The members, guests and dignitaries of New Hyde Park Cellini Lodge No. 2206, Order Sons of Italy in America, celebrated its 43rd Annual Scholarship dinner dance last week at the Chateau Briand, on Old Country Road, Westbury. The singular honoree at the event was Gina Ferrara, the lodge’s immediate past president who served for the years 2009 to 2011.
Ferrara joined the Cellini Lodge 1992, but has participated with her extended Ferrara family even as a youth, especially in the Aurora Italian Language Program.
Many parents expressed relief during a proposed budget PowerPoint presentation Monday night to hear that the New Hyde Park—Garden City Park Board of Education will keep children activities and programs.
“Our driving force is that student achievement is first and foremost,” said Superintendent of Schools Robert Katulak. “Our goal was—we heard it from the public—‘please do not cut any academic programs, please do not cut our staff and support services.’”
However, not every staff member remained safe; 32 lunch aides will have their work-time cut a half hour, adding up to nearly 100 hours a year.
At the ceremonies, following the Annual Merillon Little League Association Parade, Chairman of the Board, who has been in charge for more than 30 years, Tony Camilleri said, “It is truly a milestone when an organization can say we are celebrating our 60 anniversary especially knowing that the founding fathers and members only wanted to provide a place where the children of the community had a place to play baseball. Softball came later. I don’t know if they thought that we would still be around but they did seat a solid foundation for use to follow.
At the outset of the last Herricks School Board budget and regular meeting the following statement was made by Herricks School Board President Christine Turner:
Statement by Herricks President Chris Turner:
“Basically, this is a very sad day for the board of education because these are not happy times for school districts or for the world. So, no matter what we decide, at the end of this evening, we are looking at cuts and cuts which are going into the prospect of a tax cap, continuing financial problems at the state level seem likely to be permanent, perhaps even be the precursor to further cuts over the coming years.
At the beginning of the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, mayor Daniel Petruccio introduced new village/clerk treasurer Catherine (Cate) Hillman to the residents.
Mayor Daniel Petruccio said, “We are looking forward to a bright future with Cate Hillman, as she joins our fabulous board of trustees and employees of the Village of New Hyde Park.”
More than 200 Williston Park and surrounding area residents crammed into the second floor Williston Park Village Hall Assembly Room to discuss exactly what is being planned for the Cross Street School that the Mineola School District is leasing to Solomon Schechter Day School for the fall of 2011.
Thirteen women within the Town of North Hempstead were honored at the 18th Annual May W. Newburger Women’s Roll of Honor Breakfast at the Roslyn Claremont Hotel on March 16. The honorees were Evelyn Atanas, Alice Chan, Helen Tom Chin, Sara E. Danzi, Elaine Kennedy, Victoria Laura, Phoebe Lazarus, Elise Ledda, Edith L. Mendel, Jean Pierce, Dorothy Royal, Julia Shields, and Jane Thomas.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Town of North Hempstead holds these annual breakfasts to honor local women who have made contributions to their community, possess a special personal talent, or have accomplished a significant achievement through public or quiet work. Town Clerk Leslie Gross, who was the event chairperson, decided this year’s theme, which was “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” She said that the theme was inspired by the following quote: “Sure he (Fred Astaire) was great, but don’t forget, Ginger Rogers did everything he did, only backwards…and in high heels” (Bob Thaves 1982).
The New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board has proposed a 2.97 percent increase in this year’s budget.
Prior to the presentation of the budget New Hyde Park/ Garden City Park Superintendent Robert Katulak issued the following statement:
“This was probably the most difficult budget we had to prepare in the history of the district. I am happy to say that this has truly been a collaborative effort of the board listening to their constituents and directing the administrative team to develop a budget that is right for the children and fiscally responsible for the taxpayers.
“The budget miraculously delivers a 2.97 percent budget to budget increase, the lowest in the past seven years. It also delivers a staffing budget that makes sure no employee loses a job.
At the last Herricks School Board meeting, Trustee Paul Ehrbar made the following announcement:
“My term is up this year for my position on the school board and after lengthy discussions with a number of people, especially my wife, I have determined that I will not run for school board next year.
“I have enjoyed my second term here and I have worked very hard, but my time elsewhere has limited my ability to get involved with many liaisons, so I will not run. I thank everyone for their support and I will stay involved with the community”
New Hyde Park Village Trustee Richard Coppola has announced that he plans to run for re-election to the village board in the upcoming March 15 election. Coppola, who is a 33-year resident of the village, has been a trustee for 12 years.
For the past 26 years Coppola has been the President of All Vehicle Leasing, Inc. at Hempstead Ford Lincoln Mercury. He is a graduate of LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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