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Scott Eidler

I cover the Town of North Hempstead, along with my colleague Jennifer Barrios. Follow me for stories — both big and small — about government, politics, technology, schools and businesses. My task is to capture the stories and characters that define the town, and some of its villages: Westbury, Old Westbury, East Hills, Roslyn Harbor, East Williston, New Hyde Park, Mineola, and Williston Park. Feel free to share your story, or suggest tips and story ideas.

Haven Avenue parking lot to close next weekend

The Haven Avenue commuter parking lot at the Port Washington station of the Long Island Rail Road will be closed next weekend.

The LIRR said the lot will be closed for 48 hours on Aug. 2 and 3, so crews can remove the Haven Avenue pedestrian overpass. That bridge was closed in April for safety reasons, officials have said, citing extensive corrosion.

LIRR officials said in a news release...

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Demolition of New Cassel's Grand Street School complete

The Grand Street School in New Cassel, shown

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The Grand Street School is no more.

Town of North Hempstead officials said demolition has been completed nearly a month after that process was started on June 30. The one-time elementary school and community center had become an eyesore. Last year, $200,000 was secured for cleanup through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program, which assists communities seeking to redevelop...

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Westbury trustees discuss invasive species ban

The Welcome to Westbury sign.

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Westbury trustees are considering a law banning village homeowners from planting bamboo or other invasive species on their properties.

The measure was first heard at a public hearing July 3. That hearing was continued until the board’s next meeting Aug. 7.

A code change would ban planting bamboo or other invasive plants on private and public property.

The village joins a growing...

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