At the beginning of the last New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board meeting Superintendent Robert Katulak said that the administration has begun its budget-building for next year.
He said, “We begin with what is called zero-based budgeting where we start with no increases to budget lines and every request needs to be stated and explained. This year more than ever, we are faced with what we are calling “a perfect storm.”
Therefore, on Jan. 3, 2011 the New Hyde Park Board of Education will hold a public budget workshop for community input at 8 p.m. at the Garden City Park School.
At the last Herricks board meeting teachers were on hand to give an update on the program Response to Intervention (RTI) instituted last year in the district.
The main speaker for the group was Mel Haley, who is the principal of the Denton Avenue School, and she said that the group is especially thrilled this year because they could see the positive results from this extensive intervention program and also on Fundations Correspondence.
Each individual teacher was bursting with pride as they told of the examples of their students who had been in the program and they gave the positive results of the program.
The program is introduced in kindergarten and it doesn’t take very long before the students can sound out letters to the point of being able to actually spell simple words like “mat” and “cat” by sounding out the letters, even in the kindergarten.
The 7th State Senate District ballot recount and absentee ballot count has begun. The counts are reportedly going to conclude sometime Friday. While Mineola Mayor Jack Martins has already claimed victory, Democrats feel the race for incumbent Sen. Craig Johnson’s seat is a race far from over.
As of last Wednesday, Johnson is down by 415 votes. Martins tallied in at 41,041 votes while Johnson concluded at 40,626.
Concerning the broad spectrum of the senate races, Democrats must win all three remaining undecided races to keep the majority they captured in 2008, while Republicans need to win two, according to the Board of Elections. In the 62-seat chamber, a majority requires 32 and Republicans have won 30 seats to Democrats 29.
Toys for Tots held its Annual Kick-Off, under the direction of Major Chuck Kilbride Ret, USMC, this year at Oheka Castle, in Huntington, possibly one of the most beautiful venues on Long Island, through the courtesy of Gary Melius. The main dining room was packed with many dignitaries and supporters, all who came with gift in hand to add to the many toys already on display.
Anton Community Newspapers Publisher Angela Susan Anton, with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who was named this year’s chairperson for Toys for Tots, along with Derek Partee of Hempstead, Major Chuck Kilbride USMC Retired, who heads the Toys for Tots Program, Sergeant Brian Gomes, USMC Assistant Coordinator for Toys for Tots and Hempstead Town Councilman Edward Ambrosino.
At the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting it was announced that the Annual Christmas tree lighting will be held on December 4 at New Hyde Park Village Hall.
Prior to the actual tree lighting, there will be a children’s show at Marcus Christ Hall at about 3:30 p.m. and directly after that Santa is set to arrive, followed by the tree lighting ceremony. Included in the ceremonies will be musical interludes by both the New Hyde Park Memorial Choir and the New Hyde Park Memorial Jazz Band.
New Hyde Park Village Mayor Daniel Petruccio added, “And, it will probably be the coldest day of the year, because it usually is.”
Trustee Kevin Rynne also announced that this year, directly after the Ragamuffin Parade, there will be judging of a pumpkin-carving contest on the village lawn. All entries to be judged are to be left on the village lawn by 6 and 6:45 p.m.
The mayor and the board also approved a resolution to name the Illustrated News as an official paper for the Village of Williston Park.
For three terrifyingly, spooky nights and one not-so-spooky day, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, swamp monsters and a bunch of their gruesome buddies will rise up from their lairs and prowl the grounds of Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson.
At the last Herricks School Board meeting, the first order of business was to swear-in the student representatives and the alternatives The student representatives are: Meena Yo and Grant Seltzer Richman and the alternatives are: Sheryl Bohan and Samuel Oh.
The board then heard an in-depth description of the English Scholars Program delivered by English Chairperson Victor Jaccarino and English teachers Alan Smerdijan, Denise Accardi, Tom Baier, Jon Lavas, Sarah Kammerdener plus students from the high school in the program.
The Illustrated News contacted Dr. Jack Bierwirth, Herricks School District Superintendent regarding the water pressure of the fire hydrants on the grounds of the high school.
Dr. Bierwirth said that he and the Herricks Director of Facilities, Jim Brown, are working closely with the Garden City Park Water District to correct any problems with the fire hydrants. According to Brown, there are seven hydrants involved with the water pressure. If just one is opened it is fine. It is when more than one is opened that the water pressure tends to become less.
7th District Senatorial Candidate Jack Martins held a “truth” conference last Friday to address the alleged accusations regarding his campaign headquarters made by Senator Craig Johnson. Martins stood outside Johnson’s District office on Herricks Road addressing supporters, passersby, media members and one Johnson representative.
Martins said he invited Johnson to speak with him at the press conference. Johnson was at a job fair at Nassau Community College on Friday.
“For the next three weeks, we’re going to focus on the issues,” Martins said. “We’re going to focus on the need to cut spending, to cut taxes and give people the tax relief they need and desensitize our businesses and our small businesses to begin to invest in our economy again.”
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