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Information session on referendum issues

The referendum issues that voters will face at the ballot box this November will be the topic of an information session held in Smithtown on Monday.

The League of Women Voters of Smithtown plans to present a program and question-and-answer session to discuss the pros and cons for each proposition.

Issues include whether the state constitution should be amended for redistricting purposes and whether the Suffolk County treasurer and comptroller's roles should be consolidated into a single office, as well as amendments to the Suffolk County drinking water protection program for enhanced water quality protection and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

"We need people to be educated on the propositions, because people tend to either not vote the propositions or come in totally unprepared," said Smithtown league board member Lisa Scott. "What we're trying to do is explain the three New York State and two county propositions in a straightforward manner."

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m. at Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, at 211 East Main St. (Route 25) in Smithtown.



Free ID cards made available to children

Children can receive a free photo identification card at an event next month in Manhasset.

The event, sponsored by state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Legis. Rich Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park), is at the Manhasset Library, 30 Onderdonk Ave., on Oct. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Parents will receive a single wallet-sized identification card that features their child's name, fingerprint, contact information, and a photo. Organizers say the card is useful for law enforcers searching for a missing child.



Vacant building faces demolition over taxes

Amityville trustees are moving to secure and possibly demolish an unsafe, abandoned building at 21 DeForest St.

A 5-0 vote Monday night authorized village workers to fence off the building. A decision on demolition will be made after an Oct. 27 hearing.

Workers who visited the building found holes in the roof, broken walls and debris outside. Inside, they found a 55-gallon drum, contents unknown.

Building owner Frank Lally has not paid taxes on the property since 2006 and has fled the village, code enforcement officer Thomas Whalen said.

He and village police are trying to locate Lally, he said. Cleanup and demolition costs will be assessed against the property.

"If you're a deadbeat property owner, if you leave your property abandoned or blighted, the police department or code enforcement will come after you," trustee Nick LaLota said. "We're going to hit you in your pocketbook and make it hurt until you conform to our standards."



Softball fundraiser rescheduled to Oct. 4

The Lynbrook Fire Department's doubleheader softball fundraiser to aid wounded warriors, which was postponed for rain on Sept. 19, has been rescheduled to Oct. 4.

The games for the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior project will begin at 6 p.m. at Greis Veterans Memorial Park on Horton Avenue.

The first game will pit Lynbrook firefighters against Lynbrook Baptist Church members.

The second game, about 8 p.m., will pit Lynbrook's Bravest (firefighters) against the village's Finest (police officers) in a battle of the badges.

There is no entrance fee, but raffles will be sold.



LIRR cars reserved for cancer survivors

Breast cancer survivors planning to attend an event in their honor in Port Jefferson on Saturday will be able to take two train cars reserved for them, the Long Island Rail Road has announced.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital plans to honor survivors at noon Saturday during its annual "Victory Day" event. Admission is free.

Victory Day events include a health fair, dancing, entertainment, face painting, temporary tattoos and a photo booth.

The train taking honorees to the event is scheduled to leave Penn Station at 8:51 a.m. and arrive in Port Jefferson at 10:51 a.m., the LIRR said in a news release.

The train is scheduled to stop at Jamaica, New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Mineola, Carle Place, Hicksville, Syosset, Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington, Greenlawn, Northport, Kings Park, Smithtown, St. James and Stony Brook. The LIRR said Woodside customers must take the 8:50 a.m. train from Woodside and change at the Jamaica station for the Victory Day train.

To register for Victory Day, call the hospital at 631-686-7878 or visit



Students sidelined by state sports rules

Wearing a crown, Oyster Bay High School homecoming king Francis Kalombo Ngoy smiled and waved as he rode in the school's homecoming parade Saturday in a Mustang convertible.

The 17-year-old senior was enjoying his moment in the spotlight, especially because lately, he's found himself on the sidelines.

Last season, Kalombo Ngoy was a top scorer for Oyster Bay's boys varsity soccer team, but this year, he's been ruled ineligible to play. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association limits high school students to playing four consecutive seasons of a given sport with only a few exceptions.

Kalombo Ngoy, an immigrant from Africa, had to repeat the ninth grade because he was still struggling to learn English after his family immigrated to the United States four years ago.

Because he had already played four years on Oyster Bay's varsity soccer team before the start of the 2014-2015 season, he was told he wasn't permitted to play. Instead, he's an assistant coach for the team.

Another state rule barred one of Kalombo Ngoy's classmates, John Ottaunick, from playing on the varsity football team this season.

When he was 11, Ottaunick, who was adopted from Siberia and spoke no English, was placed in the fourth grade, rather than sixth, so now at 19 years old, he is considered too old to play.

Kalombo Ngoy said he wants to work with Ottaunick to advocate for the next generation of foreign-born students so they do not encounter the same issues.

"It's unfair for too many people who are coming from outside the nation," he said.



5k to raise money for addiction program

A 5K run and walk through the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton tomorrow will raise money for SAMP, a program that targets substance abuse among Native Americans on Long Island.

SAMP, short for the Substance Abuse Mobilization Project, is affiliated with the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church and named after a traditional tribal dish of white corn and beans.

"It was a staple of the Shinnecock ancestors, and it allowed them to survive through the rough winters," said the Rev. Michael Smith, pastor of the church and executive director of SAMP.

The program offers workshops and lectures on addiction and prevention on the reservation, home to about 700 people.

SAMP is trying to raise money to build a residential "wellbriety" center on the reservation, where recovering alcoholics and drug addicts could readjust to life after rehab, Smith said.

If it can raise $50,000 to complete the building's foundation, Kenneth Wright of Wright & Company Construction in Bridgehampton has offered to donate labor and materials toward completing the project, Smith said.

The 6th annual SAMP 5K Run and Walk for Recovery starts at 10 a.m. at the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church on Church Street. Registration is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The program encourages participants to raise donations.

"It's just a fun time. It's not timed, there's no competition," Smith said. "We touch just about all the roads on the reservation, so it's a way of seeing the reservation from a different perspective."



Tourism program for residents Tuesday

A free "Discover Long Island" tourism program for New Hyde Park residents who want to learn about the many attractions they can take advantage of this fall will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Hillside Library.

The event will be sponsored by state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola). Representatives from the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau will offer information about farms, orchards, historic sites and a variety of activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Residents who would like more information about the program should contact Martins' office at 516-746-5924.

The Hillside Library is at 155 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park.



AARP preparedness fair for those over 50

Brookhaven residents over age 50 will have the opportunity to learn more about financial and career planning and emergency preparedness next month at the town's inaugural resource fair.

Sponsored by Brookhaven in conjunction with AARP, the fair will provide information regarding employment, care giving, veterans assistance and legal advice, town officials said.

Town spokesman Jack Krieger said AARP presented the idea to Supervisor Edward P. Romaine a few months ago and that a similar event in Riverhead drew about 300 people.

The event is Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville. For more information, call 877-926-8300.



Cancer camp chief wins USA grant

Roslyn Heights resident Richard Boeshore has received the Characters Unite Award from USA Network for his efforts to fight prejudice and discrimination through his new Pine Crest Farm Camp for children with cancer.

Boeshore and nine other award winners received $5,000 grants from USA Network and participating distributors to support their projects or related nonprofit organizations and were featured in on-air public service announcements.

After his 26-year-old sister, Lisa, died of bone marrow cancer in 1991, Boeshore said he wanted to find ways to bring comfort to other families dealing with the disease.

Boeshore said plans are for the sleepaway camp -- on a 70-acre site of a rundown 1940s resort in upstate Freehold that is owned by his family -- to open next summer and expand each year. There are 10 buildings on the property, but operations will begin with only a renovated main lodge and an eight-unit motel.

He said volunteers are doing the renovations and that in the first year, the camp should be able to accommodate about a dozen children. "We hope to later get that up to 100," he said. Boeshore said money is being raised through the annual Pine Crest Farm Camp golf tournament and that he is using his personal funds as well.

Lisa was someone who helped others with cancer once she contracted the illness, Boeshore said, and he wanted to do the same with the camp. "My goal is to make it so the families could network a bit."

USA Network describes Characters Unite as a multiplatform public service campaign to address social injustices and bridge cultural divides.



Irish festival, parade start Saturday at 11

The Irish Heritage Festival and Parade is scheduled Saturday in Long Beach.

The parade is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Washington Boulevard and West Beech Street. There will be no parking on Beech Street between New York Avenue and Nevada Street from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival is scheduled to run until 5 p.m. on Beech Street including a kids zone at West School.

All bars will close at 2 a.m. and stop admitting customers at 1 a.m.

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