Following up on her last visit to the New Hyde Park Village Board, Miss Teen New Hyde Park Alexandra Rasch spoke during the October 16 meeting at the village hall to discuss some of her latest ideas of making the village a better place.
While at the previous board meeting Rasch spoke about how she would like to improve the community at the last meeting “but I did not say how I would do so.”
after taking time to speak with community members Rasch, is competing for Miss Teen New York during a two-day pageant on January 19-20 at the Renaissance Hotel in Westchester, concluded that “there is a lack of community activities for everyone to participate in. What I thought would actually be really nice would be to offer many different classes for activities, especially for the little kids now that it’s getting near winter; they can’t go to the park, or the pool or things that small children like to do.”
She said that she would like to help put together a free or low-admission movie night.
“I think it could really bring our community closer, especially to advertise in the newspapers and newsletters,” she said. “Parents always discuss it; when I was little my mom always used to discuss ‘oh, this place is having this and that place is having that’ and I know that all the parents at all the elementary schools discuss all types of free events and local events they do here. So I thought it would be a great way to make our community bond and unite together.”
Rasch also suggested planting a community garden in the spring and donating the vegetables grown there to a soup kitchen, or to hold charity events for local non-profit organizations.
“We’ve done it in the past, it does work,” Mayor Daniel Petruccio said of the movie night idea. “It’s just a matter of deciding on the film and something age-appropriate.”
“We need a better screen,” trustee Donald Barbieri said, “we have that blow-up screen that we utilize. These things can work but you’ve got to really work on making it the right time because we have had other evnings where we have proposed to do movie night upstairs and I sat there with several of our neighbors and we were the only three people who showed up. You need the right movie, the right time and it’s a good idea.”
Trustee Lawrence Montreuil suggested stopping by a PTA meeting at the New Hyde Park Road School to disseminate the idea to parents and to spread the word as well.