Despite the hot and humid weather, plenty of people turned out for the recent Family Safety Day at Kelleher Park in Williston Park. New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra and Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar were in attendance for the event which featured three safety tables highlighting the community’s commitment to keeping children and families safe. The three tables included a fire safety table, AT&T’s No Texting and Driving and Nassau County’s Kidpix Child Identification Program.
New Hyde Park Memorial High school alum Neil Duggan will be honored at The 23rd Annual Gladiator Fund Golf Classic Friday, Sept. 13. The Gladiator Fund is a local organization, which aids families afflicted by catastrophic illness.
Duggan has bone cancer. He was diagnosed a week before Christmas in 2012 and after spending time in the hospital, he said he had “good results.” Duggan went into the hospital again Friday, July 24. “It’s an honor [to be recognized], to have all the support from friends and family.”
Jainy Thomas wants to help village youth. The eight-year resident sees a need for additional learning, specifically English, and is looking to make the corner of Hillside Boulevard and Jericho Turnpike a stronghold for learning via a center recently approved by the village board of trustees.
“I want to try to utilize my educational background with my professional experience to start an English learning center in the Village of New Hyde Park,” says Thomas, a certified K-12 teacher. She likened her idea to Mathnaisum, which is dedicated to tutoring students in math and has nine Long Island locations, including New Hyde Park.
“When I grow up I want to be a dancer and a fashion designer for dancers, so I can dance while wearing the outfits.” Pint-size student Joelle Paccione from New Hyde Park is one of the many dancers at the American Theater Dance Workshop in New Hyde Park determined to have a career in dance. Thirty years ago a small dance training facility “The American Dance Machine,” opened its doors to the public.
Founded by Broadway dancer, director and choreographer, Lee Theodore, the school began a place to preserve the great Broadway numbers that had come to pass. Theodore led the American Dance Machine until her death in 1986. Theodore was a highly respected artist appearing as the character Anybodys, in the original production of West Side Story.
Eight-year-old New Hyde Park Little League player Tori Parente has been named Tri State Champion in the 7/8 age group in Major League Baseball’s Annual Pitch, Hit and Run
Competition (PHR). After finishing in first place in the first three levels of competition, she placed eighth overall in the country to wrap up her remarkable run.
PHR is the league’s official skills competition. Youngsters compete in four rounds, with the first taking place locally.
Empire Billiards in New Hyde Park has apparently scratched on the eight ball. New Hyde Park village officials announced last week the bar and pool hall, which had been met with extreme criticism and community outrage for some time, shut its doors for good on Sunday, June 30.
Village officials said they received notice about the closing when public works representatives visited the bar to conduct an inspection. Public Works Superintendent Tom
Gannon was going to issue yet another series of summons before Mayor Robert Lofaro heard Empire may close. He said the hall’s final Sunday on June 30 night saw a standing-room-only crowd with about 30 people outside the club until 2 a.m.
Walk Street Tavern owner Jimmy Tubbs walked out of Village Hall on Tuesday, July 16 frustrated at having his restaurant compared to a shuttered pool hall.
Tubbs and village trustees got into a verbal tussle after Tubbs’ business was mentioned in the same breath with the controversial Empire Billiards, which recently closed. Tubbs feels his tavern is being unjustly saddled with baggage from the defunct pool hall.
Walk Street’s location put it in rough company. Residents repeatedly complained about noise at Empire as well as numerous quality of life issues from late-night patrons at the BP gas station, including public urination, fights and loitering. While Walk Street may have gotten caught in the fray, problems were raised by concerned residents.
The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) elected its executive board for the 2013-14 year on Thursday, June 27, headed up by newly appointed president and current East Williston Mayor David Tanner.
This year’s installation dinner was held at the La Marmite Restaurant in Williston Park, where a virtual who’s who of local and county government was present, including recently appointed Town of Oyster Bay Clerk James Altadonna, formerly the mayor of Massapequa Park.
The Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) announced that during the recent 48th annual meeting, Valerie Terzano has been elected to serve as Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc. She joins a panel of 28 board members in their mission to provide leadership, innovation and to support to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.
And that’s a wrap. On July 19, director, producer and writer Kenneth Oefelein will screen the New York Premiere of his short western film Skeleton Canyon at the 16th Annual Long Island International Film Expo.
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