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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

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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