(The following was submitted by Rick Stein)
My name is Rick Stein and I have been fire commissioner for the past five years for the New Hyde Park Fire Department and I have been active in the department for the past 39 years.
My grandparents and my family first moved to New Hyde Park in 1938 and I have spent my entire life in the community, in the fire services, as former Chief of the Auxiliary Police, a member of the Executive Board of the Nassau Fire Museum, former assistant to Judge Dave Sullivan, special assistant to Judge Christopher Devane, Gladiator Supporter, a member of the New Hyde Park Lions Club, BPO Elks, Boy Scout leader. The best job I have had for the past 30 years is playing Santa Claus at the New Hyde Park Village Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event.
The New Hyde Park Fire Department turned its entire firehouse over to raising money for the Wounded Warriors project.
The event included a delicious dinner donated by Rich Sharvin and Kenny from the New Hyde Park Diner, located at Hillside Avenue and North 2nd Street and a chance to win any number of “live” auction donated items by local merchants.
Prior to the beginning of the New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, the board held two hearings; one for a special use and the other to pass a local law.
The first, the local law, was explained by village attorney John Spellman. Apparently, the 2 percent tax cap, passed earlier in the year by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, can be by-passed without the 60 percent vote, if the board in question (village, school or town) votes to by-pass the 2 percent tax cap.
In spite of the fact that the wind whipped around the corner of Willis Avenue at the site of the Williston Park Monument on the grounds of Williston Park Village Hall bringing with it cold November temperatures, the sidewalk area was packed with residents on hand to observe Veterans Day ceremonies held by the Williston Park Veterans of Foreign Wars, the VFW, American Legion and village officials.
Toys for Tots, once again through the courtesy of Gary Melius, held its kick-off luncheon at Oheka Castle.
Organizer of the entire program is Major Chuck Kilbride with the help this year of Coordinator Gunnery Sgt. Steven Covington and Assistant Coordinator Brian Gomez.
On a beautiful Sunday in October, the Shelter Rock Library, located at165 Searingtown Road, Albertson, held a rededication ceremony for its newly renovated library.
Library board president Thomas Jordan gave a little background information on the library itself. Jordan said, “In 1960, a group of residents wanted a neighborhood library they could ‘call their own.’ Therefore, a Friends of the Library was formed and with a great deal of hard work and community spirit, the Shelter Rock Library was born.
The New Hyde Park Village Board held a brief meeting on Tuesday night to discuss both old and new business. Mayor Dan Petruccio and each of the village trustees issued their monthly reports to the public.
The New Hyde Park Village Police Auxiliary car is now back in service after being taken off the road for repairs, according to trustee Rich Coppola Jr. The car which had, “ignition key module failure” has been fixed and will allow the members of the Auxiliary Police unit to better patrol the neighborhood streets. New Hyde Park Legislator Richard Nicolello is to be thanked for the repairs because after he was notified of the situation he moved swiftly to take care of it.
The Herricks Homecoming celebration was held on the girls soccer field this year and it was a fun-filled event with games, music and even a dunking station where some poor girl was dunked every time the mark was hit.
High School Athletic Director Jim Petricca ran the entire day that started out with the various classes participating in relay races including egg on a spoon, potato sack and jump rope. All the participants had a marvelous time.
Due to the snow, wind and heavy rains, the Town of North Hempstead Spooky Walk, always a popular event at Clark Gardens, had to be cancelled Saturday night. The Not So Spooky Walk, the next day, was a huge success and that was followed up on Sunday night by the re-scheduled Spooky Walk.
The New Hyde Park Memorial Homecoming celebration could not have fallen on a more beautiful day. It was sunny with a nice breeze wafting though all the events of the day.
The day started off with a spectacular parade led by New Hyde Park Memorial banner carried by the drum majorettes and followed closely by the New Hyde Park Memorial Band, all donned in their marvelous uniforms complete with their wonderful black hats topped with black plumes, gently blowing in the breeze.
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