Written by Illustrated News staff Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Library has been producing a series of bookmarks to keep the public informed about proposed renovation of the main library, prior to a public referendum on the plans on Nov. 19.
Bookmark No. 8 presents a discussion and rendering of how the new library might look, as well as updates on the project. Look for the entire series of bookmarks as they become available at all Great Neck Library locations.
Over the last 18 months the BAC and the Board of Trustees (BOT) has focused on libraries of the future, by attending conferences, reading professional articles, reviewing newspaper opinions and researching articles on the internet. Using this information and engaging in active discussions, six plans were presented by our architect and critiqued by the BAC and BOT.
The cost to taxpayers is approximately $4.50-$5.00 per $100,000 of assessed value. The project includes upgrades of lighting, increased natural light, energy-efficient windows, elevator replacement, updates to heating, air conditioning,
ventilation, wiring, electronic communications, a new roof and money saving maintenance costs. Other improvements include flexible space for changing need, many multi-purpose spaces, additional quiet study areas, more computer and patron reading spaces and open pond views.
The Building Advisory Committee, with formal approval from the board of trustees, is continuing to meet regularly to discuss the renovation process for the main library. The group determined that an owners’ representative would better facilitate, enhance and supervise the renovation and its attendant costs.
Seven firms replied and were interviewed at length. Calgi Construction Management of White Plains was selected.
The relocation committee, composed of community volunteers, staff and Trustees, is meeting to ensure that residents will be able to continue to access library services during the closure of the main library. To do this, they are exploring options for a temporary, convenient place to pick up and return materials, extending branch hours, finding alternate space for scheduled children’s and adult programs, providing continuity and comfort for levels, maintaining our computer and phone networks.
The Building Advisory Committee and board oft trustees are available to speak at local community, civic, religious and school meetings to explain the reasons for the main library renovation and to distribute information. Please contact the
Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:33) Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials of the Town of North Hempstead. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of 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.
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New Hyde Park residents and officials reacted to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to veto a state bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise study of two major airports. A main sticking point in the bill was the necessity of the identical legislation put forth by the state of New Jersey.
Rather than wait for New Jersey, the governor is ordering a study be held. New Hyde Park resident Kurt Lanjghar, a proponent of aircraft noise abatement in the community, was pleased, but puzzled.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently participated in the studios 33nd Black Belt Graduation.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Grandmaster Charles Water owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The foundation for character building and success starts at home. The schools and role models that impact your child’s life assist in reinforcing the aspirations that you have for your child’s development and future.
Children learn this is Karatatot, a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. Children learn child safety and stranger training. They are becoming better students at school and better listeners at home.