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Barbara Bartell Steiner, 77

Barbara Dakin Bartell Steiner, CEO of Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services in Hicksville, one of Long Island’s pioneer advocates and leaders in the behavioral health field, passed away on Feb. 15 due to complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 77.

Bartell was an entrepreneurial leader willing to take risks, aggressively develop programs and advocate for the needs of others. She strongly believed in the resiliency of the human spirit and each person’s ability to recover from mental illness and/ or chemical dependency.

Bartell began her illustrious 40-year career at Central Nassau as a receptionist the day the clinic opened its doors and rose through the ranks to become the CEO in 1991. Affectionately known as the “house that Barbara built,” Bartell transformed Central Nassau from a small outpatient clinic to a multi-service behavioral health organization offering a robust and diverse array of treatment services and supportive programs with more than 200 employees and a $13.5 million annual budget.   

In addition to her commitment to the agency, Bartell dedicated her time and endless energy to countless New York State and Long Island based committees and task forces as well as community organizations throughout the years. She most recently served as the treasurer of the New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. She was also a member of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Women Economic Developers of Long Island, the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Professional Volunteer Administrators, the Delaney Council 5983 Knights Of Columbus, the Columbiettes, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Divorced Or Separated Catholics Of Long Island, the St. Bernard’s Widows and Widowers Group, the L.I. NAIM Catholic Widows and Widowers Club and the Maria Regina Parish Widow and Widowers Group.

Bartell received many awards and recognition throughout her career. She received Nassau County’s Outstanding Service Award for her dedicated services to those with mental health and chemical dependency disorders; the Town of Oyster Bay’s Woman of Distinction award for her positive impact upon the community; and in 2011, she was recognized as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Long Island Business News.

Bartell grew up in Glen Clove and attended Glen Cove High School. She earned her bachelors and master of social work degrees at Adelphi University and became a licensed clinical social worker. 

Barbara was an inspiration to everyone she met. Her devotion to her work was only surpassed by her commitment to her family. Three wonderful husbands predeceased Barbara: James W. Bartell, Sr., John Steiner and Charles Clark as well as her dear brother Charles Dakin. She is survived by her loving partner Anthony Rimoli; her three children, James W. Bartell, Jr. (Diane), Pamela Driscoll (Steve) and Kathryn Mandeli (Steve); her grandchildren Kristen and Sean Driscoll, and Melissa and Victoria Mandeli; her stepchildren, Raymond Steiner (Jackie) and Jane Youngs (Robert); her step-grandchildren Catherine Landfried, Andrew Steiner, Michael Youngs, Michelle Mooney, Cecilia Chouinard, Daniel Steiner, Kevin Youngs; her step great-grandchildren Erica Jordan, Andrew and Connor Landfried, Benjamin and Abigail Youngs, Caidyn Chouinard; her beloved sister Kathryn Fitzpatrick (Brian); and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends all over the country.   

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Barbara’s honor be made to Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, 950 S. Oyster Bay Roa, Hicksville, NY 11801. Call (516) 822-6111 or visit www.centralnassau.org. 


News

The Levittown Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Fire Prevention Open House on Friday, Oct. 10. The event will be held at the Gardiners Ave. Fire Headquarters from 6 to 9 p.m. 

 

October is designated as the National Fire Prevention Month. Every year, during the month of October the Levittown Fire Department Fire Prevention Committee visits all the schools in the fire district teaching and re-enforcing fire safety. In the United States every year, fires in homes are the cause of the largest loss of life and serious injuries. World wide, the United

States is at the top of the list for the most lives lost. This, even when all the fire departments across the country strive to get the fire safety message out, often giving out free smoke detectors.

Long Island Democrat David Denenberg has dropped out of the race for state Senate, after recent accusations that the Nassau County Legislator fraudulently billed his own law firm—

Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron—over $2 million for non-existent case work. According to published reports, Denenberg stated, “My family, the electorate, the campaign and this position are way too important to subject myself to such outrageous allegations and negative attacks against me personally. Therefore I withdraw from the race.”


Sports

Ex-college pugilist continues ring comeback for charity

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers will be Levittown native Stefan Borovina, who will be fighting under the nickname “Lights Out.”  Borovina is the business manager at RMB Electric in Farmingdale. 

 

He also participated in the event last year, after a friend from his high school wrestling team informed him. Borovina jumped at the opportunity, having had a history in the boxing ring at the University of Notre Dame.

Men’s Farmingdale State College Soccer update (3-6, 0-1 Skyline)

 

The men’s soccer team fell in both matches last week - 4-3 vs. Staten Island (2 OT) and 3-2 at Mount Saint Mary (OT). Junior midfielder J.T. Famularo (Levittown) was named to the Skyline Honor Roll. Famularo recorded a team-leading three goals last week. He scored two versus Staten Island and added one goal in the OT loss at MSMC.


Calendar

Island Trees PTA - October 1

Towns E-Cycle - October 5

Levittown SEPTA Meeting - October 6


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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