Everyone Can Dance at Verne W. Critz 221

The gymnasium at Verne W. Critz Elementary School in the South Country Central School District abounded with energy and the sound of popular music as students learned the fundamentals of hip hop, jazz and modern dance with Stephanie Vertichio of Stage Door School of Dance. For two weeks, the students participated in the physical education program unit with much success and enthusiasm.

Stephanie Vertichio from the Stage Door School of Dance led Verne W. Critz Elementary School students in a physical education dance unit funded by the South Country Educational Foundation.

Physical education teachers William Champlin and Donielle Brower explained that the dance unit was funded through a South Country Educational Foundation grant to pay for two alternate physical education programs. For one week, the students learned dance moves, while Mike Hesselbirg from Mike Hesselbirg’s Taekwondo and Karate for Kids taught a martial arts unit during the second week.

Mr. Champlin noted that both units taught balance and coordination, spatial awareness, movement and listening skills. “These two units don’t just focus on physical education,” Mr. Champlin said. “They focus on emotional and social skills as well. Every child can dance.”


Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District



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Bring Home the “Teacher’s Pet”, Free Back to School Adoptions 113

In celebration of the start of the new school year, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will offer free adoptions throughout the month of September for dogs and cats over the age of four years-old. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal.

Here are a few of the adoptable pets currently at Brookhaven Animal Shelter:


Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.brookhavenny.gov/animalshelter or call 631-451-6950.


Town Partners with Long Island Housing Partnership to Provide Affordable Housing 168

 On August 27th, Brookhaven Town, working in conjunction with the Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP), conducted a lottery at Brookhaven Town Hall to select 20 applicants who will be provided with an opportunity to purchase new, affordable condominiums at Country Pointe Meadows in Yaphank. These homes are offered for sale to eligible households that earn 80 percent or less of the area median income and will feature two bedrooms and one bath.

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said, “I want to thank the Long Island Housing Partnership and Beechwood Yaphank LLC for working with the us to help make the dream of home ownership a reality. Brookhaven Town code ensures all housing developments must have at least 10 percent of its units dedicated to providing workforce or affordable housing, and this makes it easier for hard working families to remain on Long Island.”

Pictured left to right are LIHP President and CEO Peter Elkowitz; LIHP Senior Vice President James Britz; Supervisor Edward P. Romaine; Brookhaven Town Commissioner of Housing and Human Services Alison Karppi and LIHP Executive Assistant Linda Mathews.



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