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Town Focus: Day 5 in New Hyde Park

Brian Sherwood, 56, who has lived in New

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) Credit: Brittany Wait

Today is my last day in New Hyde Park, but there’s still a lot for you to check out.

We’ll start with a Q&A with former "Top Chef" contestant and New Hyde Park native Danny Gagnon, executive chef at DoraNonnie Tapas & Wine Bar in Glen Head.

Today, I’m meeting with Dan Connor, chairman of the Gladiator Fund, which was founded in 1989 to raise money to pay the medical costs of local disabled children.

On Thursday, I met Jason Figorski, general manager of UFC Gym in New Hyde Park. He is recruiting members at the gym’s showroom on Union Turnpike until the 40,000-square-foot workout facility comes to the area in April.

After that, I met with Brian Sherwood, head fire chief of the New Hyde Park Fire Department. He has been with the department since 1992, a year after he moved to the community.

Did you know the New Hyde Park and Garden City fire departments in the 1930s joined forces to form the Termites, a drill team that practices and competes in firefighting events involving agility, timing and strength? The team, originally called the Gamblers until the 1950s, competes at Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park each year.

Thank for the story suggestions this week. If you have any more, please let me know at any point because I can always come back.

By the way, I’ll be using FourSquare to check in at places today. Make sure to also follow me via Twitter, email or the comments field below.

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