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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 July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



Calendar

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Hip Pickles - July 28


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