Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00
Anyone who passed the electronic sign in front of New Hyde Park Village Hall and wondered what “Thank you Maggie Whitely for supporting our village” was all about, obviously wasn’t from New Hyde Park. The Maggi Whitely referred to in the sign was the editor of the Illustrated News for 27 years, during which time she became a beloved fixture of the village. She left the post earlier this year.
So it was no surprise that at the beginning of the Dec. 18 village board of trustees meeting, that time was carved out for board members and local organizations to pay homage to Whitely. Arranged by Deputy Mayor Dan Lofaro, the ceremony featured well-deserved accolades, starting with Mayor Donald Petruccio, who quipped to the honored guest that, “all seems right in the world again Maggi [with] you sitting in the front row.”
“At a time when our news on a national level is so controversial and parochial in that there are sides, positions and people making their points and not presenting the news anymore…Maggi has made her stories about the facts of the stories,” Petruccio said. “She let you draw the conclusions as to what was happening. She didn’t infer what was going on. She didn’t editorialize.”
Other officials praising Whitely were Mark Laytin, president of the New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, Village Recreation Director Richard Pallisco and Carol Nowakowski, the New Hyde Park historian who also made Whitely an honorary member of the New Hyde Park Museum.
Fellow local journalist Ellen LaRegina was similarly complementary.
“I’ve known Maggi for about 26 years and I’ve always referred to her as the lady with the hats because every time she came to an event, she had a different hat on,” LaRegina said with a smile. “She made our community look better than it really is in print…. She went above and beyond the call of duty and I appreciate that.”
As pictures were taken and hugs dispensed, Whitely beamed. Clearly moved, she shared her feelings about covering the village.
“I loved [covering New Hyde Park]. I never ever felt like it was work. It’s the greatest place. It really is.”
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The Herricks School District Board of Education has temporarily tabled its participation in a recent bill signed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo that would provide school tax exemptions for veterans of the United States military living in the district.
Board President James Gounaris, at a meeting on March 6, said that while the door would remain open for future participation in the program, several potential issues with the bill that made him and his trustees reluctant to opt in at this time
“There is the issue that we continue to have with the Nassau County Assessor’s Office, and their inability to give us good data on who is legitimate and who is qualified for the program and who is not,” he said. “The board is in favor of offering the exemption, but the problem is, how do we qualify the exemption for all these people without affecting others who may or may not qualify? Veterans who may be mistakenly excluded may pay a higher rate when they may have been qualified to participate.”
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It was a historical night in New Hyde Park as the New Hyde Park Museum recently held its official grand opening on the second floor of Village Hall in the William Gill Theatre. The doors opened at 6:30 p.m. to let the public view various pictures, memorabilia and items dating back to the late 1800s.
“It has been several years in the making to get this Museum up and running,” said New Hyde Park Historical Society and Museum President Carol Nowakowski, who has been a resident of the Village since 1962. “A lot of people worked very hard to get this going and I am very proud of this museum.”
New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro, Trustee Donald Barbieri and other local figures, including Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello and County Comptroller George Maragos were in attendance.
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Billy Stevens, a senior at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Michigan, a Division 1 program. A soccer prodigy, Stevens is a member of the Red Bull Academy Team and the U-15 U.S. National Team.
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Coach Erica Brennan feels Sewanhaka’s girls lacrosse program is making strides to compete this year.
“We just need to develop a sense of game knowledge,” said Brennan, who is entering her seventh season as varsity coach. “That’s one of the things we lack overall, we have girls who are fast and learned the skills of catching and throwing, but we need to work on our game knowledge. And that comes with experience.”
The Indians, who have never made the playoffs in Brennan’s tenure, will kick off their season March 14 at home against the Elmont Spartans.