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Folks from the Cameron Block Civic Association begin (Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Folks from the Cameron Block Civic Association begin planting in a new community garden in a village-owned vacant lot in Uniondale. From left, Kyle Dawson, Omar Johnson, Carole Johnson and Amber Baez. (June 23, 2012)

Civic group transforms Uniondale garden

For years, residents watched beer bottles, red plastic drinking cups and old mattresses litter a village-owned vacant lot on the corner of Devon Road and Cornwall Lane in Uniondale. Over the last year, local civic associations have rallied to turn the 4,000-square-foot space into a community garden -- a movement that got a big boost Saturday thanks to volunteers and a business owner.

Workers from Westbury-based Gold Coast Landscape Designs lay
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Workers from Westbury-based Gold Coast Landscape Designs lay paver stones to create a walkway at a new community garden in a village-owned vacant lot in Uniondale. (June 23, 2012)

Carole Johnson, president of the Cameron Avenue Block
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Carole Johnson, president of the Cameron Avenue Block Association, begins planting in a new community garden in a village-owned vacant lot in Uniondale. (June 23, 2012)

Folks from the Cameron Block Civic Association begin
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Folks from the Cameron Block Civic Association begin planting in a new community garden in a village-owned vacant lot in Uniondale. From left, Kyle Dawson, Omar Johnson, Carole Johnson and Amber Baez. (June 23, 2012)

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Chris Stasi, center, owner of the Bedrock Bar
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Chris Stasi, center, owner of the Bedrock Bar & Grill in Westbury, and workers Westbury-based Gold Coast Landscape Designs, pose for Newsday at a new community garden in Uniondale. Stasi called on his network of business contacts to help turn the 4,000-square-foot space into a garden. “This community is very proactive and that’s what I like about owning a business here,” he said. “They come in and support my business, so I’m very happy to give back in this way.” (June 23, 2012)

Workers from Westbury-based Gold Coast Landscape Designs help
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Workers from Westbury-based Gold Coast Landscape Designs help beautify a new community garden in a village-owned vacant lot in Uniondale. (June 23, 2012)

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