The members of the Chamber of Commerce for the Willistons held its Annual Street Fair and the day was just perfect.
The street was packed as residents and visitors wandered up and down Hillside Avenue from Willis Avenue, almost to the station as local merchants and vendors displayed their various wares.
In the parking lot next to Bank of America, there was erected a scaled-down park for the children with rides geared to them. A slide and the ever-popular tea-cup, along with a ride of strawberries. The kids had a great time and it was a perfect venue for them.
The members of the East Williston Fire Department were all busy cooking up hot dogs and hamburgers on the spot, to the delight of so many.
The Town of North Hempstead held its Annual Beach Fest last week on the boardwalk of North Hempstead Beach, formerly known as Bar Beach. Although the weather was overcast and damp, it didn’t deter the many folks with and without children eager to participate in the many fun free events.
The first booth most folks encountered, as they arrived, was Erik’s Reptile Adventures and it certainly was an adventure!
Erik opened with a huge yellow snake named “Twinkie” that he passed around for one and all to touch. Granted, “Twinkie” was very soft, but more than a little unsettling to touch. However, some brave souls even wrapped her (it was a female) around their necks.
As part of its back-to-school message, in conjunction with New Hyde Park/Garden City Park Superintendent Robert Katulak’s, “The desk of Katulak’s report, the school board adopted the following goals for the new year:
The New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School District is committed to continuously improving student achievement and will expand the Response to Intervention model in grades 3 – 6 through the district for all classroom teachers with a demonstration of a 5 percent reduction of teacher referrals of students to CSE during the year.
The Board of Education, along with the superintendent will work collaboratively with the district architect and the director of facilities to create a Capital project for renovations based on the building conditions survey.
Organized and run by Williston Park Village Trustee William Darmstadt, the Village of Williston Park held a very moving ceremony to memorialize and never forget those from the village perished in the attacks at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
The event was held at the Memorial Garden at the Williston Park Little League Field that was created and maintained by the Williston Park Little League.
John Hogan was the master-of-ceremonies and he introduced all the guest speakers, who did not speak in lengthy messages, but what they all said was very meaningful.
At the last Williston Park Village meeting, Third Precinct Inspector Kevin Canavan and Deputy Inspector Sean McCarthy were present to explain some of the details of the recent drug arrest in Williston Park.
Inspector Canavan introduced himself to the audience. He said he has been a police officer for the last 26 years and has been with the Third Precinct for the last year and a half and that he has worked with Deputy Inspector McCarthy since they both graduated from the academy.
Declaring that his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for governor was in “great shape,” former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio made another campaign stop in Nassau County last week, with a visit to the Massapequa Diner.
Although most of his conversation with the local media was about jobs and the economy, Lazio also gave some personal insight into why, after a 10-year absence, he is back in the political arena. In 2000, Lazio, then a four-term congressman from the Second Congressional District, lost a highly publicized U.S. Senate race to Hilary Clinton.
Patrons poured into the 25th Annual New Hyde Park Cellini Lodge Festival that opened last Wednesday at Michael J. Tully Park, Evergreen Avenue, New Hyde Park.
The opening day was a little cloudy, but the rest of the week made up for it with picture perfect weather and the entire park was jammed with folks anxious to attend the legendary Cellini Fair.
The fair this year was packed with “something for everyone.” As usual there were the delicious Italian food booths serving both marvelous pasta with red sauce and with white clam sauce. This year all the bread was donated by Sapienza Bakery and that, too was so good, fresh and plentiful.
And, who could resist the always-magnificent Zeppoles that are made as you wait.
At the last Village of New Hyde Park meeting, New Hyde Park Village Mayor Daniel Petruccio announced that the village would hold its annual premier street fair on Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
However, Jericho Turnpike will be closed from New Hyde Park Road to Covert Street starting at about 5 a.m. to set-up for the fair. Mayor Petruccio said he wanted to make sure that all residents were made aware of this closure so they could plan on taking an alternate route if they planned on traveling on Jericho Turnpike that day.
He also announced that that there is a strong chance that this year’s fair will also include a car show, which will be a great asset to the fair.
The unusually heavy rain, after a summer of draught, caused havoc and extreme damage to homes, especially on Allen Street in the Herricks section of New Hyde Park.
Allen Street, located right behind the Denton Avenue School, off Hillside Avenue, was particularly struck by the excessive rain as one house basement was so flooded that it resulted in the side of the house caving in compromising the structure of the entire house, causing it to be evacuated.
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