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From The Desk Of Robert Lofaro

Snow Safety Is Paramount

Heavy snow has blanketed New Hyde Park since December. And when all you hear and read in the news is “stay inside” and “don’t go out unless you absolutely have to,” I always have great confidence that our department of public work’s crews will be out in the elements to assure your safety and clear the way for you to move freely.

 

Additionally, your garbage and recyclables will be collected as well. Too often you hear people say “I pay a lot in taxes and I expect great service.” Well, I think we delivered and I hope you agree. Your village employees care a great deal about the work they perform and that is evident throughout the year.

 

But if by chance we missed our objective, we are always open to your feedback and will do whatever we canto correct the situation. But I must also thank you, our neighbors, for all of the work that you do to help make our village safe.

 

The clearing of snow from your property and insuring your sidewalks are passable for pedestrians has been outstanding and greatly appreciated, even if many people still choose to walk in the street. We all play a role in the safe removal of snow from our property and from the street.

 

I encourage you to call the department of public works if you have any questions. It’s been a tough winter so far, but spring will be here soon enough and the hundreds of the donated daffodil bulbs that were recently planted by Boy Scout Troop 298 will soon rise and make the New Hyde Park landscape alive again. And all of the new plantings on Jericho Turnpike will also bring beauty to our Main Street, which has been a never ending project, but should be completed in May.

News

New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri contends helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise. In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, the noise levels are still an issue.

 

Barbieri drafted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, apprising the entity of New Hyde Park’s situation. The FAA did not return calls for comment.

Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.

 

“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”

 

New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Runners and walkers from New Hyde Park are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5K courses on Long Island at the Saturday, Aug. 9 Sands Point Sprint.

 

 The run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The August 2013 edition of the Sands Point Sprint attracted 313 finishers, including top New Hyde Park finishers Michael Ringel, who scored first in the 11-14 age group and Dave Frisone, who earned first place honors in the 65-69 age group. Race organizers are looking for both Ringel and Frisone, and a host of other New Hyde Park runners, to be back next week.


Calendar

Literary Club - July 30

Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 3 


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