The Village of Roslyn Estates expects to recover from the costs attributed to Hurricane Sandy, mainly through reimbursements from the federal agency, FEMA. Recently, the board approved the 2013-2014 budget, one that contained a small tax increase of 1.8 percent, within the 2 percent tax cap imposed by New York State.
Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed did considerable damage to Village property including to trees, roads and the Fenway Nature Preserve. The village spent $150,000 to address these problems. A claim was subsequently filed with FEMA. Village officials expect that approximately $113,000 will be reimbursed to Roslyn Estates.
As part of the Town of North Hempstead Earth Day Celebration, over 40 people cleaned the historic Motor Parkway section in East Williston between Roslyn Road and the Oyster Bay LIRR tracks last weekend. The Community Clean-Up was organized by John Darcy, Commissioner of Community Services, and approved by Councilman Thomas Dwyer.
Among the groups participating were; the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation USA Long Island Branch, school children and local residents. Over 25 bags of trash, two fallen trees and a couch were removed from the Motor Parkway.
Another great year for Roslyn High School basketball squads has ended. Meanwhile, George Beamon, the player who led Roslyn to a championship year in 2009, suffered his share of disappointments as he entered a promising senior year at Manhattan College. Beamon led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in scoring in 2009 and going into his final year was considered a possible NBA draft selection. However, a knee injury sidelined Beamon, bringing the year to an abrupt close. Still, the Roslyn point guard is determined to continue his basketball career. Once the injury was confirmed, Beamon announced that he would seek a medical hardship and return for the 2013-14 season.
The Village of East Hills, which has the largest budget in all of the villages in the Roslyn area, has managed to approve its third consecutive budget without a tax increase.
The approved budget spends more than the 2012-2013 budget, but about the same amount as the 2011-2012 document. Total expenditures are $11,169,648. For instance, the total legislative budget stands at $101,108, more than the $69,823 in actual expenditures as of February 2013, but nearly the same as the $96,769 allotted in the 2011-2012 budget. Likewise, the total Administration and Staff budget for the Government Support segment is $697,000, similar to the $672,322 for 2011-2012. In addition, the board found decreases in the assessment, legal, engineering, public health and publicity portions of the budget.
Since she was four-years-old, Roslyn resident Emma Iadanza has been fascinated with ancient cultures and languages. She taught herself how to write and read hieroglyphics and, in kindergarten, authored and performed her first play about ancient Egypt with her class.
Now 12, Emma has upped the ante and published a book about a privileged girl from ancient Pompeii who is killed when Mt. Vesuvius erupts in 79 AD, only to wake up alive and well in modern-day France. Entitled Lady of Pompeii, the 116-page novel for children ages 9-14 is available through Amazon.com.
The long anticipated speech by former President Bill Clinton was received by an overflow crowd of 1,700 people who packed into Temple Sinai Tuesday April 16. The audience came to hear Clinton deliver a talk entitled, “Embracing Our Common Humanity.”
Year in and year out, local villages do their best to keep budgets as close to the bone as possible. The fiscal year 2013-14 is no different as the Village of Roslyn’s board of trustees passed a budget that decreased spending by a slim number. The final budget amounts to $4,450,621 in spending, a slight decrease from the $4,452,360 budget approved for 2012-2013.
The approved decrease represents the second consecutive year that the board has been able to decrease expenditures----a notable achievement under any circumstances.
For years, East Hills resident Dr. Alan M. Richards has conducted his own private audiology practice in Manhattan. A decade ago, he decided to expand it to East Hills, where he currently conducts business on 70 Glen Cove Rd.
Richards told The Roslyn News that his “main goal in the practice of audiology is to provide his patients with the best diagnostic and rehabilitative hearing care available in a personal and caring atmosphere.”
Residents of Roslyn Heights have banded together to block the destruction of a 112-year old house on 73 Warner Ave., one that they claim is on property that is only zoned for residential purposes.
Dolores Augustine, a resident of Roslyn Heights for the past 17 years, said that the property, if it allowed to be demolished, would be used by a local Porsche dealership for a parking lot.
Dani Kline has announced that she is resigning her seat on the Roslyn school board, saying she and her family plan to move from Roslyn soon and she will no longer be eligible to serve.
“It’s been an incredible experience, to be trusted by the community with such an important and meaningful role,” Kline said at a recent board meeting. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the connections, relationships and mentoring that has taken place with the administration and with my fellow board members. I have much to be thankful for.”
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