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WE CARE Founder To Be Honored At Golf & Tennis Classic

Meryl and Stephen J. Gassman of Manhasset will be honored at the Nassau County Bar Association’s annual WE CARE Fund Stephen W. Schlissel Golf and Tennis Classic to be held Aug. 5 at Tam O’Shanter Golf Club in Brookville and The Mill River Club in Oyster Bay. One of the largest social gatherings of Long Island’s legal community, the WE CARE Classic attracts lawyers, judges, law students and business and civic leaders raising funds for local charitable causes. The funds raised are distributed through grants to improve the quality of life for children, the elderly and others in need throughout Nassau County. In the 25 years since the founding of WE CARE, Nassau County attorneys have raised $3 million for more than 100 local charitable causes. 


Stephen Gassman is the senior partner in the matrimonial law firm of Gassman Baiamonte Betts, PC, in Garden City.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter, where he has served as Vice President, Counsel and a member of the Board of Managers.  He is a past President of the Nassau County Bar Association, a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and of the NCBA’s Matrimonial and Family Law Committee. 


Gassman was the recipient of the NCBA’s Distinguished Past President Award in 2002, the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award in 2008 and the annual award in 2010 from

About Face, a charity devoted to improving the lives of women and children. He has delivered hundreds of lectures on all phases of matrimonial law before bar groups in New York State and nationally. He is one of less than 100 matrimonial lawyers in the country originally designated as a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, and has been listed in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America every year such designations were made.


In 1988, while serving as President of the NCBA, Gassman founded the WE CARE Fund and has been a devoted supporter and benefactor of the Fund to the present time.


Meryl Gassman has been a teacher and her interests have always been with children and child-dedicated charities. She has served as a volunteer for the Family Service League, and has been a board member of Variety, the Children’s Charity of New York, for over 20 years. She has been actively involved in WE CARE events since its inception in 1988 and her loyalty and pride in WE CARE has been unwavering.   She has played in many WE CARE golf outings and has won the tournament on two occasions. She is presently writing two books, one about women and golf.


Because of the anticipated event turnout, play will be on two courses. Registration and brunch begins at 9:30 a.m. at The Mill River Club in Oyster Bay and 10:15 a.m. at Tam O’Shanter Golf Club in Brookville. Golf shotgun start is at 11:30 a.m. for Mill River and 12:15 p.m. for Tam O’Shanter. Tennis begins at 11:30 a.m. at Tam O’Shanter. The cocktail party (5:30 p.m.) and dinner (6:30 p.m.) will be at Tam O’Shanter.  For more information or to register, contact the Nassau County Bar Association at 516-747-4070, or visit 


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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