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Syosset/Jericho Budgets Decided

The Jericho and Syosset school budgets passed, though residents didn’t exactly come out in droves to cast ballots.

Jericho’s 2015-16 budget was approved 659 to 149, the capital reserve fund passed 521-117 and the library budget was approved 631-82. In the district’s school board elections, Bill Ferro and Daborah Lee, who were both running unopposed for the board of education, were both elected. David Diamond, who was also running unopposed, was re-elected.

In Syosset, while the school budget passed easily by a count of 2,112 to 813, the school board election was a bit more complicated. Joshua A. Lafazan and Andy Feldman were elected to two of the seats, but the election for the third available seat saw a tie between incumbent Chris DiFilippo and challenger Bill Weiner. The third seat remained undeclared until two days later when the affidavit ballots were counted and the seat was awarded to DiFilippo by a single vote, 1,458 to 1,457.

As for the budgets, Jericho residents approved a $121,185,238 budget for the 2015-16 school year, an increase of 1.35 percent with a proposed tax levy of 1.61 percent.

In Syosset, voters approved a $215,585,452 budget. The budget calls for a 1.34 percent increase in spending over the current year and carries a .91 percent tax levy increase, which is within the state’s tax cap.


Remembering Syosset Youngster


In an effort to fund research for pediatric brain cancer, the second annual Going Nuts ‘Til We Find A Cure fundraiser will be held at Sportime Bethpage Multisport, 4105 Hempstead Tpke., Sunday, May 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The fundraiser is held in loving memory of 8-year-old Giuliana Boudouvas of Syosset, who died suddenly in 2013 from a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. [Read more…]

Firm Proposes Syosset Project


The project would bring housing, shops and parkland to the Syosset site,

The vacant 39-acre plot of land in Syosset known as the Cerro Wire site once again sits amid plans for possible construction and rejuvenation in the form an outdoor mixed-use community, this time courtesy of Oyster Bay Development, LLC, a partnership between Simon Property Group and Castagna Realty. [Read more…]

Town OK’s Plainview Project


Country Pointe’s main entrance on Old Country Road (Images Courtesy of Beechwood Organization)

Residents looking to downsize their homes got what they wanted last week, as the Town of Oyster Bay voted unanimously to approve a 750-residence condominium project on 143 acres in Plainview at the southwest corner of Old Country Road and Round Swamp Road. [Read more…]

Cinema Arts Centre Film Festival

Film buffs are invited to the ninth annual First Exposure Student Film Festival at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington today at 4 p.m.

Curated by professional filmmakers from the Suffolk County Film Commission, this is an hour-long exhibition of the “best of the best” high school short narrative, documentary, and animated films from the Long Island Media Arts Showcase at Five Towns College in Dix Hills.

Hundreds compete, but only a handful make the cut. Hal Hartley (Henry Fool, The Unbelievable Truth), Fred Carpenter (The Blue Lizard), Michael Cuesta (L.I.E., TV’s Homeland), and Alexandra Brodsky (Bittersweet Place) all got inspired by their suburban environment and the films they saw at the Cinema Arts Centre. Perhaps one of these talented students will follow in their footsteps? Past winners have gone on to prestigious college film programs and have been featured at the Hamptons Film Festival.


Syosset Group Gets Grant


Elaine Gross (right) of ERASE Racism accepts a grant from Marge Rogatz, president of Community Advocates, Inc.

Marge Rogatz, president of Community Advocates, Inc., announced a $25,000 grant given to Syosset-based ERASE Racism in support of its 2015 Annual Benefit, to be held June 3 at the Garden City Hotel.

This grant fulfills the pledge made by Community Advocates, a Long Island not-for-profit with a 40-year history as a catalyst for social justice and racial equity, to contribute a total of $150,000 over a three-year period to support ERASE Racism’s work to eliminate inequities in housing, public school education and healthcare on Long Island. [Read more…]

DA: Mom Killed Daughter


Veronica Cirella admitted in court that she intended harm on her daughter.

A Plainview mother pleaded guilty to an unthinkable crime this week. [Read more…]

Syosset Photog Breaks Barriers


Photos by Anthony Tafuro

baku-5-10It’s after midnight in the isolating blackness of an obscure street somewhere in the wilderness of Vancouver, B.C. The smell of hot, smoking asphalt hangs in the air as a group of masked figures burn, rake and shape a makeshift skateboarding ramp up against a street barrier.

Syosset native Anthony Tafuro stands nearby with his camera. Having saved and scrimped money for a year for this trip, he has come to capture images of a decidedly mysterious and shadowy faction of skateboarders known as Barrier Kult. Created 10 years ago by incognito professional skateboarders with enigmatic names like Deer Man of Dark Woods and Depth Leviathan Dweller, Barrier Kult (BA. KU.) was borne out of anonymity and a precise set of ideals translated by Tafuro’s black and white photographic style. [Read more…]

Bright Syosset Youngster Honored


Syosset’s Darius Fan was recognized for his academic excellence.

Darius Fan, a high-achieving student from Syosset, was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a regional awards ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

The Syosset youngster, a participant in the CTY talent search, was recognized for his exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented second-through-eighth-grade students. [Read more…]

Syosset: First Class

Kinder_050815HThe Berry Hill PTA hosted a fun-filled morning of activities for the incoming class of 2028 in Syosset. The kindergarten orientation also included an informative breakfast meeting for parents with Principal Joanne Mannion. [Read more…]