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Meetings on Sandy recovery efforts

Meetings on Sandy recovery effort
Several NY Rising Community Planning Committees will host public meetings around Nassau County to provide information about the state-sponsored community reconstruction program.

Residents of Long Beach can attend a meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Long Beach Public Library’s second floor auditorium, 111 W. Park Ave.

Bellmore and Merrick residents can go to a meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Ave.

A Freeport meeting will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd. Another meeting will be held Tuesday for Baldwin and Baldwin Harbor residents, at 6 p.m. in the Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave.

Residents from Island Park, Oceanside, Barnum Island and Harbor Isle are encouraged to attend a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. at Island Park Village Hall, 127 Long Beach Rd.

The NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program is one of several storm recovery initiatives and was established to provide rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by superstorm Sandy and tropical storms Irene and Lee.

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— Aisha al-Muslim

Blue light to honor fraternity
Nassau County will honor the 100th anniversary of a public service fraternity by lighting the dome of its executive and legislative headquarters in the organization’s colors during much of the next week.

County Executive Edward Mangano said Wednesday that the top of Nassau’s Theodore Roosevelt building in Mineola will be lit blue tomorrow to Jan. 16 for Phi Beta Sigma’s commitment to service. The fraternity was founded on Jan. 9, 1914, by three African-American students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and has since been centered on community and social action.

“The good work that Phi Beta Sigma has performed throughout the world for the past 100 years extended to assisting Hurricane Sandy victims and other residents in need here in Nassau County,” Mangano said.

Nassau’s Mu Delta Sigma chapter of the fraternity has provided scholarships to local high school students, led youth mentorship programs, and helped spread awareness for charities including the March of Dimes and Toys for Tots, county officials said.
— Paul LaRocco

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