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Parents Voice Concerns For New Hyde Park-GCP Budget

Brave volunteers commended by Floral Park officials

As most families were dimming their lights and tucking in their children in anticipation of a very special visitor on Christmas Eve, a home on Elizabeth Street in Floral Park welcomed its own very important visitor: the Floral Park Fire Department. “Although it was a minor event,” said Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald at the board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2, the department responded in full force.

It was a little past 11 p.m. on Dec. 24, when Fitzgerald noticed flashing lights on Elizabeth Street. He stepped outside to see what was going on and saw three fire department trucks along with many department volunteers’ personal vehicles.

“I was once again amazed at the dedication of these men and women to be on the scene in a matter of minutes, while leaving their families and guests on a night when family traditions are honored,” he said.

To be sure, tragedy does not discriminate against day, date or time. Many residents may recall another house fire that occurred in the early morning hours of Christmas in 2010.

Floral Park firefighters responded to a basement fire on the corner of Violet and Carnation Avenues. Within 10 to 15 minutes, fire engulfed the entire home, which remains boarded up today, according to village officials. Several police and fire officers were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. 

Unlike the complete devastation of that fire, the recent incident on Elizabeth Street “was a basement smoke condition from an electrical mishap,” Fitzgerald said. Thankfully, the home remains intact and no injuries were reported.

The Floral Park Fire Department comprises three station locations – headquarters, located at Vernon Street and Floral Boulevard; station 2, located on Holland Avenue north of Jericho Turnpike; and station 3, located at Atlantic Avenue and Pine Street. Under the direction of Chief Vincent Modica, 1st Assistant Chief Lou D’Amore, 2nd Assistant Chief Danny Bennett, 3rd Assistant Chief Brian Naughton and 4th Assistant Chief John Florio, the department operates multiple engines, hook and ladder trucks, and rescue vehicles.

“On behalf of our fellow residents, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the members of the department and your families for your continued sacrifices regardless, of time, hour, even the day in the name of the safety and wellbeing of our fellow residents,” Fitzgerald said.

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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