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massapequa reverses plan to put sixth-graders in middle school

the massapequa school district, just weeks before the start of the 2017-18 academic year, has reversed long-held plans to have nearly 550 sixth-graders join seventh- and eighth-graders at berner middle school in september.in a 3-2 vote thursday night, the school board rescinded a resolution passed on feb. 9, 2016, that was to take the sixth-grade level out of the system’s six elementary schools — a surprising change of course for district officials who first proposed it about three years ago.most populartour dates of the reconfigured middle school for parents and students were set for next month.“what happened last night is a travesty for our district,” rose stein, 37, a mom of three children in district schools who supported the sixth-grade move, said friday. “it’s really not about the move anymore. they told these kids that they were going in to a new school. they graduated them. money has been spent, teachers have been hired. the kids are ready to go.”the plan to add sixth grade to the middle school had been a contentious issue. the proposal set forth by superintendent lucille iconis included a longer school day for the sixth-graders, with more opportunities to participate in science, music, art and foreign language offerings and extracurriculars. it also included the hiring of several new teachers.educationdistrict may put 6th grade in middle schoolit was unclear friday how much money the school district has spent on reconfiguring berner middle school, antic...





suffolk police destroy atvs in crack down demonstration

the only place to legally use atvs in suffolk county is on private property, suffolk police noted at a friday demonstration at which they destroyed 10 of the vehicles to show how they are cracking down on illegal usage.at a friday news conference at suffolk police’s yaphank garage, chief stuart cameron said the department had changed its policy on the all-terrain vehicles seized for illegal use and would now destroy the atvs.most popularin the past atvs seized by police would either be kept for public safety purposes, such as using them to target illegally used vehicles on parkland, or sold to the public, cameron said.oftentimes police would later have to go after the atvs that had been sold, cameron said.“what we’re trying to do is minimize the possibility of a revolving door where we seize an all-terrain vehicle, sell it and our police officers have to chase the same all-terrain vehicle,” cameron said. cameron also said officers would never again chase an illegally used atv for the safety its driver, the police and other people around them.last year, county resolution 1090 created stricter rules on illegal use of atvs, said sarah anker, suffolk county 6th district legislator. under the legislation, police can seize and destroy an illegally used atv after a second offense.advertisement | advertise on newsdayanker, who co-sponsored the legislation, said illegal atv usage is a problem in her district, which covers the northeast portion of the town of brookhaven and inc...





nassau, suffolk lawmakers urge isles to return to coliseum

advertisement | advertise on newsdayon friday july 14, 2017, members of the nassau and suffolk legislatures joined forces at the renovated nassau coliseum to urge the new york islanders to return to their former uniondale home -- a move that both the team and the national hockey league have been reluctant to support.members of the nassau and suffolk legislatures joined forces friday at the nassau coliseum to urge the new york islanders to return to their former uniondale home — a move that both the team and the national hockey league have been reluctant to support.at a news conference outside the arena, lawmakers and business leaders argued that the coliseum, which recently underwent a $165 million renovation,...





chain cheeseburgers ranked: shake shack, white castle and more

say what you will about sodium, mystery meats, calories or fat. call it the crunchburger, the shackburger, the classic smash or the whopper. no matter what anybody throws at it, the cheeseburger can do no wrong. but some are better than others.as customers line up for meat patties cooked on a griddle or grill, blanketed with melty cheese, stacked with sliced onions, tomatoes, shredded lettuce and secret sauce, fast-food chains duke it out, crafting plans to steal the masses and maintain loyalty by switching up buns, offering more toppings, sauces, sizes and shapes.which one has found the formula for the best fast-food cheeseburger? here are our picks:10. white castle(credit: white castle)white castle’s double cheese sliders are hardly fit for a king, with greasy meat, cheese like a sheet of plastic and a bun so processed it will never go bad. a 300-calorie double cheese slider is about 4 ounces, has 940 mg of sodium and costs $1.78. you get what you pay for.9. mcdonald's(credit: mcdonald's)sure, you might be able to recite every mcdonald’s commercial from your childhood, when the quarter pounder with cheese seemed like the biggest burger on the block. today, it’s not really dressed to impress, with barely melted cheese, a tired pickle and chopped onions that look like soggy rice. the saving grace is consistency: you always know what you’re getting. the quarter pounder clocks in at 540 calories with 1,110 mg of sodium and costs $3.79. familiarity breeds business.8. b...





massapequa reverses plan to put sixth-graders in middle school

advertisement | advertise on newsdayberner middle school in the massapequa school district had 1,134 students in grades seven and eight as of june 30, 2017. (credit: tara conry) the massapequa school district, just weeks before the start of the 2017-18 academic year, has reversed long-held plans to have nearly 550 sixth-graders join seventh- and eighth-graders at berner middle school in september.in a 3-2 vote thursday night, the school board rescinded a resolution passed on feb. 9, 2016, that was to take the sixth-grade level out of the system’s six elementary schools...





nassau, suffolk lawmakers urge isles to return to coliseum

members of the nassau and suffolk legislatures joined forces friday at the nassau coliseum to urge the new york islanders to return to their former uniondale home — a move that both the team and the national hockey league have been reluctant to support.at a news conference outside the arena, lawmakers and business leaders argued that the coliseum, which recently underwent a $165 million renovation, could be retrofitted to add back thousands of seats, increase the square footage of the locker rooms and build more luxury boxes and a team store.most popularkevin law, president of the long island association, the region’s largest business group, said nassau events center, the arena’s brooklyn-based operator, will do “anything that needs to be done to bring this facility into nhl compliance” if the “islanders commit to a substantial number of games” at the coliseum.lawmakers from both counties friday failed to provide a cost for the potential renovations or detail how a move back to uniondale would improve the islanders’ financial outlook.but county legislators said they are not giving up hope.randi marshallmarshall: we're a long way from bringing isles home“the time to bring them back is now,” said suffolk legis. bill lindsay (d-oakdale), who noted that islanders drew more fans in 2014-15, their final season at the coliseum, than last year at the barclays center.advertisement | advertise on newsdaynassau presiding officer norma gonsalves (r-east meadow) said ...





chain cheeseburgers ranked: shake shack, white castle and more

smashburger and more chain's cheeseburgers ranked. (credit: smashburger) say what you will about sodium, mystery meats, calories or fat. call it the crunchburger, the shackburger, the classic smash or the whopper. no matter what anybody throws at it, the cheeseburger can do no wrong. but some are better than others.as customers line up for meat patties cooked on a griddle or grill, blanketed with melty cheese, stacked with sliced onions, tomatoes, shredded lettuce...





suffolk police destroy atvs in crack down demonstration

advertisement | advertise on newsdayat a news conference on july 14, 2017, in yaphank, suffolk county police chief of department stuart cameron and other county officials reminded residents of the laws concerning the use of atvs and the penalties that come with the violation of these laws.the only place to legally use atvs in suffolk county is on private property, suffolk police noted at a friday demonstration at which they destroyed 10 of the vehicles to show how they are cracking down on illegal usage.at a friday news conference at suffolk police’s yaphank garage, chief stuart cameron said the department had changed its policy on the all-terrain vehicles seized for illegal...





edward ambrosino ‘seeking to resolve’ tax evasion case, lawyer says

advertisement | advertise on newsdayhempstead town board member edward ambrosino at his first board meeting on april 25, 2017, after he was indicted. (credit: newsday / j. conrad williams jr.) an attorney for hempstead town board member edward ambrosino said friday his client is “seeking to resolve” his federal income-tax evasion case, and hopes to be “working something out.”the attorney, james druker of garden city, made the remarks at a brief status conference on the case at the federal court in central islip, adding only that he and his client planned to meet with prosecutors...





nassau, suffolk lawmakers urge isles to return to coliseum

members of the nassau and suffolk legislatures joined forces friday at the nassau coliseum to urge the new york islanders to return to their former uniondale home — a move that both the team and the national hockey league have been reluctant to support.at a news conference outside the arena, lawmakers and business leaders argued that the coliseum, which recently underwent a $165 million renovation, could be retrofitted to add back thousands of seats, increase the square footage of the locker rooms and build more luxury boxes and a team store.most popularkevin law, president of the long island association, the region’s largest business group, said nassau events center, the arena’s brooklyn-based operator, will do “anything that needs to be done to bring this facility into nhl compliance” if the “islanders commit to a substantial number of games” at the coliseum.”lawmakers from both counties friday failed to provide a cost for the potential renovations or detail how a move back to uniondale would improve the islanders’ financial outlook.but county legislators said they are not giving up hope.randi marshallmarshall: we're a long way from bringing isles home“the time to bring them back is now,” said suffolk legis. bill lindsay (d-oakdale), who noted that islanders drew more fans in 2014/2015, their final season at the coliseum, than last year at the barclays center.advertisement | advertise on newsdaynassau presiding officer norma gonsalves (r-east meadow) ...





edward ambrosino ‘seeking to resolve’ tax evasion case, lawyer says

an attorney for hempstead town board member edward ambrosino said friday his client is “seeking to resolve” his federal income-tax evasion case, and hopes to be “working something out.”the attorney, james druker of garden city, made the remarks at a brief status conference on the case at the federal court in central islip, adding only that he and his client planned to meet with prosecutors to discuss the situation.most popularambrosino, of north valley stream, was indicted in april on charges of wire fraud and failing to pay taxes on money he made working as an attorney for two nassau county agencies — the nassau county industrial development agency and the local economic assistance corp., according to authorities. ambrosino also has been a special counsel to republican county executive edward mangano.druker declined to say what kind of plea deal he and his client were pursuing.ambrosino also declined to comment, as did eastern district federal prosecutors catherine mirabile and raymond tierney.politicsambrosino and the politics of li corruptionprosecutors said ambrosino failed to pass on to his law firm $800,000 of the $1.3 million he made working for the county agencies, as he was supposed to do. in return, ambrosino was supposed to receive back a small percentage. sources have identified the firm as ruskin moscou faltischek of uniondale.advertisement | advertise on newsdayaccording to the indictment, ambrosino pocketed the money through a shell corporation, then ...





long island’s best hidden restaurants

you've driven up and down the same street 10 times, but, still, no sign of that kebab house you're looking for. hungry and frustrated, you consider calling the authorities to report a missing restaurant. just then, your gps announces you've arrived at your destination. "wrong!" you shout.instead of throwing the entire navigation system out the window, you'd do well to understand that it wasn't built to handle long island's best-hidden dining spots. some are tucked away in parking lots, office buildings and apartment houses. others are secreted away in alleys without proper addresses.all are worth seeking out, but trying to find them will drive you crazy -- unless you know exactly where to look.selections by newsday's food staff.crabtree's new york & main(credit: daniel brennan)crabtree's new york & main, huntington: perched above downtown huntington's main crossroads, crabtree's new york & main is a late-night spot with a wide-ranging drinks menu and a caloric roster of gastropub fare. find it: the stairway entrance to crabtree's new york & main is on the southeast corner of new york avenue (route 110) and main street (25a), facing new york avenue. look for the red entrance wedged between cactus salon express and time source jewelers.(credit: daniel brennan)short-rib mac-and-cheese with cheez-its crumbles on top is served at crabtree's new york & main in huntington. osteria leana(credit: yvonne albinowski)osteria leana, oyster bay: stylish staff work the room ...





edward ambrosino ‘seeking to resolve’ tax evasion case, lawyer says

an attorney for hempstead town board member edward ambrosino said friday his client is “seeking to resolve” his federal income-tax evasion case, and hopes to be “working something out.”the attorney, james druker of garden city, made the remarks at a brief status conference on the case at the federal court in central islip, adding only that he and his client planned to meet with prosecutors to discuss the situation.most popularambrosino, of north valley stream, was indicted in april on charges of wire fraud and failing to pay taxes on money he made working as an attorney for two nassau county agencies — the nassau county industrial development agency and the local economic assistance corp., according to authorities. ambrosino also has been a special counsel to republican county executive edward mangano.druker declined to say what kind of plea deal he and his client were pursuing.ambrosino also declined to comment, as did eastern district federal prosecutors catherine mirabile and raymond tierney.politicsambrosino and the politics of li corruptionprosecutors said ambrosino failed to pass on to his law firm $800,000 of the $1.3 million he made working for the county agencies, as he was supposed to do. in return, ambrosino was supposed to receive back a small percentage. sources have identified the firm as ruskin moscou faltischek of uniondale.advertisement | advertise on newsdayaccording to the indictment, ambrosino pocketed the money through a shell corporation, then ...





a long way from bringing isles home

randi marshallrandi marshall is a member of the newsday and amnew york editorial board. emailtwitterhere they were, nassau and suffolk lawmakers ready to save the day and bring the new york islanders “home.”oh, wait. latest columnsfirst in letters released monday and then in a news conference friday, they had no plan, no promise of money for massive renovations on a just-renovated arena. all they had were hopes and dreams. the kind that rarely, if ever, come to pass.could the islanders return for a game or two? sure. could the team come back even for a year, while a new home is built? perhaps. but nycb live’s nassau veterans memorial coliseum won’t likely be the team’s permanent home.the renovated coliseum sits on an empty stretch of asphalt. there’s no mass transit. there are no other entertainment options, or revenue-generating activities, on the property.inside, the concourse size hasn’t changed, the number of seats has shrunk, and there are 11 renovated suites. the prudential center in newark has 76 suites. barclays in brooklyn has about 100. all of that means less revenue at nassau and a home that’s not viable for the team, sponsors and fans.but this isn’t only about money and perks. the team has needs the coliseum can’t fulfill. a professional hockey team requires at least 18,000 square feet of locker and weight rooms, fitness and practice space, and other facilities. the coliseum doesn’t have the space, unless, perhaps, it renovates its exhibition...





economists: li has ‘pay paralysis’ despite strong job market

the long island job market is a study in contrasts between strong employment data and weak wage growth. for the past three years it’s reached a record number of jobs, and for three consecutive months the long island market has been considered to be at full employment, with a jobless rate of 4 percent or less. most popularthe island had 1.36 million jobs in may, the highest number for that month since the state labor department began using its current methodology in 1990. may’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent.a job market that tight typically translates into significant wage increases for workers as employers have to pay more to attract and retain employees, local economists said. however, wage increases on long island, when adjusted for inflation, averaged a mere 2.6 percent per year between 2012 and 2017, a newsday analysis of state labor department data shows. businesspay levels on long islandthat mirrors what is happening nationwide: the june national employment report released this month showed average hourly earnings rose 2.5 percent in the past year. advertisement | advertise on newsdayin contrast, in december 2006, the year before the great recession started, average hourly earnings nationwide were up 4.2 percent from a year earlier. both national numbers aren’t adjusted for inflation, which has a small impact in a single year.the continued slow rise in wages despite the strong job market — and eight years after the recession ended — causes some long island...





officers, parents recall baby’s roadside delivery

when chelsea breedy began having contractions early thursday, she expected to give birth to her son, channing, at good samaritan hospital medical center in west islip. but channing had other plans. most popularnassau police officers helped breedy, 26, of massapequa, deliver her son in an ambulance on the side of robert moses causeway, just south of sunrise highway. channing was born at 12:32 a.m., weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces. he was due on july 29. “it was a blessing,” breedy said at a news conference friday, joined by family members and officers at good samaritan. “they all helped me. . . . they did a great job.” “it all happened really quickly” she said, recalling she had “killer contractions” around midnight and her water broke about 12:15 a.m. thursday. breedy planned to drive to the hospital, but said her husband, ronald sparks, suggested they call an ambulance instead. “we would have been having a baby in the back of his car,” breedy said. officers responded within minutes, and police medic ryan makovy assisted breedy and sparks in the back of the ambulance.advertisement | advertise on newsdaybreedy recalled makovy telling her to make sure she “mentally prepared” herself because she wouldn’t be able to receive an epidural, and telling the ambulance driver, officer david pyes, to pull over.while breedy said it was a painful delivery, it was over in 15 minutes.“the next thing you know i started hearing crying,” she said. “and then he was he...





edward ambrosino ‘seeking to resolve’ tax evasion case, lawyer says

advertisement | advertise on newsdayhempstead town board member edward ambrosino at his first board meeting on april 25, 2017, after he was indicted. (credit: newsday / j. conrad williams jr.) an attorney for hempstead town board member edward ambrosino said friday his client is “seeking to resolve” his federal income-tax evasion case, and hopes to be “working something out.”the attorney, james druker, of garden city, made the remarks at a brief status conference on ambrosino’s case at the federal court in central islip, adding only that he and his client planned to meet with federal...





economists: li has ‘pay paralysis’ despite strong job market

the long island job market is a study in contrasts between strong employment data and weak wage growth. for the past three years it’s reached a record number of jobs, and for three consecutive months the long island market has been considered to be at full employment, with a jobless rate of 4 percent or less. most popularthe island had 1.36 million jobs in may, the highest number for that month since the state labor department began using its current methodology in 1990. may’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent.a job market that tight typically translates into significant wage increases for workers as employers have to pay more to attract and retain employees, local economists said. however, wage increases on long island, when adjusted for inflation, averaged a mere 2.6 percent per year between 2012 and 2017, a newsday analysis of state labor department data shows. businesspay levels on long islandthat mirrors what is happening nationwide: the june national employment report released this month showed average hourly earnings rose 2.5 percent in the past year. advertisement | advertise on newsdayin contrast, in december 2006, the year before the great recession started, average hourly earnings nationwide were up 4.2 percent from a year earlier. both national numbers aren’t adjusted for inflation, which has a small impact in a single year.the continued slow rise in wages despite the strong job market — and eight years after the recession ended — causes some long island...





officers, parents recall baby’s roadside delivery

when chelsea breedy began having contractions at about midnight friday morning, she expected to give birth to her son channing at good samaritan hospital in west islip. but channing had other plans. most popularnassau county police officers helped breedy, 26, of massapequa, deliver her son in an ambulance on the side of robert moses causeway, just south of sunrise highway. channing was born at 12:32 a.m., weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces. he was due on july 29. “it was a blessing,” breedy said at a news conference friday, joined by family and officers at good samaritan hospital. “they all helped me. i’m very well. they did a great job.” “it all happened really quickly” breedy said, recalling she had “killer contractions” around midnight and her water broke at about 12:15 a.m. breedy planned to drive to the hospital, but she said her husband, ronald sparks, suggested they call an ambulance instead. “we would have been having a baby in the back of his car,” breedy said. officers responded within minutes, breedy said, and nassau county police medic ryan makovy assisted breedy and sparks in the back of the ambulance. advertisement | advertise on newsdaybreedy recalled makovy telling her to make sure she “mentally prepared” herself because she wouldn’t be able to receive an epidural, and telling the ambulance driver, officer david pyes, to pull over. while breedy said it was a painful delivery, it was over in 15 minutes.“the next thing you know i started h...





edward ambrosino ‘seeking to resolve’ tax evasion case, lawyer says

an attorney for hempstead town board member edward ambrosino said friday his client is “seeking to resolve” his federal income-tax evasion case, and hopes to be “working something out.”the attorney, james druker, of garden city, made the remarks at a brief status conference on ambrosino’s case at the federal court in central islip, adding only that he and his client planned to meet with federal prosecutors to discuss the situation.most popularambrosino, of north valley stream, was indicted in april on charges of wire fraud and failing to pay the taxes on the money he made working as an attorney for two nassau county agencies — the nassau county industrial development agency and the local economic assistance corp., according to officials. ambrosino also has been a special counsel to republican county executive edward mangano.druker declined to say what kind of plea deal his client and he were interested in discussing after the court hearing that only lasted a few minutes. ambrosino also declined to comment, as did eastern district federal prosecutors catherine mirabile and raymond tierney.prosecutors said ambrosino failed to pass on to his law firm $800,000 of the $1.3 million he made working for the county agencies, as he was supposed to do. in return ambrosino was supposed to receive back a small percentage. sources have identified the firm as ruskin moscou faltischek, of uniondale.politicsambrosino and the politics of li corruptionambrosino pocketed the money th...