Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 31 May 2014 00:00
Lifelong New Hyde Park resident Maureen McHugh comes from a very large, tight knit family. When her family unit started to fall apart with the deaths of her paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother, she inexplicably starting finding nickels everywhere she looked.
Soon, the nickels turned to dimes when she was going through a tough time of losing her 46-year-old brother, Tim, to cancer. In her new book, Finding Dimes, she explains the spiritual presence of these monetary denominations when enduring some of life’s hardest battles.
“I started a small journal when my brother, Tim was fighting through his first bout with cancer as a way of dealing with it,” said McHugh. “It was kind of a way of healing through writing with a lot of hope and faith stories blended together.”
She said when she wrote it, was almost like she was writing to her brother, who was living in South Carolina at the time.
“My journal brought us closer together and sparked conversation between us that we would probably have never had,” said McHugh. “It was a lot of spiritual short stories that showed that the little things in life can have vast meanings.”
Her brother survived his first bout with cancer, giving the family hope that he would pull through. Unfortunately, the cancer came back and he was not able to beat it the second time.
After his death, McHugh showed her journals to a close friend, who insisted that she publish her work. McHugh found an editor who was willing to work with her and after making a few small changes, her book, was released in February.
In her book, it explains that finding the nickels and dimes in car seats, between sofa cushions, on the sidewalk and in change from the grocery store was a spiritual sign from above. At first she dismissed the notion that finding money was spiritually related but realized that in times when she prayed the hardest, the nickels and dimes would always appear.
“I believed that finding the nickels and dimes was like a symbol of a spiritual presence, that helped me to cope with unfortunate life situations,” said McHugh. “It was like when I first started finding the nickels it was like the angels were listening to me.”
Finding Dimes is a 52-page paperback. To find out more information or to request a copy of the book go to, dorrancebookstore.com
Last Updated (Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00) Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.
The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.
Last Updated (Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00) Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro gave a local laundromat until Wednesday, Oct. 15 to appear in village court to address property issues, mainly appearance and a lack of signage, or face arrest.
A final letter was sent to the tenant, Lofaro said.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week.
“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians relied heavily on its offense in the first two victories and head coach George Kasimatis relies on one player to set the tone for his group; senior, running back Brenton Mighty.
Mighty is versatile as a running back, as he possesses the ability to run hard between the tackles, lower his shoulder and run into the defender, or run to the outside and break one deep. He also has good hands and is utilized by quarterback Elijah Tracey, as a receiver out of the backfield.
“He makes such a difference in the run game,” said Kasimatis. “Teams have to respect that and it opens up the pass and the possibility for a lot of play action passes.”