Zone for senior living complex approved
The town board has approved a zone change to accommodate a 72-unit senior residence in Manhasset, replacing a contaminated site known as Olive Hill.
The town board voted 5-0 at a special meeting Tuesday to authorize the change in zoning. G & G Acquisitions Group LLC, of Jericho, plans to build the complex for seniors 55 and older; the development would be 3.19 acres. The board also accepted the environmental impact statement for the project.
The board last year altered rules governing affordable senior developments, allowing them to be located on sites as small as two acres, compared to the earlier lot size requirement of five acres. The minimum age requirement is now 55, down from 62.
The proposal requires future approvals by the town's board of zoning and appeals. A site plan must be approved by the town board.
NEW HYDE PARK
Provost Park fencing to be finished today
New fencing that is part of the final phase of the $65,000 refurbishment of Provost Park in New Hyde Park is expected to be completed by today.
The project at the facility, located on Nassau Boulevard and Marcus Avenue, also included the repaving of walkways and new tree boxes. Work began last June.
Town of North Hempstead spokeswoman Carole Trottere said the fencing on all four sides of the park is being replaced.
A black chain link fence will be erected at the north and south ends of the park to replace the wooden fence.
"This option lasts much longer and is easier to maintain," Trottere said in an emailed statement.
The fencing on the east and west ends of the park will be decorative aluminum.
"This will upgrade the appearance of the park from both streets," Nassau Boulevard and Marcus Avenue, Trottere said.
Replacement trolley starts new fleet
Long Beach has received a trolley as the first replacement of its eight-vehicle fleet that was destroyed in superstorm Sandy.
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) met with city officials on Monday to deliver the trolley and tout $2.7 million in Federal Transit Administration Sandy relief funds to reimburse the city's purchase of five buses, two trolleys and one open-air trolley.
Rice and Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both Democrats, helped secure the federal funding to cover 90 percent of the $3 million cost to replace the eight vehicles. The remaining funding was covered by a Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant.
The new trolley is handicap accessible with a wheelchair ramp and seating areas for disabled passengers. The city is expected to replace the remaining seven vehicles in the next few months, officials said.
"Today marks an important step in the ongoing effort to make Long Beach whole again," Rice said in a statement. "Getting these vehicles back on the streets will help this community continue to recover from superstorm Sandy and help residents get back to their normal lives."
School website redesign to roll out
The Longwood Central School District is launching its newly redesigned website today, making it easier for parents and students to navigate and access information.
Among the upgraded features are quick links to lunch menus and budget information; and it allows parents to view their children's homework assignments.
Superintendent Michael Lonergan yesterday said the site hasn't undergone a redesign in more than a decade and that parent and student input influenced how it will look.
"A lot of parents rely on iPhones and iPads and don't have computers at home, so we're app friendly. And students just wanted to access educational links and tutorial programs," he said.
The site offers a user-friendly navigation system with an interactive calendar of events, news about student achievements and more photos of students engaging in music and art, district officials said.
The revamped district site will also have links to its seven schools, all of which will have new sites. The district has more than 9,000 students.
"Our previous site was award-winning, but technology has changed so much and we need to keep up with social media and provide timely information that parents, students and staff need to know," said district spokeswoman Pam Donovan.
"We want to stay in touch with the community by providing fast information," Donovan said.
Thousands to gather for peace march, fair
More than 1,000 students, staff and community members, including village officials, are to gather at Freeport High School early tomorrow for the sixth annual Peace March and Health & Wellness Fair.
From 9 a.m. to noon, members of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps are expected to lead fitness workouts designed for students, while health care professionals perform basic screenings, including blood pressure monitoring, according to a school district news release.
Students plan to form a human peace sign inside a heart shape on the high school field, followed by a musical performance. From there, participants are expected to walk through the village dressed in yellow as a symbol of unity and Freeport pride, before returning to the school.
For more information, contact schools Superintendent Kishore Kuncham at Kkuncham@freeportschools.org or at 516-867-5205.
NEW HYDE PARK
Memorial Park has courts rebuilt
A nearly $280,000 refurbishment of Memorial Park in New Hyde Park, including the reconstruction of the two tennis courts and the basketball court, was completed last week.
Work on the project started in March when the old court sites were demolished. The courts and perimeter walkway were rebuilt with new asphalt and the courts were painted and lined.
Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) obtained $200,000 in state capital improvement grants to help pay for the project when bids submitted far exceeded the $75,000 allocated for the reconstruction in the village budget.
Metro Paving of West Babylon was paid $239,000 for the construction materials and labor; and the final design and engineering costs are expected to be at least $30,000.
Spring Fest fair kicks off tonight
The Village of Lindenhurst's annual street fair kicks off tonight.
Spring Fest, as it is known, is sponsored by the Lindenhurst Chamber of Commerce and runs through Sunday. Tonight from 5 to 9 p.m., the midway on Hoffman Avenue will feature rides and food. Tomorrow, the event continues from noon to 9:30 p.m. Then on Sunday, the festival lasts from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature more than 100 vendors. There will also be live music near the gazebo and tastings of a dozen locally crafted beers.
For more information, visit lindenhurstchamber.org.