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Williston Park Village Trustees Wrap Up Year

Board reflects on Newtown tragedy

during monthly gathering

It was time to crunch the numbers of Williston Park at the monthly trustees meeting on Monday. Financial data was the furthest thing on folk’s minds, however.

The trustees held a moment of silence to remember the victims of last week’s Newtown school shooting tragedy. Several commented on the incident as well, with one overriding theme: never forget.

“There needs to be some kind of change, can this ever be stopped totally? No,” said Mayor Paul Ehrbar. “Are there things that maybe can be done to hopefully cut back on this from happening? I hope so.”

“As time goes on, [these events] go into the recesses of our life, and I don’t think that we can let that happen this time,” added Trustee Teresa Thomann.

There were several items of business the village took care of at Monday’s meeting. First and foremost was the auditor’s report, presented by Nawrocki Smith.

Some of the highlights include the village’s total assets, which stand at just under $13 million. Factoring in liabilities, the net assets total a little over $6 million.

There is a general fund balance of over $1.2 million, a decrease of roughly $172,000 over prior years. The report noted that state laws limit the increase in the property tax levy to the lesser of 2 percent or the rate of inflation. This will remain in effect through the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Also on the agenda was the post-Sandy update presented by the Department of Public Works. The village is still in the middle of repairs, which they hope to have mostly completed by Christmas. Most sidewalks and curbs have been repaired and the roads are up next. The village lost more than 150 trees during the storm and that number continues to climb. Traffic signs and light fixtures are being worked on, and the village is getting estimates to fix damaged fencing at the pool.

Most important, the village is in the process of filing paperwork with FEMA in hopes of getting reimbursed for storm-related repairs.

Other news and notes:

The new rates established for water usage are being challenged by East Williston. As a result, the village has hired representation to look into the complaint.

The board recognized both the Williston Park Lady Patriots softball district champions and the boy’s 10U Mayor’s Trophy winners.

The next meeting of the trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. at village hall.

News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

Live Music - September 26


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