Two freshmen from North Shore High School have been making the most out of a difficult situation. Cousins Jagger Gillman and Ethan Bradford have a taken a positive, proactive step for a cause that is deeply personal for their family and will also benefit others in the community: organizing a basketball clinic fundraiser to benefit Crohn’s disease research, a disease that Jagger’s younger brother, Harrison, a sixth-grader at North Shore Middle School, suffers from. The two cousins decided to combine their love of basketball with their desire to help find a cure for the disease by putting together an event to raise funds and awareness.
Sponsored by the Sid Jacobsen JCC in East Hills, the two-hour basketball clinic will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., for kids ages 6 to 13. The $20 fee will allow boys and girls to hone their skills at various stations, taught by volunteers as well as coaches from Unlimited Sports, based in Port Washington.
Harrison was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when he was 7 years old and unfortunately, at this time, there is still no cure. It’s been a challenge for the family but they are all doing what they can to be involved, stay positive, and raise enough awareness and money for research to, hopefully, one day find a cure. They also have support from friends and are expecting it to be fun event.
“A bunch of our friends are volunteering,” says Jagger, noting that six stations will be set up, with 15 minutes spent at each.
Jagger and Ethan have been involved in various fundraisers for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and organized a “Coins for Crohn’s" program at the middle school. This year, they wanted to do something bigger, and spent months working out the details for this event.
Rachel Gillman, mother of Jagger and Harrison, notes, “They’ve been involved for quite some time; this just happens to be their own thing they took and ran with...and they are really learning the hard work that goes into charity work.”
Jagger agrees. “It takes a lot of time and effort to create a fundraiser and carry it out. It’s a lot more work than we expected.”
Ethan’s mom, Sharyn Bradford, adds, “It’s been a great eye opener for them, not only to learn how much work goes into preparing and planning for the event but now advocating for the event, which is a huge part of philanthropy. You can’t have one without the other.”
“It’s kids helping kids - what’s better than that?” says Sharyn.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
In movies like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, a parent’s very real nightmare of inadequate child care is at the crux of the film’s storyline. So the promise of a new website with intentions to revolutionize babysitting offered new hope at the party recently held at Melville’s Jewel Restaurant to celebrate its launch.
Babysitting Barter has roughly 1,000 babysitters and 2,700 parents connected to its website nationwide, according to CEO and founder Brian Mannix of Glen Cove.
“This has been a long time coming, about four years in the works,” said Mannix. “We have built our website and I think it’s very different and innovative. It is something that I really think will make a national difference for parents, babysitters, and for businesses as well.”
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.