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Inaugural Golf Outing a Success

Event raises funds for vital programming 


The Viscardi Center held its Inaugural Golf Outing on September 10 at the prestigious Meadow Brook Club in Jericho where over 100 new and long-term supporters and board members teed off raising vital funds for the Center’ programming. Patrick Curtin, Global Head of Asset Manager Services, Citi Securities and Fund Services, was honored at the event. 


“We’re extremely pleased with the success of this event,” commented John D. Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center. “Our core mission for the past 60 years has been to prepare children, adolescents and adults with a variety of disabilities, through education and skill building, for entry and re-entry into the workplace and to live meaningful lives. Proceeds from this event will help us to continue to provide and enhance the vital employment training and placement services Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center provides to thousands of individuals each year so that they too can have the financial independence they want and deserve.”


During the program, Russ Cusick, Chief People Officer at Swiss Post Solutions and Chairman of the Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center Board, told a touching story of an employee at his company who had a disability and the impact being employed had not only on this individual, but his family. In fact, several speakers spoke about the tangibles and intangibles employees with disabilities bring to their respective companies and the good business sense it makes to hire qualified individuals with disabilities. Kemp encouraged attendees to think about what they could do to assist in increasing the number of people with disabilities participating in today’s workforce, “Make a hiring policy change to interview at least one qualified person with a disability for every open position. Join our Business Advisory Council. Offer an internship.”


Major event sponsors included Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers, Compari America, First Long Island Investors, LLC., Fund For the Poor, Empire Merchants and Network Infrastructure, Inc. The full-day event included a brunch, a best ball shotgun start, Hole-in-One Challenges, cocktail reception, silent and chance auctions, and awards. The event was co-chaired by Phyllis Angello, retired IRS operations manager, Richard Seery, president of Seery Systems Group, and Roy Danis, Managing Director of Compari America.  


Auction items included golf resort packages and rounds of golf at prestigious courses around the country and on Long Island course and numerous sports memorabilia and experiences, including an autographed football from Joe Namath, autographed photos of Jack Nicklaus and Tyson Chandler, and autographed boxing shorts from Muhammad Ali.


The event was so successful that it will become a tradition: dates are already being considered for a second annual Viscardi Center golf outing next year.


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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