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The Mayor's Corner

Winter Questions Are Always Plentiful

Happy and healthy New Year to all. With winter upon us, more time is spent indoors and communication with neighbors becomes less frequent. It is important that we all maintain contact with our friends and neighbors, especially the senior population and those living by themselves. Checking on others during these winter months, especially with this brutally cold weather, is important to ensure the safety and well-being of all. Working with each other is what helps to make this Village a great place to live. 

 

I’d like to commend residents for keeping their vehicles off the streets during the recent snow storm. The majority of residents followed village regulations regarding snow emergency stipulations. While it can be difficult to comply, it is necessary to keep our village roads empty so that plowing can be done in a safe and efficient manner.

 

During and after the storm I received phone calls and emails from residents as to where cars could be parked legally during a storm event. Village policy allows vehicles to be parked in village parking lots when snow is predicted or actually falls.

 

Cars can be parked in Village parking lots where permits are normally required without the necessary permits. Tickets will not be issued under these circumstances.

 

Village lots are located as follows; Willis Avenue and Fordham Street, Hillside Avenue and Liberty Street, train station, and the lot located between Nassau Road and Pennsylvania. I also encourage all to work closely with neighbors to share driveway space, when possible, to help alleviate  the parking situation. 

 

I’m aware that the following message has been delivered a number of times both in this paper and the Village Green but I feel it is necessary to repeat it once again. Once snow reaches two or more inches, a snow emergency will be declared. All vehicles must be removed from Village streets so that plowing can be done.

 

Owners of vehicles left on the village streets will be subject to a $150 fine. The vehicles are to remain off the street for 18 hours after the snowfall ends. In order to assist in the cleanup and to avoid the issuance of a summons please move the vehicles off the streets whenever snow is predicted.

 

Along these lines, I ask when shoveling either by hand or by snow blower, snow not be put back in the streets. Direct the snow onto your property as snow returned to the streets recreates a dangerous situation. It requires additional plowing and icing conditions.

 

Together, we can make a difference by following the aforementioned information.  


News

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.

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.


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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