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Pipia Selects UMASS-Lowell

Written by Robert Bonaparte Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

As an eighth-grader, Celeste Pipia wasn’t thinking much about shot put. 


She was a goalie on the Sewanhaka Indians junior high girls soccer team, when coach Jamie Celona noticed Pipia’s strength. Eventually, Celona suggested to Pipia to take a physical test and try out for shot put for the varsity track and field team. 


Almost five years later and Pipia has taken full advantage of that opportunity. 


It’s All In The Family At Milena’s

Written by Paige Mcatee Saturday, 28 June 2014 00:00

Some families have weekly dinners, or go on yearly vacations. Other families run a business together. For Milena’s Garden Center and the Basso Family, it’s the latter.


When John Basso was 18, he emigrated from Argentina, found an old house on Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, and turned it into a nursery in April 1997. He named his business after his daughter,

Milena. Flowers are associated with femininity, he feels, so the name was a perfect fit for his nursery.


Milena, now an adult, has even helped expand the offerings.


Local Woman Curates Art Exhibit

Written by Illustrated News Staff Friday, 27 June 2014 00:00

Hersh Fine Art, of the Long Island Academy of Fine Art, is holding a group exhibition of portraits by 23 artists, curated by Diana Corvelle and New Hyde Park resident Manu Saluja, called Loved and Observed. The exhibit will be on view from June 21 until Aug. 12. The artists will be present for an opening on Saturday, June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.  


Office Building Getting Reworked?

Written by Michael Scro Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

The New Hyde Park Village Board reserved decision on William Rose of Milrose Consultants’ plan to alter the second floor of a building at 1301 4th Ave. in New Hyde Park on Tuesday, June 17.


Patrick Sweeney, vice president of finances with World Courier Inc., which currently occupies 1313 4th Ave., is seeking to move World Courier employees into the 1301 location should the application be approved, and spoke at the village board meeting.


According to Sweeney, the second floor has approximately 6,800 square feet, and has “just been sitting there empty—we want to make it into office space for information technology personnel.”  The incoming personnel will be moved from World Courier’s Stamford, Conn. location.


School District Talks Contracts, RFPs

Written by Matthew Ern Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education is currently accepting proposals on local special education assistance and transportation contracts for summer school.


“If we need a speech teacher to come in for a child once a week, those companies that provide that service put in a bid,” Superintendent Robert Katulak said. “Then we go through them to see which will deliver the service at the best price.” 


Basement Fire In New Hyde Park

Written by Kirk Candan Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00

Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Co., 3, 4, and 5 and the ambulance unit responded to a fire on Rose Lane in North New Hyde Park on Sunday, June 8 at 10:21 a.m.


Fire Department Chief Michael Farrone was the first to arrive on the scene and advised responding units that he had “smoke showing,” he said. After getting a report from another M-LFD member on scene,

Farrone transmitted a signal for a fire in the basement of the 1 ½-story private dwelling.


Local Women Aid Overseas Mothers

Written by Colleen Maidhof Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

The Zonta Club of Long Island proved that a little work can go a long way. A total of 500 birthing kits for women in Haiti and Nigeria were put together by club and community members at the Martin De

Porres Elementary School in Elmont. Joining them was New Hyde Park resident Elisa Adams.


Each kit contained the basic essentials a women would need while giving birth in a rural environment including one piece of plastic, one bar of soap, one pair of surgical gloves, one razor blade, three pieces of string, and three gauze pads.


School District Awards Tenure

Written by Matthew Ern Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District wrapped up its school year at the June 9 Board of Education meeting, receiving encouraging financial news from an internal auditor’s report.


Don Hoffman spoke on behalf of the district’s internal auditors to give their annual assessment. The district has been labeled as “no designation,” which means there are no apparent signs of fiscal stress.  


“Our conclusion, and it’s been this way for many years, is that the district has strong financial controls in place for all areas of operation,” Hoffman reports.  


Search Is On For Herricks Successors

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

The Herricks School District approved a contract last week with District Wise Search Consultants (DWSC) to find successors for Herricks School Superintendent John Bierwirth and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Deirdre Hayes. 


Bierwirth will remain with the district until the end of the 2014-15 school year, and Hayes until Dec. 31. The two retirements were announced on May 29. 


DWSC will handle the review process for Bierwirth and Hayes’ positions, according to School Board President Jim Gounaris.


Tavern 18 Grills A Great...Everything

Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:00

If you’re looking for a wide variety of steak choices or a hamburger with all the fixings, you will find it right around the corner at Tavern 18 in New Hyde Park. Located at 265-11 Union Tpke., right on the borderline of Nassau and Queens, the restaurant has been in business since 2009. Co-owners Roger Bajana and Vincent DiRico, who also own Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, have opened a place that serves familiar, hearty cuisine in a comfortable establishment.


“We serve some of the best steaks and burger choices around,” said Bajana. “We also have a wide variety of drinks and specials at our bar that a lot of other places don’t offer.”


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