Written by Christy Hinko Saturday, 04 May 2013 00:00
It is not likely that most people celebrate a milestone birthday by surrounding themselves with nearly 200 of their closest friends and family members, are presented with the key to the county, and make a generous donation to a friend’s charity. This is exactly what Umberto Corteo, owner of the Original Umberto’s of New Hyde Park, did on April 16 to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Before presenting the Key To Nassau County, County Executive Ed Mangano shared a brief story about Corteo’s migration to America, “He [Corteo] represents the American dream; he came here with so very little.”
Born outside of Naples, Italy, Corteo worked his father’s farm to help feed their family of 13; he is the seventh of 11 children.
When Corteo arrived in America, he settled in Brooklyn, taking restaurant jobs for little money, and sending much of what he made back to his family in Italy.
In 1965, after saving and planning, the Original Umberto’s of New Hyde Park was opened.
Mangano said, “Umberto Corteo really represents all that is good with small businesses here in Nassau County; he’s very generous and gives back continuously.”
Similarly, good friend and business association, Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado of Coastal Advisors, LLC in New Hyde Park said, “I don’t know anyone greater than this man [Umberto] when it comes to being a loyalist and what Long Island is all about.”
Notably, in 2007 with the help of Salgado, Corteo established Pizza Fridays for the New York Giants football team, on their journey to the Super Bowl.
“We take pride in, and believe those Pizza Fridays for the Super Bowl influenced the New York Giants’ victory,” said Mangano.
Also in attendance were New York Giants Defensive Ends Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre Paul who presented Corteo with a personalized Giants’ jersey.
Corteo graciously thanked his friends and family for sharing his birthday celebration and in turn, gave a $15,000 donation to Tuck’s R.U.S.H. For Literacy foundation.
Corteo told Anton Newspapers, “It’s a beautiful thing to do,” explaining that he feels that people are equal and deserve the chance to be better, his reasoning for gifting Tuck on his own birthday.
Tuck, and his wife, Lauran, founded Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy in 2008, raising funds to be able to donate books to children in New York City and Central Alabama communities.
Tuck said, “He [Corteo] has a kind heart and he always asks me, ‘What do you need; what can I do to help you?’”
Tuck later shared with Anton Newspapers that he was surprised by Corteo’s generous donation to his foundation, which he learned of only minutes before arriving at the birthday celebration.
Tuck said, “When I am old and gray, sitting on a rocking chair somewhere, the kids today are going to be the ones making the choices that rule this world, so I am going to do my part to make sure they have the education and tools.”
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It’s a family affair for the Winters of Port Washington when they make pilgrimages to Bobb Howard’s General Store in New Hyde Park. “There’s something in that store for everyone,” says Tracy Winters, who has been a customer of this retro candy and toy store for eight years. Tracy goes for the Astro Pops, husband Michael gets Marshmallow Twists and Tracy’s mother, Phyllis Heller of Bellmore, can’t resist the Goldenberg Peanut Chews. Jake, Tracy’s older son, isn’t a candy lover so he gravitates to the old-time toys and nostalgia posters.
Jamie Waller of Queens says it made him feel like a kid again when he saw the wall of candy with treats from the 1990s and 1950s sitting next to each other. “Anything you can possibly want is there,” he says. For Jamie, a big treat is Circus Peanuts, peanut-shaped marshmallows. “My dad used to love them when he was a kid,” he says.
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One fortunate New Hyde Park resident was rescued from the freezing cold on Tuesday, Feb. 25 thanks to Dr. Julia Harmon, DVM, of the New Hyde Park Animal Hospital. That night, at approximately 8 p.m., Harmon was going to her car after work when she saw Spike, a wandering bulldog near Brooklyn Avenue, one block from the vet’s office on Jericho Turnpike.
Harmon immediately brought Spike, who was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip implanted for identification, back to the vet’s office. The temperature outside was already at 31 degrees, but felt like 20 degrees with the windchill. Luckily Spike was
brought in from the cold early; temperatures dropped down to 25 degrees that night.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
New Hyde Park Michael Castelli recently participated in the 32nd Black Belt Graduation at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park. He graduated to first-degree black belt.
“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others,” says Grandmaster Charles Water, owner and director of the school.
Students tested in October, successfully passed their exam recently and received their black belt certificates. “Who says that the youth of America are not committed? A healthy life style at the karate studio, mentally and physically is alive, well and working,” said Water.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
After missing the playoffs two straight years, the Sewanhaka Indians Boys lacrosse team will face tougher odds if it hopes to advance to postseason play in 2014.
The Indians, who start their season March 24 at Oyster Bay, will be playing out of Section 8, Nassau Conference II (Class B) this year; a bump up from their usual spot in Nassau Conference III (Class C). Typically, the schools are divided by enrollment.
“There are no gimmies in this league,” said nine-year coach Peter Burgess. “We were the last team to make this league in terms of population. They kind of drew the line below us. So we’re the smallest school in the league.”
Burgess said another obstacle for the Indians will be facing teams that they have no experience playing before.