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Muslim groups plan Eid fests this week

Muslims throughout the world held Eid celebrations marking the end of Ramadan fasting at the end of last month, but the community on Long Island is holding its celebrations this weekend.

The Muslim-American Advisory Board for Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is hosting its celebration dinner Friday, starting at 6 p.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Hwy. in Hauppauge.

Nayyar Imam, the advisory board's chair, said the gathering is a way to share Muslim culture with other county residents.

"We want people to come and sit down and break bread together with us," Imam said. "We want people to know more about us."

In Nassau County, the nonprofit American Community Empowerment is hosting a dinner Saturday, featuring music and poetry, at 7:30 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pkwy.


Theater company hosting arts festival

A theater company whose aim is to create social change through art is hosting the Brentwood Cultural Street Festival on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

"It's important to mobilize the community around arts," said Margarita Espada, founder of Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja.

The group organized the event with help from the Town of Islip, Assemb. Philip Ramos (D-Brentwood) and Legis. Ricardo Montano (D-Central Islip), Espada said.

It will be held on Suffolk Avenue between Washington and Monroe avenues.

"We want to balance all the different groups from different cultural backgrounds to celebrate diversity," Espada said, adding that Haitian, Latino, and folk bands will perform.

The day will also feature outside art galleries, children's activities and presentations by several nonprofits, she said.

Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja created and performed "What Killed Marcelo Lucero?" a play about the 2008 murder of the Ecuadorean immigrant in Patchogue by a group of high-schoolers.


DEC plans pilot test on contaminated site

The state is about to test a pilot program that involves injecting chemicals into the groundwater to eliminate contamination at a Westbury Superfund site.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to collect environmental samples and install 17 wells at 123 Post Rd., the site of a former dry-cleaning operation.

Thirteen wells will monitor groundwater. The remaining four will be used to inject permanganate into the water. Permanganate is a chemical compound that reacts with contamination and breaks it down into nonhazardous components.

The process is widespread and commonly used to treat groundwater contamination, DEC spokesman Bill Fonda said.

The pilot testing, which should begin in October, is to see how the technology works and whether additional wells might be needed.

Drill rigs and support equipment will be visible, as will workers wearing protective clothing, which is normal and does not indicate a spill has occurred, the DEC said.

Contamination at the site is 140 feet below the surface. Public water supply wells are farther below the surface and not impacted, the DEC said.


Sportsmen to mark hunting, fishing day

Face-painting, taxidermy, historical re-enactments, falconry lessons -- there's apparently something for everyone at the Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day in Ridge.

The free event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at the state Department of Environmental Conservation's hunter check station on Randall Road.

Launched in 1972, the day is intended to thank hunters and anglers for their role in increasing environmental awareness and conservation of land and forests, according to the DEC. Money from state hunting and fishing licenses support the agency's activities.

"Hunting and fishing are an important part of Long Island's heritage, and we are very fortunate that our region offers a multitude of diverse and rewarding recreational opportunities," DEC regional director Peter Scully said in a statement.

This year the event will feature new "child-focused" activities such as a kids' fishing derby, pony rides, pumpkins, balloons and archery lessons. Other offerings include a horse show, bait and fly-casting demonstrations, a Rough Riders Cavalry Troop re-enactment and hunting and retrieving dog demonstrations. For more information call 631-744-1689. On the day of show, call 516-456-7615 or 631-974-3125.


Village law targets secondhand shops

The Village of Lindenhurst held a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed new law aimed at regulating pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers.

The proposed law lays out definitions of what secondhand merchandise is and how dealers can operate in the village. Those seeking to run a secondhand store or pawnshop must obtain a bond for $20,000 or one for $30,000 for a management license. There is also a $2,500 annual license fee. The proposed law also spells out which details dealers must record of their transactions and restricts the purchase and selling of secondhand materials to the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The board did not vote on the proposed legislation and board member Michael Lavorata said they will review the law and possibly make changes to the language. It will then be voted on at another board meeting, he said. Lavorata said the new law was proposed in order to fall in line with the Town of Babylon, which increased its secondhand dealers bonding and license fees in December.


Town wants residents to turn in old drugs

The Town of North Hempstead is hosting a drug take-back program Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wheatley School, 100 Bacon Rd., East Williston.

"We urge all residents to go through their home medicine cabinets and take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted and expired prescription drugs at our drop-off locations," Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said.

North Hempstead has been hosting pharmaceutical collections events since 2009 and has taken in more than 2 tons of unwanted prescription drugs.

For more information, call 311 within town boundaries or 516-869-6311 from outside the town.


Village to collect household pollutants

Babylon Village residents who need to safely get rid of household pollutants can drop them off Saturday morning at the Sanitation Department at Village Hall. The list of acceptable substances includes, but is not limited to, latex and oil-based paints, car batteries, household cleaners and used motor oil. Drop-off hours are 9 a.m. to noon.


Mancini takes top

post with Chamber

Smithtown architect Mark Mancini was sworn in Thursday as the new president of the Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce.

Mancini, president of Mancini Architecture and Design Llp, succeeds Robert Mirman of Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network Llc.

After running an unsuccessful campaign for the Smithtown town board two years ago, Mancini gained attention for proposing a redesign of Smithtown's Main Street business district, the scene of three pedestrian deaths in the past two years.

Mancini called for installing a pedestrian island in the middle of Main Street and adding left turning lanes. The state Department of Transportation is considering proposals to improve safety on the road, which is also known as state Routes 25 and 25A.

Mancini also designed 9/11 Responders Remembered Park, which opened Sept. 10 on Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset. The park honors firefighters, police and others whose deaths are linked to rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site.


Golf, tennis fundraiser Monday

The Rockville Centre mayor's annual Golf and Tennis Classic and Dinner, the primary fundraiser for the RVC Community Fund, is scheduled for Monday.

The event will honor former Village Justice Robert Williams at the Seawane Country Club in Hewlett Harbor. The all-day event starts with registration at 8:30 a.m.

This year's golf outing hole-in-one prize is a new Infiniti provided by Legacy Infiniti of Lynbrook.

Each year the community fund provides confidential assistance to hundreds of residents in emergency need. The fund is exclusively for Rockville Centre residents, who have received nearly $1 million since the fund's beginning in 1987.

The donation for lunch, cocktails and dinner as well as a round of golf is $350; for tennis, lunch and dinner, it's $225. Dinner-only tickets are $125.

For information or to make a reservation, call Mary Rohrs at 516-678-9260.


Cancer walkathon in Post park Sunday

The Long Island League to Abolish Cancer will hold its inaugural "Step Up to Stamp-Out Cancer" walkathon Sunday at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa.

Organizers say the event will raise funds to support cutting-edge cancer research projects in the New York Metropolitan area. More than 95 percent of money received by the Plainview-based charity, it says, goes directly to research grants for specific pieces of laboratory equipment at hospitals including Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Stony Brook.

The walk will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the town park at Unqua and Merrick roads. Pre-registration is $25, and $30 that day.

For more information, visit or call 516-692-2809.


Deer-hunting lottery for Enterprise Park

Scores of bow hunters are expected to come to Riverhead Town Hall Tuesday at 6 p.m. to take part in a lottery to determine who gets to hunt for deer in each of nine areas within the town-owned Enterprise Park at Calverton.

Much of the 3,000-acre industrial park is undeveloped, with woods and marshlands -- a habitat where deer can be found all year long.

About 100 hunters took part in the bow-hunting lottery last year, the first time it was done by the town.

Hunters will write their names on slips of paper, which will be mixed in a drum. One name at a time will be picked. Weekend hunting slots are expected to be filled quickly.

If any slots are left after the lottery is held, hunters can reserve those remaining spaces by going to the town clerk's office on Wednesday.

In all cases, hunters have to show proof of residence. While hunters must be licensed by New York State, and deer weigh-ins will be done at a state Department of Environmental Conservation check station, the town -- just like any private property owner -- can determine who is allowed to hunt on its land, and has reserved the hunt for Riverhead town residents.


Kicker wants record, fundraising to boot

Apparently 717 field goals in 12 hours weren't enough for Mineola's Craig Pinto.

Pinto, 33, who set a Guinness World Record last October with his effort at Bethpage High School's football field, is training to kick 1,001 field goals of 40 yards in 24 hours to set a separate record. In the process, he's raising money in the fight against celiac disease, a condition that can leave people fatigued and weak.

"You think, 'I can't be this dominant athlete I want to be,' " said Pinto, whose bouts with lethargy and stomach cramps from the disease forced him to leave the Hofstra University football team more than a decade ago. "This shows you can."

He said the symptoms and psychological effects of the diagnosis made him feel like he couldn't play sports anymore. But changes in diet eventually allowed him to overcome the setback and even enjoy a two-year stint with the New Jersey Revolution of the American Indoor Football Association in 2008-09.

His love for the game and a desire to help other athletes with the disease have him returning to Bethpage High School's 30-yard line Oct. 9. Last year, his efforts raised $5,000 in donations for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The response to his record was so great he founded Kicking 4 Celiac five months later. This year he is hoping to raise money for the nonprofit's scholarship program, which will provide college aid to high school graduates with the disease.

"It was kind of a physical struggle," he said of his feat last year. "I knew it was going to be tough, but at the same time, so is living every day with celiac."

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