East Setauket restaurant owner Sam Chan is looking to open an 84-seat Asian fusion restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall
The 3,280-square-foot restaurant would be staffed by 15 employees. Chan and property owner Mark Sommer, a Dix Hills dentist, are requesting 25 off-street parking spaces.
“[Parking was] the only issue we were having a discussion about,” Sommer said after a public hearing last week in front of the village’s board of trustees.
The New Hyde Park Road School Executive PTA is circulating a petition across the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District to eliminate its schools as polling places, reps told the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. PTA officials say it will present the petition to the board of education at its next meeting.
If the board agrees, it would forward the petition to the Nassau County Board of Elections to begin discussions. The county did not return calls for comment.
“We would like to see if the polling places can be relocated to different places rather than held in schools,” District Superintendent Robert Katulak said. “The administration, including central office as well as the building principal and the parents, are concerned that when elections are held, whether they be primary or major elections, during the day when students are in session, there really is no way that we can keep people out the right way.”
Last Wednesday, Nassau County police arrested a man they believe is connected to a June 20 distraction burglary in Herricks. Authorities say they’re investigating whether this suspect was involved in similar incidents in Syosset and Westbury over the summer.
According to police, Frank Nicholas, 27, of White Marsh, Md., was arrested and charged with second degree burglary. Nicholas was being held at Rikers Island on an unrelated charge
when Nassau police arrested him, police said.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future.
At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district.
The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments.
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.
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, 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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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