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Local updates: Sandy's impact on LI, Nov. 5

Bayview Avenue West in Lindenhurst was devastated by

Bayview Avenue West in Lindenhurst was devastated by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 4, 2012) (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

UPDATED: 7:34 P.M.

Emergency repairs on Fire Island in Brookhaven allowed

Brookhaven Town today gave the OK for contractors to enter the town’s portion of Fire Island to stabilize houses and other structures damaged by Sandy.

Acting Supervisor Kathleen Walsh modified a mandatory evacuation order to allow the contractors to conduct work on Fire Island after first registering with the town.

Contractors will be allowed to work on the island between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Registrations can be obtained from Brookhaven Town Hall at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville.

For more information, call 631-451-8696.

--Carl Corry


UPDATED: 6:29 P.M.

Keeping warm in Mastic Beach

The Bay Area Nutrition Center on Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach will be open until 10 p.m. as a warming station and donations center.

Town Councilman Dan Panico said on his Facebook page that a town jitney will be available to take anyone needing a warm place to sleep to a Red Cross shelter.

--Newsday staff


UPDATED: 6:13 P.M.

Lindenhurst text updates

Lindenhurst residents who want to receive updates from the village about recovery efforts can text VOL to 411247 and they will receive texts to their phone.

Also the village is trying to clear as much debris from the roads as possible before the nor'easter on Weds. Residents are asked to separate household garbage from storm debris.

--Denise M. Bonilla


UPDATED: 5:58 P.M.

Village mayor’s LIPA gripe

Power outages were still "all over the village" in Massapequa Park on Monday, and Mayor James Altadonna Jr. said conference calls with LIPA representatives have been frustrating.

“It’s 20 minutes of them saying how they’re doing, and just five minutes for us to ask questions,” he said.

Altadonna said his residents were suffering without power, especially as the cold sets in, and hundreds had been displaced from their homes for lack of heat.

“We can’t count on LIPA,” he said. “We cannot.”

Altadonna said residents in Massapequa Park, where the waterfront Bar Harbor neighborhood had been devastated by floodwaters, were “holding up as best they can."

The knowledge that residents couldn’t immediately return to their homes and the sight of children eating donated meals, both a result of lack of power, seemed to madden Altadonna.

“It’s an abomination,” he said.

--Emily Ngo


UPDATED: 5:50 P.M.
LIRR Long Beach charging center

The Long Island Rail Road may not be able to give Long Beach residents a ride, but they may be able to help you call a cab.

The LIRR plans to open its Long Beach station waiting room Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to give residents a place to charge their phones and take care of other needs.

“It has restrooms. We’ve got a generator down there. And we’re going to attempt to do a charging station,” LIRR Customer Service Vice President Joe Calderone said. “We’re going to try to get the heat going.”

MORE: Long Beach Sandy photos

The Long Beach branch, used by 20,000 people each weekday, suffered the worst damage of any LIRR line during Sandy. Floodwaters rose four feet above tracks — rusting delicate electrical components, washing away track bedding and relocating more than a dozen boats onto the line’s train tracks.

The line remains the only one without any LIRR service, and officials still won’t say when they expect to begin running trains to and from Long Beach.

But, Calderone said, that doesn’t mean the LIRR can’t help residents there.

“The station building is intact, It really was not damaged. It needed cleaning, which we've done. So we figured that if we could open the station, we would do so,” Calderone said. “We’re very much a part of Long Beach.”

--Alfonso Castillo


UPDATED 4:15 P.M.
Smithtown official, resident split on LIPA

Smithtown Town public safety director John Valentine was critical last year of LIPA's response to Tropical Storm Irene. But this year he said the power utility has improved its communication with town officials.

"They put a plan together, they stuck with their plan, they stuck to their commitments to us," Valentine said. "Unfortunately, they're stuck with the problem of restoring power to our residents. It's a major, major problem."

After Irene left a trail of downed trees and power lines, Valentine said he had problems coordinating recovery efforts with LIPA crews. Miscommunication contributed to long delays in restoring power to residents, he said then.

Since Sandy struck last week, he has maintained frequent contact with LIPA officials, he said.

"LIPA has stepped up to the plate and provided help to the residents of Smithtown," Valentine said. "We've seen a tremendous change in the way they're managing things in Smithtown."

But St. James resident Matt Wurtzel, 37, isn’t nearly as satisfied. He has been without power since the storm struck, and became upset Monday when a LIPA spokesman said his community would have to wait several more days before getting power back.

He said he has seen only one power truck — carrying a crew from Canada — in the past week.

"As we drive through our town here, we realize there's no one working here," said Wurtzel. "That's a completely unacceptable situation. ... To have no one working here doesn't work. ... We need some help here now where we can get it."

LIPA officials have said 90 percent of its customers would have power back by Wednesday. Portions of St. James, Port Jefferson and Brookville are expected to take longer because of extensive tree damage, officials have said.

Wurtzel said he is powering his house with a generator, which provides some light and heat for Wurtzel, his wife Kate, and their sons, Kyle, 7, and Jake, 5. Neighbors have come to their home for hot showers. Wurtzel, a salesman who works from home, has not worked because with gasoline shortages, he can't drive to visit clients.

He acknowledged that his Clermont Avenue neighborhood is not "completely devastated," but said it would not take much work to restore power to houses that need it.

"We're completely shocked that they would ignore us till Thursday," Wurtzel said.

--Carl MacGowan


UPDATED 4:04 P.M.
Deer Park debates nor’easter’s effect on gas

In Deer Park, lines of cars snaked in different directions from two gas stations, a Citgo and a Hess, at Deer Park Avenue and Grand Boulevard. The wait Monday afternoon for service at Hess, where regular gas was $3.87 per gallon, was more than an hour. The wait at Hess, where the cash-price of regular gas was $4.17, was about a half-hour.

John Minetti, 31, of Deer Park, waited at Citgo with red gas canisters that have become ubiquitous in the crisis. He need fuel for his two cars, though he had filled up the tanks as a precaution before superstorm Sandy struck. “It’s a habit I formed whenever a hurricane comes,” he said.

He said the lines over the week were shorter and expressed confidence that there would be less demand for gas in coming days, even with a nor’easter forecast for the area. “I think it’s already better, and I’m not going to panic,” Minetti said. “Not yet.”

Ana Gragui, 43, of Brentwood, was trying to fill three portable canisters. Power had not returned to her home Monday, she said, and the fuel was necessary for generators that powered oxygen tanks for her cancer-stricken father and asthmatic son.

She was worried about how the gas crisis would play out. “I think it’s going to get worse because the storm’s coming,” she said.

Gragui said her husband had waited four hours in line for gas earlier in the week. She predicted he would have to wait in line again late Monday.

Steve Dixon and his young son on Monday walked 2 1/2 miles from their Wheatley Heights home to buy gas for their car, he said. He said he wanted the crisis over and gas flowing steadily in the region soon, “hopefully by Wednesday or Thursday, because the big storm’s coming,” he said. “I hope at least the power’s back on by then.”

--Emily Ngo


UPDATED 3:57 P.M.
FEMA help in Lindenhurst

FEMA will be at Bower Elementary School in Lindenhurst until 5 p.m. Monday or until they've met with everyone.

FEMA will also be stationed at the Dennison Building in Hauppauge Monday until 7 p.m. They will be at Nassau Community College, located a 1 Education Way in Garden City, every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.

--Denise M. Bonilla


UPDATED 3:55 P.M.
Babylon charity drive extended

The food and clothing collection drive held at the First Presbyterian Church of Babylon this weekend was such a success that it has been extended at least until the end of the week, or until supplies run out.

There are hundreds of coats, clothes, food, toiletries, baby food and formula, shoes, towels and linens, available, said Michelle Melfi, of Babylon, who helped organize the effort.

Donations still needed include boxes, cleaning supplies, industrial garbage bags, gloves, masks, laundry detergent, water, heavy socks, underwear, diapers, wipes, bread, snack items, mayonnaise, tuna fish and manual can openers.

“Contractor bags are like gold,” she said.

Melfi said the group has gotten so many clothing donations that the operation spread from the church’s gymnasium to five classrooms in its Christian education building.

Initially, the program was set to end Sunday. Now, donations can be delivered or picked up from noon to 4 p.m. through next Sunday, or as long as supplies are left.

Melfi said some volunteers have gone so far as to “run back and forth” directly to people in need.

“The community has been extremely generous and we’re appreciative of that,” Melfi said. “This is something that blossomed into a wonderful outreach for the community.”
-- Carl Corry


UPDATED 3:40 P.M.
Free ice in Babylon Village tomorrow

From a news release: Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco Monday announced that the Sheriff’s Office will be distributing ice to county residents on a first-come, first-serve basis Tuesday at the American Legion Hall at 22 Grove Place in Babylon Village from 2 to 4 p.m.

There is no charge for the ice. Residents should bring their own coolers.

For more information, call 631-987-0706.
-- Newsday Staff


UPDATED 3:27 P.M.
FEMA opens disaster centers in Nassau

The Federal Emergency Management Agency  has opened three disaster recovery centers for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of Sandy.

“Specialists from the state of New York, FEMA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration  will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced in a news release Monday.

He said the recovery center is a “one-stop-shop” for eligible survivors to meet with both state and federal representatives for help.

“I encourage residents who think they may qualify for federal aid or would like additional information on what disaster assistance programs are available to stop by the mobile Disaster Recovery Center, call FEMA at 800-621-3362 or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov to register.”

Applicants may receive guidance regarding disaster recovery, clarification of any written correspondence received, housing assistance and rental resource information, resolutions to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance, status of applications being processed by FEMA, as well as U.S. Small Business Administration program information.

Locations open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily:

-- Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr., Garden City.

-- Recreation Center and Ice Arena, 700 Magnolia Blvd., Long Beach.

-- Island Park Village Hall, 127 Long Beach Rd.

Individuals can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-332 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily until further notice.  -- Sid Cassese


UPDATED 3:20 P.M.
Free meals, shipping from Hampton Coffee Co.

With two East End locations and many seasonal customers living in New York City, Hampton Coffee Co. owner Jason Belkin realized he had a lot of loyal patrons affected by superstorm Sandy.

So to play his part, breakfast and lunch — plus shipping charges to get his freshly baked goods into the city — are on him for the rest of the week.

Initially, the promotion was to last just a couple of days, but Belkin has decided to extend it through Sunday. It is intended for those customers who are still without power.

“We cover a lot of communities,” he said about his customer base. “And with the nor’easter coming this week, we thought it would be better to extend this through Sunday.”

At the Hampton Coffee Co. locations in Water Mill and Westhampton Beach, breakfast and lunch, including beverages, are free. The stores are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For customers living in New York City, fresh ground coffee and fresh muffins and scones are available for purchase at hamptoncoffeecompany.com. Enter the code “freeship” at checkout for free USPS Priority shipping.

“It only takes one day to ship to the city,” he said. “Our customers can enjoy fresh muffins or scones and we’ll pick up the shipping.”  

 — Erin Geismar


UPDATED: 3:15 P.M.
Alternative mail pickup for Long Beach

There is now an alternative mail pickup location for Long Beach residents and businesses. Customers of the Long Beach post office, which was damaged by the storm, can go to the Western Nassau Processing Plant in Garden City.

The plant, at 830 Stewart Ave., will be open for pickup from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

A hotline, at 516-228-7502, has also been set up for Long Beach post office customers.

Anyone who will be displaced for an extended amount of time due to Sandy can submit a temporary or permanent change of address to their new location. A request can be made via the postal service’s website, or a form can be filled out any post office.

For more information, call 1-800-ASK USPS (1-800-275-8777).


UPDATED 2:15 P.M.
A Mass for Healing and Renewal  in Lindenhurst

Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst is working to provide food, clothing, charging stations and support to all those still in need this week.

Along with collecting and distributing donations, the church and Catholic school is also opening the doors to its cafeteria, offering coffee and a light breakfast daily from 6 to 9 a.m., and coffee and a light dessert from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Rev. John Sureau welcomes people to charge their devices and use their computers (or just their Internet) to check email, access important information or communicate with family and friends. The Computer Cafe is available in the convent from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Tonight, a special Mass for Healing and Renewal for all those affected by superstorm Sandy will be held at 7 p.m. with Bishop Robert J. Brennan, auxiliary bishop and vicar general of the Diocese of Rockville Centre — who is from Lindenhurst,  Sureau said.

Sureau said the special liturgy would be for everyone who has lost something in the storm, was a first responder or otherwise affected.

"We want them to know that if they need anything, they can come here," he said.

The food pantry, supplies and clothing drive is open for distribution from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. in the auditorium on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located at 210 W. Wellwood Ave. Donations can be dropped off in the auditorium between 9 a.m. and noon and 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

The parish is requesting the following items for donation:
— Nonperishable and easily prepared food
— Blankets
— Batteries
— Flashlights
— School supplies
— Baby supplies
— Cleaning supplies
— Hand sanitizer
— Local restaurant gift certificates
— Food store gift certificates
— Work gloves, masks, garbage bags, and other supplies
— Erin Geismar

UPDATED 2:10 P.M.
Mobile Town Building Department in Hempstead

Hempstead's Mobile Town Building Department — which will assist rebuilding residents in getting permits — will be stationed in several communities between Nov. 6 and Nov. 11.

The mobile units begin Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. at Seaman's Neck Park in Seaford and Shell Creek Park in Barnum Island.   -- Patrick Whittle

UPDATED 12:15 P.M.
Suffolk food distribution, warming locations

Suffolk County is reminding residents that Red Cross Food Distribution started at 11 a.m. Dinner will be distributed at 4 p.m.

The following are the locations:

-- Dennison building in Hauppauge, 100 Veterans Hwy., Hauppauge

 — Riverhead County Center, 210 Center Dr., Riverhead

 — Mastic Fire House, 1088 Mastic Rd., Mastic

In addition, a reminder of the open Red Cross Shelters and their locations were released.

They are:

-- Sachem East High School, 177 Granny Rd., Farmingville

 — Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Rd., Huntington Station

 — Robert Frost Middle School, 450 Half Hollow Rd., Deer Park

The following is a list of warming centers. Warming centers will provide residents without electricity a chance to get warm, charge electronic devices and get food.

The centers, their hours of operation, and their facilities, according to the County Executive’s office are:

-- William J. Brosnan Building at the Northport-East Northport School District, 158 Laurel Ave., Northport

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday

Providing: Charging Center

 — Central Presbyterian Church, 240 Main St., Huntington, Monday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Providing: Sandwiches, charging stations and Internet access

 — Temple Beth El, 660 Park Ave., Huntington

Open: Sundays 2 to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Providing: Warming area, water and charging stations

 — St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church, New York Avenue at East Ninth Street, Huntington Station

Open: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Providing: Warming center

 — Light of Salvation Church, 1599 New York Ave., Huntington Station

Open: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Providing: Warming center and food

 — Dix Hills Ice Rink at Dix Hills Park, 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills

Open: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Providing: Free ice skating, coffee and hot chocolate, showers, and charging stations. Snacks can be purchased at the concession stand

 — Huntington YMCA, 60 Main St., Huntington

Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Providing: Showers and charging stations

 — Salvation Army East Northport Service Center, 319 Clay Pitts Rd., East Northport

Seven days a week: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-- Tania Lopez

UPDATED 12:02 P.M.
Back to school in Mastic Beach

Some of the students heading into Tangier Smith Elementary in Mastic Beach Monday morning ran into the building, while others pinwheeled their arms in excitement.

School was in session, and spirits were high inside the brightly decorated building still decorated for Halloween.

"I think parents need their children to get back to their routines," said principal Toni Komorowski. "They are happy to be here, and they know they're going to be warm and have a meal or two."

The school is in a community hit hard by the storm, with Mastic Beach Village Mayor Bill Biondi estimating at least 1,000 homes suffering flood damage.

Even before the storm, Mastic Beach was a struggling community with about 45 percent of the 740 students at Tangier Smith Elementary eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, Komorowski said. Although some of the teachers and staff still lack power at home, every staff member showed up for work Monday, Komorowski said.

Recess will be held outside to let the kids safely run off their energy after staying home for a week, she said.

But first, back to the basics. Inside Elizabeth Schiraldi's third-grade class, her students sat on the rug in front of a whiteboard and solved math questions.

"Who would like to draw for me?" she asked as hands shot up, waving eagerly for her attention.

Inside Allyson Romero's second-grade class, her students worked on a math work sheet until she had them gather around her on a rug.

"We're all excited to be back together," she said, gently guiding her students through a discussion of their feelings during the storm.

"The wind almost blew my fence down in my backyard," one boy said.

"There was a live wire and it fell on my road," one girl said.

"Doesn't it feel good to be back here?" Romero asked.

Her students nodded vigorously.
-- Sophia Chang

UPDATED 11:54 P.M.

How busy was it this morning on the rails? Check out this photo from reader Jody Fisher, who was getting on the 8:03 a.m. from Huntington Station to Penn Station.

UPDATED 11:20 A.M.
Sandy benefit concert in Huntington

The Paramount in downtown Huntington will hold a Strong Island Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The show will be headlined by The Script, and will include other special guests to be announced, according to a news release issued Monday. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Long Island Red Cross for superstorm Sandy relief on Long Island.

The Script was originally headlining The Paramount on Dec. 5, but rescheduled its show to Thursday night to assist the effort.

Any ticket holders who are unable to attend The Script concert on Thursday night, may receive a refund on their original tickets at their point of purchase.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 or The Paramount Box Office (open daily from  noon to  6 p.m.). For further information, call 631-673-7300.
-- Newsday Staff

UPDATED 11 A.M.
Suffolk SPCA giving out free pet food

The Suffolk County SPCA announced Monday in a news release that it will begin distributing pet food in storm-ravaged areas in the Town of Babylon and will continue in other targeted areas as supplies are delivered.

Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk SPCA said that the agency will be driving through the areas in marked vehicles distributing dog and cat food to families.

Additionally pet food distribution will, be available at the SPCA office at 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Building 16, Hauppauge.

Anyone who can donate pet items, who wishes to volunteer or who needs information on where to pick up supplies should call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722.
-- Newsday Staff

UPDATED 10:47 P.M.
Halloween saved for Nassau kids

Aisha Thomas-White, of Hempstead, like many residents on Long Island, has been without power since last Monday. She has had trouble keeping her son, Aidyn, 2, entertained, and losing the opportunity to trick-or-treat on Halloween was just another loss to her family.

“Aidyn has been looking forward to Halloween for so long,” Thomas-White said.

On Saturday, County Executive Ed Mangano’s office offered Aidyn and other children the opportunity to regain their holiday.

Mangano’s office staff and more than 50 outside volunteers, led by Mangano’s wife, Linda, organized a Hurricane Sandy Halloween Trick-or-Treat Party.

“There were trees down all around the streets by our house,” said Christina Witlek of New Hyde Park. “We couldn’t take the kids out there.”

Witlek and her twin daughters, Madison and Victoria, 5, joined more than 1,500 others at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola, which was converted for the day into a Halloween spectacle.

“We got a lot of candy,” said Madison Witlek, who was dressed as the fairy-tale princess, Rapunzel.

The interior of the building was covered with cobwebs and spiders. Staff, volunteers and legislators handed out candy, donated by Nassau Candy to trick-or-treaters, who came to their office doors.

Hot breakfast was served to the attendees, and charging stations were provided for adults to charge their cellphones.

Kristin Comerford, 25, an EMT with the South Farmingdale Fire Department, helped to decorate, and she welcomed guests and distributed candy in the building’s atrium.

“I lost power, but everyone else here lost so much more,” Comerford said.

Hundreds of families were transported to the party from shelters in Nassau County buses. The drivers volunteered their time.

“Sandy was devastating to the county, but this [Halloween Party] is a coming together of everyone,” said Linda Mangano. “An adult can get it, but children don’t understand why their home is gone.”

“Our entire street was flooded,” said Michele Sherman, of Freeport, who brought her daughter, Ashley, 6, to the Halloween party. “This is the first time she’s smiled all week.”
-- Mary Kate Mahoney

UPDATED 10:01 A.M.
Massive response to Sayville donation effort

A grassroots effort in Sayville to help those affected by superstorm Sandy has “mushroomed” into something so big that organizers are looking for a new space to house their operation.

Barbara Whitbread, who has lived in the area for 13 years and has owned Seafarer Gift Shop on South Main Street for seven years, began collecting donation items in her store just a few days ago and is now “bursting at the seams.”

“No one is shopping for gifts this week,” she said. “If I’m going to net zero for the week, I might as well do something useful with my time and my location.”

But Whitbread never expected the response she got. As the marketing director of the Sayville Chamber of Commerce, she used those contacts to spread the word about her effort and in just a few days found her 1,000-square-foot store full of items and a team of volunteers at her disposal.

She has even had to ask people to hold off on donating items because she can no longer fit them in her store.

Now, she is looking for a nearby temporary space where volunteers can store and sort all the goods. Their goal is to deliver unique packages to each family that contacts them containing the specific items they request, including the correct size and gender-specific clothing needed.

“We are getting and taking requests from specific families,” she said. “So we need one location where we can look through all the boxes, pick things out and pack them up.”

Whitbread is looking for a location near Sayville because all of the volunteers are local, and ideally something on a ground floor so they can back a van or truck up to it. She plans to keep working according to the need, so she would like to have the space for anywhere between a few weeks to a couple of months.

Anyone who would like to donate their space can call Whitbread at her store at 631-256-8458, send her a message on the Seafarer Gift Shop Facebook page, or email her at seafarergifts@yahoo.com.

Whitbread said the group is still taking requests from families, or organizations dealing with local families like schools and fire departments, and she urges them to contact her, as well.

“We’ve all seen what’s happened here,” she said. “A lot of us feel blessed that we escaped and are looking to do something. Anybody that needs something can contact me.”
-- Erin Geismar

UPDATED 8:52 A.M.

Warming centers, shower facilities in Hempstead Town

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray has announced that 13 warming centers and a shower location are available for super storm Sandy-impacted neighbors.

The following locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. as warming centers:

* Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 North Grand Ave., Baldwin
* Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore
* Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Rd., Elmont
* Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square
* Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Rd., Valley Stream
* Levittown Senior Center, 555 Newbridge Rd., Levittown
* Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Tpke., Roosevelt
* Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Dr., Westbury
* Uniondale/Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale
* Uniondale/Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale
* Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Rd., Wantagh
* Merrick Road Golf Course Clubhouse, 2550 Clubhouse Rd., Merrick
* Echo Park Pool, 399 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead

In addition, Echo Park Indoor Pool and Athletic Complex, located at 399 Nassau Blvd. in West Hempstead will be accessible to residents seeking warm showers. The facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
-- Newsday Staff

UPDATED 8:31 A.M.
Ambulance company handing out supplies in Bayport

Tonight from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., the Community Ambulance Company of Sayville will be in Bayport, dispensing supplies such as such as clothes, blankets, water, nonperishable food, pet food, baby supplies and toiletries.

The company’s Mass Casualty Incident Trailer will be the distribution point, and will be located at Bayport Beach, at the end of Paulanna Avenue. A generator will be available to assist in charging phones, computers and other small items.

In addition, supplies will be loaded into the back of a company pickup truck and will be driven around communities in South Bayport and South Oakdale. The truck will drive down streets with lights and use a PA system with speakers to tell people to come out if they need emergency supplies.

For more information, call 631-567- 2586 or visit www.communityamb.org.
--Newsday Staff

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