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RMH-LI Kickstarts Phase II Campaign

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) in New Hyde Park got a new look this past October, thanks to the help of 27 of the regions top interior designers. Two of those designers are local businesswomen, Vasi Ypsilantis of Manhasset and Margreet Cevasco of Sea Cliff, who hosted a fundraiser for the project on Wednesday, May 21.

The 42-bedroom facility is set to add 24 bedrooms and four eat-in kitchens as part of the projects phase II.

All of the designers worked to redesign and renovate the house’s original 18 bedrooms, four kitchens, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms and three laundry rooms. The house is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. It was the first phase of a project which will see further renovations to the house starting this July.

“When we saw what was involved in this project and how it would help families in need, we knew we needed to get involved,” said Ypsilantis. “The hospital asked us for a proposal to raise funds and we acted on it.”

Ypsilantis said that she and her fellow designers donated all of the products and paid for the services out of their own pockets.

The whole project took 240 days to complete, running from July to October 2013, with more than $2 million in design, labor and materials being donated to the house. The designers wanted to reflect a theme of love and compassion into the redesigned physical environment that would help parents focus on their children’s healing.

“We acted with our hearts and were very moved to complete this project,” said Cevasco.

Cevasco, who owns Margreet Cevasco Design, said she collaborated with Ypsilantis to design the kitchen with four cooking stations, the dining room area and a coffee lounge.

The second phase of the project, which is scheduled to start in July and end in October, will include adding four more kitchens including a handicap kitchen into a wing of the house.

“From the very start, they were focused on making this space right for the 21 families who are living here,” said Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Matt Campo.

News

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. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”


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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