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Transforming Our Waterfront

The Town of North Hempstead’s beautiful shoreline is among our town’s most valued environmental and recreational resources. As our waterfront meanders from Little Neck Bay to Manhasset Bay to Hempstead Harbor and out into the Long Island Sound, none of us are ever too far from a scenic waterfront view.

 

Manhasset Bay and Hempstead Harbor are among the prime destinations in the town for residents to enjoy the waterfront. North Hempstead’s Town Dock in Port Washington is frequented by scores of residents annually, who moor their boats here or enjoy a stroll along the water.

Thousands visit North Hempstead Beach Park each summer for entertaining town events and to experience the sun and the sand.

 

As supervisor, one of my priorities is to clean up, revitalize and transform these and other areas along our shorelines so that they can be enjoyed as recreational destinations and appreciated for their natural beauty. To this end, I have been working diligently with federal and state representatives to secure the funding we need to make this a reality.

 

Superstorm Sandy took quite a toll on our North Shore waterfront, leaving damaged seawalls and bulkheads, and depositing a large amount of sediment buildup in our ponds, bays and harbors. That is why last month I joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer at our town dock in Port Washington as we called for federal funding from FEMA and HUD for key rebuilding projects in the wake of Sandy.

 

In order to move forward with transforming our waterfront into one of the most vibrant and exciting destinations in the Northeast, we need to make the necessary infrastructure improvements first, including repairing failing bulkheads, installing flood prevention measures at North

Hempstead Beach Park, performing aquatic sand removal, and making necessary structural repairs to the town dock. The completion of these projects will help safeguard our communities from future catastrophic events, and will bring an economic boost to local businesses and tourism, while preserving our environment.

 

This potential federal funding will work in tandem with our 2014-2018 capital plan, which was introduced last month at a town board work session. All residents had the opportunity to attend the meeting at town hall or see the meeting streamed on the town’s website in an effort to make our plans for the future more transparent. The approved capital plan will be posted on our website as well. A significant part of our capital plan relates to infrastructure and clean water initiatives for our waterways and ponds. Proposed projects like the aquatic sand removal and remediation of Roslyn Pond will have a long-lasting positive impact on the community and our water quality for generations to come.   

 

The extension of the scenic Hempstead Harbor Trail is another part of our capital plan. This vision, which originated with May Newburger and continued with Jon Kaiman, is now going to be expanded into a 1¼-mile trail along Hempstead Harbor. We will create a viable walking and jogging trail for residents here in North Hempstead. It is our goal to eventually network this trail together with the Baywalk Trail in Port Washington to create a continuous path along the North Shore.  

 

These trail projects are all steps in the right direction that will lead to a vital, healthy waterfront for all to enjoy.

News

Twenty-three-year-old Victoria Inguanta of New Hyde Park has a unique approach to her artwork. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School and Marymount College graduate takes the human body and combines figurative and abstract work using just a pencil and her canvas.

 

“For instance I’ll take a classical rendering of a face and bring out a modern aspect of the art using lines and space in my composition,” said Inguanta. “To me, the combining of the two is a lot of fun.”

The Sewanhaka Central High School District honored five educators with the Superintendent’s Teacher of the Year Award and recognized staff members with 25 years of service to the district at its Opening Day Ceremony last week, which was highlighted by presentations and student-musician performances.

 

Held at Sewanhaka High School, the ceremony began with the New Hyde Park Memorial High School Select Choir performing the Star Spangled Banner under the direction of choir director Robert McKinnon.


Sports

Tara Notrica is your typical 49-year-old mother of two. Along with her husband Barry, she is kept busy by her 14-year-old son Jared and 10-year-old daughter Samantha. One more thing: she has been battling Mast Cell disease in addition to other autoimmune diseases for the past eight years. Josh York, the CEO and founder of GYMGUYZ, an in-home personal training company, has been working closely with Notrica to help her cope with her disease.

 

“GYMGUYZ is all about the three C’s: convenient, creative and customizable workouts,” said York. “We come to the setting of your choice from homes, offices, churches, and bring our fully loaded van, which has 365 pieces of equipment,” he continued.

Nassau County Police Activity League Special Needs Unit hosted the recent Special Olympics New York Basketball Tournament held at Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center home of Nassau County PAL (NCPAL). Thirteen basketball teams, each with up to ten players, participated in the games. NCPAL-

Special Needs Unit Knights; NCPAL New Hyde Park Knights; SCO Owls; Commack Sharks; Long Island Lions: ACDS Thunderbolts, AHRC Starz and for the first time the Oakville Skywalkers, a Canadian team, competed on the court to demonstrate their skill and spirit of sportsmanship. After the games gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons were awarded to each of the players.


Calendar

Back to School Night - September 10

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 11

Beachfest - September 14


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