Business is booming at New Hyde Park Auto Body on Second Avenue, which is adding a second building on Third Avenue to accommodate demand. On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the New Hyde Park Village Board approved the plan, which had already been given the Nassau County Planning Commission’s stamp of approval.
Shop owner Charles DiMarino, a New Hyde Park resident for 30 years, says his business has outgrown the current site and he needs to expand. His shop specializes in collision repairs, foreign, domestic and fiberglass work as well as color-matching and unibody repairs. He envisions the new digs resembling a dealership where all cars can be viewed.
The final pieces are in place for Operation Main Street, a streetscaping project in New Hyde Park, to commence construction after the state Department of Transportation approved a $1.46 million bid from Bohemia-based J Anthony Enterprises. The competing bid came from Old Bethpage’s New York Paving at $1.527 million.
Village trustee Donald Barbieri met with DOT reps recently to discuss construction. He anticipates work will begin some time in September.
The project includes rounded corners that would extend slightly into the roadway at locations yet to be determined, along with installation of medians with plantings and a water supply to maintain the plantings. The idea for the plan was to set up modern traffic calming features that create a more pedestrian friendly and safer environment, while providing a downtown appeal for the shopping district.
The tabla is a classical Indian drum set predominantly played by men; but New Hyde Park resident Sejal Kukadia is bringing her passion for the instrument to students of all ages and both genders at the Taalim School of Indian Music.
The tabla is a percussion instrument that is typically used as accompaniment in classical Indian pieces. From the outset, Kukadia never let the fact that the world of the tabla was male-dominated stop her. When she first decided to play, Kukadia said to herself, “I like this instrument. I want to learn this instrument,” and it was settled. She is now teaching a modern style of play to anyone who wishes to learn.
Audiences were all smiles and applause as the incredibly talented cast members from the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center’s Summer Stock presented Hairspray on July 31 and Aug. 1.
The East Hills stage was illuminated as 5- through 18-year-olds sang and danced to upbeat tunes from the Broadway hit musical.
The production was truly an ensemble effort. The JCC’s Theatre Arts Director Susan Kalman made sure even the youngest performers had a few minutes in the spotlight.
Nassau County selected Nassau Events Center to redevelop Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding property, by offering the county a significantly sweeter deal.
Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and NEC’s chief executive, beat out Hank Ratner (no relation) and the Madison Square Garden Company after the
county narrowed its choices to the two entertainment giants last month.
Sometimes, life can take people down several career paths before they find their true calling; Such is the case of Pete Papaseraphim, who recently celebrated the opening of SweeTart, New Hyde Park’s newest bakery.
“I grew up in bakeries...by brother-in-law was a pastry chef,” he said. “I would go with him in the summer and on weekends and that’s how I learned the job. And when I was in college, I used to do it as a job and paid for college that way.”
Born and raised in Greece on the island of Cyprus, he came over to America in 1978 and attended school; after acquiring a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Papaseraphim then experienced some surprising career twists; instead of venturing into the first mental health field, he instead taught eighth-grade math in the New York City school system.
Joe Owens has lived in New Hyde Park for 50 years. He’s seen the area transform over the last few decades, but despite the recent home burglary on Campbell Street that saw a Nassau County Police officer shot in the hip in New Hyde Park, Owens believes the quiet close-knit nature of the neighborhood will not change.
Third Precinct officer Mohit Arora, 32, was hit by a 9mm slug at 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 while responding to 911 call, according to police. He was taken to a local hospital for surgery and police said he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Authorities arrested Cong Xu, 21, and Renhang Qiu, 22, of Brooklyn after a foot and air pursuit that streaked through surrounding streets, police said. Neighboring blocks were cordoned off into the early afternoon last Wednesday. Checkpoints were seen as far south as Evergreen Avenue near Lakeville Road.
Despite a large turnout of residents and teachers attending the meeting in protest, the Stewart Manor Board of Trustees voted 3-2 to pass a bill into law on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that will force faculty members of Stewart Manor Elementary School to pay $50 a month for parking privileges.
Stewart Manor Elementary School currently has no parking lot of its own. Previously, teachers parked on the streets surrounding the school and did not have to pay a parking fee. However, under the newly-passed law, 35 parking spaces on Dover Parkway North on the west side of the street have been designated as paid permit spaces for teachers and staff of Stewart Manor Elementary by the village at a cost of $50; this translates to $500 per 10-month school year.
A lifelong Nassau County resident and a 32-year Great Neck resident, Ellen Birnbaum has “always” been interested in government and now seeks the position of legislator for the county’s 10th Legislative District. “I saw the opportunity to become the candidate and to continue to serve the community I live in,” she told Anton Newspapers.
Birnbaum is the Democrats’ choice and in November she will run against the Republican candidate Jane Centrella. Birnbaum is also running under the Independent Party and the Working Families Party.
While the state scores in third- through eighth-grade plummeted on Long Island by 40 percent in the new roll-out of tests based on the “common core” standards, the New
Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District fared well, meeting standards on most testing levels.
According to District Superintendent Robert Katulak, state officials prompted many districts to expect a minimum 30 percent drop in scores because of the new testing module.
Each grade plummeted at or near that margin, according to scores released by the state education department.
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