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Spring Sports In Syosset


Frozen Ropes co-owner Peter Witkow of Port Washington

It can be hard enough to get the kids out from in front of the television when the weather is nice. Add in some snow and zero degree temperatures and most parents probably have a bona-fide videogame-playing couch potato on their hands.

However, Frozen Ropes, an indoor sports facility, with two Long Island locations (Garden City and Syosset), which is centered on baseball and softball, might be the ticket to getting your children active during the season when they’re least likely to do so. But first, let’s answer a pressing question—what exactly does “Frozen Ropes” mean? [Read more...]

Syosset Youngsters In Style


South Grove kindergartener Erika Ahn, won “Best Pant/Skirt” for her multi-tiered ruffle skirt.

A second-grade student and a kindergarten student at South Grove Elementary School, in the Syosset School District, will see their designs in print after recently winning the “Katie Woo Super Stylish Contest.”

The competition, sponsored by the Katie Woo series publisher, Capstone Publishing, encouraged children to use their imagination to create a unique outfit for the Katie Woo character, who celebrates her fifth anniversary this year. [Read more...]

Artist Displays In Syosset

Pastels by Christine Di Mauro will be exhibited in the library’s art gallery from February 3 to February 26 during library hours.Pastels_013015A

Di Mauro is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society and is an active 20 year member of the local art group Wet Paints Studio Group in Sayville. [Read more...]

Woodbury Dancer Takes The Stage


Jillian Miller and Otha Thornton Jr., president of the National PTA

A Woodbury youngster is dancing to the rhythm of numerous accolades.

Jillian Miller, a sixth-grader at HB Thompson Middle School in Syosset, recently performed a dance at the National PTA’s 2015 Reflections student art exhibition at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, “Believe, Dream, Inspire,” showcases the work of more than 200 Reflections award recipients in the categories dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts from the 2013-2014 school year. [Read more...]

Pair Nabbed In Pocketbook Robberies

Two individuals were arrested in Syosset early this morning in connection with a string of snatch-and-grab robberies in Levittown and Hicksville, police said. [Read more...]

Runners Invited To Annual Pace


As they announce plans for the 2015 Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run Race, Director Steven Toto (seated, center) joins with Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid partners (back from left) James Devine, Alex Gayer, Louis Fiore, Jennifer Silvestro, Amy Silver, Russell Penzer, (front, left) Ralph Rosella and (front, right) Robin Abramowitz.
(Photo courtesy of Mike Polansky)

Runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability from Syosset, Jericho, Woodbury and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to test their training and endurance levels by being a part of the 18th annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run. The run will take place on Saturday, March 14, starting at 9 a.m. at New Beginnings of Kings Park (formerly New Discovery Elementary School) at 180 Lawrence Rd. in Kings Park.

The prestigious law firm of Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. has stepped forward once again to be the title sponsor of this 18th edition of the run, and several of the attorneys in the firm will once again be taking the challenge of the hills of Kings Park.  [Read more...]

Berry Hill Hosts Family Night

Berry Hill kindergarten and first grade families enjoyed a night of music and magic in the BerryHill_012315Bschool’s gym recently. Hosted by the Berry Hill PTA, the family night featured a magician and a DJ that entertained the students. There were craft tables where students could design their own top hats, and light refreshments and snacks were served. Family night was the perfect way to finish the first week back at school after the holiday break.

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Residents Rally Against OTB

More than 1,000 residents from across Nassau County packed St. Brigid’s school in Westbury last night in a united front against OTB’s proposal to place a video lottery terminal (VLT) in the vacant Fortunoff’s building on Old Country Road.

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Syosset School Budget Talks Begin

The Syosset School District held its introductory budget meeting at South Woods Middle School on Jan. 12, and attendees got a preview of what to expect in the next few weeks.

In the first of five budget meetings, which are scheduled to take place until the budget vote on May 19, Syosset Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Rogers and assistant superintendent for business Dr. Patricia Rufo, conducted the meeting and outlined the goals of the 2015-16 Syosset school budget. [Read more...]

Syosset-Jericho Top Sushi Spots

There was a time in this country when no one ate sushi. It’s hard to imagine, but even a decade or two ago the idea of eating raw fish would send citizens into a disgusted frenzy, ranting about the good old days when a true-blue American meal meant copious amounts of bread, meat, cheese and little else.

But after a little coaxing—and plenty of that sushi beginner’s favorite, the California Roll—Americans have embraced this dynamic Japanese cuisine. Much more than a mere novelty event, the dining experience at a truly innovative sushi restaurant enlivens the senses to near overload by teasing eaters with unique takes on temperatures, textures and flavors.

There’s crunchy, chewy and smooth; there’s cold, hot and every temperature in between. There’s sweet, sour, salty and of course, that treasure of a savory taste sensation, umami.

Syosset-Jericho is no stranger to sushi. The area is dotted with established eateries, as well as new restaurants springing up in the last few years. While each restaurant boasts its own style and nuances, they all share the attention to detail needed to roll out some of the best sushi on Long Island.


615 Jericho Tpke. Syosset, NY 11791 516-682-5820

Tucked away in a shopping center, Tenjin is not only staffed with some of the friendliest restaurant workers you’re likely to come across, it also delivers top tier dishes with a creative flair. Owner Steve treats all customers like family and will remember you during your inevitable return visit. An absolute must-eat dish is the Sautéed Oysters; a warm appetizer, it features supple oysters resting in their shells, glistening in a smooth, garlicky sauce. And to experience what truly distinguishes Tenjin from the rest, order Omakase (chef’s choice) and let Steve the owner customize your meal—just make sure you request those oysters and keep the hot sake flowing.

Arata Sushi

18 Cold Spring Rd. Syosset, NY 11791 516-921-8154

Another shopping center dweller, Arata hooks fans in with a moderately-priced and adventurous menu. The dimly lit dining area gives the restaurant chic appeal, but really, it’s all about the fresh fish. Arata’s pleasant staff often recommends ordering Arata Style Sushi, five pieces of the chef’s selection of contemporary sushi. As for ordering from the menu, wise choices include the Special Lobster and Tuna Roll, with yuzu-lychee sauce and pineapple and the American Standard Roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, scallion, kani and masago wrapped in pink soybean paper. The Chilean Sea Bass is also a sure bet, with black bean and kaffir lime sauce.

Kobe Hibachi

111 Jericho Tpke. Jericho, NY 11590 516-333-5588

You know what you’re getting at hibachi restaurants; some flair, flames and family style eating. It’s fun, but the food—aside from the fried rice—usually isn’t all that memorable. Kobe Hibachi turns that notion around with its impressive sushi menu. The owners at Kobe know that the hibachi show only goes so far; in order to earn some repeat business, they offer signature rolls like the Kobe Roll, with lobster salad, shrimp, mango, avocado, kani and tobiko. As well as the Oyster Bay Roll, with oyster tempura, avocado, chopped tuna, black caviar and spicy creamy dressing.

Sawa Sushi

260 Jericho Tpke. Syosset, NY 11791 516-496-8886 www,

Sawa continues to be a local favorite as much for it’s zen garden inspired deocor as for its food. A serene and elegant restaurant with an authentically modern Japanese design, Sawa offers a menu that is contemporary and authentic. Customers recommend the Godzilla Roll, with deep fried spicy tuna and avocado topped with caviar, scallion and eel sauce. But don’t forget to stop on the sushi bar appetizer menu for the Pizza Sandwich, which has spicy tuna, avocado, tamago, crab, lobster saladm caviar, eel sauce and wasabi sauce.


117 Jackson Ave. Syosset, NY 11791 516-677-9888

Kado delivers dishes with a style all its own, incorporating unique ingredients like fresh strawberries in its creations. Plenty of sushi establishments use fruits—especially mangos—in dishes, but Kado is one of the few to boldly go beyond what is expected. The Kado King Roll promotes the use of strawberries, while the Volcano Roll exceeds expectations by pairing fried pineapple with spicy tuna, spicy crabmeat and shrimp.