Wearing a red-hot sequined top and a megawatt smile, Gloria Gaynor wowed a crowd of ten thousand fans at Burns Park this week, with her pitch-perfect voice singing some of her famous hits as well as new songs.
Levittown’s Debbie Ruppert was the last fan of the night, right around midnight. “She was great, fabulous, she sounded wonderful,” she said. “I used to listen to her songs, I am of that age.”
Since 1985 Nassau County’s Mitchel Field in Uniondale has hosted the Empire State games for the Physically Challenged. The games have provided Olympic style competition for thousands of athletes from all over New York State. In December of 2010 the games were cancelled due to budget constraints facing the county.
“We were devastated at the time because these games are so important to so many people,” said Program Director of Victory Challenge and the Empire State Games, Susan Miller. “We went to work to try and bring the games back and this year; thanks to help from County Executive Ed Mangano, we celebrated our third year of the games taking place.”
Lights, camera, action! On Thursday, July 18, director and writer Zachary Kerschberg, will launch the world premiere of his short film One Trick Dieter at the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE), which was filmed in East Meadow.
Kerschberg got his start in filmmaking while in college at UC Berkeley, where he made documentaries about disabilities with his best friend Victor Pineda, who currently runs the Pineda Foundation, an educational foundation for youth with disabilities. After screening some of his films for smaller audiences at the United Nations, World Bank and Paralympics, Kerschberg wanted to do more with his filmmaking talents and decided to go to film school. “I wanted to reach a bigger audience,” said Kerschberg.
Evan of East Meadow runs a collectibles business called Raccoon City, Home of Umbrella, which is known for the expansive selection of Resident Evil collectibles. He was one of the guest vendors at the recent Eternal Con, comic convention at the Cradle of Aviation.
“Resident Evil: Biohazard, this is the most highly rated collectables at this time,” said Evan, comparing Resident Evil’s popularity to that of Star Wars in the 80s.
The Cradle of Aviation recently hosted Eternal Con, a toy expo, military vehicle show, and costume contest for hundreds of comic book fans. Proceeds from an auction of original illustrations and signed comics were donated to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund. The fund also received the proceeds from the sale of a limited edition, hand-drawn Superman print, ahead of the newest movie release in theatres.
Nassau County firefighters engaged in some fiery competition last week at the Annual Firefighter Cook-Off. The fifth annual event brought the East Meadow, Bethpage and Rockville Centre Fire Departments out to Fairway Market in Westbury to fight for bragging rights and the title of best firehouse chef.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto recently addressed a large crowd in Bethpage in Rotary Circle near the Bethpage LIRR Station at a special ceremony to unveil a memorial for Medal of Honor Recipient 1st Lt. Stephen E. Karopczyc. Lt. Karopczyc, who grew up in Bethpage, served in the United States Army’s Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.
Hofstra University’s Mack Sports Complex was a sea of blue caps and gowns as 359 graduates from the Class of 2013 celebrated a long-awaited milestone in their educational careers during MacArthur High School’s 52nd annual commencement exercises. Led by School Principal Kathleen Valentino, members of the administration and staff, and Board of Education trustees, the graduates filed onto the arena floor to the symphonic band’s serenade of “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed under the conductorship of Joseph Romano.
The atmosphere was filled with much excitement as the 258 graduates of the Class of 2013 as Division Avenue High School proceeded onto the floor of Hofstra University’s Mack Sports Complex to take the first step in the next chapter of their lives. Under the direction of Mark Martufi, the Division Avenue High School Orchestra played “Pomp and Circumstance” to announce the beginning of Division’s 54th annual commencement exercises. Student Council President Felicia Comuniello led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, while the Senior Chamber Singers sang the national anthem.
Three outstanding students from Levittown and Island Trees middle schools were recently recognized by the Levittown Community Council (LCC) for their outstanding volunteer work.
Clare Del Gross, an 8th grader from Jonas E. Salk Middle School, was selected as the first place winner in the council’s annual contest.
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