There are teachers who make a difference, teachers who change dozens of lives, and teachers who are simply a force of nature. And then, there was Paul Gordon, a retired teacher who taught physics at Syosset High School for 18 years, and to all appearances, never slowed down for a moment.
“Paul was really a glorious person,” said his wife, Fran Gordon. While Fran may not be the most impartial judge, the countless colleagues, former students, friends and neighbors who have stepped forward to remember Gordon since his death in a car accident on Tuesday, Sept. 14, demonstrate how one person can touch an entire community.
During a beautiful morning on Saturday, Sept. 25, opening ceremonies were held for the new turf field, recently constructed at 300 Robbins Lane. While the field is technically located in Syosset, it is a field intended primarily for the use of the children of Jericho- a fact made obvious by the scores of children in blue and yellow athletic gear, the Jericho High School Marching Band, and the Jericho Jayhawk, the community’s favorite fuzzy blue mascot.
Joel Sweetbaum of the Jericho Athletic Association (JAA) was the first to speak during the day’s festivities. Sweetbaum extended his gratitude to both Supervisor John Venditto and his predecessor in the JAA, Jack Schnitt. “And now, the Jericho community has their very own sports facility for children of all ages,” said Sweetbaum.
The Sept. 20 Syosset Central School District Board of Education meeting may have been brief, but there was much to be proud of as the board honored and congratulated nine Syosset High School students who were named 2010 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists: Daniel Bach, Eric Collet, Daniel Kim, Katherine Kuang, Clarissa Li, Belinda Wang, Harris Weber, Catherine Ye and Sumayya Younus. The district prides itself on its high academic standards and the outstanding academic achievements of its students. Out of 1.5 million students nationwide, only 16,000 are selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, nine years to the day after the attack on the World Trade Center, Vito After: A 9/11 Responder Copes in the Aftermath, a documentary chronicling the day-to-day challenges faced by former NYPD detective Vito Friscia in the years following the attack, was screened at Syosset Library. While it’s been close to a decade since that infamous day, the questions posed to Friscia and Syosset filmmaker Maria Pusateri after the film- as well as the strong emotion that was nearly palpable in the theater during the showing- made it clear that memories of the event are still very close to the surface for local residents.
Once upon a time, in the mid-1990s, frozen yogurt shops like TCBY and Yogurt ‘N Such battled for dominance in the strip malls and shopping centers of Long Island, and beyond. For some mysterious reason, the popularity of the frozen treat soon waned in favor of more traditional ice cream, and the neighborhood frozen yogurt shop (or three) seemed to have become a thing of the past. However, with 16 Handles now open for business in Jericho and other stores like Red Mango already well ensconced in several nearby locations, it would appear that the second wave of what can only be called the Frozen Yogurt Invasion has come to town.
The Reverend Dr. Sean B. Murray, Pastor of the Community Church of Syosset, United Church of Christ, has announced that the church is beginning a yearlong celebration of its founding 150 years ago. In the summer of 1860, five Syosset residents met and agreed to establish Syosset’s first church. They named it the Free Church, and constructed the small wooden meetinghouse on the north side of what is now Church Street, west of Berry Hill Road.
Declaring that his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for governor was in “great shape,” former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio made another campaign stop in Nassau County last week, with a visit to the Massapequa Diner.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced that a sweep targeting county residents who steal undeserved Medicaid benefits has resulted in the arrest of eight people who collectively stole more than $304,000 in taxpayer funds, including one Holbrook couple who had more than $1 million in the bank. The sweep was the result of joint investigations by the District Attorney’s Medicaid Fraud Unit and the Nassau County Department of Social Services, and Health and Human Services Medicaid Investigations Unit.
While there has been plenty of commentary on the delayed Jackson Avenue improvement project over the years, perhaps Legislator Judy Jacobs said it best: “There were more bumps and detours on the road to reaching an agreement than the ones on Jackson Avenue itself,” said Jacobs.
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