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3 community events to check out this weekend

HEMPSTEAD VILLAGE
Community day to promote nonviolence

Help End Violence Now, a coalition of community organizations in Hempstead Village, will host the ninth annual Hempstead Community Day on Saturday to help promote ending violence in the neighborhood.

The event will be held in Mirschel Park, 90 Atlantic Ave. in Hempstead Village, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The celebration will include free food, live gospel music performances, contests and other activities. In addition, representatives from nonprofit agencies will be at information tables to provide resources and information about their programs to community residents.

A basketball tournament will be held in memory of Hykiem Coney, a former gang member turned anti-gang activist and preacher, who was fatally shot at age 24 outside a bar on Hempstead Turnpike in 2006.

For more information, call HEVN Coalition at 516-571-5033 or email ryan.wilson@hevncoalition.com. --  AISHA AL-MUSLIM

NASSAU COUNTY
Health & Wellness Fair set for Sunday

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is inviting those with health concerns but without insurance or the ability to pay for tests to the county’s biggest ever Health & Wellness Fair on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get free tests.

The fair will be at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex.

Backpacks and school supplies also will be given — until exhausted — to those who need them.

In addition, Island Harvest and Long Island Cares will give away nonperishable food items to those in need, and OMG Photo Booth will give away photos taken with its new-wave interactive photography system that will be on display.

North Shore-LIJ and Winthrop-University Hospital, the two main sponsors, will offer an assortment of health screenings and disease prevention workshops, while health and life insurance company representatives will talk about private and government-sponsored health coverage.

Hofstra University’s Department of Health Professions will present health promotion and disease prevention information and activities.


Veterans will be able to learn about the myriad benefits and services to which they are entitled, from groups such as Veterans Protected Inc., Boots on the Ground, Semper 4soldiers and 9-1-1 Veterans. Blizzard Camaro, which provides a wide range of services for veterans and their families, will display its vehicles at the event.

-- SID CASSESE
 

Child safety seat check

Parents will be able to get a free child seat safety check tomorrow in Lindenhurst.

The seat check, sponsored by state Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) and the State Police, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Babylon Town Hall, 200 E. Sunrise Hwy., in Lindenhurst. State Police officers will perform safety inspections to make sure car seats are properly installed and secured in vehicles.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. The CDC states that child restraint systems are often used incorrectly, citing a study that found 72 percent of nearly 3,500 observed car and booster seats were misused in a way that could be expected to increase a child’s risk of injury during a crash. According to the CDC, placing children in properly installed age- and size-appropriate safety seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.

Individuals must make appointments for the safety checks, which will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule an appointment, call Fuschillo’s office at 516-882-0630. — DENISE M. BONILLA
 

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