Tree Plantings On I.U. Willets Road

Plantings_062415ANorth Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilman Peter Zuckerman visited I.U. Willets Road in Albertson recently to take a look at the 14 trees newly planted by the Town’s Highway Department. This was part of a joint effort between the Town and the Albertson Square Civic Association called “Operation: I.U. Willets Road.” From left: Peter Zuckerman, Edward Scott, president, Albertson Square Civic Association and Judi Bosworth.

 

Meet And Mingle At Temple Sinai

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This summer, Temple Sinai of Roslyn will hold a Meet and Mingle activity for Roslyn area residents who wish to join temple members every Friday night at 5:45 p.m. from Friday June 26 through Labor Day weekend, for an outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat service in the temple courtyard garden.

Cantor Sergei Schwartz’s musical talent is apparent as he engages the group in prayer and song, accompanied by Izzy Gliksberg on the guitar and keyboard. Rabbi Andrew Gordon and Rabbi Michael White, lead these inspirational services. This is a perfect way to leave the stress and hectic pace of the week behind, and start the weekend.

On Friday nights, July 24, Aug. 7 and 21, the meet and mingle with wine and cheese will, as noted, take place at 5:45 p.m. prior to the service.

In addition, there will be a barbecue after the service on Friday July 10, RSVP required. Call the Temple office 621-6800 to let them know you’re coming.

Temple Sinai is at 425 Roslyn Rd. For more information, contact Ethel Liebeskind at 621-6800. Visit the website at www.mysinai.com.

 

Summer Reading Programs

Reading_062415ASummer’s here and even though school is out and young people are enjoying their well-deserved vacation, it doesn’t mean that the mind has to take a vacation, too. Summer reading programs keep young people mentally alert year-round, plus reading presents a never-ending entrance into the world of possibility.

The bryant library is, once again, hosing its every hero has a story reading program. The program began last week and when local young people join, they will be part of the super hero training academy. The academy includes great giveaways, guessing contests, and more.

Giggles and Wiggles, 12 – 18 months

Mondays: July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Tuesdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4

Music, fingerplays, toys, & simple stories will help develop early literacy skills. Parent or guardian must accompany the child. Child must be 12 months by July 1, 2015.

Little Sprouts, 18 – 24 months

Mondays: July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 11 – 11:30 am

Tuesdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4

Toys, books, and fun await little ones. Parent or guardian must accompany the child. Child must be 18 months by July 1, 2015.

Little Scientists: A Story and a Craft: 2 – 2:45 p.m. or (with parent or guardian), 4 – 4:45 p.m.

Wednesdays: July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5

The library will share some of its favorite storybooks. In this program for toddlers with parent/caregiver. Stories, crafts and fun activities will bring these books to life. Child must be two-years-old by July 1.

Pajamarama Night

Wednesdays: July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, 7 – 7:30 p.m. For children ages 3 ½ – 5 (not yet in kindergarten). The library invites children to bring their favorite sleepytime friends, and wear pajamas if they wish, while enjoying a variety of stories, activities and fingerplays. Child must be 31/2-years-old by July 1, 2015.

Sizzling Summer Specials

For children entering grades 1-6, 5-6 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Generously supported by the Friends of the Bryant Library. In-person registration for library cardholders begins on Friday, June 19.

Due to anticipated high demand, select two of the following programs. Registration will re-open on Monday, July 6 to fill any remaining spaces. Mad Science of Long Island: Science Superheroes

Tuesday, July 7 or Thursday, July 9, 5 – 6 p.m. or 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Explore science super heroes: Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Otto van Guericke and others. Also included is Bricks For Kids,

Tuesday, July 14 or Thursday, July 16, 5 – 6 p.m. or 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Reading Challenge

Not just the Bryant Library, but Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D—NY), who represents the Roslyn area in Albany, is encouraging elementary school students to continue learning throughout the summer by challenging them to take time to read in July and August.

The assemblywoman’s reading challenge rewards elementary school students for their efforts with an excellence in reading certificate from the assembly. Students must read by themselves or with a parent for a minimum of just 15 minutes a day for at least 40 days throughout July and August. The days can be marked off on a calendar provided by the assemblywoman and distributed by the schools. In order to receive the certificate, the calendar must be returned to the assemblywoman’s office at the end of the summer.

For more information, contact 516-482-6966.

Poetry In Motion

In the spirit of the “Poetry in Motion” project on the buses and trains in London and New York City, the students of Mrs. Valente’s and Mr. Lynch’s English classes wanted to capture the attention of the middle school community and enlighten an ordinary day with the power of poetry. The students chose an extensive collection of poems and decorated the middle school building with poetry in some likely and unlikely places. The poems have made people laugh, think, and inspired the writers of Roslyn Middle School to write poetry of their own. “During the hustle and bustle of our daily lives,” said Mr. Lynch, “We often miss the simple beauty around us – the poetry that is everywhere.”

 

Property Tax Cap Extension

fund_1Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Seventh Senate District) has voted to make the property tax cap permanent. The legislation, which was passed by the state senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, prevents the planned expiration of the tax cap and continues saving property taxpayers billions of dollars each year. [Read more…]

Earth Day At North Side

By Dr. Elaine Kanas,

East Williston School District

EW_062415AOn June 12, North Side held its biannual Earth Day Extravaganza. Every two years North Side dedicates a day in the spring to celebrate Earth Day in a big way. Each grade has a special schedule throughout the day with varied activities that teach Earth Day themes and concepts. The activities are developed and presented by the North Side staff and several outside entities, including programs put on by the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island Science Center, Alley Pond Environmental Center, Mad Science, Nature Nick, PAWS and Eric Powers. [Read more…]

Life Skills Workshop

Tobias HarrisThe Town of North Hempstead, in partnership with NBA star Toby Harris and the Harris Organization, will be offering summer basketball clinics that also include instruction in “life skills,” as well as basketball, to North Hempstead residents for only $50 per week at the “Yes We Can” Community Center in New Cassel. The clinic will run August 17 to 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“I am very excited to be offering this wonderful program to our town’s youngsters this summer because it gives participants the opportunity to hone their interpersonal skills, as well as their physical ones,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “I really love the message of encouraging young people to stay on the right path in life. When that message comes from a role model like Tobias Harris, it means so much.”

The program, The Tobias Harris “School of Business” Basketball Clinic, not only offers youth coaching in the fundamentals of basketball, but also educational, career, and interpersonal skills workshops. Campers will get to work on their basketball skills, such as shooting drills, ball handling and defense, but also will be coached on good health, yoga, nutrition, the food pyramid and career assessment.

Harris’ goal is to make sure that campers learn more than just basketball. Harris said he is “just trying to have the kids take care of business, work hard, have fun, go to class, do the right things, stay on the right path.”

Harris is an NBA player who grew up on Long Island. Harris graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School and began attending the University of Tennessee. After his first year, Harris was the 19th overall draft pick for the NBA and later played for the Milwaukee Bucks and then was traded to the Orlando Magic.

“I can’t imagine a better investment in a child’s summer than to spend a week at this clinic learning more than basketball skills, but also how to take care of oneself and stay on the right track,” said Councilwoman Viviana Russell. “I hope that our residents will jump at the chance.”

The “Yes We Can” Community Center is located at 144 Garden St. in New Cassel. To register, call 311.

 

Adventureland Debuts Turbulence

Adventure_060315_HAfter all the research, planning, construction, and hardship, the dream has finally become a reality: Turbulence, Adventureland Amusement Park’s latest and greatest roller coaster, finally made it’s much-ballyhooed public debut before throngs of ravenous crowds just itching to try it out for the very first time.

Turbulence, a yellow-and-green behemoth replacing the park’s previous flagship roller coaster­—The Hurricane, demolished after gracing Adventureland for 22 years—is a 55-foot high, 1,210-foot long, 45 mile-per-hour thrill-ride that had the crowds lined up as far as the eye could see.

Adventureland co-owner Steven Gentile spoke to the gathered crowd at the base of Turbulence shortly before the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially unleashed his new ride upon the masses.

“Two-and-a-half years later, and we are finally here…Turbulence is done and ready to go,” he said. “We did this not only for our Adventureland family, but more importantly, we’ve done something that we feel is very special for the people of Long Island.”

Gentile noted that Turbulence possesses one astonishingly unique hook that is sure to make each and every ride for its passengers a different awe-inspiring experience each and every time they strap themselves in for a go, while remaining more accessible to all ages than its long-standing predecessor.

“What makes the ride so unique is that each car, of which there are three on each train, spins independently of each other while the ride is in motion, based on how is in each car and how much they weigh,” he said. “Turbulence is a friendlier ride than The Hurricane was. The Hurricane had a 48-inch height requirement, but Turbulence only has a 44-inch height requirement, which comes out to a two-year age difference.”

Both the public and local dignitaries showed up to for the grand opening of Turbulence; Town of Babylon Councilman Tom Donnelly was among those on-hand, and presented a citation of achievement to the Adventureland family to mark the occasion while praising them for their civic-mindedness throughout the years.

“I wanted to come by and wish the folks at Adventureland lots of luck with the new ride,” he said. “I can’t thank the folks at Adventureland enough for all their community involvement, with Autism, Juvenile Diabetes, and many other community programs that they participate in. They’re not just a good business, but they’re a great neighbor to all of us.”

Legislator Rose Walker (R-Hicksville) showed up to the event with well wishes on behalf of Nassau County Executive Ed Managno, and pointed out that the very first to ride Turbulence that day were doing so thanks to winning a charitable lottery.

“It’s wonderful to know that they had a raffle contest that they used as a donation to an Autism group. It’s just great,” she said. “It’s an exciting day here in Farmingdale, and an exciting day for Adventureland.”

The Grand Opening festivities kicked off at 2 p.m., with the lucky first participants finally getting to give it a whirl.

Ed Tomaselli, 15, of Holbrook, was one of the lucky winners who got to ride Turbulence before anyone else that day, and afterwards, he eagerly recounted the experience of the one-of-a-kind roller coaster.

“Once you go up and come down the first drop, you start spinning and you get to see other people’s faces and their reactions and I just thought it was crazy cool,” he said. “I was in the very first car, and before I knew it was facing backwards, forwards, spinning all around. It was awesome, it was fun, and it was mind-blowing.”

Amanda Schnapp, 15, of Dix Hills, was almost speechless after climbing out of Turbulence; clearly, the ride had made a lasting impression upon her.

“It was amazing,” she said. “It was incredibly smooth, and it’s was just so exciting. There are no words for how awesome this ride is.”

Jana Schlackman, 14, of Farmingdale, admitted that while she wasn’t normally a fan of roller coasters—normally she’s a wee bit skittish for such things, she said— Turbulence seemed to find the perfect balance between intensity and fun that most other rides miss.

“It was so crazy. I can barely even talk right now,” she said. “What makes it different from other roller coasters is the spinning, which is so cool. I can’t wait to ride it again.”

Several members of the park’s young staff members took the ride for a spin. Christina Merrill of Levittown said, it was a one-of-a-kind experience.

“It was awesome. I usually don’t like rides, but that was a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s a really smooth ride, and I usually get dizzy easily, but I didn’t get dizzy at all.”

Anthony Pelliccia of Hicksville agreed, adding that Turbulence’s spinning feature really added an element not usually found in your average theme park ride.

“It was amazing…the constant spinning makes it a different ride each and every time,” he said. “It’s a very unique, very smooth ride. It’s just an amazingly good ride. I would totally go on it again and again.”

Adventureland is located at 2245 NY-110 in Farmingdale. For details, visit www.adventureland.us.

 

A Prompt Reply

This is the subject of a letter written recently to Village of East Hills board members, one that was published in last week’s issue of The Roslyn News. It is with much appreciation that I write to thank Steve Kafka, chairman of traffic and safety; Clara Pomerantz, board of trustees and Michael Koblenz, mayor, for their immediate and constructive response to a concern of many.

The letter was addressed within days — by phone, in writing, and in a driveway visit. How impressive and encouraging is this response to the safety and well-being and quality of the life of our residents.

To address the casual disregard of the speed limit on the longest street in the community, speed monitors have been temporarily placed in various locations on Salem Road. It is hoped that this will serve as a reminder to slow down when in the community and respect and obey the speed limit of 25 mph.

Joan Auerbach

 

Elyssa Ackerman Musical Performance

Ackerman_0562415On Wednesday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m., Roslyn native Elyssa Ackerman returns to Bryant Library for this special performance.

Ackerman is a Roslyn High School alumna and graduate of Binghamton University where she earned a degree in English with a journalism focus and a minor in Spanish. She is a New York City-based actor, singer and writer appearing in theater, film and commercials. In 2013, she played Mrs. Geppetto/Stromboli in a three-month tour of Pinocchio with a children’s theater company.

This year, Ackerman will appear in films Who is Jenna Jameson?, Devil’s Cut, Lost and Found, Everyday a lil’ Seth and a nail polish commercial. This year she also performed numerous Cabarets around New York City, including three appearances at the world famous Don’t Tell Mama.

Ackerman is the creator, author, and co-star of a new webseries called Starting Note about college a cappella, which will premiere at the end of June at youtube.com/startingnotewebseries. To learn more, check out Facebook.com/startingnotewebseries.

After her library concert, Ackerman will be leaving for Harvard University where she received a grant to study acting for the summer. She has a longstanding relationship with the Bryant Library and is grateful for the opportunity to perform there for the sixth time.