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FP Resident Helps Students At Children’s Learning Center

Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00

Members of the Council of Nassau County Cerebral Palsy Auxiliaries and the Nassau Homemakers helped make this holiday season special for students who attend school at the Children’s Learning Center at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. One of these holiday elves was Joan Talamo, a Floral Park resident.


Eight Arrested For Counterfeit Merchandise In Valley Stream

Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00

Defendants sold counterfeit handbags, shoes and electronics

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Dec. 19 that eight people have been arrested and charged with selling counterfeit shoes, handbags, and electronics at an outdoor flea market in Valley Stream.

Rice said that on Saturday, Dec. 15, investigators from the DA’s Office conducted a joint operation with the Nassau County Police Department’s Asset Forfeiture Unit and ICE’s Trademark Counterfeit team at the Green Acres Outdoor Flea Market. Numerous booths were identified by experts for selling counterfeit Coach and Louis Vuitton handbags, UGG boots, music CDs, and DVDs.


Officials React To Connecticut Shooting

Written by Rich Forestano, Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

Schools operating with heavy hearts in wake of tragedy

Local school leaders are reassessing security measures in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shootings that occurred on Friday, Dec. 14. The West Hempstead School District released a detailed outline on coping if parents were having trouble communicating with their children about the incident.

District Superintendent John Hogan detailed security measures the district currently has in place, including having adults at each door of the schools. Cameras surround area schools and certain doors require key code access. Like many school districts across the country, West Hempstead will review its current plans and procedures already in place.


Stewart Manor, FP Ring In The Holiday Season

Written by Marilou Giammona, Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

Villages co-host annual tree lighting on Covert Avenue

Continuing a holiday tradition that is nearly two decades old, officials from Stewart Manor and Floral Park once again pooled their resources and enthusiasm to illuminate Covert Avenue. On Saturday, Dec. 1, residents gathered on the corner of Covert and Chester Avenues for the annual tree lighting.

“The tree lighting is always a wonderful event,” said Stewart Manor Deputy Mayor Robert C. Fabio. “It is sponsored by the Village of Stewart Manor, Village of Floral Park, the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce and the Stewart Manor Lions Club and really brings the community together to start celebrating the Christmas season.”


Carey Student Serves As MSG Varsity Reporter

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:27

Local got to rub elbows with the likes of Salt N Pepa, among others

Eddie DeNicola was selected to represent Carey High School as a member of the press at the recent Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s Induction Gala.  DeNicola is the president of the MSG Varsity Club at Carey.

He received the opportunity to attend the event with two other high schools at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, stand on the red carpet and sit down in the pressroom with other professional journalists and artists.  On the red carpet, DeNicola interviewed many of the artists who attended the event including singer Taylor Dayne, country star Charlie Daniels, and hip hop stars Salt N Pepa.  Other artists he videotaped that night were hip hop artists Whodini, Hollywood legend Connie Stevens, Gary U.S. Bonds, Lesley Gore, and members of the Rascals, the Lovin Spoonful and Zebra.


State Comptroller Releases Hempstead Animal Shelter Audit

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 14 December 2012 00:00

Report does not indicate any alleged animal cruelty

Costs, record keeping, overtime pay and administrative blunders are the major issues dominating the recently released audit of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. After requests by residents, animal activists, former shelter volunteers, and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, an investigation was ordered.

The shelter’s operating budget has been under much scrutiny compared to neighboring shelters. It functioned with an $8.8 million budget in 2012 and according to the audit.

DiNapoli’s office examined a fiscal period of Jan. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011, but later expanded its scope to 2007 through 2009. The audit found that operation costs exceeded other shelters, like Islip and Brookhaven, which are similar in size. Total cost per animal in at the Hempstead location was $1,916; a dollar amount town officials are disputing.


Village Appoints Bambrick As Administrator

Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00

Twenty-year Floral Park resident

takes reigns of his new position

Gerry Bambrick was appointed village administrator and was sworn in by Mayor Thomas Tweedy at the Nov. 20 board of trustees meeting.  He started his position on Nov. 26.

Bambrick previously served the village as trustee for six years from 2001 to 2007.  As trustee, he served as recreation commissioner, library commissioner, building commissioner and as the village board liaison to the police department.  

Bambrick also has extensive governmental experience in addition to his work as trustee.  He was vice chairman of the Nassau County Planning Commission and member of the Nassau County Board of Ethics.


NICE Bus Crashes Into Fulton Avenue Home

Written by Rich Forestano, Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00

Six-year-old boy killed,

7-year-old brother injured

What started out as a routine bedtime ritual turned into a horrific twist of fate all because allegedly, someone was not paying attention.

A 2009 Orion Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus traveling westbound on Fulton Avenue near Hofstra University crashed into a house after its driver tried to avoid hitting a pedestrian, police explained during a press briefing on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The bus, containing 11 passengers, killed David Granados, 6, and injured his 7-year-old brother inside the home last Tuesday at 9:15 p.m.


Hurricane Delays West 130 Opening

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00

Storm issues push apartment complex unveiling to December

The deteriorating façade is a distant memory; it’s criminal aura ancient history. The blight it cast on West Hempstead is gone and has been replaced by a new, much needed updated structure. It was scheduled to breathe life into the area in October, but Mother Nature had other plans.

The opening of West 130, an apartment complex that now occupies the former space of the infamous Courtesy Hotel, has been delayed due the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The dwelling was supposed to open in October.


Resident Joins curePC Courage Project

Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00

Elmont’s John Groenert helps spread word about pancreatic cancer

This November, in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, John Groenert of Elmont, along with an inspiring group of New York tri-state area residents, joined forces with The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research, and Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading media and telecommunications company, to launch the curePC Courage Project. The curePC Courage Project is a series of moving online video tributes in honor of those impacted by pancreatic cancer and loved ones lost to the disease.

This group of people all has something in common: courage. It is the courage in how they live or lived their lives, the courage in how they still battle or battled this disease, and the courage in sharing their personal stories. The curePC Courage Project is part of The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision’s curePC campaign, which raises public awareness of pancreatic cancer through television, print, radio and online public service announcements.


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