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.”
In 1963, Sewanhaka High School alum Adele Werthmuller pulled out her yearbook. She was on a mission and began paging through the pictures and names of her beloved classmates. She decided to look through the phone book for familiar names. She said, “I kept in contact with many of my girlfriends so I started looking for the men first.”
She was successful and found 12 of the graduates in the area. By 1969, together with her classmate Frank Wibben, they hosted their 25th high school reunion at The Garden City Hotel. Since then, they’ve held the event every 15 to 20 years with great success. Their 50th reunion was held 20 years ago at The Hempstead Country Club.
After a productive summer, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is gearing up for another school year.
“We’ve had a very busy summer making plans for the new instructional year and offering many professional development opportunities for our staff,”
Superintendent Robert Katulak said last week.
The summer saw the completion of many projects to improve everything from the school grounds classrooms, which Katulak says have been refurbished “with a luster to match the students’ enthusiasm.”
It’s “full speed ahead” for Dave Daly as the PSEG LI president works to make the utility “world class.”
Several initiatives that PSEG LI has undertaken since taking over from LIPA on Jan. 1, are ahead of schedule and Daly, who became president in November, is confident many more can come in ahead of plan. The 22 measures he describes include enhancing the utility’s financial position, its customer service and, perhaps most of all, the reliability of its service.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District interviewed three construction firms on Tuesday, Sept. 2 for the upcoming renovations to its five high schools.
The district will announce its selection on Sept. 23. The firms and bids are unknown as of press time.
The district passed a $86.6 million bond referendum in May by nearly 2,479 votes. District officials plan to hold a bond groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alva T. Stanforth Athletic fields in Elmont, signaling the start of work. The site will be closed for 18 months.
While this year’s New Hyde Park Street Fair takes place one day before the first official day of fall, the event keeps the spirit of summer alive a little longer for the 20,000-25,000 attendees.
Organizers are looking to up the ante for the 19th annual event on Saturday, Sept. 20, with the usual clowns and crafts supplemented by a petting zoo, pony rides and a new children’s carnival, from New Hyde Park-based Send in the Clowns.
“We try to capatilize on all the elements of the fair that work and modify ones that need work,” said New Hyde Park Village Board Research Assistant/Fair
Coordinator Janet Bevers. “The fair has been in place for 19 years now so in essence we follow a similar format. We invite all the village merchants to participate.”
The pony rides will be stationed near the Green Meadow Farms petting zoo on Lakeville Road, with the carnival setting up shop in the village’s Central Boulevard parking lot.
“It’s exciting to see a local company taking on a big piece of the fair,” Bevers said.
Fair reps expect at least 220 vendors to line the street fair this year. In the fair’s inaugural outing in 1995, just 90 craft vendors showed up.
“I think it’s one of the biggest events in Nassau County,” Queens-based Craft-A-Fair President Tony Ciuffo said. “The fair accentuates the local merchants.
Every year it gets more and more exciting. I expect new vendors this year. Around 25 percent of the vendors will be new this year.”
Each year, vendors rent space on the turnpike from New Hyde Park Road, continuing west to Covert Avenue. Last year, a few extra blocks were added near Lakeville Road.
Former trustee Florence Lisanti was one of the first organizers of the street fair, who trustee Donald Barbieri commended for leading the charge.
“[The fair] is a great day for the community,” he stated. “We’re proud to have all our local organizations along the turnpike. The merchants get to showcase what they do. We are very proud of the street fair.”
Local merchants, Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce members, charity and service groups can set up tables on the sidewalk free of charge, Bevers said.
“We view the fair as the premiere street fair on Long Island,” Bevers stated. “It goes about a square mile. The community feel to the fair is crucial. It’s a big fair and still retains its local charact
Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.
Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.
The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.
“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”
The Village of New Hyde Park will soon hear Manhattan businessman Sam Chan’s proposal to open a 84-seat hibachi-style restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall. The hearing is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
“The board will be hearing the case for restaurant usage,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “This will also have to go before the zoning board. They will likely hear the case.”
A fatal car accident on Tuesday, Aug. 19 that claimed the life of a 55-year-old man on Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park could fast-track a $250,000 Nassau County project announced last month to install traffic calming features along the road. The project would run north from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont.
“The project is already ongoing and will continue to progress,” said Nassau County Department of Public Works rep Michael Martino.
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