]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.
At the last Herricks board meeting teachers custodians, bus drivers and student representative retirees were all honored.
However, because I have, personally, spent so much time at the Herricks Community Center with the Herricks Community Players and attending school board meetings, the retiree who stands out most prominently in my mind is custodian John Meloni.
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.
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