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New Hyde Park Welcomes New AD

Written by Illustrated News Staff Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:00

The Sewanhaka Central High School District announced the probationary appointment of T.J. Burke as the New Hyde Park Memorial High School athletic director and physical education chairperson at a recent board of education meeting.

 

Burke comes to the district from Long Beach High School and has a tentative start date of Oct. 27. He also worked at Holy Trinity High School. Sewanhaka

Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie announced the appointment and said he is pleased to have Burke on board.

 

Sewanhaka Digs Into Future

Written by Illustrated News Staff Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

The Sewanhaka Central High School District marked the passage of its $86.6 million bond referendum at a groundbreaking ceremony held at Alva T. Stanford Fields on Sept. 17. 

 

Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie, board of education members and school officials were joined by elected officials and community members at the site, the first in the district to see improvement as part of the bond’s approval. 

 

School District Considers E-Cig Ban

Written by Matthew Ern Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

The New Hyde Park-Garden City School District is considering banning electronic cigarettes from the school grounds. 

 

There is no specific mention of them in any board policies, which are currently being updated. 

 

“If you want them prohibited then you have to have them delineated,” Superintendent Robert Katulak explained at the Sept. 29 school board meeting. “And that’s why we do these reviews annually because some new invention can happen and you have to change things.”   

 

Herricks Talks County Assessments

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

At the Oct. 2 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, trustees continued to lay groundwork for the district’s financial gameplan for the 2014-15 year. 

Assistant Superintendent for Business Helen Costigan gave a report on the newly-assessed values of homes in the Herricks School District, from figures recently released by Nassau County.

 

“In Class 1, which is for homeowners, the assessment is down 2.2 percent...that’s a reduction from previous years,” she said. “What that 2.2 percent means is that people are challenging their assessments, which is lowering the assessment. If you haven’t challenged your assessment, you will probably end up paying a bigger share than someone who has successfully challenged and driven their assessment down.”

 

Runners Club Helps Wounded Warriors

Saturday, 04 October 2014 00:00

Proceeds from the 37th Annual New Hyde Park Runners 8K (4.97 Miles) Championship Race benefited the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warriors (NCFF-OWW) and local Boy Scouts. On Sept. 14, the NCFF-OWW and Scouts received $3,500 and $500 respectively, at the runner’s monthly meeting held at the Michael J. Tully Park, New Hyde Park.

 

NCFF-OWW is a nonprofit organization that provides needed items and gifts to wounded men and women of our armed services, at the Walter Reed National Military

Medical Center, Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, and the Naval Hospital in Camp Lejeune, NC.  The running club is proud to support this organization each year.

 

Ceremony Honors Veterans

Written by Illustrated News Staff Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00

Benny and Pauline Calandra of New Hyde Park will be at the premiere of Fury being held at the Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Oct. 12. Benny served during WWII in the 36th Division where he was deployed in Anzio, Salerno, France and Germany. 

 

School Pride Marches At Homecoming

Written by Illustrated News Staff Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

School spirit was at an all-time high when community members joined students, administrators, faculty and staff for Sewanhaka High School’s annual homecoming parade and game.

 

The festivities kicked off with a Pep Rally on Sept. 19 on the school’s athletic field and continued on Sept. 20 with a parade that featured colorful banners and beautifully constructed floats based on this year’s “countries” theme. 

 

Sewanhaka Picks Construction Manager

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”

 

Herricks School Board Meeting Notes

Written by Chris Boyle Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.

 

Asian Fusion To Replace Pool Hall?

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

East Setauket restaurant owner Sam Chan is looking to open an 84-seat Asian fusion restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall

 

The 3,280-square-foot restaurant would be staffed by 15 employees. Chan and property owner Mark Sommer, a Dix Hills dentist, are requesting 25 off-street parking spaces.

 

“[Parking was] the only issue we were having a discussion about,” Sommer said after a public hearing last week in front of the village’s board of trustees.

 

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