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FROM THE PUBLISHER
The horrific use of an AR-15 assault rifle in the massacre of 11 people at the Tree of Life
Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh is yet another reminder that people should be able
to pray without fear and that these military weapons need to be taken off the streets.
I encourage our readers to contact their U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten
Gillibrand and urge them to continue to push for federal gun-control legislation.
Schumer’s office number is 631-753-0978 and Gillibrand’s is 631-249-2825. They need to
know your support. It helps them carry the banner.
November is the Thanksgiving month to think of those less fortunate and Veterans
Day reminds us to help those who served in the military. What better time than Thanksgiving
to give back to both veterans and people in the community?
During former President George W. Bush’s visit to the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at
LIU Post, he talked about recognizing “Acts of Kindness” as a way to give back to our communities.
That reinvigorated me to begin a series about Acts of Kindness in the Long Island Press. If you know anyone who has
shown acts of kindness — from volunteering at local charities to even something as simple as putting up the chairs every
Sunday at church — please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Speaking of Acts of Kindness, stories we wrote this
month include one spotlighting the nonprofit Rock CAN Roll, which does powerful work helping the hungry on Long Island.
Gracing this month’s cover is my childhood heartthrob Robert Wagner, winner of the Gold Coast International Film
Festival’s Golden Era Award. And our featured great destination is Sayville. This bustling, historic community is a
special location on the Great South Bay we’ll introduce you to just in time for the
holiday shopping season.
In addition, I hope you’ll join me from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at the ultimate networking
event, the Kings of Long Island business awards at Leonard’s Palazzo in
Great Neck. Call 718-224-5863 ext. 0 for more information.
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Volume 197, No. 11 November 2018
8 THIS MONTH
The gang that has become Public
Enemy No. One, MS-13, evolves in
the face of a continuing crackdown.
And the latest in a string of arrests in
the Hempstead school district spells
trouble. 12 FEATURE
Robert Wagner, the seasoned actor
whose most recent credits include
NCIS, talks about the Golden Age of
Hollywood and being honored by the
Gold Coast International Film Festival.
Cover photo by Greg Gorman. 16 GUEST COLUMNS
Nassau County Executive Laura
Curran takes a crack at cleaning up the
decades-old property tax assessment
mess. And Suffolk County Community
College professor Rosario Iaconis sees
echoes of ancient Rome in this election
How the United Way of Long Island
connects unions with individuals
in underserved communities, meet
Lessing’s Hospitality Group President
Michael Lessing, and spotlight on
nonprofit Rock CAN Roll, which makes
fighting hunger cool. 31 HEALTH
What you need to know about home
healthcare, a look at how the 12 Steps
program is used in The Opioid Crisis,
and Trend Council with a holiday
fashion preview. 42 MEDICARE GUIDE
Five tips for enrolling in Medicare
before the December deadline. Plus
how Navigate4Me helps those suffering
a medical crisis weed through the
Deck the halls in preparation for
the holiday season, Country Pointe
Meadows at Yaphank offers resort-like
townhouse living, and two winning
playroom renovations. 67 BUZZ
Destination: Sayville in time for
holiday shopping season, pets, psychics,
plus food and drink and Do This!
listings. 94 REAR VIEW
Recalling Freeport High School alumnus
Lou Reed, the former frontman of
influential 1960s counterculture rock
group the Velvet Underground who
later went solo.