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No tax hike in Mineola Third year in a row for the village BY R E B ECC A K L A R The Mineola Board of Trustees is not raising village taxes for the third year in a row, Mayor Scott Strauss said last Wednesday during a meeting when the board approved a $22.7 million budget for 2018-19. The budget is about $600,000 more than the 201718 budget. The board kept the tax levy flat without any gimmicks or bells and whistles, Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira said. He added that the village isn’t “nickel and diming” people to keep the tax levy from rising. A larger tax base, strict spending controls and savings from debt service helped fund the budget increase, according to village Clerk Joe Scalero. The budget includes $20 million for the general fund, $2.47 million for the water fund, $774,953 for the swimming pool fund and $2.15 million for the library fund. Continued on Page 64

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Chaminade’s Tarmac reigns supreme

The Chaminade High School student-produced newspaper, Tarmac, was named the top high-school newspaper in the state by the New York Press Association at the Better Newspaper Contest on Saturday. The newspaper staff includes, from left Jaden Ombres, Christopher Mercadante, Nicholas Plante, Colin Capece, Owen Barthel and Aiden Fitzgerald. See story on page 2.

Ex E.W. resident named LIRR prez Phillip Eng visits Mineola station after taking over embattled transit agency BY LU K E TORRANCE

politan Transportation Authority last week. On Tuesday, he greeted commuters at the train Phillip Eng, a 35-year veter- station in Mineola and promised an of New York transit and for- to improve service. “I live their concerns bemer East Williston resident, was named as president of the Long cause I’m a regular commuter,” Island Rail Road by the Metro- he said. “But it’s important for them that their concerns are heard, and we’re going to take those comments and feedback that we’re getting and really take it to heart and make improvements to

their daily commute.” Along with East Williston, Eng also lived in Mineola at one point. He currently resides in Smithtown. “Phil is a true professional in the field of transportation who has impressed all of us at the MTA since he came aboard,” MTA Managing Director Veronique! Hakim! said! in a statement. “He has the ability to quickly assess any challenging situation and find a workable

solution. We look forward to working with him in his new role.” Eng joined the MTA over a year ago and concurrently served as acting president for New York City Transit. During his time with the MTA, Eng focused on modernizing transit in the city, including the development of a new fare payment system, mobile ticketing, and new rolling stock and buses. Continued on Page 65

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Chaminade newspaper Mineola ed board named No. 1 in state OKs $98M budget Winner among high schools for 4th straight year

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The Chaminade student-produced paper was named the best in the state for the fourth consecutive year by the New York Press Association. BY R E B ECC A K L A R Tarmac, the student newspaper of Chaminade High School, was named the best high school newspaper in New York state by the New York Press Association on Sunday. This is the fourth consecutive year Tarmac has won the award. “This award definitely means a great deal for our paper,” Colin Capece, co-editor-in-chief, said in a Chaminade news release. “There are so many other fantastic high school newspapers in New York, and it’s certainly gratifying and humbling to know that the NYPA chose Tarmac as the best. I believe the award is a testament to the efforts of this year’s staff, which worked so hard day in and day out to make this paper a success.” The award was announced

as part of the press association’s Better Newspaper Contest at the annual spring conference and trade show in Albany. Contest entries are judged by third-party press groups from different states each year. Tarmac’s submissions to the contest were reviewed alongside approximately 4,000 submissions from student and professional news organizations, according to the release. Along with being named top high school paper, Tarmac also won first-place honors for Best Website and Best Use of Social Media. Individual students were also honored, including Owen Barthel, who received first-place recognition for feature story, Nicholas Plante, who won second place for news story, and Christopher Mercandante, who

received honorable mention for sports story. Plante, a co-editor-in-chief, said it was great to see the staff ’s efforts recognized, but added that “it’s important to keep what we’ve accomplished in the right perspective.” “We’re not just trying to make the ‘best’ newspaper; we are looking for the most accurate and enjoyable ways to communicate stories that the Chaminade community needs to hear,” Plante said. Aiden Fitzgerald, a co-editorin-chief, said the state title is incredible, but pales in comparison to the joy he’s had working on the paper with some of his best friends. “I’m immensely grateful for the time I’ve had on the Tarmac,” Fitzgerald said. “And I’m glad it gets to end on such a high note.”

The Mineola Board of Education on Tuesday night adopted a $98,195,200 budget for the 2018-19 school year, a 3.97 percent increase from the current budget. The proposed increase in the tax levy is 1.96 percent, below the district’s allowable 2.12 percent tax levy cap. A 2.8 percent increase, or $210,000, in state aid, and a 30 percent increase in payments in lieu of taxes, or $550,000, helps fund the budget. The largest budget drivers are increases in employee benefits, which are out of the district’s control. Teacher retirement system benefits increased by 7.3 percent. Health insurance costs increased by 10.8 percent. Residents can vote on the budget on May 15 at Jackson Avenue School and Meadow Drive School. There are also two Board of Education seats up for re-election. President Christine Napolitano and Trustee Brian Widman are seeking re-election for threeyear terms. Superintendent Michael Na-

gler said there will be no meetthe-candidates night this year as both candidates are running unopposed. The budget allocates $4 million toward transfers to capital projects. A portion of the $4 million will go toward putting air conditioning in all classrooms at the high school. Other portions of the $4 million will go toward security upgrades districtwide. Certain security upgrades include a driver’s license scan and visitor badge system; Nagler said he will be testing different system in the coming weeks. The security upgrades will also place panic buttons on the walls and replace all interior doors on the first floor of the high school with automated locks. Nagler said the automated locks initiative will likely be expanded throughout the district in coming years, but the district will start with the high school since most active shootings nationwide happen in high schools. Other portions of the $4 million transfer to capital spending will go toward redoing the Hampton South parking lot and creating a middle school parent drop off area on Garfield Avenue. Continued on Page 65

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The Mineola Board of Education adopted a $98 million budget for the 2018-19 year.

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Brian McConaghy heads to Herricks G.N. South Middle School assistant principal to assume principal role at Herricks Middle BY R E B ECC A K L A R Herricks Superintendent Fino Celano welcomed Brian McConaghy, who will take over as the Herricks Middle School principal on July 1, during Thursday’s Board of Education meeting when the board approved the appointment. “We are pleased to welcome Mr. McConaghy to Herricks and are excited to have someone with his level of experience in middle school education join our team,” Celano said. “Mr. McConaghy brings tremendous knowledge, passion and a studentcentered commitment to excellence.” McConaghy has worked in several Long Island school districts. Currently, McConaghy is the assistant principal at Great Neck South Middle School, where he oversees approximately 800 students. Previously, McConaghy was assistant principal and director of guidance at Bayport-Blue Point High School. He also previously served as chairman for social studies in the East Williston school district, where he also spent early days of his career

as a social studies teacher at the Wheatley School. McConaghy is a candidate for a doctor of education, administration and supervision degree from St. John’s University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Loyola University, a Master of Science in teaching secondary education from Iona College and an Advance Graduate Certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University. McConaghy is also a member of the Nassau Suffolk Middle School Assistant Principals Association. “To me, Herricks has always represented an educational environment where excellence is expected and educators work closely with students and parents to meet those high standards,” McConaghy said. “This is an atmosphere where I think I can make positive contributions through collaboration with experienced and successful educational leaders.” McConaghy replaces Principal Joan Keegan, who is switching schools but not districts. Keegan will become Herricks High School principal beginning July1.

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Brian McConaghy, Great Neck South Middle School assistant principal, was appointed to be Herricks Middle School principal starting July 1.


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Collins Ave. home damaged in fire About 50 firefighters from 4 departments respond to W.P. blaze; no injuries reported BY R E B ECC A K L A R

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Nobody was harmed during a house fire that occurred Monday around 2:30 p.m. in on Collins Avenue in Williston Park.

A fire damaged the vestibule, doorway and roof of the vestibule of a Williston Park home on Tuesday around 2:30 p.m., village officials said. No one was injured in the fire that occurred at 44 Collins Ave., Williston Park Fire Chief John Perro said. The cause was determined to be electrical, he said. A homeowner who was present at the time called the department and got out safely on his own, Perro said. About 50 firefighters responded, including members of the East Williston, Albertson and Mineola fire departments, he said. The damage to the areas that burned was severe, said Kerry Collins, Williston Park building inspector. Due to a swift response, the overall home was not severely damaged, he said. Luckily someone was home to notice, Collins said, because otherwise the fire would have likely traveled and caused major damage. Electric, gas and other utilities were disconnected until remediation is done, he said.

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Curran lawsuit draws PBA’s ire

Newsletter slams Nassau County’s decision to invalidate contracts through court BY LU K E TORRANCE On the cover of its most recent newsletter, the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association made clear how it felt about County Executive Laura Curran. “United! Against Labor” the headline read, according to Newsday, over a picture from election night of Curran holding her hand up in the air with Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs. The union’s ire comes from a decision by the Curran administration earlier this month to sue five of the county’s public unions to invalidate an agreement made under the Edward Mangano administration. The five unions, who were sued separately, were!the Civil Service Employees Association, the Police Benevolent Association, the Superior Officers

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Association, the Corrections Officers Benevolent Association and the Detectives Association Inc. Last September, a memorandum of agreement was reached between the unions and!Rob Walker, then the chief deputy county executive. The agreement! increased longevity bonuses paid to municipal union members and guaranteed no layoffs through July of this year. When details were released!to the public, Curran criticized the agreement and then-County Attorney Carnall Foskey,!a Mangano appointee, wrote in a letter to the unions that the agreement “exceed[ed] the ordinary terms and usual substance of a MOA.” Earlier this year the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, which has the final say on the county’s budget, refused to allow longevity pay.

PBA President James McDermott told Newsday last week that the contracts were “100 percent legitimate” and claimed that Curran had insinuated that she would honor the contracts during the campaign. Efforts to reach McDermott for further comment were unavailing. When asked if Curran had insinuated that during the campaign, spokesman Michael Martino said that he would not comment on anything that is in court. Walker pleaded not guilty in February to charges of obstruction of justice and lying to FBI agents as part of a federal investigation into corruption in Nassau County and whether public officials received money from contractors. Walker’s mother, Rose Marie Walker, is a member of the Nassau County Legislature.

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Blank Slate wins 8 NYPA awards Accolades across the board for papers in design, ads, editorial cartoons and reporting

BY R E B ECC A K L A R Blank Slate Media took home eight awards in categories ranging from design to reporting during last weekend’s Better Newspaper Contest hosted by the New York Press Association. “This year is particularly gratifying because we did well in almost every area we’re judged,” said Steven Blank, editor and publisher of Blank Slate Media. He noted that the paper won for editorial pages, ads, special sections and reporting. “It’s a verification of the quality journalism that we’re providing the community,” Blank said. Among the winners was Great Neck reporter Janelle Clausen, who won honorable mention for Rookie Reporter of the Year. Clausen, who has been with the paper for about a year, said she was surprised given the quality of the competition. The paper also won first place for Best Small Space Ad. Yvonne Farley, a designer for Blank Slate Media, took home first place for Best Special Section Cover and second place for Best House Ad.

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Janelle Clausen, a Blank Slate Media reporter, works on a story for the Great Neck News. Clausen won honorable mention for Rookie Reporter of the Year at this year’s Better Newspaper Contest, hosted by the New York Press Association. The paper also won second place for the Fall Special section. Matt Bodkin won honorable mention for Best Editorial Cartoon. A former reporter for Blank Slate Media, Noah Manskar, won third place for Best Front Page for the Williston Times.

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Facial reconstruction of ‘Wonder’ boy Cohen Medical doctors perform surgery on Lithuanian child suffering genetic defects BY R E B ECC A K L A R

Rokas Zalaga is like many 5-year-old boys. He enjoys running and playing on his scooter, and his favorite superhero is Spiderman. But, unlike most children, Rokas was born with a Goldenhar syndrome – which is as rare as one in 25,000 births, according to a Northwell Health news release. In March, Rokas, from Lithuania, received the first phase of his facial reconstruction at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park to mend!facial deformities caused by his syndrome. Goldenhar is the genetic condition recently made more well-known by the movie and book “Wonder.” It mainly affects the development of the eyes, ears and spine, according to Northwell Health. Unlike Auggie in “Wonder,” Rokas’ condition only caused deformities on the right side of his face. However, Rokas’ conditions were more severe than those of the fictional Auggie, according to the release. Rokas lacked a proper jaw bone and his tongue rolled back when he tried to sleep, which made breathing almost impossible. Rokas was also born with a right cleft

Rokas was introduced to the foundation by the!wife of a doctor in New York City who is also involved with NextGenFace and has a friend in Lithuania who told her about Rokas’ situation, according to Northwell. Bradley agreed to treat Rokas, and Northwell President and CEO Michal Dowling agreed to provide pro bono surgery and treatment for Rokas at the Cohen center, according to Northwell. To repair Rokas’ breathing, Bradley removed one of Rokas’ ribs during surgery and created a rib graft with both bone and cartilage to fashion a joint. “Rokas will need a series of surgeries on his face to further minimize the deformities created by the combination of Goldenhar Syndrome and cleft palate,” PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHWELL HEALTH Bradley said in the release. “Rokas and his family are part of our family now; we Five-year-old Rokas Zalaga, in the arms of his father, Vytenis, is surrounded are planning for a return trip to Cohen in by his own personal superheroes, Spiderman and Dr. James Bradley, along six months for more surgeries.” Rokas’ mother, Ruta Zalaga, said she’s with his mother, Ruta, and 2-year-old sister, Teja. grateful for the care given by the Northwell team. “Every child deserves to have a life Bradley is involved with an organizalip and palate that was fixed as an infant. with the best chance for happiness and With the help of Dr. James Bradley, tion called NextGenFace Foundation. NextGenFace helps families of chil- health,” Zalaga said. “Thanks to everyone a pediatric plastic surgeon at Northwell, Rokas can now breathe on his own – with- dren with craniofacial conditions by help- here at Cohen, my son Rokas is finally out the tracheostomy he used for many ing identify a comprehensive approach to having his chance.” treatment. years.

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Herricks board OKs $114M budget

Contingency staffing, tech department seen as most likely use of $230K in additional state aid BY R E B ECC A KLAR Herricks public schools will receive an additional $230,000 in foundation aid from the state, which Superintendent Fino Celano said during Thursday’s Board of Education meeting will likely go toward additional contingency staffing and the technology department. During the meeting the board voted to adopt the $114,391,671 budget for the 2018-19 school year. The budget represents a 2.68 percent, or $3 million, increase from the current budget. The tax levy will increase 2.55 percent, which is within the district’s allowable tax cap. The average tax levy increase the district has implemented over the past three years, including the proposed tax levy

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The Herricks Board of Education voted to adopt a $114 million budget that the public will vote on in May. for 2018-19, is 1.44 percent. The public can vote on the budget on May 15 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the community center. There are also two Board of Education seats

up for election. Trustee Nancy Feinstein and President Brian Hassan are running unopposed for another threeyear term. The district is recommending that the board

use the additional state aid to allow for two contingency full-time teachers in case there is an increase in enrollment over the summer. If the extra staff is not needed, the money will

go back into the general fund. Other money from the increase in state aid will go toward technology enhancements, including a new firewall system. The extra state aid

money will also allow the district to buy more Chromebook carts, Celano said. Originally the district was looking to buy seven or eight new carts and will now add two more using the state aid money, he said. The approved budget also includes an additional security guard who will float between schools in the district, Celano said. Other budget highlights include the purchase of two new school busses, continued work on broken sidewalks, curbs and doors, and the installation of a new bank of lockers in the high school. Board President Brian Hassan said he thinks the budget is fair and touches “95 if not 100 percent,” of our students. A simple majority is needed for the budget to pass.

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t’s nice to have friends — especially when you are facing 54 months in jail. Count Gerard Terry among the lucky ones. Attorneys for the former North Hempstead Democratic Party chairman recently filed more than 100 letters testifying to Terry’s character in hopes of securing a more lenient punishment for failing to pay nearly $1 million in federal taxes and lying about it. Among the letter writers were more than 20 attorneys, personal friends and a dozen current and former public officials. The public officials included Congressman Thomas Suozzi, the former Nassau County executive; state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli; former LIPA Chairman Richard Kessel, who was recently appointed to head the county IDA; town Councilwomen Lee Seeman and Viviana Russell; Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender; former Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, and former state Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. All the officials are Democrats, most if not all of whom received Terry’s support in running for office. Of such support friendships often flourish. This is obviously good for the candidates but perhaps not so good for the public. Prosecutors said that while serving as the Town of North Hempstead Democratic party chair Terry failed to file income tax returns from 2000 to 2015, thus failing to pay nearly $1 million in federal income taxes. They also said Terry “routinely provided false, misleading and incomplete information” to the

Internal Revenue Service, once created a checking account in the name of a corporate nominee to conceal income, and “pressured colleagues and subordinates to not comply with IRS notices of levy.” Terry had earned his money during this time the old-fashioned" way — by getting government jobs that paid him about $250,000 a year. And that does not include his wife’s job with the Town of North Hempstead. “Over the course of fifteen years, based on sources of income known to the government, Terry evaded more than $992,057 in federal income taxes, accumulating a federal tax debt of approximately $1.4 million,” prosecutors said in recently filed court papers. “He did this deliberately, intentionally and habitually, all while serving as a Democratic Party boss and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in government work.” At one time or another, Terry worked for eight municipalities, including Nassau County, the Town of North Hempstead, where he held two posts – Board of Zoning Appeals attorney and special counsel to the town attorney’s office – and the Village of Manorhaven. At the time of his arrest in December 2016, he had six municipal jobs. Was Terry the best-qualified person for all eight jobs? You might say that depends on your definition of “best qualified.” If one of those qualifications was to get officials re-elected then he certainly fits the bill. But a person who owes the federal government $1 million just might not be the best person to help decide the fate of things like real estate developments.

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Unanswered in the federal complaint was the identity of colleagues and subordinates that federal prosecutors said were “pressured … to not comply with IRS notices of levy” issued against Terry. As far as we can tell, there has been no inquiry by any of the eight municipalities into whether they failed to comply with the IRS notices and, if so, who was responsible. Why not? This appears to be a case of political loyalty and personal gain trumping good government and the best interests of the public. Sadly, this lack of accountability appears to be part of a pattern that continues to this day. In February, we reported that

Robert Troiano, a Democrat who served first as director of operations for the town and then as a senior policy adviser, had failed to acknowledge on financial disclosure forms $81,533 in federal income tax liens he amassed between 2010 and 2014 as well as a $749,264 lien against a house he owns that was facing foreclosure. The town updated its code of ethics after Terry was arrested. The code now calls for fines of up to $10,000 for filing false information. Is the town going to seek a penalty against Troiano? Don’t hold your breath. Troiano’s financial problems were not made public until"he left the town to join Laura Curran’s

administration in January as the county’s acting commissioner for traffic and parking violations. Curran and her administration appeared to be unaware of Troiano’s tax liens at the time of his appointment. But somehow Republicans in the county Legislature, where Troiano served before joining the town, knew. They planned to question him about the loans. Troiano withdrew his nomination before he would face any questions about a job that would have paid him $155,000 a year. He then took a job paying $140,000 a year at the county Board of Elections —" one of the places where Terry had worked. We’re surprised no one wrote a letter"opposing the pay cut.

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KREMER’S CORNER

Congress is broken, no one can fix it

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ooner or later all of us reach that point in life when we throw in the towel and utter those dirty words “I am retiring.” Sometimes it is health that forces that decision and other times it’s some company policy that forces people to leave work. Many of the members of the current U.S. Congress, at last count 31, have announced that they are leaving Washington with no intention to come back except as a tourist or a lobbyist. The announced retirement of House Speaker Paul Ryan is the product of years and years of frustration with the way Congress works and many of his party and mine are leaving for the same reason. Once upon a time the floor of the House or the Senate was the place where historic debates took place and meaningful laws were passed affecting the lives of almost all Americans. The glory days when the Congress passed historic Civil Rights laws or laws giving Americans better health care are long

gone. These days Congress doesn’t pass very much. The massive tax reform bill which passed a short time ago was over 2,000 pages. It is safe to say that only a handful of the 435 House members read the bill or even tried to understand all the obvious and hidden benefits that were contained in this monster. Once this bill was rushed through both houses and signed into law, it took weeks before the business world found out that not all of the wished-for goodies were that good. Farmers and small businessmen are discovering all kinds of provisions that may threaten their survival. Most of our readers are waiting for the good or bad news from their accountants as to how much the new tax law may crush them next year with the loss of all types of deductibles. This year’s round of retirements is being caused by several factors. Some members are leaving because they will be losing very

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lucrative committee assignments and don’t want to stay in Washington as an obscure member. Some are leaving because they face tough re-election campaigns and don’t have the stomach or the money to fight for another term. A few are tired of defending a president who is hard to defend. Some will say that they want to spend more time with their families, even though in some cases their children have grown up and

are not hanging around to chill with their mom or dad. The retirement of House Speaker Paul Ryan is symptomatic of the big political picture in Washington. Ryan never wanted to be Speaker and took the job because he was the only person who could get the votes to take it on. Once he was Speaker he became frustrated with the infighting among his various factions. The 60-member Freedom Caucus has been a thorn in Ryan’s side and their day to day tantrums could wear out the strongest politicians. Ryan may be anxious to return to his wife and growing family, but he also recognizes that Congress is broken and won’t be fixed for a long time to come. It is hard to pass any serious laws in either house because of the many factions that keep stopping things. A good example of how the Congress is fractured is that it took three years for both houses to pass a law on sex trafficking. It seemed simple but simple

things don’t get done in Washington. Those of us who have held public office are partisans in one way or another. We wear our party on our sleeves and promote the themes that are consistent with our beliefs. But public office today is not a fun job. The need for massive amounts of money for campaigns never stops. Most newly elected officials begin raising money for their next campaign the day after they are elected. Social media is a constant presence and any size slip up will be magnified by your enemies. Fresh faces will emerge on the political scene, but they are outnumbered by a large number of career politicians whose only goal is survival. I am not a cynic about government. I want the best and the brightest to emerge in Washington, Albany and in all local offices. It may well happen but for our country it can’t come soon enough.

A LOOK ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

The four seasons of our discontent

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he cherry blossoms have finally come to Long Island, whether spring has or not … and the daffodils are blooming! It’s a big weekend here at Casa Judy. “Let’s go out and see the flowers,” my husband suggests. “Okay,” I agree. “Just give me a minute.” It takes more than a minute but I’m finally ready. “What are you wearing, Judy? We’re just walking around the block, and you look like the Abominable Snowman!” “What’s the problem?” It’s only logical. I’m wearing my “Spring Has Sprung” T-shirt, but it’s just above freezing outside, so I’m also wearing a longsleeved shirt. And a sweatshirt, because I hate to be cold. Plus it’s raining, so I’ve got on a raincoat and boots, and I’m looking for my umbrella. “And do you really need those?” “What, my sunglasses? That’s in case the sun ever comes back,” I explain, patiently. “How’s it ever going to find you, under that hat?”

“You just deal with your own situation, my dear. You’re sure to catch cold! in those shorts,” I snap. “And flip-flops? Honestly, anyone would think you were at the beach. In Dubai!” “I just believe in a positive attitude,” he says calmly. But I notice he doesn’t mind sharing the umbrella with me as we walk around the block. Suddenly he starts laughing. “I just figured out what you look like: that guy on the news!” “You’ll have to narrow it down a bit more than that,” I say primly. “You know — the one who wore everything he owned to the airport, rather than pay for his luggage.” I know the one he means. It was some British man, flying home from Iceland, who put on 10 shirts and eight pairs of pants rather than pay an excess baggage fee of about $125. “That guy is my hero,” my husband continues. “I’d do that too, if you let me.” “What, and walk around the airport like a scuba diver, with

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A Look on the Lighter Side all your sleeping gear on?” “To save $125? You betcha.” “Plus I know how you hate to sweat. Look at you right now, in a T shirt and flip flops in the teeth of a north wind! Besides, I don’t even know how you’d fit in your seat if you wore all your things.” “Maybe that’s why they wouldn’t let him on the plane,” my husband says. “He wouldn’t fit down the aisle.” Suddenly I can’t help laughing. “You know how I always

overpack? If I had to wear it all, maybe I’d get better at packing light!” “It’s more likely the flight time would come and go, and you’d still be trying things on.” Halfway around the block, the wind picks up and blows the first fallen petals around us. I jump reflexively. “What’s the matter?” asks my husband. “It’s like you’ve seen a ghost.” “Sort of. For a second there, I thought those were snowflakes!” It’s not so outlandish; just two weeks ago the Yankees season opener was snowed out. “First it’s hot, then it’s cold, then it’s sunny, then it’s freezing,” I said. “And all in the same day! Last week, one of the boys asked me what should he pack for a visit home — warm or cold weather clothing? I answered ‘Yes.’ ” “I know,” says my husband. “He called me next — said he’d be worried about you, except the weather’s crazy where he’s living, too, so he understood. He sends you a kiss, by the way.”

He bends to kiss me, finding my cheek eventually under the floppy hat. “Good thing our boy is driving here, and not flying,” continues my mate, “or he might have been tempted to wear everything, too. The British aren’t the only ones who hate paying for baggage.” Despite all my layers, the wind somehow gets through, and I am shivering by the time we are back at our own front porch. “Mid-April and it’s still winter,” I complain. I almost trip over a leaf rake that’s leaning against the wall, along with two snow shovels, some firewood, and a bag of potting soil. “Judy, I don’t mean to criticize — “— of course you do —“ “ — but couldn’t you put at least some of this in the garage?” But, as another blast of winter wind rattles the bag of grass seed against the bag of driveway ice-melt, the answer is sadly obvious. These days, one must have A Porch For All Seasons.


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OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Truth ‘matters’ for Veatch Program

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orth Shore Long Islanders can take pride in the splendid center on Shelter Rock Road in Manhasset that has been serving democracy and humanity for decades. That task has become more challenging in recent years because concerns about truth “matters” are increasing exponentially. We are now veering toward a severe crisis of “knowing,” not only being aware of what’s happening, but having an ability to discern what data is reliable. [It’s more than coincidental that April 2, 2018 was marked as the “Second Annual International Fact Checking Day”] Truth is critical for a democracy – in both ways that it “matters.” first, that it is quintessentially “significant” to make informed judgments. Second, that if we are to achieve an effective and just society, we need to be cognizant of truth in the range of ways (“matters”) that require attention. At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock last week, Rev. Ned Wright and

Veatch director Joan Minieri led a discussion that showed ways their group fostered truth-telling. A dramatic example for the evening was the support for 1971 printing of the entire Pentagon Papers in association with Sen. Mike Gravel, and by giving financial support to the Beacon Press. They did this at a time when 35 publishers had declined. Few offered explanations, but, most likely, they feared legal confrontations with the Nixon administration. Wright and Mineri explained how their organization took those risks and endured legal hassles and expenses. They distributed a Chicago Sun Times editorial (2/9/72) that praised UUA President Robert N. West for opposing authorities who “are prepared to stifle the voices of legitimate and responsible dissent.” Over decades, those 1970s marker events spurred UUCSR, with its Shelter Rock Forums, and, especially, the Veatch Program, to deepen and expand commitments to democratic citi-

MICHAEL D’INNOCENZO Out of Left Field zen empowerment. A book about their efforts has been appropriately titled: “FUNDING JUSTICE: The Legacy of the Unitarian Veatch Program.” Author Warren Ross published his study in 2005. In its foreword, the Veatch leaders at the time (Carol Adams and Zed Kesner) said they were proud that their foundation’s grants strengthen and further the goals of Unitarian Universalism. It is particularly noteworthy that UUSCR’s principles are so

aligned with our nation’s highest values and aspirations. Adams and Kessner emphasized Veatch objectives: “addressing the root causes of our society’s problems: why there are not enough jobs; why people are going hungry; why the economy and environment are under stress; why even our democracy is under stress.” The deep and continuing commitments by Veatch bring to my mind words from a noted Kennedy speech: “For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.” Those aspirational words are emblematic of Veatch commitments and staying power; they are particularly relevant in 2018 during our 70th-year celebration of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (and the key role played by Eleanor Roosevelt). Veatch Executive Director, Joan Minieri emphasized the vital importance of “the power of speaking up and speaking out.” The UUCSR Program, she

said, strives “to make sure that people have the resources to do that.” She drew a direct line from Pentagon Papers/Beacon Press support to the present. In 2017, Veatch distributed nearly $13 million for citizen empowerment, including civil and constitutional rights, informed public discourse, democratic participation, environmental Justice and other key projects to foster inclusive and participatory democracy – where citizens care and act because they become informed. Among UUSCR’s stated values: “Humanist principles which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.” Reverend Wright stated: “We are increasingly in need of reliable information that can be acquired quickly so that citizens can make informed decisions.” From recent and past Veatch grants, there are many examples of “people in the trenches telling the truth about what is happening in the country.” Continued on Page 18

VIEW POINT

Resolving ‘unsustainable’ property tax

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or the first time in, well, forever, I am feeling that Long Island is on the move. Governments of both Nassau and Suffolk counties are cleareyed about confronting challenges – some systemic – in sustainable ways, do not seem to be sabotaged (so far) from in-fighting (that is, a Democratic County Executive working with the Republicancontrolled Legislature), and the counties are even working collaboratively as a Long Island Region. But, “There are two major impediments to Long Island’s sustainability,” John Cameron, of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, told the Long Island Business Council. “The first is an unsustainable tax burden, and the second is lack of diversity in housing – ie. rental housing – for the workforce and empty nesters.” The two counties are cooperating on retaining the services of a consultant to evaluate alternatives to the property tax burden. There are basically three categories of taxes: property, income

and sales (though a municipality has other sources of revenue, including fees and fines). Long Island, he says, is more heavily dependent on property taxes than any other in the nation (two-thirds going to support schools). “We looked at alternatives – identified the inequities experienced in some communities- for example, some lower-income, minority communities are more adversely impacted by property tax; communities with low commercial tax base pay undue burden of taxes.” That falls into the problem of the tax certiorari issue of an assessment system that is deemed unfair and has produced an unvirtuous cycle of tax challenges and refunds (Nassau County is drowning in $1 billion in liabilities costing $100 million a year in interest, alone). How to break the cycle? First by undertaking a fair assessment (which the Curran administration is now doing, unfreezing the eight-year freeze on the

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rolls and conducting a new assessment) and then having the courts adjudicate, rather than capitulate (I think to connected attorneys) to refund-seeking property-owners; looking for ways to increase the tax base that conforms with retaining the suburban character of our communities (the best solution is Transit-Oriented Development; mixed-use development, Complete Streets strategies which promote the walkability, bikeability and liveability of a community, and

yes, affordable housing, as well as cultivating new technology-based enterprise). There was even talk – get this – of some form of income tax to replace (I would suggest replacing part) of the property tax, such as New York City has. An income-tax alternative to the property tax is worthy to contemplate, but I would submit, in a different way than income tax has been thought of before. There is no question that property taxes are regressive – people who live in homes that have increased in value over decades do not necessarily earn the incomes to pay that share of the property tax pie. But I have long argued that our suburban single-family homes are socially engineered for families who will take advantage of quality public schools (that accounts for two-thirds of the property tax bill); the high property taxes nudge empty-nesters out to make room for new families, who similarly will benefit from quality public schools

(while empty-nesters recoup their investment). Otherwise, you have homes occupied by empty-nesters for say 20 years -an entire generation -depressing school enrollment that results in buildings being underutilized, budgets being slashed, as happened in Great Neck in the 1980s, until a new generation comes in and finds aging buildings overcrowded and in disrepair. An alternative for emptynesters who want to stay in their communities is housing that better fits their needs (something that the Village of Great Neck is contemplating with its revisioning of Middle Neck Road and East Shore Road) and, significantly, comes with nominal, even token property tax liability. A new formula for financing schools and local communities could be a combination of property tax (at a much lower share) and income tax also makes sense to promote affordability of home ownership to young families. Continued on Page 60


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FROM THE DESK OF JACK SCHNIRMAN

Nassau’s need for a nepotism audit

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uring my inauguration as Nassau County comptroller, I spoke about the three guiding principles I set for this office: Investigation, innovation and"independence. One hundred days after taking office, we are seeing how those principles are helping bring accountability back to Nassau County government. "At least one of those principles is woven into everything this office does, whether it be audits, investigations, financial analysis, or community empowerment. Now, all three of those principles are coming together with the launch of our countywide

Nepotism and Patronage Audit, which I announced on my 100th day in office. " This audit strikes at the heart of what is wrong with the way Nassau County government has operated. The reputation of Nassau County government has taken a hit with corruption scandals, and we are facing significant financial problems. We need the best and most qualified people to join with us to solve those problems. "Public service is about giving back, not taking advantage of a broken system. That is why we are investigating how nepotism and patronage have corrupted the hiring and staff man-

JACK SCHNIRMAN Nassau County Comptroller agement practices of this county. "This audit is an innovative undertaking; a nepotism audit

of this scale has never been done before in Nassau County. Because of that, we have put a tremendous effort into the planning stages to ensure a much-needed, thorough, and independent investigation to get actionable results. "We aren’t interested in calling out a few high-profile names of people who have abused the system and simply walking away. With this audit we are going to develop a comprehensive set of reform-oriented recommendations that will ensure the mistakes of the past cannot be repeated in the future. " Ushering in a new era of government accountability

doesn’t happen overnight, but by launching smart audits, asking the tough questions, and seizing opportunities we are driving forward to get answers the public deserves. "We are committed to opening avenues through transparency, public engagement, and a push to fix our county’s broken contracting system. Above all else, we are reforming the way the county does business. "We have generated significant findings during the first 100 days in office. As we identify the systemic issues facing the county, we are moving quickly to implement much-needed solutions.

READERS WRITE

Child Victims Act: The human toll

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commend the Island Now for their recent editorial calling state Sen. Elaine Phillips to account for her indefensible position on the Child Victims Act. Indeed, during her limited tenure in office, Phillips has demonstrated a disturbing pattern of putting special interests above the safety and protection of children. Another recent example was her bowing to the NRA over the issue of gun violence in schools, following the Parkland shootings. Like March for Our Lives, the Child Victims Act has become a rallying effort to address another national epidemic threatening kids. As declared Democratic candidate running against Sen. Phillips, I am intent to stand up and speak out for young victims who must carry with them, lifetimes of pain and trauma from crimes of violence and sexual abuse. Recently, my campaign was endorsed by Fighting For Children: the tireless action committee dedicated to passing the Child Victims Act. Like all who are fighting this cause, our shared stance is based on what

is right and what is just — not what is political. While much has been written about the insider politics of the Child Victims Act, which extends the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse to bring their assailants to justice, I would like to take the opportunity to address the human aspect of what this bill would mean for current and future victims of childhood sexual assault. These are real people battling injustice. In fact, probability states that you already know somebody who has suffered sexual abuse. In the United States, one in four girls and one in six boys, will be sexually abused before the age of 18. These young victims internalize or repress the crime due to feelings of shame, guilt and fear. There is no cure for sexual abuse, no pill or prescription that can erase the lifelong effects of being sexually abused as a child. Upon talking to adults who were victimized as children, one thing is clear; flashbacks do not go away and the triggers are unavoidable and ev-

erywhere. For victims, accessing justice against those who committed these heinous crimes against them, is key to the healing process. Having their abuse validated in court as a crime which happened through no fault of their own, externalizes the experience by transferring guilt where it belongs. Accessing justice begins with disclosure. And, disclosure begins as a process where the victim goes from suppressing the abuse to opening up about what was done to them — this takes time. There are myriad of reasons why victims do not divulge the crime until much later into adult life. Children are victimized before sexual maturity and so may not even understand they are being assaulted until they become more sexually aware, which can take many years or even decade. In 90 percent of sexual abuse cases, the child knows the assailant with one out of three being assaulted by a family member. Children often keep quiet because they are afraid to ac-

cuse someone who is in a position of power over them. In these cases, children are also in deep turmoil by the confusing and conflicting circumstance of having to tell on a family member who is supposed to love them. Indeed, shame and guilt are often weaponized by perpetrators as a tactic to keep children silent. Even if children do tell their parents, cultural taboos sometimes push the family to cover-up the incident fearing greater repercussions. Understandably, most children feel trapped and terrified. Upon reaching adulthood, victims remain locked in the emotional and psychological aftermath, suppressing the painful memories, or fearing social stigmas of being the victim of molestation. Once victims do open up, it occurs in stages. First, there is the painful process of acceptance — wherein it often takes a while before all the details come back. Then they must overcome the fear and fallout, the social stigmas and judgments that come with disclosing the abuse. And, then there is the process of recovery which for many, means reporting the crime and

seeking justice in court against their abusers — another intimidatingly long process. These explain why, the estimated average age of male victims coming forward to report childhood sexual assault is 42. Yet, currently the statute of limitations on reporting child sex crimes in New York is only 23 years old. Given what we understand about the complex array and long-lasting trauma victims of sexual abuse must overcome, we must give survivors more time to open up to disclose the crime and seek justice. That is the purpose of the Child Victims Act; to allow victims to come forward and, fix a system which enables sexual predators to continue their abuse. If we are to be a just and humane society, our goal should be to protect children and childhood survivors…not predators. The Child Victims Act needs to be passed. Not doing so, is inexcusable. Brad Schwartz Port Washington Democratic Candidate for NY State Senate’s 7th District

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pril 15-22 is National Volunteer week and is a time to help those in need. I find volunteering to be a most rewarding experience. I myself am grand knight of St.Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911, in Douglaston and my members and myself are involved in many charitable activities which include running blood drives. There are many civic, religious, community, and political groups in need of volunteers. There are the sick, elderly, youth and poor who need help.

Also, there is a need for volunteers at food pantries and food kitchens not to mention a need for blood donations all year round. The internet and local newspapers have a list of these groups that are local where you can volunteer. We have many in our communities who are in need of your kindness and help. So be all you can be, even if only a few hours a month. And those you will help will be glad that you did. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Mineola

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udos to the Great Neck Teachers Association.! On Sunday, April 15 !in!winter weather, teachers, students and residents ran and walked in the first!Color Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by the teachers association. One!hundred percent of the proceeds will support students in attending the! Great Neck schools summer programs.!

For those of us who participated,! we must say it was well organized, full of spirit and loads of fun.! Thank you Great Neck Teachers Association for the extra mile you go for! our students. Karen and Don Ashkenase Great Neck

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George Bernard Shaw quoted by Robert F. Kennedy at J.F.K’s funeral. I have long maintained that the key to understanding American history and politics is to understand the differences between liberals and conservatives. My purpose here is to offer definitions of these two divergent philosophies and to cite exemplars of each. First, I will present the Liberal position and in a subsequent letter, the conservative philosophy. I state my bias at the outset. As the title of this piece suggests, I assert that liberals ask “why not?” while conservatives are more likely to accept the status quo. I note, parenthetically, that when I was a youth, liberalism was the predominant mode of thinking and conservatives did not exist in numbers comparable to today. Among the early conservative spokespersons were Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio, and later, Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona and Gov. Ronald Reagan of California. This leads to the conclusion that if there is one truth to which we can all subscribe, it’s that the political pendulum constantly swings back and forth. One way to differentiate between liberals and conservatives is to examine the role of government.

For liberals, government is a countervailing force which keeps corporations and individuals from using their power for self-aggrandizement. It restrains these entities by creating a level playing field. Conservatives might argue that the field is already level, but as Anatole France pointed out: “The law in all its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.” So much for that false equivalency. The fear of conservatives is, as stated in the Federal Observer, the government “can control your behavior, your habits and your life…simply by passing laws or promulgating bureaucratic rules.” Let us now turn to an early leader of the liberal movement — Louis Brandeis. Graduating from the Harvard Law School at the age of 20, he had the highest grade point average in the school’s history. President Wilson appointed him to the Supreme Court where he served with distinction from 1916 to 1939. He came to be known as “the people’s lawyer” and the “Robin Hood of the law.” He was noted for fighting railroad!monopolies, being a crusader for social justice and helping to create the Federal Reserve Board which is the “central bank” for the U.S. and works to alleviate financial crises. He was also the first Jew to serve on the Supreme Court. His best-known book was titled “Other People’s Money and How the Bankers Use It.”

He took on J.P. Morgan and other economic royalists who accumulated more wealth than had any previous group in America’s history. He railed against the crushing of small businesses and against “interlocking directorates” (when an individual served on more than one corporate board of directors.) Brandeis saw government as a tool to combat the pernicious influence of the “robber barons.” In 1929, the U.S. experienced the worst depression in its history. Speculators lost millions, banks failed and workers lost their jobs in droves. In 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president. His opponent, Herbert Hoover, the incumbent, urged patience and asked Americans to view the crisis as a passing event. With at least one-quarter of the workforce unemployed, Hoover favored a “wait and see” attitude. He viewed the economic “boom and bust” as an inevitable cycle. Roosevelt, on the other hand, like Brandeis, was determined to use government as a means of countering the economic calamity which had befallen the nation. He inaugurated a program called “the New Deal” which created many regulatory agencies (the “alphabet agencies”) to reform the economy. While there were many of these, I will discuss a few of them in next week’s letter. Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

Truth ‘matters’ for Church’s valuable contributions Veatch Program M Continued from Page 16 During the past few years, more citizens are joining the “crusade against ignorance” that UUSCR and its Veatch Program have been fostering for more than half a century. Consider: 1. Sara and Jack Gorman, “Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us” 2. Ben Berger, “Attention Deficit Democracy: The Paradox of Civic Engagement” 3. Bruce Bartlett, “The Truth Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Separating Facts from Lies, and

Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks” 4. George Orwell, “1984” (revival during 2016) 5. Michiko Kakutani, “The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump” (forthcoming) 6. Eric Liu, “You’re More Powerful Than You Think” Jefferson noted: “If we expect a nation to be ignorant and free, we expect what never was and never will be.” UUSCR, Shelter Rock Forum, and Veatch Program have sustained and advanced citizenempowered democracy. Kudos!

att Bodkin’s editorial cartoon published on March 30, Good Friday, was an attempt to support the Child Victims Act, a proposed law recently under consideration in the state legislature. Unfortunately the cartoon characterized the Catholic Church as an organization with a “long history of victimizing children.” Even a cursory look at the Catholic Church’s record as an institution belies this characterization. Every Catholic acknowledges sinfulness, and those who commit crimes justly deserve punishment, but if one looks into the “long history” mentioned in the editorial, one finds a record of holiness and charity that is hard to deny. Some of these achievements

include: St. John Bosco caring for hundreds of street children in 19th century Italy and establishing a religious order to continue this work throughout the world; St. Vincent DePaul reaching out to the poor communities of 17th century France, an initiative which continues to aid the impoverished young of many nations; St. Elizabeth Anne Seton, a New Yorker, founding the American Catholic schools; St. Frances Cabrini establishing centers of charity for poor immigrant children throughout the U.S., beginning in New York; St. Katharine Drexel founding scores of schools, missions, and charitable works for AfricanAmerican and Native American children, a work which continues today in twenty-one states and Haiti.

This is only a tiny sample of what the Catholic Church has done and continues to do for children. Finally, what can be said about the church’s influence for the good of humanity over two millennia? It is incalculable. As Robert Wilson, a retired New York hedge fund manager and an atheist remarked after donating over $20 million dollars to New York Catholic schools in 2007: “Let’s face it, without the Roman Catholic Church, there would be no Western Civilization.” Joseph R. McCleary President The Schools of St. Mary Manhasset Letters Continued on Page 59


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school security. At a previous Board of Education meeting, Kamberg said the county should “share in the tax burden” by allocating police resources. Members of the public will vote on the budget on May 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wheatley School gymnasium. There are also two Board of Education seats up for election this year. Robert V. Fallarino and Leonard Hirsch are running unopposed for reelection for three-year terms. Other budget highlights include continuing the Peru and Italy exchange trips and expanding the social science research program at the Wheatley School, Danielle Gately, assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel, said at a February budget hearing. There are also STEM (or science, technology, engineering and math) improvements such as expanding the Chromebook one-to-one initiative to grades two through 12, expanding opportunities at Willets Road School’s innovation lab and installing 40 Interactive Flat Panel boards at all three schools, Gately said.

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Mangano trial examines the ‘Oyster Bay way’ BY LU K E TOR R A N C E Assistant U.S. Attorney! Lara Treinis Gatz asked Frederick Mei, the former Oyster Bay deputy town attorney, if he was familiar with the expression “the Oyster Bay way.” “To me, it’s a phrase used to discuss the pay-to-play nature of the town,” Mei testified in federal court in Central Islip on Monday, according to Newsday. The exchange was part of the ongoing trial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto. Mangano and Venditto are charged with conspiracy to commit federal program bribery and honest services wire fraud. Mangano was additionally charged with extortion and Venditto with securities fraud. Mangano’s wife, Linda, is charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, making false statements to the FBI and obstruction of justice. All three have pleaded not guilty. As in the week before, much of the trial’s focus over the last few days focused on the relationship between Venditto and restaurateur Harendra Singh. Singh previously testified that he had given limousine! rides and free meals to Venditto in

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Williston Park board eyes $6.2M budget BY R E B ECC A K L A R The Williston Park village board is eyeing a $6,228,302 tentative budget, which would be a 2.1 percent increase from the 2017-18 budget. The village is proposing a 3 percent tax levy increase, which is over the state’s 2 percent tax cap, said Mayor Paul Ehrbar. Last year was the first time the board voted to adopt a budget within the state’s allowable tax cap in five years. During Monday’s board meeting, the village board also voted to add a local law allowing the village to override the allowable tax levy limit. The village board will vote on whether to adopt the budget on April 25. The tentative budget includes a $26,276, or 6.53 percent, increase for the Fire Department; about $20,000 is for insurance and $6,000 for loan payments. Also during the meeting, the members of Girl Scout Troop No. 1307 presented a plan to add dog waste stations in strategic locations in Williston Park using about $200 they have raised. The girls discussed different waste system options varying in price, before the village board on Monday night. Three locations the girls suggested for the stations were by the Williston Park pool, the corner of Willis Avenue and Hawthorne Street, and Kelleher

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Girl Scout Troop No. 1307 is seeking to add dog waste stations across the Village of Williston Park. Field by Syracuse Street. The cheapest option would be installing dog waste bags without an additional bin or street pole. The cheaper price would allow the stations to be placed at all three locations, and possibly a fourth. The middle price-range option would involve a street pole and bags, but not an additional bin. The girls could afford

about two or three of those systems. The priciest option, with the bags, a pole and a bin, would only allow the girls to afford one or two stations. The troop members present at the village meeting, Tess Shelley, Ariel Huang, Markella Vasaka, Mia Donnatin, Briana Wang and Olivia Jones, said they would prefer the first option so more stations

could be added in the village. Village officials said that the village likely has extra street sign poles that could be donated and used for the girl’s project. The project is the troop’s Bronze Award project. The troop would be in charge of stocking the waste station bags for six months. The responsibility would then fall on the Department of Public Works. Ehrbar said he and the board are in favor of the project and the girls continuing with their plan. The troop will meet again and discuss which option the girls would like to go forward with and will then present a formal proposition to the board. In other business, Trustee Michael Uttaro said the board is looking to plan a Narcan training session for the village. Uttaro said the board is looking to set a date sometime in August. “No community is safe from this issue,” Uttaro said. Trustee William O’Brien also invited residents to come out on Saturday for “Make a Difference Day.” The village will be celebrating Earth Day by cleaning up the village for “what’s supposed to be spring,” O’Brien said. Interested residents can meet in the Village Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. The village will provide T-shirts, garbage bags and gloves. Residents are asked to bring rakes and shovels.

Moody’s upgrades First City hosts open house, Mineola’s credit rating fundraiser for Sunrise camp BY R E B ECC A K L A R Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the Village of Mineola’s credit rating from Aa3 to Aa2, according to a village news release. Moody’s cited the village’s improved reserves and liquidity as well as the village’s sizable and growing tax base for the upgrade, according to the release. Mayor Scott Strauss said in the release that he and the board are “extremely pleased that Moody’s has recognized the great strides made by the Village of Mineola in improving its financial condition.” “Moody’s has validated something we already knew,

that the Village of Mineola is as strong today as it has ever been in its history,” Strauss said.! Last week the Mineola village board adopted a $26.14 million budget which called for no increase in the tax levy for the third consecutive year. The improved credit rating opens Mineola up to greater access to the credit markets on more favorable terms, should future borrowing become appropriate, according to the release. “We look forward to continuing to serve the village residents and to make sure that Mineola continues to be a great place to live, raise a family and own a business,” Strauss said.!

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spot for one day only. Owned by! Joe LaPadula, First City Project is affectionately known as graffiti mansion at 149 Glen St. in Glen Cove. The mansion, which hosted

a private event on April 12, will be open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday for a Sunrise Day Camp of Long Island fundraiser. Continued on Page 65

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New Long Island database launched Newsday partners with Rauch Foundation to provide accurate data to many users BY LU K E TORRANCE

Douzinas said that the Rauch Foundation was ready to pass that responsibility on to Newsday and was confident! that nextLI The Rauch Foundation anwould continue to provide free nounced that it is discontinuing high-quality research to Long Isits research database, the Long land residents. Island Index, but the work will “The Rauch Foundation is a continue through nextLI, which Long Island and showed trends proven beyond doubt the imwill be run by Newsday, accord- over time for things such as hous- portance of a regional index,” grant-making philanthropy and ing availability, venture capital said Nancy Rauch Douzinas, is, therefore, ready to pass the ing to a news release. The Long Island Index was investment and transit ridership. president of the foundation. “Its ongoing operation of a regional founded 15 years ago by the This data was then compared research on the need for a third index to nextLI,” Douzinas said.! She said that the foundation Rauch Foundation to provide with similar regions in an effort track on the Long Island Rail accurate data to local business, to draw attention to certain is- Road, for instance, was essential would continue its support for a to advancing that vital develop- limited period of time until the political and civic leaders. The sues. new operation with Newsday “The Long Island Index has ment.” index measured! conditions on

was up and running. Rita Ciolli, Newsday’s editor of the editorial! pages, will be the director of the nextLI project. She said she was excited to take on the responsibility. “Newsday is thrilled to take over the index’s pioneering effort of providing our region with the data and information required to make better decisions about our future,” she said.! “Our mission for over 77 years has been to connect Long Islanders and soon we will debut a digital forum for those conversations to continue.”

Mangano trial examines the ‘Oyster Bay way’ Continued from Page 21 He also said that anyone who wanted a town position had to be a registered Republican and go to party fundraisers, according to Newsday. Mei said that he did not have the power to secure the loans for Singh, and that those marching orders came directly from Ven-

ditto, according to Newsday. Mei also testified on Tuesday that he had lied to the FBI about accepting bribes from Singh. Efforts to secure the loan did have a tie to Mangano. His former employer, the law firm Rivkin Radler, figured out a way to guarantee a loan for Singh despite provisions of the New

York state Constitution. Two of the firm’s partners, William Cornachio and William Savino, testified last week that they were pushed by Mangano and others to complete the deal, Newsday reported. Savino’s answers were often opaque, Newsday said, and he often began his response with

clarifications. But Cornachio was straightforward! and made it clear that the loan guarantee was illegal. Also testifying last week was David Salony, a former executive chef with Singh’s restaurants. According to Newsday, he said Mangano, Venditto and other officials received free meals and

special off-menu foods. He also testified that he never saw Linda Mangano and never knew she worked there. Singh had previously testified that he paid Linda Mangano $450,000 for a no-show job, while Mangano’s attorney claimed she had come in and done work.


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The Number on GreatGrandpa’s Arm,” a movie geared toward introducing a younger generation to the Holocaust, will make its Long Island premiere at the Gold Coast Arts Center on Sunday, with a discussion with Holocaust survivor Irving Roth following. The film, produced by Sheila Nevins and directed and produced by Amy Schatz, revolves around 10-year-old Elliot talking with his 90-year-old great-grandfather Jack, a Holocaust survivor. By weaving their conversation together with historical footage and hand-painted animation created by artist Jeff Scher, the documentary aims to create a picture of life before, during and after the Holocaust presentable to children. “There have been so many stories and so many films and so many pieces that have been written about the Holocaust,” Lauren Wagner, the directorr of marketing and development for thee Gold Coast International Film Festivall and Gold Coast Arts Center, said on n Thursday. “I don’t know how manyy of them have been geared toward a younger generation.” The Holocaust was the system-atic murder of six million Jews and d millions of others by the Nazi warr machine and its collaborators duringg World War II. Mass killings began in n 1941, according to the U.S. Holocaustt Memorial Museum, and by May 1945,, nearly two-thirds of European Jewss had been murdered. Helen Turner, the director of youth h education at the Holocaust Memoriall and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, which is a co-host of the film screening, said the film is an important “introductory tool” to a stark topic. “I think the importance of the film is that we need to be able to start the conversation with young learners on this topic and keep the conversation going,” Turner said. “To discuss the Holocaust is imperative to education not only from a historical point of view, but from a humanitarian point of view.” Michael Glickman, chair of the Gold Coast Arts Center’s board of directors and the president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which has an exhibit complementing the film, said they saw a great opportunity to bring the movie to Long Island. He also described it as “a piece of art that could be shared with children.” “This is the first time a film like this has been done,” Glickman said. “This is going to set the trend for future film and material that is positioned for children as they are taught about the Holocaust.”

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Introducing the Holocaust to a younger audience Rebecca Sassouni, the president of the Sephardic Heritage Association Inc., which is also a partner in the movie showing, said the film fits SHAI’s mission of educating Jewish children and that the group was glad to help sponsor it. And for Sassouni there are extra relevance and urgency today to educate people about the Holocaust because of ongoing genocides around the world and Holocaust survivors dying of old age. “I do think there’s an urgency since so many of the Holocaust survivors are elderly and frail and will no longer be here to have their first-person accounts to share,”

Sassouni said. The screening will begin on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Bow Tie Squire Cinemas on 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck. The event is free, but interested attendees must RSVP online or by calling (516) 829-2570 due to limited seating. The Museum of Jewish Heritage and Gold Coast Arts Center are holding the event in commemoration of Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County and Sephardic Heritage Association Inc.


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This Grammy Award–winning comedy duo consisting of Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong, who found a wide audience in the 1970s and ‘80s for their films and stand-up routines that were based on the hippie and free love era, will perform their irreverent, counter-culture, no-holds-barred act. Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: (631) 673-7300 • paramountny.com


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Wednesday, April 25 at 9 a.m. With the celebration of Earth Day this week, what better time to head out and enjoy one of the many beautiful parks and preserves Long Island has to offer? This six-mile, moderatelevel hike sponsored by Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference will cover both sections of Muttontown Preserve, Nassau County’s largest nature preserve with 550 acres of fields, woodlands, ponds, and estate grounds. If there are heavy rains, the hike will be cancelled. $40 per person. Bring water. Where: Muttontown Preserve (meet at the equestrian parking lot), Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, East Norwich Info: (516) 906-2733 • ligreenbelt.org

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Filled with gentle humor and insight, Oliver Jeffers’ New York Times bestselling book, “Here We Are,” is a poignant celebration of our planet on the weekend when we celebrate Earth Day. Children can join this free story time, with activities to follow.

Where: Barnes and Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset or 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place Info: 516-365-6723 (Manhasset); 516-741-9850 (Carle Place) or barnesandnoble.com

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Families with children ages 1 to 12 can enjoy an afternoon of food, entertainment, and arts that will include “Star Wars” Jedi training with Empire Saber Guild’s Endor Temple, an interactive show performed by Bach to Rock, robots and crafts with Roslyn Academic Programs, dance and twirl with princesses from If You Can Dream Princess Parties, and more. $5 per person in advance/$7 at the door.

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In honor of Earth Day, families can join a hands-on afternoon about the history and conservation of the Long Island Sound. There will be tented activities for children of all ages, including a live touch tank from The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, science experiments, water monitoring and information booths from Cornell Coop, CRESLI and more.

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Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m.

Children ages 3 and up can celebrate Earth Day by attending this program where they will learn how we can all make a difference in keeping our planet healthy. They will make recycled paper and sun prints at this free, drop-in program made possible with the support of National Grid.

Where: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City Info: 516-224-5800 or licm.org

How I Became a Pirate

Sunday, April 22, 2 to 3 p.m. (1 p.m. workshop)

Presented by Dallas Children’s Theatre, children ages 5 to 11 can sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates as they search for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. This joyful family musical is preceded by a 1 p.m. workshop where kids can dress as their favorite pirate and take part in crafts and a story time.

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Five to perform in Your Big Adelphi chorale, Break finale at Gold Coast vocal ensemble BY J A N E L L E C L AU S E N A nearly even mix of soloists and bands will vie to win Your Big Break on Saturday night, having been narrowed down from hundreds of entries and two knockout rounds. Hosted by the Gold Coast Arts Center, Love Revolution Org and Rick Eberle public relations, the annual contest seeks to find – and elevate –! young, but untapped local musical talent from Long Island and the five boroughs. Represented among the five are Lydia von Hof, 16, who was a

finalist in last year’s competition, Great Neck-based musical project Psychopompous, 37 Stripes, whose origins can be traced to the iSchool of Music and Art, alternative rock band All Types of Kinds and soloist Kaylee Shahira. This year’s prizes include a chance to open for a national act at the Emporium, time to record in IndiMusic Studios, be featured on reverbnation.com, a full public relations and social media campaign with the Rick Eberle Agency and free musical equipment. In addition to the nine judges, who include record label ex-

ecutives, songwriters and others in the music industry, audience members will judge the contestants and play a role in determining the winner. While largely a singing competition, artists will also be judged in areas like stage presence and overall musical talent. The event will take place at the Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck on Saturday at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for students and $15 for adults if ordered in advance. All tickets cost $20 at the door.

The Adelphi choral ensembles celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center with a beautiful concert under the baton of Karen Faust Baer. The Adelphi Chorale and the Adelphi Vocal Ensemble will perform on Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 p.m. on the Westermann Stage, Concert Hall in the Adelphi PAC at 1 South Ave. in Garden City. In the first half of the concert, the Adelphi Vocal Ensemble performs a selection of madrigals as well as the Billy Joel classic “And So It Goes.” Then, the Adelphi Chorale performs Vivaldi’s Gloria in an arrangement by Clayton Westermann, a former Adelphi adjunct professor for whom the Westermann Stage is named. Enjoying a diverse career in solo performance, conducting, accompanying and pedagogy, pianist Karen Faust Baer maintains a vital musical presence. Presently, she is the conductor of the Adelphi choral ensembles and teaches in Adelphi’s Department of Music Education. Baer has been heard in recital at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, BAM, Israeli Cultural Foundation, the Tanglewood Music Institute, Princeton, college campuses and WQXR and WNYC radio stations. In recent years, Baer has appeared as piano soloist with the South Shore Symphony performing works by Beethoven, Gershwin and Chopin

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Sands Pt. Civic to host ex Rep. Israel

unusual range and color with a magnetic stage presence that captivates his audience. His powerful “bari-tenor” enables him to cross-over between the dramatic tenor and lyric baritone arias. He has performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre, the New Jersey Lyric Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Opera Northeast and the National Grand Opera. He has traversed the world sharing his powerful baritone voice with audiences in Germany, Austria, England and Italy, including solo performances at St. Peter’s Basilica and the Conservatorio d’Avellino. Alicia Alexander’s effortless lyric soprano voice has graced many stages in the tri-state area. Alexander is also described as the epitome of today’s “crossover” artist, equally at home with genres that include opera, Broadway and the American Songbook, as well as the notable “Merry Widow.” The suggested donation is $5. Call 516.482.5701 for further information, to receive the 2017-18 SCW Cultural Arts booklet, and to learn about discounts for the SCW Sunday subscription series. Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck, NY 11024.

Dolphin Bookshop, the official bookseller, will have copies of the book available for sale, and Israel will personally autograph purchased copies. Israel served in the U.S. Congress from 2001 to 2017. When he decided not to seek another term, he was already on his way to establishing himself as a notable author. He began writing about his 16 years of experience as a member of Congress. He was one of only nine members of the House Democratic leadership and possesses a singular behind-the-scenes understanding of how Washington officials strategize and process their legislative decisions. Israel is considered a leading expert in congressional dynamics, which served as the inspiration for his first novel in 2015, “The Global War on Morris.” On the heels of his first literary success, he has written his second novel, “Big Guns” (April 17). For more information, visit www. SandsPointCivic.org. Reservations are requested by emailing your name and number of guests to president@SandsPointCivic.org. Admission to the event is free and parking is available. The event takes place at the Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point.

The sixth season of Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts at Emanuel continues on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., when Thomas Stallone and Alicia Alexander offer a concert of “Memorable Broadway Blockbusters.” Together they will share melodies from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, South Pacific, Show Boat, La Cage Aux Folles, Paint Your Wagon, and many more Broadway favorites. Thomas Stallone combines a voice of

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RMH-LI Walk of Love & Certified 5K Run Presented by Walgreens

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Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 Time: 8 AM - 1 PM Location: Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (267-07 76th Ave., New Hyde Park) Radio Sponsor: 106.1 BLI & 102.3 WBAB

Prizes for Fundraisers* $1,000 + - Tommy Bahama Beach Towel $750 + - RMH-LI Umbrella $500 + - RMH-LI Hat $250 + - RMH-LI Travel Mug *Please note these items will be distributed while supplies last! Limited to one item per individual fundraiser or one team captain.

All proceeds will benefit the programs and services RMH-LI & the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Stony Brook Children's Hospital provide for families of seriously ill children. Pre-walk and run warm up with Bernie and Stephen from CrossFit Sanctuary! Post-walk family fun and entertainment will follow the Walk & 5K with activities including carnival games, BBQ, live DJ, face painting and more! Please note this is a rain or shine event. • 5K Run is certified by USA Track & Field.

Registration fees are as follows: $25 (pre-registration) • $15 (children 12 and under) $30 (day-of registration for adults and children 13 and over) $20 (day-of registration for children 12 and under)

Registration includes an event t-shirt, entertainment, refreshments, finish line medal and finish line celebration.

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Gold Coast fest showcases students BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N Conversation between children, teachers and parents buzzed throughout the Gold Coast Arts Center as young students dashed around more than 100 works of bright vivid colors in the spirit of Jackson Pollock, water color sunsets, portraits and charcoal drawings. “You look at it. It’s wonderful,” said Harriet Becker, a Gold Coast board member and co-president of the North Shore Community Arts Council, gesturing to a line of works along the wall. “We have Mona Lisa, we have all these children who had to do pictures of themselves and then something abstract.” “You have to be really smart to do something like that,” she said. The students vary in age from about 3 years old to adulthood, as do their works. But what most share, teachers and students said, is a love of what they do and satisfaction seeing their work on display at this year’s Festival of the Arts Student Art Show. Dani Garofalo, a 17-year-old teaching assistant at the arts center, said the work on display showcases how much students have grown in their artistic style and what they’re capable of. “It’s really rewarding,” Garofalo said. “They can talk about it with their

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Ellen Schiff, the head of school at the Gold Coast Arts Center, greets one of her students at the opening reception of the Festival of the Arts gallery. friends, they make friends in class, they’re doing something they really like to do, and just to see it – I feel like it’s extremely rewarding for them and for us as well, just seeing they’ve accomplished something so great.”

“And day to day,” Garofalo said, “they’re getting better.” One of those artists is Maya Sedaghatpour, a 5-year-old painter and drama student who sometimes gives her projects to her family members to

help them be happy. Maya said she is still figuring out her favorite thing to do. But, the young artist said she enjoys colored pencils, crayons and painting, as well as music, and hopes to continue with art camp. “Because I like it,” Sedaghatpour, who also attends the North Shore Hebrew Academy, said. As Head of School Ellen Schiff explained what takes place in the classes, she sometimes paused to talk with – and introduce – some of the center’s 150 students and parents and point out what they did that year. Typically, Schiff said, a student begins with basic skills like color and design. Over time students develop their own styles, exploring everything from ceramics to water color, and often venture into other artistic disciplines like acting and dancing. “What it says about the school is we know how to teach, we know how to encourage, we know how to inspire,” Schiff said. As for the exhibit, Schiff described it as her “favorite show of the year.” “Seeing the satisfaction on the children and students’ faces,” she said, “is worth everything.” The Festival of the Arts Student Art Show will be on display until May 11. Entry is free.

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ollege is the first taste of true independence many young students experience. Whereas mom and dad were always around to make sure kids were out the door on time and homework was done, that safety blanket is no longer there once kids move into their dorm rooms. The transition to college life can be exciting. But while students typically welcome that transition with open arms, parents often worry about how their children will handle their suddenly more independent life. Parents who want to help

their kids make as smooth a transition to college life as possible can take steps during their children’s senior year of high school to help them adjust to their new surroundings and responsibilities more easily. Let kids fly solo on school day mornings. New college students have to make many adjustments upon moving into their dorms, and getting themselves out of bed each morning and off to class on time is one such change. Parents worried that their students will

that he or she start paying for his or her expenses via these accounts. Resist the urge to give high school kids gas money or money for shopping trips if they have already spent their allowances so they can learn how to effectively manage money between paydays. In addition, teach kids about the right and wrong ways to use credit cards, including the importance of paying balances in full and on time.

sleep in when mom and dad isn’t around to remind them to wake up can start letting kids fly solo on school day mornings during their final year of high school. Let kids set their alarms, prepare their own breakfasts and get out the door on time all on their own. By the time their freshman year of college arrives, kids will know how to handle their mornings by themselves. Teach kids how to develop budgets. Another problem many first-year college students encounter is an inability to effectively manage their money. Whether you plan to give kids an allowance while they are in school or intend for them to work part-time for their spending money, use senior year of high school as an opportunity to show kids how to budget their money. If they don’t have accounts already, open bank accounts in your youngster’s name, and insist

and which to avoid. Nutrition is not always foremost on the minds of college freshmen, but those who understand the importance of healthy diets are more likely to buy nutritious meals than junk food. Emphasize time management. Today’s high schoolers are busier than ever before, so many may already be prepared for the juggling act that is college life. But college students have more free time than their high school counterparts, so parents can emphasize the importance of managing that free time wisely as opposed to spending it lounging on the couch or napping.

Let kids handle more standard responsibilities. Adults tend to take more mundane responsibilities like making doctor’s appointments or grocery shopping for granted. But kids likely have no idea how to handle such tasks. Parents can encourage their high school seniors to make their own medical appointments. In addition, take kids along on grocery shopping trips, explaining how to find sale items and which foods to buy

The transition from high school to college can be both exciting and difficult. But parents can get a head start on that transition by encouraging their youngsters to be more independent during their final year of high school.

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How to save on college housing costs College is expensive, and the costs are only rising. Scholarships and grants can help mitigate the costs of higher education, but even students who receive such aid could find themselves scrambling for ways to make college more affordable. Housing is one of the more expensive costs for college students and their families. According to the College Board, the average cost for room and board during the 2016-2017 school year was $10,440

at four-year public schools and $11,890 at private colleges and universities. And those costs typically cover housing for just the school year, which may last anywhere from six to eight months. However, there are ways for students and their families to reduce those costs. · Examine your dormitory options. Many schools assign students to dormitories for their freshman years, giving students little say with regard to where they will live. However, students might

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Resident advisors, or RAs, often receive free housing in exchange for living in dormitories when they are upperclassmen or graduate students. RAs help newly enrolled or younger students adjust to campus life while also ensuring nothing untoward happens on the floors they’re tasked with looking after. Students who may want to apply for RA positions should first confirm if serving as an RA will affect their overall financial aid package and how great that impact might be. · Live with roommates even after leaving the dorms. Due to limited space, many colleges insist dorm residents live with roommates. Upperclassmen who are moving out of the dorms and into university or off-campus apartments can save money by continuing to live with roommates. This can be especially beneficial to students who will be living in off-campus housing where amenities such as electricity, cable television and water are unlikely to be included in the cost of the rent. · Commute to school. While it might not be ideal, commuting to school can save college students and their families substantial amounts of money. Public university students who did so during the 2016-2017 school year might have saved nearly $11,000, or $44,000 in four years. That’s money that can be used to pay tuition or finance postgraduate educations.

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Creative Students Invited to Tour Long Island’s Top Arts High School and Summer Program ADVERTORIAL

Long Island High School for the Arts to Host Open House for 2018-19 Academic Year and Summer Arts Academy Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) & Summer Arts Academy invites all Nassau & Suffolk County students with artistic talent, passion and ambitions to an Open House on Saturday, April 28 from 10 am - 2 pm. Prospective students from across Long Island are welcome to tour the campus at 239 Cold Spring Road in Syosset with LIHSA Principal Dr. Chris Rogutsky Bleecker and staff to experience classes focused on each area of the visual and performing arts. Attendees can join a theater improvisation skit, sketch in an art class, take a dance class, listen to a jazz performance and participate in much more to get better acquainted with LIHSA. During the Open House, parents of prospective students will also have the opportunity to speak with faculty, guidance, current parents and students. Established in 1973, LIHSA is part of the public education system and is paid for by local school districts. It offers specialized training and instruction to students interested in pursuing careers in dance, drama, musical theatre, filmmaking, special effects, instrumental and vocal music, digital music, fine arts and digital media. The half-day program enables students to complete their core academic classes in their home high school and receive two and a half hours of intensive training in their field

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Navigating tech choices for school use Technology is essential in the daily lives of students. Whether it’s kids learning their ABC’s or graduate students pursuing advanced degrees, technology has transformed the way lessons are taught and learned. Statistics support the notion that technology in the classroom is irreplaceable. According to data from the tutoring resource PracTutor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and various colleges, 98 percent of schools have one or more computers in the classroom. In addition, 77 percent of teachers use the internet for instruction, while 40 percent of teachers report students use computers during instructional time in the classroom. Many instructors now assign homework that must be completed online. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development looked at computer usage among 15-year-olds across 31 nations and regions. Many students in high-performing nations reported spending between one and two hours a day on a computer outside of school. Because computers are so necessary in and out of the

unless consumers are willing to pay more for laptops with high performance. Another shortcoming of laptops is that they generally have smaller screens than desktop computers, which can make working on fine details more challenging.

classroom, families and students may want to revisit their options before buying new devices. Desktop computer Desktop computers used to be the go-to for families and students, and there are still many reasons why desktops make sense. In addition to their relatively inexpensive sticker price, desktop computers allow students to customize their packages according to their needs

and get a powerful operating system in the process. New and advanced processing speeds also mean that many desktop computers can be relied on for educational purposes while also being fast enough to handle recreational gaming. One of the main disadvantages of desktop computers is their lack of portability. Desktops are not easily moved, and if repairs are necessary, it can be a hassle to have them fixed.

Laptop computers Over the last decade, laptop computers have become more popular than desktop computers, largely because of their portability. Laptops are designed to be taken from place to place, so students can use them for notetaking in the classroom and then studying at home. Although laptop processors have just about caught up to desktop processors, they may be lacking the processing pop

Tablets Tablets offer the most in terms of portability. They’re lightweight and small and offer a wealth of access in a compact package. Today’s tablets offer much more than the first such devices to hit the market. Some can run apps and equivalent programs that were once exclusive to desktop and laptop computers. Tablets also tend to be less expensive than desktops or laptops. Where tablets may fall short is in the peripherals. It’s difficult to connect backup drives and other accessories to tablets. However, with advancements in cloud-based storage, this may not be an issue. Also, note-taking on virtual keyboards may be more challenging, and working on tablets’ small screens can be tiresome over time. Convertible tablet/laptops are now emerging to bridge these gaps.

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Productive ways to spend the summer after graduation Graduation is a momentous day in the lives of college students. After years of schooling that dates all the way back to preschool or kindergarten, newly minted college graduates are finally ready to begin their professional lives.

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That can be a scary prospect for some students, especially those who graduate without jobs lined up. The summer after graduating from college can be a time like no other in the lives of new graduates. It can be easy to grow dejected as weeks or months go by without receiving a job offer. But spending the summer after graduation as productively as possible can help graduates overcome any dejection they might feel and increase their chances of landing a job. · Contact career services offices at your alma mater. Career services offices can help recent graduates as they look for their first jobs out of college. Such offices may have access to job and internship opportunities that grads do not. In addition, they may coach

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level applicants with degrees that are not specific to their industries so their new hires are blank slates who can be easily trained. · Attend job fairs. While other graduates may be taking the summer off, enterprising grads looking for work should attend as many job fairs as possible. Graduates likely won’t leave job fairs with employment offers in hand, but job fairs are a great way for grads to meet hiring managers and submit their résumés to potential employers. · Customize a résumé for every job. Be sure the curriculum vitae is not static. Write and refine résumés for each job you apply for, mildly tweaking the wording or accomplishments to address the key phrases used in the job listing. It can be tempting for recent college grads to spend the summers after graduation relaxing, but those who spend that time productively may lands jobs more quickly than those who do not.

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Iranian-American comedian to perform She’s a comedian, writer, actor and director. She has been named one of the “50 Funniest Women” by Huffington Post and one of the “10 Best Feminist Comedians” by Paper magazine. She’s Negin Farsad, an IranianAmerican Muslim who has made a career of making people laugh — and think — about national and international social justice issues. She will appear at Farmingdale State College’s Little Theatre at Roosevelt Hall on Tuesday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public is invited and the event is free. Farsad is the author of “How to Make White People Laugh” (Grand Central Publishing, 2016), and works very

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scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal.” Cockburn’s 2017 release, Bone On Bone, was inspired by his musical contribution to a documentary film about the late, seminal Canadian poet Al Purdy, and includes the brilliant “3 Al Purdys,” a sixminute epic that pays tribute to Purdy’s poetry. Rounding out the week will be a free Conversations on Main Street event, Arshay Cooper: Sugawater.!Cooper’s life is a study in determination, discipline and the power of sports to overcome extreme life challenges. His recent memoir, “Sugawater,” tells a very personal story that resonates with youth and adults alike. Arshay grew up on the west side of Chicago rife with gangs and crime. Rejecting the gang life, he joined the first all-black high school rowing team at Manley Career Academy, a move that Arshay claims “saved his life.” After rising to team captain and graduating high school, he dedicated two years of his life to AmeriCorps, helping thousands of high school students complete 40 hours of community service before graduating. In 2002, he enrolled at the Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. !Over the next decade, he had a very successful career in the food business before returning to his true passion — working in the inner city, where he coached the Chicago Youth Rowing Club, served as a public school chef instructor and youth mentor, organized rallies for the Stop the Violence’ movement, and founded programs to assist in keeping kids off the street. Today Arshay works closely with the East Side Indoor Rowing Program that he founded in 2016, serves on the board of Row New York and Hope Culture, and travels the country working as a motivational speaker. Arshay’s talk at Landmark will include an audience Q&A and his book will be available for purchase. For more information about any of these April events, call 516-767-1384 or go to www.landmarkonmainstreet. org. !Tickets are available through Landmark’s box office, 516-767-6444. Landmark on Main Street is located 232 Main St. in Port Washington.

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Arts & Entertainment Calendar NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury (516) 247-5205 • www.thetheatreatwestbury. com Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m. Golden Voices: Chubby Checker, Mary Wilson and Martha Reeves Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m. Paul Anka: Celebrating 60 Years — His Way Wednesday, April 25, 8:00 p.m. WFUV Presents GOV’T MULE

1. Small lump 4. Helps little firms 7. A way of performing 12. Lawyers 15. Stirred up 16. Believed in 18. The Bay State (abbr.) 19. Makes computers 20. Sodium 21. As fast as can be done (abbr.) 24. Institute legal proceedings against 27. More compact 30. Ethiopian river 31. Quantitative fact 33. No (Scottish) 34. A concession of no great value 35. Tony-winning actress Daisy

1. Mentor 2. Lyric poems 3. A dry cold north wind in Switzerland 4. Trapped 5. Used for road surfacing 6. Cuckoos 7. Prefix away from 8. Seth McFarlane comedy 9. Not out 10. The Simpsons bus driver 11. Popular HBO drama (abbr.) 12. Acclaimed Indian physicist 13. Removes 14. One-name NBA player 17. Revolutionary women 22. Smell 23. Ground-dwelling songbird 24. Midway between south and southeast 25. American state

37. More (Spanish) 39. Russian space station 41. Helicopter 42. At the peak 44. Makes ecstatically happy 47. Excellent 48. Material body 49. The Golden State (abbr.) 50. A unit of plane angle 52. Argon 53. Fancy 56. Fried mixture of meat and spices 61. How green plants use sunlight 63. Without wills 64. Unhappy 65. Meat from a pig s leg

26. Keen 28. Khoikhoin peoples 29. Int l defense o rganization 32. Samoan money 36. A sign of assent 38. One from Somalia 40. Boat race 43. Trims 44. French coins 45. Indigenous Scandinavian 46. Flew alone 51. Loch where a monster lives 54. Japanese title 55. Pros and __ 56. Present in all living cells 57. Something to scratch 58. Branch of Islam 59. Appear 60. Former CIA 62. Yukon Territory

THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 • www.paramountny.com Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m. George Thorogood & The Destroyers “Rock Party Tour” Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m. Paramount Comedy Series Presents: Cheech & Chong THE SPACE AT WESTBURY 250 Post Ave., Westbury (516) 283-5566 • www.thespaceatwestbury. com Friday, April 27, 8:00 p.m. Steel Panther NYCB LIVE, NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (516) 794-9300 • www.nycblive.com Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Stars on Ice Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. Cars at the Coliseum TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville (516) 299-3100 • www.tillescenter.org Saturday, April 21, 4:00 p.m. PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. How I Became a Pirate Wednesday, April 25, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Commercial Real Estate Sustainability Series Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. The Polar Bears Go Up!

Through May 11 Festival of the Arts Student Art Show NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor (516) 484-9338 • www.nassaumuseum.org Friday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. Fri-Yay Art Days! at The Manes Center Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. Studio Saturdays at The Manes Center Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m. Family Sundays at the Museum SANDS POINT PRESERVE CONSERVANCY Hempstead House, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point (516) 571-7901 • www.sandspointpreserve.org Saturday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. The Butterfly Ball LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Ave., Garden City (516) 224-5800 • www.licm.org Friday, April 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: “Compost Critter” Cups For children ages 3 to 5. Fee: $5 wit museum admission ($4 LICM members) Sunday, April 22, 1 to 3:00 p.m. Green Teens: Our Earth, Our Home Ages 3 and up will make recycled paper and sun prints. Free with museum admission. BARNES AND NOBLE 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset (516) 365-6723 • www.barnesandnoble.com Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth” Story Time Same date and time at the Carle Place store, 91 Old Country Road. BOOK REVUE 313 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 271-1442 • www.bookrevue.com Saturday, April 21, 3:00 p.m. “Make Trouble”: Cecile Richards in Conversation with Alice Hoffman Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. Author A.J. Finn, “The Woman in the Window”

LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET 232 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-1384 • www.landmarkonmainstreet. com Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m. The Second City: Look Both Ways Before Talking Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m. VoicePlay Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. Bruce Cockburn Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. Arshay Cooper: “Sugawater”

CINEMA ARTS CENTRE 423 Park Ave., Huntington (631) 423-7611 • www.cinemaartscentre.org Sunday, April 22, 5:00 p.m. Film Screening: 5 — Earth Day Event Sponsored by Stu & Ginger Polisner

GOLD COAST ARTS CENTER 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (516) 829-2570 • www.goldcoastarts.org Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m. Your Big Break: The Final Round Sunday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Film Screening: “The Number on GreatGrandpa’s Arm” Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. Film Screening: “The Guardians (Les Gardiennes)”

ADELPHI UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1 South Ave., Garden City (516) 877-4000 • www.aupac.adelphi.edu Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m. Adelphi Symphony Orchestra Saturday, April 21, 2:00 p.m. Puccini’s La Boheme

MADISON THEATRE AT MOLLOY COLLEGE 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre (516) 323-4444 • www.madisontheatreny. com Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. 7th Annual Asbury Short Films

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A&E Calendar cont’d (516) 767-2650 • www.thedolphinbookshop. com Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. An Evening of Poetry Month Saturday, April 21, 7 p.m. Trivia Italian Style PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay (516) 922-8678 • www.plantingfields.org Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Arbor Day Family Festival

TURN OF THE CORKSCREW BOOKS AND WINE 110 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre (516) 764-6000 • www.turnofthecorkscrew.com Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. Author Steve Israel, “Big Guns” LAMANTIA GALLERY 127 Main St., Northport (631) 754-8414 • www.lamantiagallery.com Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 3 to

8 p.m. Artist Reception for Ferjo Exhibit: A collection of artworks by world-renowned and museum-based artist Ferjo will be on display To RSVP, call 631-754-8414. COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY & AQUARIUM 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor (516) 692-6768 • www.cshfishhatchery.org Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.

Spring Festival THE WHALING MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3418 • www.cshwhalingmuseum.org Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sound Off! (Save Long Island Sound) In honor of Earth Day, families can enjoy a hands-on afternoon about the history and conservation of the Long Island Sound.

Community Calendar SURF FOR ALL FUNDRAISER Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. At The Loft, 50 Waterfront Blvd., Island Park Surf for All is Skudin Surf’s not-for-profit organization, which believes the ocean is a source of healing and spiritual strength that should be accessible to all. The event is $80 per person (adults only) and includes open bar, buffet dinner, live music, raffles and Hurley Hour giveaways. For more information, go to www.surfforall.org.

Richard W. Painter & Nick Akerman in a Dialogue Moderated by Errol Louis

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION AT SHELTER ROCK 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset (516) 627-6560 • www.uucsr.org Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. Soulful Small Group Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. Women’s Group Book Series: “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. Inisfada Zen Meditation Friday, April 27, 10:15 a.m. Tai Chi and Qi Gong

GC FOR A CURE 5K AND 1 MILE Sunday, April 21, 9:15 a.m. At Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., Garden City 5K: Adult $25 ($30 April 20/21); Child $20 (14 and Under) ($25 April 20/21) 1 Mile Untimed: Adult $20 ($25 April 20/21); Child $15 ($20 April 20/21) Donate a total of $50 or more to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Michele White Scholarship Fund, Kids Need More or a combination, and your name will automatically be entered into the drawing for the Grand Prize — “GC For A Cure Gift Basket.” For more information, go to www.elitefeats.com.

STEPHEN C. WIDOM CULTURAL ARTS (516) 482-5701 • www.scwculturalarts. org At Temple Emanuel, 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. Professor Fred Lazin on “Israel: Prospects for the Future” Sunday, April 29, 3:00 p.m.

NORTHWELL HEALTH (516) 881-7000 • www.northwell.edu Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preparation for Childbirth Class at North Shore University Hospital 300 Community Drive, Manhasset This class should be completed 3-4 weeks prior to your estimated delivery date. Bring a snack and beverage. Must be pre-registered. Go to eventbrite. com.

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Community Calendar cont’d Continued from Page 51 BEST ADVOCATE Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At the Nassau County Bar Association, 15th and West Sts., Mineola This free workshop is intended to help parents prepare for the future of children with special needs. For more information, call 516-747-4070 or go to www.nassaubar.org. NORTH SHORE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER SPRING FESTIVAL Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. At NSECC, 440 Round Hill Road, Roslyn

Heights Children ages 1 to 12 and their families will enjoy an afternoon of food, entertainment, and arts. For more information, go to www.northshorechild.org. COMIC BOOK ARTIST RICK LEONARDI AT BEST COMICS Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. At Best Comics, 1300 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park Rick Leonardi, who has been working in comics since the 1980s, will being signing and sketching at Best Comics.

Dialogue with Painter, Akerman at Emanuel The sixth season of Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts at Emanuel continues on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 p.m., with a dialogue featuring Richard W. Painter and Nick Akerman moderated by NY1 anchor Errol Louis. Richard W. Painter, the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, served as the chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush and for White House employees and senior nominees to Senate-confirmed positions in the Executive Branch. He has published opeds on government ethics for a number of first-tier national publications. He is also a nationally recognized authority on corporate, government, and lawyer ethics and ethics law, who brings a conservative

perspective on meaningful reform in both business and government. Additionally he is an expert on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a key provision of which is based on his work. He is the author of books on banking reform, governmental ethics reform, and most recently, the first book on campaign finance reform by a conservative. . Nick Akerman is a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where he helps clients navigate the Judicial System in dealing with complex civil and criminal issues and government investigations. Prior to private practice Ackerman served as a federal prosecutor as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide array of white collar criminal matters, including

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Richard W. Painter and Nick Akerman will dialogue at Emanuel.

bank frauds, bankruptcy frauds, stock frauds, complex financial frauds, environmental and tax crimes. Akerman was also an Assistant Special Watergate Prosecutor with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force under Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski. Akerman has over 30 years of experience in helping clients respond to government investigations and prosecutions and assisting corporate clients prevent and respond to internal thefts and outside hackers. He is a nationally recognized expert on computer crime and the protection of competitively sensitive information and computer data. Errol Louis is the Political Anchor of NY1 News, where he hosts Inside City Hall, a nightly prime-time show about New York City politics, on which he interviews political and cultural leaders. Louis also is a CNN Contributor, providing on-air commentary on key events from presidential primaries to Election Night. He writes frequently for CNN.com. Following the dialogue, there will be a Q&A and refreshments. Tickets are $20 or two for $35. For further information about subscription discounts and to purchase tickets, call (516) 4825701. Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck, NY 11024.

For more information, call 516-328-1900. SID JACOBSON JCC 300 Forest Drive, Greenvale (516) 484-1545 • www.sjjcc.org Saturday, April 21, 9 p.m. Yom Haatzmaut Community Adult Party Ages 21+ years. Celebrate like you are in Israel with food, open bar and a DJ. $55 per person; $70 at the door. HKS/HELEN KELLER SERVICES’ ANNUAL HELEN’S RUN/WALK 2018 Sunday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. (check-in 7:45 to 9:15 a.m.) At Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point Enjoy the beauty of Sands Point as you run/walk with a purpose — to support people who live with a combined vision and hearing loss. For more information, go to helenkeller. org. EARTH DAY LABYRINTH WALK Sunday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At Brookville Multifaith Campus, 2 Brookville Road, Glen Head This free, meditative Labyrinth Walk will take place in the Fellowship Hall where there will be a canvas labyrinth spread on the floor for participants to journey through in this meditative experience. Must wear white socks to participate. For more information and to register, call 516-626-0414. AMERICAN LEGION CHINESE AUCTION DINNER Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. At American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144, 730 Willis Ave., Williston Park $25 per person includes a Chinese dinner from soup to fortune cookies and 25 auction tickets. For more information and reservations, contact Ellen (516-270-3876) or Christine (516-248-4103). SOCCER FOR THE COMMUNITY: YOUTH SOCCER CLINIC At Michael J. Tully Park, 1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park (516) 869-6311 • www.soccerforthecommunity.com Tuesday, April 24, 5:00 p.m. Six-week Course: Every Tuesday beginning March 20 through May 1. Friday, April 27, 5:00 p.m. Six-week Course: Every Friday beginning March 23 through May 4.

5TH ANNUAL GDGC CAREGIVER CONFERENCE: “EMBRACING AGING ON LONG ISLAND — LIFE CARE OPTIONS AT EVERY STAGE” Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. At the Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville A variety of topics relating to elder care will be discussed by elder law experts and a spokesperson from the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation. RSVP to janet@genserlaw.com. For more information, go to www.genserlaw.com. NYU WINTHROP HOSPITAL (866) 946-8476 OR (516) 663-8300 • www.winthrop.org Thursday, April 26, May 3, 10, 17 and 24, 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Free Tobacco Cessation Program At NYU Winthrop Research & Academic Center, 101 Mineola Blvd. at the corner of 2nd St., Mineola Admission is free, but seating is limited. To register, call 1-866-946-8476. NOTRE DAME SCHOOL “TOGETHER WE SHINE” 18TH ANNUAL GOODS AND SERVICES AUCTION AND DINNER Friday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. At Verdi’s of Westbury, 680 Old Country Road, Westbury Dinner is included in the ticket price, along with raffles and a silent auction. Tickets not sold at the door. If you are interested in attending, email: ndsauction2015@gmail.com RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF LONG ISLAND WALK OF LOVE: 5K RUN & WALK: PRESENTING SPONSOR WALGREENS Saturday, April 28, 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. At Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, 267-07 76th Ave., New Hyde Park All proceeds will benefit the programs and services RMH-LI and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital provide for families of seriously ill children. $25 pre-registration ($15 children 12 and under); $30 day-of registration ($20 children) For more information and to register, call 516-775-5683 x129 or email: evollmer@rmhlongisland.org.

GAME ON TRIVIA Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. At Olde Trading Post, 1218 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park (516) 492-3195 • www.oldetradingpost. com Every Tuesday night.

SANGRIA & SONG AT TEMPLE CHAVERIM Saturday, April 28, 8:00 p.m. At Temple Chaverim, 1050 Washington Ave., Plainview This event honors Rabbi Jonathan Hecht for 25 years of service. For more information, go to www.templechaverim.org

ST. ALOYSIUS SOCIABLES Wednesday, April 25, 12:00 p.m. At Westbury Manor, 1100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury 12 p.m. Luncheon and 1:15 p.m. Theatre Performance: “Funny Girl” For more information and reservations, call John Hyland at 516-482-3795.

SINGLES ASSOCIATION OF LONG ISLAND Sunday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. Bowling at Herrill Lanes, 465 Herricks Road, Garden City Park Bowling events are held the last Sunday of the month. For more information, call 516-741-8022.


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Whitman historic site to launch new library Walt Whitman Birthplace Association will unveil the Feinstein Collection of 250 Whitman-related books donated by the Jeffrey S. Gould Foundation established by WWBA Trustee Jeffrey Gould. The collection, which includes many rare books including first editions of “Leaves of Grass” and “November Boughs,” will become known as The Norman and Jeanette Gould Library, comprised of the Feinstein Collection." The public is invited to join the Gould and Feinstein families at the celebratory launch of The Norman and Jeanette Gould Library on Thursday, April 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Walt Whitman Birthplace." The collection will be housed and preserved on the Walt Whitman Birthplace premises and it will be available to the public for scholarly research, historic documentation, and general appreciation of Whitman’s individual and collective writings. All usage of WWBA’s library collection is by appointment and under the supervision of Curator Richard Ryan to best preserve and maintain the books for generations to come."This acquisition increases the WWBA book collec-

tion by 8% to a total 1,800 volumes." Marvin Feinstein was a lifelong book collector and bookseller who lived in Northport. His widow, Miriam, and sons David and Allen, wanted to keep his Whitman collection intact and approached the Whitman Association with the donation of 40 books and with the offer to donate half the value of the remaining collection of 250 books, appraised at approximately $20,000." The Association first appropriated funds to purchase ten books, but upon reviewing the items in the collection, decided to try and raise funds to purchase the entire collection. When" Trustee Gould heard of the literary and historic significance of the collection, he generously offered to secure the collection with his donation. The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site is located at"246 Old Walt Whitman Road in Huntington Station. The launch of The Norman and Jeanette Gould Library is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.waltwhitman.org. Those who wish to attend are asked to email an RSVP to events@waltwhitman.org.

B R U N C H M E N U Sunday, May 13th | Seatings: 12:30pm & 2:30pm

BREAKFAST & OMELETTE STATIONS French Toast | Scrambled Eggs | Breakfast Potatoes Bacon | Sausage |Croissants | Jelly | Cream Cheese SALAD BAR Assorted Selection of Cold Salads: Seafood Salad | Chicken Salad | Egg & Beet Salad Fresh Mozzarella & Tri-Color Tomatoes Potato & Blue Cheese Salad Smoked Salmon | White Fish Salad PASTA DISHES Eggplant Rollatini | Bowtie Primavera Penne alla Vodka CARVING STATION Prime Rib | Roasted Turkey

Miriam with a photo of her late husband Marvin, in front of the Feinstein family’s Whitman collection

KIDS’ FOOD Mac & Cheese | Chicken Fingers | French Fries Home Made Pizza Bites

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Auschwitz survivor to speak at Adelphi Irving Roth, director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea in Manhasset and survivor of Auschwitz, will speak at Adelphi University on Monday, April 23. The event will take place 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the University Center Rooms 215 and 216, with Roth discussing the importance of Holocaust remembrance, as well as his own experiences. Roth was born in 1929 in Kosice, Czechoslovakia, and grew up in Humenne, where his father owned a lucrative lumber business. The family was forced to flee to Hungary during

the war and, in 1944, they were transported to the Auschwitz death camp along with millions of other Jews. Out of the 4,000 people on the train, only 300 would survive, with Roth being one of them. After enduring the infamous “death march” of

the remaining Auschwitz prisoners in January 1945, he was liberated from Buchenwald when the U.S. Army entered the camp on April 11, 1945. Since, Roth has dedicated his life to educating the world about the Holocaust, receiving numerous honors for his efforts, including the Spirit of Anne Frank Award. The lecture is sponsored by Adelphi’s Department of History, Hillel, Chabad Adelphi, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the Provost. For more information, visit the Adelphi website or call (516)-8774789.

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Williston Park Library 494 Willis Ave., Williston Park (516) 742-1820; www.willistonparklibrary.com NEW TITLES ADDED: America by David Cay Johnston

Knowledge by Martha Grimes I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear Sweet Vengeance by Fern

Michaels Truth or Dare by Fern Michaels River House by Carla Neggers BOOK DISCUSSION Tuesday, May 15 6:30-8 p.m. In

the Assembly Room of Village Hall. Techniques and skills to protect children from sexual abuse will be discussed. Sign up at the Circulation Desk.

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE Saturday, May 19 at 4 p.m. in the Assembly Room of Village Hall. For the latest news, visit us at www.theislandnow.com

East Williston Library 2 Prospect St., East Williston (516) 741-1213; www.ewlibrary.org MUSEUM PASSES: The library has membership passes to the following museums: Old Westbury Gardens, The Long Island Children’s Museum,

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, and The Cold Spring Harbor Aquarium and Fish Hatchery. The passes can be reserved by East Williston Library patrons only up to one month in advance by calling the library at 516-741-1213.

N0TARY PUBLIC: Notary services are available on Monday & Thursday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm and Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. 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 call the library to confirm a notary is available. COLLECTION ON DISPLAY: The East Williston Public Library Friends feature a new collection

of creative art or memorabilia on display each month in the lobby of The East Williston Village Hall. These collections are generously lent to us by patrons of The East Williston Library. Please come in and enjoy these displays!

Mineola Library 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola; (516) 746-8488 www.mineolalibrary.info CHI KUNG (QIGONG) MEDITATION CLASSES Tuesday, Apr. 24, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Join Andrea Albergo for Chi Kung, which is considered a beautiful, peaceful path for

body, mind and spirit. Classes are on Tuesdays through May 15.

you will get ideas to grow or add to your garden.

GARDENING LECTURE: ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Horticulturalist Paul Levine will offer advice on the best choices and benefits of growing a colorful garden. View flowers from which

FEATURE FILM SERIES: “WONDER” Thursday, Apr. 26 at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 27 at 11 a.m. Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pull-

man, a boy with facial differences who enters 5th grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. HEALTHCARE FRAUD PREVENTION PROGRAM Saturday, Apr. 28, 1:00 p.m. Healthcare fraud is on the rise. Don’t allow yourself to be a

victim. Get the facts about the new Medicare cards, learn how to spot fraud, and protect yourself from common healthcare scams. Assemblyman Ed Ra’s Medicare Fraud Prevention Program will be hosted by a guest speaker who is the director of NY Senior Medicare Patrol Program at LiveOn NY. Appointments are not necessary.

Shelter Rock Library 165 Searingtown Road South, Albertson; (516) 248-7363; www.srpl.org.

of each month. No registration required. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING Tuesday, Apr. 24, 11:00 a.m. A nurse from St. Francis Hospital will be conducting free blood pressure screenings on the fourth Tuesday

PLAY BRIDGE Wednesday, Apr. 25, 1:00 p.m. Come and play this stimulating card game. Bring a team, a friend or come by yourself and enjoy the

game. Limited materials will be available. CREATIVE NEEDLES AND THE ART OF COLORING Friday, Apr. 27, 12:30 p.m. Bring your projects and supplies to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, needlepoint, or embroider in the company

of other needlecraft lovers. If you prefer to relax by coloring, spend some time with crayons, colored pencils, and coloring pages supplied by the library. A time for conversation, crafting and simply sharing tips and techniques while “the needles fly” and “the pictures come to life”.

SENIOR RAP GROUP Monday, May 7, 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. This group discussion is led by longtiime group member David Marx.

Williston Park Community Calendar VILLAGE OF WILLISTON PARK HISTORICAL COMMITTEE: The Committee meets monthly at Village Hall to inventory Village data gathered from residents. Village residents are encouraged to share or donate

old photos and data to the committee. Resident collections of historical data are on display in in historical cabinets in the main Village Hall during office hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HOMETOWN HERO BANNER PROGRAM If you are a member or a family member of someone presently serving active duty in the United States Armed Services and would like them to be considered for the

Hometown Hero Banner program, go to www.VillageofWillistonPark. org. to submit an application with an original 8x10 color photograph of member in full uniform.

IRISH AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NASSAU, SUFFOLK AND QUEENS 297 Willis Ave., Mineola (516) 746-9392. For a full listing of monthly events, go to www. irishamericansoc.com.

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Water report says Manhasset Bay safe BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Water quality has improved in Manhasset Bay between the Great Neck and Port Washington peninsulas, according to a report released by the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, although its authors urged continued vigilance. The study, conducted by Fuss & O’Neil, gathered bacterial and water quality data between 2009 and 2015 from six sites in Manhasset Bay, including three in Port Washington, one in the Plandomes, one in Great Neck and one in the heart of the bay. It was the first published in nearly 10 years, with the last being published in 2009. “Over the course of this relatively short sampling period, the range of bacteria concentrations (i.e., the difference between the minimum and maximum count) at most sampling stations decreased, especially since the first few years of the period of record,” the report said. The study also showed a link between rainfall, sampling location and total bacteria, as well as strong influence by stormwater runoff. The bay is largely “safe to swim in,” the report goes on to say, “just not right after (or during!) a storm.” According to the report’s spatial summary, elevated bacteria levels are more likely to occur on a rainy day on the Port Washington peninsula because of its storm drains and because the area generally has higher bacteria concentrations. “However, it is important to note that the majority of samples collected at all stations are below the state standards for safe swimming and over the period of record examined none of the annual median values exceeded the single sample standard for fecal coliform or enterococcus,” the report said. The Great Neck peninsula, meanwhile, was more likely to see elevated levels after a rainfall. According to charts in the report, the mean – or average – concentration of fecal coliform at the Plandome sampling station was 76.02 CFU (colonyforming units) per 100 ml, Great Neck’s was 44.47, Manorhaven’s two locations were 80.99 and 126.38, and the station bordering Port Washington North and Baxter Estates rang in at 356.24. The maximum concentrations measured at each of the stations exceeded state standards, which allow for concentrations of up to 1,000 CFU per 100 ml. The Baxter Estates and Port Washington measurement station had the high-

est measurement of 12,400, while one of the Manorhaven stations had 4,100 CFU per 100 ml. “While maximum values exceed the standards at all stations for both fecal indicator bacteria, the mean and median values are below the current state standard for fecal coliform for all stations and for enterococcus at all stations except MB-5,” the report said, referring to the Port North and Baxter station. State standards allow for concentrations of up to 104 CFU per 100 ml, while the Environmental Protection Agency considers 60 CFU per 100 ml unsafe. The Port North and Baxter station’s mean measurement was 135.40 with a maximum measurement of 4,700 CFU per 100 ml, the highest of all six stations. One of the Manorhaven stations had the second-highest measurement of 74.23 CFU per 100 ml, with a maximum-recorded measurement of 3,900. Great Neck’s highest measurement was 164 with an average of 9.68, Plandome’s was 1,070 with a mean of 46.71, the bay had a maximum of 147 with a maximum of 11.29, while Manorhaven’s other station peaked at 3,400 with an average of 51.19. Ultimately, the report recommends DNA “source tracking,” which could lead to a “more targeted program to reduce or even eliminate the source of pollution,” and further investigating the causes of pollution at the sampling stations near Leeds Pond, which is the Plandome station, and Baxter Beach, which is at the station along the border of Baxter Estates and Port Washington North. The report also advises picking up after pets, not dumping anything into storm drains and not fertilizing lawns before a rainstorm. It also recommends not feeding birds, cleaning up spills and regularly pumping out cesspools and septic tanks. “Keeping the bay clean is something all of us can help do,” said Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, who represents Port Washington. “Simple tasks, like picking up after pets, not over-fertilizing lawns, and keeping everything but stormwater out of storm trains, will make a big impact on Manhasset Bay.” The Manhasset Bay Protection Committee’s membership includes Nassau County, the Town of North Hempstead, and the villages of Baxter Estates, Flower Hill, Great Neck, Kensington, Kings Point, Manorhaven, Munsey Park, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandom Manor, Port Washington North, Sands Point and Thomaston. The full report and its summary can be found online.

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Curran speaks to Reach Out America On Sunday, April 15, almost 60 people crowded into Lola restaurant in Great Neck to attend the lively, entertaining and informative Reach Out America annual fundraiser. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran addressed the crowd on the job she had done so far and also what was in the offing in the coming months of her first administration, historic both because she is a Democrat and the first woman to hold the position. In her remarks, she stressed that though she did not run solely as a woman, she recognized the fact that girls find inspiration when they encounter females in positions of power where, not having seen them before they previously had feared to tread. She answered questions seamlessly and the crowd appreciated her accessibility. Present in the audience were an array of local elected officials, past and present, including Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman, state Assemblyman Tony D’Urso, Commissioner of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District Patty Katz, and former state Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. The brunch menu included hummus, falafel, kale “fatoush” salad, chicken curry, eggplant babaganoush, cauliflower mezza, avocado dip and vegetarian pizza. Coffee and prosecco flowed freely. Before Curran spoke the Voices of Virtue Choir of Hempstead led by founder Rachel Blackburn sang inspirational songs including gospel and other sacred music from African-American culture in general and the black church specifically.

At times there was not a dry eye in the house; at others the entire audience joined in foot stomping and hand clapping during the chorus’s more exuberant selections. All agreed this was one of the best – if not the best – event Reach Out America has held. ROA is a grassroots nonprofit founded in 2004. It is dedicated to human rights, electoral fairness, accessible healthcare, diplomacy over war and a sustainable environment. It meets the second Wednesday of the month from September to June at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock to discuss the progress its five committees have made and which future actions are planned; also there is always an expert speaker who addresses timely issues. For more go to www.reachout-america.com.

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Northwell named among best workplaces

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Northwell Health rated second in the Northeast and 13th nationally in the “Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma 2018” list released by Fortune and partner Great Place to Work. Northwell Health has been named one of the best places to work in health care by Fortune and partner Great Place to Work. New York’s largest health system ranks No. 13 in a newly released nationwide survey of health care employees.

Northwell rated second in the Northeast and 13th nationally, based on a strong sense of mission and camaraderie among its 66,000 employees. The Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma 2018 rankings were compiled by Great Place to Work

using feedback from more than 95,000 employees at 40 companies across the United States who anonymously answered 50 questions on topics, ranging from trust and leadership to whether they were proud of the place they worked at or liked their coworkers.!! Ninety percent of Northwell’s 700 respondents said they felt good about the various ways the organization contributed to the community, while 89 percent were proud to tell others they work at Northwell. “Everybody is always willing to go an extra mile, which I find admirable and encouraging,” wrote one anonymous responder, according to Great Place to Work. “I’ve seen nothing but camaraderie from every one as a unit and team. The managers are always willing to assist with anything that is needed to accomplish goals.” “There is purpose in everything we do and the results are often life-saving,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health. “That can be incredibly stressful at times. But

it is always rewarding. Keep in mind that we are in the people business. We put our patients first, but to do that we need to take care of our employees and ensure a workplace that’s safe, life-affirming and team oriented. Everyone at Northwell Health is connected by the common bond of service to our community.”! That sense of purpose was evident throughout the survey. Eighty-eight percent of Northwell respondents said their work had special meaning. The same percentage noted that special events get celebrated in the workplace and 86 percent felt they made a difference in their job. Great Place to Work found that employees industry-wide were nine times more likely to look forward to work each day, six times more likely to want to work there for a long time and tell others where the work three times as often. “The overwhelming sense of pride in both the workplace and our mission shows through in Fortune’s survey of Northwell Health’s workforce,” said!Joseph Moscola, PA, Northwell senior vice president and chief people

officer.! “This is an organization where employees are empowered to make the right decision. Northwell rewards staffers who promote a culture of care.” “We search for innovation in everything we do, and it is a core part of our culture,” said Elaine Page, vice president of human resources and chief people innovation officer for Northwell Health. “In addition to investing in the creation of life-changing treatments, we also seek input and ideas from our team members to drive innovation and change. Incorporating the voice of our people into decisions helps cement our culture and makes Northwell an engaging place to work.” Northwell also ranked No. 55 on Fortune’s annual Great Workplaces for Diversity list in December and was recently highlighted as a leader in LGBTQ health care equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s! 2018 Healthcare Equality Index.! To see the entire list from Fortune and Great Place to Work, visit fortune.com/2018/04/10/ best-companies-healthcare-biopharma/

Malekoff wins writing award Award for Parker North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center Executive Director Andrew Malekoff was honored today at the Fair Media Council’s Folio Awards as Best Columnist. His winning column was “Looking for a Path Back to Civility,” which ran in Newsday’s Opinion section on Sept. 17, 2017. Here is an excerpt from the column: Most people I talk to agree that civility is on the decline. Everyone seems to have his or her own horror stories, whether it is inconsiderate neighbors or co-workers, aggressive driving or just plain rudeness. Highways have become the Wild West. Hardly anyone comes to a complete stop for a stop sign. The yellow traffic signal has evolved from its original meaning, slow down, to speed up. And, of course, there are tailgating, middle-finger salutes and rampant road rage. Today, there is so much talk about putting an end to bullying in schools. Yet, we live in a world of adults who don’t think twice about trampling personal boundaries through rude, intimidating and obnoxious behavior. If we cannot reverse the trend, we can at least slow down and teach our children, after we remind ourselves, the importance of put-

Jewish’s Rosenblut Michale N. Rosenblut, president and CEO of Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation was honored at the Long Island Press Power List Awards Event held Thursday, April 12 at The Mansion at Oyster Bay. Long Island Press and the

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From left, James Kinney, Fair Media Council board chairman; Andrew Malekoff, executive director of North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center; and Jaci Clement, CEO and executive director of Fair Media Council. ting a pause between impulse and action. Perhaps it is somewhere inside of that sacred space that we can find our way back to a civil society. “I’m honored to receive this prestigious journalism award, especially for this piece that I’ve come to realize has such universal appeal,” said Malekoff. “It’s more important than ever for responsible, credible voices to

take a leading role in the public conversation to ensure we have an informed public and a smarter democracy,” said Jaci Clement, CEO and executive director of Fair Media Council. “Winning a Fair Media Council Folio Award illustrates North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s commitment to bettering the community by raising awareness, and cements its role as a Long Island leader.”

Power List Committee picked Rosenblut as one of the area’s most powerful movers and shakers. Rosenblut is president and chief!executive officer of Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, founder and chairman of the Board of Managers of AgeWell New York, a managed long-term care plan and Medicare Advantage Plan, president and CEO of the Queens-Long Island Renal Institute Inc.; and president and CEO of Lakeville Ambulette Transportation, a seven-countywide medical transportation organization. He serves on the boards of LeadingAge New York (chairelect), Association of Jewish Aging Services, Continuing Care Leadership Coalition, and the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York.

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Village govs don’t need vote tests

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he “Want Your Village gov.? Prove it” editorial you recently ran in all of your editions is totally off the mark. It argues that contested elections and issues make for good government and, without a certain level of voter participation, villages should be consolidated or dissolved. Low voter turnout is a national and local phenomenon with even hotly contested presidential elections bringing out about 50% of registered voters. A Portland State University research study —" Who Votes for Mayor"— showed that voter turnout in recent mayoral elec-

tions in the 30 largest cities was less than 15 percent with some in single digits. Villages are the government closest to the people and the most responsive form of government. They provide the essential services that residents need and desire. Village mayors and trustees are neighbors, pay real property taxes and have a vested interest to provide the best and most cost-effective services and quality of life possible. There is little or no bureaucracy or levels of management, and most elected officials get paid nothing or a small stipend. Most do not run with na-

tional political party affiliations and only care about local issues in connection with their villages. Board meetings are in the evening, close to the residents and open to the public. Most issues, if not previously resolved, are freely discussed at those meetings and promptly dealt with. Many people only want to live in a village — their village, and there is good reason most Nassau County villages are around 100 years old. Most residents are very happy with their villages. And, as has been proven many times, in government and business, bigger often is not better.

Your comments on Gov. Cuomo’s efforts to consolidate and dissolve villages could be the subject of a letter longer than this. Suffice it to say – There are not 10,500 local governments. About half are town, not local-elected-official run, accounting mechanisms. Before his promoted changes in the law a much, much greater percentage of proposed consolidations took place. There are major flaws in the changed law. So, coming back to your proposition, getting people to vote is an issue. However, poor voter turn-

out is not a reason to destroy the best, most responsive and most cost-effective government – our villages. Ralph J. Kreitzman Great Neck The writer is the executive director of the Nassau County Village Officials Association and was mayor of the Village of Great Neck for eight years, president of both the NCVOA and the Great Neck Village Officials Association and a member of the executive board of the NYS Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials.

Do village mayors ever abuse power?

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ven in a village like Great Neck Estates, its uppermiddle-class distinction can be undermined by its governance. It can operate at a level that belies its hills and dales, bucolic settings, and harbor views. It may even dig itself deep into nurture of evil ways. I attended one of those monthly held Village Hall meetings recently. Where village matters pertaining to sewers and contracts are finalized in a public setting. And where the public is encouraged to attend. Welcome as well to voice their concerns and opinions to improve the village well being. An opportunity I took. The mayor, William D. Warner DDS, sat center, haloed by his trusted trio of trustees: Oppenheim, Hershenhorn, and Ganzfried. Deputy Mayor Farkas close near the mayor’s lap. And not to be overlooked, the Village Attorney, esquire Levin. He was there to keep their endeavors on an even keel, so they not accidentally fall overboard into such swamps we know exist beneath all bodies that govern. Many made of feet of clay, as often we see.

They got to Amendment 1802: Regarding Trees. They finished. I then raised my hand to propose a second amendment. Not the one about owning a gun, though I might have wished to own one about then. For not soon after, the mayor shot down my proposal. I should explain, I would have only taken aim at blowing my own brains out the way things followed. The mayor, you see, was discombobulated by my, what I knew to be, a revolutionary proposal: Anyone designated by the mayor to enforce the laws regarding trees should be fined $1,000 each day until they actually enforce said laws. I should now reveal that my intention to attend was on behalf of a 90-year-old neighbor. She had six trees cut down on her property without consent or knowledge. A 23-year veteran village employee being responsible. His first name, Earnest. His salary $123,000. The Village Code explicitly spells out that owing to his actions, Earnest would have had to go before a court, be fined up to $1,000 for each tree, and made to pay for replacing the

trees. I asked why none of this happened? Wasn’t this trespassing at the very least? I next would learn I should have recalled a history lesson from fifth grade. With the spoils of power come imperial reason. The mayor, “As Mayor, I have the discretion to enforce the laws as I see fit. It’s based on the principle that police officers have the discretion of not enforcing a speeding ticket.” At first, I bowed my head, conceding my intellect no match. “It’s true what you say Mayor,” I said. “I once asked a police officer how come he was letting me off for speeding?” I then regained my voice, remembering, and adding, “That officer explained to me how he applies common sense to situations. Was the driver drunk? Did he show respect? A prior record?” My voice grew stronger, though reckoning a beheading might beckon. “The worker in this case,” I asserted, “showed no respect for private property. He was let off seven years ago for doing a similar thing (one tree ) by your predecessor highness Fox. And

the Village Code clearly establishes in this case that five violations, not 1, did Earl of Earnest commit upon thy neighbor here 68 years, a taxpayer never in arrears I swear.” I went on. “Your taking no action does not offer any measure of accountability, or responsibility.” At that, the mayor trumpeted, ‘At my discretion I hereby declare all such subject of trees abandon! Trustee princes, I say we move on and forward to the sewers. Remove complainant.” Police Chief Garbedian escorted me out with a cold stare, his eyes averting the role he played in allowing the recidivist Earnest to imposter innocence. And what was the police chief’s role in all this you ask? He originally explained that he could not investigate this matter. He had a conflict of interest. Earnest was a good friend. He could not be impartial. I asked then, to have another police officer investigate. There are 12 that make up the village police force. He refused. I appealed to reason, “What police entity has everyone claiming a conflict of interest?”

I knew full well, under Putin, it exists. But I needed to hope the police chief didn’t get his news from Pravda and catch me on it. The Chief rebuffed with a threat, intimating that an ‘issue’ I had years ago with an Officer I could bet on again. I had to remind the police chief to check his notes, “That issue was resolved in my favor,” I intoned. A taxpayer in an upscale community like Great Neck Estates never expects their village to hire officers and workers to curb and upkeep the gutters by hiring from the gutter. Or that our votes of trust be invalidated by oaths taken on Bibles that officials can over rule as well. The lesson learned here, I suppose, is that we in fact do all of us have the discretion to stretch the bounds of what is legal, to a degree. Would it be trespassing, I wonder, to sneak into the mayor’s house in the middle of the night to take a cup of sugar I needed to finish a cake to celebrate my neighbor’s soon to be 91st birthday? Richard Shein Great Neck

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LIRR Eastside access delayed, costs rise

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nce again, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had to announce that construction costs and completion date for the Long Island Rail Road Eastside Access to Grand Central Terminal project have gone up by $955 million from $10.8 billion to a new record $11.8 billion (this includes $600 million in project financing charges). Since 2001, the total direct cost for MTA East Side Access has grown from $3.5 billion! to $4.3 billion in 2003, $6.3 billion in 2006, $8.4 billion in 2012, $10.8 billion in 2014 and now $11.8 billion in 2018.! It will easily end up between $12 and $13 billion in direct costs when finally completed.! This does not include $4 billion more for indirect costs to pay for other projects such as $2.6 billion Main Line Third Track and others which support East Side Access.! Based upon past history, the final cost might go up!again over time by a billion or! more.! The anticipated opening day for passenger revenue service date has slipped on a number of!occasions from 2009 to! December 2023 date. ! Over the next six years, will both this date and budget hold?! No one should!be!surprised if it ends up in!2024!or later.!The

MTA! has repeatedly missed every!budget and!schedule for!this project.! They have ended up being worthless promises. What MTA leadership and elected officials who support the project never share with LIRR riders and taxpayers is the original Full Funding Grant Agreement between the Federal Transit Administration and MTA approved in December 2006.! The $2.63 billion of Federal Grant funding remains unchanged (virtually all of which has already been spent)!with the MTA (as local sponsor) having to cover the $6 billion and growing cost overruns. ! Ten years later in August 2016 the FTA amended this agreement which was signed off by both FTA and the MTA. ! After years of negotiations, the MTA and FTA finally came to an agreement which would reflect the true current cost and schedule. ! Both the cost went up and first revenue day of service slipped once again.! Based upon a detailed project risk assessment by the Federal Transit Administration independent engineer, the final cost could easily end up at $12 billion.! ! As a result, based on past history taxpayers may end up paying $12 billion or more indirect and $4 billion more in indirect costs

for this project. The odds continue to grow in favor of riders waiting until December 31, 2023 or even 2024 before boarding the first LIRR train to Grand Central Terminal.! Several weeks ago, the MTA announced that the project will fall behind schedule several more months and the costs have gone up.! This is due to continued delays in testing of new signals adjacent to the Harold Interlockings west of the Woodside Station.! Progress is impacted by coordination issues with Amtrak who is performing work on their own projects at the same location.! ! The completion date is well on its way to slip once again by one year from December 2022 to December 2023 accompanied by cost increases. We have heard this story over and over since 2001. I have previously written and predicted about both possibilities during the past years and sadly they have come true on several occasions. A cat has nine lives and this project long ago already used all of them.!! The MTA has repeatedly increased the budget by billions and pushed back the first day of service by years. ! On numerous occasions, the

MTA has blamed Amtrak for being! responsible for! additional delays on the!progression of LIRR East Side Access project. Insufficient support from Amtrak has been responsible for periodic delays since 2006. This includes failures to provide both sufficient track outages along with Amtrak Force Account! (employee)!support.!! As a result, both LIRR workers! and East Side Access thirdparty contractors have had problems with timely and! adequate access to work sites necessary for the project. This problem will grow even worse in coming years with all the emergency repairs at Penn Station. ! Amtrak needs to assign its own limited Force Account staff to work in both the Hudson and East River Tunnels, Penn Station tracks and signals along other competing projects along the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston including the new $29 billion Gateway Tunnel (between New Jersey and Penn Station) and $1.6 billion!Penn!Farley!Complex including the!Moynihan!Train Station!rather than support the MTA East Side Access project. Just like Amtrak, the LIRR may also have insufficient force account including inadequate numbers of certified signal maintainers

and other specialized trade employees to support annual routine state of good repair system-wide projects, installation of Positive Train Control, additional work in the East River Tunnels, $2.6 billion Main Line Third Track, $450 million Jamaica Capacity Improvements, $387 million Ronkonkoma Double Tracking along with MTA East Side Access.! It continues to be challenging for the LIRR to coordinate daily track outages and go slow work zones to support all of this work while at the same time providing the basic service customers pay for. ! There is no guarantee that these issues will be resolved any time soon. This could even result in missing the Dec. 31, 2023 first day of passenger service.!! When it comes to completion of East Side Access, the 1960’s LIRR motto “Line of the Dashing Dan” in 2018 might have to be changed to “Line of the Slow Moving Sloth.” Larry Penner Great Neck (Larry Penner is a transportation historian and advocate who previously worked 31 years for the US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.)

Resolving ‘unsustainable’ property tax Continued from Page 16 It is important to interject here that home ownership, once a pillar of the American Dream, is still a vital American value, and that just making rental housing available is not the solution to affordable housing. Homeownership leads to stable communities and I would argue, engaged voters and citizens who see their tax dollars as an investment in community services, quality of life and yes, home value. It is the difference between marriage and living together. Home ownership, as opposed to renting, also contributes to a family’s ability to amass wealth: a mortgage decreases over time as a share of a family’s expenses because of inflation so there is more money to spend on say, college (which contributes to higher income and wealth), while rent continues to increase with inflation; and in most instances, the value of a home increases over time, providing the family with a

retirement nest egg. A goal of society, then, should be to promote home ownership, but that is not the goal of banker/ landlords. The problem with income taxes in the way they are now collected by state and federal government is that they are not tied to an actual budget. The way that is done now is that school districts prepare a budget and assess tax revenues based on raising that amount of money and not a dollar more. But income taxes work differently – the state and federal governments prepare their budgets and then get their income taxes, and hope the gap isn’t significant. So a new formula – one that replaces, say two-thirds of the revenue generated now from property tax with an income tax – is important to start with the objective: to properly and fairly fund our schools and local services. The resident’s share would be determined in the same way as property taxes – a share of the

pie – which would be assessed by submitting the prior year’s state income tax form. Like property taxes, all that income would become the total valuation, and the resident’s share would be allocated. This will immediately elicit screams that wealthy neighborhoods will have no trouble funding public schools. But that is already the case. As it is, wealthier communities have their property taxes lowered because of commercial activity; the equalizer has been more state aid going to those communities, which would continue to be the case with this new income taxproperty tax formula. Sales tax is the third key source. In Suffolk, sales tax revenue amounts to $1.6 billion – half of the county’s $3.2 billion budget. Property tax, in contrast, amounts to only $49 million. This is why Long Island is pushing so hard for the state to make sure e-commerce collects

sales tax. Suffolk projects that it is losing $10 million-11 million a year in sales taxes through sales diverted from its own brick-andmortar merchants to out-of-state e-commerce vendors. Economic revitalization is also key to the sustainability of Long Island, which once was a leader in the defense and aerospace industries, and should be a leader in biotech, advanced precision medical research, stem cells, renewable energy (offshore wind), especially considering the concentration of brainpower and research centers across the island (Stony Brook, Long Island University, Farmingdale, NYIT, etc.) PSEG LI’s support of offshore wind and solar power is key but their municipalities can do far more with biomass from its sanitation systems (no reason why an entrepreneur doesn’t collect the wasted cooling oil from the thousands of Long Island restaurants and convert to biodiesel); with capturing heat for electricity in their buildings, requiring electric

vehicles for their fleets; putting solar panels on public buildings; utilizing green roofs on buildings. This is also economic revitalization: the businesses that produce these products, the workers who install and maintain. Clean energy is the fastest growing industry in the country- five of the fastest growing jobs in the US are in clean-energy; US wind added 25,000 workers to 102,000 in 2016; solar added 73,000, a 25% increase. PSEG LI is very much engaged in the economic development piece of the Long island sustainability puzzle. The utility recently instituted two programs: Vacant Space Revival program, which offers a first-year discount to a new small business of $1500 to $10,000, depending on size. A second program, Main Street Revitalization Program, provides for grants up to $100,000 for revitalization projects, from a façade improvement to an entire building or neighborhood.


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No dog days coming to Clark, town says BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N When it came to changing rules to allow dogs into a town park, there was a bit of bark – but in the end, not a lot of bite from the town, after people raised concerns about the issue. Town of North Hempstead council members decided at a Tuesday board meeting to retract a proposal that would have allowed leashed dogs to enter Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson on Wednesdays, provided owners picked up after them. “It’s not happening,” Councilman Peter Zuckerman, whose district includes Albertson, East Hills, Searingtown, parts of Roslyn and other areas, said at the meeting. Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said the members had received “lots of feedback” from concerned residents prior to the meeting, before ultimately “deciding not to go forward” with the proposal.” Roellyn Armstrong, the chairwoman of#Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to support the Clark Botanic Garden, said she was very pleased with the decision, given the range of concerns. Armstrong said allowing dogs presented risks to all parties involved: plants, dogs and people. Dogs could potentially chew plants that are toxic to them, defecate and poison the plants, and run the risk of lunging at school groups touring the area, thus presenting liability issues, she said.

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Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said that, after receiving “lots of feedback” from concerned residents, the town will not move forward on opening Clark Botanic Garden to dogs. “Clark Garden is a botanical garden with many rare and exceptional plants, trees and shrubs,” Armstrong said. “It is not like any park in our town, some of which already have more appropriate settings for dogs and their owners.” Samuel and Shani Frank, a couple from nearby Searingtown who have dogs of their own, said the Clark Botanic Garden

is one of the last places where they could find “serenity” and that other owners were not guaranteed to follow the rules. “Everybody thinks they’re exempt and no matter how many rules you have, you can’t keep watching them all the time,” Shani Frank said. “So it’s really, really important not to open Clark Gardens to dogs.”

“Dog owners have rights, but having dogs in parks entails certain responsibilities,” Samuel Frank said. Bosworth said she did not want to “malign” all dogs and that in other parks, the town did not have many issues when it came to canines being on leashes. In 2016 the town decided to allow dogs, provided they are on leashes and cleaned up after, into three parks: Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park, North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington and the Mary Jane Davies Green in Manhasset. Dogs can also be walked along the North Hempstead Beach Park trail. Michael J. Tully Park is also slated to be the site of the town’s planned $250,000 dog park, which will likely open sometime in the fall. While there, dogs would be able to play leash-free. In unrelated business, the town also amended its fee schedule to allow active military members to get the same discounts across its parks as established veterans and let them park free at the town’s annual firework event on May 26. The move also reduces credit card fees for parking for all residents at North Hempstead Beach Park and Manorhaven Beach Park from $12 per day to $10 per day. In other business, council members also signed off on the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District reallocating bond money to speed up facility upgrades.

GOP Senate majority hangs on 2 races BY R E B ECC A K L A R The results of next Tuesday’s state special elections could give the Democrats one-party control over both chambers and the governor’s office. If two state Senate seats, vacated by Democrats, are won by the Democratic candidates the party will hold the 32-member majority of the Senate. However, to take control the Democrats will need Brooklyn’s Simcha Felder, a Democrat who has been caucusing with the Republicans, to return to the party fold. Felder is the single holdout among Democrats who had been caucusing with the GOP up until April 4 as the Independent Democratic Conference. Most members of the Independent Democratic Conference reunited with

their party under Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a decision that wasn’t expected to come until after Tuesday’s special election. There are also nine vacant spots in the Democratic-controlled state Assembly. Only one special election falls in Nassau County, for the 17th Assembly District in the Levittown area; the seat was vacated upon the resignation of Thomas McKevitt to become a Nassau County legislator. Matt Malin, a Democrat, is facing John Mikulin, a Republican. Two other Assembly seats up for election are in Suffolk County. The elections are in the 5th Assembly District, with the resignation of Alfred Graf (R-Holbrook) to become a judge, and the 10th Assembly District, with the resignation of# Chad Lupinacci (R-Hun-

tington) to become Huntington town supervisor. Assemblyman Chuck Lavine (D-Glen Cove) said the election results will send a message – like state races across the country since the 2016 presidential election. “In the event that the Democrats do win, and the turnout is impressive, that will send a strong message that people are civically engaged again,” Lavine said. “It will be a message that Americans and New Yorkers are not satisfied [and] certainly not secure in Republican leadership on the national level.” The unity deal among Senate Democrats may have been rushed by actress Cynthia Nixon’s gubernatorial bid. Nixon has presented herself as a more progressive candidate in her primary run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo,

getting endorsements from the Working Families Party and New York Progressive Action Network on Saturday. Following the Democrats’ unity deal, Nixon tweeted, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. We demanded – and now a terrified establishment is throwing voters a bone.” The state Senate elections are in District 37 and District 32. Shelley Mayer, a Democrat, faces a close race in District 37 in Westchester County against Republican Julie Killian to fill the seat vacated by Democrat George Latimer. Luis Sepulveda, a Democrat, Patrick Delices, a Republican, and Pamela Stewart-Martinez, an Independent, will face off for the District 32 seat in New York City.

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Where is the world going today?

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ou can look back, read and understand that most of the major Empires, from the Romans, Ottomans, Greeks, Mongol, Qin, Han, British and French had either failed or some have been drastically reduced from their reach and power, due to being power hungry, greedy and having selfindulgent attitudes. All these societies have contributed immensely in so many ways to all our lives today. However, if we observe what is going on in the world today, power shifts continually occur, as is normal throughout history, but will the benefits out way the detriments? Throughout history, people have died and have been sacrificed, some will say to the benefit for the majority and some might say not so. The Middle East is a key point of how history has always been, where religion has dictated what is right and wrong, but is that the way it should be? But would there have been a better way? Events, so far, seem to say no; and unfortunately, divide and conquer for the human race had and has been the only way

that seemed to accomplish things. Some would again say, yes, and that there were societies that flourished for an extremely long period of time, as the Romans did, for 2,214 years, until they were defeated. But as that society advanced, it was still divide and conquer. Today there are several major powers and a few more who seem to be moving up and coming into play, having or developing nuclear power. Our country might be the wealthiest and most powerful in the history of mankind, but also could be the shortest lived in history in the direction it is heading; or could be one of the contributors in combination with the efforts of all other major powers and countries who care to save and share, the resources and our environment to make our world a better place to live. But the common denominator will be the education of people and their “caring” for what is important and good for all. Can we change the human condition and mindset, maybe or maybe not or will it be business as usual? Those that have the money and power will be the defining

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factor whether we move forward, divide or go backward. We have the wherewithal to do the right thing, but will we? History has already shown us what has happened. Can we really make a drastic change so we all can live in peace and flourish? I call it “paying it forward.” Simple things like, saying hello, good morning, good afternoon or good evening to people you pass, looking at them, straight eye to eye with a nice wide smile, wouldn’t that be nice? We are all so caught up and laser-focused on our devices, money, personal gratification, instead of thinking

about other people. Technology is a two-edged sword, can’t live without it and can’t really totally live with it! Other simple things, like picking up garbage by my building, that people just throw down on the sidewalks of my own town, where I have asked them, “do you do this on your own property, in your living room, etc. and they provide me a quizzical and quite awkward and strange look, as if I am either crazy, off the wall or not in this world or come back with a nasty remark, like mind your own business! Is throwing garbage on the sidewalks, not everyone’s business? I would think so! Even my own village doesn’t really do an exemplary job at cleaning up the sidewalks or streets. All they would have to do is take leaf blowers, and blow everything into the streets, including by the curbs, where the street sweepers can’t go and before the sweeper comes by, each day and then the village would be much cleaner and neater! Now, if every town had it setup this way, how much cleaner would all the towns be?

Very cleaner! But does anyone care? Not really and not enough. What about the 1,000s of potholes that are out there, will they be repaired soon? All those tires and rims that have been completely ruined, insurance claims, increase rates, all because of unrepaired potholes! In the past, I sometimes had seen three to five people standing around by a pothole to be repaired, while watching one person do the work, waste of time, efforts and money, don’t you think? We have so many multiplication of services, that we could fairly and easily combine, like, instead of nine mayors, and trustees, how about one elected for the south area and one for the north area, with maybe three accommodating and necessary trustees like the schools we have, North and South? I know for some or maybe many, I am not sure, that this might be a difficult and challenging concept to grasp, but wouldn’t it reduce our current village taxes a sufficent amount of at least enough to make a difference? Come back next week for Part III


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Recent Real Estate

Sales in the Williston Area Williston Park Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $625,000 Demographics near Williston Park, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 7,331 11,692 42.7 2.8 101,921 42,231

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

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47 Capitol Avenue, Williston Park Sold Price: $640,000 Date: 02/27/2018 3 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 40x100 Schools: Herricks Total Taxes: $12,852 MLS# 2986337

134 Park Avenue, Williston Park Sold Price: $635,000 Date: 02/08/2018 4 beds, 1 Full/1 Half baths Style: Colonial # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 40x100 Schools: Herricks Total Taxes: $9,972 MLS# P1300867

485 Horton Hwy, Williston Park Sold Price: $615,000 Date: 03/28/2018 3 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Tudor # of Families: 2 Lot Size: 50x124 Schools: Mineola Total Taxes: $11,421 MLS# 2987960

57 Chaffee Avenue, Albertson Sold Price: $670,000 Date: 02/06/2018 4 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Exp Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 50x100 Schools: Herricks Total Taxes: $9,170 MLS# 2983173

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

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Old Westbury named richest ZIP on Long Island BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I A North Shore ZIP code was listed among the richest in the country and is the only Long Island village to make the list. Old Westbury was named the 18th richest ZIP code in the United States by Bloomberg, the second New York ZIP code listed behind Purchase, a hamlet of Harrison in Westchester County, at No. 5. According to the analysis, Old Westbury’s average annual household income is about $639,800. Approximately 4,743 people lived in Old Westbury in 2016 spread out among 1,063 homes. Bloomberg’s report shows the aver-

age gross income in Old Westbury has increased by 36.2 percent in the past five years and shows the average resident’s salary at about $338,300 — a 6.8 percent over the past five years. The median home value in Old Westbury is $2.32 million, according to Bloomberg’s report. The report was done with data from the Internal Revenue Service and census data from 2015. Fisher Island off the coast of Miami Beach, Florida, topped the list with an average household income of $2,543,100 in the 33109 ZIP code. Purchase’s 10557 ZIP code averages $976,200 per household and was listed as the richest#in the Northeast.

Nearby Greenwich, Connecticut, rounded out the top 20 with its 06831 ZIP code, where the average household income is $626,200 — a 7.9 percent decrease in the past five years. While no Manhattan ZIP codes were able to break the top 20, the 10005 ZIP code — home of the New York Stock Exchange and the Charging Bull statue — landed at No. 21 with a $614,300 average household income, a 16.6 percent decrease since 2013. Manhattan’s 10007 followed right behind at No. 22 with a $597,900 household income. Manhattan codes 10065, 10021 and 10282 also made the list at Nos. 28, 34 and 40 respectively.

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The Village of Old Westbury was named by Bloomberg the richest zip code on Long Island with an average annual household income of nearly $640,000.

Madoff victims set to receive $500M more BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I The Department of Justice began distribution of $504 million in forfeited funds in connection with Bernard Madoff ’s Ponzi scheme, bringing the total distribution to more than $1.2 billion divided among thousands of victims. “In one of the most notorious and unconscionable financial crimes in history, Bernie Madoff robbed tens of thousands of individuals, pension plans, charitable organizations and others, all the while funding a lavish personal lifestyle,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said of the former Roslyn resident in a news release. “Through the use of asset forfeiture, the Department of Justice has recovered over $4 billion of Mr. Madoff ’s fraud, and we continue to work to compensate those he defrauded.” The funds will be sent to over 21,000 Madoff victims around the world, according to a statement by the Justice Department.

Bernard Madoff The distribution was announced April 12 by# Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s

Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman of the Southern District of New York and Sessions. Last June, the department approved more than 39,000 petitions for compensation, but in total, the Madoff Victim Fund has received more than 65,000 petitions from victims in 136 countries. “We cannot undo the damage that Bernie Madoff has done, but today’s distribution will provide significant relief to many of the victims of one of the worst frauds of all time,” Sessions said. For decades, Madoff used his position as chairman of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, an investment advisory business he founded in 1960, to steal billions of dollars from his clients. On March 12, 2009, he pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies, admitting he had turned his wealth management business into the world’s largest Ponzi scheme to benefit himself, his family and select friends. On June 29 the same year, U.S. District Judge Denny Chin sentenced

Madoff to 150 years in prison and# ordered him to forfeit $170 billion as well. The New York Times reported that the fraud led to $64.8 billion in paper wealth losses and $17.5 billion in cash losses. A Manhasset woman who worked as Madoff ’s assistant, Annette Bongiorno, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2014 for documenting nonexistent trades for Madoff ’s company. “While today’s distribution of funds is indeed historical in scope, we understand no amount of money could ever restore the damage done by Madoff as a result of his selfish behavior and unforgivable financial crimes,” FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said. “To all of his many victims and their families, we realize this gesture may not provide the consolation necessary to remove the pain and suffering you have been brought to bear, but we are hopeful it provides some sense of relief, and we remain committed to achieve justice for all victims of inexcusable financial crimes.”

No hike in Mineola tax levy for 3rd year Continued from Page 1 During the meeting the board also approved an application for more than $450,000 for community development funding in a proposal presented by Thomas V. Savino, president of Vision Accomplished and the village’s community development coordinator. Now approved by the village, the application will be decided on by the county. The board approved requests for $228,500 for commercial rehabilitation, $160,130 for PHOTO BY NOAH MANSKAR streetscape improvements and $65,000 for planning, determiThe Mineola village board kept the tax levy flat for the third nation and design of municipal parking. year in a row when they approved a $26 million budget The commercial rehabilitalast Wednesday.

tion funds will go toward renovating facades of certain stores in the village. Savino said he will reach out to the owners of stores that qualify. Strauss said he encourages businesses to take part because the better their stores look, the more customers will come in. The streetscape improvements will go toward visually pleasing and uniform signs that will direct residents and visitors to village attractions, such as the library and the parks, Savino said. During the meeting the board also approved an amendment to a local law regarding traffic restrictions. The law now states that park-

ing restrictions are as designated on parking signs. In the past, the board has updated an inventory in the local law as restrictions are made based on residential concerns. As a result, some of the laws are outdated and do not match current parking signs, village Attorney John Gibbons said. The amendment limits confusion, Gibbons said. During the meeting the board also approved an application from Partha Chandra to create a tutoring center in the village. Chandra’s center will be located at 464 Jericho Turnpike, the store previously owned by the Lanyard Ladies, a children’s birthday party service.


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Ex E.W. resident named LIRR president Continued from Page 1 “My life’s work has centered on conceptualizing the best possible options to make transportation options more reliable, allowing commuters to get where they need to go safely and quickly,” Eng said in a statement. “I am honored to be chosen to lead the LIRR and its team of talented women and men as we work together to make the daily experience on the trains a better one.” Eng will replace!Patrick Nowakowski, who served as LIRR president for nearly four years. The embattled Nowakowski stepped down earlier in the week after the LIRR had continually struggled to improve on-time performance. An audit from state!Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that the LIRR’s on-time performance in 2017 was the worst since 1999. That was followed by January of this year,

which saw the LIRR post its worst ontime performance for a month since 1996. Eng’s first task will be to implement a 60-point improvement plan announced by the agency last month. The plan called for infrastructure improvements across the system, along with improved rail inspections and more crews. The plan also called for more protection of the rails in extreme weather, as the snow and cold were blamed for the LIRR’s poor performance in January. “The transformational infrastructure projects that are underway, along with the implementation of the Performance Improvement Plan, will make a lasting impact on the region’s quality of life and economy,” Eng said in a statement. According to the release, Eng was born and raised in Long Island and was a graduate of Cooper Union.

Before joining the MTA, Eng started as a junior engineer with the New York state Department of Transportation in 1983. Over the course of three decades, he worked his way up to executive deputy commissioner, overseeing projects such as the Rochester station, replacing the! Kosciuszko Bridge, and environmental studies for I-81 and the LIRR Mainline Expansion Project. “Phil has shown exceptional leadership and dedication during his time at the MTA, and I know he will bring his enthusiasm for developing a world-class transportation system to the LIRR,” MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota said. “With 35 years of experience in the New York transportation sector, I couldn’t imagine anyone better suited for this position at this crucial time as we work toward creating a robust future for the commuter rail.”

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First City hosts fundraiser for Sunrise camp Continued from Page 22 The house, which dates back to 1810, was under renovations before LaPadula decided to turn the antique home into a living museum. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the space,” LaPadula said. “I was really involved with the art community and I got the crazy idea to start having artists come in and bomb the walls. One thing led to another, and now we’ve had 200 artists from around the world.” Sunrise Association board member David Miller of Roslyn said the fundraiser is to help children with cancer and their siblings enjoy the summer camp experience in a judgment-free zone for free. “It costs $6,000 per child to go for the summer, so the money we’re raising from this event as well as the art on SunriseAuction.org and our May 3 event all goes directly toward helping send kids to our Long Island camp, which had about 650 kids registered last summer,” Miller said. During the event, residents will be allowed to walk through the home for

the third time since its inception. It has been painted inside and out by! more than 200! urban artists, including Jeremy Penn, Crash, Lasso, SacSix, Bradley Theodore and Najee. Miller said 35 vendors selling vintage clothing, sneakers, custom furniture, jewelry and more will be at the event as well as a number of food trucks, including Korilla BBQ, which!was featured on Food Network’s “Food Truck Wars.” “We’re bringing a little 718 to 516,” Miller said. LaPadula,! along with 19-year-old artist Brandon Aviles of Glen Cove, transformed the exterior of the First City Project!house as well as a Lamborghini Murcielago into an artistic representation of the London Jewelers brand. The design celebrates the history of London Jewelers, whose first store is located around the corner from the First City Project house. A longtime supporter of Sunrise Day Camp, London Jewelers designed a line of butterfly necklaces in support of the campers. Other event sponsors include Donna

and Stewart Senter, the Bristal Assisted Living Communities, RXR Realty, Executive Valet Parking, Sage Intelligence and Getty Images. Event attendees at the private event had the opportunity to view and bid on an impressive collection of pieces from leading artists to benefit Sunrise Day Camp including Allison Eden, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring, Jack Laroux, Scooter LaForge, Elizabeth Jordan and Retna. The auction has already raised more than $50,000, Miller said. The First City Project events kick off a month of fundraising leading to the Friends of Sunrise Cocktail Party and Auction on May 3!at Glen Cove Country Club. The event will honor Jan and Renée Burman, Steven Krieger and the Bristal Assisted Living Communities with the Community Partner Award as well as Max Miller of Roslyn with the Sunrise Youth Leadership Award. For more information on these events, call Kristina Curatolo at 516-6344171 or email her at!kristina.curatolo@ sunriseassociation.org.

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From left, blogger Katie Sands, Sunrise Association board member David Miller and artist Hulbert Waldroup visit the Coles House in Glen Cove for a Sunrise Day Camp fundraiser.

Mineola school board adopts $98M budget Continued from Page 2 The budget also funds all current education, extracurricular and athletic programs. Included in the budget is funding for three new Advance Placement courses:

AP Human Geography, AP Computer Principles and AP Capstone Research. The budget also expands the dual language program to the seventh grade, brings robotics course to all sixth-graders and expands the advanced manufac-

turing and entrepreneurship courses. The budget includes $500,000 for facilities, which will go toward new flooring in the high school and middle school main offices. The Jackson Avenue School library will also be completely

renovated. The budget also allocates $530,000 for equipment that will fund new furniture for 14 classrooms districtwide, a new truck for facilities and playground equipment for Hampton Street School.

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A colleague of mine, Dr. Ken Fuchsman is writing a book on what it means to be human. He’s an emeritus faculty member of University of Connecticut and the book grows out of the course he taught entitled “The Nature of Being Human.” I recently had a chance to read his book proposal. The broad nature of his multidisciplinary undertaking reminded me of the Herman Hesse novel “The Glass Bead Game. The Hesse novel is set in the 25th century where a group of extremely gifted scholars are cloistered away in the mountains of Switzerland and devote their life to mastering a game which requires a synthesis of all human learning including music, art, math, philosophy and poetry. So Dr. Fuchsman has a daunting task ahead. Fuchsman describes human nature as consisting of a multiple of necessary but not sufficient traits including sensuality, walking upright, having language, possessing a large brain, having emotions, strong memory, an ability to dream, an imagination, creativity, curiosity, the ability to develop a culture, and tending to separate into opposing groups. All of this is certainly

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true and admirable. We are wonderful creatures are we not? Dr. Fuchsman is not the first to ask the question of what it means to be human. In 1883 Carlo Collodi wrote The Adventures of Pinocchio, the story of a puppet who wanted to become a human. Pinocchio became one of the most reimagined characters in children’s literature with over 200 translations into over 100 languages. Walt Disney Productions created an animated musical adventure of his story in 1940 which is loved and cherished by every generation of youngsters. Two of the world’s leading directors, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick, collaborated on the story of Pinocchio in the sci-fi mega-hit" “Artificial Intelligence.” Their film is set in the future where a company called Cybertronics has created a cyborg child capable of showing love to

his adoptive parents. In this story, the cyborg child is eventually abandoned and like the original Pinocchio spends the remainder of the story wandering about trying to figure out how to become a real human. Of course, the question of what it means to be human has also been addressed by most of our greatest writers. Dante said to become human one must climb up the mountain of morality. Cervantes told us humanity is the quest for love and Proust suggested to be human is to find and embrace beauty. Every one of these writers tells us that to be human means one must ascend towards something. Humanity is an achievement and not necessarily a given. And clearly our humanness is in a state of flux if not crisis. Just take a gander at the state of the humans running our nation. We have government by tweet and the Commander in Tweet is by no means alone in this habit. All day long as a psychoanalyst I see patients who interrupt sessions to look at their cell phone and as a journalist I have interviewed many people who couldn’t take their eyes off their smartphone. Continued on Page 74


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A NURSES AIDE/COMPANION SEEKING position to take care of your elderly loved one. Experience and very good references. Live in or out. Driver. Light housekeeping, shopping, doctor appointments, etc. Please call 516-353-9686 CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDE /COMPANION: over 12 years experience seeks position with the elderly. Prepare nutritious and appetizing meals, light housekeeping, live in or out. Excellent references. Please call Joy 347-898-5804 ELDER CARE: Woman seeking position caring for the elderly. Available to live out and work nights or overnights as well. Over 20 years experience including in nursing home. References furnished upon request. Call V 516-943-3172 OR 516-576-4736 HOME HEALTH AIDE Ukrainian woman (previously Physical Therapist in Ukraine) seeking live in position of home health aide. Overnights no charge. Excellent cook also! Excellent references. Please call 516-294-9519 HOUSEKEEPER P/T Looking for part time housekeeper in the Garden City area who can cook, drive and run errands to stores, some light housekeeping. Experience preferred. Please provide references. Call Marianne 516-594-4944 NANNY 21 year old Garden City resident and college student seeks a summer position as a nanny Monday through Friday. Reliable, experienced, references, reliable transportation. Call 516-532-9844 or email: AntoniaPalmeri@optonline.net NANNY AVAILABLE My reliable, kind, trustworthy Nanny who cared for my little ones like family is looking for a loving family to work with. She’s available to start as soon as possible. Please call: Natasha 347-957-7584 NANNY/ BABYSITTER Experienced Babysitter available FT/PT. Trustworthy, responsible, active, creative and fun! Child development background. Excellent references. Licensed driver. Call Doris 516330-0230 or email: dorischris910@ gmail.com

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APARTMENT FOR RENT GARDEN CITY BORDER APARTMENT: Spacious, bright 2 bedroom with dining area, gated parking, laundry, A/C, dishwasher, hardwood floors. NO BROKER FEE, near LIRR, $1725+ electric. Available May 1 www.gcbapts.com or 516-724-1101 RENTALS Three Rooms. 1 Bed. EIK. Wood Floors, Parking. May 1, $2,300 Large Five Rooms. 2 Bed, FDR, EIK, 5 Closets, Wood Floors, Immediate $2,750 Garden City Properties (516)746-1563 / (516)313-8504

VACATION RENTAL HAMPTON BAYS AVAILABLE JUNE 11-17 2018 US OPEN SHINNECOCK approximately 5 miles from Shinnecock. 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, 1/2 Acre, Private Community, Private Beach, Large Patio, Music System, CAC, Laundry. South of Montauk Hwy. Close to train, town, beach and golf course. $6,000/week or $1,100/night. References and security. No smoking. No pets. Call 516-426-2247 HAMPTON BAYS SHINNECOCK 2018 US GOLF OPEN RENTAL 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, finished basement, central A/C, outdoor living space, solar heated swimming pool. South of the highway, close to all. Approx 5 miles to the golf course. Jun 11th thru 17th. $8,500 plus security deposit. Call 516-306-5992

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CONDO/CO-OP FOR SALE GARDEN CITY Large One Bedroom Condo in the heart of downtown Garden City. This 800 sq ft Condo boasts newly finished Hardwood Floors, Dining Room, brand new Bathroom & Kitchen with d/w. Low maintenance & taxes. By owner no broker. $579,000 Call: 646-499-1684 MILL POND ACRES PORT WASHINGTON Condominium For Sale By Owner. First floor, end unit. Two bedrooms, two full baths, living/dining room 17’x20’, granite countered kitchen. Enormous closet space. Washer/dryer. Amenities: swimming pool, gymnasium, locker rooms, sauna and steam rooms. Gated community, 24/7 guard, snow removal and garden maintenance. Condominium rented through March 2020, $3,300 monthly. $695,000. Residents 55+ Excellent investment opportunity and eventual move in possibility. Call Philip Sherman, owner, 516-482-3754 or 516-6984808

LOTS FOR SALE LENDER ORDERED WATERFRONT LAND SALE! April 28th. 1 DAY ONLY! 7 Waterfront Parcels/ Finger LakesIthaca area! Ex: 6 acres 150’ waterfront$49,900. 8 acres600’ shoreline$69,900. Owner terms avail! CAll 888-905-8847 to register. NewYorkLandandLakes.com

OPEN HOUSE BAITING HOLLOW Sunday 4/22 1:00pm to 3:00pm 54 Baiting Drive Sophisticated & Modern! Elegantly Appointed Contemporary Home on Acre+ Park Like Property. 4 BRs, 3 Baths. Indulge in the Luxury & Privately set In Ground Swimming Pool. Formal LR/fireplace, FDR, New Gourmet EIK & Family Room. Master Suite/Balcony. Circular Drive, Garage, Full Basement. This one has it all. $649,000 Colony Realty, 631-722-5800 GARDEN CITY Saturday & Sunday April 21st & 22nd 1:00pm to 3:30pm 156 Chestnut St. Charming Mid Block Side Hall Colonial with 4 Oversized Bedrooms. Large Formal Living Room w/Wood Burning Fireplace. Formal Dining Room, Comfortable Den or 5th Bedroom. 5 Bath & Eat in Kitchen. Finished Basement, Great Backyard. 10 min to LIRR. $989,000 For more info: http://chestnut.eproptour.com Marco LaPadura: Keller Williams Liberty 917-846-0433 (c) or 718848-4700 (o)

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▼ REAL ESTATE, SERVICES, HOME IMPROVEMENT OUT OF TOWN REAL ESTATE JAMESPORT: 375’ of Waterfront. Location! Location! Spectacular Views. 140’ of Sandy Bay Beach. Boat Dock on Property. Cape with 3 BRs. Living Room with Stone Fireplace. $1,995,000. Colony Realty, Carll Austin 516-658-2623 SARATOGA COUNTY, NY The Great Sacandaga Lake 62 feet of prime beach Row boat, Old Town Canoe, two Kayaks, paddles included. House was built in 1990 with an addition added on 10 years ago. 2000 sf home. 4 Bedrooms, 2 full Baths, Laundry Area, Open Concept Living Room, Dining Area and Kitchen. The large Family Room has a Bar and includes a Shuffleboard table. Front and Back Porch. Price: $589,000 The owner is a former Garden City resident. Please call between 3 & 9 PM Phone: 518696-7203

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LAND WANTED SEEKING LARGE ACREAGE Serious cash buyer seeks large acreage 200 acres and up in the Central/Finger Lakes/So. Tier & Catskills Regions of NY State. Brokers welcome. For prompt, courteous, confidential response, call 607-353-8068 or email: Info@NewYorkLandandLakes.com

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A real human being in the 21st century Continued from Page 66 Go to a restaurant and you will see many diners gazing at their smartphones in a hypnotic state. We now have a long list of award-winning films that have focused on our compromised humanness including “Blade Runner,” “Robocop,” “A Space Odyssey: 2001,” “Alien,” “The Matrix” and “The Terminator.” But in the event you’re not a movie buff we have MIT professor Ray Kurzweil’s book “The Age of Spiritual Machines” which makes the chilling argument that very soon a computer’s intelligence will far surpass ours and that they will demand legal rights to exist. If you are still not convinced then I invite you to take part in the following experiment. Take the keys to your car and walk towards it. Before you get in look around and take note of how you’re feeling. Then get in the car and drive. I guarantee that within 60 to 90 seconds you will no longer feel human. You will feel angry, annoyed, impatient, in a hurry and ready to run over the next person that gets in your way. This feeling state is exceptionally common and it isn’t a human feeling. You have briefly taken on the characteristics of your car so, in fact, you temporarily became a cyborg.

Thanks to human genius we live in a world of increasingly rapid technological change. I believe we’re at the beginning of an evolutionary change which may leave human beings far behind the machines we have created. Science fiction films are very good predictors of what is about to come. Do you recall in Kubrick’s “Space Odyssey: 2001” when Dr. Heywood Floyd is on a shuttle in space and he makes a phone call home to wish his daughter a happy birthday. He is able to see her on a video screen as he talks and we all thought that was absurd fantasy but now we call that fantasy Skype. I commend Dr. Ken Fuchsman for picking up the challenge of defining what it means to be a human. However, I would suggest that toward the end of his book he include a chapter on what it means to be a cyborg. MIT’s Professor Kurzweil has warned that the spiritual life of machines will inevitably rise and they will insist on legal and social rights of their own. Why not try to be nice to them before that happens? Maybe that way they may go easy on us. I don’t think compassion or gratitude will be one of their big traits but hey you never know.

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April 28 is Drug Take Back Day Nine Northwell Health facilities will be participating in this year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28, which is an opportunity for people to take unused and expired prescriptions and safely remove them from their homes. Southside Hospital in Bay Shore; Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead; Huntington Hospital; North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset; Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park; Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco; Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow; and Lenox Hill Hospital and Lenox Health Greenwich Village in Manhattan will have receptacles at the hospitals for people to safely deposit these leftover prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northwell Health collected more than 300 pounds of unused prescriptions during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day last October. The latest event is organized by the Drug Enforcement Association. “It was so gratifying to see

the large quantity of unneeded and expired drugs brought to Northwell Health facilities last drug take-back day in October,” said Peg Butler, Northwell Health’s assistant vice president of marketing and external relations who helped organize last year’s efforts in Manhattan as well as this year’s receptacles. “We’ll dispose of a lot more this year as we double the number of Northwell facilities participating. We want to do everything we can

to keep these drugs from falling into the wrong hands. This is a hugely important community service we’re proud to provide.” Unused prescription medications can be a temptation for curious teenagers and others to experiment with opiates or other drugs. Northwell Health has made one of its missions to help curb the opioid epidemic in New York State through its Northwell Health Opioid Management Steering Committee, which is an

outgrowth of the successful pilot program at Southside Hospital. There were 2,726 deaths related to opioids in New York State in 2015, according to the New York State Department of Health, up from 2,256 the prior year. New York City saw 893 of those deaths; there were 463 more on Long Island. “Hearing these staggering numbers each year breaks my heart and has prompted us at Northwell Health to aggressively work in a variety of ways to try to lessen the amount of opiate and prescription drug abuse in our area,” said Jonathan Morgenstern, assistant vice president of addiction services at Northwell Health. “People bringing their unused prescriptions to these sites can help us make an impact on the opioid epidemic.” In addition to removing unused prescriptions drugs from the community, Northwell Health is working on several initiatives to target opioid abuse from screening and life-saving techniques to offering treatment:

• Northwell’s screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment program helps identify potential issues by screening patients during routine medical visits. • South Oaks Hospital in Amityville offers free naloxone training and rescue kits to community members. Naloxone, otherwise known as narcan, is a nasal spray that is used when someone has overdosed to try to reverse the situation. • Northwell, in conjunction with the Engel Burman Group, are in the process of building a substance abuse treatment residence in Calverton on eastern Long Island. • Southside Hospital has a secure prescription return location available 24/7 in the hospital’s lobby. Northwell Health anticipates adding this prescription disposal option at other facilities in the future. For more information about National Drug Take Back Day, go to https://takebackday.dea. gov/.


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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING, BUDGET VOTE AND ELECTION EAST WILLISTON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD COUNTY OF NASSAU, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a public budget hearing of the qualified voters of the East Williston Union Free School District, Nassau County, Old Westbury, New York, will be held in the Auditorium of The Wheatley School, 11 Bacon Road, Old Westbury, New York in said District on Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:30 p.m., prevailing time, for the transaction of business as authorized by the Education Law, including the following items: 1)To present to the voters a detailed statement (proposed budget) of the amount of money which will be required for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. 2)To discuss all items hereinafter set forth to be voted upon by voting machines at the Budget Vote and Election to be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. 3)To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting pursuant to the Education Law of the State of New York and acts amendatory thereto. A copy of the proposed budget shall be made available, upon request, to residents of the school district beginning April 30, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., prevailing time, except Saturday, Sunday and holidays at the Business Office, 11 Bacon Road, Old Westbury, New York, and at each of the following school houses: The Wheatley High School, Willets Road Intermediate School, and North Side Elementary School. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law, the School District is required to attach to its proposed budget an exemption report. Said exemption report, which will also become part of the final budget, will show how much of the total assessed value on the final assessment roll used in the budgetary process is exempt from taxation, list every type of exemption granted, identified by statutory authority, and show: (a) the cumulative impact of each type of exemption expressed either as a dollar amount of assessed value or as a percentage of the total assessed value on the roll; (b) the cumulative amount expected to be received from recipients of each type of exemption as payments in lieu of taxes or other payments for municipal services; and (c) the cumulative impact of all exemptions granted. The exemption report shall be posted on any bulletin board maintained by the District for public notices and on any website maintained by the District. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that said Annual Budget Vote and Election by the qualified voters of the East Williston Union Free School District, Town of North Hempstead, County of Nassau, will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time, in the gymnasium of The Wheatley School located at 11 Bacon Road, Old Westbury, New York in said school district at which time the polls will be open to vote by voting machine on the following items: 1)To elect two (2) members of the Board of Education for three (3) year term commenc-

ing July 1, 2018 and expiring on June 30, 2021, as follows: a.One (1) member of the Board of Education for a three (3) year term to succeed Robert V. Fallarino, Esq., whose term expires on June 30, 2018; and b.One (1) member of the Board of Education for a three (3) year term to succeed Leonard Hirsch, whose term expires on June 30, 2018. 2)To adopt the annual budget of the School District for the fiscal year 2018-2019, and to authorize the requisite portion thereof to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the School District. 3)To vote upon such other propositions as may be lawfully presented to the voters. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a detailed statement in writing of the amount of money which will be required for the fiscal year 2018-2019 for school district purposes, exclusive of public monies specifying the purpose and the amount for each, will be prepared and copies thereof will be made available to any district resident, upon request at the Business Office, 11 Bacon Road, Old Westbury, New York between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., prevailing time, on business days beginning April 30, 2018, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and at each of the following schoolhouses: The Wheatley High School, Willets Road Intermediate School, and North Side Elementary School AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the voting shall be on voting machines as provided by the Education Law and the polls will remain open on May 15, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., prevailing time, and as much longer as may be necessary to enable the voters then present to cast their ballots. The District Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to have the necessary ballots printed for said voting machines in the form corresponding as nearly as may be with the requirements of the Education Law and applicable law. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the election shall be held in accordance with the Rules for the Conduct of Meetings and Elections adopted by the Board of Education and applicable law. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the nominations for the office of member of the Board of Education of the East Williston Union Free School District shall be made by petition subscribed by at least 25 qualified voters of the District (representing the greater of 25 qualified voters or 2% of the number of voters who voted in the previous annual election) and such nominating petitions shall be filed with the Clerk of the East Williston Union Free School District in her office at The Wheatley School, 11 Bacon Road, Old Westbury, New York between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., prevailing time, provided however that petitions shall not be filed later than 5:00 p.m., prevailing time, on April 16, 2018. Such petition must state the name and residence of each signer, and must state the name and residence of the candidate and shall describe the specific vacancy for which the candidate is nominated, including at least the length of term of office and contain the name of the incumbent. Each vacancy upon the Board of Education shall be considered separate specific vacancies. A separate nominating petition is required to nominate a candidate to each separate office. A nominating petition may be rejected by the Board of Education if the candidate is ineligible for the office or declares his or

her unwillingness to serve. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to a rule adopted by the Board of Education in accordance with Section 2035 of the Education Law, any propositions or questions to be placed upon the voting machines shall be submitted in writing by petition subscribed by at least 250 qualified voters of the District and filed in the Business Office of the District Clerk between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., prevailing time, not later than the 30th day preceding the meeting or election at which such question or proposition shall be voted upon, except that petitions that relate to those questions or propositions which must be included in the published or posted notice of the annual meeting, must be filed 60 days in advance of the annual meeting. This rule and such 60 day advance filing does not apply to those propositions or questions which the Board of Education has the authority by law to present at any annual or special election of the District. The Board of Education will not entertain any petition to place before the voters any proposition the purpose of which is not within the powers of the voters to determine, which is unlawful, any proposition which fails to include a specific appropriation where the expenditures of monies is required by the proposition, or where other valid reason exists for excluding the proposition for the ballot. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that personal registration of voters is required either pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law or pursuant to Article 5 of the Election Law. The Board of Registration of this school district shall meet in the lobby of The Wheatley School on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., prevailing time, for the purpose of preparing a register of the qualified voters of this district for said annual Budget Vote and Election, at which time any person shall be entitled to have his/her name placed upon such registry provided that at such meeting the Board of Registration, he/she is known, or proven to the satisfaction of the Board of Registration, to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the annual Budget Vote and Election which such register is prepared. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the register shall include (1) all the qualified voters of the District who shall personally present themselves for registration; (2) all previously registered for any annual or special District meeting or election and who shall have voted at any annual or special District meeting or election held or conducted at any time within four (4) calendar years prior to preparation of the said register; and (3) all qualified voters of the school district permanently registered with the Board of Elections of the County of Nassau residing within said school district. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to ß2014 of the Education Law of the State of New York, the Board of Registration will meet on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time, at The Wheatley School to prepare the Register of the School District to be used for all votes and elections to be held subsequent to May 15, 2018 and, persons may have their names placed on such Register provided that at such meeting of said Board of Registration he/she is known or proven to the satisfaction of such Board

of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the school election for which said Register is prepared, or any special district meeting held after Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The Register shall be filed in the office of the District Clerk at the District Office located at 11 Bacon Road, Old Westbury, New York where it shall be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the District beginning on May 10, 2018, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., prevailing time, on each of the five (5) days prior to the day set for the election except Sunday; and between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 12, 2018; and at the polling place on election day. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that applications for absentee ballots will be obtainable during school business hours from the District Clerk. Completed applications must be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Absentee ballots must be received in the office of the District Clerk not later than 5:00 PM, prevailing time, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots have been issued will be available for inspection to qualified voters of the District in the office of the District Clerk on and after May 10, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays prior to the day set for the Budget Vote and Election and on May 15, 2018, the day set for the election. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Board of Education shall convene a special meeting thereof within 24 hours after the filing with the District Clerk a written report of the results of the ballot, in the gymnasium of The Wheatley School for the purpose of examining and tabulating said reports of the result of the ballot and declaring the result of the ballot, and that the Board of Education hereby declares itself to be a set of poll clerks to cast and canvas ballots pursuant to Education Law ß2019a(2)(b) at said Special Meeting. Dated: March 20, 2018 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION EAST WILLISTON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK Patricia Collins, District Clerk 80-20-226852—Legal Notice Revised WT #148016 4x 03/30, 04/13, 04/20, 05/04 /2018 #148016

Legal Notice CITATION SURROGATE’S COURT, NASSAU COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Attorney General of the State of New York Grassi and Company Travelers Casualty & Surety Company Unknowns any and all unknown persons whose names or parts of whose names and whose place or places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained, distributees, heirs-at-law and next-ofkin of the said DANIEL P. HAYS, deceased, and if any of the said distributees named specifically or as a class be dead, their legal representa-

tives, their husbands or wives, if any, distributees and successors in interest whose names and/or places of residence and post office addresses are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained A petition having been duly filed by Nassau County Public Administrator, who is domiciled at 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, New York 11501. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Nassau County, at 262 Old Country Road, Mineola, New York, on June 6, 2018 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why the account of Nassau County Public Administrator, a summary of which has been served herewith, as Administrator of the estate of Daniel P. Hays, should not be judicially settled. [X] Further relief sought (if any): 1. Releasing and discharging the Petitioner from all liability, responsibility and accountability as to all matters set forth in the account of proceedings; 2. Allowing the commissions of the Petitioner in the amount of $5,302.41 pursuant to SCPA 2307(1) and the reasonable and necessary expenses of the office in the amount of $1,253.87 pursuant to SCPA 1207(4); 3. Fixing and determining the attorney’s fees of Mahon, Mahon, Kerins & O’Brien, LLC attorney for petitioner in the amount of $12,500.00 of which $2,500.00 has been paid.; 4. Fixing and determining the accounting fees of Grassi & Co, CPA’s, PC in the amount of $1,300.00; 5 .Releasing and discharging the surety; 6. Granting such other and further relief as to the Court is just and proper Dated, Attested, and Sealed, March 20, 2018 HON. Margaret C. Reilly, Surrogate Debra Keller Leimbach Chief Clerk Richard T. Kerins, Esq. Mahon, Mahon, Kerins & O’Brien, LLC 254 Nassau Boulevard South, Garden City South, New York 11530 (516) 538-1111 WT #148029 4x 04/06, 04/13, 04/20, 04/27/2018 #148029

LEGAL NOTICE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Board of Trustees of the Inc. Village of Williston Park will continue its 2018-2019 Budget Hearing and will adopt the Villages 2018-2019 Budget on the following date: DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 TIME: 4:30 p.m. PLACE: Village Hall, 494 Willis Avenue Williston Park, NY 11596 A copy of the tentative budget is available for inspection by any interested person during regular office hours. The compensation proposed to be paid to each member of the Board of Trustees is as follows: Mayor, $14,400; each Trustee, $7,150. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Julie Kain, Clerk-Treasurer Dated: April 17, 2018 WT #148203 1x 04/20 /2018 #148203

Notice of Formation of Next Best Picture, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/20/2018. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Next Best Picture, 3994 Steven Ct. Seaford NY 11783. Purpose: any lawful purpose. WT #147973 6x 03/23, 03/30, 04/06, 04/13, 04/20, 04/27 /2018 #147973

Notice of formation of Arial Space, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 09/09/16. Office located in Nassau County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 610 Willis Ave, 1E Williston Park, NY 11596. Purpose: any lawful purpose. WT #148033 6x 03/30, 04/06, 04/13, 04/20, 04/27, 5/4/2 018 #148033

Notice of Formation of PAR Insurance Services LLC. Arts of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/12/18. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to P.O. Box 270, Williston Park, NY 11596. Purpose: any lawful act. WT #148205 6x 04/20, 04/27, 05/04, 05/11, 05/18, 05/25 /2018 #148205

REFEREE’S NOTICE OF SALE IN FORECLOSURE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU NOAH BANK, Plaintiff against PATRICK N. MCCARTHY, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on November 16, 2017. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction, at the Foreclosure Auction Part of the New York Supreme Court, County of Nassau, located at the Nassau County Courthouse, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, New York 11501 on the 15th Day of May, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Williston Park, Town of North Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York. Premises known as 89 Princeton Street, Williston Park, New York. (Section: 9, Block: 181, Lot: 14-15) Approximate amount of lien $168,759.55 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 608985/2016. Jeffrey Halbreich, Esq., Referee. Robert Yu LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 449 Broad Avenue, 2nd Floor Mailbox 1B Palisades Park, New Jersey 07650 Tel. 201/257-6807 Dated: February 27, 2018 WT #148145 4x 04/06, 04/13, 04/27, 05/04 /2018 #148145

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1,650 pairs of PJs donated to Winthrop There are pajama parties, and then there was the pajama party to top all on Long Island. All nine schools in the Half Hollow Hills School District in Dix Hills hosted a pajama day, with students from elementary up through high school encouraged to arrive for classes wearing their favorite pajamas. What made this day special was the reason behind the sleepwear: two of the schools’ eighth graders had previously received so much satisfaction from raising gift card donations to benefit pediatric patients that they wanted to do even more. Every student who wore pajamas to the Half Hollow Hills District’s pajama day was encouraged to also bring with them a new pair to donate to the Children’s Medical Center at NYU Winthrop Hospital. More than 1,650 pairs of pajamas were collected. The pajamas were personally delivered to the hospital by five students who were dressed in pajamas, and they were joined by the district’s superintendent – who chose not to wear pajamas. “After our success with a gift-

card drive for pediatric patients, our superintendent challenged us to think about what we could do next, so we were inspired to dream even bigger,” said Ashley Kalb, who together with fellow eighth grader Morgan Mandel orchestrated the gift cards as well as the pajama donations. Mandel added, “We hope that our pajama gifts put smiles on the faces of kids in the hospital. What’s also great about the drive is that it taught a lot of stu-

dents that giving can be an awful lot of fun.” “We encourage and fully support our students in taking creative approaches to community and charitable work,” said Patrick Harrigan, Superintendent of Half Hollow Hills School District. “These initiatives help develop leadership and well-rounded young adults, while benefitting good causes.” Young patients who arrive at NYU Winthrop Hospital often do

so without overnight bags in tow, since their arrival may be due to an unplanned event such as a trip to the Emergency Room. Having 1,000 pairs of youth pajamas, for all shapes and sizes, is just what the doctor ordered for a good night’s sleep at NYU Winthrop. The pajamas were accepted by Dr. Leonard Krilov, chairman of pediatrics at NYU Winthrop, together with representatives from the hospital’s Child Life Program, which is ded-

icated to helping children understand and cope with the hospital experience. Certified Child Life Specialists utilize therapeutic play, arts and crafts, entertainment and other diversions to ensure that the hospital experience is as stress-free as possible for children and their families. Now, thanks to the Half Hollow Hills School District, children will be gifted with a pair of cozy pajamas to further add to their comfort. “The Department of Pediatrics at NYU Winthrop is most appreciative of the students’ efforts to think beyond themselves and give back to our patients in such a special way,” Krilov said. “Families are often going through a trying time when they’re in the Hospital, and this unique gesture is sure to bring comfort.” Also spearheading the pajama drive were the siblings of Morgan and Ashley: Matthew Mandel and Hayley Kalb, both in grade 10, and Marissa Mandel, grade six. The District’s Central Office also contributed to the drive.

Albertson civics to American Girls at library host speakers The Albertson Square Civic Association will hold its general membership meeting with guest speakers Peter J. Zuckerman, North Hempstead Town Councilman, and Nina Harris,

realtor, on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m." The meeting will be held at the Albertson Fire House located at 100 I.U. Willets Road, on the second floor.

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With support and funding from the Friends of the Library, the Mineola Library launched its American Girl Dolls circulating collection on April 9. American Girl dolls Luciana, Addy, Julie and Rebecca are now available to Mineola cardholders only with children ages six and older. The dolls must be checked out and returned only to the Children’s Desk. They cannot be returned in the drop, to the front desk, or to another Library. The dolls will be available for a seven day checkout and will come with a carrying case, a bed with bedding, the doll’s first story, a journal to record your adventures with the doll, and a booklet of Mineola history during that doll’s time period. The dolls are not holdable, although there is a waiting list available at the desk if the doll a resident would like to borrow is checked out. Donations of American Girl dolls in good to excellent condition are also welcome; donations are tax deductible."

Church hosts blood drive The Long Island Blood Services report that supplies of blood are at low levels. To help replenish needed supplies, the LIFE Lutheran Church is hosting a blood drive on April 30, from 3:15 to 9:15 p.m. in the church community room. Most healthy adults can give

blood every 56 days. For a full list of eligibility requirements, call 800.688.0900. To schedule an appointment, call the church office at (516) 3333355. The LIFE Lutheran Church and Day School is located at One Old Westbury Road, on Jericho

Turnpike in Old Westbury. All are welcome Sundays at 10 a.m. for worship, with Children’s Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., and also Thursdays at 7 p.m. for Worship with Holy Communion. For more information, call the church office (516) 3333355, or visit thelifeny.org.


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L.I. woman testifies Opening day for the against Robert Durst W.P. Little League FROM THE DESK OF MAYOR PAUL EHRBAR

BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I

“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations While we all hoping for a nice spring, late winter temperatures continue to dominate the area. This past Saturday, the Williston Park Little League held its opening day parade. Weather for the parade was fantastic, giving both the participants and spectators an excellent day. The large number of Little Leaguers brought smiles to those lining the streets to observe as the young group marched through Village streets. Our auxiliary police with the assistance of the Nassau County police led the parade, followed by the Color Guard representing the Williston Park American Legion. The Williston Park Fire Department followed at

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Williston Park Mayor the end accompanied by an antique ambulance provided by Northwell Health System. Arriving at Kelleher Field the little leaguers proudly marched on the well-manicured baseball field, courtesy of the Williston Park staff. During opening day ceremonies Steve Gilhooly was honored for his longterm dedication to the Williston Park Little league. I’ve never seen so many children and grandparents line the outfield. Let’s protect those pre-

cious children by driving safely through the village. Once the ceremonies ended, players, families and fans were treated to hot dogs donated by King Kullen, pizzas, donated by Ginos, soda and water. All attending enjoyed this annual traditional Williston Park event. Special thank to League President Joe Manopella, their board, and coaches for a job well done. Saturday, April 21" the Beautification Committee will be holding their annual “Little Make a Difference Day,” as we celebrate Earth Day. Youngsters, parents and ambitious residents are asked to come to Village Hall at 9 a.m. Children’s groups must be accompanied by an adult. The clean-up should only take an hour as the groups will be split up to work along Hillside and Willis Avenue. Your help will “Make a Difference.”

New York’s Robert Durst is in a Los Angeles courtroom this week waiting to see if a judge will decide that there is enough evidence for the multimillionaire to stand trial in the slaying of longtime friend Susan Berman in 2000. Durst, a heir to the fortune of the multimillion-dollar Durst Organization, a Manhattan real estate group, was acquitted of murder in the 2001 killing and dismemberment of Morris Black, his elderly neighbor in Galveston, Texas. Since the beginning of the hearing Monday, prosecutors have argued that Durst killed Berman to cover up the disappearance of his first wife Kathleen McCormack Durst, a former New Hyde Park resident, who vanished on Jan. 31, 1982. A graduate of New Hyde Park Memorial High School, McCormack disappeared at the age of 29, and in 2001, she was declared legally dead. According to the New York Daily News, Farmingdale resident Karen Minutello was the second witness called to the stand for the prosecution and said Kathleen called her on Jan. 25, 1982, frantically looking for a new place to stay away from her husband.

In 2015, McCormack’s mother, Ann McCormack, also of New Hyde Park, filed a $100 million" lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Mineola, alleging Durst murdered her daughter and caused the family “extreme emotional distress, humiliation, mental and physical anguish, as well as economic losses” by keeping her body hidden. “It is as if she vanished from the face of the Earth,” said the suit, filed by Lake Success attorney Robert Abrams. At the conclusion of the HBO truecrime series “The Jinx” by filmmaker"Andrew Jarecki, Durst, upon being confronted with new evidence in the murder of Berman, mutters to himself in the bathroom, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” Durst was arrested in New Orleans in March 2015. In addition to the murder charges, Durst faces two felony charges in New Orleans for the alleged possession of a .38-caliber revolver and five ounces of marijuana found in his hotel room. A judge on Monday determined Durst to be a flight risk and ordered him held in prison without bail. In Los Angeles, where he faces the murder charges, Durst would be eligible for the death penalty.

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Mineola library launches ‘Binge Boxes” The Mineola Memorial Library has unveiled Binge Boxes. A Binge Box is a grouping of four to six movies of the same theme in one easy to carry box. In the Mineola library, some of the themes are Disney, The 80’s, War, Melissa McCarthy and Mel Brooks movies. The library will also be getting new boxes in the upcoming weeks and will include more variety for everyone including themes such as sports, dancing and mafia to name a few. Each of the Binge Boxes circulates for 14 days for Mineola card holders. For further details on the Binge Box contact the Mineola Li-

brary. Some of the boxes also contain a “Golden

Ticket.” The ticket can be redeemed at the circulation desk for a surprise.

Robert Durst, right, is in court this week in Los Angeles awaiting a judge’s decision whether there’s enough evidence for him to stand trial in the slaying of longtime friend Susan Berman.

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LIU Post dominates Mercy College Women lacrosse team gains easy win over East Coast Conference rival in Brookville BY JA DA B U T L E R The LIU Post women’s lacrosse team defeated one of its toughest East Coast Conference rivals, the Mercy College Mavericks, 25-18 on Saturday, April 14 at Bethpage Credit Union Stadium in Brookville.

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Alyssa Mallery, an LIU Post sophomore midfielder, scored the first goal for the Pioneers with no assists. The Pioneers and the Mavericks were toeto-toe through much of the first period, going into halftime with an 11-11 tie. The Mavericks seized a strong advantage to start off the second period, scoring three points within the first five minutes, bringing the score to 11-14. Mallery and Brianna Feldman, a sophomore midfielder, were the Pioneers’ leading scorers in the second half, with six and three points, respectively. The Pioneers held the ad-

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Casey Dugan, sophomore, in action last week vantage throughout the second, leading by seven points with less than 10 minutes left. Olivia Kirk, a senior goalkeeper, who was also named Division II National Defensive Player of the Week after

the team’s match against St. Thomas Aquinas College, had six saves. While her team was on a run in the second, Kirk remained alert and kept up the momentum. “I always say, ‘Stay hot, D

[defense]’ because after a couple sets and you’re not moving as much, you kind of forget how to and you’re not always prepared, so that’s what we work on. I’ve got to keep my head in it the entire time,” Kirk

said. Paige Sherlock, a sophomore midfielder, scored the final point of the game for LIU Post. The Pioneers brought the game home with a seven-point victory. “They [the Mavericks] are a great team and they always push us to be our best and always give us great competition,” Kirk said after the game. “These are the games we come out for – it’s the hard-working, close games, the ones that really show you how hard you work and how much more you have to give.” This win comes after an 18-2 win on Wednesday, April 11 against St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y. The Pioneers are now 10-3 for the season. The Pioneers’ next game is Wednesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. at Queens College, and their next home game is Wednesday, April 25 at 3 p.m. against Lindenwood University. This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post, www.liupostpioneer.com, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.

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Jalil a national writing winner Open day for the

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Herricks High School sophomore Aroob Jalil received a Silver Medal in the national round of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poetry.

Herricks High School sophomore Aroob Jalil received a Silver Medal in the national round of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poetry, “The Symptoms of Humanity.” A portfolio comprised of four separate poems, the entry was awarded a Gold Key during the contest’s regional phase, which qualified it for the national level. There, it was deemed worthy of the Silver Medal, one of the highest levels of recognition presented through this program. “I wanted to expose the negative sides of humanity and explain the different types of people that exist,” Aroob said of her work and the inspiration behind it. From that, she noted, readers could take valuable messages and be affected in positive ways. Last year, as a freshman, she

earned a Silver Key award for her poetry. She enjoys writing in and outside of school. “Aroob is an exceptional thinker, and I love that her poetry is getting recognition like this,” said Alan Semerdjian, a teacher. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebrates students’ vision, ingenuity and talent, and offers opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. This year, students submitted nearly 350,000 works of art and writing to be adjudicated by luminaries in the visual and literary arts. Originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision were among the factors that contributed to a piece’s selection.

W.P. Little League

This past weekend was opening day for the Williston Park Little League." On such a beautiful day, the first ball was pitched and boys and girls are ready to play ball. The Little Leaguers were helped by the American Legion Color Guard, Mayor Ehrbar and the Board of Trustees.

W.P. Eagle Scout Michael Chase honored by town North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Council Member Peter Zuckerman and the Town Board welcomed Michael Chase from Boy Scout Troop 201 Albertson/Herricks to Town Hall on March 20. Chase, from Williston Park, was honored prior to the town board meeting, where he was presented with a proclamation of recognition. For his Eagle Scout project, Chase constructed an irrigation system at a community garden which included a drip irrigation system.

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Michael Chase, center, was honored by the North Hempstead Town Board for his Eagle Scout project.

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