Third Precinct Inspector Kevin Canavan, in a packed auditorium of the Herricks Community Center, met with the residents of Manhasset Hills and surrounding areas to further discuss the rash of burglaries that have taken place in those neighborhoods.
At the meeting, sponsored by the Herricks PTA presidents, Inspector Canavan began by outlining his experience and education. He said he has been with the police department for 25 years. He has a master’s degree from Fordham University and is currently working on his doctorate degree.
He said, “On the practical side, I have been with the department for the past 25 years and I have four brothers who are all firemen, so I’m the black sheep of the family, being the only one in the police department. But, I have throughly enjoyed my 25 years with the department. I have worked in the patrol end. It’s rewarding. Right now I am the Commanding Officer of the Third Precinct and hopefully that will last for a little while. So, I’m here to talk about anything you’d like to talk about but I do know that burglaries are a big concern in this area.”
Last Saturday, for the first time that anyone could remember, the Village of New Hyde Park was forced, due to the heavy downpour of rain that turned to snow, to hold its tree lighting ceremony…inside. The switch was relocated at Marcus Christ Hall and at the appointed time it was thrown to light up the beautifully lit tree on the front lawn of village hall.
It was also suggested that a new window be installed in the refreshment house stand, so that parents working in that stand could see their children compete in the meets while they are busy selling refreshments.
Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1 that he will not challenge the election between him and Republican opponent Ed Mangano, ensuring that Mangano will become the next Nassau County Executive next month.
The Village of New Hyde Park will hold its Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 5 beginning at 3 p.m. with a program at Marcus Christ Hall for the children. Included will be a performance by The Magic of Amore and the children will then be treated to some goodies. On or about 4 to 4:30 p.m. the program will move outside to the New Hyde Park Village lawn where the New Hyde Park Memorial chorus and orchestra will perform traditional Christmas music.
Santa will arrive and the trees will be lighted to officially start the Christmas season in the Village of New Hyde Park.
At the last Williston Park Village Board meeting, the board, in conjunction with the Williston Park Historical Committee, announced the winners of the 4th fourth grade Annual Historical Contest.
The winners are then invited to Williston Park Village Hall and are given the title of the board mayor and trustees and they then read their winning essays to those assembled at the meeting, including their parents.
“Happy is a relative word,” said U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, when asked if he is happy with the health care bill recently passed in the House of Representatives. Meeting with the Anton Newspapers’ editors last week, the congressman said, “I’m glad the bill passed … but we could have done better.” Congressman Ackerman said that the bill is not his “ideal,” but that at least this was “progress.”
Elaborating further, the congressman said that he would have voted for “portable health care.” He went on to say that he believes it is “essential” for people to be able to keep their health care when they become ill and it is important for everyone to be able to get health insurance even with “pre-existing conditions.”
Asked if he knew what President Barack Obama thought, Congressman Ackerman said that he felt that the president was “pleased,” and, “unlike Hillary Clinton had done” years ago, the president had given the “basic parameters” for health care … “and then we did it.” But Congressman Ackerman then noted that “The Senate can come up with a completely different product.”
Congressman Ackerman expressed his “disappointment” that abortion and a woman’s right to choose was not included in the House bill.
The New Hyde Park Village always remembers its veterans on Veterans Day by holding a very solemn and impressive ceremony on the grounds of the village, corner of New Hyde Park Road and Jericho Turnpike.
This year, as has been in the past New Hyde Park Village Mayor Daniel Petruccio gave the keynote address.
“On this the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour we take the time to honor our veterans. Those brave men and women who have answered the call and come to the defense of freedom and liberty wherever it is threatened. From the first volleys of the Revolutionary War to the fire fights and skirmishes going on at this moment in Afghanistan and Iraq we are compelled to recognize the true American heroes. The quality that is consistently found in all heroes is courage. The dictionary describes courage as the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.
Mineola Mustang Run Committee chairperson Linda Fairgrieve said it will be sad on Sunday, Nov.15, after everyone has left Mineola Middle School, the staging area for Sunday’s Mineola Mustang Run. It will mark the final time the Mustang Run, which has become an annual tradition in Mineola and a major fundraiser for local organizations, is being held as the committee decided it was time to end the run.
The Mustang Run has truly been a team effort, led by Linda and Scott Fairgrieve and the dedicated members of the Mustang Run committee for numerous years. From the volunteers to the sponsors to the participants, the Mustang Run took off and ran ever since it first began. Sunday’s run will mark the 25th year the event is being held.
“We just thought it was time,” said Mrs. Fairgrieve of the committee’s decision not to continue the run after this year. “Twenty-five years is a long time.”
At the last Herricks School Board meeting Nassau County Architect Brian Schneider, who is a hydrogeologist for the county, detailed the county plans for the Herricks Pond Park, located at the bend between Shelter Rock Road and Searingtown Road.
Before his presentation students from Susan D’Andrilli’s fifth-grade class came before the board and imitated the calls of the many birds that have been spotted at the pond. She then turned the meeting over to Schneider.
Prior to his presentation Schneider said he was a former student at Searingtown and Herricks High and he said he was very excited to be project manager for this particular project, having graduated with degrees from Adelphi University.
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