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Long Beach School District, Hempstead Town Collaborate on Philanthropic Recycling Initiative

Students from Long Beach High School’s Special Ed Life Skills Program are working together with Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Hempstead Town on a great recycling program that will benefit both the environment and children with special needs.


Today, Hempstead Town provided 100 plastic recycling bins to the school to help students collect bottles and cans. The school will donate proceeds from the collected beverage containers to not-for-profit organizations that assist persons with special needs, including the town’s Camp ANCHOR program.


“The Town of Hempstead is proud to partner with Long Beach High School to implement this great recycling program, which will help keep our beautiful seaside communities clean, and also provide resources to programs helping people with special needs,” stated Santino. “We are confident that the students of the Life Skills Program will do an excellent job on this project.”


“Recycling programs are a great way to get our young people involved in their community,” added Councilman D’Esposito. “We commend students from the Long Beach High School Life Skills Program for their selfless philanthropy on behalf of people with special needs.”


The Life Skills students will distribute the recycle bins into classrooms and also speak at the ceremony, which will include an artistic backdrop they created with an art teacher. This new Redeemable Recycling Initiative is an expansion of the Long Beach School District’s ongoing efforts to teach students the importance of protecting the local environment, particularly when it comes to keeping waste out of the waterways.


“We are excited to add this new feature to the districtwide recycling program, and we are grateful to the Town of Hempstead for supporting us through the donation of the bins,” Long Beach Superintendent David Weiss said. “This initiative is aligned with the Long Beach Public Schools’ mission to help students develop as global citizens who give back to their community.”


The Town of Hempstead has hosted many programs, services and initiatives that focus on protecting and rehabilitating the local environment. Just in this month alone, the town has hosted public events at which residents can dispose of electronics, hazardous waste and documents in a safe and environmentally friendly fashion. What’s more, the town recently unveiled a mattress-recycling program, detailing the ecological benefits of reusing the bedding’s steel, foam, metal and cotton components.


Over the years, the town has also demonstrated its commitment and dedication to persons with special needs. The Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center at Camp ANCHOR serves 1,200 children and adults with special needs, providing top-notch programs and activities for all. And, Camp ANCHOR recently announced a partnership with the Peninsula Kiwanis Club to create a community service organization for people with special needs. As part of this group, participants fundraise, plant trees, head up recycling projects, landscape community grounds and much more.


“With so many beautiful parks, beaches and waterways in the Town of Hempstead, protecting our environment is one of our township’s top priorities,” concluded Santino. “We look forward to seeing our dedicated students in action, who are helping to spread the word about the importance of recycling.”


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‘Shark Tank’ Winner, Vengo, to Move and Grow Business in Bethpage

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that Vengo, a “Shark Tank” success story, has found a home in Bethpage with the help of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Vengo is a software and media company that uses its proprietary high-tech vending machines to market physical products. The Company had been operating in Queens, and has now relocated its headquarters to the Bethpage Business Park.


“I’m excited that Vengo has decided to locate in our county and is already growing rapidly,” said County Executive Mangano. “Businesses such as Vengo are important to our economy and Vengo’s move is an example of the success that my economic development team has had in attracting new employers and thousands of new jobs to Nassau County.”


Vengo was created in 2012 out of a garage in Bethpage, where Co-Founder and Chief Designer Steven Bofill grew up. Bofill’s partners are Co-Founder and CEO Brian Shimmerlik and chief engineer Brian Bofill, Steven’s father and a former Northrop Grumman systems engineer who actually worked on the same grounds in a past role as an aerospace engineer. The company moved from Queens into the 4,000-square-foot space in Bethpage late December and is already is expanding into an additional 2,000 square feet of adjacent space.


“It is amazing to come back home with a growing company and set up our headquarters around the corner from where we got started,” said Steven Bofill.


“At Vengo, I’m having fun every day building a complex technology platform from scratch!” added Brian Bofill.


The company earned the 2nd largest deal in the history of the ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank,” which aired in March. Steven Bofill turned to the IDA last year for help in finding space. “Vengo is expanding quickly to keep up with demand from the market. We will double our workforce to 30 people by year-end,” Brian Shimmerlik said.


In September, Vengo showcased its machine at a meeting of the IDA-sponsored Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club showcase. The IDA found Vengo space at the Steel Equities site, a 1.2 million-square-foot former U.S. Navy facility that Steel Equities purchased from Nassau County with IDA assistance in 2011. “The IDA was enormously helpful” said Steven Bofill.


Vengo is known for their slim “vending machines that utilize cloud-controlled software to engage consumers with great digital content and dispense new products for people to try. Vengo partners with the traditional vending industry, enabling them with a new offering to customers and turn-key, efficient operations. An operator can track sales and inventory levels remotely from his phone. Vengo drives 4x higher sales per square foot and is restocked in 1/10th of the time compared to a traditional vending machine. Vengo then works with the brands that manufacture consumer packaged goods and helps them engage consumers and drive trial of their product.


In March 2016, Vengo won a $2 million investment on “Shark Tank” from hosts Kevin O’Leary and Lori Greiner, and since has received funding from other well-known investors such as Nas and Tony Hsieh’s venture funds and the Founder of Coinstar. Vengo has established major partnerships – spanning advertising, product placement and machine locations – with such companies as Canteen Corp., Hershey Co., Revlon, Hyatt Hotels and a large, national fitness chain.


All told, Vengo has placed about 400 machines in the field, mostly at colleges, gyms and hotels, including New York University and the Hudson Hotel. By April, the Vengo network will drive 17mm impressions per month. And, according to Brian Shimmerlik, “We’re just getting started.”


About the Nassau County IDA

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency consists of a team of professionals whose mission is to promote the economic welfare and prosperity of Nassau County. It is a resource for businesses in Nassau County and those considering relocation. The IDA provides assistance to businesses interested in relocating, expanding and financing new investments. It has provided assistance to a wide range of companies including Hain Celestial, Publishers Clearing House, Arizona Iced Tea, Dealer Track Technologies and Sleepy’s Mattress as well as Cold Spring Harbor Labs and Grumman Studios. For more information, please visit or call (516) 571-1945.


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Councilman Muscarella Announces Arts Council 2017 Awards Reception for Talent Competition, Scholarship Winners

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella announced that the Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council (TOBAC) will be hosting an awards ceremony and reception for the participants of the TOBAC Talent Competition and the TOBAC Scholarship Program. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Long Island High School for the Arts’ Seymour Weiner Theatre, located at 239 Cold Spring Road in Syosset. Light refreshments will be served.


“Not only are the family and friends of participants invited to the event but the general public is also encouraged to attend the ceremony and be entertained by the works of the Talent Competition and Scholarship winners,” Councilman Muscarella stated. “Winners of both the talent competition and scholarship program will be acknowledged and the artistic works created by the Scholarship Winners will be on display for the community to admire.”


For more information regarding the TOBAC Talent Competition and Scholarship Awards Ceremony please contact Executive Director of TOBAC Sharon Betz at 516-797-7933 or visit


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Santino: Senior Suicide Hotline Helps Over 200 Seniors During ‘Holiday Blues’

Only three months after Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced the launch of a senior suicide hotline, in tandem with the Long Island Crisis Center (LICC), over two hundred seniors have reached out for help. The 24/7 helpline assists mature residents who are in crisis. Experts indicate that the holidays and winter months can be a particularly difficult time for senior citizens who are battling depression. The LICC logged 242 calls from December 1st, 2016 through March 1st, 2017. The LICC also began a series of Senior Crisis Intervention seminars at Town of Hempstead senior centers that deal with grief, loneliness and depression.


“The fact that over two hundred seniors reached out for help proves the need for this crucial service,” stated Santino. “The goal is to prevent senior suicide, combat depression and help people who are in crisis. After only three months, I am pleased to say we are making a difference.”


“Most of the calls have dealt with family relationships, financial issues, resources for getting help in various aspects of their lives, and the feelings of isolation and loneliness, especially now in the winter months,” said Linda Leonard, Executive Director of LICC. “It was also remarkable to see that even with their own problems, many of our senior citizens called because they were concerned about others – from their adult children with addiction crises to relatives voicing suicidal thoughts. Today’s senior population deserves our care and attention – we thank Supervisor Santino for taking a leadership role in this initiative.”


Counselors say the holiday season can be particularly difficult for seniors. Issues such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the “Holiday Blues,” can manifest themselves through depressive symptoms. The Senior Connection Helpline is a 24/7 service that will give seniors in crisis the critical help they deserve. The helpline is staffed with highly trained professionals and exceptional volunteers.


The LICC has over 45 years of suicide prevention experience and their staff members utilize the “Active Listening Skills” method to speak with the troubled callers. Thanks to a grant from the Town of Hempstead’s Planning and Economic Development Department, the service is available completely free of charge.


The LICC began visiting each of Hempstead Town’s 16 senior centers to spread the word of the helpline and their other services.For a list of dates, time and locations please go to


The Senior Connection Helpline is available at (516) 679-0000.


“If you are in need or if you know of a family member in need, do not hesitate to call for help,” concluded Santino. “One call can truly make a difference.”


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Legislator MacKenzie to Host Free Child Car Seat Safety Inspections

Nassau County Legislator Donald MacKenzie urges all parents, grandparents and caregivers to have their child car seats inspected on Thursday, April 6 at the East Norwich Fire House. A Nassau County Traffic Safety Coordinator will inspect car seats and provide free hands-on advice from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Parents are encouraged to call (516) 571-6218 to make an appointment.


Thursday, April 6, 2017 • 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM

East Norwich Fire House – 900 Oyster Bay Rd., East Norwich


Legislator MacKenzie stated, “We must do all we can to protect our children when on the road. The proper installation of a child’s car seat is critical to ensuring safety in a vehicle. Take this opportunity to let a professional make sure your child seat is safely installed in your vehicle.”


Child car seats are required for children under the age of eight.


If you would like to make an appointment to have your car seat installation checked, please contact Legislator MacKenzie’s office: 516-571-6218 –


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Mangano Announces ‘Hands On History’ Program At Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Spring Break Week – School is Closed, OBVR is Open!


Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announces that Old Bethpage Village Restoration will host a “Hands on History” program during spring break on Wednesday, April 12th, Thursday, April 13th and Friday, April 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Visitors will learn how to churn butter, participate in military drills, play 19th-century games, including thaumatropes (optical toy). Plus, participants can choose 3 of the 5 following craft activities: pinch pots, tool box, wizzer, string dolls, and fan making.


About Old Bethpage Village Restoration:

Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th Century American village set on more than 200 acres. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Last admission is at 3:00 p.m. Entrance fees are: $12 for adults, $8 for children (5 – 12), seniors and volunteer firefighters.


Old Bethpage Village Restoration is located at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage (Exit 48 of the Long Island Expressway). For further information, please call Old Bethpage Village Restoration at (516) 572-8400.


For more information about Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museum, please call (516) 572-0200 or visit


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Councilwoman Alesia Invites Residents to Register for Spring Adult Co-Ed Badminton & Volleyball Programs

Spring is here and residents are invited to take part in the Town of Oyster Bay’s Summer Adult Co-Ed Badminton and Adult Co-Ed Volleyball Programs, according to Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia. The programs are open to those 18 and older and will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center.


The volleyball program starts on Tuesday, April 4 and will be conducted on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The badminton program starts on Thursday, April 6 and will be held on Thursdays and Sundays from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The programs, which are 12 weeks in duration, are $75 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Proof of residency is required for the discount.


“The Adult Co-Ed Badminton Program and the Adult Volleyball Program provide a healthy and competitive atmosphere for residents to enjoy throughout the springtime,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “ The beginning of spring makes for an ideal opportunity to increase your health as well as have fun while doing it. These programs not only offers residents health benefits but a social outlet for making new friends.”


Councilwoman Alesia noted that registration for both programs will take place at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center, 167 Broadway in Hicksville, on Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. After these dates, registration will continue based on availability. Please note that the schedule may be subject to change and residents are encouraged to inquire about special holiday scheduling.


For further information, contact the Hicksville Athletic Center at (516) 733-8418.


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Santino, Hempstead Town Host Pakistan Flag Raising on Steps of Town Hall

In celebration of Pakistan Republic Day and the Lahore Resolution in Pakistan, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Consul General to Pakistan in New York Raja Ali Ejaz, and members of the Pakistani American Society of NY raised the Pakistani Flag in a ceremony on the steps of Town Hall. This year marks the 77th anniversary of the resolution and the third flag raising by the town.


“America’s largest township is proud of its diverse family, and we are happy to celebrate the myriad of cultures and traditions that make Hempstead Town a great place to live and raise a family,” said Santino. “Flying the Pakistani Flag alongside the American Flag is a wonderful symbol of unity and inclusion.”


March 23rd is a national holiday in Pakistan which celebrates both the Lahore Resolution of 1940 and Republic Day (1956). The Lahore Resolution called for the creation of an independent state. This led to the creation of Pakistan, which celebrates this occasion with the national flag being hoisted on public and governmental buildings at dawn.


“It is humbling and amazing to live in a great country like America, where we can raise the flag of other countries to celebrate great moments in their history,” Clerk Ahmad added.


The Pakistani American Society of New York participates in organizing the flag raising ceremony every year and will also be instrumental in the first Hempstead Town Pakistan Independence Day Celebration scheduled for August.


“Pakistan embraces many of the same ideals that we hold dear in the United States,” concluded Santino. “I am proud to salute Pakistani Americans as they celebrate Pakistan Republic Day and the Lahore Resolution.”


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Town of Oyster Bay Invites Residents To Participate In Blood Drive, April 13

The Town of Oyster Bay will be holding its Blood Drive on Thursday, April 13 to help hospitals meet the ongoing need for blood donations. “Long Island Blood Services cannot meet its vital, life-saving mission without the efforts of the Town’s Blood Drive and its volunteers,” said Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson. “We strongly encourage all those eligible to participate. If you have family members or friends who are willing to donate, please ask them to also support our effort.”


“Blood banks need to be prepared 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “This constant state of urgency is why people should always donate whenever they can. Donating is not only quick and easy but it is an entirely safe process. All materials used during the process are sterile, disposable and used only once…by you. There is no danger of contracting any disease, including AIDS. The pint of blood you donate will never be missed by your body, which manufactures an equivalent amount in 24 hours. When broken down into component parts, one single pint of blood can be used to heal and help the bodies of three different people.”


Locations for the blood drives are: Town Hall South Conference Room, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Town Hall North, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Councilwoman Johnson added that in order to qualify as a blood donor, a person must between the ages of 17 and 75 years old…16 with parental permission and 76 or older with a doctor’s note…weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. Anyone who has received a tattoo within the past twelve months is ineligible to apply. It is recommended that volunteers eat well (low fat) and drink fluids in the days before the Blood Drive. The Councilwoman noted that all blood types are needed, especially O positive and O negative.


Refreshments will be provided for all who donate. In addition, each time someone makes a donation, they earn advantage points redeemable for a wide variety of gifts, gift cards, or other merchandise. Also, McDonalds will be offering a coupon to all donor registrants offering a free large sandwich or salad when you make any type of purchase at McDonalds. For questions concerning medical eligibility call 1-800—688-0900 or visit Those wishing to sign up to donate, or in need of additional information, can call Councilwoman Johnson’s office at 1-516-624-6301 or visit the Town’s website at


“A pint of blood may be one of the most important gifts you can give to someone,” Councilwoman Johnson stated. “One pint of blood could be the difference between life and death for one or more recipients. Please help us make this blood drive a huge success. Always keep in mind that we may someday be the ones in need.”


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Legislator Kennedy Attends Massapequa Cub Scouts Pack #776 Blue & Gold Banquet

Massapequa Cub Scouts Pack #776Nassau County Legislator James D. Kennedy recently attended the Massapequa Cub Scouts Pack #776 Annual Blue & Gold Banquet at the Knights of Columbus Memorare in Seaford.


The Blue & Gold Banquet is the highlight of the year in Cub Scouts and brings together families for dinner and fun in celebration of the “Birthday of Cub Scouting.


In addition to the festivities, scouting achievements were recognized. Many of the Cub Scouts crossed over into Boy Scouts and all received the Arrow of Light Award.


Legislator Kennedy presented Special Legislative Citations to all of these remarkable young boys to recognize their outstanding achievements.


Legislator Kennedy is pictured above with the members of Cub Scout Pack #776.


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