The Sewanhaka Central High School District will put up a $99.5 million bond referendum for voter approval on Wednesday, Dec. 4. If approved, all five district high school buildings would see considerable renovations including technology, security, roofing and athletic field upgrades. Roughly 40 percent of the bond would come from state aid.
District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said the annual tax levy increase across the entire district resulting from the bond will be $144.26 per household with the increase phased in over the next three to four years. According to Ferrie, the school district has never floated a bond before voters.
Herricks High School senior Joslyn Thomas has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Choir sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Thomas will join more than 670 high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on Oct. 30 in Nashville, TN in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
Thomas will sing under the baton of one of the most prominent choral conductors in the United States, Rollo Dilworth. She is among only 32 students on Long Island and 74 in New York State to be selected for this honor.
As Election Day draws closer and the Town of North Hempstead will soon have a new supervisor, several pressing issues have surfaced. With Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth seeking the office as a Democrat and Town
Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio running on the Republican ticket, three major points stand out: transparency in government, problems with the town’s building department and the question of what the town does for the villages.
All along both candidates have emphasized a real need for transparency in government. Discussing the issue with Bosworth, she reiterated the need for a very open government, with town board meetings streamed live on the Internet, as well as eventually televising them on public access channels. She also spoke of making better use of the town’s website, with pertinent news regarding village boards.
Money and grades were the main focus of last Thursday’s Herricks Board of Education meeting, ranging from taxes and health insurance premiums to the results of recent state-wide student assessment testing, and the board did their best to cover all the bases for the many concerned parents present that evening.
Board of Education President James Gounaris first addressed the district’s financial situation as it pertains to their current health care system for employees.
The Pierson family didn’t know what to expect when it returned to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island after its major renovation, dubbed “Project Design 2013” was completed. Jack Pierson was in shock to see the updated digs, which he and his family called a home away from home during his daughter Jocelyn’s cancer treatment.
“It’s fabulous,” Pierson said at the Oct. 10 gala event. “It’s like a new home. We consider this our home and any family who has ever stayed knows that. So when someone does something like this, there’s no better gift.”
Eamonn Lennon of New Hyde Park held his Eagle Court of Honor on Sept. 22, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor.
For his Eagle Scout Project, Lennon supervised and completed renovations at Holy Spirit Church with the help of family, friends, troop members and community members. The project consisted of sanding, staining and varnishing the front doors, painting 150 feet of black railing, two plaques, and the church lobby.
When Anthony Clark learned a crowdfunding project for his book The Last Campaign: How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity and Enshrine their Legacies, successfully garnered the required $7,500 on Kickstarter.com to secure his trip to U.S. presidential libraries, he couldn’t ignore the irony. Clark reached his goal the same day the federal government shut down, effectively putting his trip to the remaining libraries on hold, for now. All federal landmarks, including the libraries, are closed due to the shutdown.
The St. Aidan’s alum started the campaign on Sept. 1. He had until Oct. 1 to raise enough money in the all-or-nothing fundraising effort.
Nora Murphy was watching her laundry spin at Mr. Suds in New Hyde Park on Friday, Sept. 13 when she realized she hadn’t bought her “Take Five” Lotto ticket for the week. Leaving her laundry, Murphy strolled over to Lakeville Pharmacy and played a quick-pick ticket when she noticed a new scratch-off dubbed “$10,000 A Week For Life” that just debuted for $20.
More than 150 New Hyde Park Memorial High School alumni, friends and family attended the 23rd Annual Gladiator Golf Classic and raise $10,000 for Neil Duggan, father of two kids, in his fight with cancer. Duggan’s ex-football coaches,
Angelo Giugliano and John Calo were in attendance to honor Duggan.
The 56 Annual Boy Scout convocation was recently held at Saint Agnes Cathedral by Bishop Robert J. Brennan. Thirteen boys and One leader from Holy Spirit Church Parish/Boy Scout Troop 298 were among 160 scouts from Nassau/Suffolk that received religious awards.
Gregory Burger, Daniel Celic, Matthew D’Amico, Wade Fitzgerald, Connor Garvin, James Garvin, Joesph Jonas, Robert Pomara and Michael Sokol received the Ad Altare Dei Emblem. This emblem is offered to help equip the scout to take his place in the world with understanding his Christian commitment, to recognize his advancement in the spiritual content of scouting and to help fully live by the Boy Scout Promise and Law.
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