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Community events: Thanksgiving with Edward Mangano

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano speaks to Newsday

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano speaks to Newsday in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola. (Nov. 20, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Storm victims invited to holiday dinner

County Executive Edward Mangano invites Nassau residents still impacted by superstorm Sandy and not yet home — or back home without the means for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner — to dine with him and his family at noon Thursday at the Coral House in Baldwin.

“During this holiday season, we need to do all that we can to ensure that every Nassau County family has a happy and healthy holiday.”

This Thanksgiving feast is provided free as a community service by the local merchants and the Coral House.

The meal includes oven-roasted turkey, cranberry glazed ham, cornbread stuffing, candied yams, butternut squash and creamed spinach. Desserts include several variations of pie, including apple, pumpkin and coconut custard.

Residents interested must contact Mangano’s office by calling Eden Laikin at 516-571-6105 or email

Airport to hold community forum

Long Island MacArthur Airport will host a community forum next Wednesday to discuss the airport’s future development and its relationship with the town and with other airports in the region. The forum is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. in the airport’s terminal building.

Airport planning consultant Landrum & Brown, of Chicago, will have exhibits on display, and town and airport officials will answer questions from the community and engage in dialogue. The audience may submit written or spoken recommendations to the airport officials. There is no formal presentation planned.

“MacArthur Airport is a resource that is unique to Islip among other Long Island towns and must have a solid plan in place which incorporates a strong vision for the future,” Councilman John Cochrane Jr., liaison to the airport, said in a release. “We have a responsibility to ensure that the airport is as successful as possible while balancing the concerns and hopes of local residents.”

LIRR representatives to speak at library

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

LIRR representatives are expected to attend the forum to discuss the stations, service, the LIRR’s responses to past requests and to answer questions from commuters. The event will be next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Seaford Public Library, 2234 Jackson Ave., Seaford.

Although the LIRR is a state, and not a county, authority, Denenberg said he provides these forums to address issues raised by commuters in his district. Denenberg represents Bellmore, North Bellmore, Merrick and parts of Freeport, North Merrick and Wantagh.

Some of the past issues raised have been problems with escalators, needed stations repairs and railroad parking permits, officials said.

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