More than 1,800 children arrived to their first day of school with backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the annual Family Service League “Backpacks for Back to School” program and a generous grant of $20,000 from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Each year, Family Service League enlists the help of the community to collect school supplies for families who cannot afford $50 to $75 for backpacks and school supplies for each child. Hundreds of donors dropped off supplies or donated funds online and dozens of corporations collected supplies at their offices. Capital One Bank sold “stars” at 160 branches to raise funds.
A 60-year reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Huntington Hilton. Previous graduates are also invited. Contact Judy at 516-249-7013
The General Douglas MacArthur High School Reunion for the class of 1963 will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Melville Marriott Hotel (1350 Walt Whitman Rd. in Melville). The cutoff date to purchase tickets is October 1. For details or to register, visit www.reunionmanager.net/reunion_registration.php?class_id=142551&reunion=GEN+DOUGLAS+MACARTHUR+SENIOR+HIGH+SCHOOL&class_of=1963
Local teacher Walter Weil is ready to close the books after 34 years of educating students. The technology teacher from the Hicksville School District will be retiring after 14 years of teaching there. Weil was the technology teacher in both the Hicksville High School and the middle school.
His time spent at Hicksville Middle School was special to him, especially this year. “The middle school was like a family to me,” said Weil. “The people were closer and closer and nicer and nicer.” His time spent in the school district was a happy one because of how he was treated by all.
Michael Romanik, sociology-criminology major from Hicksville, moves bags of clothing into his new residence hall at Mount Saint Mary College. A sunny Hudson Valley day provided a beautiful backdrop for new students moving into Mount Saint Mary College on Aug. 24. Activities as they began their academic journey included moving in, signing onto the campus wide wireless internet, and dropping by the campus store. Student attended a welcome mass before they bade their families farewell.
Karen Massaro is ready to close the books on teaching. She has dedicated 32 years to the Hicksville School District, where she served as a music teacher.
Massaro has taught at several schools during her tenure in the district. She taught at East Street Elementary School for 13 years, Woodland Elementary School for 10 years, Lee Avenue Elementary School for 12 years and Dutch Lane Elementary School for seven years. Splitting her time in between schools for many years was no easy task.
Gio Kubanick recently represented Holy Family School by participating in a program at National Young Scholars Program. The camp was hosted at Villanova University.
Hilary Sperber is ready to retire after serving as a band and orchestra teacher in the Hicksville School District for 35 years.
She made her mark in the music department at Dutch Lane, East Street and Fork Lane Elementary School, her longest tenure. She got her start as a music teacher in 1977, where she began as a side teacher per-diem. In September 1983, Sperber officially joined the full-time ranks. She ran the band and orchestra programs, starting in 1993.
Trinity Lutheran School 4th grader Lacey Eberhart recently raised $1,000 in aid for those affected by the tornadoes in Moore, OK. The Eberhart family suffered heavy damage to their home during Hurricane Sandy and this experience inspired Eberhart to help those in a similar need. Trinity Lutheran School students and families contributed donations through weekly chapel offerings and a Dress Down Day fundraiser. Eberhart will present the funds to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Moore, OK where they will be used to provide disaster relief to members of the community.
Order Sons of Italy, Galileo Galilei Lodge #2253 Scholarship Awards Ceremony with Town of Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone, Hicksville High School student Laura Crespo, Tedi Marie Marotti, Toni Marie Critelli, Laura DiGirolamo, Hon. Rhonda E. Fischer and Lodge President Peter Sarandrea.
On Sunday, June 23, members of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, family and friends gathered to recognize a much beloved teacher, Mrs. Joyce Rausch, for her 36 years of service at a retirement celebration, joined by Legislator Rose Marie Walker. Pictured: Rausch, Walker and some of this year’s students.
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