Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00
Torrential downpours at the kickoff of the 18th Annual New Hyde Park Street Fair nearly crippled the village mainstay. However, sunny skies prevailed at around 12:30 p.m., encouraging fair-goers to emerge from awnings and storefronts on Jericho Turnpike to continue the yearly Saturday tradition.
While the weather initially dampened the footprint of the fair, which stretched west from New Hyde Park Road to Lakeville Road, it didn’t stop attendees from perusing vendors and local shops.
“This fair is great every year,” Janice Wheaton of New Hyde Park said, standing outside SweeTart, a local bakery. “The rain didn’t help and many people ran for cover, but once it cleared up everyone came back.”
Mayor Robert Lofaro gave the go-ahead at 3 p.m. to extend the fair for an additional hour after its planned 4 p.m. end time since Mother Nature provided a short delay.
“We struggled through the rain and then gusting winds, but we still got it through,” he said. “It seems that after the rain left, the crowd seems to be as large as years past.”
This fair was extended farther west in 2013 to accommodate center-medians that were built during the village’s portion of the state-run $21.1 million Jericho Turnpike repaving project. Another project that sparked fair plan changes was
Operation Main Street, a construction project that will revamp the main corridor of the village.
“The fair has grown quite a bit,” Deputy Mayor Lawrence Montreuil said. “This year’s a little different because of the center medians. We had to space out the booths, so what’s nice about that is you have more booths and attractions down the whole length of the fair, when in the past it was more condensed.”
The expanded fair showcased a petting zoo from Green Meadow Farms in Floral Park. From alpacha’s to giant tortoise’s, the zoo was a hit for residents.
“My favorite animal was the alpacha,” said John Goodin of Garden City Park. “It’s a real cool animal.”
Local charities and groups on hand included the New Hyde Park Museum, New Hyde Park Memorial High School Dads Club, Model UN, Manor Oaks School, Hillside Grade School, New Hyde Park Road School, Knights of Columbus, New Hyde
Park Gladiators Club, G&E Linder VFW, New Hyde Park Fire Department’s ladies auxiliary, village beautification committee, among others.“It turned out to be a beautiful day,” trustee Rich Coppola said. “It’s always good to see the people, the residents on the streets. It’s great for the village.”
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The first-grade classes at Hillside Grade School recently held its Thanksgiving Feast. The students made “apple turkeys,” recited poetry, sang songs, and made butter for their corn muffins. During class, they learned about the first Thanksgiving and how children long ago lived.
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A cold windy day did not stop the Manor Oaks School students from running in the Second Annual Turkey Trot recently. Gym Teacher Ms. Innella coordinated the event. In order to take part in the run, students were asked to bring in canned food. The food was donated to local families in need, so they can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
The kids had fun running the race. Some students dressed up as Pilgrims, Indians and even turkeys for the costume contest.
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Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently participated in the studios 33nd Black Belt Graduation.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Grandmaster Charles Water owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
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The foundation for character building and success starts at home. The schools and role models that impact your child’s life assist in reinforcing the aspirations that you have for your child’s development and future.
Children learn this is Karatatot, a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. Children learn child safety and stranger training. They are becoming better students at school and better listeners at home.