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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

The tax levy for the 2014-15 school year was set at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, and district residents may be surprised that it’s coming in a bit lower than the amount voters had previously approved.

 

Assistant Superintendent for Business Helen Costigan initially revealed the Herricks’ tax levy for the coming school year was a 1.73 percent increase. However, she noted that a surplus in the budget could allow the district to establish a lower levy than previously anticipated. The board adopted the new levy, 1.3 percent or $93,325,352.

The Sons of Italy, Cellini Lodge No. 2206 Italian Festival in New Hyde Park garnered a solid turnout during its five-day run at Michael J. Tully Park last week. According to Lodge First Vice President Alfonso Squillante, the annual festival had more 1,500 people each day, with 3,200 people on Saturday night for the fireworks display.

 

“We’ve had a great turnout, the community has responded very positively,” said Squillante. “Last year we had 12,000 people over the course of five days and this year we are looking at record-breaking numbers.”


Sports

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park, recently participated in a talent show at the school. This was a great way to not only show their talent but to go out of their every day comfort zone and perform in front of an audience. 

 

Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is a full-time, professional martial arts school, with classes for children, adults and teenagers. 

The New Hyde Park Firecats defeated Huntington’s HBC Sudden Impact in a shootout in the Girls-Under-13 State Open Cup final recently. After tying 1-1 in regulation, New Hyde Park advanced from the shootout, 3-1. 

 

New Hyde Park’s Izzy Glennon beat three defenders and chipped the HBC keeper to equalize after HBC’s Ryan Conway scored in the first half. 


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