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Letter: Thank You For Your Support

Thank you for your support of the referendum to renovate the Great Neck Library. After a number of failed attempts over the past 20 years, we believe success was achieved by creating a team of diverse community members who focused on the common goal of developing a conservative, cost-efficient plan to improve our main library building without expanding the footprint. The members of the board of trustees, the building advisory committee and library staff are grateful for your support.


Over the next year, these groups, along with our architect, Russ Davidson, and his associates from KG&D Architects, and our owners' representative, Dominic Calgi of Calgi Construction Management, will continue to refine the design of the main building and manage the construction timeline. Our relocation sub-committee is currently developing a cohesive temporary relocation plan for the main library’s staff, programs and materials during the anticipated 10-12 month closure to begin next fall.


We invite you to be involved in the process by attending our meetings; dates and times are posted on the library website. I look forward to celebrating together the grand re-opening of the main library building in the fall of 2015.


Marietta DiCamillo


Great Neck Library Board President


The Great Neck Library services parts of New Hyde Park


The Village of New Hyde Park adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million. 


The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.

The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.


The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.


“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”


Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field. 


“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said. 


The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.

For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.


“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”


The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.


Budget Vote - April 24

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