Written by Margaret Whitely: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00
The 304 graduates marched proudly into the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex led by their beloved principal Michael DeMartino, who after 39 years of serving the district, is set to retire.
DeMartino said, “Today is a bittersweet day. I have loved every minute of it, but it’s time.” He and his wife plan to travel and visit their grandchildren in various sections of the country, which they have never been able to do.
Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, a ’78 graduate of New Hyde Park Memorial and a lifetime resident of New Hyde Park, started his speech off by saying, “As fairly new graduates of Memorial, I asked my two children, Kathleen and Patrick, what they thought I should say to the graduating class and they both replied, ‘Kiss’ (Keep It Short Stupid!) and he followed their advice and did just that but not before he praised retiring principal DeMartino for all the time he has given to New Hyde Park Memorial and the district.
He said that the world changes so rapidly. Nicolello continued, “You have iPhones, iPads and in my day we had rotary phones and vinyl records we had to play on turntables.
“Today everyone lathers themselves with sunscreen lotion and sunblock. In my day we lathered ourselves with baby oil and baked in the sun.”
He continued, “Dare to be different and don’t forget Dr. Seuss who said, “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind!”
He ended his speech by saying, “And don’t ever go to the beach and put baby oil on to achieve a tan!”
As usual, choir director Robert McKinnon had the choir sing two beautiful renditions; one of “Fields of Gold” and the other of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”
The band, always so exceptional, performed selections from Hairspray under the direction of Noel Monat.
Several students spoke including the student council president Nirmala Singh, senior class president Devon DeSanna, valedictorian Geoffrey Lin and salutatorian Parth Trivedi all giving morsels of advice to their fellow graduates.
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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano commended the owners of New York Ravioli & Pasta Company of New Hyde Park for donating a portion of all proceeds generated throughout May to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund (NHRF). Six months after Superstorm Sandy barreled through local neighborhoods, Nassau residents are still struggling to rebuild their homes and lives.
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The Village of New Hyde Park swore Donna Squicciarino in as trustee on Tuesday, May 7. She will fill a seat vacated by Robert Lofaro, who won the mayor’s seat in March after Daniel Petruccio decided to not seek re-election.
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.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Simply because something has happened or reoccurred several times in the past does not make it a tradition, something to be expected maybe, or something habitual perhaps. Tradition is different. It evokes a feeling of long-standing preplanned positive experiences built in layers upon one another.
So it is, apparently, with the Highlander Wrestling program. Year after year, young men and women graduate from the high school program only to return again as alumni freely lending their expertise, assistance and support . . . giving back to those who have not yet entered the fraternity of Highlander Wrestling Graduates.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Mathnasium faced off with the tough Valley Stream team on May 4 and ended in an 8-8 tie. Paige Jones lead the pitching crew with four innings, giving up one earned run and five unearned. Claire Mikowski came in to close with bases loaded the score was 6-8 and Valley Stream’s leadoff batter at the plate. Mikowski struck out one and the second batter hit a line drive through the SS Sophia Kasimatis to bringing in the tying run when the umpire called the game due to time limit restrictions.