NORTH HEMPSTEAD

State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury) has secured $100,000 to improve roads in the Village of Plandome Heights.

The funds will be used to resurface Cove Drive and other village roads.

“With this grant, we will be able to do more work than we would be able to do on our own and, as a small village, we appreciate that support,” Village Mayor Ken Riscica said in a statement.

SCOTT EIDLER

LINDENHURST

The Lindenhurst Village court system is getting new computer software.

The village board last week approved the purchase of the SEi CourtRoom Program and annual maintenance services for an amount not to exceed $9,500. The money will come out of the village’s general fund.

The village made the move to the new software, which was developed by Service Education, Inc. of Victor, NY, because the current software is outdated, said Village Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane.

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Also, he said the 10-year-old software is no longer supported by the original company it was purchased from and it cannot be transferred over to the village’s new main frame server.

The village court primarily handles traffic and zoning violations.

DENISE BONILLA

RUSSELL GARDENS

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Russell Gardens trustees unanimously passed a bill last week to limit parking on a village road.

The local law prohibits parking, standing or stopping on Merrivale Road, from Northern Boulevard to Melbourne Road. Previously, the boundaries were from Northern Boulevard to Linford Road.

Limited-time parking is now permitted on Merrivale Road, from Melbourne Road to Linford Road.

The local law was approved at the village trustees meeting last Thursday and will go into effect after filing with the Secretary of State.

CHRISTINE CHUNG

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HUNTINGTON

The NAACP Huntington Branch will be celebrating its Martin Luther King Jr. / Jubilee Program on Monday.

An evening of song, prayer and ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church of Huntington, 291 Park Avenue. There will be a symbolic signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which in Sept. 1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.

The keynote speaker will be Reverend Keith Hayward, D.D., Pastor, Bethel A.M.E. Church in Copiague, New York.

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“It’s the celebration of the birth of a great man and the remembrance of a significant event in American history,” said Betty Miller, branch president. “Dr. King inspired a nation and to this day inspires people and it’s only right that we acknowledge his birth so we don’t forget his contributions.”

She said the symbolic signing of the Emancipation Proclamation is a reminder of how far we all have come yet a reminder that we should never forget where we as a country have been.

“We still have many issues to overcome,” Miller said.

Refreshments will be served immediately after the program.

For more information call Miller at (631) 421-4292.

DEBORAH S. MORRIS

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Portraits of dogs that have stayed at the town’s animal shelter will be showcased in an exhibit at the Port Washington Public Library.

The exhibit highlights the photography of shelter volunteer Maggie T. Mills. Mills works with the shelter’s nonprofit partner, The Shelter Connection.

The exhibit is called “Unleashed” and will feature dogs that currently live at the shelter in Port Washington, or had lived there in the past.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 31 and is at the library’s Martin Vogel Photography Gallery.

SCOTT EIDLER

BROOKHAVEN TOWN

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Brookhaven officials have launched a monthlong drive to collect clothing for needy children and adults.

The campaign, which began Monday and continues through Feb. 12, aims to collect coats, scarves, hats and gloves. Clothes may be dropped off at these locations:

  • Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville;
  • Highway Department, 1140 Old Town Rd., Coram;
  • Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, 39 Montauk Hwy., Blue Point;
  • New Village Recreation Center, 20 Wireless Rd., Centereach;
  • Rose Caracappa Senior Center, 739 Route 25A, Mount Sinai.

“Winter is here and many of our neighbors in need don’t have proper clothing to keep warm,” Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said in a statement. “I commend our Youth Bureau for organizing the coat drive and encourage residents to go through their closets and make a donation to this worthy cause.”

For information, call 631-451-8696 or 631-451-8011.

CARL MACGOWAN

SUFFOLK COUNTY

Suffolk County is offering a free program on managing type 2 diabetes starting Thursday in Greenlawn.

The six-week program, entitled “The Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Classes,” is being held in collaboration with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County.

Topics for the program include techniques for dealing with the symptoms of diabetes, such as fatigue, and emotional issues, such as depression. The series also will explore appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength and endurance, healthy eating habits and appropriate use of medication.

Participants—who must be at least 18 years old—will make weekly action plans, share experiences and assist each other with problem solving. Each participant will receive a book entitled “Living Healthy” as well as a relaxation CD.

The program will take place on the following days: Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, and Feb 18. The classes are from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will take place at the Dolan Family Health Center 284 Pulaski Rd. in Greenlawn.

For more information and to register, contact: Jane Juran at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 631-727-7850 ext. 340.

DENISE BONILLA

SMITHTOWN

Parents of toddlers will have the opportunity to learn about nursery schools in the Town of Smithtown at an upcoming information fair.

The annual nursery school fair, sponsored by the town for nearly 30 years, is scheduled for January 27 at the Smithtown Library’s Main branch.

Maureen Fiorello, director of Smithtown’s school age childcare department, said the event was initially started as a community service. “You have people who are first-time parents and are new to the community and have no idea of how many nursery schools are even in the community, and what time of year they should be focusing on choosing a nursery school for their child,” said Fiorello. “The fair offers them an opportunity to go from table to table of each school,” learn more about programs and ask questions.

Typically 25 to 30 nursery schools participate, she said. Nursery school programs are usually held from September to June for a half-day. “Mommy and me” programs, in which parents attend with their child, start for children as young as 18 months old and standard programs are for children ages 3 to pre-K, said Fiorello. “Smithtown is a great place to live, and the fair is offered free for both the attendees and the nursery schools,” she added.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the lower level community room of the library, located at 1 North Country Rd., in Smithtown. No advance registration is required for parents. For more information, call 631-360-7517.

LAUREN R. HARRISON

NASSAU COUNTY

The endorsed Democratic candidate, Assemb. Todd Kaminsky, has formed a campaign committee to run for ex-Sen. Dean Skelos’ seat.

Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) has created the “Kaminsky 2016” committee to run the southwestern Nassau County district, a seat seen as key to which party controls the Senate after this fall’s elections.

Last week, Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs announced the party endorsed Kaminsky over three other hopefuls. Kaminsky’s background as a former federal prosecutor is seen as particularly attractive in the race to replace Skelos, who last month was convicted of bribery, extortion and conspiracy charges.

Republicans have yet to center on a candidate.

Though Cuomo hasn’t acted yet, many politicians expect him to call a special election for the seat, likely April 19 – the same date as New York’s presidential primaries.

YANCEY ROY