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7 community events to attend this weekend
Hundreds to help clean neighborhoods
Volunteers will hit the streets of Brentwood and Central Islip on Saturday for the third annual Clean Streets Committee cleanup, which this year will encompass both communities in one day.
Renee Ortiz, a Central Islip activist and one of the event organizers, said they expect to clean up at least 3 tons of garbage this weekend with roughly 300 volunteers. The group will meet at 8 a.m. outside the Applebee’s at 300 Motor Pkwy. in Brentwood; breakfast and lunch for volunteers will be donated by Applebee’s, Ortiz said.
Last year, she said, the group removed 3 tons of garbage from Brentwood and 2 tons from Central Islip. This year, crew members will be bused to different cleanup sites and will primarily remove trash, but also will do some planting and beautification work, she added.
The cleanup effort, founded by longtime Brentwood activists and cousins Marcos Maldonado and Mike Ramos, was started four years ago as a project in which volunteers painted over graffiti in Brentwood and Central Islip in an effort to scrub the area of signs of gang activity.
— CANDICE RUUD
2nd annual ‘I Love My Park Day’
Volunteers will be on hand Saturday at 12 state parks and historic sites across Long Island as part of a the second annual “I Love My Park Day,” a cleanup and beautification effort that will include 77 parks across New York.
The following parks on Long Island will be participating:
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Bethpage State Park
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Heckscher State Park
Hempstead Lake State Park
Jones Beach State Park
Montauk Point State Park
Nissequogue River State Park
Robert Moses State Park
Sunken Meadow State Park (Alfred E. Smith)
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
— CARL CORRY
Inspections of car seats offered
Free car seat safety checks are to be performed Saturday at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa Park.
Nassau County Traffic Safety Board officials are to perform the inspections to ensure drivers have their children’s car seats properly installed and secured, according to the office of state Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick), who is sponsoring the program. The board has estimated that car seats in as many as 90 percent of cars aren’t properly installed, Fuschillo said.
The event is to be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the front west parking lot of Burns park, 4990 Merrick Rd.
Appointments for the free inspections are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and can be made by calling Fuschillo’s office at 516-882-0630.
— EMILY NGO
Village to host maritime festival
Port Jefferson Village will host the second annual Boater’s Maritime Festival on Saturday and Sunday, a showcase of the village’s waterfront stores and lifestyle.
The festival will have more than 50 boats on display, including the 1906 historic Mary E. schooner, open demonstrations of kayaks and paddle boards, and a new food court featuring a dozen of the village’s local restaurants.
The chamber of commerce will host a clam shucking and eating contest, alongside pirate shows and treasure hunts, and art, wildlife and photo exhibits and seminars. The library will host children’s activities, too.
— SOPHIA CHANG
Residents can ‘Shed the Meds’
State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office are sponsoring a “Shed the Meds” event Saturday in Copiague.
The program will be held between 9 a.m. and noon at Copiague Middle School, 2650 Great Neck Rd. The program is designed to help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications so that they do not pollute the environment or get into the hands of small children.
Residents can drive up, drop off their old or unused medications, and drive away with no questions asked. All collected medication will be safely disposed of by officers from the sheriff’s office.
Residents seeking more information can call Fuschillo’s office at 516-882-0630.
— DENISE M. BONILLA
Free screenings at health fair
Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) will host his second annual community health fair on Saturday.
The event will be held at Dutch Broadway School, 1880 Dutch Broadway in Elmont, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The special guest will be state Assemb. Michaelle C. Solages (D-Elmont), Carrié’s sister.
There will be free health education, screenings — including for blood pressure, cholesterol, dental problems, diabetes, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS — nutrition information and trauma relief counseling. There will also be children’s activities, food, giveaways, prizes and raffles.
For more information, contact Carrié Solages’s office at 516-571-6203.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM
Board members to visit communities
Hempstead Town board members Anthony Santino and Gary Hudes will give Hewlett and Levittown residents two opportunities to meet with town officials and address problems or concerns in their communities.
Santino will bring Hempstead’s Mobile Town Hall to the Hewlett train station, on Franklin Avenue and Broadway in Hewlett, on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Residents will be able to meet Santino and his staff to address their concerns, and to receive information about different programs and services offered by the town.
Hudes will be at the East Village Green Pool, on Jerusalem Avenue and Meridian Road in Levittown, on May 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. as part of his “Gary on the Go” 6th Council District tour. Hudes and his staff will be available for one-on-one discussions on town government, community concerns and other issues.
For more information, contact Santino’s office at 516-812-3252 or Hudes’ office at 516-812-3180.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM