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 (Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:06) Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
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.”
Last Updated (Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:11) Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The Village of New Hyde Park will soon hear Manhattan businessman Sam Chan’s proposal to open a 84-seat hibachi-style restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall. The hearing is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
“The board will be hearing the case for restaurant usage,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “This will also have to go before the zoning board. They will likely hear the case.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.”