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EMHS Assistant Football Coach Recognized with Jack Boyle Award

Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00

Elmont Memorial High School (EMHS) congratulated Varsity Football Assistant Coach Dave Kinsley for winning the prestigious Jack Boyle Football Award for Assistant Coaches. Coach Kinsley has been described as “a role model for our student athletes” by Elmont High School Athletic Director Peter Gaffney.

Dave has been coaching at Elmont Memorial for the past 24 years in the position of Varsity Football Assistant Coach. Jay Heigi, head varsity football coach, says, “He is a person that puts an incredible amount of time into the program. Dave works hard and wants all the credit to go to the players.”


Governor Signs Tax and Jobs Bill in West Hempstead

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

Cuomo calls tax break lowest in 58 years, bill calls for MTA payroll tax repeal

Six months ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Lynbrook to sign the 2 percent tax cap legislation, a bill he called a decade-long battle for that legislation in New York State. On Monday, Dec. 12, Cuomo visited West Hempstead’s Cornwell Avenue School to sign the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation bill, which has been touted by the governor and supporting senators as bringing real tax relief to businesses and the middle class in New York State.

The state legislature passed the bill on Dec. 7.


NIFA Allows ‘Risky’ 2012 Nassau Budget

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

 County avoids shutdown but faces major service cuts and layoffs

Nassau County, this past week, was facing the reality of a government shutdown until the fiscal control board NIFA voted to approve County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s $2.6 billion 2012 budget and multi-year financial plan. In approving the plans, NIFA moved to remain in control of Nassau finances through 2015.

Chairman of the NIFA Board of Directors Ronald Stack said during the Dec. 8 vote: “The plan is far from ideal… this plan holds significant risks… but although far from perfect, rejection of the plan at this moment could result in significant disruption in the county, a possible closing of the capital markets to the county… and a possible shut down of county government.”


EFD Comes Together to Help Fellow Firefighter

Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00

Ex-Chief diagnosed with brain tumor

In typical firefighter fashion, members of the Elmont Fire Department (EFD) have been doing everything they can to help and support a fellow firefighter who is battling cancer. A dedicated member who has given so much to his community, 37-year-old Ex-Chief of EFD Richard Schriefer III of Belmont Hook & Ladder Co. #1, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, following a seizure last summer.

On Oct. 29, members of Belmont Hook & Ladder Co. #1 held a fundraiser to raise money to assist Rich with his medical expenses. Despite terrible weather conditions that day and night, the turnout was amazing.


Sewanhaka High School Names Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00

Daniel Myrick, who is ranked first at Sewanhaka High School, was recently named valedictorian for the Class of 2012. An AP Scholar, Daniel’s academic achievements have been recognized by his induction into the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

For the past three years he was a member of the All-County Band and was first chair clarinet in the All-District Orchestra and All-District Band. Daniel is enrolled in the challenging Instrumentation and Automation Program, and last year was the recipient of the George Washington University School of Engineering Medal.


Drunk Driver Slams Into WH Building

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00

Driver crashes into building causes reroutes, gridlock

Hours after a vehicle crashed into a building in West Hempstead on Nov. 29, police reopened all lanes on Hempstead Turnpike and Westminster Road that had been closed as an accident investigation was conducted.

Nassau County Police have released details about the crash after a medical examiner was at the scene around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning.


WH Begins Early School Budget Discussions

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00

Community conversation opens up for districtwide input

The West Hempstead Board of Education, along with dozens of other districts across Long Island, face the difficult task of passing the 2012-2013 school budget despite New York State’s 2 percent property tax cap.

The cap, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in June, limits the increase in property taxes each year for school districts and local municipalities to just 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. “Certainly the tax levy limit is a game-changer, so we can’t go through [with budget planning] using our same process,” said Deputy Superintendent Richard Cunningham.  “This isn’t business as usual. This is new business, so we have to use a new way.”


TOH Honors Make a Difference Award Winners

Friday, 25 November 2011 00:00

Local residents applauded for inspirational acts

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the town board recognized 14 extraordinary community members for contributions to their local neighborhoods at the 15th Annual “Make a Difference” Awards ceremony. In addition, Supervisor Murray posthumously honored a man from Lido Beach who was a dynamic presence in the seaside community.

“The inspirational people being honored this evening are truly the unsung heroes of our communities,” said Murray. “Their selfless acts of volunteerism and leadership are true symbols of Hempstead Town and make our township such a great place to live, work and raise a family.”


CHS of 2012 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Friday, 25 November 2011 00:00

Honored students showcase academic strengths of Carey High School

Ranked first in a most competitive class, Justin Poserio is well known for his extraordinary intelligence and easy-going demeanor. As an AP Scholar and Carey High School (CHS) 2012 Valedictorian, his academic achievements have been recognized by induction into the National, Science, English, Foreign Language, Math, and Music Honor Societies.


West Hempstead Opens Up the Conversation

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00

School district to give community additional input in budget process earlier in the year

This coming budget season will have a new wrinkle in its culmination thanks to the new challenge of a 2 percent tax cap, which was enacted by Govenor Andrew Cuomo in July.

In West Hempstead, administrators are kicking off budget talks with the community ahead of the rest of the field. District Superintendent John Hogan revealed that rather than waiting until March, when the first pubic meetings regarding the budget had been held in the past, this year school officials would start the conversation in November.


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