Monday, October 31, 2011

Remembering Nicky - We Thank You!

We can NOT possibly Thank everyone individually who shared their kind words, compassion and prayers for our family at such a difficult time in our lives. We were so blessed to have Nicholas for the years that we did. At times his life faced challenges but he always rose to the occasion fighting & overcoming; which we as a family now carry on his determined spirit. A determination we could not possibly have without the support of the many great family, friends, collegues & our community. We knew in our hearts what a wonderful kid Nicky was but the overwhelming turnout shocked us as to how many people agreed and loved Nicky!

We thank you all for showing you cared! Click here for a video our neice made as a memory as we now move on and celebrate Nicky's life.

Thank you for being our friend and Nicky's,

The Vacchio Family

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Mark & Dawn Sarro(Lawrence High graduates) have been decorating their house at 295 Washington Ave. Cedarhurst for 12 years now. It seem to be getting bigger every year. They starting doing this because when they were kids they would see other houses on the block decorated for Halloween and liked to keep that tradition going. The decorating process starts in September with Mark building most of the decorations from scratch. He usually get his ideas from watching horrors films or TV shows (The Walking Dead). They start out first with a layout of the front yard and go from there giving input on where things should go. Dawn usually works on the pumpkin patch area, while Mark works on the graveyard scene. Mark originally started out with ten tombstones and has added one every year. This year there will be twenty- three tombstones which will have writings about current events that happen during the year. In addition to the graveyard they built a wooden guillotine and a coffin that will be rigged with a fog machine on Halloween. On the night of Halloween, speakers will play sound effects to make the scenery more eerie. After everything is done, Mark will dress up and hide in the scenery waiting for the treaters to come up our walkway and frighten them. Afterwards all are welcome to take pictures. We get alot of compliments from friends, family, neighbors, and people who pass by on their way to and from work. Sometimes we even get a few motorist that pull over and get out to take a picture. This year they've added a new scenery to scare the treaters. They won't say what it is but invite all to stop by on Halloween to check it out.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


This year's Inwood 5K was the best turnout in it's 18 year history. There were 342 total entries including 305 in the 5K race alone. The 272 5K finishers surpassed last year's record of 223. Once again, the committee's 12 community organizations supplied volunteers on race day to make the event run so smoothly. Road security, set-up, registration and refreshments for the runners are just some of the duties of the volunteers.

The generosity and support of St. John's Hospital allowed the use computerized chip timing, which produced instant race results. Capital One Bank was the trophy sponsor once again, giving away close to 100 awards and medals. There was a 1K Fun Run for kids and a Tot-Trot for children under the age of 6, where each one got a pumpkin to take home.

This year there were awards for the top Inwood Male and Female Finisher. The awards were named in memory of Brian Super and June Kenny, Inwood residents who were involved in the Inwood 5K and have passed on. The Winneres were Lia Miele and Jose Portillo.

The overall champion was 22-year old Patrick McCabe (18:15) of Garden City Park and the 1st female finisher was 15-year old Shaniqua Kirkpatrick (19:56) of Queens Village. Their names will be placed along with the other past champions on the Raymond Barbuti and Georgina Kirk Meserole Memorial Plaques that are sponsored each year by Inwood Civic Leader, Roy Meserole.

Proceeds from the race will go to 12 graduating high school seniors in June. Each will be picked by one of the community organizations on the race committee. For more info on the event go to

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


The gentleman and his daughter are from Queens. The baby's bottle contained ammonium chloride; which is a chemical found in fire extinguishers. There was also residue found on the baby's car seat which is belived to be Sevin. Sevin is a pesticide that is known as a "bug killer" or insect prevention.

A 2 year old female, an a 45 year old male were found unconcious in a white Toyota behind Amazing Savings in Lawrence. The Nassau County Hazmat teams are investingating a white powdery substance that was also found in the vehicle. It is believed that the 2 year old is in critical but stable condition, and the 45 year old male is in critical condition. We will continue to update this story as we get further details.