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Letter: Residents Must Step Up Now

With the Village of New Hyde Park’s Operation Main Street in its final phase, its obvious they have a plan intact: to bolster the local economy and aesthetics of this small one square mile village. However, a village economy and strength is only as strong as the community around it. New Hyde park is on a major upswing, but we aren’t there yet. Residents must spend time and money in the village.

 

Whether it’s buying a bagel, grabbing a slice of pizza, or dropping off dry cleaning, bringing the kids to the park.  Patronizing local business is the core to a strong community.  It allows the local businesses to ‘give back’.  

 

This is a fact. My wife sits on the board at the New Hyde Park Road School PTA; whenever we fundraise, we turn to local shops to offer items, or gift cards, etc. In return, the expectation is that they will be recognized by other potential patrons. It’s an awesome cycle that works. And that’s just part of it.  

 

As for aestetics; for those that find it necessary to park your car on your lawn, please don’t. Your lawn represents you as a person, family, homeowner. It instills pride in what we base our livelihood on. Seeing a vehicle parked on grass is highly distasteful, as well as against village code.  

 

Just please be reminded each day that, at an impressive 19 miles from Manhattan, and a 32-minute train ride, the Village of New Hyde Park is the closest neighborhood from the city that is not the city.  It is our job to protect that valuable incentive.  

 

Kenneth Hickis

 

New Hyde Park


News

15 Below, an alternative rock band composed of Sewanhaka High School students, rocked the William Gill Theatre in New Hyde Park Village Hall on Wednesday, July 23. The band had the crowd tossing up beach balls to energetic beats and swaying their iPhones along to slower tunes. 

 

“They were very good tonight,” said Darren Derick Polanco. “I always come to their shows.”

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.


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.


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Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 3 


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