New Hyde Park gearing up for event-packed fall

New Hyde Park gearing up for event-packed fall
Mayor Christopher Devane gives his board report Thursday night. (Photo by Brandon Duffy)

The Village of New Hyde Park is gearing up for an active fall, according to Mayor Christopher Devane. 

During the Thursday night Board of Trustees meeting, the board went over village construction and community events that will be going on throughout the fall months. 

“The fall is going to be really active here in the village,” Devane said Thursday night. “It’s going to be an exciting time not only with events but for a lot of things that are going on. So strap in, it’s going to be a good ride.”

In September, the village will be hosting a back-to-school movie night at Memorial Park on Friday, Sept. 9, starting at 7 p.m. The movie to be played will be “Dog” and the event offers free admission for residents and non-residents. 

The rain date for movie night is Friday, Nov. 16. 

On Saturday, Sept. 10, the New Hyde Park Fire Department will be commemorating the lives lost in the Sept. 11 attacks on the 21st anniversary at 6:30 p.m. following a 5 p.m. mass at the Church of the Holy Spirit.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the village is conducting a lighting of the gold tree outside village hall at 6:30. 

In 2021, the village declared September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Joining the occasion were the Mary Ruchalski and Katie McBride foundations. 

The 25th annual New Hyde Park Street Fair will be taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 10 a.m. 

The event will be held on Jericho Turnpike from New Hyde Park Road to Lakeville Road. 

The street fair returned in 2021 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and LIRR construction in 2019. 

Attendees will be treated to food, vendors and games, among other things. 

Lampshade for Hiding will provide musical entertainment. 

In October, the village will be hosting its first Columbus Day Parade on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. with a rain date for Monday, Oct. 10. 

Since being elected last year, Devane has told Blank Slate Media he and his administration have made it a point to make the village more inclusive and embrace as many cultures as possible. In July 2021, the village held its first All Around the World Multicultural Night. In November, a Diwali festival of lights celebration was held. 

Earlier plans to celebrate Chinese New Year in the village were canceled due to COVID-19. 

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the village will be hosting its Halloween parade, according to village officials.

November will feature a Diwali celebration on Friday, Nov. 4, a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, and tree lighting on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Devane also provided more updates on the village’s ongoing infrastructure upgrades.

Village hall operations were moved to the basement Aug. 29. to make way for construction on the clerk’s office and Building Department. Devane is expecting the construction to last through all of September and possibly a small part of October. 

“Our employees deserve a nice area to work and we are going to give them that,” Devane said.

The playground in Memorial Park will be excavated on Oct. 3 by the village’s DPW, which will save between $10,000 to $12,000, Devane said. 

The village is still going over plans for the playground and will unveil them in the coming months, but Devane expects the project to be completed closer to spring 2023. 

In unrelated village news, Devane is requesting that any residents interested in the village’s neighborhood watch to please contact village hall. Meetings have been taking place in August, Devane said, and residents are expected to remain in the village-owned car and report to the police, not get out of the car if they see suspicious activity.

Devane said about six people are currently on neighborhood watch and the village is considering setting up a booth at the street fair for any residents who wish to know more information.

The next New Hyde Park Board of Trustees meeting will take place on Thursday, Sept. 15. 

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