Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:42
After more than six days with no additional sightings of black SUVs around Syosset schools, Superintendent Ronald Friedman updated parents last week on the incidents that have kept parents, school officials and police on high alert for weeks.
Multiple black SUV sightings had been reported around Syosset school campuses, most of which were identified as belonging to either parents or the district’s bus company.
“Out of an abundance of caution, and not for any other reason, we kept children in for recess in all schools last Tuesday, and in Baylis only for the remainder of the week and yesterday,” said Friedman in a letter to parents. "Today, the children went outside for a normal lunch recess at Baylis as well. Police monitored the situation, and we had all staff ‘on the lookout’ for any more sightings, but nothing has happened since.”
Three weeks ago a school monitor at J. Irving Baylis School on Woodbury Road noticed a black SUV on two different days in the parking lot during lunch. Both times when the monitor approached the vehicle, it left the property.
After a police report was filed and all schools in the district were alerted, a security guard at Robbins Lane School noticed a similar vehicle stopped across Robbins Lane from the school. That driver was identified as an employee of the district’s transportation contractor performing required bus driver observations. Another black SUV was reported at the school but that driver was identified as a parent dropping off his child. The only reported SUV that remains unidentified was the first one seen on two occasions at Baylis Elementary.
“I can’t provide any more closure, other than to say that, over many years of being a school superintendent, I’ve learned that such incidents, and more, are a sad fact of life,” said Friedman. “In almost all school systems, they will happen from time to time. I know we live in a world where: A) we can’t ever be too vigilant when it comes to our children’s safety, and B) people want to know what exactly is going on, and like to be kept apprised of the details in such unfortunate circumstances. That’s about it—I’m glad it’s not more, and I hope we have no more such sightings.”
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.