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Local Resident ‘Up ‘til Dawn’

Written by Illustrated News Staff Saturday, 23 November 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park resident and SUNY New Paltz student Kari Mavrovouniotis is participating in a campus-wide event to raise funds to support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. She needs support to help me reach a fundraising goal for the kids of St. Jude.

 

Your donation helps ensure no family ever pays for anything and help kids continue to be kids even while battling cancer.

 

New Hyde Park North Lions Holds Food Drive

Written by Illustrated News Staff Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

The New Hyde Park North Lions Club held a food drive at King Kullen parking lot in Garden City Park, for local food pantries, Notre Dame, Holy Spirit, St. Aidans, and Lutheran Social Services on Nov. 8.

 

The customers of King Kullen were most generous and the Lions collected almost 70 cartons of food for these pantries.  This is the New Hyde Park North Lions fourth year of collecting food—the need is great—these pantries perform a great service to the Community at large but they need the help of many hands to do this.  

 

Students ‘Give A Hand’ To RMH-LI

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

Learning the valuable lesson at an early age that it is better to give than to receive, the fifth-grade students of Saddle Rock Elementary School recently presented a one-of-a-kind mural to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in

New Hyde Park as a part of the charity’s ongoing “Give A Hand” fundraising promotion. 

 

Matthew Campo, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, noted that the Long Island charity has been serving as a home away from home for families of sick kids since it originally opened in 1986.

 

“While a child stays at a local area hospital, we are housing their family and providing for as many of their needs as we can so they can focus on what’s happening at the hospital,” he said. “We have 42 bedrooms at our New Hyde Park building, and we also have a satellite location in a hospital in Suffolk County.” 

 

Locals Speak At Common Core Forum

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

For Herricks parent and PTA member Genara DiGirolomo, the new common core standards are a product of corporate interests in “collecting data on our children.” At the Nov. 13 common core forum at Mineola High School moderated by Senator Jack Martins, DiGirolomo lambasted State Education Commissioner John King. She feels the new standards serve as a means to an end for companies with deep pockets.

 

“This new curriculum and evaluation, created by corporate interests, pushed to state education departments, is not educating future citizens of our country, but rather future consumers of the corporate entities involved,” she said.

 

Former White House Decorator To Hold Talk

Written by Illustrated News Staff Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:00

Frank Lazzaro, the White House Christmas and State Dinner Decorator during the Ford, Carter and Reagan Administrations, will hold a one-hour seminar on Thursday, Nov. 21 at  1:30 p.m. at the Hillside Library.

In August of 1979 Lazzaro opened a 300-square-foot florist and gift shop in Floral Park, specializing in a fine collection of general merchandise.  He built a retail shop for over 20 years and expanded throughout the decades into a three-store chain in Floral Park, Franklin Square and Mineola, N.Y., serving the people of Long Island with flowers, gifts and fine home furnishings. 

 

For more information about Lazzaro or the talik, go to www.FrankLazzaro.com 

 

Nick’s Marathon Partners With RMH-LI

Written by Illustrated News Staff editorial@antonnews.com Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

Video game-themed fundraiser to benefit local charity

Nick’s Marathon, a unique annual fundraising event, has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in New Hyde Park to honor the memory of leukemia victim Nicholas Capobianco and share his love of video-games with children and families in need. Every year, a group of childhood friends spend an entire weekend playing video-games as a special tribute to Capobianco, an avid gamer and beloved friend whose life was tragically cut short by cancer.

 

The 2013 Nick’s Marathon fundraiser will kickoff on Friday, Nov. 22nd at 8 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 24. The gaming marathon event will all be streamed live at nicksmarathon.org, and all donations received will support RMH-LI. These items will be delivered to the House by Santa at a holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 12.

 

Finances, Bond Focus Of Board Meeting

Written by Matthew Ern Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

Financial and high school renovation talks dominated the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education on Monday, Nov.4. Auditor Chuck Scheid delivered a report of the district’s finances.  He assessed that the district was in “a strong fiscal position well above the state average.” 

 

“I’m proud to announce that this is the second year in a row we have no recommendations and I think that’s a testament to the board,” Scheid said.  “You guys have really set the bar for the other districts.” He also commended the strategic use of BOCES funds in the district.  

 

Athletes For Eisermann

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

David Eisermann isn’t one to ask for help. He doesn’t see himself as a charity case and neither do New Hyde Park Memorial High School students Kevin Klimas, Joe Finamore and Brett Baker. But that didn’t stop them from trying to help.

 

The trio started “Athletes For Eisermann,” to raise money for stem cell therapy for their volleyball coach, which costs roughly $20,000. Students and Eisermann himself shaved their heads, courtesy of the Cuttin Club of Williston Park on

Thursday, Nov. 7. The amount raised was unavailable as of press time.

 

Pet Of The Week

Saturday, 09 November 2013 00:00

This is Cleo, who dressed up like Yoda from Star Wars for Halloween. Annoyed she was, but in stride she took it.

 

Want your pet featured in the New Hyde Park Illustrated News? Email a high quality photo taken with a digital camera (no cellphone pictures please) to Rich Forestano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a brief description of your pet. Submissions will be published in the order they are received.

 

Herricks Students Named Merit Semifinalists

Written by Illustrated News Staff editorial@antonnews.com Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

Every October juniors and sophomores take the PSAT/NMSQT standardized test to gauge their actual SAT scores might be. Juniors who perform exceptionally well on the exam are chosen to be National Merit Semi-finalists; the minimum score required to achieve national merit last year for New York was 219 out of 240. Seven students from Herricks were awarded with this honor: Ankoor Talwar, William Chung, Justin Hsuan, Rifath Rashid, Amen Wiqas, Esther Chen, and Bernadette Haig.

 

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is administered by The College Board in conjunction with the National Merit Scholarship corporation. Sections of the test mirror the SAT itself- two critical reading sections, two math sections, and one writing section.

 

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