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 People in the News

Saturday
Aug102019

People In The News - Weisse Family Welcomes Myles Richard

New Arrival Myles Richard Weisse

Richard and Kerry Weisse, of St. James, are ecstatic and proud to announce the birth of their sixth child, their son Myles Richard Weisse. Myles made his debut on Monday, July 29,2019 at 8:39am weighing in at 8lbs, measuring 20 1/2 inches long at Stony Brook University Hospital. Myles’s siblings Avery, Ryder, Kennedy, Grayson & Peyton are so excited to have another brother to join in on the fun & chaos!!

Myles is also welcomed by his proud grandparents Kenneth and  Elizabeth Maher, Terry Weisse and his aunts, uncles and cousin; Uncle Kenny& Aunt Melissa, Aunt TT & Corey and Great Uncle Bob, Great Uncle Louie and Great Aunt Kathy and his cousin Miss Fallyn.

 

Thursday
Aug082019

Commack's Danielle Ranucci Recognized At Suffolk County Legislature

Legislator Kennedy with Danielle Ranucci & ParentsJuly 2019 – Legislator Kennedy honored Commack High School senior, Danielle Ranucci, at the Suffolk County Legislature General Meeting for being awarded the prestigious Hank Logeman/News 12 High School Journalism Award. This award is given to the student who does the most to promote high school journalism on Long Island. 

An avid writer, Danielle’s storytelling ability and natural curiosity about people led her to journalism. She attended the Stony Brook University Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalism, and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Summer Journalism Workshop. 

Danielle credits her success to the experience she gained through leading the school newspaper, The Courant, and the school’s literary magazine, Etchings

Christina Semple, adviser of The Courant since 2001, shared that Danielle is the second Commack High School student to ever win this award. The publication has been honored with over 400 awards for writing, art and design since 2001. “Danielle has covered a variety of stories throughout her time on the newspaper staff.  She never backs down from a challenge in reporting. It has been a pleasure to watch her skills grow and flourish over these past four years,” said Semple.

Danielle will be attending Princeton University in the fall as an English/Comparative Literature major with a certificate in Creative Writing.

 

Tuesday
Aug062019

Local Scouts Recognized With The Order Of The Arrow's Vigil Honor

     SCOUTS RECOGNIZED WITH THE ORDER OF THE ARROW’S VIGIL HONOR

(left to right) – The 2019’s Vigil Honor Award recipients from the Commack and Smithtown areas of the Matinecock Scout District are Michael Van Loon (Eagle Scout Candidate, Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 125, Commack, Vice Chief of the Shinnecock Lodge# 360 and Vice Chief of the Northeast 2B Section, Order of the Arrow), Brian Morse (Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 3,Smithtown, and Council Commissioner for Unit Development for the Suffolk County Council, BSA) and Daniel Jiritano (Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 125, Commack) During the Order of the Arrow’s ceremonial work weekend on June 14-16 held at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in Calverton, the Shinnecock Lodge inducted 87 new members and also recognized Scouts and Scouters for their service and commitments to Scouting in its various forms. Nine O.A. Brothers sealed their membership in the Order of the Arrow by receiving their Brotherhood Membership during this Ordeal Weekend’s ceremonies. While induction into the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow is both voluntary and a personal choice, the Vigil Honor Award is the highest award that a Lodge can give, and the recipient is chosen by the youth members of the O.A.  OA members, both adults and youths, can be recognized as worthy to be honored with this award.

The Vigil Honor cannot be earned. You have to be chosen by your peers to receive it. The greatest honor that can be conferred on a member of the Order of the Arrow is the recognition of his unselfish service to the Order of the Arrow, to Scouting, to a Scout Camp, or to an O.A. Lodge. An extremely prestigious award, those honored with the Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor are chosen annually by the youth members of county-wide Shinnecock Lodge of the Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The 2019’s Vigil Honor Award recipients from the Commack and Smithtown areas of the Matinecock Scout District are Michael Van Loon (Eagle Scout Candidate, Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 125, Commack, Vice Chief of the Shinnecock Lodge# 360 and Vice Chief of the Northeast 2B Section, Order of the Arrow), Daniel Jiritano (Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 125, Commack), and Brian Morse Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 3,Smithtown, and Council Commissioner for Unit Development for the Suffolk County Council, BSA)

A person must be a Brotherhood member for 2 years before he can be considered eligible for the Vigil Honor. The Vigil Honor is easily recognized by a triangle having been placed in the middle of the arrow’s stem on the red and white OA sash.  The first Vigil Honor was given out in 1915 to the founder of the O.A., E. Urner Goodman. 

 

Sunday
Jul282019

People In The News - Tina M Rocco Recognized As 2019 Therapist Of The Year

Long Island Speech Language Pathologist Tina M. Rocco M.A. CCC-SLP, HPCS Named Recipient of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Barbara Glasow Therapist of the Year 2019

Islandia, NY Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc. (www.pal-o-mine.org, Islandia, NY), a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, announced that Tina M. Rocco M.A. CCC-SLIP, HPCS, a well-respected speech language pathologist has been recognized by the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) as the recipient of The Barbara Glasow Therapist of the Year Award for 2019.  

Rocco’s practice, Speech Language Pathology in Motion, is based in Hauppauge NY, and on the property of at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, in Islandia NY.  The practice utilizes uses interactions with horses, equine movement (hippotherapy) and the farm environment at Pal-O-Mine within its speech therapy sessions to support a variety of speech and language goals.  

In addition to her work on Long Island, Rocco currently serves as the Board President of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) and the Chair of the AHA Ethics & Advocacy Committee.  Further, she is an active member of the AHA Reimbursement and Social Media and Marketing Committees. 

The Barbara Glasow Therapist of the Year Award is the highest award one can receive from the AHA and is intended to recognize exceptional achievements of therapists who utilize hippotherapy as a treatment tool within their practice. Rocco received the award at AHA’s International Conference in Lexington, Kentucky in March 2019.

“This is a very important achievement and a well-deserved honor for Tina,” said Pal-O-Mine CEO Lisa Gatti. “She is an incredible professional – a dedicated and highly-skilled speech pathologist, who helps clients make major strides in their speech development. We are very proud to have Tina as a member of our team. She reflects the high caliber of professionals that we have at Pal-O-Mine.”

“It was an absolute honor to receive the American Hippotherapy Association’s Barbara Glasow Therapist of the Year Award,” said Rocco.   I truly enjoy the work that I do, and I am privileged to have the chance to learn from and work alongside with many leading therapists from all over the U.S. through my work with AHA, and to work with the exceptional team at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian.”

Rocco founded Speech Language Pathology in Motion in 2011 to pursue her dream of helping children with speech, language and feeding difficulties by combining her two passions: speech-language pathology and horses. She has been recognized as a Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (HPCS) since 2011 and is one of only ten Speech Language Pathologists in the United States to hold this credential. Her continuing education has included training in numerous speech language specialized treatment programs including animal assisted therapy, Hippotherapy and PROMPT, among others. She is also a recipient of multiple American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Awards for Continuing Education (ACE). She is a Certified Member of ASHA, Member of the New York State Speech-Language Hearing Association and Member of the Long Island Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Rocco received her Master of Arts (M.A) degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, and her Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist from Molloy College. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) from ASHA and is a New York State Licensed Speech Language Pathologists and New York State Licensed Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). 

She resides in Holtsville, NY.

About Pal-O-Mine

Founded in 1995 by Lisa Gatti, Pal-O-Mine is a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, as well as those who have been abused or neglected, veterans and the economically compromised.  Pal-O-Mine offers a broad range of programs many of which involve the organization’s herd of therapy horses and livestock. Pal-O-Mine relies on grants and contributions from private citizens, foundations and businesses to help raise funds. For more information on Pal-O-Mine, visit:www.pal-o-mine.org or call: 631-348-1389. 

About Speech Language Pathology in Motion

Founded in 2011, by Tina Rocco M.A. CCC-SLP, HPCS, Speech Language Pathology in Motion has offices in Islandia and Hauppauge, NY.  SLPIM’s mission is to help clients reach their highest potential in the areas of communication and feeding, through innovative speech language pathology services, that are effective, family centered and fun.  In addition, the practice strives to support learning and professional growth for future SLPs through mentoring and internship opportunities. SLPIM specializes in movement and play based therapy and incorporates a variety of treatment tools including animal assisted therapy, DIRFloortime, hippotherapy, PROMPT, the SOS Approach to Feeding, and more.  SLPIM is the only American Hippotherapy Association Facility Member on Long Island.  To learn more, visit www.speechinmotion.com or call (631) 479-3393.

About the American Hippotherapy Association

The American Hippotherapy Association is a 501 C 3 Non-profit organization, which provides educational resources and continuing education courses for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology professionals who incorporate equines, equine movement and the equine environment in treatment. AHA’s mission is Improve lives by advancing education, best practices and resources for licensed healthcare professionals who incorporate horses in therapy.  The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes. Best practice dictates that occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals integrate hippotherapy into the patient’s plan of care, along with other therapy tools and/or strategies. To learn more, visit https://americanhippotherapyassociation.org

Monday
Jul152019

People In The News - Julia Dovi Receives Marcia Lawrence Rockwell Scholarship


Smithtown Garden Club President  Barbara Tinghitella awarded the Marcia Lawrence Rockwell Scholarship to Julia Dovi who graduated this past June from Smithtown H.S. West.  Julia will attend Stony Brook University and major in biology and minor in Environmental Science.She would like to work for the EPA when she gets  her  B.S. degree.