Herricks Middle School student Austin Tian competed Sunday, Feb. 10 at the third annual Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee.
Like many others, Tian, 13, was nervous before the spelling began, but he braved the stage and correctly spelled the words “magnolia” and “kavya.” He was knocked out of the competition as the words got even tougher, but he enjoyed the whole experience.
It was a heartfelt presentation by Karen Acompora, president of the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Herricks Middle School. Karen, Louis’s mother, spoke about the importance of having AEDs, (automatic external defibrillator) in all schools and at sporting events. The foundation was founded in 2000 after the tragic death of her son from sudden cardiac arrest after being struck in the chest by a lacrosse ball during a game at Northport High School where he was a student.
“My job tonight is to spread awareness of the importance of AEDs,” said Acompora. “It is important that people know where these devices are in their schools or workplace and know how to operate them because they are lifesavers.”
She said that since former New York State Governor George Pataki signed ‘Louis’s Law’ in 2002, 76 lives have been saved by the AED device in schools.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education heard comments from the community at a special budget workshop before the normal Board of Education meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.
While no figures were released, many parents spoke up praising the efforts the district has made to provide for its students in increasingly dire financial times. A few of them were teachers themselves.
Parents were concerned with the preservation of arts, music, and science programs as well as the after-school clinic for standardized test preparation.
Rich in history, New Hyde Park has been home to famous races, semi-pro baseball team and high-profile governmental entities. Babe Ruth once attended a Barton Nighthawks baseball game at Barton’s Stadium, which stood on Jericho Turnpike in 1938. The United
Nations had temporary headquarters on Union Turnpike from 1946-51 while its current New York City headquarters was under construction and the storied Vanderbilt Cup races ran through Lakeville Road and Jericho Turnpike.
New Hyde Park Historical Society President Carol Nowakowski and Keller Williams Realty agent/social media expert Mildred Tassone, are looking to preserve and highlight these history snippets and more once the New Hyde Park Museum holds its opening ceremony on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
When it comes to fitness, getting off the couch is half the battle.
Plenty of people start each day with the best of intentions, but plans to eat healthy and get to the gym often fall by the wayside with even the most shoddy of excuses. But a New Hyde Park native is bringing physical fitness to the front door with a mobile, personal traning regimen focusing on individualized one-on-one fitness, group sessions and corporate fitness.
Established in 2008 by Josh York, GYMGUYZ is loaded with certified personal trainers and licensed massage therapists that bring their workout equipment and expertise to their client’s front door, rather than wait for the client to make that all important move from the couch to the car to the gym.
Operation Main Street has struggled to get off the ground since the plan was fast-tracked by New Hyde Park Village Officials last year. Work has been halted until March 15 due to weather. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises expects to finish the project by May 9.
New Hyde Park officials estimated that 35 percent of the project was completed before the stoppage. The village awarded J. Anthony the contract last June, which was the low bid of $1.46 million.
“The work, for all intents and purposes, has been suspended based on the weather,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said.
Street sand and salt have become hot commodities in New Hyde Park, even after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an extra 400 tons would be sent to Long Island to combat future snowstorms. New York has used 46,000 tons of salt less than two months in 2014, according to New York State officials. The state on average, uses 30,000 tons per year.
New Hyde Park Village officials held a conference call with the state on Tuesday, Feb. 4, discussing the release of additional street sand and salt to local municipalities. The village has used more than 800 tons since the first major storm in December.
Prior to the storm waves, New Hyde Park had 560 tons of salt and sand on hand, which has been depleted.
The Herricks School District unveiled the first draft of its 2014-15 budget at the Feb. 6 board of education meeting. Despite the recent financial woes besieging many New York schools in the form of cuts in aid, tax caps, and unfunded mandates, the news delivered to parents last week was far more good than bad for once.
Superintendent of Schools John Bierwirth noted that, after three consecutive years of cuts totaling in the millions of dollars to Herricks’ spending plans, the outlook for 2014-15 was considerably brighter due to a multitude of factors.
Friends of David Eisermann, a special education teacher at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, held a New Hyde Park Heart Strong fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 23 to pay for an impending $20,000 surgery in Panama in April. The event raised more than $2,300.
Eisermann was in Northern Guatemala when he contracted a virus from an ice cube in a drink that attacked his heart. The virus caused diminished heart function and Eisermann was ready to retire after he was put on a heart transplant list before he recovered.
While half of marriages end in divorce today, one New Hyde Park couple has a word of advice to current and future newlyweds: patience. Sal and Frances Chiusano will be married for 56 years on June 7 and for the fourth consecutive time, will renew their vows on Valentine’s Day at Harbor Links in Port Washington.
“Have patience and respect one another,” said Frances. “Don’t be hasty. Work things out and stick it out. This vow renewal is a happy occasion. Everyone there is happy and willing to do it.”
Frances, 84, met Sal, 90, on a blind date set up his sister and her mother. Frances was so nervous, she brought a friend with her to the date with Sal at a night club in Jackson Heights.
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