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Falling Values Send Tax Rates Soaring

Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, Wednesday, 09 October 2013 12:11

Residents across Nassau County are being hit with sharp school tax rate increases, leaving politicians pointing fingers and school administrators blaming a broken property assessment system and specifically, valuation reductions on commercial properties.

The latest school tax bills, reflecting the higher rates, will be mailed to Syosset and Jericho residents this week.

District figures show the school tax rate for Syosset homeowners increasing by 9.13 percent. Jericho homeowners face a rate increase of 8.15 percent.


It Happened Here

Sunday, 06 October 2013 00:00

Natalie Portman, Syosset High School, Class of ’99

Actress Natalie Portman, born Natalie Hershlag, was born in Jerusalem, Israel but she grew up in Jericho and graduated from Syosset High School. The quotes next to her class of ’99 yearbook picture are lyrics from a Bjork song: “If travel is searching and home what’s been found I’m not stopping I’m going hunting” and Holly Golightly’s line from Breakfast at Tiffany’s: “I’m going and that’s all there is to it.”


Inside Syosset’s Beer Cave

Written by Michael Ventimiglia, Saturday, 05 October 2013 00:00

Knowing your craft is very important, especially when it comes to beer.

Luckily, this is something Long Island’s own Syosset Beverage—known online as—has taken to heart. Located right off of Jericho Turnpike, this beverage depot is a Mecca for all things beer, soda, and soft drinks—with an emphasis on local and specialty beers.

Upon walking in, customers will find endless shelves and refrigerators stocked to the brim with specialty and craft beers, menu boards for on tap “growler” specials, recommended brews, and a number of beer aficionados.


Syosset Businessman To Box For Charity

Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00

Jamie “Fly Boy” Austin, president of Syosset’s Austin Travel and one of the founders of Long Island Fight for Charity (LIFFC), will find out next week who he’s been matched up with on the card for the LIFFC Main Event scheduled for November 25 at the Hilton Long Island in Melville.

“I am one of 20 boxers eager to know the name of the boxer I have been matched up with,” says Austin. “The matchup announcement event creates tremendous excitement.”


Grow Farm Busted

Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, Thursday, 03 October 2013 08:32

Two Suffolk County men were arrested for cultivating a marijuana grow farm on the property of a plant nursery in Old Brookville.

Police say that on Friday, September 20 at 9:48 p.m. Old Brookville police, along with the Nassau County Police Canine Unit, responded to the Old Brookville Nurseries located at 5300 Northern Boulevard, after receiving a call about suspicious people loitering on the property.


The Fresh Market Coming To Woodbury

Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00

Specialty grocer The Fresh Market will be the latest tenant to join the Woodbury Common boutique shopping center this October.

Adding to the recent trend of gourmet supermarkets increasing their presence on Long Island, The Fresh Market’s concept will be less like a box store, and more like an Uncle Giuseppe’s or Fairway, reminiscent of European markets, according to President and CEO Craig Carlock.


Dance Pro Returns For Holy Days

Written by Menachem Posner, Saturday, 28 September 2013 00:00

Dancing With The Stars

alum to perform at Simchat Torah

Ted Volynets grew up with two passions: dance and Judaism. As a child he danced competitively in the US and abroad. In 2011, during his last semester at New York University, Ted’s professional ballroom dancing career reached a new high when he was selected for the professional troupe on ABC’s Dancing with The Stars.

He also grew up part of the then-small Town of Oyster Bay Chabad in Woodbury.

“My father, Eugene Volynets, is the executive founder of the congregation,” he says. “It is basically where I grew up—whenever I was not at the dance studio.”


Taking On Cancer

Written by Lyn Dobrin, Friday, 27 September 2013 00:00

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.


Business Over Breakfast

Written by George Haber, Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

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.”


From Germany To Jericho

Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:19

An ORT Alum’s Journey

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.’”


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