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Blakeman To Run

Bruce Blakeman, a Republican from Long Beach announced that he will run for the 4th Congressional District seat Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will vacate due to cancer. 

 

The former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature said before announcing that he huddled with local political figures, including Congressman Peter King, who recently endorsed him. Blakeman called the 4th District “winnable.”

 

“I think one of the things I was known for as the presiding officer was reaching out to the other side of the aisle,” he said. “I had a commitment to keeping taxes down.”

 

He stated that issues in Washington D.C., from healthcare to jobs, is the main force of his campaign.

 

“The economy is in the wrong direction,” he said. “People are out of work and Obamacare is a disaster.”

 

While Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice is well into fundraising her campaign, and rumored candidate Kevan Abrahams, a Nassau County Democratic Legislator, is weighing options, Blakeman feels he’ll catch up quickly.

 

“I’m not taking anybody lightly,” he said. “I think both Kevan and Kathleen are formidable and I’m intending to run a hard fought campaign on the issues.”

 

Blakeman, 58, joins attorney Frank Scaturro of New Hyde Park as a Republican candidate gunning for the seat. Scaturro lost the Republican primary in 2012 to Francis Becker and then to McCarthy.

 

“My candidacy was mutual on the part of the Republican and Conservative hierarchy,”
Blakeman said.

News

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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