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Students Earn Siemens Honor

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

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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...]

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...]

Group Halts Tree Removal

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees. [Read more...]

County Roots Radical In Syosset

EDITORIAL:

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...]

Syosset Marks Constitution Day

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South Grove Elementary School installed its student government body for all grades during its Constitution Day observance. Pictured with the students are (far left) teachers Christina Mancuso and Caterina Bozza with South Grove Principal Theresa Scrocco and Judge Summa (far right).
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Students at South Grove Elementary School held its student-officer swearing-in ceremony while learning about America’s system of government on Constitution Day last week. [Read more...]

Crooks Grift Syosset Home Depot

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A Home Depot in Syosset was the sight of a long term grand larceny, according to investigators. [Read more...]

Syosset Runners Score In Aqua

Syosset runners Doug Berkowitz, John Mulvey and Theresa Sherne, each won an award in the third annual UJA-Federation of New York Summer’s Not Done Aqua Run, consisting of an 800 meter swim and three mile run, held at Tobay Beach on Sunday morning, Sept. 14.

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Doug Berkowitz of Syosset strides through the run leg.

Berkowitz completed the swim leg in 16 minutes, six seconds, and the run leg in 27 minutes, 59 seconds, for a total time of 44 minutes, five seconds earning him second place honors in the 40-44 age group. Mulvey completed the swim in 47 minutes, one second, and followed that with 47 minutes, four seconds in the run leg, for a total time of 1 hour, 34 minutes, five seconds. That was good for second place in the 70-74 age group.

Scherne competed in the new three mile “run only” that accompanied the main event, scoring in 28:18 for the three mile run to earn first place honors among the women in the 50-59 age group. [Read more...]

County Set To Axe Trees

A Nassau County Department of Public Works project to remove hundreds of trees across Syosset, Plainview, Hicksville and Bethpage has some residents chopping mad.

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Trees scheduled for removal are painted with a large white X.

Michael Martino, spokesman for the department, said the County is removing these trees — close to 200 lining county and state roadways from Jericho Turnpike in Syosset to the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Bethpage — in order to improve sidewalk safety.

“The county is on notice to fix the sidewalks. The county has to act fast,” said Martino, referring to why there were no public forums held discussing the project. “Anyone who has walked up and down South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview sees how treacherous the sidewalks can be.” [Read more...]

Bound By Ethics In Syosset

Ethical debates have formed the cornerstone of human society for countless generations. Ethics and the complexity of morality and decision making all boil down to how we act not only when the eyes of the world are upon us, but when we think no one’s watching as well.

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Dobrin is a published author.

Dr. Arthur Dobrin, a Westbury resident and professor who teaches applied ethics at Hofstra University, published The Harder Right: Stories of Conscience and Choice about a year ago.

At a recent lecture he held at the Syosset Public Library that tied into the book, Dobrin noted that it is a collection of fictional short stories that all have to do with people making ethical decisions, many of them are inspired by true events. [Read more...]