South Country Celebrates an Evening of Excellence 656

South Country Celebrates an Evening of Excellence

It was an evening of pride and gratitude as 51 Bellport High School seniors and six of the South Country Central School District’s teachers were honored during the second annual Evening of Excellence, held on March 26. The distinguished seniors recognized were those who have maintained a weighted cumulative average of 92 percent or better for the past seven semesters. The honored teachers were chosen by the students as persons who have been influential and inspirational during their educational journey.

During his opening remarks, Principal Timothy Hogan said “excellence” does not happen by accident. “It is the gradual result of always striving to do your best – with high intention, sincere effort and mindful execution.”

The evening was punctuated with a performance by the Bellport High School Jazz Combo, and a delicious meal was prepared and served by students enrolled in the high school’s culinary program. The presentation of colors was performed by the high school cadet core, and Kreamer Street Elementary School kindergarten students sang “America the Beautiful” during a taped video recording. Special education students also prepared the flower arrangements and the rotating wooden dessert displays, which complemented the talented artwork of high school students.

The district congratulates teachers Salvatore Di Puma (Bellport Middle School), Wendy Palladino (Bellport High School), Mary Pettit (Frank P. Long Intermediate) William Pettit (Verne W. Critz Elementary), Jennifer Reynolds (Kreamer Street Elementary) and Brenda Tejeda (Brookhaven Elementary) for having made a difference in the lives of the honored seniors.

The district also congratulates the following students: Chelsea Argueta, Grace Armann, Dimitri Arresto, Angela Aruanna, Valentina Banellis, Marvina Baslious, Megan Berja, Roshnie Bisram, Kristine Brittelli, Tyler Brock, Anna Burkhardt, Harrison Burkoff, Angelina Caroli, Henry Chillogallo, Kyle Climan, Ivelisse Diaz, Alexander Erwin, Michael Foley, Katerin Fuentes Velasco, Samuel Hampson, Timothy Harder, Maxwell Kaczmarek, Eloise Kocay, Gabriella Koehler, Shaun Laurinaitis, Theodore Loizides, Nolan Lyons, Aneeqa Majid, Justin Maler, Alyssa Mantione, Carly McEvoy, Grace Minikel, Morgan Monte, Nicholas Nazzaro, Sarah Neese, Rebekah Ofori, Samuel Perez, Juliana Polonski, Andrew Porsche, Kai Rauch, Ahmed Rehman, Daniel Roach, Ciarra Saliba, Savannah Sargent, Chiara Scharpf, Gabrielle Tims, Christopher Tucker, Jonathan Ulloa Fuentes, Gabriela Vazquez, Thomas Wilson IV and Andrew Zimlinghaus.

Photos courtesy of the South Country Central School District



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National Night Out Draws Over 1000 People 159

 On August 6th, Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilwoman Jane Bonner and Councilman Michael Loguercio co-hosted the annual National Night Out at Fireman’s Park in Ridge. This free, annual event promotes police-community relationships and neighborhood camaraderie. It encourages adults and children to interact with members of law enforcement to help create a true sense of community. Over 1000 people joined in to play games, win prizes and interact with vendors, organizations and members of the Suffolk County Sheriff and Police Departments, firefighters and first responders. Pictured at left are (left to right) Supervisor Ed Romaine, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, former New York Rangers hockey star Ron Duguay and Councilwoman Jane Bonner. Pictured at right are Supervisor Ed Romaine (left) and Councilman Michael Loguercio (center) with Deputies from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I look forward to National Night Out every year. Most people don’t get to have personal contact with law enforcement, and this is a unique opportunity for them to do so in a relaxed and fun environment. I thank everyone who had a hand is organizing this event and all the residents who came out to enjoy it.”

Sheriff Toulon said, “National Night Out is one of my favorite events of the year because it highlights the ways that communities and law enforcement work together to keep our neighborhoods safe.  This year, we were so fortunate to partner with Councilwoman Jane Bonner to bring National Night Out to Fireman’s Park in Ridge, and along with Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Mike Loguercio, we welcomed nearly 1000 residents of all ages.  I believe everyone had a great time and I look forward to organizing this event in Brookhaven for years to come.”

Councilwoman Bonner said, “National Night Out in the Town of Brookhaven is a great tradition and I was happy to join with Sheriff Toulon to help make this event such a big success in Ridge. It’s important that residents and law enforcement become familiar with each other so we can all work together to make Brookhaven a better place to live.”

Councilman Loguercio said, “As a member of the Ridge Fire Department myself, I understand how important it is for adults and children to get to know and trust those who are out there working every day to save lives. National Night Out is an ideal opportunity for residents to have fun and learn how they can keep themselves and their families out of harm’s way, and I look forward to coming back next year.”



Super Cool Suffolk County Sprinkler Parks 127

When the Summer temperatures rise, we all look for ways to stay cool. For kids, there’s nothing like running through a sprinkler to cool off. Unlike pools and beaches, sprinkler parks typically have soft rubber-like surfaces and shallow pools which makes them great places for toddlers and young kids. Whether you are looking for just a little sprinkle or after making a bigger splash, Suffolk County has plenty of great sprinkler parks. Here are a few places where you can take the kids to get wet and cool down.

Centereach Pool — Centereach
286 Hawkins Road; 631.698.8663
The pool complex in Centereach has a big, twisting water slide and a large pool. The sprinkler area is perfect for younger children and includes arch sprayers, dumping buckets, and a tractor that spouts water. There are plenty of lounge chairs and a picnic area located in the pool area. The pool also has two lap lanes. Town of Brookhaven Resident Rates: Adult: $6.00; Child (2-15 years of age): $4.00; Handicapped/Senior citizen/Veterans: $3.00 Out of Town Resident Rates: Adult: $10.00, Child (2-15 years of age): $8.00, Handicapped/Senior citizen/Veterans: $8.00


Shipwreck Cove Spray Park — Bay Shore
139 S. Clinton Avenue; 631.224.5404
Located next to the marina, Shipwreck Cove Spray Park is an ideal place to cool off on a summer day. A large spray park with waterslides, overhead dump buckets a climbing area and water sprayers. A zero-depth entry pool makes it easy for small kids to play. There is also a small beach with dock space and a restaurant. FREE with a pool membership. $8 per person for Town of Islip residents with a recreation card or $12 per resident without a card. Nonresidents are $15.


Geiger Lake Memorial Park — Wyandanch
93 Grand Boulevard; 631.893.2100
One of the newer sprinkler parks on Long Island, Geiger Park’s sprinkler area features a tree-of-life theme with 25 different play elements. Two large, artificial trees are connected by bridges with three water slides, rope climbing nets and other climbing structures. There is plenty to keep kids entertained, including an area for smaller children. Entry limited to Town of Babylon residents with a pool plan or $5 resident entrance fee. Hours are 10am- 6pm daily.


Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve — Commack
200 New Highway; 631.543.7804
Hoyt Farm is perfectly nestled within a nature preserve that features many farm animals and walking trails. The sprinkler park has multiple sprayers, rainbow arches that kids can run through, and dumping buckets. It is next to both a sand playground and a rubber playground. Access is limited to Town of Smithtown residents with a residency sticker.


Phelps Lane Pool — North Babylon
151 Phelps Lane; 631.699.4654
There is a pool with two water slides, concession area, lounge chairs, and of course, a sprinkler pool. The interactive sprinkler pool has a rope bridge, water slide, dumping buckets and water guns. There is also an umbrella waterfall into a children’s pool for younger kids. Picnic tables and lounge chairs are available. Access is limited to Town of Babylon residents with a pool plan or a $7 entrance fee for residents without a pool plan.


Tanner Park — Copiague
Kerrigan Road; 631.893.2100
This small interactive sprinkler park is part of a larger complex right on Great South Bay. The sprinkler area has a round tree waterfall, mini water slide and water that sprouts from holes in the ground. The playground at Tanner Park also has slides and a climbing gym. Limited to Town of Babylon residents. Fees for residents without a recreation permit are $25 Friday through Sunday as well as holidays; $15 all other days. Hours are 10am-6om


Venetian Shores Park — Lindenhurst
Granada Parkway; 631.893.2100
This sprinkler park area is right by the beach so kids can enjoy the beach and sand as well as sprinklers on a hot summer day. Kids will love to splash around in the sprinkler park that has water cannons, a water-spraying octopus, dumping buckets, and a mushroom water fountain. There are also two playgrounds inside the park. Town of Babylon residents only with a recreation permit. Summer Hours are 10am – 6pm, Seven days a week


Splish Splash – Calverton
2549 Splish Splash Drive; 631.727.3600
Here you will find over 14 different water slides as well as a water coaster, two wave pools and a lazy river. Children will also love splashing their way through the four kiddie areas: Elephant Slide, Octopus Pool, Monsoon Lagoon, Yellow Submarine and Pirates Cove. Admission is $43.99; $33.99 for 48 inches and under or 60+; Parking is $15.

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