May 2016 Edition - Tri Hamlet News


May 2016 Edition - Tri Hamlet News
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Pictured from left to right are: Jackie (Intonato) Eglevsky, President of the William Floyd Alumni Association and a Distinguished Alumna;
Lexie Willets; John Bilotti; Honoree Dr. Paul Casciano; Gabriella Montanaro; Honoree Monica (Sica) Corona; Axel Arias; Honoree Chef Sam
DeMarco; Honoree Tara Fogarty; Janki Patel; Honoree Daniel Panico; Allison Johntry; James Shields, Student Master of Ceremonies; and Kevin
M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools.
William Floyd Distinguished
Alumni Class of 2016
The William Floyd School District along with the
William Floyd Alumni Association honored its 8th class
of Distinguished Alumni, those who have made great
contributions in their chosen career fields. The program
is designed to inspire current students and reconnect with
alumni and celebrate their accomplishments.
This year’s class includes Paul Casciano, Class of 1970,
a 41-year educator in the William Floyd School District
including nine as superintendent of schools; Monica
Corona, Class of 1981, a 28-year educator and 13-year
principal at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School; Chef
Sammy DeMarco, Class of 1983, a world-class chef,
restaurateur and Travel Channel TV host; Daniel Panico,
Class of 1996, Brookhaven Town Councilman and Deputy
Supervisor; and Tara Fogarty, Class of 1999, an Emmynominated producer for The Rachael Ray Show.
The day’s festivities began with a morning reception in
the Rita Rech Museum of William Floyd School District
History which gave the honorees time to meet and in some
cases reconnect while viewing some artifacts and other
William Floyd history. Then each distinguished alumni
spent one class period interacting with large groups
of students followed by a professional-quality catered
luncheon prepared and served by William Floyd High
School Culinary Arts students under the direction of Chef
Rich Daly. The day concluded with an awards dinner at
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Town officials continue to turn the tide of
overdevelopment in Mastic Beach
Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Dan Panico were
joined by Mastic Beach Mayor Maura Spery, New York State
officials, representatives from The Nature Conservancy and
Habitat for Humanity and local civic associations at the demolition of a house located at 20 Ocean View Drive in Mastic Beach
that had been significantly damaged by Super Storm Sandy.
This was one of the last homes that the Town acquired through
a partnership with The Nature Conservancy from the NY Rising
Program. It was the 14th house demolished in the last several
months as part of the Town’s aggressive approach to preserve
open space, remove blight, and ensure that houses are not rebuilt
on fragile wetlands.
The Town partnered with The Nature Conservancy which
provided financial support that was used towards the acquisition
and subsequent demolition of the houses. The Town is currently in the process of obtaining deeds for two more houses, one
located at 224 West Dogwood Road and the other at 39 Washington Drive in Mastic Beach, that are slated for demotion on
the future.
The Town also worked closely with Habitat for Humanity in
removing valuable household items before demolition that were
donated by the Town to Habitat’s ReStore in Ronkonkoma.
Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “This house was in an area where
overdevelopment has had a severe impact on the environment
and contributed to the cause of flooding in the Mastic Beach
community. It’s another great example of how different levels
of government work together to improve the quality of life in
the community. Councilman Panico has been working hard to
move this program along and I applaud his efforts to help bring
it to fruition.”
“Little by little, we are turning the tide on overdevelopment, excess traffic, excess nitrogen into our ground and surface
waters,” Councilman Panico noted just prior to the demolition.
“We are helping to alleviate the financial burden of additional
school age children into our school district and working to step
the oversupply of homes on the market.”
“The Nature Conservancy is pleased to partner with US Natural Resources Conservation Service, New York State Governors Office of Storm Recovery, Suffolk County, the Town of
Brookhaven and the Village of Mastic Beach to restore and
protect the natural floodplain, tidal and freshwater wetlands on
the Mastic-Shirley peninsula. This cutting edge conservation,
restoration and storm mitigation project gives willing sellers a
buyer for their land and homes, provides wildlife habitat, improves ground and surface water quality, gets people, property
and emergency responders out of harm’s way, reduces the taxpayers cost to maintain people, property and infrastructure in
the flood plain, and improves the quality of life and property
values for area residents who live on higher ground, outside of
the floodplain. We look forward to a continuing effort to expand
this program in this area on in other areas of Long Island,” said
Randy Parsons, Conservation Finance & Policy Advisor for the
Nature Conservancy.
Mastic Beach Village Mayor Spery hailed the state, town and
the Nature Conservancy for working together to address storm
damaged homes that have “negatively impacted the community”
while “taking the necessary steps to promote storm resiliency.”
Frank Fugarino, President of the Pattersquash Creek Civic Association said, “We in the community look forward to restoring
the land and offer our support. We are extremely grateful for
Councilman Panico's dedication to Mastic Beach Village residents and their Quality of Life.”
In addition to 20 Ocean View Drive, 21 Lincoln Drive, 97
Beaver Drive, 58 Diana Drive, 82 Jefferson Drive, 46 Shore
Drive, 109 McKinley Drive, 22 Wavecrest Drive, 31 Park Drive,
47 Riviera Drive, 11 Spar Drive, 43 Magnolia Drive, 215 Elm
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Brookhaven Town hosts impactful teen
driver safety program
On April 13, the Brookhaven Youth Bureau teamed-up with
the Highway Department’s Division of Traffic Safety to host
the most well attended Teen Distracted Driving Program in the
Town’s history. The goal of the program is to make our roadways
safer and prevent bad habits before they begin. Approximately
150 new drivers, parents and guardians received critical
information outlining just how dreadful driving while impaired
and distracted can be. Nationwide, motor vehicle crashes are the
number one cause of death in young people between the ages of
16 and 24, and Suffolk County has the highest teen fatality rate
in New York State.
According to research conducted by the AAA Foundation
for Traffic Safety, distraction was a factor in nearly six out of
ten moderate to severe teen crashes. “Video evidence from our
recent study on teen distracted driving shows the problem is
much worse than we thought,” said Robert Sinclair, manager
of media relations for AAA Northeast. “Our research found the
most common forms of distraction to be cell phone use, looking
at someone in the vehicle, looking at something outside the
vehicle, singing, grooming, and reaching for an object. We hope
knowledge of these dangerous situations can be used to help
teen drivers become safer behind the wheel,” said Sinclair.
Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “The teenage years should be
about having fun, but far too often, young lives are dramatically
changed or cut short because of an automobile accident.
Educating children is the best way to avoid irresponsible
behavior and I thank Superintendent Losquadro and our Youth
Bureau staff for their efforts to generate awareness to the
problem and save young lives.”
"Programs such as this are critical to instilling in young
drivers the importance of acting responsibly when they are
behind the wheel of a car," said Highway Superintendent Daniel
P. Losquadro. "Preventing a tragedy on the road due to drunken
or distracted driving is entirely within their control based on the
choices they make."
“When a person hears their phone, they automatically want
to see who is calling or texting them,” said Councilman Michael
Loguercio, who was the opening speaker. “After attending this
course, you will realize how costly a few seconds of distraction
can be. There is nothing more important than getting home
safely. It can wait. I want to thank the employees at the Youth
Bureau and the Highway Department for organizing such a
meaningful program and instilling how vital it is to keep your
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William Floyd girls soccer player competes in U.S.
Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
Recently, William Floyd girls varsity soccer player Amber
Birchwell had the opportunity to train and compete in the U.
S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program during a 10day international event held in Spain. As one of only about
nine juniors competing in the girls division, Birchwell tallied
three goals and one assist. In addition to being named one of the
“Top 50 Girls Soccer Players on Long Island” by Newsday, the
All-State and All-Long Island junior also led Suffolk County's
League I in scoring this past season with 15 goals and four assists.
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According to her head coach, Matthew Sanders, Birchwell has
verbally committed to play in the Big East Conference for
Providence College in the fall of 2017.
The U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program is a
national identification and development program for high-level
players, which identifies and develops youth players throughout
the country to represent their state association, region and the
Unites States in soccer competitions.
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William Floyd junior selected for U.S.
Naval Academy Summer Seminar
Ezekiel Torres, a junior at William Floyd High School, was
recently selected to attend the United States Naval Academy
Summer Seminar (NASS) this upcoming June, where he will
learn about life at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD,
and participate in a fast-paced six-day experience focused on
academics, athletics and professional training with the goal
of helping to develop America’s future leaders. This program
is only open to high-achieving students who have completed
their junior year in high school. Ezekiel’s ultimate goal after
graduation is to gain acceptance to the Naval Academy.
“The opportunity to attend the Naval Academy Summer
Seminar program gives me the chance to experience life as
a midshipman at Annapolis, as well as gives the academy a
chance to get to know me as a person instead of a name on an
application,” said Torres. “I want to go to the Naval Academy
because I have a long family history of men who have served
our country. For a young man being raised by a single mother,
it would be phenomenal to attend this academic institution, and
being accepted into NASS is the first step!”
Torres plays the tenor saxophone in the high school wind
symphony and is a two-year member of the Tri-M Music Honor
Society. He also is a member of the Youth & Government Club
and was elected to the position of Attorney General and received
the “Best Attorney” and “Best Brief” awards. He is also a member
of the mock trial team and was part of the state championship
team during his freshman year. He also plays linebacker for the
varsity football team. This past February, he received accolades
from the Town of Brookhaven at their annual Hispanic Heritage
Month celebration for maintaining a 3.7 grade point average or
“In trying to describe a student like Ezekiel, two words
immediately come to mind: scholar athlete,” said Dana Garner,
Ezekiel’s guidance counselor. “Combine his intelligence,
enthusiasm, humility and leadership ability, and one has the
recipe for success in any post-secondary institution. Ezekiel has
tremendous potential and it has been an honor and privilege to
work with him this year. I am confident that he will make the
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Mastic ‘Zombie’
Home demolished
for affordable
In a partnership between the Suffolk County
Landbank and Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk, a
blighted, vacant former 'zombie' house in Mastic,
was demolished on Wednesday to make way for
a new, affordable, owner occupied home to be
constructed by Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk.
The bank foreclosed home, which had been
identified by the Town of Brookhaven as a vacant
and blighted structure, was purchased by the
Suffolk County Landbank via grant funding from
the New York State Office of the Attorney General's Community
Revitalization Initiative (CRI). The CRI program utilizes funds
from the National Mortgage Settlement to fund New York State
Land Banks' efforts to eliminate blight in areas hardest hit by the
mortgage foreclosure crisis. The home, which was un-repairable was then transferred to
Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk in March 2016, and the nonprofit will construct a new single family home under their existing
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home-ownership program, which utilizes volunteer labor and
sweat equity from program participants in the home's construction.
“I am thrilled to see the Landbank moving forward with its
second home in Mastic this year,” stated Legislator Browning.
“The housing crisis hit Long Island really hard, but this innovative
program is helping to get these blighted properties back into the
hands of homeowners. Thanks to Attorney General Schneiderman
we have the necessary funding to continue this effort into the
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Coalition supports letting voters decide
on plan to protect water quality
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was joined by
a bipartisan collection of elected officials, environmental
activists and civic leaders to support a plan to reverse
decades of nitrogen pollution of drinking and surface
waters. County Executive Bellone called for allowing
Suffolk County residents to have the opportunity to vote
this November via referendum to establish a dedicated
funding source to expedite implementation of water
quality goals for Suffolk County.
Governor Cuomo has led on a number of water quality
initiatives, providing record levels of investment. This fund
would supplement the State’s efforts, be the cornerstone of
implementing the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan, build
on the Governor’s $383 million investment in expanding
sewers in Suffolk and allow the marketplace to leverage
the innovations and new technologies emerging from the
Center for Clean Water Technology.
“This referendum would literally turn the tide on Suffolk County
water quality crisis,” County Executive Bellone said. “Governor
Cuomo has made water quality a top issue in this State establishing
the Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University,
funding the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan and securing $383
million in water quality infrastructure dollars for Suffolk County.
This new initiative to create a recurring revenue source for clean
water infrastructure will help implement the Governor's water
quality goals here in Suffolk County.”
In addition to New York State's pioneering work on this
issue, establishment of a countywide district and stable revenue
source to fund wastewater improvements to reduce nitrogen are
key recommendations of the Suffolk County Water Resources
Management Plan issued in March, 2015 and a report issued by
IBM as part of its Smarter Cities Challenge Program.
Unlike Nassau County, where almost 90 percent of the population
benefits from active wastewater treatment through connection to
sewer plants, most of Suffolk County’s wastewater treatment relies
on more than 360,000 individual cesspools and septic systems.
These systems do not effectively treat wastewater, and release
nitrogen into ground and surface water. Suffolk County has more
unsewered homes than the State of New Jersey.
Over the past decade, scientific evidence has pointed to a growing
recognition that nitrogen pollution is a primary source of pollution
to surface waters, leading to closure of shellfish beds, algal blooms,
beach closures, and fish die-offs. A recent report showed that
nitrogen concentrations in one aquifer rose by 40 percent between
1987 and 2013, while levels in the deeper Magothy aquifer rose by
80 percent during that time span.
Moving away from the use of cesspools and septic systems
to new, state-of-the-art treatment systems which remove nitrogen
pollution is a key recommendation in the County’s Comprehensive
Water Resources Management Plan. Over the past year, the County
has facilitated pilot testing of six different technologies at homes
throughout the county as the first step towards certifying innovative
alternative (IA) systems for use in the County.
The proposed referendum would create a Water Quality
Protection Fee on water use to help fund the conversion of homes to
active treatment systems. A surcharge of just $1 per 1,000 gallons
of water used would generate nearly $75 million in annual revenue
to reduce nitrogen pollution by connecting thousands of homes to
active treatment systems each year. And more importantly, Suffolk
County residents would still pay 40% less than the national average
of $5.25 per 1,000 gallons, and far less than water rates in Nassau
County. The Water Quality Protection Fee model is also used in
Spokane, Washington, which, like Long Island, gets its drinking
water from an underground aquifer.
Through the Water Quality Improvement District, officials would
advance three different types of wastewater projects depending
on local needs: sewage treatment in areas where connection to a
sewer plant is an option, smaller cluster systems for individual
communities where feasible, and individual active treatment
The Water Quality Protection Fee would fund a Water Quality
Improvement Fund which, by law, could only be used for
wastewater improvements. An Advisory Committee, including
local officials, community and environmental leaders, would make
recommendations annually to the County Executive and County
Legislature regarding projects to be advanced.
To ensure that uses of the funding are consistent with Town and
Village land use goals and objectives, use of Fund proceeds would
be conditioned on a review of wastewater projects proposed for
funding to ensure consistency with Town and Village land use and
wastewater plans. A portion of Fund revenues would be designated
and made available for Town and Village governments to offset the
cost of improvements or connections to Town and Village sewage
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William Floyd’s ‘Shining Stars’ honored by
SCOPE Education Services
The William Floyd School District Board of Education recently
recognized five members of its school community – from the
staff, faculty, administration and the board of education – who
were recently honored as “Shining Stars” by SCOPE Education
Services at the 15th annual School District Awards Dinner.
Honorees are chosen based upon their exemplary service to
education and to the William Floyd School District.
This year’s class of honorees includes, Robert Guerriero,
trustee, Board of Education, receiving the School Board Service
Award; Elizabeth Hamid, transportation coordinator assistant,
receiving the Support Staff Award; Wendy Gross, teacher,
Tangier Smith Elementary School, receiving the Teacher Service
Award; Mike Goodwin, teacher, William Floyd High School,
receiving the Teacher Service Award; and Dr. Keith Fasciana,
principal, William Floyd Elementary School, receiving the
Administrator Service Award.
“On behalf of the William Floyd School District, I
congratulate the honorees on this well-deserved recognition,”
said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools, William Floyd
School District. “These five individuals are truly deserving of
this award and are representative of the wonderful faculty, staff,
administration and Board of Education that do so much for our
students and community on a daily basis.”
About William Floyd’s Shining Stars
School Board Service Award recipient
Robert Guerriero, a trustee on the William Floyd Board of
Education, has served in this capacity since his appointment
to a vacant position in 2011. He was then elected in 2012 for
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the remainder of the vacancy and again in 2013 to a full threeyear term. Mr. Guerriero has served and continues to serve in
various school and community groups including school district
budget advisory committees, the Rotary Club of Shirley and the
Mastics, the William Floyd Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament,
which has raised almost $500,000 in student scholarships, and
more. Bob and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, Karen and
Kristie, both of whom are William Floyd graduates. He has been
a devoted William Floyd community member since 1986.
Support Service Award recipient
Elizabeth Hamid joined the William Floyd School District in
2009 and quickly became an integral part of the transportation
department. She was instrumental in implementing new and
more efficient routing software. Her in-depth understanding of
the transportation department along with excellent customer
service skills has been well recognized and received. She
continues to go above and beyond when dealing with both
internal and external parties. During the economic downturn,
Elizabeth managed the complete overhaul of the transportation
department from a three- to a four-tier system and back again.
She did it with incredible professionalism and precision. During
the 2015-16 school year she helped to develop a transportation
request for proposal and bid to provide the district with the
most cost-effective transportation solution. She is an incredible
example of a shining star.
Teacher Service Award recipients
Wendy Gross’s contribution to the William Floyd School
District transcends the four walls of her kindergarten classroom
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at Tangier Smith Elementary School. She is highly instrumental
with parent involvement initiatives, such as empowering parent
volunteers in the classroom and fostering participation in their
child’s education. She assumes an instructional leadership role
within the building, working with teachers to increase student
achievement. In a tireless attempt to deepen the interdependence
of the community’s resources, Wendy serves on the MasticsMoriches-Shirley Community Library Board of Trustees and
broadens her role by finding opportunities to merge the school
community with the library. In addition, Wendy has freely
worked with our local resources to support the needs of the
community, particularly her students.
Michael Goodwin has been a teacher-leader with the William
Floyd School District since 1992. He has contributed greatly
to the math department and has supported and facilitated the
integration of mathematics into our Career and Technical
Education Automotive Technology and Building Trades &
Construction programs. He has been a teacher in our Center
for Interim Instruction program and has mentored many new
teachers during his tenure. He recently led the initiative for the
development of a Math 12 course, which was designed to help
facilitate college and career readiness. He worked with a district
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team to understand the needs of our college-bound students and
align the curriculum to college expectations. He has been a leader
in the teacher’s union and has facilitated productive discussions
between district leadership and teachers. His easygoing style
and attitude make him a true pleasure to work with, even
during the most challenging discussions. His contribution to the
William Floyd School District reaches beyond his classroom
and department. He is a true teacher-leader.
Administrator Service Award recipient
Dr. Keith Fasciana, principal of William Floyd Elementary
School, has served the William Floyd School District in many
capacities, including in the roles of coach, teacher and nearly
10 years as an administrator. Within his building, he has led
initiatives such as the integration of instructional technology, as
well as developing and piloting the departmentalization of math
and English language arts in grades 3-5. He works diligently with
the outside community to access resources for his students, and
provides a safe and nurturing environment for both students and
staff. Dr. Fasciana mentors and empowers teachers to embrace
innovation as they face the academic challenges of preparing
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24 William Floyd student athletes
to play collegiate sports
The William Floyd Athletic Department recently held its
annual College Athletic Signing Day to recognize the effort
and achievement of William Floyd’s student athletes who have
committed to play sports at the college level. This year’s class
of 24 male and female student athletes has been recruited to
play various sports at Division II and Division III schools this
upcoming fall.
Athletic Director Mark Mensch told the more than 100
students, family members and friends in attendance that these
24 individuals made up the largest group of students graduating
in one year who will play in college, as well as set a record for
receiving the largest amount of scholarships and financial aid
with approximately $500,000 collectively.
This year’s list consists of 15 males and nine females from
the sports of girls and boys lacrosse, girls and boys soccer, girls
and boys cross country/track, boys basketball, softball, baseball
and football.
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NYPD Officer, William Floyd grad uses art
skills to catch the bad guys
Matthew Klein, a William Floyd
High School graduate Class of
1999 and a forensic artist with the
New York City Police Department
(NYPD), was recently featured
in the regional and national news
for being one of only about 100
full-time forensic artists left in the
United States. The article, “Sketchy
work: NYPD sketch artists nab bad
guys,” was written by the Associated
Press and featured in Newsday, the
New York Daily News and more
than two dozen other media reports
across the country, focused on this
little-known trade that is still a
necessity in this age of cell phone
and surveillance cameras. For those
cases when the surveillance footage
is either unclear or there is none,
forensic artists step in to interview
witnesses in order to construct
a likeness of a suspect which is
then used in widely disseminated
“wanted posters.” Just last month,
Officer Klein’s drawing was
instrumental in capturing a suspect
who allegedly slashed a woman in
Klein grew up influenced by
art as his father was a professional
artist and animator for Walt Disney
and Warner Brothers. At William
Floyd High School, he was voted
most artistic for his graduating class
and remembers fondly two of his art teachers Susan Hersh and
Maureen Campbell. Although he continued to draw as a hobby,
Klein did not consider it as a potential career until much later.
After graduation, Klein joined the U.S. Army and served
in the 3rd Infantry Division as a machine gunner and a squad
marksman. He conducted two tours in Iraq, receiving the
Combat Infantryman’s Badge and a Purple Heart for shrapnel
wounds inflicted upon him as a large IED (improvised explosive
device) was detonated in close proximity to him. Klein was
honorably discharged in 2006 after completing more than 400
combat missions during his two tours of Iraq.
After returning home, Klein joined the NYPD and was
assigned to Far Rockaway, Queens, and felt that his military
experience gave him a tactical edge while patrolling some of the
tougher neighborhoods. Over the years, he continued to draw
and practice his art. Then in 2011, he learned about the NYPD’s
elite artist unit, a unit of three detectives who serve as forensic
artists and use their skills to help bring perpetrators to justice.
He took the test and scored extremely well and joined in January
2015 after the retirement of the senior artist. He is expected to be
promoted to the rank of Detective this summer.
Klein, who still resides locally and has children enrolled in
the William Floyd School District, is proud of his roots in the
community. “I’ve definitely had an interesting and action-packed
life and career,” he said. “I’ve been blessed with a great family
and it all started in the William Floyd School District.” He hopes
that his story will inspire current William Floyd students. | thn
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