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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

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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