The New Hyde Park Village board met at the Village Hall for their regular board meeting to discuss, comment and explain what goes on behind the daunting task of snow removal.
Deputy Mayor Robert Lofar said, “The snow may fall for only 12 hours, but while New Hyde Park residents are asleep, the members of the Department of Public Works are out getting the plows, attaching equipment, loading every truck with sand and salt and gathering up the men to remove that snow so that when residents wake up, the roads are clear and ready for them.”
Mayor Daniel Petruccio commended Department of Public Works Superintendent Tom Gannon for removing the snow so quickly, as did a woman in the audience.
Petruccio also said, “Tom Gannon really is trying to be as creative as he can in terms of how we expend the money necessary to do these snow removals.”
Once again a heavy snowfall closed many area schools and businesses last week. For the school children it was a fun day to play in the drifts, but to those who were trying to get into work it was a challenge.
The first big snow of the year fell the day after Christmas and caught many unprepared, so this snowfall wasn’t quite as large or quite as crippling, but nonetheless, annoying.
The following are snow scenes throughout the New Hyde Park Village and at the hill at Herricks High School which is a very popular local spot for sleigh riding.
At the last Herricks school board meeting Herricks School Board President Christine Turner opened the meeting with the following statement:
“HASS ( Herricks Association of Administrators and Supervisors) has responded to the Herricks School Board and they are willing to listen to proposals by the board. Their members are just as concerned as we are and as everybody in the community regarding budget issues in Nassau County.
“I have met personally with Karen Hughes, who is the president of the HASS organization and we had informal discussions about the budgetary issues.
At the last Williston Park Village Board meeting the board gave citations to two winning St. Aidan CYO Soccer Teams.
First the boys winning team was honored, followed by the girls team. Williston Park Village Hall was packed with family and friends as the teams, along with their coaches were honored.
After the teams were honored, Williston Park Village Mayor Paul Ehrbar announced that the village received two AAA awards. One for Pedestrian Safety and the other the Bronze Award for Traffic Safety, which means there has not been a pedestrian fatality in the village in a year and also that the village has implemented enhanced safety measures.
It’s official. After launching his campaign in March 2010, standing outside train stations, restaurants and local businesses and after a long and arduous court battle, Jack Martins can take the “-elect” off of the end of his new job title.
Former Mineola Mayor Jack Martins was sworn in as the Seventh District senator last Tuesday. Martins was accompanied by his wife Paula and the rest of the Martins family as he took the oath of senator around noon Tuesday.
Before Martins was sworn in, Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) cited “spectacular wins throughout the state,” which garnered applause from the crowd of about 200 people. Skelos was sworn in as Senate majority leader last Wednesday.
New Hyde Park Receives Blanket of Blizzard Snow the day after Christmas and New Hyde Park was given the gift of a blizzard of enormous proportions. However, the village went into high gear and quickly and efficiently cleared all the main roads and side roads. Working day and night the Department of Public Works made sure every road in the village was passable.
Once again, the St. Aidan Happicaps took over the stage at Msgr. Kirwin Hall and did another outstanding job of entertaining family and friends who packed the audience for their Annual Christmas Pageant.
The group meets every week, under the direction of Carol Fazzalore and Priscilla Szachacz, and they give the group a chance to meet and socialize away from the group homes they live in throughout the county.
They start to determine what theme their Christmas show will be sometime during the summer and from then on they practice their individual skits and they are always wonderful and this year was no exception because each and every scene was fantastic.
At the last meeting of the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board the school board approved the appointment of Frank Cataleno as a Maintainer. He was present at the meeting and had a chance to be introduced by the board.
The following teachers received Reclassification of Teachers Salary Schedule. They are: Regina O’Keefe, Jennifer Naughton, Sheryl Posner, Eileen Prymaczek, Deborah Ryan, Patricia Saanski, Annie Schneider, Bridget Balducci, Lillian Buccella, Maria Colton, Julie Croshere, Jana Fishkind, Leticia Hauser, Kathleen Heenan, Lara Holtzkamp, Ann Johnson, Janet Keinert, Kelly Setiadi, Janine Sheehan, Nanette Stepanian, Paul Vecchiarelli, Georgette Vosseler, Carol Weiss, Stephanie Wise and Elizabeth Powers.
Joseph Sciame, a National Past President of the Order Sons of Italy in America, recently was elected 2011-2013 Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations. The election took place at the annual Conference meeting of more than 50 organizations held in Washington, DC at the end of October at the Washington Hilton, site of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) annual meeting and gala weekend.
Sciame will lead the organization, known as “The Conference,” which was founded over 40 years ago “…to enroll as members in a spiritual bond all national, regional, statewide and special Italian American organizations,” and in order to provide a clearinghouse for centralized thinking and unified directed guidance for Italian American activities at their broadest national levels and interests.
Herricks Superintendent Dr. Jack Bierwirth took over the meeting and outlined the grim picture of the budget for the coming year.
He said, “Normally we would not be presenting anything on the budget until the end of January or the beginning of February. However, we are presenting it now since we are facing a rather extraordinary set of challenges both on the expenditure side and the revenue side.
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