This past August, Syosset’s Clifford “CJ” Russo entered the McDonald’s voice contest, a nation-wide competition to discover, recognize and reward the most talented singers among the more than 1.8 million employees working in McDonald’s restaurants. Now, he’s among the select few competing for the win.
“Growing up performing, since age 8, singing has always been my passion,” says Russo. “I’ve explored genres from musical theater and modern pop to sacred choral music and even opera.”
Jericho’s Arthur M. Katz, president of Knockout Pest Control, was named to the board of The Jewish Academy, Suffolk County’s only Jewish Day School. Active in Long Island’s Jewish, business and professional communities, he currently serves as president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island (JCRC).
Newsweek released its national high school rankings last week highlighting the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation—those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads—with both Syosset and Jericho high schools placing among the very best.
Jericho High School ranked at 32 with a 100-percent graduation rate, 100 percent of graduating seniors headed to college and an average 1884 SAT score.
Nassau County Police are looking for a truck driver who struck an officer on a Long Island Expressway service road in Syosset on October 14.
The Nassau County Highway Patrol officer, who was conducting a traffic stop at the time and standing outside his vehicle with emergency lights flashing, was struck just before noon by a truck carrying pipes on the eastbound South Service Road, west of South Oyster Bay Road, according to police.
Jericho High School alum and Brookville native Sean Tolkin has made five wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions, by running 26.2 miles—in the middle of the ocean.
Tolkin, business development director at World Travel Holdings, ran a marathon onboard the Norwegian Breakaway ship on October 5 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and raised nearly $50,000.
“Given that 75 percent of wishes involve travel,” said Tolkin, “the marathon at sea idea was born.”
Jericho’s Michael Ziegelbaum, a board-certified urologist at Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY), has been elected as an At-Large Member of the North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) Medical Staff Society in Lake Success.
“It is a great honor to be elected to the NSUH Medical Society,” said Ziegelbaum. “I look forward to contributing to such an important organization and acting on behalf my medical colleagues, peers and AUCNY.”
In his new role, Ziegelbaum will help the organization in its mission of promoting, providing and supporting medical education.
After more than six days with no additional sightings of black SUVs around Syosset schools, Superintendent Ronald Friedman updated parents last week on the incidents that have kept parents, school officials and police on high alert for weeks.
Multiple black SUV sightings had been reported around Syosset school campuses, most of which were identified as belonging to either parents or the district’s bus company.
Bill Leonello is a competitive bodybuilder who works as a personal trainer on the North Shore, but when he begins his own training for the annual June and July bodybuilding tournaments in New York City and New Jersey, he travels to Bev Francis’s Powerhouse Gym in Syosset.
Since 1986, “Bev’s Gym” has been one of the leading gyms in the country for serious bodybuilders. At least three former “Mr. Olympia” title holders train there. Magazines and athletes alike say the facility is the East Coast go-to bodybuilding gym, comparable to the widely heralded national “Mecca of bodybuilding gyms,” Gold’s Gym in Venice, California.
A Woodbury man was sentenced to one to three years in prison after he was convicted of tricking his mother-in-law into signing various real estate documents which allowed him to steal more than $600,000 from several financial institutions, leaving her to face civil lawsuits in addition to foreclosure proceedings on a nearly $1 million home she had no idea she owned.
In October 2005, John Tuozzo, a self-employed mortgage broker, needed to obtain two mortgages totaling $939,000 so he and his wife could purchase a home on Harvard Avenue in Merrick, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Since Tuozzo and his wife had filed for bankruptcy in 2001, they were unable to secure financing on their own. Tuozzo’s mother-in-law agreed to co-sign the mortgages.
As election time draws near and Town of Oyster Bay residents gear up to choose their next Supervisor, the Hicksville Illustrated took a look at the town’s most pressing issues. The Cerro Wire Property, town finances, and the brownfields are on the forefront of voters’ minds as they go to the polls November 5.
Cerro Wire Property
For nearly two decades residents and mall developer Taubman Centers have been fighting over Taubman’s plans to construct a luxury mall on the former Cerro Wire property bordering Robbins Lane and the Long Island Expressway in Syosset.
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