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Smithtown Resident Samantha Pawluk Selected for Disney Dance Workshop

Smithtown Resident Selected for Disney Dance Workshop

Samantha PawlukJune 22, 2016 (New York, NY) — Samantha Pawluk, of Smithtown, New York, has been selected to travel with the LIM College Dance Team to Orlando, Florida to participate in a Disney Performing Arts Workshop from July 12-13, 2016.

At Disney, the LIM Dance Team will take classes in hip hop, ballet, and “Disney Dancin’.” They will also dance with students from other schools across the nation in a private performance.

 Samantha is a Senior at LIM College and is majoring in Management. A 2013 graduate of Smithtown High Scholl West, she is the daughter of Sherri Pawluk and Thomas Pawluk.

Samantha will also appear on a panel made up of Dance Team members and LIM alumni who will speak to prospective LIM students and their families. That event, which will be held at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, will also feature a performance by Samantha and the rest of the Dance Team. They will present a special lyrical dance piece that team advisor Joseph Saldorigachoreographed in tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub attack.

About LIM College

LIM College, founded in 1939, is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, offering an MBA program, MPS programs in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, Visual Merchandising, and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management, a BS degree in International Business, bachelor’s degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, and associate degrees in Fashion Merchandising. LIM College provides a well-rounded education through the combination of in-class instruction and required internships. Located in four buildings in Manhattan — the nation’s fashion and business capital — LIM College gives students vast opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including The Jones Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Chanel, and Macy’s.


Smithtown Resident Kathy Albrecht Receives NYS Gift Of Life Medal Of Honor

Fitzpatrick, Assembly Republican Conference Award Albrecht With NYS Gift of Life Medal of Honor

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and Assemblymen Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) present Kathy Albrecht with the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor in the State Capitol on June 14. 

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) and the Assembly Republican Conference presented Kathy Albrecht with the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor in the State Capitol on June 14. Albrecht donated a kidney to save the life of a 28 year old woman with a rare disorder.

“Kathy Albrecht’s selfless act in donating her kidney to save the life of another human being is inspiring and should encourage us all to consider how precious every life is,” said Fitzpatrick. “Kathy has always been a great advocate for increasing organ donations and saving lives as a blood donor and registered bone marrow donor.” 

Albrecht was awarded the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor, an award established by former Gov. Pataki’s tenure. The medal was created to recognize those who give life-saving organ donations and to encourage others to consider becoming donors.


Left to right: Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua), Kathy Albrecht, Assemblymen Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning)

Earlier this year, Albrecht donated her kidney to Rachel Eisensen who suffered from familial dysautonomia. More information about organ donation and the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor can be found at: www.alliancefordonation.org.


Commack HS Gets A New Principal Leslie Boritz

Leslie BoritzThe Board of Education of the Commack School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie Boritz as the new Commack High School Principal, effective July 1, 2016. This decision caps an intensive search process for a dynamic leader who will continue to support our District’s vision of student achievement through access and opportunity.

Mrs. Boritz is a proud Commack alumnus, and has worked as an assistant principal of Commack High School since July 2011. Her twenty-two years of service in the Commack Schools also includes eleven years as an assistant principal at Commack Middle School. Her credentials include Masters Degrees in both Arts and Education and further degrees in School District Administration and Supervision. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including Commack PTA’s Distinguished Service Award.

“The list of Mrs. Boritz’s contributions to our District is endless,” said Superintendent, Dr. Donald James. “She has served on hundreds of committees, coordinated and designed academic initiatives that benefit our schools and students, and volunteers for countless activities that benefit others. She is well qualified as a leader, with endless enthusiasm and compassion, along with a deep understanding of the culture of our high school and community. We are confident that Leslie will embrace her new position and give it her all.”

“I have passionately dedicated my life to the students of our community, and will continue to do so,” said Leslie. I look forward to continuing the traditions and upholding the high standards of our school, and am thrilled to be the next principal of Commack High School.”

The current principal, Catherine Nolan, is retiring this year after twenty years in Commack, the last five as principal of the high school.


St. James Veteran Edward Springer Inducted Into NYS Senate Hall Of Fame

Senator Flanagan Honors St. James Veteran

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the privilege of presenting Mr. Edward Springer as his 2016 honoree for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  Mr. Springer joined Senator Flanagan for a special ceremony in Albany during which he was honored for his service to his country during the Vietnam War and for his community efforts since his honorable discharge.

Mr. Springer, of St. James, has spent the majority of his life dedicating himself to his community, his county and his country.  In 1972, he joined the United States Army to serve in the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.  After serving his nation, he was honorably discharged in 1975 with the rank of Sergeant.

Returning home in 1975, he rejoined the St. James Fire Department, where he began his service in 1971 at age 18, ultimately leading to his becoming Chief in 1988 and serving as the President of the fire department. Since joining the St. James Fire Department, he has continually served his fellow residents in numerous ways for over 45 years including over 25 years as an Emergency Technician.

In addition to his volunteer efforts, Mr. Springer has also spent 40 years dedicating himself to Suffolk County residents.  He began his career as a Northport VA hospital firefighter in 1976 and was named Chief in 1984.

In 1988, he switched over to the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services as a Fire Marshal.  His efforts, which include running the only Suffolk County Arson Detection K9 program, led to his being named the Chief County Fire Marshal in 2011.  He held that position until he retired in January 2016.

Though retired, Mr. Springer continues to serve his community as the Commissioner of the St. James Fire District.  He also serves his fellow veterans by serving as the Commander of the American Legion Post 1152 in St. James.

Mr. Springer and his wife, Therese, are the parents of current St.James Fire Department Chief Edward Springer, Jr. and his wife Christine; and daughter Christine Amato and husband Anthony Amato.  They are also the proud grandparents of six.

 “It is my privilege to recognize Mr. Springer for his efforts in our community as well as his service to our nation.  He is truly a man who has embraced community service and his efforts have left an indelible mark.  He is most assuredly deserving of this honor and it is my hope that this will in some small way reflect how appreciative we are of all of his efforts on our behalf,” stated Senator Flanagan.


Nissequogue Resident Thomas E. McLaughlin Appointed Exec. Director Of St. Catherine Of Siena Foundation


Thomas E. McLaughlin Appointed St. Catherine of Siena Foundation Executive DirectorSmithtown, NYThomas E. McLaughlin, has been appointed Executive Director of the Foundation at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center.  Prior to his new role, Mr. McLaughlin was an active member of the hospital’s Advisory Council and Golf Committee. He served as the Honorary Chairman for the 16th Annual Golf Classic, recently held at The Huntington Country Club on May 16, 2016.

Prior to his involvement with St. Catherine of Siena, Mr. McLaughlin was the president of a global medical communications firm that administered thousands of symposia for the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins and other prominent hospitals, as well as a diverse portfolio of brand-advocacy programs for billion-dollar product lines and Fortune 500 pharmaceutical clients. Throughout his career he has developed strong client services skills, serving as liaison to hospital administration, regulatory bodies, pharmaceutical sales, marketing, legal and medical affairs. 

Mr. McLaughlin was a scholar-athlete at Brown University but was recruited by the UCLA athletic department where he earned his bachelor’s degree, along with two Rose Bowl Championship rings as a quarterback on their football team.

A longstanding philanthropist, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of OHEKA Castle for more than 18 years, raising funds for various endeavors that include awarding financial grants to young individuals pursuing education and training in the fine arts. Mr. McLaughlin has also contributed regularly to multiple charities and causes, including the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, LIVESTRONG, MADD, and the FBI Agents Association College Fund.  

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Mr. McLaughlin to the family at St. Catherine of Siena as the Executive Director of the Foundation,” said St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President and CAO Paul J. Rowland. “The Foundation is an integral department at the medical center—its growth will enable us to further enhance the facilities and services offered on campus and in the surrounding communities.”

In his new role at St. Catherine of Siena, Mr. McLaughlin will foster new relationships with community partners and primarily secure funding for the medical center through the planning and implementation of fundraising initiatives. 

“As a volunteer on the hospital’s Advisory Council I quickly came to admire the great strides the current administration made in women’s health, orthopedics and stroke care, and now look forward to playing an active role in the development of service lines that best serve our community needs,” said Mr. McLaughlin.

Mr. McLaughlin lives on the North Shore in Nissequogue, with his wife, Deborah. An avid golfer, he squeezes in a 7:00 AM tee every Sunday with a regular foursome of time-strapped executives who play just fast enough to make the 10:30AM Catholic Mass.  

For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, visit www.stcatherines.chsli.org