Jennifer Vasek and her mother have suffered for years from a rare disorder called Chiari malformation. Both have endured several brain surgeries yet still suffer from Chiari symptoms on a daily basis. They include headaches, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision and loss of balance. They occur when the base of the brain protrudes through the lower skull and touches the upper part of the spinal cord, creating numerous neurological symptoms. The only accurate way to identify Chiari is with an MRI of the neck.
The Beacon Church in New Hyde Park hosted its Annual Christmas Fest on Saturday, Dec. 6 with games, crafts, holiday snacks, a full petting zoo and a photo booth. The Christmas show included music and carols by a live band and an interactive show for kids.
Daniel Rivera, a United States Marine from 2002-2009, greeted the kids as they made personal holiday cards to be sent to soldiers overseas.
“Hate is not a Wheatley value.” That’s one of the slogans cast members donned on the large pins they wore to school attached to black outfits on Thursday, Nov. 21, to signal the premiere of their play, The Laramie Project, that evening.
This was no run-of-the-mill, happy-go-lucky, elaborate musical the school is famous for. It was an incredibly serious undertaking, especially for high schoolers.
Cheryl Finkelstein, an elementary school social worker, with her puppet Bobby visited all the kindergarten classes at Searingtown School. She taught a bully/violence prevention program entitled “Caring Kids.”
“Caring Kids” is a two-session workshop comprised of storytelling, puppetry and sharing. The students have learned to identify feelings and respect differences. Also, they identified unkind behaviors and learned how to respond to those behaviors.
With great food and friends, participants in the Mount Saint Mary College chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) had much to be thankful for.
The college’s food service provider, Sodexo, recently served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for 16 “Littles” and 27 “Bigs,” including Rose Linehan of New Hyde Park.
The New Hyde Park Road School recently held a Bully Buster Theatre production in the auditorium. The production was produced and directed by fourth-grade ‘Bully’ teacher, Susan Sohmer and choreographed by fourth-grade teacher Lauren Casciano. The cast and crew included teachers, staff, and students from the student council at the Road School.
Nick’s Marathon, a unique annual fundraising event, has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in New Hyde Park to honor the memory of leukemia victim Nicholas Capobianco and share his love of video-games with children and families in need. Every year, a group of childhood friends spend an entire weekend playing video-games as a special tribute to Nicholas, an avid gamer and beloved friend whose life was tragically cut short by cancer.
The 2013 Nick’s Marathon fundraiser will kickoff on Friday, Nov. 22nd at 8 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 24. The gaming marathon event will all be streamed live at nicksmarathon.org, and all donations received will support RMH-LI. These items will be delivered to the House by Santa at a holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 12.
The Herricks Board of Education unveiled its preliminary budget for the 2014-15 school year on Nov. 7. However, Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth stated that it was far from complete due to several unknown factors. .
“We have budgeted so far based on contracts, salaries, and other known factors,” he said. “Because health insurance and retirement is better than we thought, the budget is shaping up better than I thought it would.” The completed 2014-15 budget is expected to be presented in February
The Kellenberg Boys Varsity Soccer team recently practiced with the athletes of the TOP Soccer program of New Hyde Park, as they have done for the past six seasons. The team sacrifices one of their scheduled Saturday practices during the season each year to spend their time with the special-needs soccer program.
TOP Soccer is a program that offers special-needs athletes an opportunity to learn the game and compete with others at their level. TOP Soccer has been giving these athletes a place to play for over 20 years and is sponsored by the New Hyde Park Wildcats soccer club and organized by the Bursig family of New Hyde Park.
The kindergarten classes at Hillside Grade School recently celebrated Magical Pumpkin Day. The children were surprised by a Haunted House Playground, filled with spider webs, spooky creatures and a haunted bridge. There was a magical scarecrow who guarded all the pumpkins until every child picked one to take home.
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