Earlier this year, life seemed perfect for the Hogan family in New Hyde Park. They were selling their house and preparing to move, with a second child on the way, and Owen, their 2-year-old son, was as energetic and happy as any average youngster.
When Tim and Kathleen began to notice that Owen was developing bruises, they thought it was just him being a normal toddler. A trip to their doctor revealed a truth that turned the family’s life upside down...their son needed a bone marrow transplant. Owen has been in and out of the hospital for the last six months and has undergone intensive treatment and multiple transfusions of blood cells and platelets.
Sahil Abbi and Arjun Kapoor found out on Facebook that they, along with Connecticut teammate Connor Abbot, were selected as regional finalists in the national Siemens science competition. This team will be among 100 students nationwide competing for regional prizes of $3,000 in November and possibly a grand national prize of $100,000, to be awarded in December.
Kapoor has worked with Stony Brook math professor Dr. Yeufan Deng for the last two years. After his first year, Kapoor looked to continue his research over the summer and reached out to Abbi to meet with Deng and Abbott.
Common core state testing standards dominated the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education held a work session meeting on Monday, Oct. 21. The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing the standards and the methods of evaluating teachers as “effective” or not. The common core functions in conjunction with the Federal Race to the Top reform efforts and were implemented to establish a “common core of standards that are internationally benchmarked.”
Not all schools have found the CCSS effectively. Many of the tests were put in place before teachers had a full year to prepare students for the new curriculum’s, according to district officials.
Herricks High and New Hyde Park Memorial High School are considered top schools in the country, according to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 1,000 in the United States. Herricks was ranked 177th (96th in 2012) and 30th in New York State while New Hyde Park came in at 256th (373rd in 2012) and 46th in the state.
According to the Daily Beast, the list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).
On December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire with a handgun while on board a Long Island Rail Road train in Garden City; when he was finally subdued by surviving passengers, the hateful and mentally unbalanced man had claimed the lives of six people and injured 19 others, tearing countless lives asunder in the process.
Ferguson was convicted for his crimes, which sparked a national debate on gun control at the time, and is currently serving a sentence of 315 years and 8 months to life in a New York correctional facility; his earliest possible parole date is in 2309, thus ensuring that he will never hurt another innocent soul again.
Residents For A More Beautiful Garden City Park is hosting a presentation from the Sewanhaka Central High School District on the proposed bond referendum on Nov. 12 at 7:15 p.m. at the Garden City Park School on Central Ave. The vote is on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
This bond referendum is to address the needs for all five high schools and their grounds through out the district. There will be an opportunity for questions from the community to address the representative from the school district after a PowerPoint presentation.
New Hyde Park resident battles breast cancer, offers help
New Hyde Park resident and breast cancer survivor Debra Taylor is one of 11 women newly trained for the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program.
Taylor was inspired to volunteer at the program after attending its support group herself. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2012 and has since undergone a double mastectomy and several other surgeries. In February she discovered the eight-week support group offered by the Adelphi program, which she described as “inspiring.”
The Sewanhaka Central High School District will put up a $99.5 million bond referendum for voter approval on Wednesday, Dec. 4. If approved, all five district high school buildings would see considerable renovations including technology, security, roofing and athletic field upgrades. Roughly 40 percent of the bond would come from state aid.
District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said the annual tax levy increase across the entire district resulting from the bond will be $144.26 per household with the increase phased in over the next three to four years. According to Ferrie, the school district has never floated a bond before voters.
Herricks High School senior Joslyn Thomas has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Choir sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Thomas will join more than 670 high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on Oct. 30 in Nashville, TN in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
Thomas will sing under the baton of one of the most prominent choral conductors in the United States, Rollo Dilworth. She is among only 32 students on Long Island and 74 in New York State to be selected for this honor.
As Election Day draws closer and the Town of North Hempstead will soon have a new supervisor, several pressing issues have surfaced. With Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth seeking the office as a Democrat and Town
Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio running on the Republican ticket, three major points stand out: transparency in government, problems with the town’s building department and the question of what the town does for the villages.
All along both candidates have emphasized a real need for transparency in government. Discussing the issue with Bosworth, she reiterated the need for a very open government, with town board meetings streamed live on the Internet, as well as eventually televising them on public access channels. She also spoke of making better use of the town’s website, with pertinent news regarding village boards.
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