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Crash Closes LIE in Jericho

A multivehicle crash closed the eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway in Jericho for more than six hours early Wednesday, according to authorities.

In a traffic advisory, Nassau County police said the crash occurred at 12:39 a.m. between exits 40 and 41; the LIE was not reopened until 6:57 a.m.

The accident involved an overturned box truck, a tractor trailer and a car, resulting in minor injuries. None of the injuries are considered serious.



County Set To Axe Trees

A Nassau County Department of Public Works project to remove hundreds of trees across Syosset, Plainview, Hicksville and Bethpage has some residents chopping mad.

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Trees scheduled for removal are painted with a large white X.

Michael Martino, spokesman for the department, said the County is removing these trees — close to 200 lining county and state roadways from Jericho Turnpike in Syosset to the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Bethpage — in order to improve sidewalk safety.

“The county is on notice to fix the sidewalks. The county has to act fast,” said Martino, referring to why there were no public forums held discussing the project. “Anyone who has walked up and down South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview sees how treacherous the sidewalks can be.” [Read more...]

Denenberg Out Of Senate Race

Long Island Democrat David Denenberg has dropped out of the race for state Senate, after recent accusations that the Nassau County Legislator fraudulently billed his own law firm—Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron—over $2 million for non-existent case work.

According to published reports, Denenberg stated, “my family, the electorate, the campaign and this position are way too important to subject myself to such outrageous allegations and negative attacks against me personally. Therefore I withdraw from the race. “

Following news of the impending lawsuit, James Moriarty, a campaign spokesman for GOP-candidate Michael Venditto, called state Supreme Court allegations “truly disturbing.”

“[The Venditto camp] trusts that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, which is reviewing that matter, will do a thorough investigation of these very serious allegations,” Moriarty said.

With Denenberg out of the race, Long Island Democrats are scrambling to find a suitable candidate to run against Venditto this November.

Synagogue Nets Camp Honor

North Shore Synagogue was honored at the Eisner/Crane Lake Camps’ Fifth Assembly for sending more than 10 campers to one of the three Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) camps in the local area: Eisner Camp, Crane Lake Camp and Six Points Sci-Tech Academy. [Read more...]

Jericho Jewish Hosts Selichot

The community is invited to join the Jericho Jewish Center, 430 North Broadway, for the recitation of the Selichot prayer — the penitential prayers recited on the Saturday night before the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This year, Selichot will be observed on Sept. 20 at 11 p.m. with Rabbi Benjamin Herman officiating at the services and Cantor Barry Black leading prayers. Services will be preceded by the movie, The Quarrel, at 9 p.m. A powerful, cinematically effective, intellectually exciting portrayal of the conflict within the modern soul between tradition and change. There will be refreshments served. For more information, call the Temple at 516-938-2540.

Shabbat Under The Stars

Under a moon-lit sky and against a backdrop of stained glass windows, Temple Or Elohim conducted Frirday night services in the temple’s parking lot Sept. 5. The event was the seventh annual “Shabbat Under the Stars,” featuring a complimentary barbecue, a performance by the temple’s five-piece band, and an interactive and rousing service, led by Rabbi Harvey Abramowitz and Cantor David Katz.


Rabbi Abramowitz (left) and Cantor David Katz lead the Shabbat Under the Stars service.
(Photos by George Haber)

Welcoming the informal congregation of more than 300 local residents, with some coming from nearby Locust Valley, Plainview and as far south as Wantagh, in addition to Jericho, Syosset and Woodbury.

“This event is an expression of community and celebration,” said Abramowitz.

The barbecue offered turkey and beef burgers, hot dogs, chicken and salads and beverages, sponsored by Hasson Caterers, Ben’s Deli and the New Country Deli. [Read more...]

Jericho Chess Players Inspire

Under the beautiful weather, on Sunday, Sept. 14, three young chess stars, Wesley Wang and Evelyn Zhu of Jericho, and Katherine Qi of East Meadow, spent several hours conducting chess clinics for little chess enthusiasts and shared with them valuable chess tips and tactics that have helped them achieve chess success.


Jericho’s Evelyn Zhu and Wesley Wang join East Meadow’s Katherine Qi (center).

They know a thing or two about what it takes to win at chess — the three talented kids will be representing the U.S. in the 2014 World Youth Championship this month in South Africa.

Their activity was part of the first annual Chess-in-the-Park event held in Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, championed by Syosset Chess Mates, with the help of Long Island Chess Mates and headed by International chess Grandmaster Gennady Sagalchik. The event attracted close to 200 participants, including approximately 60 players, children and adults. During the whole day, the event also hosted several other chess activities including casual play, blitz tournaments and Bughouse tournaments. The event raised $1,415 for the three youngsters for their trip to South Africa. The event was also generously sponsored by two Woodbury vendors, the Fresh Market and Woodbury Pizzeria Ristorante. [Read more...]

Brookville Resident Shines

While many people may dream of doing something as extraordinary as singing the National Anthem at a major sports event, it’s become tradition for AHRC resident, Adam Levine.

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, Adam, 47, born with Down syndrome, stepped up to belt out the National Anthem for the New York Mets. Performing annually at Citi Field since 2010, Adam approached home plate with a veteran state of mind. Following his performance, Adam received a standing ovation as he gleefully skipped off the field, running into his parent’s arms with a gratified smile. The long list of Adam’s fans included 100 #TEAMADAM supporters from AHRC Nassau.BrookvilleB

From a young age, Adam was drawn to music and the arts. Regularly attending theater shows and rehearsals put on by his father’s theater group, Theater II of Glen Cove, Adam really found a connection. [Read more...]

Jericho Artist Displays Work


Lita Kelmenson, Rhythmic Pulse. 2014. Courtesy of the Artist.

The Heckscher Museum of Art and Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington are pleased to present the Long Island Biennial 2014.  On view August 16 through November 30, 2014, this juried exhibition will feature work by artists and filmmakers of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Inaugurated in 2010, the Long Island Biennial offers Long Island’s contemporary artists and filmmakers an opportunity to share their work with a broad public, deepening the connections among artists and between artists and the communities where they live.  Jurors Dan Christoffel, Artist-in-Residence, Adjunct Professor, LIU Post; Renato Danese, Danese Corey, New York; and Helen A. Harrison, Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, will select paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media work, and works on paper for the exhibition.  Partner Cinema Arts Centre will jury and screen film and video entries.

The Heckscher Museum of Art, founded in 1920 by August Heckscher, serves the people of the Town of Huntington and surrounding communities. Through exhibitions of its permanent and loan collections of art and related programs, it seeks to provide inspiring and transformative educational experiences to encourage a broader understanding of our past and present and enrich the quality of life of the individuals it serves. The Museum Permanent Collection contains more than 2,200 works from the early 16th century to present. For information about The Heckscher Museum of Art, visit Through November 30.

Syosset-Jericho Invited To Walk

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Fiercely committed to finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for people living with a brain tumor, the National Brain Tumor Society’s Long Island Walk connects brain tumor survivors, patients, family members, caregivers, and friends for an inspiring, family-friendly day. Participants can choose to walk as individuals, create a new team, or join an existing team. All proceeds from the event will go toward funding critical brain tumor research and raising awareness of this devastating disease.NBTS_2013_Walk_NYC

“Only one out of three adults diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor today will be alive in five years. More so than any other cancer, brain tumors can have life-altering psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and physical effects. And yet, despite these facts, brain tumor research remains grossly underfunded,” said Kristina Knight, spokesperson for the National Brain Tumor Society. “Every dollar pledged from the Long Island Brain Tumor Walk allows us to continue funding vital research to accelerate the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs and the availability of more treatments for this disease.” [Read more...]