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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

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


Columns

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