Library officials move meeting off holiday

Roosevelt Library officials, faced with opposition to their plans to hold a board meeting tonight — Veterans Day — have moved the meeting to Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Board member Rev. Jerome Taylor, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Roosevelt, said some residents were unhappy with the date, and the meeting was changed.

Board president Bola Majekodunmi and vice president Emarinsie Funderburke-Ivey could not be reached to comment on the decision to change the meeting date.

Board members Wilton Robinson Jr., and Frank Abel Jr., who have a court challenge to their ouster as vice president and president in July, said they were pleased with the new date.

So did community leaders, Rassan Hoskins and retired Brig. Gen. George Jones of the National Guard Reserve.

“But it never should have been on Veterans Day even if they do have the right to call a meeting whenever they want,” Jones said.

The board members have been split over library finances and management.



Grant would bring art to town dock

Town officials have applied for a $250,000 grant to add artwork and environmentally friendly features to the town dock in Port Washington.

The dock was damaged by superstorm Sandy in 2012, and town officials have sought federal funds to renovate the structure. But town officials said they want to add an arts component to the new structure and are seeking the grant from ArtPlace America.

Town officials wrote in the grant application that rebuilding plans call for contractors to “simply replace a concrete lot” and that “adding artists to the Town Dock design team will enable the Town to create a vibrant gathering place, increase social interaction and connect with the area’s maritime heritage.”

Officials also wrote, “The rebuilt Town Dock will incorporate attractive green infrastructure and landscape design to improve the physical resiliency of the area, as well as visually appealing art features to create an inclusive gathering space.”

Thomas Devaney, the town’s grant coordinator, said the additions have the potential to become a “huge economic driver for the region.”



Cow Harbor Warriors to donate $75,000

An annual fall weekend of events honoring tristate veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom raised $75,000 and awarded the funds to three organizations.

Northport-based nonprofit Cow Harbor Warriors announced yesterday that three veterans organizations will each receive $25,000 from the funds raised during the Cow Harbor Warrior Weekend, held the first weekend in September.

The Northport VA Medical Center and Paws of War of Smithtown, which trains dogs from war-torn areas and kill shelters and matches them with veterans, were each presented with a $25,000 check yesterday.

The Riverside, California-based Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. armed Forces and their families, will also receive $25,000.

“Real patriotism can be measured by the way we treat our veterans once the fighting overseas has ended,” Rocco Donnino, founding member and outgoing president of the Cow Harbor Warriors, said in a news release. “I’m very proud that our citizens have shown they will stand up for our soldiers as they face the tough and often deeply personal battles that await them once they return.”

According the release, the Northport VA Medical Center plans to put its funds to use in supporting the Hero Health Hunger Project, The Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network and the Adaptive Sports Program. Paws of War will use its money to give five local veterans specially trained service dogs.


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