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People In The News - Lauren Sklarin Recognized As A LI Power Woman 


For over 25 years, Smithtown’s Lauren Sklarin has been advocating for Long Island businesses and individuals, most currently as the director of community relations for Orchard Estate of Woodbury, a Benchmark assisted living and memory care community under construction in Woodbury, N.Y. Today, Orchard Estate is announcing that her advocacy work and achievements have earned her the Long Island Power Woman award. 

Yesterday at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, Sklarin was recognized as a change-maker, rainmaker, innovator and being a voice to impact change. Drawing on the experience of caring for both of her grandmothers, she is passionate about helping Long Island seniors and their families through the aging process. She frequently educates the public about dementia and enjoys helping people obtain the best quality care to meet their needs. 

“Lauren’s positivity and immense energy around helping seniors in our community is a rare quality and something that everyone is benefiting from,” says Doug Cormack, executive director of Orchard Estate. “She makes Orchard Estate and the communities we serve a much better place, and I can think of no one else, female or male, who is more worthy of this award.”

Sklarin is also passionate about helping children learn the skills they need to succeed in life. She has spent the last 15 years teaching presentation skills to children in South Huntington, N.Y. As a licensed soccer coach, she has spent 10 years coaching children in the HBC Soccer Club and Smithtown Kickers Soccer Club. She has also coached basketball to children through Half Hollow Hills FURY. With two children in the Smithtown School District, Sklarin spent three years as vice president and secretary of the PTA of Accompsett Middle School where she led many successful fundraisers.

Prior to joining Orchard Estate, Sklarin served as director of community relations for Home Instead Senior Care for Central Suffolk County. Before that, she served in account management roles for a number of public relations agencies, including Publicis and Edelman. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

The Long Island Power Woman awards recognize successful business, community, cultural, political, civic and religious female leaders. The idea is to bring women together to support and learn from one another so they can achieve their goals. The annual event gathers Long Island’s high-powered businesswomen together to celebrate their achievements and create powerful allies in the workplace and community.




People In The News - SBU Lacrosse Star Kevin Crowley Joins Lizards


All-star Goalie Austin Kaut, others, added in relocation draft

Garden City, NY (April 24, 2019) The New York Lizards MLL Lacrosse team today announced it has added former 

The Lizards also added All-star goalie Austin Kaut, defenseman Ben Randell, attackmen Ryan Walsh and Scott Bieda, midfielders Michael Begley and Alex Corpologo, and face-off specialists Greg Puskuldjian and Noah Rak. The players became available as the result of the Major League Lacrosse realignment announced on April 1, which resulted in three teams ceasing operations and the players being redistributed to the six other teams, including the New York Lizards. 

Kevin Crowley is the only player in history to be drafted first overall in both Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League.  A former member of the Charlotte Hounds, Crowley recently completed his indoor season with the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League.

“I’m very excited,” said Crowley. “Playing my college ball there, it’s going to be cool to get to play on Long Island again.  I couldn’t be happier to be a New York Lizard.”  

Crowley joins the team in its first season under new head coach BJ O’Hara, a four-time MLL champion looking to notch his fifth Steinfeld Trophy.

“Everyone associated with our organization is absolutely thrilled to have Kevin in a Lizards uniform this season,” said Lizards Head Coach B.J. O’Hara.  “His tremendous talent, experience and leadership will go a long way toward helping us bring the MLL Championship back to New York.  It will be a special treat for all of our fans to have Kevin back here where he starred as a college player.”

The 30-year-old Crowley brings his potent left-handed shot back to Long Island where he was an outstanding midfielder for Stony Brook.  Crowley ranks second on the SeaWolves all-time scoring list with 232 points and is one of just two players in school history with at least 100 goals and 100 assists. 

In eight previous MLL seasons with Hamilton, Florida, Chesapeake, and Charlotte, Crowley racked up 135 goals, 69 assists and 207 points over 78 games. 

“Getting Kevin to New York is so tremendous,” said Lizards General Manager Joe Spallina.  “This is the type of power move that helps further cement us at the top of the league.  Besides Kevin’s incredible lacrosse ability, he is also world class off the field, a true leader, and someone that will form a true connection with our incredible fans.” 

Crowley was a two time First-Team All-American, the Tewaaraton Trophy runner up in 2010 and was a first-team selection in the America East Conference during all four of his seasons at Stony Brook.  Crowley was named the 2010 USILA Player of the Year and the 2011 USILA Midfielder of the Year.   He was inducted into the Stony Brook Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

In addition to his play on the field, Crowley will be a big part of the Lizards organization connecting with the fans and also conducting lacrosse clinics for kids.  Crowley runs a youth travel program in Philadelphia and now he is going to work closely with kids who play in the New York tri-state area, a huge hotbed of lacrosse. 

Goalie Austin Kaut, 27, finished last season with the third best save percentage in the MLL at 54.2% and has led the MLL in saves the last 2 seasons, including 227 in 2018.   Kaut will be entering his sixth MLL season, with his prior five seasons with the Florida Launch and Boston Cannons.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the New York Lizards,” said Kaut, who is also expected to conduct youth clinics for the team. “The Lizards have a great history of wining and being a high-class organization that any player would want to be a part of.”

A product of Penn State from Morton, Pennsylvania, Kaut was the Boston Cannon’s third round pick in the 2014 MLL draft.  He was named the 2013 Ensign C. Maryland Kelly, Jr. Award winner as the nation’s best goalie and was a Tewaaraton Award nominee in 2012 and 2013.

“With the New York Lizards being a stone’s throw from where I grew up, it is surreal that I will get to play close to family and friends that have followed and supported me my entire life,” said Kaut.  “I’m excited to start this new journey.”

The Lizards begin their 2019 Major League Lacrosse season in the home opener on Friday May 31st against the Denver Outlaws at Hofstra University.   The 7:30pm contest will be preceded by the first ever New York Lizards Town Cup featuring four championship games between teams from Nassau and Suffolk County that will begin at 4:30pm.  

NY Lizards Logo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F0iBVLEvM9FIPfEQvLSFurE66vOhpS5Y/view?usp=sharing

Image of Kevin Crowley: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cfHKrXK7vxvyQKYIEP3GoTmX2tjsDEFP/view?usp=sharing

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About New York Lizards

The New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) were found in 2001 as one of the original six franchises. Formerly the Long Island Lizards, the team won the Steinfeld Cup in its inaugural season, 2001, as well as in 2003, and 2015. The New York Lizards are owned by majority owner Medallion Financial Corp, Vice Chairman, Richard Mack, and other investors. In the 2019 season, the Lizards will play all eight of their home games at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to www.NYLIZARDS.com

About Major League Lacrosse

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in 2001 and is currently playing its nineteenth season. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of six teams: The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Dallas Rattlers, Denver Outlaws, and the New York Lizards.


Journalist Karl Grossman To Give Presentation On Suffolk County's Past And Present Environmental Issues


Veteran Journalist Karl Grossman to give presentation on past and present environmental issues.Veteran journalist Karl Grossman will give a three-part presentation on April 24 on his role in challenging the four-lane highway Robert Moses sought to build on Fire Island and the plan by LILCO to build 7 to 11 nuclear power plants on Long Island and speak, too, about the push now by the Suffolk County executive to have more sewers send wastewater out to sea rather than have it treated and recharged into the underground water table. 

Grossman has been journalist for 57 years specializing in investigative reporting and environmental journalism. He is a full professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury where every semester he teaches courses in Investigative Reporting and Environmental Journalism. 

His presentation is sponsored by the Mastic Park Civic Association. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and be held at the Mastic Fire Department, 1080 Mastic Road in Mastic. It is open to the public.

Grossman will discuss his first big story as a Long Island-based journalist, writing articles between 1962 and 1964 for the Babylon Town Leader about how the highway Moses wanted to build the length of Fire Island would be destructive to communities and nature on Fire Island and pointing to the alternative of a Fire Island National Seashore. The road was stopped and the Seashore created. 

He will talk about his multi-decade journalistic challenge of the scheme of LILCO to build 7 to 11 nuclear plants on Long Island with the first to at Shoreham. That plan was defeated and Shoreham stopped from going into commercial operation. Grossman authored a book on this titled Power Crazy.

And he will talk about the push now underway by the Suffolk County executive to hook additional sewers to outfall pipes and send wastewater out into the Atlantic and other water bodies rather than having it treated and recharged into the underground water table to insure the table is not depleted. In neighboring Nassau County, which depends on outfall for its sewers, creeks and streams have dried up and lakes lowered as a result. 

Grossman is a columnist for Smithtown Matters. He has written the column since 1969.

He is the host of the TV program Environment Long Island and for 28 years been the host of the nationally syndicated TV program Enviro Close-Up with Karl Grossman. 

 Besides Power Crazy his books include Cover Up: What You ARE NOT Supposed To Know About Nuclear Power. 

Awards Grossman has received for his journalism include the George Polk, James Aronson, Generoso Pope, Leo Goodman and John Peter Zenger Awards. He has been named “Journalist of the Year” by the Press Club of Long Island and is an honoree in the club’s “Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame.” 


Smithtown Native Republican Bill Weld Announces Campaign For President 

Smithtown native William Floyd “Bill” Weld has announced his intention to challenge PresidentWilliam Floyd “Bill” Weld (Photo Wikipedia) Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.  “I’m in! #Weld2020,” the 73-year-old Weld tweeted Monday. (Boston 25 News)Weld announced in February that he’d formed a presidential exploratory committee, a move that enabled him to raise money for a White House run.

DOJ Report Early History: William Floyd “Bill” Weld was born in Smithtown, New York in 1945.  His father was a partner in the family’s investment banking firm on Wall Street.  Like other family members before him, Mr. Weld attended Harvard College, where he graduated in 1966.  He studied economics at University College, Oxford, and graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1970.

Mr. Weld began his legal career in private practice in Boston.  In 1973, the House Impeachment Committee hired him as counsel to research the legal grounds for impeachment in the midst of the Watergate scandal.  The next year, he returned to private practice and in 1978 launched an unsuccessful bid for Massachusetts Attorney General.  In 1981, Mr. Weld was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

Tenure: In 1986, President Reagan appointed Mr. Weld to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division.  During his tenure, the Division worked on some of the Administration’s most significant investigations and prosecutions, including the capture of Manuel Noriega on narco-trafficking charges.  He served as the Assistant Attorney General until 1988.

Later Career: In 1990, Mr. Weld was elected the 68th Governor of Massachusetts.  He was reelected in 1994.  In 1996, Mr. Weld unsuccessfully challenged incumbent John Kerry in the U.S. Senate election and later returned to private practice and founded a private equity fund.  In 2005, Mr. Weld announced his candidacy for Governor of New York, but did not receive the Republican Party nomination.  In May 2016, Mr. Weld won the Libertarian Party’s nomination for Vice President of the United States.



Smithtown 10th Grader Shivani Rao Recipient Of Usdan Summer Camp Scholarship 


Young Artists from Across Long Island and New York City Chosen for Full Scholarships From Record-Number of Applicants

NEW YORK, NY (April 4, 2019) - Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, the critically acclaimed summer day camp for the arts marking its 51st year, today announced the 2019 class of “Uniquely U” Scholarship recipients.   

Heralding creativity and self-expression, the search asked young artists in grades 2 through 12 from the New York City region, to submit a video explaining what makes them unique alongside samples of their creative artwork. After reviewing hundreds of applications received from across Long Island and around New York City, Usdan selected five extremely unique young artists to receive full seven-week “Uniquely U” scholarships for this summer: 

  •  Creative Writing: Madeline Lee (4th Grade, Syosset, NY) 
  •  Dance: Aissatou Bah (6th Grade, Bronx, NY)
  •  Music: Akari Hunte (8th Grade, Brooklyn, NY
  •  Theater: Josephine Sullivan (6th Grade, Huntington Station, NY)
  • Visual Art: Shivani Rao (10th Grade, Smithtown, NY)

As well, Bronx Charter School for the Arts (Bronx, NY) and John Phillip Sousa Elementary (Port Washington, NY) tied for the largest number of “Uniquely U” applicants from among their students.  Each earned the opportunity to award the School Scholarship — a full seven-week Usdan scholarship for any student they choose. 

“Hundreds of unique and talented young artists inspired us with their submissions,” says Lauren Brandt Schloss, Executive Director of Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts. “The authenticity and sincerity demonstrated by all the applicants reinforces our hopefulness for this season at camp—and, frankly, for the future as a whole—where kids like will transform world in which we live with their creativity.” 

For videos from the winners and to see a list of all finalists and semi-finalists, visit UU.Usdan.org