The upcoming retirements of Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Deirdre Hayes, and Herricks High School Principal Dr. Jane Modoono were officially announced at the May 29 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education last week.
However, the trio gave ample notice, with Bierwirth and Modoono remaining at their posts throughout the upcoming 2014-15 school calendar; or, in the words of Bierwirth, “you’re still stuck with us for another year.” Both Bierwirth and Modoono’s will end their run in Herricks on June 30, 2015, with Hayes departing on Dec. 31.
Lifelong New Hyde Park resident Maureen McHugh comes from a very large, tight knit family. When her family unit started to fall apart with the deaths of her paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother, she inexplicably starting finding nickels everywhere she looked.
Soon, the nickels turned to dimes when she was going through a tough time of losing her 46-year-old brother, Tim, to cancer. In her new book, Finding Dimes, she explains the spiritual presence of these monetary denominations when enduring some of life’s hardest battles.
“I started a small journal when my brother, Tim was fighting through his first bout with cancer as a way of dealing with it,” said McHugh. “It was kind of a way of healing through writing with a lot of hope and faith stories blended together.”
Herricks School District residents sent a clear message on May 20 when they turned out to vote on the school district’s 2014-15 budget; once the ballots had been counted, the spending plan was revealed to have been approved by a wide margin.
The $107,594,911 budget, representing a 2.84 percent increase over the previous year’s plan with a 1.73 tax levy, passed 1,378-696. Board of Education President James Gounaris said the comfortable margin was a concrete sign the public was firmly behind the work the board was doing for Herricks students.
The New Hyde Park-Mineola Runners Club is going the distance once again this year by hosting its annual 8K race. Proceeds from the June 1 rain or shine event will benefit wounded veterans in Nassau County and Boy and Girl Scout troops from the area.
Festivities begin at 8 a.m. and planned activities for the day include a quarter-mile fun run for kids and a two-mile community walk, in addition to the 8K race, which starts and ends at Denton Avenue Elementary School in New Hyde Park. The 37-year-old competition is also a part
of the USA Track and Field Long Island Division and is recognized as an 8K Grande Prix Championship. Last year, the club saw between 400 and 500 participants, a figure race director and Club President Harold Axelrod said he hopes to match this weekend.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District $86.6 million bond referendum passed by nearly 2,500 votes last week. Each taxpayer will need to pay an additional $114 per year to support the bond. The referendum will contribute significant upgrades and renovations to the district’s five schools and two vocational buildings.
A $99.5 million bond last December failed by 293 votes. District reps say the construction work would not begin until summer 2015. Forty-seven percent of the bond is covered by New York State aid.
“When you have a majority [vote for bond and budget], these are two separate [things], it shows the communities understood the need,” District Superintendent Ralph Ferrie said. “[The voters] knew the upgrades were needed.”
Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a stretch of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, has struggled to reach its completion. Work had been halted in February due to weather, but was scheduled to pick up in mid-March, with a May 15 deadline, according to village officials.
Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises missed the end date. They did not return calls for comment.
“We’ve read the [J. Anthony] contract carefully and there are actions we may consider taking,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said.
Eagle Nurseries at 225 Jericho Tpke. is all about quality. It is owned and run by brothers Rich and Mike Scordo, who are both certified horticulturists and have been operating and running their full-service garden center for 15 years.
The Scordos started out as young kids cutting grass with their mother’s lawnmower. As middle school and high school passed, they both went on to receive their degrees in landscape design from SUNY Farmingdale.
“You can go anywhere and maybe find a bag of topsoil for a dollar cheaper, but we load your car,” said Mike.
The Greek Place, at 2144 Jericho Tpke., is not a normal, traditional Greek restaurant. They make food that exists nowhere else by taking traditional Greek cuisine and putting an international twist on it.
Owner Pete Kontoulakos calls his original style of cooking “fusion.” By combining Greek cuisine with popular international foods, he has created gyro tacos, gyro burritos, German gyros, Italian gyros, and gyro poppers.
His food has a little something for everyone, young and old.
The Village of New Hyde Park recently announced that it approved a plan that would see the Angry Gnome Pub, which originally stood at 1217 Jericho Turnpike, reopen under new management. It’ll also houses two upstairs apartments.
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 November 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.
Murnane will reconstruct two apartments above the bar, but the backyard, a subject of intense discussion at a public hearing in April, will be closed at 11 p.m. The yard abuts residential homes.
East Williston Deputy Mayor Bonnie Parente announced that she will seek election for the Town of North Hempstead’s District Council 2 seat. Parente, a Republican, was elected to the East Williston Village Board in 2011. She decided to run after the Republican party approached her to challenge the seat’s expiring term.
“I always thought I would be good for that,” she said. “My term as a deputy mayor ends in 2015 and so it seems like the right next step.”
Parente feels her work in the village, specifically issues with the East Williston Fire Department and water rate tussles between the village and Williston Park, has prepared her for a bigger role in town government.
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