Young Epidemiology Scholar Finalist Named

A North High School senior is one of 60 Regional Finalist in the 2010-11 Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition. YES competitors were required to develop a research project in which they identify a health problem, gather data about that problem, and address the problem based on the data. Her project was "Communication Underload: Validating the Existence of Disconnect Anxiety." After noticing that her friends more often texted each other than talked to each other, she designed a project to research the anxiety that humans might feel when unable to use their cell phones. She isolated 150 high school students (some were allowed to keep their cell phones and the rest were not) and compared their levels of anxiety. She found no significant differences between the groups. Those without phones did not exhibit "withdrawal" anxiety, rather, they were bored. She was previously named a Second Place Winner in the Intel Science Talent Search for her Communication project. Science research teacher Alan Schorn has been her faculty sponsor. The YES Competition, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the College Board, is designed to spur students' interest in the field of public health, specifically epidemiology. Epidemiology is the science of exploring patterns of disease, illness, and injury within populations, with the goal of developing methods for prevention, control, and treatment to improve health.


South Takes LI Robotics Awards

South High School took team and individual awards at the Twelfth Annual Long Island FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Regional Competition, held at Hofstra University. The Robotics Team won the Underwriters Laboratory Industrial Safety Award for the third straight year. A junior was named a winner of the Dean's List Finalist Award (named after FIRST founder Dean Kamen, entrepreneur and inventor of the Segway two-wheeled transport device). At the FIRST USA Championship held in St. Louis, 10 Finalist Award winners will be selected from the 94 Finalists to attend a Leadership Conference at FIRST Headquarters in New Hampshire. SBPLI (School to Business Partnership of Long Island) was a major sponsor of the LI FIRST Regional Robotics Competition. Over 1,200 students from 50 high schools from throughout the tri-state area and Pennsylvania took part in the LI FIRST Competition. "All teams demonstrated tremendous teamwork, professionalism, and strategic thinking, but winning teams went above and beyond to overcome the challenges of the competition," said Janet Anderson, acting SBPLI president. Teams spent six weeks building their 120-pound robots using a kit of parts and a standard set of rules. Robots were required to complete specific tasks including placing inner-tube-size inflatable shapes on a wall that varied in height, up to 10 feet. The robots also performed tasks in an autonomous mode, without human involvement. A mini robot (also built by each team) was deployed by the larger robot, traveling up a 10-foot tall pipe. There are 75 students on the South Robotics Team. Many are also enrolled in the school's Robotics class. Team advisors are business/technology department head John Motchkavitz and teacher Matthew Corrigan. For more information about South's Robotics program, please contact Mr. Motchkavitz at 441-4841.


Board Commends North Middle Students

Sixty-two eighth-graders at the Richard S. Sherman&endash;North Middle School are recipients of Board of Education Certificates of Commendation for contributing to the quality of life at their school. The student honorees were recognized by Board of Education members (President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Fran Langsner, and Trustees Lawrence Gross and Susan Miner-Healy) and school administrators (Superintendent Thomas Dolan, Principal Denise Nolan, and Assistant Principal Ronald Levine).


Unique Trips at the Adult Program

Enjoy four exceptional trips this June and July with the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program. Join us for Anything Goes, the hit Broadway revival featuring Cole Porter classics. Danny Meyer's newest restaurant is Maialino, a neighborhood Roman trattoria overlooking Gramercy Park. Enjoy a delicious meal, followed by a visit to the Union Square Greenmarket. The New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut was designated the first museum of strictly American art in the country. The featured exhibit, Capturing Nureyev: James Wyeth Paints the Dancer, includes portraits of Nureyev, as the artist observed and painted the dancer backstage and in rehearsals and performances. Spend a delightful Saturday evening at Grace's Marketplace in Greenvale, featuring a cooking demo and dinner with owner Grace Balducci-Doria. All trips (except Grace's Marketplace) feature transportation by luxury coach, departing from and returning to the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. Details are described below. For additional information or to register, please call the Adult Program at 441-4949, or visit our Web site,, for online registration.

Anything Goes

Two great actors--Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey and Tony Award winner Sutton Foster--star in Anything Goes, Cole Porter's irresistible musical, presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company. This Broadway revival, the first in almost 25 years, is the story of Reno Sweeney (played by Foster) and Moonface Martin (played by Grey)--passengers on a transatlantic cruise amid a flurry of song, dance, disguises, and good, old-fashioned blackmail. The memorable score of Anything Goes features such classics as "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," and "I Get a Kick Out of You," as well as the title song. Our luxury coach will get you to the theater district in time for dinner (on your own) before the curtain goes up. After the show, our coach will whisk you home. Trip departs Friday, June 10. Depart 4 p.m. sharp from Cumberland; anticipated return 11:30 p.m. $155 (includes orchestra seat, round-trip transportation, and gratuity to driver).

Breakfast at Maialino & Union Square Greenmarket

Enjoy an extraordinary breakfast at Danny Meyer's newest restaurant--Maialino, a Roman trattoria in the beautiful Gramercy Park Hotel. The menu consists of the chef's selection of freshly baked, delectable pastries, coffee or tea, and a prima colazione (breakfast menu) of three entrées served family style. Maialino's food is described as "lovingly prepared Roman-style cooking." The menu is inspired by the classic dishes found throughout Rome and features fresh, seasonal ingredients from the Greenmarket and local farms. Then, shop for your own fresh produce at the nearby Union Square Greenmarket, where the seasonal bounty is unparalleled. From just-picked fresh fruits and vegetables, to heritage meats and award-winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, pies, jams, pickles, a profusion of cut flowers and plants, wine, ciders, maple syrup and much more. Located in one of New York City's great public spaces, the atmosphere at Union Square on a market day is electric: 60,000 people shop and chat with farmers, students of all ages tour the market, learn about seasonality, and sample regional produce. Join Harriet Becker on Wednesday, July 13. Depart 8:15 a.m.; anticipated return 3 p.m. $85 (includes breakfast, transportation, and gratuities).

Wyeth at the New Britain Museum, CT

A very special day is planned in the heart of Connecticut. The New Britain Museum of American Art, established in 1903, is the first museum in the country dedicated entirely to American Art. During a docent-guided tour, view Capturing Nureyev: James Wyeth Paints the Dancer, portraits of Nureyev as the artist observed and painted the dancer backstage and in rehearsals and performances. The portraits were inspired by the close friendship that developed between the two. The tour will also include Provincetown 1899 to the Present: The Birthplace of Modernism, a groundbreaking exhibition debuting just before our visit. This will be the first comprehensive survey of America's oldest, continuous, arts colony from its start. Provincetown artists have played a pivotal role in the development of American art, most notably Modernism, and this exhibition will highlight 100 of them. On your own, visit the New/Now gallery featuring work by Catherine Caldwell Cabaniss. Join Helene Schachter on Tuesday, July 19. Depart 9:15 a.m.; anticipated return 6 p.m. Fee: $109 (includes admission and docent-guided tour, lunch, transportation, and all gratuities).

Dinner & Demo at Grace's Marketplace, Greenvale

For special food for a birthday celebration, to send a package to a college student, welcome a new neighbor, or make any occasion memorable--go to Grace's Marketplace in Greenvale. It's an epicurean delight filled with the finest assortment of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, and takeout dishes. Spend a delightful Saturday evening with owner Grace Balducci-Doria at this state-of-the-art Long Island location. This is much more than a cooking demonstration or dinner in a restaurant. Comments from our successful visit last year include: "High-end, first-class provisions…. Grace and her family were gracious…. Food was delicious!" Begin the evening walking through the market with Grace and selecting the ingredients to be used for our dinner. She will explain why they work well in each recipe and share her expertise on how to select the best ingredients for your own meals. Then, watch as Grace demonstrates a beautiful summer menu comprised of Grace's Marketplace signature dishes (a vegetarian selection will be included). Enjoy dinner in the open café accompanied by a glass of wine. Meet at Grace's Marketplace, 81 Glen Cove Road, Greenvale, LI, (516) 621-5100. Saturday, July 23, at 5:45 p.m. Fee: $49 (includes demonstration, dinner, wine, and gratuities). Pre-registration is required. We suggest you arrive early to browse through the store on your own. Any purchases should be made before the start of the class, as the store closes at 7:30 p.m. Must be 21 years or older.