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People In The News - St. James Writer June Capossela Kempf Published In Kaleidoscope

Writer June Capossela Kempf published in Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts

June Capossela Kempf (photo Amazon.com)March 22, 2017 – The work of writer June Capossela Kempf of Saint James, New York, has been published in the current issue ofKaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts. Her personal essay, “Jay’s Pawfect Pal,” appears in issue number 74: The Evolution of Inclusion.  Her work was selected from among more than 350 submissions considered for publication.

Kempf is a writer whose articles have appeared in a variety of news outlets including Huntington Review (May 2015) and Newsday (September 2015). Her memoir titled Yo God! Jay’s Story, based on her son’s life and his relationship with his service dog, was published in June, 2014 by Keith Publishers. Kempf won a second place award from Angel Animal Network for a longer version of the essay that appears here. Jay passed away in 1996. Kempf shares, “…despite the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I am still shocked to discover the misunderstanding, mistreatment and the public mockery of our disabled community today….”

The award-winning Kaleidoscope magazine is published by United Disability Services in Akron, Ohio.  A pioneer in the publication of disability literature and fine arts, the magazine expresses the experiences of disability from the perspective of individuals, families, friends, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.  The material chosen for Kaleidoscope challenges and overcomes stereotypical, patronizing and sentimental attitudes about disability.  The publication is now available at no cost online by visiting www.KaleidoscopeOnline.org.

United Disability Services has been meeting the social, vocational, community living, low vision, recreational, educational and transportation needs of people with disabilities for nearly 70 years.  For more information visit www.udsakron.org.


SHSW Junio Amanda Hanse To Compete In Irish Dance World Championship

Irish dancer heads to world finals

Smithtown High School West junior Amanda Hansen will be competing at the World Championship for Irish Dance in April for the sixth time. Hansen has been dancing for 13 years and is ranked 13th in the nation and 31st in the world. She is pictured here with Smithtown High School West Assistant Principal Christopher Elsesser. 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


3rd Grade Bulls LAX Team Goes Bald And Fundraises $16, 470 At Kings Park St. Baldricks Event

Smithtown Bulls 3rd Grade lacrosse (LAX) team went bald this morning to support the St. Baldricks Foundation. The team raised $16,470 to be donated to the St. Baldricks Foundation which raises money for reasearch into childhood cancers. 

According to the St. Baldricks website, “Worldwide, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease —more than AIDS, asthma, cystic firbrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.”

Park Lounge Owner Jim Pavese with Smithtown Bulls 3rd grade LAX team captain Cameron JamesThis is the second year the team participated in the St. Baldricks head shaving event at the Park Lounge in Kings Park. According to Park Lounge owner Jim Pavese the Smithtown LAX team is the largest donor. Pavese awarded team captain Cameron James a medallion commemorating the very successful fundraiser. 

Players on the LAX team come from elementary schools in the Smithtown Central SD. The successful fundraiser and head shaving event was truly a team effort. Kudos to Coach Rob Trites and the assistant coaches Brad Hughes , Marc Jurman, Jerry Baratta and Justin Moses.

Head shaving was performed by employees of the Kings Park Barbershop.

See more photos Smithtown Bulls 3rd Grade LAX Team St. Baldricks 


People In The News - SHSW Graduate Timothy Kinane Named To Dean's List

Smithtown Resident Named to Dean’s List at Hartwick College

Timothy Kinane, a resident of Smithtown and a 2014 graduate of Smithtown High School West, was named to the Dean’s List at Hartwick College for the Fall 2016 semester.
A Sociology and Childhood/Special Education double major, Kinane earned his place on the Dean’s List by achieving a grade point average of at least 3.50 during the term. 



Smithtown Resident William McDonald Joins St. Catherine's Community Advisory Board


St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center Welcomes McDonald to Community Advisory Board

William McDonaldRonkonkoma, NY – Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, a premier law firm with offices in Ronkonkoma and Bridgehampton, New York, is pleased to announce that attorney William McDonald has joined the Community Advisory Board of St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown.  McDonald chairs the firm’s Healthcare practice, giving him critical insight he will rely on to carry out his duties on the Community Advisory Board.  In his new role, McDonald will promote the general welfare of the hospital by educating the public about the hospital’s improvements and special projects and sharing its plans to continue serving as a central asset in the Smithtown community.

Counsel at CMM, McDonald advises healthcare providers, practices, and hospitals in myriad issues in the ever-changing healthcare space. His work includes the defense of doctors in hospital privileges hearings and in audits initiated by Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (“RACs”), the New York Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (“OMIG”), and private insurance companies, including out-of-network reimbursement disputes.  He also leads the firm’s Criminal Defense practice, which gives him the unique ability to assist healthcare clients who are facing criminal matters that might impact their ability to continue practicing in their field.

A longtime resident of Smithtown, McDonald received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Law.