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.
Nassau County selected Nassau Events Center to redevelop Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding property, by offering the county a significantly sweeter deal.
Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and NEC’s chief executive, beat out Hank Ratner (no relation) and the Madison Square Garden Company after the
county narrowed its choices to the two entertainment giants last month.
Sometimes, life can take people down several career paths before they find their true calling; Such is the case of Pete Papaseraphim, who recently celebrated the opening of SweeTart, New Hyde Park’s newest bakery.
“I grew up in bakeries...by brother-in-law was a pastry chef,” he said. “I would go with him in the summer and on weekends and that’s how I learned the job. And when I was in college, I used to do it as a job and paid for college that way.”
Born and raised in Greece on the island of Cyprus, he came over to America in 1978 and attended school; after acquiring a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Papaseraphim then experienced some surprising career twists; instead of venturing into the first mental health field, he instead taught eighth-grade math in the New York City school system.
Joe Owens has lived in New Hyde Park for 50 years. He’s seen the area transform over the last few decades, but despite the recent home burglary on Campbell Street that saw a Nassau County Police officer shot in the hip in New Hyde Park, Owens believes the quiet close-knit nature of the neighborhood will not change.
Third Precinct officer Mohit Arora, 32, was hit by a 9mm slug at 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 while responding to 911 call, according to police. He was taken to a local hospital for surgery and police said he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Authorities arrested Cong Xu, 21, and Renhang Qiu, 22, of Brooklyn after a foot and air pursuit that streaked through surrounding streets, police said. Neighboring blocks were cordoned off into the early afternoon last Wednesday. Checkpoints were seen as far south as Evergreen Avenue near Lakeville Road.
Despite a large turnout of residents and teachers attending the meeting in protest, the Stewart Manor Board of Trustees voted 3-2 to pass a bill into law on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that will force faculty members of Stewart Manor Elementary School to pay $50 a month for parking privileges.
Stewart Manor Elementary School currently has no parking lot of its own. Previously, teachers parked on the streets surrounding the school and did not have to pay a parking fee. However, under the newly-passed law, 35 parking spaces on Dover Parkway North on the west side of the street have been designated as paid permit spaces for teachers and staff of Stewart Manor Elementary by the village at a cost of $50; this translates to $500 per 10-month school year.
A lifelong Nassau County resident and a 32-year Great Neck resident, Ellen Birnbaum has “always” been interested in government and now seeks the position of legislator for the county’s 10th Legislative District. “I saw the opportunity to become the candidate and to continue to serve the community I live in,” she told Anton Newspapers.
Birnbaum is the Democrats’ choice and in November she will run against the Republican candidate Jane Centrella. Birnbaum is also running under the Independent Party and the Working Families Party.
While the state scores in third- through eighth-grade plummeted on Long Island by 40 percent in the new roll-out of tests based on the “common core” standards, the New
Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District fared well, meeting standards on most testing levels.
According to District Superintendent Robert Katulak, state officials prompted many districts to expect a minimum 30 percent drop in scores because of the new testing module.
Each grade plummeted at or near that margin, according to scores released by the state education department.
Young ladies looking to feel like a glamorous diva no longer have to rummage through mommy’s dresser draw; thanks to Ritzy Glitzy Girlz Club, they can come in and be catered to like a real superstar.
Venetta Carraway, owner of the club, which opened at 245 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park this past February, said that her business is all about getting dolled up and having fun.
Eagle Scout Eamonn Lennon from Troop 298 in New Hyde Park is currently working on a Boy Scout Special Award called the William T. Hornaday Award which is designed to contribute to sound conservation and environmental improvement in the local community, eliminating electronic waste. Lennon held a local event and collected 3,000 pounds of electronics that will be recycled in the Town of North Hempstead.
E- waste contains lead, mercury, arsenic, and other hazardous toxins that can seep into the ground water if these materials are landfilled and not safely disposed of.
Lennon is having his Eagle Court of Honor Sept. 22 at Holy Spirit Church.
Bam! Pow! Do you love comics? Looking for a great place to get your hands on the latest issue of your favorite series? Your quest is only a stone’s throw away. Come down to a local store to check out some of the best books, graphic novels and collectibles near you. Be on the lookout for these three great shops: Grasshopper Comics, Best Comics International and Amok Time. “It’s less a matter of ‘which is the best’” said graphic artist and IDW fanatic Mike Samuel. “It’s more of ‘which store is more likely to have what I’m looking for.’” Keep this fresh in your mind and then you’re on your way.
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