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People In The News - Ed Spinella

Ed Spinella

by p. biancaniello

Kudos to Smithtown’s Ed Spinella for doing what he loves and for doing good at the same time. Ed, a passionate cyclist, participatedEd Spinella in Babylon’s 11th annual Soldier Ride.

“A great day at a extremely well organized event, for a great cause with amazing people. Big thanks to SCPD for keeping a huge ride like this so safe,” said Ed.

The 25 mile Soldier Ride raises money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. All of the money raised goes to helpL-R Mary Anderson - Corinne Ciccarelli- Carlyn Hesse- Roger Mellon- Ed Spinella- Dave Klosner- Ashley Marie warriors with combat stress recovery, job training, counseling, adaptive sports programs, and more.

The Soldier Ride began in downtown Babylon and ended at Overlook Beach. One of the highlights is riding over the Robert Moses Causeway Bridge. Participants included members of the armed forces who returned to the U.S. after suffering life changing inuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

For more information or to make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project visit https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate


People In The News - Huntington Resident Liz Jumper


             Liz Jumper of the Eagle Patrol was presented with his Wood Badge Beads, neckerchief, woggle and certificate in a special ceremony held by campfire light at her Huntington Station home on June 23, 2018.  This recognition was the culmination of a combination “learning/hands-on applications” time management and Leadership training course that is available to its adult Scouting leaders by the Boy Scouts of America.

            Huntington resident Mrs. Jumper, has been a District Executive with the Suffolk County Boy Scouts for 3 years. In her professional capacity, she oversees 61 Scouting units, over 2,400 Scouts from ages 5 to 20, and works alongside over 1,000 unit and District volunteers. She participated in six days of outdoors sessions in Wood Badge Course # N2-404-17 for the group participation/instructional section, held at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in September 2017 and Schiff Scout Reservation in October 2017.  In order to complete the training, the Scouting volunteer leaders had to apply what they learned in a variety of self-directed goals (the practical part of the course) within 18 months, which was accomplished in May 2018. Mrs. Jumper’s project was to grow membership in the prestigious Congressional Youth Award, a program that mirrors the Boy Scout Program in many ways but has been relatively unknown in the Scouting community of New York.


85-Year-Old Mordecai Miller Receives HS Diploma

A lifelong dream made reality 

Smithtown High School West grants diploma to Holocaust survivor

Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller’s dream was made a reality on June 21, as Smithtown High School West bestowed upon him an honorary degree.For the past 10 years, Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller has shared his story of survival and how good people came to his aid with students in Christina Cone’s Holocaust and Genocide class at Smithtown High School West. Deprived of an education in Poland during World War II, Mr. Miller also expresses to the students how they should be appreciative of their education. 

During the 103rd commencement of Smithtown High School West, Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller was granted an honorary diploma by Principal John Coady.To honor Mr. Miller’s message of doing right by others, Smithtown West helped make his lifelong dream of being a high school graduate finally come true. During the 103rd commencement of Smithtown High School West on June 21, Mr. Miller was bestowed an honorary degree. Joining the Class of 2018, the 87-year-old donned a cap and gown and sat with his fellow graduates as he waited to hear his name called by Principal John Coady.

Mordechai Miller celebrated his honorary degree from Smithtown High School West on June 21. Pictured, from left, Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady, Board of Education trustee Daniel Lynch, Mr. Miller and Board of Education trustee Christopher Alcure.“It’s very exciting,” Mr. Miller said on being granted the honorary diploma. Added his daughter Leah Miller, “He has always wanted this opportunity and tonight, they have made his dream come true.” 

Mr. Miller came to America in 1925 where he settled in Brooklyn and met his wife. Together, they have four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He now resides in East Northport.   

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District




People In The News - St. James Resident Troy Rosasco

Troy Rosasco Named to 2018 New York Super Lawyers List

Troy RosascoTroy Rosasco, Senior Partner at Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco, LLP has been selected for the 2018 New York Super Lawyers List. This is the fourth year Troy has been so honored, being named in 2014, 2016 and 2017. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

“It is a great honor to be listed again. The fact that my fellow attorneys in the Bar have recommended me for this recognition is quite humbling,” said Troy from his office on Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service that selects outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Troy has been with Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco for 28 years and has been a board member on multiple national and New York State professional attorney organizations during his career. “I believe strongly that we have a responsibility to give back to our profession so that our clients always receive the best representation possible”, said Troy. His practice areas include 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claims, Workers’ Compensation claims,

Social Security Disability claims, and work-related and construction accidents. Troy is an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law where he teaches a course on 9/11 victim claims, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability. He recently completed a term as Chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Law Committee.

Active in his community, Troy is a former youth soccer coach and a leader in his son’s Boy Scout troop. He and his family reside in St. James.


People In The News - Evan Garland 


Evan Garland with SC Legislator Rob TrottaSmithtown, NY)…Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta recognized Evan Garland of Boy Scout Troop 75 at his recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Evan’s goal as young scout was to become an Eagle Scout in order to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle, who were Eagle Scouts. His desire was so earnest that he joined the same troop, 75, that his father had been in when he became an Eagle Scout.

For his Eagle Scout project, Evan decided to do something that honored the veterans who died on September 11, 2001. He consulted with the director of Calverton National Cemetery and they decided that he would construct a memorial in the section where the veterans who died on that fateful day were buried at Calverton. The memorial would include a walkway and a garden where the families could come and pay tribute to their loved ones.

Suffolk County Legislator Trotta said, “Evan you are going in the right direction by achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 16 and you will continue to excel because of your passion and dedication to the public and your community.” “I applaud your efforts and urge you to keep up the good work,” added Trotta.

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta is pictured with Scout Evan Garland at his Eagle Court of Honor at St. Joseph’s Church in Kings Park.