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Four community events happening today

Viloria-Fisher, Romaine up for questions

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine and his Democratic opponent, former county Legis. Vivian Viloria-Fisher, are set to square off tonight during a meeting of a Yaphank civic group.

Romaine, a Republican, and Viloria-Fisher are among five town and county candidates expected to appear at the Yaphank Taxpayers and Civic Association meeting, at 7:30 p.m. at the Yaphank Fire House, 31 Main St. The public is welcome to attend.

Civic group members will be given index cards on which to submit written questions to the candidates.

The civic group said Democratic Councilwoman Connie Kepert, who represents the 4th Council District, and her Republican opponent, Michael A. Loguercio Jr., are expected to appear. Also expected is Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley).
— Carl MacGowan

Six residents honored for community work

Six Hempstead Town residents will be honored Wednesday for their contributions to the Hispanic community, their neighborhoods and the town.

The town board will observe National Hispanic Heritage Month during a special ceremony in the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion at Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington St. in Hempstead Village, Wednesday at 3 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Luis Vazquez, board chairman of the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health and past president of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, town officials said.

This year’s honorees are: Maria Magdalena Brisita, owner of Magdalena’s Beauty Salon in Hempstead Village; Elizabeth Custodio, business development officer at Astoria Federal Savings Bank; Carmen J. Piñeyro, deputy mayor of the Village of Freeport; Robert Suarez, community development officer at Bethpage Federal Credit Union; Anderson Torres, executive director of the Hispanic Counseling Center in Hempstead Village; and Yesenia Vasquez, founder of the bilingual vocational training school Sitiotech in Hempstead Village.

A Latino art exhibit, presented by the IKARUS Gallery Cultural Program, will be on display weekdays in the town hall lobby through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
— Aisha Al-Muslim

Group to address environment issues

An international multi-faith group that works on environmental issues in the Middle East will make a presentation tonight at a synagogue in Plandome.

EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) is a regional nongovernmental organization founded 20 years ago by Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians to work on shared environmental issues.

“Over the years, the cooperation that FoEME has fostered on environmental issues has contributed to understanding and friendship between communities that might otherwise be in conflict. As a result, FoEME is a beacon of hope for peace in a region where conflict is an unfortunate reality of everyday life,” according to a news release from the group.

Leaders of FoEME who are touring the United States will speak from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, 1001 Plandome Rd.

— Bart Jones

Meeting tonight on storm recovery project

The Oceanside/Island Park/Harbor Isle/Barnum Island NY Rising Community Planning Committee will host a public meeting Wednesday about the state-sponsored New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

Residents from Oceanside, Island Park, Harbor Isle and Barnum Island are encouraged to attend the meeting at St. Anthony’s Church, on 110 Anchor Ave. in Oceanside, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is one of several Storm Recovery Initiatives and was established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

The governor’s Office of Storm Recovery’s mission is to coordinate and implement the state’s programs for Sandy, Irene and Lee, including housing, small business, transportation, coastal and inland infrastructure, and local community planning programs.
— Aisha Al-Muslim



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