The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) in New Hyde Park got a new look this past October, thanks to the help of 27 of the regions top interior designers. Two of those designers are local businesswomen, Vasi Ypsilantis of Manhasset and Margreet Cevasco of Sea Cliff, who hosted a fundraiser for the project on Wednesday, May 21.
The 42-bedroom facility is set to add 24 bedrooms and four eat-in kitchens as part of the projects phase II.
All of the designers worked to redesign and renovate the house’s original 18 bedrooms, four kitchens, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms and three laundry rooms. The house is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. It was the first phase of a project which will see further renovations to the house starting this July.
Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, fabric, beads, and paint New Hyde Park. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fundraising event of the Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back and two local residents have already submitted designs. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island, where artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends and family members and others have used originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art.
Submitted creations must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in the auction/gala on March 19, 2015 at Adelphi University in Garden City. Those wishing to create a bra are encouraged to sign up early, as entrants will be limited to 200. Two 2013 New Hyde Park entries were submitted by Patti Hodder and Eliz Alahverdian.
A Nassau County audit of the Clinton G. Martin Park District (CGM) revealed the Town of North Hempstead failed to make $180,000 in lease payments from 1991-2002. However, the investigation noted North Hempstead leveled the balance in 2011.
According to the audit, the town’s first payment since 1990 came in 2003, totaling $105,000. North Hempstead made four payments of $25,000 between 2004 and 2007 but did not report payments in 2008-09. Four payments between 2010 and 2014 (three for $15,000 and one for $95,000) evened the balance.
The upcoming retirements of Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Deirdre Hayes, and Herricks High School Principal Dr. Jane Modoono were officially announced at the May 29 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education last week.
However, the trio gave ample notice, with Bierwirth and Modoono remaining at their posts throughout the upcoming 2014-15 school calendar; or, in the words of Bierwirth, “you’re still stuck with us for another year.” Both Bierwirth and Modoono’s will end their run in Herricks on June 30, 2015, with Hayes departing on Dec. 31.
Lifelong New Hyde Park resident Maureen McHugh comes from a very large, tight knit family. When her family unit started to fall apart with the deaths of her paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother, she inexplicably starting finding nickels everywhere she looked.
Soon, the nickels turned to dimes when she was going through a tough time of losing her 46-year-old brother, Tim, to cancer. In her new book, Finding Dimes, she explains the spiritual presence of these monetary denominations when enduring some of life’s hardest battles.
“I started a small journal when my brother, Tim was fighting through his first bout with cancer as a way of dealing with it,” said McHugh. “It was kind of a way of healing through writing with a lot of hope and faith stories blended together.”
Herricks School District residents sent a clear message on May 20 when they turned out to vote on the school district’s 2014-15 budget; once the ballots had been counted, the spending plan was revealed to have been approved by a wide margin.
The $107,594,911 budget, representing a 2.84 percent increase over the previous year’s plan with a 1.73 tax levy, passed 1,378-696. Board of Education President James Gounaris said the comfortable margin was a concrete sign the public was firmly behind the work the board was doing for Herricks students.
The New Hyde Park-Mineola Runners Club is going the distance once again this year by hosting its annual 8K race. Proceeds from the June 1 rain or shine event will benefit wounded veterans in Nassau County and Boy and Girl Scout troops from the area.
Festivities begin at 8 a.m. and planned activities for the day include a quarter-mile fun run for kids and a two-mile community walk, in addition to the 8K race, which starts and ends at Denton Avenue Elementary School in New Hyde Park. The 37-year-old competition is also a part
of the USA Track and Field Long Island Division and is recognized as an 8K Grande Prix Championship. Last year, the club saw between 400 and 500 participants, a figure race director and Club President Harold Axelrod said he hopes to match this weekend.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District $86.6 million bond referendum passed by nearly 2,500 votes last week. Each taxpayer will need to pay an additional $114 per year to support the bond. The referendum will contribute significant upgrades and renovations to the district’s five schools and two vocational buildings.
A $99.5 million bond last December failed by 293 votes. District reps say the construction work would not begin until summer 2015. Forty-seven percent of the bond is covered by New York State aid.
“When you have a majority [vote for bond and budget], these are two separate [things], it shows the communities understood the need,” District Superintendent Ralph Ferrie said. “[The voters] knew the upgrades were needed.”
Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a stretch of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, has struggled to reach its completion. Work had been halted in February due to weather, but was scheduled to pick up in mid-March, with a May 15 deadline, according to village officials.
Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises missed the end date. They did not return calls for comment.
“We’ve read the [J. Anthony] contract carefully and there are actions we may consider taking,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said.
Eagle Nurseries at 225 Jericho Tpke. is all about quality. It is owned and run by brothers Rich and Mike Scordo, who are both certified horticulturists and have been operating and running their full-service garden center for 15 years.
The Scordos started out as young kids cutting grass with their mother’s lawnmower. As middle school and high school passed, they both went on to receive their degrees in landscape design from SUNY Farmingdale.
“You can go anywhere and maybe find a bag of topsoil for a dollar cheaper, but we load your car,” said Mike.
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