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Noise Bill Vetoed, New Hyde Park Reacts

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:30

New Hyde Park residents and officials reacted to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to veto a state bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise study of two major airports. A main sticking point in the bill was the necessity of the identical legislation put forth by the state of New Jersey.

Rather than wait for New Jersey, the governor is ordering a study be held. New Hyde Park resident Kurt Lanjghar, a proponent of aircraft noise abatement in the community, was pleased, but puzzled.


Candidates Vie For Water District Seat

Written by Aliza Schauder Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00

Community backlash against erection of a new radio tower drove the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District into the spotlight in recent weeks, forcing its commissioners to address communication lapses, and ultimately, ceasing and reversing construction efforts. The district covers North New Hyde Park.

Now, a Dec. 10 election for a commissioner’s seat is thrusting the water district toward center stage once again. Current commissioner Donald O’Brien will vie for a second term, challenged by former commissioner Robert DeVito.


Residents Want John King To Resign

Written by Matthew Ern Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

Tempers flared over what residents call ineffectual and incompetent education officials last Thursday at a Herricks Board of Education meeting.  Parents, teachers, and administrators at Herricks called for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner John King.  


Major grievances included the Common Core, raised testing standards in mathematics and English, and the issue of students’ private data being collected by third parties.  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent comments about “white suburban moms” not wanting to face the harsh truths these increased standards might illuminate also drew ire from both the board and parents at the meeting. 


Camera Plan To Be Reevaluated

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00

Nassau County is going to reevaluate its plan to install a red light camera on Jericho Turnpike near New Hyde Park Road after village officials noted traffic backup near a Long Island Rail Road crossing just south of the proposed site.


Nassau County Traffic and Safety Coordinator Chris Mistron said accident studies are conducted at proposed sites to determine the need for a camera. However, this particular site needs more vetting.


“Right now, I don’t know if we are going to proceed with that location,” he said. “We’re going to do a reevaluation.”


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. 


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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.


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