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Thank You to our 2015 Supporters of “Sail the Sound for Deafness”

Mill Neck Family’s 4th Annual “Sail the Sound for Deafness” Classics Regatta and Party was another tremendous success.  Thank you to all the Sailors, Spectators, Landlubbers and Food and Beverage Sponsors for participating in the events.  Also, thank you to all of our donors who contributed to support their favorite Cause & Classic.


Spectators enjoying the race from The WaterFront Center’s “Christeen”

Cause and Classic Results

Congratulations to Mill Neck Manor’s Early Childhood Center, represented by the classic yacht “Nautilus,” for raising the most resources for their Cause (special education for preschoolers with speech/language delays and autism).


Race Results

  • First Place – “Caper”  / Classic Yacht Entry supporting Mill Neck Family’s “Sail the Sound for Deafness”


  • Second Place – “Nautilus” / Racing for special education for preschoolers with speech/language delays and autism


  • Third Place – “Bonzai” / Racing for Deaf Education



Post-Regatta Online Auction

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Were you unable to attend our “Sail the Sound for Deafness” Regatta Party last Thursday evening?

Did you attend and wish you had placed a bid on some of the fabulous Silent Auction items offered?

…WELL, there is still time to place a bid at our Post-Regatta Online Auction! Take a look today. Online Auction closes Tuesday, August 25.

Featured items include: Artwork by students of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf; Artwork by clients of Mill Neck Services Day Habilitation Program for Deaf adults with developmental disabilities; Artwork by local artists; tickets to Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center; and, MORE!


Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!

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Click here to view photos from the post-race Cocktail Party held in the historic Mill Neck Manor House. 



Changing Trends in Cochlear Implantation Conference – October 6, 2015


Medical, Research, Audiology,

Neuropsychological & Rehabiliation

Download the 2015 Conference Brochure

Register Online Today!



Tuesday, October 6, 2015



Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf
40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck, NY 11765
(For GPS, use 34 Frost Mill Road)



$90 per person

Register Online Today!



For more information, please contact Tanya Linzalone at or 516-628-4227.



The program will provide a comprehensive overview of the changing paradigm in cochlear implantation.



Participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend the indications for single sided deafness cochlear implantation and auditory brainstem implants in children.
  • Discuss current indications for pediatric cochlear implantation, factors affecting post-implantation performance and implications for the future.
  • Describe the process of the cochlear implant evaluation, including surgical considerations.
  • Describe the currently available cochlear implant electrode designs and their potential benefits.
  • Discuss potential uses of mobile applications for cochlear implant fitting and research.
  • Describe the four phases of cochlear implant device programming and the differences between objective and behavioral programming methods.
  • Define what neuropsychology is and how it can be useful in working with implanted children.
  • Identify two areas of cognitive function, in addition to language.
  • Identify red flags for future cognitive difficulties and understand when it may be appropriate to refer for further assessment.
  • Describe strategies to assess differences in learning styles and developing appropriate therapeutic interventions.




8:30am          Registration and Breakfast


9:00am          Introduction

                                Fran Bogdanoff – Superintendent of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf

9:15am          Current Status and Future Trends in Pediatric Cochlear Implantation

                                Susan Waltzman, Ph.D.

10:00am        Single Sided Deafness and Auditory Brainstem Implant in Pediatric Patients

                                J. Thomas Roland, Jr., MD


10:45am        BREAK


11:00am        CI Surgical Evaluation, Surgical Procedure, and What to Expect on the Day of Surgery

                                Sean McMenomey, MD

11:30pm        Optimizing CI Surgery for the Individual

                                Daniel Jethanamest, MD

12:00pm        Question & Answer

                                Moderator: Katie Kerzner – Principal of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf


12:15-1pm    LUNCH


1:00pm          New Perspectives on Device Programming

                                William Shapiro, AuD

1:45pm          Cognitive Function in Cochlear Implantation: It’s Not Just About Language

                                Marsha Vasserman, PsyD


2:30pm          BREAK


2:45pm          Adaptive Strategies to Support Auditory Learning: One Size Does Not Fit All

                                Nancy Geller, MA

3:30pm          Question & Answer

                                Moderator: Katie Kerzner – Principal of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf


4pm                Conference Adjourns



Changing Trends in Cochlear Implantation Disclosures

In compliance with requirements of ASHA’s Continuing Education Board concerning transparency in course planning, delivery, and marketing, we provide information on speakers’ financial and non-financial interests relevant to the content of their presentation at Changing Trends in Cochlear Implantation. Please click here to view full disclosures.




ASHA Continuing Education

This course is offered for a total of 0.55 CEU’s (Intermediate Level, Professional Level)

Children's Hearing Institute

Conference CEUs supported by The Children’s Hearing Institute

The Children's Hearing Institute is approved by the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of .60 CEUs.  Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.  Any views that are presented are those of the presenters/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

AAAudiology Continuing Education 2

AG Bell Academy

This course is being submitted to The AG BELL Academy for Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS)



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Sail the Sound for Deafness

Benefitting The Mill Neck Family of Organizations

Ahoy Mates!

DSC_0125NautilusJoin us on Thursday, August 6, 2015, for our “Sail the Sound for Deafness” Regatta to benefit the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, serving people who are Deafand/or have other communication needs, locally, nationally and around the world.

Oakcliff Sailing is making their fleet available for a fun and elegant race around Oyster Bay and into the Sound. The Regatta is expected to draw sailing enthusiasts from across the area.

Sailors are welcome to participate with their own  classic yachts, as well.

Spectators are invited to watch from The WaterFront Center‘s showpiece Cristeen, the oldest oyster sloop in North America.

A gala soiree following the Regatta will take place at the Mill Neck Manor House, a spectacular Tudor Revival mansion. This Gold Coast treasure is a perfect site for an after-party of classic sailing yachtsmen and women!



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Ways To Participate…


Enter a Classic


$390 per boat

  • Entry fee to race your Classic Yacht
  • Includes a boat entry and 4 entries to the Cocktail Party

To Enter a Classic, please contact Nancy Leghart, Director of Advancement at


Race on a Classic


$125 per person 

  • Participate in the race
  • Attend the Cocktail Party

(Race participants must have sailing experience.)




$100 per person

  • Watch the race on one of our spectator boats
  • Attend the Cocktail Party


Landlubbers – Party Only

$75 per person

  • Attend the Cocktail Party


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We hope to see you at this exciting event!


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Golf & Spa Day was a Swingin’ Summer Success!

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A great time was had by all, golfers and non-golfers alike, at the Mill Neck Family’s June 29 Invitational Golf Tournament. The “Swingin’ Summer” event was held at the spectacular Cold Spring Country Club near Oheka Castle in Huntington. Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures combined for a perfect day to tee off at the benefit for the Mill Neck organization. This year, a special spa DSC_0240-fbpackage was added and rave reviews were heard from participants. The package included manicures, mini massages, hair and make up services, gentle yoga and use of the club’s pool. Everyone attending Swingin’ Summer enjoyed the club’s fabulous brunch; later in the day barbeque grills were fired up by the pro shop. During their round of play, golfers had opportunities to “Beat the Pro” and partake in the “Million Dollar Challenge.”
Golfers and spa guests began the evening with cocktails, followed by the Champions Dinner. Twenty-nine raffle baskets, with items adding up to $100 or more and silent auctions including Yankees tickets, a Broadway show, Miami timeshare and sports memorabilia, meant something for everyone. During dinner, golf awards were presented and the evening’s honorees were recognized. DSC_0376-fbThis year’s honorees are Heather Angstreich, Hank Pinkerton and Elizabeth Quartuccio. Angstreich, a former Early Childhood Center (ECC) parent and founder of Special Needs expo, was introduced by Suellyn Giserman, ECC Principal. Honored for her dedicated advocacy for children with special needs and their families, Angstreich spoke about the challenges her son and family faced when he was diagnosed with autism. During her speech, a heartwarming video was shown, featuring an interview with Angstreich and photos of her son at the ECC and now. “I can’t believe how far Dylan has come since his ECC days. He got a great start there!”, she said. Hank DSC_0345-fbPinkerton, owner of Fluid Metering, Inc., a Syosset-based company, was recognized for his positive attitude toward hiring people with disabilities. His award, presented by Chris Oddo, Associate Director of Mill Neck Services, recognized “a man who sees opportunities, not barriers, making it possible for all of his employees to shine.” Pinkerton attended the dinner with his wife and several Fluid Metering employees, including Joe D’Amico, a 19-year employee and Mill Neck Manor School graduate. Elizabeth (Betty) Quartuccio, Mill Neck Manor School Speech Therapist, was honored for her dedication to working with children who are Deaf and have other special needs. As part of her work with students, Quartuccio involves them in community activities (library readings, food DSC_0368-fbdrives) where they can interact and subsequently practice their speech skills. Before presenting the honoree’s award, MNM School Superintendent Fran Bogdanoff had warm words of praise and appreciation for Quartuccio’s over-30 years of dedication to Mill Neck. In her emotional acceptance speech, Quartuccio acknowledged her impending retirement on August 14, but was quick to say that Mill Neck will always be a part of her and that she will be back to volunteer.

Visit our Facebook page for more fun photos of the event!

The Mill Neck Family would like to extend many thanks to our Swingin’ Summer event sponsors:

DSC_0227-fbGeneral (Hole in One Sponsor); Core BTS – Alcatel-Lucent (Presenting Sponsor); Bank United; Capital One; TNT Industries Construction Services (Eagle Sponsors); JLJ Enterprises (Birdie Bath Spa Sponsor); FJC Security; J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, Inc.; JLJ Enterprises; Maspeth Roofing; PBI Payroll (Fairway Combo Sponsors); McBreen & Kopko (Corporate Dinner Sponsors); Apple Bank; Friends of Ed Ra; Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC; Lorraine Gregory Communications Group; NuHealth Foundation; The Honorable Claire R. Kelly and Joseph J. DiBartolo; Ted B. Smith, Jr.; Soundside Physical Therapy, PC (Par Tee Sponsors). We are extremely grateful for our spa participants, including, 8 Audrey Nails Spa; Bluemercury; DeFranco Spagnolo Salon; Faces by Maria at Studio Novelle; Healing Arts Massage Therapy; Surya Brasil; The Red Door Salon & Spa; Karyn Van Name; SpaSotiriou; Cheap Thrills Jewelry. A world of thanks for the generosity of our many contributors, namely, Andrew and Deborah Adler; Ayhan’s Shish Kebab; Bagel Cafe; Best Yet Market; Bluemercury; BMW of Oyster Bay; Cactus Group Holdings; Cheap Thrills Jewelry; DSC_0291-fbChocolicious Chocolatier; CLIF Bar and Co.; Cold Spring Country Club; Carol Cook; Core BTS – Alcatel-Lucent; Cradle of Aviation; Creative Candid Colour Photography; DeFranco Spagnolo Salon; Dental Smiles 4 Kids; David Dilmeier; Duck Walk Vineyards; Governor’s Comedy Club; Joan Gulamerian; Healing Arts Massage Therapy; Island Orthodontics; Cecelia M. Lynch; Joseph P. Marcellino Co.; Michael F. and Susan M. Killian; King Kullen Grocery, Inc.; Klein Cleaners of LI, LLC; Locust Valley Market, LTD; Long Island Picture Frame and Art Gallery; Mario’s Pizza of Oyster Bay; Marty’s Party; Massage Envy; NuBest Salon and Spa; PBI Payroll; PGA Tour Superstore; Carole Temple Phillips; Neil Foster Phillips; Matthew Pomara; Elizabeth Quartuccio; Maryann and Herb Rocchi; Marilyn Samuels; Sands Point Shop; Stop & Shop – Port Washington; Studio Novelle; Surya Brasil; The Elena Melius Foundation, Inc.; The Red Door Salon & Spa; William Matt Salon & Spa; Vito’s Ristorante. Last, but not least, special thanks to parents, students and staff who contributed to the success of the 2015 Swingin’ Summer!



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