feast of food, fun & family
By Mitch Markides
was probably one of the top twenty-five things I’ve done in my life.
It was exhilarating, exciting and breathtaking. It was majestic and
magnificent. I didn’t have to take a plane or train to get there.
And it was absolutely free.
It was a slow stroll across the
I had planned the day for weeks,
admittedly there really wasn’t much to plan. We drove down Flatbush
Avenue to the bridge mainly to give the “kids” a taste of the real
Brooklyn. It took us twenty minutes to find parking down and around
Old Fulton Street near the base of the bridge, and we finally found a
spot at Cadman Plaza.
The five of us—my wife, two
daughters and Alessandra’s boyfriend Brett—walked through the park to
the staircase leading up to the Bridge walkways. There were hundreds,
if not thousands, of people strolling, biking, resting, and
walking—the Bridge was full of people! We walked out on the Brooklyn
side until we were just about over the water’s edge. The Manhattan
Bridge—not nearly as magnificent or majestic as the one we were on—was
right there beside us, almost close enough to touch. Down below, you
could see the cars on the roadbeds whizzing across the span, and off
to the sides you could see the new waterfront areas that had just been
created from clean fill and the parks that they had been transformed
into and there, too, was the Barge Music barge and on the other side
the grand catering/dining establishment, the River Café. All the
while, you see Manhattan Island before you, the Empire State Building,
the Old Fulton Fish Market and the South Street Seaport and its
The helicopters were taking off
just to the side of the Seaport, and there was the statue of Liberty
to the left and Ellis Island and far into the distance the Verrazano
Bridge. The entire city was before us on the right and the sun was
starting to set over the water on the left, the sky was amber
there and the city lights were starting to dot the skyline on the
other side, with the magnificence of the Bridge before us, its arches
and stones inconceivably beautiful and mammoth. And we walked beneath
those stone arches, stretching up and up into the sky—truly a
magnificent architectural wonder.
From the center of the Bridge we
looked down the East River, past the Manhattan Bridge which jutted out
now at an angle and you could see the Williamsburgh Bridge in the
distance. All the while the views in all directions were spectacular.
And to walk around the mighty stone columns and arches of the Bridge
was to be transported back in time, to see and feel the legendary
history of the Brooklyn Bridge juxtaposed against the modernity and
intensity of Manhattan.
By the time we reached the other
side and began our return, the sun had set and the City lit up as if
on cue, the Empire State building awash in its usual glow, the other
millions of lights just mesmerizing as we stood a few hundred feet
over the water on this viewing platform watching a piece of living
All that walking had made us
hungry, so we dashed over to Calexico, a remarkably authentic Mexican
joint over on Union Street in Carroll Gardens. The place is small and
colorful and the tables are few and it’s counter service only. But
the food is good and the condiments fresh and flavorful and we ordered
soda and beer, chips and guacamole to start. The carne asada and
pulled pork tacos were amazing. We also had burritos and quesadillas,
rice and beans and we ate till we were full and satisfied.
From there, to end the night
perfectly, we headed around the bend, so to speak, and ended up in
Coney Island. We walked along the boardwalk, looking out into the
Atlantic and the Verrazano Bridge from the other side now. We watched
the people and walked along the amusements and had our ice-cream on
Police Officer Honored
Town Supervisor Kate Murray (2nd right), Town Clerk Mark Bonilla
(right) and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin (left) present Lynbrook
Police Officer Jaycee Indiviglio with the 2006 Town of Hempstead
Police Service Award.
Indiviglio was one of 31 law enforcement officers from the Nassau
County Police Department and village police departments within the
town who were honored at the town's annual police service awards
Indiviglio was recognized for his service to the residents of Lynbrook
and for his heroic rescue of a driver from an overturned jeep seconds
before the vehicle exploded.
Kids Do Some World-Class Reading
at Lynbrook North Middle School took part in a history making event
when they joined more than 2,000 other schools, hospitals, and community
centers around the country to try to make it into the Guinness World
Book of Records. They attempted to break a new world record for
the most people reading aloud simultaneously in multiple locations,
by reading a page from Charlotte¹s Web, the beloved children's
classic by E. B. White.
current record of 155,528 is held by a group of schools in the United
Lynbrook North Middle School students gathered in the library for
the event are Lily Gomez, Christina Malcangi, Beth Schroeder, Kaitlin
Baron, Jessica Hanna, Gabby Coreas (partially obscured), Amanda
Soto and Amanda Gaimaro (back to camera).
Students Get Out The Vote
students in the Lynbrook School District got firsthand experience
in the democratic process when they took part in voting to name
the new Official Bird of Nassau County.They
answered the call with civic pride when County Legislator Judith
Jacobs asked them to take part in the voting program.
Waverly Park School, science teacher Susan Lindner presided over
the voting, which she presented as a multidisciplinary learning
experience. Like any informed voter, the students conducted research
about the characteristics of each bird, to determine which one would
best represent the spirit of Nassau County. They also learned about
the importance of the voting process and about their rights and
responsibilities as citizens in a democracy.
Osprey won the majority of votes across the county, and will soon
take his place as the Official Bird of Nassau County
above : Fifth graders Emily Kunstler, Zachary Fellows, Addye Susknick
and Myles Finkelstein are shown (l to r) casting their ballots,
with teacher Susan Lindner presiding over the voting.
Lynbrook Students 'Read Across America'
modern technology, students shared their love of reading and expanded
their sense of community, as one class from each of the district's elementary
and middle schools participated in the 2007 Read Across America Video
nationwide reading celebration takes place each year to commemorate the
birthday of Dr. Seuss. Each class connected via video conference with
a class in another part of the country, to read books and poetry together,
perform skits for one another, and learn about each other's schools.
: Students in Debra Aronson's reading class at Lynbrook South
Middle School read lines from their favorite Dr. Seuss stories to students
in North Dakota.
Preserve Comes To Lynbrook Schools
at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center got first hand experience with some
very friendly reptiles, when a traveling animal exhibit from the Tanglewood
Preserve paid a visit to their school.
everyone's delight, reptile expert Matt Sherman brought a collection of
boas, box turtles, yellow headed slider turtles, and even a baby alligator.
Students got to touch the snake and turtles, while Sherman explained some
facts about their life in the wild.
Shown above: Lynbrook kindergarteners Sarah Christian and Kathryn Bamman
pet a friendly snake from the Tanglewood Preserve.
Voyage For Local Students
the help of modern technology and old-fashioned snail mail, Waverly Park
third graders in Jamy O'Rourke¹s class followed the world travels of three
college students in a program called Semester at Sea.
college students spent a semester traveling by ship to exotic ports of
call throughout Asia. Ms. O¹Rourke's class carried out a pen pal correspondence
with the three adventurers via e-mail and post cards. The travelers also
sent packages with maps, postcards and mementos from their stops at ports
in Egypt, India, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
class charted the ship's voyage on the Semester at Sea website, and marked
the travelers' progress on a map of the world.
clockwise from left are Matthew Holquist, Matthew Ettlinger, Gabriel Ajzenman,
Marshall Ivler, Jordyn Puzsar, Paige Sarnataro and Sabina Ciaccio.
H.S. Inducts New Music Honor Society Members
a musical ceremony worthy of the honor, twenty-two new members were inducted
into the Lynbrook High School Chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
This international honor society recognizes students for their academic
and musical achievements.
above : Alana Rosen Ryan Ferguson, Ashley Carver, Victoria Wong, Maggie
Rossetti, and Colette McIntyre are the new officers of Lynbrook High School's
chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.