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CHS Students David Li And Mehtaab Sawhney Recognized For Science Accomplishments

By p.biancaniello

photos by Brenda Lentsch (click on photos to enlarge)

On February 9th, Commack High School science research seniors David Li and Mehtaab Sawhney were honored by Suffolk County Legislators Kennedy and Trotta. Both students have distinguished themselves in science. Earlier this year David and Mehtaab each received $1,000 awards as semi-finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Competition.  

CHS Principal Catherine Nolan, Mehtaab Sawhney, David Li and Richard KurtzBoth David Li and Mehtaab Sawhney recently competed in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) which is an Intel feeder fair for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.  This year six hundred students from Long Island competed in LISEF’s Round 1 with 151 students selected to move on to Round 2. At LISEF students present to professionals in their subject areas from local universities, scientific institutions and professionals in their corresponding subject areas.  

Mehtaab Singh Sawhney – A Study of Bar and Arc k-Visibility Graphs.Both were selected to move on to round two. David LI  – A Multi-Dimensional Implementation of the Named Data Networking Paradigm for Embedded Systems and Mehtaab Singh Sawhney – A Study of Bar and Arc k-Visibility Graphs.

David will attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend March 31 to April 3 in Atlanta.  He has won a $5,000/year ($20,000 total over 4 years) merit-based scholarship.  David is one of 150 Scholars selected from 87,000 applicants this year. The Scholars Weekend in Atlanta is the award ceremony.  

David LI – A Multi-Dimensional Implementation of the Named Data Networking Paradigm for Embedded SystemsNext fall, David will attend Cal Tech and Mehtaab will attend MIT.    

The Commack School District acknowledged the people who worked with the students issuing the following statement, “Kudos to the amazing science research team who mentored these talented students: Mr. Richard Kurtz, Dr. Lorraine Solomon, Ms. Jeanette Collette, Ms. Andrea Beatty, Dr. Daniel Kramer, and Ms. Christina Pawlowski. Thank you also to our community members Drs. Fred and Barbara Kruger for their countless volunteer hours helping our students with their projects and competition preparation.”

Drs. Fred and Barbara Kruger reside in Commack and have worked with students from the Commack SD for more than 7 years.  When asked about their commitment to Commack students the Krugers responded, “We are both thrilled to have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and experience we’ve acquired over our lifetimes to work with Commack High School students as Volunteer Science Research Mentors. We help the students in the science research program and they teach us! Helping guide such promising students restores confidence in the world’s future.” 

On February 11th, at a special breakfast honoring Science Research Teacher Richard Kurtz and Intel Semifinalists Mehtaab Sawhney and David Li. Each student received  an Intel certificate and Richard Kurtz was recognized as a Teacher of Merit. 


What's Cookin'? - Smithtown - Old Street Restaurant And Bar


What’s Cookin’? – Smithtown

By Nancy Vallarella

Old Street Restaurant and Bar Where great food, friends, families and memories are made!

In 1967, two south shore residents/business partners opened Gold Street Pub in Smithtown. In less than two years, they sold the business to Long Island Duck’s (hockey) Right Wing, Don Atamanchuck. Don made the frugal executive decision to drop the “G” in Gold Street when it broke off the sign. Hence the birth of Old Street Pub. Fast forward several decades, a few renovations, a couple expansions, and a third owner.

Today, Old Street Restaurant and Bar has one hundred-seventy seats and a vast menu. It is currently owned and operated by thePizzimenti Family since 1996. Father (Frank), mother (Nancy), daughter (Laura) and son (Frank) have kept this establishment rich in history and great food. Many of the menu items have remained for decades. Customers insist that they do. It is obvious that these dishes are done well and take loyal customers back to a moment.

Complimentary deep fried rye triangles with a beer and cheddar cheese spread is served to dining customers. The rye bread is baked by neighboring business, Alpine Bakery. This appetizer is also sold on their “Starter Menu” in portions of 2, 4 or 6. No doubt it was being enjoyed at the bar when Smithtown resident/attorney, Ralph Lombardi made his infamous pay phone call to Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley during the 1972 World Series. Ralph’s mission was to lend Charlie advice on how to win against the Cincinnati Reds. The final score A’s – 3, Reds – 2. This moment is commemorated with a plaque hanging in the bar area.

Twenty-eight years with Old Street, head chef, and sometimes bartender Joe LaRock explains several key reasons for the success of Old Street’s menu longevity, “Our meat is sourced from the same purveyor for the past 20 years.   It is hand cut and roasted in house.”  Burger of the week specials contribute to the 2,500 - 3,000 burgers served monthly. “All soups and stocks are made from scratch.” The French onion soup is a year-round favorite. Other menu options with a loyal following are NY Shell Steak and Marinated Steak Sandwich.

Recently, Nissequogue residents gathered to feast on an array of Old Street’s offerings: Seared Tuna Salad, Spicy Shrimp Avocado, Stuffed Mushroom Caps, Baked Clams, Pumpkin Ravioli, Kale and Butternut Squash Salad, Old Street Salad, Chicken Caprese, Salmon and Rice, Sliced NY Shell Steak, Chicken Cardinale, a trilogy of: Fries, Sweet Potato Fries and Onion Rings, an assortment of Burgers and desserts.

Nissequogue resident and Long-time customer Fred Hagenberger shared with neighbors his fondest memory. He recalled the holiday he hosted a family dinner at Old Street. After a great meal enjoyed by all, he arranged for limousines waiting outside the restaurant. The family was whisked into Manhattan to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Old Street is a home away from home for many Smithtown residents.  On any given day, since 1969 you can find Walter (Wally) and James (Jimmy Townline) at the bar ready to give up their seat and share stories about the patrons and employees.  Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve, James has OSP tattooed on his forearm!

Ask any Smithtown resident if they have an Old Street memory. If they don’t, they know someone who does. I recall nine years ago, sitting in Mrs. Robin Baker’s 2nd-grade class for meet the teacher night at Saint James Elementary. She introduced herself and shared the story of her life-long Smithtown residency. Growing up in Smithtown, attending school here, and even meeting her husband at Old Street Pub. To this day, Robin and her husband Jim dine at Old Street. They are joined by their children and enjoy menu favorites: Hickory Burger, Steaks and French Onion soup.

trio of fries & onion rings, salad LJO PhotographyRobin and Jim Baker, married thirty-five years, are not the only ones who fell in love at Old Street. Back in their teens Sue Langill and Mike Guglielmo were sweethearts. They had many date night dinners at Old Street. When they prepared to wed, Old Street was the natural choice for their rehearsal dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Guglielmo have been married for 26 years.  Charlie Costello popped the question at Old Street 12 years ago. Kim said yes and they had their baby shower there in 2005.

Old Street Restaurant and Pub has nearly 50 years of continuous operation to celebrate. What better way to celebrate than with those who have memories filled with love and Old Street food!

Share your love story. If possible, include then and now pictures.

Send to Pat Biancaniello, editor of Smithtown Matters at pat@smithtownmatters.com  through January 31, 2016.  Finalist will be judged on an Awww factor. Winner will receive dinner for two on February 14, 2016, at Old Street Restaurant and Pub.


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