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Ronald McDonald House's New Digs

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Gala event showcases revamped bedrooms, Great Room

The Pierson family didn’t know what to expect when it returned to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island after its major renovation, dubbed “Project Design 2013” was completed. Jack Pierson was in shock to see the updated digs, which he and his family called a home away from home during his daughter Jocelyn’s cancer treatment.


“It’s fabulous,” Pierson said at the Oct. 10 gala event. “It’s like a new home. We consider this our home and any family who has ever stayed knows that. So when someone does something like this, there’s no better gift.”


Lennon Celebrates Eagle Court Of Honor

Written by Illustrated News Staff, Friday, 11 October 2013 00:00

Eamonn Lennon of New Hyde Park held his Eagle Court of Honor on Sept. 22, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor.

For his Eagle Scout Project, Lennon supervised and completed renovations at Holy Spirit Church with the help of family, friends, troop members and community members. The project consisted of sanding, staining and varnishing the front doors, painting 150 feet of black railing, two plaques, and the church lobby.


Clark Reaches Kickstarter Goal

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

St. Aidan’s alum to write book

on presidential libraries

When Anthony Clark learned a crowdfunding project for his book The Last Campaign: How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity and Enshrine their Legacies, successfully garnered the required $7,500 on to secure his trip to U.S. presidential libraries, he couldn’t ignore the irony. Clark reached his goal the same day the federal government shut down, effectively putting his trip to the remaining libraries on hold, for now. All federal landmarks, including the libraries, are closed due to the shutdown.

The St. Aidan’s alum started the campaign on Sept. 1. He had until Oct. 1 to raise enough money in the all-or-nothing fundraising effort.


New Hyde Park Woman Scratches It Big

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 09 October 2013 08:27

Resident wins

$10 million on

Lotto scratch-off game

Nora Murphy was watching her laundry spin at Mr. Suds in New Hyde Park on Friday, Sept. 13 when she realized she hadn’t bought her “Take Five” Lotto ticket for the week. Leaving her laundry, Murphy strolled over to Lakeville Pharmacy and played a quick-pick ticket when she noticed a new scratch-off dubbed “$10,000 A Week For Life” that just debuted for $20.


Golf Outing Raises $10,000 For Cancer Patient

Saturday, 05 October 2013 00:00

More than 150 New Hyde Park Memorial High School alumni, friends and family attended the 23rd Annual Gladiator Golf Classic and raise $10,000 for Neil Duggan, father of two kids, in his fight with cancer. Duggan’s ex-football coaches, 

Angelo Giugliano and John Calo were in attendance to honor Duggan.


Troop 298 Members Honored

Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00

The 56 Annual Boy Scout convocation was recently held at Saint Agnes Cathedral by Bishop Robert J. Brennan. Thirteen boys and One leader from Holy Spirit Church Parish/Boy Scout Troop 298 were among 160 scouts from Nassau/Suffolk that received religious awards.


Gregory Burger, Daniel Celic, Matthew D’Amico, Wade Fitzgerald, Connor Garvin, James Garvin, Joesph Jonas, Robert Pomara and Michael Sokol received the Ad Altare Dei Emblem. This emblem is offered to help equip the scout to take his place in the world with understanding his Christian commitment, to recognize his advancement in the spiritual content of scouting and to help fully live by the Boy Scout Promise and Law.


Auto Body Expansion Approved

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park Deputy Mayor Lawrence Montreuil announced at a recent village board meeting that New Hyde Park Auto Body’s expansion application was approved. 


“There was a special use application before this board on Aug. 20, which we heard the case of 910 Third Avenue,” he said. “The owner of New Hyde Park Auto Body will expand his business to the other side of the tracks.”


Troop 298 Cleans Up Local Home

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00

North 10th Street residence gets a makeover

Boy Scout Troop 298 lent a helping hand to a local residence, doing a major cleanup project that encompassed landscaping a home on North 10th Street. Assistant Scoutmaster Rich Pallisco and Andrew Rezin, the troop’s scoutmaster, led a team of six boys to aide two elderly sisters in cleaning up their home. 


Armed with lawnmowers, rakes and weedwackers, the clean-up took about two hours at the 40x100 property, according to Pallisco. The homes owners, two elderly women, who were not identified, can’t care for the home anymore.


Internship Pays It Forward

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 September 2013 00:00

Herricks alum recalls summer work at RMH-LI

The summer of 2013 was no run-of-the-mill downtime for Karishma Tank. The Herricks High School alum wanted to help. Fortunately, she connected with the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI).


Through Bank of America’s Student Leaders program, Tank was one of 225 high school juniors and seniors from around the country who participated in eight-week, paid summer internships at local nonprofit organizations.


Tank is in her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, where she plans to study finance or operations and information management. The 17-year-old is also enrolled in Penn’s engineering school, where she wants to tackle computer science or engineering. While Tank’s not yet set on a career, she feels the internship made nonprofit work a goal in life.


Ronald McDonald House Makeover

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

October completion date in sight

Screw guns and table saws have been buzzing at all hours of the day at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park, working to complete $2.5 million in renovations before its Oct. 10 gala event, which will showcase the updated facility.

Dubbed “Project Design 2013,” 18 of the 42 bedrooms in the 27-year-old building have been stripped and renovated at no cost to the foundation.


To alleviate some of the stress during a child’s illness, the Ronald McDonald House serves more than 1,000 families each year. The house was expanded in 2005 and the 24 rooms that haven’t been renovated have been housing current residents during construction. Any incoming families would be sent to an interim hotel, with the bill footed by the foundation and local sponsors.


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