By Christopher Gavin
For Paul Cuthbert, the beach is never far away and it isn’t because he lives in Oceanside. As the guitarist, lead singer and manager known onstage as Jimmy Kenny for his tribute band, the musician is constantly working to ease the minds and erase the worries of audience members.
Despite temperatures reaching almost 90 degrees during the day, New Hyde Park residents gathered in Memorial Park on the evening of June 18 to kick off the Summer Concert Series and hear the easy-going music of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown as played by Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band.
Nassau County Police are investigating a string of deception burglaries that occurred between Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 20 in Herricks, Westbury and Syosset.
Police said the suspects pose as National Grid employees and target senior citizens. They tell victims a water check is need to determine possible gas leaks.
Police stated the suspects would stay with the victims for a short time, before moving to another side of the house to look for valuable items.
As an eighth-grader, Celeste Pipia wasn’t thinking much about shot put.
She was a goalie on the Sewanhaka Indians junior high girls soccer team, when coach Jamie Celona noticed Pipia’s strength. Eventually, Celona suggested to Pipia to take a physical test and try out for shot put for the varsity track and field team.
Almost five years later and Pipia has taken full advantage of that opportunity.
Some families have weekly dinners, or go on yearly vacations. Other families run a business together. For Milena’s Garden Center and the Basso Family, it’s the latter.
When John Basso was 18, he emigrated from Argentina, found an old house on Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, and turned it into a nursery in April 1997. He named his business after his daughter,
Milena. Flowers are associated with femininity, he feels, so the name was a perfect fit for his nursery.
Milena, now an adult, has even helped expand the offerings.
Hersh Fine Art, of the Long Island Academy of Fine Art, is holding a group exhibition of portraits by 23 artists, curated by Diana Corvelle and New Hyde Park resident Manu Saluja, called Loved and Observed. The exhibit will be on view from June 21 until Aug. 12. The artists will be present for an opening on Saturday, June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The New Hyde Park Village Board reserved decision on William Rose of Milrose Consultants’ plan to alter the second floor of a building at 1301 4th Ave. in New Hyde Park on Tuesday, June 17.
Patrick Sweeney, vice president of finances with World Courier Inc., which currently occupies 1313 4th Ave., is seeking to move World Courier employees into the 1301 location should the application be approved, and spoke at the village board meeting.
According to Sweeney, the second floor has approximately 6,800 square feet, and has “just been sitting there empty—we want to make it into office space for information technology personnel.” The incoming personnel will be moved from World Courier’s Stamford, Conn. location.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education is currently accepting proposals on local special education assistance and transportation contracts for summer school.
“If we need a speech teacher to come in for a child once a week, those companies that provide that service put in a bid,” Superintendent Robert Katulak said. “Then we go through them to see which will deliver the service at the best price.”
Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Co., 3, 4, and 5 and the ambulance unit responded to a fire on Rose Lane in North New Hyde Park on Sunday, June 8 at 10:21 a.m.
Fire Department Chief Michael Farrone was the first to arrive on the scene and advised responding units that he had “smoke showing,” he said. After getting a report from another M-LFD member on scene,
Farrone transmitted a signal for a fire in the basement of the 1 ½-story private dwelling.
The Zonta Club of Long Island proved that a little work can go a long way. A total of 500 birthing kits for women in Haiti and Nigeria were put together by club and community members at the Martin De
Porres Elementary School in Elmont. Joining them was New Hyde Park resident Elisa Adams.
Each kit contained the basic essentials a women would need while giving birth in a rural environment including one piece of plastic, one bar of soap, one pair of surgical gloves, one razor blade, three pieces of string, and three gauze pads.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District wrapped up its school year at the June 9 Board of Education meeting, receiving encouraging financial news from an internal auditor’s report.
Don Hoffman spoke on behalf of the district’s internal auditors to give their annual assessment. The district has been labeled as “no designation,” which means there are no apparent signs of fiscal stress.
“Our conclusion, and it’s been this way for many years, is that the district has strong financial controls in place for all areas of operation,” Hoffman reports.
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