Months of hard work and number crunching came together at the New Hyde Park School on Monday, March 11 when the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education unveiled a first draft of its 2013-14 budget that calls for a 2.49 percent hike over last year’s figures.
District Superintendent Robert Katulak and Assistant Superintendent Michael Frank gave a detailed explanation of all the factors that come into play when coming up with a final number.
Trash talk dominated the discussion in East Williston last week as the village held a public hearing to determine whether to dump their current and somewhat embattled garbage hauler, Dejana, in favor of the next lowest bidding company, Meadow Carting.
Port Washington-based Dejana Industries, Inc., has been the village’s garbage hauling company since 2009, under a competitively bid contract which provides options to renew at the village’s discretion. The company’s current contract expires on May 31st.
When he stepped onto American soil in 1959, Patrick Sexton was unsure where his feet would take him. In 2013, the 40-year Floral Park resident found his footing atop a chariot overlooking locals at the St. Patricks Day Parade in Mineola and Garden City on March 3, as its Grand Marshal.
Sexton was born in Ahey Bridge, Miltown Malbay, County Clare, to Patrick and Kathleen Sexton. He is one of eight children, Chris, John, Mary Ellen, Kay, Margaret, Theresa and Thomas, who died as an infant.
For Stewart Manor residents expecting a major meltdown between TCBY and Carvel at a public hearing last week, soft-serve endorsements for the potential new kid on the block were served up instead.
Following a recent zoning board meeting, at which future TCBY owners and Garden City residents Carlos and Helene Jorge were granted a variance for 11 parking spaces, the Stewart Manor board of trustees approved a Special Use application that would allow the Jorges to open a TCBY yogurt shop at 100 Covert Ave., the site of the former Stewart Manor branch of the Elmont Public Library.
Police in Mineola had bullet points for law-abiding citizens to consider after an Elmont teen posed as a police officer on Feb. 25. Andrew Schreier, 19, was involved in a road-rage infused argument on Elmont Road where police said he pulled up next the victim’s car and said, “I’m a cop and I’ll give you tickets” and flashed a gold badge.
Authorities said Schreier pointed a 911 Colt .45 replica BB gun and yelled at the 29 and 47-year-old passengers. The victims called 911, followed Schreier into a dead end on Rockmart Street and led responding officers to him with the help of a neighbor, police said.
Barring improving finances or sudden cost saving strategies, the West Hempstead high school and middle school will lose a ninth period and 10 to 12 staff members will lose their jobs, district officials said at a meeting last Tuesday. That would leave an eight-day period at the high school and middle school.
Seven tables in the West Hempstead Middle School cafeteria were filled with members of the community on Tuesday evening for a budget café addressing issues that were raised at the previous Feb. 6 cafe.
Superintendent of Schools John Hogan, Deputy Superintendent Richard Cunningham and Assistant Superintendent Ann Peluso answered questions ranging from the district eliminating ninth period, revenue, class sizes and transportation.
That was the question the Williston Park village board was asking at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19 as trustees discussed the recent snowstorm Nemo. Mayor Paul Ehrbar said the streets were cleaned by 7 a.m. Saturday, But just a few hours later, they were filled with snow again from people snowblowing or shoveling.
“I understand people have to get to work and they have a small piece of property where they can put the snow but the purpose of the plowing is not to make it look good but it’s to make the road safe. And we need cooperation,” Ehrbar said.
The New Hyde Park village board approved a request by VFW Post 8031 to hold its annual Memorial Day Tribute parade on Saturday, May 25th. The parade route will begin at Hillside Boulevard, proceed east on Jericho Turnpike, north on New Hyde Park Road, and then west on Lincoln Avenue to Memorial Field for services.
While the board approved of their route, a discussion reflecting on previous issues with the route arose, particularly with the parade stopping at Village Hall and the length of the route.
The East Williston board of trustees has scheduled a public hearing on re-bidding its garbage collection contract for March 11 at 8 p.m. The village is under contract with Albertson-based DeJana Industries, which was the lowest bidder, after Meadow Carting, of Carle Place.
DeJana bid with the option to continue rear-yard pickup, which according to Mayor David Tanner, would save an estimated $10,000, should the village opt for that company.
Choosing Meadow Carting would result in savings in the neighborhood of $6,000 per year, according to village officials.
“Everyone should keep in mind, had we not bid, the cost would have gone up another $7,000,” Tanner said. “Regardless of who we end up selecting, we have a nice savings.”
About a dozen parents urged the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school board to keep class sizes to a minimum and retain enrichment programs, during a recent budget hearing.
One mother pointed out that the increased class sizes had caused a drastic, negative change on her daughter’s grades and confidence.
“We have no control over the Common Core (curriculum) so we only have teacher selection and class size to help these children adjust to third-grade challenges,” she said. “It was decided to place teachers inexperienced in 3rd grade curriculum and give them 28 students to teach. So I ask the board, what are we going to do to fix (this)?”
Noreen Lowey, president of the Garden City Park PTA also addressed the Board.
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