Throughout the next two to three weeks, many of our young people will be leaving for college. Some for the first time; others to conclude course requirements, which will lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. My associates on the village board join me in wishing them a safe journey and a most productive year. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our young people and look to them as our ambassadors to the many cities, towns and villages throughout the country, which will be their temporary homes.
On Tuesday of this past week, the village activated its Swiftreach Notification System (reverse “911”) via land line telephones to all residences and businesses within the Village of Garden City advising of the Nassau County Health Department’s plan to conduct aerial spraying for the West Nile Virus over Garden City on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings.
As I have previously discussed in this column, residents are encouraged to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of the West Nile Virus.
We are in the midst of hurricane season, which runs from June to November, and with the change in climate, experts have cautioned that Long Island has an increased potential to be hit by a major hurricane this year. It is important for everyone to be prepared, especially residents in the Town of Hempstead.
Residents should be prepared in the event that a major storm or hurricane causes property damage or power outages. Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with hurricane safety procedures.
I would like to thank the residents and employees who took the time out of their busy schedule to donate blood.
I am pleased to report that 34 pints of blood were collected. You can feel proud of your personal involvement in helping those who depend on blood for life-giving support
Since there is no substitute for human blood, and no way of knowing when it may be needed to save or sustain the life of a family member, a co-worker, a friend or other members of the community, we must be sure that enough blood is available at all times to meet the needs of our area’s hospitals and their patients.
Again, thank you and we look forward to your participation in our next blood drive in October 2010.
The Town of Hempstead is not only a great place to live and work, but it is also a terrific place to visit. Our Office of Tourism is available to provide information and assistance to residents and the many tourists who visit each year.
There are so many things to do and see here in America’s largest township. Freeport’s Nautical Mile is a great place to visit during the summer. From casino and dinner cruises to shopping and miniature golf, there is fun for the whole family. There are also numerous boat launching ramps and fueling stations, many fine restaurants and even water accessible lodging for boaters.
Nassau County Department of Health has reported its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Nassau County this year. It is important to keep up your guard against mosquitoes and the viruses they carry. To date seven (seven) mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works will continue their mosquito control efforts by inspecting breeding sites and when necessary, applying larvicide. Mosquito surveillance will continue at 42 trap sites located throughout the county.
The Department of Public Works, Mosquito Control Unit is conducting additional surveillance in those areas where humans have tested positive and positive mosquito pools have been found by inspecting breeding sites, and when necessary, applying larvicide. The Health Department will continue mosquito surveillance at forty-two (42) trap sites located throughout the county.
Recently, Congress passed, and I supported, the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act. This legislation, which was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2010, will reduce waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars by cutting out improper and excessive payments from federal agency spending. In addition, the bill will help identify, reduce and eliminate improper payments, as well as recover lost funds that federal agencies have spent improperly.
Once again, compliments are due to the Recreation Department for arranging the 2010 season’s outstanding Concert Series at the Village Gazebo, located on the Village Green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton avenues.
Next week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, July 29 and will feature Manhattan Jazz. The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. and admission is free. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a very pleasant evening. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cluett Hall at the St. Paul’s School. Please call the Recreation Department at 465-4075 with questions pertaining to the concert.
While summer brings some fun in the sun, especially in our backyard pools, it is important to practice pool safety and prevent accidental drownings. Before the summer even officially began on June 21, three Long Island children had already drowned in homeowner swimming pools.
Accidents can happen quickly and with little warning. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, more than 800 children ages 1 to 14 drown each year across the United States. It’s a good idea to set down definite pool rules covering use. Here are some guidelines for you and your family to practice:
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