At a Jericho school board meeting last Tuesday, the approved inclusion of two new curriculum associate positions drew criticism. No one has been hired for the postions yet, thus salaries have not been drawn.
Resident Ira Checkla voiced his concerns in that the decision came about 20 days following the Jericho budget elections, stating to the board that the resolution “wasn’t properly disclosed to the public, in the budget brochure, or even in the agenda. Whether or not the position is warranted is up to you to decide: I think you let the public down.”
After 23 years, Board of Education President Michael Cohen announced the retirement of Superintendent of Syosset Schools Carole Hankin, at a school board meeting last Tuesday. Effective October 31, 2013, her contract was due to expire in 2017.
Hankin did not attend the meeting, and she notified the board of her decision by sending them a confidential letter. The news took the school board and residents attending on Tuesday by surprise - her resignation was unanimously accepted.
Jericho High School Freshman Tyler Bloch recently spread national awareness on Tourette Syndrome to a vast audience of viewers on the July 2 episode of the Food Network series “Chopped” in the episode “Teen Invasion.
At 14 years old, Tyler has many interests and passions, including tennis, piano, foreign languages and of course, cooking. His inspiration began by watching cooking shows on the Food Network. After watching various episodes of the show called “Chopped,” Tyler thought: “Wow, they should do a teen episode,” and went on their website to inquire.
At a Jericho Board of Education meeting last month, Superintendent of Schools Hank Grishman announced that approval to put a traffic light at the corner of Old Cedar Swamp Road and Route 106, and widen Old Cedar Swamp Road to 30 feet with curbing and re-paving has been granted to Bristal Assisted Living Facilities.
Bristal has put in an application for a zoning change to commercial, and special use permit to construct an assisted living facility across the street from Jericho High School and Middle School on Old Cedar Swamp Road, which the district officially opposed back in April.
At the Syosset Board of Education’s final meeting of the 2013-13 school year last month on June 18, Trustee Alan Resnick made a resolution to amend the audience to the public at the monthly school board meetings to accept written questions from the community by way of conventional mail or e-mail.
Questions would only be accepted if accompanied by full names and address of Syosset School District residents, and the district must receive the questions no later than three business days prior to the upcoming school board meeting.
The Jericho High School Class of 2013 graduated last month on June 23 in a commencement ceremony held at the Tilies Center. Jericho’s valedictorians were Matthew Lesser, Amanda Levenberg, Asha Job, Zachary Kent, Morgan Smiley, Colleen McCormack and Amelia Xu. With serenading music from the choir and inspirational words from speakers such as Jericho School Board President Joseph Lorintz, the district set their graduating class off into the working world with confidence and qualities of leadership.
Last month on June 19, Syosset High School graduated 575 students in the Class of 2013 at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University. Class valedictorian is Roger Witkin and salutatorian is Seung Wan Yoon. Speakers at the graduation ceremony were give by both staff and students, and a special dedication was held for Jong Hun “John” Lee, who was killed on March 26 by being struck by a Long Island Railroad train - Lee would have graduated with the class of 2013. Syosset High School Class Speaker, who know Lee personally, recalled the reaction of ‘support’ following his death, and commended the community for being “Syosset Strong.”
Prominent surgical oncologist Rajiv Datta, MD, chair of the department of surgery and medical director of the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital, has been appointed to the editorial board of International Surgery.
Dr. Datta is a resident of Muttontown.
The official journal of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), International Surgery is a quarterly, peer reviewed journal, established in 1938. The ICS was founded in 1935 in Geneva, Switzerland, by Max Thorek, a Hungarian-born surgeon who practiced in Chicago, Ill. It is composed of approximately 8,000 general surgeons and surgical specialists from over 100 countries/regions.
Woodbury resident Maseih Moghaddassi, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology at Winthrop-University Hospital. Dr. Moghaddassi, a long-time and esteemed member of the Hospital’s medical staff, is charged with leading the Division of Otolaryngology in its ongoing endeavors to uphold clinical excellence.
“We have some of the finest otolaryngology surgeons – many of whom are fellowship trained in their subspecialty – on staff at Winthrop,” said Dr. Moghaddassi. “I am pleased to the lead the Division as we extend our services to meet the growing needs of our community.”
A pancake breakfast fundraiser for ‘Team Nick Portugal’ was held for Syosset seventh grader Nicholas Portugal, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in December, 2012, at Applebees in Huntington Station last week.
Organized by Rachel Corcoran, who recruited members of her U9 Girls Syosset Soccer Club, the breakfast gathered community members such as school board trustees Joshua Lafazan and Robert Gershon, who did everything they could to bring happiness and a sense of hope for the Portugal family.
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