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Herricks Sets School Tax Levy

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

The tax levy for the 2014-15 school year was set at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, and district residents may be surprised that it’s coming in a bit lower than the amount voters had previously approved.


Assistant Superintendent for Business Helen Costigan initially revealed the Herricks’ tax levy for the coming school year was a 1.73 percent increase. However, she noted that a surplus in the budget could allow the district to establish a lower levy than previously anticipated. The board adopted the new levy, 1.3 percent or $93,325,352.


Italian Festival Draws Crowd

Written by Gary Simeone Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

The Sons of Italy, Cellini Lodge No. 2206 Italian Festival in New Hyde Park garnered a solid turnout during its five-day run at Michael J. Tully Park last week. According to Lodge First Vice President Alfonso Squillante, the annual festival had more 1,500 people each day, with 3,200 people on Saturday night for the fireworks display.


“We’ve had a great turnout, the community has responded very positively,” said Squillante. “Last year we had 12,000 people over the course of five days and this year we are looking at record-breaking numbers.”


Sewanhaka Alum Goes ‘Big’

Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00

Sewanhaka High School alum Vince Scuderi took over the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan this past Sunday with his group, the Out of the Box Big Band. 


“The concert went well, with just the right amount of fulfilled expectations and controlled and chaotic surprise to keep the audience and the musicians on the edge of their seats and always wanting more,” said Scuderi.


The Out of the Box Big Band is made up of 17 pieces, which includes five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, a piano, guitar and string bass. Sometimes, they also had a vocalist to the mix. 


Woman Steals Snake, Crashes Car

Written by Illustrated News Staff Friday, 15 August 2014 00:00

Nassau County Police arrested an Albany woman on Monday, Aug. 4 after she crashed into the front garage door of the New Hyde Park Fire House on Jerich Turnpike last week. But what fire officials discovered on the driver’s person is what made the crash much more unusual.


According to police, Sarah Espinosa, 22, was driving her 2010 Toyota Prius westbound on Jericho Turnpike when she drove over the center median striking a Nissan Maxima and two signs before continuing through the fire house garage door. Her vehicle collided with two fire trucks.


Main Street Project Complete

Written by Michael Scro Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

The Village of New Hyde Village Board celebrated the completion of Operation Main Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 2.


At a small gathering of village administrators on the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Lakeville Road, the ceremony acknowledged a more pedestrian friendly and aesthetically pleasing main stretch of New

Hyde Park that is designed to be more inviting to shoppers, residents and visitors.


“We’re so delighted that this day has finally come,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “Everything that we’ve done here has always been about the businesses in our village.”


Italian Festival Kicks Off This Week

Written by Gary Simeone Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

The Italian Festival is one of the great Italian traditions in the Village of New Hyde Park. The annual event, which is sponsored by the Sons of Italy, Cellini Lodge No. 2206, brings together a mixture of traditional Italian food and music as well as fun games, rides and prizes. The event takes place on Aug. 13-17 at Michael J. Tully Park at 1801 Evergreen Ave.


“The Cellini Lodge Italian Festival is an event that the community looks forward to each year as it offers a great time for persons of every age and has something for everyone,” said Cellini Lodge

Corresponding Secretary and festival worker, Lynn Marino. “We have a reputation for providing a quality event for families with young children to seniors. Everyone finds a good time when they walk through that gate.”


Flower Shop Offers Unique Designs

Written by Paige Mcatee Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:00

Parties are brought to another level with the help of floral and event décor thanks to Flowers by Andrew Scott.


Located in New Hyde Park, at 816 Jericho Tpke., Andrew Scott Events is designed to be the community go-to retail florist, says owner Andrew Zecher.


“It was designed to be your community go-to retail florist providing the freshest quality flowers and unique floral designs,” Zecher said.


Drainage Project Underway In New Hyde Park

Written by Gary Simeone Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

The storm water drainage project that is currently underway in New Hyde Park on Allen and Brian Streets has been a long time coming for residents who live in the area. The project will help to alleviate a decade’s long flooding problem that has forced homeowners to reconstruct and rebuild their homes, North Hempstead officials say.


“The people of Allen and Brian streets shouldn’t have to fear rainy days anymore,” said Town Supervisor Judi Supervisor. “I am very pleased that the Town is able to start this much-needed drainage improvement project that will alleviate flooding in this neighborhood.”


The $293,000 project includes a new storm water drainage pipe and water main. Officials are also restoring a drainage trench on Allen Street. This project was included in the first year of the Town’s

Five Year Capital Plan that was recently approved by the town board. 


South 14th Street Plan Needs Approval

Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:23

A project that would remediate flood issues at South 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New Hyde Park has yet to go out to bid. The plan also includes repaving the Village Hall parking lot.


“We’re working with our engineers to get that done,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “The parking lot at Village Hall, that bid has not gone out yet either. We will be going out to bid on a requirements contract to replace the current contract that’s currently expired.”


E-Cigs Banned In Sewanhaka Schools

Written by Rich Forestano and Daniel Offner Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

The Sewanhaka Central High School District recently amended its student code of conduct to include the ban of e-cigarettes at the district’s five high schools. School officials say measures were taken to address the issue.


“Some of the principals expressed a discomfort with attempting to discipline students when there was nothing in the code of conduct which would prohibit the possession of an e-cigs, rolling papers or things of that sort,” said school board President Dave Fowler.


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