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County Re-Plants Trees

April 23 began a tree-planting program that will eventually replace thousands of trees that, according to Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, fell or were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. “Superstorm Sandy changed the face of Nassau County forever,” the county executive said. “This tree planting program will continue until we have addressed every location throughout Nassau County that lost trees due to the storm.” 


Village of North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss has been in an ongoing dialogue with the county since the slaughter of the trees along Searingtown and Shelter Rock roads. “The county executive knows how disturbed I have been. Not all those trees were compromised,” Natiss said.


The county explained the plantings began on the eastern side of Searingtown Road and will continue at a pace of approximately 120 trees per day, weather and other conditions permitting. In addition, the stumps left from trees destroyed by Sandy will begin to be removed in coming weeks.


The first series of plantings includes 1,100 trees and the county indicated the types of trees include Red Maple, Red Oak, Eastern Red Bud, Kwanzan Cherry Trees and Hedge Maple. 


The types of trees planted will be diversified so a monoculture is created where, like the situation on Searingtown and Shelter Rock Roads, the county explained, if one tree is compromised than most will be. For example, along Shelter

Rock and Searingtown Roads the county will plant not only the Cleveland Pear but Kwanzan Cherries and Eastern Red Bud.  Three different types of trees are being planted along the roadway further from the curb than those in the past as a safety precaution for motorists and pedestrians alike.  “Most of these trees will flower beautifully in the spring and will restore the beauty to Nassau County’s post-Sandy landscape,” said County Executive Mangano. Of the trees planted on Searingtown Road on Tuesday, April 23, Mayor Natiss believed they were of a “good enough size.” Rob Walker, chief deputy county executive, informed Natiss the county will continue replanting the North Shore before the

South Shore where there are still so many problems. 


Trees will be planted all over the county, including in the county parks where workers will be planting larger trees, the red maple and oak. The project is being paid for by County Capital funds. 


“We will also be using Cleveland Pears, not Bradford Pears, which proved to be unstable in major storms and were so damaged they had to come down if the storm had not already knocked them to the ground,” said County Executive Mangano. “We do not want to ever see what happened during Sandy again.”


Maryanne Grabowski lives in Glen Cove and commented that on Dosoris Lane, a well-traveled road, Bradford pear tees line part of the road. They are not hardy trees, she said, commenting, “I avoid it during a storm or heavy winds.


There are often branches, even tree limbs, blocking the street.”

Natis said he was informed the right specimen trees would be planted; trees that won’t split like the Bradford pears. Natiss said he was told all were flowering trees—“they assured me our residents would be satisfied.”


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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