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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

Shake Shack, a burger restaurant giant which launched in New York City, is looking to establish its second Long Island location in New Hyde Park, reps told the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. The company opened its first Long Island spot in Westbury in November 2012.

 

“We’ve received such a warm welcome in Westbury,” said Edwin Bragg, Shake Shack’s marketing director. “We’ve had a lot of interest from Shake Shack fans in the many nearby villages and towns.” 

 

According to Bragg, the company makes an effort to ensure each new location is tailored to the community, taking “great care to build each Shack with custom architectural design, including forward-thinking structural elements and compelling eco-friendly design.” 

Twenty-three-year-old Victoria Inguanta of New Hyde Park has a unique approach to her artwork. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School and Marymount College graduate takes the human body and combines figurative and abstract work using just a pencil and her canvas.

 

“For instance I’ll take a classical rendering of a face and bring out a modern aspect of the art using lines and space in my composition,” said Inguanta. “To me, the combining of the two is a lot of fun.”


Sports

Tara Notrica is your typical 49-year-old mother of two. Along with her husband Barry, she is kept busy by her 14-year-old son Jared and 10-year-old daughter Samantha. One more thing: she has been battling Mast Cell disease in addition to other autoimmune diseases for the past eight years. Josh York, the CEO and founder of GYMGUYZ, an in-home personal training company, has been working closely with Notrica to help her cope with her disease.

 

“GYMGUYZ is all about the three C’s: convenient, creative and customizable workouts,” said York. “We come to the setting of your choice from homes, offices, churches, and bring our fully loaded van, which has 365 pieces of equipment,” he continued.

Nassau County Police Activity League Special Needs Unit hosted the recent Special Olympics New York Basketball Tournament held at Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center home of Nassau County PAL (NCPAL). Thirteen basketball teams, each with up to ten players, participated in the games. NCPAL-

Special Needs Unit Knights; NCPAL New Hyde Park Knights; SCO Owls; Commack Sharks; Long Island Lions: ACDS Thunderbolts, AHRC Starz and for the first time the Oakville Skywalkers, a Canadian team, competed on the court to demonstrate their skill and spirit of sportsmanship. After the games gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons were awarded to each of the players.


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