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Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt Dies At 62

Written by Ronald Scaglia Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:00

Longtime legislator passes away suddenly while on the job

Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt died suddenly on the morning of Oct. 3. According to Ed Ward, spokesperson from the legislator’s office, Schmitt, 62, collapsed while in a budget meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building and was rushed to Winthrop Hospital. He died at 11:55 a.m.

“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”


New Hyde Park Graduate Found Dead In Illinois

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00
The worst fears of the community were realized on Sept. 27, when law enforcement officials found the body of New Hyde Park Memorial High School graduate and Northwestern University student Harsha Maddula, 18, shortly before 7 p.m. C.S.T. Maddula, a sophomore, had been missing since the early morning hours of Sept. 22, when he was last seen leaving an off-campus party. According to Alan Cubbage, vice-president of university relations, Maddula did not attend a different party later that Saturday evening, which he was expected to attend, prompting a massive search, which eventually led to the heartbreaking discovery of Maddula’s body in Wilmette Harbor in Illinois on the shore of Lake Michigan.

“It’s been really a somber start to the school year,” said Cubbage. “Classes just started. Usually this is a time of optimism and renewal. It’s cast a shadow over the start of the year.”


Putting Their Best Foot Forward

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Williston Park-based SFA provides recycled footwear for the needy and less fortunate

According to Shoes For All (SFA), more than 300 million pairs of shoes go into landfills annually and there are at least five pairs of unused shoes per person languishing in closets. This kind of excess, coupled with a crippling economy and exchanges with patients, spurred podiatrist Dr. Mary Carlson to start her first shoe drive at a Williston Park street fair two years ago.

“Many of my patients come in and tell me that their shoes hurt their feet. What happens is that the foot is often deformed and it’s not the shoe that’s causing the problem,” Dr. Carlson explained. “So with the economic crisis, I thought about how all these shoes are in a closet and that I should try to get them into the hands of people in need, especially on Long Island, because it has been hit especially hard by the bad economy.”


NHP Building Department Employee Retires

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
During the past nine years, if you bought or sold a home in New Hyde Park, then you have had the pleasure of working with Ruth Kernan. Hired by New Hyde Park Mayor Dan Petruccio, Kernan has served as secretary to the planning board, and later added duties to assist the architectural review board and planning commission. Kernan says that she has thoroughly enjoyed her work and has nothing but kind words for her colleagues, however, all good things must come to an end and so will Kernan’s tenure working for the village as she is retiring this month. She and her husband, Jim, to whom she has been happily married for 40 years, will be moving to a home they have in the Adirondacks.

“I just loved every day,” Kernan says of her time working for village. “I came in with a smile on my face and was ready to help the residents and the village in any way that I could.”


Kindergarten Class Conundrum

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Parents object to uptick in classroom quantities while Herricks BOE points to state mandates being the villains

The Herricks Board of Education opened last Thursday night’s meeting at the Herricks Community Center with a lengthy discussion on class sizes for Center Street kindergarten. Having received numerous objections from parents on the school’s three sections that are currently two and three students over the size guidelines, Board of Education President Christine Turner expressed complete agreement with their concerns.

“The fact that we have to go over them (class size guidelines) is not something we do lightly,” said Turner.  “We agree with you one hundred percent, but the fact is that times are different now...the money situation is tight.”


NYIT Welcomes Princess Diana’s Butler

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
More than 30 years have passed since a beautiful, shy young lady burst onto the world stage and captured the hearts of so many. Diana was a fascinating and intriguing figure and was considered by many to be the most famous woman in the world. The largest worldwide television audience to that point in history watched as she married Prince Charles in 1981. The entire world celebrated when she gave birth to two sons, William and Harry. We all admired her efforts to help others and stop some of the world’s atrocities such as innocent children being killed by land mines. And the entire world mourned upon learning of her tragic and untimely death.

Although Diana has not faded from our collectives memories, recent events have thrust England into the spotlight, and Diana along with it. There was the royal wedding of her son, Prince William, which was on the same scale as Diana’s. Queen Elizabeth just celebrated her diamond jubilee and the Summer Olympics were recently held in London. In addition, recent difficulties that Princess Kate has had with media are eerily similar to those of Diana. So, in many ways, Diana is still in our minds and is still “The People’s Princess,” 15 years after her death.


NHPLL Girls Majors Softball Team Honored

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

Officials gather to cement first Girls Softball Little League World Series run in village history

The magic carpet ride for the New Hyde Park Little League Girls Majors softball team, who competed in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, OR, last month, continued on Saturday, Sept. 15. Political dignitaries from the village up through the state level honored the 11- and 12-year-old girls and their coaches at a recognition ceremony held on the lawn of the New Hyde Park Village Hall.

“On behalf of the entire village family, I can’t tell you how proud we are of your accomplishments,” said New Hyde Park Mayor Daniel P. Petruccio. “It’s an amazing journey that you’ve been on, and we’ve shared that journey with you. … You have made us proud as a community.  … Forever the Village of New Hyde Park will recognize… your accomplishments. You’ll come back someday with your children to this village hall and you’ll point to the plaque and say that was my team, those were my friends, and we did this.”


New Hyde Park Hosts 17th Annual Street Fair

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

Thousands come out to enjoy the sights and sounds of the day

Mother Nature certainly gave New Hyde Park a boost on Saturday, Sept. 15, as the village hosted its 17th Annual Street Fair. Indeed, as the sun rose that morning, hundreds of vendors set up shop along Jericho Turnpike between New Hyde Park Road and Covert Avenue to display their goods and services. As the temperature warmed up between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., vendors were poised to see their sales heat up as well.

Meditating On The Evils Of Sex Trafficking

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

NHP residents part of One Love Long Island group hosting 2012 Yoga Festival as part of Global Seva Challenge

According to a 2009 report released by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), more than 1.2 million children are involved in prostitution and sex trafficking in that country. It’s these kind of horrific statistics that gave the ladies who make up One Love Long Island (OLLI) the impetus to get involved working with Off the Mat, Into the World (OTM), an organization that uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious and sustainable activism in order to ignite grassroots social change. Every year, OTM sponsors an international service project called the Global Seva Challenge that involves picking a country and cause in need. This year India is the country and the scourge that is sex trafficking is the social ill that’s being addressed.

The Town Of North Hempstead Never Forgets

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

Commemoration of 9-11 held at Clark Botanic Garden

In the quiet, lovely, lush Clark Botanic Garden, nestled in a corner of Albertson on I.U. Willets Road, under the supervision of John Darcy, North Hempstead Town elected officials and residents joined together to commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9-11, when so many people perished due to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the hijacked United Airlines Flight No. 93 that crashed near Shanksville, PA.

The day was eerily like that horrible day 11 years ago. It was a Tuesday, possibly one of the most beautiful September days of the entire year.


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