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 People in the News

Tuesday
Jan162018

People In The News - Priya Kapoor Appointed Interim Executive Director Of Smithtown Historical Society

Priya KapoorThe Smithtown Historical Society has announced the departure of Executive Director Marianne Howard. The Board has appointed Priya Kapoor, the current Director of Development to act as the Interim Executive Director.

In choosing an Interim Executive Director, the Executive Committee started by identifying immediate priorities for the coming months and determined that the successful candidate would exhibit the ability to build trust and improve lines of communication. They felt that Priya would be the right person to lead the organization while it addresses and focuses on these immediate priorities. 

This move allows the society and the Board to focus on critical organizational functions, including community and engineering management, fundraising, and strengthening our home base. The search for a new Executive Director continues.

We welcome Priya into her new role and wish her the best going forward.

Tuesday
Jan162018

People In The News - Maria Abate Celebrates 100th Birthday

100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Maria Abate celebrated her 100th birthday this week surrounded by family and friends. Born in Brooklyn as one of five childen, her family returned to Italy where she grew up on their farm before returning to the US with her new husband. She and her extended family moved in the 1960s to Hicksville and brought with them many Italian traditions, most of which centered around cooking delicious meals and enjoying life. Wonderful feasts of The Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve and the annual making the tomato saucebrought the three generations together. Maria lived with her family when she lost her husband in 1999 and later went to assisted living before coming to St. Johnland in 2015. Always feisty and determined, she gets around using her walker and still insists her hair is colored! 

Thursday
Nov302017

Knox School Head Soccer Coach Nic DeZenzo Named Coach Of The Year

Saint James, NY- Head Soccer Coach Nic DeZenzo has been appointed Coach of the Year by the Private School Athletic Association (PSAA) league after his second season coaching the Falcons Varsity Soccer Team. The 2017 season, which ended on a high-note with the team placing third in the league, was the beginning of a new era for Soccer at The Knox School.   

Under the leadership of Head Coach Nic DeZenzo, the team grew in size, strength and speed this past season. Starting with pre-season week, the Falcons developed a strong bond which allowed them to exhibit high-quality teamwork. Their hard work proved to be successful when this group defeated several strong teams, like Portledge High School, and allowed them to make the PSAA Playoffs. 

DeZenzo maintains a strong portfolio of coaching experience including two seasons of NCAA coaching at St. Joseph’s College, four years coaching at the Tilton School in Tilton, NH, and coaching multiple premier-level youth teams within the community. Coach DeZenzo holds a NSCAA National Diploma and Director of Coaching Certification, as well as a USSF D license. Coach DeZenzo played collegiate soccer at Colby-Sawyer, and was named Colby-Sawyer Male Athlete of the year in 2008.

 

 

Monday
Nov272017

People In the News -Samantha Delaney 

 

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on Sunday, Nov. 26. Delaney claimed the accolade for the third straight week.

Delaney averaged 15.5 points on 48.0 percent shooting from the floor and a 7-of-7 performance on free throws to go along with 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 block during a 1-1 week. In a 65-53 loss at Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday, she had 12 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 21 minutes before totaling 19 points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal in a 59-51 win at American International College on Sunday, her team’s first triumph there since Jan. 26, 2008. Delaney notched her career-high-tying third double-double against the Ravens, and she pushed her career blocks total to 101 that night, becoming the seventh Purple Knight to reach 100.

A 6-foot-2 forward, Delaney averages career highs in scoring (14.5) and rebounding (10.3) behind personal bests in field goal shooting (46.6%) and free throw percentage (90.5%). She is third in the NE10 in rebounding, fourth in free throw shooting, sixth in blocks per game (1.3) and tied for ninth in scoring. Among all NCAA East Region players, Delaney is tied for third in double-doubles and sits fifth in rebounding and free throw shooting.

Now 3-3 overall and 0-3 in the NE10, the Purple Knights host five of their next six games, beginning with Assumption College on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Friday
Nov032017

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.

 

About GNYADA

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.