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Letter: Open Letter to Principal Michael Demartino

Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00

This is a public thank you to Mr. Michael DeMartino, the principal of New Hyde Park Memorial High for what he calls an inspirational thought, but what I call, to paraphrase my kids, awesome.  

This inspirational thought has become character building lessons for our seventh- and eighth-grade children.  He has, together with Ms. Melissa Argaman, started an anti-bullying course which begins with character building and has been incorporated into a monthly theme. 

It can take one action of bullying, be it a nickname or an incident to alter the mental health and growth of a child. This action can be carried silently or manifest later to show up in failing grades, personality changes, the use of drugs,  alcohol or in some cases suicide. 


Letter: After Brain Surgery, Set to Run New York Marathon

Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00

On November 7, I shall run the NYC Marathon; something I never dreamt of six years ago as I was preparing myself for brain surgery. While my fellow college graduates were searching for new jobs, I was researching Chiari 1 Malformation (CM).

I did not come to the decision to have brain surgery lightly. All my life, I suffered from headaches.  During my junior year in college, I had a bad fall out of my bunk-bed and slowly started experiencing additional symptoms: more intense headaches, loss of vision (had to get glasses for the first time), floating black spots, intense tingling in my hands and feet (so bad I cried in agony), dizziness, vertigo, balance issues and difficulty focusing. The moments I remember most of my graduation weekend from Providence College were my continuous episodes of vertigo and weakness.


From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: October 1, 2010

Written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00

Congresswoman McCarthy Supports

‘Make It in America’ Agenda,

Promotes Economic Growth and Job Creation

I am a proponent of legislation that encourages manufacturing in the United States. I firmly believe that a robust domestic manufacturing agenda, not only yields durable, high-quality products, but also facilitates economic growth by creating greater demand for skilled high-wage jobs.  Our nation is beginning to forge an economic recovery, but difficult circumstances persist and more must be done to stimulate growth and recovery.  With that said, I am determined to continue to promote and pass legislation that creates American jobs and am a supporter of Congress’ ‘Make It in America’ agenda.


From the Desk of Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel: October 1, 2010

Written by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00

Assemblywoman Schimel  

To Sponsor Senior Citizen Law Day

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel will be sponsoring a Senior Citizen Law Day in cooperation with the Nassau County Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee on October 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The forum will be held at Clinton G. Martin Park, 1601 Marcus Avenue in New Hyde Park.

 “In recent months, we have seen a significant increase in the number of constituents and their family members who have contacted my district office about various issues relating to elder care law. My Senior Citizen Law Day offers information on Elder Law and Estate Planning, Long Term Health Care and Planning for Someone with Special Needs,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.


The Mayor’s Corner: September 24, 2010

Written by Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00

On Saturday, Sept. 11, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend two local 9/11 Memorial Services.

The first took place at Kelleher Field and was hosted by the Williston Park Little League. It was an honor for me to represent the village of Williston Park at this meaningful ceremony. This event began three years ago under the leadership of Williston Park Village Trustee Bill Darmstadt. A number of local elected officials, along with Deputy Mayor Terry Thomann, Trustees Barbara Alanga, Kevin Rynne, and Bill Darmstadt were there.

The speakers offered their thoughts regarding the history and events of September 11, 2001. It was a touching ceremony as the names of local families that suffered a loss were read aloud. As this happened, there was a respectful silence on the part of the attending crowd. This location, as noted by a few of the speakers, was appropriate as it was indicative of the American way of life. It was held at a baseball field with American Legion Members, Boy Scouts and Little League players as participants in the ceremony. These groups are to be thanked for helping to make this ceremony special. Thanks also to the Williston Park Public Works staff for setting up and ensuring that the facility was in excellent shape.


Desk of NHP Superintendent Robert Katulak: September 24, 2010

Written by NHP Superintendent Robert Katulak Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00

Successful Opening of School

We had a very successful opening with our teachers greeting all our enthusiastic students on September 7. Our enrollment is up from what we closed school with in June, plus additional students are being registered. We will have an exact tally at next month’s meeting. In the meantime the following students have been registered:

Garden City Park    300

Manor Oaks    368

Hillside Grade    472

NHP Road    486

Total Enrollment    1,626


Letter: Bike Helmets Are the Law

Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00

For most of the warm weather months, I have, as embarrassing as it was for my children, spent a lot of most days asking children on bicycles where their helmets were.

I have been given too many excuses to list and in some instances have been scared enough to call parents.  New York State law requires that bicyclists and in-line skaters 14 years old or younger wear bicycle safety helmets. The parents or guardians of children who break the helmet laws can pay a fine of up to $50.


From the Desk of Legislator Richard Nicolello: September 17, 2010

Written by Legislator Richard Nicolello Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00

A Mammogram  Saves Lives

Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello has joined with the Adelphi New York  Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in their October breast cancer awareness campaign to urge women to get mammograms.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a significant time to remind women to get mammograms, “says Legislator Nicolello. “I hope that this month women will take the time to make an appointment for a mammogram. Approximately 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be normal.”


Letter: Appalled at Personal Attacks Against Frank Scaturro

Friday, 10 September 2010 00:00

I’ve seen a couple letters to the editor in local papers asking Frank Scaturro to quit the Republican race for Congress, Then I received a piece of literature at my doorstep from Mr. Scaturro’s opponent, Fran Becker, personally attacking Mr. Scaturro. I have also watched last Tuesday’s debate, with all three of the Republican Primary candidates, which you can see on the Conservative Society for Action’s website under “Meet the Candidates” at

I am appalled at the politics of personal diatribe that the Becker side is trying to employ. The literature I received had lies about Mr. Scaturro’s background, trying to make it sound as if Frank was Sen. Specter’s personal aide when in reality Frank served as Counsel for the Constitution on the Senate Judiciary Committee while Specter was the ranking Republican. The end result of Frank’s service was the successful appointment of Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito, who have provided the crucial margin in several decisions.


The Mayor’s Corner: September 3, 2010

Written by Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00

As this fine summer winds down, I encourage all to spend time with their family and friends before the hectic nature of fall arrives.  There is still a little time left to head to the pool and/or nearby parks for outside activities for both young and old.

Tree comments/concerns:  FYI: As comments/concerns  come to Village Hall, a work order is assigned to that particular issue and depending on the nature of the concern, it  is reviewed and placed on a schedule. Due to road work and other issues a response  may take a little  longer than normal to complete. However, all concerns presented, are promptly put into the system and assigned a work order number. The more serious safety issues are dealt with ASAP.  It is advisable, but not mandatory, that requests be put in a written letter to help ensure that the correct information is obtained. Our village staff, both in the office and in the field, work hard to help make this system work effectively.


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