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Officials Plug Heroin Pipeline

Nassau County and federal officials recently took down a heroin pipeline that ran drugs from Mexico to Long Island. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Realtor In The Giving Spirit


Homes By Mara Realty President Mara Navaretta (center) is joined by her husband John Navaretta, Homes By Mara CEO and General Counsel, and their daughter Sabrina Navaretta (first and second from left) while proudly presenting to Bonnie Adlman, Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation Board of Directors, and her husband Fred Adlman (fourth and fifth from left) a $1,500 check contribution resulting from commissions pooled by Navaretta and several participating agents at her agency.

Kicking off the season of giving, Woodbury resident Mara Navaretta, president and owner of Homes By Mara Realty of Syosset has donated $1,500 to Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF). Resulting from commissions pooled by Navaretta and several participating agents at her agency, this donation represents the latest among several since Jan. 2012 that Navaretta and her agency have made to the nonprofit organization. [Read more...]

Awards Volleyed To Jericho Team

The month of December has brought many accolades to the Jericho girls varsity volleyball team. The team was honored with the New York State Scholar Athlete State Championship Award. This was followed by individual awards given by the Nassau Volleyball Coaches Association to Gloria Park, who received an All Class Award for her outstanding performance as an outside hitter and team captain. Madison Joyce won an All Class Award for her incredible level of play as the team’s Libero. Marissa Blaine received All Conference for defensive ability. Amanda Damon and Bianca Benayoun also received first marking period’s top Nassau County Scholar Athlete Award.Volley_122614A

Pols Stop Speed Cameras

Jericho and Syosset residents who opposed school zone speed cameras are doing victory laps after Nassau County legislators voted unanimously on Dec. 15 to put the brakes on the controversial program.


Residents said speed zone signage in Jericho was insufficient.

Residents of Jericho’s West Birchwood development in particular were elated with the vote to repeal the program. Many felt a speed camera at Cantiague Elementary School on Cantiague Rock Road was unfairly issuing tickets without proper signage. Jericho’s Ellen Meister said the repeal left her wondering how County Executive Ed Mangano and other elected officials thought they could ever get away with what she called an “underhanded money-grab.”

“Didn’t they ever stop to think how resentful their constituents would be?” she said. “In a political environment where it’s so easy to feel powerless and disillusioned, it’s inspiring to know that citizens can take action and make a real difference. I’m so proud of my friends and neighbors for standing up for what they know is right.” [Read more...]

Being Thankful In Syosset

South Grove Elementary hosted their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, Nov. 25. In the Annex, Kindergarteners and first-graders all dressed up as pilgrims and Native Americans, while the teachers and staff wore turkey aprons. The children enjoyed a wonderful meal with all of the fixings—each class made a different deliThanks2014.2cious side dish that they enjoyed with their distinguished guests. [Read more...]

A Novel Idea With Syosset Roots

If you’re still looking for the perfect holiday gift for a young, imaginative person in your life, a local author’s work might be just the thing.

Former Syosset resident, Carole P. Roman, now of Oyster Bay Cove, has been finding a lot of success and fulfillment through writing children’s books, a process that only began a few years ago and has turned her into a prolific author of more than 20 books in three separate series, inspired by her four young grandchildren.AuthorRoman_121914A

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis, a charming winter’s tale, is the newest addition to the award-winning Captain No Beard book series, which finds the daring pirate Captain No Beard and his loyal crew heaving anchor for adventure as they steer a course due north for the icy waters of the Arctic. [Read more...]

Jericho Student Shines In Play

Annie_121914ALauren Marchand (left in photo), fourth grade student from Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, is starring in the musical Annie, Jr. at the Merrick Theatre for Fine Arts in Merrick. Marchand has been playing the role of Tessie, an orphan in the musical. Marchand enjoys singing and acting. With the assistance of Cantiague Elementary music teacher Ms. Hussey, Marchand has participated in the NYSSMA music annual festival since the second grade. Marchand is also a member of the Long Island Children’s Choir, a non-profit that fosters community service and a love for singing. Annie, Jr is being staged at the Merrick Theatre now through Dec. 27. —Submitted by Elizabeth Marchand

Woodbury Hosts Record-Breaking Run


Patty Santella of Syosset heads through the trail on the way to her first place performance.

The weather for this year’s 22nd annual edition of New York Blood Services Rob’s Run was nearly perfect for a late Fall cross country race, and the net result was a bunch of pretty impressive performances—and lots of enthusiasm—on the part of a record breaking 702 finishers who completed the 5 Kilometer course in and around Stillwell Woods in Woodbury on Nov. 30.

Northport High School superstar Mike Branningan led the field in a strong 15:30, followed by 2013 winner Chris Mammone who propelled his Bellmore Striders to top Men’s Open Team honors once again. Billy Holl of Team Tri Global was a determined third place, and Boyd Carrington repeated as the first master.

Victoria Kornieva of the Bellmore Striders scored top honors among the women, outkicking  Lauren Jasinski by 15 seconds, with Jen Dagan a strong third, 15 seconds behind Lauren. [Read more...]

Syosset Synagogue Helps Neighbors


The Syosset community responded with great generosity when North Shore Synagogue asked for donations for this very worthy event.

North Shore Synagogue, 83 Muttontown Rd. in Syosset, was proud to be an active participant in a large effort that brought perishable and non-perishable food, toiletries and clothing to 100 families in need at the EOC Center in Manhasset, a preschool and after-school government-funded facility for families on or below the poverty level.

The synagogue partnered with Temple Israel and Temple Isaiah, both of Great Neck, in conjunction with TANS (Tikkun Alliance of the North Shore) and UJA, the United Jewish Appeal, which donated funds to be used to purchase fresh produce. This joint event has been providing help to families since 2008. [Read more...]

Santa Roll Call Competition

A Santa Roll Call takes place on Monday, Dec. 22 at noon at the Garden City Hotel. The competition honors the myriad community volunteer Santa’s throughout Long Island. Those who annually don the red suit are invited to attend.Briefs_121914A

Participants will be judged on appearance, jolliness, their ability to hoist a sack in one fluid motion and their laughter. Judges will include the County Executive Ed Mangano, J. Colin Grady, Garden City Hotel general manager, representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps and a youthful delegation from the Long Island Children’s Museum. [Read more...]