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IRS Phone Scams


County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter are urging citizens to be vigilant when receiving telephone solicitations or emails from persons identifying themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service.

It has come to the attention of the Nassau County Police Department that individuals are receiving calls from persons claiming that they or a family member owe money for unpaid taxes. In these cases individuals are contacted by scammers claiming that they are federal employees and that the individual called owes money.  These victims are told they can avoid arrest, foreclosure or suspension/termination of services if they make payment.

The IRS does not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. [Read more...]

LI Politics: Insider’s View

Reach Out America presents Joye Brown, columnist for Newsday as its guest speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. Brown has covered Long Island for the paper since 2006 and has worked as a reporter, an editor, newsroom administrator and editorial writer at Newsday since 1983. “She knows Long Island Inside and Out, from Politics to Potatoes and Everything in Between” has been written about Brown. Her timely presentation will focus on the coming elections in November and what to expect on Long Island. She will bring a real insider’s view to the subject.

Her talk will follow Reach Out America’s regular meeting with its important committee reports and ongoing activities at 12:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road in Manhasset.

All are invited. For information call 516-487-8783.

Reach Out America is a grassroots not for profit organization whose purpose is to work with others in social and political action to safeguard our Constitutional rights. Further we work to find peaceful solutions to world problems while strengthening democracy at home.

Barbara Swain

This accomplished and beloved woman, who died last Sunday at North Hill in Needham, Massachusetts at the age of 102, grew up in Newton Highlands and attended Smith College, where she graduated in 1932. During summers at her family’s seasonal home in Scituate, she met and later married Philip Richardson, in 1933. Barbara gave birth to her daughter Gail a year later, and soon thereafter the family moved to Wellesley, where Barbara gave birth to a son Donald, named after Phil Richardson’s twin brother. The family remained there until the late 1960’s.

Barbara became active in volunteer and club work with the Junior Service League, League of Women Voters, Family Service Association, Wellesley Unitarian Church, and Wellesley Smith College Club. She annually attended Boston Symphony concerts, Theater Guild productions, was an active bridge player, and curled in winter months. Barbara was an avid golfer at the Wellesley Country Club with her husband Phil, who became president of the Club in the early 1960’s. Barbara and Phil were founding members of the Broomstones Curling Club, in Wayland, Mass.

Her husband Phil passed away in 1966. Several years later, in 1970, Barbara married Richard Swain and together they lived the following 25 years at Wellesley Green, and later moved nearby to North Hill in August of 1996. They wintered during this time on Siesta Key, in Sarasota, Florida. Dick passed away in late 1996.

Barbara is mother of Gail R. West with husband Jack, of Peabody, Mass, (formerly of Wayland), and Donald Richardson with wife Janet, of Plandome, NY; grandmother of Susan, Philip, and James West, and Kathryn Chigounis, Emily Tesio and Sarah Richardson; and great-grandmother of Gitalia and Carinna Dogan-West, and Joseph Tesio.

Funeral services were held Monday morning, Sept. 29, at Newton Cemetery Chapel, followed by inurnment in the Nichols family gravesite at the Cemetery, with her first husband Phil.

For more information and guestbook, please visit

Jimmy Webb and Jane Monheit At Landmark

10.11.14 Jimmy-Webb-High-res-Press1-1On Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. as Jimmy Webb and Jane Monheit present a new show created to kick off Landmark on Main Street’s 2014-15 Season

Jimmy Webb, who calls Long Island his home, was the youngest man ever inducted into the National Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and is the current Chairman.  Some of the great songs he penned include MacArthur Park, Wichita Lineman, Worst That Could Happen, Galveston, and Up, Up And Away.

Jane Monheit, a Long Island native and an alumni of Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, has been a leading light in both the jazz and cabaret worlds since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 vocal competition.

The concert features new interpretations of Webb’s catalogue with Jimmy on piano and Monheit’s vocals and backing musicians.  This will be the first time they will perform together.

Landmark on Main Street supporters include: Fern & Hersh Cohen, Entertainment One, Carol & Sandy Krieger, Nassau Emergency Medicine: Emergency Medicine at St. Francis Hospital, Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker PLLC and Maureen & Joe Wekselblatt.  Our 2014-15 Season is made possible thanks to the support of our Partners in Performing Arts: NYSCA, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Town of North Hempstead, Harding Real Estate, Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation, LIREG, Bank of America and Winthrop University Hospital.

Aging In Place Lectures

New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury will hold two free lectures by award-winning author and renowned universal designer Cynthia Leibrock. With a mission to improve health, longevity, and life quality through universal design, Leibrock has a list of prominent clients, including The Betty Ford Center, Toyota, and The Smithsonian National Design Museum. Other projects of note: a showroom for Kohler in which over a million consumers learned about universal design and a “living laboratory” in Fort Collins researching the environmental needs of older people. Liebrock teaches architecture courses at The Harvard University Graduate School of Design and has conducted health care design research in Scandinavia, Northern Europe, and Japan. Cynthia’s own home, designed for aging in place, featured in the New York Times in 2009. [Read more...]

Autism Lecture

closeLeading research scientist at Stanford University, Professor Craig Garner, is coming to Long Island to speak on “Developing therapies to improve cognitive abilities in individuals with Autism and Down syndrome”. Prof. Garner studies neurodevelopmental disabilities with a research focus on Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.

Prof. Garner’s presentation will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Manhasset Public Library. It is free of charge and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

He is also presenting at the 5th Annual Swing for Hope fundraiser at Plandome Country Club on Monday, Oct. 6 which will benefit The Matthew Foundation. The Matthew Foundation has a multi-pronged strategy to improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. They are supporting cognition research which includes Alzheimer’s Disease research, promoting inclusion, and developing employment opportunities. For anyone interested in joining the 5th Annual Swing for Hope golf outing, please visit

The Matthew Foundation is a Manhasset, Long Island based non-profit organization. Prof. Garner’s informational session at the Manhasset Public Library and the 5th Annual Swing for Hope are two events brought to you by The Matthew Foundation in honor of October being National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Maria Dello On The Today Show


On Sept. 7, Maria Dello, certified nutritionist of Dellonutritionals was featured on a guest nutrition segment for NBC’S The Today Show.

The segment was filmed at NBC Studios in New York City, where Dello was interviewed by Contessa Brewer regarding healthy lunches and snacks for school-aged children.

The segment began with discussion on the growing epidemic of obesity in America and how parents must take action to help their children combat this prevalent issue.

Dello introduced and showcased several unique and healthy snacks and lunches that parents can easily prepare for their children. She focused on nutrient-dense foods that provide lasting energy for a child’s long day at school.

Dello emphasized parents need to be wary of foods laced with preservatives and chemicals. Her advice for navigating processed foods includes reading labels and, “if you can’t read it, don’t eat it.”

Dello advises that, “Lunches should be a nutritious, delicious, and fun experience for kids. We need to change the way kids think about their food and make it more of a positive experience.”

Involving children in the lunch making process, and allowing them to make healthy choices gets them excited about the meal ahead.

Unique ideas, such as cutting sandwich bread with cookie cutters, keeps the meal exciting.

For more information visit or call 516-365-1222.

Marching Band Invitational

MarchingBand_092614AThe Manhasset High School Marching Band and Color Guard, under the direction of Randy Knudsen, Manhasset High School Director of Bands, is excited to announce their 4th Annual Invitational Marching Band Competition, to be held at the Manhasset High School on Sunday Oct. 5, beginning at noon until 2:45 pm. High School bands from Hicksville, Oceanside, Garden City, Roslyn, and Lindenhurst will be joining the MHS Marching Band in a dazzling judged competition of music and marching.

The MHS Marching Band is led by student drum majors Allison Lee (2015), Rose Rutkovsky (2015) and Jeffrey Chin (2016) and their show this year features music from Disney’s Fantasmic. The competition kicks off the marching band season followed by competitions in Bergenfield High School (NJ), the NYS championships at Hofstra University, East Brunswick High School (NJ), and the eastern national championships in Allentown (PA). The MHS Marching Band also regularly performs in the Homecoming Parade each fall and the Memorial Day Parade each spring.

Come see the best Long Island high school marching bands perform elaborate routines in this USBands event. This is an excellent family-oriented opportunity to see musicians perform. Tickets are just $7 for ages 12 and up. Children under 12 are free. Music-related and lunch food concessions will be available at the event. For more information, please contact Mr. Knudsen at

Grant Tomb Discussion

GrantsTomb_092614AThe Women’s Club of The Congregational Church of Manhasset will begin its 74th year on Monday, Oct. 6. The program will feature Frank J. Scaturro who will speak about “The Restoration of Grant’s Tomb”. Slides will accompany his lecture. A practicing attorney with a rich background in history and politics, Scaturro has also been involved in various areas of public service, including the campaign to restore Grant’s Tomb.

Scaturro received his B.A. in Political Science and History from Columbia University in 1994 and his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He is currently a partner at Fisher Broyles LLP, where he is involved in the development of the firm’s political law and commercial litigation practice. For the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hofstra Law School, where he taught courses on The Legislative Process, Current Problems in Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, and Congressional Enforcement of Civil Rights: History and Law. Scaturro served as Counsel for the Constitution, Senate Judiciary Committee from 2005-2009. These are among the most recent highlights of his legal and political career. He has also authored and co-authored several books, and has written articles for publication in various journals and local New York papers.

The community is extended a cordial invitation to attend this informative program, which will be held in the church’s North Lounge. Please bring a sandwich and a friend and join the group at noon for an informal lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided. Scaturro’s lecture begins at 1 p.m. in the event that you prefer to attend the program only. The Congregational Church of Manhasset is located at 1845 Northern Blvd.

For additional information, please contact the church office at 627-4911 or visit the church’s website at

Non-Resident Commuters Peeved

The Manhasset Park District is looking to preserve conditions of existing properties and raise funds for future acquisitions by charging commuters without resident passes $5 to park in railroad lots on weekends. In turn, some are outraged by the $70 tickets they received for failing to pay the fee. [Read more...]