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Williston Park Holds Special Saturday Meeting for Essay Winners

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00

The Village of Williston Park holds an essay contest every year for all the students in the 4th grade, in all of the schools in the Williston Park district including: St. Aidan’s, Cross Street School and Center Street School.

Out of all the essays, the best are chosen and then those winners are appointed as mayor and trustees of the Village of Williston Park for the day.

This year the program was held on Saturday to enable the students to enjoy the event with their parents and friends and not to worry about having to get home after an evening meeting to do homework.


Town Fence Decision Held Over to December 14 Meeting

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

Pollack Does Not Agree with BZA

At the last Town of North Hempstead Meeting the subject of fence height was still very much in the forefront of the discussion, held over from a hearing on Oct. 5.

Councilman Fred Pollack, who originally proposed the 6-foot fence height said, “This hearing was actually held on Oct. 5. We closed the hearing and reserved decision until tonight. I received a large number of emails and I actually got two or three real letters, which is very interesting.  We have had a variety of discussions and as a result I am going to make some amendments.


Four Loko and Joose (Were) on Your Grocery Shelves

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

Dangerous Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

Get the Ax

Heard of Four Loko? Popular drinks such as Four Loko and Joose contain as much as 2-3 coffee cups worth of caffeine and twice the amount of alcohol as a bottle of beer per container – a potent, dangerous mix that can be extremely hazardous for teens and adults alike.

In July, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the FDA to investigate the safety of these drinks. In his letter to the State Liquor Authority Nov. 10, Schumer noted that the FDA has never approved or determined that caffeine in alcoholic beverages like Four Loko is “generally recognized as safe,” which therefore allows the New York State Liquor Authority to implement a state ban on their sale. While the FDA continues its review, Schumer said the state must act now and immediately ban these drinks in New York, and on Nov. 10 he called on the New York State Liquor Authority to immediately ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages, including the drink Four Loko, from being sold in New York State.


Village Never Forgets Its Veterans

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

The Village of New Hyde Park never forgets its veterans and this Veterans Day was no exception. The front yard of Village hall was filled with veterans from all theaters of war as everyone took time out to honor those who sacrificed so much to keep our country free.

New Hyde Park Mayor Daniel Petruccio gave the following stirring keynote address:

“For most of us who were spared the hardship of war there is no way to sufficiently grasp the sacrifices made by those young men that went off to fight on foreign shores.


New Hyde Park Sets January Date for Public Budget Review

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

Superintendent Katalak:
‘Faced with A Perfect Storm’

At the beginning of the last New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board meeting Superintendent Robert Katulak said that the administration has begun its budget-building for next year.

He said, “We begin with what is called zero-based budgeting where we start with no increases to budget lines and every request needs to be stated and explained.  This year more than ever, we are faced with what we are calling “a perfect storm.”

Therefore, on Jan. 3, 2011 the New Hyde Park Board of Education will hold a public budget workshop for community input at 8 p.m. at the Garden City Park School.


Teachers Confirm RIT Positive Results

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00

At the last Herricks board meeting teachers were on hand to give an update on the program Response to Intervention (RTI) instituted last year in the district.

The main speaker for the group was Mel Haley, who is the principal of the Denton Avenue School, and she said that the group is especially thrilled this year because they could see the positive results from this extensive intervention program and also on Fundations Correspondence.

Each individual teacher was bursting with pride as they told of the examples of their students who had been in the program and they gave the positive results of the program.

The program is introduced in kindergarten and it doesn’t take very long before the students can sound out letters to the point of being able to actually spell simple words like “mat” and “cat” by sounding out the letters, even in the kindergarten.


Seventh Senate District Ballot Recount Underway

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00

One of Three Remaining Races to

Decide Balance of Power in Senate

The 7th State Senate District ballot recount and absentee ballot count has begun. The counts are reportedly going to conclude sometime Friday. While Mineola Mayor Jack Martins has already claimed victory, Democrats feel the race for incumbent Sen. Craig Johnson’s seat is a race far from over.

As of last Wednesday, Johnson is down by 415 votes. Martins tallied in at 41,041 votes while Johnson concluded at 40,626.

Concerning the broad spectrum of the senate races, Democrats must win all three remaining undecided races to keep the majority they captured in 2008, while Republicans need to win two, according to the Board of Elections. In the 62-seat chamber, a majority requires 32 and Republicans have won 30 seats to Democrats 29.


Toys For Tots Holds Its Annual Kick-Off Celebration at Oheka Castle

Friday, 05 November 2010 00:00

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.


New Hyde Park Village Sets Dec. 4 for Tree Lighting

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 05 November 2010 00:00

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.”


Annual Ragamuffin Parade Set for Halloween on Park Avenue

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 29 October 2010 00:00

Village Names Illustrated An Official Paper

At the last Williston Park Village Board meeting, Mayor Paul Ehrbar and trustee Kevin Rynne announced that the Recreation Committee and the Kiwanis Club will hold its Annual Ragamuffin Parade on Halloween, October 31 to start at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall and then travel on Willis Avenue and this year on Park Avenue. 

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.


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