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Northsiders Rock At Annual Talent Show

Northside Elementary School’s dancers, singers, comedians and musicians rocked the stage at Howitt Middle School on April 25 for their twenty-first annual “Party Rock” Talent Show.

 

The Talent Show is one of the many events provided by the Northside PTA. Chairperson Dina Viskoc, along with her co-chair Melissa Knudzen coordinated an amazing show. 33 talented acts consisting of over 100 students performed and charmed the audience with their remarkable talents. 

 

Parent volunteers including Mary Mascioli assisted the children on stage smoothly and safely, while backstage Northside’s former students Stephanie Viskoc, Melissa Viskoc, Leanna Costello and Nicolette Mascioli came to lend their help as stagehands for the show and during rehearsals.

 

The Talent Show’s emcee for the evening was principal Elizabeth Garavuso, who kept the show moving with her humorous and admiring narratives. This will be the last talent show for Garavuso as she will be retiring in June. In honor of her retirement some of the teachers at Northside surprised her with an emotional singing performance in her tribute.

 

Not only did the children entertain us for the evening, the kindergarten teachers also did a skit this year with their reenactment of the children’s book Pete The Cat, I Love My White Shoes. While Garavuso narrated, Northside’s physical education teacher, David Stein rocked out on his electric guitar.

 

Various Northside student’s acts consisted of Charlie Hilton playing 8 Days a Week on Piano, Zombie Girls Malory DiPiazza, Jeanna Hammelman, Julia Harmon, Rebecca Kenjesky, Kairi Knudsen, Marissa Molina, Olivia Molina, and Gabrielle Stein dancing to Thriller, Jordan Schwartzman playing Medieval Kings on the Violin, an adorable What Does The Fox Say dance performed by Jillian, Ryan, Charlie, Olivia, Kelsey, Keira, Ava, Jaxon, Nicholas, Theresa, Dante, Tristin, Jacqueline, Alyssa and Ava Z. The comedy duo Andrew Siegel and Jordan Welch had the audience hysterical with their “It Tastes Like Chicken” skit. The show’s finale was performed by Danielle Costello, Jessicia Viskoc, Gabrielle Mascioli, Sophia Guthy, Gianna Backich, Jordan Schwartzman, Rebecca Scire, Gina Casale, Sarina Napoli and Ani Smith. These fifth grade girls danced and hugged for their final performance together at the Northside Talent Show singing to Grease’s We Will Always Be Together.

 

 

—Photos by Karen Michael and Gina Cassidy


News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


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