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Song And Dance Takes Center Stage At Village Hall

First ever Spotlight: New Hyde Park

set to kick off on January 10

On Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m., the first resident will kick off Spotlight: New Hyde Park, a four-day, two-week contest akin to America’s Got Talent. And while the William Gill Theatre at New Hyde Park Village Hall is not Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center or L.A.’s CBS Television City studio and Trustee Donald Barbieri may not be Simon Cowell, there’s no less amount of pride in the potential of the contestants that will be participating in the village’s inaugural talent competition. Particularly when the aim is to get many of the community’s young people involved.

“The head of the music department from New Hyde Park Memorial High School [Mr. Tarantola] is helping me out,” Barbieri explained. “We’re hoping that we’ll end up getting a few of the teachers and a couple of guys from the village board to work it on those nights.”

Starting at 7 p.m on that Thursday, Jan. 10 and continuing at the same start time on Friday, Jan. 11, seniors (age 13 to 21), perform in the inaugural stages of the competition. Juniors (participants up to the age of 12), get their crack at impressing the judges on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. Contestants can sing, dance or just play an instrument. For now, Barbieri is looking at this contest as being a matter of build it and hopefully they will come.

“I’ve made announcements and I hope the superintendent of music is making announcements at school,” the trustee said. “He said he made mention of it to various music teachers, hoping that they’ll be getting some of the kids that would be so inclined to participate. We mentioned it in the newsletter that gets sent to everyone and also handed out fliers in the elementary schools, so that they could bring them home to show their parents.”

Prizes are still being determined but by the time the finals wrap up on Friday night,

Jan. 18, the spotlight will indeed be on one of New Hyde Park’s best and brightest.

Spotlight: New Hyde Park Rules

1. Entry and photo waiver forms available for download at vnhp.org must be completed and signed.

2. Members of performance groups must each complete an entry and waiver form.

3. Minors must have a parental consent form filled out, signed and brought to village hall.

There will be two categories of contestants determined by their age on January 1.

Juniors will be for entrants up to and including 12 years of age.

Seniors will be for entrants between 13 and 21 years of age.

Each entrant will perform their talent for the judges in any of the following formats:

Singing

Dancing

Instrumental

The New Hyde Park Cultural Committee must approve all songs. Songs with inappropriate content will not be permitted in the competition.

There will be three rounds of competition.

Additional rounds will be added based on the number of entries received.

The winner of each round will be asked to perform in the finals.

There will be three judges for each round of competition. Additionally, the audience will be voting for their winner. The entrant that gets the majority of judges and audience votes will be the winner.

All judges’ decisions are final.

News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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