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.”
After the last regular meeting of the Williston Park Village Board, the board held a hearing on the installation of additional cell antennas on the Williston House at 600 Willis Avenue and it quickly turned into a marathon session, ending after midnight.
Prior to the hearing the following legal notice, that appeared in the newspaper, was read: “Continuation of a Special Exception Application by Cingular Wireless to Seek Permission to Install a Public Utility Wireless Telecommunications Facility at 600 Willis Avenue, New York. Includes the installation of Panel Antennas on the building rooftop and related equipment cabinets within the subject building.”
John Huber represented the cell company and he is an attorney with a law firm in Huntington.
Residents, dignitaries and visitors packed Jericho Turnpike, from New Hyde Park Road to almost Covert Avenue, to attend another successful New Hyde Park Street Fair
The street was covered with vendors, merchants, exhibits and this year, a car show on Lakeville Road. It was a picture-perfect September day and everyone seemed to be having a marvelous time as they went from booth to booth sampling wares and picking up souvenirs, along with many of the various foods offered by the restaurants up and down the turnpike.
The North Hempstead Board of Zoning hearing on the request for a variance to build a parking lot, which is a non-permitted use, on the east side of 1046 North 2nd Street and on the south side 130 of Hillside Avenue at the Hillside Islamic Center, known as 300 Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park, was packed with residents and there was standing room only.
At first it was rumored that the hearing was to change the zoning in the area, but that proved untrue; the hearing was to just change the “permitted use.” The actual wording of the variance stated, “To permit the demolition of a dwelling and use of the premises as a parking lot within a residential district which is not a permitted use.”
The first person to speak was the attorney for the Islamic Center, Raymond Smolenski, who said he had, in fact, been a former resident of New Hyde Park. He said that the parking, especially on the recent Ramadan holiday, had been a concern for the neighborhood and by granting the 18 spaces that the Center requests, for use as a parking lot, it would alleviate that concern.
The members of the Chamber of Commerce for the Willistons held its Annual Street Fair and the day was just perfect.
The street was packed as residents and visitors wandered up and down Hillside Avenue from Willis Avenue, almost to the station as local merchants and vendors displayed their various wares.
In the parking lot next to Bank of America, there was erected a scaled-down park for the children with rides geared to them. A slide and the ever-popular tea-cup, along with a ride of strawberries. The kids had a great time and it was a perfect venue for them.
The members of the East Williston Fire Department were all busy cooking up hot dogs and hamburgers on the spot, to the delight of so many.
The Town of North Hempstead held its Annual Beach Fest last week on the boardwalk of North Hempstead Beach, formerly known as Bar Beach. Although the weather was overcast and damp, it didn’t deter the many folks with and without children eager to participate in the many fun free events.
The first booth most folks encountered, as they arrived, was Erik’s Reptile Adventures and it certainly was an adventure!
Erik opened with a huge yellow snake named “Twinkie” that he passed around for one and all to touch. Granted, “Twinkie” was very soft, but more than a little unsettling to touch. However, some brave souls even wrapped her (it was a female) around their necks.
As part of its back-to-school message, in conjunction with New Hyde Park/Garden City Park Superintendent Robert Katulak’s, “The desk of Katulak’s report, the school board adopted the following goals for the new year:
The New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School District is committed to continuously improving student achievement and will expand the Response to Intervention model in grades 3 – 6 through the district for all classroom teachers with a demonstration of a 5 percent reduction of teacher referrals of students to CSE during the year.
The Board of Education, along with the superintendent will work collaboratively with the district architect and the director of facilities to create a Capital project for renovations based on the building conditions survey.
Organized and run by Williston Park Village Trustee William Darmstadt, the Village of Williston Park held a very moving ceremony to memorialize and never forget those from the village perished in the attacks at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
The event was held at the Memorial Garden at the Williston Park Little League Field that was created and maintained by the Williston Park Little League.
John Hogan was the master-of-ceremonies and he introduced all the guest speakers, who did not speak in lengthy messages, but what they all said was very meaningful.
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