BloggersAisha Al-Muslim Bill Bleyer David Reich-Hale Denise M. Bonilla Sophia Chang Tara Conry Carl Corry Erin Geismar Scott Eidler Mackenzie Issler Carl MacGowan Deborah S. Morris Ted Phillips Candice Ruud Nicholas Spangler Joshua Stewart Brittany Wait
4 upcoming community programs
A gun buy back, a concert series, a climate-change discussion and free senior ID cards are just some programs you can take advantage of during the next few days.
Nassau to hold gun buy back program
Nassau County officials have announced a gun buyback program for Saturday, and individuals can anonymously exchange certain weapons for cash.
The exchange, at Emanuel Baptist Church, 1880 Pelham St. in Elmont, will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Individuals will be paid in cash for each operable weapon delivered — $100 for a rifle, $200 for a handgun, and $400 for an assault rifle.
Officials will not accept licensed guns, BB guns, air pistols, or replicas. If transported by car, the guns must be transported in the trunk and must be unloaded and put in a plastic/paper bag or in a shoe box.
The Gun Buy Back Program, announced by County Executive Edward P. Mangano, District Attorney Kathleen Rice and County Police Commissioner Thomas V. Dale, is paid for by forfeiture funds from the police department and the district attorney’s office.
— SCOTT EIDLER
Summer concert series to begin
A rhythm and blues quartet and a country singer will perform Friday night at the opening concert of Kings Park’s weekly summer concert series.
Snap, a four-piece band, will play R&B, funk and dance music at 7:30 p.m. in Russ Savatt Park on Main Street. Fans are asked to bring their own seating.
At 7 p.m., country music singer-songwriter Nancy Faber, a student at Kings Park High School, will perform before the concert.
In the case of inclement weather,, both shows will take place at RJO Middle School, 99 Old Dock Rd., Kings Park.
The “Musical Moments in Kings Park” concert series will be held each Friday through Aug. 30. All shows are free. The June 28 show will feature Celtic tunes by Kindred, including guitarist Joe Roche and violinist Caitlin Durney Grossman.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/MusicalMomentsKingsPark, or call 631-292-2083
— CARL MACGOWAN
Professor to discuss climate change
The Levittown Community Council meeting Monday will focus on future storms and will feature guest speaker Jeffrey Tongue, an assistant professor of meteorology at Suffolk County Community College and Stony Brook University.
Tongue will talk about climate change, predictions of storms and the dangers they bring, and what can be expected this year after superstorm Sandy devastated the South Shore, organizers said.
Organizers said that Tongue has worked for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service for more than 20 years.
The meeting will held in the Levittown Memorial Education Center at 7:30 p.m. Residents of the Levittown and Island Trees school districts are welcome.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call program chair Pat Patane at 516-579-2831.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM
Free ID cards to be offered to seniors
State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) and Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) will partner with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano in sponsoring two separate free senior ID card program events in Hempstead Village and Merrick.
One program will be held Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Ct. The other will be held Monday, July 1, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Ave.
All county residents ages 65 and older are eligible to receive a free senior ID card, officials said. No appointments are necessary. The wallet-sized card includes a photo and the holder’s personal data and emergency contact phone numbers, which could be useful to paramedics in a medical emergency.
For more information, call Fuschillo’s office at 516-882-0630 or Hannon’s office at 516-739-1700.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM