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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

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”

The Glen Cove Board of Education passed the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption for taxes following last week’s public hearing at Robert M. Finley Middle School, to the appreciation of the veterans in attendance.

 

Several dozen vets arrived promptly at 6 p.m. at the middle school to express their support for the tax exemption. Many noted that they get tax breaks from the city and county, but are still left with the ever-growing school tax bill.

 

“We’re having a hard time with our taxes, especially the school tax,” said the first veteran to speak.


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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