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Pols Stop Speed Cameras

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 said speed zone signage in Jericho was insufficient.

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...]

Being Thankful In Syosset

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 deliThanks2014.2cious side dish that they enjoyed with their distinguished guests. [Read more...]

A Novel Idea With Syosset Roots

If you’re still looking for the perfect holiday gift for a young, imaginative person in your life, a local author’s work might be just the thing.

Former Syosset resident, Carole P. Roman, now of Oyster Bay Cove, has been finding a lot of success and fulfillment through writing children’s books, a process that only began a few years ago and has turned her into a prolific author of more than 20 books in three separate series, inspired by her four young grandchildren.AuthorRoman_121914A

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis, a charming winter’s tale, is the newest addition to the award-winning Captain No Beard book series, which finds the daring pirate Captain No Beard and his loyal crew heaving anchor for adventure as they steer a course due north for the icy waters of the Arctic. [Read more...]

Woodbury Hosts Record-Breaking Run


Patty Santella of Syosset heads through the trail on the way to her first place performance.

The weather for this year’s 22nd annual edition of New York Blood Services Rob’s Run was nearly perfect for a late Fall cross country race, and the net result was a bunch of pretty impressive performances—and lots of enthusiasm—on the part of a record breaking 702 finishers who completed the 5 Kilometer course in and around Stillwell Woods in Woodbury on Nov. 30.

Northport High School superstar Mike Branningan led the field in a strong 15:30, followed by 2013 winner Chris Mammone who propelled his Bellmore Striders to top Men’s Open Team honors once again. Billy Holl of Team Tri Global was a determined third place, and Boyd Carrington repeated as the first master.

Victoria Kornieva of the Bellmore Striders scored top honors among the women, outkicking  Lauren Jasinski by 15 seconds, with Jen Dagan a strong third, 15 seconds behind Lauren. [Read more...]

Syosset Synagogue Helps Neighbors


The Syosset community responded with great generosity when North Shore Synagogue asked for donations for this very worthy event.

North Shore Synagogue, 83 Muttontown Rd. in Syosset, was proud to be an active participant in a large effort that brought perishable and non-perishable food, toiletries and clothing to 100 families in need at the EOC Center in Manhasset, a preschool and after-school government-funded facility for families on or below the poverty level.

The synagogue partnered with Temple Israel and Temple Isaiah, both of Great Neck, in conjunction with TANS (Tikkun Alliance of the North Shore) and UJA, the United Jewish Appeal, which donated funds to be used to purchase fresh produce. This joint event has been providing help to families since 2008. [Read more...]

Santa Roll Call Competition

A Santa Roll Call takes place on Monday, Dec. 22 at noon at the Garden City Hotel. The competition honors the myriad community volunteer Santa’s throughout Long Island. Those who annually don the red suit are invited to attend.Briefs_121914A

Participants will be judged on appearance, jolliness, their ability to hoist a sack in one fluid motion and their laughter. Judges will include the County Executive Ed Mangano, J. Colin Grady, Garden City Hotel general manager, representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps and a youthful delegation from the Long Island Children’s Museum. [Read more...]

Syosset Lights Up Festive Season


Chamber found Frank Urso honors Syosset High School’s football team.

Despite the bone-chilling cold in the air, the magic of ringing in of yet another festive holiday season would not be denied to the many local residents who bundled up to experience the Syosset Woodbury Chamber of Commerce’s 17th annual Holiday Lighting Spectacular.

Frank Urso, chamber founder and past president, said that this event was a way of bringing together friends, neighbors and family during the kickoff of the holidays with the local merchants. [Read more...]

Syosset Athlete Ranks As All-Star


Daniel Albernas was recently selected as a Nassau County all-star basketball player.

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...]

Syosset Runs For Autism


Patty Santella of Syosset heads for the finish line of the Blazing Trails 4 Mile Run 4 Autism.

Syosset runners Patty Santella, Melissa Esswein, Pamela Lee and Bert Jablon all blazed a trail at a recent run for a good cause.

The proficient pacers each won an award in the seventh annual Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run, held through the streets of East Meadow on Nov. 22. [Read more...]

Syosset Students Show Some Heart


Syosset students (from left) Alexis Shore, Lindsay Grossman and Rachel Settle and their advisors Carissa Steinberg and Debbi Hunter with Legislator Judy Jacobs

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.”