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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

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.

East Setauket restaurant owner Sam Chan is looking to open an 84-seat Asian fusion restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall

 

The 3,280-square-foot restaurant would be staffed by 15 employees. Chan and property owner Mark Sommer, a Dix Hills dentist, are requesting 25 off-street parking spaces.

 

“[Parking was] the only issue we were having a discussion about,” Sommer said after a public hearing last week in front of the village’s board of trustees.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

Live Music - September 26


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com