Jennifer Godman and Matthew Forrest have been named, respectively, as the salutatorian and valedictorian for the Roslyn High School Class of 2013. The following are profiles of both students.
Fifty teachers, parents, and administrators from the Roslyn and East Williston school districts traveled to Albany on June 8 for a rally dubbed, “One Voice United Rally for Public Education.”
They were joined by other educators from throughout New York, from Montauk and Niagara all in a rally to express their opposition over excessive testing, budget cuts and APPR. Donning union and school colors, protestors waved signs and cheered speakers such as AFT President Randi Weingarten, NYSUT President Dick Ianuzzi and President of the AFL-CIO, Mario Cilento.
For months, residents of Roslyn Heights have lobbied to prevent the destruction of a 112-year old house on 73 Warner Ave., one that they claim is on property that is only zoned for residential purposes.
Their persistence has paid off. According to Warner Avenue resident, Dolores Augustine, the developer, JDN Properties of Mineola has withdrawn all parts of their variance request related to the address of the old house. JDN represented the nearby Porsche dealership, which sought to construct commercial uses on the property, including a new parking lot. Once they withdrew their original application, JDN only requested a permit to continue to use the lot on the southeastern side of Warner Avenue as an automobile storage lot. That permit, Augustine claimed, had expired in the 1960s. The Town of North Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) has granted Porsche a two-year extension, Augustine said, one that lasts until May 2015.
As with many youngsters growing up in Roslyn, Matt Soren was a New York Yankee fan. A pitching star at the University of Delaware, Matt was passed over by the Yankees in the major league baseball draft. But the 6-5, 225 lb. strikeout artist will still achieve the ultimate American dream of playing professional baseball. In the 19th round of the draft, Matt was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I’m proud of what we’re doing here,” said Kelly Norris, great-granddaughter of Jeanne Shibley Bell, the founder of the Shibley Day Camp in Roslyn.
Ms. Norris is referring to the extensive upgrades, renovations and improvements now under way at the camp. The projects are moving forward under the guidance of her father, Ernest Norris, with additional help from her mother, Jane Bradbury Norris and her sister Mackenzie.
The Village of Roslyn Harbor board of trustees has approved a new budget for 2013-2014. Now village officials would like to resolve another pressing issue facing Roslyn Harbor: A significant reduction in size of the AT&T cell tower, located on Beech Road.
As noted in a recent issue of The Roslyn News, the village, due to the 1996 Federal Communications Act, can’t do anything about the “microwave” tower’s existence, but it can reduce the size.
Up to 650 people traveled to Albertson last month to attend The Viscardi Center’s Celebrity Sports Night 2013 gala fundraiser. As with past events, the evening featured a variety of sports legends and celebrities, resulting in another rousing success that raised approximately $1.2 million.
This year, sports legends included Hall of Fame football greats Joe Namath and Joe Theismann, plus former New York Mets star, Mookie Wilson.
A New York State Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by East Hills resident Richard Brummel, one that attempted to reverse eight recent decisions of the East Hills Architectural Review Board (ARB).
The proposed renovation of property on Lumber Road, this one for residential purposes, continues to move forward as the Village of Roslyn board of trustees heard the latest presentation on the residential and parking plan for 17 Lumber Rd. at the May 21 meeting.
The business situation continues to pick up in the Lumber Road area. The latest business to choose the area as home is the Ballroom Palace, located on 55 Lumber Road. Recently, the Palace held its grand opening celebration, which attracted 250 people, including Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Legislator Wayne Wink.
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