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Garrett VanderBrink IV of Smithtown Becomes an Eagle Scout

L-R Legislator Rob Trotta. Garrett VanderBrink IV, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick
(Smithtown, NY)…Garrett H. VanderBrink IV, a member of Boy Scout Troop 656, celebrated his earning of the Eagle Scout award at a ceremony at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church on August 14. Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta presented Garrett with a proclamation recognizing his accomplishment.

Garrett’s Eagle Scout project was to build a storage facility for his church, Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Fort Salonga, New York. He designed the plans for the construction of the shed, as well as overseeing the building of the facility. 

“Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout will stay with Garrett for the rest of his life, and the skills and leadership qualities he attained through scouting will guide him in his future endeavors,” said Legislator Rob Trotta.

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta (left) and New York State Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick (right) congratulate Eagle Scout Garrett H. VanderBrink IV on this significant achievement.


St. Johnland Gets A New Nursing Director


Kings Park, NY – July 15, 2016 –  St. Johnland Nursing Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Kay Jung, R.N., B.S.N., as Director of Nursing.  She is responsible for the supervision of the nursing staff of 300 in the 250-bed facility in Kings Park.  A resident of Dix Hills, Ms. Jung has thirty years of nursing experience and most recently served as Director of Nursing Services at Water’s Edge at Port Jefferson for Rehab & Nursing; previously she was the Director of Nursing at Island Nursing and Rehab Center.  


St. Johnland provides skilled nursing care with specialties in head injury rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s/dementia care and subacute care.  They also provide home health care and adult day care. For further information, please call (631) 269-5800.


Hauppauge Alum Billy Recce To Perform In Concert In Benefit Of York Theatre Company 


The Music of Billy Recce
A One Night Only Concert in Benefit of The York Theatre Company

NEW YORK, NY, July 24, 2016 — Songs To Pop Balloons To: The Music of Billy Recce, a one night only concert of musical comedy tunes, will be presented at the York Theatre Company/Theatre at St. Peter’s Church on August 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Songs To Pop Balloons To will feature songs from Balloon Boy: The Musical and beyond. The music is tuneful, clever, poignant and shamelessly laughs in the faces of Gwenyth Paltrow, Neo-Nazis, Kim Davis and beyond. An event exploring politics, social media and fresh new musical theatre talent, it is not to be missed. Balloons Not Included.

Songwriter Billy Recce, 18, fresh off of being NYMF’s youngest ever writer last year at 17 years old (Balloon Boy: The Musical), is a rising sophomore in Fordham University’s playwriting program. Recce’s plays have been performed at The Kennedy Center and The Cherry Lane Theatre with Young Playwrights Inc. He is the winner of the 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Award and Balloon Boy has won the 2014 Thespian Musicalworks competition. Recce is a Long Island native and an alum of Hauppauge High School.


The cast will feature Alexa Joseph and Laura Laureano, Christine Phelan, Rachel Ravel and a six piece band. Further casting to be announced at a later date.

Admission is a $10 donation to the York Theatre Company. Reservations are required and can be made online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/songs-to-pop-balloons-to-the-music-of-billy-recce- tickets-26437029868. The York Theatre Company is located at Saint Peter’s Church (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).


The York Theatre Company is the only theater in New York City - and one of very few in the world - dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, the York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series - most of them world, American, or New York premieres - by some of the field’s most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Over 35 cast recordings from York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs. Recent hits have included Rothschild and Sons, Plaid Tidings and Cagney, currently playing to sold-out houses at the Westside Theatre starring Robert Creighton as James Cagney and the original York Cast. 


Smithtown's Shanna Brady Named Hofstra's Asst. Women's Lacrosse Coach

WLAX: Shanna Brady Added To Hofstra Coaching Staff

Hofstra: Named Shanna Brady assistant women’s lacrosse coach. 

Shanna Brady ( College photo)Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Shannon Smith announced the addition of Shanna Brady to the position of assistant coach with the Pride. 

“Shanna is a tremendous addition to our program,” commented Smith. “She has played and succeeded at the highest level of collegiate lacrosse and has strong experience coaching collegiately and on the club level. We are thrilled that she is joining us at Hofstra and will serve as our defensive and recruiting coordinator. Shanna has a pure passion for the game of lacrosse and we are eager for her to start working with our student-athletes.”

Brady, a native of Smithtown, New York, joins the Hofstra program after serving as an assistant coach at LIU Post this past season. Brady oversaw the defensive unit for the Pioneers, who compiled a 17-4 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Quarterfinals. She also assisted in in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes, organizing team travel and community outreach. 

Brady won a pair of national titles as a student-athlete at Maryland in 2014 and 2015 and reached championship weekend all four years of her highly-successful career. 

She totaled 75 ground balls, 46 caused turnovers and 30 draw controls during a career that spanned 92 games. Incredibly, Brady started 91 of the 92 games she played in during her career.  

Brady has also served as a coach with the Long Island Express Lacrosse Club from 2011 to 2014 and was a two-year member of Maryland’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during her undergraduate career. 

She is currently playing professionally for the Long Island Sound of the United Women’s Lacrosse League.

Brady earned her degree in family science from Maryland in 2015. 


Smithtown's Victoria Snak Named All-American Scholar By WGCA

NCAA Women’s Golf: Four Hofstra Student-Athletes Named WGCA All-American Scholars

Hempstead, NY - Four members of the Hofstra University Women’s Golf team - Victoria SnakJai GhumanAndrea Neilson and Amanda Bigger - have been named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. The four are part of 830 women’s golfers from around the country who earned the distinction, which requires a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average.

Victoria Snak (photo courtesy Hofstra Pride)Snak, a junior majoring in international business, is making her third appearance on the WGCA All-America Scholar Team. The Smithtown, New York, native has been a multiple-time Provost’s List selection at Hofstra and owns a 3.97 overall GPA.

Ghuman, a Chandigarh, India, native, is now a two-time WGCA All-American Scholar after earning the honor in 2014-15 as well. A junior majoring in psychology with a minor in journalism, Ghuman has a 3.55 overall GPA.

Neilson, a junior from Oakley, California, is a three-time WGCA All-American Scholar. She possesses a 3.50 grade point average as a marketing major. 

Bigger, a sophomore, earned her second consecutive WGCA All-America Scholar Team selection in 2015-16. An Alexandria, Minnesota, native, Bigger owns a 3.76 grade point average while majoring in engineering science with a minor in mathematics.

In addition to the minimum grade point average requirement, WGCA All-American Scholars must play in at least 50 percent of their teams scheduled competitive rounds.