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Annual Wounded Warriors Concert On November 3

For several years now, dozens who dedicate their time and efforts, including Roslyn firefighter Henry Krukowski and his wife Betty, are ramping up to pulling off what is fast becoming one of Long Island’s larger fundraising events. Each November, for the past two years, volunteers have pooled their resources selflessly for the Roslyn Rocks for the Wounded Warriors concert, which benefits the Nassau County Fire Fighters’ Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW) organization.

The Roslyn Fire Department and Steve Dassa Entertainment are presenting this year’s doo-wop show, “The Return of the Original Brooklyn Reunion,” which is open to the public, on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at Roslyn High School on Round Hill Road. The playbill includes Herb Cox and the Cleftones; Larry Chance and the Earls; Phil Cracolici and the Mystics; Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions; and Emil Stucchio and the Classics. 

Dassa, resident of Levittown for 49 years, told Levittown Tribune, “I love this kind of music, but more important, all money raised goes to the Wounded Warriors [NCFF-OWW].” He said, “Anyone who loves doo-wop and oldies will love this show,” and the appeal of great music transcends an age limit.

Krukowski, also the chairman of the Roslyn Rocks committee, said the fundraising leading up to the first concert event wasn’t going so well, but after the first “Roslyn Rocks” concert Roslyn Fire Companies and the NCFF-OWW raised over $100,000 for the cause. He said over the past two years the event is gaining momentum, and is self-sufficient.

Krukowski’s wife, Betty said, “This [NCFF-OWW] is a comprehensive program for doing things to show people that have served, to show our veterans that we care about them; we recognize their efforts.”

NCFF-OWW, a nonprofit, began in 2006 and helps provide items for wounded military members and their families. NCFF-OWW works closely with the Walter Reed Army and Bethesda Naval Medical Centers in Washington, DC, the Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, NC, and the Naval Hospital Camp in Lejune, NC.

According to Krukowski, NCFF-OWW is 100 percent volunteer led and organized, and nearly 96 percent of the funds raised benefit the NCFF-OWW mission.

Many Nassau County firefighters from more than 39 companies, EMS personnel, and their families, who fundraise throughout the year across the neighboring communities, meet the organization’s efforts. Each year, NCFF-OWW’s efforts conclude with the deployment of caravans visiting each of the military hospitals, to meet with the actual “wounded warriors” who have served and sacrificed.

In addition, NCFF-OWW organizes welcome home greetings to local members of the military who are recovering from serious injuries. Some of the past and upcoming events include a home appliance delivery to an injured soldier in Huntington, the greeting of a soldier who suffered from a flesh-eating bacteria upon his release from NUMC in East Meadow, Pasta Night at Locust Valley Fire Department, Williston Park FD Pancake Breakfast, Mineola Fire Department’s Halloween party and the Veterans’ Day Auction Benefit at New Hyde Park Fire Department.

For tickets and information about Roslyn Rocks, call (516) 587-7187. All seats are reserved at $40. To purchase tickets by mail or to make additional donations toward this event, make checks payable to: Nassau County Fire Fighters’ Operation Wounded Warriors, 155 Mineola Avenue, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577. More information about the organization and its upcoming events can be found at: www.ncff-oww.com/dev/.

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).


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