US Marine Corps

TOYS FOR TOTS Program

   By Publisher Frank Naudus

 The kick-off of the annual US Marines Toys for Tots campaign was held last Friday and hosted by the Coral House in Baldwin, on Milburn Lake. Marine Units across the nation conduct toy collections and distribution campaigns in the communities around their centers. They distribute 7 million toys annually, making a whole lot of happy and smiling youngsters. Local business leaders also play a key roll in the process and logistically. The list of participating Marines, business people, elected officials, and community members is too long to list. Some seen pictured among the many attending are members of the US Marines, supervisor Kate Murray, Hon. Joy Watson, Tribune Publisher Frank P. Naudus, TOH’s Don Clavin and Nasrin Ahmad, Maj. Chuck Kilbride, and Butch Yamali, Coral House owner and head of the Dover Group The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

 

Long Beach Chamber Of Commerce’s Signature

Dinner – Dance Is A Jazzy, Golden Affair

By Publisher Frank P. Naudus

   The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce held their 50th Annual Dinner Dance at the Sands at Atlantic Beach on Sunday, November 3. As guests arrived they were greeted by the Long Beach High School Jazz Band. One of the largest dinner dances held on Long Island there were over 540 friends of the Chamber and Honorees. This year’s Honorees included the Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department as Heroes of the Year;  Harold Michelman as Merchant of the Year;  Matthew S. Cohen, MD, FAAP as Professional of the Year; and Commissioner Michael Tangney, Long Beach Police Department as Edmund A. Buscemi Public Service Award Honoree. The awards ceremony was presided over by Chamber President Michael Kerr and Executive Vice President Mark Tannenbaum. The Honorees plaques were presented by County Executive Ed Mangano, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, Legislator Denise Ford and City Council President Scott Mandel.  Jon Kaiman Special Adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as well as Chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority was on hand to extend the Governor’s congratulations and give a special message to the Honorees and the Chamber. Also in attendance were such dignitaries as District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Hon. Thomas Suozzi, City Council members Fran Adelson, Len Torres, Eileen Goggin, Councilman elect Anthony Eramo, Justice Roy Tepper, City Manager Jack Schnirman, IP Village Trustee Irene Naudus, Hon. Michael Zapson and Tribune Co Publishers Brian Naudus and Frank Naudus, Jr. The ceremonies ended with a few words from Chamber Chairman of the Board Stanley Fleishman and Trudy Adel in memory of the Chamber’s President Lawrence “Larry” Elovich.

 

East Rockaway News

 Mayor Fran Lenahan and the East Rockaway Public Library are calling on all area veterans to share their experiences in and with the armed services this Veterans Day by participating in the Library of Congress Veterans’ History Project now taking place at the East Rockaway Public Library.

   The library’s open-ended participation in the national program will help collect and preserve first-hand accounts, stories and other documents from America’s war veterans and those American civilians who served in support of them.

   The Veterans History Project collects first-person accounts of military service in both World Wars as well as both the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Stories of service during other military conflicts between 1917 and today can also be collected.

   “Our village is proudly partnering with the East Rockaway Public Library and The Library of Congress to bring the national Veterans History Project into the community,” said East Rockaway Mayor Fran Lenahan.  “More than 1500 World War II veterans are passing away each day; and Korean and Vietnam War veterans are also passing at an alarming rate.  The Veterans Legacy Project will preserve our history and add it to our nation’s memories,” Lenahan said.

   “By recording our veterans’ stories and publishing them in the Library of Congress, they will be around forever.  Future generations will be able to research our history and honor our military personnel for their sacrifice in perpetuity.  The project also is an extremely valuable research tool as well,” Lenahan added. 

   “As we honor our nation’s warriors, past and present, this Veterans Day, we can record the legacies they left while fighting for our freedoms.  The Library Board is thrilled to partner with the village and the Library of Congress to help compile first-person accounts, memories and documents dating back decades that concern neighbors’ personal war time experiences.  We are eager to record them for posterity before they are lost forever,” said East Rockaway Library Board President Craig Mollo.

   Veterans are asked to please stop by the East Rockaway Public Library to make an appointment and fill-out the required paperwork with one of the librarians. 

   After an appointment is made, student volunteers from East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School will then record a conversation about veterans’ military service and memories in addition to sharing their collection of historical documents.  

   Copies of the interviews will not only be sent to the Library of Congress, but the East Rockaway Public Library will retain a copy for posterity.  Another copy will be given to the veteran to use in their own family history.

    “I can’t encourage members of the Legion and other veterans enough to take part in this project,” said Commander John Johnson of American Legion Post #958.  “These first-person accounts will help us preserve our history and part of your life for generations to come,” Commander Johnson added.

 

East Rockaway Fire Department

Fireplace Safety

   Nothing is quite as cozy as a warm, crackling fire in the fireplace. But if you don't take some simple safety precautions, that fire could turn deadly. Each year, roughly 6,000 people end up in the emergency room for injuries associated with fireplaces and fireplace equipment...most of which involve children under five years old.

   Approximately 14,000 early house fires are start in a fireplace. Most of these fires escalated beyond the fireplace because of an overloaded fire, a damaged fireplace (missing bricks), obstructed flues, ignition of nearby combustibles, and flying sparks.

Keep your family safe and warm by following these fireplace safety tips:

• Inspect the fireplace. Make sure it has adequate protective linings and smoke ducts. Check to see that the chimney is clear and in good repair.

• If you are installing a factory-made fireplace, it should not be located near any combustible materials. It should also have adequate flame and heat barriers.

• Have chimneys inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary, by a CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) Certified Chimney Sweep. This reduces the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisonings due to creosote buildup or obstructions in the chimneys.

• Keep the top of chimneys clear of tree limbs or debris.

• Install a chimney cap to keep debris and animals out of the chimney.

• Always open the damper before lighting the fire and keep it open until the ashes are cool. This will avert the build-up of poisonous gases, such as carbon monoxide.

• Fuel the fire safely. For burning firewood in wood stoves or fireplaces, choose well-seasoned wood that has been dried for a minimum of six months to a year and stored properly.

• Build it right. Place firewood or firelogs at the rear of the fireplace on a supporting grate. To start the fire, use a firelighter.

• Never use gasoline, charcoal lighter or other fuel to light or relight a fire because the vapors can explode. Never keep flammable fuels near a fire. Vapors can travel the length of a room and explode.

• Do not use coal or charcoal in a fireplace because of the danger of carbon monoxide build-up. Do not burn trash or gift wrap in the fireplace because polystyrene foam and other coated materials can generate deadly fumes. Flying paper embers could also ignite the roof.

• Do not treat artificial logs like real logs. Artificial logs are usually made of sawdust and wax and have special burning properties. Be sure to read the instructions on the logs and follow them carefully. Use just one log at a time and do not add another log until the fire is completely out. Never add an artificial log to a natural wood fire that is already burning. Wait at least two hours before adding an artificial log to a natural log fire because it could cause a flare-up.

• Do not poke artificial logs because the flaming wax could stick to the poker and drop onto the floor or carpet. Poking a log could also cause a flare-up.

• Home rolled newspaper logs should never be soaked in flammable fuels of any kind because of the severe danger of explosion. Soaking the newspaper in water either before rolling or during rolling removes the clay content and will provide a better burning log. Then, stack the logs on end and let them dry for two weeks in the basement. When lighting the newspaper logs, use kindling just as you would for a regular fire.

• Do not overload the fireplace. Large fires can lead to overheating of wall or roof materials, particularly if the fireplace is constructed of metal.

• Always use a screen around the fireplace to keep sparks from flying out and to protect children and adults from accidental clothing ignition.

• Warn children about the danger of fire. Do not let them play with fire.

• Keep flammable materials such as carpets, pillows, furniture or papers away from the fireplace area.

• At holiday time, make sure the Christmas tree is not close enough to be ignited by a spark. Be especially careful of accidentally igniting holiday wrapping papers.

• Always make sure that the fire is completely extinguished before going to bed for the night or when leaving the house.

 

Island Park News

   County And Town Official Work Together To Raze Island Park Eyesore And Build Something Positive

A victory rally was held at the site of the Old Long Beach Motel on Austin Boulevard in Island Park on Sunday, November 3. The County and Town will work jointly to raze the structure and  replace it with something positive for the community. Former US Senator Al D’Amato, County Executive Ed Mangano, Senior Councilman Anthony Santino, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and  Legislator Denise Ford all spoke to the community about the now abandoned property that has been an eyesore and a source of complaints for many years. Island Park Village officials, Deputy Mayor Steve D’Esposito, Irene Naudus, Mickey Hastava and Joe Annarella were also in attendance, praising the project. The plan for the parcel is to build a Senior Housing complex there, something that would make apositive impact of the area.

 

   Island Park Schools Officially Re-Opens Francis X. Hegarty School; Gymnasium Dedicated To John Gould

On the eve of the first anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, hundreds of Island Park residents, parents and children gathered at Francis X. Hegarty School to celebrate the school’s official re-opening. Flooding from Super Storm Sandy caused extensive damage to the building and equipment, forcing its closure for nearly an entire year. Elementary school students did not miss a beat as they were temporarily housed in makeshift classrooms at Lincoln Orens Middle School.

   Board of Education President Matthew Paccione welcomed the crowd and was joined by fellow board members, elected officials, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino, Principal Jacob Russum, and district administrators as they cut the ribbon draping the front door.

   “This was a very special evening for the entire Island Park community,” Dr. Bovino said. “Despite such widespread devastation, everyone joined together to help each other. I am so proud of our students, particularly those in the elementary grades. Many were displaced from their homes and their lives were tuned upside down, yet they did not let this major disruption affect their studies. For many, coming to school was the only normalcy in their lives.” 

   Following a guided tour of the renovated facility and the ribbon cutting, the focus shifted to the gymnasium. Dozens of Hegarty School alumni returned to participate in a ceremony re-naming the gymnasium the John P. Gould Gymnasium. Mr. Gould served the Island Park School District for 27 years as a physical education instructor, coach, department chair, athletic director, and president of the Island Park Faculty Association. In addition to those attending, hundreds of Mr. Gould’s former students from across the United States posted congratulatory messages on Facebook.

 

Island Park Library

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos congratulates Island Park Library Director Jessica Koenig at the Island Park Public Library’s grand reopening celebration.  The library sustained serious damage during Hurricane Sandy and reopened its doors in August.  It recently welcomed residents back for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the library’s return to normal operations.

 

 Councilman Anthony Santino, Assemblyman Curran Join Oceanside National Little League For Awards Dinner

   Town of Hempstead Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino and Assemblyman Brian Curran joined Oceanside National Little League and the Oceanside Senior League for their 62nd Annual Awards Dinner. The Dinner celebrated the end to the 2013 Season and recognized players, team and coaches for their successes on and off the field. Pictured presenting newly elected ONLL President Bob Madsen with a citation at this event are (L to R) Assemblyman Brian Curran, Madsen, Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino and Bob Burns.

 

Island Park Board Of Education Thanked For Their Service

   At the October Board of Education meeting, the Island Park Board of Education was saluted by the Island Park Administrators Association, Island Park Faculty Association, Island Park Secretaries Association, Transportation Department, PTA, and the students at both Francis X. Hegarty School and Lincoln Orens Middle School. As a special tribute, these organizations made contributions to the school libraries and student scholarship funds, and planted trees and annual flowers on behalf of the Board of Education.

 

Long Beach News

Long Beach School District Helps With

Post-Sandy Marsh Cleanup And Study

Last month, more than 70 volunteers gathered at the South Shore Environmental Center in Lido Beach dressed in work boots and heavy gloves for a post-Sandy salt marsh cleanup. Hofstra University students and professors teamed up with Long Beach High School students and staff, the Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways, and the All Hands Volunteers to remove mounds of debris from the fragile coastal marshland on the northern shores of the Long Beach barrier island.

But this cleanup, which was funded by Hofstra University through a $75,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was more than an afternoon of feel-good volunteer work. The grant provides funding for high school and college groups to conduct continued studies and cleanups, monitoring the ongoing effects of their work on the flora and fauna of the marsh. Hofstra biology professors Jason Williams, Maureen Krause and Russell Burke are in charge of leading the cleanups and study of the 35-acre section of coastal salt marsh.

“The project coordinators are very thankful for all the hard work by the student and community volunteers that made this initial cleanup such a success.” said Williams.  “We especially appreciate the efforts of the All Hands Volunteers who were able to supply tools and expertise that allowed us to remove some of the bigger debris that we may not have been able to handle otherwise.”

Some of the two dozen or so Long Beach students who took part in the cleanup were science research students who will be compiling data for research projects tracking the recovery of the marsh. Also involved were students in the International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems class who were eager to put their classroom knowledge to work in a real-world setting. Other volunteers were members of the National Honor Society, Key Club and the IB diploma program who felt a need to do something meaningful to help their community on its road to recovery.

As residents of a barrier island, all of these high school participants were well aware that keeping the salt marsh healthy is vitally important to providing an extra line of defense against future flooding. The cleanup also presented the Long Beach students with a unique opportunity to collaborate with Hofstra students and professors, as well as environmentalists from the Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways and other volunteer groups.

"It was so encouraging to watch the high school students work side-by-side with the Hofstra students and adult volunteers,” said James Engeldrum, the district’s director of science, technology, and engineering. “Whether they were hauling mud-covered planks or laying out transects for a research study, they were all working toward a cleaner environment for everyone to enjoy." 

The Long Beach School District has always made use of the South Shore Environmental Center as a resource for hands-on environmental education, starting with an annual third-grade unit of study at the marsh and continuing through high school, where a large number of science research students conduct studies aimed at improving the local environment. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, environmental stewardship has become an even greater priority for the district.

The local community has also been supportive of the district’s efforts to foster environmental education. Centre Millwork of Long Beach generously donated tools and supplies to help the district rebuild the storm-damaged boardwalk leading out into the marsh.to the South Shore Environmental Center.

 

Do The Turkey Trot In Long Beach Nov. 24th

The City of Long Beach Department of Parks and Recreation will hold its 9th Annual City Council Turkey Trot on Sunday, November 24, 2013 on the brand new boardwalk at Riverside Boulevard.  There will be two races: a one mile race open to those 17 and under which starts at 8:30 a.m. and a 10K race open to all which starts at 9:00 a.m.

 Register online by visiting www.longbeachny.gov/rec until Friday, November 22, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Paper applications can be also be downloaded at longbeachny.gov/rec and must be received in the mail or processed at the cash register at the Recreation Center, 700 Magnolia Boulevard, Long Beach, NY 11561 by Friday, November 22, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

 Race number and t-shirt pickup begins at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Riverside Boulevard and the Boardwalk.  Day of Race registration is $25.00 begins Sunday, November 24, on Riverside Boulevard at the Boardwalk 2013 at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 8:45 a.m. The one mile race fee is $5.00 day of race. Awards will be presented after the race.  Call 431-3890 or visit the Recreation Center for more information.

 

 

Reading Is FUNdamental At East School Pajama Night

In an entertaining and educational celebration of reading, students in grades K-2 at East School in Long Beach grabbed their favorite stuffed animal, climbed into cozy pajamas and headed back to school with their parents to enjoy an evening Pajama Night. While the children cozied up to read and write stories with their teachers in the gymnasium, parents headed off to the cafeteria to attend a workshop about the Fundations word study program, conducted by Principal Sean Murray.

At the parent workshop, Mr. Murray detailed how the district is using Fundations in all K-2 classrooms to enforce phonics, fluency, reading and writing skills. This multisensory phonics, spelling and handwriting program is one of many tools used to help students master the foundation skills they will need to meet the Common Core Standards in English language arts. Mr. Murray explained which specific skills are focused on at each grade level and demonstrated how drill sound activities, vowel extension, letter formation, dictation, word play, skywriting and other techniques are used in the classroom. The presentation concluded with a question-and-answer period.

   This is just one example of the district’s ongoing commitment to engage parents as educational partners, working together with teachers and administrators to help every child reach his or her full potential.

 

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