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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

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


Columns

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