Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with members of the Town Board, recently honored two women with Syosset connections who were among eight recipients of the town’s 15th annual “Women of Distinction” awards. The ceremony, held at Town Hall, recognized the outstanding achievements of women who either live or work in the town.
“The ‘Women of Distinction’ program has certainly proven to be a memorable tradition, honoring women who stand as role models for the younger generation in the Town of Oyster Bay,” Venditto said. “These women are a shining example of the outstanding citizenship that has made the Town of Oyster Bay such a special place to live and raise a family.”
This year’s local recipients are:
Distinguished Woman in Business: Danielle Delgrosso of Syosset
Working for Astoria Federal Savings Bank for more than 20 years, Delgrosso has held various positions including her current as branch manager. An active member of the Syosset Chamber of Commerce, she served most recently as the organization’s president. Her commitment to the Syosset business community and community as a whole has been recognized by a variety of organizations, including the Syosset Chamber and Rotary, as well as the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce.
Distinguished Woman in Education: Joan Weinstein (works in Syosset)
Weinstein has dedicated her life to serving the families of young children. Prior to her recent retirement, Weinstein spent more than 30 years as a clinical social worker and most recently as Director of Family Services for Variety Child Learning Center, a school for young children with disabilities. During her tenure, Weinstein played a major role in developing programs and services that help families cope with a child with a disability and the major impact this may have on the lives of the parents, child, siblings and extended families. Over the years, Weinstein collaborated with her colleagues to develop programs and support groups, as well as develop videos and articles. Through her work, she has touched the lives of thousands of children and families during her tenure.
The other awards were:
Distinguished Woman in Government: Rabbi Janise Poticha of Massapequa
Although she fits into a multitude of categories, Rabbi Janise Poticha was selected for the government category for her work with local government to help others.
Distinguished Woman in Health Services: Amy Palmiero-Winters of Hicksville
She is the founder of Amy’s One Step Ahead Foundation, an organization focused on helping children with physical disabilities build self-esteem and self-confidence through athletics.
Distinguished Woman in the Arts: Susie Gach Peelle of Locust Valley
She produces a vast scope of art that comes in the form of impressionistic-realistic, in paintings, on silk, ceramics, greeting cards and more.
Distinguished Woman in Community & Civic Affairs: Massapequa Moms Group
Started as a Facebook page providing a forum for local moms (and dads) to share information with their neighbors, the group became a source of solace and help for many after Super Storm Sandy.
Distinguished Woman Humanitarian: Ellen Kamp of Sea Cliff
She is the co-founder and president of W Connection: Widows Helping Widows Rebuild Their Lives, a group that assists grieving widows adjusting to a new and confusing life following the death of a spouse.
Distinguished Woman Volunteer: Melissa Snider of Massapequa
A dedicated wife and mother, she has volunteered for more than a decade in helping others. As a Parent Partner in the Massapequa School system, Snider has assisted the parents of children with special educational needs attain available services, by helping them find resources and information.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Nov. 7, more than 150 supporters gathered for MercyFirst’s Annual Harvest Ball held at The Garden City Hotel, raising more than $100,000 to help fund MercyFirst’s programs.
This year, the 2013 MercyFirst Community Partner Honoree Awards went to three Syosset-Woodbury families: The Millers, The Cliffords and The Majoys.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.