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SHAI Presents Its Third Environmental Forum February 9

Protecting Your Home Against Contaminants

The Sephardic Heritage Alliance, Inc. invites the public to attend an environmental forum on the topic “Protecting Your Home Against Contaminants” on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Saddle Rock School, 10 Hawthorne Lane.

SHAI’s Environmental Committee Chairman Michael Harounian says, “In the past, our forums have focused on water and energy conservation. This time we are looking at contaminants in the environment and how to protect our families from them. We are concerned about the plume of contamination on the north end of the Peninsula that is moving underground in our aquifer. How is it affecting our water supply? Our air quality? Should we be concerned that fumes from it might come through our basements? And we know that there are things we can do to make our homes healthier too. So, we have some experts who can help us understand how to protect our homes and businesses and give us accurate information. Everyone is invited...the more we know, the better we can advocate for a good environmental cleanup.”

Most of the panelists have direct or indirect information about the ExxonMobil spill on Steamboat Road and how it is being investigated and treated.

The panel participants are:

Gregory Grazziano, Superintendent Water Authority of Great Neck North. He has a Bachelor of Professional Studies in business, management, and economics with a concentration in water utility management. He began working at the Authority in 1996.

Christopher Engelhardt is an environmental engineer with 18 years experience with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He currently works in the Division of Environmental Remediation as a project manager and supervisor. He manages about 120 petroleum spill sites, about 75 of which have groundwater impacts including the ExxonMobil spill in Great Neck.

Jed Myers, PhD is a senior project manager for ATC Environmental Group. Dr. Myers has 20 years of experience in site investigation, remediation, closure and reclamation for major oil companies.

Laura Weinberg, president of the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, has been educating the public on the link between environmental toxins and cancer for nearly two decades. She has advocated for legislation that reduces our exposure to toxins. Ms. Weinberg will focus on actions homeowners can take to create healthier homes.

Carol Frank, environmental reporter from the Great Neck Record, will moderate the panel discussion and the question and answer portion of the program.

The Sephardic Heritage Alliance, Inc. is a multifaceted not-for-profit that focuses on keeping the Persian community’s sense of heritage alive. In addition, the organization has reached out to form partnerships with other community organizations to promote alliances for the common good of all people living in Great Neck. They raise funds to provide scholarships for college students in their community.

Come around 7:30 to chat with your neighbors and enjoy light refreshments. The program will begin promptly at 8 p.m.