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Jericho Holds Speed Camera Forum

A new wave of paranoia is sweeping through Nassau County these days, and if you ask a local resident to sum up its potential cause, you’re most likely going to hear a certain two words in response: “speed cameras.”


Jericho’s Sharon Klein speaks against the cameras.
(Photos by Chris Boyle)

Implemented by Nassau County in select school districts this past summer and touted as a means of keeping children safe, new roadside speed zone cameras automatically issue a traffic ticket to any vehicle exceeding 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit during school hours. However, they courted controversy early on when the cameras began issuing $80 summonses to numerous motorists in August—a month when school is typically not in session—resulting in the county having to refund more than $2 million in ticket revenue. [Read more...]

Jericho Students Earn Merit Honors

The Jericho School District is pleased to announce that 11 Jericho High School students were recently named semifinalists and 22 students were named Commended Students in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.


Pictured with Jericho High School Principal Joan Rosenberg are Jericho High School students Erica Busch, Sy-Wei Ho, Danny Huang, Taylor Kang, Gene Lee, Bryan Lei, Ien Li, Grace Mok, Rameel Rizvi, Eric Wildstein, and Crystal Zheng, semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
(Photos by Jericho Schools)

Jericho High School students Erica Busch, Sy-Wei Ho, Danny Huang, Taylor Kang, Gene Lee, Bryan Lei, Ien Li, Grace Mok, Rameel Rizvi, Eric Wildstein and Crystal Zheng were named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These scholastically talented students now have the opportunity to compete for approximately 7,600 scholarships, worth $33 million, that will be offered next spring. [Read more...]

Humanity During The Holocaust

An author with a personal connection to a true story of courage and resolve is coming to the Manetto Hill Jewish Center in Plainview this November.

Marty Brounstein, author of Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust, continues his storytelling journey with a stop at the Jewish Center, 244 Manetto Hill Rd., on Nov. 7. The book chronicles the inspiring tale of a Christian couple, Frans and Mien Wijnakker, who saved the lives of more than two dozen Jews in the Netherlands during World War II and the Holocaust.Courage_103114B

It was during a trip to the Netherlands that Brounstein learned of his connection to the events of the Holocaust. Then, at the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem, Brounstein toured a special section dedicated to those who carried out acts of courage to save the lives of Jews. Remembered there are the Wijnakkers from Dieden in the Netherlands; and laid out there plain to see is Brounstein’s connection to the past. [Read more...]

Students Earn Siemens Honor

The Syosset and Jericho school districts recently announced a special honor for five students.


Elaine He

Three students from Jericho and two from Syosset were named in the prestigious 2014 Siemens Competition in math, science and technology.

Elaine He and Jiwei (Vivian) Zhong, both seniors, received special recognition by having their names published on the Siemens Competition website.

“I’m extremely proud of both of these accomplished students,” said Dr. Giovanni Durante, the principal of Syosset High School. “Their hard work has paid off, their futures are extraordinarily bright and they are wonderful ambassadors of Syosset High School.” [Read more...]

Exploring Dark History In Jericho

Light can not truly exist without the darkness, and mankind’s fascination with that twisted duality often hits its peak during the very season that serves to celebrate it—Halloween.


Thierfelder profiled Jack the Ripper at a Jericho lecture.

And one of the most enduring symbols of evil and fear—one that has survived and thrived in the public consciousness for well over a century—is a name even today spoken in hushed tones. However, a Long Island scholar recently decided to pull back the veil of darkness enshrouding the infamous serial killer known as Jack the Ripper, shedding light on both his myth and his reality at the Jericho Public Library.

For a number of years, Dr. Bill Thierfelder has been holding regular, hugely attended lectures at local area libraries. His most well-known series is entitled Game Changers, which focuses on people or historical events that have greatly impacted the way we live today.

A Bayport resident, Thierfelder was a professor of liberal arts at Dowling College in Oakdale before retiring in 2010. He currently serves as a part-time docent tour guide at the Museum of Natural History, in addition to pursuing writing, photography and artwork in his spare time. He’s been doing speaking engagements at the Jericho library for 20 years, and 10 years ago he introduced an exciting new lecture series whose popularity has seen it continue on to the present day. [Read more...]

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...]

Jericho School Celebrates

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

Jericho Jewish To Host Gala Concert


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


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...]