When it comes to getting help with breast cancer concerns, Syosset’s Anne Rattinger has been on both sides of the equation.
As a social work student at Adelphi University in 1992, she did her field placement at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she turned to the Adelphi Program for support. Today, she is a volunteer with the Adelphi’s breast cancer hotline, helping callers get through difficult times.
At 7 o’clock on a typical weekday morning, most Long Islanders are on their way to the train, on the road, or in their bed, trying to catch a few more minutes of sleep. But 7 a.m. for some in Jericho, Syosset and Woodbury means time to pass out business cards, network with colleagues, and exchange referrals.
“Networking is a great way to develop relationships,” says Gerard Simonelli, a Jericho-based financial planner who is vice president of a business breakfast networking group in Syosset. “Strong relationships are a good basis for doing business.”
Gerry Landsberger of Jericho remembers the day his father Richard, a well-known and successful international pharmacist, was taken away by Nazis in Berlin.
“He was arrested,” recalls Landsberger in a thick German accent, who says his father wasn’t too concerned at the time and thought he’d be released. “He said, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong.’”
A handpicked group of Long Island artists will come together at the Hutchins Gallery of the Long Island University Post campus for the Seven & Seven showcase, featuring seven painters and seven sculptors.
Landscape painter Howard Rose, a Woodbury resident, will be one of those artists.
“Nature will give you a painting in every five-degree turn,” says Rose. “My goal as an artist is to have the ability to see it and to capture the beauty.”
Close to 150 people mingled amidst towering snowball plants in an enchanted garden lit with tiki torches while eating canapés and drinking wine at an art auction benefit hosted by the Jericho-based Women’s Fund of Long Island (WFLI) in August.
The event, held at the Maidstone Inn, marks the first time the WFLI, an organization that has helped empower women and girls on Long Island for more than 20 years, has had an event out east.
A new study of Long Island’s trains has culminated in a “Laggy” win by Syosset’s Port Jefferson Branch of the Long Island Railroad. The “Laggy” awards were given this month to branches of the LIRR with the greatest lost economic productivity, delay per rider and lost time, as a tongue-in-cheek way of getting additional capital investment in local rails from state legislators.
“LIRR’s frequent delays truly add up to lost economic productivity and commuter time over the course of a year,” said Ben Rosenblatt, the research fellow for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign who conducted the analysis. “In fact, estimates of total lost productivity are greater than last year’s profits of some of Long Island’s largest companies, such as VOXX International, Nathan’s, and 1-800 FLOWERS.”
Former social worker turned writer Robert Bennett of Jericho will join other local writers with the Long Island Authors and Writers Society (LIAWS) for a book signing event this weekend featuring fiction, non-fiction and children’s book authors from Nassau and Suffolk counties.
“I was born with Spina Bifida, but I had no discernible functional impairment until a car accident in 1988 changed my life,” says Bennett. “Since then I have struggled with the barriers, both physical and societal, that people with disabilities are challenged by every day.”
Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy — although none yet in New York State.
At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola last month, Sen. Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.”
The hearing’s purpose was to review state laws and state-imposed municipal finance oversight boards as they relate to fiscally distressed municipalities and take testimony from local community leaders on issues and possible initiatives.
While stressing that there has been no specific terrorist or hate crime threat made to the area, Nassau County officials have intensified police patrols around temples and synagogues for Yom Kippur.
“All religious leaders should know that the Nassau County Police Department will take any and all threats to public safety seriously as nothing is more important than the safety of our residents,” said Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano at a press conference last Tuesday.
During her 11 years as an Instructional Technology Specialist, Linda Alesi helped to create a high-speed wide area network that brought multimedia interactive learning environments to every classroom in the Valley Stream Union Free School
District. Alesi now brings her tech skills to Jericho, as the district’s new Director of Technology, along with three other new administrators.
“I want to help create a student-centered, technology-enhanced learning environment in which students, staff and community are able to effectively use technology with confidence and competence creating seamless integration of technology into all phases of the curriculum, fostering lifelong learners,” Alesi said. “Through the use of technology, various learning styles will be addressed so that all students can learn and achieve success in a diverse society.”
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