From May 21 to May 23 White Avenue was paved from Lakeville Road to Hillside Boulevard which is a five-block stretch.
Despite six years (2006-2012) of my advocating for the paving of the entire length of White Avenue from Lakeville Road to Cherry Lane (a nine- block stretch) only the eastern section of the road was paved and the western section (Hillside Blvd to Cherry Lane) was excluded.
Just hard to believe that it’s “award” time once again. It seems like only yesterday when we were giving accolades to the Class of 2011 and now it’s accolades for the Class of 2012.
Senior Awards night has come and gone and we are quickly approaching “moving up” day. And before you know it graduation ceremonies will be taking place for both Herricks and New Hyde Park Memorial High Schools.
Once, I heard a story about a doctor who removed a splinter from the finger of a friend. The doctor would normally have charged 50 dollars for the office visit, but his friend seemed to think that the services were performed free of charge. Perplexed, the doctor tried to determine how he could get paid for his services.
About a week later, a bill arrived in the patient’s mailbox. It requested payment for services rendered with an amount due of $4,000. Infuriated, the patient stormed to the doctor’s office and confronted the physician.
It is so heart-warming every Memorial Day to see the many folks line the streets of both New Hyde Park and Williston Park in order to honor the residents who have made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can line the streets and live in freedom. In a word—thank you.
This past weekend, an American tradition, the Indianapolis 500 was held. Later that same day, NASCAR held one of its major races, the Coca Cola 600. In both events, drivers steered their vehicles at tremendous speeds while also trying to outmaneuver each other, maintain their course, and make strategic decisions such as when to make a pit stop, and whether to draft behind another race car or make a push for the lead. And they do all this while trying to avoid crashing into a wall.
I have a question for those who drove in these races. Is that all you’ve got?
Last week I had the opportunity to venture into an area in New Hyde Park that was just a little remote to this reporter.
Having traveled on, over the years, what I thought was every street in New Hyde Park, I found myself going to “Google maps” to find the exact location of Imperial Avenue.
As a long-time resident of the Manor Oaks School District, I would like to address the issue of the condition of the flagpole in front of the school.
Both my children attended Manor Oaks School and each morning I watched as George Keenan raised the flag with pride. I shudder to see it now. The pole is badly rusted and weather-beaten. I’m ashamed to think of our flag flying on a pole that is in such a disgraceful condition.
There is still one more weekend to see the classical musical Annie produced by The Herricks Community Players on stage at the Herricks Community Theatre, 999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park. The Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 19 performances are at 8 p. m. and the Sunday, May 20 performance is at 3 p.m.
Hold on to your hats. I’m going to do something I rarely do and for which I may not have another opportunity for a long time: compliment the MTA, and in particular thank the Long Island Railroad.
Usually when I write about them, it’s to bring to light some egregiously wasteful practice or poor decision that further burdens taxpayers or riders. To be sure, there’s still plenty of that devil-may-care attitude there to fuel columns well into the next decade but by the same token, it’s only fair that I point out when the MTA makes progress.
The residents of the Herricks School District are fortunate to have two bright, articulate individuals running for the open school board positions. Nancy Feinstein and Brian Hassan have both decided to seek these positions this election year. They will be replacing two dedicated, effective Board members, Richard Buckley and Peter Grisafi, both of whom choose not to seek re-election.
Nancy and Brian have been actively involved in the Herricks school district for a number of years and should bring a fresh perspective to the current board. Both are fully aware of the challenges facing the district at this time. Living within the 2% tax cap while maintaining an exceptional educational system will be extremely difficult.
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