Unlike an assisted living facility, Harvest House, directed by the Sisters of St. Dominick and owned by the Emmaus House Foundation, an independent nonprofit, is unique in that it’s a home for well-elders: independent seniors who don’t need the medical attention provided at assisted living facilities, but choose not to live alone. While there are different reasons seniors choose to move to Harvest House, including the death of one’s spouse, what the residents all have in common is that just because they are fully capable of living alone doesn’t mean that they want to.
The warm summer sun heated the day quickly for 275 members of the Jericho High School Class of 2011, their families and friends who gathered together in celebration of the fifty-first annual Commencement on Sunday, June 26. Students, in a sea of blue and gold, entered the auditorium at the Tilles Center to sounds of Pomp and Circumstance promptly at 9 a.m. After senior class president Yi Fan Zhu recited the Pledge and the graduation band played the national anthem, student council president Zachary Leighton welcomed everyone to the day’s festivities.
On Saturday, June 25, Eisenhower Park was packed with visitors as per usual, but not all of them were there just to enjoy the summer sun; hundreds attended the annual ceremony at the Nassau County ‘Walls of Honor’, a monument that honors veterans both living and deceased, where 280 new names were dedicated.
The Walls of Honor, maintained by The Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund Inc., a private organization, are open to all those who have served in the military, regardless of whether they served during wartime or peacetime, or when they served; those currently serving in the armed forces may apply to have their names added as well. Since 1992, names have been added to the wall for the cost of a $100 donation.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. co-founders Robert A.J. and Philip M. Eslick have announced the winners of the 2011 “Kids of Distinction” Program, created to recognize exceptional youngsters in the Town of Oyster Bay.
The winners were selected by the organization Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., which established a committee to judge applications.
First it was the Lighthouse Project, then a casino and now a new redevelopment plan that could garner a minor league ballpark and new arena for the New York Islanders. Interested parties will be crossing their fingers until Aug. 1 when Nassau County residents will vote a $400 million bond referendum to redevelop the 77-acre site of the Nassau Coliseum.
But that’s old news, for now.
The Jericho Union Free School District Board of Education agreed to freeze Superintendent Henry L. Grishman’s salary for the next five years in a vote on Thursday night.
The board approved Grishman’s contract at their June 16 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Jericho Middle School Library. His contract will remain the same through the 2015-2016 school year, and he will continue to receive $288,794 a year in salary and more than $134,000 in benefits. A copy of his board-approved contract is available on the Jericho school website.
Among all else, Terri Carr Muran wanted the residents gathered in the basement of St. Paul the Apostle Church on June 16 to know one thing: this was not a political rally. Instead, the event billed as “Save Our Old Brookville Police” was intended to serve as an information session for those curious about the state of negotiations between the Old Brookville Police Departmentand the six villages they serve.
“This evening is about security and safety,” Muran said. “It is not about political campaigning, although we do encourage you to vote.”
As the academic year winds down once again, students in schools all over the country are celebrating with classroom parties, featuring pizza, cookies, and talk of upcoming summer plans. However, on June 15, the students in the community service class at Jericho Middle School were holding a classroom party for a different reason: to celebrate the completion of approximately 60 “Duduza” dolls, together with their fellow students from The Brookville Center for Children’s Services (BCCS) on the AHRC campus. BCCS accommodates students with mental retardation, multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injury and autism.
The pattern for the colorful yarn dolls was originally created to comfort AIDS-affected children in South Africa, hence the title; “Duduza” is the Zulu word for comfort. However, the 60 dolls that the local students have created will be donated to both MercyFirst St. Mary of Angels Home in Syosset, and Blanca’s House, a non-profit organization of volunteer health care professionals who donate their time to provide free medical treatment to underprivileged children and their families around the world.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on June 10 that the RFP Panel formed in 2010 to evaluate public-private bids to manage and operate Long Island (LI) Bus operations beginning in 2012 has made an official selection. A contract, to be negotiated, will need the approval of the County Legislature and the Nassau Interim Finance Authority.
After reviewing proposals submitted by three private transportation operators, the panel, chaired by Nassau County Director of Real Estate Carl Schroeter, selected Veolia Transportation, Inc. Upon receiving the panel’s selection, the County Executive forwarded it to the outgoing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority Mark Aesch, who was retained to review the panel’s selection. Aesch independently confirmed the panel’s selection and, Mangano said, will further assist the County in transitioning to a privately managed and operated bus system.
This year marks the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 2001. With the commemoration will no doubt come an outpouring of remembrance and reverence. A Town Hall meeting on June 1 at Jericho High School featured a discussion on 9/11, with a specific emphasis on how the tragedy should be taught in schools.
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