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Taking wedding vows again after 60+ years

Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray is expected to officiate when seven couples residing at the Bristal Assisted Living communities in East Meadow and married nearly six decades renew wedding vows on Saturday. The Valentine’s Day ceremonies were scheduled to take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Valentine’s Day is special to all Long Islanders, and I can think of no better way to celebrate love and marriage than by saluting husbands and wives who have been blessed to spend six decades of wedded bliss together,” Murray said.

“The example they have set and the guidance that they can offer is worthy of our admiration.”


Adoption event at animal shelter

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is encouraging residents to find it in their hearts to adopt a cuddly cat or dog for free during the shelter’s “Tails of Love” pet adoption event on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the shelter is expected to provide Valentine’s gifts that include free spaying/neutering, rabies vaccinations and microchipping for adopted pets. All cats will be tested for feline AIDS/leukemia; and all animals will receive age-appropriate vaccinations, officials said.

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh. For more information, call the shelter at 516-785-5220 or visit


Public hearing seeks input on rate hike

Suffolk County Water Authority has set a public hearing for Feb. 24 to consider a 4.2 percent rate increase, starting April 1.

The hearing, scheduled at the authority’s Oakdale headquarters, would mean about a $12 average increase over the current annual residential bill of $340 for 160,000 gallons of water.

By law, the authority must hold the hearing before adopting any rate increase and could alter the proposal after hearing from the public.

Jeff Szabo, the authority’s chief executive, said the rate hike is needed to cover increased costs for pensions, health premiums for employees and water treatment costs.

The water authority serves 1.2 million of the county’s 1.5 million residents. The hearing is scheduled at 5:15 p.m. at 4060 Sunrise Hwy.


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