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Business News: November 15, 2013

Syosset Financial Advisor Gets Honors

Tony Pitta, of Syosset, was awarded membership to Capital Investment Companies’ President’s Council at the company’s annual meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC. The President’s Council is a prestigious honor society at Capital Investment Companies, based in Raleigh, NC, and Pitta was honored for being among the company’s top financial advisors in 2013. Pitta offers securities through Capital Investment Companies, which is one of the largest independent financial services and brokerage firms in the Southeastern US.

Syosset Security Company Honored

AlliedBarton Security Services, located on Jackson Avenue in Syosset was selected as one of Long Island’s Largest Employers by Long Island Business News.

“This is quite an honor for us,” said a spokesman for AlliedBarton. “The fact that Long Island Business News included AlliedBarton Security Services in its selection of 'Long Island’s Largest Employers,' signals that our constant efforts towards business excellence are paying off. We are proud to be included in this recognition.”

AlliedBarton provides security officers to business, industry, government and education. More than 60,000 AlliedBarton security officers, managers and support personnel currently serve communities across the United States. It is the largest American-owned and managed contract security services firm.

Syosset Non-Profit Receives $100K Contribution

MercyFirst, a not-for-profit human service agency headquartered in Syosset that provides care for more than 4,000 traumatized and neglected children, teens and families, was given a $100,000 contribution from the RTS Foundation to support its Solution Based Casework Training Initiative. Through this grant, the RTS Foundation supports MercyFirst’s commitment to the implementation of Solution Based Casework (SBC) which is an evidenced-informed casework practice model that prioritizes working in partnership with families, focuses on pragmatic solutions to difficult situations, and notices and celebrates change.

“RTS has been a long-time supporter of MercyFirst”, noted Gerard McCaffery, President/CEO of MercyFirst, “and we truly appreciate their commitment to assist us in our goal to improve services and outcomes in the provision of casework services throughout our agency.”

Solution-based Casework will be used throughout MercyFirst in all its residential, preventive and family foster care services.

Woodbury Resident Joins Syosset’s Mara Realty

Syosset High School alum Gabriella Ianiro of Woodbury is the newest licensed salesperson at Homes By Mara Realty of Syosset. Currently a senior at Long Island University in Brookville pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in print and electronic Journalism along with a minor in business, Ianiro says her college studies have proven a great complement for her work within today’s real estate arena.

“Gabriella is a talented and determined business professional who understands that the foundation of success is built upon integrity and personal service,” says Homes By Mara Realty president and owner, Mara Navaretta. “Her keen understanding and skillset in both communication and business are two important attributes needed for successfully serving today’s real estate clients.”

The Healthy Eatery Closes

The go-to lunch spot for many in Syosset has shut its doors. Known for their specialty chopped salads and fresh, healthy takes on everything from loaded baked potatoes and French fries to gourmet ice cream and pasta salads, and daily chalkboard specials, The Healthy Eatery has been a mainstay on Jericho Turnpike since 1995 on the corner of South Oyster Bay Road and Jericho Turnpike. The eatery’s phone line has been disconnected, it’s name whited out on the shopping center’s parking signs and a “For Lease” sign is now in the window. The company had a second location on Wantagh Avenue in Wantagh that closed its doors years ago. The owners could not be reached for comment.


Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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