2014 Great Softball Athletes and Coaches
As Mayor of East Hills, I would like to cordially welcome you to one of the finest communities in America. By navigating through our website, we want to help you gain a better understanding of why our village has such a wonderful reputation. It starts with our strong sense of community and builds with the enviable lifestyle our resident's are fortunate to experience on a daily basis. These conclusions are supported by news reports in the NEW YORK TIMES (click here) and NEWSDAY (click here). Through this introductory note, I hope to convey all of the benefits of living in East Hills.
Incorporated in 1931, our village is the largest of all the villages in Roslyn. It is the highest point on Long Island, with its highest elevation point being 350 feet. We have 2,300 homes with 7,000 residents. This year, for the third year in a row, our residents have experienced a zero-percent tax increase. This is just one of the many reasons why East Hills has received one of Moody's highest ratings for any village it's size. East Hills is also the proud recipient of one of the highest awards of any New York State village from the AAA Automobile Club of New York, Inc. for the high degree of safety on our streets and in our neighborhood.
East Hills is one of the most exclusive communities in the United States, with the highest quality of life and remarkable facilities. Our crowning glory has been the acquisition and construction of our 50-plus acre park, which is now the center of our community. All residents are given access to the state-of-the-art facilities, which feature the largest leisure pool of any village on Long Island with a 12,000 sq. feet swimming pool, a separate pool for toddlers measuring 707 sq. ft; men's and ladies' locker rooms; a snack bar area, and a large lounge area surrounding the heated pool. It also features a village lounge with a separate card room, a village courtroom, two age-distinct children's playgrounds, basketball courts, a tennis facility with six tennis courts and a beautiful indoor tennis lounge, and two multi-use sports fields to accommodate men's and women's softball leagues, little league, and soccer competitions. Snuggled in the 15 acres of hills is a nature walking and jogging trail and even a dog trail. There is a fully renovated theater, a picnic area, and a general use field for lawn games. Finally, there are bike, rollerblading, and walking paths and two "bark parks" for various sized canine members of the family.
The Park at East Hills is host to a one-of-a-kind, spectacular July 4th fireworks display on its Great Lawn each summer. Well over 6,000 people attend this dynamic show, sponsored by Rallye Motors, which has become a fun and highly anticipated community tradition.
On Labor Day, we come together on the Great Lawn once again for a music concert under the stars and a picnic dinner. Everyone looks forward to this wonderful evening in the park, which is always a fun celebration of the end of summer.
There's something for everyone in East Hills! For the children in our community, our Kids in the Park Committee (KIP) hosts a variety of family-focused events, from the new Music for Aardvarks program to holiday parties and fun-filled summer afternoons at the pool. It is probably the most active program of its kind. The committee has held a sports Olympiad competition, summer "Caribbean Groove" party, July 4th parade and a "Spooktacular" at Halloween; has had singers, magicians, comedians, craft making events, holiday parties with vendors, animal shows, balancing acts, and has recently started a beautiful children's garden at the park for the children to watch their flowers grow.
The Senior Activity Committee (SAC) is also one of the finest programs of its kind. They have had interesting guest speakers on a variety of topics and have held technology workshops dedicated to providing residents with the latest developments in mobile and computer technology. They have had movie nights and pool parties, have held exciting day trips to museums, shows and restaurants, and even went on a trip to Atlantic City together, which everyone enjoyed immensely.
We have some of the best civic association leaders, and many of the most devoted and dedicated community leaders. A majority of our boards and committees are made up of volunteers who are passionate about contributing to the vibrancy and success of our village and work tirelessly for our community. We have over 25 boards and committees comprised of over 250 volunteers who participate on a broad range of issues from the Board of Zoning and Appeals and the Architectural Review Board to The Park Rules Review Committee and the Health Committee run by members of the medical profession who live in our community. Our new Community Outreach Committee is dedicated to ensuring that our residents' ideas and suggestions are heard and made to feel welcome. We encourage residents to get involved and make a positive contribution.
In response to the continuous disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy and severe weather, the village recently purchased a generator to provide power to Village Hall and the Village Theatre during emergencies. This new acquisition will ensure that, regardless of the weather, our residents will always have heat, a refuse, hot showers and a place to charge their computers and cell phones. We held a first-of-a-kind "Power Day" in the park this past year. It was an event combining seminars and vendor displays to inform our community about the options available in the event of future power failures. We even waived, for a limited period of time, the permit fees for residents who installed permanent generators to their homes. We will continue to provide innovative and educational programs for our residents.
To provide great communication with our residents and offer immediate service, we created the "Instant Access Program." By using an interactive box on this homepage, residents can contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns they have about the village and I, or a member of our executive staff, will respond almost immediately.
In 2013, we also implemented a new program called "Neighbors for Neighbors." This initiative pairs volunteers from the community with residents in need of assistance. The help provided by this program includes everything from as perfunctory as periodically knocking on the door of an elderly neighbor to inquire if everything is fine, to helping a resident during a reported emergency. But, perhaps the greatest credit for our success belongs to our residents who are neighborly, outgoing, and friendly. We work closely together every day, and host and participate in a variety of fun-filled events with one another.
East Hills is also strongly committed to protecting the environment by going green, reducing emissions, and reducing the consumption of fuel. Each year, we host a "Green Day," with a focus on educating our residents on recycling and using energy-efficient vehicles and other technologies. One program by our community to help achieve these desired goals is the purchase of hybrid vehicles for the Department of Public Safety. We are also participating in a program called "Spin Green" to encourage recycling of unwanted clothing and household items. These items will be recycled, reused or renewed while helping to decrease landfill trash, helping those in need and adding a small revenue stream to our village.
In addition to our efforts to keep the village green, we also encourage our residents to engage in charitable endeavors. From our annual Blood Drive to our new Good Deed Award, which recognizes the outstanding charitable efforts of children in East Hills, we applaud those who give back to the community.
Thanks in major part to my board of trustee's, our village staff, and a wonderful team of highly involved volunteers, our village has grown in stature and prestige over the years, and is known for its many innovations and fine services. We are constantly analyzing and evaluating our regulations and services to ensure that members of our community enjoy the best possible lifestyle.
The excellent services our village provides include sanitation and snow removal; private security; road re-pavement; beautification; tree trimming and removal; maintenance of common areas, village cleaning; administration of the Justice Court; legislation and oversight over zoning regulations; approval of construction and renovations; statute revision; village taxing; village licensing; code enforcement; contracting services with our two volunteer fire departments; convenient passport services; operation of the East Hills website with its "Instant Access" feature; maintenance of all facilities; operation of the fitness center, the tennis facilities, basketball courts, the pool and the Park Grille; oversight of all village programs, including those for our seniors and children; operation of the playgrounds, the sports fields for Little League, men's and women's softball leagues and the men's Mayor's Trophy Softball Competition; operation of tennis leagues, oversight of the fireworks program, concerts in the park and all village-sponsored events; preparation and distribution of our one-of-a-kind East Hills calendar; operation of a sledding hill, "Snow Mountain," in the wintertime; operation of the Village Theatre with catering for events, maintenance of the nature paths, and the two dog parks with a "play dates" live web cam feature that allows residents to view who is using the facility; maintenance of the walking, jogging and biking paths; and a village lounge and card room.
We invite you to stop by our Village Hall next time you are visiting the area. You'll receive the same warm and friendly welcome that the members of my administrative staff give to all guests and residents.
I hope that this summary has given you a good understanding of our community and what makes it so special, unique and enviable. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this remarkable village. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to showcase East Hills.
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GREEN DAY, GREAT DAY!
Our Annual East Hills Green Day will he held this Saturday, Aug. 30, 12-4pm, at the Park at East Hills. Green Day is an annual event designed to educate our residents on alternative choices to preserve and protect our environment. Mayor Koblenz thanked Trustee Clara Pomerantz for planning and organizing the event. "Each year Clara does an excellent job in reminding us of the importance of preserving and protecting the environment."
Trustee Clara Pomerantz added: "Our future generations need to enjoy the same enviable style of living we have now. This special day allows us to pause and think about the positive steps that can be taken for the environment we live in."
The booths poolside include:
- Town of North Hempstead Peter Zuckerman-natural environmental conservation for our homes
- You Save Green - energy home analysis, solar power, and other means of natural energy power
- Petro - energy savings for your home
- Rallye Motors - energy efficient and environmentally friendly cars
- New York State Department of Public Service - environmental conservation
- Roslyn Water District - home water usage to conserve the environment
- Organic Solutions Inc. - organic lawn care
- Second Chance Rescue-animal adoption - contributions welcomed and accepted
- SolarCity Power - solar energy
- Tzu Chi Foundation with an arts and crafts project for children - will demonstrate recycling and sell energy efficient, recycling products good for the environment
- Harvest Power - solar panel sales and leasing
Anyone riding a bike or walking this day will receive a special gift, as long as supplies last.
A special thank you to Whole Foods for a gift basket to be raffled off with organic foods, and household items.
Spectacular Labor Day Concert
Our annual Labor Day Concert will be held on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Great Lawn. The concert will feature performances by finalists from the television sensation "The Voice," star entertainers Christina Grimmie and Matthew Schuler. A barbeque will be held at the field at 5:00 pm, and the official ceremonies will begin at 5:30 pm. Residents are required to have park cards to enter the event. Up to 4 guest passes are available per family, free of charge. Passes may be obtained at the pool entrance booth, or the Village Office from 9 am-4 pm on weekdays.
The event is for residents and guests only
Labor Day Fitness Center Hours
Monday September 1st: 7am - 8pm
End of Summer Celebration: Hawaiian Luau To Be Held
On Sunday, August 31, 2014, the Kids in the Park Committee will host a Hawaiian Luau themed pool party for East Hills children and families. The celebration will be held at the Main Pool, and will feature an interactive and instructive hula dance show for all ages, tropical bounce house, crafts, hair braiding, tattoos, and more.
Mayor Michael Koblenz said, "The Kids in the Park Hawaiian Luau is the perfect ending to another eventful and entertaining summer in East Hills. Stacey Siegel and the members of the Kids in the Park Committee did another outstanding job putting this event together, and it is sure to be an enjoyable celebration for both children and parents."
Stacey Siegel said, "We are excited to bring the summer to an end in a refreshing way. The Hawaiian themed activities taking place at the Main Pool will be sure to give East Hills families a final taste of summer."
The Hawaiian Luau will take place from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Admission is free to residents. Guest fees will apply.
The Kids in the Park Committee includes Chair Stacey Siegel, Vice Chair Alethea Shapiro, Celia Ayenesazan, Wendy Bishop, Melissa Brooks, Risa Eshaghian, Jodi Golden, Brett Goldman, and Jessica Vishnick, with Deputy Mayor Manny Zuckerman, and Supervising Trustee, Clara Pomerantz.
Kids in the Park presents:
An Outdoor Movie Night with
THE LEGO MOVIE
Sponsored by Maria Babaev of Douglas Elliman
Friday, September 12th (rain date is Saturday, September 13th) on the Theatre Lawn at the Park at East Hills Bring your beach chairs & blankets!
Movie will begin promptly at 7:15pm
Entry to the Theatre Lawn will start at 5:30pm
FREE to Residents!
Guests are $2 per child & $3 per adult
Entry includes 1 free ticket per child for popcorn or cotton candy
Tickets are available NOW at the Park Office, which is open 9:15am to 4:15pm Monday thru Friday! Residents will be required to present their Park cards in order to receive their tickets & purchase tickets for Guests (exact change, personal checks or credit card payment is requested). Please get your tickets in advance to avoid waiting on line the night of the event.
First Place Winners!
Thanks to the athletic prowess of the talented women in East Hills, the ladies team captured the honors in "Long Island Women's Interclub Tennis League" tournament. "It was a great victory and our champions deserve the highest praise. We congratulate each of them on the prized achievement!" said Mayor Michael Koblenz. Captain Ericka Weisberg added "We owe our championship, in large part, to Steve Alhadeff and Brandin O'Connell for their extraordinary coaching which led to our success." Shown, from left to right are Division B champs, coaches and officials: Deputy Mayor Manny Zuckerman, Co-Coach Steve Alhadeff, Mayor Michael Koblenz, Stephanie Goldman, Co-Captain Pam Lustrin, Co-Captain Deborah Goldberg, Captain Erika Weisberg, Melissa Giordano, Debra Sunshine, Trustee Brian Meyerson, Trustee Clara Pomerantz, and Co-Coach Brandin O'Connell. Not shown are victorious team members Tracey Ross, Nicole Meyer, Mara Siskin, Shana Mashaal, Judy Goldberg, Stephanie Kalman, Heidi Resnick, Stacy Jacobs, Lauren Orent, Lori Cohn, and Ericka Liptez.
Future Swim Stars!
HAVING BARRELS OF FUN! (Composting for Children's Garden)
Completely Out of the Blue...
The seniors enjoy the water activities and athletics in one of their many extensive programs. "We are so very enthusiastic about all our senior programs" said Mayor Koblenz. "Natalie Mansbach as chair, and all her committee members can be very proud of their achievements and their efforts which have had a highly beneficial effect on our community" the Mayor stressed.
East Hills Gets One of Highest State Fiscal Reviews
When the Office of the State Comptroller tested all villages in New York State this year for stress conditions, Long Island villages scored on the average of 32% with the lowest percentage being the absolute best. East Hills was proud when its score was announced at a mere 3.3%.
NEW EXCITING COMMITTEE FORMED IN EAST HILLS
The "Friends for Friends Committee" has been formed by three Roslyn High School volunteers and co-chairmen Landon Allen, Robbie Pomerantz, and Andrew Meyerson. They will hold a social night/day each month where high school kids are brought together to volunteer and have a fun evening with kids with special needs. The venue will be at the Village Lounge at East Hills Park. Each event will have a special theme, e.g., game night, pizza night, Ice cream sundae, etc. Jodi Golden, and Dorie Meyerson will also participate as committee members along with Supervising Trustee, Clara Pomerantz. The committee is dedicated in the memory to Linda Allen.
2014 Summer Water Restrictions:
Midnight to 2 am, on odd numbered days for odd numbered residences;
Midnight to 2 am, on even numbered days for even numbered residences.
A maximum of 2 hours of watering is allowed, when necessary. These restrictions were placed on homeowners by the Roslyn Water District.
The success of the new Kids Garden at the Park at East Hills takes shape as planting is completed. See photos here.
Third Great Season for Ladies Softball a Success!
With more than 70 players set to play at the start of the season, women's softball had its biggest smash success. Games were played each Wednesday night at the Park from 7pm to 8:30pm through August 20th, 2014. Thanks to all residents and guests who joined their favorite team and cheered them on!
June 28th - September 1st: 10am - 7:30pm Everyday
Hours are Subject to Change due to Village Events.
Mayor and Board keep taxes at zero increase for fourth year in a row with cost cutting measures, the elimination of new projects, with extending the natural life of equipment and getting valuable grants from the State.
East Hills Calendar
New Meetings with the Mayor Program
While meetings have always been readily available with Mayor Koblenz, now he has reserved specific times on the weekends to encourage residents to meet with him. The meetings can address any issue from new ideas to concerns or compliments. The Meetings with the Mayor Program is a sister program to the "Instant Access Program," which offers immediate responses to questions on the homepage of the village's website. To make an appointment, see the box below.
The Next Board of Trustees meeting date is September 17, 2014 at 8:00pm in Village Hall.
Complimentary Special Pickup Started March 3, 2014. Call for an Appointment 516-621-5600. Program Ends October 31, 2014.
To further our Eco friendly green efforts, the Village has added collection bins in the Park for recycling clothing, shoes, toys and household goods. Working with Spingreen, we can decrease landfill trash, help the needy, while adding a new revenue stream to our Village of East Hills. One left sock? A chewed up Teddy bear? No problem...just drop it in the bin! These will be recycled, reused, or renewed.
New List of Approved Trees for Replacement
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Park Rules Review Committee Invites Input
The Park Rules Review Committee, led by Donna Liebowitz, welcomes your
requests, comments, and ideas for changes or additions to the park rules. As
the seventh season begins, an ongoing review of the rules will be made
based on the needs of the community. To initiate the analysis, all
residents are invited to send in their suggestions to provide the committee
with their thoughts and input. Simply fill in the box below and the
Committee will have the benefit of your recommendations.