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Ticket sales to help firefighter's family

A nonprofit 9/11 foundation dedicated to supporting first responders and the military is offering discounted tickets to a Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry game to help pay off the home mortgage of a fallen firefighter.

Joseph Sanford, 43, of Inwood was a volunteer firefighter who died in December after battling a house fire in Woodmere. Firefighters found him in the charred home's basement.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has sold 500 main level seats -- half its goal -- for the Aug. 4 game at Yankee Stadium.

The $50 seats are in sections 205-210, and a portion of the proceeds will help pay off the mortgage of Sanford's home, where his wife, Jacqueline Scott-Sanford, and daughter live.

"What is greater than the Yankees and Red Sox rivalry? And at the same time, people know the money will be going to a very good cause," foundation spokeswoman Catherine Christman said on Wednesday.

Tickets can be purchased at


Midsummer pool safety reminder

The Mastic Beach Ambulance Company is reminding village officials and residents about pool safety this summer.

Charles Voelger, Mastic Beach Ambulance Company assistant chief, encouraged parents and adults to closely watch children at residential pools.

"I know it's late in the summer to be talking about pool safety," he said during his 10-minute presentation at the village's Tuesday night meeting.

He said 5,000 children nationwide are treated at hospitals for drowning related incidents annually.

Voelger said kids swimming in backyard pools should always be within an arm's length of an adult, that pools should have gates, and ladders and other equipment should be stored away from unoccupied pools.

He added swimming and CPR lessons are also good ideas.

"Get them taught properly, that can save their lives as well," he said.

Trustee Christopher Anderson said it's never too late to discuss child safety.

"I think it's great to have someone from the community come in and give a presentation," Anderson said. "It's important for residents to keep their pools safe and properly maintained."

Voelger distributed safety whistles and pool literature at the meeting and reiterated that adults need to take responsibility for potential drownings, adding he "doesn't want anyone to drown."


Local GOP outraised, outspent Dems

Oyster Bay Republicans dramatically outraised and outspent Democrats in the first half of the year, new campaign finance filings yesterday show.

The Oyster Bay Republican Committee reported receipts of $82,235 and expenses of $66,530 since mid-January and ended with a closing balance of $78,652. The Oyster Bay Democratic Committee reported receipts of $342 and expenses of $2,839 and ended with a closing balance of $1,352.

Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in Oyster Bay, where 84,098 (38.7 percent) of voters are Republicans, 68,396 (31.4 percent) are Democrats; and 51,555 (23.7 percent) are not registered with a political party, according to the Nassau County Board of Elections.

The offices of town supervisor, town clerk, receiver of taxes and three town board slots are up for election in November.

"The Town of Oyster Bay Republican Committee is very proud of the support it receives from residents and the business community and looks forward to a spirited campaign," Nassau County Republican Committee spokesman Anthony Santino said.

Oyster Bay Democratic leader David Gugerty said his party's candidates and the committee will "ramp up" their fundraising. "We rely more on direct voter contact door-to-door, that type of thing, spreading the word through social media," Gugerty said.


Barbecue fundraiser for church building

The First Baptist Church of Cutchogue is hosting a barbecue Saturday to raise money for the completion of a new church building that has sat half-finished for years.

Church officials broke ground on the building in 2001 but ran out of money after about seven years, having invested about $500,000 into the project, said Kim McGill, co-chairwoman of the church's building fund committee. The church needs about $1.7 million more to finish the building, McGill said.

The 9,600-square-foot new church, located about a mile from the existing church on County Road 48, is a shell of a building with no floors, interior walls, electrical wiring or plumbing, McGill said.

Church officials sought the new church because the existing building, constructed in the 1980s, was aging and lacked room for a food pantry or community programs, McGill said. Elderly church members also struggle with a narrow staircase, she said.

"We really just have outgrown it," McGill said. "It really is just a small physical building. If we wanted to do a food pantry, there's nowhere to store the food."

The chicken and ribs barbecue is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds of the current church at 21405 County Road 48, McGill said. Church officials are asking attendees to donate $20 per adult and $15 per child, she said.

The church is also accepting donations at


LED streetlights lower village's bills

Massapequa Park officials have attributed a sharp drop in the village's lighting electric bill to new LED streetlights that are being installed.

The village's PSEG bill for streetlight electricity dropped to $40,204 in the first seven months of the year from $104,949 during the same period last year, a 61.7 percent decrease.

Part of the decrease was because of a refund in February, but month-over-month charges since March have consistently been thousands of dollars less than in 2014, village records show.

The village began installing the lights in February 2013 as a three-year, $350,000 project, said Robert Macri, superintendent of public works. The village has to date replaced 637 of 1,176 streetlights.

Macri estimated the village will recoup the cost of the new lights by 2018 or 2019 through savings. Mayor Jeffery Pravato said the new lighting "saves the environment and saves the taxpayers." The project was initiated by former Mayor James Altadonna Jr. who became Oyster Bay's Town Clerk in 2013.


Third annual youth scavenger hunt

The Smithtown Youth Bureau is holding its third annual scavenger hunt Tuesday at Hoyt Farm House.

The event, a collaboration with the Parks, Recreation and Public Safety departments, is for teens grades six through 12. The scavenger hunt will feature 22 clues and activity stations throughout the course.

All members of the winning team will receive a Jamba Juice gift card and $10 from one of the following businesses: Ralph's Italian Ices, TCBY, and Elwood Cinemas.

Teams of four are accepted, and groups can sign up by emailing the Youth Bureau at, or by calling 631-360-7596. Preregistration is required to participate, and registration closes tomorrow.The event starts at 6 p.m., and the scavenger hunt begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.


City offering free recycling bins

Long Beach is offering residents free recycling bins.

The city's Department of Public Works is providing one recycling bin to each home on the city's tax roll under the city's single-stream recycling program. The blue bins can be picked up at City Hall, 1 W. Chester Ave. in Long Beach Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proof of residency is required, including a driver's license or a utility bill.


Free seminar for

new home buyers

A free seminar to help potential first-time home buyers will be held in Wyandanch on Wednesday.

The Homebuyer's Education Seminar is sponsored by the nonprofit Wyandanch Community Development Corp. and TD Bank. Prospective home buyers can find out how the process works and get counseling from the nonprofit, a federal Housing and Urban Development-approved counseling agency.

The seminar will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at TD Bank, 1361 Deer Park Ave., North Babylon. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by calling 631-253-0139.


Free HART rides

for 2 weeks in fall

The Town of Huntington will offer free rides on its HART bus system's fixed routes for two weeks at the end of September and beginning of October to promote public transportation.

The free fare periods for the Huntington Area Rapid Transit system will run from Sept. 21-26, and Sept. 28 -- Oct. 3 in coordination with International Car Free Day on Sept. 22. The worldwide event is an effort to minimize the global footprint of automobiles for one day and to educate more people about alternatives to traveling by car.

Town board members unanimously approved the plan at a meeting Tuesday night.

The town is promoting the event with 511NYRideshare, the state's regional system for matching riders and drivers for commuting, and Transit Solutions, a Long Island program focused on improving air quality.

Huntington is looking for sponsors and donors to fill the revenue void left without paying passengers during the two-week period.

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