Patricia Serio, a District 30 special education teacher, announced last week that she will retire in June — after nearly 60 years in Valley Stream schools, first as a student and then as an educator.
Village officials discussed a tentative draft of the 2017-18 budget Monday night, which included a property tax levy increase of 1.25 percent — on average, about $55 per household — that fell just below the state’s tax cap.
The village’s traffic committee recently submitted a recommendation for prohibitive pedestrian fencing at Hicks Street and South Franklin Avenue, to give pedestrians a logical place to cross and deter cars from stopping to drop off passengers.
Rosario “Ross” Messina, a former Hempstead Town deputy commissioner and deputy mayor for the Village of Valley Stream died peacefully at home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 8. He was 90.
Valley Stream parents, as well as members of the Valley Stream Teachers Association, are actively circulating opt-out forms, posting on social media and sharing fliers around the town to encourage parents to opt their children out of taking statewide tests beginning next week. Last year, the number of students who opted out of taking the English Language Arts and math exams nearly doubled from the prior year.
Maribel Canestro marched with about 100 others in Mineola on March 24, to protest what she believes is exorbitant funding for charter schools in the latest draft of the state’s budget.
If District 30’s $34.8 million budget is passed, every student in the school district will soon have his or her own iPad or Chromebook to help the district replace outdated technologies in the classroom.
History Hidden in Plain Sight
Merrick Road (originally Plank Road) is known by many to be one of the oldest thoroughfares in Valley Stream and beyond – it was constructed in 1853. But there is an even older, lesser known road that has been in continuous use since before that time.
Whether it is recycling old eyeglasses or hosting food drives, the Lions Club of Valley Stream has been active in the community for 69 years as of January. The Herald recently spoke with Janet Mahabir, the president of the organization, who says she is planning to continue its service to the community and work with former presidents to help the club succeed in 2017.
The Valley Stream Kiwanis Club disbanded in October 2015 due to dwindling membership. Now, the organization is campaigning to revive its Valley Stream operation.
About 100 people stood at the beginning of the Central High School District’s regular board meeting on Feb. 14 to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Family coloring time Coloring pages for children and parents will be available at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library on March 31 at 11 a.m. Registration is required. For more information, please call (516) 825 – 6422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.