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Ronald McDonald House Redesign Continues

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) in New Hyde Park is entering Phase II of Project Design, a renovation initiative that will bring together more than 45 of America’s leading interior designers. Last summer, Phase I transformed a portion of the house, adjacent to Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. Phase II will add of 24 bedrooms, four kitchens, five common areas, laundry rooms and a brand new fitness center and meditation room. RMH-LI is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. 

 

Project Design is the largest redesign RMH-LI has seen in its 28-year history. The interior design industry-led initiative began through a partnership with global fabric provider Kravet Inc. and NYC&G magazine.

 

Phase II will focus on updating RMH-LI’s remaining spaces under the leadership of design chair Suzanne Costa and honorary design chairs Anthony Baratta and Bunny Williams. Participating designers include HGTV contributor Brian Patrick Flynn, NBCs American

Builders contestant Elaine Griffin, Libby Langdon of TLC’s While You Were Out and Trading Spaces Leslie Segrete and students from the New York School of Interior Design, to name a few. 

 

In an effort to provide a calm and restful healing environment for families experiencing the pain of having a child in area hospitals, industry leaders completed a redesign and renovation of RMH-LI’s original 18 bedrooms, four kitchens, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms and three laundry rooms. More than $2 million in design, labor and materials were donated to this first-of-its-kind initiative.

 

The renovation will be celebrated with a Designer Showcase Gala on Thursday, Oct. 9. The evening will feature exclusive viewings of the newly designed areas of RMH-LI, light entertainment, unique silent auction bidding opportunities, fine dining and cocktails.

 

The proceeds of this fundraiser will ensure that RMH-LI’s programs and services continue to assist families in need, regardless of any financial constraints they may have. An open house, open to the public, will follow the Gala from Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 19, with proceeds benefiting RMH-LI. 

News

New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri contends helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise. In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, the noise levels are still an issue.

 

Barbieri drafted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, apprising the entity of New Hyde Park’s situation. The FAA did not return calls for comment.

Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.

 

“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”

 

New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says 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.”

Runners and walkers from New Hyde Park are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5K courses on Long Island at the Saturday, Aug. 9 Sands Point Sprint.

 

 The run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The August 2013 edition of the Sands Point Sprint attracted 313 finishers, including top New Hyde Park finishers Michael Ringel, who scored first in the 11-14 age group and Dave Frisone, who earned first place honors in the 65-69 age group. Race organizers are looking for both Ringel and Frisone, and a host of other New Hyde Park runners, to be back next week.


Calendar

Literary Club - July 30

Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 3 


Columns

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