With the referendum on the Town of Oyster Bay’s proposed sale of its DPW complex to Simon Property Group, the Albanese Organization and Castagna Properties set for August 20, a recent development concerning the Town’s bond rating has generated more concerns.
Late last month, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services placed The Town of Oyster Bay on ‘credit watch,’ where S&P analyst Lindsay Wilhelm said it “reflects our view that if a voter referendum for a property sale fails to pass, or the sale does not otherwise proceed as planed, the town could have difficulty meeting its financial obligations if it further fails to
receive state approval to issue deficit bonds on a timely basis.”
The Jericho Jewish Center is undergoing a total reconfiguration, and the educational program in particular is striving to create a never-before-seen method of religious education.
For more than 50 years, the Center’s religious school has followed a traditional format for educating Jewish youth, with not much in terms of education distinguishing it from other religious schools. This new model for conservative synagogues involves a one-day-a-week classroom-based interactive learning program with an adjunct Shabbat school, with the class taking place on Tuesdays and the Shabbat Friday nights and Saturday mornings.
The Fresh Air Fund had made an impression on Syosset mom Eileen Rauchenberger. Over the years, she had read about families hosting city children in the summer, and one day she decided to join them.
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities.
After an initial interview and background check, the Rauchenberger family—Eileen, Louis and their children, Louis Jr, Sarah and Julia—were on their way to hosting their first child. That was 12 years ago and the experience has made a lasting and positive impact on their family.
Jordana Rosenzweig, a Jericho resident, will be walking tall as a contestant for the Miss Long Island Teen 2014 competition on Sunday, August 11 at the Patchogue Theater.
She received the Miss New York Outstanding Teen Academic Award 2012.
“I believe I should be chosen as Miss Long Island Teen because I am a well-rounded teenager who believes in the importance of fitness and activity, as well as one who prides herself on her academic performance and involvement both in her extracurricular activities and the community,” Rosenzweig said. “I also believe pageants are an amazing forum for young women like me to express our opinions and do service to the communities, and would love the opportunity to use the title in this respect.”
The Kochhar family of Syosset is calling on the Government of Nepal to fully cooperate in a full and impartial investigation into the tragic June 15 death of their daughter, Bhoomika, who was living with her husband, Akaash Jatia, and his family in Nepal.
“I am committed to doing everything in my power to make sure they get the answers they need,” said Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who is supporting their efforts. “That’s why I’m calling on the Government of Nepal to cooperate in a full and impartial investigation. Although there’s nothing we can do to bring Bhoomika back, we must make sure that her family is provided with both closure and justice.”
A long-practicing Plainview podiatrist, Dr. Henry Balboa, is accused of sexually harassing a former medical assistant almost 50 years his junior and of illegally firing her after she rejected his advances, according to a complaint filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights.
Katie Chaput, 22, of Levittown, made the charges in a complaint filed June 28 by her lawyers, Leeds Brown Law LLC, against Balboa, 70, whose medical office is at 100 Manetto Hill Rd.
In a court ruling last Monday, NY State Supreme Court Justice F. Dana Winslow ruled that 4,976 signatures were valid to place a referendum before the residents of Oyster Bay next month on the sale of the town’s public works complex to Simon Property Group, the Albanese Organization and Castagne Properties.
A total of 4,599 signatures were required for the referendum - the vote will take place on August 20.
Organized by Taubman Centers Inc., the developer behind a proposed mall on the site adjacent to the town’s property, had put fourth a petition campaign to force a referendum. The sale of the town’s property was approved for $32.5 million, and the current plans are to construct a ‘mixed-use’ facility.
Ed Blumenfeld, founder of Blumenfeld Development Group in Syosset, was not selected as a finalist for the Nassau Coliseum overhaul project, and as a result, has teamed up with finalist Bruce Ratner to compete with Madison Square Garden Co. to redesign the Long Island landmark.
Both project proposals are privately funded.
Blumenfeld will be assisting in the development of restaurants and retail Director of the University of Michigan Center for Sports Management Mark Rosentraub, who was hired as a consultant on Blumenfeld’s original $150 million dollar proposal to demolish and re-construct the coliseum, will be involved in the partnership.
The Rotary Club of Hicksville-Jericho installed its most recent president, officers and board of directors on July 11. Elizabeth Goldfrank was installed as president by State Legislator Rose Walker. Also installed as officers were Ed Moffett, vice president; Donna Rivera-Downey, secretary; and Gerry Poli, treasurer.
Members of the board of directors installed were Tom Howell, Ennio Lattini Dr. Irwin Gross, James Grossman, William Schuckmann, and Dr. James Bentson.
The Hicksville Community Council held its 42nd Annual Awards Dinner on June 13, honoring people and organizations that exemplify the meaning of Community Service. The 2013 Dick Evers Community Service Award was presented to Donna Rivera-Downey, a lifelong Hicksville resident. Rivera-Downey’s interest in public service emerged during her own years as a Girl Scout growing up in Hicksville, and was honed and tested through her involvement with the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club and as a Girl Scout leader.
Mill Neck Manor’s Deaf Education Center (DEC) recently wrapped up the school year on a celebratory note with two graduations held a day apart. The DEC’s preschool children received their diplomas in anticipation of heading off to kindergarten in their home school districts in September. The eight little grads, adorable in their special occasion clothes, charmed the gathering of families, friends and Mill Neck students and staff with a performance of several songs before accepting their diplomas.
Five high school seniors celebrated their milestone the following day at a ceremony attended by several members of the Mill Neck Manor Board of Trustees and alumni, in addition to proud families and school staff. The class of 2013, Maximo Cutire, China Minichino, Michael Mullady, Jhovaughn Palmer and Rachel Ponce de Leon, began the program by taking the stage to sign the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. An invocation given by The Reverend Dennis Konkel was followed by several speakers.
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