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.
It is widely known that the day after Thanksgiving, “Black Friday,” is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. But since 2010, “Small Business Saturday” has become an increasingly popular day for both consumers and local mom-and-pop stores. The Village of Roslyn was bustling this past Saturday as shoppers took advantage of discounted prices and free parking in the downtown area.
“We have been busy all day,” said Jill Scherer, owner of Jill Scherer Ltd, a boutique that sells women’s clothes, makeup and gifts. “Since we opened this morning we’ve had a lot of customers come in to take advantage of our discounted items on sale.”
Over a decade ago, and in response to the Stop & Shop controversy, the Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees drafted and approved a Master Plan for future village construction.
Now, the village is taking another step forward in realizing a coherent development plan, this one concerning downtown Roslyn. At the November meeting, the board began discussions on amendments to the municipal code to create both a Waterfront Development Overlay District and a Waterfront Mixed Use District.
The Holiday season generally begins with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. In Roslyn, the season got off to a pleasant start last week, as several dozen people, including local officials, gathered at the Ellen E. Ward Clock Tower for the annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting, followed by a round of caroling and good cheer throughout the downtown area.
The Roslyn Chamber of Commerce organized the evening. At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, people began congregating at the clock tower for the lighting ceremony. In the spirit of the season, chamber members allowed local youngsters to climb up the clock tower steps and throw on the switch that turned on the lights.
Roberta Mueller is a Roslyn native who is set to undergo an LVAD heart implant at New York Presbyterian Hospital. According to her mother, Eleanor Mueller, a Roslyn resident, the major concern is finding people who can serve as assistants to Roberta once she comes home from the hospital. This, Mueller said, is essential to having the surgery done in the first place.
Last year, it was clear that the Roslyn High School football team had turned the corner. The Bulldogs began winning games and by large margins, too. For instance, they ended the 2012 season with a 48-14 triumph over Great Neck North and an equally convincing 41-12 win over St. Dominic’s.
This year, the momentum continued. Roslyn won its opening game, a big 42-20 win over Great Neck South. Good times looked to be here to stay. And they were. For the season, the Bulldogs went 7-1, including a playoff win on the road over Port Washington, earning them the title of the “top team” in Conference V play.
To top it off, first year coach Mike Corcoran was named Conference V Coach of the Year in a vote by his fellow coaches. Corcoran used the opportunity to reflect on the honor and on the amazingly successful first year he has enjoyed as head coach.
For the Roslyn Chamber of Commerce, the year began with increased membership and ambitious plans. Now that 2013 is entering its final month, chamber members were glad to report on another successful year.
The chamber met last week at Equinox on Glen Cove Road. Amidst the usual number of young professionals going through their workout routines, both Lonnie Goldman, the chamber president and Lou Federico, the vice president, reported on the organization’s progress.
It was the day that Roslyn conquered Carnegie Hall.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, Roslyn native Daniela Liebman and East Hills resident Jordan Urbach both played at that world famous concert hall. Liebman performed Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto #2 on piano, while Urbach played violin on a
Brahms concerto. Both performed with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. The reviews were excellent as both also played in front of a sold-out audience.
In addition to the Shostakovich piece, Liebman also performed Brahms’ Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Dvorak’s Carnival Overture.
Albertson resident Rosemary Trietsch is rounding up her most intricate Depression glass antiques collection since 1988 for the upcoming Big Apple Depression Glass Club’s Annual Glass and Pottery Show and Sale to be held on Sunday, Nov. 24 at the Shelter Rock Library, 155 Searingtown Rd.
Trietsch, who is vice president of the club, first became fascinated with the beauty of glass back in 1932 when her father brought her grandmother an Iris and Herringbone tumbler set crafted by the Jeannette Glass Company. Her collecting days began when her husband found the identical set that she had admired for decades. Ever since, she has been adding new glass pieces to her ever-growing collection that she takes pride in.
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