Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00
We’ve thought about it. We’ve talked about it. We’ve prayed about it. And, now our dream of having a community center has been realized.
This Saturday, Sept. 8, the Town of North Hempstead will open the long-awaited “Yes We Can” Community Center at 141 Garden Street. The center, which has earned LEED Platinum status because of its environmentally friendly design, features a multipurpose gym, fitness center, dance studio, television/recording studio, reading room, Internet café, game room, meeting rooms and other amenities. Upon its opening, it will become a recreational, cultural and educational hub that will serve our community for generations to come.
The opening of the center marks the fulfillment of a dream shared by many in our community over several generations. I remember, as a young child, the calls of community leaders for a facility filled with activities that would engage both children and adults.
While others may have lost heart, these leaders and our community never lost hope. Their dream was handed down to their children and to their children’s children. It is fitting that April Brown, the daughter of two of these visionary leaders, has been appointed to serve as the center’s first director. April, like her parents before her, has worked tirelessly toward the day when the center would be completed. That day has come.
The center’s name, “Yes We Can,” pays tribute to President Obama, who provided a portion of the funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But, even more so, it pays tribute to our community’s strong will, perseverance, determination and commitment to keeping the dream alive. I hope this recognition of our history and our character will also motivate and evoke a spirit of optimism in generations to follow.
I am proud to have partnered with Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilwoman Viviana Russell, who never took their eyes off the prize, in helping to bring this project to fruition. Please join us for the Grand Opening on Sept. 8 for what promises to be a wonderful and joyous celebration. The community center is located at 141 Garden Street (at the intersection of Broadway and Garden Street). A full slate of recreational and cultural activities, starting with a ribbon-cutting at 12:30 p.m. and ending with a musical jubilee at 7 p.m. You can call my office at 571-6202 for more information.
Legislator Robert Troiano
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
For most of the ’80s, ZZ Top was an inescapable presence thanks to a plethora of videos, often times containing underdog storylines revolving around gorgeous gals, a 1933 Ford hotrod and the hirsute threesome serving as a Greek chorus of cool to the aggrieved protagonist. But amidst all the bells and whistles, the most impressive feat pulled off by this Texas power trio was using 1983’s Eliminator to adapt its bluesy hard rock boogie sound and modernize it with synthesizers and drum machines sans any kind of artistic compromising.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
John Romandetti saved six people, but he shies away from the title hero.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” Romandetti says. “It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
During Hurricane Sandy, Romandetti risked his own life to go out to Howard Beach and get his girlfriend’s family out of their flooding homes. The Bethpage Air Show recently recognized his bravery, naming him the grand prize winner of the Hurricane Sandy Community Heroes contest. Romandetti, along with nine other winners, will receive VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show, plus the reception, and GEICO Skytypers Planeside Meet and Greet. As the grand prize winner, Romandetti also gets the chance to fly with the GEICO Skytypers during next week’s airshow.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Members of the Carle Place Sparc/Interact club recently donated their time and talents at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens. Working together with students from Mineola High School and Holy Cross High School in Queens, the SPARC members planted over 1,000 indigenous trees to help replenish one section of the 600-acre forest park. The group’s efforts were part of the NYC Plant a Million Trees Project in honor of Arbor Day, celebrated on Friday April 26th. The Carle Place planters were: Sarah Megiel, Kelsey Feit, Julia Powell, Sabrina Feit, Monique Slater, Matt Carr, Katie Megiel, Rob Ibos, and Lauren Powell. They are led by faculty advisor Kieran Morris.