Gershow Recycling was recognized by Long Island Business News for its 50 years in business at the publication’s “50 Around 50” awards ceremony, which was held on September 11, 2014 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Kevin Gershowitz, president of Gershow Recycling, accepted the honor on behalf of the company from LIBNPublisher Scott Schoen.
Annual Event Brings Community Together through Sports
Gershow Recycling sponsored and donated $2,000 to help defray the costs of putting on the sixth annual Play for Peace/Jugando Por La Paz Soccer Tournament, which was held August 9 at the Patchogue-Medford Youth Soccer Complex in Medford.
Approximately 500 spectators came to this free event. Twelve teams — eight men’s teams and four women’s teams — participated in the tournament. In the men’s division, Suffolk County Federal Credit Union was the winning team. The winner of the Women’s Division was The Village Idiot Bar & Grill. In addition to the tournament, members of the New York Cosmos hosted a soccer clinic for the children in attendance.
The goals of Play For Peace were to bring together diverse nationalities within the community for a full day of World Cup-style soccer and to use sports as a way for people from different ethnic backgrounds to find common ground. This year’s tournament was organized by the office of Suffolk County Legislator Robert Calarco.
“Gershow Recycling is pleased again to support this year’s Play for Peace tournament. We salute former Legislator Eddington for establishing this event and Legislator Calarco for continuing it, as an effort to bring members of our diverse communities together and build understanding through sports,” said Kevin Gershowitz, president of Gershow Recycling.
In support of local fire departments and the East Patchogue community, Gershow Recycling donated the use of 10 vehicles for the Northeast Vehicle Extrication Challenge, which was held on June 28 at the fire department’s training grounds in East Patchogue.
Ten teams from Long Island, upstate New York and New Jersey and volunteer judges from Canada took part in the daylong competition. Each team participated in two challenge pits: Limited Pit (where only hand and pneumatic tools are used), and Unlimited Pit (where all rescue tools are available, including heavy hydraulic rescue equipment). Those who competed in the Limited and Unlimited Pit had 20 minutes to extricate a “victim” from a “crash.” All teams were judged based on the command structure, hazard and scene control, patient and rescuer safety and techniques used to disentangle the patient.
Annual Event Sponsored by Gershow Recycling
The Patchogue Lions Club held its fourteenth annual “Christmas in June” event on Wednesday, June 25 at Boomer’s Family Fun Center in Medford. For the ninth consecutive year, as part of its ongoing community service, Gershow Recycling sponsored the event by donating $2,500.
Approximately 140 school children from seven elementary schools in the Patchogue-Medford School District were chosen to participate in this year’s event by their respective principals. Since the Patchogue Lions Club has started “Christmas in June,” more than 1,500 children have participated in this fun-filled event.
“This was a nice way to give these children an opportunity to have some fun and spend the day with their friends,” said Vito LaMonica, Event Chairman and Past President, Patchogue Lions Club. “It gave the children a place to enjoy themselves, especially with the school year drawing to a close.”
Children were treated to lunch and then given full access for several hours to attractions, including rides, go-carts, wall climbing, bumper boats, and arcade games.
“We were very happy in joining with the Patchogue Lions Club to make this day possible for these children,” said Jonathan Abrams, Manager, Gershow Recycling. “They always have a great time here. With the summer season beginning, the timing couldn’t be better.”
On June 13, Paul Desmond, a custodian at William Floyd Elementary School, brought down 2 million can tabs that were collected by the school’s students over the course of the school year as part of the “Can Tabs for Kids” program. The program benefits the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook University Medical Center, an organization that raises awareness and funds for specific projects to assist families with children fighting childhood cancer.
As part of the Can Tabs for Kids program, students bring in aluminum tabs from soft drink and pet food cans that their parents purchased and place them in collection bins located in their classrooms. The bags are taken out of the bins and brought to Gershow, where the contents will be weighed and recycled. Each year, Gershow will match the amount raised by the school.
The Can Tabs for Kids program began at William Floyd Elementary School on February 4, 2011. Maria Marks, a former William Floyd student who was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, was the inspiration for the program. Between the ages of two weeks and six months, she underwent numerous chemotherapy sessions. The constant exposure to the radiation resulted in Maria losing her hearing in both ears and now she must wear hearing aids. Her cancer has since been in remission.
The month of June marked International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This year alone, an estimated 10,450 children – or one out of 408 children – under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. It is estimated that 1,350 children will die from the disease this year.
For the tenth year in a row, Gershow Recycling has provided scholarships to graduating seniors at various high schools around Long Island. As a leading environmental recycling company, Gershow awards the competitive scholarship to graduating seniors pursuing a degree in either environmental science or engineering.
Gershow granted scholarships to high schools located near its facilities. This year, the program expanded to Riverhead High School. Scholarship recipients included Amelia Veitch of Bellport High School; Brandon Yalin of Longwood High School; Tristan Martin Kho of Patchogue-Medford High School; Paul Mangels of Bay Shore High School; Jeffrey Johnson of Lindenhurst High School; Lauren Ré of Walt Whitman High School; Alex Paresi of Herricks High School; Alexander Peralta of Valley Stream Central High School; Lee Stetson of Freeport High School; Tristan Seuling of Riverhead High School; and Oshaine Reid of Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School.
In support of local fire departments and the Huntington community, Gershow Recycling donated the use of 30 vehicles for the 7th Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament, which was held at the Northport Fire Department’s Training Grounds on May 10.
Twenty-one teams from 12 fire departments in the Town of Huntington, as well as fire departments from North Bellmore, West Babylon, and Kings Park, competed in the tournament. Each team was judged on the amount of time it took to perform the extrication, the handling of equipment and the safety procedures they followed. After the tournament ended, the vehicles were shredded and recycled at Gershow’s facility. Proceeds from the tournament went to benefit the Suffolk County Burn Center.
Gershow Recycling is available for media tours and interviews in conjunction with Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22nd. For 50 years, Gershow Recycling has been helping to preserve Long Island’s environment by recycling metals, including aluminum, brass, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles, and takes pride in calling itself one of Long Island’s first environmental companies. Each year, Gershow recycles enough vehicles to stretch end to end from Medford to North Carolina, or to fill all eight lanes of the Long Island Expressway from the Midtown Tunnel to Riverhead.
“Our company has always considered itself integral to conservation efforts on Long Island. Upwards of 90% of the steel that is produced worldwide uses recycled metals, including almost all of the steel produced in the United States. Our industry proves that recycling works and helps preserve natural resources for future generations,” said Kevin Gershowitz, President, Gershow Recycling.
During springtime, many residents undertake spring cleaning or home improvements. Some of the common items that may be recycled include aluminum siding, household appliances, rakes, shovels, lawn mowers, power tools, barbecues, screen doors and windows, and bicycles.
The company’s goal is to recycle as much metal as possible from vehicles and other appliances so as to reduce waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Bring Old Lawn Furniture, Barbecues and Appliances to Gershow
Because of a last-minute snowstorm that blew through parts of the country in late March, many people got off to a late start on their “spring cleaning,” getting rid of unwanted items lying around the house, garage and outdoors. Gershow Recycling is reminding those taking part in their springtime rituals that it is not too late to bring in their unwanted scrap metal to be recycled. The company says that many people may not realize that there may be some money in the scrap metal they are about to throw away.
“Many people who are cleaning out their garages and fixing up their homes may have some scrap lying around that can be recycled,” said Kevin Gershowitz, President, Gershow Recycling. “Anyone who is getting rid of items for spring cleaning such as lawn furniture, window screens, barbecues and lawn tools such as rakes and shovels can bring them to Gershow. When they bring their scrap to Gershow, they will not only be helping to preserve the environment, but they will get money for it as well.”
Gershow Recycling urges everyone to bring in their unwanted items to one of its nine Long Island and Brooklyn locations to receive cash for their scrap metal. Gershow accepts all types of metal, including aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company recycles both ferrous and non-ferrous products.
There are nine convenient locations throughout Long Island and the metropolitan New York area:
- New Hyde Park
- Valley Stream
- Huntington Station
- Bay Shore
On January 31, Peter O’Donovan and Jason Baron, managers of Gershow Recycling’s Valley Stream facility, presented Ivan Truesdale of Long Beach with a fifty-inch Samsung flat screen TV, just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. Mr. Truesdale won the TV as part of Gershow’s Super Bowl raffle.
In appreciation of its customers, Gershow gave them a chance to win a flat screen TV. In order to be eligible, Gershow customers had to bring in at least $50 worth of scrap metal for the Valley Stream location. The winner was then randomly chosen.