At the last meeting of the Village of Williston Park, former village clerk Walter Moloughney was honored, posthumously, with a plaque of the village crest that is hung behind the dais, for all the work he did in planning out a newly renovated court and meeting room for the village.
Also involved was Denis Farrell, of F.B.S Business Systems, who donated the village crest. Present at the event were Williston Park Justice Alan Reardon and clerk Ursula Odierna along with the entire Walter Moloughney family.
A bill with the supposed aim to reduce the property tax burden on New Yorkers by creating a mechanism to eliminate local governments has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson. The law now provides a way to eliminate villages through a petition and villagewide referendum or an act of the county legislature and a countywide referendum.
Recently, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello hosted a districtwide Hurricane Preparedness Forum at the Mineola Community Center. Legislator Nicolello was joined by Commissioner James Callahan from the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, Mike Arcari from the Nassau County CERT (Civilian Emergency Response Team), and Jim Brida from the American Red Cross.
Once again, all the students, the families and the friends of the sixth grade students at Manor Oaks School gathered in the gym to celebrate Moving Up Day.
Diane Zirilli Mares, director of Curriculum and Instruction started the ceremony with an inspiring speech. She was “filling in” for superintendent Robert Katulak, who was absent, due to a death in his family.
Jisha Thomas, New Hyde Park Memorial’s Valedictorian, was not only first in her graduating class but the President of the Red Cross Club and Secretary of the New Hyde Park Step Team. Also, she is a Girl ScoutLeader and a Praise and Worship Leader at her local church. Next year, Jisha will be attending the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and will pursue a career in medicine. Her advice to her fellow classmates is “you could be satisfied with average and mediocre but why- when you still have so much more to offer. I once heard that most people only work up to less than 30 % of their full potential. What would this world be like if everyone gave 100 percent. Always put in a little more effort and in the end, you will reap the satisfaction.”
Melinda Wong, New Hyde Park Memorial’s Salutatorian, is also President of the Seekers Club, Vice President of the National Honor Society, member of Mathletes, French Club, Varsity Swimming, Talented and Gifted Program, and a Chambers Singer. She plans to attend Cooper Union for Chemical Engineering. Her advice to her younger classmates is “to work hard but love it. If you don’t even try to enjoy what you’re learning, it will be boring, uninteresting, and harder to motivate yourself.” She feels that her greatest accomplishment was being voted “Friendliest Senior” by her classmates. “It means that I did what I came to do.”
Darren earned the honor of semifinalist in the prestigious Siemens Competition with his research centered on creating biosensors to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and identify Pathogenic Bacteria. Darren garnered first place at the History Day Regional Competition in the Senior Website Division for his site focused on McCarthyism and Japanese Internment. He also earned first place honors in Engineering at the Intel New Jersey State Science Fair. Darren is an All-County violin player and member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and
Affirming Supervisor Jon Kaiman’s assertion in his January State of the Town Address that North Hempstead’s “fiscal situation is solid, storm ready, and stable,” the financial industry’s top municipal credit rating agency has retained the town’s historically-high bond rating.
The Aa2 rating—designated to the town for the fourth consecutive year—is the third highest possible rating.
In a bold move last week, Republican Senator Dean Skelos of Rockville Centre reclaimed his title as Senate Majority Leader with help from two of 32 Democrats who voted across the aisle on a resolution to successfully oust Senator Malcolm Smith from the position.
The 30-member Republican caucus has been highly critical of late, accusing the Senate majority of holding too many closed-door meetings during the state budget process and passing the controversial MTA bailout plan that includes a payroll tax that could affect every business, service or municipal employer in the counties the transit authority services.
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.
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