Rockville Centre Neighbors in the News, Week of May 24


Museum to honor RVC’s Daniel Bagatta

On June 4, the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook will honor Daniel M. Bagatta of Cullen & Dykman LLP at its 16th annual golf tournament at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in East Setauket.

Bagatta is a partner in Cullen and Dykman LLP, one of the largest law firms on Long Island, working primarily in its banking department, representing commercial and financial lending institutions throughout the United States, handling commercial real-estate transactions, and providing banking clients with guidance on compliance with federal and state lending regulations. His expertise also includes foreclosure actions, loan default agreements, and commercial leasing for purchasers, sellers and tenants.

A graduate of St. Anthony’s High School, Bagatta holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Scranton and earned his law degree from George Mason University School of Law.

In addition to supporting the Long Island Museum, he coaches a Rockville Centre Soccer Club team and is a member of the St. Agnes Cathedral School Father’s Club. Daniel lives with his wife, Meghan, and their children, Jane and Molly.

Sponsorship opportunities for the museum’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament are available. For more information contact Daniel Davis at (631) 751-0066 ext. 247 or

Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection. The museum is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5. For information about exhibitions and other events call (631) 751-0066 or visit

A special ‘thank you’ for mediation volunteers

Rockville Centre resident Joseph Liebman was among 64 volunteers honored during the Education & Assistance Corporation’s recent luncheon to acknowledge their work for its Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers.

Liebman is a Volunteer Mediator/Arbitrator who gives his time and talents to assist local communities resolve disputes. In addition to a delicious lunch, he received proclamations and accolades from local officials.

EAC’s Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers mediated and/or arbitrated 5,047 disputes in Nassau and Suffolk counties last year. The program provides alternative dispute resolution services in the form of mediation and arbitration to youth, families, businesses and the community at large.

Village physician receives 2012 Visionary Woman Award

Dr. Marguerite McDonald of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) has been named the recipient of the 2012 Visionary Woman Award given by Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL), an international organization. This is the first year for the award, which is determined by a vote from OWL members and given to someone who has worked to advance women in eye care. McDonald works in OCLI’s Rockville Centre office.

“I am thrilled and grateful to be honored by OWL with the inaugural Visionary Woman Award,” said Dr. McDonald. “OWL is an amazing organization that means a great deal to me. I have met many new friends through OWL, many from whom I have gained knowledge and inspiration.”

The award was presented to Dr. McDonald by former OWL president Jaci Lindstrom during OWL’s signature reception on April 23 at the Hilton Chicago. The Lindstrom Family Foundation sponsored the award and as the wife of Dr. Dick Lindstrom, Jaci Lindstrom represented the foundation in presenting the award to McDonald. The reception was held in conjunction with the ASCRS conference in Chicago.

Dr. McDonald headed the research team investigating the use of the excimer laser for the correction of optical error, and in 1987, she performed the world’s first excimer laser treatment to eliminate or reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses. In 1993, she performed the world’s first excimer laser surgeries for farsightedness as well.