“This is one of the largest plumes I have ever seen,” and one of the most vocal communities, said Jim Harrington. Harrington is currently the director of the remedial bureau in the Division of Environmental Remediation at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). He was on-hand for the June 21 public session that was held at the Bethpage Community Center.
On two separate days, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held public comment sessions in the local community. On June 12, the public meeting held at Bethpage High School drew more than 200 local residents and business owners who may potentially be affected by the clean-up plan proposed for the Northrop Grumman - Bethpage site (Former Grumman Settling Ponds).
Likely because of the overwhelming public turnout during the first meeting, the DEC scheduled a second public session that was held on June 21 at the Bethpage Community Center. More than 20 residents stopped by the June 21 public session for the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from the DEC and the Department of Health (DOH), and have their concerns and comments entered into public record. During this informal session, DEC and DOH staff reviewed the proposal and answered questions.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, along with Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, environmental partners and community leaders, and residents celebrated the grand opening of the town’s new state-of-the-art solar car charging stations.
On Saturday, June 16 more than 600 United States Marines and candidates from 14 regional recruiting stations filled Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach for the annual Sergeant Majors Cup competition. Candidates waiting to deploy to boot camp, called “poolees,” arrived from across the New York City region, including Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens for the Long Island-hosted competition. The competition has been held for more than 10 years, each station taking turns hosting.
Some of the boot camp-style events that the Marine candidates participated in included: pull-ups, the water jug relay, ammo can relay, stretcher relay, and tug-of-war.
Levittown Community Council (LCC) presents its Junior Volunteer of the Year Award each year to an outstanding middle school student who has donated their time to volunteer work. The criterion for the award is that the student did not profit financially from their participation and that the work being recognized was not assigned as class work.
Two outstanding students were honored at an awards celebration on Monday, May 21 at which their families, teachers and school administrators were present along with members of the LCC.
This year at McDonald House it was, however, a little different because they had a huge popcorn machine and lots of drinks for the jockeys and the kids, which was most appreciated.
Hempstead Town Councilman Gary Hudes is encouraging residents to support a Levittown native Bobby Nagelberg and his family by participating in Backin’ Bobby 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament being held from Friday, June 22 through June 24 at St. Bernard’s Church.
The tournament will financially benefit Nagelberg as his family deals with the extraordinary costs associated with his surgery and treatment for a brain tumor.
President and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Taylor said, “This is cutting edge, no body else that we know of has a system like this.” She said Bideawee’s goal by introducing this new program is to increase adoptable animals in their system by 10 percent and decrease operation costs and to decrease Bideawee’s medical costs by having all animals needing specialized care to be centrally located and being taken care of one specially trained team.
In 2011, New York State eliminated all funding for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged and Nassau County returned for the second year to help preserve and maintain the games.
“The young student athletes who are able to participate in the weekend of events are truly inspirational to watch,” County Executive Ed Mangano said. “As you see them cross the finish line, you see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy in their eyes. For one weekend, they get to compete with their friends from across New York State, share their stories and continue to build long-lasting friendships.”
On Monday, May 28, the Levittown and neighboring communities joined together to hold the annual Memorial Day parade down Hempstead Turnpike. Members of the local veterans’ organizations, fire department, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local officials, and residents gathered dutifully for the somber ceremonies to honor the nation’s war dead.
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