Residents, dignitaries and visitors packed Jericho Turnpike, from New Hyde Park Road to almost Covert Avenue, to attend another successful New Hyde Park Street Fair
The street was covered with vendors, merchants, exhibits and this year, a car show on Lakeville Road. It was a picture-perfect September day and everyone seemed to be having a marvelous time as they went from booth to booth sampling wares and picking up souvenirs, along with many of the various foods offered by the restaurants up and down the turnpike.
The North Hempstead Board of Zoning hearing on the request for a variance to build a parking lot, which is a non-permitted use, on the east side of 1046 North 2nd Street and on the south side 130 of Hillside Avenue at the Hillside Islamic Center, known as 300 Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park, was packed with residents and there was standing room only.
At first it was rumored that the hearing was to change the zoning in the area, but that proved untrue; the hearing was to just change the “permitted use.” The actual wording of the variance stated, “To permit the demolition of a dwelling and use of the premises as a parking lot within a residential district which is not a permitted use.”
The first person to speak was the attorney for the Islamic Center, Raymond Smolenski, who said he had, in fact, been a former resident of New Hyde Park. He said that the parking, especially on the recent Ramadan holiday, had been a concern for the neighborhood and by granting the 18 spaces that the Center requests, for use as a parking lot, it would alleviate that concern.
The members of the Chamber of Commerce for the Willistons held its Annual Street Fair and the day was just perfect.
The street was packed as residents and visitors wandered up and down Hillside Avenue from Willis Avenue, almost to the station as local merchants and vendors displayed their various wares.
In the parking lot next to Bank of America, there was erected a scaled-down park for the children with rides geared to them. A slide and the ever-popular tea-cup, along with a ride of strawberries. The kids had a great time and it was a perfect venue for them.
The members of the East Williston Fire Department were all busy cooking up hot dogs and hamburgers on the spot, to the delight of so many.
The Town of North Hempstead held its Annual Beach Fest last week on the boardwalk of North Hempstead Beach, formerly known as Bar Beach. Although the weather was overcast and damp, it didn’t deter the many folks with and without children eager to participate in the many fun free events.
The first booth most folks encountered, as they arrived, was Erik’s Reptile Adventures and it certainly was an adventure!
Erik opened with a huge yellow snake named “Twinkie” that he passed around for one and all to touch. Granted, “Twinkie” was very soft, but more than a little unsettling to touch. However, some brave souls even wrapped her (it was a female) around their necks.
As part of its back-to-school message, in conjunction with New Hyde Park/Garden City Park Superintendent Robert Katulak’s, “The desk of Katulak’s report, the school board adopted the following goals for the new year:
The New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School District is committed to continuously improving student achievement and will expand the Response to Intervention model in grades 3 – 6 through the district for all classroom teachers with a demonstration of a 5 percent reduction of teacher referrals of students to CSE during the year.
The Board of Education, along with the superintendent will work collaboratively with the district architect and the director of facilities to create a Capital project for renovations based on the building conditions survey.
Organized and run by Williston Park Village Trustee William Darmstadt, the Village of Williston Park held a very moving ceremony to memorialize and never forget those from the village perished in the attacks at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
The event was held at the Memorial Garden at the Williston Park Little League Field that was created and maintained by the Williston Park Little League.
John Hogan was the master-of-ceremonies and he introduced all the guest speakers, who did not speak in lengthy messages, but what they all said was very meaningful.
At the last Williston Park Village meeting, Third Precinct Inspector Kevin Canavan and Deputy Inspector Sean McCarthy were present to explain some of the details of the recent drug arrest in Williston Park.
Inspector Canavan introduced himself to the audience. He said he has been a police officer for the last 26 years and has been with the Third Precinct for the last year and a half and that he has worked with Deputy Inspector McCarthy since they both graduated from the academy.
Declaring that his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for governor was in “great shape,” former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio made another campaign stop in Nassau County last week, with a visit to the Massapequa Diner.
Although most of his conversation with the local media was about jobs and the economy, Lazio also gave some personal insight into why, after a 10-year absence, he is back in the political arena. In 2000, Lazio, then a four-term congressman from the Second Congressional District, lost a highly publicized U.S. Senate race to Hilary Clinton.
Patrons poured into the 25th Annual New Hyde Park Cellini Lodge Festival that opened last Wednesday at Michael J. Tully Park, Evergreen Avenue, New Hyde Park.
The opening day was a little cloudy, but the rest of the week made up for it with picture perfect weather and the entire park was jammed with folks anxious to attend the legendary Cellini Fair.
The fair this year was packed with “something for everyone.” As usual there were the delicious Italian food booths serving both marvelous pasta with red sauce and with white clam sauce. This year all the bread was donated by Sapienza Bakery and that, too was so good, fresh and plentiful.
And, who could resist the always-magnificent Zeppoles that are made as you wait.
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