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Local FD’s March In Parade

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

Hurricane Arthur was no match for the water wars that emerged with the New Hyde Park and Garden City Park fire department along the route of the 16th annual Fourth of July parade in Stewart Manor on

July 4. Despite ominous-looking clouds and cooler than usual temps, spectators stood ready with water balloons, Super Soakers, buckets and garden hoses, as they awaited the onslaught from the many fire departments who participated in the parade.


Herricks, Teachers Agree On New Contract

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

After previously announcing that the two parties had arrived at an impasse in their negotiations, the Herricks Board of Education revealed at its July 1 meeting they had finally reached an agreement with the teacher’s association for a new four-year contract.


The new deal runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2018.


Board of Education President James Gounaris noted the deal had been struck after an intense session of negotiations attended by both parties that stretched overnight at times.


Schumer To National Grid: ‘Give Notice’

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is asking National Grid to notify customers in advance when utility workers will visit the home. The call comes in the wake of a string of deception burglaries, in which suspects posed as utility workers to enter homes. Three senior citizens, in Herricks, Westbury and Syosset were victims from June 19-20. These three communities, Schumer said, should be first in line for improved alert systems.

“The recent burglaries demonstrate that more must be done by National Grid to ensure homeowners know exactly who to expect at their door for an in-home technician visit, and at what time,” Schumer stated at a press conference in Herricks last week.


K Pacho Showcases Mexican Feel

Written by Paige Mcatee Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

K Pacho is a modern restaurant and tequila bar that offers traditional Mexican dishes and a unique atmosphere for its guests.


The restaurant is decorated with pictures, candles and various decorations to give K Pacho an ambiance only found at their location.  And the space itself is huge. K Pacho has two dining rooms, a lounge area, a bar, and a lower level for catered events. In just the lounge and dining areas alone, K Pacho seats about 350 people. 


Lever Voting Machines Hang On

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 04 July 2014 00:00

Hope springs eternal for local municipalities that have been fighting for permission to continue using the reliable “old-fashioned” mechanical lever voting machines. The new electronic machines that Congress mandated for federal elections a few years ago would be extremely costly for villages, school districts and special districts to purchase or rent. In fact, in some cases it might be impossible for a small village to even rent a new electronic voting machine. 


Republican New York State Senator Jack Martins and Democratic State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel successfully joined forces to push through legislation that will now allow villages, school districts and special districts to continue using mechanical voting machines for an additional year. Twice before the two legislators worked together to push through similar extensions.


Bringing The Beach To Memorial Park

Written by Christopher Gavin Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

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For Paul Cuthbert, the beach is never far away and it isn’t because he lives in Oceanside. As the guitarist, lead singer and manager known onstage as Jimmy Kenny for his tribute band, the musician is constantly working to ease the minds and erase the worries of audience members.


Despite temperatures reaching almost 90 degrees during the day, New Hyde Park residents gathered in Memorial Park on the evening of June 18 to kick off the Summer Concert Series and hear the easy-going music of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown as played by Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band. 


Deception Burglaries Hit Three Seniors

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

Nassau County Police are investigating a string of deception burglaries that occurred between Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 20 in Herricks, Westbury and Syosset.


Police said the suspects pose as National Grid employees and target senior citizens. They tell victims a water check is need to determine possible gas leaks.


Police stated the suspects would stay with the victims for a short time, before moving to another side of the house to look for valuable items.


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.  


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