Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
Screw guns and table saws have been buzzing at all hours of the day at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park, working to complete $2.5 million in renovations before its Oct. 10 gala event, which will showcase the updated facility.
Dubbed “Project Design 2013,” 18 of the 42 bedrooms in the 27-year-old building have been stripped and renovated at no cost to the foundation.
To alleviate some of the stress during a child’s illness, the Ronald McDonald House serves more than 1,000 families each year. The house was expanded in 2005 and the 24 rooms that haven’t been renovated have been housing current residents during construction. Any incoming families would be sent to an interim hotel, with the bill footed by the foundation and local sponsors.
“We’re beyond excited about this partnership,” said RMH-LI Executive Director Matthew Campo. “The first phase of this project will focus on updating the original 18 bedrooms of the house for our resident families, pre-expansion to our current 42-bedroom facility.”
The project was kickstarted after foundation reps were planning to get new chairs in its “great room” where families congregate after long days at hospitals. The house reached out to Kravet Inc., a fabric selection, patterns and texture design company, for help. Kravet recruited the top 26 interior designers, including celebrity makeover expert Steven Fanuka of HGTV’s Million Dollar Contractor, to facilitate the revamp.
“The goal is to provide each family in need of supportive housing all the comforts of home—plus a local support network—so they can fully focus on the healing of their child, in addition to raising much needed funds to support ongoing operations at RMH-LI,” said Kravet President Cary Kravet.
Phase two of the project, set to commence in 2014, would see the remaining 24 bedrooms and seven other kitchens redesigned, according to Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Deepika Thadhani.
“Hopefully this plan takes off nationally and this can be implemented in other states and around the world,” she said. The foundation has 329 homes worldwide, with 170 in the United States.”
Thadhani said all of the common areas, kitchen, breakfast room, first floor restrooms and three laundry rooms will also be redone, plus the house library will be turned into a multimedia room.
“There’s a ton of construction going on right now,” she said. “It’s really exciting.”
The Oct. 10 gala event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m., with open houses occurring Oct. 11-12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“All of the redesigned rooms will be open for tours,” Thadhani said. “It’s really unique.”
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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.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
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.