Incumbent Lana Ajemian has been a resident of Syosset for 27 years. She has had four children go through the Syosset school system. She was actively involved with the Child Care Council of Nassau Inc, and the Grandparents as Caregivers group.
At the Monday, May 11 Syosset Central School District Board of Education Meeting, there were many historic firsts. For the first time, the board recognized the accomplishments of a large group of students who had performed exceptional community service. In addition, when students took to the stage to sing a special version of We Are the World, it was the first time that children ranging in age from elementary school to high school had performed together at a school board meeting. As is often the case during Syosset Board of Education meetings, it was close to standing-room-only in the South Woods Middle School Auditorium while the children were performing.
On Tuesday, March 16, Woodbury Jewish Center was the venue for “Larger than Life”, a benefit gala event, where a vast group of good hearted Long Island friends and neighbors gathered to help children battling cancer and to honor advisory board member Albert Nassim and his wife, Janet.
After serving 22 years as principal of Syosset High School, Dr. Jorge E. Schneider will be retiring at the conclusion of the school year. While Schneider’s tireless pursuit of academic excellence often challenged students, teachers, and administrators alike, Syosset High School is losing not just a leader, but a beloved figure; in fact, there can be no doubt that returning students to Syosset High School in the fall will miss his distinctive voice over the loudspeaker during the morning announcements. More than just a changing of the guard, Schneider’s exit from the district represents the end of an era that has spanned more than two decades.
A judge recently issued a 30-day temporary restraining order against the MTA, regarding cuts to its Able-Ride program and told disability advocacy groups to raise an $80,000 bond to help pay for the service, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs.
At the Jericho School District Board of Education meeting on Thursday, April 22, teachers and students were in the spotlight for most of the night. The Board granted Assistant Principal Joseph Weiner tenure after three successful years at Jericho Middle School. Weiner, a former science teacher from Queens, received warm, congratulatory smiles and applause from all in attendance. Jericho High School Principal Joseph Prisinzano congratulated Mary Jo Moriarty (Guidance Counselor), Charu Vardhan (English), and Paul Bode (A.P. Calculus) for their recognition as Distinguished Teachers by the Harvard Club of Long Island; former students submitted glowing recommendations, which were read aloud, for all three teachers. Serena McCalla, an enthusiastic and rigorous science teacher at Jericho High School, received the prestigious Outstanding Teacher Award.
Most people have had the slightly annoying experience of hearing a song they like on the radio, but having difficulty tracking it down when they want to purchase it. All too often, people are left desperately humming the chorus to their friends in the hopes that someone, anyone, will know the name of the artist or the album that this new favorite piece derives from. Fortunately, Syosset resident David Fox and his friends have introduced some refinement to the system with Tuneticker, a new social media site that lets you harness your friends’ musical knowledge for your convenience.
On Saturday, April 17, a bunch of teenagers put aside their weekend plans to play some tennis for a good cause. With the help of Roslyn Sportime, Long Island Tennis Magazine, and tennis pro Emilie Katz, Jericho High School eleventh-graders Samantha Debello and Amanda Hyman presented “Tennis Fun Night”, a pay-to-play tennis event for teens where all proceeds went to the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH.) While the overall prognosis for homelessness on Long Island remains somewhat grim, the atmosphere of teens being moved to take time out from their lives to do something to help the less fortunate- and the conviction of Debello and Hyman in particular- couldn’t help but breed optimism for the future.
With a new partnership between Nassau County and the Town of Oyster Bay, the long-awaited Jackson Avenue improvement project is back on track. After federal authorities refused to fund the project after nine months of planning, the project had been left in political limbo, meaning that Jackson Avenue might be left in poor shape for the duration. However, thanks to the efforts of Legislator Judy Jacobs (who initiated the process by going to Venditto in the hopes of cooperating to find an alternate solution), TOB Supervisor John Venditto, County Executive Ed Mangano, and Congressman Steve Israel, the project is on track to begin as early as mid-2010.
In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, major events can fade from the public consciousness quickly. The disastrous effect of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans is one such event; now that it’s been nearly five years since the hurricane itself, it’s all too easy to forget that many people in New Orleans are still in need. However, The NOLA Tree- a new non-profit organization started by children’s book author Phil Bildner- is dedicated to providing continued support to the city of New Orleans, as well as cultivating a love of community activism in the next generation. The organization brings groups of teens from Long Island (and other nearby areas) to New Orleans, where they cooperate with other service organizations from all around the globe in hands-on volunteer work.
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