Tragedy again strikes Colorado, this time in Aurora, in a movie theater. I just can’t imagine sending, or taking a son or daughter to see an innocent midnight screening of the new Batman movie never to have them return or to have them be so seriously injured because of a seemingly deranged gunman. How completely unimaginable is that? We can only offer our thoughts and prayers to all the victims at this time of sadness, grief and shock.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Williston Park Fire Department for hosting their Annual 4th of July Parade. It is my understanding that the number of parades is extremely limited throughout Nassau County. This date is extremely significant to our country’s history and I believe that it is important to recognize this date with this tradition of a parade. Thanks to our Auxiliary Police for their participation in the parade, ensuring a safe event for both participants and observers. Thanks to all those who participated in this time-honored tradition.
As reported at this past week’s public meeting, I occasionally receive calls from residents about mischievous behavior taking place in various areas of the village. Most of these calls come hours and even days after these events. It is important that if a resident or a neighborhood block captain is aware of such activities a call should be made to 911 immediately.
The weather is hot, sticky and humid, perfect for the beach or pool. However, just remember it only takes a few seconds to drown. Sounds very foreboding, but it’s true, so be careful especially in the ocean. The waves this year, for some reason, are extremely fierce and in fact, almost every day someone is rescued at Jones Beach. Also, be sure to watch your children or anyone’s children playing in a pool, as pools, too, can be very dangerous. Just a word of warning.
Fourth of July is such a meaningful holiday, but understandably one where quite a few folks leave the area to either go to the beach, start vacation or visit friends out-of-town.
It is difficult to express my disappointment that the Assembly did not pass our CPR in Schools bill (S2491/A3980) to ensure that all students learn CPR before graduating from high school. In August of 2006, my 14-year-old daughter, Leah, went into sudden cardiac arrest while trying out for the volleyball team at Bethpage High School. Thankfully, Leah’s life was saved by her coach. However, to think that her fellow teammates could have saved her life as well after a short CPR lesson is empowering.
I am truly thankful to my representative, Senator Kemp Hannon, for sponsoring and helping champion the passage of the CPR in Schools legislation in the Senate. He is well aware how important this bill is to saving lives.
It was with great sadness that many in the audience at the last Herricks board meeting bid farewell to both trustees Peter Grisafi and Richard Buckley.
Both have been on the board for so long and have always made very beneficial contributions during the discussions at the board table.
We wish them both good luck, happiness and good health in the future.
The retirement of New Hyde Park Memorial High School principal Michael DeMartino is a huge loss to the Sewanhaka Central High School district.
For 39 years Michael DeMartino has been a fixture in the district. He has run New Hyde Park Memorial with a firm, but calm hand, resulting in a very successful district.
This past weekend the Roger J. Fay Williston Park Pool officially opened for the 2012 summer season. The village staff, along with pool employees, worked extremely hard to ensure another successful opening. Paul Blake and Anne Buttafuco return as Manager and Assistant manager. A spectacular season calendar of events has been put into place. Although the “early bird special” has come to an end, a membership is an inexpensive option to keep cool.
]As always, through the years, coming to the end of the school year is always a touching ceremony, especially the “moving up” ceremonies when the students graduate from the sixth grade to the seventh grade and to New Hyde Park Memorial High School.
All schools had wonderful spring concerts and art shows that were enthusiastically received by the audiences. We have completed all the New York State testing and scoring for grades three to six.
We recently witnessed the Kindergarten graduations of students at all four schools and we have completed all the plans and staff development for the summer school teachers and teacher aides.
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