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From the desk of Assemblyman David McDonough

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Assemblyman David G. McDonough is reminding Long Island residents and businesses to be on guard against repair scams and those who may try to exploit unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage. Despite the outpouring of support from volunteers and charitable organizations, there are still those who may try to take advantage of affected parties. 

“It is important that we protect ourselves against those trying to exploit this disaster for personal gains,” said McDonough. “There are many reputable organizations that are able to assist those affected by the storm. 

However, if you feel that you have fallen victim to a scam, it is important to report such an instance immediately.” 

If you have a problem with a contractor and are unable to resolve it yourself, you can file a complaint with the New York State Department of State at www.dos. ny.gov or by calling 1-800-697-1220. 

You can also report these instances to the Nassau Office of Consumer Affairs at 200 County Seat Drive, Mineola, NY, by phone at (516) 571-2600 or by visiting http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OCA/index.html. 

Consumer Protection Tips:

-Beware of anyone who comes to your home or calls you on the phone and offers to make repairs

-Beware of anyone who talks quickly to confuse you and pressures you to sign a contract immediately

-Beware of anyone who has come to the area from somewhere else to “help”   

-Avoid unlicensed contractors

-Avoid contractors who do not supply proof of insurance; and

-Avoid contractors who demand payment in cash or want full payment up front, before work has begun.

A more detailed list of how to protect against scams can be found at http://www. governor.ny.gov/press/12022012-avoidscams.

News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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