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Town Offers Help For Altered Commutes

The Town of North Hempstead has prepared a transportation contingency plan for local commuters who may be looking for alternatives if the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers strike on July 20.

The plan includes adding free parking at North Hempstead Beach Park, on West Shore Rd. in Port Washington, to aid car pooling, and providing up to 300 spaces at iPark, 1305 Union Tpke. in New Hyde Park, enabling commuters to catch bus service along Union Tpke. or meet up with carpooling buddies.

In addition, the town has created a page on its website dedicated to providing information about alternative forms of transportation, which include 511NYRideshare (carpooling information); NICE Nassau Inter-County Express (bus schedules); MTA (subway schedules, routes and LIRR updates) and other bus routes and schedules.

“I remain hopeful that a strike will be averted, but as the saying goes, ‘Hope for the best and plan for the worst.’ We are planning for the worst case scenario so that we are ready to help our local commuters

in the event of a strike,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “We hope that by opening up some town parking areas we can make some transportation options more accessible to commuters.”

The town is also considering lifting all parking restrictions, which would require a resolution approved by the town board.

For a full list of transportation alternatives, visit www.northhempsteadny.gov/LIRRstrike or call 311.

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Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

The Saint Mary’s High School Alumni Association hosted another successful Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, despite the cancellation of the golf outing portion of the event due to heavy rain and wind throughout the day. The event, which was the 22nd annual, honored Tom Raleigh of Floral Park, who was this year’s recipient of the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

The evening portion of the event brought a large turnout of alumni and guests to Plandome Country Club for the dinner reception to support St. Mary’s High School’s many wonderful programs. All the money raised directly benefits current St. Mary’s students.  


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FPMHS Athletic Booster Club Fundraiser

Sunday, October 26

Harvest Fair

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