Written by Stephen Levine, email@example.com Wednesday, 21 August 2013 10:28
For Dana DiCapua the news that she would become the new assistant superintendent for business was “thrilling, really, really thrilling.”
“It’s a privilege to be a part of it,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
DiCapua departs from the Wantagh Public School District, where she was also the assistant superintendent for business. She comes to Garden City under the same title. With nine years experience in school business, she has the potential of being a worthy successor to Al Chase, who had served the district for the previous seven years. Prior to her position at Wantagh, she held the same position in Island Trees and similar positions in Plainview-Old Bethpage and Hempstead.
“Learning from that [being assistant superintendent for business in Wantagh] really gave me a nice perspective,” said DiCapua. “It was all very instrumental as to why I’m here today.”
Prior to her work in school business and finance, she had a successful career in the banking industry where she served a stint at CitiBank as a branch manager. Her experience in the fields comes from a B.S. in business administration from SUNY Oswego and an M.B.A. from Dowling College.
In her new position she now serves as the chief financial officer of all aspects of school business. She also is in charge of the budgetary system and oversees personnel, facilities and the district clerk sectors.
“The transition, I think has gone very smoothly,” DiCapua said of the recent move to a new district. “We’re undergoing a comprehensive restructure project and I’ve been working very closely with Al Chase and the superintendent. School businesses generally operate the same but there are differences in each one. I feel privileged to bring my expertise to such a high regarded school.”
The goal at the new position for DiCapua is to keep the school on the same trajectory that they have been on. She sees it as a tribute to the board and district on what they have already done in maximizing the budget at a time where the economy was in turmoil.
While the school is certainly getting an experienced professional to benefit their district, DiCapua also gets something back from the job she is doing for the school.
“I really enjoy doing it,” she said. “I love my job, I love my day, I love the challenge. I have a background in business and finance and Garden City is very active. It’s thrilling and a challenge I look forward to.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.