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Town Focus: Day 1 in New Hyde Park

Downtown shopping district in New Hyde Park along

Downtown shopping district in New Hyde Park along Jericho Turnpike. New Hyde Park's main street is Jericho Turnpike. (Sept. 16, 2011) Credit: Amra Radoncic

Today will be the first of five days I will spend in New Hyde Park, a village in the Town of North Hempstead, getting a taste for what it has to offer.

We’ll start out with a story on Larry Anderer, who this year is celebrating his 22nd anniversary running the New Hyde Park McDonald’s in a house that dates back to 1795.

Today, I’m meeting with Robert Katulak, superintendent of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Union Free School District. Then I’m speaking with village historian Carol Nowakowski and Mildred Testoni to learn some interesting tidbits about the community. Make sure to check back in the next couple days for a historical video and story.

To close out the day, I’m meeting with Mayor Daniel P. Petruccio at Village Hall to discuss what makes New Hyde Park so unique.

Later in the week, I will be meeting with Mark Laytin, president of the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, and Charlene Noll, director of the Hillside Public Library, before checking out the Sea Cookie Workshop for children at the library on Tuesday.

I plan to also stop by the Ronald McDonald House, a home away from home for families of seriously ill children undergoing medical treatment in nearby hospitals.

And I’m ending my week by meeting Dan Connor, chairman of the Gladiator Fund, a local organization which raises money to pay for medical care for disabled children.

Please follow me throughout the week, because I could always use your help finding neat places to check out, especially when it comes to locating a spot for lunch or dinner.

I’ll be using FourSquare to check in at places, and my colleague Erin Geismar will be in New Hyde Park today, as well. Follow her on Twitter, or contact me via Twitter, email or the comments field below.


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