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Focus on Budget Items at New Hyde Park School Meeting

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

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.”


Barbara Alagna Running for Williston Park Village Trustee

Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

Barbara Alagna

(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 Running for Williston Park Village Trustee

Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

Jim Bumstead

(The following was submitted by the candidate.)

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. 


Lofaro, Coppola to Run for Re-election

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

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.


Community Arranges a ‘Heartfelt’ Thanks to Marines and Their Wives

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

Members of the North Hempstead community met on Valentine’s Day at the offices of The Americana in Manhasset with many United States Marines and their wives in what they called “A Day of Love.”

The event was sponsored by the doctors of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, under the direction of Teresa Barroca and Manhasset Chamber of Commerce President Dr. Harvey Passes, DDS.

Both the Marines and their wives were treated to a daylong spa treatment including facials and spa treatments at the office of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group located at the Americana.


More Than 70 Couples in Town Renew Wedding Vows

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

The Town of North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross with the help of councilman Angelo Ferrara were on hand as more than 70 couples married for more than half a century renewed their vows at Harbor Links in Port Washington.

Gross, who presided over the ceremony, said, “We hope to shine a spotlight on those couples who have figured out the secret to a long and healthy marriage.  It is truly an honor to personally administer the renewal of vows of some of North Hempstead’s finest.”

The 70 couples combined represented an astounding 3,500 years of marriage.


Herricks School Board Presents Two Budget Options to Residents

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

At the last Herricks School Board meeting, superintendent Dr. Jack Bierwirth presented, at the request of the school board, two separate budgets. One was what he called a “Shaved Stand-Pat” Budget with a budget-to-budget increase of 6.64 percent. This budget does not cut programs or services to students. But, it does not include any expenditures for capital projects, new buses, new maintenance vehicles, Herricks Teacher Center, since New York State has withdrawn its support for teacher centers.

Budget With Only Two Percent Increase

The second budget he presented, which was specifically at the request of the members of the school board, was a budget with only a 2 percent increase. To achieve this budget it required a net reduction of $4.6 million. Dr. Bierwirth explained, “Since we must budget for unemployment costs, a net reduction of $4.8 million was achieved through cuts totaling $5.73 million offset by unemployment costs of $1.1 million.  


Village Holds Gala Re-opening of William Gill Renovated Theatre

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00
The William Gill Theatre has always rested atop New Hyde Park Village Hall and years ago it was the scene of many plays and musicals.  But, over the years, as technology became so much more sophisticated, the theatre became obsolete.

However, with the diligence of New Hyde Park Village Clerk/Treasurer Patrick Farrell, the theatre has been renovated and is all set to feature many wonderful events including plays and musicals.

The village held a grand ribbon-cutting gala the other evening with many dignitaries on hand to celebrate the momentous event.

The theatre was originally named after former New Hyde Park Village Mayor William Gill, Jr.   He was the mayor of the village from 1977 to 1988.  He and his wife Madeline moved to the village in 1949 on Gilford Avenue.  There they raised their three children Judi, Genny and William and all three were present at the ribbon cutting.


Fire Guts New Hyde Park Home, Killing Homeowner

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00

An early morning fire gutted a home on Seventh Street in New Hyde Park, during the early morning hours and claimed t he life of the homeowner.

The Nassau County Arson/Bomb Squad reports the details of the house fire that occurred in New Hyde Park on Feb. 6 at 12:50 a.m.  According to detectives, the New Hyde Park Fire Department responded to a working house fire on Seventh Avenue.  With the assistance of Floral Park, Stewart Manor, Bellerose Terrace, Franklin Square, Manhasset/Lakeville, Garden City Park and Mineola fire departments the fire was extinguished.


Town Board Finally Votes on Fence Height Amendment

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

At the last North Hempstead Town Board meeting, the board, after postponing a decision for three meetings (Oct. 5, Nov. 16, Dec. 14),  finally voted on a Local Law Amending Chapter No. 70, entitled Zoning which involved an agreed upon fence height for the town. The fence height for the town has been four feet all around the property. However, not all on the board voted the decision.

The final decision voted on is:  Four feet across the front of the yard; five feet along the sides from the actual line of the house and six feet along the back of the property.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, who said he would have preferred a lower height, voted no, as did Councilwoman Kitty Poons.   However, the new height regulations passed.

Councilman Thomas Dwyer, when he voted yes, said he thought it was a good compromise.


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