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James Van Develde

Community Advisor

James Van Develde has been the Director of Communications in the Lakeland Central School District for the past 30 years following ten years as a newspaper reporter/editor. He is also in charge of the district's Continuing Education program.

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  1. Walter Panas Junior Named Volleyball Player Of The Year

    Walter Panas Junior Named Volleyball Player Of The Year

    CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- Yvette Burcescu is being rewarded for her monster volleyball season.Burcescu, a 6'3 junior at Water Panas High School was named the 2016-2017 Gatorade New York Volleyball Player of the Year. Burcescu is the first Walter Panas student to win the award.It was a banner year for Walter Panas volleyball, as it won the state championship for the first time this year, ...

  2. Walter Panas Grad Lands Role In Hit Broadway Musical 'Hamilton'

    Walter Panas Grad Lands Role In Hit Broadway Musical 'Hamilton'

    CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- When Anthony Lee Medina, a Cortlandt Manor native, found out that he had been cast in "Hamilton," he immediately dropped his phone and cracked it.Medina, who will start in March, plays both John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the acclaimed musical about Alexander Hamilton, one of America's Founding Fathers. Medina's addition to the cast of the hottest ...

  3. Lakeland Foundation Honors Yorktown Funeral Home, Social Workers

    Lakeland Foundation Honors Yorktown Funeral Home, Social Workers

    YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Funeral Home will be among the honorees at the Lakeland Education Foundation's annual Casino Night, Silent Auction and Dinner Dance at Mahopac's Villa Barone, on Saturday, March 11.The funeral home is one of the LEF's community partners."We at Yorktown Funeral Home feel honored to be recognized by the Lakeland Educational Foundation for our support of ...

  4. Lakeland Wins 8th Straight State Field Hockey Championship

    Lakeland Wins 8th Straight State Field Hockey Championship

    SHRUB OAK, N.Y. -- The Lakeland High School field hockey team continued its dynastic run by securing its eighth consecutive state championship by defeating Garden City High School 1-0 on Sunday. Cameron Lischinsky scored the lone goal with 5:37 left in the first half off an assist from defensive standout Mia Lennon. Lischinsky's goal was the game winner as well on Saturday in the state ...

  5. Lakeland Elementary School Predicts Every Presidential Election Since 1968

    Lakeland Elementary School Predicts Every Presidential Election Since 1968

    YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- If the vote from the students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is any indication, Hillary Clinton will be our next president.The K to 5th grade school in the Lakeland Central School District has voted for the winner of every presidential election since 1968. This year, students picked Clinton over Trump 277 votes to 230 votes. "The purpose is to ...

  6. Lakeland Partners With Alliance For Safe Kids To Stop Distracted Driving

    Lakeland Partners With Alliance For Safe Kids To Stop Distracted Driving

    SHRUB OAK, N.Y. -- School buses in Yorktown now carry messages that take aim at stop distracted driving.Decals that say, "STOP TXTING U R DRIVING," have been placed on the back of 125 school buses in the Lakeland Central School District. The initiative is via a partnership between the district and the Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK).The community climbed aboard the idea ...

  7. Eighth-Grader Collects Supplies For Lakeland Caring Project

    Eighth-Grader Collects Supplies For Lakeland Caring Project

    SHRUB OAK, NY. - Matthew Buchwald, an eighth-grader at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School,  collected school supplies for the Lakeland Caring Closet as part of his Bar Mitzvah Project. Buchwalkd also collected soda cans and used that money to buy additional school supplies. He received donations from friends and family to accumulate the supplies.The Lakeland Caring Closet helps ...

  8. Five Lakeland Musicians Selected To Area All-State Groups

    Five Lakeland Musicians Selected To Area All-State Groups

    SHRUB OAK, N.Y. -- The Lakeland School District is home to some of Westchester's top musicians. Julianna Christopolous, a junior at Lakeland High School, Sarah Taxter, a junior at Panas High School, Cary Abramson, a junior at Panas High School, Ariana Vida, a junior at Panas High School and Tatiana Stevenson, a sophomore at Panas High School were selected to Area All-State Group.This ...

  9. Two From Walter Panas Recognized As Commended Scholarship Program Students

    Two From Walter Panas Recognized As Commended Scholarship Program Students

    CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Walter Panas High School's Lauryn Aviles and Harriet Lengel-Enright have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.Commended students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year. More than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the ...

  10. Panas Honors Hall Of Famers At Football Game

    Panas Honors Hall Of Famers At Football Game

    CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Three alumni were inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame Friday during halftime ceremonies at Walter Panas High School.The new members are Craig Glenn (Class of 1993), Michael Parchen (1994), and JoAnn Mittlestadt (2001). The game also highlighted the football team's support of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The foundation aims to improve the quality of life for ...

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