This is a tough time of year for fitness; those countless resolutions for a healthier lifestyle, which seemed so appealing on Jan. 1, lose some of their luster when winter snow and ice repeatedly gets in the way of pleasant fitness walking. Even those who have stuck to their New Year’s resolutions so far may find their resolve begin to flag as winter drags on, as their once-invigorating new exercise program becomes tainted with the boredom of routine. With all the distractions of modern life, not to mention plain old winter blues, how can healthy hopefuls resist the siren’s song of the couch and TV long enough to achieve their fitness goals?
At the Jan. 10 Syosset Central School District Board of Education Meeting, board president Dr. Marc Herman held a moment of silence in the wake of the recent Arizona shootings. As the room fell silent, Herman offered his condolences to the victims’ families and wished Representative Gabrielle Giffords a “speedy recovery.”
Though the night commenced on a somber note, school pride soon dominated as students were honored for their many noteworthy accomplishments. Syosset High School senior Karan Sikka was recognized as a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition in math, science, and technology. Among the 1,300 students across the country who submitted projects, only 312 students were selected as semifinalists. Sikka’s exceptional credentials allowed him the opportunity to conduct research at The Garcia Center at Stony Brook University on his project, entitled, “A Temperature Controlled Investigation of Gold and Palladium Nano-particle Catalysis for the Performance Enhancement of a Proton-Exchange-Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell.”
The Syosset Central School District has announced that four Syosset High School students have been named semifinalists in the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search. Seniors Gary Rosenblatt, Karan Sikka, Harris Weber and Deanna Zhu earned this prestigious honor for their outstanding research in science.
The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Past Intel semifinalists and finalists have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including seven Nobel Prizes and four National Medals of Science. The Intel Science Talent Search recognizes 300 students as semifinalists each year. For the 2011 competition, more than 2,300 students from across the country competed for $1.25 million in awards. Each semifinalist, as well as his or her school, is awarded $1,000.
It’s 7 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and customers are slowly trickling into the Celebrity Diner on Jericho Turnpike in Syosset. But in a back room, 20 men and women are buzzing around a cluster of tables, talking business, sharing information about recent encounters with clients and prospects, shaking hands, and exchanging cards.
Welcome to the weekly breakfast meeting of the Syosset chapter of BNI—Business Network International—a worldwide business-referral organization dedicated to bringing entrepreneurs from a wide variety of professions together to introduce themselves to each other and to share business referrals.
In his first address to the New York State Legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 5, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of an Executive Order to create a team of private and public sector individuals charged with finding ways to cut the “unfunded and under-funded mandates that help make New York one of the most taxed states in the nation.”
The “Mandate Relief Redesign Team” (“Team”) will review unfunded and under-funded mandates imposed by the New York State government on school districts, local governments, and other local taxing districts. Such mandates include legal requirements that a local district provide a program, project, or activity on behalf of the state.
The team – which will include representatives from private industry, education, labor, and government – will look for ways to reduce the costs of mandated programs, identify mandates that Cuomo stated are ineffective and outdated, and determine how school districts and local governments can have greater ability to control expenses.
Approaching New Year’s Eve last week, many people might have feared starting 2011 with a hangover, but for County Executive Edward P. Mangano, it was the prospect of a takeover, of the county’s finances by New York State agency Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) on Jan. 1, that became very real.
The NIFA Board of Directors held its last meeting of the year on Dec. 30, at which time, many believed the authority would vote to enter what is called a “Control Period,” which enables the group to step in and take a leading role in Nassau County’s financial affairs. This is one of the functions of the watchdog agency that was created by New York State in 2000 due to the county’s poor fiscal situation. The group has served first, to restructure the county’s debt, and second, to oversee its financial operations, mandated to assume control of them if the county ever misses debt payments or if its major operating funds, the budget upon which it functions, suffers from a deficit of larger than 1 percent.
Students and staff at the George A. Jackson Elementary School are hard at work promoting a peaceful environment. The goal at Jackson, under the coordination of teacher Milissa Seymour, is to teach all students and staff mindfulness and the skills necessary to model and practice social-emotional literacy. Each year, the goal is to increase student and staff awareness and expand their SEL (Social-Emotional Literacy) toolbox. The expected outcomes of these efforts are to decrease stress, promote peaceful conflict resolution and reduce bullying.
The Dec. 20 Syosset Central School District Board of Education meeting turned into a memorable night out with Syosset High School’s all-female a capella choir, the Adelettes. Their surprise performance opened with Irving Berlin’s Play a Simple Melody, showcasing the many talents this group brings to Syosset’s highly regarded music program.
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