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Christmas Fest

December 7

Boy Scout Troop 200

Every Monday

Farmer’s Markets

Every Saturday

Weekly Events

December 7

Christmas Fest

The Beacon Church in New Hyde Park will hold its Christmas Fest on Saturday, Dec. 7. The party begins at 6 p.m., with a tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.visitbeacon.com. The church is located at 1045 Lakeville Road, south of Hillside Avenue.

• Boy Scout Troop 200 Of Williston Park meets every Monday between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at Willis Ave. and Winthrop St., Williston Park. Boys 11 to 17 are welcome to join.

• Irish American Society Social Gatherings every Monday at the Irish American Center, 297 Willis Ave., Mineola, from noon to 3 p.m. In the tradition and mission of the Irish American Society, we are here to make all welcome and be part of the local community. Bring lunch. Coffee and tea will be served. Play cards, board games or just sit and socialize. A film once a month. Ladies and gents welcome. Free to all. Call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 746-9392 or 742-8080.

• Farmer’s Markets are held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come buy local produce, breads, pickles and other goods at the municipal parking lot on Jericho Turnpike just west of New Hyde Park Road, across from Village Hall. Rain or shine until November.


At The New Hyde Park Library

Needle Arts Circle

Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.  Bring your favorite projects and stitch away.

AARP Defensive Driving

Registration for this program opens at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. The class will be on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10. The new prices will be $20 for AARP members; $25 for non-members. Out of District residents will be put on a Wait List.

Senior Connections

On Monday, Dec. 9, from 1 – 3 p.m., Volunteer Ruth Kazdan provides information and referral services for seniors at the library.

Wolverine, PG13, 126 mins.

Monday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto. When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

Project Hope’s Resiliency Workshop

Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Everyone has faced challenges in life:  job stresses, unemployment, serious illnesses, physical or emotional trauma, loss of a home – or loss of a loved one. It is normal to react to these stressors but it is most important that we do not let them overwhelm us but allow our resilience to triumph over them. Register by phone or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Girl Most Likely PG13, 103 min.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:45 p.m. Starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon Imogene, a failed New York playwright, hits the skids with her career and romance forcing a return to her New Jersey roots, her eccentric mother and younger brother. She comes to realize that, if she’s ever to stand on her own, she must accept her family and her roots and build on a stable foundation.

Children’s Programs

All programs require pre-registration and priority is given to residents of SD #5 and NHP Village.

Jump For Joy With Joyce Oddo

Thursday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. Ages: 18 mos- 4 years (parent or caretaker) Join this fun-filled program filled with music, puppets, parachutes, dancing, costumes, and instruments.

Deck The Halls Craft

Fun With Joanne

Friday, Dec. 6. Ages: 2-5 years, with caregiver at 1 p.m. Grades: K-4 at 4 p.m. Grades: 5 and up at 6:30 p.m.Create a holiday decoration. Fee: $2.

Children’s Movie: Polar Express

Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Children must be pre-registered and accompanied by an adult.

Toys In The Attic

Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Grades 2 and up. Registration has begun for this program which combines science with toys; the participants will create a simple toy.

Deck The Halls

Register on Wednesday, Dec. 11; program will be on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. Grades: K-1; holiday stories and crafts.

Mosaic Snowman Workshop

Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. for grades 2 and up. Registration has begun. Children will create a winter scene using faux gems, crystals and beautiful beads. Fee: $2

News

The Village of New Hyde Park Board of Trustees held their 2014-15 tentative budget hearing on Monday, April 7, where a proposed budget of $6 million was presented.

 

The appropriation represents an increase of $160,512 from the 2013-14 budget and a tentative tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.8 percent increase from last year.

 

“Working on this year’s budget was one of the hardest we’ve ever done,” Village Mayor Robert Lofaro said.

Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7. 

 

Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.

 

“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”


Sports

Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make. 

 

Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more. 

 

“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”

 

For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches. 

Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field. 

 

Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice. 

 

Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - April 16

Kids Eat Free At Applebees - April 20

School Board Meeting - April 22


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com