Proposals anyone? Just one day after residents came to the polls and defeated the $400 million bond to fund the Nassau Coliseum Hub project, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced that he is immediately seeking redevelopment proposals for the 77-acre site surrounding the sports and entertainment arena located in Uniondale.
In order for the county to prepare a Request-For-Proposals (RFP) to redevelop the Coliseum site, Mangano is encouraging any interested parties with privately financed proposals to submit them to the county by Aug. 12, 2011. According to Mangano, the RFPs must address job creation, quality of life and revenue. Although the county said all submissions will be considered, Mangano is seeking development proposals that complement existing recreational, sporting and commercial assets at Eisenhower Park, Mitchel Park and Museum Row.
Jessica Ricco, a W.T. Clarke High School grad, will take part in the annual Miss Long Island Pageant on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts.
Ricco, who began participating in pageants at age 16, said she’s developed a relaxed game-day routine after competing in seven pageants over the years.
The dog days of summer have arrived here on Long Island but amidst the recent heat wave, it’s business as usual for the Village of Westbury and Mayor Peter Cavallaro.
Residents hit hard by the heat – and subsequent electric bills – will soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the village board passed a resolution earlier this month that will allow residents to sign up for a program through East Coast Power and Gas to save up to 8 percent on their monthly bill.
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
After many months of planning, deliberation and compromise, the Islamic Center of Long Island is beginning construction on a 19,000 square-foot addition to its Brush Hollow Road site. Groundbreaking for the new structure, which is envisioned as a future hub of learning, recreation and interfaith partnerships, was celebrated on the morning of July 23 with a community ceremony.
“We are delighted that all of you are joining us on this happy and important day to launch the next phase of ICLI,” said Faroque Khan, ICLI Expansion Project Coordinator.
The Westbury Board of Education convened on July 14 for a combined planning/action meeting. The meeting primarily centered on current summer programs in the district in addition to special education contracts and services for the upcoming school year.
Several summer program coordinators highlighted the features and benefits of the different programs available, many of which encourage social and life skills and engage students by combining academics with recreation.
Nassau County Legislator and Public Safety Committee Chair Dennis Dunne, along with Nassau County Director of Veterans Services Michael Kilbride and other elected officials, spoke outside the County Legislature building in Mineola to address the issue of veterans not receiving proper benefits after filing the requisite paperwork – most from 2008 to 2010, with a few from 2005 - with the Nassau Veterans Services Agency.
Dunne said that hundreds of claims have been filed involving veterans who never received benefits or services but took all the necessary steps to obtain them. He also said that he requested a federal investigation to uncover any possible wrongdoing at the agency during the above noted time period.
For a living embodiment of “above and beyond,” look no further than Westbury Middle School teacher, activist and recent North Hempstead Hometown Hero Peter Zoia.
A seventh-grade social studies teacher and Activism Club leader, Zoia received his nomination from principal David Zimbler.
Stu Cook, bassist and founding member of the world-renowned rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, will take to NYCB Theater at Westbury on July 17 with a slightly different look on stage.
Cook, along with childhood friend and fellow band member Doug Clifford, formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995 and they’ve continued to deliver the timeless and signature “southern” rock vibe across the U.S. and beyond its borders.
The Third Squad reports the details of the arrest of four men for an attempted robbery that occurred on Sunday, June 26 at 12:31 a.m. in Carle Place.
According to detectives, a 30-year-old male victim was riding his bicycle home after exiting a Long Island Rail Road train at the Carle Place station when several males walking toward him confronted him.
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