(The following letter was written to Nassau County Legislator John Ciotti by a Franklin Square resident who requested assistance in cutting power restored to the neighborhood after a recent storm. It is being printed at the author’s request.)
It is not often I take the time and effort to commend an employee of an organization. However, in this situation I feel compelled to offer my sincere thanks and deep appreciation to your good office and especially your administrative assistant, Anne DeMichael, for her dedicated help in turning a hopeless situation into a remedy.
The key to a healthy lifestyle is a healthy diet. That is why each March we take time to recognize National Nutrition Awareness Month. This month is the perfect opportunity to remember to get five servings a day of fruits and vegetables.
This past Friday morning, three immigrant worker advocates left the parking lot of the Hempstead Home Depot and started walking toward Queens.
For the convenience of taxpayers, I am pleased to announce that Hempstead Town offers a tax payment email reminder service. Email reminders can help you to remember to make your tax payments on time and avoid being assessed a penalty for a late payment.
“Working together is not in Long Islanders’ DNA.”
I sometimes hear that when I share with people examples of regions acting in cooperative ways to address their problems.
With spring quickly approaching, the Town of Hempstead is preparing for another year of S.T.O.P (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) Programs, which will be brought to communities throughout the township. Last year, we introduced a new mercury collection initiative in partnership with Covanta Energy. The mercury program diverts a dangerous toxin from our regional waste stream while adding an environmental safeguard to our water quality and air supply.
The American Red Cross and its volunteers work every day to help save lives or rebuild lives that have been shattered by disaster – whether it is down the street, across the country or around the world.
Since 1943, every president has declared March to be Red Cross Month across the country. During this month, we thank those supporters whose generosity helps us continue our service to those who need us, every day.
The Red Cross responded following the Haiti earthquake in January, working to turn despair into hope. The Red Cross is still there, but we are also here each day for Long Island families who need us. In the past year, the Nassau Red Cross responded to over 100 local emergencies, assisted hundreds of military families and trained 75,000 people in lifesaving skills.
Yet we can’t do it alone, so I would ask that Long Islanders see Red Cross Month as a great time to become involved with the Red Cross. Please consider signing up for a CPR, first aid or other Red Cross course; give a financial gift that can save the day when the next disaster strikes; or become involved as a volunteer – the lifeblood of our organization.
Ultimately, the American Red Cross response begins with you.
Keeping our planet healthy takes a joint effort. That’s why I am proud to announce that the Town of Hempstead will hold an “E-Cycling” Day on Sunday, March 13 in Levittown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This is your chance to get rid of your unwanted computers, televisions, DVD players and VCRs and help the environment at the same time. The event will take place in the Town of Hempstead municipal parking lot area, located just off Division Avenue behind the Tri-County Market (Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown.
The town’s first-ever e-cycle event, held in October 2005, was a resounding success as more than 900 residents dropped off a total of 39 tons of used computers and computer components at the town’s Greenfield Cemetery Garage in Uniondale.
By participating in this event, you’ll be keeping toxic material such as lead, mercury and arsenic from entering the waste stream. Specifically, the glass screens in computer monitors and televisions can contain as much as 27 percent lead. In addition, electronics contain valuable resources. Electronic products are made of precious metals, engineered plastics, glass and other materials. Many of the parts can be profitably refurbished and reused. For more information on e-cycling, residents should call the Town of Hempstead Department of Sanitation at 378-2200. Directions to the town’s Division Avenue parking lot are as follows: From Wantagh Parkway – take exit W3 East, proceed on Hempstead Turnpike for ¼ mile and make a left onto Division Avenue. Make a right into the parking lot and follow signs for e-cycling event.
Another e-cycling event is scheduled for Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Newbridge Road Park, 2600 Newbridge Road. The town’s e-cycling program is open to Town of Hempstead residents only (no business, non-commercial vehicles only).
If you have any old computers or televisions that you want to dispose of, I urge you to participate in our e-cycling program. Let’s work together to help save our planet.
Ludmyard Charles, 16, said that when she got home the phone rang. It was her father. He told her to get a glass of water. Then he asked her if she was sitting down. Next, he shared the heartbreaking news that her aunt, Ludmyard, was killed in the earthquake. The aunt she was named after who was pregnant, had lost her life when the earth opened up. The girl’s eyes filled up and she said of her aunt - “We were like sisters.”
March is designated as Women’s History Month and every year during this time, the Town of Hempstead takes the time to reflect upon the many accomplishments that women have achieved. As the first woman to be elected supervisor of the Town of Hempstead, National Women’s History Month is very important to me. Women’s History Month is dedicated to recognizing the advancement and outstanding accomplishments of women. Through the years, women have successfully achieved well-deserved positions of leadership within our community, reaching to their fullest potential as they continue to progress professionally. The role of women in our community and the numerous contributions they have made deserve our highest praise.
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