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No Long Island Rail Road trains this weekend on Hempstead branch

A westbound Long Island Rail Road train entering

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

There will be no Long Island Rail Road trains operating on the Hempstead branch this weekend, as the LIRR performs track work near Bellerose station.

The service outage will last from 11:38 p.m. Friday night until 4 a.m. Monday. The LIRR said it expects to restore full train service in time for the Monday morning commute.

Buses and vans will replace trains for stations from Hollis through...

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Town of North Hempstead hearing to revisit residential rules

North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset on March

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

North Hempstead officials are to hear the issue of disbanding the residential portion of the overlay district in New Cassel again later this month, after a heated public hearing in January.

Residents have sought to remove residential requirements that were designed to prevent illegal housing from taking place, such as bans on basement stairways emanating from the outside and bathrooms with...

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Prospective director joins Hempstead animal shelter staff

This American Staffordshire terrier was waiting to be

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

The potential future director of the Hempstead Town animal shelter has been hired into a different position until the current director vacates the post.

The town board unanimously voted to appoint Michael Pastore as community research assistant in the Department of General Services’ Animal Shelter and Control Division, at a salary of $85,000, effective March 24 for a probationary period of...

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Roundup: LIRR commuter forum, regatta

WANTAGH

Commuter forum on LIRR issues this week

Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) is hosting a forum this week with Long Island Rail Road representatives regarding the Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick and Freeport train stations.

LIRR representatives are to discuss the stations, LIRR service, the agency’s responses to past requests and answer questions from commuters. The event...

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North Hempstead makes carbon monoxide detector proposal

North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset on March

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

North Hempstead town is proposing requiring carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings.

The effort stems from the death of Legal Sea Foods manager Steven Nelson that authorities said resulted from a gas leak, and the sickening of 27 others at the Huntington Station restaurant last month.

The North Hempstead building department conducted a survey of commercial sites and learned...

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Roundup: Civic Saturdays in Huntington, financial aid tips

democrat Tracey Edwards, Huntington Town Council member on

(Credit: Ed Betz)

HUNTINGTON

Board member plans 'Civic Saturdays'

Huntington’s newest town board member plans to hold Civic Saturdays, a monthly meet and greet with residents at local libraries.

Tracey Edwards, elected in November, plans to select a different library in town to visit every few weeks to listen to residents’ questions, concerns and recommendations.

“There are more and more people...

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Hempstead groups set education forums

The Hempstead Public Library is at 115 Nichols

(Credit: JC Cherubini)

A coalition of Hempstead Village community organizations will host a series of community education forums about efforts to improve Hempstead schools. The meetings will be in the community room of the Hempstead Public Library, 155 Nichols Ct.

The first forum on the Hempstead school district and its school board will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Issues to be discussed include school...

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Hofstra students lose hair, raise funds for St. Baldrick's

Inae Rurup gets her head shaved by Vincent

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

More than 60 participants got their heads shaved at Hofstra University on Wednesday and helped raise more than $34,000 in the fight against children's cancer.

The money raised will go to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding research toward the cure of childhood cancers.

Hofstra alumnus Tom Kostiw helped bring the event to the school after organizing past...

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LI roundup: Sandy fee waiver in Hempstead, Patchogue sewer funding

HEMPSTEAD TOWN

Sandy-related fee waiver extended

Hempstead Town lost about $1.5 million in building department fees by waiving home reconstruction and repair permit charges to help ease rebuilding efforts for homeowners still dealing with superstorm Sandy’s aftermath, officials said.

But the town board Wednesday voted unanimously for the fifth time to extend the fee waiver program...

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Another fee waiver extension considered

Firefighters in 2012 were unable to save Tropix,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

The Hempstead Town Board Tuesday is to consider extending fee waivers for the fifth time -- to June 30 -- for town building department permits for Sandy-related reconstruction and repair.

The board at its meeting also plans to extend the fee waiver for the replacement of documents lost in the October 2012 storm, including marriage licenses and other materials furnished by the town clerk.

“The...

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