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Christmas Fest 2013

The Beacon Church in New Hyde Park hosted its Annual Christmas Fest on Saturday, Dec. 6 with games, crafts, holiday snacks, a full petting zoo and a photo booth. The Christmas show included music and carols by a live band and an interactive show for kids.

Daniel Rivera, a United States Marine from 2002-2009, greeted the kids as they made personal holiday cards to be sent to soldiers overseas.

 

“Beacon hosts events like Christmas Fest as a way of reaching our local communities and extending a helping hand towards those in need who are further away,” said Pastor Robert Kelly.

 

Beacon collaborated with Pay It Forward With Jackie (PFWJ), a volunteer organization, to collect donated, filled stockings at the event to be delivered to children in hospitals or homeless shelters throughout December. The organization was co-founded by Joanna Delgado and Cyndi Poeggel. It was inspired by Cyndi’s young daughter, Jackie, after she was diagnosed with an adult form of leukemia not commonly seen in children.

 

“We at PFWJ are beyond excited and grateful to be working with Beacon in their efforts to let others know about the magic created by the dreams of one little girl to pay it forward,” said Joanne Delgado,co-founder of PFWJ. 

News

Five New Hyde Park Memorial High School students won $5,000 cash and will share a $10,000 college scholarship after winning Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge on April 9 to conceive the best business plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum.

 

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all.

Two New Hyde Park business men were arrested on Tuesday, April 8 for underreporting gross sales, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced. 

 

DA Rice said Gerard Losquadro, 61 of Garden City and Charles DiMarino, 48, of East Norwich, as the former and current owner, respectively, of New Hyde Park Auto Body Works, failed to remit $149,936.65 in sales tax collected from customers to the New York State

Department of Taxation and Finance from Sept. 1, 2009 to May 31, 2013, according to the DA’s office. 


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


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