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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.


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The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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