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Brookville Resident Shines

While many people may dream of doing something as extraordinary as singing the National Anthem at a major sports event, it’s become tradition for AHRC resident, Adam Levine.

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, Adam, 47, born with Down syndrome, stepped up to belt out the National Anthem for the New York Mets. Performing annually at Citi Field since 2010, Adam approached home plate with a veteran state of mind. Following his performance, Adam received a standing ovation as he gleefully skipped off the field, running into his parent’s arms with a gratified smile. The long list of Adam’s fans included 100 #TEAMADAM supporters from AHRC Nassau.BrookvilleB

From a young age, Adam was drawn to music and the arts. Regularly attending theater shows and rehearsals put on by his father’s theater group, Theater II of Glen Cove, Adam really found a connection. [Read more...]

Jericho Artist Displays Work

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Lita Kelmenson, Rhythmic Pulse. 2014. Courtesy of the Artist.

The Heckscher Museum of Art and Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington are pleased to present the Long Island Biennial 2014.  On view August 16 through November 30, 2014, this juried exhibition will feature work by artists and filmmakers of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Inaugurated in 2010, the Long Island Biennial offers Long Island’s contemporary artists and filmmakers an opportunity to share their work with a broad public, deepening the connections among artists and between artists and the communities where they live.  Jurors Dan Christoffel, Artist-in-Residence, Adjunct Professor, LIU Post; Renato Danese, Danese Corey, New York; and Helen A. Harrison, Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, will select paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media work, and works on paper for the exhibition.  Partner Cinema Arts Centre will jury and screen film and video entries.

The Heckscher Museum of Art, founded in 1920 by August Heckscher, serves the people of the Town of Huntington and surrounding communities. Through exhibitions of its permanent and loan collections of art and related programs, it seeks to provide inspiring and transformative educational experiences to encourage a broader understanding of our past and present and enrich the quality of life of the individuals it serves. The Museum Permanent Collection contains more than 2,200 works from the early 16th century to present. For information about The Heckscher Museum of Art, visit www.heckscher.org. Through November 30.

Syosset-Jericho Invited To Walk

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Fiercely committed to finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for people living with a brain tumor, the National Brain Tumor Society’s Long Island Walk connects brain tumor survivors, patients, family members, caregivers, and friends for an inspiring, family-friendly day. Participants can choose to walk as individuals, create a new team, or join an existing team. All proceeds from the event will go toward funding critical brain tumor research and raising awareness of this devastating disease.NBTS_2013_Walk_NYC

“Only one out of three adults diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor today will be alive in five years. More so than any other cancer, brain tumors can have life-altering psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and physical effects. And yet, despite these facts, brain tumor research remains grossly underfunded,” said Kristina Knight, spokesperson for the National Brain Tumor Society. “Every dollar pledged from the Long Island Brain Tumor Walk allows us to continue funding vital research to accelerate the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs and the availability of more treatments for this disease.” [Read more...]

Hicks Nurseries Fall Gardening

Summer blooms give way to the palette of autumn’s ripened colors, keeping the homescape pretty even as gardeners start to tuck up the yard for winter. Fall seminars and demonstrations at Hicks Nurseries showcase varied options for plantings and decor.

Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 11-11:30 a.m. and again from 3-3:30 p.m., the creative production department at Hicks will present demonstrations on how to create the perfect fall planter. Their goal is to show customers how to easily change summer planters into stunning autumn displays with chrysanthemums, ornamental grasses and fall vegetables. While enjoying the demonstrations a free glass of apple cider will be provided.Hicks_091114_B

On Saturday, learn how to bring your lawn back to its pre-summer beauty with lawn care expert Felix Cutrone. Cutrone will provide an informative seminar about fall lawn care and help homeowners get a head start for next spring. Sept. 13, 9-10 a.m. [Read more...]

Superintendent Makes A Splash

Jericho Superintendent Hank Grishman welcomed all Jericho staff back to start the 2014-2015 school year on Sept. 2 during Superintendent’s Conference Day. Approximately 700 staff members filled the auditorium as Grishman spoke about the current state of education in New York. The superintendent also re-capped a great 2013-14 school year and said that he was excited to start this new school year and looked forward to all of the amazing things that Jericho staff and students would accomplish in the coming months.IceBuket_091214B

To conclude his speech, Grishman spoke about ALS and the importance of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised more than $90 million dollars. [Read more...]

Syosset Coach Lands New Post

Garden City has named Dawn Cerrone as its new Director of Athletics and Physical Education, replacing the recently-retired Nancy Kalafus.

“I can honestly say that excellence is an expectation and standard for all,” Cerrone said. “Everyone that I have met is passionate, knowledgeable and invested in the school district and community.”

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Dawn Cerrone was appointed at a recent board of education meeting as Garden City’s new Director of Athletics and Physical Education.

Cerrone’s predecessor, Kalafus, was beloved within the district. It is often difficult to replace someone that is held in such high regard. Cerrone, however, welcomes the challenge.

“I find it motivating to follow someone as legendary as Nancy Kalafus in the field of athletic administration,” she said. “Nancy has built one of the most successful athletic programs in the state. Not a day has gone by that I have not reflected on her successes as means to reach new heights.”

Although school is yet to start, there is no shortage of activities to keep an eye on at Garden City. Football practices have been under way for a couple of weeks and now all fall sports have begun practices. Cerrone noted that the priority right now is to make sure there is a “seamless start”, but school will be the focus once it begins.

Cerrone’s résumé certainly suggests she will have no issue upholding the reputation that Garden City athletics has built. [Read more...]

Israel Bonds Event A Success

israelA record number of people recently attended a sumptuous breakfast event for State of Israel Bonds honoring JJC’s Cantor Barry Black and his wife Dorit.

After opening remarks by JJC President Mark Wilkow and Rabbi Benjamin Herman, JJC Bonds chair Evelyn Rubin introduced guest speaker Edward A. Turzanski. Mr. Turanski, a terrorism expert, media commentator and former intelligence officer during the Reagan administration, told the audience that if you care about American national security, you had better care about Israel. [Read more...]

Jericho Schools Back In Time

BackInTimeAWith September upon us, our Jericho students are returning to classes at our top-rated school district. The roots of education in Jericho began with the early Quaker families, who were then, as now, staunch advocates of education. The famous Quaker, Elias Hicks, believed so strongly in the education of children that he equated it to the “salvation of our own soul.” Education in Jericho ranged from home schooling to various small schools until the first public school was built on Oyster Bay Road in 1870. It was a two-room school house with separate entrances for boys and girls. [Read more...]

Jericho Native On Kickstarter

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Less than a week into its exciting Kickstarter campaign, Hearing Our Way, the magazine for children and teens with hearing loss, has already achieved more than 65 percent of its funding goal.

The magazine, envisioned and established by Jericho High School alumna Melanie Paticoff, provides social and emotional support to young people with hearing aids and cochlear implants. [Read more...]

Jericho Skater Joins Ice Dreams

CiciAJericho’s CiCi Fader will join Olympians and National Champions on the ice this September for a world-class ice show at the new Twin Rinks Ice Center in East Meadow. 

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks on Sep. 20. [Read more...]