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Commuters Rage Against Parking

Commuting to work via train is exasperating and expensive—add on the stress of parking and the threat of tickets, it becomes madness.

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Some parking in Syosset is off limits to commuters.

At the Syosset Train Station, there are 1,248 total parking spaces—with 1,160 for permit parking, 29 handicap spots, 56 two-hour meter spots and three spots for Long Island Rail Road employees, according to the Town of Oyster Bay public information office. Though that sounds like plenty, the sheer volume of passengers commuting from the station makes every morning a mad dash for parking. Josh Reimer, 27, said he arrives at the station a full hour ahead of schedule just to nab a spot in one of the quickly overflowing lots.

“I got tired of speeding around in a frenzy looking for parking, so I get here around 7 in the morning, when really I don’t have to catch the train until 8:15 a.m. or so,” said Reimer, who is a graphic designer in the city. “It wasn’t always this crowded here.” [Read more...]

Jericho Given National Ranking

Jericho stays at the top of the class.

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The Jericho School District ranked second in the country in a national review.

The Jericho School District was ranked second in the country by Niche Rankings, a rankings system that goes beyond state assessment scores and factors in student culture and diversity, educational outcomes, health and safety, and student reviews into their rankings.

According to Niche, “a high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly.” [Read more...]

Jericho Temple Honors Kristallnacht

Seventy-six years ago, on Nov. 9 thorugh 10, Nazi-controlled Germany launched an all-out attack against its Jewish population, sparked by the murder of a German diplomat in Paris by a Jewish teenager enraged over the treatment of his parents in Poland. Throughout Germany and Austria, the night was marked by the burning of synagogues, destruction of Jewish owned or occupied buildings, stores and offices, the beating and persecution of Jews and the murder of scores of Jewish men and women. The incident generated worldwide revulsion and condemnation and history recorded the barbaric incident as “Kristallnacht”—”The Night of Broken Glass.” 51A0FXSATXL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_[1]

In solemn memory of the incident, which many historians mark as, effectively, the “start” of the Holocaust, Temple Or Elohim is conducting a service on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. and featuring a guest speaker, Aharon Golub, who lived in Nazi Germany during Kristallnacht and fled the country before the Nazis could imprison him. [Read more...]

Virtual World Nets Real Results

With the educational landscape constantly shifting, it is important that the resources available to students change with the times and expand technological horizons.

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iTutor includes (from left) Dr. Richard Marsh, chief educational director, Harry Aurora, founder and CEO, Katria Karimzada,
educational director, Denise Marder, senior educational director and Aimee Johnson, educational director.

One Jericho-based company is leading the charge and fostering a new era in education. Started by a team of highly seasoned professionals with more than a decade of experience, iTutor is an online-based tutoring platform that removes the shackles of home tutoring and gives educators and students the freedom to work together to achieve a new level of learning. [Read more...]

The Jericho Hero’s Journey

Escaping the hard realities of life seems to be all the rage these days, with superhero and fantasy movies pulling in major bucks at the box office. Now, one Jericho resident is delving into that world with his new, self-published book.

Sean Brogan, 25, a Jericho High School graduate and fledgling author, recently completed work on his first book, The Shadow’s Relic; a genre-bending novel that combines zombies, superheroes and Colonial America into one spellbinding saga.JerichoHero_110714B

“The book has elements of adventure, drama, lots of humor and heart,” said Brogan. “Ultimately, even though it’s fiction, it has a strong message of never giving up. It’s got a message that applies to real life and I hope it inspires people.” [Read more...]

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...]