Tempers flared over what residents call ineffectual and incompetent education officials last Thursday at a Herricks Board of Education meeting. Parents, teachers, and administrators at Herricks called for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner John King.
Major grievances included the Common Core, raised testing standards in mathematics and English, and the issue of students’ private data being collected by third parties. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent comments about “white suburban moms” not wanting to face the harsh truths these increased standards might illuminate also drew ire from both the board and parents at the meeting.
Nassau County is going to reevaluate its plan to install a red light camera on Jericho Turnpike near New Hyde Park Road after village officials noted traffic backup near a Long Island Rail Road crossing just south of the proposed site.
Nassau County Traffic and Safety Coordinator Chris Mistron said accident studies are conducted at proposed sites to determine the need for a camera. However, this particular site needs more vetting.
“Right now, I don’t know if we are going to proceed with that location,” he said. “We’re going to do a reevaluation.”
New Hyde Park resident and SUNY New Paltz student Kari Mavrovouniotis is participating in a campus-wide event to raise funds to support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. She needs support to help me reach a fundraising goal for the kids of St. Jude.
Your donation helps ensure no family ever pays for anything and help kids continue to be kids even while battling cancer.
The New Hyde Park North Lions Club held a food drive at King Kullen parking lot in Garden City Park, for local food pantries, Notre Dame, Holy Spirit, St. Aidans, and Lutheran Social Services on Nov. 8.
The customers of King Kullen were most generous and the Lions collected almost 70 cartons of food for these pantries. This is the New Hyde Park North Lions fourth year of collecting food—the need is great—these pantries perform a great service to the Community at large but they need the help of many hands to do this.
Learning the valuable lesson at an early age that it is better to give than to receive, the fifth-grade students of Saddle Rock Elementary School recently presented a one-of-a-kind mural to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in
New Hyde Park as a part of the charity’s ongoing “Give A Hand” fundraising promotion.
Matthew Campo, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, noted that the Long Island charity has been serving as a home away from home for families of sick kids since it originally opened in 1986.
“While a child stays at a local area hospital, we are housing their family and providing for as many of their needs as we can so they can focus on what’s happening at the hospital,” he said. “We have 42 bedrooms at our New Hyde Park building, and we also have a satellite location in a hospital in Suffolk County.”
For Herricks parent and PTA member Genara DiGirolomo, the new common core standards are a product of corporate interests in “collecting data on our children.” At the Nov. 13 common core forum at Mineola High School moderated by Senator Jack Martins, DiGirolomo lambasted State Education Commissioner John King. She feels the new standards serve as a means to an end for companies with deep pockets.
“This new curriculum and evaluation, created by corporate interests, pushed to state education departments, is not educating future citizens of our country, but rather future consumers of the corporate entities involved,” she said.
Frank Lazzaro, the White House Christmas and State Dinner Decorator during the Ford, Carter and Reagan Administrations, will hold a one-hour seminar on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hillside Library.
In August of 1979 Lazzaro opened a 300-square-foot florist and gift shop in Floral Park, specializing in a fine collection of general merchandise. He built a retail shop for over 20 years and expanded throughout the decades into a three-store chain in Floral Park, Franklin Square and Mineola, N.Y., serving the people of Long Island with flowers, gifts and fine home furnishings.
For more information about Lazzaro or the talik, go to www.FrankLazzaro.com
Nick’s Marathon, a unique annual fundraising event, has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in New Hyde Park to honor the memory of leukemia victim Nicholas Capobianco and share his love of video-games with children and families in need. Every year, a group of childhood friends spend an entire weekend playing video-games as a special tribute to Capobianco, an avid gamer and beloved friend whose life was tragically cut short by cancer.
The 2013 Nick’s Marathon fundraiser will kickoff on Friday, Nov. 22nd at 8 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 24. The gaming marathon event will all be streamed live at nicksmarathon.org, and all donations received will support RMH-LI. These items will be delivered to the House by Santa at a holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Financial and high school renovation talks dominated the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education on Monday, Nov.4. Auditor Chuck Scheid delivered a report of the district’s finances. He assessed that the district was in “a strong fiscal position well above the state average.”
“I’m proud to announce that this is the second year in a row we have no recommendations and I think that’s a testament to the board,” Scheid said. “You guys have really set the bar for the other districts.” He also commended the strategic use of BOCES funds in the district.
David Eisermann isn’t one to ask for help. He doesn’t see himself as a charity case and neither do New Hyde Park Memorial High School students Kevin Klimas, Joe Finamore and Brett Baker. But that didn’t stop them from trying to help.
The trio started “Athletes For Eisermann,” to raise money for stem cell therapy for their volleyball coach, which costs roughly $20,000. Students and Eisermann himself shaved their heads, courtesy of the Cuttin Club of Williston Park on
Thursday, Nov. 7. The amount raised was unavailable as of press time.
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