Hakeem Rahim just wants to help. He wants to use his experience to aid others who may be suffering from what he called “an uncontrollable terror.” That terror was a panic attack and mental break. Rahim recently shared his story at a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., which focused on mental illness.
“I had delusions,” he said. “I thought I was Neo from The Matrix. I was jumping off the walls. I had all the classic signs of someone who broke from reality. It’s good to talk about it. It’s not good to hold it in.”
Rahim, who serves as a guest speaker for the nonprofit National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau (NAMI) in New Hyde Park, talks with students about his experiences before, during and after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2000. He’s speaks regularly with local school districts, including New Hyde Park Memorial High School.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education has begun reexamining current board practices, specifically district hiring policies with emphasis on transferring personnel between buildings.
Trustee Jennifer Kerrane expressed concerns that some teachers, while approved to work in each of the district’s four buildings, are actually limited to only three. She says this can be detrimental to both the students as well as teachers who may face a transfer as a result of another employee not being able to work in a particular building.
“The board practice is that we don’t employ a person in the building in which their child attends school,” Superintendent Robert Katulak explains. “This rule applies to everyone from monitors and substitutes, all the way up to administrators.”
The Herricks Community Players have tackled classics like The Music Man and Guys and Dolls, but its current production, Funny Girl, is its most ambitious yet. The play, which opened last week, will feature shows on May 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.
Community Players director John Hayes first produced Funny Girl in 1982 for Herricks. Hayes has always wanted to revisit the production and helped pick the key players. He’s been the director for 36 years, running 67 performances.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while and now we’re finally doing it,” he said. “We have a great cast; about 35 in the cast.”
Brasserie translates to “brewery” in the English language, but the English term is more commonly use for a fairly upscale high end bistro. These meanings come together inside the Inn at New Hyde Park, at a restaurant known as Brasserie 214. Serving a wide selection of European cuisine, this bistro also boasts one of the widest selections of beer lists on Long Island.
“Brasserie 214 came about in 2007, after extensive renovations to the Inn’s event facility,” said Restaurant General Manager Chris Anthony. “We feature many selections from Europe, including menu items from France, Northern Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Scandinavia.”
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) in New Hyde Park is entering Phase II of Project Design, a renovation initiative that will bring together more than 45 of America’s leading interior designers. Last summer, Phase I transformed a portion of the house, adjacent to Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. Phase II will add of 24 bedrooms, four kitchens, five common areas, laundry rooms and a brand new fitness center and meditation room. RMH-LI is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children.
The upcoming bond referendum vote in the Sewanhaka Central High School District has dominated school board meetings since the district announced a second plan to renovate its five buildings. The new $86.61 million bond will be used for renovations and infrastructure projects in the district’s five high schools and up for vote on May 20. The district tried to float a $99.5 million bond, which failed before voters last December by 293 tallies.
At the April 22 board meeting, New Hyde Park resident Christine Grincato asked if the board would be providing a line-item budget for the newly revised bond.
“How much would go for the roof? How much would go for the auditorium? I don’t see that information online or in the presentation,” she said. “I think that’s really important for people to see where the money is going to go.”
At the April 24 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the Nassau BOCES 2014-15 administrative budget, a spending plan, to which all 56 school districts in Nassau County contribute to, was unanimously approved by the Herricks Trustees.
The Board Of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) 2014-15 Administrative Budget comes in at $19.9 million, which represents only a 1.1 percent increase over the current fiscal years spending plan; board Vice-President Nancy Feinstein noted that this marginal increase was a significant feat.
“They’re really very careful about how they spend and how they craft their budgets,” she said. “I’m really not surprised that they were able to do this. It’s very impressive.”
Every year, Center Street Elementary School celebrates PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) week. The PTA organizes PARP week and its goal is to help parents inspire their children to become lifelong readers.
“We want to help make reading fun at school and at home so our children will love reading,” said Christine Liu, PARP committee chair.
PARP week kicked off at the Center Street School with an opening ceremony where students were introduced to their reading challenge through a wildly entertaining, full-costume dramatic performance by teachers and the principal. Next, there was a visit by Brian Pinkney, award-winning author and illustrator.
After a very long winter, spring time is finally here and it’s time to get all of your gardening needs in. Whether you’re looking for gardening supplies, annual perennials or shrubs or bird food and pool cleaning agents, Garden World in Franklin Square is your place.
“I go there for everything,” says Mary Channix of New Hyde Park. “It has all my gardening needs and is just a short drive away. I’ll be going next week to get more stuff to have the garden ready to go.”
In business since 1959, Garden World offers everything the average gardener needs to keep their lawn green and their outside property looking clean.
The Village of New Hyde Park adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million.
The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.
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