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Letter: Break-Ins Continue in Manhasset Hills

Written by Arthur Capelle Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00

There were two more break-ins in our community on Nov. 13. One on Dunhill Road and the other right on Old Courthouse & Denton.

And also two more in close-by Albertson. That’s four in one night. And what do they have in common? (besides the fact that the 3rd Precinct can’t seem to do much to catch them.) The entries were through the back sliding door or window.

Honestly, we can’t just sit back and “trust” that the police are able to stop these criminals. So what if they send undercover cops? So what if they read over 2,000 license plate numbers in four days? So what if they “patrol” our streets more? Obviously, it’s not enough!

Please, keep your eyes and ears open! Keep your back property well lit! Look out your windows, front and back! Become a nosy neighbor and even get to know your neighbor’s faces! Call in any suspicious vehicles. Don’t think you’re immune because your house isn’t the nicest on the block, these burglars are looking for easy targets! And any house that isn’t well lit, especially in the rear, is going to be considered an easy target!

There was another incident that I heard about where a woman was in her house and heard someone knocking on the back sliding door. Fearfully, she didn’t open the shades but just knocked back to show that someone was home. The “knocker” left and didn’t return. That’s plain scary, too!

I don’t know what else to suggest... This really has to stop! We are all tired of it. If it weren’t for a few of our “nosy” neighbors, we would never have known about these incidents unless you happen to come across it in a newspaper in a few weeks.



Letter: Send Another Message On Nov. 2, 2010

Written by Edward W. Powers Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

The recent review by the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) of the state consolidation bill aimed at villages and special districts shows that the Albany politicians that voted for this are just as clueless as the Washington politicians that voted for an almost 2000-page health care bill that no one read.

These are the same Albany politicians that voted for the MTA payroll tax that is killing jobs across Long Island. These are the same Albany politicians that voted to raise taxes by a whopping $8 billion in just one year, sapping the life out of our economy. These are the same Albany politicians that want to cut $686 million in school aid in the middle of the school year without any sign of mandate relief. These are the same Albany politicians that voted to increase state spending by an astonishing $10 billion, killing private initiative and industry.

We the people sent a message on Nov. 3 to the local out-of-touch, tax and spend politicians. On Nov. 2, 2010, we the people need to vote out the clueless, out-of-touch, tax and spend Albany politicians that voted for all of the above.

Edward W. Powers
New Hyde Park



Letter: Thanks to Williston Park Fire Rescue Squad

Written by Darby Ehrbar Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Williston Park Fire Department Rescue Squad for their prompt and efficient service a few weeks back.

I apparently ate a kernel of corn while eating dinner. My Papop called for an ambulance, as my mommy and Nanon were very nervous.

The men arrived within minutes, checked me out, calmed my mommy and then took me to Winthrop Hospital.

The next three days were quite harrowing with me ending up in the operating room at Schneider Children’s Hospital. Although I missed my sister’s Baptism at St. Aidan’s it worked out all right.

My entire family cannot say enough of the service provided by the members of the Williston Park Fire Department Rescue Squad. A number of the members showed up and we are not sure of all those who were there that evening. All were helpful and so concerned for me and my family. I thank you all.

Darby Ehrbar, age 2

(written for me by my PaPop Paul Ehrbar).


Eye on the Island: November 6, 2009

Written by Mike Barry Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00
2010’s Election Cycle

Election Day 2009 is history so voters will now be given a respite from political mail and television commercials as well as candidate train station visits.

Elections Inc., however, is a big business, and operates year-round. Indeed, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, and Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 are marked already on the industry’s calendars because, while county and town contests provide nice profit margins for direct-mail, polling, and media-buying companies, the 2010 state and federal election cycle may boost their collective bottom line even more.

The most immediate reason is the prospect of a September 2010 Democratic primary between Governor David Paterson and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, although few believe such a scenario will materialize. With the state’s highest court having upheld the governor’s appointment of Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, the governor can step down from office before his term expires at year-end 2010 with a credible successor in place. The Paterson-Cuomo matter, if left unresolved, will come to a head next spring when the state’s Democratic Party convenes to nominate officially its 2010 ticket for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and comptroller. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are running statewide next year, too.


Letter: Help Save OurLibraries

Written by Donna McKenna,Director Williston Park Library Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

The governor of the State of New York has proposed a 10 percent cut across the board (except for 4.5 percent for school aid) to resolve a mid-year state budget deficit of almost $3 billion. This means an additional $3.3 million cut in library aid on top of the three cuts received over the past 18 months that have reduced library aid from $102 million in 2007 to $91 million as of April 2009.

If the proposed $3.3 million goes through, it would bring library aid down to $88 million, a level not seen since 1998. Libraries have already

contributed their fair share toward reducing the state’s budget

shortfalls. Library services are needed now more than ever. So please

contact your state legislator to urge them to reject the proposed cuts.

Please follow the link to sign the petition to save library aid. Pass it

along to everyone you know who uses a library.

Donna McKenna
Director Williston Park Library

Letter: Congressman Ackerman Responds To Village

Written by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
I have been reading in the Illustrated News about the problems that the Village of Williston Park has been experiencing in accessing the $1 million in road improvement funds I secured for the area.

I have been working closely with Mayor Ludwig Odierna to remove these obstacles so that these critical infrastructure upgrades can finally move forward.

The village has now received approximately $100,000 to complete engineering studies. Once those studies are approved in the coming weeks, we can expect the remainder of the money to be distributed.

I was extremely pleased to secure these critical funds for Williston Park, and I look forward to this important project getting under way soon.

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman


Letter: Open Letter to the Residents of Manhasset Hills

Written by Dr. B. K. Verma. Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
You may be aware that this year there has been increase in the number of burglaries in the neighborhood.

The Town of North Hempstead has an allowed us to use Clinton Martin Park, corner of Marcus Avenue and New Hyde Park Road, to hold a civic meeting on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. Residents are requested to attend the meeting, which will be addressed by Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman , 3rd Precinct Police Commander Kevin Canavan, and ADT Area Manager Stuart Solarsh.

The topics to be discussed will be more police presence in the neighborhood how to involve the auxiliary police in order to safeguard the neighborhood and how to activate the civic association function to involve the residents in a safe neighborhood program.

Dr. B. K. Verma.


What Do You Know About Herricks?

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00
Vignettes of Herricks, Part II:

1794: On September 25, a post office opens in the Queens County Court House. It is the first post office in what is now Nassau County (the second one was opened at Hempstead Village in 1802). Mail can now travel from New York City to Jamaica to Herricks to Sag Harbor in eastern Suffolk County largely along what is now Jericho Turnpike. The Court House branch is officially called “Queens Post Office” until 1805, when the name is changed to “North Hempstead Post Office.” It will operate until the early 1870s.

1807: Why is businessman James C. Roosevelt of 291 Broadway in New York City, relative of two future Presidents, advertising the availability of “a valuable farm at Herrick’s” in the city newspapers? His mother is Mary Duryea and he’s helping out his cousin, William, who is interested in selling 144 acres here. The land “is in high cultivation, well timbered, and abounds in excellent fruit.” It also includes a two-story residence and outhouses.


Letter:Open Letter to New Hyde Park Garden City Park Residents

Written by Annette Giarratani Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

Like many of you, this week, I received two mailings from the New York State Democratic Committee. Both call Richard Nicolello’s appointment as counsel to the New Hyde Park Garden City Park School District “patronage.” As a registered Democrat, I am deeply saddened and greatly disappointed in such action. As a school board trustee I am offended and outraged.

During my tenure as trustee, Mr. Nicolello was appointed in 1987 based solely on his credentials as an attorney, not on his political affiliations. Just for the record, he was not elected to the Nassau Legislature until eight years later. Just for the record….there was no patronage.


What Do You Know About Herricks?

Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00
The Bloody Hollow Mystery, Part II:

Europeans made homes in the Herricks area 365 years ago. Over that long a period of time, some unpleasant things are bound to happen anywhere. Over the generations, notorious incidents and acts mount up. Herricks was the site of quite a few hangings on and near the grounds of the Queens County Courthouse. William Valentine was murdered in his barn during a 1785 robbery attempt, and his killer was never found. But while these and other bloody events occurred near the little valley on the south side of the High School, they didn’t happen in it. There is also strong evidence that the name “Bloody Hollow” was not in common use until the 20th century. So why did it get that colorful name?

Was it actually an ironic nickname, perhaps referring to the most innocent of activities? For 20 years, and maybe longer, right up until the construction started on the high school in 1957, there was another local landmark at the top of that hollow. Someone had constructed a large rope swing, hanging from one of the large trees (approximately where the school gymnasiums stand today). It was high off the ground, so that children mounted it by ladder or by shoulder. The swing was well-known as a source of broken limbs and other injuries. Was this why it was a “bloody” hollow?


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