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Dan Connor, 55, of New Hyde Park, is (Credit: Brittany Wait)

Dan Connor, 55, of New Hyde Park, is chairman of The Gladiator Fund, a local organization founded in 1989, which has raised nearly $130,000 since its inception, covering medical costs and therapy for local children with disabilities. (Feb. 1, 2013)

New Hyde Park people

Brittany Wait profiles people around New Hyde Park, from community leaders to residents she bumps into around town.

Deepika Thadhani, 23, who has lived in New
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Deepika Thadhani, 23, who has lived in New Hyde Park all her life, is public relations and marketing coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Jason Figorski, 25, of Long Beach, is the
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Jason Figorski, 25, of Long Beach, is the general manager at UFC Gym in New Hyde Park. The 40,000 square foot gym is set to open this spring making it the first UFC gym on the East Coast. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Former
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Former "Top Chef" Season 5 contestant Danny Gagnon, 30, grew up in New Hyde Park, but recently moved to Copiague and is executive chef at DoraNonnie Tapas & Wine Bar at Bernard's Market Cafe in Glen Head. (Jan. 31, 2013)

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Dan Connor, 55, of New Hyde Park, is
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Dan Connor, 55, of New Hyde Park, is chairman of The Gladiator Fund, a local organization founded in 1989, which has raised nearly $130,000 since its inception, covering medical costs and therapy for local children with disabilities. (Feb. 1, 2013)

Brian Sherwood, 56, who has lived in New
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Brian Sherwood, 56, who has lived in New Hyde Park since 1991, is head fire chief at the New Hyde Park Fire Department. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Roby Shaji, 7, a second-grader at Hillside Grade
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Roby Shaji, 7, a second-grader at Hillside Grade School, was among the 17 children in grades 2-5 to explore the unusual ways sea creatures and other animals find food during Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum's Sea Cookie Workshop at the Hillside Public Library in New Hyde Park. Here, he decorates a cookie with frosting and sprinkles. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Carol Nowakowski, 71, left, is New Hyde Park's
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Carol Nowakowski, 71, left, is New Hyde Park's village historian, and Mildred Tassone is vice president of the New Hyde Park Museum. Collectively, they are working on building the village's historical museum and displaying it to the public this spring. (Jan. 28, 2013)

Julia Esposito, 7, a second-grader at New Hyde
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Julia Esposito, 7, a second-grader at New Hyde Park Road School, left, and her classmate Rachel Priest, 8, decorate cookies with frosting and sprinkles during Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum's Sea Cookie Workshop at the Hillside Public Library in New Hyde Park. (Jan. 29, 2013)

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Rylan Moraes, 7, a second-grader at New Hyde
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Rylan Moraes, 7, a second-grader at New Hyde Park Road School, was among the 17 children in grades 2-5 to explore the unusual ways sea creatures and other animals find food during Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum's Sea Cookie Workshop at the Hillside Public Library in New Hyde Park. Here, he decorates a cookie with frosting and sprinkles. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Mark Laytin, 61, who has lived in New
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Mark Laytin, 61, who has lived in New Hyde Park for 40 years, is president of the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. (Jan. 29, 2013)

New Hyde Park Village Mayor Daniel P. Petruccio,
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New Hyde Park Village Mayor Daniel P. Petruccio, 53, announced on Jan. 3 that he will not run for re-election after 12 years of service to the community. He has been director of guidance at Chaminade High School in Mineola for 10 years. (Jan. 28, 2013)

Robert Katulak, 59, has been superintendent of New
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Robert Katulak, 59, has been superintendent of New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District for five years. (Jan. 28, 2013)

Larry Anderer, 71, of Rockville Centre, this year
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Larry Anderer, 71, of Rockville Centre, this year is celebrating his 22nd anniversary as owner of the New Hyde Park McDonald's, which is housed in a Georgian-style mansion dating back to 1795. (Jan. 23, 2013)

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