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Pool Safety Brochure Gives Precautions To Save Lives

A free pool safety brochure, released by Hempstead Town in cooperation with Cablevision and King Kullen, is available at all town pools, at Cablevision customer centers and local King Kullen supermarkets. Residents can also receive a copy in the mail by calling (516) 812-3272. Some of the safety tips outlined in the brochure include:

-Never leave a child alone or out of sight at a pool

-If a child is missing, check the pool first

-Secure or remove steps on above ground pools when not in use

-Never use a pool with a broken or missing drain cover

-Keep emergency rescue equipment and emergency phone numbers

by the pool

-A rope float line should be placed across the pool, alerting swimmers

of the separation of the deep end from the shallow end

All pools must be permitted by the local town/jurisdiction and are required to have physical barriers surrounding them (many other safety restrictions also apply).

Murray takes pool safety seriously. The supervisor crafted a law that requires all pools in the town to be alarmed. Murray’s pool alarm law, passed by the town board in 2008, states that all homeowner swimming pools located in the unincorporated areas of the town must have an alarm that detects a child entering the water. According to the law, the poolside alarm must emit an 85-decibel alert and remote device that must be located at a second site of the home.

he Hempstead Town Pool Safety Law is more stringent than New York State legislation. State law requires alarms for homeowners that built or significantly altered pools after Dec. 14, 2006. The town’s pool safety legislation includes all pools within the unincorporated boundaries of the Town of Hempstead.

“Prevent a tragedy by installing a pool alarm today,” Hudes said. “Pool alarms are not only necessary, but they are mandated in the Town of Hempstead.”

Teaching children to swim is also an important component in preventing accidental drowning. Each summer, the Town of the Hempstead teaches thousands of kids how to swim at various locations throughout the township.

“We advise residents of all ages to apply these vital and sometimes life-saving safety measures,” Murray said. “Protect your loved ones and enjoy a safe summer in and around your pool.”

“We are excited to team-up with Hempstead Town and King Kullen once again to promote these important life-saving pool safety tips,” said Jeff Clark, Cablevision’s director of Government Affairs. “We encourage residents to pick up one of the pool safety brochures that are available at any of Cablevision’s customer centers.”

“Customers can pick up this valuable pool safety brochure at our local King Kullen supermarket locations,” said Tony Femminella, vice president of Store Operations. “We are delighted to partner with Hempstead Town and Cablevision to educate residents on vital tips for safeguarding against danger in and around


Supervisor Murray Awards 2011 Veterans Medals At Salute To Veterans Event

In a patriotic salute to our nation’s independence, Supervisor Kate Murray presented the coveted Veterans Medal to the 2011 recipients of the award at the town’s annual Salute to Veterans ceremony at Town Park Point Lookout on June 25.

“I am honored to present the Town of Hempstead Veterans Medal to seven deserving individuals,” said Murray. “The 2011 winners are SCOTT BEAUCHAMP of Woodmere, CHARLES CARLUCCI of Elmont, MARIO DELL’AERA of Levittown, PATRICK DOYLE of East Atlantic Beach, DANNETTE MASON of Hempstead, JAMES MERRITTE of Hempstead and BERNARD RADER of Freeport. These people have exhibited tireless energy and unending devotion to helping veterans.”

The following are short biographies

of each recipient:–

Scott Beauchamp recently served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and was wounded when his armored personnel carrier was hit by an explosive device. While Scott is currently recuperating at Walter Reed Medical Center, he has managed to remain very active in East Rockaway’s VFW Post 3350 and currently serves as the post’s Alternate Delegate.

An active member of the Vietnam War Veterans Association, Charles Carlucci also serves as the Second Vice Commander of American Legion Post 1033 in Elmont and as a representative for the 82nd Airborne Association. He is an active participant in the collection of items for homeless and hospitalized veterans as well as those currently serving overseas.

Mario Dell’Aera has been a member of the American Legion Levittown Post 1711 for over 14 years and currently serves as the post’s 3rd Vice Commander. A long-standing member of the post’s color guard unit, Mario is also a trumpeter at memorial services for fellow veterans.

Patrick Doyle is a 44-year member of the VFW, a 42-year member of the Disabled American Veterans Association and a 45-year member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He is currently Sgt. Major of the 11th New York Regiment of the United States Volunteers and spends much of his time tending to the needs of patients at veterans hospitals.

A nine-year Air Force veteran, Dannette Mason utilizes her prior experience working for Medicaid to help veterans navigate through the government benefits process. Dannette continues to use her expertise to help veterans at the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency.

James Merritte is an active member of the Nassau County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 82, American Legion Post 1487, VFW Post 7166 and the Disabled American Veterans Association. As an Agent Orange victim, James’ driving mission is to reach as many veterans as possible and let them know that help is available.

A World War II veteran, Bernard Rader was once held as a prisoner of war for 47 days in a Nazi prison camp in France. Decades later, Bernard continues to tell stories of his World War II experiences at local libraries, senior centers, churches, synagogues and schools.

The criteria for the Town of Hempstead Veterans Award is based solely on humanitarian contributions made by recipients to fellow veterans. It does not take into consideration military record or activity.


“In addition to the medal presentation, the town will honor J.P. Iacona of Elmont with the Town of Hempstead’s Service To Veterans Award,” said Murray. “At the young age of 12, J.P. has devoted much of his time and effort to raising funds for America’s VetDogs and serves as an inspiration to our township’s younger residents.”

Following the ceremony, the town presented a concert by Blood, Sweat and Tears. The evening concluded with a fireworks display and a special simulcast by Long Island’s KJOY 98.3.


Veterans Services

I have great news for the almost 45,000 Hempstead Town veterans who fought to defend our nation’s freedom. The veterans booth at Hempstead Town Hall is serving more clients than ever!

After being closed in the summer of 2009 by the Governor and the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, the veterans booth was reopened with the assistance of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Veterans, as well as their spouses and children, can continue to come to our counseling center every Wednesday and Thursday at Hempstead Town Hall to discuss veterans benefits and other veterans issues.

Counselor Rick Gales, National Service Officer with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, is available for one-on-one interviews from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All interviews are confidential.

The counselor’s office is located under the “Veterans Information” sign on the ground floor lobby of Hempstead Town Hall. Appointments are not necessary, but please call ahead of time to make sure Rick Gales will be in on the day you would like to visit. Mr. Gales may be reached at 516-812-3506.

The town is excited to have this service available to our residents. It’s important to make sure your personal information on file is current and that you are getting all the veterans benefits to which you are entitled.

On March 1, 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs will stop issuing paper checks to comply with a Department of Treasury policy to extend electronic payments to all Americans receiving federal benefit and non-tax payments. Veterans have the option of direct deposit into a bank or credit union account of their choice or into a Direct ExpressÆ debit card account. To ensure a smooth transition to electronic payments, I am urging the township’s residents to switch as soon as possible. For more information about the federal government’s switch to direct deposit or to change VA benefits to direct deposit visit or call 1-800-333-1795 or speak to our veterans counselor Rick Gales.

In addition, the Town of Hempstead has waived pet adoption fees for veterans as part of its “Pets for Vets” program. We hope to continue helping residents experience the joys of pet ownership while giving animals at the town’s shelter good homes with loving owners. Many veterans may benefit from having an animal companion, and the dogs and cats will be thrilled to be placed in a forever home.

Through this program, the town will be waiving all adoption fees for all veterans who bring new pets into their homes. What’s more, all cats and dogs adopted by veterans will be spayed or neutered and microchipped free of charge. Veterans are invited to come to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh to meet the great dogs and cats looking for homes. Facility hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (516) 785-5220.