Danny Moritz was a senior at Cornell when he got the news that would change his life forever. The 21-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
“I was speechless,” Danny said. “I wondered, why me?”
Though he was only one month away from graduation, he moved back home to Long Island. He finished up classes remotely while he underwent surgery and radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).
Television crews from channels 12, 5 and 11 came to the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School’s grand opening of its “Heroic Long Island” museum on Jan. 31.
They came to cover the story of one of their own, foreign correspondent Marie Colvin, with roots in Oyster Bay and East Norwich. The museum, located in the high school library honors legendary Long Island figures now including journalist Colvin, who was slain while covering the Syrian uprising in February 2012. Colvin’s mother, Marie, and sister, Cat, attended the opening.
All junior officers were installed at the East Norwich firefighters 18th anniversary and annual dinner at the firehouse.
Captain Anthony Panella handed over the reins to the new Captain Brandon Perez, Lieutenant Jacqueline Romeo, 1st Lieutenant Sean Cronin, Corresponding Secretary Joe Panella, Recording Secretary Steven Sweet, Treasurer Jessica Cody and Sergeant at Arms John Jarvis.
Patricia Aitken was truly surprised when she walked into Jack Halyards American restaurant on Jan. 30. Friends and colleagues were there to celebrate her career change. After working for the Friends of the Bay for eight years, Executive Director Patricia Aitken decided to expand her horizon. As of Feb. 5, she is working for Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, engineers (NP&V). She has interfaced with them on projects as they worked on FoB projects.
Aitken said, “I’ve been working with the people from NP&V for a long time and I am enthusiastic about working with them. I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”
Most Long Islanders have great sympathy for people living on the South Shore where Hurricane Sandy came ashore and demolished homes, but the North Shore too was attacked and people are now dealing with the ravages of the storm. Driving along North Shore roads you can see the raw wood where trunks of trees have been split and limbs came crashing down.
The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center (TRS&AC) in Oyster Bay Cove is dealing with the financial problems of cleanup. Ted Scherff, TRS&AC director said, “I was out chain sawing this week. We lost about 50 trees as a result of Hurricane Sandy. We’ve cleaned out and taken away 10 to 12 of them,” he said on Thursday, Jan. 17.
The Chocolate Lady, a small business that can satisfy any chocolate craving, had its grand re-opening in Buckingham’s of Oyster Bay, on Jan. 17. The event opening brought members from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce together, as well as supporters from the community. Legislator Judy Jacobs was also on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and to present a citation.
There were more than 25 different types of chocolate to pick and choose from, in addition to premade boxes, with selections that ranged from simple milk chocolate to sea-salted caramel chocolate.
The Sagamore Rowing Association (SRA) hosted a special evening of activities at the Brookville Country Club on Saturday, Jan. 5, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, an event that drew more than 130 people.
As part of the night’s activities, the association honored Bob Kaehler, Sagamore alumni, three-time Olympian and four-time World Champion, and Taylor Ritzel, U.S. Women’s 8+ 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist.
The invitation to the Taste of Spring benefit for the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center on Jan. 12 was very clear about the need. It was to help repair the damage caused to the sanctuary grounds by Hurricane Sandy. The main greenhouse at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park was filled with guests chatting and enjoying the venue. More came than expected in spite of the uninviting weather that night with fog creeping along the ground on the dark roads.
Edward Mohlenhoff, event chair, explained there was a great deal of damage to the trees at the TRS as well as at Youngs Cemetery next door. “It’s taking a long time for the TRS to do the cleanup. It is because of the time involved in dealing with the insurance and with FEMA and other things that have to come together before the cleanup is complete. Our neighbors are a little impatient with us, but it is not an overnight fix. We will do everything we can to take care of it as soon as we can,” he explained. (See accompanying article.)
“You have so many great things that are going on,” said Nicholas Amato, the guidance consultant for the district. But, he said, closer supervision of the services is needed.
“Nothing happens in the school that doesn’t go through guidance,” said Amato, who had served in the Mount Sinai and Half Hallow Hills schools, both as a guidance counselor and as an administrator, and for the past decade, has operated a consulting business.
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