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McCarthy Sponsors High School Artist

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, announced the winners of $26,000 in college scholarships for “An Artistic Discovery,” the congressional arts competition she has been sponsoring every year since taking office. Traven Tong, a senior at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, won the contest’s top award and a $7,000 scholarship to study art at Adelphi University for his monochromatic portrait entitled “Shades.”

 

“Long Island’s high schools have a remarkable amount of talent and potential in their art programs,” said Rep. McCarthy, a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, at a ceremony at Adelphi University.  “Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the students, teachers and faculty who participated in this year’s contest.  I also want to thank Adelphi University for its longtime support for this program and for offering scholarships to the winners.”

 

Thirty-three students from 11 high schools in Rep. McCarthy’s district participated in the annual arts competition.  Mr. Tong’s winning piece will hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC later this month along with the winning works from other Congressional districts across the country.

News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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