Neil Pathak has earned the honored distinction of Herricks High School’s 2011 Valedictorian. Neil has spent the last four years dedicated to the highest level of academic, scientific, and social achievement. His accomplishments have spanned from intricate laboratory experimentation and medical innovation, to a number of community service projects that have reached around the world, all while mastering the most rigorous curriculum available at Herricks. His work ethic, leadership skills, profound intellect, and modest nature have propelled him to a level rarely seen at such a young age. Neil’s success over the last few years has been rooted in both domestic and international science research competitions. Most recently, he received the 1st Place Grand Award in the 2010 Taiwan International Science Fair, which hosted over 100 students from 13 countries. Neil has also taken the time to author a number of scientific abstracts that cover issues throughout the medical field, which were chosen for publication. His selfless initiatives extended further as he began raising funds locally for the education of underprivileged children in India. This type of involvement, coupled with his genuine interest in the health and happiness of others, places Neil into a very distinctive category. Whether he was engaged in cancer fighting research or facilitating the distribution of information to students as the Editor-In-Chief of the Highlander School Newspaper, Neil has always found ways to create, motivate, and educate the people around him. We as a school community wish him the very best throughout all of his future endeavors, and we look forward to learning about his accomplishments as they continue to come to light.
Last week six world-class jockeys from Belmont Park rode into the hearts of families at The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) as part of the annual Jockey Day event.
Two days before the 143rd running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes, Janice Blake-Baeza, Javier Castellano, Ryan Curatolo, Ramon Dominguez, Maylan Studart and John Velazquez travelled to RMH-LI in New Hyde Park to mingle with children at the House. Clad in their colorful silks, the riders posed for photographs and distributed gifts of personally autographed riding goggles and hats.
Immediately following the passage of the public referendum law by the Nassau County Legislature to allow county residents to decide the fate of the Nassau Memorial Coliseum, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang, sports fans, union leaders and community members joined County Executive Edward Mangano for the bill signing ceremony. The plan could hold up to a $400 million price tag.
Just minutes before, County Legislators passed the referendum, 11-7, allowing residents to vote on the County Executive’s Economic Development and Job Creation Plan at a public referendum to be held on Monday, August 1, 2011.
Due to rain showers and dark skies early on Memorial Day morning, the Williston Park American Legion Post No. 144 did not hold its Memorial Day parade, but did have a stirring tribute to the veterans inside the post. The 55th Annual Post Everlasting Services paid tribute to all those who served, departed members and those who went off to service and sadly did not return.
Post commander Frank Oliveri conducted the services. Reverend Christine van Liew of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection gave the invocation and then former Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Kiernan introduced guest speaker, Senator Jack M. Martins.
Senator Martins addressed the audience of veterans as well as members of the community and members of the Williston Park Fire Department.
The Herricks Community Fund was held last weekend and every single day and night were picture perfect weather days and that made for a very successful event.
Thousands jammed in and around the Herricks Community Center for the rides and delicious foods offered. It was a fun time for all, both for the children and the adults.
New Hyde Park Village and the G & E Linder Post No. 8031 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars held its Annual Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 28.
The parade went from Hillside Boulevard, stopped at village hall for a brief ceremony and the reading of those young men who died and then turned on New Hyde Park Road to Lincoln Boulevard and the New Hyde Park Village Memorial Park.
Village Mayor Daniel Petruccio was the Master of Ceremonies and then delivered an inspiring speech in keeping with Memorial Day.
At the last Herricks School Board meeting Joan Keegan was confirmed as the new principal of the Herricks Middle School.
Community activist Tess Fiorentino then asked why newly elected school board member James Gounaris had not been invited to join the board table as many other candidates had been asked to do prior to installation.
Herricks Board president Christine Turner, who was also returned to the board said, “We have already started an orientation process with Mr. Gounaris. We will have meetings with him and are already sending him correspondence.”
Last week the Garden City Park Fire Department Rescue Squad was called to the Michael J. Tully Pool Complex on Evergreen Avenue, New Hyde Park, to assist three workers at Tully Pool who were overcome by what was thought to be toxic fumes.
The three workers, who exited the building on their own power, were removed to an area hospital by the Garden City Park EMS Ambulance for further evaluation.
At the last Williston Park Village Board meeting the focus was on the recently released, but very preliminary, traffic report commissioned by the Mineola School District.
The report was conducted by Robert Eschbacher, of Hauppague-based VHB Engineering, a firm specializing in traffic studies. The final report is not expected for at least another two or three more weeks.
The study was a series of observations in and around Cross Street, St. Aidan’s and the surrounding neighborhood on or around March 24.
At a recent New Hyde Park Village Board meeting it was announced by trustee Lawrence Montreuil that the Annual Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the New Hyde Park VFW and the New Hyde Park American Legion in conjunction with the Village of New Hyde Park will be held on Saturday, May 28.
The parade will assemble on Hillside Boulevard and step-off at 10 a.m. The marchers will then head east on Jericho Turnpike and stop at New Hyde Park Village Hall for a brief ceremony at the village green with the members of the Gold Star families.
The parade will then re-assemble and head north on New Hyde Park Road to Lincoln Boulevard and the corner of Wilton Street to New Hyde Park Memorial Park.
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