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Town Teams With Students To Enhance Safety

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Ed Ambrosino recently welcomed a group of 24 Sewanhaka High School students who proposed legislation before the Town Board in an effort to enhance safety in the community. The students’ influential visit to Hempstead Town Hall’s Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion marked another year of Murray and Ambrosino’s longtime involvement with Sewanhaka’s SAIL (Students Active in Law) program.

Sewanhaka’s SAIL class, which meets on a regular basis before the start of school, focused on a number of topics throughout the year impacting the community. Recently, safety concerns at a trio of intersections in the community caught the eye of the students. During the Town Board meeting, the SAIL students spoke before the board to provide specific recommendations within their proposals.

“I enjoy working with these young men and women on issues that have an impact on their fellow neighbors,” Ambrosino said. “This educational program offers students a hands-on opportunity to see how government works and to truly make a difference in their communities.”

The students’ proposals featured the installation of stop signs at both the northbound and southbound lanes of intersections at Madison St./Landau Ave., Marshall St./Raff Ave. and Webster St./Crest Ave.

“I applaud the efforts of these hard working students who were dedicated to a cause in their neighborhood,” Murray said. “They are to be commended for coming before the board to propose something that they believe in; already leaders in their community, these students have the potential to be future leaders in government and in society.”

News

On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.

The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.

Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.

Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.


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