“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Roslyn’s own homegrown comedienne, Ali Bernstein, uses this quote from Mae West on her email form and since adolescence she has been making sure that this is exactly what happens to whatever audience she can find, using people and memories from her growing up years to forge a comedic identity of her own.
For Ali, it all started when she was only 15 years old. Along with her friends, she was stranded at LaGuardia Airport with a terminal full of angry New Yorkers delayed on a JetBlue flight. Ali decided to entertain the passengers with an impromptu stand-up performance. In time, the passengers temporarily forget about the delay. More importantly, Ali was awarded with a free roundtrip ticket, all of which convinced her that comedy might be a career path.
Roslyn has proved to be the perfect breeding ground for University of Delaware star Matt Soren, who was selected June 8 by the Phillies in the 19th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball first year player draft.
And Roslyn is embracing its hometown hero. Support for Soren has poured in from the community since his name was called on draft day. Soren says that friends, former teammates, and even Roslyners he barely knows have left encouraging messages on Facebook and elsewhere—and he couldn’t appreciate it more.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has given a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence to the MICU 2 at the Roslyn-based St. Francis Hospital.
The award, which marks a milestone on the path to patient care and a healthy work environment, recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six standards for a healthy work environment. Units that achieve the top-tier, three-year designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the National Quality Healthcare Award. This is the second gold-level Beacon Award the hospital has received. The CTICU at St. Francis earned the award previously.
The venerable Roslyn Landmark Society has a new president. Craig Westergard, a longtime Village of Roslyn board of trustee member, was introduced as the new president of the society at its annual membership meeting, one on Wednesday, June 26 at the Atria of Roslyn. The event consisted of a festive barbecue dinner on the Atria’s waterfront patio. Over 40 people attended to enjoy the summertime meal and listen to commentary by various Roslyn Landmark Society board members and Executive Director Franklin Hill Perrell.
In addition to Westergard, other officers elected for the current term include Vice President John Santos, Treasurer Michael Brown and Secretary Len Shaw. Outgoing president, Robert Sargent and current board members Jay Corn and Rev. Margaret Peckham Clark spoke about the status of Roslyn Landmark Society projects as well as introducing the newest members of the board: Monica Randall, author/contributing writer for 25A Magazine, Vincent Ciminera, manager of the Roslyn Savings Bank, Robert Ogrudek, Ogrudek Studios and Christine Vignola, manager, Fidelity Investments, Roslyn Branch.
In recent years, works of biography and history have come to supplant novels as best sellers and in some instances, important works of art. If this is the case, then Roslyn native Jane Leavy has played her own role in transforming sports biographies, with her work on two greats from the 1960s, Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle
A self-described “tomboy,” Leavy grew up in Roslyn just as Little League baseball was taking off. There, she pitched “briefly and poorly” for the long-forgotten Blue Jays of Roslyn Little League. Leavy came from a family with an interest in sports. Her father, for instance, was a water boy for the 1927 New York football Giants. On her parents first date, as she relates, her father took her mother to a Brooklyn College football game. “She retaliated by taking him to Loehmann’s after the final whistle,” Leavy recalls. “It was a template for their 63-year union.”
Firefighters are known as heroes, and one local man hasn’t let having a brain tumor stop him from serving his community. On June 15, Michael Hallquest, a Glen Head native who currently lives in Glen Cove participated in the annual New York Brain Tumor Walk and his team raised more than $12,000 for the National Brain Tumor Society.
Hallquest, a graduate of North Shore High School, has been a member of the Sea Cliff Volunteer Fire Department since 2001. After finishing college in 2005, he achieved his longtime dream of joining the Fire Department of New York, and was a member of the “Elmhurst Eagles”—Ladder Company 136 in Queens—until his diagnosis of brain cancer in 2010.
Last month, the Roslyn School District held graduation ceremonies for its elementary, middle school and high school students.
The graduation and moving up ceremonies gave young people a taste of what their future may hold. For instance, both the Harbor Hill School and East Hills School grade 5 Moving Up Ceremonies took place at Roslyn High School.
Likewise, the Roslyn Middle School graduation was held at Hofstra University with the Roslyn Middle School Chorale performing at the ceremony.
Finally, the 117th commencement of the Roslyn High School Class of 2013 was held at the Tilles Center. Students from all the graduating and moving up classes were honored for their many fine achievements with best wishes for a productive future.
While one local business got good news this week regarding their successful permit application, two others were left hanging until next month, all in hearings that took place at the recent meeting of the Village of Roslyn board of trustees.
Go Greenly Yogurt & Coffee Bar, located just down the road from Village Hall at 1502 Old Northern Blvd. was granted a permit to set up three tables and six chairs on the sidewalk outside of his establishment, in addition to an additional four chairs inside to accommodate anticipated higher summer traffic; this would result in a total of 21 seats overall.
There’s no denying that the teen years can be angst-ridden. A mainstay in literature, movies and, of course, music—every generation has an endless supply of “coming of age” tunes about being misunderstood.
Music can be a great equalizer and a way to express bottled emotion. Maria Sarro, founder of the Roslyn-based Beyond Rock, recalls her own childhood as being riddled with fears and insecurities. As an adult she explored outlets that challenged her to step out of her comfort zone. She thought, “If I’d had experiences like this as a kid, it would have changed everything.”
It has been a number of years since Norbert Krapf has lived in Roslyn Heights, but the area is still on his mind as the Indiana native who recently served as Poet Laureate of the Hoosier State continues to publish more volumes of verse, solidifying his hold as one of America’s most prolific poets.
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