Special Needs Make A Difference

On a day devoted to giving, students at Brookville Center for Children’s Services, an organization serving children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, were looking for a unique way to get involved with #GivingTuesday. 

Two classes at the Children’s Education Center on AHRC’S Brookville Campus raised over 400 pounds of canned goods, pantry items and other non-perishable foods. Collecting throughout the month of November, the classes reached out to Long Island Cares to present them with their donation on #GivingTuesday. Students in the classes vary in ages, ranging from teens to young adults, all with developmental disabilities. 

“I am so proud of my students and their effort,” said Brookville Center teacher Stephen Keegan. “Our students are a caring group of kids and finding opportunities for them to be more involved with their communities is one of our goals.”  

Not only was the collection a great way for kids to make a difference during the holiday season and understand the importance of giving, but the process of going class to class to collect daily donations enhanced their socialization skills.  

“Food drives account for more than 12% of our annual distribution,” said Christine Brown, Community Education & Outreach Coordinator for Long Island Cares. “The efforts of the Brookville Center students not only help to increase awareness and understanding, but help us tremendously in the fight against hunger on Long Island.”  

The students at Brookville Center are now committed to regularly contributing to Long Island Cares and are looking forward to their next collection.


Toys For Totes Kicks Off

Hundreds of civic, business, community and elected officials gathered in Baldwin at the Coral House to support the annual kick-off of the Long Island Toys for Tots Drive on Monday, Oct. 27. The toy drive is the nation’s largest gift program for children during the holidays. Marine Corps Major Chuck Kilbride gave special recognition to the many people who make Toys For Tots possible locally, including U.S. Postal Service workers, marines, legislators, and the police and fire departments, who work tirelessly to collect toys each year.

The hundreds of guests were treated to special performances by the F.R.E.E. Players Jazz Ensemble and the American Bombshells trio.

This was the third year that the Toys For Tots kick-off event was held at Coral House.

Since the 1990s, Anton Community Newspapers has been a major sponsor for the Toys For Tots charity campaign.

Once again, Anton Community Newspapers will serve as an official drop off location for Toys For Tots. Those who would like to make a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for a child who may otherwise go without the magic of the season are invited to do so at Anton’s office, 132 E. 2nd St. in Mineola, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Monday, Dec. 15.

Toys from communities across Nassau and Suffolk counties are collected by individuals and businesses, then distributed by the members of the U.S. Marine Corps locally to underprivileged children. For more information about additional collection sites, donation information or to request a toy distribution, visit www.garden-city-ny.toysfortots.org or contact Gunnery Sergeant Jaime Alvarez or Gunnery Sergeant Jarvis Sturdivant at 516-228-5669.

SASS Holds Glorious Gala

On the crisp Friday evening of Sept. 19, The SASS Foundation for Medical Research held its annual Gala Dinner Dance & Casino at the glorious Guastavino’s in NYC. This year the event brought together over 220 business people, medical professionals, loyal supporters and benefactors in the magnificent architectural splendor, which served as the perfect backdrop for gathering to raise funds for cancer research.

The enthusiastic attendees paid tribute to very special individuals on this extraordinary evening.The Business Leadership Award was presented to Gillis Poll and George Poll, Long Island’s premier restaurateurs. With six outstanding restaurants, the Poll brothers feel the need to give back to the community that has supported them over the years Gillis and George have been passionate about supporting The SASS Foundation, as well as other local charities.

The Humanitarian Award was bestowed upon Dr. Mark & Virginia “Jinny” Silver. This couple are true humanitarians in every sense of the word. For over 20 years, Dr. Mark Silver, a gynecologist, has given of himself and his time to The SASS Foundation through speaking at Breast Cancer Awareness Days and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Days. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Gerry Trunz Memorial Award at the SASS Ovarian Awareness Day. Jinny’s deep rooted commitment to philanthropy and giving back is far-reaching. As a 20 year breast cancer survivor herself, Jinny, has made The SASS Foundation a very worthy part of her philanthropic endeavors.

Joan Ambrosino, Education Administrator for The SASS Foundation, is the perfect person to have been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Courage Award. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, Joan has become a passionate advocate for cancer research to find a cure and education to save lives. Joan works tirelessly, as she believes that knowledge is power and early detection helps to save lives. Joan is passionate about the mission of The SASS Foundation and is grateful for privilege of being part of its mission and affording her the opportunity to join in the fight and to give back.

The co-founders of The SASS Foundation, Marty & Barbara Sass and Dr. Francis Arena, greeted the throngs of happy revelers, as the guests participated in the casino, and silent and chinese auctions — with net proceeds going to cancer research. Former honorees in attendance were Angela Anton and John Catsimatidis — both wonderful friends of The SASS Foundation.

Some major corporate sponsors of this event were, Kramer Levin, Diligent Credit Solutions, Shiel Medical Labs, Margolin, Winer & Evens, NYU Langone Medical Center, Zwanger Pesiri Radiology & Emerge Labs. We thank them and the many individual supporters for their help in underwriting this fabulous evening.

The funds raised at this event will go toward medical research and to education programs which we hope will help to win the fight against cancer.

For information on how you can help make a difference, contact Lois M. Lerner, Exeuctive Director llernersassfdn@gmail.com

Salute To Veterans Concert

In tribute to our nation’s veterans, and in support of the Wounded Warrior Project, the Northwinds Symphonic Band, under the direction of Helen P. Bauer, will open its eighth concert season with a special performance at the North Shore High School Theater on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m..

The band will honor veterans past and present, performing a variety of patriotic standards as well as new publications that pay tribute to the rich history of our country and American military personnel.

Northwinds is proud to be performing American Salute, by the late, great American composer and former Great Neck resident Morton Gould. American Salute is an exhilarating and poignant concert band piece based on the American folk song When Johnny Comes Marching Home. Dr. Eric Gould, son of Mr. Gould will introduce the piece at the concert.

Also included in the program will be two marches by John Philip Sousa, a Salute to the Armed Forces and music by Robert W. Smith and Irving Berlin. Other selections include an arrangement of George Gershwin favorites, and Let Freedom Ring, which recounts our rich heritage in patriotic song. Renowned soprano Stephanie Horowitz of Merrick, will be featured in There’s A Place Called Home. This poignant arrangement of Alan Mencken’s hit song was originally created for the US Army Field Band and is being performed with special permission. Ms. Horowitz will also be performing a beautiful new rendition of All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern, arranged exclusively for Northwinds by band member Barton Green. Glen Cove resident Robert Staade will display his extensive collection of military memorabilia dating from WWII to the present.

Admission to the concert is free. Bring the entire family. For details, call 516-759-9694 or email Helen Bauer at hband50@optonline.net. The North Shore High School Theater is wheelchair accessible.

Walk And Run For Autism Awareness

Hundreds of Long Islanders are expected to join the fight against autism and other developmental disabilities with three different events packed into one fun-filled day to benefit Long Island’s largest autism provider.

The Developmental Disabilities Institute welcomes children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities to the DDI Walk, Run and Ride for Autism, on Sunday, Oct. 12 at the Holtsville Ecology Center. The walk, run and motorcycle/classic car rally will help to promote community support for individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities.

“This event is all about coming together as a community and helping those who cannot help themselves,” said co-chair of the event Charley Hudson. “It is heartwarming to have talented individuals enthusiastically lend themselves to help benefit thousand of fellow Long Islanders.”

This year’s event Grand Marshals are seven extraordinary people who for the second year in a row, spent one week walking 128-miles from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Montauk Lighthouse in order to benefit DDI. Raising over $40,000 from both walks, Nathan Holmes, John Kenny, Morgan Zajkowski, Ellen McBurney, Peter Barker, Marita Rausch and Liam Kenny have proved to be worthy honorees.

Registration for the 5K Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. with the run to commence at 9 a.m. The scenic 5K Walk through Suffolk County’s Holtsville Ecology Park will feature activities for the entire family along the way, followed by a festival in the park complete with picnic lunch, music, games, a petting zoo and more. Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. and with the walk beginning at 11 a.m. The family activities will continue throughout the day until 2:30 p.m. This year the event will not only feature a Motorcycle ride, but also include classic and show cars, sponsored by Hansen Home Designs. Motorcycle and car registration begins at 9AM at Hansen Home Designs located at 1541 Smithtown Avenue in Bohemia. Kickstands are set to be up by 10 a.m. A rain date has been set for Sunday, Oct. 19.

“All proceeds will help to benefit the more than 1,500 children and adults that DDI serves across Long Island with autism and other developmental disabilities,” commented co-chair of the event Brian Brunjes. I encourage everyone to come out and take part in this worthwhile cause.”

For more information and to register call 631-366-2914 or visit walk.ddiny.org.

Air Diver Soars Close to Home

“I’ve been on the team for over 20 years,” Lohr-Matrone said.

It has been an impressive 20-plus years.

“I personally have over 2,200 jumps and four world records,” Lohr-Matrone said. She holds the records for largest freefall formation and earned two records for the largest two-point freefall formation plus the largest women’s freefall formation. Lohr-Matrone works inside a plane as well as out. “I also have my pilot’s license,” she said.

As for the shows, she said her favorite part of participating is always the audience. “It’s wonderful to hear them cheering when we land,” Lohr-Matrone said. “Afterwards, we hand out stickers to the kids. Meeting the people has been wonderful.”

She has plenty of opportunities to meet new faces. Because Misty Blues is also an international team, Lohr-Matrone has been able to travel widely.

The highlight “was, for me, Japan,” she said.

Together, the team has performed more than 20,000 jumps and multiple records, including the largest women’s freefall formation. But while Lohr-Matrone insists there is no major difference between being on a co-ed team or an all- women’s team, she understands the novelty of the latter.

“It is a male dominated sport so to have an all women’s team is pretty amazing,” Lohr-Matrone said.

But isn’t it scary jumping out of a plane?

“Not so much anymore. There is a certain degree of respect you have to have for the sport,” Lohr-Matrone said. She explained that a lot of hard work and careful planning go into making each jump successful and that all the equipment is ready and everyone has done their job correctly.

Lohr-Matrone is excited to be participating in this year’s air show with her teammates.

“I was very impressed with the lineup for the Bethpage show, I think it’s going to be a great show,” she said. “We’ve got a really good team and we really enjoy getting together to do these shows.”

In addition to the Misty Blues, the Air show will also feature performances by the Royal Canadian Air Force F-18 Demonstration Team, the Raiders Demonstration Team, the Red Bull Air Force Skydiver Parachute Team and many more.

“We enhanced the civilian show,” explained Linda Armyn, Senior Vice President, Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Armyn has been producing the show for the past 10 years.

“It’s going to be a full day of air show and I think it’s going to be a fantastic show,” Armyn said.

Armyn was able to explain some of the new features of this years show, including Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach 10th Anniversary App, which will be available on iTunes. The App will allow attendees to get up-to-the minute information on parking field availability, listen to live aircraft-to-tower communications from Republic Airport, share content and easily find vendors, attractions and so much more.

“Also new this year is the 10th Anniversary commemoration DVD, which shows what happens at the beach and what goes into making the Air Show,” Armyn said.

Museum Of Art Hosts Gatsby Ball

gatsbyballThe Great Gatsby, Nassau County Museum of Art’s 2013 Museum Ball was held on Saturday, June 8. Guests got into the spirit of the fabled Jazz Age with flapper dresses, headbands, feathers, and mountains of sparkling jewelry. The lavish tented pavilions for the cocktail hour and dinner similarly evoked the extravagant décor of Long Island’s Gold Coast history. The Museum Ball is the museum’s major annual fundraising affair, raising significant support for exhibitions and educational programming.
The 2013 Ball was chaired by Museum Board Member Angela Susan Anton, the publisher and owner of Anton Community Publications. The Journal Committee was chaired by M. Patricia Janco-Tupper, senior vice president, wealth advisor for Wells Fargo Bank; and Rebecca Creavin, senior vice president, private banker for Wells Fargo Bank. The museum offers its congratulations to the chairmen and committee members for a very successful and beautiful event.