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Residents Save Old House

For months, residents of Roslyn Heights have lobbied to prevent the destruction of a 112-year old house on 73 Warner Ave., one that they claim is on property that is only zoned for residential purposes.


Their persistence has paid off. According to Warner Avenue resident, Dolores Augustine, the developer, JDN Properties of Mineola has withdrawn all parts of their variance request related to the address of the old house. JDN represented the nearby Porsche dealership, which sought to construct commercial uses on the property, including a new parking lot. Once they withdrew their original application, JDN only requested a permit to continue to use the lot on the southeastern side of Warner Avenue as an automobile storage lot. That permit, Augustine claimed, had expired in the 1960s. The Town of North Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) has granted Porsche a two-year extension, Augustine said, one that lasts until May 2015.


Community activists speculate that JDN withdrew the application because approval from the BZA was unlikely. In his letter to the BZA, Michael Sahn, an attorney for JDN, said that Porsche, in the future, “may consider submitting to the Board a different application affecting some or all of the subject property.” For now, JDN only sought a permit for the automobile storage lot, which, as noted, was granted. 


Over the past several months, Augustine gathered community support for her preservation effort. Two petitions resulted in 170 signatures opposing the development. Augustine listed concerns familiar to any homeowner, namely bright lights coming from the Porsche lot, plus pollution and noise from the lot drive testing automobiles. 


She also received a letter of support from Village of Roslyn Mayor John Durkin to the BZA. Roslyn Heights is under the jurisdiction of that town. However, Augustine said that part of Hillside Avenue is located in Roslyn and so Mayor Durkin took an interest in the proposed development. In his letter to Fielding, Mayor Durkin said that the variance application would result in the “encroachment of commercial uses into a residential area,” while adding that the area is “already over-burdened with commercial uses and any further expansion of those commercial uses will be detrimental to the residents living in Roslyn Heights, as well as those parts of Warner Avenue and Hillside Avenue lying in the Village of Roslyn.” Durkin also noted that there are two schools near the dealership and any expansion would pose a safety threat to local schoolchildren. 


In April, Sahn told The Roslyn News that a portion of the property where the house sits is zoned for commercial uses. “It [the property] is split-zoned,” Sahn said. “We propose to have the parking lot that would be fully-buffered with a minimum 15-ft. buffer with dense, large planting. No one could see into it.”


In addition, Sahn said there would be no curb cuts onto Warner Avenue and no access for vehicles except through the Porsche building on Northern Boulevard.


 “The Nassau County Planning Commission said it [the planned development] would benefit the community,” Sahn said. But all this apparently was not enough to keep the application alive. 


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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