Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
Maddalena Buffalino, a former Carle Place High School student and current social studies teacher at the school, was recently named the recipient of BOCES Most Innovative Educator Technology Award.
The award commends Buffalino, a Westbury resident, as a “teacher who demonstrates creative, resourceful uses of technology that significantly impacts student achievement,” according to BOCES.
“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. The social studies teachers I had like Joan Caliendo and Jeananne Sullivan influenced and solidified my decision to become a social studies teacher,” said Buffalino, a Siena College grad who is currently working toward earning an administration degree at Stony Brook University.
The Carle Place area has a history of retaining its residents – as evidenced in the many generations of families living in the hamlet – and one could argue that the school district is a reason why some never leave.
“I loved growing up in Carle Place and it is a dream come true to work there. The students are enthusiastic, caring and dedicated. I love working with the kids outside of the classroom as a coach, key club advisor and class advisor. I hope to make a difference in and outside of the classroom in my students’ lives,” Buffalino explained.
The Podolski Awards, created in 2011, is an annual program that honors one teacher and one administrator each year. Educators nominate administrators who have taken a visionary role in the implementation of technology, demonstrated a commitment to serve the educational needs of students and provided support to teachers.
Buffalino, who described winning the award as a “great accomplishment” in her teaching career, has been teaching social studies at Carle Place High School since 2005 and currently teaches Advanced Placement world history, ELL American history and AIS for students in grades seven through 12.
In addition, Buffalino has acted as Key Club advisor, field hockey and lacrosse coach, class advisor, yearbook advisor and website designer for various school clubs.
She also facilitates professional development workshops for her colleagues, such as the faculty presentation on the importance of blogging, the Superintendent’s Day YouTube course, Superintendent’s Day grade-keeper course and staff development day technology course. She has been heralded for incorporating technology into her classroom and her district.
“Congratulations to Maddalena Buffalino in representing the Carle Place community,” said David Flatley, superintendent of schools. “We are proud to have her on our staff.”
For more information, contact Carle Place Public Schools at (516) 622-6440 or visit the web at www.cps.k12.ny.us.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00
Westbury’s Cemetery of the Holy Rood is the largest cemetery in all of the Town of North Hempstead, with more than 12,000 interments, and is still active. Westbury Friends Cemetery is the oldest, dating back to 1702, and is also active.
Westbury is the eternal resting place of designer Oleg Cassini, former CIA Director William Casey, who served under President Reagan, and Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown, a Titanic survivor.
These are just a few of the nuggets of local history that Howard Kroplick has recorded in his exhaustive study of the town’s 28 cemeteries.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
It’s not uncommon for adults to develop a yearning to relive the simple pleasures and pastimes of their youth. While some take up spending a few bucks here and there to recapture some base nostalgia in the form of a shirt or action figure, there’s a local group of gentlemen who take it to a whole different level.
Since 1947, the West Island Model Railroad Club has given train enthusiasts a place to congregate and indulge their hobby on a grand scale. Club president, Vic Grappone, says he’s personally been interested in model trains since...well, forever.
“I’m 57 years old now, and I’ve been into trains for probably 56 of them,” he said. “It started with a Lionel train set that my father bought me, and that got me hooked very early, which is probably the case with a lot of the guys here.”
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Three Westbury runners won awards on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the fifth annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5 kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park. Leading the way for the strong Westbury contingent was 10-year-old Johnny Schmuck, who earned the second place award in the 14 and under age group with a time of 22 minutes, 28 seconds. Johnny’s mom Susan Schmuck took home first place in the Athena 140-159 Weight Division with a time of 25:55. 42-year-old Jenney Tesoriero was the 2nd finisher in the women’s 40-44 age group, crossing the finish line in 23:44.
The race was held by the Town of Oyster Bayand and raised money to help in the fight against prostate cancer. Free prostate cancer screenings were offered on-site, as well as informative urology and men’s health exhibits, refreshments and prizes for participants.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Taylor Ruscillo, a 2013 graduate of Carle Place High School, was recently named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week. Ruscillo is a freshman field hockey player at American International College (AIC). She netted a goal in the team’s final game vs. St. Michael’s, a 4-0 victory. She finished her season with two goals and one assist.
AIC Field Hockey coach Christina Needham says that Ruscillo has been a great addition to the school’s field hockey program.
“She is eager to learn, and brings an open mind to the field every day. Her Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week award in the final week is a reflection of her commitment to our program and to improving,” Needham said.