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Students Of The Month

New Hyde Park Memorial High School recently recognized Codi Fletcher and Tobin James as December students of the month. 


Fletcher is an exemplary student in the Academy of Finance. Her teachers say that she is a well-mannered and conscientious student. Fletcher is also involved in many school and community activities.


She is an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Gay Straight Alliance. Fletcher has been playing soccer most of her life and she is currently the captain of the girls varsity soccer team and runs varsity track and field. She was recently inducted into the National Honor Society and the Business Honor Society.


Over the summer, Fletcher completed her Academy of Finance summer work-based learning experience at the offices of Gutman, Mintz, Baker & Sonnenfeldt in New Hyde Park.


“My summer experience was exciting,” she said. “I learned a lot about working in a law firm and, most importantly, came to realize that the experiences that you gain in life are very important in determining your future.”


Next year, Fletcher will begin her college career and wants to attend SUNY Plattsburgh or Potsdam. She plans to major in computer science and to one day become a computer programmer for either Activision or Machinima, Inc.


Tobin James is a seventh-grade student in Mrs. Doyle’s American history and geography class. For the first marking period, James received a 97 grade point average. He is an enthusiastic student who is always participating in class, works well with others, and hands in excellent homeworks. James comes to class always demonstrating his eagerness to learn and strives to do his best. He was recently voted by his peers to be the Student Congress representative for his social studies class. 


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.

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.”


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.

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.


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