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People In The News - Former SHSE Grad Samantha Delaney

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball senior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) and junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) were both named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on Sunday, Nov. 12.

Samantha DelaneyDelaney averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 offensive rebounds and 1.5 blocks over the weekend, shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 90.0 percent on free throws. At Bridgeport, she had 10 points, seven rebounds, three offensive boards and two blocks before collecting a career-high 21 points, 14 rebounds, three offensive rebounds and one block against the District of Columbia. Delaney shot 7-of-10 overall and 7-of-8 on freebies versus the Firebirds. Delaney is tied for third in the NE10 in rebounding, fourth in free throw shooting, tied for fourth in blocks, and eighth in field goal percentage. She is tied for fifth in the region in boards and rejections.

Saint Michael’s, which is 2-0 for the second time in four years, opens its NE10 and home slates on Wednesday when it opposes Southern New Hampshire University at 5:30 p.m.


Smithtown's Lee Certilman Named Chair Of Greater NY Auto Dealers Association

New York, NY — (November 2, 2017):  The owner of the oldest Honda dealership on Long Island (est.1971), Lee Certilman of Nardy Honda Smithtown, New York has been named Chairman of the influential Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA).

Lee Certilman, Nardy Honda named Chairman Of GNYADA“It is a great honor to be nominated for this position by my peers,” said Certilman.  “As a third generation automobile dealer, my family and our dealerships have a long history on Long Island of creating jobs and contributing to the communities.  Now I’m excited to take action on behalf of all our area auto retailers to show how important we are to a much wider audience.  In greater New York alone dealers sustain a workforce of over 67,000 people,” he continued.  

“For the first time, the tech and auto industries are totally in sync and together they are powering us forward into an exciting new world of transportation and communication.  This will bring enormous challenges but also incredible rewards,” continued Certilman.  “I’m excited to be leading the Association at this very important time,” he concluded.

 An active GNYADA Board Member since 2006, Certilman was previously Vice Chairman.  His passion for education and training in the dealership made him the perfect candidate for GNYADA’s Education Committee where he was a leader in developing training programs at GNYADA’s Center for Automotive Education & Training.  He has worked on and chaired many Committees to help GNYADA members and help guide the industry.  He recently joined the New York Auto Show Committee; the internationally known annual event is owned and operated by GNYADA.

“Lee has been a dedicated advocate for dealers and the important role they play in creating jobs and providing economic development to towns and villages across our area. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job and I look forward to working with him on the Association’s many important dealer and consumer initiatives,” said GNYADA president Mark Schienberg.

Today, Nardy Honda Smithtown, is consistently ranked #1 for consumer satisfaction in New York and is a Top 50 dealer nationally. Certilman puts this down to his commitment to staff training. 

 At the dealership level, he hires technicians from Suffolk Community College and is an active mentor for students coming through educational programs in the Smithtown High School system and the Cold Spring Harbor School District.

On a personal level, Certilman is a generous supporter of the Long Island Alzheimer Association, Big Brothers, American Cancer Society, and Juvenile Diabetes.  In addition, through Nardy Honda’s community outreach program he provides time and funds to local educational and charity drives.  Lee is a graduate of Syracuse University and was previously a Director of Affiliate Relations at ABC Television before joining his family’s automobile retailing business in 1985.



The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association represents over 400 franchised automobile dealerships in the metro area of New York. Collectively, they inject $41.6 billion into the economy and generate $2.26 billion in tax revenue for New York while helping to sustain a workforce of 67,000 directly and indirectly.  A third of these jobs are in the high-paying service department. GNYADA also operates the Center for Automotive Education & Training and organizes the New York International Automobile Show—the largest auto show in North America—each spring in Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.


People In The News - Kristen Slevin For Smithtown Town Supervisor

By Stacey Altherr

It wasn’t until Kristen Slevin and her husband opened their own business in March 2016, a chocolate and candy shop off Main Street in Smithtown, that she realized she may have taken an even bigger risk than she had thought.

“From the first day of my store opening, every single customer asked me ‘Are you going to make it?’ ” Slevin said. “They were so concerned because they have seen so many businesses open and close.”

Interest piqued, she started to watch the town board meetings online and was amazed at what she saw; work sessions without agendas, votes without any discussions, and other dynamics within the board that seemed not very conducive to public participation.

“It was all around just lax,” she said, “The downtown revitalization, revamping the animal shelter, the marina and boat slip issues… They are all important things, but I am looking more at it from a foundation issue.”

She points to the town codes, which are either antiquated or so poorly written that residents couldn’t even figure out how to follow the town’s own rules, she said.

“It’s kind of like working in a business and not have an employee manual,” Slevin said.

As more people approached her, she got more interested in the idea of someone outside the usual political circles running for the top post of town supervisor.  

“I was not my first choice,” she said. “I asked at least a dozen people – attorneys, teachers.” But others convinced her to run.

Slevin needed 1,500 signatures to get on the ballot, and she was able to get 1,781; some from volunteers who went door-to-door and other signatures from a petition at her shop. She is funding this run with $1,000 of her own money, will not be fundraising or handing out yard signs, she said. She is running on the ballot without any party affiliation. Her slogan on her Facebook page is “None of the Above.”

Slevin has no political experience, but has worked in corporate jobs most of her life before opening Yottabytes (Yotta is the largest decimal unit prefix in the metric system) with her husband Brian Medeiros. They have a son, Luke, 22 months old, and Slevin has a daughter from a previous marriage, Mailyn Colletta, 12. Slevin grew up in Hauppauge, graduating from the high school there in 1994.  She attended SUNY Oswego but never finished (“My biggest regret,” she said), but was active in clubs. 

She was president of her school’s National Panhellenic Society, an umbrella group for college sororities.  In high school, she was active in student council and was an officer in the Future Business Leaders of America organization.

Slevin said her volunteers, who span across all parties, have been maligned by some for taking votes away from the party’s candidates, but that the party leaders themselves have been neutral. In particular, fellow candidate Republican Edward Werheim has admonished those who publicly malign her for running for the seat.

If she wins, she is prepared to run the town, she said. Slevin points to a You Tube video online where the current town supervisor who has held the seat consecutively for 40 years, Patrick Vecchio, says in an interview that he had no political experience when he took on the job. 

“He’s my hero,” Slevin said. “He was a total outsider.”

Slevin knows she is a longshot to beat out two heavily politically connected candidates, but sees this as an opportunity to voice the concerns of those who visit her chocolate shop.

“I always planned this with the [thought] that I won’t win,” Slevin said. “I am prepared to win. But if I don’t, it’s not about who does but that something gets done.”

“Whoever wins, wins. It’s about making the town a better place.”

Stacey Altherr is a former Newsday reporter now living in Sarsasota, Florida. Her beats included Smithtown, where she covered governmental affairs.  She now runs a café in Longboat Key near her home and writes freelance. Altherr has won many awards, including a 2010 Society of Silurian Award for community service journalism for a multi-part series, “Heroin Hits Main Street,” and a third-place National Headliner Award for public service for a multi-part year-long investigation on spending at fire districts on Long Island.


People In The News - Luke Bergaglio First KP Student To Make All-National Ensemble

NAfMe All-National Symphony Orchestra

(Standing L to R – Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent, Luke Bergaglio, Mr. Paul Eger-Advisor, Mr. Lino Bracco-KPHS Principal)Kings Park High School would like to congratulate Luke Bergaglio on his selection to Percussion section of the NAfMe All-National Symphony Orchestra (National Association for Music Education).  Luke is the first Kings Park student to make an All-National Ensemble in 27 years.  The concert will be held on November 29th at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World.  Best of luck Luke! 


People In The News - Hanshi Marilyn Fierro


Hanshi Marilyn Fierro, Chief Instructor of the Smithtown Karate AcademyHanshi Marilyn Fierro, Chief Instructor of the Smithtown Karate Academy,  will be discussing her new book, “The Limitless Spirit of The Martial Arts,” at Temple Israel of Lawrence, 140 Central Avenue, Lawrence, N.Y. 11559, on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Marilyn is a 9th Dan from both Hanshi Adler and Grandmaster Uezu in Okinawa. A teacher, lecturer and writer, her articles have appeared in internationally recognized publications. She holds the rank of Black Belt in Kobudo with IKKF and the OKKF. Hanshi Fierro is an internationally licensed instructor, certified coach and a tournament referee. She has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the Isshinru Hall of Fame and the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
In the early 1970’s, Marilyn found herself pursuing a way of life that was supposed to be closed to women, let alone a Jewish woman - the martial arts. Join us for a special evening as she tel;ls her story of personal growth, spirituality and achievement (both internally and externally). This event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration by October 13 is strongly recommended.
To register, or with questions, please call (516) 239-1140, or email alan@templeisrael-lawrence.org