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School For Nursing Aides In Discussion

The Village of New Hyde Park held a public hearing last week for Mercy Akinyooye, who wants to open a nursing aide school at 613 Jericho Tpke. The village board deferred decision on the application.

 

Akinyooye, who was born in Nigeria and currently resides in Valley Stream, is seeking to establish the Mericel Academy. She is a registered nurse and has been practicing for 30 years, five of which she spent in England. 

 

The academy will teach a maximum of 10 students per class.  Should the application be approved, Akinyooye said she will begin with five students and at least three teachers, two of which are certified through the New York State Education Department.

 

“I will have a small size class so I have enough time to focus on the students, and given them proper attention,” Akinyooye said.


According to Akinyooye, there will be three sessions available in either daytime (Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), evening (Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.) and Saturday classes (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

 

The proposed location would be the first school set up by Akinyooye. The only construction work needed is a partition to divide the space into two rooms—a classroom and a small hospital bed. The property is 930 sq. ft., is equipped with restrooms, and the application also requires 24 parking spaces, which will be going to the village’s zoning board of appeals.

 

Akinyooye explained that her academy prepares students for a certified nursing assistant (CNA) exam issued by the state. The academy issues a final exam for their graduating students as well.

 

She said that the average salary for  CNA in the United States is $33,000 per year, and her academy is in contact with nursing agencies seeking employment for her graduating students.

 

“I have the passion to teach and the care of the patients in hospitals depend mainly on CNAs,” Akinyooye said.  “I feel I should give back to the community and share my knowledge.”

 

Trustee Donald Barbieri, who is wheelchair bound from multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, expressed a particular passion with Akinyooye for her work.

 

“I hope you can enpart to the people you work with what you’ve said to us tonight… nursing and caring for people has to be from the heart,” Barbieri said.

Bond Rating Upgraded

Village of New Hyde Park Mayor Robert Lofaro announced that the village has received a one notch upgrade in its S&P (Standard and Poor’s) bond rating, going from AA to AA+.

 

“We’re one notch below the highest rating you can possibly get from S&P, so when we talk about the good financial position of the village, it is true,” Lofaro said.

Parks And Rec Grant Arrives

Lofaro announced that parks and recreation has received a $50,000 grant New York State Dormitory Authority, with the assistance of State Senator Jack Martins. According to Lofaro, the grant will be used with $75,000 that the village has in a reserve fund to resurface the tennis courts and basketball court at memorial park and replace the walking track inside the park along the fence line.

 

Lofaro said a bid document will be put together internally, and work will hopefully be done in time for a majority of the upcoming summer season.

Helicopter Talk

Barbieri said he recently got in touch with representatives from Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy’s office regarding helicopter noise issues.

 

“They’ve been trying to get me some definitive word from the FAA in regard to the requirements that pilots flying out on the island utilize,” he stated.

 

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruling from late 2013 stated that helicopters in the New York metro area must fly over water one mile out from the north shore of Long Island, to minimize noise pollution in residential areas.

 

Barbieri explained that the village is seeking to find out who would issue sanctions if the law is broken and who is enforcing the law.

Operation Main Street Picks Up Again

Barbieri said that construction crews are back out working on the Jericho Turnpike for the Operation Main Street project, and are working to complete a majority of the work by early May.

Squicciarino Wins Uncontested Seat

Trustee Donna M. Squicciarino retained her seat in uncontested election victory last Tuesday. Sixty-three votes were cast in the election.  

 

“I look forward to continuing my service to the village,” Squicciarino 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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