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Cellini Lodge Holds 44th Annual Scholarship Dinner

Father Forno, Christopher Macchio and Michael McBride honored

Friday evening, March 30, at the Chateau Briand, Westbury, the New Hyde Park Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) Cellini Lodge No. 2206 held its 44th Annual Dinner Dance. Honored this year were Reverend Adam R. Forno, Christopher Macchio and Michael McBride.

Father Forno is the national/state chaplain of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA); Chris Macchio is a professional singer and performer and Michael McBride is the director of the New Hyde Park Funeral Home.

Father Forno is a member of the Gabriele D’Annuzio Lodge No. 321 of Schenectady and is presently pastor of the Church of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph in Rotterdam. He is also a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher and a most admired priest.

Christopher Macchio has performed at many Italian-American functions and has studied at the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory and has been named the official tenor of UNICO, a national Italian American organization.

Mucchio is a native of Long Island and has performed at Feinstein’s of New York City Regency Hotel.

Michael McBride is also a retired detective of the New York City Police Department. He is a member of Cellini Lodge No. 2206 and has a long career of community involvement and leadership and is a member of the New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. He has achieved wide respect and admiration because of his creation of the Katie McBride Foundation and Katie’s Walk, in honor of his 11-year-old daughter who died of a rare cancer. Katie’s Walk has raised thousands of dollars for youngsters afflicted with cancer.

Recently re-installed president of the Cellini Lodger, Luigi Squillante praised the lodge for its efforts to make New Hyde Park and the surrounding community a better place to live. Squillante said, “We at Cellini are very proud of all our members, but in this case we extend special congratulations to this year’s honorees Father Forno, Chris Macchio and Mike McBride.”

Since the founding of Cellini Lodge, in 1968, the lodge has provided close to 370 scholarships with more than $300,000 collectively awarded, owing to the generosity of Cellini members: namely, the Anthony Musso family and Anna Mulea in honor of her late husband. In 2011 the Tedone foundation once again sponsored two scholarships. In addition, senior level students at New Hyde Park Memorial, Herricks, Sewanhaka, Floral Park Memorial, Garden City and Great Neck South High Schools all benefit from a variety of Cellini recognition awards annually.

Joseph Sciame, of New Hyde Park, and a founding member of the Cellini Lodge and a former president of Cellini and an OSIA national and state past president commented,  “We are all very proud of the Cellini Lodge. First it is our home lodge; second with 396 members in 2012 it is one of the largest lodges of the OSIA in New York State and third, it is a model lodge due to its organization and many activities within the community of New Hyde Park.

“Cellini Lodge attracts members from other communities because of its very involvement in the fabric of our society by promoting education, culture and charitable giving and that is why we are all so proud of this lodge.”

News

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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