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
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015.
The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families.
This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar.
I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.