The Town of Babylon will hold its annual Black History Month event in Amityville on February 20.
This year’s free event—the 28th annual celebration—is entitled “Hallowed Ground: Sites of African American Memory.” The celebration will honor several local officials and community members, including: retired probation officer Regina Arvon; community organizer Rosemarie Dearing; Richelieu Dennis, founder and CEO of Sundial Brands; Suffolk County Legis. DuWayne Gregory; community activists Nathan and Darlene Jackson; and Gina Talbert, Wyandanch School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
The keynote speaker will be Suffolk County Court Judge Derrick Robinson and the mistress of ceremonies will be Deborah Payton-Jones of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Entertainment is to be provided by the Amityville Memorial High School jazz band, hip hop artist D.A. The Future, The Fashion Institute of Technology gospel choir, Evangelist Rubenstein McClure and Wyandanch’s Pink Diamonds flag team. There will also be a vendor marketplace.
The event will take place at Amityville Memorial High School, 250 Merrick Rd. starting at 11 a.m.
The Historic District Preservation Commission in Bellport will hold a public hearing later this month to discuss renovations to a historical Bell Street home.
Changes to the home at 13-15 Bell Street would include removing the front porch, replacing the vinyl siding with cedar and replacing the asphalt roof with cedar shingles if the renovation application is approved, village officials said.
The historic two-story, single family dwelling has a manicured lawn, sits along a tree lined street, and is located in one of five historical districts in Bellport.
The Feb. 20 meeting will be at the Bellport Community Center at 4 Bell St. at 9 a.m.
A vote on the application submitted by homeowners Garrett Van Erk and Wayne Vespoor is possible.
The hearing was originally scheduled for January 23, but was postponed to the bad weather, said Tom Binnington, co-chairman of the commission.
The commission consists of five members appointed by the village board.
DEON J. HAMPTON
Lindenhurst Village will hold a public hearing Tuesday on re-authorizing its Business Improvement District.
The BID was created in 2006 as a way to help businesses pay for improvements which can help both their bottom line and serve the public, by providing matching funds to business and property owners. Such improvements could include work on sidewalks, lighting, signs, awnings or anything else that faces the street, said Village Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane.
Interior or maintenance work cannot be done with BID money, he said. Members submit applications for proposed work to the BID’s board of directors who meet once a month.
Of the more than 9,500 parcels in the village, 134 are part of the BID, Cullinane said, with most located on Wellwood and Hoffman avenues. Taking part in the BID is voluntary and those who join are taxed at a rate of $2.05 per $100 of assessed value, he said. Last year the BID brought in $32,000 for projects, he said, of which less than $10,000 remains in the coffers.
State law dictates that the village re-authorize the BID every five years, Cullinane said, and a public hearing must be held. The hearing will take place at 2:30 p.m. at village hall, 430 S. Wellwood Ave.