(The following was submitted to the Illustrated News by school board candidate Helen Lewandowski)
Helen Lewandowski, known to her friends and community neighbors as Lynn, is running for a seat on the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park Board of Education.
She strongly believes that everyone in the community must step up, get involved with their ideas, energy and expectation and is committed to helping the children become lifelong learners fostering their academic, social and emotional skills to become contributory members in a diverse society.
The 10th-grader selected her favorite color. It was a very simple task that she and most young people have probably done countless times before. However, this time, the stakes were never higher. She was not choosing a color for a blouse, a cell phone case or curtains for her bedroom. Instead, she was selecting a pill from a menagerie of narcotics that her peers had brought to a “pharm party” – an alarming and frightening phenomenon that’s been making a comeback among teenagers throughout Long Island.
After a long, grueling night of reports given by experts on local airport flights, Dave Siewert and Robert Grotell, the residents of the areas affected by extreme airplane and helicopter noise were not very encouraged.
The members of the Town Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC), at a previous meeting, asked Siewert, who is in charge of John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport tower operations, to collect information on runway operations and selections for a 30-day period.
New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board Trustee Frank Miranda has announced that he is running for re-election in the May 15 school board election.
Miranda has lived in the school district for 20 years and has held a position as school board trustee from 2004 to 2007 and from 2011 to 2012.
Kevin Dunn, a 50-year Williston Park resident and graduate of Herricks High School, has announced that he is running for the office of Herricks School Board trustee.
Dunn, a retired New York City Fire Department lieutenant and graduate of Nassau Community College also served on the Williston Park Village Board as trustee from 2006 -2010.
Nancy and Tom Schmidt represented the Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) of New York on the panel discussion about hydrofracking organized by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Port Washington/Manhasset on March 22 at the Manhasset Public Library. The Schmidts believe hydrofracking is safe and necessary.
(The following biographical information and statement was provided by candidate Hassan.)
Brian Hassan, of Albertson, a 35-year school district resident, has announced he is going to run for Herricks School board trustee.
Hassan is a senior account executive at National Grid/ Long Island Power Authority where he has worked for 26 years. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School and received a BSEE degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic University.
Father Forno is the national/state chaplain of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA); Chris Macchio is a professional singer and performer and Michael McBride is the director of the New Hyde Park Funeral Home.
The New Hyde Park Village proposed this year’s budget at their last meeting held on April 2. The budget will be voted on by the complete board at the next meeting, which is set for April 17.
The tentative budget has a proposed total appropriation of $5,842,985.18 representing an increase of $252,214 from last year’s budget.
In keeping with tradition, the Village of Williston Park held its Annual Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages (and some adults) at Kelleher Field in Williston Park on Sunday, April 1.
It was an overcast and rather chilly day, but that did not deter hundreds of children from coming to Kelleher Field with baskets in hand to capture the hidden eggs.
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