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Island Trees Alum Visits Health Classes

The Island Trees Middle School students were fortunate enough to receive a very powerful, inspirational presentation made by a former student. Danielle Cassar, an Island Trees alum, visited Ms. Jaime Roche’s health classes to speak about strength and perseverance. Danielle — who has survived cancer and foster care — has clearly overcome greater obstacles by the age of 10 than most people will face throughout their lifetime. 

 

Danielle made it clear that giving up was never an option for her, nor should it be for anyone else. She emphasized how important it is for us to understand that we are capable of reaching our dreams; conquering anything we put our heart into.  Danielle is one of the most positive and influential students that has passed through Island Trees. When asked what her biggest obstacle was thus far in life, Danielle stated, “Being a survivor, and knowing there are so many individuals with cancer that are not that lucky.” Danielle’s motto is now to give back. She believes she has been given a second chance for a reason and hopes that she will have the opportunity to touch the lives of many with her positive outlook on life. She is currently a student at Farmingdale State College who wishes to pursue a career in the medical field. She volunteer’s much of her time to fundraising for different causes.

 

She also works at Camp Sunshine, while being a full time student and maintaining a part time job. The students were listening intently to Danielle’s very inspiring, heartfelt message. Teachers and students were both speechless when hearing how her determination paid off and made her the incredible, mature young lady she has become today. The following is an excerpt of what Danielle spoke to the students about.

Danielle Cassar

 

As I tell my story from beginning to end, my audience will hear me present about all the obstacles I have overcome and the way I have survived in my mere twenty years of life. As I present the challenges in my life such as dealing with the foster care system, dealing with parents who have drug issues, surviving stage 4 Cancer, medical setbacks and lastly adoption, I like to think that anyone who listens can learn and see first-hand that what you go through in life does not define who you are or who you’ll ever be. If you really want something in life, nothing in this world can stop you. I believe that I was given so many chances at life, and many people will call it a miracle. However, it’s really part of a bigger plan in which I am able to talk about, give people strength, and spread the word about what I have learned so others can learn too.

 

—Submitted by Island Trees School District

News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


Calendar

BOE Planning Session

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bad Seed Auditions

Thursday, Aug. 28

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs

Friday, Aug. 29



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