Express Delivery — Baby Delivered in the HOV Lane on the LIE

On Tuesday, February 27th, at around 5:35pm, Sergeant Pete Scheuerer, who was on HOV duty cruising eastbound on the LIE in Dix Hills, heard on his radio that a baby was being born on the side of the road, just one exit away from him. Thirty seconds and a mile later, Scheuerer found the Hauppauge couple, Janine and Edward Livote, pulled over in the westbound HOV lane.

Suffolk Police Sgt. Pete Scheuerer (left), and Janine Presley-Livote with husband Edward Livote and baby Charlotte (right).

After a jump over the four-foot-tall median, the sergeant found newborn baby girl, Charlotte, being held in the father’s arms. The 911 dispatcher, Jon Hallock, had coached the couple on what to do. They were on their way to NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, but the baby, who was already four days ‘overdue’, balked at crossing the county line.

Scheuerer recalls telling Mrs. Livote, “I don’t think you’re going to make it [to Mineola].” “She started to laugh…” he said. “I’ve never seen a mother like this. She was really controlled, calm, talking to me.”

This was Scheuerer’s third time delivering a baby as an NYPD officer, so he was able to notice that Charlotte was having a little trouble taking her first few breaths. He and the father laid the baby on the mother’s stomach, and Scheuerer dislodged a little clot of mucus from her throat.

As Mr. Livote was removing his shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord, highway Officer Brian Baumeister arrived on the scene and rushed over with his medical bag. They tied the umbilical cord off with the string from a surgical mask.

An ambulance from Dix Hills Fire Department took the parents and their newborn baby to Huntington Hospital, where both were in stable condition by Tuesday night.

As for Scheuerer, he said he tells people it’s not only skill, but also luck that makes a job well done: “Half this job is being in the right place at the right time.”

Earthquake Strikes Southeastern Mexico, Many Homes Destroyed

On Friday, February 16th, an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter Magnitude scale struck southeastern Mexico. The epicenter was in Oaxaca. No deaths or injuries were reported from this earthquake, but many homes were damaged.

13 people were later killed when a helicopter carrying Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete Prida crashed in a town near the earthquake epicenter.

A building that was destroyed by the earthquake.

Mexico is a frequent hotspot of earthquakes due to its location – the country sits right on top of Earth’s three largest tectonic plates. During seismic activity, multiple areas are affected – especially Mexico City, due to its foundation being a lakebed.

Many in Mexico fear the earthquakes after the 2009 quake that struck in September killing over 200 people and leaving buildings in disarray.

Village student wins Gold Key Award

An excerpt of Danielle’s poem, “Total Darkness.”

Recently, freshman Danielle Gruber’s was selected as a Gold Key winner by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in her region for her poem submission,  “Total Darkness.” The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a non profit organization that acknowledges writers and artists and their talent and ingenuity. This year there were more than 346,000 submissions and Danielle’s work was selected by a panel of judges and professionals. Currently, she has won a Gold Key level award, which will allow her work to advance to national judging. She’ll then be considered for and nominated for National Medals, which will be announced on March 13th, 2018.

We at Village are very proud of her and wish her the best of luck as the next round of judging commences!

Great Neck North High School’s Wrestling Competes in Qualifiers and Nassau Counties Tournaments

Leon Taryan

Saturday February 3, Great Neck North High Boys Wrestling team competed against other Nassau County Division 1 schools such as Great Neck South, Wantagh, North Shore, Mephem, Plainview, and Bethpage. The qualifiers tournament is what determines if a wrestler gets ranked among his or her weight class. If he is a wrestler in a certain weight

Johnathan Rismany

class, then he would have to rank first to third place in the Qualifiers tournament to move on to Counties, which is the next ranked tournament. After that, the wrestler would then move onto the States tournament.

Ariel Arabian

Four boys, Jonathan Rizmany-152; Ariel Arabian-160; Leon Taryan-285; Roy Livian-145, from Great Neck North High ranked in Qualifiers and moved onto the Counties tournament which was held during the weekend of February 10-11th at Hofstra University.  None of North High Schools contestants made it beyond Nassau Counties.

Two Teens Take Home Gold in Winter Olympics


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Red Gerard, gold medalist in the snowboarding slopestyle event.

USA athletes Chloe Kim and Red Gerard, both 17 years old, won gold medallions in the 2018 Pyeong Chang, South Korea Olympic Games. Gerard won the medal in the slope-style event on February 11th, and Kim won on February 13th in the half-pipe event.  Kim is the first female to complete a 1080 on the halfpipe. 

Chloe Kim, of the United States, reacts to her score during the women’s halfpipe finals.


When asked about her win, Kim said “it really hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Why Your Cat Should Be Kept Inside

Cats are America’s second most popular pet, behind only fish. There are estimated to be over 85 million pet cats in America, compared to only 78 million dogs. But, there are also an estimated 58 million feral cats in the United States.

A feral cat colony in Great Neck, with a few shelters visible and many more behind that tarp in the background.

These feral cats, as well as millions of pet cats that people let outdoors, have an enormous impact on the environment. Scientists estimate that cats kill 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals every year in America alone! Most of the birds killed by cats are species native to America, and in suburban and rural areas, most of the mammals killed are also native.

The threat cats pose to animals isn’t limited to America, though. Cats are listed as one of the world’s top 100 worst invasive species, and for good reason: worldwide, cats have contributed to the extinction of 33 (14% of total) bird, mammal, and reptile species in modern times.

A Piping Plover chick, endangered in New York.

The problems caused by cats are made even worse by humans. People provide food and shelter to entire colonies of feral cats, regardless of the consequences for nearby wildlife. For example, at Jones Beach, there is a colony of around 30 feral cats that are fed by people, and they even have shelters people built for them. This colony happens to be very close to an area where Piping Plovers, a bird considered endangered in New York state, nest and raise their young.

Not only would keeping cats indoors save billions of birds and mammals, but it would also be beneficial for cats. Outdoor cats are exposed to dangers such as cars, predators, poison, abuse from people, and diseases. Because of these things, feral cats have an average lifespan of around 2 years, compared to about 15 years for pet cats, with indoor-only cats living on average 2-3 years more than cats that spend a lot of time outdoors.

My Favorite Movies of All Time

Vivre sa Vie: One of the great existential films of all time. After all, the title translates to “My Life to Live.” It’s my personal favorite from filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Godard brings a lot of his typical Vivre Sa Vie / It's My Life (1962) | Pers: Anna Karina | Dir: Jean-Luc Godard | Ref: VIV012AG | Photo Credit: [ The Kobal Collection / Films De La Pleiade ] | Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreementsixties- style to this film. He brings the same Brechtian distancing to the film through the use of intertitles describing what the “chapter” of the film is about, and  jump cuts.  Characters are shot from behind when they are talking, are strongly backlit, and talk into the camera sometimes. Anna Karina gives one of her best performances in this film and it has one of my favorite film scenes of all time in it– the “shootout scene.”  Don’t miss it!

Tokyo Story: When it comes to family-drama, can you think of one film even close to this? From the master of the family-drama, Yasujirô Ozu, we get a tour de force Japanese masterpiece that never leaves us. Ozu IMG_0566shows us the depth of simplicity through both story and style. He breaks our hearts with the simple plot of parents who come to visit their kids and end up connecting with their daughter in-law instead. With the frequent breaking of the 180 degree rule and the camera only moving once the whole movie, we are totally sucked into such a simple plot.

A Clockwork Orange: Who hasn’t seen this Stanley Kubrick classic? It is Kubrick’s finest, in my opinion. Every time I watch this film, I think about it for IMG_0562days afterwards. It’s the best critique of utilitarian philosophy to date. Kubrick creates a science fiction world like no other, and it is arguably the most well directed film of all time. Malcolm McDowell brings one of the greatest film characters of all time to life in an unforgettable way. My favorite film narration ever. A must see!

Taxi Driver: The best character study of all time. Martin Scorsese makeIMG_0563s us see the world through the lens of Travis Bickle. He forces us to relate with this crazy man until the very end when we are deceived by his actions. Robert De Niro brings this character to life with his best performance to date and one of the best acting performances ever, in general. Between the brilliant character study, Robert De Niro’s performance, Bernard Herrmann’s brilliant score, and Martin Scorsese’s brilliant directing, this film is a classic that is surely never to be forgotten.

The 400 Blows: Without hesitation the best coming of age film of all time. This is really the film that launched the FrenchIMG_0557 New Wave. François Truffaut changed the face of cinema over the corse of his career but this is really the one that changed it the most. Perhaps the most amazing thing about the movie is that it predicted the May 1968 student riots in France. In the beginning of the film the teacher explodes at the kids because of all the graffiti on the walls, their disruptive behavior, etc.  He yells, “What will France be like in 10 years!?” It is a largely autobiographical account of Truffaut’s childhood. From the masterful camerawork inspired by Jean Renoir, to the location shooting inspired by Italian Neorealism, to Jean-Pierre Leaud’s magnificent performance, this film is absolutely beautiful and unforgettable. A universally relatable classic that should be seen by everyone.

8 ½: The film that solidified Federico Fellini’s break from the Italian neorealist movement. The film the began Fellini’s surrealist phase. This phase notoriously began because Fellini had done LSD, which completely changed his life, wIMG_0560hile shooting La Dolce Vita. Fellini develops the main character through showing us his dreams. This is one of Fellini’s most autobiographical films, and it is his masterpiece. My second favorite Nina Rota score after The Godfather and my favorite film from my favorite director!

La Dolce Vita: Fellini’s critique of celebrity life and the press. The word “paparazzi” actually comes from this movie. The title translates to “The Sweet Life.” It also is a IMG_0559commentary on the seven deadly sins. The movie takes place over seven days in the seven hills of Rome. It is the first collaboration between Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni, one of the great actor-director partnerships of all time. It has one of the best film scenes of all time in it: the “Trevi Fountain scene”. Yet another timeless score from Nina Rota, one of the best performances ever from one of the best actors ever; Marcello Mastroianni, and one of the most well directed films ever from Federico Fellini.

The Seventh Seal: One of the masterpieces of foreign cineIMG_0565ma. From one of my favorite directors of all time: Ingmar Bergman. The best existential film of all time in my opinion. The best words to describe this film would be slow, monochrome, and mystical. Legendary actor Max von Sydow brings one of the best movie characters ever alive in his best performance to date. Ingmar Bergman is the best director to ever deal with existential themes.

There Will Be Blood: My favorite film of the 21st century. Daniel Day-Lewis gives the best acting performance of all time in this film, and it stands as Paul Thomas Anderson’s best film. You can tell that he is aging from watching this and his older films. He keeps some stylistic trademarks such as the constantly moving camera, the extremely loud music, and exploring themes of family. What changes is that rather than the very fast camera, the camera rather moves much slower and the shots are IMG_0564very carefully composed, and the pacing is slower and is much more detailed. The film is an examination of capitalism and greed that came out at the perfect time- the beginning of the Great Recession. Surely to be a classic in the future.


Apocalypse Now: Francis Ford Coppolas best film, even better than The Godfather. He shows us the horrors of war in a way that no film has before and no film ever will again. My favorite film opening of all time. The film features some of the best editing I have ever seen. It isIMG_0561 edited so that it will show our main character and what he is looking at, at the same time. Shots will open with what he is looking at and half of the screen will dim and we will see our lead character’s reaction. Starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford and more, it has one of the greatest casts of all time.

California Sixth Grader Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

12-year-old Ananya Vinay has just become the champion of the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, marking the first time since 2013 the competition did not end in a tie.

Her winning word was “marocain,” which refers to a dress fabric of ribbed crepe. In second place was eighth grader Rohan Rajeev, who misspelled the word “marram” (a type of beach grass) and lost out on his last chance to win the National Bee.

Ananya, who hails from Fresno, California, is the 13th consecutive Indian-American winner. This year, the bee added a tiebreaker challenge which made Rohan and Ananya battle it out for up to 25 rounds. Ananya won on the 21st. “It was interesting to go back-and-forth for so many rounds,” she said.

Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., holds the trophy after being declared the winner of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., holds the trophy after being declared the winner of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ananya had clearly spent a rigorous amount of time studying and preparing, as she never looked fazed by any of her 35 words, which included “zeaxanthin,” “wayzgoose,” and “gifblaar.” “I knew them all,” she said. She didn’t look surprised by her victory until her family ran up to the stage to hug her, prompting a smile. She later took time to comfort Rohan on his loss.

She won a $40,000 prize and plans to split it with her seven-year-old brother, and save her share to pay for her college education.

Ananya was the youngest finalist. The youngest competitor this year was six-year-old Edith Fuller, who was also the youngest person to ever compete in the bee. She was knocked out in one of the earlier rounds because she did not score high enough on the written test.

Public Schools Are Hurting Your Sleep — Here’s Why

How much sleep did you get last night? Five hours? Eight? Twelve? Chances are, if you’re a teen who goes to a public middle or high school, you’re not getting enough.

Sleep is a very important function in everyone’s lives, just as much as food, air, and water. Not getting enough of it can cause serious problems. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to become overweight, not engage in daily physical activity, suffer from depressive symptoms, use stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol, and perform poorly in school. If that’s not enough, sleep deprivation has also been attributed to about 100,000 traffic crashes per year in the U.S., and lapses in attention, of which sleep deprivation is a major cause, are attributed to one million crashes per year — that’s one sixth of all traffic crashes per year in the U.S. This is especially magnified in adolescents.

Adolescents are different from children and adults with their circadian rhythms, or sleep cycles. Adolescence is a major stage of development, so the body needs, on average, about two hours more sleep than children and adults. In addition, the secretion of melatonin, the hormone which controls sleep, begins on average two hours later than in adults and children. The U.S. public school systems only add to the trouble.

According to the most recent Schools and Staffing Survey, which is conducted by the U.S. Department of Education every few years to provide data on the condition of elementary, middle, and high school education throughout the country, only 17.7% of middle and high schools of the 39,700 surveyed, start after 8:30 a.m., which is the start time the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges schools to have in order to improve the health, safety, and academic performance of students. The countrywide average start time is 8:03. Only two states have average start times after 8:30, those being North Dakota at 8:31 and Alaska at 8:33. The even worse part is how early these start times get: 38.6% of schools start before 8:00, and 6.7% start before 7:30. Louisiana holds the earliest average start time, at 7:40.

A school boy sleeping at his desk.

A school boy sleeping at his desk.

Of an estimated 26.3 million students enrolled in public middle and high schools, the amount that have gotten enough sleep has remained at 31% since 2007, the first year that the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey included a question about it. The amount of sleep defined to be “sufficient” is 8.5 to 9.5 hours by the AAP, and eight to ten hours by the National Sleep Foundation.

Sleep is a very important aspect of life, and schools only make it more difficult for teens to get the necessary amount of sleep in order to function during daily life. Shifting school start times to even just a half hour later would benefit everyone’s health drastically. So, the next time you wake up miserably for school at 6 a.m., just know that it shouldn’t have to be the case.



North Korean Threat

North Korea has always made threats against the USA and the western way of life; lately however, things are getting much scarier. Recent missile tests proved they have the capability to reach the USA with ground-based missiles. There have been a lot of failed tests coming from the north lately, either failure to launch, missiles disintegrating mid-air, or something else. This led North Korean officials to believe that the USA was sabotaging them. The most recent test, however, proves a different point. North Korea is well on its way to developing nuclear warheads capable of taking out American cities. With a trajectory that was vertical, the newly tested missile reached an altitude of approximately 1,300 miles, estimated to reach 3,000 miles with a horizontal trajectory. With the approximate trajectory of 3,000 miles, and the US military base in Guam only 2,200 miles away, many US officials are on high alert, ready for anything.

Clash Of Rulers

Clash Of Rulers

Many speculate that the test was to see how high they could get a missile to go because the higher it goes, the faster and more violent the reentry is. This is related to a ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) warhead and while it was as intense as one, the duration was shorter. The threat of North Korea having ICBM warheads that could reach the Continental United States is fairly scary to think about. They never had any weapons that were a major threat to the USA, but now with these new developments, there is a possibility of war within the next few years.