The College Board recently announced that 175 Jericho High School students were named Advanced Placement Scholars in four categories: Scholar, Scholar with Honor, Scholar with Distinction and National Scholar.
AP Examinations, which students take in May after completing college level courses, are graded on a five-point scale. Credit, advanced placement or both, is awarded at most of the nation’s colleges and universities for grades of 3 or higher.
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with outrage or relief to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including three from the Syosset area.
The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs. That, some feel, is an over-reach and invasion of privacy, however others think it finally shows local government taking the issue seriously.
“I think they jumped the gun on this one,” one Syosset resident said, who was joined by two friends at a local store on break from work. “There are over 100 men whose reputations are ruined now - even if they are found innocent.”
Syosset High School has moved on to the Regional Semi-Finals of MSG Varsity’s “The Challenge,” and will take on Farmingdale High School on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., on Cablevision’s Optimum Channel 14.
Syosset High School, joined by three other schools from Nassau County, heads into the Regional Semi-Final play while trying to qualify for the Tri-State Championship Playoffs.
Last month, the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association (NSWCA), co-sponsored the first-ever Long Island Groundwater Symposium, along with the Long Island Water Conference and the Suffolk County Water Authority.
This was part of May’s Water Awareness Month, Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association (NSWCA), consisting of 21 Nassau and Suffolk water districts, including Jericho.
The five-hour informational program was highlighted by moderated panel discussions, featuring water supply industry professionals and elected officials. Topics of discussion included water availability, water quality, infrastructure management and long-term protection of Long Island’s groundwater supply.
The Second Squad reports the arrest of a Freeport man for sexual abuse, which occurred on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 4 p.m. in Woodbury.
According to detectives, on Tuesday, May 21 at 3:45 p.m. the owner of Dun Rite Upholstery, Alfred Balcerak, 54, of 25 N. Long Beach Avenue, approached a male employee in his twenties, pulled down his pants and grabbed his genitals. The victim turned away and exited the store, which is located at 18 W. Jericho Turnpike in Syosset. Balcerak is a Level 3 Registered Sex Offender, and designated a Predicate Sex Offender. On Tuesday, May 28, at 4 p.m., the defendant turned himself in at the Second Precinct in Woodbury, without incident.
Balcerak is charged with Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and was arraigned on Wednesday, May 29 at First District Court in Hempstead.
The 72nd Annual Syosset Memorial Day Parade drew over a hundred residents on Monday morning, beginning at Variety Pre-School, heading down Jackson Avenue and into the downtown Syosset area where a ceremony was held at the Memorial Park on Underhill Boulevard.
A WWII veteran and resident of Syosset for over 30 years, Gus Scutari has coordinated the parade for 23 years, and become known as “Mr. Memorial Day.”
The Syosset School District’s 2013-14 budget for $209,054,963, a 5.54 percent increase from last year’s budget, passed 2,627 to 1,555 last week.
“The District is very pleased and will continue to provide an excellent education for our students,” Superintendent of Syosset Schools Carole Hankin said.
The Jericho School District’s 2013-13 budget of $177,878,708, a 2.98 percent increase from last year’s budget, passed 808 to 265 last week.
“The Board of Education and Jericho’s administrators were proud to present a budget that provided the highest quality of instructional programs while being extremely mindful of the financial impact on our taxpayers,” Superintendent of Jericho Schools Hank Grishman said. “The budget was approved by over 75 percent of voters and we are grateful for the support.”
School Board President Joseph Lorintz was re-elected unopposed, and Proposition 2 passed 517 to 181.
The Jericho Library’s budget also passed with 78.56 percent support. Gloria Jacobson was also re-elected to the Board of Directors.
Syosset’s Blumenfeld Development Group (BDG), headed by Ed Blumenfeld, has proposed a $200 million design to demolish Nassau Coliseum and build a new arena and state-of-the-art exhibition center for the 21st century.
“The existing facility cannot be effectively retrofitted,” said Brad Blumenfeld, BDG Vice President, adding “Our team is committed to building a new, preeminent facility—other proposals only call for renovations to the existing arena.”
During a Syosset school board meeting last week, tension arose between Superintendent of Schools Carole Hankin, Trustee Joshua Lafazan, and Fred Gang, a resident speaker on transparency and accusations made against the district.
During public comment, Gang expressed disapproval of the district’s proposed budget for 2013-14, and inquired about reports of the district’s use of software to target various community members with the objective of increasing voter turnouts — which is illegal under New York State election law as Gang pointed out.
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