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Thomas A. Bennet Humanitarian of the Year Award to Elmont resident Ralph Esposito

Elmont, located in the Town of Hempstead, was

Elmont, located in the Town of Hempstead, was originally part of an area of land called Foster's Meadow. Elmont is home to Belmont Park, which is the third leg of the Triple Crown series. (May 24, 2012) Credit: Amy Onorato

The Elmont Chamber of Commerce and the Elmont School District is sponsoring the second annual Thomas A. Bennet Spaghetti Dinner Thursday night.

The free dinner is to honor all of the local veterans and to remember Bennet, who passed away last year. Bennet was the former commander of VFW Post 455 in Elmont.

This year, event organizers will be awarding the first Thomas A Bennet Humanitarian of the Year Award to Elmont resident and veteran Ralph Esposito. There will be live music and food.

The event will be held at the Gotham Avenue School, on 181 Gotham Ave. in Elmont, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The elementary school has a garden named after Bennet.

Any veteran interested in attending should RSVP by emailing info@elmontchamber.com, calling or texting “Spaghetti” to 516-864-4219.

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