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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 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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