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Long Island Scouts Honor Arthur R. Eldred

Scouts Parade Through RVC On Eagle Scout Centennial

On Saturday, Sept. 8, more than 2,000 Boy Scout troops from across Long Island, and even some from New Jersey, came to Rockville Centre for the 100th anniversary of the first-ever Eagle Scout, Arthur R. Eldred. The Scouts celebrated the stages of scouting that young men go through before choosing to earn their Eagle Scout rank.

Boy Scouts from Cubs through Eagles assembled in a nearby parking lot waiting for the parade to begin. The parade, sponsored by the Arthur R. Eldred chapter, brought excitement to the streets of Rockville Center.

The Boy Scouts became restless as the parade was getting closer to its start. The sounds of the bagpipes and drums began, as they led the troops out onto the streets of Rockville Centre. From the streets, spectators watched the parade formations and dozens of troop flags lining the streets of the village.

The troops and their leaders marched proudly through the streets. As the parade reached the reviewing stand, each troop number and where they were from was announced.

As all the troops arrived on North Centre Avenue, they lined up, waiting for a brief ceremony honoring Eldred. The presentation of the Colors, the Scout law, as well as an invocation were all part of the ceremony.

County Executive Ed Mangano officially declared Sept. 8 to be Eagle Scout Day in Nassau County. Other speakers took to the podium, including the Bishop of Rockville Center, RVC Mayor Francis Murray, Senator Dean Skelos, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, and the fire and police commissioners of Rockville Centre.

The ceremony concluded with the Eagle Scouts reaffirming the Eagle Oath, and a wreath placement at Alfred R. Eldred Park.

Saturday, Sept. 8 was a chance for Scouts to not only celebrate their commitment to Boy Scouting, but to celebrate the honor of Eldred who was the first Scout to set the bar, and set the true standards for Scouting. Earning Eagle Scout rank is the ultimate level in Boy Scouts. 

Eldred originally joined Troop 1, which is now Troop 40 in Rockville Centre. In 1912, two years after the Boy Scouts of America was founded, he was the first man to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Eldred’s family was in attendance, including his son, two grandsons, and one great-grandson, who have all become Eagle Scouts.

For many boys, the Eagle Scout rank is rarely reached. But for the special few, it is a stage that is reached with a lot of dedication and honor.

Dominic Grasso, of Farmingdale, who earned the Eagle Scout rank over eight years ago, told Anton Newspapers, “Being an Eagle Scout gave me leadership skills that helped me multiple times in my current teaching career; for many other men, many honorable qualities come out of being an Eagle Scout.”

This was the first time the Boy Scouts held the grand troop parade, celebrating not only the centennial of Eagle Scouting, but celebrating its organization, The Boy Scouts of America, and the true accomplishments they have achieved.

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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