We completed our school year on June 25 sending all our students and staff home for a safe and healthy summer. Many of us had the privilege over the last few weeks of school, myself included, to attend four kindergarten graduations, four awards day ceremonies and four sixth-grade moving on ceremonies. Each event was touching and put together with class and emotion by the teachers and building principals at each of the four elementary schools. A special thank you to each of the PTA groups for providing the refreshments at each of these events.
The Williston Park Fire Department once sponsored a celebratory parade through the village. The streets were lined with folks who were on hand to give thanks to this valued group of individuals as they passed by. Their worth to this village is immeasurable.
It’s been a short week due to the Fourth of July celebrations. I was glad to march in this year’s parade sponsored by the Williston Park Fire Department. The Grand Marshal of the parade was Park Avenue’s own Phil O’Donnell, a fifty year member of the department. Phil appeared quite proud of the honor and was cheered loudly by his “groupies” as they followed him through the course of the parade route. Congratulations to Phil and his lovely wife Diane.
This parade is one of the few that is still conducted in the area commemorating the independence of the USA. It is a shame that this is not more widely celebrated as it seems to have developed into more of a sale day for many of the retail stores rather than a holiday honoring America.
United States Congressman Gary Ackerman sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Thomas Vilsack which expresses his continuing concerns over unhealthy livestock entering the nation’s food supply and the inhumane treatment of animals.
Long Islanders need to oppose the Federal Aviation Administration rulemaking to mandate helicopters fly off the North Shore enroute to eastern parts of Long Island. (Docket Number FAA-2010-0302) There will be a disproportionate volume of helicopter activity over the Town of North Hempstead communities of Great Neck, Kings Point, Locust Valley, Manhasset, Oyster Bay, Port Washington, Roslyn, and Sands Point as well as the City of Glen Cove because helicopter operators will have no option but to overfly these areas as they transit to/from a mandated North Shore Route.
United States Congressman Gary Ackerman hailed House and Senate passage of legislation he helped to craft that imposes crippling new sanctions on Iran. The measure, passed by the Senate this afternoon and the House last week is now expected to be signed into law by President Obama.
Ackerman, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, played a key role in shaping the legislation as a member of the House-Senate conference committee that reconciled differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The panel produced the final version of the legislation that both chambers approved today.
The bill aims to force Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program by choking its energy and financial sectors.
Please check cellars, garages and attics for basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, tennis racquets that you no longer need.
If you find any of these items they are sorely needed at New Hyde Park Village Memorial Park, corner of Lincoln Avenue and Wilton Street, New Hyde Park.
Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.
New Hyde Park Memorial Park Attendant John Klett
This June 27 at 9:30 a.m., at the New Hyde Park Funeral Home at Lakeville Road and Lowell Avenue, the McBride family will host the inaugural “Katie’s Run” to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. This wonderful event will include a 5K run, a 2 mile Run/Walk and a Children’s Fun Run to be enjoyed by families, friends and supporters in memory of Katie McBride, a beautiful beacon of inspiration who left all who loved her in the prime of her childhood.
Today, May 31, I marched in my first Memorial Day Parade, as your mayor, through the streets of Williston Park. It was a great honor to be part of this eventful day, honoring our troops, who have passed away while serving in our armed forces. The American Legion did a fantastic job of organizing and directing the day’s events. Their ceremony at the Legion Hall was both heartwarming and chilling. The dedication the Legionnaires demonstrated in remembering our fallen soldiers sent a strong message to those in attendance. They are to be commended for these efforts.
For years we continue to hear about the wonderful achievements of the incredible Herricks School District. Intel awards, Grammy’s, the Arts, and recently the beginning of Athletic Championships again. How wonderful we have all felt, until this year.
The residents of the community year after year have supported budget after budget, occasionally questioning a few items here and there but together with the school board worked to ensure education excellence in the community. We even overwhelmingly supported a bond issue needed for capital improvements, and the purchases of new transportation equipment. Again, all on the financial “backs” of the residents. We haven’t moaned or groaned we just hunker down every year and do what we always do pay! Pay to ensure the educational integrity for all our children in the Herricks School District; until this year!
If you had MapQuested the community known as New Hyde Park/Garden City Park on Saturday June 5th your result would be just your normal Long Island town of section, blocks and lots, but if you did the same on June 6th between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. your search would result in a community united.
A community that became one family joined by one common goal, a goal to raise money to find a cure for MS. With the state of the economy put aside this family did what a family does best and came together. They came together with no questions asked, just with love in their heart.
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