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Auto Body Shop Expands To Third Avenue

Second building will house more car lifts, employees

Business is booming at New Hyde Park Auto Body on Second Avenue, which is adding a second building on Third Avenue to accommodate demand. On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the New Hyde Park Village Board approved the plan, which had already been given the Nassau County Planning Commission’s stamp of approval. 

 

Shop owner Charles DiMarino, a New Hyde Park resident for 30 years, says his business has outgrown the current site and he needs to expand. His shop specializes in collision repairs, foreign, domestic and fiberglass work as well as color-matching and unibody repairs. He envisions the new digs resembling a dealership where all cars can be viewed. 

 

“It’s very cramped in our shop,” he said. “The [new] spot, it’ll help tremendously.”

 

Currently, the shop operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The new location, with 11 or 12 car lifts, will focus on body and frame work, according to DiMarino, and house the business offices. Cars would be moved to the existing location, which has seven car lifts, for “finishing and assembly.” DiMarino employs nine people and plans to hire another seven once the new location opens. 

 

Trustee Richard Coppola was concerned with car storage and prep work on vehicles. “We just want to make sure the area is not negatively impacted,” he said.

 

Environmental issues, specifically smells, are always a cause for concern when it comes to expanding an auto body shop. DiMarino says he’s taken measures to mitigate possible negative impact on residents.

 

“We’re a green shop,” he said. “We use waterborne material, which has limited amounts of flammables. Most body shops use solvent-based products. I don’t. [In the new location] there won’t be any of that.”

 

The size of the whole old property is 6,500 square feet. DiMarino estimates the shop itself takes up about 2,800 square feet. The new building will be about 5,000 square feet.

 

“It’ll be a drive-in facility, so when you pull in, you’ll be able to get the cars out of bad weather and the like,” DiMarino said. “We outgrew [the current site]. We have the lot with all the cars so there’ll be less cars out on the street.”

 

New Hyde Park Public Works Superintendent Tom Gannon said parking will not be an issue. He canvassed the area and the building encompasses the entire property, so all cars will be stored inside on site. 

 

“It’s a big warehouse with office space inside so it’ll fit,” he stated.

News

The Village of New Hyde Park adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million. 

 

The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.

The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.

 

The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.

 

“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field. 

 

“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said. 

 

The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.

For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.

 

“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”

 

The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.


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