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Community events, Sandy honorees
* State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) will partner with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano in sponsoring a free senior ID card program today from noon to 3 p.m. at the Freeport Library, 144 West Merrick Rd. in Freeport.
County residents ages 65 and over are eligible to receive a free senior ID card, officials said. No appointments are necessary. The wallet-sized senior ID 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.
— AISHA Al-MUSLIM
* High school musicians in Huntington Town will take the stage Saturday in a “Battle of the Bands.”
Town councilwoman Susan Berland’s Huntington Youth Council is sponsoring the event at the Chapin Rainbow Stage at Heckscher Park. The competition goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The battle will feature 10 bands and singers, each playing their best two songs. The first, second and third place finishers will receive $75, $50 and $25 gift cards, respectively, to Murphy’s Music.
The winner also will receive the opportunity to open for one of the nationally touring acts coming to The Paramount. Special guest judges will include the Nick Tangorra Band (Nick and Rafe Tangorra and Will Ahrens) and Krystin Ubertini, assistant talent booker for The Paramount. The Nick Tangorra Band also will perform a special set.
The event is free, but the Youth Council will accept donations and will raffle off prizes donated by downtown Huntington merchants.
The Huntington Youth Council was founded in 2003 by Berland and is comprised of students from every public high school in the town. They meet twice a month to discuss issues that affect local youths and plan events that engage their peers in local issues.
For more information, call Allison Jones at 631-351-3018.
— MACKENZIE ISSLER
* A Northport advocacy group was set to honor superstorm Sandy volunteers, Rep. Peter King and grassroots activists for projects that improve Long Island’s quality of life.
More than 100 Sandy volunteers were expected to attend Vision Long Island’s annual Smart Growth Awards ceremony Friday morning at the Huntington Hilton.
A portion of proceeds from the ceremony will be donated to Sandy rebuilding efforts, said Vision Long Island executive director Eric Alexander. As of Thursday, the organization had raised $5,000.
King (R-Seaford) will be recognized for leading congressional efforts to pass Sandy relief and transportation bills, Alexander said.
Other honorees include:
* The Town of North Hempstead for New Cassel’s “Yes, We Can” community center.
* The Long Island Power Authority for clean energy initiatives.
* Joy Squires of the Huntington Conservation Board.
* Smithtown resident Lavena Sipes and Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce president Mark Mancini for improvements to Main Street in Smithtown.
* Bolt Bus for new transportation alternatives.
* Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron and the Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors for community revitalization.
* The Greater Hempstead Housing Development Fund Corp. and D&F Development for the Linden Knolls development.
* Babylon Town and Suffolk County for infrastructure improvements and sustainable development.
* LISTnet president Peter Goldsmith and entrepreneurs Andrew Hazen and Richard Foster for LaunchPad Long Island, a Mineola-based business incubator.
— CARL MACGOWAN