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Hempstead Town Continues Full Care of Feral Cat Colony at Waste Transfer Station

Protects Public by Restricting Access to Site That Processes 22k Tons of Waste & Utilizes Heavy Trucks, Equipment


Hempstead Town is maintaining its strong and unwavering commitment to the well-being of animals in their natural habitat, including feral cats, by continuing the humane care of a colony of cats at a municipal sanitation site. At the same time, America’s largest township is continuing to protect the public at the waste handling facility in Oceanside. Specifically, town personnel are caring for a colony of feral cats at the sanitation transfer station, continuing the task of feeding, providing shelter and changing litter for the feline population at the site. Simultaneously, the facility has restricted access to the sanitation facility, which handles over 22,000 tons of waste a year, to municipal employees. Restrictions are in place as a matter of safety, as well as to minimize the liability exposure to the township and its taxpayers.


Feeding and care of the cats has continued without interruption at the site where cats benefit from a spacious shelter which offers protection from the elements. Further, the animals have been subject to a humane TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program to control overpopulation. The kind and competent caring of the colony was affirmed during a June 23rd inspection by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The independent and highly respected agency found no deficiencies in the care rendered and the inspector indicated that the agency was well satisfied with the conditions and care of the cats.


The Oceanside Transfer Station is a sanitation facility operated by the Hempstead Town Department of Sanitation. Trained workers handle over 22,000 tons of material that pass through the facility’s gates on an annual basis. Bulky items (i.e. refrigerators and washing machines, etc.), municipal agricultural waste, landscaper waste, newspapers, metal, shredded paper, e-cycling waste and other materials are among the items processed and handled at the transfer station.


The site does not allow entry of the general public onto the property as serious safety risks exist for persons who are not familiar or trained to deal with the facility’s operations and equipment. Indeed, payloaders, large trucks, tractors and other heavy equipment present conditions that are not safe or suitable for the general public. Serious liability risks for the town and its taxpayers would result if the public were provided access to the site.


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Free Summer Movie Nights at North Woodmere Park

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced Movie Nights at North Woodmere Park will begin Tuesday, July 18th. Beginning at dusk, films will be shown every other Tuesday night between July 18th and August 15th.


North Woodmere Park Movie Night Schedule:

  • July 18th: Monsters University – starts at 8:25 p.m.
  • August 1st: The Lego Movie – starts at 8:10 p.m.
  • August 15th: Zootopia – starts at 7:55 p.m.


North Woodmere Park is located at: Branch Boulevard and Hungry Harbor Road in North Woodmere. There is no formal seating at North Woodmere Park, so movie-goers are urged to bring folding chairs or blankets. If weather conditions are doubtful, please call: (516) 571-0355.


For more information about Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, please call: (516) 572-0200, or visit the website at:


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Massapequa Strawberry Festival a Success

Massapequa Strawberry FestivalNassau County Legislator James D. Kennedy had the pleasure of attending the Massapequa Historical Society’s Annual Strawberry Festival at the Old Grace Church in Massapequa. There were crafts, face painting, raffles and, of course, plenty of strawberries with delicious homemade shortcake!


Pictured above (left to right) are Donald Nobile, Dorothy McMillin, Geri Fursa, Ed Tinnelly, Gil Kicherer, Donna Cohen, John Giovenco, Nate Strothman and Legislator Kennedy.


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Supervisor Saladino Introduces Oyster Bay Town’s 2017 Summer Program

A message from Supervisor Saladnio


Town of Oyster Bay summer guideDear Friends and Neighbors,


Welcome to this year’s Town of Oyster Bay’s summer guide, filled with new and exciting opportunities for our residents to enjoy.


Whether you like swimming in one of our pools, visiting our magnificent beaches, playing golf at our championship course in Woodbury or ice skating at our indoor facility in Bethpage, there is something for everyone. I am particularly excited about our new concession services at Tobay Beach, Tappen Beach and at the Town Golf Course. Residents are sure to appreciate the many diverse food offerings, specials, unique events and the upgraded services they will discover.


Two of the Town’s most popular summer programs, the “Music Under the Stars” concert series and our “Movies by Moonlight” events, are also listed inside. On “Family Fun Saturdays,” join us at 6PM for pre-show activities that will include inflatables, games, food trucks and more! Best of all, these events are free!


While there are many exciting activities for outdoor enthusiasts, summer in the Town of Oyster Bay also provides plenty of opportunities to slow things down. If you like kicking back on the shore, leisurely walks in the park, biking, boating, enjoying a picnic or just going fishing, we’ve got you covered. I hope to see you out and about this summer, appreciating all the great things that make our Town so special.



Joseph Saladino


View the summer brochure.


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320 Veterans Added To Walls Of Honor In Eisenhower Park

Walls of HonorNassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and Town of Hempstead Councilmembers Dennis Dunne and Dorothy Goosby joined local veterans at a ceremony unveiling the names of 320 veterans added to the Walls of Honor in Eisenhower Park on Saturday, June 24th. Nearly 8,500 veterans have been added to the Walls of Honor since the Monument Committee and Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund were established in 1991.


“The Walls of Honor here at Eisenhower Park serve as a tribute to the heroes of Nassau County,” said County Executive Mangano. “The Walls were built for us to remember and honor the brave members of our military who risked, and many of whom gave, their lives in order to protect our freedoms. On behalf of a grateful nation, I thank you for your service and dedication.”


The Walls of Honor are open to all those who have served our great nation and were honorably discharged whether they served during war time or peace time. The Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc. is a private organization that collects a $100 donation for each veteran’s name to be added to the Walls. For applications, please call (516) 804-5802. Donations can be mailed to The Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 7911, Hicksville, NY 11802-7911.


Since taking office in 2010, County Executive Mangano has enhanced services for Nassau’s 100,000 veterans, including free transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic. The Mangano administration also established 42 homes, located on Mitchel Field, to provide affordable housing for veterans and their families and an additional 18 homes for active-duty military personnel. Additionally, the County helped rehabilitate five two-bedroom townhouses in Hempstead for homeless veterans and their families.


For more information on Veteran Service Agency programs, veterans may visit the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, in East Meadow or can call (516)-572-6565. If transportation is needed, veterans may call (516) 572-6526.


Pictured above (from left to right) are Dennis Dunne, Sr., Hempstead Town Councilman; Dorothy L. Goosby, Hempstead Town Councilwoman; Ralph Esposito, Director of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency; Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano; and Norma Gonsalves, Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature.


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New York Blood Center, Legislator Denise Ford Urge Public to Donate Blood to Replenish Critically Low Blood Supply

New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency in New York. That is why Legislator Denise Ford is joining with New York Blood Center to ask the public to please find time to donate blood at a NYBC donor center or convenient blood drive to help replenish the community’s blood supply. Recent national tragedies are reminders that it is imperative for NYBC to always have an adequately stocked blood supply to respond when communities are faced with patient traumas or other events that require life-saving blood products.


In order to maintain a safe blood supply a seven-day inventory of all types must be continually replenished. Companies, organizations, and community groups are also encouraged to step up to host a blood drive in July or August to help rebuild the blood supply. Hosting a blood drive is easy and NYBC’s staff will help you every step of the way.


To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566 or Visit:


O negative blood donors are considered “universal,” and their blood type is needed most readily in trauma situations and emergency departments across the country. Due to its high demand, O negative blood is in short supply and NYBC encourages individuals with this blood type to consider stepping forward and donate today. Our local blood supply has reached a critically low level, with under a two-day supply of O negative, B negative, and A negative.


As we head into the summer months, we are reminded of how essential it is that our community maintains steady participation in blood donation. The best preparation for an unpredictable tragedy is having blood on hospital shelves in advance. This is key to potentially saving lives.


“By spreading the word or even hosting your own blood drive, inviting friends, family, and community organizations, you may save lives in your community,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Executive Director of NYBC. “We are in dire need of O negative blood with a reserve that is currently below a two day supply, and that is just too low.”


Historically, during the summer months, blood centers have had to focus on building up the community’s blood supply, as it tends to diminish due to seasonal factors. While summer months are marked by a long vacation period, with schools in recess and leisure time, the need for blood never takes a vacation. NYBC urges individuals to seek out nearby blood donation centers and to engage in the selfless act of donating, helping to prevent a summer blood shortage and potentially saving the life of someone in need.


More About Blood Donations

The entire donation process takes less than an hour and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. Donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to donate, as their blood can be used in emergencies. Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.


Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (parental consent is required for 16-year-olds), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 or older may donate if they have a doctor’s note on file with New York Blood Center or if they bring one on the day of the blood drive.


About New York Blood Center

Now more than 50 years old, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the country. NYBC’s mission is to serve the 20 million people in the New York metropolitan area — and more broadly, our nation and our world — by alleviating human suffering and preserving human life using our medical expertise.


Each year, NYBC provides approximately one million blood products to nearly 200 hospitals in the Northeast. NYBC also provides a wide array of transfusion-related medical services. NYBC is also home to the world’s largest public cord blood bank, which provides stem cells for transplant in many countries, and a renowned research institute, which — among other milestones — developed the hepatitis B vaccine and innovative blood purification technology.


For more information, visit the New York Blood Center online at:


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Town of Hempstead’s Summer Car Seat Safety Check Program

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced the Town of Hempstead’s free Child Car Seat Safety Program’s summer inspection schedule is underway, and registration is open for communities across the township. The Town of Hempstead’s team of certified child passenger safety technicians hosted the first community inspection events at Rock Hall in Lawrence, Merrick Golf Course and Harold Walker Park in Lakeview in June and will be continuing inspections at various locations through the months of June, July, August and September.


“I urge all parents, guardians and caregivers to take advantage of this free program that aims to protect children by ensuring the proper installation of car seats according to strict standards,” Santino said. “All of our child car seat technicians have received rigorous training and are ready to inspect, install and educate on proper installation. “


State law requires that all children under the age of 8 must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system when riding in a motor vehicle.Technicians will check to be sure that car and booster seats are properly positioned and correctly installed in vehicles in order to provide the best protection for youngsters. Hempstead Town’s certified child passenger safety technicians are certified and fully trained.


When registering for the program, guardians will be asked to provide the child’s age, weight, height and model of current car seat in use. Technicians can recommend appropriate car seats, and will check for notices of recalls or possible defects for the current model being used.


“This convenient, yet thorough inspection can help give parents and guardians peace of mind when it comes to properly securing young children in their child restraint system,” Santino said. “I encourage parents and guardians to take advantage of this excellent free service and make an appointment today.”


The following is the summer community inspection schedule by location (all held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Appointmentsare required, and are made on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule an inspection, please visit or call the Town of Hempstead Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900, extension 7709.


Remaining 2017 Summer Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Schedule

  • June 28 & 29: Elmont Road Park, 755 Elmont Road, Elmont
  • July 5 & 6: Oceanside Park, 3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside
  • July 12 & 15 (Wed. & Sat.): Speno Park, 745 East Meadow Avenue, East Meadow
  • July 19 & 20: Baldwin Park, 3232 South Grand Avenue, Baldwin
  • July 26 & 27: Rath Park, 849 Fenworth Boulevard, Franklin Square
  • August 2 & 3: Newbridge Road Park, 2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore
  • August 9 & 12 (Wed. & Sat.): Uniondale Park, 710 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale
  • August 16 & 17: McLaren Field, 313 Loring Road, Levittown
  • August 23 & 24: Echo Park, 399 Nassau Road, West Hempstead
  • August 30 & 31: Forest City Park, 3099 Morgan Drive, Wantagh
  • Sept. 6 & 7: Shell Creek Park, Vanderbilt Avenue & Traymore Blvd., Island Park
  • Sept. 10 & 13 (Sun. & Wed.): Salisbury Park Ballfields, Salisbury Park Drive, East Meadow
  • Sept. 19 & 20 (Tues. & Wed.): Guy Lombardo Marina, 898 Guy Lombardo Avenue, Freeport
  • Sept. 27 & 28: Hewlett Point Park, 130 Hewlett Point Avenue, Bay Park


Visit the Town of Hempstead website

Ra Launches Assembly Summer Reading Challenge

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) is delighted to announce the New York State Assembly 2017 Summer Reading Challenge to inspire children to keep their minds sharp during the summer. As a member of the Education Committee, encouraging children down the path of knowledge, growth and learning has always been a top priority for Ra.


In order to take part in the challenge, children up to middle-school age are asked to read for 15 minutes a day for 40 days during their summer vacation. A suggested reading list is available which includes a variety of genres for young readers to pick from. Once children have completed the 40 days, they must send in their form to Ra’s district office and they will receive an Excellence in Reading Certificate.


“Though schools across the state are letting out for summer vacation, it is critical we continue to nurture the minds of our children,” said Ra. “Just 15 minutes a day can help kids remain at the top of their class while leaving plenty of time for summer fun. This will also ensure that once school starts in the fall, students will have an easier transition back into the classroom.


For more information regarding the Assembly’s Summer Reading Challenge, please contact Ra’s district office at (516) 535-4095. Brochures can also be picked up at his office at 825 East Gate Blvd, Suite 207, Garden City, NY 11530 on a first come, first served basis.


“As a member of the Education Committee I recognize the importance of helping our children prepare for the future in any way possible. I hope parents and guardians will encourage their children to take part in the reading challenge and help set them up for a better future.”


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Assemblyman Curran Passes Legislation to Dedicate Detective Steven McDonald Memorial Highway

Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.) and the New York State Assembly passed legislation A.8378-A to rename a section of the Southern State Parkway between the interchange of Belt Parkway and the Cross Island Parkway, and Exit 22 in honor of fallen NYPD Detective Steven McDonald. That portion of highway will now be known as the Detective Steven McDonald Memorial Highway. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan carried the bill in the state Senate with Sen. Todd Kaminsky as a co-sponsor.


“I am proud to honor the life and service of Det. Steven McDonald by renaming a local stretch of highway in his honor,” said Curran. “This man put his life on the line every day to protect others and was severely injured in the line of duty. Ultimately, his injuries led to his passing. Before he passed away, he became a motivational speaker and a model of forgiveness – one we should all take after. This is a small token of our appreciation to him and his family, his wife Patti-Ann and son Conor.”


Det. McDonald was a third generation NYPD officer, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather before him. His son, Sgt. Conor McDonald, represents the fourth generation to uphold the department’s motto “Fidelis Ad Mortem”, or “Faithful Unto Death.”


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Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy Gearing Up for Season

Located in the historic hotbed of lacrosse on Long Island, the Town of Hempstead’s heralded Lacrosse Academy provides youngsters with top flight instruction from some of the finest coaches and players in the region for an affordable price. Spots are still available for the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy’s weekly summer clinics, which started with the first clinic at Seamans Neck Park in Seaford on June 26th.


Learning from Long Island’s finest coaches and players, many of whom were All-Americans, youth lacrosse players from the ages of 5 to 15 will gain expert instruction and have plenty of opportunities to sharpen their shooting, passing, catching and defending skills.


“Though Long Island has long been at the epicenter of lacrosse, the sport has grown across the nation to astronomical levels,” Santino said. “Our Lacrosse Academy is here to provide youngsters with world class instruction to prepare them for top competition.”


The Lacrosse Academy offers registration online, by mail and in-person. To register in advance for the lacrosse academy’s weekly clinics (must be within 14 days of the clinic start date), simply log-on to and fill out the application form. Also, registrations can be sent by mail, but must be received 14 days in advance of the clinic start date.When online and mail registration is closed for a clinic, you may print out an application form on the website and register in person at the Parks and Recreation Department (200 North Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Hempstead) during business hours (9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays), or in person at the clinic location on the first day, space permitting.


In 2017, Fun Fridays will be held on July 14, 21 and 28, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Town of Hempstead youngsters, ages 7 to 15, can come to Seamans Neck Park and play in scrimmage-type games for two hours, at no cost. This free, non-instructional program is supervised by TOH Lacrosse Academy staff. TOHLA also offers one-on-one instructional sessions. Instruction begins in June. Times, dates and sites vary. Please call the lacrosse academy office at 783-3208 for pricing and for more information.


“Another championship season of lacrosse instruction awaits town youngsters this summer,” Santino said. “Some spots are still available and we encourage players and their parents to register quickly to reserve a spot in an upcoming clinic.”


2017 Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy Schedule


Seamans Neck Park, Seaford*

  • June 26 to June 29: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ages 6 to 15)
  • July 3 to July 7 (not 7/4):9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 3 to July 7(not 7/4): 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)


Oceanside Park, Oceanside

  • July 10 to July 13:6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ages 6 to 15)


Senator Speno Memorial Park, East Meadow

  • July 17 to July 20:9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 17 to July 20: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)


Rath Park, Franklin Square (Boys Only)

  • July 24 to July 27:6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ages 6 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3:9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3:9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)


Averill Blvd. Park, Elmont (Girls Only)

  • July 24 to July 27: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.(Ages 6 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3: 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)


*There is still space available for the June 26th and July 3rd clinic at Seamans Neck Park, however, online registration is no longer available. You may pay in person at the Parks Department, 200 N. Franklin Street, Hempstead or pay at Seamans Neck Park on the first days of the session, June 26th and July 3rd.


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