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Complete Calendar of Local Events

Last Updated: April 22, 2014   

 The following articles - and more - can be found in our print edition:

East Norwich

On Wednesday, April 16, during the day, approximately $2000 cash was stolen from a home at 7 James Avenue, East Norwich. The back door of the basement was broken into. No one has been apprehended as of yet.
Home burglaries resulted in $4.6 billion in lost property in 2010, and the average dollar loss per burglary was $2,119, according to the FBI. While the cost of lost property is significant, even more significant is the emotional toll it takes when your home’s security is compromised. It’s impossible to completely safeguard yourself from becoming a victim of burglary, but there are ways to reduce your risk. Employ these eight tactics to help keep your home safe from thieves.1. Install exterior lighting. 2. Reach out to law enforcement. 3. Get involved with your community. Start or join a neighborhood watch group. 4. Become a dog owner. 5. Consider a home alarm. 6. Install a fence. 7. Maintain landscaping. 8. Make your home look occupied.

The Scourge of Drugs

Christine Loring
The Long Island Expressway has been called, by one official, “Heroin Highway,” as the drug travels from New York City to Long Island. In the last two years, heroin has killed a record number of people on Long Island, and arrests by the DEA are up 163% in the last year. The deaths from overdose have increased for the age group of 15-24. Users are not the stereotype of a heroin addict. Many of the young people are honor students, cheerleaders, and athletes from loving homes in the middle and wealthy classes.
With the insidiousness of drug addiction, one can say that among us, are murderers (the dealers), providing the lethal substance to the new users and addicted. Whether one is addicted or looking for a quick escape, a joyride among peers, drugs have become a danger and a heartbreak in communities across the nation and in our backyard.  In the past year according to the Drug Enforcement Administration drug related deaths have increased as much as 84 percent in New York in the last two years. Young middle-class, and upper class clientele are turning away from prescription pills and are looking for a bigger high, whether cocaine, meth in recent years, and now heroin. Recent local youth deaths have been attributed to drugs.
Prescription pills are becoming more difficult to access as doctors are tightening security and reducing prescriptions. And prescription pills are very expensive, compared to heroin. Prescription drugs, taken from medicine cabinet in a family's home for pill parties, continues but has diminished. Painkillers, such as Vicodin, contains hydrocodone, and oxycodone-based Percoset. An Oxycontin pill cost $80 for an 80-milgram pill. Now, heroin is in easy supply; glassine filled bags of one dose are selling for as little as $5 or in capsule form to snort. Many statistics including one from, state 50% of high school seniors do not think it's harmful to try crack or cocaine once or twice and 40% believe it's not harmful to use heroin once or twice. Officials are seeing kids these days with 10 to 15 bags per-day heroin habits.
Addiction is such a serious difficulty to circumvent. A tragic example of addiction is seen in the extraordinary actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s recent death. Whether alcohol or drugs, addiction is overwhelming. Overcoming addiction goes way beyond willpower, it is all encompassing. 
One of the greatest dangers with heroin now is that the strength of the drug is higher than ever, and the mixtures ranging from baking soda to fentanyl, an opiate used in anesthesia, are potent and deadly. The buyer is never sure of the source, quality or purity of the product they are buying. Heroin has emerged as the new party drug, and the fad drug of the moment.
Many parents are caught with a stigma of having a heroin-addicted child, feeling shame and denial. The reality is that there is help with treatment, and people can be saved. Next week we will continue with an in-depth look at facilities and actions to assist with this affliction in our communities.


DiLEO, Nicholas, 56, born in Glen Cove, who served as GC Councilman for several terms, has died suddenly on Monday, April 21. Nick worked on the Business Improvement District in Glen Cove, was former President of the Glen Cove Rotary, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and former member of the Glen Cove Zoning and Planning Boards. Nick was a licensed business owner, C.A.M. Associate, and owner of DiLeo Insurance Agency.  Nick was a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Rocco’s Church. He graduated Glen Cove High School and received his BA at C.W. Post, Long Island University. Colleagues were saddened by his passing.
   Nick, a Democrat, was in office in Glen Cove since 2006. Nick had been working on eradicating illegal housing. He was well loved and admired by his colleagues, and in the community. Nick put family first and was married to Debbie, with children, Nicholas and Danielle, and two grandchildren, Emery and Lyla.
CONIGLIONE, Philip V., surrounded by family and friends, of Glen Cove passed peacefully on April 5, after bravely battling a long illness.
   Coniglione was well known throughout Glen Cove for his warm smile and love of his family and friends. A giving man he remained active in the community throughout his life. He was an usher at St. Rocco’s 4PM mass where he always greeted parishioners with his warm smile.
   He was past President of Glen Cove Jr. Baseball in the 1970s working closely with his two boys Philip Jr. and James. He was an active member of the Glen Cove Lions Club and past President. He volunteered his time as a currier for the Lions Eye Bank and coordinated the collection of used eye glasses for people in developing countries. He also helped provide glasses locally for students in need through the Glen Cove School’s nurse’s office. He was also a building safety committee member for the Glen Cove School District. His son James said, “We lost a great man today my DAD my hero - strongest man I know -17 years on a liver transplant, countless other heath issues and never complained about anything. He chose to look at life in a positive way, and his personality, and attitude has inspired, and changed many lives.”
Coniglione was the beloved husband of Phyllis (nee Ziccardi) for 52 years. He was the devoted father of Philip (Laurie), James (Kathy).  And proud grandfather of Michael, Allyson and Jamie. Dear brother of Betty, Dorothy, Rosemary and Roy. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral Mass was held at the Church of St. Rocco. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to:
Transplant Living Center (TLC),235 East 95th Street,Suite 1J,New York, NY 10128. Attn: Allyson Rella
Please make checks payable to: RMTI – TLC, Memo on Check: Memory of Phil Coniglione.
MICHIENZI, Natalina of Glen Cove, on Easter Sunday, age 69. Beloved daughter of the late Filomena & Domenico. Loving sister of Maria LoBianco (Robert) and the late Giovanni (Margaret). Dear aunt of Joseph. Visitation at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas Glen Cove. Service at the Christ Church of Oyster Bay. Entombment Holy Rood Cemetery.
RACKWITZ, Roland K. of Glen Cove, on April 18, age 76. Former Transportation employee for MTA Garden City. Husband of Christina. Father of Rita, Camilo (Anny), and Christine. Grandfather of Channelle, Devon, Keanu and Lea. Service under the direction of Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home. Interment private.
SMITH, Helen ‘Hoppy’ 87, of Clearwater, Florida passed away peacefully, Monday, April 7. She was born September 10, 1926 to her beloved parents Joseph and Alice Hoptar. She was predeceased by her sisters Maryann and Elizabeth and brothers John and Frank. Born and raised in her beloved Locust Valley, she lived there until settling in retirement to Safety Harbor Florida, in 1978. She will be deeply missed and forever loved by everyone whose path she happened to cross.
   Helen had many hobbies, her favorite being those “1-armed bandits” via Vegas, Atlantic City, and Hard Rock in Tampa, and kept herself busy traveling with her husband of 50 years, Charles (Bud) Smith, until his death in 2003. Survived by her 3 loving daughters and their husbands, Karen Bernard (Bruce), Susan Lazzaro (Bob), and Debra Shannon (Randy) ...the light of her eyes were her 5 adoring grandchildren, Bryan, Bruce, Jennifer, Jayson and Alyson and Quint Mojzak.....along with many loving nieces and nephews. Helen truly never met “a stranger”"... and that will be her true legacy. Services were held Friday, April 11 and were followed by burial at Sylvan Abbey Cemetery.