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Roundup: Free ID cards, National Night Out parade

Free ID cards to be issued to seniors
Nassau senior citizens can obtain a free identification card next week at the Williston Park Public Library.

The ID card drive, scheduled for Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m., is sponsored by state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. County residents 60 or older are eligible for the card, which contains a photo and various personal data, such as emergency contact information, a doctor’s number, and a list of allergies.

Residents seeking more information can call Martins’ office at 516-746-5924.

National Night Out parade, festivities
Echoing communities across the country, North Hempstead town plans to hold its annual crime and drug prevention rally next week, called “National Night Out 2013.”

The event Tuesday is at Martin “Bunky” Reid Park in Westbury. A parade is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 992 Prospect Ave., and festivities are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the park.

The event stems from “National Night Out: America’s Night Out Against Crime,” first introduced in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch.

In most areas across the country, the first Tuesday in August begins the “Night Out,” which now includes 37 million people and 15,000 communities, according to the organization’s website. Events include front porch vigils, parades, block parties, marches and cookouts.

Supervisor Jon Kaiman, North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell and Nassau County Legis. Robert Troiano are inviting town residents to join the parade.

Russell, of New Cassel, wrote in a statement that the event “is an opportunity for the community to come together as one to say, ‘We don’t want drugs and crime in our neighborhood.’ ”

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