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Town Focus: Wyandanch, Day 3

Wyandanch Park is home to picnic facilities, playgrounds

Wyandanch Park is home to picnic facilities, playgrounds and basketball and tennis courts. (Jan. 26, 2012) Credit: J.C. Cherubini

On Day 3 in Wyandanch, I’ll meet with more of the people who make this community tick.

This afternoon, I’ll speak with Delores Jenkins, principal of LaFrancis Hardiman Elementary School, who will be honored for excellence in education by the Town of Babylon at next week’s Black History Month celebration.

Eight women will be honored at the celebration on Feb. 25 for their contributions to different areas of the community. Among them is also Sondra Cochran, executive director of the Wyandanch Community Development Corporation, who I will speak with later this week.

After meeting with Jenkins, I’m headed to the Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Center for the last in a series of six courses called “Excellence in Entrepreneurship,” sponsored by the Farmingdale Small Business Development Center and funded by Citi.

The free program grooms local entrepreneurs for a successful business venture and is focused on low- to moderate-income areas like Wyandanch. I’ll talk with participants about how the course has helped them and how they are preparing for Wyandanch Rising, which will create opportunities for businesses.

If you have other suggestions for my week in Wyandanch or would like to share your own thoughts on the community, you can reach out to me by email, on Twitter or in the comments.