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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

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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