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Herricks Leisure Club Welcomes Spring

The seniors of the Herricks Leisure Club welcomed spring after an active, and sometimes arduous, winter.

 

The new year started with a flea market and a presentation of Pinocchio by the drama students of the Center Street Schoolin January. 

 

In February, the club celebrated Valentine’s Day with a dais decorated by Helene Picchiello, and apple turnovers donated by Martha Harris.

 

Members also celebrated two anniversaries and 14 birthdays, including the 104th of Anton Pramberger who sadly passed away shortly after reaching that milestone.

 

Twenty members of the group attended a Valentine’s luncheon sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead to honor couples married at least 50 years. 

 

Other February highlights included a road trip to Empire Casino in Yonkers, and guest speakers including Steve Sussman, a mentalist, and Ronald Baumbach, author of “The Last Walk on Our Block,” about bygone days in Williston Park.

 

While bad weather caused some cancelations in early March, club members were able to enjoy trips to the Milleridge Inn and the Westbury Theatre.

 

At the March 14 meeting, the group received an update on Project Independence from Hilda Escobar and Assemblywoman Maureen O’Connell warned about scams. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Dorothy Daly delivered an Irish blessing and David Monfort regaled the group with Irish humor. Tess Fiorentino and Marie Rallo arranged a traditional feast of corned beef and cabbage.

 

On March 21, the group had pastries to mark the Feast of St. Joseph. Guest speakers Marion Rizzo and Gary Zimmermann of Syl-Lee Antiques presented a program on heirlooms. Each member was given an estimated value of one of their personal “treasures.” 

 

In April, the club again welcomed the students from the Center Street Drama Club. A casino trip to Mount Airy Resort was made even more memorable by a stormy bus ride home. The group also mourned the passing of long-time constituent Bill Clark.

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 22

International Night - October 23

Halloween Dance - October 24


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