Friday, January 29, 2010

Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Clinic

Lacrosse Grades Are In! Town Academy Earns Straight A's
January 26, 2010

Over 1,200 youngsters (ages 7 to 15) graduated with honors from last year's Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy. With a championship calibre faculty, comprised of respected high school coaches and outstanding college players, the academy offers expert instruction on lacrosse fundamentals and strategies. "Our young lacrosse students will improve their skill level and increase their enjoyment by working together with staff members and other players," commented Supervisor Kate Murray.

The academy's "goal" for 2010 is to offer youngsters a great summer of lacrosse instruction. Weekly clinics begin on Monday, June 21 and continue through August 5th. Clinics run from Monday to Thursday each week. This year the lacrosse academy will present seven weekly clinics and the number of evening sessions has been increased as a convenience to parents and a concession to hot summer days.

Clinics are open to Town of Hempstead youngsters ONLY, with a registration fee of $60 per student and a discount rate of $45 for additional family members. All payments must be made in the form of check or money order payable to the Town of Hempstead.

If openings remain, registrations will be accepted at the scheduled park prior to the first session of each clinic. The 2010 Lacrosse Academy registration application can be accessed from the town's web site at For additional information on the town's lacrosse program call the Academy Office at (516) 783-3208 or (516) 783-3205.

The 2010 schedule of Lacrosse Academy clinics includes:

July 26 to July 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rath Park, Franklin Square
August 2 to August 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Rath Park, Franklin Square.

"We look forward to the Lacrosse Academy's 6th Anniversary season and we encourage youngsters of all skill levels to join the team and be part of the fun and excitement," added Supervisor Murray. "We also thank our good friends at King Kullen for their continued sponsorship of our lacrosse program and their support of our young athletes."

Town of Hempstead Free Tax Return Service for Seniors

Hempstead Town's VITA Program Offers Seniors Free Income Tax Return Preparation Service
January 26, 2010

Entering its 35th year, the Town of Hempstead's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is poised to provide free income tax preparation services for senior residents. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has announced the upcoming schedule of dates and locations for the VITA Program. VITA volunteers have received training, sponsored by Hempstead Town's Department of Senior Enrichment under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service, and will be assigned to locations throughout Hempstead Town during the tax season.

"Our outstanding group of VITA volunteers is prepared to provide invaluable aid to seniors throughout the tax season at various town senior centers and local libraries," said Supervisor Murray. "For the past 34 years, this free service has helped senior residents prepare their federal and state income tax returns and secure every penny of the refunds to which they are entitled."

"Through innovative programs such as VITA, Hempstead Town continues to offer senior residents excellent services," stated Councilman Edward Ambrosino. "I encourage all senior residents interested in having their federal and state tax returns prepared by a VITA volunteer to contact our Department of Senior Enrichment for VITA site information."

Participants must bring last year's tax return (2008), all wage and earning statements (W2 and 1099), all interest dividend and pension statements, 2009 property tax receipts, STAR exemption records, New York State IT 214 booklet (if applicable), social security cards and photo identification of all those filing tax returns. Most VITA sites require that an appointment be made in advance.

"Our outstanding VITA volunteers are ready to help you obtain the maximum allowable refund, so please make an appointment and take advantage of this free service," concluded Supervisor Murray.

To obtain a VITA Program schedule, senior residents may visit the town's website at www.TOH.LI or call the Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100.

Elmont Fire Department Haiti Relief Comedy Show

The Elmont Fire Department is hosting a “Haiti Relief” comedy show on Saturday Night February 27th 2010. The show will be hosted by the comedian Chris Monty. The show will be at Elmont Fire Dept. Headquarters located at 95 Lehrer Ave. Elmont. $40 dollars a person for dinner, show, and beer, wine, and soda. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 8:00 P.M.
Chris Gioia
1st Assistant Chief F.S.M.F.D.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Project 21

Every month the 5th Precinct Pop Unit goes out into the Community and visits stores who sell alcohol and tobacco. This program named "Project 21" monitors the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco to minors. Last night, January 26, two arrests were made, one in West Hempstead and the other Elmont.

Please contact the Pop Unit at 573-6570 or if you have any leads, information or concerns.

Crime Stoppers

The Fifth Squad reports the details of a robbery that occurred in Garden City South on Tuesday January 26, 2010 at 12:25 am.
According to detectives, the twenty one year old female victim was walking on Wellington Road South when a male black suspect who was armed with a handgun and demanded money grabbed her from behind. After the victim gave the suspect an unknown amount of U.S. Currency and her cellular phone, he pushed her and fled on foot northbound on Wellington Road South in the company of another male, description unknown. The victim sustained no injuries.
Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Town Of Hempstead Go Direct Month

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has proclaimed February "Go Direct Month" and is encouraging seniors who receive federal benefits, such as social security income, to use direct deposit.

"Hempstead Town is very proud to join dozens of other municipalities throughout the country in declaring February 'Go Direct Month,'" said Supervisor Kate Murray.

Go Direct is a national campaign, sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank, designed to motivate more seniors to direct deposit their social security checks and other federal benefits. Direct deposit eliminates the risk of stolen checks and forgeries and helps protect people from identity theft. Go Direct works in conjunction with local municipalities such as the Town of Hempstead, so seniors are informed about the program by an entity that they already know and trust.

"Identity theft is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, ruin your credit and impact your daily life," stated Supervisor Murray. "Not only is it extremely convenient to have monthly social security income checks directly deposited into bank accounts, it eliminates the risk of stolen checks and forgeries."

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, electronic payments are more secure, reliable and cost effective than paper checks because they help to protect against check theft and fraud, they provide easier access to funds during emergencies and natural disasters and provide citizens with more control over their money.

"I encourage all seniors to consider having their federally-issued checks directly deposited so that their money and identity do not end up in the wrong hands," concluded Murray.

To sign up for direct deposit, please call the toll-free helpline at (800) 333-1795, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or visit

The Go Direct campaign is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Federal Reserve Banks. The Go Direct and Direct Express logos, Go Direct and Direct Express are service marks of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service (used with permission). The Direct Express Debit MasterCard card is issued by Comerica Bank, pursuant to a license by MasterCard International Incorporated. MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hate Crimes

In the late summer and early fall of 2009, 39 teens from all over Nassau County volunteered to participate in a plain, straight, uninhibited video about hate crime. Teens talking to teens about what a hate crime is and the real world ramifications of committing a hate crime. This video visually demonstrates that turning hateful thoughts about a group into action is Crossing the Line

This video was produced for the Nassau County Police Department, under the auspices of Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and Nassau County Commissioner of Police Lawrence W. Mulvey, which is only part of a greater educational project created by bias crime experts and Nassau County educators.
For more information about this program please email:

Friday, January 22, 2010

Town of Hempstead Haiti Relief Efforts

Hempstead Town To Collect Non-Monetary Items For Haiti Relief Efforts
January 21, 2010

Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilman Edward Ambrosino, along with the entire town board, have assembled collection sites throughout Hempstead Town, encouraging residents to support the ongoing relief efforts in the wake of the recent earthquake disaster that has ravaged Haiti.

"Residents want to help in any way they can, and for some that means donating items," said Supervisor Murray. "We want to assist residents in their efforts to provide meaningful support to our brothers and sisters in Haiti."

The Town of Hempstead will be setting up 11 locations throughout the town as collection sites. Those locations are:
1. Hempstead Town Hall, One Washington Street, Hempstead (ground floor and first floor)
2. The lobby of 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead
3. Town of Hempstead Sanitation Administration Building, Merrick Road, Merrick
4. Elmont Road Park, Elmont
5. Averill Boulevard Park, Elmont
6. Hendrickson Avenue Park, Elmont
7. Dutch Broadway Park, Elmont
8. Uniondale Avenue Park, Uniondale
9. Smith Street Park, Uniondale
10. Cedar Street Park, Uniondale
11. Levittown Hall, Levittown Parkway, Hicksville

Items that are being collected for donation include bottled water, non-perishable foods, bedding, tarps, collapsible water containers, summer clothing, disposable gloves, toiletries, baby supplies, flashlights, batteries and over-the-counter medical supplies. The town web site at will provide the listing of items to donate as well as a complete listing of relief agencies and their phone numbers to make a financial donation.

In addition, the Town of Hempstead has partnered with the Elmont, Uniondale and Levittown School Districts in relief collection efforts for non-monetary donations. "The community of Uniondale has suffered many losses," noted Councilwoman Goosby, "and Hempstead Town remains committed to helping them in this time of great need."

"The people who survived the earthquake have lost just about everything and are living in very challenging conditions," said Councilman Ambrosino.

"Anything that our residents can donate will have a positive impact on the lives of those who have lost so much," concluded Murray.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Crime Stoppers

Fifth Squad detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 6:25 P.M. in Franklin Square.
According to detectives, the victim exited the CVS Store located at 640 Franklin Ave. and was walking to her vehicle when suspect 1, described as a male, white, teen, 5’3”, wearing a blue nylon hooded jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, approached her from the side and attempted to take her pocketbook. A struggle ensued at which time suspect 2, described as a female, white, teen, with dark hair in a ponytail, wearing a dark baggy hooded sweatshirt, came up from behind the victim and knocked her to the ground. As the victim continued to struggle with both suspects a third suspect, described as a male, white, teen, 5’7”, wearing a dark colored jacket, began kicking her. The victim lost her grip on the pocketbook and all three suspects fled on foot with the pocketbook through a creek bed that is located in the rear of CVS. Detectives ask anyone with information on the above robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Franklin Square Historical Society

We’d like to thank the Franklin Square Historical Society for giving the NCPD POP Unit time to speak to their membership about the NCPD and Franklin Square Community Blog. They have informed us they have created a new web site: which we have linked to our site as well.
Read about the History of Franklin Square and the plans for the future.

The Officers of the 5th Precinct Pop Unit look forward to speaking to other Franklin Square Community Groups to share our goals and join together to keep our community safe, informed of current events taking place, to promote community awareness, involvement and to improve our quality of life.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pulled over by unmarked police car.

The other night at 11 p.m., my daughter was pulled over in her car by an unmarked police car. She was very concerned that the person who pulled her over was not actually an officer but didn’t know what to do. Please advise.

As Authorities are searching for four men who impersonated police officers and robbed a 52-year-old man in Valley Stream on December 30, they are offering some advise if getting pulled over by an unmarked car.
Det. Sgt. Anthony Repalone of the Nassau County Police Department said that they encourage anyone who feels anxiety or concern when being stopped by an unmarked police car to follow certain advice. “We recommend that you put your flashers on, pull into a well-lit, public place and use your cell phone to call 911,” Repalone said. “We will send a uniformed officer in a marked car there.”
He added that the county’s plain clothes officers understand that people may question if they are real officers, but noted that they all carry shields along with a photo ID, so people should ask to see both. “We understand the anxiety and apprehension,” Repalone said.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Silver Alert


The Silver Alert Program has been established in order to disseminate immediate information to local media, hospitals and other organizations when a senior citizen or other individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive disorders goes missing.

Date and Time: 01/05/10 5:00 P.M.

Missing Person’s Name: Eric Fornaris

Missing Person’s Age: 91

Physical Description: 5’8” tall, approximately 180 lbs., medium complexion, gray short straight hair, brown eyes, tattoo of a sword on his right arm

Last Seen Wearing: Unknown

Missing Person was last seen at: 60 Horton Ave., Lynbrook

Motor Vehicle and direction of travel: 1993 Toyota Pase 2Dr Blue, NY Reg. BKS9459, possible destinations Wendy’s in Lynbrook, Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds in Valley Stream

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


The Silver Alert Program has been established in order to disseminate immediate information to local media, hospitals and other organizations when a senior citizen or other individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive disorders goes missing.

Date and Time: 01/03/2010 2315

Missing Person’s Name: Mohammed Saleem

Missing Person’s Age: 22

Physical Description: Indian male, 5’4, 145 lbs., Down’s Syndrome, deaf, mute, tattoos on arms of former address and telephone number

Last Seen Wearing: Unknown

Missing Person was last seen at: Horton Avenue and Merrick Road, Lynbrook

Motor Vehicle and direction of travel: N/A