The road less traveled is definitely one that has been trodden for the last two years by Diane Madden, Lucille DeFina and Frances Lucivero-Pelletier. Whether or not the end is in sight remains to be seen, but an official ruling that came down may be a sign of things to come.
A lawsuit by the former Hempstead Animal Shelter volunteers came to a head on Tuesday, Jan. 9, when a settlement was reached in a federal district court in Central Islip. The Town of Hempstead offered a $150,000 settlement to the three women.
The animal lovers filed suit in December 2010 against Supervisor Kate Murray and seven employees, claiming their first amendment rights were violated after whistle blowing alleged animal abuse at the Wantagh facility. The shelter has been accused of financial mismanagement and has been investigated by top governmental administration, including Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
As most families were dimming their lights and tucking in their children in anticipation of a very special visitor on Christmas Eve, a home on Elizabeth Street in Floral Park welcomed its own very important visitor: the Floral Park Fire Department. “Although it was a minor event,” said Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald at the board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2, the department responded in full force.
It was a little past 11 p.m. on Dec. 24, when Fitzgerald noticed flashing lights on Elizabeth Street. He stepped outside to see what was going on and saw three fire department trucks along with many department volunteers’ personal vehicles.
Ranked first in a competitive class, Carey High School’s 2013 Valedictorian Sara Stiklickas is admired by students and faculty alike for her composure, dedication, and professionalism. She is an exceptional member of the Carey community who puts her heart into every activity and club she is involved in.
This young lady has shown her leadership skills as president of Mathletes, editor-in-chief of Poseidon and as the drum major. Stiklickas is also an extremely valuable member of the national, foreign language, science, English, art, and the music Honor Societies.
This multi-talented athlete is also captain of the Varsity Girl’s Golf team where she has earned many honors. In addition, she has volunteered her time at a medical center, tutored younger students, and she earned her Girl Scout’s Gold Award by teaching Italian to elementary school students.
2013 has arrived and the New Hyde Park Village Board wasted no time getting back to business, with a major announcement to kick off the New Year.
The big news is who is leaving. Not leaving town, but stepping down.
Mayor Daniel Petruccio announced he will not be seeking a fourth term and will finish out his time as mayor at the end of March. Petruccio stressed that his health is fine, but that after 12 years, it’s time for a change.
On Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m., the first resident will kick off Spotlight: New Hyde Park, a four-day, two-week contest akin to America’s Got Talent. And while the William Gill Theatre at New Hyde Park Village Hall is not Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center or L.A.’s CBS Television City studio and Trustee Donald Barbieri may not be Simon Cowell, there’s no less amount of pride in the potential of the contestants that will be participating in the village’s inaugural talent competition. Particularly when the aim is to get many of the community’s young people involved.
Each of the 97 patients at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children’s inpatient facility in Bayside had the opportunity to really think about what they wanted for Christmas and that’s exactly what they got, courtesy of Moby Kazmi, CEO and managing partner of CareMed Pharmaceutical Services in New Hyde Park.
Kazmi asked for a wish list of what each patient wanted and he made sure to fulfill each of his or her wishes. Among some of the wishes were pillow pets, lava lamps, cars, trucks, iTunes gift cards, dolls and more, all of which were delivered.
Anyone who passed the electronic sign in front of New Hyde Park Village Hall and wondered what “Thank you Maggie Whitely for supporting our village” was all about, obviously wasn’t from New Hyde Park. The Maggi Whitely referred to in the sign was the editor of the Illustrated News for 27 years, during which time she became a beloved fixture of the village. She left the post earlier this year.
So it was no surprise that at the beginning of the Dec. 18 village board of trustees meeting, that time was carved out for board members and local organizations to pay homage to Whitely. Arranged by Deputy Mayor Dan Lofaro, the ceremony featured well-deserved accolades, starting with Mayor Donald Petruccio, who quipped to the honored guest that, “all seems right in the world again Maggi [with] you sitting in the front row.”
It was time to crunch the numbers of Williston Park at the monthly trustees meeting on Monday. Financial data was the furthest thing on folk’s minds, however.
The trustees held a moment of silence to remember the victims of last week’s Newtown school shooting tragedy. Several commented on the incident as well, with one overriding theme: never forget.
The New Hyde Park Board of Education discussed the district’s progress on the five-year plan pertaining to special education during a meeting held on Monday, Dec. 10 at Manor Oaks School.
Dr. Raymond Brodeur, director of Pupil Personnel Services for the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, shared with the board and community members that the district is fully on track with meeting its goals for the five-year plan in regards to special education. The district offers numerous services to special needs students, including co-teaching services, resource room services, speech, language and physical therapy, counseling, hearing and vision help and behavior intervention services. It also emphasizes the idea of the “least restrictive environment,” which means that students are placed in special classes or schools only if their disability prevents them from learning in a regular classroom, but still allows for maximum contact and interaction with non-disabled peers, as well as the same opportunities.
When word got out about the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown, CT, reaction from local school districts was immediate. Superintendents took the lead in contacting staff members regarding security policies and dealing with reactions from students and parents.
In the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District, Superintendent Robert Katulak made sure that on Monday morning of Dec. 17, all school principals met with their faculty to review emergency procedures and answer questions regarding the Newtown events. This was done in part to provide a framework for offering assistance to any child experiencing fear or concern over the events that happened. Calls were also placed to parents over the weekend offering counseling services to returning students on Monday and for the remainder of the week. In addition, an administrators met to review safety procedures and talk about potential upgrades.
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