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New Hyde Park Village Officials Recognize Ashley Marie Paul

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
At the beginning of the last New Hyde Park Village meeting, village mayor Daniel Petruccio and the board gave a village proclamation to resident Ashley Marie Paul for rescuing a little dog she found wandering on the street.

A few weeks back she found the dog and brought him to New Hyde Park Village Hall. Both she and the dog were cold and wet. Village clerk Patrick Farrell took Ashley and the dog to the vet in the village and they checked for a chip to see if they could find the owner. Having found none, Ashley then made signs and posted them throughout the village and up and down Jericho Turnpike and before long the owner was located. Farrell said, “I heard, Ashley, that you cried when the owner was finally found because you had fallen in love with the dog and hated to give it up. “Farrell added, “If more people were as sensitive and as caring as Ashley, the world would certainly be a happier place to live.”


Paul Ehrbar Throws Hat in Mayoral Ring as Independent Candidate

Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00

The following is a statement by Williston Park resident Paul Ehrbar announcing his intention to run for mayor of Williston Park:

“Approximately four years ago, the Odierna-Reardon campaign took place which brought about change to the government of our great Village of Williston Park.

“Over these past few years, and under their authority, the village has taken a turn for the worse. Under the prior administration of Tom Muldoon, Joe Connelly and Doreen Ehrbar, the village was described as a ‘nice place to visit but a better place to live.’ A ride down Hillside Avenue, with flourishing plants and flowers, gave all a feeling of pride in their warm, small quaint village.


Herricks High School Students Want Hours Changed

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

At the last Herricks school board meeting, the board met early, finished their routine business and then met with an extremely large number of high school students in the high school cafeteria.

The students assembled in a circle and then proceeded, one by one, to document what they would like to have the school board do for them.

The most requested item on the list, as it has been in previous years, was for the school board, in conjunction with high school principal Dr. Jane Modoono, to change their hours.


Storytelling Festival Held at Hillside Grade School

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

For the past 15 years, under the direction of Hillside Grade School Librarian Barbara Nelson, all the students at Hillside Grade School have participated in the storytelling competition.

The students are asked to read a poem or a rhyming book, then memorize it and recite it before Ms. Nelson and her judges. Out of that group are chosen the students, some from each grade level, who actually perform at the festival held in the Hillside Grade School gym.

The chosen students must then perform in front of the judges who this year were Mrs. Shelia Bet, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Diane Zirilli-Mares and Professor Nick Petrone who is the Adelphi University director of the Department of Theatre.


Supervisor Kaiman Presents ‘State of the Town’

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00

The League of Woman Voters has been hosting the Supervisor’s State of the Town address for over 20 years; the format is familiar—introduction, speech and questions from the audience. The league, especially Rita and John Tanski, Jane Thomas and Amy Bass, was thanked for its efforts in coordinating the event.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman launched his speech citing Barack Obama’s election by a nation yearning for leadership, bold decisions, change. The country faced the greatest financial collapse since the Great Depression, he said, and the continuation of unsolvable problems involving health care; the environment; and education. The economy appears to be coming back, Kaiman noted, but the electorate is angry.


Williston Park Mayor Odierna Honors Peter Andrews

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00
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Although Peter Andrews was not present at the meeting, Williston Park Mayor Ludwig Odierna gave high praise to Peter Andrews and his unique store, on Hillside Avenue, with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Village of Williston Park. He said, “For many years Peter Andrews’ delightful store has added life to the village. Further, he has been a sponsor for many events to benefit the area.”

Mayor Odierna also issued a Certificate of Appreciation to Whistle Stop, a store that recently opened in Williston Park and owner Mary Ann Fearon who was on hand to accept the certificate.


Third Precinct Inspector Kevin Canavan

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00


Inspector Kevin Canavan, Sergeant Tom Iannucci and Sergeant Stephen Grasek of the Third Precinct addressed residents at the last New Hyde Park Village meeting regarding numerous ongoing complaints. They also took additional questions from the board and attending community members.

The first problem discussed was business and truck traffic at South 5th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. One resident asked for clarification of street signage that was replaced several years ago and shows a picture of a truck with a red circle with a line through it. Inspector Canavan explained that sign means “trucks of any kind, including personal pickup truck, mail carrier truck or residential delivery trucks.


Williston Park Mayor Ludwig Odierna

Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00

The Representative Party has nominated the following candidates for the Williston Park Village elections: Re-elect Ludwig A. Odierna as mayor, elect Susan M. Redding as treasurer, Kevin Rynne as trustee and Kevin J. Kiley as village justice.

The party states it has accomplished many of its goals and has much more it intends to achieve. They say they are running on their record of: Fiscal responsibility, an improved bond rating and elimination of a $300,000 deficit, articulation and cooperation with state and federal officials, evidenced by many grants to offset resident’s taxes, improved traffic and road conditions, evidenced by continued updates and changes and a close working relationship with the 3rd Precinct, proactively keeping Williston Park safe from illegal activities.

The Representative Party adds, “Our record is long and detailed, as you will note as we continue to speak to the residents. We hope that you will agree with us and afford us the opportunity to continue to represent the Village of Williston Park for the next four years.”

The March 16 election will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at the Williston Park American Legion Hall, 730 Willis Avenue, Williston Park.



New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board Budget Wish List

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00

At the last meeting of the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board, held at the Garden City Park School, the first portion was dedicated to hearing the “wish lists” of the residents on what they would like to see incorporated into this year’s budget.

At the outset of the meeting, school board president Ernest Gentile said he would like to thank all the public officials who voted to repeal the Energy Tax. He said it was just another unfunded mandate that would have resulted in a very heavy burden on the district.


Former Village Justice Alan Reardon Throws Hat in Ring for Mayor

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00
Lorusso Running for Trustee; Kiley Running for Village Justice

Just hours after officially resigning from the position of Williston Park Village Justice, a position he has held for the past 15 years, Alan J. Reardon, Esq. announced that he is running for the position of mayor of The Village of Williston Park on the Citizen Party line.

Candidate Reardon has been a resident of Williston Park since 1972 and has 30 years of service to the village. He was the village justice for 15 years and a village trustee for 12 years. Prior to those offices he was a member of the village board of zoning and appeals and on the safety committee for three years.

As a village trustee he obtained the original New York State grant money for the construction of the Williston Park Village Gazebo. Further, he has sponsored little league teams for many years and has participated in Operation Santa Claus for the past 30 years.


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