The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award is to recognize outstanding contributions an individual has made to help contribute to the welfare of the children and the PTA after receiving the Jenkins Award. As a recipient of the State Honorary Life Membership Award in 2003, Dr. Goodman has forged even further ahead and truly brought Baylis to its excellence. One may think this person’s role is a given; that she is “supposed” to be there to help the students. However, according to the Baylis PTA, what she has accomplished was not necessarily in her job description. She is a respected, admired member of the community, stretching beyond the front doors of Baylis.
On Newsweek’s annual “America’s Best High Schools” list, Jericho High School came in #32 in the nation, as well as second in the state, while Syosset High School came in over a hundred ranks behind at #142. Despite the gap in their rankings, administrators from both schools shared many of the same concerns about the ultimate value of the list, and the logical soundness of judging a high school by any one criterion.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. co-founders Robert A.J. and Philip M. Eslick are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 “Kids of Distinction” Program, created to recognize exceptional youngsters in the Town of Oyster Bay.
Since her appointment by Governor Paterson to the U.S. Senate, taking the seat vacated by Hilary Rodham Clinton, followed by her winning the special election in March of 2009, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has had a lot on her plate- from issues as high profile as the economic stimulus package of 2009, to dealing with issues that are less controversial, such as the risk to infants posed by dangerous drop-side cribs. Gillibrand will be running to hold on to her seat in November.
While the celebration of Memorial Day is always resonant, it takes on another dimension during wartime. “Think of the boys who are fighting at this moment- right at this moment,” said World War II veteran Gus Scutari, coordinator of the 2010 Memorial Day Parade in Syosset. While residents from myriad organizations marched cheerfully, and there were plenty of happy little children to be seen running around in red-white-and-blue clothing, as well as beach chairs, hot dogs and ice cream, there was a sense at this year’s parade that the solemnity of the occasion was not forgotten.
Many members of the Nassau County Bar Association donate their time and talents to help make NCBA the best it can be. However, each year a few are singled out for special recognition by the NCBA leadership. NCBA President Emily F. Franchina announced that this year’s President’s Award is going to Linda Nanos of Bellmore and Howard Brill of Syosset, for their excellent guidance of BOLD – Bridge Over Language Divides – and the many ways they have worked to help the non-English speaking community.
Jericho celebrated another stellar awards night on May 20 at the Jericho Board of Education meeting. Among the students who received honors was Jericho’s first-ever Presidential Scholar, Yvette Leung. Leung is also this year’s co-valedictorian and will be going to Washington D.C. next month to receive a medal and have dinner with President Obama. In addition, Michael Tandatnick received the George Farber Award, making him one of only 10 students in Nassau County to receive the award. The board also recognized and congratulated the achievements of the debate team, which placed fourth in statewide tournaments; History Day participants who won in three different categories; Long Island Math Fair participants who reclaimed first place for Jericho (tied with Great Neck); and Mathlete winners, including eighth-grader Kevin Huang, who was the highest scoring “ninth-grader” in the competition.
At the UJA-Federation of New York’s Connect-to-Care Networking Event, held at Jericho Jewish Center on May 6, participants had any misconceptions that they may have had about networking swept away: “If you’re here to sell somebody something, the door is there,” said Steven Krauser, president of Jericho Jewish Center and Network Associates Inc., at the start of the event. Whether or not participants came away from the event with new business contacts, the message – that networking is a tool, perhaps even a mindset, and not a sales pitch – was powerful.
On May 31, hundreds of Syosset-Woodbury veterans, student musicians, civic group members, firefighters, Scouts, and Little Leaguers will march the length of Jackson Avenue in honor of Syosset’s fallen servicemen, while hundreds of spectators line the street to cheer them on. For some, the Memorial Day Parade is a pleasant rite of spring, the first trip of the year into downtown Syosset without a jacket. For others, it is a cherished Syosset tradition that dates back to the early days of World War II.
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