Track, the LIRR will not be able to achieve 100% utilization of Grand Central Terminal East Side Access. The original east side access environmental document promised 24 trains per hour during peak service periods. This would supplement 42 trains per hour during peak service periods to Penn Station. There is insufficient capacity for feeding west bound a.m. rush hour and east bound p.m. rush hour trains from both Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal with only two Main Line Tracks. The third track is also needed for reverse commuter service and trains returning east in the morning and west in the evening to make a second rush hour trip. The LIRR still has yet to release a detailed project budget which would justify a $2 billion dollar budget. Based upon my review of the project, you are now looking at a minimum potential project cost of $2.2 billion or more. These funds may have to be spread out between the 2020-2024 and 2025-2029 future Five Year Capital Programs. A real project budget would include the estimated costs for each project component. This would include but not be limited to design and engineering, overall construction, private property easements, utility relocation, commuter parking and station improvements, track, signal and power work, sound barriers, construction for each of seven grade crossing eliminations, construction management firms to supplement LIRR Engineers in oversight of construction contractors, LIRR force account (LIRR track employees who provide protection for construction contractors employees working on active track right of ways), LIRR budget and financial staff, LIRR quality assurance and quality control staff (to insure the contractor adheres to the contract specifications

and requirements), substitute bus service during frequent track outages and contingency (to deal bids coming in above the engineers estimate, change orders due to unforeseen site conditions or changes in scope requested by various LIRR user groups or other issues during construction). This just highlights a few of the major project cost components. This information continues to be needed if the MTA/LIRR wish to build credibility with commuters, residents, taxpayers, transit advocates, elected officials and the media. The proposed project implementation schedule of three to four years continues to be overly optimistic. It may not take into consideration delays in obtaining funding, time for procurement process from advertisement to the awarding of contracts, unforeseen site conditions, inclement weather, insufficient track outages and insufficient LIRR force account support track outages for construction contractors. That the current proposed project budget continues to be based upon the total lack of detail other than an overall figure of $2 billion is disappointing. Two years after Cuomo first announced the rebirth of this project, the estimated cost grew from $1 billion to $1.5 billion last year and $2 billion this year. It has yet to progress beyond a number written on the back of an envelope. Regardless of whether you are for or against this project, the taxpayers need to know what the source of funding and final tab will be. In the end, taxpayer dollars will be paying for it. Is there any relationship between labor unions, construct contractors, consulting firms and other members of the business community who support this project and have endorsed or given campaign contributions to Cuomo’s 2018 reelection campaign commonly known as “pay for play?” Sadly it appears that most of these concerns and questions were neither addressed or discussed at the recent MTA April Board Meeting. Larry Penner Great Neck (Larry Penner is a transportation historian and advocate who previously worked 31 years for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.)

A day to say thanks to your mother


other’s Day is fast approaching and is time to remember mothers both near and far. Some of our mothers have passed on and still are near and dear to our hearts. My own mother [Teresa A. Bedell ] passed on in 1963 when I was 14 but I still remember my mom and all she did for me. My father said at the time when she passed on,”

Never forget your mother,” I never did. We lived in Queens Village and she worked hard taking care of our family and that I will never forget. I was rather sickly when I was growing up consisting of asthma,a stuttering problem, and a learning difficulty. My mother helped me all she could, and even had me enrolled at Grace Lu-

theran Day School in Queens Village, where I got the help I needed. I got better and am most thankful for a caring mother. She also was involved in the church, the community and did her share of charity work. She said by helping others that was a way of giving back all that our Lord has given her in her life, which included a birth of a son. This is just a small example

what a caring mother would do for her children. So, on this Mothers Day tell them how much they mean to you in all that they do. And to all mothers, have a happy Mother’s Day ! Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola

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Phillips a strong backer of Jews, Israel


t is cruel, hurtful, counterproductive and horribly wrong to falsely accuse someone of anti-Semitism who is in fact working tirelessly to combat anti-Semitism and who is a great friend of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, these sorts of Orwellian “anti-Semitism” accusations seem to be hurled more and more frequently these days. The latest example was the reader letter last week falsely accusing our state Sen. Elaine Phillips of not caring about Jewish constituents and of running an anti-Semitic campaign last year. During just her first 100 days in office, Senator Phillips prioritized and sponsored and was the moving force who obtained passage of two bills in the New York State Senate to combat anti-Semitic boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS). Senate Bill 2493 would “prohibit student organizations that participate in hate speech, including advocating for the boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel and American

allied nations from receiving public funding.” Senate Bill 2492 would restrict the state from contracting with or investing in “persons and businesses that promote or engage in activities to boycott American allied nations” including Israel. (Both bills are now awaiting action by the Assembly.) In addition, Sen. Phillips introduced legislation to ensure that students are taught about the Holocaust. In addition to leading the fight in the state Senate to combat anti-Semitic, Sen. Phillips has attended numerous educational programs in our community about combatting BDS — one of the most virulent forms of anti-Semitism today. I’ve often seen Sen. Phillips at these events, and spoke to her there and witnessed firsthand how much she cares about these issues. The importance of Sen. Phillips’ work to combat BDS and college anti-Semitism cannot be understated.

The Nazis started their hateful assault on the Jewish people with an anti-Semitic boycott on April 1, 1933. Designated terror groups Hamas and the PFLP, and the Palestinian Authority/PLO are the real sponsors behind campus antiSemitism. Congressional testimony last year revealed that “Students for Justice in Palestine” — which is the major group promoting campus anti-Semitism, including calls on college campuses for “Death to the Jews,” “Jews out of CUNY” [City University of New York] and “Zionists out of CUNY” — is funded by American Muslims for Palestine — which is run by the same officials who helped run the charities that funneled millions of dollars to designated terrorist group Hamas. (By the way, Hamas has not abrogated its charter calling for the murder of every Jew.) Anti-Semitism accusations should be reserved for real anti-Semites. Painful false accusations (perhaps made

for partisan reasons) should not be inflicted upon those people who are working to stamp out anti-Semitism. Combatting anti-Semitism should be a non-partisan issue. Our local community recently provided a wonderful example of such non-partisanship, when Democrats and Republicans came together to pass the Town of North Hempstead’s anti-BDS law. Please note that the Zionist Organization of America works on these issues on a nonpartisan basis. My letter should not be deemed to be an election endorsement of any candidate. (In any event, there is no State Senate election this year.) Elizabeth (Liz) Berney, Esq. Great Neck Berney is the Long Island-Queens Executive Director of the Zionist Organization of America.

Sad health care celebration A strong yes for Port ed budget I

watched with disbelief the group of Republican congressman acting so joyous at the passage of their bill to destroy the Affordable Care Act and destroy a law that would provide health care to humans who have the right to be spared from suffering. They have no right to boast that we live in the most powerful nation on earth, all the while insisting that our people cannot be rationally provided with this assurance. We can afford to implement a program that has been accepted by every other industrialized nation in the world. What kind of leaders have we chosen to act in our best interests? We must let them know that we expect more from them if we are to give them power over our lives. As a mother with three caring adult children, I wonder who raised progeny who have fallen so low that they bear no shame. They certainly exhibit the instincts of the jungle! What has happened to the morality taught by generations of wise and loving thinkers? Everything that our ignorant president is leading them to vote for is unworthy of consideration. We must

challenge their disregard for our needs. I cannot believe that Paul Ryan does not know that all his justifications for his proposals are false. Now they pass the task of designing a much superior bill on to the Senate, who, if they fail to rise to their responsibility, should be roundly castigated if they deny us. If they use the shelter of longer terms in office before suffering rejection by us we must fight them. The House may feel that they may be rescued from rejection in 2018 by passing on their blame but we must persist, and parenthetically, insist on inclusion of women in the Senate’s planning group. I am sure that many readers regard me as naive and unrealistic. Please forgive my lecturing, but I am tired and fearful. We have a grossly limited figurehead, and he is not alone. We know that if we do not watch him while he proceeds to destroy Obama’s legacy, there are other attempts afoot to destroy our vulnerable society.

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district. This is a budget that truly addresses the needs of a growing enrollment within the tax cap. I am a proud graduate of Schreiber’s class of 1990. Largely due to the opportunities I was given by the Port Washington schools, I went on to receive my bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. My husband and I are now raising our two children here and are watching them thrive in the Port Washington public schools. My own involvement as a parent and volunteer at the elementary, middle and high school levels has allowed me to witness the tireless efforts of both our administration and faculty to make sure that our curriculum is outstanding. We must vote yes to ensure that our teachers can continue to strive for excellence. The fiscally responsible school budget being put forth this year is a budget that will allow Port Washington to add much needed staff to our build-

ings while remaining within the tax cap. Quality education is paramount on every parent’s list when choosing a place to call home. The proposed addition of five elementary school teachers, one bilingual kindergarten teacher (if needed), one elementary school assistant principal, one associate administrator of literacy pre-K-2, two high school teachers in art and English, two ESL teachers, one social worker, one health teacher, one nurse, (and) one information technology aide, as well as staff in music, foreign language, guidance and physical education are additions that will make Port Washington schools even better. Further, this budget will allow for much needed roof replacement and repairs at Guggenheim elementary school. We are a community of families that expects and demands the very best from our teachers and our children. Vote yes on MAY 16 to continue to provide them with the tools to exceed our expectations and their own. Alexis Siegel Port Washington

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Mineola schools unveil online portfolio Website aims to show community how teachers use different technologies in the classroom BY R E B ECC A ANZEL Two Mineola school district officials unveiled a preliminary online portfolio showcasing student work and school programs in a presentation to the school board Thursday. Matthew Gaven, the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, assessment and technology, said the website’s purpose is to illustrate to parents and community members how the district teaches its students using a variety of methods and technologies. It also aims to satisfy a goal the board set to “actively engage” parents in their children’s education, he said. Gaven and Superintendent Michael Nagler have been discussing this project since last summer. “We really wanted to highlight the unique programs and projects that our students experience to give parents an understanding of how learning takes place here in Mineola,” Gaven said. “We want to be able to

show this is an engaging, educational experience for all of our students.” The website’s homepage features a photo of students visiting Mineola from the Franklin Square school district and a brief explanation of why the district built the online portfolio. The menu across the top directs viewers to the page for

each of Mineola’s school buildings; a slideshow of images depicting various events; a link to the district’s YouTube account; the district’s Twitter feed; a page describing programs, such as dual language and athletics; and a gallery of student artwork. Each school’s page has a grid of nine to 14 photos that when clicked leads to either a gallery of images with captions explaining the project or videos. For example, Meadow Drive’s portfolio has a photo of a second grader holding a tablet that leads to four math-themed videos students created. “[The website] gives an explanation of who we are,” Christine Napolitano, the school board president, said. “You don’t necessarily have to be a parent just to see what the activities are and all the things we’re doing, all the links to YouTube, all those things that sort of define who we are.” The board’s vice president, Margaret Ballantyne-Mannion, said the online portfolio is a good way for the district to

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posal that the board previously approved. The budget, which would increase the tax levy by 0.89 percent, focuses on capital improvements at many of the district’s schools and expanding several educational and athletic programs. There were no questions from meeting attendees. The public vote is on Tuesday, May 16. Also on the ballot are school board candidates, including Ballantyne-Mannion, who is seeking a second term, and Patrick Talty, who is running unopposed to replace resigning Trustee Nicole Matzer. Another proposition would allow the district to spend $4.2 million from its reserve fund to build a second gymnasium at Mineola High School and additional classrooms at Meadow Drive School. “That’s money that’s already saved — I can’t stress this enough,” Nagler said. “You’re really voting on whether you like the projects and are giving permission to spend the money, which is already encumbered and sitting there.”

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Kamberg solo in E.W. school election BY N O A H M A N S K A R East Williston school district residents will cast ballots on Tuesday to likely reelect the school board president to a fourth term. Mark Kamberg of Albertson is the sole candidate for his own school board seat. First elected in 2008, he is nearing the end of his seventh year as president. Kamberg, 50, said he is looking forward to continuing the district’s efforts to expand opportunities for students while keeping tax and spending increases to a minimum. “[A]s trustees we do have a responsibility to provide a safe and sound environment for our children and our staff while continuing to support the community as a whole,” he said in an interview last month. Kamberg, the president of S. Kamberg & Co., a Great Neck-based food ingredients company his father founded,

Mark Kamberg is finishing his ninth year on the school board. The only contested race he has run was his first, in which he defeated an incumbent, Sigi Huhn. Renegotiating labor contracts next

year with four of the district’s labor unions, including the teachers union, is likely to be one of the biggest challenges in Kamberg’s fourth term, he said in an interview last month. The contracts will be key to keeping annual spending increases down as the state’s cap on property tax hikes constricts them further, according to a report in March from the district’s Financial Advisory Committee. The negotiations are a challenge “while trying to continue to be able to support and enhance our academic programs within a tax cap environment while being able to provide our staff with the financial support that they deserve,” Kamberg said in the interview last month. Kamberg said he’s proud of the district’s efforts to improve its buildings, infrastructure and security systems. Alongside Kamberg on next week’s ballot is a proposition to spend $1 mil-

lion from a capital reserve fund to continue some of those upgrades. The money would pay for fixes to a security vestibule, landscaping, new parking pavers along some of Downing Road and updates to the North Side School’s baseball fields and basketball courts. Voters will also decide whether to approve the district’s $58.3 million budget, which would raise revenue from property taxes by 0.98 percent. The tax hike is less than the maximum of 1.48 percent allowed this year under the state’s tax cap law. Polls will be open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Wheatley School gymnasium, located at 11 Bacon Road in Old Westbury. Reach reporter Noah Manskar by email at or by phone at 516.307.1045 x204. Also follow us on Twitter @noahmanskar and Facebook at

Budget, 2 candidates on Herricks ballot Continued from Page 1 Turner, a 66-year-old Albertson resident, had considered stepping away earlier, but she feels better leaving the board now, when its members are more experienced and the district is in a strong position, she said in a recent interview. “It’s tough when you’re working and doing this, and I just think I’m getting to the point where now I need a little time for myself,” Turner, who is the director of a Lutheran preschool in Garden City, said in an interview last month. Turner encouraged Zanetti, a retired U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent who is a fixture at school board meetings, to run when she decided to step away, she has said. He and the four other trustees will oversee $29.5 million worth of construction projects over the next several years, for which voters approved a $25 million bond in December. Zanetti has said he also wants to focus on the formula for how state education funding is distributed to protect Herricks’ residential taxpayers, who shoulder most of the property tax burden because the district

Herricks school board Vice President Christine Turner (left) is stepping down after 27 years. Trustee James Gounaris is seeking re-election. has little commercial property. While state aid only funds about 10 percent of Herricks’ budget, “[t]here’s not too many other places where you can increase your revenue, so state aid is actually pretty important,” Zanetti said in an interview last month. Gounaris, 53, said he is proud of helping to lead the board through big staff

changes in recent years. Two top administrators, including Superintendent Fino Celano, took over in 2015, and the district hired Lisa Rutkoske, the assistant superintendent for business, last year. The district has also made great strides in recent years in “really creating a new forward-thinking ethic” with its curriculum,

as evidenced by its language immersion program and Project Lead the Way, an engineering curriculum, said Gounaris, who owns a company that operates corporate cafeterias. “We are progressive when it comes to new educational techniques and new management techniques,” Gounaris, who served as the school board president from 2013 to 2015, said in an interview last month. Residents will also vote on the district’s $111.2 million budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget would increase revenue from property taxes by 1.62 percent, the maximum allowed this year under the state’s tax cap law. Polls for the school board election and budget vote will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Herricks Community Center, located at 999 Herricks Road in New Hyde Park. Reach reporter Noah Manskar by email at or by phone at 516.307.1045 x204. Also follow us on Twitter @noahmanskar and Facebook at


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Town hosts rally to stand against hate crimes BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N The Town of North Hempstead and the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County hosted “Not in Our Town: A Unity and Anti-Hate Conference,” a forum featuring speakers from various communities explaining what they’re doing to counter hate and how to come together, on Thursday. Representatives from the Nassau County district attorney’s office and Police Department were present, discussing residents’ concerns, what constitutes hate crimes and the importance of reporting them. A couple of dozen people attended. It was both a pro-active and reactive response to hate crimes and unease within some communities. “I will tell you the minute I heard the phrase ‘not in our town,’ I said ‘that’s it,’ not in our town, because we are determined that hate and bigotry and intolerance has no place in the Town of North Hempstead,” said Judi Bosworth, town supervisor of North Hempstead. While Steven Markowitz, chair of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, said North Hempstead is not quite a “hotbed of hate crimes or incidents,” it has its “share of name-calling, bullying and swastikas.” “We want to take a pro-active stand in trying to alert the community to the

The Town of North Hempstead officials hosted a rally against hate crimes and bigotry last week in New Hyde Park. dangers of these kinds of incidents, their implications and what we can do as a community,” Markowitz said. Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontiere, whose community was shaken by the hate-crime killing of immigrant Marcelo Lucero by seven teenagers in 2008, emphasized focusing on integration rather than dehumanizing immigrants. “We know that we cannot resolve the immigration debate at the local level. The debate itself has created a sense that these people are expendable, and discrimina-

2 men stole from gas station in Mineola: cops BY N O A H M A N S K A R A Mineola man was one of two people arrested last Thursday afternoon for allegedly robbing a gas station in the village, Nassau County police said. Critian Antonio, 22, allegedly walked into the 76 Gas Station at 2 Jericho Turnpike and demanded money, pretending to have a gun under his shirt, police said. Antonio allegedly tried to take cash from the register after the 33-year-old male clerk fled the store and called police, police said. He took a glass water pipe from the store and ran out after failing to get any cash, police said.

A second man, 28-year-old Felix Marine of Freeport, was in the gas station at the time and allegedly stole a miniature vaporizer before running out, police said. Police later found Antonio in a parking lot at 54 E. Jericho Turnpike and arrested him without incident, police said. Police found Marine near the gas station and arrested him after identifying him as the vaporizer thief, police said. Both men were arraigned Friday at 1st District Court in Hempstead. They are each charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

tory behavior like ‘beaner-hopping’ is acceptable,” Pontiere said, referring to the practice of specifically hunting Latinos, “despite the reality that immigrants are interwoven into our communities in many ways.” Dr. Isma Chaudhry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, said diversity should be seen as a strength. She also said that one must stand up to intolerance. “We cannot stay silent, because silence is one of the worst forms of endorsement,” Chaudhry said.

The event was part of the “Not in My Town” movement that began in North Dakota when a small town stood against Nazis preaching hate. The movement has since spread across the United States. The town also filmed testimonials for a public service announcement and had people write on a large “Not in Our Town” sign to be placed in front of Town Hall. “The idea is to have it not be a onenight thing,” said Carole Trottere, a spokeswoman for the Town of North Hempstead. Saud Rehman, 25, a member of the Islamic Center of Long Island, said that while he has not experienced discrimination, members of his family have felt the pressure. “We are living in a society where, you know, things are not really well right now,” said Rehman, who immigrated here two years ago. “It’s very important within these kind of events we get together with other minorities and other communities.” “So I want to take the lead and do something for my community and for my country as well,” he added. Organizations present included the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, the Islamic Center of Long Island, the Long Island Council of Churches, the Hagedorn Foundation and the Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition. Members of each said that their doors are open for those who need help.

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Sentencing delayed for drug dealer BY M A X Z A H N A Manhattan federal judge last Thursday delayed the sentencing of a drug dealer accused of moving from his apartment the body of a Manhasset dermatologist who had overdosed, Newsday reported. James “Pepsi” Holder admitted in court to keeping and selling cocaine between 2005 and 2015 in his Manhattan apartment in the building where Kiersten Cerveny, who lived in Manhasset and practiced in Williston Park, was found dead in a vestibule in October 2015. Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 6 1/2 years for Holder’s dealing drugs from the apartment. The sentencing delay on Thursday in the New York Southern District courtroom of Judge Jesse M. Furman came after a disagreement over whether Cerveny was legally a “victim” entitled to restitution, a Newsday report said. Defense attorney Matthew J. Kluger said Holder pleaded guilty only to maintaining a drug-involved premises, not


Kirsten Cerveny of Manhasset, a dermatologist who practiced in Williston Park, died of a cocaine overdose in October 2015. giving Cerveny the drugs that killed her, according to Newsday. Kluger is seeking a shorter sentence

of four years. “People can’t use cocaine just anywhere,” the prosecutor reportedly said.

“ . . . It was James Holder who provided that place” and if he hadn’t Cerveny “could have lived to see another day.” In March, television producer Marc Henry Johnson pleaded guilty to acting as an accessory to a narcotics crime, admitting that he moved the 38-year-old Cerveny. Prosecutors allege that Holder collaborated with Johnson in carrying Cerveny out of Holder’s apartment and left her in the building’s vestibule. Cerveny had been partying with Johnson on the night of Oct. 3, 2015, before they went to Holder’s apartment together at 4:25 a.m. on Oct. 4, prosecutors said. Cerveny became unresponsive and the pair dragged her into the apartment building’s vestibule before Johnson called 911, prosecutors said. Medical examiners found her death was caused in part by a cocaine overdose. Furman asked both sides to submit briefs on the question of whether Cerveny is a “victim” before he sentences Holder, and rescheduled the sentencing to May 11, Newsday reported.

Woman, 78, knocked over 14 arrested in alleged in burglary, police say deadly heroin ring BY N O A H M A N S K A R Nassau County police are seeking a man who they say broke into an Albertson woman’s house early Saturday morning. The man pried open the front door of the Lea Place home at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, waking up the 78-year-old woman, police said. The woman got out of bed to investigate the noise and ran into the man at her bedroom door, police said. He told her to get back into bed and pushed her onto the floor before running out of the house,

police said. No one was hurt in the break-in, police said. The man did not take anything from the house, police said, but he damaged the front door frame and door jamb. The man has a medium complexion and stands about 6-foot-1 and weighs about 240 pounds, police said. He was carrying a flashlight and a black backpack over his shoulder, and wore black clothing. Anyone with information about the crime can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800244-8477 to leave an anonymous tip.

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BY N O A H M A N S K A R Fourteen people were recently arrested for their alleged involvement in a drug ring that led to the death of a Garden City Park woman last year, Nassau County prosecutors announced last Friday. A 15-month investigation by Nassau County police, the Nassau district attorney’s office and the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force led to the breakup of a major operation that allegedly sold at least $170,000 of heroin a week in Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn, prosecutors said. Helped by a retired NYPD detective, the alleged ringleader, Leigh “Chris” Jackson, sold heroin out of Bushwick, Brooklyn, branded as “Taster’s Choice”

that allegedly caused several overdoses, including one that killed the 23-year-old Garden City Park woman in June 2016, prosecutors said. “This operation followed an alleged street-level dealer back to a major narcotics trafficking network that was dealing more than 20,000 doses of heroin each week in our neighborhoods,” Madeline Singas, the Nassau County district attorney, said in a statement. “Our collaborative, multifront assault on heroin dealers has led to more than 50 arrests in the past month alone and we will not rest until this epidemic is over.” Authorities also seized two guns, ammunition, about $12,000 in cash, 1,000 Continued on Page 90


Authorities seized 3,000 bags’ worth of heroin during the course of a 15-month drug sting that led to the arrest of 14 people.


Serving up smiles on the Gold Coast BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN


he Gold Coast Arts Center and Gold Coast International Film Festival hosted French chef Jacques Pépin at a film and food tasting event on Thursday, May 4, bringing together a diverse audience of Pépin fans with the man himself. “He really focuses himself in making people understand the importance of learning the craft of cooking,” said Caroline Sorokoff, festival director of the Gold Coast International Film Festival. “And that’s something that no matter what kid of food you cook, it’s important.” Sorokoff said that about 125 guests attended, with ages ranging from late teens to their eighties, and a “tremendously long” waiting list of about 100 people. The one common thread among them was reverence for Pépin. “He transcends generations,” Sorokoff said.

The night began with an extensive tasting at Lola, a Great Neck restaurant, to try food inspired by Jacques Pépin. The dishes, made by Chef Michael Ginor, were considered French traditional and differed from Pépin’s recipes. “One doesn’t tell a chef what to prepare,” Lauren Wagner, director of marketing and development for the Gold Coast Arts Center and International Film Festival, said with a laugh in a previous interview. From there, attendees traveled to the nearby Bowtie Cinemas to watch “American Masters: Jacques Pépin – The Art of Craft,” about three weeks before it premieres on PBS on May 26. The event also featured a personal question and answer session with Pépin, Ginor, and film producer Peter Stein. There, Pépin fielded questions and shared stories with the audience. “Not one single person took a breath while he was

talking,” said Regina Gil, director of the Gold Coast Arts Center. “I wish I had a professor who translated civics to me like he translates cuisine,” Gil added. The night would conclude with deserts, a raffle for a basket of Pépin-inspired goods and a live auction of the chef’s coat to raise money for the arts center. However, with two people bidding for the same coat, Pépin chose to donate a second coat. “He is just the most remarkably natural, funny, selfdeprecating, humble and incredible man,” Gil said.


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Author Event: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Livesâ&#x20AC;? Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. Hosted by W Connection (Widows Helping Widows), this event will feature author Becky Aikman, who will discuss and sign copies of her memoir that will make you laugh, think and remind yourself that despite the unpredictability and occasional tragedy of life, it is also precious, fragile and often more joyous than we recognize. Due to limited seating, please RSVP to Anna Avalone at (516) 365-4594. Where: Barnes and Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset Info: (516) 365-6723 or


Sands Point Preserve Conservancy Presents... A Murder Mystery: Hound of the Baskervilles

Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14, 8-10 p.m. Set in a manor house in Devon, England, Sir Arthur Conan Doyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hound of the Baskervillesâ&#x20AC;? tells the tale of horriďŹ c murders by a diabolical, supernatural hound that may still be haunting the surrounding moors. Now Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson will investigate the most recent murder in the Winter Living Room of Port Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic Hempstead House. The intermission will include wine, coďŹ&#x20AC;ee and sweets. Premium: members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $65; non-members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $70. General: members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $55; non-members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $60. Tickets include parking. Where: Hempstead House, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point Info and Tickets: (516) 304-5076 or


Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Weekend Concert in the Park

Saturday, May 13, 6-7:30 p.m.

Bring a chair, blanket and an outdoor picnic to enjoy music and the beauty of Planting Fields Arboretum. The Dolce Ensemble will perform classic music from the movies. CoďŹ&#x20AC;eed, Inc. will sell snacks, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Free event: no parking fee or reservations required. Coe Hall will be closed at this time, but restrooms will be available at the Main Greenhouse. Where: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay Info: (516) 922-8678 â&#x20AC;˘


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Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m.


The reigning â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queen Of Soul,â&#x20AC;? whose career has spanned six decades, will perform songs from her current release, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, that include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Respect,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chain Of Fools,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Say A Little Prayer,â&#x20AC;? among many others. Where: Theatre at Westbury 960 Brush Hollow Road Westbury Info & Tickets: (516) 247-5211

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Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m.

The voices of powerful female crooners will continue to fill the air over Mother’s Day weekend with Grammy awardwinning legend Crystal Gayle, known for her long locks and signature song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” With a program that will include country, folk, pop, rock, Broadway and gospel, Gayle will close AUPAC’s season with her first Long Island concert appearance in more than ten years. Where: Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Westermann Stage, Concert Hall 1 South Ave., Garden City Info and Tickets: (516) 877-4000


Stage Performance: “Pippin” Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy this Tony Award-winning musical, originally directed by Bob Fosse on Broadway, that tells the story of Pippin, the young prince son of King Charlemagne, as he searches for meaning and significance during the early part of the Middle Ages. Where: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville Info & Tickets: (516)299-3100 or


An Evening with David Crosby Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m.

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby will perform his greatest hits and music from his recent solo album, “Croz,” and the soon-to-be-released new album, “Sky Trails,” along with five musical friends on keys and vocals. Where: The Space at Westbury Theater, 250 Post Ave., Westbury Info & Tickets: (516)283-5566 •


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THE TOP EVENTS FOR KIDS FOR THE COMING WEEK ingling Bros. R and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out of This World Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. (ongoing performances through Sunday, May 21) Before “the greatest show on earth” packs up its tents, come and see these final circus performances on Long Island. Prepare to blast off on a cosmic family adventure unlike any other. Be the first to climb aboard and take the helm as a circus star seeker. And join the Circus Space Fleet on a journey so thrilling it could only be brought to you by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, an institution that dates back more than a century. Parking for this event is $15 upon arrival.

Where: NYCB Live, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale Info: 516-231-4848 or; Tickets: (800)745-3000


aVinci Group Saturday, May 13, 10-11:30 a.m.

Children ages 6 to 9 can participate in this painting and drawing class at The Science Museum of Long Island, a science activity center that offers enrichment workshops for children located on the Leeds Pond Preserve. Must be pre-registered. Weekly class/$75 per month.

Where: Visitor Center at the Science Museum of Long Island, 526 N. Plandome Road, Plandome Info: 516-627-9400 or

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The first story time is a heartwarming tale about raising a happy, healthy mom that is filled with charming, role-reversal humor, creative ideas and lots of love. Then Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese kitten who thinks he is a superhero Chihuahua named El Skippito, will make an appearance. Kids will read stories of his many adventures and get to take a photo with him. Activities will follow.

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Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 1-5 p.m. Using a variety of interesting materials, children will design a special message in a bottle to give to their special mother on her special day!

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2 folk duos to share stage in Huntington A pair of acclaimed duos â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one based in New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hudson Valley, the other from Toronto â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will share the bill during the monthly Hard Luck CafĂŠ series at the Cinema Arts Centre on Thursday, May 18. The Cinema Arts Centre is located at 423 Park Ave. in Huntington. The Whispering Tree and The Young Novelists will perform at 8:30 p.m. in the Cinemaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sky Room. At the heart of The Whispering Tree are singer-songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. With their deep-reaching sound, haunting vocals and vivid lyrics, this Beacon, N.Y.-based, Franco-American duo has been captivating audiences since meeting at music school in London in 2004. Full of imagery and stories of the human condition, The Whispering Treeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriting is the backbone of its moody and melodic folk-rock sound and has been heavily inďŹ&#x201A;uenced by the duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travels abroad. Named as ďŹ rst-place winners in the 2010 Songdoor International Songwriting Competition, The Whispering Tree are ďŹ nalists in the 2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition. Kleiner was also recently named as a ďŹ nalist in The Philadelphia Songwriters Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriting contest. The duo also has had coveted oďŹ&#x192;cial showcases at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conferences, and has twice performed in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emerging Artist Showcase. Toronto-based The Young Novelists are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town Canadian roots. Sharing a passion for storytelling, Graydon James and Laura Spink sing songs about small towns, redemption, love and loss. Since the release of their second,


full-length album, Made us Strangers, they have been relentlessly touring Canada and the U.S., earning accolades wherever they go. They were recognized as Emerging Artists of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the 2015 Connecticut Folk Festival, and were recently named as ďŹ nalists in the NewSong Contest. The Young Novelists also earned coveted oďŹ&#x192;cial showcases at the Folk Alliance International Conference, as well as at those of its northeast and southeast regional aďŹ&#x192;liates. Tickets to the concert are $15 ($10 for Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington members) and will be available at the door. The performances will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Now in its 49th year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council. Its First Saturday Concerts series at the Congregational Church of Huntington (30 Washington Drive, oďŹ&#x20AC; Route 25A, Centerport) will feature noted singer-songwriter Ellis Paul on June 3. For more information about the presenters, visit or call 631425-2925. Established in 1973, the Cinema Arts Centre seeks to bring the best of cinematic artistry to Long Island and use the power of ďŹ lm to expand the awareness and consciousness of the community. Long Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only not-for-proďŹ t, viewer-supported, independent cinema presents a wide array of ďŹ lms that are often accompanied by discussions and guest speakers. For more information about the Cinema Arts Centre, go to

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How to save enough for a down payment on a house payments short of 20 percent will require private mortgage insurance, or PMI. The cost of PMI depends on a host of variables, but is generally between 0.3 and 1.5 percent of the original loan amount. While plenty of homeowners pay PMI, buyers who can afford to put down 20 percent can save themselves a considerable amount of money by doing so.


home is the most costly thing many people will ever buy. The process of buying a home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. One way to make the process of buying a home go more smoothly is to save enough money to put down a substantial down payment. Saving for a down payment on a home is similar to saving for other items, only on a far grander scale. Many financial planners and real estate professionals recommend prospective home buyers put down no less than 20 percent of the total cost of the home theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re buying. Down

Down payments on a home tend to be substantial, but the following are a few strategies prospective home buyers can employ to grow their savings with an eye toward making a down payment on their next home. Decide when you want to buy. The first step to buying a home begins when buyers save their first dollar for a down payment. Deciding when to buy can help buyers develop a saving strategy. If buyers decide they want to buy in five years away, they will have more time to build their savings. If buyers want to buy within a year, they will need to save more each month,

and those whose existing savings fall far short of the 20 percent threshold may have to accept paying PMI. Prequalify for a mortgage. Before buyers even look for their new homes, they should first sit down with a mortgage lender to determine how much a mortgage they will qualify for. Prequalifying for a mortgage can make the home buying process a lot easier, and it also can give first-time buyers an idea of how much they can spend. Once lenders prequalify prospective buyers, the buyers can then do the simple math to determine how much they will need to put down. For example, preapproval for a $300,000 loan means buyers will have to put down $60,000 to meet the 20 percent down payment threshold. In that example, buyers can put down less than $60,000, but they will then have to pay PMI. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for buyers to understand that a down payment is not the only costs they will have to come up with when buying a home. Closing costs and other fees will also need to be paid by the buyers.

Examine monthly expenses. Once buyers learn how much mortgage they will qualify for, they will then see how close they are to buying a home. But prospective buyers of all means can save more each month by examining their monthly expenses and looking for ways to save. Buyers can begin by looking over their recent spending habits and then seeing where they can spend less. Cutting back on luxuries and other unnecessary spending can help buyers get closer to buying their next home. Avoid risky investments. Some times itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to take risks when investing, but risk should be avoided when saving for a down payment on a home. Traditional vehicles like certificates of deposit, or CDs, and savings accounts can ensure the money buyers are saving for their homes is protected and not subject to market fluctuations. Saving enough to make a down payment on a home can be accomplished if buyers stay disciplined with regard to saving and make sound financial decisions.


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good credit score can go a long way toward helping men and women secure their financial futures. When armed with a good credit score, men and women can secure lower interest rates on mortgages and auto loans, saving them thousands upon thousands of dollars over their lifetimes. Some people deftly use credit to their advantage their whole lives by never missing a payment or never digging themselves into deep holes with regard to consumer debt. Others fight an uphill battle, earning a great credit score after digging themselves out of debt accumulated in early adulthood. Regardless of how men and women made it to the top of the credit score mountain, once they’re there the work has only just begun. Credit scores are fluid, so high scores must be maintained in order for lenders to continue to view prospective borrowers as worthy investments. The following are a handful of ways consumers can maintain their high credit scores so they can continue to benefit from their well-earned financial reputations. 1. Routinely monitor your score. Credit scores change constantly, so it’s important that you continue to monitor your score to make sure there are no inaccuracies that can affect your standing. While each of the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) must supply one free copy of your credit report every 12 months upon your request, some credit card companies now offer free monthly credit report updates. Cardholders can take advantage of such offerings to monitor their scores. Report any discrepancies to the appropriate rating agency immediately. 2. Sign up for automatic bill pay. Credit scores can plunge quickly when

consumers miss payments. No one is perfect, so it’s not out of the question that you might miss a payment one time. Numerous factors contribute to your credit score, but payment history is perhaps the most influential variable when determining the final score, so a single missed payment can do significant harm. One way to avoid that and protect your credit score at the same time is to sign up for automatic bill pay. When signing up, use a bank account that always has a relatively high balance so you don’t run the risk of having insubstantial funds when the money is automatically deducted from your account. 3. Don’t use too much of your credit. One of the benefits of having a great credit score is your available credit is likely to go up. That’s because lenders see consumers with high credit scores as good investments worthy of higher lines of credit. But using too much credit, even when you have a high score, can be detrimental to that score. Credit utilization is another factor used to determine your credit score. Your credit utilization rate is the sum of all your balances divided by your total available credit. A study from found a strong correlation between credit utilization rates and credit scores, as consumers who had lower utilization rates generally had higher scores. While it’s important to use credit (the study also found those with a zero percent utilization rate had lower credit scores than consumers with rates between 1 and 20 percent), avoid using too much of your available credit. Even if you pay your balances in full and on time each month, a high utilization rate may hurt your score. Achieving a good credit score is only half the battle for consumers. Once that credit score is high, consumers must take steps to maintain it so they can continue to benefit for years to come.



urchasing a house or property is about more than setting up a home. Although quite a number of people buy real estate to establish their future, long-term abodes, many others recognize the potentially lucrative investment that lies within a real estate purchase. Despite the ups and downs of the economy, real estate has become a common investment vehicle — one that has plenty of potential for making big gains for those who are willing to put in the effort. According to the experts at Entrepreneur, even in a bad economy, real estate investments will usually fare better than stocks. Real estate also continues to appreciate despite the occasional economical slow-down. Like any other endeavor, there is a right and a wrong way to go about investing in real estate. Novices may not know where to begin their first forays into the real estate market as investors, even if they already own their own homes. Buying a property as an investment is an entirely different animal than buying a home to establish a residence. However, with the right guidance, anyone can dabble in real estate. Establish financial goals. Before you even begin looking at properties or put forth the effort of meeting with an agent, you must determine what you expect from the investment. The days of buying real estate and flipping it for a fast profit may no longer be here. However, real estate can provide a steady stream of long-term income. Understand what you hope to achieve by investing. If it’s to become an overnight millionaire, you may be looking at the wrong investment vehicle in real estate. Establish a plan. New investors who do not have a plan in place will likely

spend too much or have more setbacks than others who have planned accordingly. When investing in real estate, it’s more about the bottom line than the property itself. According to Springboard Academy, a real estate academy for investors, look for motivated sellers and stick to a set purchase price. Try to make offers on a variety of properties that work in your financial favor. And know what you want to do with the property (i.e., renovate and sell, remove and rebuild, or rehab and rent) before you buy. Fit the house to the plan, and not vice-versa. Start small. If this is your first time out there, stick with properties that will turn over quickly. Research areas in and around urban centers or close to transportation and shopping. A good starter property is a small house or a condominium that can be refurbished and then rented. Rental properties offer steady sources of income when renters are properly vetted, offers Investopedia, an investment resource. Look at many different properties. Become an expert by learning as much as you can about what is out there. Attend open houses; look for vacant/unattractive properties; scour the classifieds in your local paper; or put the word out there that you’re interested in buying a property. Only look at properties that have motivated sellers, because then you’ll get closest to the price you want to pay. And don’t forget to research the area and the home turnover rate for the specific area where you are looking. Don’t make assumptions that a property will appreciate without doing your homework. Real estate can be a worthy investment opportunity. With research, a plan and the right price, just about anyone can be a real estate investor.

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he cost of college tuition is a concern for many college-bound students and their families. The cost of a college education continues to rise, but it’s not just tuition and room and board that students and their families must account for. College students may underestimate cost-of-living expenses when planning their school-year budgets. But such expenses can be substantial, catching even the most well-prepared students off guard. Fortunately, there are several ways for college students to save money on living expenses and still make the most of their time on campus. Venture off campus. Towns that rely heavily on colleges or universities


to support their economies typically offer great deals to students willing to venture off campus. Local businesses, including bars, restaurants and entertainment venues like mini golf facilities or bowling alleys, may offer student discounts to entice kids to leave campus. Students can take advantage of these offerings to save on food and entertainment, which tend to be among the more pricey costof-living expenses college students contend with. Buy secondhand furnishings. College students living in their own apartments or dorm rooms may not have the financial resources to purchase new furniture. Rather than purchasing brand new items they are likely to discard after moving out or graduating, college students can purchase secondhand items from local thrift stores or used furniture retailers that offer sturdy furnishings at low prices. Become a resident advisor. Resident advisors, often referred to as “R.A.’s,” typically receive free or reduced room and board in exchange for living in the dorms and monitoring the floors they live on. Competition to be an R.A. can be competitive, but students who

become R.A.’s can save thousands of dollars on room and board costs over the course of their time at school. Make your own meals. Meal plans may be ideal for college students during their freshmen years, when students may still be adjusting to campus life. But older college students can skip the meal plan in favor of preparing their own meals. Doing so can save students substantial amounts of money, and some students may even prefer the variety available at the local grocery store over the more limited offerings available at dining halls or other campus eateries. Move off campus. Some schools do not permit freshmen and sophomores to live off-campus, but older students may find that private housing is more affordable than on-campus apartments or dormitories. Students eligible to live in off-campus housing can contact local real estate agents to get a feel for the off-campus housing market before making a final decision. Cost-of-living expenses at colleges and universities can be considerable, but savvy students can find various ways to save money.



illions of people fund their college educations with student loans. Such loans can make it possible for students to attend the very best universities in the world, but they also can be burdensome when students graduate and face the unenviable task of repayment. Student loan debt figures are staggering. According to Debt. org, student loan debt in the United States is roughly $1.2 trillion, while the Canadian Federation of Students reports that education-related debt in Canada is more than $19 billion, a figure that reflects the cost of college tuition rising more than 137 percent in the last quarter century. The college resource website estimates that the average student debt for members of the class of 2016 is $37,173, a jaw dropping 6 percent increase from the average debt held by members of the class of 2015 upon graduation. Paying down that debt can seem like a daunting task, but recent grads need not fret that they will still be paying off student loans when their own children are ready to enroll in college or university. The following are a few

homeowners can work to achieve that goal before age 30. Once that goal has been set, grads can research average home costs in their desired areas. Such information can motivate grads to pay off their student loans as quickly as possible so they can be on track to achieve their larger goal of buying a home in accordance to their preestablished goal.

strategies college grads may want to consider as they look for ways to pay off their student loans as quickly as possible. Create a monthly budget before the repayment period begins. Monthly budgets are an essential element of sound financial planning, but grads should not wait until their repayment period begins to develop their budgets. Even if the repayment grace period has just begun, grads should build at least the minimum required payment into their monthly budgets. Simply put the money into a savings account until the repayment period begins. Adjusting to repaying loans as early as possible can soften the blow once the repayment period actually begins. Pay more than the minimum. Grads will have a relatively brief grace period to start repaying their loans after graduating. For those who are not going on to graduate or professional school, that grace period may be six months. As the due date for that first payment draws near, grads will receive a letter from their lenders indicating their overall debt and their minimum monthly payment. Paying more than that minimum monthly

payment can help borrowers pay off their student loans far faster than simply paying the minimum each month. Many homeowners employ this strategy with their mortgages, and grads can do the same when repaying their student loans. Establish short-term financial goals. Short-term financial goals can motivate borrowers to maintain their financial discipline, especially in those initial years after college when many new graduates struggle with money management. Be specific about goals, making sure to pick a target date to repay student loans in full. Grads who want to become

Live with a roommate or roommates. Recent graduates who landed their first professional job may feel living alone is the ultimate illustration of their financial independence. But living with a roommate or roommates can free up more money for borrowers to put toward repaying their student loans. Roommates share utility and cable/internet bills, and room shares are often much less expensive than studio or one-bedroom apartments. Many young professionals, especially those moving to a new city for their first job, find living with roommates after college is also a great way to develop or expand a social network. Repaying student loans takes discipline, but that discipline is rewarded when loans are repaid long before reaching their maturity date.

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dequate retirement planning can set men and women up to enjoy their golden years however they see fit. Getting to retirement with enough money takes discipline and commitment and may require some sacrifices along the way.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retirement planningâ&#x20AC;? is an umbrella term that covers various types of financial products and investments. One of the products prospective investors are likely to hear about when mulling their retirement investment options is an Individual Retirement Account, or IRA. An IRA is a personal retirement savings plan that can provide tax benefits to those who qualify. When speaking with a financial planner or exploring options on their own, prospective investors will hear about traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs and wonder what distinguishes one from the other. The following breakdown can help investors understand those differences with the hopes of finding the best option for them.

but account holdersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ability to deduct contributions from their income may be limited if their spouse is eligible to participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan. There are income limits associated with Roth IRAs. Account holdersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; adjusted growth income must be below certain limits depending on their tax filing status (i.e., filing single or filing jointly with a spouse).

Contributions Contributions to traditional IRAs are pre-tax, and they may be tax deductible depending on the account holderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s income and other factors. Contributions to Roth IRAs are made with post-tax income and are not eligible for tax deductions.

Taxes on distributions While men and women about to open an IRA likely wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about distributions for quite some time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that prospective account holders know that, according to Prudential, traditional IRA account holders will pay federal taxes on their accountâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investment earnings and on pre-tax contributions when money is withdrawn. Roth IRA account holders will not pay federal taxes on withdrawals, including their investment earnings, if they meet certain eligibility requirements. Prospective investors should know that there are tax penalties for account holders who withdraw money from their traditional or Roth IRAs before they reach age 591â &#x201E;2. Exceptions to that rule should be discussed with a tax or accounting professional.

Distributions and age The Internal Revenue Service notes that traditional IRA account holders must begin taking distributions by April 1 following the year in which they turned 701â &#x201E;2 years of age and by December 31 in future years. No minimum distributions are required for Roth IRA account holders.

Income requirements In order to open an IRA, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a traditional or Roth IRA, prospective account holders must have earned income, such as wages, salaries or income from self-employment. Men and women who do not work can still open an IRA, but only if their spouse is employed and the couple jointly files their tax return.

Understanding the various types of IRAs can be difficult. Prospective investors who need help navigating their retirement planning should not hesitate to contact financial planning professionals.

There also may be income limits depending on which type of IRA an investor chooses. There are no income limits attached to traditional IRAs,



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Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran Invites Children to Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose A summer kids’ event called Maker Fun Factory VBS will be hosted at Church of Our Saviour from June 26th- June 30th. At Maker Fun Factory, kids will find out why God made them and what their purpose is. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with a Funshop Finale that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time. Kids at Maker Fun Factory VBS will join a missions effort to help fund fresh water efforts in Peru. Maker Fun Factory VBS is for kids from 4 years old through 5th grade and will run from 9:30am to 12:30pm each day. For more information, call (516) – 627-2430.


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Summer Adventures at Portledge Portledge Summer Adventures offers programs for all, join us for one week or the entire summer!! We pride ourselves on meeting individual needs with programs ranging from Early childhood to art classes, to a 6 week drama program that culminates in a full musical performance. If you like sciences, this summer at Portledge there are classes in robotics, anatomy and DNA, all

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In New York City, the West Village’s Westbeth Artists Housing, has been home to an eclectic community of professional artists since 1970. The film puts the spotlight on three longtime residents as they engage with their craft over the course of a year: 75-year-old revered contemporary dancer Dudley Williams; 82-year-old published poet Ilsa Gilbert; and 95-year-old experimental filmmaker Edith Stephen. Rohan Spong’s portrait is a celebration of creativity and self-expression no matter one’s age. An inspirational story about community, aging and the need to keep creating.

R&B star R. Kelly to play Westbury May 18 R&B sensation R. Kelly will bring his talents to NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. Kelly is a Grammy Award-winning producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with roots in R&B, hip hop and soul. In 1992, Kelly and his supporting band, Public Announcement, became an instant success with their debut album, “Born Into the 90s.” Over the course of 25 years, he has sold more than 38 million albums and had more top 40 hits than any other male solo artist in the 1990s. Known as the “King of R&B,” Kelly uses tender ballads and provocative styles as he transforms musical influences and reinvents ranges through the history of classic soul.

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One of Kelly’s biggest singles, “I Believe I Can Fly,” won three Grammy Awards and appeared on the soundtrack for Michael Jordan’s movie, “Space Jam.” Kelly is also known for a collection of unforgettable hit singles, including “Bump n’ Grind,” “Your Body’s Callin’,” “Ignition (remix),” “I’m a Flirt (remix),” and the multi-part “Trapped in the Closet” series. Following his passion and creativity, Kelly published his first memoir, “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me,” in 2012. His 13th album, “The Buffet,” was released in 2015 and became his 12th No. 1 album on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Most recently, Kelly released his first Christmas album and 14th solo album, “12 Nights of Christmas,” complete with 12 new holiday songs, including “Home for Christmas.” Tickets to the performance can be purchased by visiting, calling 800-745-3000 or by visiting the Westbury box office. For more information about the event, go to www.thetheatreatwestbury. com. For more information on Kelly, visit or follow him on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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‘Couple of Guys’ to ‘Quotidian’ exhibit screen in Bellmore coming to Art League Award-winning Long Island filmmaker Debra Markowitz, founder of the Long Island International Film Expo, will present a table read and fundraiser for the new web series, “Couple of Guys,” at the Bellmore Movies on Monday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. “Couple of Guys” is a love story starring Sal Rendino (“The Get Down,” Showtime’s “Billions”) and Lukas Hassel (“The Blacklist,” “Blue Bloods”), with Ciarán Sheehan (Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera”), Joslyn DeFreece (“Carla(a)” and “The Week in Trans”), Glen Cove’s Noelle Yatuaro (“Wild Cats”) and Deborah Twiss (“Kick-Ass”) in the supporting cast. The story centers on two characters, Richard Durant and John Graham. Durant is a divorced attorney and father who came out late in life and is ready to start living. Graham is a musician with his wild and crazy days behind him, and he’s ready to settle down. In this day and age, when the next best thing is a swipe away, it just might take a “couple of guys” to show what’s worth fighting for.

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“In this trying time that we live in, the world definitely needs a diverse comedy, and ‘Couple of Guys’ is that comedy,” says Markowitz on the series’ development. “What I’m most excited about is not only the story, but the incredible actors who will be participating in the reading.” Markowitz’s company, Intention Films and Media, is hosting the public table read of the pilot that will also include Emmy award-winning actress from “One Life to Live,” Ilene Kristen, and Merrick’s Dina Lohan of “Living Lohan.” After the reading, there will be live performances from Sheehan, Lydia Sabosto, and JayCee Driesen. Tickets are $15 per person, with a $2 service charge if bought online. Depending upon availability, tickets my also be sold at the door. There will be a raffle at the event to win a walk-on in the show. Bellmore Movies is located at 222 Pettit Ave. in Bellmore. For more information, go to html.

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The Art League of Long Island invites artists from Suffolk, Nassau, Brooklyn, and Queens to submit entries to the upcoming juried exhibition “A Quotidian Life: Finding Beauty in the Ordinary.” The exhibit will show in their Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery July 15 through Aug. 5. Deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, June 13. In this juried exhibition, the Art League asks the artist to submit twoor three-dimensional works addressing beauty in the ordinary or commonplace. This may be found in the quality of light or color, the surprise of a repeated form, or a glance between two people. Where do you find beauty? These works may be realistic or abstract. All mediums will be considered, with the exception of photography or video. Exhibition Juror Franklin Hill Perrell is a well-known art historian, curator, and writer. His career at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York spanned over 20 years, culminating in the title of chief curator. There, he curated over 50 major exhibitions and numerous contempo-

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Arts & Entertainment Calendar NYCB LIVE/NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (516) 794-9300 • http://www.nassaucoliseum. com Friday, May 12-Sunday, May 21 at various times Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out of This World Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. Metalllica Worldwired Tour Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Barry Manilow Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Weeknd NORTHWELL HEALTH AT JONES BEACH THEATER 695 Bay Parkway, Wantaugh (516) 221-1000 • Saturday, June 3 at 7 p.m. KTUphoria 2017 with Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam, Jason Derulo, Shaggy, Daya, Craig David, Starley and Miley Cyrus Sunday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. Jason Aldean: They Don’t Know You Tour GOLD COAST ARTS CENTER 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (516) 829-2570 • Sunday, May 7 through Friday, September 15 Creative Crossroads: The art of Adam Handler and Luis Zimad Lamboy come together in this two-person exhibition of color and shape. Through June 11 Festival of the Arts: A celebration of the accomplishments of its students in Dance, Art, Ceramics, Music, and Drama programs. LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET 232 Main Street, Suite 1 Port Washington (516) 767-1384 ext. 101 Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m. Ladies of Laughter Wednesday, May 24 at 2 p.m. Lois Morton: 20th Century Girl PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM Coe Hall Historic House Museum 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay (516) 922-9200 • http://www.plantingfields. org Saturday, May 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Mother’s Day Concert in the Park: Dolce Ensemble Performs Classics in the Movies Free event For more information, contact Jennifer Lavella at (516) 922-8678 or email THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 ext. 303 Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m. Billy Currington “Stay Up Til the Sun Tour” Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m. The Paramount Comedy Series Presents: Kevin James Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. Good Charlotte “Youth Authority Tour” Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. David Bromberg Quartet

LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City 516-224-5800 • Through Sunday, May 14 Exhibit: “KaleidoZone — Javaka Steptoe: Radiant Child All ages. Free with museum admission. Tuesday, May 16 through Sunday, May 21 “Journey to Oz” All ages. Fee $9 with museum admission ($7 LICM members). Tuesday, May 16, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. stART (Story + Art): A reading and craft. Ages 3-5. Fee $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members). Tuesday, May 16, Wednesday, May 17 and Friday, May 19, 2:30-4 p.m. Cute as a Button Flowers Ages 3 and up. Free with museum admission. MADISON THEATRE AT MOLLOY COLLEGE 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre 516-323-4444 • Friday, May 19 at 7 p.m. “A Gospel Extravaganza” Through Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (MTh), 12-8 p.m. (F) The Frank & Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery at Molloy Presents... Senior BFA/BS Exhibit In the Kaiser Gallery, 2nd Floor, Public Square HUNTINGTON ARTS COUNCIL 213 Main Street, Huntington Saturday, May 13, 2-6 p.m. Huntington Village Art Walk Ongoing through Saturday, May 20 Juried Art Exhibition: “Into the Deep” NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn (516) 484-9338 Ongoing through 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 “ “Halston on Film” through July 9 Ongoing through 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 Family Sundays at the Museum, 1-4 p.m. Family Tour at 1 p.m. Art Activities at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 18 and June 15 at 1 p.m. Brown Bag Lectures with Riva Ettus Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. Halston’s Inner Circle: A Conversation with Guest Curator Lesley Frowick Tuesdays, May 23 and June 27 at 1 p.m. Sketching in the Galleries with Glenna Kubit STEPHEN C. WIDOM CULTURAL ARTS AT EMANUEL Temple Emanuel of Great Neck 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck

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A&E Calendar cont’d Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. Journalists Peter Beinart & Bret Stephens in Dialgue, moderated by Lane Filler of Newsday Tickets are $20 or two for $35. THE DOLPHIN BOOKSHOP & 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 Free admission Saturday, May 13, 2-4 p.m. Student Art Exhibit Opening Reception Thursdays through June 8, 6:30-8 p.m. Sketchbook Club for Adults To register, call 516-767-2650 Fridays through June 23 and Wednesdays through June 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sketchbook Club for Tweens (ages 9-12) BOOK REVUE 313 New York Avenue Huntington Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. “Half Broke Horses” by Jeanette Walls Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. “The Rising” by Stephanie Doyle-Cocchi THE ART GUILD 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset Second Thursdays: May 11 and June 8 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. TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | LIU POST 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville (516) 2993100 • Sunday, May 14, 7 p.m. Pippin Friday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. “The Godfather” In Concert THE SPACE AT WESTBURY 250 Post Ave., Westbury (516)283-5566 • www.thespaceatwestbury. com Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m.1 Dark Star Orchestra Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. David Crosby

SANDS POINT PRESERVE CONSERVANCY 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point • 516.571.7901 Thursday, May 11 through Saturday, May 13, 8-10 p.m. Murder Mystery: The Hound of the Baskervilles Sunday, May 14, 3-5 p.m. Mother’s Day Tea CLARK BOTANIC GARDEN 193 I. U. Willets Road, Albertson (516) 484-2208 • Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Clark Botanic Garden Auxiliary Presents The 48th Annual Spring Plant Sale

(631) 367-3418 • Saturday, May 13,2:30-3:30 p.m. Turtle Party Ages 3-12. $10 child/$6 adult Sunday, May 14,11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mother’s Day: Free admission for all moms ADELPHI UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1 South Avenue, Garden City (516)877-4000 • Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m. Crystal Gale BJ SPOKE GALLERY

229 Main Street, Huntington (631) 549-5106• Through Sunday, May 28 New Exhibits on Display: The abstract works of gallery president, Kevin Larkin, and gallery director Lorraine Carol ROCK HALL MUSEUM 199 Broadway, Lawrence (516)239-1157 • Sunday, May 21, 12-4 p.m. Colonial Day: Rock Hall Celebrates 250 Years of Histiry: Step back in time and visit Colonial America. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 516-239-1157.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AND TOLERANCE CENTER OF NASSAU COUNTY 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove (516) 571-8040 • Tuesday, May 16, 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Lessons from the Holocaust: The Path to Justice and Equity in Higher Education At Nassau Community College One Education Drive, Garden City COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY & AQUARIUM 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor (516) 692-6768 • http://www.cshfishhatchery. org Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Pollywog Adventures for Pre-Schoolers: Kids of all ages learn about the natural world. Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mother’s Day at the Hatchery: Free Admission for Moms 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, May 12, 8 p.m. Paul Anka Saturday, May 13, 8 p.m. Aretha Franklin Sunday, May 14, 7 p.m. The Midtown Men Thursday, May 18, 8 p.m. R. Kelly THE WHALING MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor

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Community Calendar HOLISTIC EATING: CHOOSING FOODS THAT SUPPORT A HEALTHY BODY AND MIND PRESENTED BY SHERRIE GLASSER AND CHEF AMANDA CINIGLIO Friday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. At Atria on Roslyn Harbor, 100 Landing Road, Roslyn RSVP to Susan Goldman, 516-626-6900 For more information, go to NORTHPORT CHORALE’S SPRING CONCERT At Northport High School, Laurel Hill Road, Northport Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets available at the door: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Students $10 For more information, contact Debi at 631223-3789 or go to NORTHPORT CHORALE’S SPRING CONCERT At Northport High School, Laurel Hill Road, Northport Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets available at the door: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Students $10 For more information, contact Debi at 631223-3789 or go to FLORAL PARK AARP PRESENTS: THE TRANSFORMATION OF PANAMA AND THE PANAMA CANAL A PowerPoint Presentation by Robert McMillan, Former Chairman of the Panama Canal Commission Monday, May 15 at 1 p.m. At the Floral Park Pool Complex Admision is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more informationm, call Joe Contardi at 516-437-8125 or via email, joecontardi@ NASSAU COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION Free Public Clinic: “Detecting, Preventing and Remedying Elder Abuse” Monday, May 15 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free Legal Consultation Clinics for Senior Citizens Thursday, May 18 at 9:30-11 a.m. Free Mortgage Foreclosure Clinics Monday, May 22 at 3-6 p.m. Both to take place at the Bar Association, 15th Street at the corner of West Street in Mineola For more information and to register call 516-747-4070 TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S SPRING DEPARTMENT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM What to Know Before Buying or Selling a Home Seminars Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Ave., Manhasset Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Hillside Public Library, 155 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park For more information, call 311 or 516-869-6311 or go to NETWORKING MIXER WITH THE CHAMBER OF THE WILLISTONS At Copperhill Restaurant, 234 Hillside Ave., Williston Park Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Half price appetizers and $5 drink specials RSVP to SPRING YOUTH SOCCER CLINICS

At Michael J. Tully Park 1801 Evergreen Ave, New Hyde Park Tuesdays, from 5-6 p.m., on May 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 13 or Fridays, from 5-6 p.m., on May 19, 26 and June 3 and 10 (rain dates: June 20 and 30) For more information, contact Jordan Speregen at 516-719-0800 or via email: jordan@

LONG ISLAND BAROQUE ENSEMBLE At Christ Church 61 East Main Street Oyster Bay 212-222-5795 Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m. The Ensemble will perform “Fortepianp.” $30 general admission; $20 for those in their 20; $15 students

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION AT SHELTER ROCK 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset (516) 627-6560 Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. The National Alliance for Mental Illness Presents: “Conversations with Clergy & Community” Exploring faith, religion and spirituality as resources for individuals and families struggling with mental illness. For more information, call 516-326-07997 to Friday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. Concert to Aid Refugee Families: Renowned Syrian singer, GAIDA will perform. Event will raise funds for Catholic Charities and Church World Services Tickets: $25 at the door; $20 online; $10 children under 18 For more information, call 516-627-6560 or go to

TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM 401 Roslyn Road Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 516-621-2288 Sunday, May 21, 5-9:30 p.m. Dancing with the Temple Beth Sholom Stars Tuesday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Our Living Torah, An Evening of Jewish Learning

LONG ISLAND COUNCIL OF CHURCHES ANNUAL MEETING At AHRC Nassau Mansion 189 Wheatley Road, Glen Head (Brookville) Thursday, May 18 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Stanfort J. Perry; $45 per person For more information, call 516-565-0290 WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE HISTORIC SITE 246 Old Walt Whitman Road Huntington Station (631)351-3244 Saturday, May 20, 5-9 p.m. A Call for the Arts: Syosset High School Art Show at the Walt Whitman Birthplace The evening will include performances by students in orchestra and band, as well as spoken word pieces. Admission is $10 for those 12 and up, children under 12 are free. All proceeds go to Action Against Hunger and WWBA. NORTH SHORE LAND ALLIANCE, INC.’S INTRO TO JOURNALING FOR ADULTS: EXPLORING THE NATURAL WORLD THROUGH ART Saturday, May 20, 1:30-3 p.m. At Wawapek Preserve, Cold Spring Harbor $10 per person. RSVP by calling 516-922-1028 GAALS (GIRLS ATHLETICS AND LIFE SKILLS) MOTHER-DAUGHTER DAY OUT: Celebrating Girls (Ages 5-14) & Their Moms At Community Synagogue 155 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington Sunday, May 21, Doors Open at 8:45 a.m., Meditation at 9 a.m., Sessions from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; Optional Lunch from 1- 2 p.m.; Lounge Open from 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Prices: Mother + Daughter, $125; Add-on Lunch for Mother + Daughter, $60; Add-on Event for Additional Girl, $35; Add-on Lunch for Additional Girl, $25 Fore more information, go to www.gaalsusa. com

GIRLS ATHLETICS AND LIFE SKILLS MOTHER-DAUGHTER DAY OUT At the Community Synogogue of Port Washington 160 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point Sunday, May 21 Celebrating girls and their moms, this is a one-of-a-kind shared experience where mothers and daughters join together for hands-on activities. Choose from amongst yoga & mindfulness, cooking, art and other sessions that interest and inspire you. For more information, go to www.GAALSusa. com. NEW HYDE PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE PINK TIE FOUNDATION BENEFIT At the Crest Hollow Country Club 8325 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury Monday, May 22 Event will support the Don Monti Foundation for Cancer Research For more information, go to ADELPHI NY STATEWIDE BREAST CANCER HOTLINE & SUPPORT PROGRAM Alumni House, 1 South Ave., Garden City Monday, May 22, 6-8 p.m. Using Mindfulness and Meditation to Cope with Breast Cancer presented by Jacob Cooper, CH, LMSW, RMT For more information on both seminars, call 800-877-8077 Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Young Women’s Support Group, Under 40 For more information, contact Erin Nau at 516-877-4314 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, 9:3010:30 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. Thursday, May 18, 3-5 p.m. Shababa Cooks: Shavuot Edition in Partnership with 92YShababa Network Children ages 1-5 and their families. $25 per family/$15 member families At Bernice Jacobson Day School and Camp Sunday, May 21, 10-11:30 a.m. Planting Day at Camp Jacobson At Bernice Jacobson Day School and Camp 340 Wheatley Rd., Old Westbury Tuesday, May 23, 10:30 a.m. Great Stories: Shavuot Edition For children ages 1-7 years and their families At Barnes & Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset ST. ALOYSIUS SOCIABLES OF GREAT NECK At Limani’s Restaurant, 1043 Northern Blvd., Roslyn Wednesday, May 24 at 1 p.m. Cost: Price of your meal For more information, call John Hyland at 516-482-3795 TRIVIA CHALENGE At Gino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant 1113 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park Wednesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. Match wits with great minds. You may win a prize. For more information, call 516-676-1976. PORT WASHINGTON SENIOR CENTER 80 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington Caregiver Support Group The first and third Tuesday of every month from 2-3 p.m. Info.: 311 or 516-869-6311 WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL 200 Old Country Road, Suite 250 Mineola, NY 11501 * Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Neuroscience Free Support Group/Huntington’s Disease Meetings held the second Monday of the month Winthrop’s Research & Academic Center 101 Mineola Blvd., Room G-013 * Winthrop-University Hospital’s Head and Neck Cancer Care Support Group Third Monday of the month, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 1300 Franklin Avenue, Suite ML5, Garden City * Winthrop-University Hospital’s Stroke Awareness Program Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m. Winthrop’s Research & Academic Center 101 Mineola Blvd., Room G-013 * Winthrop-University Hospital’s Inspiring Women Series: Bladder Problems — What Women Need to Know Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. Winthrop’s Research & Academic Center 101 Mineola Blvd., Room G-013

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Bryant Library TODDLER STORY TIME Friday, May 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. STEAM: SIMPLE MACHINES Friday, May 12, 4-5 p.m. Registration begins Friday, April 21 TINY TOTS Thursdays, May 18 and 25 10:15-11:15 a.m., 11:30-12:30 p.m. or 1-2 p.m. For children 18 months to five years. SACK FULL OF SURPRISES Friday, May 19 4-5 p.m. Grades 1 - 3 Registration begins Friday, April 28 3RD ANNUAL SUPER SMASH BROS. TOURNAMENT Saturday, May 20 1-3 p.m. Teen Program: Are you confident in your Super Smash Bros. skills? If so, we want YOU to join fellow competitors in demonstrating your superior skills against Pikachu, Marth, Star Fox and many more as we battle it out. Don’t miss your chance to be crowned winner and take home a great prize! For grades 6-12. ADULT PROGRAMS: CURRENT EVENTS WITH IVAN KRAKOWSKY

HEALING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS: Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 and June 20 at 1 p.m. Ivan will take you behind the headlines to explore current news items, the election and hotly debated politics. Krakowsky is a former Department Head of Social Studies for Farmingdale Public Schools. HEALING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Holistic health is treating the whole body physically, mentally and emotionally to get to the ‘root’ of the disease. Learning how to utilize the most ancient and natural science for health and healing is going to be the focus of the class, as the ‘roots’ of disease are accessed through the use of medicinalgrade oils. If you are a person who is interested in less medication and more natural solutions, empowering yourself to learn

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

about this option for yourself and for your family, this class is for you. Participants will learn the science of how to heal by diffusing, topical and internal application of these medicinal-grade oils. Michelle Atkins has been teaching high school health in Roslyn for 17 years. Besides general health education classes, Michelle has been working with mindfulness training, proposing stress reduction and holistic health courses that implement meditation techniques, aromatherapy and strategies to lessen stress and connect people to their purpose. Michelle emphasizes organic eating and lessening chemical exposure where possible indayto-day living. Online registration required. WOMEN’S DISCUSSION GROUP Wednesday, May 24 at 1 p.m.

Come join a discussion group on women’s issues. Participants will meet other women with similar interests, share ideas & discuss topics that are interesting, informative and enjoyable. Come socialize & connect with new friends. Refreshments will be served. Online registration required. TUESDAY YOGA 9:30 a.m. Registration Required. $42 for full session THURSDAY YOGA 9:30 a.m. Registration Required. $49 for full session SATURDAY YOGA 9:30 a.m. Registration Required. $42 for full session

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 917-658-5991 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 additional cash prizes totaling $1,700. Admission is $4 at the post, 155 Searingtown Road. SUFFERERS OF ARTHRITIS Glen Cove Hospital offers a free, weekly class for people with arthritis on an ongoing basis every Thursday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the hospital’s 1 South Dining Room, 101 St. Andrew’s Lane, Glen Cove. The class is taught by Merav deGuzman, the hospital’s recreational therapy supervisor, who is also certified by the Arthritis Foundation. The lowimpact exercises are designed to reduce joint pain and decrease stiffness. The program 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 Cove Hospital at: 516-674-7696. TBS Sisterhood Adult Education Classes Open to the Community Temple Beth Sholom offers an array of classes in Hebrew, Bible study, Torah cantillation, Jewish thinkers, prayer, and parenting through a Jewish lens. These day and evening classes are open to all adults – women, men, including those

who aren’t temple members -- although there is a registration fee for some of the courses. Many of the courses begin in Sept. There is a Tuesday morning series of classes taught by Zahavah Rosenfeld, a highly experienced Hebrew and Jewish studies teacher, and a monthly “Lunch and Learn” program with guest speakers. For further information, please download the brochure from the temple website: under the Community heading, the under Sisterhood, then click on the Adult Education brochure link. Or pick up a brochure at the temple office, 401 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights, NY 11577; or call 516621-2288. The Samuel Field Y weekday programs for preschool children (ages 3-5) with developmental disabilities and their families On Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., there is Gym and Creative Exploration at the Little Neck Site: 58-20 Little Neck Parkway. Little Neck. We also have our Sunday Fun Day program 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at our Little

Neck Site. Programs are $5.00 per 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 10, 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 reschedules prom to deter drinking Next year the event will take place on the Thursday night before commencement on Saturday BY N O A H M A N S K A R Herricks High School administrators plan to hold graduation rehearsal for seniors the morning after the prom next year, changing what some call a rite of passage. The prom is currently held on a Thursday night in June, a week before graduation the following Thursday, Superintendent Fino Celano said. But next year it will be moved to the Thursday night before commencement on Saturday, with rehearsal on Friday morning, The move is aimed at giving students less of an opportunity to party through the weekend, reducing the risk of someone getting hurt or worse, high school principal James Ruck said. “We’ll never know for sure; I do believe that making this change, over time, will save some kids’ lives,” Celano said at Thursday’s Herricks school board meeting. Ruck said he knows of seven other North Shore high schools that have made similar moves

in recent years with good outcomes. Many high school seniors rent beach houses in places like the Hamptons for the weekend after prom or make other plans to celebrate with friends, parents and school officials said at the meeting.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2015, teenagers died in car crashes most often in May, June and August — during prom and graduation season. October was another month with a high number of deaths.

Ruck announced the move to parents in a recent email. Much of the feedback has been positive, he said, but many have questioned the change. One parent spoke against it Thursday, saying he thinks it takes away freedom from both students and parents.

“The way it read was that I sort of got my rights stripped away to decide what to do with my child,” said the man, who did not give his name. Another parent questioned the wisdom of holding graduation rehearsal at 10 a.m., saying it would make prom feel like a school night. Ruck said the start time is not set in stone. He will continue to gather feedback from students and parents before finalizing next year’s schedule, he said. Students could still spend the day with their friends after graduation rehearsal, Ruck said. In addition to keeping students safer, officials said they think the move will take pressure off students who won’t want to party and reduce tension between students when prom comes around. “I feel like doing it this way is a little bit more inclusive of a lot of students,” school board Vice President Christine Turner said.

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Over 2,500 attend All Kids Fair

Children enjoy the All Kids Fair at the Hilton Long Island in Huntington last Sunday. The 7th annual All Kids Fair had record attendance on Sunday. Every year, this fabulous children’s expo has many draws for Long Island families, and this year was no different. Over 2500 people, representing approximately 1000 families, enjoyed a bounce house, petting zoo, and many kids’ classes. This year’s event was its first at its new location, the Hilton Long Island/ Huntington with more space for more activities. The fun-filled All Kids Fair continues its yearly tradition of entertaining kids and their families with captivating and educational activities. This year had more than 20 classes, some of which took place multiple times, including gymnastics, The

Great Marshmallow Challenge, baby ballet, The Science of Magic, optical illusions, yoga, music, art, The Science of Sound, cookie decorating, ASL (American Sign Language), and a Spring Fling with Boomer of Boomers! Medford. Additional classes were taught by three young ladies who were recently on national TV. Fourteen year old singer Chloe Wheeler, who appeared on NBC Telemundo’s La Voz Kids, the Spanish version of The Voice Kids, performed for her fans. Eleven year old chef Sophie Bravo and 13 year old chef Ally Kustera of Food Network’s Chopped Junior did separate cooking demos. The 2017 All Kids Fair brought


back many of last year’s favorite features, such as free face painting and chocolate samples, and added many new ones for the entertainment of its visitors. New options included a large train table setup and an 8 1/2 foot snake to touch and enjoy. Every year the All Kids Fair offers exciting educational and health activities to interest kids and their families. The Fair offers choices for toddlers through high school, including kids who have special needs or are gifted. 100 exhibitors provided valuable information about schools, camps, after school activities, birthday party ideas, college planning, and travel. Ganimet Brija of Coram, who attended the event, enthusiastically

shared “My son had a blast, and everyone was so helpful and friendly.” Noshina Amhad of Valley Stream added “I really love this event…already waiting for [the] next event.” Attendees who like to “pay it forward” to charitable groups were encouraged to bring non-perishable food and money for donation to The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network). Almost 100 pounds of food plus money were collected to benefit Long Islanders in need. This year’s sponsors were: Long Island Parent Magazine, Your Local Kids Source, Long Island McDonalds, Super Smiles Pediatric and Family Dentistry, Macaroni Kid, and Long Island Media Inc.

Anat Hoffman at Temple Judea The National Council of Jewish Women-Lakeville Section, WRJ Sisterhood of Temple Judea of Manhasset and Port Jewish Center will be hosting Anat Hoffman, chair of the Israel Religious Action Center, on Tuesday, June 13 at 12 p.m. Anat will share with us the state of human rights issues in Israel. As the leader of the Women of the Wall movement, Anat Hoffman has been in the forefront of many of the human rights issues facing Israel. She has successfully brought suit against forcing women to ride in the back of the bus that go through Orthodox communities, allowing women to hold Services at the Western Wall with Torahs and tallit, required Orthodox neighborhoods to take down signs mandating “proper dress” for women, opened up the mikvahs to all — not just the Orthodox and is now in litigation against El Al for asking a

women to move her seat because an Orthodox man felt uncomfortable with her sitting near him. IRAC is in the forefront in all cases where people are being harassed, denied their rights because of their religion or lack thereof. Families would have been torn apart if not for IRAC’s intervention. Anat Hoffman will tell us what is going on now in Israel and how we can help loosen the grip of the Orthodox community. The lunch will held at the Jolly Fisherman at 25 Main St. in. Roslyn. A donation of $35 is requested. Make checks payable to NCJW-Lakeville and send to Miriam Chatinover at 22 Avalon Road in Great Neck, NY 11021 before June 5. For more information, please contact Lauren Chizner (516) 817-9576 or lauren.chizner@gmail. com or Miriam Chatinover (516) 487-1199

Mineola students win Rotary club honors Kevin Lang Earth Day contest Seventeen students from the Hampton Street School in the Mineola school district were selected as winners of the 2017 Earth Day Poster Contest for the New York State Senate. The posters were judged by STEAM teacher Ms. Maynard and art teacher Mrs. Altman and were chosen based on artistic creative expression as well as highlighting the importance of the Earth Day theme of reducing, reusing and recycling. The winning posters will be displayed on the state Senate website in honor of Earth Day 2017.

The Roslyn Rotary club honored Roslyn High School senior Kevin Lang, Jr. as the April Student of the Month at its luncheon on April 27. Kevin’s community service included volunteering with the Port Washington Fire Department Juniors, participating in the Young Adult Advisory Council, volunteering at the 5th Battalion Fire Department Softball Tournament for the Heather Pendergast Fund were he assisted in setting up booths, running registration, selling raffles and merchandise and cleaning up. He also volunteered during Teddy Bear Night each year at the Heights School and for Helping Hands at Roslyn High School. Kevin is pictured in the center with his parents Kevin and Antoinette Lang, flanked by Rotary Club Co-Presidents Cathy Mealing and Deborah Zenir.

Kevin Lang, Jr., a Roslyn High School senior honored as the April Student of the Month at the Roslyn Rotary Club luncheon on April 27

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Walk of Love & 5K Run presented by Walgreens! • Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017 • Time: 8 AM - 1 PM • Location: Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, located at 267-07 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY • Radio Sponsor: 106.1 BLI & 102.3 WBAB

All proceeds will benefit the programs and services RMH-LI & the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Stony Brook Children's Hospital provide for families of seriously ill children. Post-walk family fun and entertainment will follow the Walk & 5K with activities including an appearance by Ronald McDonald, carnival games, BBQ, music, face painting and more! PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. Registration fees are as follows:

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Schumer joins fight against fentanyl Dem senator eyes more resources for border officers to stop flow of deadly opioid BY M A X Z A H N Sen. Charles Schumer on Friday announced his support for a bill that gives U.S. Customs and Border Protection additional tools to prevent fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far more potent than heroin, from coming into locations in Nassau County and across the United States. “Fentanyl is rearing its ugly head in Long Island,” said Schumer, who spoke at Floral Park Village Hall. “Fentanyl doesn’t come from our shores. We can stop it before it comes in.” The bill, called the INTERDICT Act, provides chemical screening devices and trained personnel at ports of entry and post office locations where fentanyl is likely to be encountered, Schumer said. “Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin,” Schumer said. “One shot and you can die.” Last year there were 71 fentanyl overdoes in Suffolk County and 60 in Nassau County, he added. The quantity of fentanyl that came into the United States in 2016 was 25 times greater than the amount a year prior, he said. “We need every tool available to curb this deadly scourge in our communities,” said Madeline Singas, the Nassau County

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announces his support for a bill that gives U.S. customs agents additional tools to prevent fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far more potent than heroin, from coming into locations in Nassau County and across the U.S. District Attorney. The bill calls for $15 million in spending to account for the payment of additional personnel and the provision of the screening devices. Schumer did not know the price of each device but said it’s in the tens of thousand of dollars. “It’s not something you can pick up at your local Seven-Eleven,” he said. Schumer said the spending would come from the hundreds of millions of

dollars appropriated to combat opioid abuse in a $1.2 trillion spending bill passed by the Senate on Thursday that, if signed by president Donald Trump, will fund the federal government through September. The bill has six democratic cosponsors and three republican ones, among them Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts). Schumer acknowledged that law enforcement is not the only means to com-

bat the rise in opioid-related deaths. “We also need treatment,” he said. “I’ve had parents who sob in my arms because their children waited for treatment and died of an overdose.” Schumer expects the bill to come up for a vote in June, he said. On Thursday, Singas announced a nine-year sentence for Bryan Jennings, 35, of Valley Stream, who pled guilty to three counts of felony in connection to the sale of heroin laced with fentanyl that was linked to two fatal overdoses in Nassau County, according to a statement from Singas. At the press conference on Friday, Schumer also commented on the American Health Care Act, a bill passed by House Republicans on Thursday. “If you read the newspapers, both democrats and republicans say that bill won’t fly in the Senate,” Schumer said. “One of the reasons is it doesn’t deal with preexisting conditions.” Reach reporter Max Zahn by e-mail at, by phone at 516.307.1045 x215. Also follow us on Twitter @MaxZahn_ and Facebook at

More than 2K walk across LIU stage BY K R I ST I N A HUDERSKI Students from LIU Post, as well as the LIU Brentwood and Riverhead campuses, celebrated their graduations at the 59th Annual Commencement Ceremony held on Friday, May 5. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the ceremony was moved, on Wednesday, May 3, to the LIU Post Pratt Recreation Center instead of the large tent that had already been erected on the lawn in front of Humanities Hall. This was the first time that the graduation has been held at Pratt. The undergraduate ceremony began at 10 a.m. and the graduate ceremony began at 3 p.m. The graduates included 904 undergraduates, 1095 masters candidates, 174 students receiving advanced certificates, 43 doctoral candidates and 56 students receiving dual bachelor-master degrees. The undergraduate valedictorian, Melissa Peet, from Monroe, Conn., who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences and health care

administration, gave a heartfelt speech expressing her gratitude to LIU Post. “Don’t stop here, it is just the beginning,” she said to her fellow graduates. Peet, a member of the softball team, also mentioned that, “it is the first time that the both the valedictorian and salutatorian are student-athletes.” The salutatorian, Kelly Carey from Holbrook, N.Y, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in forensic science and is a member of the cheerleading team. “It is an honor to get to represent the Class of 2017 as salutatorian,” Carey said. “Post has afforded me so many opportunities and I can’t thank those who have been on this journey with me enough for their help. I have made friends and memories that will last me a lifetime. Post has prepared me to go out into the world with confidence and I am extremely excited to start the path to my dream career. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Congrats to the Class of 2017! Go Pioneers!” Entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford received an honorary degree and was the keynote

speaker. Sanford, during his positive speech to the graduates, asked them to reflect on their years in college and thank their parents. “Think about what these last years have been to you,” he said. Sanford, the chairman of United National Corporation, has been honored as one of America’s top philanthropists by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Sanford donated $5 million to LIU Post to launch the LIU T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute to advance the University’s leadership in entrepreneurial education. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer also made a speech about his experience in college and how this generation is better equipped than any other. Schumer talked about the graduates’ futures and how their paths are undetermined. “Don’t fear the unknown, embrace it,” Schumer said. As each graduate was called to the stage by name, LIU University President Kimberly Cline conferred the degrees upon the graduates. Congratulations to the


LIU Post held its commencement ceremony last Friday, May 5. 2017 graduates and may your futures always be bright! This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student news-

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Trump treated unfairly by letter-writer


am writing this letter in response to that written by Mr. Jay Feldman from the Friday, May 5 edition of the Roslyn Times. Mr. Feldman describes President Trump as a threat to our national security and our country’s moral fabric. His incendiary and ignorant letter needs a retort. To begin with, Mr. Feldman critiques President Trump’s “bashing” of China, Iran, North Korea, NATO and NAFTA. To that I can say it is about time someone did some “bashing”. They all deserve it. I cannot go into detail due to the size limitations of a letter to the editor. So let me say that China is militarizing the South China Sea, Iran is promoting terrorism and developing a nuclear arsenal, North Korea is led by a family of mass murdering psychopaths, NATO refuses to fund monies for its own defense, and NAFTA can certainly be improved for the American side.. The letter then turns to a discussion on diplomacy. In one of many absurd comments, Mr. Feldman writes “In an area where precision is everything…” What? Where precision is everything? What a joke. Precision is nothing in diplomacy. A lot of it is posturing, innuendo and outright treachery. I prefer Trumps’ style. He comes out with an extreme position and then negotiates from there. That was uncharacteristic of our previous presidents. He also changes positions, not out of indecision, but as a tactic. It seems to be working, i.e. China’s new found criticism of North Korea is one example. Mr. Feldman mocks Trump wanting to reset relations with Russia. I do not remember Mr. Feldman writing about the Obama reset with Russia. Putin took Obama to the cleaners. It was a man pitted against a child. Putin conquered the Crimea, invaded eastern Ukraine, and got a foothold in the Mideast again after having lost it decades ago. Trump couldn’t do worse than Obama. Do you want to see more of Obama’s “precision diplomacy” in action? He talked Ukraine into giving up their nuclear arms with a promise of protection under an American defense umbrella. Then, when Russia invades, he offers no protection. Obama also showed a lot of “precision diplomacy” with Iran, regarding that pathetic nuclear deal.

It had unverifiable inspections and deceitful “off the record” payments to the Iran regime. Another example of “precision diplomacy” was that of Bill Clinton. Do you remember his billion-dollar bribe to North Korea not to build a nuclear weapon? Well, they proceeded to build it anyway. Trump looks very good in comparison and he will get better with experience. If it was legally actionable, Mr. Feldman could be sued for saying there were links to Russia during the Trump campaign. There were none. But didn’t Putin make large contributions to the Clinton Foundation? Didn’t John Podesta also have commercial links to Russia? How about investigating those? Mr. Feldman then criticized Trump for raising tensions with North Korea. It is about time. I want that psychopath taken out before he has long range missiles that are capable of reaching the U.S. I want him taken out now! He has threatened us and other countries before. We have negotiated with his father and him for decades. It has all been fruitless. He cooperates with Iran and Syria by providing nuclear technology. Finally, someone has the guts to confront them. Mr. Feldman says Trump was undiplomatic to invite President Duterte of the Philippines for a meeting. What is Mr. Feldman talking about? Trump was looking for another ally against North Korea and against China militarizing the South China Sea. President Duterte is now leaning towards China as an ally and might leave the American orbit of influence. This was due to the “precision diplomacy “of Obama. Since Mr. Feldman seems not to like the idea of Duterte making extra judicial killings, I wonder if he ever wrote about Obama meeting with Putin, Castro, Chavez, and the Palestinians, among others. Did they not participate in extra judicial killings? Mr. Feldman’s rant continues with the lie that Trump attacks immigrants. Aside from the fact that Trump married an immigrant, Trump only attacked illegal immigrants. I guess that was too subtle for Mr. Feld-

Back Kron for ed board Continued from Page 16 “Public education has become political football, nationally, statewide, forces outside Great Neck. Those influence us here in Great Neck.” The budget, she said, whether or not we are empty-nesters, parents of public or parochial school students, or homeowners with no school-age children, “is a shared resource, the commonweal, that’s what public schools are about.”

The vote for our schools represents “the metaphysical question about community: Who are we, what are our values?” Sassouni reflected. “Our challenge is to define ourselves in these votes. These are value propositions, not only about money, but what is important about living in Great Neck. That’s what you vote on.” Vote May 16 in support of the budget, the bond, and for Rebecca Sassouni and Nicholas Kron to fill the two positions on the school board.

man to grasp. Trump’s also alleged attacks on Muslims are more honestly described as an attempt to protect Americans from the type of terrorist violence we now see in Europe. What’s wrong with that? How many Americans would Mr. Feldman like to sacrifice to the God of diversity? The court decisions cited by Mr. Feldman regarding those executive orders were issued by Obama-appointed judges. They did not make their decisions on the basis of the executive order presented in front of them. Being the political hacks that they are, they used Trump’s campaign rhetoric as a reason for their decision. Since when should campaign rhetoric be an influence on a presidential executive order? They should decide on the legality of the order before them using case law as a precedent. These are rogue judges who should be impeached. Mr. Feldman continues with complaints about the attacks on the Paris climate accords and, as hard as it is to believe, says Trump is a” threat to human sustainability of life on earth?” Despite the deceit constantly propagated, there is no consensus that has ever proven that the present global warming trend is anthropogenic. The reason so much is made of global warming is that it can be used as a tactic to saddle corporations with a carbon tax. It is also a way for politically connected ”crony socialists” to get energy subsidies for otherwise profitless companies. Don’t forget about educational grants for dishonest climate research. See Michelle Malkin’s expose on Tom Steyer. Had enough? Unfortunately, Mr. Feldman is not done. Mr. Feldman continues with the economy and tax cuts. “…Republicans, who falsely mocked Democratic budgets as budget busting, create those lost revenues through ‘dynamic scoring’ which most economists dismiss in the same way they discredit supply side economics.” This has to be one of the most ill-informed and deceitful sentences I have ever read. I happen to know which economists Feldman is referring too, i.e. Krugman, Steiglitz, Blindner, etc. They are not highly regarded now. But Arthur Laffer, who was one of the supply siders, still has his reputation intact. Supply-side economics and “dynamic scoring” have never been discredited. The famous quote regarding “voodoo economics” was dead wrong. The same disparagement was made regarding Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts. Reagan’s economy boomed and tax revenues exploded with it. The Democratic budgets, with Obama at the helm, ran the largest deficits in history. They doubled our national debt in only eight years; a previous debt that took 236 years to accumulate. Mr. Feldman resents Republican tax cuts for wealthy. I love the idea. It will grow the economy.

You have to have capital to invest. Where will you get that capital? You will get it from the wealthy. Low income citizens do not even pay income taxes. So how can you cut taxes for them? Middle income citizens do pay taxes and I am for a cut, especially for pass-through business entities. But capital from the wealthy is necessary. Income taxes, at the highest marginal rates, determine behavioral incentives more than middle-class income tax rates. He continues, “Democratic revenue projections, however well supported by independent analyses,…“ What baloney! I am not impressed by Mr. Feldman’s independent analysts. We were promised a growing economy for all eight years of the Obama administration. Growth was always around the corner but it never came. For the first time in our history, the U.S. did not have even one year of 3 percent growth during the eight years. We also, for the first time in our history, have more businesses closing than opening. Recently, our productivity actually went negative. Another pathetic remark refers to the idea that Republican administrations have led us to deep economic downturns. A blatant lie! I am old enough to remember the disastrous economic malaise of Jimmy Carter. I remember the bursting of the bubble under Bill Clinton in 2000. I remember the Wall Street Journal editorial in 1996 warning Bill Clinton that Fannie May was distorting the mortgage market. Clinton ignored it. So I blame the real estate crisis of 2008 on Bill Clinton, who promoted that bubble by allowing Fannie May to underwrite “ninja loans” (no income, no job, no assets) to anyone with a pulse. Unfortunately, the crisis peaked on George Bush’s watch and Clinton avoided the blame he so richly deserved. One last remark accuses Trump of enhancing the value of his own organization. If you want to talk about illicit, unethical enhancement, no one matches the Clinton’s. When it comes to corruption, they are in a league by themselves. The Clinton Global initiative and the Clinton Foundation were much larger scams than even Bernie Madoff. Mr. Feldman finishes with an insincere concern for the workers who voted for Trump. When did he or the Democrats ever give a damn about the American worker until the recent election? Democrats only displayed an interest for unions which gave them large campaign donations and electioneering volunteers. Democrats falsely view themselves as genuinely caring about those less well off. Yet it is they who have destroyed the purchasing power of the working class with their policies. What does a nickel bottle of coke cost now? Dr. Wayne Roth Roslyn Heights,

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Business&RealEstate Proposals will help G.N. property values On Tuesday May 8, at 8 p.m., I attended a school budget and bond hearing that was very informative. I wouldn’t say it was a standing room crowd, but concerned parents, couples and seniors who attended, listened carefully to the details of the proposed Great Neck School budget of 2017-18 and The revised bond referendum to repair and upgrade our schools. It will be voted upon on May 16 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. As I listened to the school board members spoke, I remembered and regressed back when my mom got lost in Great Neck and stopped off at a realtor’s office to find out how to get out of the town back to Whitestone. Well back then, it wasn’t about consulting and guiding people through the arduous process of purchasing, but sell, sell, sell, ABC (always be closing, but now it’s about “Always, Be Consulting”). Well my mom, scurried back to Whitestone, in a very excited fashion. I lived on a cul de sac, just off

Clintonville Street north of the Cross Island Parkway. She told my dad what had happened that day and was shown and found the most beautiful Tudor home for only $21,500. I was only four years old in 1955, and obviously oblivious to what was going on, but my sisters who were three to six years older than me and must have known. I understand that my dad went berserk, when he heard the price, since his home was only worth about $12,550 back then. He had his own lunchenette business, (tiny diner) that serviced all the surrounding taxicab companies. He must have done fairly well; but was it bit perturbed and nervous about buying such an expensive home. Well my mom hemmed and hawed and finally convinced my dad to buy that Tudor home on 108 Station Road for $21,500, with taxes, I believe, of about $800 some 60 year ago! But as they say, “happy wife, happy life.” Wow, how prices have

PHILIP A. RAICES Real Estate Watch changed and escalated to the stratosphere. While I was going to school here back in the ‘60s, prices for homes were $90,000-150,000 in many of the nine villages up to $225,000-350,000 in the more exclusive areas, including, waterview and waterfront properties. Schools were obviously in a much more newer and pristine condition and budgets were much less, but back then everything was relative to the cost of things. Fast track to the present in

my area, 65 percent of the homes on MLS have been listed in and around the million-dollar range for something in good to excellent condition. Listen, when George Washington was President, the prices of homes ranged from $1,000$3,000. Today, similar homes are one to $3 million. Even though that is over 240 years, boy, that’s appreciation at its best, 1000 percent increase! I am sure that the impact of our top-notch schools had an effect on prices back then, but one thing is for sure today, that it’s all about, “location, location, school district (I coined this phrase and have been using it for over 35 years that I am involved with real estate). I have looked around the country and where there are outstanding and premier schools, prices are almost always higher. It makes sense that families that want and demand excellent and superior education, will seek out those towns that provide that above average learning environ-

ment. And yes, taxes will be higher, but is the 65 percent of your real estate tax bill worth it? I and most people I have talked with have expressed a resounding and absolute yes! They want the best education possible in this most competitive and demanding world and are willing to pay for it and there is a direct correlation to higher values of homes in those areas. So, to keep our home prices strong and increasing over the future, everyone should go out and vote yes for our budget and bond referendum to keep our schools in top notch shape and the higher level of teachers and learning that we all want, need and expect now and going into the future! 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 at Phil@TurnkeyRealEstate.Com or by cell (516) 647-4289 to answer any of your questions or article suggestions.

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Recent Real Estate Sales in Roslyn Roslyn Real Estate Market Conditions 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

75 Knollwood Road, Roslyn Sold Price: $937,500 Date: 03/10/2017 3 beds, 3 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 75x150 Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $16,973 MLS# 2868156

7 Hewlett Drive, Old Westbury Sold Price: $1,680,000 Date: 04/17/2017 4 beds, 4 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 1.21 Schools: East Williston Total Taxes: $32,934 MLS# 2857354

58 Woods Drive, East Hills Sold Price: $1,500,000 Date: 03/29/2017 6 beds, 4 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 100X155 Ir Schools: Roslyn Total Taxes: $32,885 MLS# 2880648

264 Hillturn Lane, Roslyn Heights Sold Price: $805,000 Date: 04/10/2017 3 beds, 3 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 0.16 Schools: Herricks Total Taxes: $10,847 MLS# 2908008

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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Contractor charged with forging town letter Faces 2 1/3 to 7 years if convicted of two felonies BY ST E P H E N ROMANO A home contractor from Lindenhurst was arrested last Thursday for allegedly forging a letter from the Town of North Hempstead Building Department, Nassau County prosecutors said. Mark Rosenberg, 44, allegedly forged a letter around May 23, 2016, from the department to a New Hyde Park couple, whose home he was renovating, after he was ordered to cease and desist at the construction site when he did not follow the

town’s approved plan, the Nassau County district attorney’s office said. He eventually stopped construction, prosecutors said. “This defendant failed to follow local building rules and then allegedly forged an official document to buy time with his dissatisfied clients,” District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “Building codes and planning processes exist to protect the public, and forging government documents to skirt those rules is a crime. I thank the Town of North Hempstead for bringing this case to our attention.”

After the cease and desist was issued, Rosenberg met with the homeowners on May 24, 2016, and allegedly provided them with the letter, which was written on the town’s letterhead and was purpoortedly signed by the plan examiner, prosecutors said. The forged letter said the homeowners’ application had been denied and required the town Board of Zoning Appeals’ approval. It added that certain items did not conform to the town’s code, prosecutors said. The plan examiner told the homeowners he did not issue the

second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, both felonies. He pleaded not guilty to both charges. Rosenberg was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on June 12. “Mr. Rosenberg definitely appreciates and understands the severity of these charges,” Jeffery Fox, his attorney, said. “Immediately upon finding out that there was an issue, there was contact between him and the DA’s investigators and he has been totally cooporative.” If convicted, Rosenberg faces 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison. “When this wrongdoing came to light we immediately turned the information over to the district attorney,” Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Mark Rosenberg Judi Bosworth said. “It’s critical that the public knows that all letter, prosecutors said. The letter displayed multiple town business is conducted with signs of being a forgery, prosecu- the utmost honesty and integrity. The district attorney is a great tors said. Rosenberg was charged partner in helping us to root out with second-degree forgery and corruption.”

Sentencing delayed for Cerveny dealer


Kirsten Cerveny died of a cocaine overdose in October 2015. BY M A X Z A H N A Manhattan federal judge last Thursday delayed the sentencing of a drug dealer accused of moving from his apartment the body of a Manhasset dermatologist who had overdosed, Newsday reported. James “Pepsi” Holder admitted in court to keeping and selling cocaine between 2005 and 2015 in his Manhattan apartment in the building

where Kiersten Cerveny, who lived in Manhasset and practiced in Williston Park, was found dead in a vestibule in October 2015. Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 6 1/2 years for Holder’s dealing drugs from the apartment. The sentencing delay on Thursday in the New York Southern District courtroom of Judge Jesse M. Furman came after a disagreement over whether Cerveny was legally a “vic-

tim” entitled to restitution, a Newsday report said. Defense attorney Matthew J. Kluger said Holder pleaded guilty only to maintaining a drug-involved premises, not giving Cerveny the drugs that killed her, according to Newsday. Kluger is seeking a shorter sentence of four years. “People can’t use cocaine just anywhere,” the prosecutor reportedly said. “ . . . It was James Holder who provided that place” and if he hadn’t Cerveny “could have lived to see another day.” In March, television producer Marc Henry Johnson pleaded guilty to acting as an accessory to a narcotics crime, admitting that he moved the 38-year-old Cerveny. Prosecutors allege that Holder collaborated with Johnson in carrying Cerveny out of Holder’s apartment and left her in the building’s vestibule. Cerveny had been partying with Johnson on the night of Oct. 3, 2015, before they went to Holder’s apartment together at 4:25 a.m. on Oct. 4, prosecutors said. Cerveny became unresponsive and the pair dragged her into the apartment building’s vestibule before Johnson called 911, prosecutors said. Medical examiners found her death was caused in part by a cocaine overdose. Furman asked both sides to submit briefs on the question of whether Cerveny is a “victim” before he sentences Holder, and rescheduled the sentencing to May 11, Newsday reported.

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Michael Du, 15, of Roslyn Heights, who went missing last Friday.

Police look for missing Roslyn teen BY M A X Z A H N Police are searching for Roslyn Heights teenager Michael Du, Nassau County police said. Du, 15, was last seen at his home at 4:30 p.m. last Friday, police said. Police described Du as 130 pounds, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and wearing black pants and a black jacket. He may be in the Flushing, Queens area, police said. Detectives request anyone with information on Du’s whereabouts to contact Missing Persons Squad at 516-5737347 or call 911. All callers will remain anonymous.

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D’Urso talks at Day of Remembrance State Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso was a keynote speaker at the Jewish Community Relations Council annual Day of Remembrance in Nassau County to reflect and recognize the work of youth in creating a more civil society at Hofstra University. The Student Center Theater was filled to capacity for the JCRC event held in partnership with Nassau County’s state Senate Delegation and Nassau County’s state Assembly Delegation. Assemblyman D’Urso gave a loving tribute to his father, Giuseppe D’Urso, for being a righteous gentile who saved the lives of Jews during the war. All 20 members of the Ascarelli family survived thanks to his courageous actions. Under the cover of darkness, Giuseppe moved the family ever couple of days to a new safe hiding place and made sure they had enough food. Students were nominated by their schools for projects including holding benefit events for hurricane victims, providing school supplies for a school in Haiti, working with Make A Wish, helping out at the INN Soup Kitchen, building an integrative play area for children, having service initiatives to support veterans, conducting food drives, collecting funds for UNICEF, cooking dinners for families at Ronald McDonald House, building a school in Tanzania, doing anti-bullying programs, raising money for orphanages, advocating for LGBT, volunteering at animal shelters, raising money for pregnant women and young mothers in Tanzania, working at camps for children with cancer, and helping out at community clean ups and blood drives. Adam Suttin, JCRC-LI’s Chair, talked about how inspiring it was to be in a room with young adults who are committed to do good deeds. The Long Island Chapter of the JCRC reaches out to educate and continue building relationships to help unite our communities. Holocaust survivor Leo Ullman was also honored. He shared his moving story of being a hidden child in Holland during the Holocaust. Rabbi Elliot Skidell of Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Emeth, President of the Long Island Board of Rabbis lit six yahzreit (memorial) candles to symbolize the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. He said their light is a symbol of what might have been.

Dr. Cindy Grines joins Northwell Health Northwell Health announced Thursday that Dr. Cindy Grines, one of the nation’s preeminent cardiologists, has joined Northwell Health. She also was appointed chair of cardiology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Grines, who helped pioneer percutaneous coronary intervention for heart attack, will perform interventions and cardiac catheterizations at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. At the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, she will develop and foster world-class cardiology research and education programs and implement it across the Northwell Health system. Previously, Grines was vice president of academic and clinical affairs at Detroit Medical Center’s Heart Hospital. Before joining the Detroit

hospital in 2011, Grines was vice chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., where she spent two decades. Grines led numerous multicenter clinical trials, including the PAMI trial that demonstrated primary PCI was superior to clot busting drugs and the Stent PAMI study, which confirmed the benefits of stents versus angioplasty for treating heart attacks. Research led by Grines revolutionized the management of heart attack patients across the world. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Grines, one of the most esteemed interventional cardiologists in the country, as the chair of cardiology at the medical school,” said Dr. Lawrence Smith, Northwell Health’s physician-in-chief and dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. “With exceptional clinical, teaching and research

skills, Dr. Grines will develop a premiere cardiac research program as well as developing clinical trials that will give patients earlier access to the latest in diagnostics and therapeutics.” Grines has had a significant impact on a number of areas of

cardiology and interventional cardiology, but in particular with myocardial infarction, or heart attack. She has a long history of research, publications and designing clinical trials. She has published more than 400 publications, numerous book chapters and hundreds of medical journal articles regarding cardiac catheterization, PCI, acute myocardial infarction, gene therapy and heart disease in women. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interventional Cardiology. Grines has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and has received many regional and national awards. In March, she received the American College of Cardiology’s Distinguished Mentor Award. The Michigan ACC awarded Grines its Legacy Award, only the second person to receive the

honor. In 2016, she was presented with the Alumni Achievement Award for the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and received the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions — Luminary in Interventional Cardiology award. Grines received her medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and completed her internship and residency at the same university. She completed her fellowship in cardiology from the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. She is a member of numerous professional societies and is on the executive committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, the scientific session program committee for the American College of Cardiology and is the chairperson for Women in Innovations.

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Capri shows Italy’s beauty Continued from Page 80 As an example one day we took a stroll down Via Tragara in order to see the Faraglioni Rock. It is wrong to call this merely a walk down a street. This ancient street was carved into the side of this mountain and it was lined with stones walls and flower gardens that smelled like perfume and always to the right were views of an azure blue ocean down below and rock formations. The views from this road are so stunning that it inspired some of Dore’s illustrations in Dante’s masterpiece “The Divine Comedy” written in 1320. The wealth of the Roman Empire was used to build the

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No campaign funds for legal fees: Lavine Continued from Page 26 Silver, who was convicted in a federal corruption trial in 2015, spent around $3 million in campaign funds on legal fees, records show. Former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, who was also convicted in a federal corruption case, spent more than $750,000 in campaign funds for his defense. “It’s important that campaign contributions be used for campaigning, not legal defense,” Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, said in a statement. “We urge lawmakers to support

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Assemblyman Lavine’s reform legislation.” “My legislation will close this lifeline to corrupt politicians and stop this criminal activity before it happens,” Lavine said. A version of this bill is being co-sponsored in the state Senate by Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford) and Sen. Todd Kaminsky (DLong Beach). Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran and County Comptroller George Maragos are also running for county executive as Democrats. Former state Sen. Jack Martins is running as a Republican. Mangano has not said whether he will seek another term.

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Ballot set for Herricks school vote Continued from Page 29 Zanetti said in an interview last month. Gounaris, 53, said he is proud of helping to lead the board through big staff changes in recent years. Two top administrators, including Superintendent Fino Celano, took over in 2015, and the district hired Lisa Rutkoske, the assistant superintendent for business, last year. The district has also made great strides in recent years in “really creating a new forward-thinking ethic” with its curriculum, as evidenced by its language immersion program and Project Lead the Way, an engineering curriculum, said Gounaris, who owns a company that operates corporate cafeterias. “We are progressive when it comes to new educational techniques and new management techniques,” Gounaris, who served as the school board president from 2013 to 2015, said in an interview last month. Residents will also vote on the district’s $111.2 million budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget would increase revenue from property taxes by 1.62 percent, the maximum allowed this year under the state’s tax cap law. Polls for the school board election and budget vote will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Herricks Community Center, located at 999 Herricks Road in New Hyde Park.




14 arrested in alleged drug ring Continued from Page 3 auto shops in Bushwick as distribution points, the DA’s office said in a news release. Two of the alleged lower-level dealers, Hamilton “Rico” Croft and Roger “Butta” Liburd, both of Elmont, sold the packaged doses in Nassau County, prosecutors said. Jackson also allegedly supplied heroin to Omari “King Supreme” Sander and Russell King, both Queens men who sold doses in Queens and Nassau. When he was arrested, King had more than 60 grams of heroin, packaging material, grinders, scales and three different stamps on him, prosecutors said. Pelzer, Bermudez and Robert “Hopp” Parker also allegedly bought heroin from Jackson and sold it to their own customers, the DA’s office said. Bermudez mostly sold doses out of state, and Pelzer’s customers were largely in upstate Putnam County, prosecutors said. Karan Young, a retired NYPD narcotics detective, allegedly helped Jackson collect money. She worked for Delta Airlines at LaGuardia Airport at the time of her arrest, prosecutors said. Jackson had an NYPD badge in a case that said “Detective’s Husband” on it when he was arrested April 26, Nassau prosecutors said. “These arrests should be a stark reminder that we will investigate and arrest those responsible for this illegal activity to keep our communities safe,” Thomas Krumpter, the acting Nassau County police commissioner, said in a statement.

As of Friday, 12 of the 14 defendants had been arraigned, one was awaiting arraignment and another had yet to be arrested, prosecutors said. Twelve others were arrested during the course of the investigation, the DA’s office said. David W. Haber, Jackson’s Mineola-

based attorney, denied the allegations and said he would be asking prosecutors to present more evidence of the charges in court. “At this point we really haven’t seen any evidence indicating that the allegations that they’ve made against him are true,” Haber said.

Renovations done on $5M incubator Continued from Page 20 cutting last Friday were Brookville Mayor Dan Serota; LIU President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline; the chairman of the LIU Board of Trustees, Eric Krasnoff; and Sanford. “LIU is shaping an entrepreneurial culture powered by innovation and ingenuity,” Cline said. With the first phase of the project complete, the second phase will add an additional 12,000 square feet of incubator space, which will be attached to Bush-

Brown Hall, the statement said. LIU received $500,000 in funding from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council for the second phase, which is to commence construction in the fall, the statement added. The incubator will be headed by Dr. Robert M. Valli, who has been the dean of the College of Management at LIU Post since 2015. Valli formerly worked as the director

of global consulting projects at Illinois Business Consulting and as director of advancing innovation at the Kauffman Foundation. “The opportunity to partner with T. Denny Sanford is a demonstration of the formidable reach and relevance of this university, as well as the university’s never-ending commitment to preparing our students for the demands of a rapidly evolving economy,” Valli said.

Town holds unity and anti-hate rally Continued from Page 2 erance. “We cannot stay silent, because silence is one of the worst forms of endorsement,” Chaudhry said. The event was part of the “Not in My Town” movement that began in North Dakota when a small town stood against Nazis preaching hate. The movement has since spread across the United States. The town also filmed testimonials for a public service announcement and had people write on a large “Not in Our Town” sign to be placed in front of Town Hall.

“The idea is to have it not be a onenight thing,” said Carole Trottere, a spokeswoman for the Town of North Hempstead. Saud Rehman, 25, a member of the Islamic Center of Long Island, said that while he has not experienced discrimination, members of his family have felt the pressure. “We are living in a society where, you know, things are not really well right now,” said Rehman, who immigrated here two years ago. “It’s very important within these kind of events we get together with

other minorities and other communities.” “So I want to take the lead and do something for my community and for my country as well,” he added. Organizations present included the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, the Islamic Center of Long Island, the Long Island Council of Churches, the Hagedorn Foundation and the Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition. Members of each said that their doors are open for those who need help.

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2017-18 ed budget increases levy by 0.19% The proposed 2017-18 budget for the Roslyn Public Schools calls for an increase in the tax levy of less than 0.2 percent, as presented by the Board of Education to the voters of the school community. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 16 to vote on a budget of $107,181,298. Though spending will increase by 1.98 percent, and there will be growth in instructional programs, the projected tax levy will increase by 0.19 percent. This will be the ninth consecutive year that Roslyn’s budget has been below the tax levy limit imposed by the state, which is four years longer than the budget “cap” has been required by law. Including projections for next year, the school tax levy has risen an average of about one percent per year over this nine-year period.

In addition to the school budget (Proposition 1), the following will also be on the ballot: • Election of two trustees to the Board of Education. Two candidates have filed petitions to run for two at-large seats on the Board of Education. In the order in which they will appear on the ballot, the candidates are Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy and Clifford Saffron • The 2017-18 budget for the Bryant Library (Proposition 2). • Proposition 3 authorizes the lease/purchase of school buses and vans, part of a continual program of replacement of the oldest vehicles in the district’s bus fleet. The cost is included in the regular school budget. Therefore, approval of this proposition will have no additional

impact on taxpayers. • Proposition 4 authorizes the Board of Education to establish a new capital reserve fund, to replace an earlier fund that will soon be depleted. For the last decade, the Board has employed an effective strategy of building up reserve funds to pay for long-term expenses like capital improvements and to keep the tax levy steady year-to-year. This proposition authorizes the establishment of a capital reserve fund, but does not allocate any resources to the fund at this time. Therefore, approval of this proposition will have no additional impact on taxpayers. • Proposition 5 authorizes the Board of Education to expend approximately $1.5 million in existing Capital Reserve Funds, primarily for systems up-

grades related to school safety and security. Because these funds were set aside previously, approval of this proposition will have no additional impact on taxpayers. Budget documents and other school budget information are posted in the Business and Finance section of the Roslyn School District web site at Voting will take place on Tuesday May 16 from 7am to 9pm at Roslyn High School. To vote, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old, a resident of the Roslyn School District for at least 30 days, and registered to vote in advance of election day. Absentee ballots are available. For additional information, please contact the District Clerk at 801-5002.

E.W. to hold multicultural dinner Three win Good The East Williston school district continues to move forward with its adult multicultural initiative, designed to bring our parents from many different backgrounds together to learn about each other’s cultures and to celebrate this diversity offers. Through a shared dinner, the idea grew out of an initiative of the school board’s Educational Advisory Committee, where teachers and parents on the committee discussed that while our students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits of our diverse community, the adults of the community do not always have the same opportunity. The multicultural planning committee, consisting of district parents and staff, has to date, success-

fully sponsored three evenings of food, culture and learning. These past three multicultural dinners highlighted the Asian, South Asian and Greek cultures, respectively. This fourth dinner, The Falafel Ball, will highlight the cultures of the Middle East. It will take place on May 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Wheatley School. It begins with a “meet and greet” followed by a buffet dinner including interactive presentations by some high school students, who are members of Wheatley’s Intercultural Unity Club.

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Searingtown launches Service Day Searingtown School’s band and orchestra students participated in the Harry Chapin Practice-AThon to launch the school’s first-ever Service Day. It was a schoolwide initiative to encourage students to actively participate in making a difference in their local community. Family members and friends were asked to pledge a penny, nickel, dime or quarter for each minute practiced.

Students logged their time for the month of March and collected the proceeds that they earned from their sponsors. Searingtown’s musicians practiced their instruments a total of 29,531 minutes, and raised $1,987.95 for the Long Island Cares food bank. The Practice-A-Thon served as an opportunity to strengthen students’ practice habits while directly helping Long Island families.

World Languages Club raises $2K The World Languages Club, advised by Roslyn Middle School teachers Iris Walsh and Tami Cutler, spearheaded a charity fundraiser for “The Pulsera Project” during foreign language week. The club, along with the World Languages Department, sold colorful hand-made bracelets or “pulseras” by artisans from Nicaragua and Guatemala. In total, they sold more than $2400 worth of bracelets, double that of any other school taking part in the event! Proceeds from the event go directly back to the artisans’ communities, providing funds for educational programs, youth shelters, Pictured (l. to r.) are Angelina Csompo and Lindsay Cohen. and university scholarships.

Three Mineola High School students were given the Good Deed Award for their good deeds, kindness and generous demeanor, which serves as an inspiring example to their peers and community. The district congratulates senior Lauren Kalenka and sophomores Alcina Lima and Ziya Patel.

Each of the students were nominated by Student Service Center coordinator Eileen Burke for their volunteerism and work within the Mineola community. They will be honored in May by the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education of Nassau County on Long Island Chabad of Mineola.


Nicolello to speak at GOP club Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) will be the guest speaker of the next meeting of the Albertson-Roslyn Heights Republican Club to be held on Wednesday, May 17. It will be held at the Albertson VFW, located at 155 Searingtown Road next to the Shelter Rock Library. The meeting starts at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Any questions can be sent to Henry Golis at

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Yevoli to face Drucker in Dem primary Continued from Page 1 takes in parts of Roslyn Heights, Old Westbury and the Town of Oyster Bay. Yevoli served in the State Assembly from 1974 through 1991. He has worked in the private sector for the “majority” of the past 20 years, most recently as vice president of commercial banking at The First National Bank Of Long Island, a position he left six months ago, he said. Yevoli cited debt, corruption and “a tax assessment system that hasn’t worked for 70 years” as problems that he finds most concerning. “Corruption is an issue and the way to resolve that is you need ethics laws with real teeth in them,” he said. “I’m not naive, I’ve been in politics a long time.” Yevoli said his experience distinguishes him from Drucker, who took office last November in a special election following the unexpected death of longtime county Legislator Judy Jacobs. Drucker said he did not expect a Democratic primary for the seat. “It’s surprising when you’re primaried because they don’t happen that often,” he said. “But I was more surprised when I

Lewis Yevoli, a former Oyster Bay Town supervisor, who is running to challenge Arnold Drucker (D-Plainview) for the Democratic nomination to represent the 16th district in the Nassau County Legislature. heard who it was because quite frankly I didn’t know he was still involved or interested in getting back involved in politics.” “Experience can be defined in a number of different ways,” Drucker added. “[Yevoli’s] experience is 20 years old and beyond. I’ve been in office now for

six months but I feel that I’ve had a lot of success in my short tenure there by forging relationships with people on both sides of the aisle.” Last month, Drucker led two legislative proposals from Democrats to increase policing at religious institutions and hike the tobacco purchasing age to 21. Yevoli said he agrees with proposed laws but called them “apple pie issues.” “It’s fine what he’s done,” Yevoli added. “If Arnold Drucker wants to address some issues let’s address pocket book issues” or how “the NICE bus system is not working.” Drucker said he “along my fellow caucus members are searching to find ways to get the administration to curtail their spending” and said he was “very effective in getting NICE to reinstate or not eliminate the N78 and N79 bus route through the Plainview, Hicksville, Sayosset and Woodbury area to maintain it for jobs, for health and for education.” Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, who has backed Drucker, criticized Yevoli for statements and actions he

considered divergent from the party. “While he has remained a registered Democrat he has become for all intents and purposes an active Republican,” Jacobs said of Yevoli, citing donations made to the Nassau County Republican Committee as well as Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford). Yevoli said the donations were far smaller than those he gave to Democratic candidates and balked at suggestions that his taking office would weaken the Democratic Party in the County. “How could the Democratic party get any weaker?” he asked. “Jay Jacobs has been a disaster for the Democratic Party.” Yevoli was set to hold a fundraiser on Wednesday featuring New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Assembly Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper, he said. Drucker, who said he has the backing of all six other Democratic members of the Nassau County Legislature, will hold fundraisers as well. “Anytime Mr. Drucker wants to have a debate I would love to do it,” Yevoli said. “I’m happy to compare my record against his.”


Talks continue on Rotary club honors Penn Station fixes Continued from Page 12 tion last week to get Amtrak to give up management of Penn Station. And state Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill) called last week for the LIRR to cut its fares while the repair project is active this summer. “Amtrak improving Penn’s infrastructure is a necessary step, but those repairs will also mean even more delays, cancellations and service disruptions for Long Island commuters,” Phillips, a former LIRR commuter herself, said in a May 3 statement. “Passengers should not be charged the same amount for less service; if service is going to get cut, then fares should be reduced by the same amount.” Larry Penner of Great Neck,

a transportation historian and former Federal Transportation Administration employee, said Amtrak has put off maintenance for years, leading to the glut of problems today. This summer’s repairs, which Penner expects to last into the fall, could be a case of “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” he said — crucial staff could be diverted from the East Side Access project to build an LIRR terminal at Grand Central Station, causing further delays there. Creating a final plan will be difficult because the prospect of major railroad disruptions is “extremely politically sensitive,” Penner said. “They’ve procrastinated so long and now they’re going to pay this horrible price,” he said.

Samantha Oh

The Roslyn Rotary club honored Roslyn High School senior Samantha Oh as the March Student of the Month at its luncheon on April 27. Samantha’s community service included participation in the Youth Adult Advisory Council (YADAC) to discuss how to better the community and plan activities for people of all ages at the local library. She volunteered with New Church of

New York to assist Math and English teachers for grades three to five, and also to help build houses for flood victims and farmers in Arizona and Colorado. Samantha has also served as the Director of the Korean American Youth Association Coalition (KAYAC) to help the president organize KAYAC forums and the annual expedition to South Korea.

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Sports Manhasset routs H. Frank Carey Indians rack up 12 goals against Seahawks, led by hat trick from John Psyllos BY G R E G ORY GIACONELLI The Manhasset Indians defeated the Carey Seahawks 12-2 in lacrosse on Tuesday afternoon, led by Steven Schneider’s four goals.

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John Psyllos recorded a hat trick and an assist while Louis Perfetto scored twice and added an assist for Manhasset. Dom Scorcia and Mike Moriates scored for Carey while goalkeeper Joe Tortorella made 13 saves. Manhasset head coach Keith Cromwell said it was great to get a conference win and the Indians’ quick start allowed them to capitalize on early opportunities. “They gave us a different look with a little zone defense but I thought our guys responded well and got the ball popping,” Cromwell said. “We are always preaching come out early after the opening whistle. Our guys did a good job of understanding that and being prepared.” In the first quarter, Manhasset outscored Carey 4-0.

Manhasset senior midfielder Steven Schneider (no. 32) Psyllos paced Manhasset’s attack with a goal and an assist. Schneider gave Manhasset a 1-0 lead 44 seconds into the game. Luke Postiglione scored with 9:22 left in the first quarter off a feed from Psyllos to give Manhasset a 2-0 lead. With 6:12 remaining in the first quarter, Psyllos gave Manhasset a three-goal lead off a feed from Kevin Mack. Chris Glynn gave Manhasset a 4-0 lead with 4:23 left in the first quarter, off an assist from Perfetto. In the second quarter,

Manhasset outscored Carey 3-1 and outshot the Seahawks 5-1. Schneider led Manhasset with two goals while Mack added two assists. Schneider quickly gave Manhasset a five-goal lead with his second of the game 11 seconds into the second quarter. Two minutes later, Mack found Psyllos in front of the net and he scored his second goal of the game to give Manhasset a 6-0 lead. Scorcia got Carey on the board with 7:19 left in the first half, as the Seahawks trailed 6-1.

Schneider completed the hat trick with 3:58 left to play off an assist from Mack as Manhasset took a commanding 7-1 lead into halftime. In the third quarter, Manhasset outscored Carey 5-0 and had the edge in shots 8-2. Psyllos and Perfetto led Manhasset with two goals each while Mack recorded four assists and totaled seven in the game. Schneider’s fourth goal of the game gave Manhasset a seven-goal lead 45 seconds into the third quarter. Schneider said the team’s offense had good ball movement and was unselfish with passing. “It was pretty fast scoring all around,” Schneider said. “Coach Cromwell preaches that the sixth man on offense is not one guy and every one should be involved. We had a lot of guys scoring and we were moving the ball well.” Perfetto scored with 10:50 remaining in the third quarter to give Manhasset a 9-1 lead. With eight and half minutes left in the third quarter, Psyllos netted a hat trick and Manhasset led 10-1. Jake Temeras gave Manhasset a 10-goal lead with 7:15 remaining. Perfetto scored his second goal of the game to give Manhasset a 12-1 lead with 6:28 left in the third quarter. The lone goal in the fourth

quarter came from Carey by Moriates off a feed from Matt Stevens as Manhasset went on to win 12-2. Boys Lacrosse Scores Tuesday, May 2 Sewanhaka defeated Elmont 10-3. Stephane Eugene led Sewanhaka with five goals. Yvans Oscar added five assists for Sewanhaka while goalkeeper Nick Leonardo recorded eight saves. Bellmore JFK defeated Great Neck North 18-8. Jake Nelson led Bellmore JFK with seven goals while Ryder Lampert added four goals and four assists. Connor Campbell led Great Neck North with a hat trick while goalkeeper Matin Hakiman recorded 10 saves. MacArthur defeated Great Neck South 15-3. Trevor Cannella led MacArthur with five goals and an assist while Liam McCallister had two goals and four assists. Herricks defeated Jericho 14-4. Michael Scaldaferri led Herricks with five goals and an assist while Danny Woska scored twice and added two assists. Syosset defeated Port Washington 13-7. Liam Kalbacher led Syosset with four goals while J.P. Lannig had a hat trick and two assists. James Dalimonte led Port Washington with a hat trick while goalkeeper Nick Ferraro recorded nine saves.


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Hicksville edges out Lady Vikings BY G R E G ORY GIACONELLI The Hicksville Lady Comets defeated the Port Washington Lady Vikings 6-4 in softball on Wednesday afternoon, led by Ireland Normile.

Hicksville 6 Port Washington 4 Normile struck out six batters in a complete game effort and went 2 for 2 at the plate with three runs batted in and a walk. Maggie Panico went 2 for 4 with two singles, a run batted in and a run scored for Hicksville. Nina Bullaro led Port Washington by going 4 for 4 with two runs batted in. Port Washington head coach Eric Sutz said a slow start hurt their chances of coming from behind. “We didn’t really string together quality at bats in the first couple of innings,” Sutz said. “It’s hard when you play from behind. Later on, our bats woke up but we put ourselves in a hole and it was tough to come back from that.” In the top of the first inning, Hicksville took an early 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Jessica Kwasnik and a wild pitch that scored Panico from third. In the bottom of the first inning, Port Washington cut the lead in half with a two out RBI single to right center field by Bullaro. In the top of the third inning, Normile gave Hicksville a 4-1 lead with a two run double down the left field line. In the bottom of the third

inning, Bullaro drove in her second run of the game with a single to right that trimmed Hicksville’s lead to two. Although they lost, Bullaro said she was happy with how she and her teammates played against Hicksville. “I thought I did a great job offensively,” Bullaro said. “I think overall we all played very well. We tried our best and our hardest and made some great plays on defense.” In the top of the fifth inning, Hicksville put up two more runs to take a 6-2 lead with a pair of singles from Panico and Normile respectively. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Port Washington scratched out a run on a single to right field by Kailey Gallagher. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Port Washington added another run on a single to left field by Emma Lupoli. That was as far as they got as Hicksville held on to win 6-4. Softball Scores Monday, May 1 Herricks defeated Uniondale 12-0. Herricks pitcher Emily Haller struck out 10 and threw her third no-hitter of the season. Alexa Raffo hit a home run while Haller’s three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning gave Herricks a 7-0 lead. Bellmore JFK defeated New Hyde Park 10-5. Azaria Vargas led Bellmore JFK by going 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Morgan Tesser went 3-for-4 while Jen Field had a hit for Bellmore JFK. Farmingdale defeated Port Washington 10-1. Chrissy Hassett led Farmingdale by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs while Jess Finkel went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. St. Anthony’s defeated St.

Port Washington catcher Nina Bullaro (no. 20) Mary’s 8-0. Jessica Roberts led St. Anthony’s by going 3-for-3 with three RBIs while Christa Michaels went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Lynbrook defeated Wheatley 11-4. Lindsay Ostroff led Lynbrook by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Lynbrook starting pitcher Julianne Graepel tossed a complete game, in which she struck out 11 and allowed five hits and one walk. Jericho defeated Floral Park 19-4. Emily Wexler led Jericho by going 2-for-3 with six RBIs, including a home run, while Megan Fong went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Natalie Hickman led Floral Park with a home run. Mineola defeated Manhasset 6-1. Kaitlyn Wetzel led Mineola by going 3-for-4 with an RBI while Caitlin McCarey went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. North Shore defeated Great Neck North 18-11. Amber Diaz led North Shore with a homerun. Glen Cove defeated Sewanhaka 5-3. Safire Blissett led Glen Cove with an RBI single to give them a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Margaret

Lynch’s single plated Blissett to close the scoring. Locust Valley defeated Great Neck South 13-5. Noelle Pflaumer led Locust Valley by going 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple, and two runs scored. Tuesday, May 2 Cold Spring Harbor defeated Floral Park 13-1. Catalina McCauley led Cold Spring Harbor by going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Glen Cove defeated Great Neck South 10-7. Angela McCarthy led Glen Cove by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Nafeesah Ali went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Nicole Kuzler led Great Neck South with two home runs. Roslyn defeated Great Neck North 15-3. Rachel Elkowitz led Roslyn by going 1-for-3 with four RBIs while Laura Cardillo went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Locust Valley defeated Sewanhaka 7-3. Guliana Parisi led Locust Valley by going 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored. Marisa Ogden led Sewanhaka with a homerun. Lynbrook defeated Manhas-

set 8-1. Jess Graepel led Lynbrook by going 3-for-4 with three runs scored while Julianne Graepel and Olivia Pipia each added two RBIs. Wheatley defeated Mineola 20-8. Jayda Rubino led Wheatley by going 3-for-5 with six RBIs. CeCe Jozef went 3-for4 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored while Sami Hurtado went 4-for-5 for Wheatley. Wednesday, May 3 Kellenberg defeated St. Mary’s 9-1. Kellenberg pitcher Ashley Faccilonga struck out 13 and allowed two hits and no walks through five innings. Hannah Gaudioso went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Clare Posillico went 1-for3 with two RBIs for Kellenberg. Herricks defeated Westbury 17-4. Brianna Giordano led Herricks by going 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs while Michelle Milana went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Carey defeated New Hyde Park 9-5. Marissa Nicolette led Carey by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Francesca Cirone went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Great Neck South defeated Mineola 7-6. Nicole Kuzler led Great Neck South by going 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple, two RBIs, and two runs scored. On the mound, Kuzler pitched a complete game and allowed four hits and struck out five. Kuzler scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel Great Neck South. Kuzler also had a RBI triple earlier in the inning to score Jennifer Garrett and tie the game at six. Paden Dvoor went 2-for-2 with two singles and two runs scored for Great Neck South, who trailed 6-3 after the fourth inning.

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Knights take narrow win over Roslyn up against Floral Park. “I think this is the best lost we could of have,” Spencer said. “Even though it was the last game of the season, this was the first time we played together as a team and did so well. We wanted to fight till the end and we did that.” Cohen scored her second goal to make it a two goal deficit, forcing Freiermuth to call a timeout with 2:56 left in the game. Floral Park held on the rest of the way as they went on to win 16-14.

BY G R E G ORY GIACONELLI The Floral Park Lady Knights defeated the Roslyn Lady Bulldogs 16-14 in lacrosse on Thursday afternoon, led by Amanda Kozak’s 11 points.

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Kozak recorded eight goals and three assists while Aideen Gill netted a hat trick and an assist. Maeve McGovern and Tate Horan each scored twice for Floral Park while goalkeeper Meghan Douglas stopped 11 shots. Molli Spencer led Roslyn’s offense with seven goals and an assist. Samantha Busch recorded a hat trick and an assist while Emily Cohen netted a pair of goals for Roslyn. Floral Park head coach Kristen Freiermuth said it wasn’t easy but this win will help them prepare for postseason play. “It wasn’t one of our best games,” Freiermuth said. “We struggled offensively and defensively but a win’s a win. We’ll take it as we get ready for playoffs.” Although they concluded their season with a lost, Roslyn head coach Lauren Lopez said the girls saved their best for last against a tough Floral Park squad. “The girls came out hard and ready to win,” Lopez said. “This was the best game we played all season. It was a nice way to end it.” In the first half, Floral Park outscored Roslyn 7-6 but Roslyn had a 12-10 advantage in shots on goal. Kozak paced Floral Park’s attack with four goals while Spencer and Busch led Roslyn with two goals each. Caity Mongeluzo gave Roslyn a 1-0 lead 54 seconds into the game. Spencer scored with 21:12 remaining in the first half to give Roslyn a two goal lead. Over two minutes later, Kozak got Floral Park on the board to make it a one goal game. Kozak scored again to tie the game with 18:50 left in the first half. Kozak’s hat trick gave Floral Park a 3-2 lead with 14:30 remaining. Some 21 seconds later, Roslyn responded and tied the game at three with Spencer’s second goal of the game. Busch gave Roslyn a 4-3 lead with 13:54 left in the first half.

Floral Park junior Tate Horan (no. 25) and Roslyn senior Molli Spencer (no. 21) Some 37 seconds later, Floral Park answered back as Kiera Boettcher evened up the score at four apiece. Kozak’s fourth goal of the game gave Floral Park a 5-4 lead at 6:21. Gill scored with 4:57 left in the first half to give Floral Park a two goal lead. Some 26 seconds later, Horan scored and gave Floral Park a 7-4 lead. Cohen scored with 3:42 remaining in the first half to cut Floral Park’s lead to two. With 26 seconds left in the first half, Busch scored her second goal of the game as Roslyn trailed 7-6 going into halftime. In the second half, Floral Park outscored Roslyn 9-8 but Roslyn had the edge in shots on goal 1510. Kozak paced Floral Park with four goals while McGovern and Gill each scored twice. Spencer led Roslyn’s attack with five goals. Kozak’s fifth goal of the game gave Floral Park a 8-6 lead with 23:38 remaining in the second half. Kozak struck again 37 seconds later with her sixth goal to give Floral Park a three goal lead. Jordana Shenker trimmed Floral Park’s lead to two with 22:50 left to play. McGovern scored at 20:37 as Floral Park took back the threegoal lead. Kozak gave Floral Park a 11-7 lead with her seventh goal at 19:17, prompting Lopez to call a timeout.

Spencer recorded a hat trick at 15:22 to cut Roslyn’s deficit to three. Some 13 seconds later, Spencer’s fourth goal got Roslyn within two, which forced Freiermuth to call a timeout. Kozak’s eighth goal gave Floral Park a 12-9 lead at 14:58. Kozak said it was an offensive team effort that nailed down the win against a resilient Roslyn squad. “It was definitely a team win,” Kozak said. “We all worked real well together. Our passing was really good too.” Busch netted a hat trick with 12:22 remaining in the second half and Floral Park led 12-10. Horan scored her second of the game at 10:32 and Floral Park took back the three goal lead. Some 13 seconds later, Gill scored her second goal to give Floral Park a 14-10 lead. McGovern also scored her second of the game with nine and half minutes left to play as Floral Park took a five goal lead. Gill completed the hat trick with 8:58 remaining as Floral Park led by six. Some 14 seconds later, Spencer scored her fifth goal of the game to cut the lead to five. Spencer notched her sixth goal with 5:50 left to play as Roslyn trailed by four. Spencer finished with her seventh goal of the game at 3:45, as Roslyn trimmed Floral Park’s lead to three. Going into the second half, Spencer said Lopez told the team to keep playing hard and don’t let

Girls Lacrosse Scores Monday, May 1 Herricks defeated Freeport 9-8. Chase McGahan led Herricks with five goals. Molli Michalik and Christina Canellos scored back to back goals to give Herricks a 9-7 lead. Sewanhaka defeated Glen Cove 11-10. Kylie Woo led Sewanhaka with eight goals while goalkeeper Jennifer Alvarenga recorded 12 saves. Arianna Vandezande scored with 1:36 remaining to give Sewanhaka an 11-10 lead. Malverne-East Rockaway defeated Great Neck North 105. Diana Jean led Malverne-East Rockaway with four goals and two assists while goalkeeper Kristine Chinchilla recorded nine saves. Ashley Epstein led Great Neck North with two goals. Mineola defeated Bellmore JFK 12-5. Allison Mendes led Mineola with four goals and an assist while Julia Kelly and Caroline Perri added two goals and two assists. New Hyde Park defeated West Hempstead 17-4. Geena Gardella led New Hyde Park with six goals and two assists. Joanna Mauceri recorded four goals and two assists while Mackenzie Griffin and Sophia Leeds each scored twice for New Hyde Park. Wheatley defeated Valley Stream District 18-10. Sami Rothstein led Wheatley with six goals and two assists while Jolie Katz scored five goals. Micki Wain had four goals and three assists for Wheatley while goalkeeper Yvonne Kalpakis stopped 16 shots. Tuesday, May 2 Hewlett defeated Roslyn 187. Kylie Halpern led Hewlett with six goals and three assists. Kristen DeCicco added five goals and two assists while Margot Verschleiser scored twice and had three assists for Hewlett. Caity Mongeluzo led Roslyn with four goals. Jericho defeated Floral Park 13-12. Kristina Kallansrude led Jericho with five goals and an assist while goalkeeper Cassie Stoffers recorded 12 saves. Amanda Kozak led Floral Park with five

goals and two assists while Tate Horan added four goals. Manhasset defeated Cold Spring Harbor 11-10. Sarah Weppler led Manhasset with two goals and two assists while Maggie Beresheim and Kelly Trotta each scored twice. Manhasset goalkeeper Krissy Kowalski’s save with five minutes left kept Manhasset up by one. Port Washington defeated Long Beach 9-6. Lily Avazis and Allie Hoffman led Port Washington with four goals each while goalkeeper Claudia Hanover stopped seven shots. Wednesday, May 3 Sewanhaka defeated Great Neck North 9-8. Sandy PadillaOrtega scored with 3:17 left on a penalty shot to give Sewanhaka a 9-8 lead. Kylie Woo scored her fifth goal of the game with 3:43 remaining to tie the game at 8 for Sewanhaka while goalkeeper Jennifer Alvarenga recorded 13 saves. Ariella Lerner led Great Neck North with five goals and an assist. Ariella Yahoudaee added two goals and two assists for Great Neck North while goalkeeper Maya Nasibi stopped nine shots. New Hyde Park defeated Valley Stream District 10-2. Geena Gardella led New Hyde Park with a hat trick and an assist while Joanna Mauceri added two goals and an assist. Wheatley defeated Great Neck South 14-10. Allison LaMonica led Wheatley with four goals and two assists while Sami Rothstein added four goals and an assist. Jordana Ovadia led Great Neck South with four goals and an assist while goalkeeper Canela Rivera posted 11 saves. Thursday, May 4 Herricks defeated Island Trees 14-5. Chase McGahan led Herricks with five goals. Molli Michalik added four goals while Jessica Hobday recorded a hat trick for Herricks. Elmont defeated Mineola 168. Chiamaka Ubani led Elmont with six goals while Ese Ogbovoh added a hat trick. Allison Mendes led Mineola with five goals while Caroline Perri posted a hat trick. Great Neck North defeated Glen Cove 12-6. Arella Lerner led Great Neck North with six goals and three assists. Claire Kivelowitz added two goals and an assist while Ashley Epstein scored twice for Great Neck North. St. Dominic’s defeated St. Mary’s 14-5. Andrea Brennan led St. Dominic’s with two goals and two assists. Marin Gallagher scored twice for St. Dominic’s while goalkeeper Kaitlin Kennedy recorded five saves.

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Pioneer teams get wins in final games BY S H E L BY TOWNSEND The LIU Post men’s and women’s lacrosse teams won their final regular season home games against Roberts Wesleyan College and New York Institute of technology, respectively, on Saturday, April 29 at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium in Brookville. The women played first, defeating the NYIT Bears in an exciting overtime finish, 12-11. The Pioneers went into the half with a commanding 8-3 lead, but a 4-0

run by the Bears in the middle of the second half brought the visiting team within one. It was a back and forth battle for the remainder of regulation play, but a goal by NYIT’s Lexi Ruiz tied the game, forcing it into overtime. The Pioneers came out strong in overtime as senior defender Cara Douglas won the draw, and senior attacker Brianna LaCompte, assisted by fellow senior attacker Connor Bird, scored the game winning goal. Seven seniors will be graduating after this season. Head LIU Post

women’s lacrosse coach Meghan McNamara said she will miss their laughter the most. “They always brought excitement to the game, competitiveness to the game, and they always enjoyed lacrosse and the team,” McNamara said about her seniors after the game. Immediately following the women’s exciting victory, head LIU Post men’s lacrosse coach John Jez and his team took the field and dominated Roberts Wesleyan College, 10-5. A strong Pioneer defense held the Redhawks scoreless in the

second quarter, ending the first half with a 6-2 LIU Post lead. The visiting team was only able to get within four during the second half, and the Pioneers finished regular season play strong with the 10-5 victory over the Redhawks. Eight seniors on the men’s lacrosse team were recognized prior to the start of the game. The men’s team holds the No. 4 seed and returns to action on May 3 in the first game of postseason play when they take on No. 1 seed NYIT in Old Westbury, NY. The game is set to start at 3:30 p.m.

The top seeded women’s team will start its postseason play on their home turf against No. 4 seed Roberts Wesleyan College on May 4 at 3 p.m. The Pioneers dominated the Redhawks earlier this season with a 17-3 win. A victory on Thursday would advance them to the East Coast Conference finals on Saturday, May 6. 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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Dates May 12th & 19th

Time 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location 11 Bacon Rd Old Westbury NY 11568

96 The Roslyn Times, Friday, May 12, 2017



UPPER BROOKVILLE | WEB# 2907615 | $2,495,000 Magnificent custom brick Colonial in gated community. Featuring dramatic 2 story entry with bridal staircase, formal living room with fireplace, banquet size dining room, family room and library. Custom millwork, finished basement, generator. Heated gunite double roman pool with brick/slate patios overlooking two spectacular beautifully landscaped acres with fish pond and gazebo.

EAST HILLS | WEB# 2925022 | $1,695,000 Totally renovated 4 bedroom Colonial, the ultimate in design and quality. Top-of-the-line designer kitchen with center island and state-of-the-art appliances. All designer marble baths, new master bath with free standing tub, all new windows, new roof, new electrical service, new Hardie plank exterior, new HVAC, builtins/dry bar with wine cooler in living room, architectural blue stone patio. Set on lush oversized property. East Hills Park and Pool.

EAST HILLS | WEB# 2932265 | $1,695,000 Completely renovated, diamond expanded 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial. Bright, open floor plan with lots of windows, large living room/family room with fireplace, banquet size dining room with built-ins,second family room with fireplace, vaulted ceiling. All windows, doors replaced, redone kitchen with granite, expanded master bedroom suite with walk-ins and spa bath, hardwood floors throughout, finished basement all on .38 acres of flat, useable acres with room for pool. East Hills Park!

NORTH HILLS | WEB# 2912699 | $1,445,000 Wonderful and hard to find Windsor Model, perfectly and privately situated in the heart of The Links. Features open and airy floor plan with all grand sized rooms for entertaining, den, eat-in-kitchen, custom staircase, new master bath, state-of-the-art clubhouse with indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, racquetball court, card rooms and more.

EAST HILLS | WEB# 2930664 | $1,125,000 New to market. Fabulous 4 bedroom, 2.5 redone bath colonial on one of the prettiest streets in Norgate. Formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room with built-ins, den with built-ins, expanded kitchen, granite counters, enclosed porch, deck and back porch for entertaining, hardwood floors throughout, East Hills Park.

EAST HILLS | WEB# 2921392 | $1,095,000 New to market! Majestic Colonial in Norgate. 4 bedroom, 3 bath home offers formal living room with fireplace, banquet size dining room, redone kitchen with granite counter tops, bright family room. 3 room suite on first floor (for family, home office or playroom). Master suite/ dressing area with full bath plus 3 additional bedrooms and full bath. Deck overlooking lush property.

EAST HILLS | WEB# 2928950 | $895,000 Fabulous expanded 4 bedroom, 3 full bath Split in the heart of Northwood. All formal-size rooms for entertaining including living room with fireplace, dining room and large family room. Harwood floors throughout, deck, redone windows, gas in house, new burner and full house generator. All of this and more on .44 acres!

EAST HILLS | WEB# 2912252 | $859,000 Expanded Ranch in the heart of Norgate. Fabulous open floor plan featuring sunlit living room with fireplace, expanded banquet size dining room, redone and expanded eat-in-kitchen, wonderful new huge family room with tray ceilings, new baths, new windows, hardwood floors throughout, full finished basement, new deck and more. Move right in. East Hills Park.

ROSLYN | WEB# 2928542 | $799,000 Welcome to this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath center hall Colonial situated on a beautiful tree lined street in the heart of prestigious Flower Hill. Features hardwood floors throughout, slate roof, full basement and oversized lush property. Close to all and Port Washington parking permit!

Experience. Results. A Winning Combination. Lic. Assoc. R. E. Broker


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