Anniversary Celebration

Anniversary_072915AThe weather cooperated beautifully for Temple Judea’s annual Anniversary Celebration Under the Stars. Couples celebrating anniversaries ending in “5” or “0” were honored by Rabbi Todd Chizner. [Read more…]

Caregiver Meeting At Shelter Rock

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Nassau County Offices for the Aging and Mental Health, will hold a caregiver support group at Shelter Rock Public Library. [Read more…]

Gold Coast Library Election

As noted in last week’s issue, residents of the Gold Coast Public Library District (GCPLD) in Glen Head who are eligible to vote in a general election will, on Sept. 9, vote for as many as three candidates to fill three open seats on the board of trustees and to establish the library budget for 2016. There are (3) three-year seats. Balloting will take place at the Gold Coast Public Library, 50 Railroad Ave., Glen Head, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. [Read more…]

Tax Collection Sites In Roslyn

During the first week in August, two Roslyn area locations will be used as second-half 2015 general tax local collection sites for Town of North Hempstead residents. [Read more…]

More Top Rankings For St. Francis

For the ninth consecutive year, the Roslyn-based St. Francis Hospital, been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the nation.

According to the report, St. Francis was ranked #13 for cardiology and heart surgery nationwide. It also rated among the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. in three other adult specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery; geriatrics and orthopedics- the only hospital on Long Island to be nationally ranked in any adult specialty. St. Francis was also the top-ranked hospital on the Island and rated #6 in the New York metropolitan area.

“To consistently receive this nationwide recognition in cardiology and heart surgery as well as non-cardiac specialties is a testament to our ongoing mission of providing excellence in patient care,” said Ruth Hennessey, EVP & chief administrative officer. “Congratulations to the physicians, nurses, and staff at St. Francis for attaining this outstanding achievement for nearly a decade.”

St. Francis was also recognized by U.S. News as high performing regionally in three specialties: neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology, and urology.


Power Back On

Officials at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills have confirmed that the electrical power in the building on 300 Forest Drive is back on.

Burton, Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 91


On July 21, Bernard Burton, one of Temple Sinai’s most cherished members, died at age 91.

A resident of Roslyn Heights since 2007, Burton was remembered for delivering to the temple’s Holocaust & Jewish Resistance class, eloquent and moving testimony of his experiences in Nazi-occupied Germany. On July 23, a large crowd gathered in the temple sanctuary to pay homage to Burton at his funeral services. He was later interned at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus.

Burton lived a storied life, one that he captured in a memoir, A Letter To My Grandchildren and Other Correspondence: Reminiscences of a Holocaust Survivor. A native of Germany, Burton escaped Nazi Germany in 1941. With his parents, the young Burton took a daring journey on one of the last “Jewish wagons” heading west. His family traveled from Germany to Spain and then on to Cuba, on an expired visa whose status went unnoticed by custom agents on both continents. During the wartime years, Burton lived in Cuba. After World War II ended, Burton was able to emigrate to the United States, where he was drafted and later served in postwar Berlin.

In the United States, Burton became a Certified Public Accountant and worked for years as a financial officer. Burton settled in Manhasset Hills, where, along with his first wife, Helga, he raised three girls. Helga Burton was also a Holocaust survivor and a professor of German literature. The couple also had five grandchildren, the intended audience of Burton’s memoir. After Helga passed away in 2004, he married Janis Weissman, a Roslyn resident, who also had three children from a previous marriage.

“Through the years, Bernard corresponded with journalists, academics and others about topics relating to the Holocaust and to his life as a Jewish child and teen in Nazi Berlin,” states the memoir’s publisher. “With an adult’s hindsight formed by decades of reflection, he has assembled these letters and crafted narrative around them, and has shared descriptions of related events from later in life. The result is a vivid look at a world witnessed by a Jewish child under Hitler, a European refugee in Cuba, an American soldier occupying his native German soil, and ultimately an adult, grandfather, and survivor.”

After his retirement in 1985, Burton started his own successful accounting practice. He traveled extensively and was a regular attendee at performances of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera. Even into the final months of his life, Burton lectured on his life’s experiences. Last Nov. 7, he gave a talk at a Temple Sinai service commemorating Kristallnacht. The next month, he gave a similar talk at Shelter Rock Library. In all instances, Burton told of his incredible life story, one of daring, hope and perseverance and one that will inspire all those who came in contact with it.

“He always told us that he had good times and bad times, but that the good times outnumbered the bad times,” his daughter, Vivian, told The Roslyn News. “That was mind-boggling, when you consider what he went through in his life. His life was pretty impressive.”

Burton is predeceased by his first wife, Helga. He is survived by his second wife, Janis; three children, Vivian, Monica and Mimi; three stepchildren, Rick, Nancy and Carol; five grandchildren and three step grandchildren.


Power Outage At JCC

The Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills is currently experiencing a power outage, JCC officials said. For an emergency call, contact the JCC ‘s  Camp Jacobson in Old Westbury, 516-626-1094.


The Laureate Who Called Roslyn Home

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Seventy years ago, Gabriela Mistral became the first Latin American poet to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. As fate would have it, Mistral, a native of Chile, lived in Roslyn Harbor during the final years of her life, from 1953 to 1957, where she served as a consul for the Chilean government.

Earlier this month, local officials, including Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Councilman Peter Zuckerman and Roslyn Harbor Deputy Mayor Louis Badalato visited Mistral’s former home on Motts Cove Road to mark the anniversary of her winning the Nobel.

The event was organized by Julio Foil, the Consul General of Chile in New York and the Gabriela Mistral Foundation. The current owners of the home also offered their cooperation to the event. During her life, Mistral served not only as a consul for Chile, but also as a representative of that country in various international organizations including the League of Nations. Following the ceremony, officials proceeded to the Bryant Library where a second plaque was placed and books were donated on Mistral’s behalf.

The unveiling recalled the prolific career of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, who used Gabriel Mistral as a pseudonym and whose career made her a literary celebrity on three different continents.

During the early decades of the twentieth century, Mistral wrote poetry, while also working as a teacher in Chile. In 1914, she received her first major literary prize and in 1922, she relocated to Mexico to work with that country’s minister of education. That was the beginning of a life mostly lived in exile. In 1926, she moved to France where she made a living in journalism and in lecturing in both North and South America, often representing Chile as a member of the Institute for Intellectual Cooperation of the League of Nations. Mistral also taught widely, holding posts in the United States at Barnard College, Middlebury College and Vassar College and in the Caribbean, at the University of Puerto Rico. In all, Mistral published 13 books of poetry, plus up to 800 essays in magazines and newspapers. As with other poets of her generation, Mistral used radio broadcasts to read her own verse and to lecture on poetry. Mistral received her Nobel Prize in what was a golden age for that award: During the 1940s, such luminaries as T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Herman Hesse and Andre Gide were also awarded the prize.

Although Roslyn was only one of the many places Mistral lived in the last 30 years of her life, her native country also considered her as their unofficial poet laureate. On the occasion of her death, Mistral’s remains were flown to Chile. There, the government declared three days of national mourning as hundreds of thousands of Chileans paid their respects. Even today, Mistral’s portrait appears on the 5,000 Chilean peso bank note.


Captain Jack Rocks Roslyn Park

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLady Luck continues to shine on the Roslyn Chamber of Commerce’s free concerts in Roslyn Park.

Last year, the weather cooperated beautifully as a Beatles tribute band entertained a large crowd enjoying the summer evening. Last Wednesday, Captain Jack, a Billy Joel tribute band, brought home the music of one of Long Island’s most accomplished sons.

“It’s wonderful,” said Lonnie Goldman, chamber president, as he surveyed the crowd while the band played popular favorites. “We’re having great weather.” Goldman estimated the crowd size as up to 300 people.

The audience was set for the evening, with picnic food and drinks, while youngsters played on the swing sets.

Captain Jack, made up of mostly Long Island natives, was making its first appearance in Roslyn. While singing the classic, “New York State of Mind,” lead singer and keyboardist Christian Macchio, revised the chorus line to, “It comes down to reality, and its fine with me cause I’ve let it slide/I don’t care if it’s Roslyn or on Riverside.” The band’s opening number, “Miami 2017 (I’ve Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway”), also paid homage to the host village, reworking one of the final lines to “You know those lights were bright on Broadway/That was so many years ago/Before we all lived here in Roslyn.” Throughout the show, Macchio praised the natural beauty of the village.

The concert proceeded smoothly. During the rendition of an early 1980’s classic, “Pressure,” the band set experienced a brief power outage. Macchio quipped that maybe the electricity was under too much pressure itself.

All throughout the evening, young families socialized, as parents (and grandparents) sang along to songs that made up the soundtrack of their own youths. Big Shot played the standards: “Movin’ Out, “She’s Always A Woman,” “I Love You Just The Way You Are,” “Sleeping With The Television On,” “Zanzibar,” “The Stranger,” “Allentown,” “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant,” plus “2017,” an apocalyptic view of New York life written during the stormy 1970s and “New York State Of Mind,” a song that Joel wrote in response to criticism of the city that he encountered during his exile in Los Angeles.