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Letter: Scouting Out Allergic Foods

I am currently a senior at New Hyde Park Memorial. The title of my Girl Scout Gold Award project was  “Lets Include Instead of Exclude.” The project consisted of different seminars for children from preschool through junior high school with food allergies and other restrictions. I chose to do this for my Girl Scout Gold Award project because I felt I had a lot of knowledge to share on this topic. I grew up with many allergies during my childhood and continue to deal with them.

I felt there was very little support and awareness for children with food allergies and other restrictions throughout my education. At first I invited the nursery and grammar schools in New Hyde Park to join me for an informational seminar in January at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. My next target was the junior high school.  I ran classes, which consisted of a question and answer game. This kept the kids interested and learning at the same time.

I invited all of the New Hyde Park community to my food allergy jamboree on Jan. 23. The jamboree consisted of many samples of gluten free, dairy free, peanut free and other allergen free foods for children and parents to take home to try. There was also plenty of literature, epipen training and a display of local vendors who support families with allergies (Gourmet Bakery, McDonalds, Hand Rolled Bagels, Frantonis Pizzeria and Iceland.)

We also had a scavenger hunt game to help kids learn more about allergies. The raffles they won had helpful tips to help them feel included during their everyday life. When the Jamboree was completed, I reviewed all of the concerns I received from the attendees and discussed the feedback with the principals of the schools.  I distributed folders with helpful hints, epipen material and samples of products that can be useful to their students. I am hoping all this information will help the community to be more aware and sustain the topic to include instead of exclude. There are many obstacles a child will reach as they are growing up.  They need to realize they are not alone and the best way to help is communicating with others and supporting them.

Marisa Pugliese

New Hyde Park Memorial High School Senior

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.


Calendar

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