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Roundup: LIRR commuter forum, regatta

WANTAGH


Commuter forum on LIRR issues this week


Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) is hosting a forum this week with Long Island Rail Road representatives regarding the Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick and Freeport train stations.

LIRR representatives are to discuss the stations, LIRR service, the agency’s responses to past requests and answer questions from commuters. The event is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Wantagh Public Library at 3285 Park Ave. in Wantagh.

Denenberg, who represents Bellmore, North Bellmore, Merrick and parts of Freeport, North Merrick and Wantagh, said he provides these forums to address concerns by commuters in his district.

Some of the past issues raised have been problems with escalators, needed station repairs and railroad parking permits, officials said.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM

PORT WASHINGTON


Regatta a fundraiser for autism research


North Hempstead plans to host its third annual rowing event this month to raise funds for autism research.

The event is on Saturday, April 12, at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. It is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and feature local high school teams racing each other and teams with members affected by autism.

A quarter of the proceeds raised will be donated to Autism Speaks of Long Island, and the rest will fund the purchase of special rowing equipment that can help a disabled teen row with help from a peer.

Residents can donate at the event or at PortRowing.com. Teams can register until April 8 at www.RegattaCentral.com.
-— SCOTT EIDLER


RIVERHEAD


County offering free vaccinations for pets 


If you have a dog, cat or ferret in need of a rabies vaccination, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has a deal for you.

For companion animals of county residents, the department is offering free rabies vaccinations Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverhead Polish Hall.

Better get there early, though as the supply is limited. And make sure your dog is on a leash and your cat or ferret is in a carrier.

All dogs, cats and ferrets are required to have rabies vaccinations, per New York State and Suffolk County law, according to the health department’s website.

The vaccination clinic is part of a pet adoption expo, open to all, in which several shelters are teaming up under one roof to help connect cats and dogs with new homes.

It can be seen as a way to “save time, save gas, save a life,” said Jamie Berger, marketing director with the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. Other participating shelters include the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Kent Animal Shelter, North Fork Animal Welfare League, Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and RSVP Inc.
— PATRICIA KITCHEN


EAST ROCKAWAY


Councilman sets town hall meeting 


Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony Santino plans to co-host an East Rockaway town-hall meeting with Mayor Fran Lenahan at Village Hall Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Santino, the senior member of the town council and a village resident for more than 40 years, said he “invites fellow neighbors to learn more about town programs and services, as well as to discuss town issues of concern.”

It is his third in a series of town-hall meetings this year.

Representatives from various town departments will be on hand to answer questions about building permits, sanitation, parks, events and other town programs and services. 

East Rockaway Village Hall is at 376 Atlantic Ave.
— SID CASSESE

NASSAU COUNTY


Students to compete over business plans

The second annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge will allow 200 high school business students from across Nassau County to compete for more than $33,000 in scholarships and cash prizes on April 9 at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building. 

Students will have 10 minutes to convince a panel of judges that their business plan for a plaza at the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum would reap the most benefits for the county. Representatives from Forest City Ratner, operator of the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, are scheduled to attend.

“My office has created a competition where the leaders of tomorrow will be challenged today to come up with business ideas that they feel will thrive in Nassau County,” Comptroller George Maragos said in a statement. “The development around the Coliseum will be one of the largest projects in the County and the Challenge will provide students with an exciting opportunity to come up with innovative and youthful business ideas.”

Top prizes are $10,000 scholarships to Hofstra or Adelphi universities. Others may win $5,000 cash from Healthplex, a dental insurance provider; or Deloitte, a consulting firm; $2,500 from Emblem Health Insurance; or $750 from Jzanus Home Care Agency. In all, more than $33,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Participating high schools include North Shore, Roslyn, Freeport, Valley Stream Central, Roosevelt, Baldwin, Massapequa, General Douglas MacArthur, Division Avenue, New Hyde Park Memorial, Oyster Bay, Garden City, John F. Kennedy, Hicksville and Old Bethpage. Winners will receive trophies, and participants and teachers will be given pizza, dessert and drinks.
- SIOBHAN BARTON

GLEN COVE


Crescent Beach reopening discussion


Glen Cove plans to hold a public forum on April 9 at City Hall to discuss the costs and procedure to reopen Crescent Beach.

The beach has been closed since 2009 due to bacterial contamination. Before it can reopen it will need to pass eight weeks of three-times-a-day testing at four locations to comply with state law, said Mary Ellen Laurain, Nassau County department of health spokeswoman. The city will also need to do on-site evaluations of sanitary systems in the area, she said. 

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said he wanted to hold the forum to let the public know what was involved.

“This can become a very, very expensive project, with the possibility at the end that we don’t get the results we want,” Spinello said at a City Council work session on March 18. 

At the work session, Spinello said they did not have a cost estimate. 

“We have to decide how much money we’re to really roll the dice with, and we’re going to see where we can get some breaks on it,” Spinello said. 

He said they would try to get help from the county and Albany. 

The forum will include a presentation by consultants Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers and Nassau health department personnel will be on hand to answer questions.— TED PHILLIPS


NORTH HEMPSTEAD


Household hazard disposal scheduled 


North Hempstead residents can dispose of hazardous waste during an event next month in New Hyde Park.

The Stop Throwing Out Pollutants program known as S.T.O.P. is April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Michael J. Tully Park, 1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park.

“North Hempstead recognizes the potential threats to the environment caused by the improper disposal of household hazardous products,” said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “To address these concerns, North Hempstead offers residents this environmentally friendly and convenient way to dispose of hazardous waste.”

Residents can bring such items as household chemicals, aerosols, bulbs, fertilizers, thermostats, computers and televisions.

The town will not accept latex and water-based paints, but it will accept hazardous oil-based paints.

The town also accepts prescription and over-the-counter drugs and residents can also shred and dispose of personal documents, even credit cards. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters will have a truck at the event, accepting gently used clothes, toys, sporting equipment, stuffed animals, cosmetics and dishes, among other items. Residents can receive a donation receipt for income-tax purposes. 

Four more S.T.O.P. programs are scheduled for this year.
— SCOTT EIDLER

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