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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

Two New Hyde Park business men were arrested on Tuesday, April 8 for underreporting gross sales, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced. 

 

DA Rice said Gerard Losquadro, 61 of Garden City and Charles DiMarino, 48, of East Norwich, as the former and current owner, respectively, of New Hyde Park Auto Body Works, failed to remit $149,936.65 in sales tax collected from customers to the New York State

Department of Taxation and Finance from Sept. 1, 2009 to May 31, 2013, according to the DA’s office. 

The Village of New Hyde Park Board of Trustees held their 2014-15 tentative budget hearing on Monday, April 7, where a proposed budget of $6 million was presented.

 

The appropriation represents an increase of $160,512 from the 2013-14 budget and a tentative tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.8 percent increase from last year.

 

“Working on this year’s budget was one of the hardest we’ve ever done,” Village Mayor Robert Lofaro said.


Sports

Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make. 

 

Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more. 

 

“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”

 

For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches. 

Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field. 

 

Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice. 

 

Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - April 16

Kids Eat Free At Applebees - April 20

School Board Meeting - April 22


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