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Glimpse Syosset’s Storied Past


A stagecoach in front of Syosset’s train station in the early 1900s. (Photo Courtesy of Pamela Boslet Buskin)

Syosset is a hamlet with a rich and fascinating past, with roots that can be traced back to the turbulent and exciting days of its founding, expansion and evolution, all set to the backdrop of the wild frontier of the nation’s earliest days.

Tom Montalbano is a member of the Oyster Bay Historical Society and a lifelong Syosset resident. His interest in Syosset history began in 1990; it was at that time he volunteered to conduct a series of interviews with longtime local residents which, upon completion, became the basis for Montalbano’s 2001 book, Syosset: Images of America. [Read more…]

Trucks Take Over Local Road


The state DOT redesignated South Oyster Bay Road to allow big rigs.

Local residents shifted their concerns into high gear after learning the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) quietly designated a four-mile stretch of South Oyster Bay Road as an access highway for big rigs last year—which, according to residents, happened without a word from local elected officials.

Tractor trailers ranging from 53 to 75 feet are now allowed on the local roadway, which is lined with homes and businesses, according to the designation. Prior to this new classification, trucks of 48 feet in length were allowed on the road. [Read more…]

Leave ‘A Lasting Mark’


Join A Lasting Mark to raise funds for research on linear scleroderma.

Linear scleroderma is a rare chronic autoimmune disease that affects children and has no cure. It is characterized by hardening of the skin on the face or localized to a single extremity of the body. It can cause mild to severe disfigurement. Being diagnosed with a chronic disease like this is life changing to these children and their families. In Jericho alone, we have three children that have been diagnosed with this challenging and elusive disease. [Read more…]

Syosset Teen Helps Feline Friends


Rachel Haft was honored by the Golden Paw Society.

A Syosset youngster put her paws to work this summer and helped some furry friends in need of a home.

The Golden Paw Society of Huntington held its annual Golden Gala fundraising event in Syosset recently, honoring individuals who have made a difference in the lives of shelter cats on Long Island. This year, one of the four honorees was 13-year-old Rachel Haft of Syosset. The organization presented Haft with a plaque thanking her for her contributions to the cause of caring for shelter cats. [Read more…]

Group Ramps Up Coat Collection


It’s time to start gathering coats for winter donations.

Though summer is still here, it is never too early to start thinking about helping the less fortunate stay warm when the winter chill hits Long Island.

The Old Bethpage-based nonprofit organization Kids Helping Kids By Kids Way, Inc. is already launching its 2015 Making a Warmth of Difference winter apparel and coat drive. In this 12th annual endeavor, the organization is collecting new coats and related apparel for distribution among those who are in desperate need every winter season. [Read more…]

Fire Academy Trains LI’s Next Heroes


The Fire Academy has provided firefighter training for more than 50 years. (Photos by Chris Boyle)

If your home—or your life—has ever been saved by the heroic men and women of your local fire department, you can thank one very well-known facility in Old Bethpage for giving them the skills to do so.

Nassau County Fire Service Academy—responsible for training every single firefighter throughout the county—first opened its doors at 300 Winding Rd. back in 1962. Prior to that, it had been operating at the old Mitchel Field Air Force Base. Eventually, Nassau County stepped in and, with some land available in Old Bethpage, constructed the first buildings that would make up the academy’s new and permanent home. It has continued to evolve and expand over the years into a highly-regarded, state-of-the-art school, according to chief instructor John P. Brown. [Read more…]

Walking And Wagging For A Cure


Join the Husky Brothers and friends at a fundraising walk in Farmingdale.

A Plainview woman is helping Farmingdale go to the dogs this September—for a good cause.

For the second year in a row, Jodi Ekberg is bringing her family of Siberian huskies and all of their canine friends to the Farmingdale Village Green for the second annual “Light The Night: A Dog Walk To Remember,” benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The walk, presented by the Long Island Husky Brothers and The Empire State Snow Dog Club, takes place on Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. [Read more…]

Temple To Host Annual Shabbat


Last year’s Shabbat was a well attended event.

Shabbat Under the Stars, a traditional Friday evening service accompanied by singing, music and a barbecue will be held in the parking lot of Temple Or Elohim on Tobie Lane in Jericho Friday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. The barbecue begins at 6 p.m. [Read more…]

Orange Is The New Workout


Kelly Kirsh and Nick Locicero are trainers at Syosset’s Orangetheory. (Photos by Chris Boyle)

When it comes to getting in shape as quickly and effectively as possible, one can hit a standard gym, push a little iron and stroll on the treadmill with varying degrees of results or they can go to Orangetheory Fitness—Syosset’s newest exercise sensation—and be put through the paces like never before until they’ve achieved their fitness goals in record time. [Read more…]

Syosset Library Set To Inspire


Syosset’s new creation station is set to inspire.

Libraries have always been a place to spark inspiration, but the Syosset Public Library is taking its commitment to this ideal to a whole new level. Officials at the Syosset library recently announced the opening of Creation Station, a “makerspace” where users can investigate emerging technologies. [Read more…]