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Village Holds Gala Re-opening of William Gill Renovated Theatre

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00
The William Gill Theatre has always rested atop New Hyde Park Village Hall and years ago it was the scene of many plays and musicals.  But, over the years, as technology became so much more sophisticated, the theatre became obsolete.

However, with the diligence of New Hyde Park Village Clerk/Treasurer Patrick Farrell, the theatre has been renovated and is all set to feature many wonderful events including plays and musicals.

The village held a grand ribbon-cutting gala the other evening with many dignitaries on hand to celebrate the momentous event.

The theatre was originally named after former New Hyde Park Village Mayor William Gill, Jr.   He was the mayor of the village from 1977 to 1988.  He and his wife Madeline moved to the village in 1949 on Gilford Avenue.  There they raised their three children Judi, Genny and William and all three were present at the ribbon cutting.


Fire Guts New Hyde Park Home, Killing Homeowner

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

An early morning fire gutted a home on Seventh Street in New Hyde Park, during the early morning hours and claimed t he life of the homeowner.

The Nassau County Arson/Bomb Squad reports the details of the house fire that occurred in New Hyde Park on Feb. 6 at 12:50 a.m.  According to detectives, the New Hyde Park Fire Department responded to a working house fire on Seventh Avenue.  With the assistance of Floral Park, Stewart Manor, Bellerose Terrace, Franklin Square, Manhasset/Lakeville, Garden City Park and Mineola fire departments the fire was extinguished.


Town Board Finally Votes on Fence Height Amendment

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

At the last North Hempstead Town Board meeting, the board, after postponing a decision for three meetings (Oct. 5, Nov. 16, Dec. 14),  finally voted on a Local Law Amending Chapter No. 70, entitled Zoning which involved an agreed upon fence height for the town. The fence height for the town has been four feet all around the property. However, not all on the board voted the decision.

The final decision voted on is:  Four feet across the front of the yard; five feet along the sides from the actual line of the house and six feet along the back of the property.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, who said he would have preferred a lower height, voted no, as did Councilwoman Kitty Poons.   However, the new height regulations passed.

Councilman Thomas Dwyer, when he voted yes, said he thought it was a good compromise.


Snowstorm Once Again Paralyzes the Area

Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00
Both New Hyde Park and Williston Park were virtually paralyzed by another snowstorm that dropped about 17 inches on the area, closing all the schools and many businesses resulting in the snowiest January in years.

New Hyde Park Clerk/Treasurer Patrick Farrell Resigns

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

At the beginning of the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, Mayor Daniel Petruccio announced that he had received the resignation of village clerk/treasurer Patrick Farrell, who has accepted a position with the Village of Floral Park.

Farrell, who has been clerk/treasurer for the past seven years, will remain with the village until February 27.

Mayor Petruccio thanked Farrell for his service and described him as, “been known to have a plunger in his hand one minute, pliers or a screwdriver another minute and then budget sheets at another time.”

The Village is now looking for someone to fill the “big shoes” of Farrell.


New Hyde Park Village Board Discusses Budgeting Snow Removal

Written by Vanessa Canner Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

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.”


First Snow of 2011 Blankets New Hyde Park

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

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.


Herricks Board President Turner Makes Statement Re: HASS Union

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

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.  


Williston Park Village Honors St. Aidan CYO Soccer Winners

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

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.

Village Wins AAA Awards

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.


Jack Martins Sworn In as 7th Senate District Senator

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Briefly Outlines Plans in Speech

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.


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