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Barbara Bartell Steiner, 77

Barbara Dakin Bartell Steiner, CEO of Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services in Hicksville, one of Long Island’s pioneer advocates and leaders in the behavioral health field, passed away on Feb. 15 due to complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 77.

Bartell was an entrepreneurial leader willing to take risks, aggressively develop programs and advocate for the needs of others. She strongly believed in the resiliency of the human spirit and each person’s ability to recover from mental illness and/ or chemical dependency.

Bartell began her illustrious 40-year career at Central Nassau as a receptionist the day the clinic opened its doors and rose through the ranks to become the CEO in 1991. Affectionately known as the “house that Barbara built,” Bartell transformed Central Nassau from a small outpatient clinic to a multi-service behavioral health organization offering a robust and diverse array of treatment services and supportive programs with more than 200 employees and a $13.5 million annual budget.   

In addition to her commitment to the agency, Bartell dedicated her time and endless energy to countless New York State and Long Island based committees and task forces as well as community organizations throughout the years. She most recently served as the treasurer of the New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. She was also a member of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Women Economic Developers of Long Island, the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Professional Volunteer Administrators, the Delaney Council 5983 Knights Of Columbus, the Columbiettes, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Divorced Or Separated Catholics Of Long Island, the St. Bernard’s Widows and Widowers Group, the L.I. NAIM Catholic Widows and Widowers Club and the Maria Regina Parish Widow and Widowers Group.

Bartell received many awards and recognition throughout her career. She received Nassau County’s Outstanding Service Award for her dedicated services to those with mental health and chemical dependency disorders; the Town of Oyster Bay’s Woman of Distinction award for her positive impact upon the community; and in 2011, she was recognized as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Long Island Business News.

Bartell grew up in Glen Clove and attended Glen Cove High School. She earned her bachelors and master of social work degrees at Adelphi University and became a licensed clinical social worker. 

Barbara was an inspiration to everyone she met. Her devotion to her work was only surpassed by her commitment to her family. Three wonderful husbands predeceased Barbara: James W. Bartell, Sr., John Steiner and Charles Clark as well as her dear brother Charles Dakin. She is survived by her loving partner Anthony Rimoli; her three children, James W. Bartell, Jr. (Diane), Pamela Driscoll (Steve) and Kathryn Mandeli (Steve); her grandchildren Kristen and Sean Driscoll, and Melissa and Victoria Mandeli; her stepchildren, Raymond Steiner (Jackie) and Jane Youngs (Robert); her step-grandchildren Catherine Landfried, Andrew Steiner, Michael Youngs, Michelle Mooney, Cecilia Chouinard, Daniel Steiner, Kevin Youngs; her step great-grandchildren Erica Jordan, Andrew and Connor Landfried, Benjamin and Abigail Youngs, Caidyn Chouinard; her beloved sister Kathryn Fitzpatrick (Brian); and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends all over the country.   

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Barbara’s honor be made to Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, 950 S. Oyster Bay Roa, Hicksville, NY 11801. Call (516) 822-6111 or visit www.centralnassau.org. 


News

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.

 

Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county. 

 

The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year. 


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


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