The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) recently appointed interior designer Suzanne Costa to its 2014 board of directors.
She will lend her expertise to RMH-LI’s mission of providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children, specifically through her leadership skills, fundraising experience, and knowledge of the design industry.
Costa first became active with RMH-LI last year through an initiative called Project Design 2013—the largest redesign RMH-LI has seen in its almost 28 years. With the help of the region’s interior designer industry leaders, this project focused on completing a redesign and renovation of the original 18 bedrooms, four kitchens, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms and three laundry rooms. More than $2 million in design, labor and materials were donated to the initiative. Phase II, Project Design 2014, will focus on updating RMH-LI’s remaining 24 bedrooms and several common areas.
Seventh grade students recently participated in New Hyde Park Memorial High Schools second annual Wax Museum in the library. After conducting research and writing their research papers on some of history’s famous first people (individuals known for being the “first” to accomplish a great feat), the students created documentaries and presented them in the library dressed as their famous people.
Many students and members of the staff, teachers, guidance counselors, security officers, and administrative staff members attended this event.
— From New Hyde Park Memorial High School
New Hyde Park Memorial High School announced Wilmer Cruz and Kevin Fox as its students of the month.
Cruz is a student in the Read 180 program who has come a long way since the beginning of the year. He is always on task and participates consistently in class.
Cruz is a diligent worker who is relentless in trying to better himself as a learner and as a reader. When higher-level questions are asked, Wilmer is able to grasp the concepts easily.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School announced Erin Willers as its Student of the Month. Willers is a consummate professional when it comes to her duties as the design editor on the Lance staff. The combination of her tireless commitment and strong aesthetic point of view has been essential to the production of the yearbook.
The Sewanhaka Central School District Senior Robotics Club traveled to Syosset High School on Saturday, March 1 with their latest creation to participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition. Sewanhaka finished the round-robin phase of the competition in fourth place out of 22 teams that registered and then formed an alliance with the host team, Syosset, and a team from West Babylon to become the overall winners of the competition in the elimination rounds.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School recognized John Stampfli and Ashley Thomas as Students of the Month. Stampfli was honored for his achievement in the 10th-grade advanced regents chemistry class. He is an enthusiastic science student with incredible potential. Stampfli has superb problem-solving skills as well as incredible insight. He enjoys snowboarding and is also an active member of the track team.
Thomas is a student in Ms. Livoti’s drawing and painting class. She has shown an exceptional talent in drawing and she has a true passion for art. Thomas participates with enthusiasm, often taking part in outside of school art competitions. She is a member of the National Art Honor Society, where she helps with school beautification projects and fundraising.
For Susan Hassett it wasn’t over until the last dog barks.
That was Feb. 27, when she closed the door on the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter for the last time as its director.
It has been a long run for Hassett. She started working at the shelter, which is tucked at the end of a winding avenue in Port Washington, for 36 years and has been its director for the last 25.
But now it is time to go; it’s just too difficult to stay. “Emotionally, it’s very, very hard,” Hassett said. “I need to find some peace.” A successor has not been named.
One-year-old James Zingone has already discovered the joy of reading, flipping through My Daddy by Guido Van Genechten in the Parkville Library, at 10 Campbell St. in New Hyde Park.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School recognized Demetri Heliotis and Sarah Maxwell as its Students of the Month.
The Academy of Finance recognized Heliotis as an outstanding academic student. His teachers report that he is a dedicated student who is a pleasure to have in class.
Heliotis is also quite involved in school and community activities. He is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.
Each semester seventh and eighth graders are nominated for demonstrating good character and leadership abilities in class as well as at school-related events. Character Counts is an initiative founded by the Shared Decision Making Committee at Sewanhaka High School, which consists of students, teachers, a parent representative and administration collaboratively seeking to bring about positive change in school by empowering students to make sound decisions that support the committee’s mission.
— From Sewanhaka High School
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