A team of top-notch students from Roslyn High School will help to inaugurate the 15th season of The Challenge, the popular award-winning quiz show.
On Sunday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Roslyn will take on Division Avenue High School in a contest that will air on MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s iO TV, Channel 14.
“We’re proud to celebrate academics on MSG Varsity through The Challenge and to provide these extremely bright students a platform to showcase their talents with their communities,” said Theresa Chillianis, MSG Varsity’s general manager.
Back for his third season as host of The Challenge is Jared Cotter, host of MSG Varsity’s Talent Show and a popular semi-finalist from American Idol.
As with villages all across Long Island, village officials in Roslyn and East Hills marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center by honoring the residents who perished on that day.
The occasion was a particularly melancholy one in Roslyn as two brothers, Thomas and Peter Langone, members, respectively, of the New York City Police and Fire Departments were among those who entered the skyscrapers in order to save lives. Also remembered was Arlene Fried, a longtime resident of East Hills. A park in that village is named in her honor and that is where an especially moving memorial service was held last September. Other local victims who were honored once again this past fall were: Robert J. Baierwalter, Michael Cahill, William Chalcoff, Jonathan M. Connors, Robert J. Foti, Brett O. Freiman, Michael Haub, Robert Hussa, Douglas Jason Irgang, Joseph Maio, Stuart Meltzer, Marcus R. Neblett, and John M. Paolillo.
In response to the current and growing financial gap between what the Roslyn Public Schools require and what is funded by tax dollars and government subsidy, a dedicated group of concerned Roslyn citizens have joined together to form READ (The Foundation for Roslyn’s Educational Advancement and Development).
“READ is a newly formed non-profit organization that will raise funds through the private sector and will seek to distribute these funds as grants to the Roslyn Public Schools for various educational and capital projects,” said Jason Garmise, president of READ. “Capital will be allocated to important initiatives that are identified by READ in concert with members of the Roslyn community. READ has developed a strong relationship with the district’s administration and school board.”
Leonard Nadel, a former East Hills mayor who presided over the village’s transformation into a showcase of the North Shore, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 25, after a long illness. He was 90 years old.
“Leonard Nadel helped modernize East Hills into the even more progressive community than it is today,” said current East Hills Mayor Michael R. Koblenz. “Through his leadership, as mayor, he was the impetus behind forming additional committees to oversee major issues like the Security Commission. He helped us to take a major step forward to creating the dynamic and vibrant community we have today. We remain grateful for his many contributions and wish the family our genuine condolences.”
In the season of giving, Shag, located at 1370 Northern Blvd., was in the holiday spirit by hosting an event that both introduced a line of jewelry from Simone I. Smith, S.I.S. Jewelry, while using the occasion as a fundraiser for Winthrop-University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids and the American Cancer Society and, finally, to also to celebrate the store’s fifth anniversary in downtown Roslyn.
The evening was a success as Shag’s trunk show specialty provided for another large turnout of fashion seekers from Long Island and the entire New York City area. Over 150 people dropped by the store on a chilly, yet festive, night to examine the new line of jewelry and take part in more good causes. The night was capped off by an appearance of both Ms. Smith and rap star, LL Cool J.
At their annual installation dinner last month, the firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) responders from the Roslyn Rescue Fire Company gathered for the ceremonial swearing-in of the department’s newest slate of officers.
Peter Liotta was sworn in as the chief of department, alongside his administrative counterpart, President Chris Boffa. Liotta, who previously served as chief from late 2001 until late 2003, remarked in his address to the crowd that he was excited about another opportunity to lead this great department. Boffa had served as vice president of the company since 2008, and as a trustee for many years before that.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) recently announced the execution of an economic development compact designed to benefit the local economy by generating nearly $19 million in economic activity and the creation and retention of 129 private sector and construction jobs associated with the renovation and expansion of the Greenvale-based Penn Toyota automobile dealership.
“Nassau County is working to retain local employers and assist those companies who seek to grow and expand their business,” County Executive Mangano said. “With assistance of the IDA, we are creating new high-paying jobs that put residents back to work in the private sector. From creating new jobs to generating millions of dollars in economic activity for our local economy, today’s economic development agreement is a homerun for Nassau residents. I am thrilled that Penn Toyota will expand their operations in Nassau, and hope they continue to serve the county for another 35 years to come.”
Six months ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Lynbrook to sign the 2 percent tax cap legislation, a bill he called a decade-long battle for that legislation in New York State. On Monday, Dec. 12, Cuomo visited West Hempstead’s Cornwell Avenue School to sign the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation bill, which has been touted by the governor and supporting senators as bringing real tax relief to businesses and the middle class in New York State.
The state legislature passed the bill on Dec. 7.
Effective Jan. 1, John Grillo, president and founder of Executive Fliteways, Inc. (EFI), will begin his term as president of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center.
Grillo began his association with North Shore Child and Guidance Center in 2005 and has served on the board of directors since 2008. In addition, he has served as a member of the budget and finance committee and was selected to join the Guidance Center’s executive committee as a vice president in 2010.
Grillo brings a wealth of diverse experience to the Guidance Center.
Roslyn residents have noticed some gaps in the village’s most historic landmark. The dials on the clock of the Ellen E. Ward Clock Tower indeed are not there. But in the spring, village officials hope that they will not only be back, but will be giving residents and visitors the right time.
Recently, the board of trustees authorized the firm, Essence of Time, one based near Buffalo, to make extensive repairs and restoration work on the clock tower. The process, village officials said, is still ongoing and they are hoping the final product will be returned to Roslyn by the spring of 2012. Village officials also said that when Essence of Time does repair work, they often keep the product on their site for a limited period of time to make sure that the clock in question works on a reliable basis.
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