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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for capital projects, new buses, new maintenance vehicles, Herricks Teacher Center, since New York State has withdrawn its support for teacher centers.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.


Snowstorm Once Again Paralyzes the Area

Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00
Both New Hyde Park and Williston Park were virtually paralyzed by another snowstorm that dropped about 17 inches on the area, closing all the schools and many businesses resulting in the snowiest January in years.

New Hyde Park Clerk/Treasurer Patrick Farrell Resigns

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

At the beginning of the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, Mayor Daniel Petruccio announced that he had received the resignation of village clerk/treasurer Patrick Farrell, who has accepted a position with the Village of Floral Park.

Farrell, who has been clerk/treasurer for the past seven years, will remain with the village until February 27.

Mayor Petruccio thanked Farrell for his service and described him as, “been known to have a plunger in his hand one minute, pliers or a screwdriver another minute and then budget sheets at another time.”

The Village is now looking for someone to fill the “big shoes” of Farrell.


New Hyde Park Village Board Discusses Budgeting Snow Removal

Written by Vanessa Canner Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

The New Hyde Park Village board met at the Village Hall for their regular board meeting to discuss, comment and explain what goes on behind the daunting task of snow removal.

Deputy Mayor Robert Lofar said, “The snow may fall for only 12 hours, but while New Hyde Park residents are asleep, the members of the Department of Public Works are out getting the plows, attaching equipment, loading every truck with sand and salt and gathering up the men to remove that snow so that when residents  wake up, the roads are clear and ready for them.”

Mayor Daniel Petruccio commended Department of Public Works Superintendent Tom Gannon for removing the snow so quickly,  as did a woman in the audience.

Petruccio also said, “Tom Gannon really is trying to be as creative as he can in terms of how we expend the money necessary to do these snow removals.”


First Snow of 2011 Blankets New Hyde Park

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

Once again a heavy snowfall closed many area schools and businesses last week. For the school children it was a fun day to play in the drifts, but to those who were trying to get into work it was a challenge.

The first big snow of the year fell the day after Christmas and caught many unprepared, so this snowfall wasn’t quite as large or quite as crippling, but nonetheless, annoying.

The following are snow scenes throughout the New Hyde Park Village and at the hill at Herricks High School which is a very popular local spot for sleigh riding.


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