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.
The New Hyde Park Cellini Lodge No. 2206 held its Annual Italian Festival and thankfully the weather was beautiful and each night and day the feast was packed with happy fair-goers.
Everyone in the lodge had a major part in making the fair such a huge success including all those cooking in the food court, those selling beverages and running the Las Vegas Games of Chance. Everyone was on hand to help.
A low bow to feat chairmen Luigi and Alfonso Squillante and Vincent Illuzzi for their part in making it such a successful event.
The assessed value of a property does not in itself determine the amount of taxes on a property in Nassau County. Assessments only determine an individual property’s share of the taxes imposed by municipalities, school districts or special taxing districts.
That was only one of the messages that Nassau County Assessor Ted Jankowski, appointed by County Executive Suozzi in January of this year, wished to convey at a recent visit to Anton Community Newspapers.
A 30-year veteran of property assessment, with most of that time spent in Massachusetts, Jankowski admitted the situation in Nassau County is more unique than anything he has seen in his assessment career. Assessment appeals are not uncommon anywhere from commercial property owners, but in Nassau County such appeals reach extraordinary high levels among both commercial and residential homeowners.
On a picture perfect Saturday afternoon, New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt held his Third Annual Women of Distinction Ceremony at the Albertson VFW Hall on Shelter Rock Road.
This year he honored 10 vibrant women all of whom “made a difference” in their neighborhood.
Assemblyman McKevitt said, “The women that we honor represent some of the most courageous and accomplished individuals. Together their achievements and dedication have resulted in the continuous enjoyment of the community.
“We are very lucky to have these women as our friends and neighbors. Special thanks should go to their families who have allowed their loved ones so much time caring for others. ”
At the outset of the last New Hyde Park/Garden City Park school board meeting school board president Ernest Gentile made the following announcement: “As the board is committed to examining enrollment based on information received, the superintendent has made a recommendation to the board of education, to add an additional second-grade class for the students at the Manor Oaks School. This will three second-grade classes; two classes of 13 students and one class of 17 students.”
Carrie Solages, a resident of Elmont has announced that he is running for Nassau County Clerk on the Democratic ticket. Solages is Commissioner of the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights, an attorney, a community organizer, and a lifelong resident of Nassau County. He also states he is a journalist, having written for People magazine and the NAACP publication Crisis Management.
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