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Joey Foundation Teams With Bowling Green K-Kids To Brighten Holidays

The Joey Foundation and Bowling Green K-Kids have spent much of December engaged in service projects directed toward helping children who are ill or who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  

However, the K-Kids and Joey Foundation received the help of many other individuals and groups, including Alan Finchly of Nassau County Craft Fairs who invited the K-Kids to a recent fair to collect toy donations and generously donates a table for the Joey Foundation to fundraise at all of his events, and Jimmy Hudak whose visit to the party made the event extra special for the children. 

The project began on Saturday, Dec. 1. K-Kids President Kira Gruber and toy drive chair Danielle Hallett played elves for Santa at the Roslyn High School Craft Fair.  The elves invited children to pose for a photo with Santa and distributed candy canes and holiday pencils. Photos were free but the elves accepted donations toward the toy drive for pediatric nephrology patients at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center. 

Members of ASG, a national organization of women getting together for a common cause, sewing items for organizations in need, brought a shopping bag full of toys for the children at Cohen’s. Some of the items they have done are blankets for Ronald McDonald House and gloves and scarves for nursing homes, they will be doing another joint venture with the Joey Foundation in February where they are making small pillows for the kids at Cohen’s Children Hospital. Ann Torcivia’s late son, Joey, was a patient at Cohen’s. He received one of these little pillows; he called it his IV pillow to put under his arm when he had an IV. 

On the day of the Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center Holiday Party, the Bowling Green K-Kids and Clarke Builders Clubbers donned elf and reindeer costumes to assist patients in selecting their gift and visiting with Santa for a photo. The Builders Club had run their own toy drive to assist the Joey Foundation and the K-Kids.

The Builders Club also received a donation from the Builders Club, Key Club, Aktion Club and Kiwanis Club of Ogdensburg. These clubs wanted to help a club that had a project negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The storm had cut short the toy drive and reduced the number of donations.

The generosity of the Ogdensburg Builders Club gave the Bowling Green K-Kids and the WT Clarke Builders Club the funds needed to buy the toys needed to give every patient a gift. 


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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BOE Planning Session

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bad Seed Auditions

Thursday, Aug. 28

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Friday, Aug. 29



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