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From The Desk Of Mayor Paul Ehrbar

It keeping with tradition, the Williston Park Little League will again be hosting a 9/11 observance at Kelleher Field at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Former Deputy Mayor Bill Darmstadt has organized members of the WP Little League in order to hold this solemn ceremony. On behalf of the Village Board I ask all to come down to Keller Field to honor both those who passed away on that fateful day in 2001 and their families, who continue to feel the impact of this tragedy each and every day. 

 

 On Monday , Labor day, I went to the Roger Fay Williston Park Pool for the “closing ceremonies” . The pool season was quite successful as much of the summer was hot and humid. Thanks go out to pool Manager Keith Bosch, who did an excellent job in his inaugural season at the pool and the entire pool staff for their combined efforts to provide an exceptional experience for members and visitors alike. Thanks go out to our valued pool members for their contribution to the great season. A number of improvements at this fantastic facility added to the country club atmosphere  throughout the summer months. Of course thanks to the Village staff,  both at Village Hall and Highway crew who also contributed to the successful season  

 

School is in session for the 2013-14 school year. Good luck to students and I wish them well for this upcoming academic year. As always, it is important for drivers to be alert and aware. Caution, coupled with safe driving habits will benefit all throughout the Village especially the young as they head off to school. I continue to stress the need for safe, cautious driving, yet cars are regularly  observed throughout the Village violating various driving regulations. Please ask your family, friends and neighbors observe the appropriate traffic regulations and for them to spread the word that safe driving is atop priority for all.   

 

The next stage of road work is beginning throughout the Village. Due to budget constraints, the project is limited to the streets that our engineers have determined to be the ones in the worst shape.  The work will cause some disruptions in the areas where the paving is to take place. I ask all those impacted by the road work to be patient and understanding. When completed, the outcome will surely be more rewarding than the limited temporary disruptions.  I will continue to report on the progress as the construction moves forward.


News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


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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