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JAFCO Fundraiser A Success

Jewish adoption service hopes to expand 

For many couples, adoption can be a long and difficult process, including costly trips to foreign destinations, often with no guarantee of success.


One Florida-based operation, Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO), is trying to make that easier, offering interested couples a chance to adopt without leaving the country. Recently JAFCO took a step forward in helping to bring their services to the New York City area. Last summer, they held their fourth annual Long Island fundraising day at the Glen Head Country Club. The successful event attracted 140 people and according to organizers, raised $20,000. “It was a beautiful evening,” said Rana Bell, JAFCO director of Northeast development.


The evening featured a talk by an adoptive mother who shared happy stories with the attendees, giving further impetus to the event and its purpose. “It was inspirational,” Ms. Bell added.


JAFCO is based in Sunrise, FL, but it seeks to expand not only to New York, but also to the Philadelphia area. JAFCO currently serves abused and neglected Jewish children through its Family Preservation, Foster Care and Adoption, and

Mentoring programs. Its Children’s Village includes group homes and an emergency shelter. 


A local resident who has been instrumental in bringing JAFCO’s message has been Pearl Halegua of Old Westbury. A retired teacher, Halegua’s work with JAFCO merely continues her dedication to helping youngsters in need. For the Glen

Head event, she was assisted by Roslyn area residents Deborah Agulnick, Laurie Drucker, Kim Floam, Alexis Kaminoff, Amy Levy, Susan Lipper, Linda Moskowitz, Ronna Niederman, Rose Schecter, Stacey Spitalnick, Susan Tashlik and Dorine Wulwick.


In Florida, JAFCO is set to expand its Sunrise facilities to a $12 million center designed to offer services for developmental disabilities. That facility may serve up to 500 families. Opening a development in Nassau County would be a dream of

Pearl Halegua and other dedicated volunteers in the Roslyn area and the successful fundraiser in Glen Head may just help make that a reality.


For more information, contact Pearl Halegua at 516-319-0769; or contact Rana Bell, JAFCO director of Northeast Development, at 610-397-8688, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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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