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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

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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