EAST GARDEN CITY
Museum welcomes restored aircraft
A newly restored Grumman Mohawk military observation and attack aircraft built on Long Island will be unveiled next week at a dedication ceremony at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
Restored by museum volunteers, the aircraft will be on permanent display in the courtyard outside the main entrance. The Grumman Retiree Club sponsored the project. Members of the club and Vietnam veterans will be on hand for the 11 a.m. ceremony on Oct. 24.
The Grumman OV-1D Mohawk was designed for battlefield surveillance and light strike capabilities. The twin turboprop plane carried two crew members and was designed to operate from short unimproved runways in support of Army ground forces.
First flown in 1959, it remained in production until 1970 with a total of 380 built in several versions. They were widely used by the Army during the Vietnam War for photographic and infrared reconnaissance, electronic intelligence and targeting. Some remained in Army service through the Gulf War in the early 1990s.
The Cradle of Aviation is home to more than 75 air and spacecraft. For more information, call 516-572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org.
— BILL BLEYER
Meeting will explain New York Rising
The state’s New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program will hold a Wednesday meeting for residents of the Atlantic Beach area to learn more about the program.
The program is designed to “provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged” by superstorm Sandy and tropical storms Irene and Lee, state officials said in a statement.
Its goal is “to facilitate community redevelopment and resiliency planning,” officials said.
The meeting Wednesday is open to residents of Atlantic Beach, Atlantic Beach Estates and East Atlantic Beach, officials said. It is scheduled at the Sands Beach Club from 7:30 to 9 p.m., officials said. The Sands Beach Club is at 1395 Beech St. in Atlantic Beach.
More information about the program is available online at http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/community-reconstruction-program.
— PATRICK WHITTLE
‘Bond fairs’ to explain Nov. 13 referendum
The Sag Harbor school district will hold two “bond fairs” this month to answer questions from residents about a proposed $8.97 million bond issue scheduled to be voted on Nov. 13.
The referendum will be broken up in two parts, $7,357,132 for capital projects districtwide, and $1,620,000 for a new synthetic turf field at Pierson High School. The result of one vote will have no impact on the other proposition.
The $7.3 million project includes expanding the auditorium at the Pierson school to 353 seats and includes plumbing and electrical work needed to meet current building code standards.
There would also be work in the parking lots at both the elementary school and the junior-senior high school, which would eliminate the need to back up onto Jermain Avenue.
Details on the two proposals are posted on the district website — sagharborschools.org — and will be explained at the fairs, on Oct. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until noon, both at Pierson Middle/High School.
School officials estimate the $7.3 million bond would cost the owner of a house in Southampton worth $500,000 about $50 a year, while the same house in East Hampton would be taxed $51.56. The artificial turf field would add about $10 a year in Southampton and $11.32 a year in East Hampton.
— MITCHELL FREEDMAN