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Hillside Grade Enjoys Feast

Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00

The first-grade classes at Hillside Grade School recently held its Thanksgiving Feast. The students made “apple turkeys,” recited poetry, sang songs, and made butter for their corn muffins. During class, they learned about the first Thanksgiving and how children long ago lived.


Manor Oaks Second Annual Turkey Trot

Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00

A cold windy day did not stop the Manor Oaks School students from running in the Second Annual Turkey Trot recently. Gym Teacher Ms. Innella coordinated the event. In order to take part in the run, students were asked to bring in canned food. The food was donated to local families in need, so they can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.

The kids had fun running the race. Some students dressed up as Pilgrims, Indians and even turkeys for the costume contest.


Public Hearing On Pay Hikes For Pols

Written by Elizabeth Johnson, Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

A new proposal by interim Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials of the Town of North Hempstead. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.

Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.


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.” 


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