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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

HERRICKS BOND UP FOR VOTE

NIFA REJECTS COUNTY BUDGET

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How politicians give millions to local projects State legislators in majority have power to hand out grants BY N O A H M A N S K A R A new scoreboard for Williston Park’s Little League baseball ďŹ eld. Resurfaced tennis courts in New Hyde Park. A power generator for a theater in East Hills. Performances for children at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. These projects and initiatives, along with 102 others on the North Shore, have received money from state grant programs through members of the Assembly and Senate. The lawmakers often promote them with news releases and appear at ribbon-cuttings when they’re complete — sometimes as they run campaigns for re-election or for another oďŹƒce. Those lawmakers have discretion over who receives hundreds of millions of dollars in grants each year through three programs: the State and Municipal Facilities Program, the Community Projects Fund and supplemental grants to school districts and libraries known

as “bullet aid,â€? according to state legislators, their aides and publicly available documents. More than $1.5 billion has been appropriated for the State and Municipal Facilities Program alone since its inception. North Shore municipalities and nonproďŹ t groups have been designated to receive at least 109 grants worth nearly $6.9 million since 2014, according to lists published by the Senate and Assembly. Ranging in size from $5,000 to $350,000, they are meant to pay for projects from after-school programs to road repairs and major construction work at public parks. Local oďŹƒcials have praised lawmakers for obtaining the grants, saying they provide funding for needed projects for which small municipalities could not otherwise pay. “Communities rightfully expect their legislators to ďŹ ght for them and bring home as much state aid Continued on Page 74

PHOTO BY MICHAEL RICHARDS

Reunited Former Williston Park residents who lived on Dartmouth Street between 1959 and 1979 gathered on Nov. 13 for a reunion. See story on page 67.

‘Minimal’ environmental impact: 3rd track study of about $2 billion, according to a draft environmental impact reThe Long Island Rail Road’s port released Monday. The environmental report proposal to construct a 9.8-mile third track between Floral Park for the LIRR’s Main Line exand Hicksville will take three to pansion states that the project four years to complete at a cost would have a “minimal� adverse

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impact and addresses quality of life concerns for those in the surrounding communities. “Expanding the Main Line is crucial to the future of Long Island and its residents,� Gov. Continued on Page 70

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Herricks voters set to E.W. wants you decide on capital plan to aid security District seeks to spend $29.5M on improvements Asks residents for crime reports BY N O A H MANSKAR Herricks school district voters will decide Tuesday whether to spend $29.5 million on upgrades to the district’s seven buildings, including some major renovations at Herricks High School. Two propositions will be on the ballot Dec. 6 that would allocate the first $28.3 million in spending: one to authorize $25 million in borrowing and another to let the district spend $3.3 million from a capital reserve fund. Residents will vote again at a later date to spend the other $1.2 million in reserves, which the district has not yet saved. If approved, the district will take up “transformational” projects that many residents say are long overdue, said Fino Celano, the Herricks school superintendent. “Herricks is an outstanding school district academically, and what this bond will do is it will bring our facilities to match the outstanding reputation that we have as a school district,” Celano said. The projects in the bond vote reflect the highest priorities on that longer list, district officials say. A committee created the package in June and presented it to residents at three meetings in September, where it met praise from students and parents. About 60 percent of the work is “health and safety” fixes, including new asphalt, sidewalks, doors and locks, handicap accessibility renovations and ventilation improvements. The 68-year-old Herricks High School would get about 50 percent of the work, including major renovations to the cafeteria, athletic field, track and one science lab. A new fitness center would also be built near the school’s front

BY N O A H M A N S K A R East Williston village officials are encouraging residents to report crimes to Village Hall as well as the police. That helps keep the village apprised of security problems and suspicious behavior and makes it easier to follow up on specific incidents with Nassau County police, said Walter Rivera, a member of the village’s Security Committee. “If they’re calling just the police department, which of course PHOTO BY NOAH MANSKAR they have to do for the emergency, it’s great that the village Herricks school district Superintendent Fino Celano disrealizes that something else hapcusses a $29.5 million capital projects plan at Herricks High pened,” said Caroline DeBenedittis, the committee chairwoman. School in September. The village has received on new debt, Celano said, but about four calls reporting crimes entrance. Some work, including con- “people recognize the fact that the or suspicious incidents since it struction of the new athletic field, work needs to be done, and there- started asking residents to submit could start as early as the summer fore it’s not a concern.” such reports about two months Other North Shore school dis- ago, said Marie Hausner, the vilof 2017, district officials have said. All projects are expected to be tricts have approved large pack- lage clerk. ages of building projects in recent complete by 2023. Officials will keep a more acThe district says timing will be years. tive count as they continue enThe Sewanhaka school district couraging residents to make calls, an important part of the building process, partly due to a backlog in is finishing the third phase of an she said. the state Education Department’s $86.6 million initiative across its Residents should call 911 first plan review office, which must ap- five high schools. in an emergency, but reporting The Roslyn school district things to the village is one way to prove plans for school projects. Other “moving parts” include finished the first phase of a $24.5 improve communication, which is the bidding process for contractors million package this summer. Several pieces of a $7 million and the speed of actual construcpackage were completed at Minetion, Celano said. The district plans to hire a ola schools over the summer. Celano said he does not exconstruction manager to make pect any more major projects in sure the work stays on schedule. The $25 million bond would the next several years, but there not raise property taxes because it will be work to be done at the diswill replace existing debt from a trict’s aging buildings. “It’s a constant thing,” he said. $24 million bond set to expire in “It’s like when you own a home 2021, Celano said. The district decided to bor- there are always new projects to row that money in 2000 to add be done.” Polls will be open for the bond classrooms at its three elementary schools, the last time a package of referendum from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. projects of this magnitude was un- on Dec. 6 in the gymnasium of the Herricks Community Center at dertaken, Celano said. Taxes would decrease “mini- 999 Herricks Road in New Hyde mally” if the district did not take Park. East Williston Village Hall

key to village security, Rivera said. Sharing the information with police can help them target patrols more effectively and increase them if necessary, Rivera said. Other recent communication efforts include an initiative to grow the village’s email list, through which it has distributed information about recent incidents and crime prevention tips. East Williston officials have worked to bolster security since a spike in residential burglaries shook residents earlier this year. A private security vehicle has patrolled the village for about a year, and officials plan to install lights and surveillance cameras at Devlin Field, which has been identified as a security trouble spot. Stephan Leccese, a village resident and security advocate, said he thinks reporting incidents to Village Hall is a “good mechanism” for security. But he said the village should also work out the kinks in its email system because some messages do not get to all subscribers. “That’s one step in the direction, but I think we just need to keep pushing forward to end up with an environment that’s safer for all residents,” Leccesse said.

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Feinstein scientist gets $1.8M grant Money to aid Nadeen Chahine’s study into causes of spine- and disc-related pain BY M A X Z A H N Back pain is the most common cause of disability in the United States, according to the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset. Nadeen Chahine, a Ph.D. scientist with the organization, took a step last month toward addressing the ailment’s impact when she received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore inflammation’s role in degenerative disc diseases of the spine, the institute said. “Spine- and disc-related pain affect people from young adulthood onward, in the prime of their life when they’re most busy in careers and having families. So it causes a tremendous economic burden as well as a health care burden,” Chahine said. “My area of interest is to try to understand what causes the discs and soft tissues of the spine, which give it flexibility, to degenerate over time,” she added.

The study will examine a molecule called the high mobility group box one, HMGB1, a protein expressed by dying or stressed cells, the institute said. The question the study seeks to answer is whether the release of the protein in such cells is a cause of the degeneration in spinal discs and soft tissue. “Are the molecules a leading cause of degeneration or a bystander? It’s hard to know,” she said. Chahine will examine how the HMGB1 molecule functions in samples of degenerating tissue and will inject the molecules into healthy tissue samples to observe their effect. If Chahine finds that the molecule causes disc and soft tissue degeneration, then it could lead to a new treatment, Chahine said. She cautioned that the best case scenario for such a drug development process would take about 10 years to complete “efficacy and safety testing.”

According to Chahine, a new treatment is necessary because “there is little information physicians can offer patients as far as therapy” for soft tissue and disc degeneration. “If it doesn’t resolve at home with care like Advil then patients tend to see a specialist who might use epidural steroid injections to relieve the pain,” she said. “The outcomes of these injections are highly varied and unpredictable. Some respond favorably and some don’t, without clear indication of what factors matter most in helping people respond well.” She added, “What we’re trying to do in this study is come up with alternative therapies for people.” Chahine said she has family members who suffer from back pain. “I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t suffered from it myself,” she said. “At some point I may have to manage my own. I don’t think anyone is immune.”

Nadeen Chahine, a research scientist at the Feinstein Institute who was recently awarded a $1.8 million grant.


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Doc returns to ventriloquist beginnings Dr. Robert Baker will be celebrating the end of his medical career with performance BY J OE N I K I C For Dr. Robert Baker, it all started with a sock puppet he made when he was 8 years old. After a more than 30-year career as a gastroenterologist practicing in Great Neck, Baker will step away from medicine at the end of the year and focus on performing ventriloquism. “I did not want to be 75 years old and say ‘gee, I wonder if I could have done this,” he said. “The performer has always been very much a part of me.” “It’s now time to take something that’s been on the back burner for 30 plus years and move it to the front burner,” Baker added. Although he will no longer practice medicine, he said he will give talks to doctors about how to improve the patient experience. Baker said his interest in ventriloquism was sparked when he was 8 years old, “driving my mother crazy,” when she sat him down in front of a television program featuring ventriloquist Terry Bennett.

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He was immediately infatuated, he said, ran to an encyclopedia, looked up ventriloquism and made his first sock puppet. Baker said that after twisting his parents’ arms, they bought him a Darren O’Day ventriloquist doll, which was made famous by ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson, who is known best for starring in commercials for Nestlé chocolate. When he was 17, he said he had a professional ventriloquist figure personally made for him. “That character is still with me and I open every show with him,” Baker said. During high school, he started doing magic tricks and began performing at children’s birthday parties to work on his craft and make some money. Baker, who is a Manhasset resident, said that when he went to college, he was faced with the challenge of appealing to an adult audience. He said he found that college audiences appreciated magic, just in a different way than children. “I was doing the same tricks for them as for the kids, but I

changed the routine,” Baker said. “The basic magic was still the same.” He said he was able to pay a “significant part” of his medical school fees by performing stage hypnosis and mind-reading acts at Catskill resorts. “Those were really rewarding. It’s just a huge amount of fun,” Baker said. “Hypnosis shows are fun because they rely on the audience members. People like seeing their friends doing funny things.” He said when he went into practice in 1982, he put magic on hold and limited performing to holiday office parties, in private with friends and the occasional charity event. “When I went into practice, a magician friend of mine, who was a prominent New York attorney, told me I couldn’t perform professionally anymore,” Baker said. “He said ‘what are people going to say? You’re a doctor in the community going to show up doing magic?’” Continued on Page 70

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Opinion OUR VIEWS

Editorial Cartoon

Responding to hate speech

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

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

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

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

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

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OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Women interrupted, but not for long

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

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

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

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

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

A LOOK ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

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

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

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

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

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

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


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PROFESSOR’S PERSPECTIVE

Lesson for media-academia complex

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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READERS WRITE

Trump’s election sets America back

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

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

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

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

Turkey Trot rules are for the birds

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

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

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

Faith Paris Port Washington

America is mad as hell

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

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

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

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

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Paper’s columnists, Dems out of touch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Come make a hanging mobile of a cozy winter scene to take home. Use colorful shapes, streamers, and strings to assemble your mobile. You’ll find yourself admiring it whenever you find yourself indoors this season. Ages three and up. Free with museum admission.

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Tuesday, Dec. 6 to Friday, Dec. 9 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Come and create your own colorful, sparkling snowflake using markers and gems to brighten up winter windows at home. Ages three and up. Free with museum admission.

Where: 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City Info: (516) 224-5800 licm.org

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

Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Daughtry Acoustic Trio Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. Glorious Dead Presents: Flatbush Zombies “3001: The Tour” Thursday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. BLI’s ”Home for the Holidays Concert” Featuring Long Island¹s own: Jon Bellion & Nick Tangorra - A Benefit for Cohen Children¹s Medical Center Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Gavin DeGraw ADELPHI UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Westermann Stage, 1 South Avenue, Garden City (516) 877-4000 aupac.adelphi.edu Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 4 Fall Dance Adelphi: Aszure Barton Sunday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. The Celtic Tenors TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | LIU POST 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville (516) 299-3100 • http://tillescenter.org Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Rebecca Luker: A Love Story Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. McGill/McHale Trio Thursday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. LIU Post Wind Bands Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. The Mavericks: Sleigh Bells Ring Out! Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. China Philharmonic Orchestra Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. A Christmas Carol Monday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. A Christmas Carol - School Time Performance Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Neil deGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Nutcracker performed by Eglevsky Ballet LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City 516-224-5800 • www.licm.org Friday, Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Messy Afternoons Sunday, Dec. 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Winter Wonders Tuesday, Dec. 6 through Friday, Dec. 9 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sparkling Snowflakes Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. stART (Story + Art) Friday, Dec. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Artful Luminaries Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Messy Afternoons Continued on Page 62

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THE CULINARY ARCHITECT

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

Mixed Vegetables Cooked Under A Roast Beef

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

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

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

(Make this while the roast is resting) 3 large eggs 3/4 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup our 3/4 tsp. sea salt 1/4 cup non-fat or olive oil or a combo of both 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Oil 6-8 large cupcake tins. 3. In a bowl, whisk 3 eggs until well beaten. Add cream, our and salt. Mix until combined. 4. Pour mixture into muďŹƒn tins. Bake until puy and golden brown‌approximately 12-17 minutes.

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Tips for less stressful holiday travel R

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

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

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

Traveling by plane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Smart ways to finance holiday purchases

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

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

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

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

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


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’Tis the season for beauty.

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How to ship smart

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

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


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How to find great gifts for the family handyman

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

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

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

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

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

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Leading on Campus Tuesday, December 13 • 6:30-8:30 pm Hosted by the Lake Success Jewish Center 354 Lakeville Rd., Great Neck, NY Join us for an important conversation to help prepare you with the skills and the knowledge you will need to face anti-Israel sentiments and programs on college campuses. Goals of the Program: • To encourage Jewish/pro-Israel leadership and activism on campus • To reduce student fears and anxiety about anti-Israel/anti-Semitic activity on campus • To encourage integration without assimilation • To expose you to anti-Israel situations, movements, and terminology you might face • To offer strategic ways for reacting to potential uncomfortable situations • To share with you the Jewish and pro-Israel organizations that can offer support • To provide you with a better understanding of what “pro-Israel” means

Pizza and light snacks will be served! Please RSVP! Email by Thursday, December 8 to Rabbi Michael Klayman - mklayman@lakesuccessjc.org Sponsored by:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Williston Park Library From the Director: We are not accepting donations until further notice. Do not put them in the return bins outside the library! If you do have books to donate, please contact The Book Fairies, a wonderful non-profit organization in Freeport. www.thebookfairies.org. Here are some new arrivals

to the library: Sex, Lies & Serious Money— Stuart Woods Do You Want to Start a Scandal— Tessa Dare Teetotaled— Maia Chance Guineveres—Sarah Domet Family Plot—Cherie Priest Penny Jumper— James Grippando

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness—Craig Nelson Clancys of Queens— Tara Clancy

ADULT Knitting Circle Thursdays—Dec. 1, 15, 29—11am-1pm in the Assembly Room of Village Hall.

All knitters are welcome! Please bring your supplies and enjoy a fun morning. Santa Hat Door Hang Nov. 29—6:30pm I n the library. $25 material fee due at registration. Sign up at the Circulation Desk. Book Discussion Wednesday—Dec. 7—7pm in

the Assembly Room of Village Hall. Copies of Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult are available at the Circulation Desk.

YOUTH Storytime Saturdays—11am in the li-

brary for children of all ages Tiny Tykes Wednesdays— Dec. 7, 14, 21 in the Assembly room of Village Hall. There are 2 sessions: 10:15am-11:15am OR 11:30-am-12:30pm. There is a non-refundable fee of $45 due at registration. Sign up at the Circulation Desk.

East Williston Library DAYTIME BOOK CLUB “The Rent Collector” by Camron Wright. The group will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. EVENING BOOK CLUB “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty. The group will meet on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

OLD WESTBURY GARDENS and NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PASSES The passes are available to East Williston Library card holders. Each family pass (2 adults and children under 18 years of age) may be borrowed for a 3 day period. Passes may be reserved in advance.

LEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY Whatever your goal, LearningExpressLibrary’s resources will help you succeed. The various “Learning Centers” offer the information you need to achieve the results you want at school, at work, or in life. Are you looking

for a new job? You’ll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that’s right for you. Visit us at www. ewlibrary.org N0TARY PUBLIC Hours are Monday & Thursday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Wednesday from

3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Photo identification is required. Documents to be notarized must be signed at the time of notarization, not before. You must bring your own witness if needed. Please telephone the Library to confirm a notary is available.

COLLECTION ON DISPLAY This December, the East Williston Public Library Friends invites the public to share in a seasonal display courtesy of the Beautification Committee. Please come to the Village Hall to view and enjoy.

Mineola Public Library ADULT PROGRAMS Lecture: The 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor* Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Could the US Navy have predicted the attack on our fleet? Did President Roosevelt invite an attack by having our entire Pacific fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor? Answers may never be known. Professor Howard Ehrlich, St. John’s University, will examine the facts of this pivotal event as we commemorate the

brave actions of our military personnel on that sad day in the history of our nation. Defensive Driving Course Empire Safety Council Defensive Driving Course* Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. This course is open to individuals of all ages. Checks in the amount of $27.00 are payable to Empire Safety Council. Please register with check at the Reference Desk. Forty participants may attend the course.

Heartfulness Meditation Workshops Saturdays: Dec. 3, 10 at 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (6 sessions) Heartfulness Meditation is a simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources. You will learn how to relax and feel the lightness and joy of your true nature. The Heartfulness technique shows us how to gently turn our attention towards

our heart and experience that inner presence for ourselves. Christmas, Comedians, Coffee and Cake! Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Film historian Larry Wolff, will host a PowerPoint show of an All-Star lineup of classic comedians presenting various aspects of the Christmas season. View hilarious episodes of The Jack Benny Show, The Carol Burnett Show, color-

ized Abbott and Costello live from “The Colgate Comedy Hour”, a Laurel and Hardy short, and join a “Honeymooners” Christmas party with Gleason’s famous characters at the Kramden’s dingy Brooklyn apartment! Feature film series Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; Fridays at 11 a.m. Please join us on December 8 and 9 for Café Society. Business: SCORE Work-

shops Mondays at 7 p.m.—Dec. 12 and 19 The following Long Island SCORE Workshops will be presented by volunteers from SCORE, a resource partner of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) at the library: Two Workshops: 1. Writing a Business Plan 2. Marketing Your Own Business Sign up now for these important steps for your business endeavors.

Shelter Rock Library Art on Display in the Community Room On Display in December The Art of Jack Grimando Jack loves nature and old world scenes which he paints with great detail... many are painted from his imagination. Sea Glass Ornaments Friday, Dec. 2 at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Have fun learning about glass! Touch old bottles from our collection to find out if glass is a liquid or solid in hands-on experiment

(you’d be surprised). Create your own sea glass mosaic holiday ornament or decoration. For Grades 1-5  Senior Rap Group Monday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For the 55+ Set Who have a Lifetime of Experiences to Share Come and join Shelter Rock Public Library Senior Rap Group on selected Mondays 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  This group discussion is

led by longtiime group member David Marx. Anyone interested in joining is welcome.  The topics vary and the conversations are lively and provocative. Contact : 248-7363 ext. 233

Jump for Joy Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. Dance, sing and play with costumes, musical instruments, puppets and more. For children ages 18 months to 4 years with a caregiver. 

cookies. Participants will get some cookie dough to take home to bake; the rest will be brought to a shelter Registration begins on Dec. 1 For Teens in Grades 7-12 & Tweens in Grades 5-6

Tots Night Out Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Families with children ages 2-5 years are invited to participate in a program of songs, stories, and make a craft. 

Cookies for Charity Thursday, Dec. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join our baker who will show you how to measure and mix the ingredients and then shape the cookies. We will be making chocolate chip or oatmeal

Alzheimer’s Support Group Thursday, Dec. 22 at 1:30 p.m. The Alzheimer’s Association of Long Island Chapter is offering a monthly support group on the fourth Thursday of the month. The group is designed to pro-

vide emotional, educational and social support for caregiver’s. Participants will be helped to develop methods and skills to solve problems. Caregivers are encouraged to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health as well as optimally caring for the person with dementia. Attendees may register or for additional information, please call 1800-272-3900 Location : Conference Room Continued on Page 75


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Temple Sinai students go New Year’s Eve ‘camping’ at Sharing Shabbat party in Mineola Temple Sinai’s “Camp” Sharing Shabbat was a real camping experience. Children ages 2-4 built a pretend camp fire with blocks and paper flames, sang songs around the camp fire, listened to a story by flashlight and created their own campfire pictures. Students grades K-3 got into

Temple Sinai students “Go Camping” at Sharing Shabbat.

the action as well. They put their creative talents to use by making glittery mobiles. The camping experience was enhanced by Rabbi Gordon’s funny camp story, and the delicious s’mores. Meanwhile, parents heard Rabbi Paul Kipnes, a popular lecturer who spoke about raising ethical, resilient Jewish children. Co-author of “Jewish Spiritual Parenting,” Rabbi Kipnes shared ideas on activities, rituals and prayers for raising children with spiritual balance and emotional wholeness. A child-friendly interactive prayer service followed, led by Cantors Sergei and Elena Schwartz. The kids enthusiastically participated; playing the drums, tambourines and maracas. Shabbat was celebrated by lighting the candles, drinking the “wine” and eating challah.

New Year’s Eve Party downThe public is welcome to stairs at the Knights of Columjoin our next enriching Sharing Shabbat program, which occurs bus at 186 Jericho Turnpike in once a month on a Friday night. Mineola 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $40 Per Person Drop off your kids ages Hot and cold buffet dessert K-2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and let them experience a Sharing Shabbat first-hand. Mark your calendars - the next Sharing Shabbat is Friday, Jan. 20. For more information about Sharing Shabbat please contact Cantor-Educator Elena Schwartz at CantorElenaSchwartz@mysinai.org or Debbie Nueschatz, Nursery Director at missdebbie. The Mineola Fire Department sinai@gmail.com will once again be hosting their Temple Sinai of Roslyn is lo- annual Operation Santa Program. cated at 425 Roslyn Road, RosSanta and his helpers will be lyn Heights. visiting homes in Mineola beginFor more information about ning Sunday December 11th and Temple Sinai or its many won- continuing until the final night of derful programs, please contact Friday Dec. 23. Alison Stamm, executive direcSanta begins his round at aptor at 516.621.6800 or visit our proximately 7 p.m.. website at mysinai.org If you would like Santa to

coffee. Open bar, champagne toast at midnight Reservations only by Dec. 23 to Tom Kelly 516-414-2229 or tomkelly11501@gmail.com

Mineola F.D. to hold Santa visit program stop by your home and pay a visit to your children, please call exChief Gary Mazur at (516) 7475810. He will return your call as soon as possible and arrange for a visit. Please leave your home and cell numbers, and call early. Dates fill up fast, and only a certain amount of stops can be scheduled each night.

Former Dartmouth Street residents reunite Growing up happens so fast but the friends who grew up alongside of you stay in your heart for a lifetime. That is why the Dartmouth Street Dead End Kids of 1959-

1979 decided to get together on Sunday, Nov. 13 for a long overdue reunion. The reunion was held at the home of long time Williston Park residents, Immaculata (Mac) and

Mario Perrotta (ages 84 and 89). Mac and Mario were joined by their beloved former next door neighbor, Mary Suski (age 91). Mario, Mac and Mary shared a most memorable day with people

they still refer to as the kids. Those kids, who now range in age from 52 to 70, recounted stories of a childhood they were fortunate to share. Common experiences and

shared memories have welded them together in a very unique and special way. They all felt blessed to grow up in a remarkable little corner of an extraordinary town.

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

Bos attends Girl Scout meet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Fortunoff to 4th annual Toys for Tots ride hold trunk show The New Jewelry Boutique at Fortunoff Fine Jewelry in Westbury will be holding trunk shows featuring designer jewelry on Dec. 8, 10 and 11. Located at 1504 Old Country Road, Westbury, the show will follow a day-by-day schedule, according to a press release from Autuori Corporate Communications, Inc. On Thursday, Dec. 8 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Angela George Trunk Show will feature 18k gold or sterling silver pieces. Angela George will be on hand for the show, and the event will also include a benefit for The Safe Center of Long Island, a nonprofit helping victims of family violence and sexual assault. Saturday, Dec. 10 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. will hold the “Straight

from the Heart Collection” by Beth Golove Trunk Show, featuring sterling silver pieces. Golove will be there to meet shoppers as well. Saturday, Dec. 10 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 from 12 p.m. to 6 pm., Misha of New York will show handcrafted designs featuring Misha’s wire wrap designs and exotic stones in modern settings for earrings and necklaces. Misha will attend the show as well. Sunday, Dec. 11th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. will feature Monte Carlo Designs will display fine bold gold and classic gold with diamonds, in pieces ranging from bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings. For more information, call (516) 222-7879.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is joined in the picture above by: Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer; Lance Wolff, Assistant Manager of Millers Ale House, Levittown; Ret. U.S. Army Major Chuck Kilbride; Steve Breitman, President of the Tier Rats, LEMC; Santa Claus; Mike Kutzma, President of FOP 69; Staff Sgt. JD Quinton; Lt. Col. Bitanga; Gunny Sgt. Hernandez; and Sgt. Lopez. Retired United States Major Chuck Kilbride and members of the U.S. Marine Corps, along with members of the Tier Rats Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Lance Wolff, assistant general manager of Miller’s Ale House in Levittown, joined Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano at the Fourth Annual Ride for Toys for Tots on

Doctor talks on end of life The congregation of Temple Judea of Manhasset recently held a presentation at a Shabbat service by Dr. Steven Walerstein, associate chief medical officer of Northwell Health. Walerstein explained the Conversation Project, which is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-oflife care and how it can provide understanding of what matters most to families and loved ones, according to a press release from Temple Judea of Manhasset. He distributed a “conversation starter kit” to further help each to approach end-of-life issues in a meaningful way. The emphasis is on having discussions and conversations over the course of weeks, months and even years in advance on how to deal with endof -life decisions when they are needed. This program is part of CHAT — Conversation: Health and Treatments — which helps to make advance directives easier to understand for families. Walerstein will also be speaking as a representative of the CHAT project, which is a joint initiative between Northwell Health and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law of Hofstra University.

Saturday, Nov. 19. This annual event collects money and toy donations for the Toys for Tots Drive, helping to ensure that every child receives a toy this holiday season, according to a press release from the Nassau County executive office.

SCHOOL NEWS

Students hold pajama drive

PHOTO COURTESY OF MINEOLA UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Pictured from left to right: Rabbi Todd Chizner, Dr. Steven Walerstein, Susan Goldklang, Stanley Goldklang Rabbi Chizner spoke on behalf of the Jewish view of having an open dialogue with loved ones on all matters — including death. He referred to knowing our loved ones’ wishes as a “blessing and a gift.” Walerstein himself had experienced a life-threatening ill-

ness recently. He explained his own experience of discussing with his wife and family prior to his illness his preferences and desires regarding end-of life care, thereby making decisions about his own treatment and care easier to make.

Students at Meadow Drive School in the Mineola Union Free School District recently held a pajama donation drive to support the Ashley Wade Foundation and Jake’s Jammies, which provides the pajamas to the pediatric units of local hospitals. The goal of Jake’s Jammies is to bring love and comfort to all children in the hospital in hopes of brightening their day

during a difficult time, according to a press release from Syntax. Donations of new pajamas in various sizes were requested throughout a week in November and the school collected more than 240 pairs of pajamas for the cause. The drive culminated with a celebration of generosity in which students wore their own pajamas to school for a day.


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‘Minimal’ environmental impact: study Continued from Page 1 Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “By increasing capacity on one of the LIRR’s busiest corridors and eliminating all street-level grade crossings, this project will result in less traffic, less congestion and a transportation network that meets the needs of current and future generations of Long Islanders.” The project, which Cuomo proposed in January 2016, was initially expected to cost $1 billion, and later on $1.5 billion. A more precise time period for completion will be determined after a “competitively bid contract” is awarded to a contractor, according to the study, but work at any specific location will not take longer than two years. The project calls for 2,257 additional parking spaces in New Hyde Park, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville. In New Hyde Park, the MTA will add 95 parking spaces, while 1,133 parking spaces would be added to two parking garages on Second Street and Mineola Boulevard that currently offer 115 spaces and 120 spaces, respectively. The New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Mineola, Carle Place and Westbury LIRR stations will also see improvements, which include platforms to accommodate 12-car trains, pedestrian overpasses and underpasses to connect eastbound and westbound platforms, heated platforms and ADA-compliant ramps. According to the study, noise pollution would be mitigated by “sound alienation walls” and the elimination of seven street-level railroad crossings, five of which are in New Hyde Park and Mineola. Businesses would not be affected by the project, and it is estimated to generate approximately $3.18 billion for Nassau County and approximately $3.33 billion for the New York State economy

overall, according to the study. “Governor Cuomo challenged us to undertake a project to transform the LIRR experience for both passengers and local communities, and to do so with an unprecedented level of community consultation and outreach – and that’s exactly what we’re doing now,” MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said in a statement. “We have gone to extraordinary lengths to listen to what the public wants out of this project. We will continue to study the impacts of this proposal and take input from all stakeholders, including our neighbors along the tracks and Main Line customers from across Long Island and New York City.” Although the LIRR will continue its outreach efforts through public meetings, community consulting, keeping elected officials and stakeholders updated on new information and public comments, some local elected officials said they took issue with the time period they were given to respond to the study. The deadline for comment is Jan. 31. “The consultants for the LIRR had six months to prepare the document but we, the public, are now given only six weeks to review the material and provide comment,” said Robert Lofaro, mayor of the Village of New Hyde, who has been critical of the plan since it was proposed. “Once again, the governor, the MTA and the LIRR are trying to limit the voices of the people who will be most affected by this project.” Mayor Thomas Tweedy of the Village of Floral Park said he was concerned with the speed at which the project was progressing and the limited time given to the public to examine the 21-chapter study. Tweedy said he felt the cost and time period for construction given was not realistic or reliable given the MTA’s “track record” with projects such as East Side Access, which is extending LIRR service

to Grand Central Terminal, taking longer and costing more than originally anticipated. “It just seems from the standpoint of manpower and the ability to work, it’s an awful lot of work to get done in four years,” he said. “Rather than race through it, let’s make sure we have good planning.” According to Cuomo’s office, the governor directed construction for the project to use the “designbuild” contracting technique, which gives oversight to private construction firms. The method, his office said, “puts the responsibility to both design and build a project on a single firm, capitalizing on private sector construction expertise and innovation and incentivizing a firm’s success at reducing construction length, cost and impacts.” Tweedy admitted that the third track “might be beneficial” but since the LIRR has other projects it is working on, another one would “exacerbate the problem.” He said if things don’t go according to plan, Floral Park will have to deal with the consequences. “We’re not afraid of progress but unexamined progress is a recipe for disaster,” Tweedy said. “If they have a three-year mistake in Floral Park, what does that do to our business community? It just completely changes the business community, which is the backbone of your community.” He said the project provides no benefits to Floral Park, and when he spoke with MTA officials he was told there was “no hope” for improvements in the village. “Floral Park is bearing all of the burden, but getting none of the benefit,” Tweedy said. “Many elements of this project like sound attenuation walls, station improvements and construction planning are the direct result of extensive input from local officials and community members

along the project corridor,” said Shams Tarek, a project spokesman. “Mayor Tweedy has made it clear that he opposes the project and the resulting benefits in any form and doesn’t want to influence the design. In fact in this very newspaper he said, ‘it’s their plan to design, it’s their plan to disclose, not mine to develop.’” “Fortunately, we have heard from the people of Floral Park directly and as a result, this project will include numerous benefits including sound attenuation walls for Floral Park residents and ways to minimize impacts around schools,” Tarek added. “As promised, this project requires no residential property taking, and any Floral Park resident who uses the LIRR will benefit from more reliable service. We will continue to work with the public to make this the best project it can be.” Both Lofaro and Tweedy said there should be oversight of the project by either an independent or federal entity. “It should also be noted again that the entity that has ultimate oversight and approval of the [Draft Environmental Impact Statement] is the LIRR,” Lofaro said. “How’s that for controlling your own destiny?” There are both federal and state requirements regarding construction safety and regulations, and the state Department of Transportation will be overseeing the elimination of the grade crossings. Efforts to reach the Village of Mineola mayor, Scott Strauss, for comment were unavailing. While some remained critical of the project, others expressed support after the environmental study. The Right Track for Long Island Coalition, a group of 172 corporations, labor unions, nonprofit groups and individuals supporting the project, commended Cuomo and the MTA for their efforts. “After reviewing the DEIS, it

is clear that the transformative impact of this project will extend from every Long Island home to every business,” said Dave Kapell, executive director of Right Track for Long Island Coalition. “Thanks to the unprecedented outreach efforts of the MTA and the Governor’s office, as well as the foresight and vision of some of our local elected officials, we have seen this project turn into a true win for all Long Islanders.” Although the project will avoid taking any residential property, the MTA will need to acquire four full commercial properties and 10 partial commercial or industrial properties, according to the study. In total, 2,130 jobs will be created as a result of the project, the study said, 1,297 of which are full-time equivalent construction jobs, as well as 762 off-site Nassau County jobs, 24 off-site Suffolk County jobs and 33 New York State jobs. There will be six meetings for public comment from Jan. 17 to 19. Two will take place on Jan. 17 at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury. The first meeting runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the second begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. On Jan. 18, there will be two meetings at the David S. Mack Student Center at Hofstra University. The first meeting begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. and the second goes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The final two meetings will take place at The Inn at New Hyde Park on Jericho Turnpike. The first meeting goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the second begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Comments can also be submitted online, by mail or in person before the draft environmental report’s Jan. 31 deadline. Officials said comments would be taken into consideration for the final environmental report.

Doc returns to ventriloquist beginnings Continued from Page 4 In 2008, he found his way back into performing magic and ventriloquism on stage. Baker said he a took a course in stand-up comedy at Governor’s Comedy Club and was later invited by the executive director of Carolines on Broadway to perform ventriloquism at the venue. He said he started doing his own shows at restaurants in Great Neck and Manhasset before the businesses eventually closed.

Baker said he has been performing at various venues, but one favorite is local firehouses. “Firehouse audiences are great because they’re there for two purposes: to drink and to laugh,” he said. “They’re so much fun.” Baker said there were “few feelings” that can describe what it is like for him to perform and receive a positive reaction from an audience. “The character I’m working with delivers a line, then there’s

this pause of a few milliseconds and you can almost see it going through people’s heads as they’re processing the joke, then you’re hit what can only be described as a wall of laughter,” he said. “You can feel it hit you right in the chest. It’s an amazing feeling.” Over the years, Baker said, patients have asked him where they can see him perform, so he will perform on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington “as a way of saying

goodbye.” “It gives me a chance to thank all of my patients, including people who have been with me for 34 years,” he said. Tickets cost $35 and all proceeds from the show will be donated toward colon cancer research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. They can be purchased at the door or at moonlightingdoc. show. Those interested must be at least 18 years old to attend. “Do you know how much

cooler that is? I get to have fun, make people laugh and do some good at the same time,” Baker said. He said he was ambivalent about leaving medicine but was excited to move on to the next chapter of his life. “Being a doctor is not just what I do, it’s who I am. It has occupied almost all of my adult life,” Baker said. “I’m going to miss my patients. I feel like I’m leaving my friends.”


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

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

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

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

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


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Recent Real Estate Sales in the Williston Area Williston Park Real Estate Market Conditions Median sales price $550,000 Demographics near Williston Park, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 7,264 11,604 43.9 2.8 107,622 43,205

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

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609 Liberty Avenue, Williston Park Sold Price: $532,000 Date: 10/20/2016 3 beds, 1 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 40x100 Schools: Herricks Total Taxes $14,666 MLS# 2847466

88 Roselle Street, Mineola Sold Price: $519,500 Date: 07/08/2016 3 beds, 1 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 40x100 Schools: East Williston Total Taxes: $10,746 MLS# 2833285

84 Bradley Place, Mineola 97 Roslyn Road, Mineola Sold Price: $455,000 Date: 10/27/2016 5 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 60x100 Schools: Mineola Total Taxes: $11,452 MLS# 2883141

Sold Price: $860,000 Date: 07/22/2016 4 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Contemporary # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 65x100 Schools: Mineola MLS# 2819054

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How state legislators in the majority Continued from Page 1 as possible, because every additional dollar in aid from Albany is one that doesn’t have to be raised locally,” Chris Schneider, a spokesman for state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury), wrote in an email. But government watchdogs say the grants come from opaque piles of money that are subject to political forces and that lack clear criteria for who can and should receive them. That means they pose a financial risk to the state, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “At the end of the day we shouldn’t be doing any of them,” said E.J. McMahon, executive director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, a conservative think tank. “This is not core state priorities. This is political pork.” North Shore legislators and their aides said the majority leader of each chamber — Democrat Carl Heastie in the Assembly and Republican John Flanagan in the Senate — primarily decide who gets grant money to award and how much. Documents indicate a major partisan imbalance. Republican senators and Democrats who vote and caucus with them awarded nearly $84.5 million worth of State and Municipal Facilities Program, or SAM, grants between early 2014 and October 2015, according to a list the Senate published last year. Democrats who are not part of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference — aside from Simcha Felder of Brooklyn, who votes with Republicans — got none to award, according to the list. Assembly Democrats gave more than $104.2 million in SAM grants in 2015, according to a list the Assembly published last year. Republicans got a total of

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Two state grants totaling $200,000 helped pay for renovations at the Village of New Hyde Park’s Memorial Park. $3.6 million. State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, an Independent, awarded more than $1.3 million. North Shore Democratic Assembly members Charles Lavine, Michelle Schimel and Michaelle Solages awarded 39 community project grants worth $225,000 this year, according to an Assembly list published in October. State Assemblyman Ed Ra, along with the rest of his Republican colleagues, got no money to award this year, according to the list. “I think this plays into all of the concerns that it would talk about with ethics in the Legislature and everything,” Ra said in an interview. “Having the resources, the control, that much at the top is just another thing that the top leadership has to hang over the heads of the rank and file.” The Senate and Assembly publish some lists of awarded grants on their websites, but spokespeople for both chambers did not respond to emails seeking detailed information about how money is allocated among legislators and the processes for determining who receives grants. The process for receiving grants is straightforward, accord-

ing to interviews with state and village officials — municipalities or community organizations send lawmakers a letter saying what they want to do and how much money they need to do it, and the legislator decides who gets funding. That concerns DiNapoli and officials in his office. In a May comptroller’s report titled “Unfinished Business: Fiscal Reform in New York State,” DiNapoli proposes more strictly regulating lump-sum budget appropriations like those used to fund the grant programs. “Details on expenditures – purposes, recipients and other key factors – remain largely outside the State accounting system,” DiNapoli’s report says, specifically referring to the State and Municipal Facilities Program. “... As a result, it is difficult for the public to be assured that the funds are being put to good use in a cost-efficient and effective manner.” Where oversight is arguably lacking before grants are awarded, it is very much present afterward, state and local officials said. It takes an average of a year for grant money to be disbursed

once allocated as the applications are reviewed by state agencies and the Legislature, said Tara Butler, Lavine’s chief of staff. Municipalities receive capital grant money as a reimbursement after performing the designated work. “Whether it’s $500,000 or $5,000, it takes a really long time,” Butler said. Their partisan aspects may not be pretty, but ultimately the grant programs help North Shore communities and are run in the best way possible, Lavine said. “If we view this process cynically, which is easy to do, it’s simple to do, then we play a role in undermining democracy, because majority rule is what counts in our families, it counts in our communities, and it has to count in our government,” he said. “There’s no other way to do it.” A spokesman for the GOP Senate majority did not respond to requests for comment. Schimel referred two requests for information about grants to the Assembly press office, which did not respond to repeated requests for information over several weeks. A representative for Solages did not respond to a request to schedule an interview with her staff member who handles grants. The office did send a list of grants Solages awarded in the last fiscal year. THREE PRIMARY PROGRAMS The State and Municipal Facilities Program is the largest initiative through which North Shore communities receive state grants. The state has allocated $385 million to the program each year for four years. Municipalities and other publicly financed bodies can request funding for brickand-mortar building projects, certain vehicles or economic de-

velopment projects, according to state budget documents. Most grants are administered through the state Dormitory Authority, which borrows the money to fund the program. From February 2014 to late 2015, North Shore municipalities were nominated for 55 SAM grants worth a total of $6.3 million, according to lists published in 2015. The Dormitory Authority reviewed 10 of them as of Oct. 20. Thirty-nine came from Martins; two from ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (awarded to Nassau County), a Republican convicted last year on corruption charges; three from Schimel; five from Lavine (D-Glen Cove); and one from Ra (R-Franklin Square). The grants have funded large capital projects, such as the $250,000 renovation of the Village of Williston Park’s firehouse and road repaving in the Village of Thomaston, as well as purchases of new vehicles. Fifteen were designated for improvements at local parks. New money has not been appropriated since 2010 for the Community Projects Fund, which provides smaller grants known as “member items” to municipalities and non-profits. But some money is reappropriated and distributed to legislators each year. Three North Shore Assembly members — Lavine, Schimel and Solages, all Democrats — awarded 39 grants worth $225,000 this year using money appropriated between 2001 and 2005, according to an Assembly list published in September. They went mostly to nonprofit groups, including the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition and Roslyn-based North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, to support social programs and other services. The amount of money al-


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

cide which projects to fund. Spokespeople for both chambers did not respond to emails asking how grant funds are distributed among legislators. Ra said Assembly Republicans received SAM grant money for the first time last year, the first under Democratic Speaker Carl Heastie. Heastie’s predecessor, Manhattan Democrat Sheldon Silver, was convicted on corruption charges last year. Ra was given one $100,000 capital grant to award and received $25,000 in community projects money last year, he said. By contrast, Lavine got $157,500 for the last fiscal year, according to a list Butler provided. Ra has not received any bullet aid grants since taking office in 2010, he said. Asked how they are distributed, he said, “I couldn’t even guess.” “It shouldn’t be, ‘we’re pulling out however many billion dollars for this program and you’re really going to have to peek around to find out where it’s going,’” Ra said. “It shouldn’t

be that way.” The Village of New Hyde Park has a “wish list” of projects it takes to Martins each year that it would otherwise have to fund by raising taxes or borrowing, village Trustee Donna Squicciarino and Mayor Robert Lofaro said. The village got $200,000 in SAM grant funds to renovate basketball and tennis courts and make other fixes at its Memorial Park in 2015. But McMahon, head of the Empire Center, said grant programs, especially SAM, are a “honey pot” of political porkbarrel spending that lacks transparency and uses tax dollars from across the state to fund projects that have only local impacts. “Why in the world is it at any time a priority for the state to put a scoreboard in the village of blank’s Little League field, or to build somebody’s firehouse?” he said. “There’s a lot of these projects in here. Build your own firehouse.” The lack of clear criteria and oversight for the programs puts them at greater risk for waste, fraud and abuse, officials in DiNapoli’s office said.

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

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

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Legal Notice Notice of formation of Zeusarts Creative LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 9/12/16. Office loc: Nassau County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 860 Willis Avenue, Suite 15, Albertson, NY 11507. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. WT #144633 6x 11/18, 11/25, 12/02, 12/09, 12/16, 12/23/2016 #144633

Notice of Formation of Gosian LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/7/2016. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC,42 East 2nd Street. Mineola. NY. 11501 Purpose: any lawful purpose. WT #144596 6x 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/02, 12/09, 12/16 /2016 #144596

Notice of Formation of South Street Twin Towers LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/24/2016. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 97 Pierson Ave. Hempstead, NY 11550. Purpose: any lawful purpose. WT #144613 6x 11/18, 11/25, 12/02, 12/09, 12/16, 12/23 /2016 #144613

NOTICE OF SPECIAL DISTRICT MEETING OF THE HERRICKS UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT, IN THE COUNTY OF NASSAU, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Education of the Herricks Union Free School District, in the County of Nassau, New York, has adopted a resolution on October 6, 2016, authorizing a Special District Meeting of the qualified voters of said School District to be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 7:00 o’clock A.M. to 10:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) in the Gymnasium of the Herricks Community Center, New Hyde Park, New York for the purpose of voting upon the following Bond Proposition: BOND PROPOSITION RESOLVED (a) That the Board of Education of the Herricks Union Free School District, in the County of Nassau, New York (the ‘District’), is hereby authorized to undertake a capital improvement project (the ‘Project’) substantially as described in a Plan prepared for the District by BBS Architects Landscape Architects and Engineers PC (the ‘Plan’), which Plan is on file and available for public inspection at the office of the District Clerk, including, but not limited to, new windows; science lab, cafeteria and kitchen renovations; fitness center addition; plumbing, ventilation, generator, drainage, electrical, lighting, masonry, lavatory, paving and sidewalk improvements; interior construction and reconstruction; replacement of doors, including hardware; athletic facility improvements, including the construction of a new synthetic turf field, comfort station and storage shed, installation of walking track lighting and new bleachers with press box and concession building improvements; and other improvements; all of the foregoing to include the

original furnishings, equipment, machinery, apparatus and ancillary or related site, demolition and other work required in connection therewith; and to expend therefor, including preliminary costs and costs incidental thereto and to the financing thereof, an amount not to exceed the estimated total cost of $28,291,141; provided that the estimated costs of the components of the Project as set forth in the Plan may be reallocated among such components if the Board of Education shall determine that such reallocation is in the best interest of the District; (b) that $3,291,141 from the Capital Reserve Fund heretofore approved by the voters on May 19, 2015, is hereby authorized to be expended to pay all or a portion of the cost of the generator, interior construction and reconstruction, replacement of doors, including hardware, drainage, paving and sidewalk improvements and window replacements described in the Plan and such expenditure is hereby approved; (c) that a tax is hereby voted in the aggregate amount of not to exceed $25,000,000 to pay the balance of such total cost of the Project, said tax to be levied and collected in installments in such years and in such amounts as shall be determined by said Board of Education; (d) that in anticipation of said tax, obligations of the District are hereby authorized to be issued in the principal amount of not to exceed $25,000,000 and a tax is hereby voted to pay the interest on said obligations as the same shall become due and payable; and (e) that any additional District funds that become available from operations in any subsequent fiscal year are hereby authorized to be expended for the Project, and shall offset and reduce the amount of taxes herein authorized to be levied and the amount of obligations herein authorized to be issued. Such Bond Proposition shall appear on the ballots used for voting at said Special District Meeting in substantially the following condensed form: BOND PROPOSITION YES NO RESOLVED: (a) That the Board of Education of the Herricks Union Free School District, in the County of Nassau, New York (the ‘District’), is hereby authorized to undertake a capital improvement project (the ‘Project’), and to expend therefor, including preliminary costs and costs incidental thereto and to the financing thereof, an amount not to exceed the estimated total cost of $28,291,141; (b) that $3,291,141 from the Capital Reserve Fund heretofore approved by the voters on May 19, 2015, is hereby authorized to be expended to pay all or a portion of the cost of the generator, interior construction and reconstruction, replacement of doors, including hardware, drainage, paving and sidewalk improvements and window replacements, and such expenditure is hereby approved; (c) that a tax is hereby voted in the aggregate amount of not to exceed $25,000,000 to pay the balance of such total cost of the Project, said tax to be levied and collected in installments in such years and in such amounts as shall be determined by said Board of Education; (d) that in anticipation of said tax, obligations of the District are hereby authorized to be issued in the principal amount of not to exceed $25,000,000 and a tax is hereby voted to pay the

interest on said obligations as the same shall become due and payable; and (e) that any additional District funds that become available from operations in any fiscal year are hereby authorized to be expended for the Project, and shall offset and reduce the amount of taxes herein authorized to be levied and the amount of obligations herein authorized to be issued. The voting will be conducted by ballot on voting machines or paper ballot as provided in the Education Law and the polls will remain open from 7:00 o’clock A.M. to 10:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) and as much longer as may be necessary to enable the voters then present to cast their ballots. NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that personal registration is required pursuant to either ß2014 of the Education Law or Article 5 of the Election Law. If a voter has heretofore registered pursuant to ß2014 of the Education Law and has voted at an annual or special district meeting within the last four (4) calendar years (since January 1, 2012), he or she is eligible to vote at said Special District Meeting. All others who wish to vote must register. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Board of Registration and the District Clerk will meet in Room 208 of the Herricks Community Center in said District on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 between the hours of 4:00 o’clock P.M. and 8:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) for the purpose of preparing the register of the qualified voters of the District who are entitled to vote; at such time and place, any person will be entitled to have his or her name placed upon such register provided that he or she is known or proven to the satisfaction of the Board of Registration to be entitled to vote at the meeting for which such register is to be prepared. In addition, registration can be accomplished on any school day from 8:00 o’clock A.M. and 3:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) when school is in session at the Office of the District Clerk, Herricks Union Free School District, Herricks Community Center, New Hyde Park, New York through and including Thursday, December 1, 2016. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that immediately upon its completion the register thus prepared will be filed in the office of the District Clerk, Herricks Union Free School District, Herricks Community Center, New Hyde Park, New York 11040 and that such register will be open for inspection to any qualified voter of the District at said office of the District Clerk between the hours of 8:00 o’clock A.M. and 3:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) on each of the five (5) days prior to the day set for such vote, except Saturday, December 3, 2016 when said register will be available for inspection between the hours of 9:00 o’clock A.M. and 11:00 o’clock A.M. (Prevailing Time) by ad-

vance appointment only, and Sunday, December 4, 2016. Individuals wishing to make an appointment to inspect the register on Saturday, December 3, 2016 during the hours listed above must contact the District Clerk at 516-305-8903 by Noon on Friday, December 2, 2016 to make such appointment. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a person shall be entitled to vote at the annual election who is: 1) a citizen of the United States, 2) eighteen years of age or older, 3) a resident of the School District for a period of thirty (30) days next preceding the vote he or she offers to vote at and 4) registered to vote for said vote. A person shall be registered to vote if he or she shall have permanently registered with the Nassau County Board of Elections or with the School District’s Board of Registration. Only persons, who are so registered, may vote. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that applications for absentee ballots for voting on the bond proposition may be applied for at the Office of the District Clerk, Herricks Union Free School District, Herricks Community Center, New Hyde Park, New York 11040, at least seven (7) days prior to the day of the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day prior to the day of the vote if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. No absentee voters ballot shall be canvassed, unless it shall have been received in the Office of the District Clerk no later than 5:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) on the date of the vote. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots have been given will be available for inspection in said Office of the District Clerk, and be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the District between the hours of 8:00 o’clock A.M. and 3:00 o’clock P.M. (Prevailing Time) on each of the five (5) days prior to the day set for such vote, except Saturday, December 3, 2016 and Sunday, December 4, 2016. BY THE ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION Dated: October 6, 2016 Lisa Rutkoske,District Clerk WT #144398 4x 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2/ 2016

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LEGAL NOTICE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that at the next general Village Election of the Village of Williston Park to be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the following offices are to be filled: TRUSTEE Three Year Term The above notice is in compliance with Election Law Section 15-104 Subdivision 3(a). By Order of the Board of Trustees Julie Kain, Village Clerk/ Treasurer Dated: November 30, 2016 Williston Park, NY WT #144712 1x 12/02/2016 #144712

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

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

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

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

The Pioneer running game, which played a huge part in their win against Winston-Salem, was held to under 100 yards, but scored two touchdowns. In the receiving department, Brown stole the show for the Rams, totaling 11 catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Kidd’s favorite target, redshirt senior wide out Shane Hubbard, finished with 10 catches and 155 yards. Defensively, senior linebacker Nate Feliz had a game-high 10 tackles and a sack. Red-shirt junior defensive lineman Anthony DeNunzio had nine tackles to go along with a sack and pass break up, while freshman defensive back Joshua Flowers made nine tackles and two pass break ups.

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

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

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