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BRENTWOOD
Booster club gets $3G service award

The Brentwood Athletic Booster Club will be presented with a $3,000 check today from Team Up 4 Community, a nonprofit that is rewarding student-athletes for completing nearly 8,500 community service hours during the holiday season.

About 800 children in the Brentwood Union Free School District — from the fencing, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, track, football swimming and soccer teams — completed the service hours in a 30-day period between November and December, according to John Rueb, president of the booster club.

The effort was part of the nonprofit’s Long Island Holiday Sports Challenge, where schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties signed up to collectively fulfill 10,000 community service hours.

“There’s a big need in the Brentwood area for help from others from the outside, there’s a lot that are going without,” Rueb said. “It’s nice to see these kids step up for their neighbors and their classmates.”

The volunteers in grades 3 through 12 helped in food, toy, clothing and coat drives, as well as feeding the homeless, coaching younger children and cleaning up courtyards around the neighborhood.

Team Up 4 Community — an international community giveback project with the W20 Foundation, which was started by former New York Islanders’ player Steve Webb — will present the check during halftime at the boys varsity basketball game at the Brentwood High School Sonderling Gymnasium. The game starts at 4 p.m.

The Moriches Youth Lacrosse-Blue Devils also received a grant of $1,500 and Alexis Gonzalez, a Long Island University softball player, received $500.
— SARAH ARMAGHAN

BELLMORE/MERRICK
District hosts transition program

The Bellmore-Merrick school district will host an event for students with disabilities at Sanford H. Calhoun High School tonight.

The event, titled “Fair for Transitioning Students with Disabilities: From Eligibility to Employment and Beyond,” is designed to help the students make the transition out of a school environment.

There will be presentations about subjects such as travel training, Social Security benefits and special needs trusts, organizers said. More than 40 agencies will be on hand with information, organizers said.

“This fair works to educate and prepare a valuable portion of the student population of Long Island as well as those who support them and benefits the future economic and social landscape of our region,” organizers said in a statement.

The high school is located at 1786 State St. in Merrick. The event begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 9:15 p.m., organizers said.
-- PATRICK T. WHITTLE

NASSAU COUNTY
NICE highlights local vendor hot spots

Nassau bus riders can now support local businesses while waiting for their ride.

The Nassau Inter-County Express, or NICE Bus, has posted interactive “Hot Spots” at several small businesses — and at NICE bus stops near them — to provide information about vendors, including directions for getting to the businesses by bus.

Customers can use their smartphones to scan QR codes on the small signs and be directed to a NICE video clip showcasing a local business. In recent weeks, the spots have featured a Mineola deli, a New Hyde Park golf course, and a Westbury lounge.

“The Hot Spots program is another way NICE can strengthen our connection to our riders and merchants,” NICE officials said in a statement. “We’re really happy to be doing some value added for both groups.”

NICE officials are asking the public to visit its Facebook and Twitter pages to nominate local merchants operating near bus stops as Hot Spots.
— ALFONSO A. CASTILLO

ISLANDWIDE
Volunteers sought to count homeless

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking volunteers to help count the number of people who are homeless on the Island this month.

The count, which will take place on Jan. 22 in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, is used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to determine how much funding to allocate to different regions for homeless services.

A three-hour training session for volunteers will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip.

For more information, contact gguarton@addressthehomeless.org.
— JENNIFER BARRIOS

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