Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00
This year, the Park at East Hills is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary.
The culmination of the celebrations came during the Labor Day weekend when local dignitaries traveled to the village to recognize the success of a park that has become a meeting place for the entire village.
The festivities included official ceremonies with a special presentation to Mayor Michael R. Koblenz by Chief of Detectives Jay Caputo and Inspector Ed Horace on behalf of Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey for his promoting the best interests of the police, a concert by Big Shot, the Billy Joel tribute band, one attended by an estimated 3,000 residents and guests, a day of celebration with water rides for the children and with the support of the New York Islanders, and even the second annual day devoted to protecting and promoting the environment, dubbed “Green Day.”
Among those in attendance was Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Flower Hill), who was credited by the mayor as the village’s Patron Saint in Washington when the property was acquired. Rep. Ackerman said that the mayor and board had taken the Roslyn Air National Guard Base and “made a silk purse out of a sows’ ear.” The congressman went on to say that the success of the “beautiful park proves that if you build it they will come” in record numbers.
New York State Senator Craig Johnson expressed his admiration for the Park, while Assemblyman Chuck Lavine called it a crown jewel in Nassau County, “an incredible facility on magnificent site in an outstanding community.”
Also extending congratulatory words of success for the Park were Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink, and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. Charlie Berman, Receiver of Taxes said, “This Park is a perfect example of what local government does best, and the wonderful effect it can have on a community.”
“Looking back over the last five years, the single most remarkable and distinguishing characteristic of our park is the number of our residents who use it,” said Mayor Koblenz during his remarks. “On a nice weekend day we record over 1,000 residents and guests at the park each day and that is really unprecedented for any community our size. So thank you for making the pool and the park what has been hailed as a true success.”
“In retrospect, the Park has allowed us to get to know one another, share a greater sense of community, and even create a greater pride in living in East Hills,” the mayor concluded.
Mayor Koblenz also thanked Deputy Mayor Manny Zuckerman, Trustee Gary Leventhal, Trustee Peter Zuckerman and Trustee Clara Pomerantz, while presenting a special proclamation to Bill Burton, the Village Attorney. He also presented the Award of Distinction, the Village’s highest honor in recognizing a chairman of a program to Irwin Plotkin, who, the mayor said, built the Seniors Activities Program.
Other award recipients included the A-l Tennis Team captains for winning first place once again in a local tournament. The mayor also thanked Erica Montalbano for chairing the Fifth Anniversary celebration and Trustee Clair Pomerantz for overseeing and planning GreenDay. He listed the sponsors who include: Summer Concert: Kitchen Kabaret, 5th Anniversary Celebration: Platinum Sponsor: Susan Cherney, Michelle N. Cohen, Joyce Styne and Laffey Associates Fine Homes & Estates. Gold Sponsor: Pierce Country Day Camp, Silver Sponsor, and East Hills Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge. He further noted that the beautiful plants which were at the grille and the flowers on this stage were all by Muscari Fine Flowers and Blooms. He also thanked Stephanie Faust of Fine Photography by Stefanie who volunteered her time and talents.
Finally, the mayor announced East Hills first-ever Hockey Day on Monday, Dec. 5 at 1:00 p.m. against the rival Philadelphia Flyers and expressed his appreciation to Jerry and George Stamatinos of Lontza for handling the catering at the Park flawlessly.