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Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park residents install community bookshelf at train station

Newspapers and magazines are available at many Long Island Rail Road train stations. But in New Hyde Park, there is something additional for commuters – a bookshelf, thanks to residents Katina Grigoraskos and Carmin Perrone.

Grigoraskos and Perrone installed a New Hyde Park Community Bookshelf at the New Hyde Park train station. The two joined forces with the LIRR and “jazzed the station up a bit,” getting donations from Hillside Public Library. 

The idea came to fruition when Perrone was getting rid of her bookshelf and the two thought to put it to good use. Grigoraskos and Perrone reached out to the train station manager Jennifer Uihlein. 

Friends, neighbors and the two women donated books. Books can be dropped off anytime during open hours.


Gift To The Cause

Saturday, 20 April 2013 00:00

The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce presented a benevolence check, as they do each year, in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Marcus Christ Hall event to fight childhood cancer spearheaded by P.O.P. Officer Nick Mosesso for the N.C.P.D. Third Precinct, with the support of New Hyde Park Village staff and dedicated volunteers.


County Clerk Speaks At Herricks Center

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

 Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell was the guest speaker at a recent senior’s luncheon at the Herricks Community Center.  Clerk O’Connell spoke with members about the services the Clerk’s office provides to the community including the processing and maintenance of the County’s land and court records.


Budget Out, And Up

Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park-Garden City Park talk programs, Race To Top

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District presented the 2013-14 budget for a May 21 vote last week. Next year’s budget is currently $35,525,755, a 2.99 percent increase from 2012-13.

Assistant Superintendent for Business Michael Frank gave his budget presentation at a school board meeting at the Manor Oaks School. Outlined in his presentation were the ways he planned to develop the budget for the 2013-14 school year. 


Running For Katie McBride

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 17 April 2013 08:24

Run/Walk set for June 23

Michael McBride doesn’t want accolades for the now 4th annual Katie’s Run 5K run/2-mile walk set for June 23. Instead, he would like his daughter, whose name graces the event’s title, to be remembered. The event benefits the Ronald McDonald House, where McBride spent countless hours during his daughter’s treatment. 


awoke on a June morning in 2007 with a sore throat. Jean, Michael’s wife, took her to the doctor after school, thinking it was nothing serious. The doctor didn’t like what she saw.

“We went over to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip and the ear, nose and throat doctor, just by the look on his face, he knew there was something wrong.”

After rounds of tests, Katie was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma the day after her 11th birthday, which was also Fathers Day. When her chemotherapy treatment concluded, Katie was finally home in September 2007 and attended the first day of school, but something was still wrong.


Volunteering To Lose Hair

Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 13 April 2013 00:00


St. Baldrick’s event held at Marcus Christ Hall St. Baldrick’s event held at 

The Nassau County Police Department’s Third Precinct hosted its fifth annual St. Baldrick’s Event for children with cancer at Marcus Christ Hall on Monday, April 1. The event was led by local Boy Scout troops in honor of one of their members, James Sokol, who was diagnosed with leukemia in January. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer charity that funds promising research to help find cures for kids with cancer.


He’ll Appeal FD Ousting

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Son says father was removed as a volunteer

Michael Dolan Sr. was removed as a New Hyde Park volunteer firefighter on Tuesday April 2, according to his son, Michael Jr. The senior Dolan had been suspended nine months ago, after both Dolans were charged by the Nassau County district attorney’s office with stealing 65 Kidde smoke detectors from the department. 


Third degree larceny charges against the two, filed in mid-July 2012, have since been dropped. Fire officials declined to comment on any aspect of the senior Dolan’s case. 

The younger Dolan was said by an independent hearing officer to have had no knowledge of the removal of the smoke detectors and the department should take no action against him. 


Right At The Limit

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

Tentative budget doesn’t pierce state cap

The village of New Hyde Park proposed a $5.8 million budget for the 2012-14 year, a $39,350.69 increase from the previous year, but the new fiscal plan will not break the state-imposed tax cap. New York State set the village’s allowable tax levy increase at about 2.23 percent ($88,639.96).

New Hyde Park’s final levy mirrored the state’s figure. The total tax levy at press time is $4,068,439.57. Residents would pay $31.32 more in taxes per year should the budget be approved as is.


Lofaro’s Journey To Mayor

Written by Rick Karas Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:59

It was the first such change at the top in New Hyde Park in a dozen years. Robert Lofaro’s 14-year journey through the village ranks took him from trustee to deputy mayor and now, the mayor’s seat.

Lofaro was sworn into office at Village Hall on Monday, April 1 while two other returning trustees were sworn in once again. Lofaro outlined some of his goals before a packed William Gill Theatre.

“We want to keep our taxes stable, we want to continue our road projects that began in 2001,” Lofaro said.


Local Teachers Honored

Sunday, 07 April 2013 00:00

David Sexton and Nkenge Gilliam of the Sewanhaka Central High School District have both been named “Distinguished Teacher of 2013” by the Harvard Club of Long Island. 

The two will be honored at the Harvard Club of Long Island’s annual University Relations Lunch on April 7.  Following the award ceremony, Harvard professor Dr. Maria Tatar will give a short lecture entitled, “Mythical and Magical: The Resurgence of Fairy Tales in Popular Culture.”


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