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McHugh’s Book Focuses On Enduring

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


News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

Live Music - September 26


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