Local Eagle Scouts Celebrated by Elected Officals

Huntington officials welcomed several new Eagle Scouts at recent Court of Honors from Troops 309, 106 and 474. Town Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, along with Legislator Susan A. Berland, Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol and Assemblyman Andrew P. Raia attended each event that celebrated the accomplishments of the new scouts.

Troop 309

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci; Eagle Scout Blaise F. Vastola.

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci honored Eagle Scout Blaise F. Vastola of Troop 309 during the scout’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at the Dix Hills Fire Department.

Vastola’s project, an 18’x18′ painted chessboard with two benches, provides an alternative during recess from classes for students who don’t play sports.

“Chess is a game that stimulates the brain and requires strategic thinking to outsmart an opponent,” said Supervisor Lupinacci. “Mr. Vastola’s consideration for individuals who excel at more cerebrally-focused activities will serve him in achieving his future goals and his mindfulness will assuredly benefit our larger community.”

Legislator Susan A. Berland also congratulated two other scouts at the Court of Honor, Jason Bruckner and Benjamin Rochler. She presented them with County Proclamations of 16th Legislative District pins.

Jason dedicated his time to build a 10-foot-by-10 foot life size eagle nest at the Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown. The life sized eagle nest is going to be used by the children at the center’s summer camp to play in and learn about birds.

Benjamin worked on the construction of eight raised cedar planter boxes that are going to be used for the planting and growing of organic food at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Dominic Homecoming Farm in Amityville. The farm and the planters are used to produce food not only for the nuns in residence, but also for other members and those in need in the surrounding community.

(L-R) Eagle Scout Jason Bruckner; Legislator Susan A. Berland; Eagle Scout Benjamin Rochler

“As a mother of an Eagle Scout from Troop 309, I continue to proud of my troop and congratulate Jaeson Bruckner and Benjamin Rochler for achieving the rank of eagle,” Legislator Berland said. “I know the time and dedication needed to accomplish this goal and just how special this occasion is for Jason, Benjamin and their families.”




Troop 106

Councilwoman congratulates Dix Hills-based Troop 106 for producing 97 Eagle Scouts

Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol recently congratulated Dix Hills-based Troop 106 for producing 97 Eagle Scouts, recognizing four new ones.

Dylan Campbell, a graduate of Half Hollow High School-East, competed on the wrestling team and built a new awards podium for the team, after hosting a pasta party to raise the funds for it and convincing Florence Building Products to donate the materials. He is currently studying bioscience at Farmingdale State College.

Thomas Kowalski built an outdoor reading area at the Half Hollow Hills Library’s Melville location. He is studying mass media and communications at the University at Buffalo.

Tristan Delaney was inspired for his project by his work as an intern at the Sweetbriar Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Smithtown. He built a mobile kiosk there, also raising funds through a pasta dinner. He is pursuing his degree in public relations at Hofstra University and has enlisted as a cadet in the Army ROTC.

Joshua Kimelstein, inspired by the time he spent with his grandfather at the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center, created two mobile vegetable planters that are wheelchair accessible. He is also at Farmingdale State College, studying nursing, with the goal of returning to the Northport VA

“I am honored to be sharing this momentous occasion with all of you, and I sincerely thank Troop 106 for producing all these Eagle Scouts,” Councilwoman Cergol said.

Troop 474

Assemblyman Andrew P. Raia; Luke Anthony Zarko; Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci.

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci celebrated an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Luke Anthony Zarko of Boy Scout Troop 474 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Youth Building in East Northport on March 9.

The new Eagle Scout constructed a beautification project at the entrance of Northport Middle School, which included the creation of a stone planter wall, the removal of obstructive plantings and replacing them with low-lying, low-maintenance plantings and restoration of the school sign.

“Luke is well-suited for a career in landscape design or in public service, as his beautification project served as a symbol of his gratitude toward his Middle School,” Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci said. “Luke navigated the layers of government to realize his goal, meeting with his principal to discuss the needs of the school as well as his concerns regarding the disrepair of the existing sign; his beautification efforts mirror the Town’s commitment to beautification projects, which enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and visit our community.”


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