Last Thursday, in anticipation of a larger turnout than usual, the School Board meeting was moved from the classroom-sized meeting room to the auditorium of the community center. The community did not disappoint. Nearly 150 parents, faculty and students assembled for the regular meeting of the Herricks District Board of Education to discuss the proposed changes to the 11th-grade Social Studies curriculum in the upcoming school year.
Based on more than three years of active planning by the Social Studies department, a proposal was made to discontinue the AP level course. Regents level students and potential AP level students would be combined into a single course, labeled as Regents.
Last week seven world-class jockeys took a detour from the racetrack to visit families at The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island as a part of the annual Jockey Day event.
Just days before the running of the 141st Belmont Stakes, Amanda Casey, Alan Garcia, Paco Lopez, Edgar Prado, Rudy Rodriguez, Maylan Studart and John Velázquez showed up in their colorful silks, mingled and took photos with children at the House. The jockeys also came bearing gifts, hats and riding goggles, which were autographed for all in attendance.
As has been the custom for the last 53 years the Williston Park American Legion Post No. 144 held its Everlasting Services prior to the Williston Park Memorial Day Parade.
The service is held behind the American Legion Hall on Willis Avenue and is set up with miniature white crosses to help everyone to remember the sacrifice so many made to keep the residents of Williston Park free.
No rain date needed here, the weather remained accommodating and invited participation from more than 20 local groups, clubs and organizations, including village officials and New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, and Councilman Angelo Ferrara.
The Board of Education of the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School District recently announced that Richard Nicolello, Esq. will be stepping down as general counsel to the New Hyde Park Board of Education effective June 30, after 22 years of service.
Nicolello, who also serves as Nassau County Legislator, was recently promoted to be the head of the Insurance Coverage Group at the law firm of Congdon, Flaherty, O’Callaghan. While he remains committed to the educational goals of the school district, Nicolello believes that his new position will not allow him to devote the proper amount of time needed to maintain the level of services required of the school board’s general counsel.
Herricks School Board Trustees Richard Buckley and Peter Grisafi were both re-elected at last week’s school elections. Final numbers for Buckley: 1,551, Grisafi 1,792 and for Debbie Beer the challenger, 688.
At the last New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board meeting president Patricia Rudd reported on a trip she made to Albany, with several other trustees, to meet with New York State Senator Craig Johnson. The purpose of the trip and the meeting was to plead with Senator Johnson to please not vote for the MTA payroll tax.
In their meeting with Senator Johnson he assured them not to worry, that he would not be voting for the MTA tax.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has a slogan – “Going Your Way.” But it should possibly be changed to “Going in Your Pocket.”
The Senate Democratic Majority has voted to support a bailout of the MTA with a payroll tax that will be applied to all businesses in the areas the MTA serves including Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
There are still expected to be a 10 percent fare increase with the bailout. However, the fare increase isn’t as drastic as the 27 percent increase that was proposed without the bailout. Instead of those who use the MTA services bearing the full brunt of the MTA’s financial troubles, the transportation agency will be subsidized by every Long Island employer with the possible exception of school districts.
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