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Commencement Ceremonies

At The Henry Viscardi School 

Dr. John B. King, Jr., president of the University of the State of New York and Commissioner of Education, delivered an eloquent commencement speech to the graduates of Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center, which serves children with severe physical disabilities, on June 20. He also commended the graduates on their achievements and the strength of the school’s community and its commitment to academic excellence. 


“We are honored to have had Dr. King as a guest at our 46th commencement ceremony and are grateful for his continued support in helping us to deliver the high quality education children with disabilities deserve,” said John D. Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center.


Having attended PS 276 in Brooklyn, Dr. King shared the personal challenges he overcame as a young boy growing up in a single parent household with his father and the influence an elementary school teacher had on his life, “he is the reason I am standing here today.” Dr. King encouraged the students to rely on the support of their networks and acknowledged the power of community. He also expressed his belief that it was their responsibility to give back and invest in others, as others had in them, and that he hoped through the endeavors they chose that they’d find a way to do that. 


The Henry Viscardi School 2013 graduating class was made up of 22 students. Eighty-seven percent of the graduates received an Advanced Regents, Regents or local diploma. In addition, sixty-four percent of the graduates are college bound. In the fall, they will attend higher education institutions such as Adelphi University, Edinboro University, SUNY Farmingdale, Mercy College, Nassau Community College, Wright State University and Lehman College. 


“We are so proud of the achievements of our students. They are remarkable young men and women who have thrived at Henry Viscardi School with the help of our faculty and staff and the love and support of their families,” said Patrice M. Kuntzler, Vice President of Program Development at the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center.


During the commencement exercises, Marianne Dolan Weber presented the annual Excellence in Education Award, bearing her name, to the entire faculty and staff of the Henry Viscardi School. The Award recognized the teamwork and dedication shown during a particularly challenging school year, which included the affects of the New York City bus strike and Superstorm Sandy, to ensure students arrived to a safe, caring environment every day so they could actively learn, personally grow and also have fun.


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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