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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. 


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Nick’s Marathon Partners With RMH-LI

Written by Illustrated News Staff 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, 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 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.


Prep Course Center Opens

Written by Tim Ahmed Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Tutoring business focuses on English

The English Skills Center in New Hyde Park has finally opened its doors.  Located on the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Hillside Boulevard, the learning facility provides a comfy, after-school learning experience for students preparing for English and Math in high school and college.


Jainy Thomas, a professor in Nassau Community College, noticed how students were not adequately prepared for English in the college level. She previously spent eight years teaching for the City University of New York.


Owen Needs Your Help

Written by Illustrated News Staff Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Donor drive scheduled for November 9

Earlier this year, life seemed perfect for the Hogan family in New Hyde Park. They were selling their house and preparing to move, with a second child on the way, and Owen, their 2-year-old son, was as energetic and happy as any average youngster.


When Tim and Kathleen began to notice that Owen was developing bruises, they thought it was just him being a normal toddler. A trip to their doctor revealed a truth that turned the family’s life upside down...their son needed a bone marrow transplant. Owen has been in and out of the hospital for the last six months and has undergone intensive treatment and multiple transfusions of blood cells and platelets.


Siemens Regional Finalists Named

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:31

Herricks, Wheatley students gear up for competition

Sahil Abbi and Arjun Kapoor found out on Facebook that they, along with Connecticut teammate Connor Abbot, were selected as regional finalists in the national Siemens science competition. This team will be among 100 students nationwide competing for regional prizes of $3,000 in November and possibly a grand national prize of $100,000, to be awarded in December.

Kapoor has worked with Stony Brook math professor Dr. Yeufan Deng for the last two years. After his first year, Kapoor looked to continue his research over the summer and reached out to Abbi to meet with Deng and Abbott.


Common Core On Board’s Mind

Written by Matthew Ern, Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

NHP-GCP Board of Ed question impact on teacher evaluations

Common core state testing standards dominated the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education held a work session meeting on Monday, Oct. 21. The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing the standards and the methods of evaluating teachers as “effective” or not.  The common core functions in conjunction with the Federal Race to the Top reform efforts and were implemented to establish a “common core of standards that are internationally benchmarked.”  

Not all schools have found the CCSS effectively. Many of the tests were put in place before teachers had a full year to prepare students for the new curriculum’s, according to district officials.


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