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Portledge Holds 38th Commencement Exercises

Portledge School hosted its 38th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 14. Family and friends gathered on the Gimbel Lawn under a tent to share this joyous occasion. The Class of 2013 graduated 39 students, several of whom have been at the school since early childhood.

The morning festivities began with the processional led by the Board of Trustees and the honored members of the Class of 2013. Music was performed by Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Upper School Concert Band, under the direction of Patricia Baehr. Neil Nalanuthala ’13 (Glen Cove) and Anna Ticker ’13 (Brookville) sang America the Beautiful.

The opening remarks were given by Simon Owen-Williams, Head of School, and Richard Kirikian (Oyster Bay), president of the Board of Trustees. This year’s commencement speaker was Dr. Craig R. Smith, chairman of the Department of Surgery at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center where he specializes in valve repair and replacement, coronary bypass procedures and operations involving the thoracic aorta. He gave an inspirational speech with words of wisdom for the graduates.

Jon Sandos ’03, Dean of Students, presented the’76 Award. This award is named for the first senior class to graduate from Portledge and is given each year by the tenth reunion class to the teacher who is remembered as having the greatest impact on the members of the class. This year’s recipient is John McIlvain.

Simon Owen-Williams presented the David W. Hoyler Faculty Award, which is presented to a member of the Portledge School faculty for outstanding dedication to students and exemplary commitment to teaching within and beyond the classroom. It was awarded to Louise Galli.

Harry Grzelewski, Upper School Division Head, recognized the Arts Scholars and Cum Laude members and gave the following awards:

Bliss Award — Presented to a senior in recognition of excellence in visual or performing arts.

Recipient: Anna Ticker (Brookville)

Senior Athletic Award — Awarded by vote of the faculty to recognize outstanding athletes in the senior class.

Recipient: Cecilia Mulry (Glen Cove)

Slanetz Award — Established in 1981, awarded to that member of the senior class whose academic record shows the highest level of achievement throughout his or her sophomore, junior and senior years at Portledge, given in the hope that these scholars will apply their intellectual ability to improvement of the human condition and for the well-being of others.

Recipient: Jennifer Ferrante (Long Beach)

Portledge Bowl — Established by the trustees in 1976 upon the vote of the faculty to be presented to “that senior who best exemplifies the character and values Portledge holds in the highest esteem.”

Recipient: Eve Shapiro (Glen Cove)

Owen-Williams also recognized those students who had been at Portledge since early childhood: Evan Adonailo (Glen Cove), Harrison Caldwell (Glen Cove), Elaine Gahagan (Lattingtown), Marc Mucciaccio (Huntington), Cecilia Mulry (Glen Cove), Arielle Parris (Hempstead), Eve Shapiro (Glen Cove), Anna Ticker (Brookville), and Jacqueline Worral (Syosset). The talented Upper School Chorus, under the direction of William Peek, sang Our Time by Stephen Sondheim. Student speakers, Evan Adonailo (Glen Cove) and Anna Ticker (Brookville), gave wonderful inspirational speeches, which made people laugh and cry. The memorable morning ended with the presentation of diplomas to the graduates, followed by a reception held in the Wellington Gymnasium.

News

When Danielle Taylor decided to compete in a six-mile civilian military obstacle course last September, she knew two things: she did not want to do it alone and she wanted the challenge to have a purpose. She found a partner in Jeannine DelPozzo and a worthwhile cause in the Morgan Center.

 

Both Taylor and DelPozzo are entrepreneurs; Taylor, of Bish Bash Books in Oyster Bay and DelPozzo of DelPozzo Foods, in East Norwich. Each have a history of using their businesses to support local charities. Bish Bash Books used the iPad give back program to support at-risk children while DelPozzo Foods has supported Island Harvest in their efforts to combat hunger.

Our experience of 9/11 has changed; today it is seen as part of a journey and not an isolated event. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation saying the battle against terrorism is ongoing. 

 

That awareness that we had gone through the experience of the fall of the Twin Towers and had rebounded, but the danger is not over, and the battle is still to be won was repeated by Senator Carl Marcellino at the Day of Commemoration at the Oyster Bay 9/11 Memorial Garden on the Western Waterfront on Thursday evening.


Sports

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


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West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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