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Smoke billows from the rear of the home as firefighter Bill Balletti of Ladder 2 clears glass from the window. (Photo by Harry Loud)
A Year in Review
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a public information meeting regarding the American Drive In Cleaners on Hempstead Tpke. in early March. The DEC met to discuss with residents its proposed remedial action plan regarding the Class 2 hazardous waste site. Several years ago, the site was declared as Class 2 hazardous due to the fact that the dry cleaning solvent tetrachloroethene, also known as perchloroethene or PCE or "perc" was apparently disposed of in drains leading to on site cesspools sometime prior to 1981. Due to its classification, which signifies that there is significant threat to public health or the environment and action is required, the DEC moved quickly to put their plan into effect. Some time after, the store was closed down and the cleaners are no longer operating out of that location.
Girls for All Seasons
As the holidays approach we find Ashley Rogala and Christina Buckley coming off very successful fall seasons and about to dive into the winter season. Rogala and Buckley each play three sports for Division Avenue High School. Rogala plays volleyball, basketball and softball, while Buckley plays soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Both girls are juniors who have above 90 percent grade point averages.
Division's JV Wrestlers Make a Strong Showing at Holiday Tournament
The Division JV wrestling team, which consists of approximately 25 freshman and nine sophomores, had a great season opener at the MacArthur Holiday Tournament. Nearly half of the Division entrants brought home medals. They included: Chris Mahoney, Mario Benitez, Joe Guidone, P.J. Murphy, Sean Carley, Mike Brouillet, Joe Siederman, Brett Hoyt, Anthony Contino, Bill Bruckbauer, Phil Caccamo, Anthony Esposito and Mark Lombardi. Other entrants who wrestled some tough matches were Bobby Clark, Brian Venus, Nick Tornabene, Mike McCarthy, Joe Indelicato, Joe Aquilina, Jr. Salazar, Dan Broberg, James Divino, Paul Gruber, Ryan Dee, Adam Parsons, Dom Iadevaia, Nick Cillo, Mike Feldman and Steve Swicki. Overall the JV grapplers won over 70 percent of their matches. The Division coaching staff was very impressed with the results, considering the level of competition, along with this being their wrestlers first tournament experience.
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