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It’s Good To Be Kings

The wintery blast of weather that blew through our area recently may have prevented Kings Food Market from having its Taste of Spring ribbon cutting event outside like originally planned, but it didn’t stop executives from the company and local officials from taking part in the store’s official re-launch. As the sole Long Island location out of the 25 stores that make up the New Jersey-based supermarket chain, this Kings was taking part in a company-wide re-branding campaign whose tagline is “where inspiration strikes.” It’s a mantra that CEO Judy Spires unabashedly embraces.

“[Kings] is an upscale shopping experience for foodies. We absolutely love great food and we love sharing that passion with food,” Spires enthusiastically said. “What you’ll find in our stores are rare items. Only the highest quality product in the store for the person that has that sophisticated palate and taste. That coupled with our knowledgeable and caring staff, really solidifies what our brand is and differentiates us.”

As you walk around the bright aisles, you wind up passing by a station that makes fresh hand-rolled sushi and a bread department where loaves have a one-day shelf life before getting donated to the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). Most impressive is the seafood department which is defined by its Top of the Catch modus operandi which has Kings paying a premium to purchase the topmost level of any fishing boat’s haul, thereby guaranteeing that the market’s customers get the freshest and best fish. It’s these unique twists combined with stellar customer service that distinguishes the Village of Garden City’s premiere supermarket from similar upscale competitors like Whole Foods and Fairway.

“We offer a very intimate shopping experience, and that is a keystone of our operation,” Spires pointed out. “Our employees know our customers and their needs. We know what they want-the best produce, organic produce and organic chicken. [Kings] also carries organic beef that’s grass-fed. We’re ahead of those trends and have always been. Every competitor that we have is very formidable but you don’t get this intimate experience, variety and the quality under one roof with the people aspect that you can find at Kings.”

Despite the fact that the supermarket is based in the Garden State, community involvement is a paramount facet in the local identities of this and the other 24 stores that make up this 76-year-old chain. The INN has enjoyed a particularly fruitful relationship with Kings dating back nearly a decade. Which of course may have to do with the chain’s commitment to actively supporting hunger relief efforts in the tri-state region through its Act Against Hunger initiative. While the past year has seen the Jersey-based company and its vendor partners provide more than 50,000 pounds of food, 5,000 meals and approximately 2,000 turkeys to those in need, local efforts have been just as impressive. In addition to the $3000 donated to the INN at the ribbon (or in this case, pasta) cutting, store manager Connie Deckel and her crew were joining forces with Garden City Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and students from the high school to conduct a food drive that’ll run through March 31. It’s this kind of spirit that not only had Deckel seek out a managerial job with Kings, but is what she says makes it such a great place to work, particularly given how well the store gibes with the Garden City’s small town feel.

“I love customer service and when I knew [Kings was] coming to Long Island, I Googled them and read all about how much they love their people,” Deckel explained. “Here, it’s a family-run type of feel. And that’s how they are with customers. Garden City is such a close-knit [community] and because this is a small store, people love how we know them by name. We’re small but we have everything you need.”

News

Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.

 

Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.

 

Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


Sports

SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.

 

“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.



Calendar

Pete Hamill Lecture - December 5

Chazak Celebration - December 7

More Mussar Programs - January 8


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