The Herricks School District unveiled the first draft of its 2014-15 budget at the Feb. 6 board of education meeting. Despite the recent financial woes besieging many New York schools in the form of cuts in aid, tax caps, and unfunded mandates, the news delivered to parents last week was far more good than bad for once.
Superintendent of Schools John Bierwirth noted that, after three consecutive years of cuts totaling in the millions of dollars to Herricks’ spending plans, the outlook for 2014-15 was considerably brighter due to a multitude of factors.
Friends of David Eisermann, a special education teacher at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, held a New Hyde Park Heart Strong fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 23 to pay for an impending $20,000 surgery in Panama in April. The event raised more than $2,300.
Eisermann was in Northern Guatemala when he contracted a virus from an ice cube in a drink that attacked his heart. The virus caused diminished heart function and Eisermann was ready to retire after he was put on a heart transplant list before he recovered.
While half of marriages end in divorce today, one New Hyde Park couple has a word of advice to current and future newlyweds: patience. Sal and Frances Chiusano will be married for 56 years on June 7 and for the fourth consecutive time, will renew their vows on Valentine’s Day at Harbor Links in Port Washington.
“Have patience and respect one another,” said Frances. “Don’t be hasty. Work things out and stick it out. This vow renewal is a happy occasion. Everyone there is happy and willing to do it.”
Frances, 84, met Sal, 90, on a blind date set up his sister and her mother. Frances was so nervous, she brought a friend with her to the date with Sal at a night club in Jackson Heights.
Out of the tragic passing of a young lady’s grandfather comes a unique and fun event in his memory. She hopes the event will give the efforts being made to eradicate the deadly disease that claimed him a sturdy foothold going forward.
Lexi Zisselman, a Herricks Middle School student, is turning 13 this year and was wondering what to do to for her Bat Mitzvah. She discussed some ideas with her father, Marc, who said that she wanted to do something in memory of her late grandfather Issac, a tax attorney who died in 2005 at the age of 63.
“He was a very healthy individual, but he got very sick and after many tests he realized that he had something called multiple myeloma, which is a very rare blood cancer,” Marc said. “He underwent a great deal of therapy, including stem cell therapy, and while he was doing so I got involved in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).”
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education tackled state aid and what it means for the 2014-15 budget at its work session on Monday, Jan. 27.
The district saw an increase of just $7,177 in state aid from last year, putting the projected total for the 2014-15 budget at $4,650,270. Superintendent Dr. Robert Katulak expressed his disappointment at an essentially flat aid number, but remains hopeful.
“I’m eternally optimistic that our legislator, with the influential calls and emails and letters from parents, will get at least a couple hundred thousand to bump up our state aid,” Katulak said.
High cholesterol is bad. Elevated bad cholesterol (LDL) is even worse, and one New Hyde Park doctor is working on a study to change that.
Dr. Kenneth Hershon, an endocrinologist at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park, along with a team of doctors across the world, is working on medication that blocks a protein that reduces the liver’s ability to remove LDL. The medication, called a PCSK9 inhibitor, allows liver cells to take more LDL from blood because it blocks the PCSK9 protein. Hershon feels this could “change the game.”
While the news of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy not seeking re-election in the 4th District has brought other public officials into the spotlight as possible successors, you can scratch one name off the list in Jack Martins. He still feels there’s work to be done at his current post as senator of the 7th Senate District.
Martins lost out in a bid against McCarthy in 2008, but beat then-Democratic Senator Craig Johnson in 2010 in a senate race that decided the majority of the New York State Legislature after a drawn out battle in court over ballot recounts. While thankful for the support, Martins says he wants to stay the course.
For Sachit Singal, William Chung and Ankoor Talwar, being named Intel Semifinalists for Herricks High School is an honor unto itself. They all say their passion is science, which drove them to study medicine.
Singal has been involved in Herricks’ science research program since 2009, exposing his acumen in chemistry to various labs on Long Island. He worked primarily at Stony Brook University as a Simons Fellow under Dr. Iwao Ojima.
The focus of the lab group was cancer. While Singal feels he has been exposed to cancer research, he wanted to home in on tackling infectious diseases.
Laughter truly was the best medicine for family and friends of 2 1/2-year old Owen Hogan of New Hyde Park, son of FDNY firefighter Tim Hogan, who was recently diagnosed with aplastic anemia. The recent “Laughter Saves Lives” comedy benefit on at the Long Beach Hotel raised $5,000.
Although Owen has been undergoing treatment since being diagnosed last year, his greatest chance of survival is with a bone marrow transplant. He is currently hospitalized in Philadelphia with his parents by his side.
The Herricks Board of Education held its monthly trustees meeting on Thursday Jan. 9. New York State and the new policy of student data mining was at the forefront of the conversation.
Trustee Brian Hassan also gave an update on the Herricks District and their slow-but-sure progress on combating the encroachment of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and sharing of personal student information with a third party data collection company called InBloom.
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