At approximately 10 a.m., on Sunday, Oct. 27, the Wantagh Fire Department , assisted by many local departments including Levittown, was notified of a possible plane crash in the vicinity of the Jones Beach Theatre. Arriving fire units found a commercial airliner indeed had crashed and was on fire with numerous victims of the disaster strewn about the parking lot. Fire had extended to a shed (actual live burn) and there were victims trapped in a building.
The scenario didn’t just happen without effort, it took months of planning. Permission had to be obtained, agencies had to be notified and an airliner secured. Fortunately an airliner existed that was utilized for such training purposes. It was located at Kellogg College in Battle Creek, MI. Through the efforts of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF), the mobile trainer was secured for the drill.
The county’s first annual Nassau Barkfest which was held today at the dog park in Eisenhower Park, near Field 7, was a tremendous success with over 500 pets participating in the parade and pet contest and 700 dogs visiting the dog park. The free event was sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus Long Island, Long Island’s K98.3, Anton Community Newspapers/Long Island Weekly and Naudus Communications/South Shore Tribune.
In addition to the costume contest and parade many rescue groups and animal friendly organizations were on site to celebrate.
The Hempstead Town unanimously adopted its 2014 fiscal budget at a public budget hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 15; Supervisor Kate Murray touted the $431.9 million spending plan, which shows a reduction in property taxes, as a helping hand extended towards residents dealing with multiple financial issues.
“Homeowners are confronting extensive financial and personal hardship, rebuilding their homes and their lives in the wake of Superstorm Sandy,” she said. “Still other residents are coping with the effects of a prolonged economic downturn. In times like these, local governments have an obligation to help ease the burden borne by local taxpayers. Indeed, my 2014 budget proposal reduces town taxes.”
Editor’s note: The following are bios submitted to Anton Community Newspapers from the candidates participating in the Hempstead Town election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at local polling locations.
Unquestionably, our new SAT course at Island Trees High School is having a tremendous impact on our students. Yet, as good as we believe the class is, a lifetime of reading is even more important for college readiness. Students who score extremely well on this national assessment are lifelong readers. They’re interested in fiction and nonfiction – a real breadth of reading material.
With Election Day around the corner, voters going to the polls are looking for candidates that will follow through on campaign pledges to fix problems and admit accountability when situations go south. Among the myriad taxpayer problems are the continuing soap opera that developing the Nassau Coliseum has become, the lack of governmental transparency that became evident in recent events including a lawsuit filed by banned workers at the animal shelter and ongoing aircraft noise that has been severely affecting quality of life.
Anton Community Newspapers will be publishing a special supplement section on November 8 in honor of local veterans. This supplement will include profiles, organization information and resources and of course, lot of photos of those who serve and have served.
Submit your photo of your family’s veterans, one photo per veteran, preferably in uniform.
All photos must include the name of the veteran. Add in any additional information known: location/date of photo, rate/rank/branch, war era, dates of service, where the veteran is from or lives now locally.
Republican Felix Procacci, of Franklin Square, is running on the Democratic ticket this election season, challenging Republican incumbent, Kate Murray, for the position of supervisor for the Town of Hempstead. Procacci, a computer programmer, is basing his campaign on increasing town government transparency.
“For me this campaign is not political; it is a continuation of my efforts to reform town government, an effort that began almost three years ago when I attended my first town board meeting,” said the challenger. “Sixty-two consecutive meetings later, and with a greater understanding of town government, my goal remains the same: the reform of town government.”
After the last few years in county conference A1, the Lady Dragons of Division Avenue High School find themselves in conference A3. This season the Blue Dragons have concentrated on trying to rebuild a team that lost many fine players to graduation the last two years. Division finds themselves in the middle of the pack in conference A2 halfway through the season with a 2-2-2 record.
Leading the way for the Lady Dragons is a small but solid group of seniors. Anchoring a very stingy defense is Kim Beattie and Miranda Pedroza. Both girls play the outside defender positions. Suring up a talented Midfield is Alyssa Barbosa, Michelle Pedreros, and Ariana Weingrad. Weingrad plans to play college soccer next season at the University of Bridgeport.
With elections less than four weeks away, it seems as though Kate Murray would be letting her daily duties as the Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead take a back seat to campaigning. On the contrary, Murray practices seamless politics that doesn’t differentiate.
“Good government is good politics,” she said in an informal discussion at the Levittown Tribune offices on Sept. 24.
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