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Bond Questions At School Meeting

Written by Matthew Ern Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

The upcoming bond referendum vote in the Sewanhaka Central High School District has dominated school board meetings since the district announced a second plan to renovate its five buildings. The new $86.61 million bond will be used for renovations and infrastructure projects in the district’s five high schools and up for vote on May 20. The district tried to float a $99.5 million bond, which failed before voters last December by 293 tallies.


At the April 22 board meeting, New Hyde Park resident Christine Grincato asked if the board would be providing a line-item budget for the newly revised bond. 


“How much would go for the roof? How much would go for the auditorium? I don’t see that information online or in the presentation,” she said. “I think that’s really important for people to see where the money is going to go.”


BOCES Budget Approved By Herricks

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

At the April 24 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the Nassau BOCES 2014-15 administrative budget, a spending plan, to which all 56 school districts in Nassau County contribute to, was unanimously approved by the Herricks Trustees.


The Board Of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) 2014-15 Administrative Budget comes in at $19.9 million, which represents only a 1.1 percent increase over the current fiscal years spending plan; board Vice-President Nancy Feinstein noted that this marginal increase was a significant feat.


“They’re really very careful about how they spend and how they craft their budgets,” she said. “I’m really not surprised that they were able to do this. It’s very impressive.”


Parents, Students Read At Center Street School

Saturday, 26 April 2014 00:00

Every year, Center Street Elementary School celebrates PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) week. The PTA organizes PARP week and its goal is to help parents inspire their children to become lifelong readers.


 “We want to help make reading fun at school and at home so our children will love reading,” said Christine Liu, PARP committee chair. 


PARP week kicked off at the Center Street School with an opening ceremony where students were introduced to their reading challenge through a wildly entertaining, full-costume dramatic performance by teachers and the principal. Next, there was a visit by Brian Pinkney, award-winning author and illustrator.


A World For Your Gardening Needs

Written by Gary Simeone Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00

After a very long winter, spring time is finally here and it’s time to get all of your gardening needs in. Whether you’re looking for gardening supplies, annual perennials or shrubs or bird food and pool cleaning agents, Garden World in Franklin Square is your place.


“I go there for everything,” says Mary Channix of New Hyde Park. “It has all my gardening needs and is just a short drive away. I’ll be going next week to get more stuff to have the garden ready to go.”


In business since 1959, Garden World offers everything the average gardener needs to keep their lawn green and their outside property looking clean.


New Hyde Park Village Adopts Budget

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

The Village of New Hyde Park adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million. 


The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.


Angry Gnome Wants Back In Village

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.


The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.


“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”


New Hyde Park Takes Top Prize At Biz Challenge

Written by Colleen Maidhof Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00

Five New Hyde Park Memorial High School students won $5,000 cash and will share a $10,000 college scholarship after winning Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge on April 9 to conceive the best business plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum.


Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all.


Body Shop Owners Arrested For Tax Evasion

Written by Illustrated News Staff Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00

Two New Hyde Park business men were arrested on Tuesday, April 8 for underreporting gross sales, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced. 


DA Rice said Gerard Losquadro, 61 of Garden City and Charles DiMarino, 48, of East Norwich, as the former and current owner, respectively, of New Hyde Park Auto Body Works, failed to remit $149,936.65 in sales tax collected from customers to the New York State

Department of Taxation and Finance from Sept. 1, 2009 to May 31, 2013, according to the DA’s office. 


Not Much Change In Village Budget

Written by Michael Scro Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

The Village of New Hyde Park Board of Trustees held their 2014-15 tentative budget hearing on Monday, April 7, where a proposed budget of $6 million was presented.


The appropriation represents an increase of $160,512 from the 2013-14 budget and a tentative tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.8 percent increase from last year.


“Working on this year’s budget was one of the hardest we’ve ever done,” Village Mayor Robert Lofaro said.


Squicciarino Sworn In To Board

Written by Michael Scro and Rich Forestano Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7. 


Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.


“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”


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