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Welcome to The Leader Online

The newspaper that serves the North Shore communities of Locust Valley, Oyster Bay, Glen Cove, Bayville,
Centre Island, Mill Neck, Lattingtown, Matinecock, The Brookvilles, and Muttontown

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Last Updated: November 25, 2014   
 The following articles - and more - can be found in our print edition:

Glen Cove Hospital Receives Stroke Award

Glen Cove Hospital, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, has received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Glen Cove Hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster t-PA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke, who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms, may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Glen Cove’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.

According to the American Heart Association/AmericanStroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For more information about the Stroke Center at Glen Cove Hospital, call 516-674-7300. For more information, visit


Town of Oyster Bay Raises Taxes

Town of Oyster Bay residents will have an 8.8 percent property tax levy increase, 2015. According to Oyster Bay Town officials the increase was necessary to create revenue. The increase, according to town officials will result in a $90 increase for the average homeowner. Since, there was no notice about the increase to residents before the budget was passed, the Oyster Bay Democrat Committee has initiated a petition drive to challenge the increase.

The budget that was proposed on September 30, 2014 did not include the tax hike. This is the second year that the state tax cap has been overridden. According to Town Supervisor John Venditto, the original budget proposed was simply a starting point with all options on the table.

The tax hike supposedly will boost the credit rating of the town. Standard & Poor's downgraded its credit rating to BBB from A-. Moody’s Investors Service downgraded to A2 from A3, because of the town's deficits and overestimated revenue.



West Shore Rd. Update

According to an email distributed to Mill Neck residents and the facebook page, Revitalize West Shore Road, here is the following West Shore Road construction update:Due to unexpected delays the West Shore Road closure has been moved to the week of December 1st. The Leader will continue to share information as it becomes available.



Billy Joel Honored

Billy Joel is on top of the world. Joel was honored with the Gershwin Prize on November 19th in Washington DC. The award was at DAR Constitution Hall, awarded by the Library of Congress to composers and performers for their contribution to popular music.

Tony Bennett, John Mellancamp, LeAnn Rimes, Josh Groban, and Boyz II Men and Kevin Spacey, were among the celebrants of the music legend. Barbara Streisand, Paul McCartney, a past Gershwin winner, and James Taylor were in video greetings, in which Taylor said, “You are such a treasure, a national treasure.”

Joel said, in pre-recorded clip, “I'm flabbergasted to be included in this group.”
In the past week, Joel also was honored among five artists in NY at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Centennial Awards. The great Tony Bennett belted out Joel's New York State of Mind and received a standing ovation. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor presented the award to Joel with others and introduced Joel as “Long Island's favorite son, even if he is a Mets fan.” At the end of the night, Joel said, “It's been a hell of a year. A bounty of blessings.”

Joel played Movin’ Out, Miami 2017, You May be Right and then, with Kevin Spacey on harmonica, he performed Piano Man, the song of the night. This guy is all over and something else!

Shop Local:
Small Business

Please keep it small and shop locally this holiday season. Locust Valley is home to a wonderful assortment of shops and businesses:

Accents et Details                       

American Legion-Howard Van Wagner Post 962                       

Andrew Maier Inc                   

Apple Bank for Savings                   

Austin International Realty                    

Baris Financial Management                     

Basil Leaf Café                    


Buckram Stables Café'                    

Bullen Insurance Group                   

Conn Landscape Service                   

Cosmo Tile                   

Country Plaza Deli                       

Covert Fitness                     

Daniel Gale Sotheby's International                  

Douglas Elliman Real Estate                    

Dowd Wellington Architect & Landscape

Dr. Robin Kozlowski, Dentist                   

Elizabeth Pash Antiques & Decorations

Engel Voelker                      

Epel & Company                     


First National Bank of Long Island                   

Forest Iron Works                  

Friends of Bailey Arboretum                    

Friends of the Locust Valley Library 

G. Willikers                       


Grenville Bakers Boys & Girls Club                   

Hans Auto Service                  

Heirloom Rugs                      

Hogan & Hogan                      

Humes & Wagner                     

Images & Details                   

J. McLaughlin                      

JA Forlines                  

JL Events                    

Joe's Garage                       

Ken Dillenbeck (Tax Advisory Group)                  

KJW Photography                    

L. Graziose Plumbing & Heating                       

Le Joaillier                       

Loafers Bakery                     

Locust Valley Cemetery Association                   

Locust Valley Chemist                    

Locust Valley Deli                       

Locust Valley Dentistry                  

Locust Valley Historic Society                       

Locust Valley Library                    

Locust Valley Market                     

Locust Valley Shoppes                    

LV Fit (Pilates)                   

M & A Landscaping                  

Marquis Wines & Spirits                  

Mary Ann's Dance Studio                  

Meg Braff Designs                  



Nicholas Johnnidis, Dentist              

O'Connor-Petito Surveyors                      

One Last Look Consignment Shop

Paddy Bunks                  

Pamper Asethetics Corp.                  

Pampers Cleaners                   

Paul Russo Architect                     

Pereira Construction                     

Petals Floral & Party Design                   

Piazza Di Cappa                    

Piping Rock Associates                   

R.S. Dirkes                  

Roland Antiques Gallery NYC                    

Rotary Club of Locust Valley                   


Soundside Physical Therapy                     

The Brass Rail                     

The Perfect Find                   

Trois Jours Boutique                     

Walton P. Davis Co.                      

Windham House                      

Wm. Daniello Carting                     

Wonderful Wedding Cakes                  

Worth Repeating                     


CAPOZZI, Rose F., life-long resident of Glen Cove, on November 23rd, age 85. Beloved wife of the late James J. Loving mother of Joseph (Joyce), James Jr. (Nancy) and the late Michael. Dear sister of Bella Stanco (the late Donato).  Proud grandmother of Michael and Lauren. Also survived by nieces and nephews.  My Mother was a life-long resident of Glen Cove, a City that she loved very much. She met my father James in high school, like so many other people of her time and raised her family surrounded by her parents, in laws and life-long friends. She was the kindest, most loving Mother that any son could ask for. My brothers and I were truly blessed. My mother often spoke of how wonderful a time it was where family was the main focus in life and everything else came second.  As I grew up I knew what she meant. It was the most important lesson that I would ever learn. The family values that were instilled in me by her and my father lives with me everyday of my life, and will be carried on by me for the rest of my life. Thank you Mom.  Visitation at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, 26 Franklin Ave., Glen Cove, November 25, 3-5 PM, 7-9 PM. Mass at the Church of St. Rocco, November 26, 10 AM. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.

JOAQUIN, Catherine C. of Glen Cove, on November 23, age 86. Beloved wife of the late Anthony. Loving aunt of many nieces and nephews. Lifetime resident of Glen Cove. Former seamstress for Harry Reiser Dress Shop Glen Cove. Visitation at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas on Friday Nov. 28, 3 - 5 & 7 – 9 PM. Mass at the Church of St. Rocco on Sat. 9:30 a.m. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.

KELLER, Robert G., peacefully on November 18, age 88, of Oyster Bay. Beloved husband of the late Eileen. Loving father of Maureen Appel (late Tom), Robert (Eileen), Kathleen Ament (John), Laurence (Maria), and the late Colleen. Cherished grandfather of Jackie, Meghan, Jimmy, Jenna, Brendan, Tyler, Fallon, Erin, Brie, William, and Rebecca. Dear brother of William and Tom. Also survived by loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was a proud WWII Navy Veteran and Member of the Quentin Roosevelt Post 4 American Legion. He was also one of the Founder's of State Bank of LI. Interment Rood Cemetery.

O'CONNELL, Maureen P. (nee Farrell) – on Nov. 21, of East Norwich, formally of Seaford, NY. Beloved wife of the late Gerard.  Loving mother of Susan Bellissimo (Vincent Jr.), Gerard (Debbie), Kevin (Christina) and Michael (Aimee). Cherished Nana of Kristen Gentile (Jon), Meghan Crosby (Ray), Lauren Casertino (Drew),  Caitlin, Jacqueline, Daniel, Robert, Gerard, Ashley, Bridget, Rory and Kerry. Proud Great Grandmother of Katie. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.

SCHNEIDER, Jeffrey “Jay” 21, of Glen Cove, New York died November 16, 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Born on September 27, 1993 in New York City, he was the son of Jeffrey Schneider and Bonnie Bowes. He attended Friends Academy and graduated from Locust Valley High School in 2012.

Jay, an avid sportsman, was involved in football, baseball and basketball at Friends Academy. His love for sports continued outside of school on the tennis and squash courts as well as the slopes to ski and snowboard. He also contributed in the orchestra of both Friends Academy and Locust Valley High School playing the double bass.

He had a great love of learning, and especially enjoyed classes with his political science and history professors during his college days at Bucknell and Nassau Community. Starbucks was another place outside home and class where he relaxed and never met a stranger. He would bring his computer and listen to top 100 DJ music, and continue his passion for music composition by creating his own mix tapes to share with friends.

Jay will be remembered as a helpful, loving and outgoing friend and family member; a free spirit who remained untethered from convention. His eternal optimism gave him the ability to always see the best in everyone. He was a terrific chef, great salesman and loved music. His cousin, Alex Schneider, captured it best: [Jay was] “…always so enthusiastic and warm spirited in whatever [he was doing], and [he] brightened up every room [he] ever walked into with [his] kind, goofy personality. No matter what life threw at [him], [he] was always that same happy, headstrong kid that everyone loved.” His girlfriend, Lisa Fontanarosa, shared, “He had great knowledge and GREAT potential to be a smart successful man. He was very friendly to [our] neighbors constantly holding doors, bringing the night guard freshly baked goods, collecting coupons for our neighbor whom just had a baby, he was ALWAYS thinking about others.”
Jay leaves behind a loving family who will miss him until they meet again. They include his parents Bonnie (Jerry) and Jeff (Angela), his brother, Will and sister, Kayla. Jay was Will’s constant companion and defender, and co-inventor with cousin Alex of the Alex-Jay Game Organization, a magical, imaginary world that captivated the kids in our backyard.

He leaves behind his grandparents Rena and Red Bowes (“Mramaw and Prampaw”) of Amherst, New Hampshire, and was preceded in death by Anne and Augie Schneider (“Oma and Opa”). He is also survived by his very loved girlfriend, Lisa Fontanarosa of Hempstead and his many aunts, uncles and cousins. Bonnie’s brother Jeff and Julie Bowes (Tatum and Trevor), Jeff’s brother Doug and Katie Schneider (Alex and Nicky), Jeff’s sister Ingrid Schneider and David Rieger (Erika), Jerry’s sister Desi and daughters Amanda and Sophie.

A Meeting for Worship will be held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29th at 9:30 Matinecock Meeting House, Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY. Please park at Friends Academy.

In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with the Quaker testimony of simplicity, donations may be made to the Friends Academy Diversity Grant Fund. Please contact the Development Office for more details at(516) 393-4269.