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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.

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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...]

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

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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...]

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...]

Jericho Cyclists Spin Giving

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Samantha Marcus (center) and friends continued their charitable endeavor.

A young Jericho woman recently continued her yearly charitable quest.

Samantha Marcus and her fellow bike riding enthusiasts gathered on Saturday, Nov. 29 to embark on a spin class for Sunride for Sunrise, an effort to raise money to send children with cancer to Sunrise Day Camp. This was Marcus’ third annual Sunride; she started the jaunt in 2012 and although Superstorm Sandy delayed the maiden voyage, Marcus was able to raise more than $16,000. [Read more...]

An Educated Case Against The State

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Lederman is fighting the State Education Dept.’s ruling on her teaching abilities.

The anger, hurt, disillusionment and frustration felt by longtime Great Neck teacher and Jericho resident Sheri (Halper) Lederman over the State Education Department’s labeling of her work as “ineffective” has been tempered by the outpouring of support she has received from the Great Neck administration, community and from around the country.

“They’ve come out of the woodwork,” the longtime E.M. Baker School teacher said, in referring to the backing she’s experienced from the school district, her principal, parents, former students and from teachers nationwide in her unusual legal battle to overturn her rating. [Read more...]

Cops Arrest Old Brookville Man

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Frank Filippelli

An Old Brookville man was arrested Sunday night after an altercation in Manhasset with police left an officer injured, according to authorities.

Police said they responded to a report of a disturbance at Green’s Pub on Plandome Road in Manhasset at about 10:45 p.m. According to authorities, when police arrived at the pub, Frank Filippelli, 31, of Old Brookville, fled the scene.

Cops said they spotted Filippelli a few minutes later screaming as he ran across the street. The officers “followed Filippelli into an alleyway,” but he “began to run away and slammed an officer into his patrol car,” police said in a news release. [Read more...]

Jericho Joins Jewish Initiative

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The Jewish Family Initiative of Long Island helped honor American soldiers, as well as the fire and police departments.

In honor of Thanksgiving, The Jewish Family Initiative (JFI) of Long Island organized a program for residents of LI to show their appreciation to American soldiers as well as to the Plainview Fire Department and Police Department. The event drew in people of all ages from many neighboring communities. To bring cheer and smiles to hospitalized children, gift bags were assembled including coloring and activities books, stuffed animals and stickers. These packages were brought to Long Island Jewish-Cohens Hospital, Child Life Division by Rabbi Yaakov Gruenstein, Director of the Jewish Family Initiative. [Read more...]

Arrest In Upper Brookville Burglary

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Thomas Laviano

Police recently made an arrest in the burglary of an Upper Brookville home. [Read more...]