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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

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


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Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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