May is Better Hearing and Speech Month


Mill Neck Services
Center for Hearing Health

is celebrating hearing health all month long! Call 516-628-4258 today to reserve your spot at these FREE events.


May 4 & 5
For Moms
This Mother’s Day, why not give the gift of better hearing?
Free hearing screenings and hearing aid cleaning will be available. Refreshments too!


May 17-19
“Good Neighbor” Days
Hearing screenings open to the community.  All ages.


May 26
Civil Service Day
Hearing screenings for civil service employees.


The Center for Hearing Health is a full-service adult and pediatric audiology facility. Most insurances accepted.

Mill Neck Services Center for Hearing Health
40 Frost Mill Road
Mill Neck, NY 11765





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Lutheran Friends of the Deaf featured in LCMS RSO Newsletter!


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Rhythm & Reds: Hitting a High Note for Deaf and Special Education

Meet Grammy award winning musician Sting and director Trudie Styler at Mill Neck Manor Event

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Tudie Styler and Sting purchased and restored the historic Italian estate and vineyard Il Palagio in 1997.

Tudie Styler and Sting purchased and restored the historic Italian estate and vineyard, Il Palagio, in 1997.

It’s not every day you see the words “music” and “Deafness” paired together in such harmony. Actually, it may sound downright out of place for those who aren’t familiar with Deaf, hard of hearing or special needs populations. Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf has witnessed the astounding effects of music therapy and improved literacy first-hand—and they’re personally inviting you into their world.

On Wednesday, June 22, from 6-8 p.m., the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, along with actress and director Trudie Styler and world-renowned musician Sting, is hosting an exclusive evening called “Rhythm and Reds.” This special event features a wine tasting of vintages from their Tuscan estate, Il Palagio, and food pairing to benefit the Mill Neck Manor Music Endowment Fund for children and adults who are Deaf and have other special needs.

When it comes to literacy, Deaf children have the odds stacked against them from the time they are born. Deaf infants begin life in a soundless world with the unimaginable task of trying to make sense of what is happening around them. By school age, most Deaf children’s language skills are significantly behind their hearing peers and the gap tends to widen as time goes by. Mill Neck was pleased to find studies that show music can act as a powerful tool to positively affect oral language development and increase other literacy skills.


Mill Neck Manor’s Part-Time Music Therapist works with children in the Deaf Education Center and the Early Childhood Center.

“Rhythm and Reds” was launched to foster awareness of the significant connection between music and literacy skills and create continued support of this important educational endeavor. And this remarkable connection extends beyond just the Deaf population. Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center, which consists of 3- and 4-year-old children who have intense communication issues, such as speech/language delays and disorders, cognitive and motor deficits and autism-related disorders, are also profoundly affected by the influence of music and literacy.

The upcoming event will be held at the historic Mill Neck Manor House, a circa 1923, Tudor Revival mansion at 40 Frost Mill Road in Mill Neck. Attendees will partake in a special wine tasting of four vintage red wines: “When We Dance,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Casino delle Vie” and “Sister Moon,” all produced at Il Palagio—Trudie and Sting’s sprawling 865-acre Tuscan estate. The April 2016 issue of Wine Spectator features Trudie and Sting on its cover and a 9-page story on their award-winning wines and beautiful Italian home.

Guests will also enjoy a variety of delectable hors d’oeuvres created by celebrated Long Island chef/restaurateur Tom Schaudel and have opportunities to bid on silent auction items, including a Fender Precision Bass Guitar autographed by Sting; dinner for 10; the evening’s featured wines; an autographed selection of Sting’s albums and much more. Note: online auction bidding begins on Monday, May 16 at 10 a.m.

Tickets for “Rhythm & Reds” are $200 per person. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Nancy Leghart at 516-628-4243 or

Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser for Mill Neck Services, Inc.



You’re invited to an
Applebee’s® Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast to support


Mill Neck Services, Inc.
April 17, 2016 8am-10am
Tickets Cost: $15.00

If you are unable to join us at the breakfast on April 17,
consider making a donation to the event and we will include your name 
(as you wish to be listed) in our “Virtual Pancake Stack” on our website.


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For more information, please contact Gabrielle Pollard at 516-622-2185 or email


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Swingin’ Summer Invitational Golf Tournament

Benefiting the Mill Neck Family of Organizations

Monday, June 27, 2016 


Club LogoThe Mill Neck Family of Organizations will be hosting the annual “Swingin’ Summer Invitational Golf Tournament & Spa Day” to be held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Cold Spring Country Club in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. The Tournament will feature many exciting opportunities for golfers. There will be prizes for individuals and teams, opportunities for hole-in-one prizes, a million dollar challenge, putting green contest, raffles and more.  Non-golfers can also show their support by indulging in the Spa package or attending the evening’s “Champions Dinner.”

The Mill Neck Family of Organizations is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people who are Deaf, or who have other special needs, through excellence in individually designed educational and vocational programs and services. Advances in technology have allowed us to greater enhance the quality of education and services we offer. Proceeds from this event will help to increase our access to the new and vital technology our organization needs.

We hope you will join us for this exciting event!



Ways to Get Involved:

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Why not donate a foursome to your club or a raffle prize to our silent auction?

Please call Nancy Leghart with your raffle prize ideas and donations at (516) 628-4239, email or contact any of our committee members:


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Michael Killian Maryann Rocchi Maura Burns Michelle Yadoo
John Mangano Samantha Hallman Matthew Pomara



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Thank you to all of our sponsors, golfers, spa participants and spa-goers for making the 2015 Swingin’ Summer Golf & Spa event a success!


Visit our Facebook page for fun photos from the event.



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Mill Neck Manor Team Wins Sportsmanship Award at Academic Bowl!

From March 10-13, the student representatives from Mill Neck Manor competed in the 2016 annual Gallaudet University Northeast Regional Academic Bowl hosted by New York School for the Deaf at Fanwood. The Mill Neck Manor Academic Bowl team received guidance from coaches Rebecca Pilson, and Rose Madera de Farruya. The team had four wins and four losses at the event. Coach Gabrielle Barry, who helped prepare the team through December before she left on maternity leave, came to the regional competition to show support for the team with her beautiful new baby girl. Also present in the audience from Mill Neck Manor, showing much support, was Superintendent Fran Bogdanoff. Both Fran Bogdanoff and Principal Katie Kerzner kept in touch with the team throughout the competition, celebrating the wins and comforting and encouraging the team during the losses.

A Sportsmanship Award is awarded to one team from each pool at the Regional competitions based on a vote of all the players and coaches in the Regional competition. Players and coaches cannot vote for their own team. The Mill Neck Manor Academic Bowl team was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for the Buff Pool. Each coach and player received a small plaque and one large plaque to bring back to the school.

The annual Academic Bowl competition is part of Gallaudet University’s youth programs outreach initiative which aims to provide opportunities for middle and high school students to connect with each other, pursue academic challenges, and experience personal and academic development.

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The Mill Neck Manor team with coaches Rose Madera de Farruya and Rebecca Pilson, after receiving the award, pictured with the director of the Gallaudet University Regional Center – East, Kathy Vesey and the new President of Gallaudet University, Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano.


The Mill Neck Manor team with Coach Gabrielle Barry and her new baby girl.

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Mill Neck Manor Tours Set to Return this Spring

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The spring blooms in the formal gardens of Mill Neck Manor signal the return of monthly tours at the estate.

The Mill Neck Family of Organizations is pleased to announce the 2016 tour dates for the historic Mill Neck Manor House! The magnificent Tudor Revival mansion, circa 1923, is the former Sefton Manor and is set on an 86-acre estate ­overlooking Long Island Sound. Sign up for one of our docent-led tours and you’ll discover this exquisite gem tucked away at 40 Frost Mill Road in Mill Neck.

The Sunday tours (offered once a month) at the 34-room mansion will open to the public on April 10. Subsequent tour dates are: May 15, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 23, November 13 and December 4. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and are approximately 90 minutes. Light refreshments, featuring freshly-baked scones and custom-blended hot or iced tea, are served following the tour. Visitors are welcome to browse our gift shop and take a self-guided stroll around the Manor’s formal gardens and grounds.

Advance registration is required, with payment due at sign up. Admission is per person. Adults: $25 / Seniors: $20 / Students (must present ID): $15 / Children 12 and under: $5. More information and online registration may be found at You may also call 516-628-4239 or email Tour proceeds benefit the preservation efforts of Mill Neck Manor House.

Mill Neck Manor is also available for specially arranged tour groups of 10 or more ($20 per person), wedding photography, location shoots, community programs and corporate events. For inquiries contact or call 516-628-4243.

Please note the following important information: Sign language interpreters are available for guests who are Deaf provided a request is made in advance. Some areas of the Manor House may be inaccessible on the day of your visit. The mansion is handicap accessible. Smoking and outside food and beverages are not permitted on the premises. No indoor photography. Children and teens must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No pets allowed.


The Mill Neck Family of Organizations, founded by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf in 1947, is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people who are Deaf, or who have other special needs, through excellence in individually-designed educational, vocational or spiritual programs and services. For more information, please call 516-922-4100 or visit

Seminar Offered by Mill Neck Services Center for Hearing Health

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Mill Neck Services Center for Hearing Health will be offering a seminar about CAPTION CALL®. Please come and learn more about it and how you can have it installed in your home at no charge to you.

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm

If you are interested in attending, please contact the center at 516-922-4100 ext. 258 or email to secure your seat.

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Support the Lutheran Friends of the Deaf this Spring Season…

Dear Friends:

It is finally time to look toward the new life of spring! When this season arrives, the chill of winter fades away and the once distant memories of warm weather, oceans and vacations are now on the horizon—the light has begun to emerge from the darkness. And although these glorious spring events are of merit, an even greater event in history comes to mind when this time of year rolls around.

While we bask in the resurrecting life of nature this spring, undoubtedly surrounded by sprouting Tulips and Cherry Blossoms, let us also remember that this is the season of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, referred to as “Resurrection Sunday” or more commonly known as “Easter.” It is the very Son of God that has defeated death, sickness, pain and trouble through His death on the cross and now His resurrection from the dead. “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” I Corinthians 15:20

As we gather together in the celebration of Easter, we attend our community worship services, enveloped by the hymn’s melodic notes, conversing freely about the powerful sermons we have just received. But, what about those who are unable to experience these joyous occasions? Those who live in an isolating silence due to hearing loss or Deafness? Those who cannot hear or speak or communicate the Word of God the way that we do so effortlessly? Lutheran Friends of the Deaf (LFD), the founding member of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, believes that these occasions
should be experienced by as many people as possible—and it is our mission to make that happen.

The First Easter Day_cover image_2016Cross Image_2016LFD, with the support from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) has produced “The First Easter Day”—one of 12 unique children’s Bible Story Books that bring the Gospel into the lives of the Deaf community by combining American Sign Language, expressive artwork, the written word and video. This amazing collection of works allows children who are Deaf and hard of hearing to not only learn the Word of God, but to spread the divine message.

The mission of LFD is to enhance the life of people who are Deaf or have other communicative needs through Jesus Christ, concentrating in specific areas of: Deaf Awareness, Chaplaincy, International Training and Support, and Resources and Materials. LFD also develops and disseminates resources for Deaf Ministry in congregations and training for church workers and religious interpreters.

On our campus, worship services with sign language interpreters are now held at the John of Beverly Chapel in the Mill Neck Manor House, to provide spiritual support for faculty, students, families, friends and the local community. We welcome you to join us.

We have initiated a new Prayer Request Program to answer prayer requests for you and your loved ones. You can call in or text your prayer requests to (816) 590-1692 or email

As we remain prayerful, we ask that you help us to continue our important work. Your support is needed now more than ever.

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Other ways to give: 

  • Mail: Send a check made payable to “Lutheran Friends of the Deaf to the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, 40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck, NY 11765.  Please include a note stating where you would like your gift to be designated.
  • Phone: Speak with a development staff member by calling (516) 922-4100 ext. 332.


However you choose to make your gift, your tax deductible contribution will bring the Gospel to those who are Deaf and have other communicative needs. “God loves a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:7

Deaf Ministry in Mill Neck Manor JOB chapel_2016We are truly grateful for your gift and thank you in advance for any amount you can give. “And let the Peace of God rule in your hearts to which you were also called in one body and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

May the true heavenly Father, who sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to bring the newness of spring into your life, grant you grace and peace during Resurrection Sunday and this Easter season.

In Christ,
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Reverend Tyler Walworth
Deaf Missions Facilitator
Lutheran Friends of the Deaf
The founding member of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations

Annual Check-up? Don’t Forget Your Hearing

Mill Neck Services Center for Hearing Health Can Help

Eye exams are often part of an annual medical check-up, but rarely do we “hear” people mention having a hearing evaluation done. Mill Neck Services Center for Hearing Health would like to remind you of the importance of having a hearing assessment done on a yearly basis. Just as establishing baselines for other types of health screenings are beneficial for assessing your overall health at a given time, checking your ears helps in evaluating hearing changes that may occur over time. While everyone should have their hearing tested, it is especially valuable for someone with a known hearing loss, as continual monitoring helps identify whether or not the loss is progressing. Appropriate treatment can then be implemented sooner, rather than later. Children with a history of middle ear pathology (i.e., frequent ear infections) should have their hearing checked on a regular basis. Ideally, every child should have a baseline audiogram.

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Dr. Susan Antonellis, ASHA/AAA-certified Audiologist and Operations Manager at the Mill Neck Services Center for Hearing Health, confers with a patient during an audiological screening.

For those who use amplification, the end of summer is a good time to have hearing aids cleaned of any debris or moisture that may have accumulated over the warmer weather months. In addition, tubes may be dry and susceptible to cracks and may need replacing.

Bottom line? Having your hearing tested makes for good aural hygiene and optimum hearing health. Remember, your ears are important contributors to your overall well-being. For more information and to schedule a free hearing screening, please call Mill Neck Services Center for Hearing Health at 516-628-4258.

Part of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, founded in 1947 by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf, Mill Neck Services Center for Hearing Health at the Mildred and Frank Feinberg Community Center for Hearing Health is located on Mill Neck Manor’s campus. The Center features separate, state-of-the-art adult and pediatric testing areas, an assistive listening display, and an observation room with a parent viewing area. Services also include dispensing hearing aids, distributing assistive listening devices and providing amplification adjustments.

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Mill Neck, NY 11765


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