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85-Year-Old Mordecai Miller Receives HS Diploma

A lifelong dream made reality 

Smithtown High School West grants diploma to Holocaust survivor

Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller’s dream was made a reality on June 21, as Smithtown High School West bestowed upon him an honorary degree.For the past 10 years, Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller has shared his story of survival and how good people came to his aid with students in Christina Cone’s Holocaust and Genocide class at Smithtown High School West. Deprived of an education in Poland during World War II, Mr. Miller also expresses to the students how they should be appreciative of their education. 

During the 103rd commencement of Smithtown High School West, Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller was granted an honorary diploma by Principal John Coady.To honor Mr. Miller’s message of doing right by others, Smithtown West helped make his lifelong dream of being a high school graduate finally come true. During the 103rd commencement of Smithtown High School West on June 21, Mr. Miller was bestowed an honorary degree. Joining the Class of 2018, the 87-year-old donned a cap and gown and sat with his fellow graduates as he waited to hear his name called by Principal John Coady.

Mordechai Miller celebrated his honorary degree from Smithtown High School West on June 21. Pictured, from left, Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady, Board of Education trustee Daniel Lynch, Mr. Miller and Board of Education trustee Christopher Alcure.“It’s very exciting,” Mr. Miller said on being granted the honorary diploma. Added his daughter Leah Miller, “He has always wanted this opportunity and tonight, they have made his dream come true.” 

Mr. Miller came to America in 1925 where he settled in Brooklyn and met his wife. Together, they have four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He now resides in East Northport.   

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District




People In The News - Park View Elementary Student Gianna Kelly


left to right: Park View Elementary School Principal Kevin Storch, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, First Place Kindergarten winner Gianna Kelly, her sister, Theresa, and parents John Peter and Jennifer Kelly.Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta welcomed kindergarten student Gianna Kelly and her family, as well as Park View Elementary Principal Kevin Storch to the June meeting of the Legislature to congratulate her on taking first place in the kindergarten division in the annual Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Elementary School Science Fair. Legislator Trotta pointed out that his is the first time that Park View Elementary School has won first place in this contest.

Gianna Kelly’s project involved placing light and dark colored crayons in water to learn which colors would float or sink. In testing them, she discovered that it was not the color of the crayon, but how it was placed in the water. If the crayon was positioned horizontally on the water, it floated, but if it was placed with the pointed or flat end in the water, it sank.

“I commend all of these students and their teachers for an excellent job in competing in this annual contest as there were 470 projects submitted by 110 Suffolk County schools,” said Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta. “I am very proud that since I have been a legislator that we have had winners from my district each year,” added Legislator Trotta.



People In The News - St. James Resident Troy Rosasco

Troy Rosasco Named to 2018 New York Super Lawyers List

Troy RosascoTroy Rosasco, Senior Partner at Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco, LLP has been selected for the 2018 New York Super Lawyers List. This is the fourth year Troy has been so honored, being named in 2014, 2016 and 2017. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

“It is a great honor to be listed again. The fact that my fellow attorneys in the Bar have recommended me for this recognition is quite humbling,” said Troy from his office on Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service that selects outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Troy has been with Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco for 28 years and has been a board member on multiple national and New York State professional attorney organizations during his career. “I believe strongly that we have a responsibility to give back to our profession so that our clients always receive the best representation possible”, said Troy. His practice areas include 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claims, Workers’ Compensation claims,

Social Security Disability claims, and work-related and construction accidents. Troy is an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law where he teaches a course on 9/11 victim claims, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability. He recently completed a term as Chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Law Committee.

Active in his community, Troy is a former youth soccer coach and a leader in his son’s Boy Scout troop. He and his family reside in St. James.


People In The News - Evan Garland 


Evan Garland with SC Legislator Rob TrottaSmithtown, NY)…Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta recognized Evan Garland of Boy Scout Troop 75 at his recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Evan’s goal as young scout was to become an Eagle Scout in order to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle, who were Eagle Scouts. His desire was so earnest that he joined the same troop, 75, that his father had been in when he became an Eagle Scout.

For his Eagle Scout project, Evan decided to do something that honored the veterans who died on September 11, 2001. He consulted with the director of Calverton National Cemetery and they decided that he would construct a memorial in the section where the veterans who died on that fateful day were buried at Calverton. The memorial would include a walkway and a garden where the families could come and pay tribute to their loved ones.

Suffolk County Legislator Trotta said, “Evan you are going in the right direction by achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 16 and you will continue to excel because of your passion and dedication to the public and your community.” “I applaud your efforts and urge you to keep up the good work,” added Trotta.

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta is pictured with Scout Evan Garland at his Eagle Court of Honor at St. Joseph’s Church in Kings Park.



Congressman Zeldin Announces Isabella Kosiba Winner Of 4th Annual Art Contest


Congressman Lee Zeldin and Isabella KosibaPATCHOGUE, NY - On Friday, April 27, 2018, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) hosted his fourth annual art reception at Artspace in Patchogue, during which he announced Isabella Kosiba of Smithtown Christian School as the 2018 winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the First Congressional District: “The Artistic Discovery Contest”. In attendance at the event were the twelve finalists, their art teachers and families, Artspace curator Tracy Todd Hunter, and local artists who served as judges.

The House of Representatives hosts a nationwide high school art competition every spring to raise awareness of the importance of art programs in our schools, and to recognize and celebrate the creativity and diversity of students. The winner’s artwork is displayed in the United States Capitol for one year.

The third place winner, Sutton Reinboth-Lynch of East Hampton High School, and second place winner, Raphaela Araugo of Eastport South Manor High School, will have their artwork displayed in Congressman Zeldin’s Patchogue office.   

The twelve finalists include:

Haley Akl, Hilltop Homeschool

Raphaela Araugo, Eastport South Manor High School

Aiden Carlson, Eastport South Manor High School

Ryan Carrick, Riverhead High School

Josuel Jerez Puello, Riverhead High School

Isabella Kosiba, Smithtown Christian School

Luciano Pagliarulo, Smithtown Christian School

Sutton Reinboth-Lynch, East Hampton High School

Emma Rocchetta, Eastport South Manor High School

Ninon Savoye, Center Moriches High School  

Viviana Schmitt, Longwood High School  

Isabela Tarbet, East Hampton High School

The winner and a guest will receive a flight to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

Congressman Zeldin said, “Congratulations to Isabella Kosiba, the artist of ‘Mirror, Mirror…’ and  the first place winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for the First Congressional District. A special thanks and congratulations to all of the high school students who participated in this year’s art competition. Each and every piece submitted was enlightening and inspiring, and there is no shortage of talent, creativity and enthusiasm among this year’s participants. It was an honor to host a reception to recognize these artists, and I look forward to welcoming Isabella and her family to Washington, D.C. to view her artwork in the United States Capitol.”