The Common Ground becomes Uncommon - Sayville student artwork are permanent fixtures in park

  • The Common Ground is Not-So Common, Anymore


    It was a Sunday afternoon in June. Clouds parted for one hour during the gathering at The Common Ground as Sayville High School art students and their families attended a reception held in their honor. The students were being recognized for their creative endeavors which took them several months to complete, but at last, their creations were ready for a public unveiling! Mosaic stepping stones, bat and bird houses and large trashcans transformed into fine art were permanently installed as “art in the park” for all to enjoy for many years to come. 


    Kathy Smith-O’Bannon, Acting Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for the Town of Islip spoke to the group congratulating the community for “taking back the park” and creating a serene environment. Judy Abrams and Grace Papagno, of The Common Ground, recognized and praised the students as well as  Julia Lang-Shapiro, the Art Department Chair, and Roberta Dalpiaz, Sayville art teacher, for their wonderful contributions. Robert Weber, who installed the bat and bird houses, led a tour of Sayville’s newest park, located between Gillette and Candee Avenues. 


    The Common Ground and the entire community thank the following for enhancing the beauty of our park:

    -         Bird and bat house builders from Mr. Carbocci's class:

    Brian Ambrosio, Matt Brooks, John Ciavolella, Chuck Davis, Mike Fraccalvieri, Alex Klan, Geilan Leigh-Manuell, and William Meindl

    -         Mosaic paving stones from Mrs. Dalpiaz's class:  

    Jessica Capurso, Farah Cassalini, Alexandra Cassetta, Michelle DeBonis, Jasmine DePompeo, Caitlyn Duffy, Nyla Earley, Deanna Esposito, Jessica Farruggio, Angela Fattarusso, Lauren Fronckwicz, Amanda Giaramita, Tiffany Godschalk, Kathryn Gregory, Kristen Guadagni, Patricia Hanlon, Kaci Janawsky, Amanda Kahane, Toni-Ann Kelly, Lyndsay Kollegger, Jaclyn Kuri, Juliana Martino, Dana Pacifico, Kerriann Pellegrini, Nicole Spalma, Andrew Vall, and Tara Weber

    Painted Trashcans Mrs. Kamensky’s class: 

    -         Alexandra Cassetta and Lauren Fisher (Christina’s World – Andrew Wyeth), Leyla Durdu and Kaitlyn Neun (The Persistence of Memory – Salvadore Dali), Kate Krsnak and Ashley Murray (Bulb Field and Windmills near Rijnsburg – Claude Monet),

    -         Brianna Lind and Angela Link (Sunflowers – Vincent VanGogh),

    • Kaitlyn Nowicki, Katie Quinn and Allyson Rofrano (The Blue Boat – Winslow Homer and Campbell’s Soup– Andy Warhol)