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Johnson Announces Registration for Spring Co-Ed Basketball

Co-Ed basketball program will begin on Thursday April 12 with two sessions. There will be two sessions held on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Session 1 will be held on Thursday 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and Sundays 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Session 2 will be held on Thursdays 10:30 p.m. to Midnight, Saturday from 8:30 a.m., to 10:00 a.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The programs are 12 weeks in duration. The cost for badminton and volleyball are $75 for residents and $100 for non-residents. The cost for basketball is $25 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Proof of residency is required for the resident discount.

 

Registration for the program will take place at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center, 167 Broadway in Hicksville, on Monday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 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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Residents Urged to Support Town of Oyster Bay’s August 3rd Blood Drive

The Town of Oyster Bay will be holding its Blood Drive on Thursday, August 3 to help hospitals meet the ongoing need for blood donations. “We are in the midst of an emergency blood shortage and the New York Blood Center relies on the Town of Oyster Bay’s Blood Drive to meet its life-saving mission,” said Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson. “Blood supplies can easily dwindle during the summer months. Therefore, we strongly encourage all those eligible to participate in this timely blood drive. 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 produces 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 donate. 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 www.nybc.org. Those wishing to sign up to donate or need additional information can call Councilwoman Johnson’s office at 1-516-624-6301 or visit the Town’s website at www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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Councilwoman Johnson Announces Upgrades at Oyster Bay Town Pools

Oyster Bay Town residents can expect some upgrades at Town pools this summer, according to Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson.

 

“As a mother with young children, I appreciate the opportunity our pools bring for our children to recreate and keep cool all summer long,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Spending a day at one of our Town pools provides a wonderful way to connect with family and friends while enjoying the amenities provided at our top-rate facilities.”

 

“Residents visiting our community pools, including Marjorie R. Post in Massapequa, Syosset-Woodbury, Bethpage, and Plainview-Old Bethpage, will see some enhancements as we prepare for the swimming season,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Upgrades will include new chairs throughout all facilities, both lounge chairs and stackable dining chairs.”

 

The Councilwoman further noted that all community pool locations will be receiving new accessories to assist those looking to shield from the sun.

 

“All pool decks will be receiving 50×20 foot cantilever sun shades, which will allow those looking for a break from the sun to enjoy some relaxing time in one of our new lounge chairs,” Councilwoman Johnson said.

 

Councilwoman Johnson noted that pools will be open from June 24 through Labor Day. Registration for season memberships is currently underway. Starting June 24, registration will take place during normal hours of operation.

 

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Councilwoman Johnson Announces Early Sale of TOB Beach Stickers

Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson reminds residents that the early sale of seasonal beach stickers begins on Saturday, May 13. Beginning that day, Town residents may choose to get their beach stickers at certain locations ahead of time to avoid the rush during the Memorial Day weekend when some Town of Oyster Bay beaches will open for weekends only.

 

“Many of us eagerly look forward to Memorial Day weekend for the first opportunity to enjoy a fun day at the beach,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “By purchasing a Town beach sticker in advance of the beaches opening, you can avoid hitting long lines at the start of the beach season and be able to spend more time in the sand.”

 

The Councilwoman noted that beach stickers will be on sale daily, beginning on May 13, at Tobay Beach, John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and Beach in Oyster Bay, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Please note that stickers are NOT available at Town Hall.

 

In order to purchase a beach sticker, residents must bring their driver’s license and vehicle registration and must be in the vehicle they will use to drive to the beach since stickers are placed on the vehicle at the time of purchase. Only residents may purchase beach stickers for Town of Oyster Bay Beaches. Seasonal stickers are $60, which pay for themselves following three visits.

 

“Stickers are accepted at all Town of Oyster Bay beaches, so residents with beach stickers will have the opportunity to really enjoy the wonderful beaches we have here in the Town of Oyster Bay all summer long,” Councilwoman Johnson said.

 

Tobay, Centre Island, Philip B. Healey at Florence Avenue and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Beaches will open for weekends only beginning Saturday, May 27. All Town of Oyster Bay beaches will open seven days a week beginning on Saturday, June 24. The beaches will remain open through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. For more information, contact the Beach Division of the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department at 797-4110 or visit www.oysterbaytown.com or facebook.com/parksTOB.

 

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Councilwoman Johnson Announces Registration for Spring Fitness Classes

Residents interested in maintaining or improving their levels of fitness are invited to take part in the Town of Oyster Bay’s popular spring fitness programs, which will be returning this April, according to Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson. The spring fitness classes are for individuals 18 years of age or older and will be held at the Hicksville Athletic Center.

 

“These fitness programs provide a terrific form of aerobic exercise that builds strength as well as increases general flexibility,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Courses available include Zumba, yoga, and cardio kickboxing.”

 

Registration for the Spring Fitness programs will take place at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center (167 Broadway, Hicksville) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 30, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Following these dates, registration will continue at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center, based on availability. Each program is 10 to 12 weeks in length with a fee of $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents.

 

Zumba classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays (starting Monday, April 3), and 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays (starting Wednesday, April 5). The yoga classes will be held on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (starting April 3), Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. (starting April 4) and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (starting April 8).The cardio kickboxing classes will be held on Mondays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning on April 3.

 

“These healthy fitness programs are very popular among residents because it gives them an outlet to enjoy exercising and staying in shape, all while meeting new people,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “It is always recommended that participants check with a physician before participating in any physical fitness program.”

 

For more information, or to inquire about special holiday scheduling, call the Hicksville Athletic Center at 516-733-8418.

 

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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 www.nybc.org. 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 www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

“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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Councilwoman Johnson Invites Residents to Volunteer for Annual Dune Stabilization Project

Environmental Project Returns to Tobay Beach March 25

 

Dune DayIf you love visiting Tobay Beach and want to help ensure that the beach’s environment remains as beautiful as ever, then you may be interested in joining with fellow volunteers and Town officials at the Annual Tobay Beach Dune Stabilization Project, scheduled for Saturday, March 25, at 10:00 a.m., according to Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson.

 

“One of the Town’s top priorities has been the preservation of the environmental and structural integrity of our beaches,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “For almost 30 years, the Dune Stabilization Project has been an immensely popular activity that brings out volunteers of all ages who leave with a feeling of accomplishment. The dunes in Tobay Beach continue to face environmentally damaging storms that have a significant impact on them. The efforts of this project make significant progress in shoring these sandy barriers for future generations.”

 

Councilwoman Johnson noted that the planting of dune grass provides a natural shield that is perfect for withstanding storm surges and high winds. “One of the more wonderful aspects of the Dune Stabilization Project is that people can actually witness the results of their hard work. The dune grass they planted will go on to preserve the dunes of the beach they enjoy so much,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Each year countless volunteers show up for the event and plant thousands of stalks of dune grass and it is my hope this year has the biggest attendance yet.”

 

Councilwoman Johnson encourages residents interested in volunteering or seeking more information to contact the Department of Environmental Resources at 677-5943, or visit www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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Councilwoman Johnson Encourages Residents to GET PUMPED!

Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson encourages homeowners to check out a multimedia outreach campaign that teaches homeowners how to properly maintain their cesspool or septic home wastewater system. The campaign, GET PUMPED! Long Island, is the culmination of a five year effort supported by the C.E.S.S.P.O.O.L. (Coordinated Environmental Solutions for Septic Problems Occurring On Long Island) Project and funded by a grant from the New York State Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The C.E.S.S.P.O.O.L. Project is an unprecedented partnership among the Manhasset Bay, Hempstead Harbor, and Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, which encompasses 33 municipalities and Friends of The Bay, an award winning citizens group.

 

“The Town Board is proud to work with our partners at the C.E.S.S.P.O.O.L. Project on educating the public about their home wastewater system,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “The Town’s involvement in the launch of GET PUMPED! Long Island not only helps homeowners to better protect their investment, but to also better protect our waterways and human health.”

 

In March and April of 2014, the Stony Brook University Center for Survey Research surveyed a total of 350 homeowners to better understand homeowner’s current knowledge of home wastewater systems and to determine how best to motivate them to properly care for their systems. The survey revealed that very few knew that systems require regular maintenance with a majority of home-owners (55%) having disclosed a problem with their septic or cesspool system that required action and 36% of home owners reported having a problem with sewage backing up into their homes.

 

“After Town staff and project partners developed maps for the unsewered areas on the north shore of Nassau and western Suffolk counties, information collected from homeowner surveys was used to develop a focused GET PUMPED! Long Island public outreach campaign,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “The soon to be released effort aims to educate homeowners about their home wastewater systems and to take action to maintain their systems.”

 

The Councilwoman added that campaign materials include an introductory brochure, fact sheets, a homeowner recordkeeping file, a dedicated website and even a money saving coupon. All of these materials encourage homeowners to “GET PUMPED!” for regular maintenance which can save them money, protect their home, ensure the safety of their family, and improve their quality of life by enhancing local water quality.

 

“GET PUMPED! Long Island’s multimedia public outreach campaign is anticipated to be a great success as we all work together to safeguard our health and investment in our home wastewater systems while also protecting our drinking water and beaches,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “For more information regarding the GET PUMPED! Long Island campaign visit: <www.GetPumpedLI.org >,the Town’s website at www.oysterbaytown.com, or call the Town’s Department of Environmental Resources at 516-677-5943.”

 

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Councilwoman Johnson Invites Residents to ‘Learn to Skate’

Town of Oyster Bay residents are invited to “Learn to Skate” this winter by registering for skating lessons at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center, located at Bethpage Community Park, according to Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson.

 

“The ice skating center offers skating classes for residents throughout the year. These ‘Learn to Skate’ lessons are perfect for anyone looking to skate recreationally or interested in sharpening their abilities,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Registration for Series 2 (November 3 through December 17) is currently available. Those interested can register at the rink, online (www.TheRinx.com) or by phone at (516) 797-4126.”

 

The “Learn to Skate” program offers group skating lessons to beginners through advanced levels. Skaters are paired based on age and skill, ranging from pre-school and basic skills through advanced levels. The program is for six weeks and all classes are 30 minutes in length. For residents, the fee is $135 for the session. For non-residents the fee is $175. The “Learn to Skate” schedule is: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to Noon, Saturdays from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and Sundays from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The rink will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 24 and there will be no classes on November 24-26.

 

Registration costs include admission into the session for which you are registered on the day of the lesson, membership in the United States Figure Skating (USFS) Basic Skills Program, USFS record book for new members, and stickers and USFS Badges upon mastering of each level. There will be no refunds or makeups and skate rental is not included in price. Helmets, gloves or mittens and warm layers are recommended for all skaters.

 

“The Rinx Skating School staff is made up of qualified professionals, governed by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey and Professional Skaters Association. This team of professionals focus on educating and learning the fundamentals of ice skating but most importantly, having fun,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “The Town is happy to offer outstanding programs that are enjoyable for skaters of all ages.”

 

For more information, visit www.oysterbaytown.com, www.TheRinx.com, or call the Rinx Office at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center at (516) 797-4126.

 

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Councilwoman Johnson Announces Open House for Oyster Bay Town Pre-School Programs

Town of Oyster Bay residents who are interested in enrolling their children in a Pre-School Program are invited to attend an open house at one of the Town’s two pre-schools, located in Woodbury at the Syosset-Woodbury Community Park and in Massapequa at Marjorie R. Post Community Park, Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson announced. Parents are welcome to visit our facilities and learn more about this popular program. The Pre-School Program is for children between the ages of three and four years old.

 

The Town will host two open houses beginning with the Syosset-Woodbury Community Park (located on 7800 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury) on Monday, November 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The second open house will be held in the pre-school located in Marjorie R. Post Community Park (located on 451 Unqua Road, Massapequa), and will be on Thursday, November 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

“As the mom of young children, I know how important the early years of a child’s life can be in their development for the future,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “The Town’s Pre-School Program offers a positive environment for each student to help and encourage their love of learning. Teachers focus on making learning and the social experience of the Pre-School Program fun for all children in an effort to make the first years of their education all the more enjoyable.”

 

For more information on the Town’s Pre-School Program, contact the Town of Oyster Bay Department of Community and Youth Services at 797-7900. For further information on the Town and all Town programs, visit the Town’s website at www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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