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Jack Martins Sworn In as 7th Senate District Senator

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Briefly Outlines Plans in Speech

It’s official. After launching his campaign in March 2010, standing outside train stations, restaurants and local businesses and after a long and arduous court battle, Jack Martins can take the “-elect” off of the end of his new job title.

Former Mineola Mayor Jack Martins was sworn in as the Seventh District senator last Tuesday. Martins was accompanied by his wife Paula and the rest of the Martins family as he took the oath of senator around noon Tuesday.

Before Martins was sworn in, Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) cited “spectacular wins throughout the state,” which garnered applause from the crowd of about 200 people. Skelos was sworn in as Senate majority leader last Wednesday.


This Little Piggy Couldn’t Possibly Make It to the Market!

Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

New Hyde Park Receives Blanket of Blizzard Snow the day after Christmas and New Hyde Park was given the gift of a blizzard of enormous proportions. However, the village  went into high gear and quickly and efficiently cleared all the main roads and side roads. Working day and night the Department of Public Works made sure every road in the village was passable.


Happicaps Shine at Christmas Pageant

Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

Once again, the St. Aidan Happicaps took over the stage at Msgr. Kirwin Hall and did another outstanding job of entertaining family and friends who packed the audience for their Annual Christmas Pageant.

The group meets every week, under the direction of  Carol Fazzalore and Priscilla Szachacz, and they give the group a chance to meet and socialize away from the group homes they live in throughout the county.

They start to determine what theme their Christmas show will be sometime during the summer and from then on they practice their individual skits and they are always wonderful and this year was no exception because each and every scene was fantastic.


School Board Appoints Frank Cataleno as Maintainer

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

At the last meeting of the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board the school board approved the appointment of Frank Cataleno as a Maintainer.  He was present at the meeting and had a chance to be introduced by the board.

The following teachers received Reclassification of Teachers Salary Schedule.  They are: Regina O’Keefe, Jennifer Naughton, Sheryl Posner, Eileen Prymaczek, Deborah Ryan, Patricia Saanski, Annie Schneider, Bridget Balducci, Lillian Buccella, Maria Colton, Julie Croshere, Jana Fishkind, Leticia Hauser, Kathleen Heenan, Lara Holtzkamp, Ann Johnson, Janet Keinert, Kelly Setiadi, Janine Sheehan, Nanette Stepanian, Paul Vecchiarelli, Georgette Vosseler, Carol Weiss, Stephanie Wise and Elizabeth Powers.


Joseph Sciame Elected as President of Major Italian American Organizations

Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

Joseph Sciame, a National Past President of the Order Sons of Italy in America, recently was elected 2011-2013 Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations. The election took place at the annual Conference meeting of more than 50 organizations held in Washington, DC at the end of October at the Washington Hilton, site of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) annual meeting and gala weekend.

Sciame will lead the organization, known as “The Conference,” which was founded over 40 years ago “…to enroll as members in a spiritual bond all national, regional, statewide and special Italian American organizations,” and in order to provide a clearinghouse for centralized thinking and unified directed guidance for Italian American activities at their broadest national levels and interests.


Herricks Board Predicts Dire Budget Outlook for New Year

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00
At the last Herricks School Board meeting, at the Herricks Middle School, and after all the students in the Middle School delivered their comments, the board got down to the business of what problems they will have to deal with in creating a budget for the new year.  

Herricks Superintendent Dr. Jack Bierwirth took over the meeting and outlined the grim picture of the budget for the coming year.

He said, “Normally we would not be presenting anything on the budget until the end of January or the beginning of February.  However, we are presenting it now since we are facing a rather extraordinary set of challenges both on the expenditure side and the revenue side.


Senator Craig Johnson Issues Congratulatory Message to Martins

Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

“I congratulate Senator-elect Martins on his victory and wish him the best as the next representative of the 7th State Senate District.

“I am truly thankful to those who supported me throughout my 10 years of public service in Nassau County and Albany, during this hard fought campaign, and during this lengthy - but vitally important - recount process.

“We fought to make sure every vote counted and to ensure all votes in all future elections across this state are counted. This was an especially important task with new voting technology that has shown to be prone to deficiencies and inaccuracies.


New Hyde Park Appoints Thomas Gannon DPW Superintendent

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

Village Lauds Gannon As Best for Job

At the last meeting of the Village of New Hyde Park, the board announced the appointment of the Superintendent of Building Thomas Gannon to the position of Superintendent of the Department of Public Works. He will be in charge of the men in the department at the facility that abuts Nuzzi Field on Stewart Avenue, in New Hyde Park. He was greeted with a round of applause at the time of the announcement at the meeting in village hall.

After Gannon’s appointment, Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro, who took over the meeting for Mayor Daniel Petruccio, said, “I think that the message here is we didn’t have to look very far because the most qualified and the best person for the job was right in front of us.  We thank Tom for offering his services to the village and we are absolutely delighted that he has accepted the position and the board and his colleagues are anxiously waiting to work with Tom and to continue to provide quality service to the residents of the village.”


Fighting Bullying in Schools and Online

Written by Andrea Ordon Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

Father Shares Son’s Tragic Suicide Story

At Hofstra Conference

The Long Island Youth Safety Coalition, in association with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, held its first Internet Safety and Bullying Prevention Conference on Dec. 2 at Hofstra University. Several educators from the county’s school districts and other community organizations attended the event which focused on addressing both bullying that happens in schools and online. Registration for the conference was so popular that it was eventually capped to 320, with a waitlist that exceeded 100.  

A conference on bullying was first proposed last year by members of the Nassau County Executive’s Youth Council. This Council is composed of student representatives from throughout the county.  

The conference featured keynote speaker John Halligan, whose son Ryan Patrick committed suicide in 2003 due to bullying at his Vermont middle school and online. He gave a motivational talk that encouraged attendees to properly address bullying schools. Halligan, a Farmingdale native, has shared Ryan’s story over 900 times to nearly 450 schools throughout the United States and Canada.


New Hyde Park/Williston Park Village Hold Tree Lighting Ceremony

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00

New Hyde Park Village

In the first real cold snap of the season, last Saturday and Sunday, both the New Hyde Park Village and the Village of Williston Park held tree lighting ceremonies on their front lawns to herald the start of the Christmas holidays.

The Village of New Hyde Park started off their ceremonies, under the direction of Lisa Miranda, the head of the Cultural Commission with a visit from magician The Magic of Amore. He thoroughly delighted the children with all of his many tricks as he pulled things from his sleeve and behind his ear.  The children loved every minute of it.


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