At the last Herricks school board meeting, the board met early, finished their routine business and then met with an extremely large number of high school students in the high school cafeteria.
The students assembled in a circle and then proceeded, one by one, to document what they would like to have the school board do for them.
The most requested item on the list, as it has been in previous years, was for the school board, in conjunction with high school principal Dr. Jane Modoono, to change their hours.
For the past 15 years, under the direction of Hillside Grade School Librarian Barbara Nelson, all the students at Hillside Grade School have participated in the storytelling competition.
The students are asked to read a poem or a rhyming book, then memorize it and recite it before Ms. Nelson and her judges. Out of that group are chosen the students, some from each grade level, who actually perform at the festival held in the Hillside Grade School gym.
The chosen students must then perform in front of the judges who this year were Mrs. Shelia Bet, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Diane Zirilli-Mares and Professor Nick Petrone who is the Adelphi University director of the Department of Theatre.
The League of Woman Voters has been hosting the Supervisor’s State of the Town address for over 20 years; the format is familiar—introduction, speech and questions from the audience. The league, especially Rita and John Tanski, Jane Thomas and Amy Bass, was thanked for its efforts in coordinating the event.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman launched his speech citing Barack Obama’s election by a nation yearning for leadership, bold decisions, change. The country faced the greatest financial collapse since the Great Depression, he said, and the continuation of unsolvable problems involving health care; the environment; and education. The economy appears to be coming back, Kaiman noted, but the electorate is angry.
Although Peter Andrews was not present at the meeting, Williston Park Mayor Ludwig Odierna gave high praise to Peter Andrews and his unique store, on Hillside Avenue, with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Village of Williston Park. He said, “For many years Peter Andrews’ delightful store has added life to the village. Further, he has been a sponsor for many events to benefit the area.”
Mayor Odierna also issued a Certificate of Appreciation to Whistle Stop, a store that recently opened in Williston Park and owner Mary Ann Fearon who was on hand to accept the certificate.
Inspector Kevin Canavan, Sergeant Tom Iannucci and Sergeant Stephen Grasek of the Third Precinct addressed residents at the last New Hyde Park Village meeting regarding numerous ongoing complaints. They also took additional questions from the board and attending community members.
The first problem discussed was business and truck traffic at South 5th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. One resident asked for clarification of street signage that was replaced several years ago and shows a picture of a truck with a red circle with a line through it. Inspector Canavan explained that sign means “trucks of any kind, including personal pickup truck, mail carrier truck or residential delivery trucks.
The Representative Party has nominated the following candidates for the Williston Park Village elections: Re-elect Ludwig A. Odierna as mayor, elect Susan M. Redding as treasurer, Kevin Rynne as trustee and Kevin J. Kiley as village justice.
The party states it has accomplished many of its goals and has much more it intends to achieve. They say they are running on their record of: Fiscal responsibility, an improved bond rating and elimination of a $300,000 deficit, articulation and cooperation with state and federal officials, evidenced by many grants to offset resident’s taxes, improved traffic and road conditions, evidenced by continued updates and changes and a close working relationship with the 3rd Precinct, proactively keeping Williston Park safe from illegal activities.
The Representative Party adds, “Our record is long and detailed, as you will note as we continue to speak to the residents. We hope that you will agree with us and afford us the opportunity to continue to represent the Village of Williston Park for the next four years.”
The March 16 election will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at the Williston Park American Legion Hall, 730 Willis Avenue, Williston Park.
At the last meeting of the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board, held at the Garden City Park School, the first portion was dedicated to hearing the “wish lists” of the residents on what they would like to see incorporated into this year’s budget.
At the outset of the meeting, school board president Ernest Gentile said he would like to thank all the public officials who voted to repeal the Energy Tax. He said it was just another unfunded mandate that would have resulted in a very heavy burden on the district.
Just hours after officially resigning from the position of Williston Park Village Justice, a position he has held for the past 15 years, Alan J. Reardon, Esq. announced that he is running for the position of mayor of The Village of Williston Park on the Citizen Party line.
Candidate Reardon has been a resident of Williston Park since 1972 and has 30 years of service to the village. He was the village justice for 15 years and a village trustee for 12 years. Prior to those offices he was a member of the village board of zoning and appeals and on the safety committee for three years.
As a village trustee he obtained the original New York State grant money for the construction of the Williston Park Village Gazebo. Further, he has sponsored little league teams for many years and has participated in Operation Santa Claus for the past 30 years.
What started as a rather lackluster meeting suddenly broke into pandemonium, at the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, when residents literally started yelling about the lack of police protection given to residents by the 3rd Precinct police officers.
One resident said that the police officers should be reported to their “superiors” for not doing their job of patrolling the streets marked “no through trucking” for trucks travel down those streets, all the time, in spite of the signs.
Mayor Daniel Petruccio, deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro and trustees Lawrence Montreuil and Donald Barbieri all urged the residents, over and over again, to call 911 when the trucks go down the street and they said they had.
In a ceremony at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Legislator Richard J. Nicolello was sworn in by Congressman Peter King for an eighth term as representative of the 9th L.D., a position he has held since the inception of the Legislature in 1996. At the Legislature’s initial meeting, Legislator Nicolello was appointed chairman of the Finance Committee.
He was also appointed vice chairman of the Committee on Economic Development and Labor, as well as a member of the Budget Review and Towns and Villages Committees.
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