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Crash Could Push Project Forward

A fatal car accident on Tuesday, Aug. 19 that claimed the life of a 55-year-old man on Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park could fast-track a $250,000 Nassau County project announced last month to install traffic calming features along the road. The project would run north from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont.

“The project is already ongoing and will continue to progress,” said Nassau County Department of Public Works rep Michael Martino.

Pierre Antoine, driving a 2012 Ford Fusion with is 38-year-old wife and 6-year-old daughter southbound on Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park last week, was struck by a 17-year-old driving a 2003 Toyota Camry traveling westbound on Second Avenue at 11:30 p.m. last Tuesday, Nassau County police said. Antoine’s wife was found unconscious after the accident, while the daughter suffered a fractured leg, authorities said.

According to police, the driver of the other car, Deepak Kumar, 17, of New Hyde Park, was arrested at the scene and charged with second degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired by drugs. There were four other passengers in his car at the time of the accident. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks.

The wife and daughter and Kumar were transported to a local hospital, their conditions are unknown as of press time.

Covert Avenue has been much debated over the last few years with numerous traffic incidents preceding Nassau County’s proposed plan. The project’s estimated start date is 2015.

The presentation in July was to provide conceptual solutions and get feedback, according to Martino. Since then, the county met with other elected officials to review the plans and garner feedback. Nassau County began engineering and surveyed the area so they can determine solutions and then will produce the engineering plans necessary for implementation and construction, Martino said.

“The concept is to install stop signs on Covert Avenue at both approaches to the train track,” Martino said. “We are evaluating the feedback we received.”

The county wants to place flashing speed indicators in the vicinity of Covert Avenue at 6th Avenue in New Hyde Park, construct sidewalk bulb-outs and lane configuration signs to alert drivers of road changes. “No Turn On Red” and “Stop Ahead” and additional stop signs are also being considered, particularly near the New Hyde Park train station tracks.

“The key recommendation is for the installation of [sidewalk bulb-outs],” said Martino. “Nassau County is surveying the area now to determine if this conceptual solution is feasible and can be engineered and implemented.”

The plan also calls for wide center medians, with side-shoulder striping to “create a channel” for cars to drive through.

“Anything would help, even if it makes noise like rubber strips along the road,” New Hyde Park resident Tom Madera, of 7th Avenue said recently. “I can assure that it doesn’t make as much noise as a screeching Cadillac which has decided to reorganize the front of your house. That happened two years ago.”

News

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.

East Setauket restaurant owner Sam Chan is looking to open an 84-seat Asian fusion restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall

 

The 3,280-square-foot restaurant would be staffed by 15 employees. Chan and property owner Mark Sommer, a Dix Hills dentist, are requesting 25 off-street parking spaces.

 

“[Parking was] the only issue we were having a discussion about,” Sommer said after a public hearing last week in front of the village’s board of trustees.


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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