On a relatively balmy Saturday afternoon for December, New Hyde Park Village residents gathered at Marcus Christ Hall to hold its annual children’s magic show performed by The Great Bellini, otherwise known as John Bellon, Jr. followed by the traditional tree lighting ceremony. The entire event was sponsored by State Bank of Long Island and New Hyde Park Branch Manager Richard DeMartino and State Bank First VP, Mary Durkin of New Hyde Park, were on hand to take part in the festivities.
Prior to the tree lighting, both the New Hyde Park Memorial Orchestra, under the direction of Noel Monat and the Memorial Show Choir, under the direction of Robert McKinnon performed at Marcus Christ. In the past both these groups have performed outside but it was the feeling of New Hyde Park Mayor Daniel Petruccio that it was much more effective, and warmer, to have the groups perform inside prior to the tree lighting.
Augie Carnevale has announced that he is running for re-election to the position of Commissioner of the Garden City Park Water-Fire Commissioner for a third term.
Carnevale said, “Using the knowledge I gained from my previous terms, I was able to ensure that the new fire headquarters building was constructed under budget.
“This year we have replaced all the fire department portable two-way radios proving a “mayday” button for all firefighters who are trapped and replaced all self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) with new state-of-the-art Drager SCBAs which allow firefighters trapped in a fire to buddy-breath to safety.
“Further, we have increased training for our firefighters and rescue personnel by utilizing professional, outside instructional services ensuring the highest level of emergency services by our volunteers.
Williston Park Village held its Annual “Mayor For The Day” meeting last Saturday.
At this meeting the fourth grade student winners from St. Aidan and the Center Street School are always designated as the mayor and trustees for the day as the result of the essays they wrote on the attributes of living in Williston Park.
Not only were the students presented with village citations, but each was given a gift certificate to Gee Whiz.
The students then, with the help of the “official” officials conducted a regular meeting.
(The following was submitted by Rick Stein)
My name is Rick Stein and I have been fire commissioner for the past five years for the New Hyde Park Fire Department and I have been active in the department for the past 39 years.
My grandparents and my family first moved to New Hyde Park in 1938 and I have spent my entire life in the community, in the fire services, as former Chief of the Auxiliary Police, a member of the Executive Board of the Nassau Fire Museum, former assistant to Judge Dave Sullivan, special assistant to Judge Christopher Devane, Gladiator Supporter, a member of the New Hyde Park Lions Club, BPO Elks, Boy Scout leader. The best job I have had for the past 30 years is playing Santa Claus at the New Hyde Park Village Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event.
The New Hyde Park Fire Department turned its entire firehouse over to raising money for the Wounded Warriors project.
The event included a delicious dinner donated by Rich Sharvin and Kenny from the New Hyde Park Diner, located at Hillside Avenue and North 2nd Street and a chance to win any number of “live” auction donated items by local merchants.
Prior to the beginning of the New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, the board held two hearings; one for a special use and the other to pass a local law.
The first, the local law, was explained by village attorney John Spellman. Apparently, the 2 percent tax cap, passed earlier in the year by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, can be by-passed without the 60 percent vote, if the board in question (village, school or town) votes to by-pass the 2 percent tax cap.
In spite of the fact that the wind whipped around the corner of Willis Avenue at the site of the Williston Park Monument on the grounds of Williston Park Village Hall bringing with it cold November temperatures, the sidewalk area was packed with residents on hand to observe Veterans Day ceremonies held by the Williston Park Veterans of Foreign Wars, the VFW, American Legion and village officials.
Toys for Tots, once again through the courtesy of Gary Melius, held its kick-off luncheon at Oheka Castle.
Organizer of the entire program is Major Chuck Kilbride with the help this year of Coordinator Gunnery Sgt. Steven Covington and Assistant Coordinator Brian Gomez.
On a beautiful Sunday in October, the Shelter Rock Library, located at165 Searingtown Road, Albertson, held a rededication ceremony for its newly renovated library.
Library board president Thomas Jordan gave a little background information on the library itself. Jordan said, “In 1960, a group of residents wanted a neighborhood library they could ‘call their own.’ Therefore, a Friends of the Library was formed and with a great deal of hard work and community spirit, the Shelter Rock Library was born.
The New Hyde Park Village Board held a brief meeting on Tuesday night to discuss both old and new business. Mayor Dan Petruccio and each of the village trustees issued their monthly reports to the public.
The New Hyde Park Village Police Auxiliary car is now back in service after being taken off the road for repairs, according to trustee Rich Coppola Jr. The car which had, “ignition key module failure” has been fixed and will allow the members of the Auxiliary Police unit to better patrol the neighborhood streets. New Hyde Park Legislator Richard Nicolello is to be thanked for the repairs because after he was notified of the situation he moved swiftly to take care of it.
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