The New Hyde Park Fire Department was among the companies present last week, when a living room, complete with gifts under the decorated tree, turned into a roaring inferno that enveloped the Cape-style home in a matter of minutes.
While usually springing into action to save lives and property, in the case, the firefighters just stood by, taking it all in.
This was part of a training exercise at the Nassau County Fire Academy in Bethpage.
The lesson: While there is nothing more beautiful than a real fir tree decked out with lights, ornaments and tinsel, there also is nothing more deadly.
Elizabeth Selfridge has found the perfect way to spend a day with her 3 1/2-year old daughter, Beth. She takes her little one to the Center Stage Dance Studio at 102 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park every Wednesday morning for a little dancing and jumping in a
“Zumbini” program. The program is taught by Linda Byrne, a former physical education teacher at Floral Park-Bellerose School.
“Zumbini is a great way for moms and kids to get together for a little rhythm and dancing and getting all of our energy out,” said Selfridge, who has participated in the program with her daughter since it started in early October. “It is a nice bonding experience and really is a whole lot of fun.”
Christmas trees, poinsettias and tinsel. All three are signs that the holiday season is here and while they provide stunning visuals, they could pose harm to your furry little friends, says one Garden City Park veterinarian.
Pet safety during the holidays is crucial, according to Dr. Keith Niesenbaum of Crawford Dog and Cat Hospital in Garden City Park. For him, the leading cause of increased trips to the vet after the holidays is vomiting from eating too much table food. He has worked for Crawford since 2001.
“The big thing is people tend to feed pets from the table,” said Niesenbaum. “That can cause gastrointestinal upset and if they’re having poultry, you don’t want them getting into the bones or something like that. Chocolate is a definite no-no.”
For Frank Lazzaro, getting into floral design was an accident, a stroke of luck. What started out as a makeshift Christmas decoration in the Army eventually landed him in the Oval Office at the White House serving as Christmas decorator for three presidents.
The former Floral Park florist was serving at Fort Bragg, N.C. during the Vietnam War as supervisor of medical supplies in Womack Army Hospital when his boss made a request. He recently held a talk at the Hilliside Library in New Hyde Park.
“I was in the military and my commanding officer needed a Christmas tree and some decorations,” Lazzaro said. “We had no money so we used Army socks and beer cans. We decorated a four-foot tree. My commanding officer said I should be decorating the general’s tree.”
If you live in New Hyde Park and your house was damaged in Superstorm Sandy, you may still be eligible for government grants from New York Rising. Even if you have received storm damage repair money already (following paperwork and inspections) you might still be able to acquire additional funding, if you total repair work is above any grants or loans already received. The total amount an individual may receive (from any sources (FEMA, insurance and SBA loans) is $300,000.
According to Jon Kaiman, a special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising storm recovery project, as of mid-October, 4400 applications have already been filed for Long Island, with three-quarters of these applications from Nassau County.
Ellen Birnbaum plans to “hit the ground running” next month when she is sworn in as the Nassau County legislator for the 10th legislative district, which represents North New Hyde Park. With a long history of working for the Democratic party, local government and many years working for the Town of North Hempstead, she is now busy getting her office set up and already planning her agenda.
First off, Birnbaum is determined to take a “good look” at the Nassau County Police Department and try to discover if the consolidation of the Sixth Precinct into the Third Precinct has negatively impacted her local constituents. She is concerned about daily reports, believes there is “a lot” of overtime hours, has questions regarding increased salaries and is quite concerned about the lack of police reporting daily incidents to local officials.
A hot topic in New York State is the controversy around the state education department and its recent policy of sharing of personal student information with third party data collection company InBloom; a topic that dominated a large portion of the Herricks School
Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12.
The board unanimously voted at the meeting to reject InBloom, and demanded that the data of Herrick students not be transmitted to any third party provider. Superintendent of Schools John Bierwirth said that while this vote wasn’t legally binding, it represents the first step in what he hopes will become a series of sweeping changes in New York.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District addressed the recent defeat of the Sewanhaka Central High School District bond referendum at its board of education meeting on Monday, Dec. 9.
Board trustee David Del Santo described the situation facing the high school district as “difficult at best” and says a new plan is being developed for the spring. “Voter turnout was abysmal. It may have been bad timing, but voter apathy was a factor,” Del Santo said.
The referendum lost by a margin of 293 votes, with 5,117 total cast. The bond failed in New Hyde Park-Garden City Park, 614-347 and gained the only positive vote in Floral Park, 1,111-954. Major repairs would have been made to New Hyde Park Memorial High
School if the bond passed. These included new, synthetic athletic fields for football, soccer, and lacrosse; roof and window repairs, and parking lot repaving. Planned security and technology upgrades will also go unfunded now, according to district officials.
The Village of New Hyde Park held a public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 3 for a proposed office building at 99 Lakeville Road. iSurply, a supplier of orthopedic equipment at 612 Jericho Turnpike, was represented by Ari Alayev at the hearing. iSurply wants to construct a two-story building with retail stores on the ground floor, and keep iSurply’s business on the second floor.
The village board reserved a decision pending on approval from the Nassau County Planning Commission. The applicant will have to appear before the village’s zoning and architectural review boards.
“We’re looking to add to the Village of New Hyde Park in a greater way,” Alayev said. “We want to increase the value of the neighborhood.”
The Water Authority of Western Nassau County opened its new 16,000 square-foot headquarters on Monday, Dec. 2 on Union Turnpike in New Hyde Park. They previously operated on South Tyson Avenue in Floral Park since 1996.
“As people walk by, even during construction, [the building] was so well-received,” Water Authority Superintendent Michael Tierney said. “It’s a modern-type building and designed to look like a water storage tank.”
While Western Nassau’s new facility is ready, Tierney stated there is still work to be done before moving in. The majority of the project was funded by a 2010 bond issuance by the water authority. It helped build the central garage and main
headquarters at the site.
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