December Rotary Student

Rotary_020316ARoslyn High School senior Hyeran (Grace) Oh was honored by the Roslyn Rotary Club as the December Student of the Month at its January luncheon. Oh’s community service has included volunteering at the New Church of Greater New York in their Youth Orchestra performing in annual Christmas and Easter recitals, and in their summer school as an advisor to the director of the summer program and teacher assistant to second and third grade. She has worked as a missionary/teacher in Chimaltenango, Guatemala teaching English and math to indigenous Mayan children. Oh has been a hospital volunteer at North Shore LIJ and St. Francis Heart Center assisting nurses on various units including ICU/CCU, surgical hospice, cardiology and psychology, and assisting in orientations for new volunteers. From left: Rotary Co-President Cathy Mealing, Grace Oh, Rotary Co-President Deborah Zenir and parents Jinsun Jo and Seunghoon Oh.


Bill Amends Contractual Procedures

The New York State Senate has passed legislation to prohibit the state from doing business with companies that seek to harm Israel and other American allies through boycotts and discriminatory economic agendas. The legislation would expand existing state law to prevent New York from entering into a state contract or investment with those seeking to economically harm American allies. The bill was co-sponsored by State Sen. Jack Martins (R—Mineola), who represents the Roslyn area in Albany. [Read more…]

Shabbat Stop At Sid Jacobson JCC

On Saturday, Feb. 6, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center will host Shabbat Stop. The stop has activities for all ages including games, face painting, crafts, music and more for children, exercise classes for teens and adults and family community service opportunities. The event is free and open to the community. The JCC is at 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. Call 516-484-1545.


Michelle Schimel’s New Chapter

By Aimee Levinson

This November marks the end of Michelle Schimel’s nine-year journey as New York assemblywoman. It all began in 1999 when Councilwoman Lee Seeman asked Schimel to run for town clerk of North Hempstead. Schimel had always been involved in causes that she was passionate about, starting from when she was a young mother worried about her children’s safety in regards to gun violence. However, this was the first time that she was an active politician. She held the position of town clerk for years until March of 2007 when she became assemblywoman after a special election.

It was from there that she led the crusade to make New York a safer place, prime-sponsoring 66 pieces of local legislation. Over the years she has accomplished many political achievements, but the ones she takes the most pride in have to do with gun control, such as the NY SAFE Act, and the environment. Just this fall, Schimel was called to meet with the Obama staff to discuss how she helped to make the gun control laws in New York State successful. Her environmental concerns range from water-quality to hydrofracking, which she helped to ban in New York.

While her accolades and passions reach far and wide, Schimel has decided that this would be her last term in office. When asked about her choice she said that, “It was the hardest decision that [she] ever made,” but she needed a little more equilibrium and balance in her life. It took Assemblywoman Schimel many months to make her choice. Speaking with her, one could tell how passionate she was about her position and how much time and thought she put into her decision. The things she said she’ll miss the most are “…the office, the camaraderie and the excitement.” Although she’ll miss it, Schimel stated that she is ready for the next chapter.

Here’s the question that everyone wants to know: What is the next chapter for Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel?

A graduate with a bachelor’s in science and a certificate in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania, Schimel is an established professional who has conquered fields other than politics. For many years she was the vice president of a fashion firm in New York City and was also a physical therapist at North Shore Hospital. While she still has great interest in both healthcare and fashion, she has no immediate plans for this next step in her life.

A full-time employee since she was 21, Assemblywoman Schimel has no intentions of retiring, but doesn’t yet know where she’ll land when she gets out of office. With the time she has spent out of the healthcare and fashion professions, and the change in the industries, she can, as she put it, “…go back, but can never be in the same capacity.” For her, “The excitement [of this new chapter] is to see if [she] will find the same satisfaction [she] found in assembly in another field.” That is what Schimel is eager about, finding a new way to develop her passions. The way she sees it is that she has to love her work in order to do it and she can’t wait to find that new outlet. This time spent out of office will allow to her spend more time with her two sons, a law professor at the University of Miami and an industrial engineer in Manhattan. She can also read more books by Ernest Hemingway and listen to books on tape about different Presidents, two of her favorite pastimes, especially on the long rides home from Albany.

Even though Schimel’s life will start upon a new path this fall, politics will always be part of it. For her, politics is about the issues, not about running for office. She stated that, “I don’t have to be an elected official to focus on the issues that are really important to me. Water quality, gun provision, energy and the environment. Things I advocated before the assembly and things I’m going to advocate always.”

When asked if she would still be a part of the community, Schimel responded by saying that she isn’t going to disappear and that people will still be able to find her on Plandome Road or in Port Washington because she will always be involved.

While her journey as assemblywoman may come to a close and her new path still unknown, one thing is for sure, this isn’t the last that we’ll see of the vivacious Michelle Schimel.


Village Unhappy With County Role


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The first big blizzard of 2016 is finally withering away. Looking back at the blast, dubbed Superstorm Jonas, Village of Roslyn officials had both good news and bad news. [Read more…]

Triathlon Training Informational Meeting

On Sunday, Feb. 7, at 10:45 a.m. the Sid Jacobson JCC will hold a Triathlon training informational meeting. [Read more…]

Valentine’s Day Special

On Sunday, Feb. 14, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn Harbor will be the site of a “Love On Ice” celebration. [Read more…]

Legislation Bans Harmful Microbeads

Cosmetics and personal care products, such as body scrubs and toothpaste, contain tiny plastic microbeads. A four-ounce tube of facial scrub can contain 350,000 or more. Sewage treatment plant filtration systems cannot trap objects smaller than five millimeters, so they enter our waterways, impacting the ecosystems. Once in the water, they can remain for decades. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s 2014 report estimated that approximately 1.2 billion microbeads are released into Nassau County waters every year. Microbead plastic tends to absorb pollutants like pesticides, motor oil and other chemicals. They float on the surface of the water, transporting pollutants with water currents. They are consumed by filter feeders like clams and oysters, which, in turn, are eaten by humans and wildlife. [Read more…]

Grand Larceny Arrest

The major case bureau reports the arrest of a Roslyn Heights man for grand larceny that occurred in Manhasset on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. [Read more…]

All Kids Fair April 10

All Kids_12716AThe popular All Kids Fair, founded by East Hills resident Barbara Kaplan, continues to entertain families across Long Island. This year’s event, its sixth, will take place on Sunday, April 10 at the Melville Marriott. A new addition is 12-year old recording artist Adiel Torres, who appeared on the Spanish version of The Voice Kids in 2015. This bilingual pre-teen will be performing as well as doing a meet and greet. [Read more…]