Village honored for curbing pollution

Northport Village won an environmental Smart Growth award from Vision Long Island for upgrading its sewage treatment plant -- an improvement that significantly cut nitrogen emissions into Huntington Harbor.

The village was recognized because of the significant environmental benefit of the project, along with its reach beyond the village to surrounding communities, Village Trustee Damon McMullen said at a board meeting Tuesday night.

Northport officials accepted the award, along with Suffolk County, last Friday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Suffolk was cited because the county legislature approved a $4.68 million grant for the project in 2013.

The village also secured a $1.5 million grant that year from the federal government to improve the 83-year-old plant.

The village's ability to stay on budget and under-time with the upgrade has positioned Northport well with creditors, officials said.

"It helps in future financing," McMullen said. "We got the funding and did what we said we were going to do; it makes it easier to borrow money."

Before the upgrades, Northport's sewer plant was putting about 19 pounds of nitrogen per day into Huntington Harbor. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Protection had told village officials they needed to limit that to 10 pounds a day to be safe.

Infrastructure improvements now have the nitrogen levels down to about 5.4 pounds per day, McMullen said.

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Reduced nitrogen levels are expected to help mitigate red tide, a harmful algae bloom that has caused shellfish closures in Northport Bay, Huntington Bay and surrounding areas.

Vision Long Island is a Northport-based nonprofit that promotes smart growth across the island.


Work starts on new home for family

Hempstead Town officials marked National Home Ownership Month Thursday by breaking ground for a new affordable home in Freeport.

Through the towns Affordable Homes Program, Daveana and Guillermo Fischer and their five children will soon move into a brand-new, spacious home in the village. The house's price tag is a fraction of the market rate of similar homes in the community, said town officials.

"Today is about making dreams come true for a local family, said Supervisor Kate Murray at the ceremony on Elm Street. "The Fischer family is now achieving the American dream of home ownership."

"These are beautiful homes of the highest quality," said Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. "I congratulate this well-deserving family and wish them a future of happiness in their new home."

The family was awarded the home through a lottery, which included income guidelines and required entrants to be able to maintain a mortgage. The house is expected to be completed by December. The Fischers are living with relatives in Roosevelt.

"Our Affordable Homes program is creating a great house for a deserving family," said Councilman Anthony Santino. "What's more, this lovely house will also enhance the surrounding neighborhood."

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Safety programs kick off summer vacation

Children and their families can learn bicycle safety tips and have car child safety seats inspected at upcoming events sponsored by Brookhaven Town officials.

Town officials plan to host a "bicycle rodeo" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Safety Town at the town's Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville. Safety Town is a miniature community where children can learn about bicycle safety.

Free bicycle inspections also will be available. The free program will be staffed by members of the town's Division of Traffic Safety and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office. It is funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

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"This event takes place the day before the official start of summer and as children look forward to riding their bikes, we want to make sure they do so in the safest manner possible," Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro said in a statement.

Child safety seats will be inspected from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 27 at Mount Sinai Fire Department, 746 Mount Sinai-Coram Rd. Inspections are free. Appointments are required. For information on both events, call 631-363-3770.


Patent expert will meet with inventors

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has announced that Matthew DeSanto, a primary patent examiner with the United States Patent ... Trademark Office, will discuss how to protect inventions and business ventures through basic intellectual property protection at a meeting of the Nassau County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club on Monday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, at 1550 Franklin Ave.

"Advice from an expert . . . is invaluable to our inventors and entrepreneurs . . . emerging with innovative products and seeking to go beyond the development phase," Mangano said.

DeSanto, from the agency's New York office, also will discuss the various resources, outreach programs and free services offered by his agency for inventors and entrepreneurs through the website.

A Nassau County resident, DeSanto began at the Patent Office in 2001 as a patent examiner and became a primary examiner in 2007. He recently was selected to work in the Pro Se Pilot Examination Unit, where he works closely with applicants not represented by a registered attorney or agent to help in the patent process.

For more information on the event, call 516-571-1745 or email

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, Mangano and entrepreneur Brian Fried organized the Nassau County Inventors Club in 2012 to provide novice and seasoned entrepreneurs with networking and brainstorming opportunities in a safe and secure environment.

With its primary goal of helping to turn ideas into action, the club helps members navigate the process and be able to tap into critical resources.


Free rabies clinic offered for pets

A free rabies vaccine clinic is planned for Saturday at the Babylon Town animal shelter.

The town is hosting the event with Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation of Wantagh. The clinic is open to all cat and dog owners on Long Island. No appointment is necessary but all animals need to be at least four months old to receive the rabies shot.

In addition, the shelter will be offering microchip implantation and registration for $25.

For the event, dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. Dogs must be dog- and people-friendly.

The clinic will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 51 Lamar St., West Babylon.


Students say thanks for weekend meals

Many of 175 first- and second-graders at the Park Avenue School are expected Friday to read personal thank you notes to Island Harvest President Randi Shubin Dresner and staff, as well as school faculty, for providing them essential weekend meals that were both free and healthy.

"On LI alone, over 90,000 students . . . depend on free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches during the week . . . but once the weekend comes, many of these students often lose access to these healthy meals," Dresner said. "Island Harvest's Kids Weekend Backpack Program . . . in its ninth year, supplements these school day meals by providing 1,695 students with healthy weekend meals. These children are the lucky ones."

Today's event, with the children and their parents, will be at the school at 1:30 p.m.