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Play Ball Was the Cry as Merillon Little League Launched Its 60th Year

Friday, 08 April 2011 07:50

At the ceremonies, following the Annual Merillon Little League Association Parade, Chairman of the Board, who has been in charge for more than 30 years, Tony Camilleri said, “It is truly a milestone when an organization can say we are celebrating our 60 anniversary especially knowing that the founding fathers and members only wanted to provide a place where the children of the community had a place to play baseball.  Softball came later.  I don’t know if they thought that we would still be around but they did seat a solid foundation for use to follow.


Herricks School Board Wrestles With Its Very Difficult Budget

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 08 April 2011 08:00

At the outset of the last Herricks School Board budget and regular meeting the following statement was made by Herricks School Board President Christine Turner:

Statement by Herricks President Chris Turner:

“Basically, this is a very sad day for the board of education because these are not happy times for school districts or for the world.  So, no matter what we decide, at the end of this evening, we are looking at cuts and cuts which are going into the prospect of a tax cap, continuing financial problems at the state level seem likely to be permanent, perhaps even be the precursor to further cuts over the coming years.


Board Appoints New Clerk/Treasurer - Holds Two Hearings

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Announces FEMA Help For Blizzard Cleanup

At the beginning of the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, mayor Daniel Petruccio introduced new village/clerk treasurer Catherine (Cate) Hillman to the residents.

Mayor Daniel Petruccio said, “We are looking forward to a bright future with Cate Hillman, as she joins our fabulous board of trustees and employees of the Village of New Hyde Park.”


Hundreds Crowd Williston Park Meeting Re: Cross Street School

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Traffic Safety Main Concern of Williston Park Village Board

More than 200 Williston Park and surrounding area residents  crammed into the second floor Williston Park Village Hall Assembly Room to discuss exactly what is being planned for the Cross Street School that the Mineola School District is leasing to Solomon Schechter Day School for the fall of 2011.


Town Holds Annual May W. Newburger Women’s Roll of Honor

Written by By Katie Piacentini Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00


Evelyn Atanas and Alice Chan Honored

Thirteen women within the Town of North Hempstead were honored at the 18th Annual May W. Newburger Women’s Roll of Honor Breakfast at the Roslyn Claremont Hotel on March 16. The honorees were Evelyn Atanas, Alice Chan, Helen Tom Chin, Sara E. Danzi, Elaine Kennedy, Victoria Laura, Phoebe Lazarus, Elise Ledda, Edith L. Mendel, Jean Pierce, Dorothy Royal, Julia Shields, and Jane Thomas.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Town of North Hempstead holds these annual breakfasts to honor local women who have made contributions to their community, possess a special personal talent, or have accomplished a significant achievement through public or quiet work. Town Clerk Leslie Gross, who was the event chairperson, decided this year’s theme, which was “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” She said that the theme was inspired by the following quote: “Sure he (Fred Astaire) was great, but don’t forget, Ginger Rogers did everything he did, only backwards…and in high heels” (Bob Thaves 1982).


New Hyde Park/ Garden City Park Board Proposes a 2.97 Percent Budget Increase

Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

The New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board has proposed a 2.97 percent increase in this year’s budget.

Prior to the presentation of the budget New Hyde Park/ Garden City Park Superintendent Robert Katulak issued the following statement:

“This was probably the most difficult budget we had to prepare in the history of the district.  I am happy to say that this has truly been a collaborative effort of the board listening to their constituents and directing the administrative team to develop a budget that is right for the children and fiscally responsible for the taxpayers.

“The budget miraculously delivers a 2.97 percent budget to budget increase, the lowest in the past seven years.  It also delivers a staffing budget that makes sure no employee loses a job.  


Paul Ehrbar Will Not Run For School Re-election; Chris Turner Will

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 18 March 2011 08:39

At the last Herricks School Board meeting, Trustee Paul Ehrbar made the following announcement:

“My term is up this year for my position on the school board and after lengthy discussions with a number of people, especially my wife, I have determined that I will not run for school board next year.  

“I have enjoyed my second term here and I have worked very hard, but my time elsewhere has limited my ability to get involved with many liaisons, so I will not run. I thank everyone for their support and I will stay involved with the community”


New Hyde Park Trustees Coppola and Lofaro to Run for Re-Election

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

Richard Coppola

New Hyde Park Village Trustee Richard Coppola has announced that he plans to run for re-election to the village board in the upcoming March 15 election. Coppola, who is a 33-year resident of the village, has been a trustee for 12 years.

For the past 26 years Coppola has been the President of All Vehicle Leasing, Inc. at Hempstead Ford Lincoln Mercury. He is a graduate of LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


No Further Action Remedy Proposed for State Superfund Site

Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

Public Comment Period and Public Meeting Announced

The public is invited to comment on a no further action remedy proposed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to address contamination related to the Techem site located at 1840 Falmouth Avenue in New Hyde Park.

The Proposed Remedy

The remedy proposed for the site includes “no further action with site management.”  

Annual site inspections and deed restrictions would be used to minimize the potential for human exposure to subsurface soil and groundwater.


Focus on Budget Items at New Hyde Park School Meeting

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

Prior to its last school board regular meeting at the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School, the board set aside time for residents to comment on what they wanted to see in the budget and what they did not want to be removed.

One resident was very emphatic about the fact that she did not want to see the following programs eliminated from the budget:  Odyssey, Math Enrichment, Science Teachers, Band, Chorus and Strings because she said, “They provide a well-rounded education for the students and they develop and shape the students analytic and critical thinking skills.”

Another resident, Frank Cienski, listed his thoughts.  He said, “No programs cut, no layoffs. Plus, we would like to see a list of what could be cut.”


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