When word got out about the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown, CT, reaction from local school districts was immediate. Superintendents took the lead in contacting staff members regarding security policies and dealing with reactions from students and parents.
In the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District, Superintendent Robert Katulak made sure that on Monday morning of Dec. 17, all school principals met with their faculty to review emergency procedures and answer questions regarding the Newtown events. This was done in part to provide a framework for offering assistance to any child experiencing fear or concern over the events that happened. Calls were also placed to parents over the weekend offering counseling services to returning students on Monday and for the remainder of the week. In addition, an administrators met to review safety procedures and talk about potential upgrades.
According to the 2011-12 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, there are 164.6 dogs and cats that are owned as pets in the United States. So is it any wonder that Abe Kanfer and Aharaon Blachorsky would decide to open up their second Pet Menu location in New Hyde Park roughly two months ago? For the duo, this is an industry that they’ve enjoyed great success with ever since Kanfer approached his partner about opening a store back in 1989.
“I was leaving another line of business because of the real estate crash in 1989 and [Aaron’s] brother and I were college friends,” Kanfer recalled. “I knew his family was involved in that industry—family-owned manufacturing of dog and cat food. His brother was involved in rawhides and other treats. I said he knew this industry and I love pets so what can you do? I wanted to open up a store and I needed a partner. I asked him to think about it and he said he’d see what he could do. In two days, he said his brother wanted to do it and we’ve been doing it since 1989 and it’s worked out great.”
What started out as a disagreement on two QWERTY keyboards ended in a 26-year-old woman being shot on Marcellus Road in Williston Park, police revealed at a press briefing on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Jared Gurman, 26, was charged with second-degree attempted murder after the 2:40 a.m. shooting.
Lt. Ray Cote of the Third Squad said the argument sparked during a discussion of the AMC television show The Walking Dead while the two were together on the night of Sunday, Dec. 2. According to Cote, Gurman was growing concerned over the idea that a possible real-life situation, like a military accident, could occur resulting in catastrophe.
New Hyde Park Village Hall was all aglow on Saturday, Dec. 1, as the village hosted its annual Christmas tree lighting and magic show. Valley National Bank and the Village of New Hyde Park Cultural Commission sponsored the event, which was held at the Marcus Christ Community Center.
“On behalf of the Village of New Hyde Park, I’d like to welcome you all to the annual tree lighting ceremony,” Trustee Donald B. Barbieri said to a standing-room-only crowd. “I want to first thank Rich DeMartino and Mary Durkin from Valley National Bank for sponsoring the event today. They’ve been good friends of ours for many, many years,” he said. Indeed, as in previous years, DeMartino and Durkin presented a check for the event’s magic show. This year, guests were entertained by Amore, a magician who engaged audience members of all ages.
When the tractor-trailer rolled into the parking lot on Thanksgiving night, the 550 trees and 200 wreaths had made a seven-hour trip down from Quebec. A few days later, a virtual army of residents came down to unload this precious cargo. Among the New Hyde Parkers pitching in were members of the New Hyde Park Fire Department, students and alumni of New Hyde Park Memorial High School, various New Hyde Park Lions and Boy Scout Troop 298 from New Hyde Park and Garden City Park. The occasion was the 50th Annual Christmas Tree Sale that was being spearheaded by the New Hyde Park Lions Club. Three hours later, this considerable task was completed and the Christmas tree lot was open for business. All trees are selling for $45 and as is the case with all Lions-related endeavors, sale proceeds will be donated to charity.
It takes a village to raise a child is a much-used trope/African proverb that was recycled as part of the title of a 1996 Hillary Rodham-Clinton-penned book. In the case of recent Hometown Hero recipient Diana Biehayn, her selfless participation in the local Girl Scouts troop and countless other organizations have very much made her a New Hyde Park community stalwart. But for all the accolades she gets for her mostly unsung efforts, the Queens native is shyly modest about it all.
“[Public service] just evolved from when my daughter was in Girl Scouts and I moved along with her,” Biehayn explained with a smile. “I went to Queens College as an adult and my major was sociology, so it just seems to be my calling. I never used it professionally, but I used it in my everyday life.”
While life is slowly returning to normal on Long Island and in the village following superstorm Sandy, stories continue to surface on how deeply residents were affected by the hurricane as well as last week’s nor’easter storm.
At last Tuesday’s village board meeting, resident Andrew Faglio related a story of a 30-foot tree which fell across the street from him, on South Park Place, as it was knocked down during the nor’easter storm.
The owner who decided to move the New York Islanders off Long Island once its lease expires in June 2015 may play a role in filling the potential void left by the teams’ departure. County Executive Edward P. Mangano, developer Bruce Ratner, Isles owner Charles Wang and Don Monti of Renaissance Downtown think they have a plan in place to solve the developmental conundrum that is the Hub, which includes Nassau Coliseum.
The group announced a strategic “Reuse Plan” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that reportedly will transform the Coliseum within the first half of 2013. Others have tried and failed where Ratner is venturing and the 77-acre site in Uniondale could become barren in three years once Wang departs for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
In reality, Dempsey should not have been shocked that he earned the prestigious honor of being elected into the Hall of Fame considering his incredible accomplishments. He has virtually become the face of the Irish Rover franchise as he has made an impact not only as a player, but also an administrator and currently the club president and league’s third vice-president. During his 30-year tenure he has brought home 10 New York State championships as well as 20 Long Island League championships, 24 Long Island Cup champions and six Sportsmanship Awards. Needless to say, he has made a significant impact on the club.
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