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Vigil for homeless rescheduled

An annual candlelight vigil to raise awareness about homeless issues has been rescheduled due to the threat of snow on Thursday.

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless on Tuesday announced that its “Have a Heart for the Homeless” vigil will now be held on April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will still be held at Farmingdale State College.

Each year the Garden City nonprofit provides winter clothing and other supplies donated by local groups to homeless residents at the event. Coalition Executive Director Greta Guarton said the group will still work to distribute coats, hats and other winter clothing items in the following weeks.

“We are greatly disappointed to have to do this,” Guarton said. “However, it appears the anticipated storm will be significant [and] we do not wish to risk anyone’s safety.”

-- Laura Figueroa


Public meeting on storm reconstruction

Community and government leaders are to meet with the public Wednesday night at the Sands of Atlantic Beach to discuss their recommendations to reconstruct the Atlantic Beach and East Atlantic Beach areas after storm damage over the past few years.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at the Sands at 1395 Beech St. Coordinating the reconstruction are local representatives of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York Rising Reconstruction Program.

At the meeting, the public can comment on proposed local and regional projects and give suggestions that could be included in the final New York Rising Community Reconstruction Plan, said Jonathan Kohan, of Atlantic Beach, co-chair of the local committee.

The areas will split $9.6 million in federal funding, he said.

-- Sid Cassese


One-on-one with local senator

A state senator is hosting a series of meet-and-greets with residents in Babylon and Islip towns.

State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) is bringing his “One-on-One With Your Senator” program to Bohemia, West Islip, Brentwood and North Babylon.

As part of the program, local residents who need assistance with government services, have questions about government programs or would like to express concerns about issues can talk directly to Boyle. Boyle’s staff will also be on hand to offer assistance to residents interested in searching the state comptroller’s database for unclaimed funds.

The program will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on these dates and at these locations: Feb. 13 at Connetquot Public Library, 760 Ocean Ave, Bohemia; Feb. 18 at West Islip Public Library, 3 Higbie Lane, West Islip; Feb. 19 at Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood; and Feb. 20 at North Babylon Public Library, 815 Deer Park Ave., North Babylon.

For more dates and locations, or other information, contact Boyle’s office at 631-665-2311.

-- Denise M. Bonilla


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