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LI Charity Names New Trustee

 

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) recently appointed interior designer Suzanne Costa to its 2014 board of directors. 

She will lend her expertise to RMH-LI’s mission of providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children, specifically through her leadership skills, fundraising experience, and knowledge of the design industry.

 

Costa first became active with RMH-LI last year through an initiative called Project Design 2013—the largest redesign RMH-LI has seen in its almost 28 years. With the help of the region’s interior designer industry leaders, this project focused on completing a redesign and renovation of the original 18 bedrooms, four kitchens, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms and three laundry rooms. More than $2 million in design, labor and materials were donated to the initiative. Phase II, Project Design 2014, will focus on updating RMH-LI’s remaining 24 bedrooms and several common areas. 

 

“Suzanne quickly became a leader within the framework of the project, offering valuable advice and guidance to staff and designers assembling spaces in the house,” said Matthew Campo, executive director of RMH-LI. “She left such a lasting impression during Phase

I that she currently serves as Design Chair for Phase II.”

 

Costas been spearheading all planning aspects of the initiative and mentoring this year’s diverse group of participating designers on reflecting their own unique style into a comfortable space. She hopes each space will provide a calm and restful healing environment for families experiencing the pain of having a child in the hospital.

 

“Working on Project Design 2013 helped me personally realize that transforming a space for families in need was a gift that I could give but more one I received,” she said. “The relationships I built at RMH-LI changed my path and led me to understand that the right design can help the healing process by surrounding families with the much-needed peace and tranquility.”

 

In addition to her involvement with RMH-LI, Costa is the principal at the New York-based design firm Suzanne Costa Interiors. 

 

Raised by an artist, the late Eddie Costa of American jazz fame, and a mother who was a fashion designer, she grew up with creative elements all around her, and has brought these experiences into perspective as one of the area’s most sought after interior designers. 

Costa spent much of her early career involved in Long Island Gold Coast real estate. She has clients on Long Island, in New York City and in Naples, Florida, and they share her enthusiasm in both life and lifestyles since she began the firm in 2000.

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


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