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October 12 Date Set for New Hyde Park Vote on Capital Projects

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00

At the last New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board meeting, the board presented an outline of what is proposed in the $8.5 million capital projects plan, from monies in the capital reserve fund built up by the district over the years, and not to cost district taxpayers any monies, to be voted on by residents on Oct. 12 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Manor Oaks School, 1950 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park.

Superintendent Robert Katulak then presented the proposed plan identified by the architect and the building principals as necessary for the maintenance of the buildings and to address problematic needs.  He then explained the difference between maintenance and problematic needs.


The Chant of The Little League Girls: Are We Fired Up? We Are Fired Up!

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 20 August 2010 00:00

Responding to their winning chant of “Are We Fired Up” the New Hyde Park Little League 9-10 Girls Champions, who won every single one of their 17 competitive games with no losses, marched proudly down the New Hyde Park “canyon of champions” last Saturday morning. From Applebee’s, on Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park to Nuzzi Field where they, and their coaches, received many much deserved accolades from New Hyde Park Village officials, county and state officials and very enthusiastic, screaming fans in general.

Manager Tom Donnelly was the master-of-ceremonies and he outlined, game-by-game, and player-by-player, how the girls were able to accomplish such victorious feats as they won game after game with their talents and perhaps the help of a little ladybug mascot.


School Construction Is Being Completed at a Rapid Pace

Written by Vanessa Canner Friday, 20 August 2010 00:00
Update on School Construction

Dr. Bierwirth said, at the last meeting of the Herricks school board, as he commented on the status of the construction, that he wandered around the Herricks school district like a, “kid in a candy store” and mentioned that the High School gyms look, “so nice” with their new windows and lighting. “It is moving along all over the place very, very fast,” Dr. Bierwirth said.

Tax Levy for 2010-2011

The tax levy for 2010-2011 was established for the school year at $83,746,126. This number was approved by the board and will result in a tax increase of 3.80 percent, as previously stated.


Iraqi Boy, Waad Baktar, Saved by American Team

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

A nine-year Iraqi boy, Waad Baktar, who was disfigured and and maimed by a roadside bomb has a new lease on life and will be returning to Iraq this week, after four months of treatment in the states.  

He was on his way home from school, with some friends,  kicking cans as they walked along. The only problem was the can that Waad was kicking turned out to be an improvised explosive device, or roadside bomb. It detonated and he lost an eye, leg and arm and was severely burned.

He was saved through the combined efforts of Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, of the Garden City Based Long Island Surgical Group and United States Congressman Gary Ackerman, who was instrumental bringing the boy to Long Island, through the efforts of the Staten Island-based Global Medical Relief Fund and Elizza Montani.


Hearing on Incentive for New York State Retirement Program

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

At the outset of the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, Mayor Daniel Petruccio turned the meeting over to village attorney John Spellman to explain the New York State mandated retirement incentive program.

Attorney Spellman said, “From time to time New York State has passed legislation authorizing an incentive bonus retirement program.  The purpose of the program is to allow municipalities to encourage some of their senior and most highly paid employees to secure benefits and to move into a new phase of life thereby opening up the door to new people at lower salaries.


Herricks Board Approves Consultant to Implement RTI Plan

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00

At the outset of the meeting Herricks School Board Trustee Richard Buckley was sworn in by Herricks Schools Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth as school board vice-president. Buckley was previously school board president.

Board Approves the Appointment of Crandall for RTI Response

The Herricks School Board then voted to approve Arlene B. Crandall,  of ABCD Consulting, Inc. in Medford, to work with teachers and the administration on developing and implementing the district’s RTI (Response to Intervention), The amount she will be paid is $990 per day for a total of seven days and the consulting fee will come from the stimulus funds.


MTA and Nassau County Continue Fight Over Busing

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00

Nassau Files Suit Over Tax,

MTA Says ‘Pay for Your Own Bus’

It became official last week that the MTA plans to cut its funding to Long Island Bus, a move that will effectively eliminate all bus service to over 100,000 Nassau County residents who rely on it daily. A war of words between Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the MTA has now escalated to a legal battle, with the county filing suit over the controversial MTA employer payroll tax.

“I will not stand by and allow the MTA to eliminate service to the people of Nassau County,” announced Mangano. “This is the first of many steps we will take to fight the MTA on behalf of the 30 million riders who rely on bus service to get to their jobs, visit their doctors and live their lives.”


Williston Park Holds Marathon Session of Hearings/Meeting

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00

The Village of Williston Park held a marathon meeting that lasted well past 11 p.m.  The first portion of the meeting was for three hearings and the second portion for the regular meeting.

Hearing for In-ground Pool

The first hearing was for a special exception to build an in-ground swimming pool on Canterbury Road, Williston Park.  Because the application to build the pool conformed to the code of the Village of Williston Park, it was approved in short order.


All Bus Service May Be Eliminated in Nassau

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00

County in Lurch as

MTA Talks Pulling the Plug

The roughly 102,000 Nassau County residents who rely on the bus daily to get where they need to be may have a serious problem if the MTA goes ahead with a proposal to eliminate the $40 million it has been funding annually to keep Long Island Bus’s service going. As the transit authority struggles to fix its own huge deficit, it has ended up at odds with Nassau County, threatening cuts for which there would be no easy solution. The county is either facing the elimination of all service or has to explore a solution such as the privatization of the system.


Town of Hempstead Unveils New Plan for Lighthouse Project

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00

Scaled Back Plan Looks to Keep
‘Mini-City’ Off Long Island

Lighthouses are commonly viewed as the marker for seamen to find the coast during storms, add a bit of personality to an island and to serve as a beacon of a beach.

In the case of the Lighthouse Project that has been tossed back and forth between the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County and New York Islanders owner and Lighthouse Group head Charles Wang, the storm is too strong and the beacon’s light is dwindling. No, the project’s production is not dwindling, however it’s getting a considerable makeover.


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