Toys for Tots held its Annual Kick-Off, under the direction of Major Chuck Kilbride Ret, USMC, this year at Oheka Castle, in Huntington, possibly one of the most beautiful venues on Long Island, through the courtesy of Gary Melius. The main dining room was packed with many dignitaries and supporters, all who came with gift in hand to add to the many toys already on display.
Anton Community Newspapers Publisher Angela Susan Anton, with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who was named this year’s chairperson for Toys for Tots, along with Derek Partee of Hempstead, Major Chuck Kilbride USMC Retired, who heads the Toys for Tots Program, Sergeant Brian Gomes, USMC Assistant Coordinator for Toys for Tots and Hempstead Town Councilman Edward Ambrosino.
At the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting it was announced that the Annual Christmas tree lighting will be held on December 4 at New Hyde Park Village Hall.
Prior to the actual tree lighting, there will be a children’s show at Marcus Christ Hall at about 3:30 p.m. and directly after that Santa is set to arrive, followed by the tree lighting ceremony. Included in the ceremonies will be musical interludes by both the New Hyde Park Memorial Choir and the New Hyde Park Memorial Jazz Band.
New Hyde Park Village Mayor Daniel Petruccio added, “And, it will probably be the coldest day of the year, because it usually is.”
Trustee Kevin Rynne also announced that this year, directly after the Ragamuffin Parade, there will be judging of a pumpkin-carving contest on the village lawn. All entries to be judged are to be left on the village lawn by 6 and 6:45 p.m.
The mayor and the board also approved a resolution to name the Illustrated News as an official paper for the Village of Williston Park.
For three terrifyingly, spooky nights and one not-so-spooky day, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, swamp monsters and a bunch of their gruesome buddies will rise up from their lairs and prowl the grounds of Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson.
At the last Herricks School Board meeting, the first order of business was to swear-in the student representatives and the alternatives The student representatives are: Meena Yo and Grant Seltzer Richman and the alternatives are: Sheryl Bohan and Samuel Oh.
The board then heard an in-depth description of the English Scholars Program delivered by English Chairperson Victor Jaccarino and English teachers Alan Smerdijan, Denise Accardi, Tom Baier, Jon Lavas, Sarah Kammerdener plus students from the high school in the program.
The Illustrated News contacted Dr. Jack Bierwirth, Herricks School District Superintendent regarding the water pressure of the fire hydrants on the grounds of the high school.
Dr. Bierwirth said that he and the Herricks Director of Facilities, Jim Brown, are working closely with the Garden City Park Water District to correct any problems with the fire hydrants. According to Brown, there are seven hydrants involved with the water pressure. If just one is opened it is fine. It is when more than one is opened that the water pressure tends to become less.
7th District Senatorial Candidate Jack Martins held a “truth” conference last Friday to address the alleged accusations regarding his campaign headquarters made by Senator Craig Johnson. Martins stood outside Johnson’s District office on Herricks Road addressing supporters, passersby, media members and one Johnson representative.
Martins said he invited Johnson to speak with him at the press conference. Johnson was at a job fair at Nassau Community College on Friday.
“For the next three weeks, we’re going to focus on the issues,” Martins said. “We’re going to focus on the need to cut spending, to cut taxes and give people the tax relief they need and desensitize our businesses and our small businesses to begin to invest in our economy again.”
After the last regular meeting of the Williston Park Village Board, the board held a hearing on the installation of additional cell antennas on the Williston House at 600 Willis Avenue and it quickly turned into a marathon session, ending after midnight.
Prior to the hearing the following legal notice, that appeared in the newspaper, was read: “Continuation of a Special Exception Application by Cingular Wireless to Seek Permission to Install a Public Utility Wireless Telecommunications Facility at 600 Willis Avenue, New York. Includes the installation of Panel Antennas on the building rooftop and related equipment cabinets within the subject building.”
John Huber represented the cell company and he is an attorney with a law firm in Huntington.
Residents, dignitaries and visitors packed Jericho Turnpike, from New Hyde Park Road to almost Covert Avenue, to attend another successful New Hyde Park Street Fair
The street was covered with vendors, merchants, exhibits and this year, a car show on Lakeville Road. It was a picture-perfect September day and everyone seemed to be having a marvelous time as they went from booth to booth sampling wares and picking up souvenirs, along with many of the various foods offered by the restaurants up and down the turnpike.
The North Hempstead Board of Zoning hearing on the request for a variance to build a parking lot, which is a non-permitted use, on the east side of 1046 North 2nd Street and on the south side 130 of Hillside Avenue at the Hillside Islamic Center, known as 300 Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park, was packed with residents and there was standing room only.
At first it was rumored that the hearing was to change the zoning in the area, but that proved untrue; the hearing was to just change the “permitted use.” The actual wording of the variance stated, “To permit the demolition of a dwelling and use of the premises as a parking lot within a residential district which is not a permitted use.”
The first person to speak was the attorney for the Islamic Center, Raymond Smolenski, who said he had, in fact, been a former resident of New Hyde Park. He said that the parking, especially on the recent Ramadan holiday, had been a concern for the neighborhood and by granting the 18 spaces that the Center requests, for use as a parking lot, it would alleviate that concern.
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