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4 community events this weekend
Shore cleanup day set for Jones Beach
State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick), in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will sponsor a beach cleanup day at Jones Beach tomorrow.
The cleanup will be from 8 a.m. to noon to help keep beaches and shores clean and prevent pollution from harming oceans and marine life. About a ton of garbage was removed in last year’s beach cleanup, officials said.
“Millions of people visit Jones Beach each year because it is one of the best coastlines anywhere in the world,” Fuschillo said in a statement. “Cleanup programs like this will help ensure it stays that way. Garbage and litter isn’t just unsightly; it’s bad for the environment and dangerous to wildlife.”
Volunteers of all ages interested in participating in the beach cleanup should meet at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, at the west end of Jones Beach, starting at 8 a.m. Rubber gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Volunteers will not have to pay a parking fee.
Children younger than 18 will need to have a signed parental consent form, which can be signed either at the event or obtained through Fuschillo’s office beforehand.
For more information, call Fuschillo’s office at 516-882-0630. — AISHA AL-MUSLIM
Community day aims for fun, education
Hempstead Village’s first Community Awareness Day will take place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The fun and informative family annual event will be held in the rear parking lot of the firehouse on 75 Clinton St. in Hempstead. The event is sponsored by the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Hempstead Fire Department, Hempstead Police Department, Hempstead Department of Public Works and Home Depot, organizers said.
The event will feature safety demonstrations by the fire department, an anti-litter program, arts and crafts, community safety and the Police Athletic League.
For more information, call Pat Moore from the chamber at 516-352-1700. — AISHA AL-MUSLIM
Nassau sponsoring child car seat check
County Executive Edward Mangano announced Wednesday that Nassau will conduct a free child safety seat checkup event tomorrow at the Nassau County Child Safety Fitting Station at 170 Cantiague Rock Rd. in Hicksville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The best way to know for sure that your children are safe is to put them in the right car seats for their age and size and to use those seats correctly on every trip,” Mangano said. “By attending our Traffic Safety’s car seat event parents and caregivers can feel confident their children are riding as safely as possible.”
This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to inspect car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers on how to choose the right car seats and properly install them properly into their vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of every four car seats are not used correctly. In addition, that agency says crash data in 2011 shows that more than one-third of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts. In New York State, nearly 8,500 children from birth to 15 years of age are treated yearly in hospitals for injuries from a motor vehicle crash.
For more information about child passenger safety, and to make an appointment to have your seat checked, contact Traffic Safety at 516-571-9664. — SID CASSESE
Firefighters to host wounded warriors
The Lynbrook Fire Department this weekend will host six wounded soldiers and Marines receiving rehabilitation and treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Saturday, the military servicemen will tour the Nassau County Firefighters Museum, which includes a 9/11 display and memorial. On Sunday, the firefighters will take the wounded warriors to tour the World Trade Center Memorial in lower Manhattan before traveling back to Walter Reed.
“We firefighters will continue to do everything we can to support and help our wounded warriors who have given and sacrificed so much for us,” said former Capt. Steve Grogan, a veteran and Lynbrook Fire Department spokesman. “This weekend is just a small way of thanking them.”
The soldiers will be special guests at the Community Concert for the Troops on Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. in front of Lynbrook’s Rescue, Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 on 189 Earle Ave., between Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road.
The suggested donation is $20 per person and includes food and two drinks. Numerous prizes and dinners donated by local merchants and others will be raffled. There will also be activities for children. The event will benefit Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior. — AISHA AL-MUSLIM