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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.


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.


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...]

Arrest In Syosset Burglary

Nassau County police last Wednesday arrested a man they believe is connected to a June 20 distraction burglary in Herricks. Authorities say they’re investigating whether this suspect was involved in similar instances in Syosset and Westbury over the summer.


Frank Nicholas

According to police, Frank Nicholas, 27, of White Marsh, Md., was arrested and charged with second degree burglary. Nicholas was being held at Rikers Island on an unrelated charge when Nassau police arrested him, police said. [Read more...]

Synagogue Nets Camp Honor

North Shore Synagogue was honored at the Eisner/Crane Lake Camps’ Fifth Assembly for sending more than 10 campers to one of the three Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) camps in the local area: Eisner Camp, Crane Lake Camp and Six Points Sci-Tech Academy. [Read more...]

Syosset School Scores High

Syosset High School was ranked 84th on Newsweek’s recent poll of the top high schools in the U.S.

The list, released earlier this month, highlights 500 schools across the nation that best prepare its students for college. At number 84, Syosset High School is the highest ranked school in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Centered on college preparedness, Newsweek used research partner Westat to gather data under six categories: college enrollment, graduation rate, counselor-to-student Ratio, holding power, SAT/ACT test scores and AP/IB test scores. DSC_0084

“We are all very proud of our district’s accomplishments,” said Syosset Principal Giovanni Durante. “Our ranking is a testament to the dedication of our community and school board as well as the hard work of our teachers, support staff and students.” [Read more...]

Syosset Breaks Into News

Michelle Mackonochie was in the middle of another ordinary shift slinging wings at a local eatery when she got a phone call from a small town in Michigan.


Syosset’s Michelle Mackonochie landed an anchor position in Michigan.

After years of studying to be a news anchor in college — and after disseminating hundreds of job applications post-college — the Syosset native landed the weekend news anchor and reporter position at WBKB in Alpena, Michigan. She’s been there since Aug. 20, reporting on everything from local fairs to hard news — and she knows this is merely the first step in a budding news career. [Read more...]

Shabbat Under The Stars

Under a moon-lit sky and against a backdrop of stained glass windows, Temple Or Elohim conducted Frirday night services in the temple’s parking lot Sept. 5. The event was the seventh annual “Shabbat Under the Stars,” featuring a complimentary barbecue, a performance by the temple’s five-piece band, and an interactive and rousing service, led by Rabbi Harvey Abramowitz and Cantor David Katz.


Rabbi Abramowitz (left) and Cantor David Katz lead the Shabbat Under the Stars service.
(Photos by George Haber)

Welcoming the informal congregation of more than 300 local residents, with some coming from nearby Locust Valley, Plainview and as far south as Wantagh, in addition to Jericho, Syosset and Woodbury.

“This event is an expression of community and celebration,” said Abramowitz.

The barbecue offered turkey and beef burgers, hot dogs, chicken and salads and beverages, sponsored by Hasson Caterers, Ben’s Deli and the New Country Deli. [Read more...]

Gym Delivers Health To Syosset

Tara Notrica is your typical 49-year-old mother of two. Along with her husband Barry, the Merrick mom is kept busy by her 14-year-old son Jared and 10-year-old daughter Samantha. One more thing: she has been battling Mast Cell disease in addition to other autoimmune diseases for the past eight years. Josh York, the CEO and founder GYMGUYZ, an in home personal training company that comes to the home of clients all over the island, has been working closely with Notrica to help her cope with her disease.


Josh York and his crew brings the gym home.

“GYMGUYZ is all about the three C’s: convenient, creative and customizable workouts,” said York. “We come to the setting of your choice from homes, offices, churches, and bring our fully loaded van, which has 365 pieces of equipment,” he continued.

In what first began as a vision and a laptop in York’s parents’ dining room, GYMGUYZ set a goal to become the largest personal training franchise in the world. Some of the services include weight loss, body building, senior fitness, pre and post natal, nutritional counseling, and professional sports conditioning.

“We have over 30 employees, including our fitness coaches,” said York, who added that GYMGUYZ works with individuals with MS, muscular and nervous system disorders, cancer and other issues. “Tara is under the care of our head coach Matt, but I always see her on follow up visits. She’s a very special person and has been with us since day one.” [Read more...]

Songs And Prayer In Syosset

North Shore Synagogue, 83 Muttontown Rd., invites one and all to attend a free evening of song and prayer in celebration of Selichot on Sept. 20., starting at 8:30 p.m. with a musical program by guest performer Noah Aronson, followed at 10 p.m. with Selichot services with clergy Rabbi Deborah K. Bravo, Rabbi Jaimee B. Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.

Light refreshments will be served after services. There is no charge to attend, and the event is open to the public. For information, call 516-921-2282.

Aronson is an energetic and soulful composer/performer whose unique musical style propels his music into communities across the country and in Israel. His latest project ‘Left Side of the Page’ sets to music some of the poetic selections from the Mishkan Tefilah Prayer Book. Aronson’s music is now sung in progressive communities worldwide and has been included as part of the cantorial curriculum at the Hebrew Union College Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music.

Selichot is the name of the prayers that are recited in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that ushers in the Jewish New Year. Selichot prayers provide a time to focus attention on preparing for a new year with a new start, committing to life affirming and healing, part of an ancient tradition of beginning the New Year with a fresh start.

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