Recently, the Long Island Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (LIRHA) held its Annual Walk-a-Thon at Jones Beach in memory of New Hyde Park resident Jack Garofalo, Jr. He was a longtime worker in AHRC’s Vocational Training Center, a resident of AHRC Nassau and a student of the LIRHA program.
The Garofalo family, staunch supporters of AHRC and LIRHA and friends of Jack, Jr., walked in celebration of his life while raising needed funds for LIRHA’s program.
At the last meeting of the New Hyde Park Village, a resident, at the start of the meeting, said she would like to praise the village for quick and efficient action in response to a problem.
She said, “Last Thursday, the street light on my block was out. So, I called village hall and spoke to someone who took my name, the address of the outage. I asked him if I should get another phone number to call and he said no, we’ll take care of it. Then, Thurday night the bulb was replaced. ”
New Hyde Park Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro, who was chairing the meeting, thanked the resident for her praise. Trustee Donald Barbieri jokingly said to the resident, “Next time I want something done in the village, in a hurry, I’m calling you.”
At the last Village of Williston Park meeting, Williston Park Mayor Ludwig Odierna stopped a hearing so that New York State Senator Craig Johnson could present two large checks to the village.
The first check he presented, in the amount of $100,000, was to the Williston Park Fire Department and fire chief William Shannon was on hand to accept the check.
The former mayor of Williston Park, Thomas Muldoon, died suddenly, at home, on September 17, 2009.
Muldoon, a familiar figure in the Village of Williston Park, could always be seen, with camera around his neck, since leaving office, taking pictures at key events in the village.
Muldoon and his wife Carole have been residents of Williston Park for the past 35 years. They have three children, Kevin, Carolyn Andrews (John) and Christopher (Denise) and he was the grandfather of Audrey, Timothy and Conor.
In spite of the dire predictions of rain for the entire day, the New Hyde Park Village went ahead with its scheduled fair last Saturday and their luck held…it was a great day, a great fair, packed and everyone had a marvelous time.
Most of the schools in the New Hyde Park area opened this week to repainted classrooms and shiny floors as students flocked into their respective buildings and classrooms.
For the most part there were smiles on every student’s face as they faced the excitement and anticipation of a new year, perhaps new friends and maybe new teachers.
New Hyde Park/Garden City Park students went back on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and the Herricks students went back on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
Although it was 8:30 a.m on a rainy, dank and chilly day, for September, the meeting room of Clark Gardens on I.U. Willets Road, Albertson, in the Town of North Hempstead, was packed as county, town and local officials jammed in to be part of the eighth September 11 Memorial Service.
The day was so unlike that horrible day eight years ago that dawned to a bright, crisp and clear September.
The service was run by North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross, who opened with touching remarks. She said, “9/11 now jumps from the calendar page just as vividly as the 4th of July or Jan. 1t. Each year it reminds us where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news of the two towers falling, or when the plane crashed into the Pentagon or into a field in Pennsylvania.
At the last meeting of the Herricks school board, Herricks Superintendent Dr. Jack Bierwirth announced that in each classroom of Herricks schools hand sanitizers have been installed.
Dr. Bierwirth stressed, “This, by no means, takes the place of washing hands, and all boys and girls lavatorys will be constantly equipped with extra soap. But, the hand sanitizers are just an extra precaution in an effort to kill the deadly H1N1 flu virus that is on the minds of so many administrators, teachers and parents of students returning to school.”
Dr. Bierwirth said that in a meeting with all school administrators earlier in the year, it was decided to send out a uniform letter from the Nassau County Health Department Commissioner Maria Carney to each district to be shared with administrators, teachers and parents in the district regarding the rules in addressing the H1N1 flu.
Sixty-four Years Ago Japanese Formally Surrendered
Joseph Smolenski, the CEO of the New Hyde Park Funeral Home, held a moving VJ Day ceremony to remember the end of WWII with the victory over Japan.
Smolenski said, “The war in the Pacific was devastating and the battle long and bloody. The U.S. military was slowly progressing on Japan island by island. But resistance was fierce and casualties numerous.
At the last Williston Park Village Board meeting, the Superintendent of Public Works Keith Bunnell announced that due to the new log splitter machine they have purchased, the village has wood that is all cut for burning that is being offered for free, it just needs to be picked up. Call for information as to the hours of picking up the wood at 746-2193.
Also announced was that on September 11 the Williston Park Little League will hold a 9/11 Ceremony at 7 p.m. at Kelleher Field to remember all those who died on 9/11. At that time a plaque, donated by Kiwanis County Seat, will be permanently affixed at the park.
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