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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

Running for his second major office in as many years, Adam Haber touched on familiar themes in a visit to Anton Media Group to discuss his candidacy for the Seventh District New York State Senate seat, where Haber is challenging the Republican incumbent, Jack Martins.

 

Haber entered politics in 2009, when he ran for and won, a seat on the Roslyn School Board. The district was then reeling from an embezzlement scandal that had cost it millions of dollars. Haber touted his achievements on the board, including bringing finances into line to the point where the district has seen the lowest tax increases of any district in Nassau County. Last year, Haber ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Edward P. Mangano for the Nassau County executive’s race. 

After a recent security scare, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is leading a push to get public election polling moved out of school buildings. The board of education is aiming to pass its resolution at the state level to encompass all New York Schools and address what they see as a broad school security flaw. 

 

“What’s good for our kids should be good for any child in any other public school in the entire state,” Superintendent Robert Katulak said. 


Sports

 

The Sewanhaka Indians topped the Herricks Highlanders, 26-6, on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Indians (5-2) Garden City High School to close out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at 170 Rockaway Ave., Garden City.

 

(Photos by Stephen Takacs)


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. 


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