For Anthony Clark, it all started in a political science class in graduate school at the Appalachian State University in North Carolina in 2003. The Mineola native became fixated with presidential libraries after screening a video of President
Bill Clinton’s last rally on Oct. 31, 1996.
“Clinton said ‘Ya know this is my last campaign,’ and I said no its not,” Clark said. “[His] last campaign is when he builds his library.” Clinton’s library opened in 2004.
Clark, 47, is taking his pet project—10 years in the making—to the Internet for help. On Sept. 2, Clark launched a campaign on Kickstarter.com, a popular crowdfunding platform, to raise money to complete the research for his book,
The Last Campaign: How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity and Enshrine their Legacies.
At any given moment, one out of every 10 drivers on the streets of New Hyde Park is texting, talking or otherwise engaged with a handheld cellphone. This widespread disregard for the law as well as the safety of our children and neighbors is the startling finding of a study conducted by the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. Earlier this month, our reporters observed 300 cars on New Hyde Park Road at various times of day, and found 42 of the drivers blatantly brandishing their phones.
“It creates such a hazard,” Lakeville Estates Civic Association President Marianna Wohlgemuth said. “I see it all the time. I amazed at how selfish [drivers] are because nothing can be that important to endanger your life. It’s as bad as driving while drunk to me.”
Michelle Vivona remembers being a shy child. The only time she wasn’t was when she was dancing, something she did a lot since her parents owned a dance studio. When she saw how much her already outgoing daughter flourished taking classes at Drama Kids, she wondered how much a program like that would have helped her as a child. So, she and her husband, Jerome, decided to open their own Drama Kids chapter.
“I was so drawn to it from my background in theater and in being such a shy child,” Michelle said. “It’s a safe and a positive place for children to explore and express themselves. It’s wonderful to see the progression in the kids, as both a teacher and parent.”
While this year’s New Hyde Park Street Fair will take place on the first official day of fall, the event keeps the spirit of summer alive a little longer for the 20,000-25,000 attendees.
Organizers are looking to up the ante for the 18th annual event on Saturday, Sept. 21, with the usual clowns and crafts supplemented by a petting zoo and, possibly, an outdoor, one-lane bowling alley on Jericho Turnpike.
“The bowling alley has the potential to be phenomenal,” says Tony Ciuffo, president of Queens-based Craft-A-Fair, which organizes the vendors. “It’ll be right in the street.”
Taking gluten-free dining to the next level, Jonathan’s Restaurant of Garden City Park has just launched an extensive gluten-free menu for those suffering from celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. The restaurant has rolled out two options: gluten-free friendly and medical necessity menus.
Chef Alain Ribiere had taken notice over the years that diners were making more and more special dietary requests. This trend is indicative of the rise in allergies in the U.S where researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies including one in every 13 children under 18 years of age.
North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman is running for her third four-year term on the town board. A long-time and very active resident of the Great Neck community, Seeman told Anton Newspapers: “I’ve been here with everybody since 1955 … I’ve done it … and I will keep on doing it … I’m ready to do even more.”
Once again the Democrats’ choice for the town board’s fifth council district, Seeman represents the Great Neck villages of Saddle Rock, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza,
Russell Gardens, University Gardens, Lake Success and Great Neck’s unincorporated areas. She also represents the communities of North New Hyde Park, Garden City Park and Floral Park.
Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy -- although none yet in New York State.
At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Senator Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally
Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.”
Mamma Mia! Memorial Park recently boogied to the sounds of hit 1970s band ABBA, as presented by ABBA Girlz, a tribute band. The group rocked the house with a fun performance in New Hyde Park.
“I was looking for a ABBA tribute band,” said New Hyde Park resident Brigid Brady, who has been a huge ABBA fan since she was 10 years old. “We used to dress up and lip sync to ABBA and when I found out there was an ABBA tribute band, I went crazy.”
Brady says that she will attend more of the shows.
A local doctor was out in front at a rally on Tuesday, Aug. 20, supporting advocates fighting to change a very old law in New York State: the age to prosecute youngsters as adults.
Currently, among U.S. states, only New York and North Carolina prosecute children as adults starting at 16 years old. The Raise The Age Campaign, an advocacy group calling on the state to change the age, has garnered support from local officials to press Governor Andrew Cuomo to take action.
Business is booming at New Hyde Park Auto Body on Second Avenue, which is adding a second building on Third Avenue to accommodate demand. On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the New Hyde Park Village Board approved the plan, which had already been given the Nassau County Planning Commission’s stamp of approval.
Shop owner Charles DiMarino, a New Hyde Park resident for 30 years, says his business has outgrown the current site and he needs to expand. His shop specializes in collision repairs, foreign, domestic and fiberglass work as well as color-matching and unibody repairs. He envisions the new digs resembling a dealership where all cars can be viewed.
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