POLICE BLOTTER The Suffolk County Police Departments First Precinct and other local fire and law enforcement agencies reported the following incidents. ARSON Copiague: On Dec. 23, at about 11:40 p.m., someone set a car on Warwick Avenue ablaze and then fled. Police and firefighters were summoned and the fire was extinguished without further incident. ROBBERY Fast Farmingdale: A Mobil station on Rte. 110 was held up Dec. 26, just before 2:15 a.m. Police said the thief was a male in a mask, wearing a black outfit and wielding a gun. The report did not indicate what was stolen, if anything. BURGLARY West Babylon: Upon returning home at about 4 p.m. on Dec. 19, the residents o f a Centerwood Street home discovered someone had gained entry and had taken Various valuables. •A person riding a bike was seen fleeing a break-in at a Young Street home Dec. 28. Police were notified at 7:10 p.m. Deep Park: Gaining entry through the basement, someone broke into a Nantucket Lane home Dec. 29, stealing assorted articles. The theft was discovered at 1 p.m. Wyandanch: On Dec. 23, at about 8 a.m., police received a call that someone had gotten into a North 20th Street home through a bathroom window. Several undisclosed items were taken. Babylon Village: Entering from a dockside window, someone broke into an Oak Beach Road building Dec. 28 and stole various articles. The break-in was reported at 4:30 p.m. GRAND LARCENY Lindenhurst: Four computers were taken Dec. 24 from à ear parked on Wellwood Avenue. The theft was discovered at 2 p.m, ''•Òn Dec. 2'P,«dmètiméy>riòTto 3 p int, someone stòle $8,'000 Frórii a' safe àt 'à* 32hd Street home. North Lindenhurst: A Maroon 1992 Plymouth parked on North Putnam Avenue was stolen sometime before 5 a.m., Dec. 28. North Babylon: Someone stole a pocketbook from a car parked on Hunter Avenue. The theft took place Dec. 29, at about 2:30 a.m. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF North Babylon: A woman known to the owner o f a car parked on Fulton Street slashed the tires and fled. The incident occurred on Dec. 24, just after midnight. •A car parked on Deer Park Avenue was vandalized Dec. 24, shortly before 10:30 p.m. •Someone vandalized a car parked on Canary Place Dec. 25, and stole several itemsfrpm inside the vehicle. Police were called at 7:40 p.m. •A number o f undisclosed items were taken from a car on Wilshire Drive North thè evening o f Dec. 28. The car was also vandalized by the thief. East Farmingdale: On Dec. 23, som etim e prior to 11:30 p.m., someone vandalized a car parked on Woodland Avenue. ARRESTS DWI: The following persons have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: Anson Carey, 1700 Great Neck Road, Copiague; Lenia Herbert, 515 17th St., West Babylon; Carlos Mejia, 16 Silverpine Drive, North Amityville; Mickey Rahman, 17 Schwartz PL, Deer Park; Kelvin Torres, 380 Garibaldi Ave., Copiague; Howard Watlington, 289 Deauville Rd., Copiague; Ever Castro, 770 Peconic Ave., West Babylon; Assault w/Intent to Injure: Henry Castillo, 913 Herzel Blvd., West Babylon; Chikulupiliro Kunda, 66 Lafayette Rd., West Babylon. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation tornata later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner. January 1 4 ,2010, BEACON NEWSPAPER • 3 Taxpayers do it waiting in line Taxpayers wait in line at Babylon Town Hall to pay their property tax bills. Inset, Phyllis Karl o f North Babylon and Jackie Jackson of Amityville are smiling as they wait in line to pay their taxes. (Continued from cover) “You want to know why I come down here to pay in person?” asked Tim Brennan o f North Babylon as he waited in line. “I always have missing mail and I want to make sure it gets here, that they stamp my paperwork paid, then l can sleep,” he said. In Am ityville Village, many residents also opt to pay their taxes in person, said Joyce Munkert,*the Village Tax Clerk. “From what I have heard them say, they are afraid the check won’t arrive in tim e if they put it in the mail.” In Babylon Village, the information was the same. DiSomma said she’s observed that the people who walk in to pay their taxes see it as an expression o f their civic duty. “They want to pay it in person because it is not just like another bill that they put into the mail,” she said. “For many o f them, their homes are the single biggest investment in their lives and they want to make sure they are protecting it.” Town records show that approximately one-third, or 10,999 o f the tax 34,300 tax bills in the Town, are paid by walk-ins. According to Dr. Jeffrey Rosenfeld director of Hofstra University's Gerontology program and center, the phenomena is more than simply a question of trusting or not trusting the mail, it is a lesson on the importance o f civility and human connections. \What you are seeing is not a remnant o f an earlier age when things were done this way,\ said Rosenfeld. \It is one generation rem inding another, younger generation of the importance of connecting even ip this technological age. They are indicating that there is always something that is bigger and better than ourselves, so the phenomena is really very optimistic —it is about the ftiture, not the past.\ Phyllis Karl of North Babylon and Jackie Jackson of Amityville also make the trip every January and June when the taxes are due, but it’s not because they don’t trust the Post Office. For them it simply makes financial sense. “I want to keep the money in the bank until the last minute,” said Karl. “That’s important,” agreed Jackson. “Especially in today’s time when every penny counts.” At the other end of Town Hall, Supervisor Steve Bellone held up his right hand and took the oath of office. Later, he told the residents, friends and families gathered for the event that the ceremony was purposely * “low key. “The election in November let us know that the residents want us to continue the job we are doing and today is just an extension of that,” said Bellone, thanking his staff and all town employees for their work on behalf o f residents. “We have an obligation to give our residents quality government and to spend their money wisely.” Helen Meyer o f Copiague, who was standing in line outside o f DiSomma’s office with her tax bill in hand, didn’t hear Bellone’s speech. If she had, she might have been pleased. “This is a big check,” she said o f her tax payment. “I want to bring it down here personally.” County seeks site for homeless sexual offenders (Continued from cover) don't have showers, nor cooking facilities. To address that, the county transports the individuals to other lo cations by bus for showers and meals. They are moni tored with security guards during these trips and also at night, said Blass. “That is inhumane” said the Rev. Roy Kirton o f the Circle of Love Ministry in Amityville in response to the lack of facilities in the trailers. “These are people and we need to treat them humanely, despite the mis takes they have made in their lives.” Despite that, Kirton said that he and other local min isters have concerns about the County's plans and the community’s safety, and have met with S.C. Exec. Steve Levy. They have reviewed the sites and offered some alternatives as well,” he said. “We have to help these people make a transition, without jeopardizing those in our schools, day-care centers, etc. That is the dynamic challenge we face. Blass said that the County sought a west-end location because many o f the offenders are from the area “and the east end has borne the burden o f housing them for a long time,” he said. “Additionally, we are spending a lot of time and money transporting them back and forth from the east end to the west end to look for jobs and other things.” But Leg. Gregory said the issue is not a question of fairness; it is a question o f public safety. “My belief is that the locations they currently are using are best be cause they are not near any schools, churches, etc.,” he said. “The County should retrofit those trailers to make them more habitable.” Blass said that is something the County is consider- - ing, in addition to adding the new west-end housing location.