Community arts getting $25G boost
A multimillion-dollar effort to revitalize New Cassel, a hamlet in North Hempstead, was given a boost after receiving $25,000 from Bank of America, town officials said.
The funding, part of a bank initiative seeking to reward community development programs, will be used to spur business and artist activity in the community.
Vanessa Greene, organizer of ArtsBuild New Cassel, the company enlisted to spearhead improvements, said the funding will aid the creation of a business association on Prospect Avenue; begin a facade improvement program; and lead to artists beginning art exhibits in vacant storefronts.
The money will head to the Community Development Corp. of Long Island, which is to administer the funds, said Ryan Mulholland, a spokesman for North Hempstead Town.
“The revitalization of New Cassel has taken many shapes over the years, including the introduction of art to Prospect Avenue, which is already enhancing the culture of our neighborhood,” Viviana Russell, the councilwoman who represents New Cassel, said in a statement. “This funding will go a long way to adding to that, as well as continuing to make art an economic driver for our community.”
— SCOTT EIDLER
Drumline for disabled to perform free
An Old Bethpage-based drumline made up of people with disabilities will give a free performance Thursday morning.
The drummers are members of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc., a not-for-profit group that supports more than 3,500 individuals who have intellectual disabilities or mental illness or have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
The 10 a.m. performance will also include a donation of drum equipment to FREE by Farmingdale-based musical equipment manufacturer D’Addario & Co., a spokesman for the event said in a statement.
“The drum company is donating drum sticks and skins as well as personalized bass drum heads in the spirit of the holiday season,” the statement said.
The performance will take place at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc. at 191 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Rd. in Old Bethpage.
The drummers will use the equipment in an exhibition at the 2014 WGI World Championships, a percussion contest in Dayton, Ohio, in April, the statement said.
“We are very thankful and blessed to receive this generous gift from D’Addario for our individuals who work so hard as musicians,” said Robert S. Budd, CEO of FREE, in a statement.
— PATRICK WHITTLE
Christmas event for disadvantaged kids
The ABBA (Able Bodies of Believer’s Alliance) Leadership Center will hold its eighth annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday for disadvantaged children in and around Hempstead Village.
The nonprofit faith-based organization in Hempstead, in partnership with community and faith-based organizations, and local businesses, will host the event at the Judea United Baptist Church, 83 Greenwich St. in Hempstead from noon to 3 p.m.
The annual event will include free gifts for children, live entertainment, special guests and a gospel presentation.
Children must be registered by Friday and must be accompanied by their parents to pick up their gifts. For more information, call 516-493-9840 or 516-493-9839.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM