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RMH-LI Kickstarts Phase II Campaign

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) in New Hyde Park got a new look this past October, thanks to the help of 27 of the regions top interior designers. Two of those designers are local businesswomen, Vasi Ypsilantis of Manhasset and Margreet Cevasco of Sea Cliff, who hosted a fundraiser for the project on Wednesday, May 21.

The 42-bedroom facility is set to add 24 bedrooms and four eat-in kitchens as part of the projects phase II.

All of the designers worked to redesign and renovate the house’s original 18 bedrooms, four kitchens, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms and three laundry rooms. The house is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. It was the first phase of a project which will see further renovations to the house starting this July.

“When we saw what was involved in this project and how it would help families in need, we knew we needed to get involved,” said Ypsilantis. “The hospital asked us for a proposal to raise funds and we acted on it.”

Ypsilantis said that she and her fellow designers donated all of the products and paid for the services out of their own pockets.

The whole project took 240 days to complete, running from July to October 2013, with more than $2 million in design, labor and materials being donated to the house. The designers wanted to reflect a theme of love and compassion into the redesigned physical environment that would help parents focus on their children’s healing.

“We acted with our hearts and were very moved to complete this project,” said Cevasco.

Cevasco, who owns Margreet Cevasco Design, said she collaborated with Ypsilantis to design the kitchen with four cooking stations, the dining room area and a coffee lounge.

The second phase of the project, which is scheduled to start in July and end in October, will include adding four more kitchens including a handicap kitchen into a wing of the house.

“From the very start, they were focused on making this space right for the 21 families who are living here,” said Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Matt Campo.

News

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.”

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.”


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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