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After 19 Years Mary Jo Masciello Retires From Commack Board Of Education

       Longtime Board of Ed Member Retires


Mrs. Masciello and Commack School District Superintendent, Dr. Donald James.After nineteen years serving this community on the Commack Board of Education, Mary Jo Masciello did not seek reelection this May.  Mary Jo was a BOE member since 1998 and led the Board as President for 13 years. A former teacher and dedicated Commack PTA member and officer, Mary Jo and her husband raised four children, all Commack graduates. Her focus was always on doing what was best for this community and its children and to provide our students with an excellent learning experience.

During her many years on the Board of Education, Mary Jo received many awards, including the SCOPE award for Board of Education service. In November of 2010 Mary Jo was the recipient of two prestigious awards from the New York State School Boards Association: the Master of Boardsmanship Award, and the Leadership in Governance Award. Mrs. Masciello was honored for “the extensive time, effort, and commitment required of board members who strive continually to expand their knowledge of education and their skill in school district governance.”

Mrs. Masciello with five of the six student artists, from left to right: Andrianna Kaimis, Ashley Rose, Alexandria Goodman, Olivia Price, Danielle Christian, and Kayleigh Wotal (not pictured).She has spent countless hours focusing on academic development and advancement, attending the many school functions, concentrating on school district business matters, and weighing the fiscal needs of the community and schools. She is an avid fan of our students, and a fixture at sporting events, concerts, and most other school gatherings. She has also earned accolades and highest honors from the PTA, including a NYS Distinguished Service Award. 

Old and new friends alike attended a reception in Mary Jo’s honor and celebrated her tenure at the June Board of Ed meeting, although this remarkable lady is not fond of being the center of attention.

Through the combined efforts of six gifted high school art students, coordinated by art teachers Frank Musto and Rob Raeihle, and Brenda Lentsch, Public Relations Director, a modern day recreation of the photo on the cover of the 100 Years of Commack book was dedicated to Mrs. Masceillo. The fixture was hung in the Board Meeting room at the Hubbs Administration Building.



People In The News - Tom Rolston Recognized By SC Boy Scouts 


Boy Scout volunteer Tom RolstonOn March 23, 2017, Boy Scout scouting volunteer Tom Rolston of East Northport was recognized with the prestigious David Brady Commissioner Award from the Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America, during their annual Fellowship Dinner at the Stonebridge Golf Club in Hauppauge. Named in memory of Council  Commissioner David Brady, this award honors an individual who has held many positions in the council at all levels, who leads with inspiration, demonstrating leadership through diligence and attention to detail, and takes all administrative aspects of Scout Commissioning very seriously.  

Mr. Rolston, a 40 year scouting veteran in Suffolk County Council, has served in a variety of capacities over the years including Webelos Leader, Assistant Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Troop Advancement Chair, Merit Badge Counselor, Unit Commissioner, District Committee Member, Assistant District Commissioner and District Commissioner.

In addition to his responsibilities as Commissioner, Mr. Rolston has recently taken on the leadership role to track all Webelos Scouts for registration and recruitment purposes and is presently developing a role as champion for Adult Youth Protection Training enhancements within the Suffolk County Council.

Congratulations to Tom for his tenure and his continuing success within our Scouting organization.


Christopher Mayer KPHS Receives Steamfitters Merit Scholarship


Three Long Island High School Seniors Awarded Scholarships

Steamfitters Industry Scholarship Program has awarded over $1.5 million  

Three college-bound teens from Long Island are being acknowledged for their academic excellence and community involvement. The Steamfitters Industry Scholarship Program is awarding $36,000 this year to six high school seniors. The announcement will take place at the 50th annual Steamfitters Industry Scholarship Reception at the New York City Fire Museum on May 18. 

The local scholarship winners include Farmingdale resident Hannah Brunning of Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, of the Towns of Huntington and Babylon; East Atlantic Beach resident Jamison Murray of Chaminade High School in Mineola; and Kings Park resident Christopher Mayer of Kings Park High School. This fall they plan to attend LIU Post, George Washington University, and Stony Brook University, respectively. 

The Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund of New York and Long Island, is made possible through the joint efforts of The Mechanical Contractors Association of New York and Steamfitters Local 638.  Since the program began in 1967, more than $1.5 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 285 students. The program recognizes the extraordinary academic and extracurricular achievements of the children within our industry and rewards these young men and women so that they may continue to excel.

“These young scholars already have impressive accomplishments and we are proud to invest in their futures so that they can continue making a positive difference,” said Anthony Saporito, Executive Vice President of Mechanical Contractors Association of New York, Inc. “We believe one of the best ways to give back to the hardworking families of the Mechanical Contractors Association and Steamfitters Local 638 is by supporting their children’s education.” 

“We congratulate this year’s scholarship winners who come from union families that understand the value of hard work, dedication, education and investing in the future,” said Patrick Dolan, Steamfitters Local 638 President. “College students should have the financial security to focus on their education, which is what makes our industry scholarship program so important to us.”

Kings Park High School senior Christopher Mayer will attend Stony Brook University to study biology and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Neuroscience to further research neurological disorders. Ranked in the top 5% of his class, Christopher has received high scores in numerous AP courses and was recently awarded an AP Honors with Distinction Award. A member of the National, Thespian, Tri-M Music and Italian Honor Societies, he holds leadership positions at his school’s stage crew, environmental club, trivia team and peer support, and plays bass clarinet in the King Park High School Marching Band. 

“Scholarships like this one allow me to focus on my studies rather than worrying about paying off my student loans. They also enable me to look into attending a good graduate school. I’m thankful for this scholarship because every little bit helps, and without help I would have debt over my head,” said Christopher.

The annual scholarship program is open to high school seniors with a parent who is a member in good standing of Steamfitters Local 638. Six merit-based scholarships are awarded based on academic standing, with considerations given to extracurricular activities and volunteer work. The Steamfitters Industry Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund of New York and Long Island.



Smithtown Resident Marie Zere Honored By SCWBEC


Marie Zere, President & CEO , Zere Real Estate Services has been honored by SCWBEC – Suffolk County  Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition at their annual Trade Show and Honoree Luncheon.  She is one of the original founders of the organization that promotes and encourages women owned businesses.

Marie Zere is a trail blazing entrepreneur that founded the first woman owned commercial real estate on Long Island and in New York State. She has built a a company where she has executed thousands of commercial real estate deals in a career spanning forty years and has been a champion of economic development for both Nassau & Suffolk Counties on Long Island.

She resides in Smithtown and volunteers for the past twenty years on Village of The Branch of Smithtown Planning Commission.


Kings Park Resident Frank Cipriani Inducted Into Aviation Hall Of Fame

Dr. Frank A. Cipriani inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame

President Emeritus of Farmingdale State College, Frank A. Cipriani, has been named the 5th Inductee of the College’s Aviation Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony, which was held in the Campus Ballroom on April 20, drew a crowd of 100 distinguished guests including members of the Cipriani family, the current administrative body of Farmingdale State College, faculty and students.  Based upon a long history of accomplishments and continued success of the Aviation Program, the “Hall of Fame was established to honor members of the college community for outstanding achievement in aviation and/or for service, dedication and commitment to the Farmingdale State College aviation program or the local aviation industry. In addition to honoring individuals who fostered and brought outside recognition and prestige to the program, the Hall of Fame also serves as a model and inspiration for current students in the program. 

  Dr. Cipriani’s tenure at Farmingdale State College spanned a 36-year period, with the last 22 years serving as the college’s 6th President (1978 – 2000).  His many accomplishments include increased evening student enrollment, upgrading the campus bookstore and food services, and revamping the student infirmary.  He was involved with the creation and expansion of new Associate Degree programs, and later the introduction of Bachelor Degrees to the campus, making Farmingdale the only four-year aviation degree within SUNY, a distinction that holds true today.  Dr. Cipriani lobbied against the closing of GA airports and served on a committee that expanded airline service to MacArthur Airport.  He was a visionary, recognizing the need for the college to move from an Agricultural Institute, to one focused more on high-tech industries, spawned primarily by the Aerospace Industry.  Frank is a USAF veteran where he earned his Navigator’s Wings and served as a flight instructor. His dedication and commitment to advancing aviation for the College and Long Island are recognized and greatly appreciated. Dr. Cipriani is the father of four, grandfather of seven and resides in Kings Park with Judith, his wife of 58 years.