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D’Esposito, John’s Crazy Socks Help Camp ANCHOR Celebrate 50 Years

Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and John Cronin, the co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks delivered special 50th anniversary commemorative socks at Camp ANCHOR. D’Esposito recently ran a sock competition, where all camp participants designed socks to celebrate the anniversary of the camp, with John selecting a winner that was then sent to production.


“The enthusiasm that we received for this competition was unparallelled,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “Our ANCHOR participants really got into the spirit and created some amazing sock designs. I am very happy that I was not the person who had to choose the big winner!”


ANCHOR is the Town’s comprehensive year-round program serving 1,200 children and adults with special needs. Camp ANCHOR, the town’s six-week summer day camp program, serves approximately 700 children and adults with special needs throughout the summer. Camp participants who are ages five years and up enjoy an array of athletic, aquatic and cultural programs, as well as field trips and special events.


John’s Crazy Socks is operated by John, a young man with Down Syndrome and his father Mark. The company is built on the mission of showing what is possible when you give someone a chance and demonstrate what people with intellectual disabilities can do.


“It is clear to see, from the socks that were designed, how much the campers love ANCHOR and how enthusiastic they were about celebrating its 50th Anniversary,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.


Proceeds from the sale of the 50th Anniversary commemorative sock will go to the ANCHOR Program Fund. ANCHOR Program Fund, Inc., is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that accepts donations to fund special activities and events, as well as the necessary supplies and equipment, for individuals with disabilities participating in programs like ANCHOR. So far, more than $9,000 has been raised through the pre- sale of the 50th anniversary socks and sales will continue at


“Camp ANCHOR is such a special place and the Program Fund allows the campers to enjoy even more enriching activities,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “I can only imagine the wonderful things they are going to be able to do with the funds raised through this competition!”


John’s Crazy Socks donated the production costs of all the socks pre-sold so the ANCHOR Program Fund will be able to utilize all the proceeds from the nearly 600 socks that were delivered by the officials and John.


“I would like to commend Councilman D’Esposito for this incredibly creative way to raise funds for the ANCHOR Program Fund. The campers had fun creating their designs and they are the ones who will ultimately benefit from the sale of the socks,” said Councilman Edward Ambrosino.


“For 50 years ANCHOR has been serving the special needs population in the Town of Hempstead and this program which brings together our camp and a successful company run by a young man with special needs is a winning collaboration,” said Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin.


“All the designs that were submitted were so great,” concluded D’Esposito. “Every camper who worked on one of these designs is a winner in my book and should feel an enormous amount of pride in their accomplishment!”


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Town to Host September 11th Remembrance Ceremony at TOBAY Beach

TOBAY 9 11 Remembrance CeremonyOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town will honor a Remembrance Ceremony for the victims of the September 11, 2001 Attacks on America on Thursday, September 6th, beginning at 7 p.m. at TOBAY Beach. The Town Board invites all residents, families and friends to attend.


“As we prepare to observe the 17th Anniversary of these tragic attacks on America, it is important that we commemorate this day as the passage of time does not diminish the tragedy that our nation suffered,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “Together, we will pay tribute to those we lost that tragic morning as well as those who continue to pass away from 9/11 related illness. Join us in remembering these loved ones and honoring the brave heroism demonstrated by first responders who participated in rescue and recovery efforts.”


The Town’s 9/11 Memorial is inscribed with the names of residents lost on September 11, 2001. The Memorial features a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center. The September 6th ceremony includes a candlelight vigil, vocal performances, bagpipe music and religious readings. In addition, the names of those lost, who are inscribed on the wall, will be read.


For more information, please contact the Town’s Department of Community & Youth Services at (516) 797-7900.


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Legislator Ford’s Helmet Giveaway a Success

Helmet GiveawayOn Tuesday August 14th, Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford distributed free bicycle helmets to nearly 50 children and adults in Point Lookout.


Legislative District 4 and its surrounding communities have the most bicyclists on the streets at any given time in Nassau County. Bicycle safety information, educational materials, and helmets were provided by the New York State Coalition for Transportation Safety.


Legislator Ford, who donated more than two dozen helmets to the giveaway, urges her constituents to ride their bikes carefully and responsibly. “I hope that promoting bicycle safety will improve the well-being of our residents, reduce injuries, and save lives!”


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Saladino, Imbroto and YES Community Counseling Center to Host National Overdose Awareness Ceremony

In recognition of National Overdose Awareness Day, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Louis Imbroto will partner with YES Community Counseling Center to host a Remembrance Ceremony at Phillip Healey Beach, located at 30 Florence Avenue in Massapequa, on August 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm, honoring the loved ones who we have lost to addiction and overdose. Residents are encouraged to bring a framed pictured of their loved one lost to drug addiction. Pictures provided will be returned at the conclusion.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “I invite residents to join us on National Overdose Awareness Day to remember those who lost their battle to drug addiction, and together reignite our pledge to do all that we can to keep families whole and stop the scourge of opiate-related deaths. I thank YES Community Counseling Center for partnering with us to host this important remembrance ceremony.”


Councilman Imbroto stated, “I can think of no better way to continue to raise awareness to the deadly opioid epidemic that has been impacting Long Island than by hosting this Remembrance Ceremony to honor those we have lost on National Overdose Awareness Day. Through ceremonies such as this, and through overdose prevention seminars, the Town and YES Community Counseling Center are strengthening our community in its battle against drug abuse.”


“This is an opportunity to pause and remember the strength of those whose lives have been lost to addiction. We must keep these lives in our hearts forever. And while we grieve the loss of a precious life, we must join together to celebrate all that made each individual special and unique in our world. Being aware, learning more, and understanding the profound consequences of this epidemic will ultimately help us to help others. As a community, we must stand together, learn from the pain, support one another, and continue to be there for those who may need our help. That is what a community does to grow strong! YES Community Counseling Center is honored to stand alongside those families and friends in remembering their gift to the world,” said YES Community Counseling Center Executive Director Jamie Bogenshutz.


For more information regarding overdose prevention and help in combating addiction, please contact YES Community Counseling Center at (516)-799-3203.


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Libraries in Bethpage, Hicksville and Locust Valley to Receive Funding for Construction Projects

Assemblyman Michael Montesano is pleased to announce 230 construction projects have been approved by the New York State Library and the New York State Education Department for libraries across the state of New York. Funding for these projects comes from a $24 million capital fund appropriation for the renovation and construction of New York’s libraries in the 2017-18 State Budget. The 15th Assembly District will see nearly $220,000 toward construction on the Bethpage Public Library, Hicksville Free Public Library and the Locust Valley Library.


“Libraries provide so much more than books to our communities,” said Montesano. “They provide the opportunity to escape reality and dive headfirst into a world of wonder, fantasy, romance and thrilling adventures. Libraries also bring our communities together through classes, events and other programs offered for people of all ages. I am so excited to see three of our local libraries the fund for needed repairs in order to ensure they will continue to serve our communities for many years to come.”


The Bethpage Public Library will receive funding to replace its roof, while funds given to the Locust Valley Library will go towards renovating the children’s section. The Hicksville Free Public Library will use its funds to replace the flags on either side of the entrance to the library and replace a concrete apron.


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Mikulin Blood Drives a Success

Three blood drives held throughout district in conjunction with Long Island Blood Services yield 130 pints of blood


Assemblyman John Mikulin announced the three blood drives he recently held throughout the district have collected a total of 130 pints of blood. The blood drives were held in Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainedge.


“We are very proud to host these events and we plan to host them every year,” said Mikulin. “Every person that comes in to donate is helping to save a life. Blood banks always seem to be in short supply, so we will continue to help them in any way we can. This year we were able to collect 130 pints of blood. We are very pleased with this and we will strive each year to beat the previous year’s collection total. Thank you to Long Island Blood Services for working with us, the New York Mets and McDonalds for their contributions and all of our wonderful donors who helped make our blood drives a success!”


“Long Island Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, is experiencing shortages of certain blood types and is urging members of our community to donate as well as sponsoring blood drives to help replenish our blood supply during the challenging days of summer,” said a representative from Long Island Blood Services.


According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States is in need of blood every two seconds, however only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood or platelets.


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McDonough to Host Blood Drive in Merrick, Aug. 20

Assemblyman Dave McDonough, along with Long Island Blood Services, will be hosting a free community Blood Drive on Monday, Aug. 20 at the Merrick Road Golf Clubhouse between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


There is a blood shortage at this time of year and hospitals are in dire need of additional donations. Donating just a single pint of blood, taking mere minutes of one’s time, can save up to three lives.


“Accidents happen with an increased likelihood during the summer months,” McDonough said. “You never know who may need a life-saving procedure that hinges on the blood we collect and donate to local hospitals and blood banks – it could be your brother, sister, neighbor or friend. It cannot be stressed enough how important these types of drives are to our community and our families. I urge everyone to consider making an appointment and volunteer to donate on Aug. 20 to help save as many lives as we can.”


McDonough has held an annual blood drive for many years and reminds those who want to volunteer to bring a valid ID and remember their Social Security number. Along with being over 110 lbs., donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), eat well, drink water prior to the appointment and not have received a tattoo within the past 12 months (unless applied in New Jersey).


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Legislator Gaylor Announces NARCAN Training Community Forum

Every day, at least one Long Islander dies from an opiate overdose. And those are only the ones we know of – the ones directly caused by heroin or prescription painkillers such as Percoset or Oxycodone. If you don’t think it can happen to someone you care about, please think again. Overdoses can happen to anyone.


Nassau County Legislator C. William Gaylor III is sponsoring this event to help residents learn what to do in case of an overdose and to teach them how to administer the life-saving, overdose-reversal agent called Naloxone, or “NARCAN.” NARCAN is the antidote to an opioid overdose and all attendees will receive a free kit. If you have an expired NARCAN kit from a previous training, bring it and we’ll give you a new one.


Thursday, August 23 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth – 430 DeMott Ave., Rockville Centre


SEATING IS LIMITED AND RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. To reserve your seat and free NARCAN Overdose Prevention Kit, please contact Legislator Gaylor’s office at 516-571-6206 or


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Senator Phillips Honors Local 9th Battalion At First Responders Appreciation Night

 9th Battalion Westbury Carle Place Fire DepartmentSenator Elaine Phillips recently hosted the last First Responders Appreciation Night in her summer series of events honoring the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect residents in the 7th Senate District. Honorees included 9th Battalion members of the Westbury and Carle Place Fire Department.


“Our local volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel are the backbone of Long Island communities and we cannot thank them enough for their courageous service keeping our families safe,” Senator Phillips said. “While no amount of thanks can express the appreciation we have for our first responders, or underscore the important role they play in our communities, events such as this provide an opportunity to recognize those that go above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you to all the fellow first responders, family and friends who came out to support our local heroes during the events over the last few weeks.”



Lt. Dominic Buffolino was honored for his recent actions at a working fire. Lt. Buffolino, along with local police officers pulled a victim out of a burning building.


Carle Place

Ex Chief Patrick Fitzgerald was honored for 50 years of service to the Carle Place Fire Department. Ex Chief Fitzgerald remains active in response to alarms and is dedicated in serving his department and community.


Firefighter George Mutari was honored for his 48 years as a member of the Carle Place Fire Department. FF Mutari is know be extremely active in response to alarms and serves his department and the Carle Place community.


This event concluded the 2018 series of Senator Phillips’ “First Responder Appreciation Nights.”


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Receiver Stefanich Advises Late General Taxpayers of Last Chance

Receiver Stefanich advises Town of Oyster Bay property owners who missed paying their 2018 General taxes by the August 10th deadline, that they can still avoid additional interest and fees beyond the standard 2% late payment penalty.


Late payers should immediately contact the Receiver’s office at 624-6400, if they did not receive a second notification with a delinquent tax bill. Payments postmarked after August 31st cannot be accepted since the collection warrant will have expired. Those payments must be sent to the Nassau County Treasurer at 1 West Street, Mineola, New York 11501.


Stefanich pointed out, “Failure to pay taxes before the collection warrant expires will result in a delinquent tax lien proceeding with the possibility of the lien being sold next February. Continued failure to pay all taxes levied against the property will result in your loss of the property”.


In September, the Nassau County Treasurer will be mailing notices to all property owners with taxes in arrears. Receiver Stefanich advises homeowners who fall under those circumstances to contact the Nassau County Treasurer at 571-2090 to determine the amount in arrears. They may also visit the Treasurer’s office at 1 West Street, Mineola.


Receiver Stefanich noted, “I want to make sure that property taxpayers in Oyster Bay do not jeopardize their home ownership because they were unaware of the consequences of not responding to notices from the Town or County”.


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