Written by Illustrated news Staff Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Jennifer Vasek and her mother have suffered for years from a rare disorder called Chiari malformation. Both have endured several brain surgeries yet still suffer from Chiari symptoms on a daily basis. They include headaches, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision and loss of balance. They occur when the base of the brain protrudes through the lower skull and touches the upper part of the spinal cord, creating numerous neurological symptoms. The only accurate way to identify Chiari is with an MRI of the neck.
In their senior year of hig hschool, students must complete a community service project. Vasek, a high honor roll student, organized a fund raiser for The American Syringomyelia and Chiari Alliance Project, a nonprofit organization focused on Chiari research. With absolutely no experience with this kind of undertaking, Vasek planned the event and took complete control every step of the way.
For her first goal, to secure a venue, Vasek contacted Tom Capece of the New Hyde Park Elks Lodge. Impressed by her story, Capece donated the Elks Lodge and food to the fundraiser. In addition, other vendors contributed raffle prizes, including Peter Andrews, Walk Street Tavern of New Hyde Park, Sedona Court Hair Salon, Cleo Nails and Spa, Royal Waste, Color Bar Hair Studio, Vetro Restaurant of Howard Beach, Evolution Pilates and Bar Method Roslyn.
Mineola High School Principal Ed Escobar and staff members Karen Cordani, Anne McAree, Mary McGuiness, Whittney Smith, Tara McDonnell and Stacey Rosenblatt, all provided support to Vasek during her high school years.
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The Village of New Hyde Park adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million.
The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.
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The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.
The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.
“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field.
“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said.
The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.
“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”
The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.