As we share the joys of the season with friends and family, let’s not overlook those neighbors who are most in need. Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps, I am reminded of those brave men and women in our Armed Forces who have spent the holidays away from their homes and families. Many soldiers have returned home to Long Island and are suffering the hardships of this difficult economy. They have my utmost respect and deserve our support and encouragement, especially during the holiday season.
Senator Owen H. Johnson was pleased to join friends of the National Kidney Registry in honoring John Pickett and Michael Brown at The Second Annual National Kidney Registry Gala. The two highly valued employees of the Atlantic Automotive Group were honored for their commendable involvement in many local charitable organizations. The event, which took place at the La Grange Inn on November 17, 2010, raised critically important funds for The National Kidney Registry.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson honored Vivian Hart of Bay Shore at an Hispanic Heritage Award Ceremony on November 18, 2010. Vivian is currently the Executive Director of Pronto of Long Island, Inc., a non-profit community outreach center in Bay Shore serving Brentwood, Bay Shore, Central Islip and neighboring communities.
“Each year we embrace the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America,” Senator Johnson said. “This year I am very pleased to honor Vivian Hart for her work and tireless efforts serving our community and our country.” Vivian was born in the Republic of Honduras and her mother and father are from La Lima and La Ceiba respectively.
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented Legislative Citations to two local residents at the Town of Babylon’s 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival on October 23, 2010 at the Babylon Town Hall.
Angel Ortiz, from Islip Terrace, is a Senior Advocate for the Suffolk County Office of the Aging. He was honored for his commitment to Seniors and his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that their concerns are handled with professionalism and efficiency. Mr. Ortiz is well respected and loved at the Town of Babylon’s Spangle Drive Senior Center. He was raised by parents who moved from Puerto Rico to Central Islip to raise their family. Mr. Ortiz has one five year old daughter, Angelina Marie.
Senator Owen H. Johnson was recently on hand for the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s (BBCC) Golf Skill Challenge Classic at the Sumpwams Creek Golf Course in Babylon Village. The October 25th outing raised funds to benefit Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s many patient and community services.
Pictured from left to right are: Keely Harris, Golf Outing Chairperson; Tess Helfman, BBCC President; Karen Kunkel, BBCC Board Member; and Senator Owen H. Johnson.
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented Frank C. Criscuolo of Lindenhurst with the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross. The New York State Conspicuous Service Cross, along with its accompanying citation, is the highest military honor the State of New York bestows on a veteran. Mr. Criscuolo was also presented with the New York State Conspicuous Service Star.
The Mechanical Marauders Robotics Team from Bay Shore took first place at the 6th Annual Deer Park Invitational Robotics Competition sponsored by the Deer Park High School on October 16, 2010. The competition was supported by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and LI FIRST.
Participating teams used the robots they built for the 2010 LI FIRST Regional Competition, which was held at Hofstra University in March. Students programmed their robots to compete on a 27 by 54 foot playing field attempting to earn points by collecting soccer balls in goals. Additional bonus points were earned for each robot suspended in air and not touching the field at the end of the match.
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented a Legislative Resolution to Marc Horowitz, Library Director, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the North Babylon Public Library. The celebration took place on October 3, 2010.
The Library’s History:In 1969, the North Babylon Public Library began in a small store at the Sunset City Shopping Center in North Babylon. The first Library Director was Andrew Ippilito. In 1968, the library moved into its current building at 815 Deer Park Avenue. It began as a repository for books and has expanded its role to help improve the quality of life in the community, providing reading programs for all ages as well as workshops and classes for town residents.
The Grand Opening of the Bay Shore Community Walking Trails took place at a ribbon cutting on October 16, 2010. The Bay Shore Community Walking Trails are made possible through the key partnerships of the Bay Shore Wellness Alliance, the Bay Shore School District, the Town of Islip, the Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Summit Council and other major sponsorships. For trail directions please visit www.bayshorewellnessalliance.org.
Left to right: Mary Louise Cohen, Member of the Bay Shore School District Board of Education; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Evelyn Blose Holman, Ph.D. Superintendent, Bay Shore School District; and Donna Periconi, President of the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce.
On October 13, 2010, the Babylon Village Arts Council honored Senator Owen H. Johnson at a fundraiser at the Babylon Masonic Lodge. Senator Johnson was instrumental in securing the initial funding for the not-for profit organization.
The Babylon Village Arts Council was formed in 2003 by a group of village residents who recognized the need to present various art experiences to the Babylon Village community. From that vision the Babylon Village Arts Council has become an integral part in the cultural lives of its residents.
Photo left to right: Stannis Beck; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Rose Ann and Robert Norman, Co-Presidents of the Babylon Village Art Council Board.
John V. O’Shea, Executive Director of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, honored Senator Owen H. Johnson for his 29 years of service to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for his steadfast commitment to fisheries conservation.
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented a Legislative Resolution to Dr. Beth Virginia Blau, West Islip School District Superintendent of Schools, upon her retirement after many years of dedicated service. The celebration took place on October 1, 2010 at Captain Bill’s in Bay Shore.
“The excellence and the success of the West Islip Public Schools is due, in a large part, to Dr. Beth Blau’s efforts and many years of dedicated service,” Senator Johnson said. “Her enthusiasm and unparalleled devotion to the quality of educational programs and opportunities has left a legacy to the residents of the West Islip community and to future generations of its students.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined with local officials to applaud Roberts Plywood Co. for their enthusiasm about “Going Green.” On October 2, 2010 the company unveiled a new Solar Panel System which will create clean and natural energy for the company’s operation without polluting the environment. Roberts Plywood, located at 45 North Industry Court in Deer Park, is a family owned business operating for 33 years and dedicated to the preservation of the environment.
Photo left to right: Norman Roberts, President of Roberts Plywood Co.; Scott Woodrick, President of Solar & Wind Concepts; and Senator Owen H. Johnson.
The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc. and the National Park Service hosted a “Topping Out” Ceremony at the Fire Island Lighthouse on September 20, 2010 to commemorate the completion of the new Fresnel Lens Building's steel framework.
Senator Owen H. Johnson and Assemblyman Phil Boyle presented Luge Gold Medalist Aidan Kelly from Bay Shore with a New York State Legislative Citation honoring his outstanding achievements. This past year, Aidan raced his way to a Gold Medal in the Adirondack Ice Breaker in Lake Placid. Aidan is currently ranked #3 in the United States among youth luge athletes, which catapulted Aidan to the “C” team, known as the Candidate team. Being named to a USA Luge team is a unique honor and experience for only a select few. Only athletes with the talent, desire and work ethic necessary to excel in luge in the future are selected to the team.
Thank you to all who made Beach Cleanup 2010 a wonderful success! This year over 400 volunteers collected 1600 pounds of debris from the Robert Moses State Park beaches.
The lessons we hope our young volunteers learn through their participation in Beach Cleanup is the vital importance of keeping our oceans and beaches clean and the value of volunteering for the greater good. We also help to provide collection data for the American Littoral Society and the State Department of Environmental Conservation so that those agencies can evaluate the effectiveness of existing laws and programs to prevent ocean pollution.
Senator Owen H. Johnson and other state and local officials gathered with Leslie DeMarco, Secretary of the Long Island Blue Star Moms Chapter NY6 at the third annual Babylon to Beaches Soldier Ride which took place July 23, 2010. Over 700 riders participated in the 22 mile trek from Babylon Town Hall to Overlook Beach in Islip. Over $70,000 was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Blue Star Mothers of America is a nonpartisan organization of mothers who have or have had children honorably serving in the military. They provide support and programs for injured service members.
Senator Owen H. Johnson and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney presented a Legislative Resolution to the Lindenhurst High School Baseball Team congratulating them on winning the New York State Class AA Championship Title. The Bulldogs won their first state title by defeating Guilderland High School by a score of 15-2. In addition, they won their first Suffolk County baseball championship since 1963 by defeating Longwood 5-4, and attained their first Long Island championship by beating Calhoun 4-2. The team’s overall record is 26-1.
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented the Bay Shore Lady Marauders and Coach Jim McGowan with a Legislative Resolution congratulating them on their New York State Class AA Championship. The celebration dinner took place at Captain Bill’s Restaurant in Bay Shore on Aug. 11, 2010.
“Coach Jim McGowan has done a superb job in guiding and inspiring the Bay Shore Lady Marauders,” Senator Johnson said. “The team members have proven themselves to be an unbeatable combination of talents and have made the community very proud!”
The Team’s overall record was 27-1. They defeated Cicero-North Syracuse by a score of 4-0 for the Championship.
Senator Owen H. Johnson welcomed Patricia J. Macaluso of East Northport and Brian G. White of Lindenhurst to Albany for the 2010 Legislative Session. They were participants in the New York Senate Internship Program from January through April. The Senate offers approximately 30 talented and able undergraduate students an opportunity to experience state government and the legislative process, through their participation in an on-site, academic enriching, and career building work experience. The program includes an opportunity for students to write legislation on the topic of their choice and participate in debate during a mock session in the Senate Chamber.