H. S. Varsity Football Team and National Geography Bee Champ Recognized
West Islip, NY - On March 19th, the West Islip Chamber of Commerce (WICC) held its first quarterly 2019 General Meeting at the American Legion Hall Post #1738. All community members were welcomed!
A full-house of special guests and members were greeted by incoming president Richard Carpenter and the new board of directors. Members took advantage of a promotional opportunity to exhibit their business flyers at the front desk. Updates on Town of Islip initiatives were delivered by state and local representatives, Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter, Legislator Steven J. Flotteron, Councilman John C. Cochrane, Jr., Councilman James P. O’Connor, New York State Senator Phil Boyle (represented by Chris Connor) and New York State Assemblyman Mike LiPetri (represented by Mike Falk).
Officials reported on numerous topics, including: economic development of Long Island MacArthur Airport; a big push to end the opioid crisis; developments at Casamento Park where playground equipment is slated; an increase in road paving scheduled for the Spring; updates of the former Dzus Fastener Co. and $20 million environmental plan to clean up the site; status on the old CVS’s open building permit (future Southdown Marketplace) due to expire end of April 2019; and lastly, how direct calls to the Town of Islip will resolve issues faster than posting them to social media.
The highpoint of the meeting was when WICC recognized the outstanding record of West Islip High School’s Varsity Football Team, 2018 League Champs, Big 4 Champs and County Finalists. As team members, coaches and parents looked on, one by one players were called up to receive personalized plaques of Meritorious Distinction on behalf of the West Islip Chamber of Commerce, extending congratulations to each scholar/athlete for his outstanding achievement as part of the 2018 West Islip Lions Varsity Football Team, proud of the effort and determination shown to teammates, coaches and community. Yvonne and Jack Albanese, the proud parents of Maximus, beamed as they focused on their son’s achievement and added, “The team is made up of a great group of kids and coaches!”
Excitement filled the air as team and members ”huddled” around refreshments and the hearty Hometown Heroes, served by Board members, to the “heroes”!
Caption: WICC President, Richard Carpenter, with W.I.H.S. Varsity Football Team and Coaches
Kevin Halloran, a fourth-grader at West Islip's Paul J. Bellew Elementary School, was also recognized for winning the school's National Geography Bee. As champion, Halloran will advance to the next level by taking a qualifying test to determine state competitors. If he qualifies, he will earn a seat at the New York State competition in Albany. The final competition will be held in May in Washington, DC, where students compete for college scholarships.
Caption: WICC President, Rich Carpenter, with Kevin Halloran, West Islip Paul J. Bellew Elementary School National Geography Bee champion
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