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Mentors Celebrated

Big Brothers Big Sisters honors volunteers

On Tuesday, April 23, Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island (BBBSLI) in Levittown, celebrated their volunteer mentors (‘Bigs’) at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, generously sponsored by Sperry Associates FCU. The celebratory dinner was held during National Volunteer Appreciation Week at the Crest Hollow Country Club, highlighting over 25,000 cumulative hours of time and energy spent annually to positively impact the lives of children on Long Island. 

 

In her opening speech to the room of nearly 200 guests, Susan Samaroo, COO of BBBSLI remarked, “Each of you here tonight greatly impact the lives of your Littles and the families in our program.”

 

During the evening’s program, volunteer mentors (‘Bigs’) who have been matched for five or more years were recognized. BBBSLI also proudly announced the Bigs of the Year, those who have gone above and beyond in support of a child facing adversity:

 

College Big of the Year—Hofstra University Mentoring Program, Sean Williams, matched since 2003

 

Big Sister of the Year—Lisanne Lange, matched since 2003

 

ig Brother of the Year—John Murphy, matched since 2005

 

Williams’ Little Brother, 8-year old Mukesh, wrote in his speech, “I’ve known Sean for some time now and feel very comfortable around him.  I do not ever feel that he judges me. Sean is always encouraging me to do my very best. Sean is a very helpful person.”

 

Little Sister Nicole has been matched for 10 years with her Big Sister, Lange, and wrote “Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow up. You have inspired me to be a Big Sister- every little girl should get to experience a relationship like ours.”

 

Big Brother of the Year John Murphy’s Little Brother could not attend the dinner, but wrote a heartfelt letter shared by his sibling, Francesca, also a Little in our program. “I remember John always telling me that life is better than money and cars.  He taught me that family is the most important thing in life.  He has always been caring for my family and me and never once gave up on me.”

 

To learn more about how mentoring works, visit bbbsli.org or call 516-731-7880.


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.”


Calendar

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All Star Comedy - September 18

Irreversible Paul Lynde - September 19


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