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Town Focus: Day 1 in Valley Stream

The Village of Valley Stream was established in

The Village of Valley Stream was established in 1843 and incorporated in 1925 in southwest Nassau County. It has a population of 37,511, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. (Oct. 11, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)

I am spending  five days in Valley Stream, a village established in 1843 and incorporated in 1925 in southwest Nassau County. I will be talking to residents, walking into businesses and putting together a historical video on the 169 years of the village’s existence.

Today, I’ll start by exploring Valley Stream while shooting video for a historical documentary I’m working on.

This afternoon I’m meeting with Valley Stream Village Mayor Edwin Fare at Village Hall to discuss what makes the community so attractive, while touching on his interest in the village’s rich history.


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After the interview with the mayor, I will be meeting with village historian Carol McKenna at the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration to break down the most significant milestones in Valley Stream’s history.

Later, I'll also talk with Kimberly Thomas, who has a popular Valley Stream blog; Sip This coffee house owners David Sabatino and Stephanie Pontillo; and  Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce president Debbi Gyulay. I’ll also chat by phone with Valley Stream native and “Saturday Night Live” alum Jim Breuer, an actor and stand-up comedian.

Look for my chat with  Richard Infield, president of Friends of Valley Stream Dog Park; Tony Cannonito, president of Valley Stream Running Club; and local artist Mike Stanko.

I’ll need to find a place to get lunch every day. If there’s a favorite place of yours, give me a heads up and I’ll try to stop in for a bite. As the week progresses, please, feel free to reach out to me via email, Twitter or the comments below. I’ll need your help to explore all the village has to offer.

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