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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.”


Keep Running For Katie In New Hyde Park

Written by Christopher Gavin Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

With the return of warmer weather comes the return of runners to the streets, especially those a part of Katie’s Run, an annual 5K race in New Hyde Park.


Rain or shine, the June 22 event, now in its fifth year, will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island on behalf of The Katie McBride Foundation, a nonprofit organization aiming to promote and fundraise for the house. Festivities besides the timed race include a two-mile walk as well as a post-race celebration in New Hyde Park Memorial Park, which includes a free barbeque, an awards ceremony, family entertainment and a Children’s Fun Run with a visit from Ronald McDonald.


But of course the day is about more than merely running and burgers. On her 11th birthday in June 2007, Katie McBride was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma after waking up one morning with a scratchy voice just days before.


Parish Festival A First, But Not Last

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:00

Cold and rain on the first two days of the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church’s inaugural Family Festival didn’t stop residents from pouring in from May 29-June 1. The carnival was the culmination of months of planning.


“This carnival is amazing,” said 9-year-old Herricks resident James Stoven. “I hope it happens again next year.”


Father Frank Grieco came up with the idea to hold the festival. His past assignments in East Northport and Deer Park have hosted similar fairs.


RMH-LI Kickstarts Phase II Campaign

Written by Gary Simeone, Saturday, 07 June 2014 00:00

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) in New Hyde Park got a new look this past October, thanks to the help of 27 of the regions top interior designers. Two of those designers are local businesswomen, Vasi Ypsilantis of Manhasset and Margreet Cevasco of Sea Cliff, who hosted a fundraiser for the project on Wednesday, May 21.

The 42-bedroom facility is set to add 24 bedrooms and four eat-in kitchens as part of the projects phase II.

All of the designers worked to redesign and renovate the house’s original 18 bedrooms, four kitchens, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms and three laundry rooms. The house is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. It was the first phase of a project which will see further renovations to the house starting this July.


Creative Cups Is Back, New Hyde Park

Written by Illustrated News Staff, Friday, 06 June 2014 00:00

Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, fabric, beads, and paint New Hyde Park. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fundraising event of the Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back and two local residents have already submitted designs. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island, where artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends and family members and others have used originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art.

Submitted creations must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in the auction/gala on March 19, 2015 at Adelphi University in Garden City. Those wishing to create a bra are encouraged to sign up early, as entrants will be limited to 200. Two 2013 New Hyde Park entries were submitted by Patti Hodder and Eliz Alahverdian.


Audit Shows Late Payments For Park

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:53

A Nassau County audit of the Clinton G. Martin Park District (CGM) revealed the Town of North Hempstead failed to make $180,000 in lease payments from 1991-2002. However, the investigation noted North Hempstead leveled the balance in 2011.

According to the audit, the town’s first payment since 1990 came in 2003, totaling $105,000. North Hempstead made four payments of $25,000 between 2004 and 2007 but did not report payments in 2008-09. Four payments between 2010 and 2014 (three for $15,000 and one for $95,000) evened the balance.


Herricks School Chiefs To Retire

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

The upcoming retirements of Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Deirdre Hayes, and Herricks High School Principal Dr. Jane Modoono were officially announced at the May 29 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education last week.

However, the trio gave ample notice, with Bierwirth and Modoono remaining at their posts throughout the upcoming 2014-15 school calendar; or, in the words of Bierwirth, “you’re still stuck with us for another year.” Both Bierwirth and Modoono’s will end their run in Herricks on June 30, 2015, with Hayes departing on Dec. 31.


McHugh’s Book Focuses On Enduring

Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 31 May 2014 00:00

Lifelong New Hyde Park resident Maureen McHugh comes from a very large, tight knit family. When her family unit started to fall apart with the deaths of her paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother, she inexplicably starting finding nickels everywhere she looked.


Soon, the nickels turned to dimes when she was going through a tough time of losing her 46-year-old brother, Tim, to cancer. In her new book, Finding Dimes, she explains the spiritual presence of these monetary denominations when enduring some of life’s hardest battles.


“I started a small journal when my brother, Tim was fighting through his first bout with cancer as a way of dealing with it,” said McHugh. “It was kind of a way of healing through writing with a lot of hope and faith stories blended together.”


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