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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.


101-Year-Old Rudal Ahlen Rooting For Mets To Go To World Series

101-Year-Old Rudal Ahlen is NY Mets Biggest Fan

Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Cheers Her Team on 56th Opening Day

Rudal “Rudy” Ahlen celebrates the Mets’ 2017 opening day with Stuart Almer, Administrator/COO Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation CenterCommack, NY—   101-year-old Mets fan Rudal Ahlen has been cheering for the Amazins’ since they emerged on the major league baseball scene in 1962, five years after her heart was broken by the Brooklyn Dodgers who left the Big Apple for Los Angeles.  For more than 50 years, Rudy, as she’s affectionately called by her family and friends, has been cheering for her beloved team, first at the Polo Grounds, then at Shea Stadium, and now at Citi Field — “It’s sooo modern!”

A mother of eight, Rudy hails from Brooklyn; she later settled in Smithtown, Long Island where she taught her own children the finer points of baseball.  At the age of 65, Rudy joined an all-male seniors baseball team – “they didn’t know what to make of me,” she laughs.   Fond of the championships lineups of 1969 and 1986,  Rudy vividly remembers the breakout season of players like Tom Seaver and Tug McGraw, as well as Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez.  

Now a resident at Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack, Long Island, Rudy spends game days glued to the TV, keeping score and sometimes second-guessing decisions made by the Mets managers.    Surrounded by friends at Gurwin, Rudy spent opening day rooting for her team, wistfully hoping that her favorite Mets player, David Wright, will be healthy enough to return to the lineup soon.   The game win made her optimistic about a promising season and an ultimate trip to the Fall Classic.  “I just want them to win the World Series already!” she exclaimed.


Former Hauppauge Resident Lil Steinberg Celebrates 95th Birthday

Lil Steinberg of Hauppauge celebrates her 95th birthday at Gurwin in CommackOn January 19, Lil Steinberg was feted for her 95th  birthday at a celebration hosted by longtime friend and neighbor Maddy Trica of Hauppauge.  She was delighted with a pizza party and other “goodies” to recognize and celebrate her longevity. She was surrounded by her “Monday Luncheon Group” friends from Temple Beth Chai of Hauppauge, where she and her family had been members for more than 30 years. 

Lil and husband (now deceased) Al Steinberg moved from Brooklyn to Hauppauge in the 1980’s and they were active members of the community and the temple the entire time. Now living at Gurwin in Commack, Lil was presented with a birthday balloon, a bouquet of flowers, and a homemade cheesecake for her birthday cake.