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From the desk of NY State Senator Jack Martins: August 14, 2012

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

Penalties For Fraudulent Sale Of Kosher Food Signed By Governor

A bill (S4494) sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins that would increase penalties for the fraudulent packaging, sale or certification of Kosher food has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation came about in response to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Kosher food inspection unit being cut as part of the 2010-11 fiscal year state budget. With a lack of food inspectors, increasing fines will deter some companies that may be inclined to fraudulently market Kosher food products.


Editorial: How Proud New Hyde Park Is Of The Girls Softball Team

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Everyone in New Hyde Park is bursting with pride as the New Hyde Park Little League Girls Team travels to Portland, Org. to compete in the Eastern Region of The Little League World Series. The games will begin on Aug. 9 and continue through Aug. 15. All the support has been appreciated and has given these young girls tremendous inspiration. If you would still like to make a donation to defray the tremendous cost of this trip, you may do so by mailing a check (payable to NHPLL) to: 1420 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, 11040, or you could use the Paypal link to make your donation online.



Editoral: Olympics Watching Very Exciting

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

With the London 2012 Olympics in full swing, so many of the events are very exciting, especially the swimming and it was extremely disappointing not to see Michael Phelps receive yet another gold medal.

However, on Saturday the USA girls basketball team vs. Croatia was so much fun because a New Hyde Park resident, Lisa Karcic, was on that Croatia team. They were not supposed to be challengers in any sense of the word, but did a fine job of holding their own in the first half and part of the second before they gave way to the very excellent United States team.


Editorial: Tragedy Strikes Again In Colorado

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

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.



The Mayor’s Corner Village of Williston Park: July 25, 2012

Written by Paul Ehrbar Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Thanks to Williston Park Fire Department for 4th of July Parade

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.


Editorial: Be Careful In The Water

Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

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.



Editorial: Sad So Few Around For Fourth Parade

Written by Margaret Whitely: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

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.


Letter: CPR In Schools Bill Should Have Passed

Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

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.


Editorial: Grisafi And Buckley Leave Board

Written by Margaret Whitely: Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

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.



Editorial: Retirement Of Principal DeMartino A Huge Loss

Written by Margaret Whitely: Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

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.


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