New York & Atlantic Railway’s Chuck Samul Discusses “The Benefits of Rail Freight” at LIMBA

On January 7, Chuck Samul, Director of Sales and Marketing, New York & Atlantic Railway (NYAR), spoke at LIMBA’s (Long Island Metro Business Action) virtual meeting on the topic “The Benefits of Rail Freight.”

During his presentation, Mr. Samul described how, in 1997, NYAR entered into an agreement with the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to operate freight trains on LIRR lines throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk. The railroad operates seven daily trains Monday through Friday — three during daylight hours and four at night. Three trains are operated on weekends, one during daylight and two at night.

Mr. Samul said that the NYAR line has three support yards (Pine Aire in Suffolk County, Blissville in Long Island City and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn), five commercial terminals (Long Island City Freight Terminal, Hicksville Yard, Grand Avenue Transload facility, Brookhaven Rail Terminal and Calverton Industrial Park) and three branch lines which are for freight only (Bay Ridge, Lower Montauk and Bushwick).

NYAR provides freight rail service in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Currently, they provide service to approximately 85 customers. According to Mr. Samul, half of the volume is inbound traffic, comprised of lumber, building materials, rolled paper, food and beverage products, bulk plastics and track material for major Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), LIRR and New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) projects. Long Island exports recyclable material such as scrap iron and steel used in steelmaking, glass cullet used in producing new glass beverage containers, municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris and retired passenger equipment from the LIRR.

Currently, NYAR employs 49 people full-time, with approximately half of them members of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, according to Mr. Samul. He went on to say that the rail freight system boosts the local economy, adding that one rail freight job supports nine other jobs in the U.S. economy, according to the American Association of Railroads.

In addition to providing safe and economical transportation of goods vital to their customers, another benefit is the reduced impact on the environment. Using rail to transport freight reduces congestion and traffic and wear and tear on streets, highways, bridges and tunnels. One rail car takes four, heavy, long-haul trucks off the road. Rail moves one ton of freight over 400 miles on one gallon of fuel. Mr. Samul also said that NYAR has retrofitted locomotives with anti-idling equipment that saved 200,000 gallons of fuel per year from pre-2013 levels.

Mr. Samul also explained some of the infrastructure projects NYAR is participating in, including the implementation of a Positive Train Control system — mandated by the federal government and as part of its 2016 agreement with the LIRR — to prevent collisions or derailments. Another project involved the reconstruction of facilities at Fresh Pond Yard. Reducing the track curvature of the East Wye Leg results in improved safety performance through a reduction of lateral forces. Additional benefits are reduced wear and tear on the rail cars, and reduced ongoing maintenance requirements. A positive benefit to all in the neighborhood is reduction in noise from rail operations.

Mr. Samul joined NYAR in July 2014 as Manager of Marketing Projects and was appointed Director, Sales and Marketing in 2018. He began his railroad career in 1978 with Conrail as a produce inspector at the Hunts Point Terminal Market. He held positions in a variety of departments there, including risk management, claims and industrial development, eventually ending up at the corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, working in marketing, real estate and line sales. At Norfolk Southern, he worked in the real estate department and served as Liaison for all property transactions in New York, New Jersey and Detroit.

For more information about upcoming LIMBA programs, visit https://limba.net/.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

“RAPID REACT(SM)” Presented by The Boeing Company Is Unveiled as 2022 FIRST® Robotics Competition Challenge

SCHENCK USA Hosts Distribution of Kits of Parts to Teams Due to SBPLI’s COVID Safety Protocols

 

KINGS PARK, NEW YORK — On January 8, U.S. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) unveiled this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) challenge, “RAPID REACTSM” presented by The Boeing Company.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA Long Island FIRST volunteers distribute kits of parts to local team leaders as part of the FIRST Robotics Competition season kickoff at SCHENCK USA CORP. in Deer Park on January 8.

RAPID REACT is part of the 2021-2022 FIRST season, FIRST FORWARDSMpresented by Qualcomm, in which FIRST teams will explore the future of transportation. From the shipment of packages in rural and urban areas, to disaster relief delivery and high-tech air transit, teams will re-imagine faster, more reliable, inclusive and sustainable transportation innovations that better connect and grow communities and economies around the world.

In RAPID REACT presented by The Boeing Company, two competing alliances are invited to process cargo for transportation. Each alliance is assigned a cargo color to process by retrieving their assigned cargo and scoring it into the hub. Human players assist the cargo retrieval and scoring efforts from within their terminals. In the final moments of each match, alliance robots race to engage with their hangar to prepare for transport.

However, due to COVID concerns, participation by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island (SBPLI), also known as FIRST Long Island, was atypical. Unlike previous years in which the organization hosted a local event with breakfast, local presentations and the FIRST broadcast, SBPLI limited its participation to handing out the kits of parts to Long Island teams outdoors. Team leaders traveled to SCHENCK USA CORP. in Deer Park, where SBPLI volunteers distributed a build kit to each team. Each build kit contained motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials and a mix of additional automation components, along with limited instructions.

“Leading up to the main competition, FIRST Long Island students will work with coaches and mentors to apply concepts of math, science and engineering to build their robots to meet the game’s objectives,” said Lawrence Toonkel, FRC Director, SBPLI. “The FIRST Robotics Competition is not just about the design and build of sophisticated robots; our students will also learn important concepts such as teamwork, problem solving and healthy competition. Over the years, FIRST students from Long Island received more than $8 million in scholarships for higher education, in areas of science, technology, engineering, business or math in college. These students also develop maturity, professionalism and teamwork skills that enrich their lives. Our graduates often pursue careers with sponsoring companies, meeting the businesses’ needs for well-rounded, technically skilled employees.”

FIRST isn’t limited to Long Island; nearly 3,900 teams from all over the world came together as a community to share in the excitement of seeing the new game unveiled and will draw on this enthusiasm during the build period. During this time, all FIRST students will be asked to design, build, test and update their robots before the start of the 2022 competition, which includes more than 170 Regional and District events beginning in late February. These events measure the effectiveness of each robot’s design and control, the power of teamwork and the determination of participating students not only to win, but to learn and have fun.

To learn more about RAPID REACT, visit https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/game-and-season. For more information on SBPLI, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

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About FIRST®  
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $30 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST®, go to www.firstinspires.org.

 

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,500 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright Discusses “Environmental Consideration” at LIMBA

Steve Englebright (center), New York State Assemblyman, was the guest speaker at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting at TopGolf in Holtsville on December 3, 2021. Also pictured (left to right): Maureen Early, Senior Community Affairs Specialist, Covanta; Matty Aracich, President, Building & Construction Trades Council and Board Member, LIMBA; Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA; John C. Tsunis, Chief Executive Officer, Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook; Robert W. Doyle Jr., Principal, Lewis Johns Avallone Aviles, LLP; and Ken Nevor, Member, LIMBA.

On December 3, 2021, Steve Englebright, New York State Assemblyman, spoke at LIMBA’s (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting on the topic “Environmental Consideration.” This meeting was held at TopGolf in Holtsville.

The assemblyman covered a number of topics during his presentation and answered questions from the audience. He explained that he was a co-sponsor of a bill to have state residents vote on a proposal to incorporate the Environmental Rights Act into the New York State Constitution. The bill was signed into law and voted on in the general election in November 2021. The proposal passed by a 70%-30% margin; the Act will provide New York residents “the rights to clean air, clean water, and a healthful environment.” “I’m very pleased that it passed,” the assemblyman said, adding that sister states such as Pennsylvania and Montana already have such amendments on the books. “It’s very significant.”

He also discussed the passage of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) two years ago, which called for leading environmental experts and agency heads to draft a plan for the state on environmental conservation. A draft of the plan is expected to be released soon. “As a state, we are becoming a part of the national and global marketplace to reduce greenhouse gases,” he said.

Mr. Englebright talked about what he saw were disturbing trends in the environment, such as melting ice caps and heavier-than-expected rainfall on the East Coast, while the West Coast has had none. He said he foresees eroding seashores, adding, “it’s not a far possibility” and the hundred-year storms “are now coming every two to three years.” In Colorado, for the first time, the state has not had snow in early December. “We definitely need to confront this,” he said.

He noted that September 2, 2021 was a significant day because he remembered leaving Albany and seeing the Saw Mill River Parkway flooded out. When he drove through the Bronx, “there were cars upside down,” he said.

Climate change just doesn’t affect the environment, Mr. Englebright said, it also affects business productivity, the economy and the way we live. He said pollutants in the air pose a threat to our pulmonary and cardiovascular systems and the quality of our drinking water can also affect our health. To reverse the trend, the state must look to decarbonization, which can only be achieved by converting to renewable energy.

The discussion turned to the use of alternative energy sources and getting away from fossil fuels. This included the proposal to electrify the Port Jefferson LIRR line. “Why do we still have diesel engines in Suffolk County?” Mr. Englebright asked. He also noted that the MTA put in an order for 50 new diesel engines with a 50-year life span in 2019 which “contradicted the purposes and goals of the climate bill,” meaning the CLCPA. The MTA since rescinded the order.

Electrification of the trains will help the local economy become more prosperous, the assemblyman said. In addition, the use of alternative energy such as solar can help increase the values of homes and businesses.

At the end of his presentation, he urged local business groups to meet with him and learn how they can help push for greener practices in the building and construction of homes and businesses. “The environment is either going to be our salvation,” he said, “or it’s going to be a problem.”

Mr. Englebright has served in the Assembly since 1992. He authored New York State’s first solar and wind net-metering laws and successfully pushed for the expansion of solar net-metering to include all utility customer classes. In February 2015, he was appointed Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation. His priorities include advancing policy and budgetary initiatives to improve the quality of our air and waters, open space preservation, recycling and sustainability and ramping up our effort on the state level to reduce greenhouse gases and combat the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, ocean acidification and future extreme weather events.

For more information about upcoming LIMBA programs, visit https://limba.net/.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net

2022 FIRST® Robotics Competition Season Kicks Off on January 8

The Long Island Regional FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition season will kick off on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Knowing only that this year’s theme is 2022 RAPID REACTSM presented by The Boeing Company, local FIRST teams, and the 4,000 teams representing 35 countries around the world, will receive this year’s game rules via a video feed that will be broadcast at the same time across the globe.

 

Typically, as hosts of the Long Island regionals, School Business Partnership of Long Island, Inc (SBPLI) DBA FIRST Long Island would normally hold a kickoff event where its members and sponsors would treat students and parents to presentations regarding the impact of the program on local communities and businesses. That would be followed by a broadcast from FIRST headquarters and the handing out the kits of parts needed to construct the robots to participate in this season’s game.

 

However, because of the rapid spread of COVID-19, SBPLI will be restricting its participation during the kickoff to distribution of the kits of parts only via curbside pickup. There will be no local presentations, and the teams will be responsible to watch the FIRST headquarters broadcast on their own prior to coming and picking up their kits. The pickup of the kits will occur at the kit shipment receiving location, SCHENCK USA CORP, from 1 to 3 p.m. SCHENCK USA CORP is located at 529 Acorn Street in Deer Park.

 

This year, two regional tournaments will be held as part of the SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. They will take place on March 20-26, 2022 at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Each event will serve as a separate regional, with different teams competing in separate alliances and tournament rounds. Some of the teams set to participate in the local regionals will move on to compete at the 2022 FIRST Championship in Houston.

 

Leading up to the regionals, SBPLI students will work with engineering mentors to apply concepts of math and science learned in the classroom to build their robots. Students will also learn important concepts such as teamwork, problem solving and healthy competition. Many SBPLI students use these skills while pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.

 

Over the years, FIRST students from Long Island have received millions of dollars in scholarships for higher education. This year, there are 200 scholarship providers who will give students participating in FIRST access to more than $80 million worth of scholarships.

 

“We are thrilled to get our 2022 season underway and are looking forward to another great kick-off,” says Larry Toonkel, Co-Director, FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Long Island. “We are also excited to bring the Long Island Regional back in person as more teams are looking to be part of our annual event.”

 

For more information on SBPLI or FIRST Long Island, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

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About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

 

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

Longtime Real Estate Industry Expert Says Millennials Should Do More of Their “Homework” Before Buying a House

Charles Rutenberg Realty Broker/Owner Says Millennials Don’t Understand Options Available in Purchasing Their Home, Including Using Their Financing to Pay off Debts

PLAINVIEW, NEW YORK — With fewer houses available for sale, many Millennials are quickly scooping up those which are still on the market, but the problem for them, says Joe Moshé, Broker/Owner, Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc., is that they are not fully educated on the full benefits of homeownership, such as using their home’s value to pay off debt.

A recent survey from Hometap, a provider of home equity investments, found that 83% of Millennials who own a home carry some form of debt, compared to 77% of all respondents and 72% of Baby Boomers. In its findings, Hometap said that Millennials spend more of their monthly income on homeownership costs and, of all generational groups, they are the least knowledgeable on how much equity they have in their homes.

According to CoreLogic, homeowners with mortgages collectively amassed $3.2 trillion in home equity in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 31.1% over the third quarter of 2020. That means each homeowner gained $56,700 of equity on average.

“With mortgages, utility payments and student loans, younger homeowners are finding themselves in debt,” Mr. Moshé says. “They further their debt by constantly making improvements. In a rush to buy a home, they don’t know about home equity, and they don’t understand how to take advantage of the value of their home.”

Mr. Moshé also tells Millennials that their home is a major investment and, therefore, they should obtain the services of a knowledgeable Real Estate Professional who can guide them through the many aspects of homebuying, including how to shop for a mortgage and which down payment assistance programs are available.

“They should also locate the services of a qualified, experienced, Real Estate attorney and shop for title insurance, as you would for financing, to protect their homes,” he says. “One available resource is Revolution Abstract (www.revolutionabstract.com), which can help them find title insurance at cost.”

For more information, visit www.crrli.com.

Gershow Recycling Donates Use of Wrecked Vehicle to Town of Huntington for Anti-Drunk and Distracted Driving Campaign

Kevin Gershowitz (standing behind podium), President, Gershow Recycling, speaks during a press conference announcing the Town of Huntington’s anti-drunk and distracted driving campaign on November 30. Also pictured (left to right): Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town of Huntington; Cathy Busuttil, whose sister was the victim of a drunk driving accident; Joan Cergol, Councilwoman, Town of Huntington; and Isai Fuentes, Program Specialist, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, New York State Office.

Gershow Recycling recently donated the use of a wrecked car in support of the Town of Huntington’s Anti-Drunk and Distracted Driving Campaign. Presented by Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town of Huntington, and the Huntington Town Board, the program reminds residents of the dangers of drunk or distracted driving during the holidays.

 

Kevin Gershowitz, President, Gershow Recycling, took part in a press conference that was held on November 30, along with local elected officials, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and law enforcement personnel.

 

Mr. Gershowitz thanked the Town and MADD for their public awareness efforts and noted that Gershow takes in thousands of vehicles that were involved in serious accidents each year, some of which were the result of drunk driving. “There’s no reason to drive drunk today,” Mr. Gershowitz said. “Technology has afforded us the ability to use Uber, Lyft and all the types of ride-sharing services. I urge you: take advantage of it. Have fun, but stay away from your car if you’ve had too much to drink.”

Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead. For more information, call (631) 289-6188 or visit www.gershow.com.

 

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Started in 1964 by Sam Gershowitz, Gershow Recycling began as a two man operation with a tractor and trailer, a boom truck and the first portable car flattener. Now with the second generation carrying on the legacy, Gershow generates over 750 jobs, contributing millions of dollars to the local economy, while helping to preserve Long Island’s environment. Gershow Recycling takes aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company produces both ferrous and non-ferrous products.

Winners Announced at Ninth Annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational

First Live Event Held in Two Years

 

Robots from Team #5736 “Kingsmen” from Kings Park High School, Team #870 “Southold Team RICE” from Southold High School and Team #2872 “Cybercats” from The Wheatley School hang from the Generator Switch during a match at the Half Hollow Hills Invitational at Half Hollow Hills West High School in Dix Hills on November 6.

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] — On November 6, fourteen teams from Long Island competed in the Ninth Annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational at Half Hollow Hills West High School in Dix Hills. It was the first time in two years that the event was held in person. The Invitational was presented by the Half Hollow Hills School District, with support from School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island.

 

This year’s winning alliance consisted of the following teams: Team #870 “Southold Team RICE” from Southold High School; Team #2872 “Cybercats” from The Wheatley School; and Team #2869 “Regal Eagles” from Bethpage High School. Runners-up included Team #3950 “RoboGym Robotics” from North Shore High School; Team #5736 “Kingsmen” from Kings Park High School; and Team #1468 “Hicksville J-Birds” from Hicksville High School.

 

This year’s challenge was INFINITE RECHARGESM, in which both alliances have two minutes and 15 seconds to protect FIRST City from approaching asteroids caused by a distant skirmish in outer space. Alliances scored points by scoring Power Cells in the Power Port, completing both Rotation and Position Control and getting the Generator Switch to the level position. Additional points were scored by hanging the robot from the Generator Switch within the final 30 seconds of the match.

 

For more information, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

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About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

 

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

Two Brothers Scrap Metal Collects 6,220 Pounds of Unused and Unwanted Electronics at Mineola Middle School’s eWaste Drive

Students from Mineola Middle School pose with some of the electronic devices they collected during their fifth annual eWaste Drive on October 28. They are joined by (back row, left to right) Catherine Shanahan, Assistant Principal; Steve Benner, Dean of Students; and Amy Trojanowski, Principal, Mineola Middle School; and Mark Santiago, Manager; and Erlan Bonilla, Employee, Two Brothers Scrap Metal.

 

Two Brothers Scrap Metal donated the use of a container for Mineola Middle School’s eWaste Drive, which was held on October 28. The drive brought in 6,220 pounds of electronic waste. Residents dropped off unwanted and unused computers, hard drives, printers, flatscreen TVs, chargers which were collected by students from the school’s National Honor Society.

 

The purpose of the drive was to help the environment by disposing of electronics that are either no longer being used or do not work anymore; recycling electronic waste keeps it from winding up in landfills.

 

Two Brothers has participated in the eWaste Drive for the past five years. During that time, the company has hauled away 44,260 pounds — more than 22 tons — of electronic waste. The staff at Mineola Middle School thanked Two Brothers for its support.

 

For more information, call (631) 694-8188 or visit www.twobrothersscrapmetal.com.

 

 

 

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About Two Brothers Scrap Metal

Located in Farmingdale, New York, Two Brothers Scrap Metal offers some of the highest scrap metal prices in the tri-state area for aluminum, copper, brass, lead, steel and stainless steel. Two Brothers also accepts and pays out lithoplates, lithofilm, goldenrod, x-rays, radiators, wire and batteries. Other services include free roll-off service, container service, walk-in service, radio dispatched lift-gate trucks, drum and drum handling equipment, personal handling of payment and residential and commercial pick-up service. For more information, call (631) 694-8188 or visit www.twobrothersscrapmetal.com.

POSCO Honors Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York President Sal Scarlato

Pictured (front row, left to right): Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia; Sal Scarlato, President, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York; Han Eui (Henry) Do, President, POSCO; John Sehejong Ha, 1st Vice President, and Aurelio Romeu, Member, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York.
Back row (left to right): Henry Schroeder and Alfred Enannuelo, Members, and William H. Arnaiz, Director, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York; Sungho Huh, Consul, POSCO; Alex Mauro, Member and Paul Fitzsimmons, Treasurer, Korean War Veterans, Department of New York.
Sal Scarlato (left), President, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York, accepts an award from Han Eui (Henry) Do (right), during a special ceremony at the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 in Islandia on October 1.

On October 1, representatives from POSCO, a South Korean steel manufacturer, recognized Sal Scarlato, President, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York, at a special ceremony at the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 in Islandia. Mr. Scarlato was one of 100 Korean War veterans in the United States who were recognized by the company this year for their contributions to South Korea’s economy and infrastructure.

Mr. Scarlato was presented with his portrait encased in a personalized stainless steel photo frame. The frame symbolizes POSCO’s “sincere gratitude and respect for Korean War veterans that will never rust,” the company said. Over the years, the company has developed deep ties with the local Korean War Veterans Association.

Founded in 1968, POSCO (Pohang Iron & Steel Co, Ltd) is the world’s leading steel-making company with steelworks in Pohang and Gwangyang, South Korea. The company also operates in 52 countries and employs over 29,000 people worldwide.

For more information, call (631) 348-1133 or visit www.newvillageofislandia.com.

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Incorporated in 1985, the Village of Islandia is home to over 3,000 residents and over 1,300 businesses. The village’s proximity to New York City and the North and South shores of Long Island makes Islandia an attractive destination for residents and businesses who may be thinking of relocating to Long Island. For more information, please visit www.newvillageofislandia.com.

Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.’s “The Vanderbilt Team” Raises $7,500 for the Brotherhood for the Fallen Suffolk County Chapter

Pictured (left to right): Kent Markgraf, Esq., Leader, and Robert Lorenzo II, Member, Charles Rutenberg Realty’s “The Vanderbilt Team”; Joe Moshé Owner, and Ruth Pfeffer, Office Manager/Associate Broker, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.; Charles Giardella, John Chiquitucto and Charles Ebert, Members, Board of Trustees, and Francis Collins, Vice President, Brotherhood for the Fallen Suffolk County Chapter; Teresa Feehan, Loan Officer, TFCU; and Kevin Foley, Travel Secretary, Brotherhood for the Fallen Suffolk County Chapter.

Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.’s “The Vanderbilt Team” joined Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU) in sponsoring the Brotherhood for the Fallen Charity Event, which was held at Timber Point Country Club in Great River on September 14. The event helped raise $7,500 for the organization, which will be used to provide financial assistance to families of police officers who were killed in the line of duty.

The event holds a special meaning to Charles Rutenberg Realty’s “The Vanderbilt Team.” Kent Markgraf, Esq., Team Leader, and five Agents on his team also serve as members of the Suffolk County Police Department.

Formed in August 2016, the Brotherhood for the Fallen Suffolk County chapter has more than 800 members with full support from the upper echelon of the Suffolk County Police Department, the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association and other law enforcement unions and fraternal organizations.

“As the owner of Charles Rutenberg Realty, I am so proud of our Agents who give back to the communities they serve, and I am pleased that, as a company, we were able to support this organization and the work they do to support the families of fallen police officers,” said Joe Moshé, Owner, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.

For more information, visit www.crrli.com.

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About Charles Rutenberg Realty

Founded in 2006, by Joe and Pamela Moshé, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. is one of the nation’s fastest-growing, most progressive Real Estate Agencies, with 1,000 associated Real Estate Professionals. Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial transactions in Long Island and Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties. Among the 1,950 Real Estate offices represented by Multiple Listing Services (MLS), Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. has among the highest in market share for transactions closed, available inventory and listings taken for the last ten years. They are consistently among the largest firms within the Long Island Board of Realtors. Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. is headquartered in Plainview, New York and maintains branch offices in Queens, Bronx, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Other Charles Rutenberg offices are located in New York City; Clearwater, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit www.crrli.com.