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Parish Festival A First, But Not Last

Cold and rain on the first two days of the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church’s inaugural Family Festival didn’t stop residents from pouring in from May 29-June 1. The carnival was the culmination of months of planning.

 

“This carnival is amazing,” said 9-year-old Herricks resident James Stoven. “I hope it happens again next year.”

 

Father Frank Grieco came up with the idea to hold the festival. His past assignments in East Northport and Deer Park have hosted similar fairs.

 

Grieco has been in New Hyde Park for 11 months. He broached the idea of a festival with parishioners and held festival committee meetings, which boasted 75 attendees or more.

 

“Everyone was in a good mood, there no problems,” said Grieco. “It couldn’t have been better.

 

Grieco revealed that as of press time, the fair had collected $45,000. He said next year’s event is already planned.

 

“We needed some revenue for the parish,” he said. “We wanted to give the parishioners a positive experience. What I found satisfying in New Hyde Park, it was definitely a community event. In Deer Park and East Northport, people from all over came. Half of them I didn’t even know. Here, it was a community event.”

 

Local entertainment highlighted the fair. The likes of former New Hyde Park Village Clerk Pat Farrell, Victor Cuneen and Tommy Deegan performed classic rock and Irish music.

 

“The success of the festival was a collective effort,” Grieco stated. “Everyone chipped in. That’s what makes me feel good as a pastor.”

 

Other acts included 15 Below, an alternative rock band, and EJ the DJ (Eammon Lennon), a New Hyde Park disc jockey. The parish hoped to strengthen the “family dynamic” in New Hyde Park by holding a festival geared toward children.

 

“We struggled with the weather on [Friday] with the rain and cold, which kind of slowed the momentum, but [Saturday] and [Sunday] were completely packed,” said Family Festival Committee Chairman Kevin Fitzpatrick. “Everyone had a great time. It was a real family-centered event.”

 

Fitzpatrick pointed to the cooperation between committee members, which streamlined the preliminary set-up towards the fair.

 

“I was initially concerned with the amount of time we had, only to realize that other committee heads were so competent and so good at what they did, it made my job really easy,” he said. “We had a tremendous amount of volunteers too.”

 

For Fitzpatrick, he’d like to see a few rides set up in the front parking lot of the church on Jericho Turnpike. This year, the spot was reserved for music and other entertainment.

 

“We can always improve and expand,” he said. “Our dream is to have the Ferris wheel in the front parking lot. The entertainment was a huge success and I think rides right next to it would be great.”

 

For more photos from the festival, go to facebook.com/ HolySpiritFamilyFestival


News

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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