During a sometimes raucous forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the common core standards, venting their concerns and outrage.
State Senator Jack Martins of the 7th Senate District moderated the talk, while protesters outside chanted, “1, 2, 3, 4...We don’t want your common core!”
One of those protesters was Syosset business owner Ken Vicino.
Syosset Financial Advisor Gets Honors
Tony Pitta, of Syosset, was awarded membership to Capital Investment Companies’ President’s Council at the company’s annual meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC. The President’s Council is a prestigious honor society at Capital Investment Companies, based in Raleigh, NC, and Pitta was honored for being among the company’s top financial advisors in 2013. Pitta offers securities through Capital Investment Companies, which is one of the largest independent financial services and brokerage firms in the Southeastern US.
With so many unhealthy options lurking behind grinning fast food mascots and couch potato-pleasing video games, it is essential that youngsters receive guidance from the next generation of medical professionals.
Such was the thrust of a Health Education Fair at Mattlin Middle School in Plainview last week featuring medical students—two from Jericho—who are attending the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
Amy Cooper from Jericho was on hand to help children understand the appropriate times to call 911. She said personal safety and the safety of others is a health issue all its own.
Author Carole Roman, a teacher turned businesswoman who grew up in Syosset, got the idea for her latest collection of children’s books covering the globe while on a vacation here at home.
“Walking down Las Vegas Boulevard with my grandchildren on a family vacation turned into a career changer for this grandmother,” she says. “Within a three-block radius, my grandson asked me to explain the difference between all the themes of the varied hotels.”
A discussion about the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids of Egypt, and the Coliseum in Rome followed, she says.
There’s a new market in town, serving up smoothies, paninis, take-home dinners, sushi, organic fruits and vegetables and other gourmet goodies in downtown Syosset.
Jae Jang, a resident of Jericho, decided to open up J’s Market at a long-empty storefront on Jackson Avenue after reading the Town of Oyster Bay’s redevelopment plan for downtown Syosset in which many respondents said they’d like to see a specialty grocery store close to home.
“This project started 18 months ago,” says Jang. “We had a mountain of hurdles to overcome. But we finally made it.”
Martin Elias of Muttontown and Terence Smolev of Jericho have been appointed to The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) board of directors, effective immediately.
“The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is greatly honored to have Mr. Elias and Mr. Smolev join our organization’s board of directors,” says Steven Markowitz, chairman of HMTC’s board of directors. “These new members bring a wealth of leadership and experience and will be influential in helping continue our work to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach.”
Twenty--five--year--old Jericho High School grad Cory Parr is bringing his tennis expertise home to launch a new public indoor tennis facility on Long Island, the first of its kind in more than 20 years.
Christopher Morley Tennis, located on the grounds of Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn, will launch in late fall/early winter with five Deco-Turf and five Har Tru courts, a contemporary clubhouse and elevated viewing areas.
“The game of tennis has been so good to me,” said Parr. “I want to give young people the same confidence and sense of accomplishment that tennis has brought to my life.”
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.
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