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Jets Release Tebow, Now Team ONLY has 5 QBs

Tim Tebow was all smiles during his introductory press conference last year. (Screen grab/YouTube)
Tim Tebow was all smiles during his introductory press conference last year. (Screen grab/YouTube)

In a move that surprised no one, the Jets released their rarely used, barely seen, back-up quarterback Tim Tebow.

A year ago the Jets introduced their shiny new acquisition from the Denver Broncos in a press conference that had as much hype as if it were the Super Bowl. Their starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, whom Jets Coach Rex Ryan had once dubbed “the Sanchise” as if he were a top franchise player, had just signed a lucrative new contract. Suddenly he was stuck in a QB controversy—a distraction the team did not need but owner Woody Johnson was willing to pay for.

“I don’t think you can ever have too much Tebow,” the owner said on CNBC last August.

In his Jets jersey, Tebow threw eight passes and completed six of them, carried the ball 32 times for 102 yards, and never scored a TD. He made a bigger splash when he ran shirtless in the rain at training camp in Cortland.

A former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida, Tebow has ended up costing the Jets $1.5 million in salary for his last season, another $2.5 million that the Broncos needed to satisfy the terms of the trade, and another $1.5 million to the Broncos this year per the contract. And also a fourth-round draft pick. On the plus side, the Jets clear $1 million in salary cap space. The misuse of funds along with a lackluster 6-10 season apparently also cost General Manager Mike Tannenbaum his job.

“Each year, we’ll make 200-plus transactions,” Tannenbaum told ESPNNewYork.com. “Some worked out, some didn’t.”
On New Year’s Eve, Tannenbaum was sacked. He was replaced by John Idzik, who made headlines last week by letting go of Darrelle Revis, considered the best cornerback in the NFL. Revis is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

In the recent NFL draft, the Jets picked Geno Smith, a West Virginia quarterback, in the second round. The acquisition pushed Tebow to the sixth position on the Jets’ QB depth chart, following in the footsteps of Sanchez, Smith, David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. Though carrying half a dozen quarterbacks on the roster would surely make for interesting sports columns in the back pages of the tabloids, the Jets decided to give Tebow the bad news in person yesterday when he showed up to work out at the team’s facility in Florham Park, N.J.

In a press release from the Jets, Ryan, who is in the last year of his contract, reiterated what was already known. “Things did not work out the way we all had hoped,” his statement read.

The era of Tebowmania at the Meadowlands has officially come to a merciful end.

Letters To The Long Island Press – May ’13

[colored_box color=”grey”]Recreational marijuana should be legal, taxed and regulated.
(NY Medical Marijuana Bill Debated on Long Island,” April 9)
It makes money for the state and localities, and removes generations of hypocrisy and ignorance that allows far, far more harmful substances like alcohol and tobacco to be legally sold.

David Lynch via Facebook
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[colored_box color=”blue”]I’m as laid back as the next guy, but this heroin crap has got to stop [“Medford Man High on Heroin in Fatal Crash,” April 19]. Find out where he got it and find out where that person got it and find out where that person got it, put them in jail for attempted murder and any bas#%rd lawyer that tries to keep them out. Save the children and the peoples’ lives they ruin over drug dealers’ rights. Don’t get me started.

Dom Tassone via Facebook[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”grey”]@CJ_Marchello: “Just what we need, more drugs on Long Island.” [“NY Medical Marijuana Bill Debated on Long Island,” April 9]

via Twitter[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”blue”]Demoted? [“Nassau Police Aide Gets Community Service for Harassment,” April 11] Frances Colvin should have been dismissed for using the system for personal reasons. The rest of it I could see, as the harassment isn’t much more than you’d normally see in that situation.

Karen Gardiner Miller via Facebook[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”grey”]@shoptiludrop15: “Not even safe in your own home. #scary.” [“Bay Shore Home Invasion Suspects Sought,” April 8]

Via Twitter[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”blue”]I knew it! [“DA: Woman Faked Cancer to get Drug Money,” April 10]. I saw Brittany Ozarowski outside of Guinta’s Meat Farms a few months back. She was with an older woman whom she claimed was her mother. They had big mayo jars filled with cash and a long typed letter explaining her plight. I took the letter and read it while shopping. Something was off. There were many typos, and the story was just so outlandish. My gut was screaming at me that this was a scam, but my heart was telling me to stop being cynical. I would have given her a buck, but I honestly didn’t have one, and paid for my groceries with a credit card—a bill which my husband and I work hard to pay…along with our other bills. Funny, but we actually work for what we have. Seriously, this scammer needs to be punished. May God forgive her.

Ann Dorrian Guaglione via Facebook[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”grey”]“The Revolution Will Be Satirized” reads like it was written by the DNC or maybe Barbara Streisand. Aside from the silly attack on Mitt Romney, a man of far more credentials than his radical opponent, the entire piece is dishonest on a number of levels. Lewis Black who happily has attested to his life-long commitment to the Left many times is described as politically neutral, “A comedian who skewers politicians on both sides of the aisle.” Nothing is made of President Barack Obama’s bid to expand the welfare state on a scale never before seen. Only Romney’s comment (a true one, by the way) that half the nation is now living off the other half. Romney’s sin wasn’t about the veracity of his comments but the political incorrectness of it. Which brings us to the ridiculous, sophomoric depiction of Lenny Bruce as a champion of free speech. Huh? Expletives are not speech. They don’t express ideas. If you think the Left supports free speech, try making a politically incorrect statement in the classroom or on an American campus today and see what happens. Careers have been destroyed by the Left over opinions expressed by American citizens, a right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The “comedic activists” mentioned in the piece are all on the political Left. It is a cynical, a snobbish contempt of the reading public to present such a politically biased piece as though it is objective journalism and to glorify left-wing political advocates as if they are merely “comedian activists,” a politically neutral term.

J. Fielding via email[/colored_box]

101 Long Island Things To Do With Your Family This Summer

Summer on Long Island

Long Island families looking for summer fun face the same challenge every year—how to pack as many adventures as possible into a three-month window. Whether it’s at the beach or a music venue, a park or a museum, here are 101 places to consider…


Long Island Summer - 101 things to do

Bethpage Jones Beach Air Show
Jones Beach State Park. Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
The Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show kicks off the summer season at Jones Beach State Park on May 25 & 26 and celebrates our veterans as well as the show’s 10th anniversary at the park. Then it’s on to summer, when all the usual fun activities like mini-golf, stand-up paddle boarding and outdoor concerts across the street.


300 Long Island
www.300longisland.com
A place that actually encourages kids to knock things over—it’s every parent’s dream! At 300 Long Island kids can bowl for free all summer as part of their Kids’ Club. Sign up at freebowling.3hundred.com. Valid for kids 12 and under, Sunday-Friday through August 30.


Adventureland
2245 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. 631-694-6868.
www.adventureland.us


The All Star
96 Main Rd., Riverhead.
631-998-3565.
www.theallstar.com
Black lights, movies projected over the back of the lanes, awesome music, glow-in-the-dark lanes and more make The All Star a mind-blowing venue to have fun and bowl with friends and family. Then head over to the arcade for driving games, prize games, basketball, skee ball and more, while collecting redeemable E-tickets on your game card.


American Air Power Museum
1230 New Hwy., Farmingdale.
631-293-6398.
www.americanairpowermuseum.com

Animal Farm Petting Zoo
296 Wading River Rd., Manorville. 631-878-1785. www.afpz.org
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
2114 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow. 631-369-0100.
www.baitinghollowfarmvineyard.com

Bayville Adventure Park
8 Bayville Ave., Bayville.
516-624-7433.
www.bayvilleadventurepark.com


Belmont Park
2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont.
516-488-6000.
www.nyra.com
At Belmont, there is plenty for the whole family including the special Breakfast at Belmont, free tram ride through the stables, free Paddock Shows and free Starting Gate demonstrations. Plus, you can step into the Belmont Backyard where kids can use the playground and enjoy the duck pond, while mom and dad can watch and wager upon the races with numerous television and betting windows. There are many picnic tables as well as plenty of food and drink available at concession stands.


Bobb Howard’s General Store
581 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park. 516-354-9564.
www.bobbhowardsgeneralstore.com
From old-school games to candy you haven’t had since you were a kid to a warm family feel, Mom Eileen and Pop Ronnie offer a chance to go back in time at their shop Bobb Howard’s General Store with more than 1000 nostalgic candies, toys, memories, giggles, and fun “stuff” from your childhood.


Bollinger’s
282 Main St., Farmingdale.
516-501-4990.
www.bollingers.com

Book Revue
313 New York Ave., Huntington.
www.bookrevue.com


boomers

Boomers!
655 Long Island Ave., Medford 631-475-1771. www.boomersparks.com
Boomers! is an amusement park for the whole family. With go karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages, kiddie rides and a huge and a state-of-the-art game room with virtual reality and prize redemption games, they cater to birthday parties, group outings and families!


Bounce U.
101 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale.
631-777-5867.
www.bounceu.com

Bowl Long Island at Patchogue
138 West Ave., Patchogue. 631-475-5164.
www.bowllongisland.com

C&B Archery
11 Commercial St., Hicksville.
516-933-2697.
www.cbarchery.net

Captain Gillen Captree Fishing
Captree State Park., Bay Shore. 621-586-5511.
www.captaingillen.com


Carvel
Multiple Locations. www.carvel.com
Carvel® provides an affordable ice cream experience and family fun for everyone by offering a variety of fresh made cakes, novelties and fountain ice cream products. This all-American favorite is the nation’s first retail ice cream franchise, and has become one of the best-loved and most recognized names in its industry.


The Children’s Safari
6 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream.
www.thechildrenssafari.com

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. 516-692-6768.
www.cshfha.org

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. 631-367-3418.
www.cshwhalingmuseum.org

Country Fair Park
3351 Route 112, Medford. 631-732-0579.
www.countryfairpark.com


Crow’s Nest Mini Golf
742 S. Ocean Ave., Freeport. 516-223-0497.
Re-opening better than ever after Superstorm Sandy, this 18-hole golf course has life-sized pirates, a cave, waterfall and a host of other buccaneer-themed holes sure to please kids of all ages. Birthday parties and fundraisers welcome!


Dave & Buster’s
Multiple Locations.
www.daveandbusters.com

Discovery Wetlands Cruises
Boatworks Marina, Shore Road, Stony Brook. 631-751-2244.
www.wmho.org

Dix Hills Center For The Performing Arts
305 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. 631-656-2148.
www.dhpac.org


Don Juan Restaurant
4899 Merrick Rd., Massapequa. Park. 516-798-1172; 124 E. Park Ave., Long Beach. 516-442-4944. www.donjuanny.com
This summer hot spot opens its outdoor seating area for the warm weather months, plus a new private party room. Don Juan’s is a family restaurant serving up authentic Mexican cuisine for your next fiesta.


Fire Island Lighthouse
www.fireislandlighthouse.com

Five Towns Mini Golf & Batting Range
570 Rockaway Tpke., Lawrence. 516-239-1743.
www.5townsminigolfbatting.com

Flynn’s Fire Island
Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island.
www.flynnsfireislandny.com
Open weekends beginning May 17; Open daily beginning June 21

Frozen Ropes
Multiple Locations.
www.frozenropes.com


Gateway Playhouse
215 S. Country Rd., Bellport.
631-286-0555.
www.gatewayplayhouse.com
Those cool summer nights are back, with “Grease,” the high-energy stage musical, playing May 22-June 8. A full lineup of Broadway musicals, children’s shows, and special events also highlight this theatre’s 64th season!


Hallockville Museum Farm
6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead.
www.hallockville.com


Harmony Vineyards
169 Harbor Rd., Head of the Harbor. 631-291-9900.
www.harmonyvineyards.com
Their free summer-long jazz series kicks off May 19 on the waterfront with internationally-renowned trombone virtuoso Ray Anderson and an all-star band performing, in their entirety, some of the greatest albums in jazz history.


Heartland Golf Park
1200 Long Island Ave., Edgewood.
631-667-7400.
www.heartlandgolfpark.com

Hicks Nurseries
100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. 516-334-0066.
www.hicksnurseries.com

Holtsville Park & Ecology Center
Buckley Road, Holtsville.
631-758-9664.
www.brookhaven.org

Iceworks
175 Underhill Blvd., Syosset.
516-496-2277.
www.iceworksli.com

iFly Trapeze
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow.
516-640-6995.
www.iflytrapeze.com

IMAX Dome at Cradle of Aviation
1 Davis Ave., Garden City.
516-572-4111.
www.rosew.imaxtheater.com

Island Rock Climbing Gym
60 Skyline Dr., Plainview. 516-822-7625.
www.islandrock.net

John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
250 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900.
www.engemantheater.com


Jungle Bob’s Reptile World
2536 Middle Country Rd.,
Centereach. 631-737-6474.
www.junglebobsreptileworld.com
Turtles, lizards, snakes, frogs, salamanders, tortoises, scorpions and more—Aside from tons of creatures to keep your family in awe, Jungle Bob’s Reptile World hosts a destination experience, ‘The Outback!,’ a new outdoor educational nature center. It’s also a great place for birthday parties!


Karts Indoor Raceway
701 Union Pkwy., Ronkonkoma. 1-800-718-KART.
www.karts1.com


Krisch's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor

Krisch’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor
11 Central Ave., Massapequa 516-797-3149. www.krischs.com
Take a walk on the wild side with homemade ice cream that comes in flavors from the traditional vanilla to the innovative rainbow cookie. This fun destination has 1950s-era soda fountains and serves up everything from old-school ice cream sodas and malts to gigantic sundaes.


Landmark on Main Street
232 Main St., Port Washington.
516-767-6444.
www.landmarkonmainstreet.org

Laser Kingdom
Multiple Locations.
www.laserkingdoms.com

Lazerland LI
54A Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack. 631-543-8300.
www.lazerlandofLi.com

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
431 E. Main St., Riverhead.
631-208-9200
www.longislandaquarium.com

Long Island Children’s Museum
11 Davis Ave., Garden City.
516-224-5800.
www.LIcm.org

Long Island Ducks
3 Courthouse Dr., Central Islip.
631-940-3825.
www.LIducks.com

Long Island Game Farm
638 Chapman Blvd., Manorville. 631-878-6644.
www.longislandgamefarm.com

Long Island Laser Bounce
2710 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown. 516-342-1330.
www.LILaserbounce.com

Long Island Maritime Museum
88 West Ave., West Sayville. 631-HIS-TORY or 631-854-4974.
www.LImaritime.org

Long Island Science Center
11 W.Main St., Riverhead. 631-208-8000.
www.LIsciencecenter.org

Long Island Sports Complex
103 Mill Rd., Freeport.
516-546-0900.
www.longislandsportscomplex.com

Mariner’s Cove Marine / Oscar’s Fishing Stations / Jet Ski Rentals
9 Canoe Place Rd., Hampton Bays. 631-728-8060.
www.yachtworld.com/marinerscove

The Melting Pot
2377 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. 631-752-4242.
www.meltingpot.com

Monster Mini Golf
Multiple Locations.
www.monsterminigolf.com

Nassau Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale.
631-920-1203.
www.nassaucoliseum.com
Nassau County Museum of Art
1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor.
516-484-9337.
www.nassaumuseum.com

Nova’s Ark
30 Millstone Rd., Water Mill. 631-537-0061.
www.thearkproject.com

Nunley’s Carousel Pavilion
Davis Avenue, Garden City. 516-572-4111.
www.cradleofaviation.org


NYCB Theatre at Westbury

NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 516-247-5200. www.livenation.com
The NYCB Theatre at Westbury continues to present the best in live entertainment including the top names in contemporary pop, classic rock, comedy, country, and rhythm and blues. Summer highlights include George Lopez on May 4; Popovich Comedy Pet Theater on May 11; The Price Is Right Live Show on June 2; Summerland Tour 2013 with Everclear, Live Filter and Sponge on June 12; Long Island Comedy Fest on June 15 and the 2013 Children’s Summer Series.

Visit www.thetheatreatwestbury.com for the complete lineup and new additions!


Old Bethpage Restoration Village
1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. 516-572-8401.
www.restorationfarm.com

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury
516-333-0048.
www.oldwestburygardens.org

Paintball Arena
400 Patton Ave., West Babylon. 631-694-2707.
www.islandpaintball.net

Patchogue Theatre
71 E. Main St., Patchogue. 631-207-1300.
www.patchoguetheatre.com


Peter Pan Diner
999 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore. 631-665-1788. www.peterpandiner.com
For more than 40 years, this very popular diner has graced Long Islanders with their signature dinner specials, pancakes and paninis, as well as a family friendly environment both you and the kids will enjoy.


JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium at Cradle of Aviation
1 Davis Ave., Garden City. 516-572-4111. www.cradleofaviation.org


Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. 516-922-9200.
www.plantingfields.org
This historical park is a great place to spend a warm summer day. With more than 400 acres, the park has numerous nature trails, greenhouses, gardens, and the sprawling Coe Hall, which holds tours from spring until autumn.


Pollock-Krasner House
830 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton. 631-324-4929.
www.pkhouse.org

Pump it Up
135 Dupont St., Plainview. 516-575-2300. www.pumpitupparty.com


Rachel’s Waterside Grill
281 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport.
516-546-0050.
www.rachelswatersidegrill.com
After suffering damage from Super Storm Sandy, Rachel’s is back and better than ever. Located on Freeport’s famous Nautical Mile, Rachel’s Waterside Grill offers a variety of dishes to invigorate any palate. Rachel’s was voted Best Seafood Restaurant three years in a row due to their creative recipes portrayed in their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus.


Raphael Vineyard & Winery
39390 Route 25, Peconic. 631-765-1100.
www.raphaelwine.com

The Rinx
660 Terry Rd., Hauppauge. 631-232-3222.
www.therinx.com

Riverhead Foundation For Marine Research And Prevention
467 E. Main St., Riverhead.
631-369-9840.
www.riverheadfoundation.org

Sag Harbor Whaling Museum
200 Main St., Sag Harbor.
631-725-0770.
www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org

Shelter Island Kayak Tours
Route 114 at Duvall, Shelter Island. 631-749-1900.
www.kayakSI.com


Shoes I Love
2807 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside. 516-766-2033.
www.theshoesilove.com
Based on Long Island, this fun shoe store sells fashionable shoes, boots, sandals, flip-flops, sneakers and accessories at competitive prices to women of all ages, young and young at heart.


Skate Safe America
182 Sweet Hollow Rd., Old Bethpage. 516-249-1717.
www.skatesafeamerica.pointstreak sites.com

Splish Splash
2549 Middle County Rd., Riverhead. 631-727-3600.
www.splishsplashlongisland.com

Sports Plex
1329 Newbridge Rd., North Bellmore. 516-785-8855.
www.sportsplexonline.com

Staller Center
Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. 631-632-2787.
www.stallercenter.sunysb.edu

Stony Brook Village
www.stonybrookvillage.com
Stony Brook Village, overlooking beautiful Stony Brook Harbor, is a picturesque shopping village with 35 stores, seven restaurants and year-round events for the entire family.


Suffolk Theater
118 E. Main St., Riverhead. 631-727-4343. www.suffolktheater.com
Re-establishing the cinema/playhouse tradition in downtown, this art deco cinema has been transformed into a full-service performing arts center, providing diverse programming for all ages, from live entertainment, music and plays to movies and catered affairs.


Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown. 631-979-6344.
www.sweetbriarnc.org

Tackapausha Museum and Preserve
Washington Avenue (north of Merrick Road), Seaford. 516-572-0200.
www.nassaucountyny.gov

Tanger Outlets at The Arches
152 The Arches Circle., Deer Park. 631-667-0600.
www.tangeroutlet.com/deerpark


Tiki Action Park
1878 Middle Country Rd.,
Centereach. 631-471-1267.
www.tikiactionpark.com
With tropical music, tikis, palm trees and flaming torches set amongst waterfalls, streams, caves and a fish-stocked pond you’ll feel like you’re on vacation when playing Tiki’s mini golf. They are also known for the fastest go-karts and longest races. Tiki’s parties are loaded with so many extras that you’ll wonder how the pricing is so low.


Tilles Center
720 Northern Blvd., Greenvale. 516-299-2752.
www.tillescenter.org

Trainland
293 Sunrise Hwy., Lynbrook. 516-599-7080.
www.trainworld.com

Ultimate Gaga
575 Underhill Blvd., Syosset. 516-921-4242.
www.ultimategaga.com

United Skates of America
1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford. 516-795-5474.
www.unitedskates.com

Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium
180 Little Neck Rd, Centerport.
www.vanderbiltmuseum.org

Walt Whitman Birthplace
246 Old Walt Whitman Rd.,
Huntington Station. 631-427-5240.
www.waltwhitman.org

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main St., Westhampton Beach.
631-288-1500.
www.whbpac.org

White Post Farms
250 Old County Rd., Melville.
631-351-9373.
www.whitepostfarms.com

Wickham’s Fruit Farm
28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue.
631-734-6441.
www.wickhamsfruitfarm.com

Woodmere Lanes/Backstage
948 Broadway, Woodmere. 516-374-9870.
www.woodmerelanes.com


YMCA Boulton Center
37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-969-1101. www.boultoncenter.org
This cultural institution provides high quality arts programs that entertain, educate and inspire the culturally, racially and economically diverse population of Long Island with music, dance, film and spoken word.


CHECK OUT THE FULL SUMMER GUIDE IN THE JUNE, 2013 EDITION OF THE LONG ISLAND PRESS!

Franklin Square Tow Truck Driver Arrested for Extortion

Bumble Bee Towing owner Christopher Capurso of Franklin Square was arrested for allegedly extorting victims in Floral Park. (Nassau County Police Department Mug Shot)
Bumble Bee Towing owner Christopher Capurso of Franklin Square was arrested for allegedly extorting victims in Floral Park. (Nassau County Police Department Mug Shot)
Bumble Bee Towing owner Christopher Capurso of Franklin Square was arrested for allegedly extorting victims in Floral Park. (Nassau County Police Department Mug Shot)

A Franklin Square tow truck driver was arrested on April 19 for extortion, after police say he posted his own “no parking” signs in commercial lots, enforced them illegally by towing parked vehicles, then demanded money from his victims.

Bumble Bee Towing owner and tow truck driver Christopher Capurso, 22, of Franklin Square was “holding cars hostage,” Floral Park Village Police say, preying upon customers of local businesses who did nothing wrong.

The fraudulent signs read: “Customer/Tenant Parking Only 24 Hours – 7 Days A Week Unauthorized Vehicles Will be Towed at Owners Expense… Cars released by appointment only.”

Police say after temporarily posting the signs in various locations, Capurso hooked up parked vehicles to his truck, waited for the owners to return and then charged his victims $150-$200 to release their vehicles, before removing the signs.

Capurso was charged with seven counts of grand larceny, but police say they are investigating more than a dozen similar complaints against Bumble Bee Towing In Nassau County.

Capurso had his tow truck operator license revoked and was released on $500 bond. He will appear in Nassau County First District Court on May 10.

 

Katherine Heinlein: President, Captree Fleet

Kathy Heinlein

Kathy HeinleinKatherine Heinlein grew up in Sayville and settled in the Bayport Blue Point area on the South Shore.

An ocean-lover, Katherine and her former husband owned a fishing charter boat named the Tradewinds II, and operated their business out of Captree State Park.

Captree, located at the east end of Ocean Parkway at the tip of Robert Moses Beach, was in fact founded by Robert Moses as a place for Long Islanders to fish.

It is also home to the Captree Fleet, the largest public fishing fleet on Long Island, where you can charter a boat for a day of fishing on the Great South Bay or Atlantic Ocean, and everything you need is provided by the charter boat owner; bait, equipment, food and drink. If you don’t want to fish, there are boats for sightseeing and even scuba diving. For land lovers, you can fish or crab from the piers without getting your feet wet.

The Captree Fleet is comprised of between 24 to 28 charter boats owned by a group of independent boat and business owners. Katherine has served as president for the past seven years and is the liaison between the boatmen and the state. Beloved as a leader, when Katherine sold her boat, the association changed their by-laws so she could continue in her position, which is unpaid.

“We’re the largest fishing port in the state, but we’re also the forgotten port,” Katherine says. “It’s important for us as an association to let people know that we are the heart of Long Island.”

“I am one voice, instead of 24 complaining fishermen,” she laughs. “They need someone to be their advocate.”

Almost daily, Katherine arrives at the Captree piers at about 5 a.m. to check in with the boatmen. “I should hang a sign like Lucy from Peanuts that says, ‘Psychiatrist 5 Cents.’ They wait on line to talk to me,” she says.

The youngest member of the fleet is in his early 40’s and the oldest is Speedy, who is now in his 70’s and has been a fixture at Captree for decades.

The family-oriented atmosphere is a big attraction for the throngs of people who visit every year.

The fleet offers a broad range of boats, and many are outfitted for special services like catering and live concerts.

When Sandy hit Long Island, the bridge to Captree was closed. After the storm passed, Katherine served as liaison between New York State troopers and the boat owners until the damage was assessed, which was minimal. “Only one boat broke through its mooring,” she says. “It was pretty much incident free.”

What most people don’t know about Katherine is that almost 14 years ago, while in her early 30’s and a single mother of two, she was diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis (MG), a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes varying degrees of weakness of the body’s voluntary muscles.

She had been reluctant to discuss MG publicly because she does not want to be seen as having a weakness.

A side effect of MG is fatigue due to muscle weakness so Katherine doesn’t spend as much time on the water as she used to. “I love to fish, but it’s hard at sea, a lot of muscles are required,” she says.

Every two weeks Katherine has medication administered through a port surgically implanted in her chest. The IV bag is undetectable under her clothes so she can go about her day while being treated, which takes about six hours.

Even with a schedule filled with boats and fishing, Katherine dedicates time to her other passions: education, the community and improving the lives of senior citizens.

She sits on the Eastern Suffolk BOCES school board, and is the president-elect of the Bayport Blue Point Chamber of Commerce.

On occasion she travels to Albany and Washington D.C. as a Suffolk county representative for the New York State School Board Association, and she also represents the fleet to promote fishing.

“When I’m representing the schools, I’ll wear a fish pin, and if I’m representing the boat owners, I’ll wear my school board pin,” she laughs. She says the jewelry definitely sparks conversation.

“Everything I love to do is tied together,” she says.

Katherine has taken local senior citizens under her wing as well. She wanted to hold an event that would involve the entire community, including local students and faculty, and began hosting an annual dinner dance that has grown to include more than 350 senior citizens.

“The event is to thank the senior citizens for supporting the students. We have several generations living here, and it gives everyone an opportunity to network,” she says.

Katherine’s commitment to her community doesn’t weaken her. It has given her the strength to talk publicly about her disorder and become an advocate for MG awareness.

Her contributions have not gone unnoticed. Katherine was recently selected as one of three New York state residents to appear in a new “I Love New York” television campaign to promote tourism, which will be aired in the near future.

Katherine and her sons, Brian, 26, a boat captain who works on the Port Jefferson Ferry, and David, 21, a fisherman, have made their lives around the water.

It’s a sentiment that runs deep with Katherine.

“The second people step on a fishing boat, their day is done. They calm down. It’s a wonderful environment and it’s not about catching fish, it’s about camaraderie.”

For more information go to CaptreeFleet.com, email: office@CaptreeFleet.com or call 631-669-6464.

On the deck of Katherine’s boat The Tradewinds II, Katherine with current  and past Captree Fleet captains and owners.
On the deck of Katherine’s boat The Tradewinds II, Katherine with current
and past Captree Fleet captains and owners.

Running The Long Island Marathon? Send Us Your Stories!

Long Island Marathon - Your Stories

With the Long Island Marathon quickly approaching, we’ve begun to hear from runners getting ready to honor others while running in the May 5th event. Countless charities are always represented at these events, as well as personal, and often touching tributes.

We want to hear about yours!

We’re inviting Long Islanders who plan to run in this year’s Long Island Marathon to record a video telling us, and fellow Long Islanders, who you are running for, and why. We think it’s a great way to help spread these heartwarming stories of support and tribute. Video shy? We’ll also accept photos with a brief write up about the person or cause you plan to represent. Simply fill out the form below and we’ll put your photo/video proudly on display!

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Boston Bombing Suspect Thermal Photos Released by Police

Massachusetts State Police Saturday released several thermal imaging photos that helped authorities confirm that the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was hiding under a tarp in a boat behind a Watertown, Mass. resident’s house.

“Our helicopter had actually detected the subject in the boat,” said Col. Timothy Alben of the Massachusetts State Police, according to NBC News. “We have what’s called a FLIR — a forward-looking infrared device — on that helicopter. It picked up the heat signature of the individual, even though he was underneath what appeared to be the ‘shrink wrap’ or cover on the boat itself. There was movement from that point on. The helicopter was able to direct the tactical teams over to that area.”

Here are the photos:

How One Company Helped Us Keep Long Island Informed During Hurricane Sandy

Superstorm Sandy left much of Long Island without power and with limited communication. The Long Island Press’ headquarters lost electricity early into the storm, preventing us from publishing our weekly edition, not to mention cutting off our ability to update our website with the rapidly changing information Long Islanders so desperately needed.

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Luckily, our website is hosted with Garden City Internet technology firm Webair, whose state-of-the-art facilities never even blinked during Mother Nature’s furious onslaught. For the next couple of days, occasionally sitting in their offices, we were able to provide the free, accurate and important information that the L.I. public has come to know and trust us for. Our coverage was live and uninterrupted, which ended up being a priceless resource for hundreds of thousands of our friends, family and neighbors.

Our coverage during the storm recently won us a few journalism awards, but that’s not why we worked so hard during those crazy days.

We understood the importance of delivering information to our audience during this unprecedented event.

We needed to be able to communicate with the public.

We wanted to help. And we did.

But we couldn’t have done it without Webair, and as a result, we wholeheartedly endorse them, and urge business owners on Long Island to consider them for their internet hosting needs.

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Long Island Press Dominates 2012 New York Press Association Awards

NYPA Awards
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The Long Island Press brought home 23 honors at the New York Press Association's 2012 Better Newspaper Contest April 5th and 6th in Saratoga, NY, including its top prize, the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence.
The Long Island Press brought home 23 honors at the New York Press Association’s 2012 Better Newspaper Contest April 5th and 6th in Saratoga Springs, including its top prize, the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence.

The Long Island Press dominated the New York Press Association (NYPA)’s 2012 Better Newspaper Contest at the group’s annual Spring Convention April 5 and April 6 in upstate Saratoga Springs, winning a total of 23 awards spanning more than a dozen categories and clinching the competition’s top prize, the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence.

The contest included more than 2,350 entries from 150 newspapers throughout New York State and was judged by members of the North Carolina Press Association. It was the second time in three years the Long Island Press brought home the competition’s top honors of Newspaper of the Year, the first being in 2010.

“The Press has a posse of great writers/reporters,” wrote NYPA board members regarding the Press’ Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence win. “The writing in this newspaper ranges from excellent to vivid description. The stories are well-researched and thorough. The newspaper demonstrates clarity and understanding of local issues.

“The contest judges raved about this newspaper’s coverage of Hurricane Sandy,” they continued. “New York’s community newspapers overall did an amazing job covering the superstorm in hellish conditions. Many newspapers and their employers lived and worked without power, running water, gasoline or heat, and we salute all of them. The judges said the coverage provided by the Long Island Press was not only clear, timely and comprehensive; it was also beautifully designed, included lists of places to get help, and was amazing in its depth and breadth.”

In addition to the top prize, the Long Island Press earned First Place honors in 11 categories including editorial, design and advertising. Among those were top honors for Best News Story, Best Spot News Coverage, Best Feature Photo, Best Sports Coverage, Best Sports Feature, Coverage of the Environment, and First- and Second-Place nods for Coverage of Local Government, and Coverage of Education. The Press also won First- and Second-Place awards for Best Use of Video.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Long Island Press Editor In Chief Christopher Twarowski. “The caliber of writers, editors and designers among the participating publications throughout New York State makes this recognition even that much more exceptional. We are extremely proud and genuinely humbled.”

The entire staff of the Long Island Press were recognized with the First Place award in the Spot News Coverage category for their “well-reported stories and complete photo package” and “the excellent presentation of all the content and the numerous add-ons with numbers and other pertinent information in easy-to-follow organization” during and after Hurricane Sandy, wrote the judges.

Twarowski took home Best News Story for his expose “Ripple Effect” on the ever-creeping toxic plume of chemicals emanating from the former Grumman Aerospace Corp. and U.S. Naval Weapons site in Bethpage, which has been contaminating drinking water supplies throughout Nassau County and now threatens that of the Massapequa Water District.

His articles about the ongoing battle raging between the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association and commercial shellfishing company Frank M. Flower & Sons and the Town of Oyster Bay (“Clam Wars”) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s plan to privatize the county’s sewer system (“Hell or High Water”) earned First Place for Coverage of Local Government.

Twarowski, News/Web Editor Timothy Bolger and Senior Editor Spencer Rumsey clinched First Place in the Coverage of the Environment category for their stories documenting the ongoing contamination of Suffolk County’s underground aquifers and drinking water supply by antiquated cesspool systems (“Septic County”) and the pollution of the Carmens River not just from contaminants, but also dirty politics (“River Keepers”). Bolger and Rumsey also won Second Place in the Coverage of Local Government category for their articles about political, economic and environmental issues facing Long Island’s bay constables (“Baywatch”) and the budgetary woes crippling the City of Long Beach (“Sinking City”).

Managing Editor Jaclyn Gallucci, Bolger and contributing writer Lea Weatherby brought home First Place for Coverage of Health, Health Care & Science for their stories of sleep deprivation among students (“Up All Night”) and the controversy regarding junk food vending machines in schools (“Snackdown”).

Multimedia Reporter Rashed Mian and Twarowski brought home First Place in the Best Use Of Video category for their documentation of communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy and the daily struggles of their residents (“Long Island Endures”), and along with Senior Graphic Designer Scott Kearney and Multimedia Designer Sal Calvi, Second Place for their video exposing the subterranean toxic plume from the former Grumman Aerospace Corp. and U.S. Naval Weapons site in Bethpage that’s contaminating drinking water supplies and threatening several more (“Ripple Effect”).

Press contributing photographer Matthew Clark won First Place Feature Photo. Art Director Jon Sasala earned Third Place and Honorable Mention in the Graphic Illustration category. Kearney earned accolades for Best Advertising Campaign—Large Space and Best Color Ad Created by the Newspaper.

Bolger, Staff Writer Lindsay Christ and contributing writer Kevin Ryan won First Place in the Coverage of Education category for their articles on recent LI college graduates entering a downturned economy (“Major Concern”) and budget woes facing school districts across Long Island (“School House Lock!”).

Contributing writer Alyssa Melillo won First Place in the Sports Feature category for her cover story about Long Island’s surfing subculture (“Groundswell”). Mian, Melillo and contributing writer Jackie Salo won First Place in the Sports Coverage category for their cover story profiling Long Island Olympians (“Local Olympians”). Bolger and Salo also won Third Place in the Coverage of Education category for their articles about junk food in schools (“Snackdown”) and suicide among teenagers (“Teen Suicide”).

The Press’ annual Best of L.I. awards program, now the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Best Of L.I. Awards Competition, earned First Place for Best Special Section—Advertising.

The PressHurricane Sandy coverage earned Third Place for the contest’s Sharon R. Fulmer Award for Community Leadership; an award the newspaper brought home in 2009 for its groundbreaking coverage of Long Island’s ongoing heroin epidemic. It also earned an Honorable Mention in the Best News or Feature Series category.

Bolger, Twarowski and contributing writer Shelly Feuer Domash earned an Honorable Mention in the In-Depth Reporting and Coverage of Crime/Police/Courts categories for stories about Suffolk County’s controversial withdrawal from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s LI Gang Task Force (“Turf War”) and suicides within the Nassau County Jail (“Death Sentence”).