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Jericho Group Blasts Speed Cams

A group of Jericho residents fed up with speed camera violations will stage an airing of grievances with local elected officials at the end of the month.

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Residents say the signage is confusing near Cantiague Elementary School.

The town hall meeting, to be held at Cantiague Elementary School. 678 Cantiague Rock Rd. in Jericho, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, is set to attract Legislator Judy Jacobs, Assemblyman Charles Lavine and Hon. John Marks, who all committed to attending. County Executive Ed Mangano was invited, but is not expected to attend. [Read more...]

Syosset Writer Pens Mystery Tale

Jennifer Wolf Kam wants you to know how Devin Rhodes died and who is responsible, but don’t expect an uninterrupted, straightfoward explanation from the Syosset-Jericho native.

In her first published novel, the young-adult mystery tale Devin Rhodes Is Dead (published on Oct. 14), Kam plunges into nonlinear storytelling, building suspense and then pulling back; raising the dramatic pitch and then dropping it to an unsettling silence. The alternating “before” and “after” chapters rachet up the suspense, building to the dramatic conclusion.devincover-306x488b

The trail to Kam’s own dramatic conclusion as published author started in the Jericho School District where, as a young student, she remembers writing stories on construction paper to read in class during circle time. At Jericho High School, she was editor of the school’s literary magazine Pegasus, in which she showcased her creativity and nurtured her inner writer. [Read more...]

Group Halts Tree Removal

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees. [Read more...]

Jericho School Celebrates

Robert Seaman Elementary School in Jericho recently celebrated picture day and spirit week. Click here for photos.

The Other Jewish Tradition

The Jewish religion, like most other religions, is rich with tradition and ceremony. Around this time of year, Jews celebrate Rosh Ha-Shanah, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Ha-Shanah is marked by a number of traditions including the blowing of a ram’s horn called the shofar. This ritual is perhaps one of the most recognized and iconic of Jewish traditions. Between Rosh Ha-Shanah and before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, there is a little known tradition called Tashlikh (“tash-lik”) that is also practiced by Jews around the world. [Read more...]

Jericho Jewish To Host Gala Concert

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Cantor Barry Black will perform at the gala.

The Jericho Jewish Center presents its seventh annual Musical Arts Gala, Sunday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., featuring Israeli superstar Rita and Cantor Barry Black.

Rita is by far the most celebrated and successful singer in Israel. In 2008 she was voted the no. 1 female singer in a special countdown for Israel’s 60th anniversary. The following year, Rita’s song “Love Has Begun” topped the American adult contemporary and indie charts in the U.S. and took a respectful place in the top 40. Subsequently, Rita was nominated for the New Music Weekly Awards as “Top 40 Breakthrough Artist for 2009.” In 2011 Rita released her Persian album, “My Joy,” in which she returned to the music she grew up on, and performed the songs in her native language, Persian. Most recently, Rita performed at the United Nations in New York. In addition to being a successful singer, Rita, a graduate of one of the most respected acting schools in Israel, has performed in dozens of plays and movies winning “Actress of the Year” in 1989 in the Israeli cinema awards. [Read more...]

County Roots Radical In Syosset

EDITORIAL:

It recently came to light that the Nassau County Department of Public Works has begun a project to remove close to 200 grand old trees along roads spanning Syosset, Plainview, Hicksville and Bethpage. According to the department, the decision was made to remove these 30- to 40-foot behemoths and their far-reaching roots after years of complaints from residents about buckling sidewalks and damaged roadways.

A group of concerned citizens formed a group called STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) in an effort to inform residents and maybe, just maybe, stop the bulldozers before the 4.4-mile tree slaughter is carried out. The group’s major complaint: that a project of this magnitude — one that would change the landscape of many communities so drastically — would commence without a public forum ever taking place. [Read more...]

Jericho Welcomes New Rabbi

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Herman with his wife Karina

The Jericho Jewish Center installed Rabbi Benjamin Herman and its new spiritual leader in a ceremony last month. A record turnout of congregants filled the sanctuary as Rabbi Bill Lebeau took great pleasure in the honor of installing his former student as the new rabbi at Jericho. [Read more...]

Syosset Marks Constitution Day

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South Grove Elementary School installed its student government body for all grades during its Constitution Day observance. Pictured with the students are (far left) teachers Christina Mancuso and Caterina Bozza with South Grove Principal Theresa Scrocco and Judge Summa (far right).
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Students at South Grove Elementary School held its student-officer swearing-in ceremony while learning about America’s system of government on Constitution Day last week. [Read more...]

Jericho Golfers Raise Funds

A golfing squad organized by a Jericho High School senior recently participated in a fundraising effort for the Hispanic Counseling Center.

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Golfers (from left to right) David Paticoff, Cameron Ghazvini, Jared Sakni and Jonathan Mandel raised funds.

Cameron Ghazvini, a senior at Jericho and a member of the school’s varsity golf team, recruited fellow classmates and varsity golfers David Paticoff, Jared Sakni and Jonathan Mandel to join the first Golf Classic at Cold Spring Harbor Country Club in Huntington. The boys were sponsored by the senior class at their high school. [Read more...]