On Wednesday, December 9th, I inducted 24 new student members and welcomed back 50 returning members of the Huntington Youth Court in a ceremony held at Huntington Town Hall. Now celebrating its sixteenth year of operation, the Huntington Youth Court has 74 members (representing each high school in the Town of Huntington) and has inducted 582 Youth Court members to date.
The Youth Court Program, initiated in 2000, is aimed at holding youth accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal process. The program’s coordinator, Maria Danisi, works with high school volunteers who serve in a simulated courtroom proceeding to determine sentencing for first-time, non-violent offenders. Members rotate in groups of 20 and perform as defending and prosecuting attorney, judge, bailiff and jury.
An average Youth Court participant will hear cases on low-level misdemeanors such as shoplifting or vandalism. The offender has already pleaded guilty to the crime and has agreed to be judged by a jury of his/her peers. The jury may impose a sentence that includes community service, a written or verbal apology to the victim, written essays pertaining to the crime, counseling sessions, a jail tour, mandatory participation in a peer discussion group and mandatory jury duty.
Since the program’s inception, Youth Court volunteers have heard 378 cases and they have handed out an average of 100 sanctions to youth offenders each school year – with a combined total of more than 400 volunteer hours for trials alone per year.
For more information or if you are interested in joining the program, please contact Maria Danisi at (631) 271-5547 or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
(Photo Caption: I'm administering ‘The Oath of Office’ to the 2015 Youth Court Council Inductees)
The Walt Whitman High School Wildcats Marching Band began its show-stopping season with a first-place win in the Long Island band competition held in Manhasset on October 10th, 2015. They followed up with L.I. win with a milestone victory for the record books and I presented the 70 piece band ensemble with a proclamation presentation held at Huntington Town Hall on December 8th.
The Wildcats Marching Band is led by Allen Dietz, the band’s coordinator and co-directors Caitlin Coumatos and David Pettas. Under their leadership, the band scored 78.075 in the Long Island Competition and took top honors in three Caption Awards for: Best Music and Visual Performances and Best Overall Effect. In the state championships, the band brought home their first ever First Place win with a score of 86.4 for: Best Visual and Musical Performances, Best Overall Effect and Best Color Guard.
I am pictured with my fellow Board Members presenting a proclamation to the first ever NY State Champs: The 2015 Walt Whitman High School Wildcat Marching Band at a Town Board Meeting held on December 8th at Huntington Town Hall
"Computers 101: Powerpoint Workshop" at Huntington Opportunity Resource Center on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
A terrific turnout at the Huntington Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting held over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Huntington Village.
Thanks to all of the organizations and volunteers who truly helped to make this year’s seasonal celebration such a success, especially, the Huntington Village and Huntington Station Business Improvement Districts, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, the Huntington Manor and Huntington Fire Departments and the Huntington Fire Chiefs’ Council.
I recently had the honor to recognize Jordan Belous, a local high school student for creating a fun way to help whip pediatric cancer.
To learn more or to help #WhipPediatricCancer, please visit, dance or donate at:
A great day and turnout at the Veterans’ Day Ceremony hosted by the Greenlawn American Legion Post 1244 at the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza in Greenlawn. I would like to thank the members of Post 1244 for the wonderful program. Most importantly, I would like to thank all of the servicemen and women who served this great nation in times of war or peace.
On Veterans' Day, we come together in honor, in respect and in appreciation of a debt we can never fully repay.
May God bless all who have served and all who continue to serve.
A beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon drew crowds of costumed trick-or-treaters to the Annual Children’s Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington Village on October 31, 2015. Parade participants were able to show off their costumes as they walked from Gerard Street and down Wall Street. Kids were able to go from store to store collecting candy for the “Safe Trick or Treat” event, sponsored by the Huntington Business Improvement District. Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the festivities and helped to make the day a huge success!
The Town of Huntington will mark the anniversaries of the various branches of the United States Armed Forces when it holds its annual Veterans Day Wreath Ceremony on Sunday, November 8. The ceremony, which will begin at 9 a.m. in Veterans Plaza on the front lawn of Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, will also include a performance by the Long Island Children’s Choir and the traditional ceremony during which Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and members of the Town Council join representatives from the Town’s Veterans Advisory Board in placing memorial wreaths at each of the monuments in the plaza.
The ceremony will give special recognition to the 240th anniversaries of the founding of the United States Army, Navy and Marines; the 225th anniversary of the founding of the United States Coast Guard; and the 68th anniversary of the founding of the United States Air Force.
The public is invited to attend.
Children's Halloween Costume Parade on Saturday, October 31, 2015 in Huntington Village
Children of all ages (and their parents or guardians) are welcome to walk in the parade and participants should plan to meet in front of the Huntington Post Office on Gerard Street in Huntington Village at 1:00 p.m. (The parade starts at 1:15) Children will walk from Gerard Street to the intersection of Wall Street and Main Street (25A).
Village Merchants will pass out candy to trick-or-treaters for its “Safe Trick-or-Treat Program.” Dress up and bring a goody bag to hold your candy!
For more information about the parade, please call 351-2877. (In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled.)
East Northport -- Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and members of the Town Council invite residents to the Town’s Fourteenth Annual Women’s Networking Day and Awards Ceremony, which this year carries the theme “La Vie est Belle (life is good).”
The Oct. 20th event, under the auspices of the Town’s Division of Women’s Services, will include more than 50 informational booths, where experts will provide attendees with information, advice and demonstrations on a range of topics. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, attendees will be receiving a beautiful pink pashmina wrap as a gift. This is to honor of all those affected by Breast Cancer. The Women’s Division presents this annual event in order to help the public receive important information and learn about services offered by the Town’s numerous non-profit organizations.
The Town Board will also be honoring five exceptional women during the annual awards ceremony. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Larkfield Manor, 507 Larkfield Road, East Northport. General admission is $12/$10 for seniors and includes lunch and raffles.
For information, call Rhonda Shepardson, Director of Women’s Services, at 631-351-3291, or e-mail email@example.com