While this year’s New Hyde Park Street Fair will take place on the first official day of fall, the event keeps the spirit of summer alive a little longer for the 20,000-25,000 attendees.
Organizers are looking to up the ante for the 18th annual event on Saturday, Sept. 21, with the usual clowns and crafts supplemented by a petting zoo and, possibly, an outdoor, one-lane bowling alley on Jericho Turnpike.
“The bowling alley has the potential to be phenomenal,” says Tony Ciuffo, president of Queens-based Craft-A-Fair, which organizes the vendors. “It’ll be right in the street.”
Taking gluten-free dining to the next level, Jonathan’s Restaurant of Garden City Park has just launched an extensive gluten-free menu for those suffering from celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. The restaurant has rolled out two options: gluten-free friendly and medical necessity menus.
Chef Alain Ribiere had taken notice over the years that diners were making more and more special dietary requests. This trend is indicative of the rise in allergies in the U.S where researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies including one in every 13 children under 18 years of age.
North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman is running for her third four-year term on the town board. A long-time and very active resident of the Great Neck community, Seeman told Anton Newspapers: “I’ve been here with everybody since 1955 … I’ve done it … and I will keep on doing it … I’m ready to do even more.”
Once again the Democrats’ choice for the town board’s fifth council district, Seeman represents the Great Neck villages of Saddle Rock, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza,
Russell Gardens, University Gardens, Lake Success and Great Neck’s unincorporated areas. She also represents the communities of North New Hyde Park, Garden City Park and Floral Park.
Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy -- although none yet in New York State.
At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Senator Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally
Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.”
Mamma Mia! Memorial Park recently boogied to the sounds of hit 1970s band ABBA, as presented by ABBA Girlz, a tribute band. The group rocked the house with a fun performance in New Hyde Park.
“I was looking for a ABBA tribute band,” said New Hyde Park resident Brigid Brady, who has been a huge ABBA fan since she was 10 years old. “We used to dress up and lip sync to ABBA and when I found out there was an ABBA tribute band, I went crazy.”
Brady says that she will attend more of the shows.
A local doctor was out in front at a rally on Tuesday, Aug. 20, supporting advocates fighting to change a very old law in New York State: the age to prosecute youngsters as adults.
Currently, among U.S. states, only New York and North Carolina prosecute children as adults starting at 16 years old. The Raise The Age Campaign, an advocacy group calling on the state to change the age, has garnered support from local officials to press Governor Andrew Cuomo to take action.
Business is booming at New Hyde Park Auto Body on Second Avenue, which is adding a second building on Third Avenue to accommodate demand. On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the New Hyde Park Village Board approved the plan, which had already been given the Nassau County Planning Commission’s stamp of approval.
Shop owner Charles DiMarino, a New Hyde Park resident for 30 years, says his business has outgrown the current site and he needs to expand. His shop specializes in collision repairs, foreign, domestic and fiberglass work as well as color-matching and unibody repairs. He envisions the new digs resembling a dealership where all cars can be viewed.
The final pieces are in place for Operation Main Street, a streetscaping project in New Hyde Park, to commence construction after the state Department of Transportation approved a $1.46 million bid from Bohemia-based J Anthony Enterprises. The competing bid came from Old Bethpage’s New York Paving at $1.527 million.
Village trustee Donald Barbieri met with DOT reps recently to discuss construction. He anticipates work will begin some time in September.
The project includes rounded corners that would extend slightly into the roadway at locations yet to be determined, along with installation of medians with plantings and a water supply to maintain the plantings. The idea for the plan was to set up modern traffic calming features that create a more pedestrian friendly and safer environment, while providing a downtown appeal for the shopping district.
The tabla is a classical Indian drum set predominantly played by men; but New Hyde Park resident Sejal Kukadia is bringing her passion for the instrument to students of all ages and both genders at the Taalim School of Indian Music.
The tabla is a percussion instrument that is typically used as accompaniment in classical Indian pieces. From the outset, Kukadia never let the fact that the world of the tabla was male-dominated stop her. When she first decided to play, Kukadia said to herself, “I like this instrument. I want to learn this instrument,” and it was settled. She is now teaching a modern style of play to anyone who wishes to learn.
Audiences were all smiles and applause as the incredibly talented cast members from the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center’s Summer Stock presented Hairspray on July 31 and Aug. 1.
The East Hills stage was illuminated as 5- through 18-year-olds sang and danced to upbeat tunes from the Broadway hit musical.
The production was truly an ensemble effort. The JCC’s Theatre Arts Director Susan Kalman made sure even the youngest performers had a few minutes in the spotlight.
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