Merrick Avenue Gets A Needed 'Facelift'

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (left), Councilwoman Angie Cullin (right), and New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo recently inspected a streetscape improvement project taking place on Merrick Avenue in front of the Chatterton Elementary School.

The town is doing the streetscape, which runs along Merrick Avenue between Smith Street and Loines Avenue, with funds provided by Senator Fuschillo. The project includes new concrete walkways, brick pavers, and stylized Victorian lights.

Long Beach Hosts Special Olympics "Miles for Medals"

The Special Olympics held their Miles for Medals walk on the boardwalk in Long Beach.   Hundreds of people joined Special Olympics athletes for the walk.

Money raised goes directly towards sports programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, including mental retardation.

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg welcomed the crowd to Long Beach and spoke of the importance of volunteering to help support Special Olympics athletes.     

Shown above: Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and wife, Ellen, at the Special Olympics Walk with Tim Flynn, Special Olympics Program Director, and Heidi Lindsay, Regional Director for Special Olympics. Behind them are Special Olympic athletes Cindy Grilloto, Dawn Chapman, Nancy Cohen, and Chris Sudmann.

Town Prepares All For Seasonal Hurricanes

Legislator Denise Ford along with Rich Rotanz of the Nassau Country Office of Emergency Management, representatives from Nassau County Department of Public Works, and representatives from out local Emergency Personnel will be holding a forum regarding Hurricane Preparedness.

Please join them as they discuss what every resident of the barrier island needs to do in case of a natural disaster. These very important meeting will be conducted at the Oceanside Library (30 Davison Avenue) on Monday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m., and at Long Beach City Hall (One West Chester Street, 6th Floor) on Tuesday, August 29th at 7:00 p.m.

For additional information please all Legislator Fordıs office at (516) 571-6204

New Life For An Old Tree At Tanglewood Preserve

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) welcomed the newest addition to Tanglewood Preserve -- a 30-foot blue spruce tree. This majestic, sixty five year old specimen tree was donated by the Aebly Family of Island Park, who were recently faced with the possibility of having to cut it down to make room for an extension on their home.

After seeing a sign for the Plant-a-Pine Campaign at Tanglewood Preserve, Mr. Aebly contacted CSTL, the not-for profit organization coordinating the campaign and asked about donating the tree.

Oak Grove Tree Spade and Nursery transplanted the massive, sixty-five year-old tree using a special piece of equipment known as a truck-mounted tree spade.

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) is located at Tanglewood Preserve, a 17-acre nature preserve featuring ponds, streams, nature trails, and a science lab for kids. CSTL is dedicated to promoting science education and life-long learning. For more information call (516) 764-0045.


Town Sponsors Child I.D. Program

Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla recently conducted the Town of Hempstead Child Safety Fingerprinting I.D. Program at the East Rockaway Huckleberry Frolic held at the East Rockaway Village Hall. Pictured are East Rockaway Deputy Mayor Richard Meagher, Leo and Allison Guarino and their children, East Rockaway Village Trustee Edward Sieban and Frank McQuade, Counsel for the Long Beach Housing Authority.





Walk Raises Awareness Of Suicide Crisis

Nassau County Legislator Jeff Toback (D-Oceanside) attended the 2006 Out of the Darkness Community Walk, held recently at Old Westbury Gardens, to raise suicide awareness in the United States and locally. 

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year-olds and is second major cause of death among college students. 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the only non-profit organization devoted to the research, education, and treatment programs needed to prevent suicide. 

Pictured are Howard Weitzman, Nassau County Comptroller and Legislator Jeff Toback presenting a citation to Dale Camhi from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.



Keeping Our Neighborhoods Safe

Hempstead Town Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino (right) attends a Neighborhood Watch meeting at the home of Maureen McManus (center) on Barnstable Road in East Rockaway. 

Reacting to requests from residents, the town installed  "Neighborhood Watch" signs in areas where illegal activity appears to be increasing.  The program is designed to aid county police by having local residents act as its "eyes and ears" in the prevention of crime, with the signs themselves acting as a deterrent. 

Also pictured are Fourth Precinct Problem Orientated Policing Officer John Condon (left) and Police Officer Thomas Gilberti.

Making A 'Splash' in Freeport

Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) recently enjoyed the Holiday Party hosted by Operation SPLASH (Stop Polluting Littering And Save Harbors) at the Freeport Recreation Center in Freeport.

Operation SPLASH is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated coastal clean-up and public awareness for solutions to pollution.

Pictured are Captain Don Harris, Peggy Laibach, Skip Zawrotny, Howard Weitzman, Rob Weltner, president of SPLASH; Legislator Denenberg, James Caracciolo, Kathie Stella, Stefanie Scherner, Don Miller, Freeport trustee.

Hempstead Town Provides Passport Services

Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla (right) greets Francine Kopp-Leib (left) and Alice Lenski and shares information with them on how to apply for a passport during the Mobile Hempstead Town Hall's recent visit to the Malverne Public Library.

The Town of Hempstead also provides a "One-Stop Passport Shop" section in the Town Clerkıs Office at Town Hall in Hempstead, where customers may obtain passport forms, take required passport photos, and file applications.

New Playground Dedicated

Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli (right) and Senator Michael Balboni pose with Great Neck Board of Education Trustee Fran Langsner at the recent dedication of a new playground at the E. M. Baker School.

Keeping Our Children Safe From Harm

Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla (right) recently conducted the Town of Hempstead Child Safety Fingerprinting I.D. Program during the Town of Hempstead's 2006 Summer Festival and Mobile Town Hall Program held at Oceanside Park in Oceanside.  Also pictured with the children are Danielle Bonacorso of Lynbrook and Ilene Strobing of Oceanside.

Tanglewood Preserve Unveils Path to Learning

Families, business leaders, and elected officials gathered to make history and create a legacy at Tanglewood Preserve. These special guests were on hand to place their personalized, engraved bricks on the Pathway to Learning leading to the new science and technology building at theTanglewood Preserve.


The event was part of the new Buy-a-Brick Campaign that gives people the opportunity to sponsor a brick for a $150 donation. Proceeds benefit the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL).  

 The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) is a not-for profit organization founded with the mission of encouraging science literacy and promoting life-long learning. CSTL is located at Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre, a 17-acre nature preserve complete with ponds, streams, and nature trails.

For more information, or to learn how you can support their Buy-a-Brick campaign, call (516) 764-0045 or visit








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'Sprucing Up' The Neighborhood

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (second left), Councilwoman Angie Cullin (left), Councilman Gary Hudes (right) and New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo  (second right) are shown plans depicting the nearly completed work at Veteran's Square in Bellmore. 

The project included new brick walkways, stylized lighting, attractive benches and a refurbished monument.  Also pictured is Town of Hempstead Parks Commissioner Joseph Bentivegna.

Nassau Teens driving In The Safe Lane

The Allstate Foundation in partnership with Nassau Pediatric and the Community Parent Center has joined together to combat teen driving crashes and fatalities in Nassau County.  

A $25,000 Allstate Foundation grant will fund a countywide Safe Teen Driving Movement that helps change teen behavior behind the wheel and converts teens into advocates for safe driving.

The program is part of "Keep the Drive" a national Allstate Foundation Teen Driving program.

School district officials interested in bringing this free, exciting program to students and their parents are urged to call the Community Parent Center at (516)771-9346.

Competition Challenges Long Island Teachers

Calling all educators! Do you have an original energy-related lesson plan you would like to showcase? Then you won't want to miss the Covanta Teacher Challenge, Long Island's first and only competition for teachers, on March 27th, 2007 at Nassau Community College in Garden City from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Created by Covanta Energy Corporation and the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL), the Covanta Teacher Challenge is open to all K-12 teachers. To enter, teachers must submit energy related lesson plans that they have used in the classroom, along with two letters of recommendation from administrators. These lesson plans will be reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of judges. Finalists will compete in hands-on, team-based challenges for a chance to win amazing cash prizes.

The competition is designed to encourage the development of hands-on science programs that teach children about energy and the environment.

Entries to the challenge can and will include everything from potential and kinetic energy conversions demonstrated by roller coasters, wind or solar power lessons, to chemical reactions and much more. The best entries will be compiled into a book called "Energy A to Z: A Teachers' Handbook of Energy Lessons" that will be posted on CSTL's website and made available for teachers everywhere.

Applications must be received no later than January 15 and finalists will be announced in February 2007. To download the registration form, go to or contact Kristen at (516) 764-0045.

DMV 'Reaches Out' To Senior Citizens

Knowing how difficult and time consuming a trip to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles can be, Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli recently arranged for the DMV Mobile Outreach Program to come to the Great Neck Senior Center.

More than 75 persons from Great Neck, Manhasset and New Hyde Park took advantage of the varied services that were offered.

"I was pleased to once again work with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to bring their mobile van to our community," said Assemblyman DiNapoli. "DMV staff members were on hand to provide services and answer questions in a convenient and hassle-free environment."

East Rockaway VFW Gets New Flag Drop Box

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino, and East Rockaway Village Trustee Ed Sieban join Post Commander Joe McCarthy and members of East Rockaway Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3350 at the unveiling of its new flag drop box, located at 164 Main Street in East Rockaway.

Hempstead Town is partnering with veterans groups, placing receptacles for worn United States flags across the town.

The town has placed 17 flag drop boxes to date, including two in East Rockaway. In addition to VFW Post 3350, East Rockaway American Legion has a box located at 71 Main Street.