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Got Junk?

In the past few weeks you may have noticed trucks on the road advertising a unique - and necessary - service. In late May, The Junkluggers, a New York City-based company, expanded into Nassau County, with the franchise owner's truck parked right in his driveway in Glen Cove.

At this point, those trucks are, in the fact, the company's primary form of advertising, and it works.

"Everyone who has called has seen the truck," says Francis Hill, franchise owner, who adds that the company has been busy right from the start.

Most people need to clean house at some point or other, but the job can be labor intensive and physically demanding. Hill understands the necessity and difficulty of hauling old junk, which is why he offers a service that can relieve customers of their burden in as "green" a way as possible.

Hill went to Portledge School in Locust Valley and has lived in Glen Cove for the past three years. He says he was working as a lugger for a little more than a year while finishing his master's degree at C.W. Post. He picked up more hours after Hurricane Sandy, at which point he was contacted by the CEO of the company, who asked if he wanted to open a franchise in Nassau County. The Glen Cove man opened for business on May 20, a sustainable business that covers all of Nassau. He says his business is virtually recession-resistant, since there are so many reasons customers may have for using his business, from hauling yard debris to moving to cleaning house after a death.

"Every household could require our services at one time or another," Hill says.

The company's mission is "to save the Earth, one piece of junk at a time." By 2016, their aim is to donate and recycle 100 percent of the items thy remove, hoping to set a new standard in the United States for eco-friendly disposal practices, according to their mission statement.

Hill emphasizes that they specialize in customer service, striving to make the experience as stress-free as possible for those who patron their services. Currently, he says he wears many hats, and he is on site getting his hands dirty with his employees.  He and his luggers will bag everything up and try to donate and recycle as much as possible before taking items to the dump. They'll also provide customers with the proper documentation for donations, and they charge by volume, not time.

The company was started by Josh Cohen while he was in college and realized their was a demand for a "reliable, professional and eco-focused removal service." This is the first franchise of The Junkluggers, a New York City-based business that opened in 2004. Last year, they began a push to begin franchising and have opened offices in Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey as well as Long Island.

 

Call 800-584-5865 or visit www.junkluggers.com

News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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