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Farmedge Resolved

Gallow lease puts kibosh on development

 

After plans to develop senior housing on the 11.3 acres of school district property fell through, members of the Island Trees School Board of Education met to discuss a new lease agreement for the Geneva N. Gallow school building.

 

According to Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy, proposals for the development of 160 to 247 condominium units for seniors over 55 years old were tossed aside when the board voted, on June

25, to approve a four-year lease agreement with the Syosset-based Variety Child Learning Center, a not-for-profit learning center providing special education and support services for students with developmental and learning disabilities.

 

“I think this puts [the proposal] to rest for the distant future,” Murphy said. 

 

The aforementioned proposal first emerged after 2010, when Nassau County BOCES announced it would be dropping its lease on the Gallow school. Since then, the district had been looking for a new tenant, to no avail. 

 

Citing a potential loss in revenue of over $200,000, school officials issued a request for proposal, last year, which resulted in the proposed development of senior housing on the site.

 

However, in February, over 500 residents in the district gathered at the high school to share concerns on the bid winning proposal. In response to the public outcry school officials said they would go back to the drawing board, reexamining the project with a committee of community stakeholders. 

 

Now, the district has changed direction, agreeing to rent the Geneva N. Gallow building for $100,000 plus utilities for the first year, with the price set to increase by $50,000 annually. According to Murphy, the Variety Child Learning Center has agreed to take responsibility for the utilities and small maintenance costs needed for their day-to-day operations. The district can expect to receive over $700,000 in revenue, over the term of the lease.


News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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