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Roundup: Hempstead school district 'hero/heroine' event tonight

Hempstead High School.

Hempstead High School. Credit: Joel Cairo


School district plans ‘hero/heroine’ event

Hempstead school district officials will host the Hero/Heroine Program to honor students, staff and community members as part of the district’s African-American History and Women’s History celebrations.

The free event, open to the public, is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Hempstead High School’s auditorium, at 201 President St. The affair is expected to feature a red carpet, staff in black tie and gowns, and entertainment by students.

Among the honorees are school board vice president JoAnn Simmons; Front School principal Richard Brown; high school principal Reginald Stroughn; parent Antonia Williams-Guerra; community members Luther and Jean Ponders; community member Christine McDowell, a volunteer for about 20 years at the A. Holly Patterson Nursing Home; Army Sgt. 1st Class James Merritte; bilingual social studies teacher Carmen Zubietta; teacher Wendy Husbaun; teacher Sandra Murphy; Nassau County Judge Joy Watson; and teaching assistant Lenroy Raffington, who works with the girls track team.

A posthumous award will be received on behalf of former school safety employee Geraldine Seymour, who worked for the district for 25 years.



Tours to South Shore storm project sites

Operation SPLASH is hosting a brunch, boat and bus tours to see the proposed sites of a project to make Nassau County’s South Shore more storm-resilient after superstorm Sandy.

“The Storm and the Norm” event will be held tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Operation SPLASH headquarters, on 202 Woodcleft Ave. in Freeport. The event is free, but tickets are required. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Interboro Partners, a Brooklyn-based architecture and urban design firm, assembled a team of international experts to craft ideas on how to address flooding threats from nor’easters, storm surges and stormwater runoff.

Interboro’s project is called “Living with the Bay: Resiliency-Building Options for Nassau County’s South Shore.”

The firm is one of 10 design teams from Sandy-affected areas in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the federally funded “Rebuild by Design” program, initiated by President Barack Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

On April 3, the plans will be evaluated by a competition jury to identify projects that may get HUD disaster recovery funds.

Interboro proposes to mitigate the damage from storm surges by deploying protective measures such as constructed marshes and dikes, manage stormwater to mitigate damage from rain events and improve water quality in the bay, as well as expand housing options in high and dry areas near public transportation.

For information, call 516-779-1312 or visit and search for “The Storm & the Norm.” — AISHA AL-MUSLIM


Sandy victims plan solidarity march

The citizens group Sandy Victims Fighting FEMA will hold a “Walk a Mile in Our Shoes -- Hurricane Sandy Relief” solidarity walk in Island Park tomorrow to mark 17 months since superstorm Sandy struck Long Island.

The group plans to gather outside Island Park Village Hall, at 127 Long Beach Rd., at 10 a.m. to walk to the Long Beach boardwalk.

Similar events are scheduled tomorrow in New Dorp and Midland beaches on Staten Island.

The main message of the event is that many people whose homes were devastated by Sandy still are homeless with a mortgage and in some cases haven’t received federal or state aid.

In January 2013, about 250 people trudged a mile in Island Park in a protest aimed at calling on Congress to approve more federal dollars for local superstorm Sandy relief. — AISHA AL-MUSLIM


Tax consultation for Sandy victims

A free tax consultation is being offered from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow in Nassau and Suffolk counties for those affected by superstorm Sandy.

The Nassau clinic is being held at the Freeport/Roosevelt Economic Opportunity Commission office at 281 Babylon Tpke. in Roosevelt; Suffolk’s, at the Babylon Public Library at 24 South Carll Ave.

The clinics, with experienced accountants and attorneys, are being sponsored by the EOC of Nassau County, supported by the Long Island Volunteer Center, as part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s collaborative disaster response and preparedness initiative.

To register for a clinic, contact Patricia Telfort at 516-246-1800. — SID CASSESE


Town officials plan farmers market

With no supermarkets or large grocery stores to serve the communities of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton in the northwestern part of Southampton Town, officials plan to operate a summer community farmers market later this year at the town’s David W. Crohan Community Center on Flanders Road.

The times the youth-run program will operate have not been set, but Southampton Town officials have received permission from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets to accept food stamps, WIC (women, infants, children) funds and senior farmers market nutrition program checks at the market.

Town officials say a quarter of the families with children in the area fall below the poverty line. — MITCHELL FREEDMAN


Enroll for health care at Sunday event

Residents can enroll for health care services Sunday at an event in New Cassel.

Nassau Legis. Siela A. Bynoe (D-Westbury) is sponsoring an Affordable Care Act enrollment drive from 1 to 6 p.m., in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Nassau County.

The event, at the Yes We Can Community Center, 141 Garden St. in New Cassel, is free and open to the public.

Those who attend can ask questions about health care coverage and meet with a trained navigator, fluent in Spanish and Creole, to enroll.

It is part of a national effort to provide eligible, uninsured members of the community with the information and support needed to enroll in new, affordable health insurance plans.

The enrollment deadline is Monday. Residents can ask questions by calling 516-750-2560. — SCOTT EIDLER and SID CASSESE

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