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Kindergarten Class Conundrum

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Parents object to uptick in classroom quantities while Herricks BOE points to state mandates being the villains

The Herricks Board of Education opened last Thursday night’s meeting at the Herricks Community Center with a lengthy discussion on class sizes for Center Street kindergarten. Having received numerous objections from parents on the school’s three sections that are currently two and three students over the size guidelines, Board of Education President Christine Turner expressed complete agreement with their concerns.

“The fact that we have to go over them (class size guidelines) is not something we do lightly,” said Turner.  “We agree with you one hundred percent, but the fact is that times are different now...the money situation is tight.”


NYIT Welcomes Princess Diana’s Butler

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
More than 30 years have passed since a beautiful, shy young lady burst onto the world stage and captured the hearts of so many. Diana was a fascinating and intriguing figure and was considered by many to be the most famous woman in the world. The largest worldwide television audience to that point in history watched as she married Prince Charles in 1981. The entire world celebrated when she gave birth to two sons, William and Harry. We all admired her efforts to help others and stop some of the world’s atrocities such as innocent children being killed by land mines. And the entire world mourned upon learning of her tragic and untimely death.

Although Diana has not faded from our collectives memories, recent events have thrust England into the spotlight, and Diana along with it. There was the royal wedding of her son, Prince William, which was on the same scale as Diana’s. Queen Elizabeth just celebrated her diamond jubilee and the Summer Olympics were recently held in London. In addition, recent difficulties that Princess Kate has had with media are eerily similar to those of Diana. So, in many ways, Diana is still in our minds and is still “The People’s Princess,” 15 years after her death.


NHPLL Girls Majors Softball Team Honored

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

Officials gather to cement first Girls Softball Little League World Series run in village history

The magic carpet ride for the New Hyde Park Little League Girls Majors softball team, who competed in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, OR, last month, continued on Saturday, Sept. 15. Political dignitaries from the village up through the state level honored the 11- and 12-year-old girls and their coaches at a recognition ceremony held on the lawn of the New Hyde Park Village Hall.

“On behalf of the entire village family, I can’t tell you how proud we are of your accomplishments,” said New Hyde Park Mayor Daniel P. Petruccio. “It’s an amazing journey that you’ve been on, and we’ve shared that journey with you. … You have made us proud as a community.  … Forever the Village of New Hyde Park will recognize… your accomplishments. You’ll come back someday with your children to this village hall and you’ll point to the plaque and say that was my team, those were my friends, and we did this.”


New Hyde Park Hosts 17th Annual Street Fair

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

Thousands come out to enjoy the sights and sounds of the day

Mother Nature certainly gave New Hyde Park a boost on Saturday, Sept. 15, as the village hosted its 17th Annual Street Fair. Indeed, as the sun rose that morning, hundreds of vendors set up shop along Jericho Turnpike between New Hyde Park Road and Covert Avenue to display their goods and services. As the temperature warmed up between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., vendors were poised to see their sales heat up as well.

Meditating On The Evils Of Sex Trafficking

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

NHP residents part of One Love Long Island group hosting 2012 Yoga Festival as part of Global Seva Challenge

According to a 2009 report released by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), more than 1.2 million children are involved in prostitution and sex trafficking in that country. It’s these kind of horrific statistics that gave the ladies who make up One Love Long Island (OLLI) the impetus to get involved working with Off the Mat, Into the World (OTM), an organization that uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious and sustainable activism in order to ignite grassroots social change. Every year, OTM sponsors an international service project called the Global Seva Challenge that involves picking a country and cause in need. This year India is the country and the scourge that is sex trafficking is the social ill that’s being addressed.

The Town Of North Hempstead Never Forgets

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

Commemoration of 9-11 held at Clark Botanic Garden

In the quiet, lovely, lush Clark Botanic Garden, nestled in a corner of Albertson on I.U. Willets Road, under the supervision of John Darcy, North Hempstead Town elected officials and residents joined together to commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9-11, when so many people perished due to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the hijacked United Airlines Flight No. 93 that crashed near Shanksville, PA.

The day was eerily like that horrible day 11 years ago. It was a Tuesday, possibly one of the most beautiful September days of the entire year.


Redistricting Commission Announces Hearing Dates

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

Commissioners attempt to move forward in a bipartisan way; League of Women Voters advocates nonpartisan process

While the previous meeting of the Nassau County Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission on Thursday, June 28 was somewhat contentious, the mood at the latest meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5 was very different, with both Democratic and Republican commissioners largely agreeing on most points raised. The commission announced the times and locations of the first round of public hearings on the 2013 redistricting, intended to solicit feedback from residents before the drawing of the new district map, then discussed the logistics of future hearings.

The four public hearings scheduled so far will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at Long Beach City Hall at 6 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 24 at Elmont Public Library at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 27 at Glen Cove Landing School at 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Nassau County Legislative Chambers in Mineola at 6 p.m.


Former Town Supervisor May Newburger Dies At 92

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

A mentor to so many, a legend in her own time

To all who knew her, and many who did not, May Newburger was truly a “legend in her own time.” She died last Thursday, Aug. 30, at her home in the Village of Great Neck. A former New York State assemblywoman, former North Hempstead town councilwoman, immediate past North Hempstead town supervisor, and a strong guiding hand and mentor to a whole host of prominent elected officials, May Newburger will be missed. She will be sorely missed by those who often took her very firm, always tough out-stretched hand and by a public who may never realize all she has done for one and all.

For U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, “There is no substitute for May Newburger.”


Back To School At Manor Oaks

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Apprehensive students line up for first day

Tuesday morning, bright and early, students lined up and filed into Manor Oaks School in New Hyde Park to start the 2012-2013 school year.

The stream of both parents and children was steady as children carrying way-too-heavy backpacks struggled into school.


Cellini Feast Opens To Beautiful Weather

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

Opening a perfect lazy, hazy day of summer

You know the summer is winding down when you see the tents going up for the Annual New Hyde Park Cellini Feast, held in Tully Park, off Denton Avenue in New Hyde Park.

The feast opened last week on Wednesday, Aug. 22 and continued until Sunday, Aug. 26 and it was great.


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