President of the Jericho Board of Education Joseph Lorintz will be running unopposed for his expiring seat on the school board in the May 21 school board election. Completing his ninth year on the board, Lorintz says his biggest accomplishment is “being part of putting together a team of professionals who work together in a collaborative, collegial and cohesive manner - concentrating on education issues.”
Lorintz, who received his juris doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, began his tenure on the school board as trustee in July 2004. He became president in 2011.
With three empty seats and four candidates for the upcoming Syosset Board of Trustee election on May 21 school board meeting, Tracy Frankel, Robert Gershon and William Weiner are all running on an independent ticket, advocating for “transparency, responsiveness and new perspectives.”
Trustees Lana Ajemian, Stephanie Avidon and Marc Herman will not be returning to the school board.
Frankel, a resident of Syosset since 2004, is a mother of two children in the school district and a PTA member.
The Jericho school board has opposed a plan to build a Bristal Assisted Living facility across the street from Jericho High School and Middle School on Old Cedar Swamp Road. The application is for a zoning change and special use permit, and the school board made its decision based on financial considerations, commercial zoning considerations, traffic concerns, environmental concerns and health and safety concerns.
“The health and safety of our students and their families are our primary responsibility, and we need to voice opposition here,” Superintendent of Schools H.L. Grishman said.
Rehearsals are underway at Jericho’s Temple Or Elohim for the Saturday, May 11, performance of “Opera On Broadway.”
Cantor David Aaron Katz, well known as a soloist with orchestras around the world, as well as his work as a member of The Three Jewish Tenors, will be joined by soprano Michelle Trovato, who performs internationally and has been praised for her “well-rounded creamy soprano.”
The Syosset Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s 2013-14 budget of $209,054,963 during its Wednesday evening school board meeting - a 5.5 percent increase of $11 million increase from last year.
The district will come in below the tax cap of 3.0 percent at 2.8 percent, with a maximum allowable tax levy limit including exclusions and exemptions of $188,229,063. The tax levy limit is $183,028,521, and coming year exemptions are TRS above two percent of $2.4 million and capital tax levy of $2.8 million.
Syosset school board members said that the district has received complaints from some parents about “bullying” by some athletic coaches in the district, but those who complained have done so anonymously, making specific action difficult.
School board members decided to hold further meetings on the issue, which was in part sparked by the controversy surrounding Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who was fired after he was seen in videos bullying players.
Trustee Alan Resnick and School Board Vice President April Neuendorf said the board has received numerous complaints from parents who wish to remain anonymous in fear of retribution from coaches.
When Jessica Kaden was 11 years old, she began feeling extreme stomach pain. Given family history, her mother thought Jessica suffered from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). But doctors dismissed the theory.
Today, the 16-year-old is battling Crohn’s Disease, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease that was not diagnosed until her 13th birthday. She has recently become an advocate for research and awareness of her disease The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) discovered Jessica’s plight and embraced the enthusiastic manner in which she has been handling her situation. This upbeat approach has carried over into the high school student’s recent involvement in the CCFA Team Challenge.
When Robert Coyle was an altar server at St. Edward the Confessor Church, Syosset, a visiting priest once asked him if he ever thought about becoming a priest.
“No, Father,” he politely replied. “I don’t want to be a priest.” He told the priest that he was thinking of becoming a police officer, a lawyer, or a Naval officer.
The priest “asked me to think about it”
Syosset High School has announced its valedictorian and salutatorian for its Class of 2013—Valedictorian Roger Witkin and salutatorian Seung Wan (Steven) Yoon.
At the high school, Witkin has taken such courses as Advanced Placement World History and Honors Chemistry. He has been an active member of the Ken Literary Magazine for four years and was named webmaster last year. Witkin has also participated in Junior Statesmen of America, a branch of the Political Science Club, and Model Congress.
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:
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