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Local Podiatrist Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Saturday, 27 July 2013 00:00

A long-practicing Plainview podiatrist, Dr. Henry Balboa, is accused of sexually harassing a former medical assistant almost 50 years his junior and of illegally firing her after she rejected his advances, according to a complaint filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Katie Chaput, 22, of Levittown, made the charges in a complaint filed June 28 by her lawyers, Leeds Brown Law LLC, against Balboa, 70, whose medical office is at 100 Manetto Hill Rd.


Referendum Set For August 20

Written by Michael Scro, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00

In a court ruling last Monday, NY State Supreme Court Justice F. Dana Winslow ruled that 4,976 signatures were valid to place a referendum before the residents of Oyster Bay next month on the sale of the town’s public works complex to Simon Property Group, the Albanese Organization and Castagne Properties.

A total of 4,599 signatures were required for the referendum - the vote will take place on August 20.

Organized by Taubman Centers Inc., the developer behind a proposed mall on the site adjacent to the town’s property, had put fourth a petition campaign to force a referendum. The sale of the town’s property was approved for $32.5 million, and the current plans are to construct a ‘mixed-use’ facility.


Blumenfeld And Ratner Join Forces

Written by Michael Scro, Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Ed Blumenfeld, founder of Blumenfeld Development Group in Syosset, was not selected as a finalist for the Nassau Coliseum overhaul project, and as a result, has teamed up with finalist Bruce Ratner to compete with Madison Square Garden Co. to redesign the Long Island landmark.

Both project proposals are privately funded.

Blumenfeld will be assisting in the development of restaurants and retail Director of the University of Michigan Center for Sports Management Mark Rosentraub, who was hired as a consultant on Blumenfeld’s original $150 million dollar proposal to demolish and re-construct the coliseum, will be involved in the partnership.


Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club News

Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

Club installs new officers

The Rotary Club of Hicksville-Jericho installed its most recent president, officers and board of directors on July 11. Elizabeth Goldfrank was installed as president by State Legislator Rose Walker. Also installed as officers were Ed Moffett, vice president; Donna Rivera-Downey, secretary; and Gerry Poli, treasurer.

Members of the board of directors installed were Tom Howell, Ennio Lattini Dr. Irwin Gross, James Grossman, William Schuckmann, and Dr. James Bentson.

The Hicksville Community Council held its 42nd Annual Awards Dinner on June 13, honoring people and organizations that exemplify the meaning of Community Service. The 2013 Dick Evers Community Service Award was presented to Donna Rivera-Downey, a lifelong Hicksville resident. Rivera-Downey’s interest in public service emerged during her own years as a Girl Scout growing up in Hicksville, and was honed and tested through her involvement with the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club and as a Girl Scout leader.


Mill Neck Graduation

Saturday, 20 July 2013 00:00

Mill Neck Manor’s Deaf Education Center (DEC) recently wrapped up the school year on a celebratory note with two graduations held a day apart. The DEC’s preschool children received their diplomas in anticipation of heading off to kindergarten in their home school districts in September. The eight little grads, adorable in their special occasion clothes, charmed the gathering of families, friends and Mill Neck students and staff with a performance of several songs before accepting their diplomas.

Five high school seniors celebrated their milestone the following day at a ceremony attended by several members of the Mill Neck Manor Board of Trustees and alumni, in addition to proud families and school staff. The class of 2013, Maximo Cutire, China Minichino, Michael Mullady, Jhovaughn Palmer and Rachel Ponce de Leon, began the program by taking the stage to sign the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. An invocation given by The Reverend Dennis Konkel was followed by several speakers.   


Kohl’s Awards $1,000 Scholarship

Friday, 19 July 2013 00:00

The Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program honors nearly 200 deserving volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward higher education, and one of them this year is Jericho’s Christopher Yao.

Yao was diagnosed with a severe under-jaw bite at the age of twelve. Christopher started Kids Change the World to help inspire youth-volunteerism, and support those less fortunate. Christopher worked to help fund
60 cleft surgeries and helped provide food and shelter to more than 250 orphans in Africa.


County Uncovers Welfare Fraud Cases

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced last week that the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) Office of Investigations continues to uncover individuals attempting to defraud Nassau County taxpayers, most recently discovering thirteen elaborate schemes to cheat the system out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Since April 2011, Nassau DSS has identified more than $3.7 million in savings and has referred a total of 68 cases that resulted in arrests.  

Included in most recent cases referred for prosecution are a 37-year-old Jericho travel agent lied about her income, employment and household composition in order to illegally qualify for $12,166 in Medicaid benefits - referral from NYS Office of Medicaid Inspector General.

County Executive Mangano stated: “Those who steal money from the neediest of our citizens will be caught, prosecuted and have jail time sought for the crimes they commit.”


Cerro Wire Controversy Heats Up

Written by Michael Scro, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto responded to the continued concern from residents of Syosset and nearby towns on what will become of the previous Cerro Wire site at a town board meeting last Tuesday.

During public comment, various speakers addressed a campaign by Taubman Centers Inc. to have a referendum on August 20 that would benefit their proposal to build a mall on the site.


Girl Scout Awarded Highest Honor

Friday, 12 July 2013 00:00

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recognize Karishma Shah, a senior at Syosset High School, who earned the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scout Movement. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.


Nassau County Court Official Found Dead

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

A Nassau County court official was discovered dead at the bottom of a backyard swimming pool at her Syosset home on Wednesday June 26 at 10:09 a.m., a Nassau County police spokesperson said.

The body of Patricia Doyle, 55, was found lying face down in her swimming pool Wednesday morning when a hired landscaper arrived at her Azalea Drive home. Police said they received a 911 call reporting the incident at 10:09 a.m. and within four minutes, Doyle had been pronounced dead by a Nassau County Ambulance Medical Technician.


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