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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

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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