Today, May 31, I marched in my first Memorial Day Parade, as your mayor, through the streets of Williston Park. It was a great honor to be part of this eventful day, honoring our troops, who have passed away while serving in our armed forces. The American Legion did a fantastic job of organizing and directing the day’s events. Their ceremony at the Legion Hall was both heartwarming and chilling. The dedication the Legionnaires demonstrated in remembering our fallen soldiers sent a strong message to those in attendance. They are to be commended for these efforts.
For years we continue to hear about the wonderful achievements of the incredible Herricks School District. Intel awards, Grammy’s, the Arts, and recently the beginning of Athletic Championships again. How wonderful we have all felt, until this year.
The residents of the community year after year have supported budget after budget, occasionally questioning a few items here and there but together with the school board worked to ensure education excellence in the community. We even overwhelmingly supported a bond issue needed for capital improvements, and the purchases of new transportation equipment. Again, all on the financial “backs” of the residents. We haven’t moaned or groaned we just hunker down every year and do what we always do pay! Pay to ensure the educational integrity for all our children in the Herricks School District; until this year!
If you had MapQuested the community known as New Hyde Park/Garden City Park on Saturday June 5th your result would be just your normal Long Island town of section, blocks and lots, but if you did the same on June 6th between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. your search would result in a community united.
A community that became one family joined by one common goal, a goal to raise money to find a cure for MS. With the state of the economy put aside this family did what a family does best and came together. They came together with no questions asked, just with love in their heart.
As we wind down another academic year, and we all begin to make plans for the summer vacation, it is often a good time to pause and reflect upon the year that just passed. The year could really be evaluated as a road trip that many of us will be taking this summer.
Dear neighbors, friends and fellow taxpayers of New Hyde Park/ Garden City Park and Sewanhaka School Districts, it is with great pride and sincere appreciation that I am writing this letter to you. On May 18th, you overwhelmingly approved the fiscally responsible budgets.
There is no better way for all of us to show that we value quality education than by supporting the budgets presented. Those of you who attended our budget meetings, asked questions and voiced your opinions and concerns, thank you for taking the time and understanding the process. You also made a concerted effort to reach out to others. I applaud each and everyone who made it to the polls on Tuesday. Nothing could keep us away, the long lines…not even Mother Nature.
When Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar ran for that office he was a sitting appointed member of the Herricks School Board. During his mayoral campaign he made several promises to the voters. One was that he would be a full time mayor. To date it appears he has kept that promise. He spends hours each day at the village hall or in the field with staff. That is good. Being mayor is a serious responsibility and there is much to learn and do.
According to the CDC, 17 percent of American children aged 6-11 are overweight. Unhealthy weight gain (due mainly to poor diet and lack of exercise) is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year. Childhood obesity leads to adolescent obesity, which leads to adult obesity. All this obesity is a direct contributor to many life-threatening conditions, including: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke. Many studies have found that regular physical activity and careful attention to diet are key factors in maintaining a healthy weight.
Dear neighbors, friends and fellow taxpayers of New Hyde Park Garden City Park, and Sewanhaka School Districts, I am writing to you regarding May 18th our school budget vote.
This is a very critical time for all of us….children and taxpayers alike. Being as active as I am in our community, I am privileged to meet and speak with so many of you. The concern of many is that this is a very sensitive economic climate. Believe me, I empathize with you and I have the very same concerns. For this very reason I am asking all of you to get out the vote..
My name is Michael DiBattista and I am a senior at Herricks High School. As you know, this year’s budget faces a severe risk of being voted down in the first proposal.
Many parents in the community do not want to pay for the increases found in this year’s budget as a result of the increasing costs of resources such as oil and electricity. While I and the students of Herricks High School fully understand the effects these increased costs have on the community and the families within the community, especially while we are still feeling the effects of the recent economic recession, we are appalled that our own parents would make us suffer as a result.
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