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Farmingdale Residents Achieve Highest Honor In Girl Scouting

While some high schools now require a few hours of community service for graduation, none go as far as the Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award. This year Sabrina Carrieri, Deanna Lavelle, Victoria Lorig, Heather McSherry, Gabrielle Messina, Elizabeth Shields and Ashley Zizzo of Farmingdale join the record number of 121 Girl Scouts in Nassau County that have woven a minimum of 80 hours of community service into their busy schedules. These young women developed Gold Award community action projects that address social issues in their community or promote acts of kindness and goodwill throughout the county. Their efforts earned these girls the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor that a young woman can achieve in Girl Scouting.  

“We are so proud of all the young women who earned their Girl Scout Gold Award this year,” said Donna Ceravolo, executive director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Through their projects, these women have changed the lives of others and improved their communities in significant ways. We couldn’t be happier that 121 girls chose to take this rigorous path towards earning their Gold Award and succeeded in accomplishing their goals.”

Sabrina Carrieri’s Gold Award project, “I Like Who I Am,” was designed to build self-esteem and self-confidence in girls, ages 9 to 14, in an effort to prevent bullying. By sharing stories of bullying experiences and hands-on activities, she sought to empower the girls who attended. She also created and distributed a packet of resources for girls and their parents to help them better deal with bullying. Carrieri graduated from Farmingdale High School in 2011, where she was a member of the Dalerette kick line team, the National Honor Society, and the Italian Honor Society. She recently completed her freshman year at Molloy College where she is a member of the American Red Cross Club, the education club, and the Italian Society.

Deanna Lavelle’s Gold Award project was aimed at girls in fourth through eighth grade and was designed to boost their self-esteem through the dramatic arts. In her workshops, she taught the girls acting exercises that promoted self-expression. She also taught activities that required the use of emotion and teamwork. As a result, the students learned how to better deal with stress, to be themselves, and to be open with their feelings. Lavelle recently graduated from Plainedge Senior High School, where she was a member of the drama club and choir. She was also in the Tri-M music honor society, and worked on the staff of Ventures literary magazine. Her plans for the fall are undecided.

Victoria Lorig wanted to help those in her community who are struggling to enter the job market. For her Gold Award project, she worked with Nassau County’s department of social services, where she created an organized, well-stocked “store” of career clothing. Lorig conducted a series of clothing drives and brought the donated items to the site. She also created a floor plan and procedure guide to help future volunteers or staff, who will be working in the shop.  Lorig graduated from Farmingdale High School in 2011 and recently completed her freshman year at Nassau Community College. She was an intern at the child study lab.

Heather McSherry’s Gold Award project brought together the community, musicians, high school students and a local food bank to address the issue of hunger on Long Island. She organized a concert, which had an admission price of an item of food. At the concert, McSherry presented information about hunger to further educate the students who attended. She also ensured that the work would continue in the future by arranging food drives at her school.

McSherry recently graduated from Plainedge High School, where she was a member of the FIRST Robotics club, the National Honor Society, and honor societies for math, English, and science. Outside of school, she mentored altar servers at her church and was in an engineering program at Northrop Grumman. She plans to study biomedical engineering at Tufts University in the fall.

Gabrielle Messina used her Gold Award project to educate her community about cancer. She researched the topic and created an event that presented the information in a variety of ways. After reaching out to various cancer societies, she was able to create seven stations, which allowed her attendees to learn about everything from how to avoid skin cancer to the importance of avoiding tobacco products. Messina recently graduated from Plainedge High School, where she was a peer mentor and a member of the international club and the yearbook club. She was also a member of the Tri-M music honor society and an active member of St. Luke’s Church. She plans to attend LIU Post in the fall.

Elizabeth Shields’ Gold Award project improved the appearance and the safety of the grounds at her local elementary school. The roots of a large tree were protruding above ground, which created a safety hazard for children playing in the area. Shields connected with local gardeners for design help and advice and then put her plan into action. She planted an attractive garden for the students, parents and teachers to enjoy for years to come. Shields graduated from Farmingdale High School in 2011, where she was on the soccer, volleyball and badminton teams. She currently attends Suffolk Community College. Outside of school, she plays on the Suffolk Inter-League Soccer team, is on a beach volleyball team and is president of Venture Crew 46.

Ashley Zizzo has spent many hours volunteering for HorseAbility, a program that gives children with special needs the chance to participate in a therapeutic horseback riding program. For her Gold Award project, she wanted to raise awareness of their work in the community. Zizzo held a carnival event and by bringing people together for a day of fun, she was able to educate them about the work of HorseAbility and bring in a new group of volunteers and clients for the program. Zizzo recently graduated from Holy Trinity High School, where she was on the varsity kick line and a member of student council, volunteer club, the band and the National Honor Society. She will attend Hartwick College in the fall. 

On June 12 the Girl Scouts of Nassau County honored Girl Scouts Seniors and Ambassadors between the ages of 15 and 18 at a special ceremony held at Adelphi University. In addition to the Girl Scout ceremony, on June 21, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano will present the girls, along with their Eagle Scout counterparts from Boy Scouts, with certificates for their achievements at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Chamber in Mineola. Town of Hempstead Supervisor also honored Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and Eagle Scouts on June 3rd in an event at Levy Preserve.

“Girl Scouts Gold Award recipients are ambitious and dedicated individuals with strong time management and organizational skills. They have joined an elite group of American women, who are part of the Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award Alliance,” said Ceravolo. 

The Gold Award project helps high school-aged Girl Scouts develop leadership skills and explore various career paths. Overall, the Gold Awards require up to a three-year commitment from each young woman. It affords the teen the opportunity to learn about arts and humanities, cultural and global relations, personal well-being, technology and science, environmental concerns and many of the innumerable issues facing young women and the world today.

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Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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