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Tuesday
Feb212017

Michael Kinane Elected First V.P. Of Business Networking Organization

 

Smithtown Resident Elected Officer of Leading Long Island Business Networking Organization 

Michael KinaneMichael Kinane, assistant to the president for advancement at the State University of New York at Old Westbury and a resident of Smithtown, New York, has been elected to a two-year term as first vice president of Advancement for Commerce, Industry & Technology, a business networking organization with a more than 50-year history of service to Long Island.

As first vice president, Kinane will work as part of the organization’s Board of Directors as they seek to develop informative, educational and entertaining events and programs to help create and build relationships among local business executives across a variety of industries.  The current membership of ACIT includes companies operating in such industries as construction and development, finance, banking, commercial real estate, law, accounting, environmental engineering, higher education, hospitality and not-for-profits.

Founded in 1963, ACIT continues today to be one of the leading networking organizations on Long Island, supporting the growth and development of the Long Island business community and the professionals who comprise it.  Through its informative, educational and entertaining events and programs, ACIT seeks to contribute to the ongoing evolution of a thriving business community for all Long Islanders.

Wednesday
Feb152017

Kings Park Native John Picciano Retired Police Detective And CBS Hunter

John Picciano at Professors Diner in Kings Park

By pbiancaniello

Kings Park native John Picciano has worn many hats (mostly police caps) in his lifetime. After graduating from Kings Park HS he joined the Washington D.C. Police Department before joining the NYPD. He served 25 years with the NYPD, retiring in 2014. In 1988 John Picciano married his Kings Park sweetheart Kathy. The couple live in Kings Park with their four children: Jackie, John, Kristen and Jennifer.  John loves his family and Kings Park.

Picciano, a detective with the NYPD, had a long notable career.  He served on the Warrant Squad where his job included hunting fugitives who were often violent. He worked on the NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force and was deputized as a U.S. Marshal giving him power to to travel across state and national borders tracking down criminals. John’s work focused on dealing with the “worst of the worst” people and police cases. He acknowledges dealing with murderers, drugs, and worse but he doesn’t like to talk about it. He says his motivation to do his work for so many years was knowing that he was providing closure for families who were facing much pain and uncertainty. 

John got his first taste of acting when he appeared on the program Manhunters. After receiving a call and after several interviews he was offered a position as a hunter on the CBS prime time show Hunted ( 2017) . In the show John is on the Golf team and is partnered with Vinny Senzamici. Golf team is one of nine two-person teams of hunters who are tasked with finding two of the 18 hunted people also working in two-person teams. The goal for those being hunted is to escape detection from hunters for 28 days. A prize of $250,000 will go to teams who successfully evade the hunters. The entire season is taped in advance over a one-month period in a 100,000 square mile area in Georgia and Florida.

John is enjoying his role which he describes as being easier than chasing real life criminals. He uses the knowledge and experience he gained from his police work. The hunters understanding of behavioral patterns and digital prints along with the proliferation of cameras and technology makes it difficult for people to avoid being caught. John offered a word of caution “Everything that someone has done online is available forever. Deleting is not what you may think it is, it is always available.” John laughed as he explained how he has gone from not having any digital footprint to having a facebook page, instagram and twitter accounts.

So how is he enjoying his stardom and has anything changed for him? John acknowledges that he is having fun.  “Much better than having to chase real criminals and murderers with guns.” When he was on the police force he never brought his work home to his family. The gruesome details of his work was not something he wanted to burden his family with. While in the police department he would get home and unwind by cooking for his family. This hasn’t changed, he still cooks for his family and friends, and is considering opening a restaurant sometime in the future. 

Although he doesn’t consider himself a celebrity, he does enjoy the attention he is getting from his kids who are very interested in watching Dad on HUNTED.  Having never shared his work horror stories with his kids, now young adults, they are learning a little bit more about their dad’s skills and he is enjoying their questions and comments.

John Picciano has gone from the man who relished bringing closure to suffering families to hunting people in real-time for television and that’s okay with him. He has gone from not talking about his work and chasing people with real weapons to using his skills to track people who just want to win money. John’s newest hat keeps him in police work but even though it is television, John Picciano is serious about catching the team trying to evade him.

I’m guessing he will catch them.

You can watch Hunted on CBS at 8pm Wednesday nights.

Monday
Feb132017

People In The News - St. James Native Philip Hall

St. James native awarded scholarship for medical school

Philip HallSt. James native Philip Hall was awarded a prestigious Alumni Legacy Scholarship toward his tuition at Ross University School of Medicine on the Caribbean island of Dominica. This scholarship provides a $21,325 award, covering the full cost of first-semester tuition at Ross. 

Hall earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Management and Policy from Drexel University in 2016. While pursuing his MPH, he was accepted into the “Opening Doors for Diverse Populations to Health Disparities” program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and offering research opportunities for students. 

Through the Opening Doors program, Hall interacted with underserved communities in West Philadelphia and saw firsthand the health disparities that result from social factors such as environment, poverty, and neighborhood infrastructure. 

“Being born into a low-income community should not constitute receiving far inferior health services,” said Hall. “I hope my journey in medicine will lead me to contribute to a healthier society—one in which where we are born does not make all the difference.”

Hall graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a dual degree in Science Pre-professional and Anthropology. He conducted research with Notre Dame’s Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases, where he spoke with patient families to better understand their struggles with the health care system. 

Hall has also volunteered as a Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Long Island. 

His various experiences, he says, have inspired him with the goal of eventually practicing medicine in underserved communities. 

“I became a true health care provider when I started seeing someone else’s problem as my own and started coming up with ideas for how I could contribute to the solution,” said Hall. “My experiences with sick children and their families represent the population I feel drawn to, the population I want to cure.”

Tuesday
Feb072017

Nicholas Peter Crociata Troop 343's 100th Eagle Scout

Nicholas Peter Crociata is Troop 343’s 100th Eagle Scout 

Nicholas Peter CrociataOn Sunday, December 18, 2016 at St. Thomas More Church, Troop 343 recognized Nicholas Peter Crociata at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor as he became the Troop’s 100th Eagle Scout since it was first chartered in 1968.  The Eagle Scout Court of Honor was attended by approximately 115 family, friends, scouts, adult leaders and dignitaries.  In attendance were Nicholas’ parents Jeanne-Marie and Peter Crociata, his sister and brother Maghan (GSA Gold Award recipient) and Thomas (Eagle Scout), his grandparents, aunt and cousin.    

Troop 343’s 100th Eagle Scout spent five years as a Boy Scout in Troop 343 and five years as a Cub Scout in Pack 589.  As an active member of Troop 343, he served as SPL, ASPL, Chaplin’s Aide, Instructor and Troop Guide. Nick earned both of the Catholic Emblems, and is an Order of the Arrow Ordeal member.  To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, Nicholas earned 40 Merit Badges (12 of which are required for Eagle Scout) as well as serving as a leader in his troop and completing an Eagle Scout Community Service Project.  Nicholas’ Eagle Scout Project was building a brick path and Shrine to St. Francis of Assisi at St. Thomas More Church.  His goal was to provide a place of quiet meditation for the parishioners and the residents of Hauppauge and also as an outdoor area to celebrate the annual Blessing of the Animals on the Feast Day of St Francis.  The project required 40 volunteers (scouts, friends, family and adult leaders) over 370 hours, plus 110 families sponsored the project by purchasing engraved bricks, and benches (as part of Nicholas’ fundraiser).

Nicholas Peter Crociata and parents Jeanne-Marie and Peter Crociata. Gary Fortmeyer, former Troop Committee Chair, was the Emcee for the Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Senior Patrol Leader Steven Nugent led the opening flag ceremonies and Father Antony Asir, Pastor of St. Thomas More R.C. Church said the opening prayer.   Maeghan Crociata introduced Maggie Sicurelli who presented Nicholas’ mother, Jeanne-Marie, with 7 roses, one for each scouting rank.  Herb McGrail, the Matinecock District Advancement Chair, read the Eagle Scout Charge, and Eagle Scout Thomas Crociata led the Eagle Scout Rededication, asking Nicholas to affirm his Eagle Scout Pledge. Included in the rededication were 15 Eagle Scouts including Troop 343’s First, Fifth, and Thirteenth Eagle Scouts (Robert Borowski, Paul Borowski and Bernie Pontillo respectively). Eagle Scout Nicholas Crociata then presented his parents with their Eagle pins, and was presented with his Eagle Scout Pin by his father, Peter Crociata, Troop 343’s former Scoutmaster.   

Dignitaries who were in attendance presented to Eagle Scout Crociata proclamations, certificates, and commendations including Suffolk County Controller John Kennedy (who also presented on behalf of NY State Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick, Suffolk County Legislators Leslie Kennedy and Tom Cilmi), and Sal Nicosia from NY State Senator Tom Croci.  Additional speakers included Superintendent for Hauppauge Schools Dr. Dennis O’Hara, Hauppauge High School Principal Christine O’Connor and Hauppauge Middle School Principal Maryann Fletcher.  Darius Bobelis, Troop 343’s Committee Chair, presented Nicholas with a Crystal Eagle as a gift from the Troop. Police Officer and Troop 343 Dad, Gerry Frieldingsdorf made a presentation on behalf of the Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Troop 343’s Advancement Chair Dr. Stan Lamberg presented a certificate on behalf of Jewish War Veterans, and there were presentations on behalf of the Jewish and the Catholic Committees on Scouting.  Proclamations, Commendations and letters of congratulations from those who were not able to attend were presented: Archbishop Christophe Pierre the Papal Nucio on behalf of Pope Francis; Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W Bush; US Congressman Lee Zeldin (who also presented Nicholas with a US Flag flown over the Capitol), Suffolk County Executive Steve Belone, and from other Federal, State and Local officials as well as a letter and autographed photo from Tom Brady

The Key Note Speakers were Hauppauge High School Boys Varsity Track Coach Bill Maida and Assistant Coach Jonathan Hernandez.  Both coaches talked about Nicholas’ commitment as a student, an athlete and a member of his community, recognizing his accomplishments and the effort required to earn his Eagle Scout rank.    They commented on Nicholas achievements: top 20% of his class, taking the most rigorous courses, they also noted his track accomplishments: shares 6 High school records, record holder for Indoor Nationals, Suffolk County outdoors and a member of the NYS 4x800m Relay Championship.  

In his comments to the Scouts and all the family members and friends in the audience, Nicholas thanked everyone who supported him throughout his Scouting Career, with his Eagle Project and life in general.  He thanked his parents and family members, his Eagle Scout Project Mentor Ralph Plotke and Eagle Scout Project Coach (Eagle Scout) Kevin Smith.  Nicholas reminisced about his time in scouting and said that no other organization could have given him the opportunities to climb an 11,000-foot mountain at Philmont or to sail the Florida Keys at the National BSA Sea Base or summer camp making friends and memories for life, or the various troop campouts, day trips and Troop meetings.  Nicholas said, “I learned to tie some knots and climb to the top of the world and I did it with my brother, my dad, my fellow scouts and to relive it all in stories for my sister and mom. I know that my Eagle Scout rank, the life skills, leadership training and opportunities I’ve had have prepared me to excel in college and life beyond.” Nicholas thanked all of the dignitaries who spoke and to his two Keynote speakers/track coaches, he presented each with an engraved racing baton, commemorating their status as 4x800m Relay New York State Champions.

Nicholas is currently a junior in Hauppauge High School, is a member of the Varsity Track Team and Varsity Boys Volleyball Team, National Honor Society; Spanish Language Honor Society and Music Honor Society, Honor’s Chamber Choir, HHS Community Alliance, Freshman Ignition Mentor, as well as a Long Island Junior Soccer Referee.  He plans on attending college to study biology and run track at the collegiate level, with a long term goal to pursue a career in marine biology research.

 

 

 

Sunday
Jan292017

Annual Polar Bear Scouting Skills Camporee Weekend

Matinecock District (BSA) Annual Polar Bear Camporee weekend.  Photos are attached for your community’s area and caption material for these photos is below.  

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Great Race photo—-During the 2017 Matinecock District (B.S.A.) Annual Polar Bear Scouting Skills Camporee Weekend - held this year at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in Wading River, during the January 6-8 weekend followed the theme of “Disaster Day,” the scouts participated in the “Great Klondike Sled Race,” where the patrols were timed as they pulled their patrol sled (with a patrol member on it).  ((photo by T125’s Assistant Scoutmaster Stu Weinberg)

 Host Troop group photo:   As the Host Troop for the Polar Bear, the Boy Scouts of Troop  125 (Commack)  developed and ran each of the eight station activities, following the weekend’s patriotic theme of “Disaster Day” for the 2017 Matinecock District (B.S.A.) Annual Polar Bear Scouting Skills Camporee Weekend - held this year at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in Wading River, during the January 6-8 weekend.

During the 2017 Matinecock District (B.S.A.) Annual Polar Bear Scouting Skills Camporee Weekend - held this year at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in Wading River, during the January 6-8 weekend followed the theme of “Disaster Day,” Troop 539 (Kings Park)’s Border Patrol members compete in the timed lumberjack event, in this case using a two man saw, with  the objective to work as a team and cut through the log as quickly as possible..  Left to right, Scott N. and Steve W. (manning the saw) and Paul R, Christian P, Victor  M, and Andrew M. Helping to stabilize the log for the cutters) at the Logg Slicin’ event, cut through the log with a time of 1 minute 35 seconds.    The Border patrol earned 3rd place at the lashings event, 5th place at Helping your Fellow Man, and 4th place at the Shelter Shakedown Station. 

During the 2017 Matinecock District (B.S.A.) Annual Polar Bear Scouting Skills Camporee Weekend - held this year at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in Wading River, during the January 6-8 weekend followed the theme of “Disaster Day,” Boy Scouts of Troop 343 (Hauppauge)’s Hawk Patrol  pose with their Klondike Sleds during the Polar Bear Camporee, where they placed 5th  at the Starvation Station event, 3rd place in the Great Race for the Over 14 age group, and 4th place in the Under 14 age group. 

During the 2017 Matinecock District (B.S.A.) Annual Polar Bear Scouting Skills Camporee Weekend - held this year at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in Wading River, during the January 6-8 weekend followed the theme of “Disaster Day,” the scouts participated at the Stairway to Heaven    Event where the scouts were tested on their scouting skills as they raced the clock to tie the correct knots as they lashed ladders (from the supplies they had on their Klondike Sleds).  Once  lashed, the scouts had to climb up the ladders into trees to retrieve “fruit” as they assisted their patrol members in reaching the half dozen items. Boy Scout Ian McA. of Troop 343 (Hauppauge)’s Eagle Patrol lashes the wood with an assist from other patrol members. 

During the 2017 Matinecock District (B.S.A.) Annual Polar Bear Scouting Skills Camporee Weekend - held this year at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in Wading River, during the January 6-8 weekend followed the theme of “Disaster Day,” the scouts participated at the Stairway to Heaven    Event where the scouts were tested on their scouting skills as they raced the clock to tie the correct knots as they lashed ladders (from the supplies they had on their Klondike Sleds).  Once  lashed, the scouts had to climb up the ladders into trees to retrieve “fruit” as they assisted their patrol members in reaching the half dozen items. (front to back) Boy Scouts  Ed M. and Chris P.  of Troop 3333 (Hauppauge)’s Delta Patrol lashes the bamboo lengths into a six-foot ladder, with an assist from other patrol members. 

During the 2017 Matinecock District (B.S.A.) Annual Polar Bear Scouting Skills Camporee Weekend - held this year at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in Wading River, during the January 6-8 weekend followed the theme of “Disaster Day,” the scouts participated at the Stairway to Heaven    Event where the scouts were tested on their scouting skills as they raced the clock to tie the correct knots as they lashed ladders (from the supplies they had on their Klondike Sleds).  Once  lashed, the scouts had to climb up the ladders into trees to retrieve “fruit” as they assisted their patrol members in reaching the half dozen items. Boy Scout of Troop 3333 (Hauppauge)’s Delta Patrol climbs their bamboo-lashed ladder up the tree in order to retrieve fruits. The Delta Patrol garnered the 6th place ribbon at this event and 4th place at the Hungry for Hunting Station.