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.
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.
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...]
South Grove Elementary hosted their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, Nov. 25. In the Annex, Kindergarteners and first-graders all dressed up as pilgrims and Native Americans, while the teachers and staff wore turkey aprons. The children enjoyed a wonderful meal with all of the fixings—each class made a different delicious side dish that they enjoyed with their distinguished guests. [Read more...]
Lauren 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
Muttontown resident and Syosset high school senior, Daniel Albernas, has been selected as a Nassau County all-star basketball player. Albernas is ranked as a top 10 player in Nassau county’s public high schools and represented Nassau County on its talented team of all-star players.
When asked about this ranking, Albernas said the true measure of an athlete is performance on the field—or court—of play.
“It’s not about being one or two,” he said. “It’s about how you do on the court; how well you play.” [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs recently attended Syosset High School’s Gift of Life program on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The most repeated phrase of the morning was “seven from seven for seven,” which implied the focus of the program—sponsorships will be given to seven children from seven continents for seven heart operations. Syosset High School’s Interact Club has been one of several benefactors behind the important successes of this program. Jacobs said, “This is one of the most amazing, beautiful, compassionate clubs I have ever seen. It is an absolute honor to have them in our county.”
The Syosset Braves secured the first Long Island Championship in school history after the varsity football team defeated Suffolk County Champion Lindenhurst 35-13 on Nov. 28.
At one point the Braves led 35-0 off the strength of some defensive touchdowns and the solid play of Syosset’s quarterback William Hogan.
“This is amazing,” Hogan said. “It has been 40 years since the district has won a county championship so [the Long Island Championship] is a big deal for the school and the alumni. It feels great to be able to bring it home to all of them.” [Read more...]