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Memorial Tree Remembering
PMHS Grad John Ciampi
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This tree, donated by the Joseph J Dellaripa Jr. family, was planted near the football grandstand at Glover Field last weekend to honor PMHS 1996 graduate John Ciampi
, a student at Hofstra University who died on Oct. 31. Ciampi played football at PMHS and was an offensive tackle at Hofstra. At the base of the tree is a floral arrangment
of mums and other flowers in the form of a football. There was a moment of silence in Ciampi's honor at the start of the PMHS football game
against Irvinton on Saturday. Several of Ciampi's former PMHS classmates attended the football game.

Ex-Hofstra Assistant Facing Felony Charges

by Brad Geiger.
Staff Writer

Joe Shin, a former Hofstra football player and a volunteer strength coach for part of last season, was arrested March 9 on charges of forgery and possession of forged medical prescriptions.                     Shin was released on his own recognizance. Both charges are second-degree felonies and punishable by 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison.
Shin was the roommate of John Ciampi, a Hofstra junior who died Oct. 31 of acute intoxication of alcohol and oxycodone, a chemical that's found in numerous prescription painkillers.
Shin's scheduled appearance in the Nassau County District Court on Tuesday was adjourned to June 15. Shin is playing for the Roanoke Steam of the Arena Football League II. Messages left at his Virginia home were not returned. His attorney, Justin Block, was contacted but would not comment.
According to court documents, on Oct. 1 Shin forged a prescription for the painkiller Vicodin from a Walgreen's in Hempstead.
This came out as part of the investigation of John's death," a person close to the football program said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Ed Grilli, a spokesman for the Nassau district attorney's office, said he was not aware of any correlation between the forged prescriptions and Ciampi's death.
"I think [the investigators] looked at that and there wasn't any link," Grilli said.
Pete Matuza, a Nassau County police deputy inspector, said the investigation of Shin ended with the March arrest.
Shin, an offensive lineman, graduated from Hofstra a year ago. It's common for football programs to offer volunteer positions to recent graduates. Shortly after Ciampi's death, coach Joe Gardi removed Shin of his responsibilities.
Gardi said yesterday he was not aware at the time that Shin had forged prescriptions and did not offer a direct reason as to why Shin was removed.
"I told the players that I didn't want to see [Shin] around as soon as the Ciampi incident occurred," Gardi said. "Only because I brought out the fact that there could be liability involved on the part of the university and us. It doesn't make sense to open our doors up and open ourselves up to criticism, but I had no idea [of Shin's forgery].
"It just made sense to me that something like this could happen. Why should we take responsibility for our alumni?" Gardi said he found out about Shin's arrest three or four weeks ago. At that time, Gardi saw him on campus and told him, '"Joe, I prefer you not come around and not be a part of our program.'...I told Joe I prefer not to see him.
"Joe Shin will not be a favorite alumni in our program." Gardi asserted that Shin's arrest should not taint his program.
"We've got a clean program," Gardi said. "I know nothing about the incident." Ciampi's death was reviewed by the university. Asked if he had been told that anyone within the Hofstra community had been tied to Ciampi's death, athletic director Harry Royle said, "No. Not to my knowledge has any review by the university come to that conclusion." Shin, from West Orange, N.J., played at Nassau CC before attending Hofstra as a junior in 1997.

Cops Think Overdose To Blame
 Ciampi's death  stuns Hofstra
BY:  By Brad Geiger and Steven Marcus.  STAFF WRITERS
DATE:  11-03-1999

      Hofstra football player John Ciampi appears to have died of a drug overdose, a spokesperson in the Nassau County Police Department said yesterday.
   Ciampi died Sunday at Island Medical Center in Hempstead after being discovered in a semi-conscious state in his dorm room that morning.
 "We're investigating the circumstances surrounding his death," the spokesperson said. "It doesn't appear to be anything but an accidental overdose." The medical examiner's office in Nassau County has not yet concluded the autopsy and toxicology report. A spokesperson in the office said results could take another week and would not speculate as
to whether drugs or alcohol caused the 20-year-old Ciampi's death.
   Hofstra athletic director Harry Royle said, "Hofstra University and the athletic department are waiting for the official report to come in from various agencies." Meanwhile, teammates, coaches and family members continue to mourn the loss of an athlete who was known for his lighthearted sense of humor and athletic potential that could have taken him to the NFL.
   "It's difficult right now," Hofstra senior running back Vaughn Sanders said. "I would give up every game just to see his face again." Ciampi's grandmother, Roberta Ciampi, said by phone from Pelham yesterday that he was a popular young man. "I'm saying this from the bottom of my heart; everybody loved him ... You could go almost anywhere here and there was nothing but nice things said about him." Roberta and
her husband, Vincent, were Ciampi's maternal grandparents and raised him in Pelham. Ciampi's grandmother said he visited home Saturday night before returning to Hofstra for a party. "He went back to school
with two or three friends," she said. "They had a party for Halloween. From there on everything has been a blur to me." Ciampi went to a nightspot near the campus following the party. Jon Cianciotto, an employee at the establishment, said Ciampi was there from around 3:30 a.m. until 5 a.m on Sunday. Later that morning, students noticed Ciampi in a semi-conscious state in his dorm room and called for an ambulance at 10:31 a.m.    He was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m.
   Ciampi's grandmother said he grew up rooting for the Denver Broncos and dreamed of playing pro football. "Very much so," she said. "That was his goal." It was a goal that appeared to be realistic. Hofstra coach
Joe Gardi said at the start of this season that Ciampi, a 6-4, 320-pound right offensive tackle, could be the highest draft pick ever out of Hofstra.
   Ciampi, a junior, played one season at Division II Southern Connecticut State before transferring to I-AA Hofstra for the 1997
season. Roy Istvan, the offensive coordinator at Southern Connecticut State who coached Ciampi in 1996, remembered Ciampi as a "tremendous football player." In addition to his grandparents, Ciampi is survived by his brother, Vincent.
   Viewings at the Yannantuono Funeral Home in Mount Vernon will be today and tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Burial is Friday at Ferncliff Cemetary in Hartsdale.

Hofstra Hangs On
DATE:  11-07-1999
         Buffalo - In the words of Khary Williams, "All of us said
that John is looking  down on us and laughing. He was always so cheerful." Williams, a junior defensive end, was the roommate of offensive lineman John Ciampi, who died last Sunday of what a Nassau County police spokesman said was a drug overdose. Thursday night, Williams and the rest of the Hofstra football players and coaches attended the wake in Mount Vernon. Friday, 14 of the players -including Williams, a pallbearer  - and three coaches went to the services in Ciampi's hometown of Pelham.
   Yesterday, with the emotions of losing a friend and teammate still inside them, the Dutchmen took the field against the University at Buffalo, each player wearing a decal on his helmet with Ciampi's No. 79 in tribute. The mission, many of the players stated, was clear. "We wanted to play for him and win for him," senior defensive tackle Jim
Magda said.
   Hofstra, ranked 10th in the Division I-AA poll, displayed a sense of passion that equaled Ciampi's 6-4, 320-pound frame. The emotion, as did much of a 20-point lead, disappeared, but the Dutchmen hung on for a 20-13 win in front of 8,699 at UB Stadium.
"We wanted to come out and play like John would've played the game," wide receiver Steve Jackson said. "With so much emotion flying around, that's hard to carry for 60 minutes." After the Dutchmen improved to 8-1 and took a step closer to securing a playoff berth, the memory of the past few days  hung with the team. "It's so weird," said linebacker Jim Emanuel, who also attended the funeral, as did coach Joe Gardi, offensive line coach Kyle Flood and offensi
ve coordinator Rob Spence. "When you see someone your own age, that's never expected. At times I think kids our age think they're invincible and nothing can stop them." Hofstra built a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter, then played as if Buffalo, a team that's 0-9 and just learning to crawl in its first season at the I-A level, had no shot to catch up. "It kind of reminded me of the Richmond game," Gardi said. "We just couldn't get the offense going. The difference was the defense continued to play inspired." Three weeks ago, Hofstra built a 21-7 first-half lead before falling to Richmond, 31-21. The Dutchmen compiled 242 yards in that game, then gained just 267 yards against Elon two weeks ago. They netted 444 against Buffalo, but 221 of those came by the time they had a 20-point lead with 11:49 left in the first half.  "We haven't been able to put together an entire game and maintain consistency," said quarterback Giovanni Carmazzi, who completed 23 of 40 passes for a season-high 305 yards.  Putting it together for one quarter was enough. Hofstra's first drive culminated in a 17-yard scoring run by Jimmy Jones, who gained 90 yards on 17 carries to move into third place on the school's career rushing list with 2,251 yards.
  Buffalo's ensuing drive lasted two plays. Cornerback Lynde Washington, a transfer from Maryland, intercepted Buffalo quarterback Joe Freedy to give Hofstra the ball at its 44 yard line. Four plays later, Carmazzi and his 6-3, 220-pound frame bounced off linebacker Kulaa Bacheyie and outran defensive back Carlos Spencer for a
46-yard touchdown 5:32 into the game.  After Chad Johnson kicked field goals of 42 yards, his longest of the season, and 24 yards, Hofstra seemed in command, especially when the Bulls failed to score three times in the first half after driving inside Hofstra's 25-yard line.