October 30, 2018

Dear Neighbors,

Thanksgiving in New Hyde Park.  What a nice holiday this is – and how nice it is to enjoy the holiday.

This holiday seems to make the cold weather Ok.  Yes, it’s cold, but its Thanksgiving and somehow that makes it more bearable.  Maybe because the warmth from within us defeats the cold.  The warmth we feel when we take time out and bring the family together for a feast.  Differences are put aside, and we enjoy one another.  Thanksgiving really is a special holiday.  It’s a day when it’s not only Ok to overindulge but encouraged.  People get a pass from their diets on Thanksgiving.

There are so many traditions that are built around the day; the parade, watching the March of the Wooden Soldiers, watching football, the Turkey Bowl at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, the Turkey Trot in Garden City, , traveling to see the relatives, hosting the relatives, the food, the drink, the laughs.  Every family seems to develop their own traditions.

Thanksgiving also marks the official beginning of the holiday season.  Santa arrives at Macy’s, the Lion’s Club Christmas Tree lot opens, and the frenzy begins to buy presents.  For me the frenzy starts a little later than that.

The important thing is that it is a happy time.  A time when we’re around family and people we cherish.  Even if we may not admit it or express ourselves, there seems to be an acknowledgement, a truce of sorts between the aggrieved.

So I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and we take time out in this busy and joyful day to be thankful for all that we have; our family, our friends and neighbors, our liberty.  Thankful for our forefathers who had amazing insight to organize a republic based on God given rights, and thankful for those that defend it.

And thankful that this little village on the plains is our home.



Lawrence J. Montreuil

Mayor, Village of New Hyde Park