The Village of New Hyde Village Board celebrated the completion of Operation Main Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 2.
At a small gathering of village administrators on the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Lakeville Road, the ceremony acknowledged a more pedestrian friendly and aesthetically pleasing main stretch of New
Hyde Park that is designed to be more inviting to shoppers, residents and visitors.
“We’re so delighted that this day has finally come,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “Everything that we’ve done here has always been about the businesses in our village.”
The Italian Festival is one of the great Italian traditions in the Village of New Hyde Park. The annual event, which is sponsored by the Sons of Italy, Cellini Lodge No. 2206, brings together a mixture of traditional Italian food and music as well as fun games, rides and prizes. The event takes place on Aug. 13-17 at Michael J. Tully Park at 1801 Evergreen Ave.
“The Cellini Lodge Italian Festival is an event that the community looks forward to each year as it offers a great time for persons of every age and has something for everyone,” said Cellini Lodge
Corresponding Secretary and festival worker, Lynn Marino. “We have a reputation for providing a quality event for families with young children to seniors. Everyone finds a good time when they walk through that gate.”
Parties are brought to another level with the help of floral and event décor thanks to Flowers by Andrew Scott.
Located in New Hyde Park, at 816 Jericho Tpke., Andrew Scott Events is designed to be the community go-to retail florist, says owner Andrew Zecher.
“It was designed to be your community go-to retail florist providing the freshest quality flowers and unique floral designs,” Zecher said.
The storm water drainage project that is currently underway in New Hyde Park on Allen and Brian Streets has been a long time coming for residents who live in the area. The project will help to alleviate a decade’s long flooding problem that has forced homeowners to reconstruct and rebuild their homes, North Hempstead officials say.
“The people of Allen and Brian streets shouldn’t have to fear rainy days anymore,” said Town Supervisor Judi Supervisor. “I am very pleased that the Town is able to start this much-needed drainage improvement project that will alleviate flooding in this neighborhood.”
The $293,000 project includes a new storm water drainage pipe and water main. Officials are also restoring a drainage trench on Allen Street. This project was included in the first year of the Town’s
Five Year Capital Plan that was recently approved by the town board.
A project that would remediate flood issues at South 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New Hyde Park has yet to go out to bid. The plan also includes repaving the Village Hall parking lot.
“We’re working with our engineers to get that done,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “The parking lot at Village Hall, that bid has not gone out yet either. We will be going out to bid on a requirements contract to replace the current contract that’s currently expired.”
The Sewanhaka Central High School District recently amended its student code of conduct to include the ban of e-cigarettes at the district’s five high schools. School officials say measures were taken to address the issue.
“Some of the principals expressed a discomfort with attempting to discipline students when there was nothing in the code of conduct which would prohibit the possession of an e-cigs, rolling papers or things of that sort,” said school board President Dave Fowler.
Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, the online food market OurHarvest in New Hyde Park.
OurHarvest’s next scheduled pick-up is on Aug. 9 at Notre Dame Parish, 1 Aberdeen Rd., New Hyde Park. OurHarvest also has locations in Huntington, Roslyn, Hicksville, and Port Washington, with additional locations slated to open this year.
15 Below, an alternative rock band composed of Sewanhaka High School students, rocked the William Gill Theatre in New Hyde Park Village Hall on Wednesday, July 23. The band had the crowd tossing up beach balls to energetic beats and swaying their iPhones along to slower tunes.
“They were very good tonight,” said Darren Derick Polanco. “I always come to their shows.”
New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri contends helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise. In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, the noise levels are still an issue.
Barbieri drafted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, apprising the entity of New Hyde Park’s situation. The FAA did not return calls for comment.
Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.
“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”
New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.
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