For the past three years, residents of the Meadows at West Hempstead, a 53-home development in Lakeview, have been enduring a lack of municipal services because the developer refused to pay required Nassau County fees. But it was an incident earlier this year that was the last straw.
After nine years as superintendent of the West Hempstead school district, John Hogan will call an end to a 38-year career in education and retire. Hogan spoke with the Herald last week about his career, his life’s work, and what he will miss most about the West Hempstead school district.
Over the past year, West Hempstead resident Ashley Diaz has been hitting several noticeable milestones. After graduating from John Jay College with a degree in criminal justice last year, Diaz became the first in her family to enlist in the military. This year, however, her subsequent milestone is even greater, as she is now the first female cannon crew member in the New York Army National Guard, the military reported last week.
“Please, don’t kiss the butcher, please, don’t hold his hand,” are lyrics you may remember from the popular D’Agostino Supermarket commercials that played throughout the 1960s. Written by West Hempstead’s very own gifted composer Marylyn Varriale, this jingle went on to receive a Big Apple Award and became one of many musical accomplishments throughout her career.
On May 24, over 60 community leaders and friends of the West Hempstead Community Scholarship Fund gathered at the Pompeii Restaurant to celebrate this year’s winners of the Fund’s scholarships.
Last week, a bill requiring all public schools to test their water for lead was given the green light by both the Senate and the Assembly, and is expected to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Perseverance and dedication to academics, extracurricular activities and community outreach paid off for West Hempstead High School seniors Maheen Khan and Gabriel Berkowitz, who have been designated valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2016.
Idella Harris, a businesswoman and fervent community activist and volunteer in the Rockville Centre-Lakeiew area for over 50 years, died May 19. She was 99.
With summer fast approaching, the Town of Hempstead kicked off a town-wide campaign last week at Echo Park’s indoor pool to remind residents of the laws connected to pool ownership — and why safety precautions are imperative.
The Nassau Countywide Baseball Conference remains in existence for numerous reasons. Rather than have rebuilding teams constantly withstand ignominious losses, the league allows programs to play competitive games while working their way back to respectability. Nobody gains from being on either side of one-sided games is the philosophy behind it.
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