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Mineola Mustang Run Benefit Is Down to the Homestretch

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00
Last Mustang Run to Be Held Sunday

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.”


County Architect Announces Plans to Reconstruct Herricks Pond

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

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.


New York Conference of Mayors Calls for Amendments

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00
‘The Devilish Details’ of New Law for Village Dissolution

The sponsors call it, the “Empowerment Act” for short, but local governments are calling it, the “Disenfranchisement Act” because the sweeping legislation passed this June, going into effect in March 1020, requires voters to vote to dissolve or consolidate local government before they know whether such actions would save money, or not.

“There’s a lot of confusion about the Act and it’s up to you to educate your residents so they’ll know that signing a petition for dissolution sets into motion a complicated, expensive process where the cart is before the horse,” said Wade Beltramo, special counsel for the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) to a roomful of mayors and village officials from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties at a NYCOM meeting held at Mineola High School on Oct. 29. Mr. Beltramo spent the evening giving a quick course in the new act, which is summarized below.


Worried Residents Flock to Meeting to Discuss Robberies

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

Residents flocked to the Clinton Martin Park meeting hall last Sunday because of their concern regarding the rash of burglaries in the New Hyde Park affluent area of Manhasset Hills, most particularly on Knolls Drive.

Dr. Binod Verma, a resident, with a dental practice in Queens, organized the meeting and reached out to elected officials and police to attend the very informative meeting.

Dr. Verma opened the meeting with a welcome message and then turned the meeting over to former inspector of the 3rd Precinct, who is now the Nassau County Chief of Patrol Robert Turk.

He explained that since the rash of burglaries in the area several new technologies have been installed, one being “plate detectors.” This is a new technology that reads every license plate that enters the area and puts it in a database so they can then track anyone who is not from the neighborhood, in the area. He said that in four days 17,000 plates have been registered. Plus, if any car is a stolen vehicle, that will be traced as well.


Meet the Candidates-Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, Kaiman and Tu

Written by Jackie Pierangelo Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

Democratic incumbent Jon Kaiman is seeking re-election to his fourth two-year, term as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor. Challenging him this year is Albertson resident and Republican candidate Lee Tu. The election is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information, their platforms and to state what they would bring to the office of town leader.


Richard Nicolello, Dolores Sedacca Vie for 9th Legislative District

Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

Incumbent Richard Nicolello, of New Hyde Park (R, I, C) and Dolores Sedacca, (D, WF) of East Williston are running for the 9th Nassau County Legislative District seat, which encompasses Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, Carle Place, Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, Garden City Park, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Westbury and the Willistons. The candidates were asked to make statements on: what they feel is the major issue facing the district, the home energy tax, the Lighthouse project and consolidation.


Gross, Wicks Vie for North Hempstead Town Clerk

Written by Jackie Pierangelo Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, residents will go to the polls and cast their vote for North Hempstead Town Clerk. This year, Democrat incumbent Leslie Gross is seeking re-election. She is being challenged by Republican Jon Wicks. Town Clerk is now a four-year term. Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information, their platforms and to state what they would bring to the office of town leader. The following profiles were compiled from information provided by the candidates:


Ferrara, George Running for 3rd Town Council District

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

Republican Angelo Ferrara is seeking re-election to the Town of North Hempstead 3rd Councilmatic District. Democrat Matthew George is challenging him. The 3rd District encompasses Garden City Park, Mineola, Williston Park, Garden City, and parts of New Hyde Park. Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information and to submit responses to questions.


Crime Rears Its Ugly Head in Sections of New Hyde Park

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00
Police Commissioner Mulvey Holds Press Conference on Sexual Assault

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey held a press conference at police headquarters in Mineola on Friday, October 9 to describe a sexual assault that occurred in New Hyde Park at the “Stop and Shop” at 653 Hillside Avenue, on Oct. 8 at 10:50 p.m.

According to police detectives, two witnesses parked in their vehicle outside the shopping center reported seeing a man wearing a ski mask acting suspiciously and they called 911. The subject was observed by the witnesses confronting a woman who exited the store and forced her, apparently at gunpoint, into her vehicle, detectives said. The detectives went on to say that the subject ordered the female victim into the passenger seat as he entered the driver’s seat.

Police said the witnesses then indicated that the Honda drove around to the rear of the shopping center and parked with its lights off. A short time later, the witnesses observed the Honda drive away from the shopping center and stop at the traffic light that leads onto Hillside Avenue.


Superintendent Bierwirth Announces AP Results, College Acceptances

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

Herricks School Superintendent, Dr. John Bierwirth gave a summary of the 2009 AP Results and College Acceptances Report. In 2008, within the district only 974 exams were given in AP History. In 2009, that three-year plateau was broken with 1,100 exams having been given.

This includes the total number of students involved in the AP History exam, which shows a 23 percent increase from the previous school year, with 544 students attempting the exam. The percentage of a grade 3 or higher was lower than in previous years, at 76.6 percent, but Dr. Bierwirth noted the results were still above most districts nationally and on Long Island.

Bierwirth said, “Our students did significantly better than the national percentages despite the fact that they were 10-graders where as most of the students across the country would have been 12- graders, maybe 11graders.”


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