Honor Flight Long Island is looking for men and women who have proudly served their country during WWII. The next scheduled flight for WWII veterans will take flight in just one more month.
Honor Flight Long Island is part of a national, non-profit organization called Honor Flight, which was established in 2004 and made to honor American veterans for their sacrifices. Our nation’s heroes will be paired up with a volunteer guardian, who will escort them on a flight to Baltimore and then on a bus to Washington, D.C.to visit the memorial that is built in their honor. The trip is free and is also a day to remember for the soldiers who fought bravely and helped keep our country safe and strong. “I can’t express what this generation has done for us,” said Honor Flight Long Island President Chris Cosich. “These guys were all together and had amazing stories to tell.” They also paid tribute to those who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt recently joined local leaders and residents on Aug. 10 at the Farmingdale Public Library to honor Louise Cassano, Margaret Santer, Jessica Koenig, Laurie May, Tina Diamond, Deborah Canova, Millie Jones, Carol Muscarella, Laurie Rozakis, and Barbara Sherwin, residents of the 17th Assembly District at the annual “Women of Distinction” Awards. Each year, McKevitt recognizes women throughout his district that have demonstrated an exceptional impact on their communities and the lives of others through their commitment service.
Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined on Aug. 9 by members of local veterans’ organizations to announce that veterans’ legislation they sponsored (S.5825/A.6221-C) was signed into law on Aug. 2 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. In an effort to improve the benefit claims process for New York’s veterans, the law requires that directors of city and county veterans’ service agencies become accredited as veterans’ service organization (VSO) representatives.
Before receiving the call to serve as the interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, Reverend Terri Yvette Cisse served as the assistant Protestant chaplain and later the interim associate university chaplain to the Protestant community at Brown University. She also served as the chaplain at Emerson College, Wellesley College, Simmons College, and as seminarian chaplain and the director of the Harvard University Memorial Church School under the tutelage of the late Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes.
Cisse has also served the following congregations as the minister for Christian education and spiritual formation at the Flemington Presbyterian Church in Flemington, NJ and the interim minister of education at the Hingham Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Hingham, MA.
Registration for the 6th Annual Supervisor’s Cup Golf Classic has teed off with 140 entries to be determined by lottery drawing.The Golf Classic is set for Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the famed Lido Golf Course, one of Long Island’s legendary links. Town residents 18 years of age and older are invited to register for a day of great golf and great fun.
“The Supervisor’s Cup is freshly polished and ready for presentation to this year’s winning foursome,” commented Supervisor Kate Murray. “An unbeatable day of competition and comradery awaits the lucky field of golfers chosen by lottery for this year’s tournament.”
Music is a universal language. Its rhythms and beats have the power to alter people’s moods. A sad love song can engender memories of old romances, while an upbeat and fast paced rock song can give you the energy to run a mile. Whichever way you look at it, music has a profound effect on human beings.
According to a study published in 2004 by E. Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, children’s educational ability has been shown to increase, after learning to play the piano. A group of six year old children had their IQs tested both before learning to play, and after. The children saw their IQ increase after only one year versus another group which did not have any musical lessons. The overwhelming amount of research out there proves, that being a musical child can increase a child’s ability in nonmusical tasks. Studies like this should inspire communities to support their local music educators.
Older individuals who are struggling with autism now have a new home to go to. Last Wednesday the not-for-profit agency, P.L.U.S. Group, held a grand opening celebration in Levittown for a new home site at 72 Universe Drive. The home was officially open to residents at the beginning of May this year.
“P.L.U.S. provides residential programming for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities,” said P.L.U.S. Executive Director Terri Cancilla. “We offer them a permanent residence in a comfortable, normalized environment. Our homes are very warm and welcoming and are not at all institutional in setting.”
Dozens of residents, family and friends recently attended the formal dedication ceremony at Nassau County Veterans Memorial Plaza to view the unveiling of more than 200 names of veterans, past and present, which were added to the expanding Walls of Honor in Eisenhower Park.
The memorial already has hundreds of veterans’ names inscribed, with more added each year, since its unveiling a couple of years ago. It is an ongoing construction; veterans’ names are inscribed on the steel panels, which are mounted to the granite walls and dedicated each June by the Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc.
All veterans, war or peacetime, are eligible. County residency is not required. To reserve a spot on the Walls of Honor, call 516-804-5802 for a registration form and requirements.
On Saturday, Aug. 3, hundreds of concert goers, veterans, and their supports made their way to Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre for the county’s annual Salute to Veterans Concert. This year, the event starred Tony Orlando and the USO Liberty Bells. Ceremonies honoring the armed services, past and present, kicked off at 6:45 p.m.
Nassau County hosted its third annual Executive Cup at Cantiague Park in Hicksville this past Saturday, highlighting the skills of local high school athletes who dream of playing soccer at the college level.
The soccer tournament event, drawing a record-breaking 300-plus participants this year, originally started in 2011, according to Gabriel Marques, senior economic advisor for the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office. Local participants included: Dylan Cranmer, Levittown; Nick Rodriguez, Hicksville; Anthony Martinico, East Meadow; Billy Walsh, East
Meadow; Greg Baumstein, Wantagh; Kevin Mayer, Wantagh; Noelle Batista, Hicksville; Danielle D’Andrea, Levittown; Melissa Adamo, Hicksville; Nicole Greenwald, Levittown; Keley Abbriano, Hicksville; Gabrielle Lagomarsini, Wantagh; Jessica DeTurris, Hicksville.
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