Written by Paul Ehrbar Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all a happy and healthy New year on behalf of your village board. I hope all enjoyed their holiday season.
The Village employees have, for the most part, completed the cleanup from Sandy and the Nor’easter. Although there may be some minor issues to be resolved, the major effort is completed. Reimbursement requests from FEMA began weeks ago with the filling of numerous documents required to complete this process. We have been informed that the formula for reimbursement is 75 percent federal, 12.5 percent state and 12.5 percent village. The way in which the reimbursement guidelines have been set, the village should be able to absorb its share of the costs due to the total number of items available for reimbursement. Having said that, I’m concerned about how this funding is being handled in Washington. There should be no politics involved and the relief monies should be dealing with damages suffered in the northeast as a result of Sandy and the Nor’easter.
Winter has arrived yet we’ve been lucky weather wise to date. The temperatures have been moderate but this will most likely change. If we have snow accumulations this year please follow the “Lessons in Snow Etiquette” as noted:
Follow the snow ordinance, which requires that cars must be removed from the streets when 2 inches of snow is on the ground. Listening to weather reports should be your best guide, and cars should be removed from the street the evening before the expected snowfall. Just pass down the streets that could not be plowed because cars were not removed and the results are obvious. The village ordinance also states that cars should remain off the street for 18 hours after the snow stops.
This is to allow the plows to come back again. When cars are put right back on the street after the initial plowing, it prevents the plow from making a second pass. Cars in the driveway prevent snow from covering the driveway, so leaving it there saves both time and energy as that section of the driveway will not need to be shoveled.
Don’t shovel the snow back into the street; it will only get plowed back into the driveway when the village staff plows for a second, third or fourth time. This also can create a hazardous condition when piles of shoveled snow freeze on the road. Shovel out your neighbor if they can’t shovel themselves or maybe just do it to be nice. Shovel a pass through if you live on the corner to allow entrance from the street to the curb and help clear the fire hydrant. Commercial properties must make arrangements to have the front of the business shoveled as quickly as possible. If you have more cars than can fit in your own driveway, make arrangements with your neighbors to put your car in their driveway.
A little courtesy goes a long way and we pride ourselves in Williston Park for the caring attitude and small town feeling that we try to maintain.
This time of year, with the holidays behind us, we are all outside less often and remain inside more often. It’s important to remain in touch with our neighbors especially our seniors and those who live alone.
As most are aware, I am available for residents at village hall on a daily basis, unless I’m out of town. On Saturday, Jan. 19, I, along with available trustees, will at Village Hall from 9 a.m. until noon, for those residents who may not be able to meet with me during the week. Call in advance on my cell 941-8463 to set an appointment or just show up to discuss issues impacting our village. I expect to set a date for evening hours in February for those who would like to meet with me but cannot do so during the week or on Saturday morning.
The first neighborhood watch meeting is scheduled for Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at village hall. A representative from the Town of North Hempstead’s Project Independence will be there to explain this program.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.