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From the desk of New Hyde Park Superintendent Robert Katulak: December 7, 2012

The following New Hyde Park-Garden City Park students; Nicole Joseph, grade 6, Vishwajit Sharma, grade 6 Manor Oaks, and Saumya Sharma, grade 6, who graduated from Manor Oaks in June, were selected to participate in the Institute for Creative Problem Solving and were accepted into the SUNY Program. They competed on Dec. 1, in 20 problem-solving sessions at SUNY Old Westbury.

The holiday season throughout the world is rooted in traditions and celebrations. In the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, students celebrate with a display of their talents at the Annual Christmas Concert and art display at each of our four schools. The community is reminded that the dates for these concerts are posted on the district website, and everyone is encouraged to attend, free of charge, for a great night out.

Students also have an opportunity during this season to be of service to the less fortunate in the community and state. Students in each of the schools under the leadership of elected members of each school’s student government are currently involved in a variety of service projects all related to the Character Education Program. Students are currently involved in collecting gloves, hats, mittens and scarves displayed on their “Apparel Christmas Trees,” and other students are involved in food and clothing drives this season for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Some schools are working with the United States Marine Corps and doing a “Toys for Tots” Christmas Drive. No matter what the service project entails, the district is extremely proud of all the students and staff for reaching out and helping others.

In an age of educational accountability, this is a demonstration of a well-rounded, productive member of society and a clear fulfillment of our Mission Statement.

Happy Holidays to all.

News

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.”

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.


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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