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Roundup: Forums to focus on Sandy rebuild
Several planning committees that are part of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program are hosting public meetings about their recommendations for rebuilding after superstorm Sandy.
Residents from Lido Beach and Point Lookout are encouraged to attend a meeting Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Bishop Molloy Recreation Center, 15 Parkside Ave. in Point Lookout.
Residents from Seaford and Wantagh can attend a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Seaford High School cafeteria, 1575 Seaman’s Neck Rd. in Seaford. And a meeting for Freeport residents will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Freeport High School cafeteria, 50 S. Brookside Ave.
The meeting for Long Beach residents is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center, 615 Riverside Blvd. A meeting for Baldwin and Baldwin Harbor residents also will be held Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Baldwin Middle School cafeteria, 3211 Schreiber Place. Also that night, the meeting for Bellmore and Merrick will take place at 7 p.m. in the Levy Lakeside School, 21 Babylon Rd. in Merrick.
The state program is expected to allocate more than $750 million for storm reconstruction projects in the most affected communities. The committees must complete and submit individual community plans to the state for approval by March 31.
For more information, visit www.stormrecovery.ny.gov or email info@stormrecovery.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM
Science lab donates for typhoon relief
The Brookhaven Science Associates and its employees at Brookhaven National Laboratory donated $20,000 to Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts in the Philippines.
“From superstorm Sandy to the tsunami in Japan and now this devastating typhoon in the Philippines, Brookhaven Science Associates and its employees have rallied to help people directly impacted by these natural disasters,” Stony Brook University president Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said in a statement issued by the Brookhaven lab. Stanley serves as board chairman for Brookhaven Science Associates.
Typhoon Haiyan killed thousands and left almost 4 million people homeless in November, according to news reports. Brookhaven’s donation will be used to provide fresh food and water, mosquito nets, tarps and hygiene kits through the Red Cross, according to the statement.
Members of the Asian Pacific American Association hosted donation collection tables during lunch breaks at the lab after the typhoon. The lab, composed of about 3,000 workers, contributed $10,000 toward the Red Cross. Brookhaven Science Associates’ partners, Stony Brook University and Battelle matched that donation by contributing an additional $10,000.
“Our corporate philanthropy efforts are ongoing,” Nora Detweile, the lab’s community relations manager, said in an interview. “It’s a great sense of community we have at the lab.”
The 15-year-old Brookhaven Science Associates also has funded relief efforts after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and others disasters.
— SIOBHAN BARTON
Civic group to talk snowplowing, roads
The North and Central Merrick Civic Association plans to host a meeting about the Town of Hempstead’s snow plowing practices and the increasing number of potholes that create potentially dangerous obstacle courses for motorists and pedestrians.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the North Merrick Library, 1691 Meadowbrook Rd. Town Councilman Gary Hudes and highway department representatives are to attend.
First Precinct police officers will provide information about recent criminal activity in the area, followed by community updates from civic president Claudia Borecky.
The association represents Merrick residents north of Sunrise Highway to Jerusalem Avenue and from Meadowbrook Road to the Bellmore Avenue, except areas covered by the Merrick Park Homeowners Association and Wenshaw Park Civic Association.
For more information, visit northmerrickcivic.org, email Borecky at email@example.com or call 516-972-6988.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM
DEC seeks comment for factory cleanup
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comments on possible remedies for contamination at a former wallpaper factory in Ronkonkoma.
The agency will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Sachem library, 150 Holbrook Rd. in Holbrook, to discuss efforts to address the contamination at the 934 Easton St. location of the former Ronkonkoma Wallpaper company.
The DEC has proposed excavating the top two feet of contaminated shallow soil at the 3.3-acre site and digging up a dry well filled with contaminated soil. The site is vacant — the wallpaper business left around 1984. The factory was later used to manufacture synthetic lumber construction shapes. The buildings were demolished in 2004 after Suffolk County took possession for failure to pay real estate taxes.
The primary soil contaminants include barium, chromium, copper and lead, according to the DEC. The agency will also accept written public comment through March 28. Comments can be sent to Kerry Ann Maloney, Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233.
— SOPHIA CHANG