Santino Honors Hempstead Town’s Eagle Scouts and Gold Award Recipients at Nature Preserve That Scouts Helped Build

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D'Esposito and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad honored an outstanding group of Eagle Scouts and Gold Award recipients during a ceremony at the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick on Saturday, June 4th. The iconic park features many scouting projects that are in harmony with nature.

The Town of Hempstead is home to over 150 Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, who were invited to the 11th Annual Scout Recognition ceremony. Santino presented each Scout in attendance with commemorative Town of Hempstead patches and official certificates to mark their rise to the highest levels in scouting.

“The ranks of Eagle Scout and the Gold Award culminate years of hard work and service to communities provided by these wonderful young men and women,” Santino said. “These talented individuals certainly have a bright future.”

Santino was joined by CEO Donna Ceravolo and Chief Volunteer Officer Wanda Jackson of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County and Scout Executive Jay Garee, Council President Steve Grosskopf and Council Commissioner Pete Shields of the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The event was sponsored by Wild by Nature market of Oceanside.

Opened in 2000, the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve is a landfill-turned nature preserve that serves as a plant and wildlife sanctuary, as well as a tranquil respite for residents. The preserve has been home to several Eagle and Gold Award projects through the years. Katelin Harrington, the scout speaker for the ceremony, is currently working on her Girl Scouts gold project at the park.  

Harrington, of Merrick, raised funds and spearheaded the construction of a “viewfinder” to enhance the experience for visitors who enjoy the beautiful sights from the highest points of the park. Vistas include the Manhattan skyline. She discussed her project and the importance of attaining the rank of the Gold Award.

“The Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve, which is an ecological gem of our town, provides a great setting for this event as Scouts have traditionally made the environment an important priority,” Santino said. “I’m proud to congratulate the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts on their amazing achievements.”