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Hailey Orgass Crowned Miss Wantagh 2012

Hailey Orgass, 17, was recently crowned Miss Wantagh 2012, out of eight other teen candidates, a tradition in the south shore community since 1956. She has just completed her junior year at Wantagh High School.

Her service and accomplishments include National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Foreign Language Honor Society. She has received a scholarship from University of Rochester, including the Xerox Award of Innovation and Technology for her accomplishments in science.

In addition, Orgass is involved with the G.O. (General Organization) club at Wantagh High School. She serves as the head of the club’s public relations and as the club’s secretary. “I can’t thank this club enough for opening my eyes up to the gratification that comes from helping out others,” Orgass said. She is also a part of the French Club, Key Club, International Outreach, Science Olympiad and Class Committee.

Orgass said, “Volunteering has been my passion and an outlet I can escape to.” She helps at birthday parties for underprivileged kids at John Theissen’s Children Foundation and she transports food to shelters across Long Island for Island Harvest.

In Orgass’s statement to the pageant, she said she thanks her parents, and her brother Colin, sister Kyra, and dog Buster for supporting her. “My grandparents and my aunt keep me going, motivating me to be my best; I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them,” she added. “My friends are a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t want it any other way.” Orgass is spending time this summer as a volunteer at Winthrop Hospital.

This year’s finalists for Miss Wantagh included: Alyssa Kelly (1st Runner up); Paulina Renda (2nd Runner up); Alyson Hopkins (3rd Runner up); Carly Censi; Samantha Fraembs; Alexandria Lee-Puma; Belinda Liu and Donna Parlato.

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The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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