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Martins Talks Issues In NY

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.


“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Coach Allegedly Pockets $12K

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office confirmed it’s investigating allegations made towards a Long Island Little League coach, suggesting he kept $12,000 players raised for a trip to Cooperstown.


Parents were outraged and children heartbroken to find the team would not be going to Cooperstown this year. They say Merillon Sharks coach Vincent Carreca, of New Hyde Park, told kids they were ready to go a few days before the trip. Then parents, who called Dreams Park in Cooperstown to confirm meal plans, learned the Sharks were not registered for the event.


“This is a horrible thing that happened,” one parent said, who asked not to be identified.


Shake Shack Eyes New Hyde Park

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Shake Shack, a burger restaurant giant which launched in New York City, is looking to establish its second Long Island location in New Hyde Park, reps told the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. The company opened its first Long Island spot in Westbury in November 2012.


“We’ve received such a warm welcome in Westbury,” said Edwin Bragg, Shake Shack’s marketing director. “We’ve had a lot of interest from Shake Shack fans in the many nearby villages and towns.” 


According to Bragg, the company makes an effort to ensure each new location is tailored to the community, taking “great care to build each Shack with custom architectural design, including forward-thinking structural elements and compelling eco-friendly design.” 


Artist Uses The Abstract, Figurative

Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00

Twenty-three-year-old Victoria Inguanta of New Hyde Park has a unique approach to her artwork. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School and Marymount College graduate takes the human body and combines figurative and abstract work using just a pencil and her canvas.


“For instance I’ll take a classical rendering of a face and bring out a modern aspect of the art using lines and space in my composition,” said Inguanta. “To me, the combining of the two is a lot of fun.”


Sewanhaka Celebrates Opening Day

Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

The Sewanhaka Central High School District honored five educators with the Superintendent’s Teacher of the Year Award and recognized staff members with 25 years of service to the district at its Opening Day Ceremony last week, which was highlighted by presentations and student-musician performances.


Held at Sewanhaka High School, the ceremony began with the New Hyde Park Memorial High School Select Choir performing the Star Spangled Banner under the direction of choir director Robert McKinnon.


Final Year For Bierwirth At Herricks

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

With the Herricks 2014-15 school year underway, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth—who  previously announced his retirement, is beginning his final year as a professional educator.


“I’ve worked in several communities and complimented those schools on smooth openings, but this district I can only describe as bizarre,” he said. “One day in, and it’s as though school has been in session for a month or two. Other districts seem to take a few weeks, but it’s just extraordinary how everyone in Herricks comes back and it just...starts.”


Sewanhaka Alums’ 70th Year Reunion

Written by Lulu Cohen Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

In 1963, Sewanhaka High School alum Adele Werthmuller pulled out her yearbook. She was on a mission and began paging through the pictures and names of her beloved classmates. She decided to look through the phone book for familiar names. She said, “I kept in contact with many of my girlfriends so I started looking for the men first.” 


She was successful and found 12 of the graduates in the area. By 1969, together with her classmate Frank Wibben, they hosted their 25th high school reunion at The Garden City Hotel. Since then, they’ve held the event every 15 to 20 years with great success. Their 50th reunion was held 20 years ago at The Hempstead Country Club. 


NHP-GCP Gearing Up For School Year

Written by Matthew Ern Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:00

After a productive summer, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is gearing up for another school year. 


“We’ve had a very busy summer making plans for the new instructional year and offering many professional development opportunities for our staff,”

Superintendent Robert Katulak said last week.


The summer saw the completion of many projects to improve everything from the school grounds classrooms, which Katulak says have been refurbished “with a luster to match the students’ enthusiasm.” 


PSEG’s Daly Has Big Plans For Utility

Written by Karen Talley Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

It’s “full speed ahead” for Dave Daly as the PSEG LI president works to make the utility “world class.”


Several initiatives that PSEG LI has undertaken since taking over from LIPA on Jan. 1, are ahead of schedule and Daly, who became president in November, is confident many more can come in ahead of plan. The 22 measures he describes include enhancing the utility’s financial position, its customer service and, perhaps most of all, the reliability of its service.


District To Pick Construction Firm

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

The Sewanhaka Central High School District interviewed three construction firms on Tuesday, Sept. 2 for the upcoming renovations to its five high schools.

The district will announce its selection on Sept. 23. The firms and bids are unknown as of press time.


The district passed a $86.6 million bond referendum in May by nearly 2,479 votes. District officials plan to hold a bond groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alva T. Stanforth Athletic fields in Elmont, signaling the start of work. The site will be closed for 18 months.


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