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Hempstead roundup: Dr. J to to be honored at Hofstra, PCLI sets workshop

Basketball great Julius Erving, seen here at an

Basketball great Julius Erving, seen here at an NBA entertainment event in 2013, will be honored at Hofstra University on Wednesday. Credit: Becky Stein

Basketball legend Julius Erving, also known as “Dr. J” is the best known of half-a-dozen honorees Wednesday at the Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Scholarship Dinner.

Erving, a professional basketball star who in 16 years playing led his team in both the old American Basketball Association (ABA) and the merged National Basketball Association (NBA) to championships, was from Roosevelt.

The $125-a-plate dinner is in its 40th year to raise scholarship funds to help deserving students from the Village of Hempstead attend Hofstra.

Others being honored are: Garden City lawyer Dorian R. Glover; Lee Jones, a retired NBA official; Julius and Joysetta Pearse of Freeport, respectively, president and executive director of the African Atlantic Genealogical Society, and the Nassau County Bar Association’s Student Mentoring Program.

For more information, contact Jessica Foglietta at 516-463-5284 or at


Press Club to hold Freedom of Information workshop

Aiming to help all interested parties navigate the New York State Freedom of Information and open meetings laws, the Press Club of Long Island and Hofstra University have joined to provide a workshop focusing on those issues.

The event, which is free, is Wednesday, at Hofstra's Breslin Hall, room 211, and is designed to help municipal employees, public officials, civic leaders, members of not-for-profit organizations, school administrators, school board members, students, journalists and the public understand the law and its limits.

The event begins at 11 a.m. and runs for about two hours.

Registration is open and anyone who would like to attend can send their name and contact number of Carolyn James,, or call her at 631-608-4495.


Hempstead preps lottery for bike lockers

The Town of Hempstead is collecting applications for “lottery tickets” for eight residents who will have use of bike lockers at the Bellmore train station for a year.

Residents have until Friday, March 28 at 4 p.m. to file for a ticket. Lottery tickets can be obtained by calling Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad at 516-812-3024. Only one ticket per household will be awarded. Winners will be randomly selected through a drawing on April 7, when winners can begin using them. There is no fee, but there is a $40 refundable key deposit.

“Any time you can leave the car in the driveway and use a clean means of transportation, it is a victory for our environment,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement.

The lockers were a gift from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and no more are currently available, said Town spokesman Michael Deery.


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