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.
The public is invited to comment on a no further action remedy proposed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to address contamination related to the Techem site located at 1840 Falmouth Avenue in New Hyde Park.
The remedy proposed for the site includes “no further action with site management.”
Annual site inspections and deed restrictions would be used to minimize the potential for human exposure to subsurface soil and groundwater.
Prior to its last school board regular meeting at the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School, the board set aside time for residents to comment on what they wanted to see in the budget and what they did not want to be removed.
One resident was very emphatic about the fact that she did not want to see the following programs eliminated from the budget: Odyssey, Math Enrichment, Science Teachers, Band, Chorus and Strings because she said, “They provide a well-rounded education for the students and they develop and shape the students analytic and critical thinking skills.”
Another resident, Frank Cienski, listed his thoughts. He said, “No programs cut, no layoffs. Plus, we would like to see a list of what could be cut.”
(The following information submitted by the candidate.)
I am happy and excited to announce my candidacy for Williston Park Trustee.
My family and I have been proud residents of Williston Park since 1987. When it came time to decide where we wanted to move our family, a variety of factors influenced our decision to set roots in Williston Park. When my husband John worked as a Chef at La Marmite restaurant, we would often travel through the quiet, tree-lined streets. We found ourselves admiring the attractive homes and well-attended lawns. The Village had an inviting feel and we developed an immediate likeness to its surroundings. Even more importantly, we knew our two young sons, 16 and 13 at the time, would benefit from a quality education within the Herricks School District.
Jim Bumstead has announced that he is running for Williston Park Village Board Trustee in the upcoming village election, slated for March 15 at the American Legion Hall on Willis Avenue from 12 noon to 9 p.m. He will be running against Williston Park Village Trustee Barbara Alagna.
Bumstead has lived in Williston Park, with his wife Adeline, since 1991 when he moved here from Mineola. He has three children; his daughter is a Lutheran minister living in Wisconsin, while his two sons reside in southwestern Virginia.
While in Mineola, for over 10 years he was very active in community affairs. This included three terms as president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. It was under his administration that the chamber began to grow by leaps and bounds. When he became president the chamber had about 60 paid members; when he left office it had over 150 and a substantial bank account.
At the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting it was learned that Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro and Richard Coppola are planning to run for re-election in the next mayoral election set for March 15 at Marcus Christ Hall, corner of New Hyde Park Road and Jericho Turnpike. Both Lofaro and Coppola will run uncontested.
Villages are now being supported in a bill proposed by Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel allowing the villages until 2012, to rent lever voting machines for their next elections.
However, New Hyde Park Village Mayor Daniel Petruccio said that the board is deciding to perhaps just use hand-written paper ballots for its March 15 election since the race is uncontested.
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