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NORTH HEMPSTEAD

U.S. awards $25G grant to restore cove

The Town of North Hempstead has received a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore the Hempstead Harbor Cove.

Funds will aid tidal wetland restoration of the cove and address contaminants from the Mattiace Petrochemical Company Superfund site that has affected wetlands in Oyster Bay, Huntington and North Hempstead, town officials said.

Town officials said according to the service, contaminants and hazardous substances were found in surface water, on-site soils, sediment, and groundwater at levels that could reduce the life span of species such as algae, newly hatched fish, and other animals such as shellfish, fish, birds and mammals.

The funds will pay for a plan to control and rid the cove of invasive species, such as Phragmites australis. A new grass will be planted, known as Spartina plugs.

SOUTH HUNTINGTON

Seminar aims to

help stem heroin use

The South Huntington School District is hosting a seminar aimed at bringing attention to heroin use.

The Heroin Community Awareness Summit will be held Tuesday at Stimson Middle School, 401 Oakwood Rd. in Huntington Station. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program is to begin at 6:30.

"Our goal is to equip parents with information needed to protect their children during the busy spring and summer months ahead," said Jacqueline S. Harris, deputy superintendent of South Huntington schools.

The forum is being sponsored in collaboration with Drug Free Long Island. All parents are invited. Scheduled speakers will include a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and a representative from the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

Family members, including siblings, will have an opportunity to tell their stories of the cost of losing a loved one to heroin. A question-and-answer session will be held toward the end of the program.

Before and after the summit, representatives from local agencies specializing in substance abuse and prevention will be available. For more information on the event go to the school district website, shufsd.org, under "Announcements" or "Community."

HICKSVILLE

Mental health clinic awarded $370G

The Nassau Guidance and Counseling Center outpatient mental health clinic in Hicksville has been awarded a $370,250 state grant to help its elderly clients with physical health services, too. The company has 36 branches on Long Island, according to its website.

Using the grant money, the clinic will partner with Nassau Medical Associates' Hicksville office.

"By integrating mental health services into primary care, and vice versa, New York is enabling our health care system to more quickly identify mental illnesses and intervene with appropriate treatment," the state's acting commissioner of the Office of Mental Health, Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan, said in a news release.

She said Nassau was one of 10 counties with community agencies sharing $4 million for health services to the growing population of the elderly.

BROOKHAVEN

Prescription drugs accepted for disposal

Brookhaven Town collected large amounts of prescription medication and thousands of pounds in electronic waste and shredded paper during a May pharmaceutical "take back" initiative.

Town officials say 14 large boxes and four big garbage bags of prescription drugs, more than 7,000 pounds of electronic waste, and nearly 13,800 pounds of shredded paper were collected earlier this month.

The exact number of prescription drugs collected wasn't immediately known.

Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner and Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco co-sponsored the second-annual "Go Green" event at the Rose Caracappa Senior Center in Mount Sinai.

Bonner said the event allowed residents to safely dispose of unwanted prescriptions and medications, recycle old electronic products and securely shred and recycle papers.

For more information on disposing unused medications, contact Bonner's office at 631-451-6964 or the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office at 631-852-3436.

WANTAGH/

FREEPORT

Community policing to be discussed

Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) will host two meetings on community policing and quality-of-life issues in Wantagh and Freeport.

The first meeting will be held on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave. in Wantagh. Guests for the meeting include Insp. Joseph Barbieri, commanding officer of Nassau County Police Department's Seventh Precinct, and officers under his command. The Seventh Precinct includes Bellmore and Merrick, south of Sunrise Highway, along with Seaford and Wantagh, organizers said.

The second meeting will be held on Monday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd. in Freeport. Guests for the meeting include Freeport Police Department Chief Miguel Bermudez, and Insp. Daniel Flanagan, commanding officer of the county police department's First Precinct, as well as officers under their commands. The First Precinct includes Bellmore and Merrick, north of Sunrise Highway and Wantagh, north of Sunrise Highway but west of the Wantagh State Parkway, organizers said.

The meetings will discuss recent burglaries and other crimes, police consolidation, neighborhood issues, staffing, traffic enforcement, problem oriented policing, and the goals of law enforcement. Time will be reserved for questions and answers, organizers said.

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