Huntington School Briefs
The Flower Hill School PTA will be led by co-Presidents Susan Lyons and Tracy Tucker. The executive board also includes Lauren Meagher (vice president), Amy Girimonti (vice president), Jean Pillion (treasurer), Amy Fives (corresponding secretary), Krista McDonald (recording secretary) and historians Shaki Coulter, Gail Lennon and Deidre Severine.
Dana Forte and Erin Sclafani will serve as the Flower Hill's delegates to the PTA Council.
Blue Devil Marching Band
The Huntington High School Blue Devil marching band will open its competitive New York State Field Band Conference schedule on Sunday, September 18 at 12:30 p.m. at Brentwood High School.
The Blue Devils will compete at Copiague High School on Sunday, September 25 at 12:45 p.m. and at Walt Whitman High School on Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. Huntington will also "lay it on the line" on Sunday, October 9 at 1:39 p.m. at Arlington High School, host its own home show at Blue Devil Stadium on Sunday, October 16 (Huntington will perform at 12:13 p.m.) and battle at Mineola High School on Saturday, October 22 at 6:56 p.m.
The Blue Devils will compete in the state championship at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on Sunday, October 30 at 3:05 p.m.
New Finley Teacher
Kenneth Donovan has been appointed to serve as a social studies teacher at J. Taylor Finley Middle School. He will replace Brad Reminick, who resigned to become assistant principal at Copiague High School.
Mr. Donovan obtained a bachelor of arts in history and social studies education at Hofstra University in 2009. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at Queens College.
Prior to coming to Huntington, Mr. Donovan worked an eighth grade and eleventh grade social studies teacher at St. Demetrios High School in Astoria during the 2009/10 school year. He was an eighth grade leave replacement social studies teacher at North Shore Middle School last year.
Huntington officials reviewed 520 applications, pre-screened 25 candidates and conducted 12 personal interviews before recommending Mr. Donovan to the Huntington School Board for appointment.
School Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Huntington School Board will be held on Monday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Abrams School auditorium. The public is invited to attend.
Class of 1982 Reunion
Reunions of America is helping plan a reunion for the Huntington High School Class of 1982 next year. The date and location of the 30-year reunion has not yet been announced.
Finley Open House
Hundreds of students and parents turned out for an informal open house at J. Taylor Finley Middle School last Friday. Seventh and eighth graders were able to visit their locker and try the combination, meet with guidance counselors, say hello to Principal John Amato and Assistant Principal Kenneth Parham and walk through their schedule to find classrooms.
Tour of Facilities
Huntington School Board members Emily Rogan, John Paci III, Elizabeth Black and Jennifer Hebert toured district schools last Friday with Superintendent James W. Polansky, Assistant Superintendent David H. Grackin and Director of Facilities Alvin White.
The group inspected conditions in the buildings, reviewed summer repairs and cleaning projects and met with principals along the way.
Huntington High School Class of 1995 alum Jesse Langel is practicing law in Manhattan. A graduate of Arizona State University, he earned a JD at New York Law School.
Mr. Langel is the principal attorney at The Langel Firm. He previously worked as an associate attorney at John Chambers, PC. He is licensed to practice in state and federal courts and is known as an aggressive negotiator and litigator who relentlessly advancing his client's interests.
The Huntington grad's recent specialties include credit card and debt litigation, vacating and enforcing money judgments, and evictions and non-payment proceedings. Mr. Langel's core specialties include medical malpractice litigation, contract/insurance disputes and negligence and business torts.
During his years at Huntington High School, Mr. Langel was a key member of the Blue Devil wrestling team. He remains in fine physical shape today.
Marching Band's New Website
The Huntington High School Blue Devil marching band has a sleek new website at www.hbdmb.org. It is loaded with photos and videos, historical archives, band news, competition schedules, directions to events, announcements, links, forms, contact information, an alumni section, a drill guide and rehearsal schedule, commentary and messages from band leaders.