Heather Hudson, 40, of Oceanside, looks at her home, which...

Heather Hudson, 40, of Oceanside, looks at her home, which was badly damaged during Sandy. (Nov. 11, 2012) Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

Two NY Rising meetings set

Two NY Rising Community Planning Committees are hosting public meetings about the state-sponsored New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

Residents from Island Park, Oceanside, Barnum Island and Harbor Isle are encouraged to attend a meeting Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Oceanside School District office, at 145 Merle Ave., Room W-22 in Oceanside.

Another meeting for residents from Lido Beach and Point Lookout will be held at the Town of Hempstead Parks building, 650 Lido Blvd. in Lido Beach, on Jan. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is one of several Storm Recovery Initiatives and was established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

The governor’s Office of Storm Recovery’s mission is to coordinate and implement the state’s programs for Sandy, Irene and Lee, including housing, small business, transportation, coastal and inland infrastructure, and local community planning programs.

For more information, visit stormrecovery.ny.gov or email info@stormrecovery.ny.gov.

Kwanzaa celebration on Thursday

Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby will present the 12th annual Kwanzaa Celebration on Thursday.

The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion near Town Hall, at One Washington Street in Hempstead Village. Doors open at 3 p.m. with limited seating.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Sedgwick V. Easley, pastor of Union Baptist Church in Hempstead Village and chairman of the Nassau Affiliate of the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Participants include Knightime Jazz Band, Uniondale High School Show Choir and others.

Honorees include: Bishop David Gates, pastor of Miracle Christian Center in Hempstead Village; Howard Reid, owner of Montego Tours in Hempstead Village; LaCheall Revell-Williams, teacher at Uniondale High School; Charles Robbins, president of the Roosevelt Police Activity League; Jeffrey Spencer, member of Hempstead Volunteer Fire Department; Jerome “City” Smith, CEO of City Sounds Music; Wilma Tootle, president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Long Island Chapter and retired administrator from Uniondale School District.

For more information, call Goosby’s office at 516-489-5000, ext. 4304.

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