Thursday, March 25, 2010

Video Game Design Workshop

Monday, March 29
Spring Break Video Game Design Workshop
Hofstra University, Hempstead, Summer Camps will host a special Video Game Design workshop for students in grades 4 to 12 during spring break, March 29 to April 1, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program fee is $399 and includes lunch and a recreation period. To register or for more information, visit or call 463-CAMP. The workshop offers a fun, week-long sampler of Video Game Development - including 3D computer modeling and animation, and music and sound design - taking place in Hofstra’s state-of-the-art computer lab facilities. Students will learn how to build their very own video games from scratch, or enhance games previously created in Game Maker.

Franklin Square Library Vote

Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election
Set for April 21, 2010
The Franklin Square Public Library will hold its annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election at the Library on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. A special voter registration session will be conducted on April 14, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. if you are not registered to vote. Copies of the proposed budget for 2010-2011 will be mailed to District residents shortly.

Voting will also take place to elect one library trustee for a term of five years. Encumbent Dr. Patricia Galaskas is running for another five year term.

Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling

Unwrapping Boater Recycling Program: Hempstead Town
Commences Boat "Shrink Wrap" Recycling

As the spring season starts, many Long Island boaters and marina staff will begin readying vessels for the warmer weather by shedding the plastic shrink wrap that is used to protect boats throughout the winter. Offering residents an environmentally friendly way to dispose of this non-reusable material, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and SPLASH, a group dedicated to keeping waterways clean, have announced a recycling program for the shrink wrap that covers many recreational boats during the off season. Joining Murray and SPLASH President Rob Weltner at a shrink wrap recycling press conference were Long Island Marine Trades Council President Chris Squeri, Dante Grover from Al Grover's High And Dry Marina, and other town officials.

"Shrink wrap protects boats from the effects of harsh winter weather, but it presents a waste disposal problem, clogging landfills with non-biodegradable material," Supervisor Murray said. "Hempstead Town's recycling program will allow boat owners to protect their vessels from snow, ice, water and debris while also protecting the environment."

"SPLASH has been removing non-biodegradable shrink wrap from local waterways for years," said Weltner. "We brought the problem to the attention of the town and Kate Murray and Councilwoman Angie Cullin got on board with a commitment to recycle the material immediately."

The average boat can use as much as 14 pounds of shrink wrap. With over 15,000 boaters in the Town of Hempstead, the recycling program is expected to collect hundreds of tons of plastic that would otherwise be discarded and enter into the waste stream. According to Weltner, Hempstead Town is the first municipality on Long Island to offer shrink wrap recycling.

The Sanitation Department's facility in Merrick, located at 1600 Merrick Road, will host a container to collect the shrink wrap. Commercial marinas and residential boat owners may deposit the plastic material between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Shrink wrap deposited for recycling must be clean, with all lumber, rope, nails and garbage removed from the plastic.

Omni Recycling of Westbury will collect and recycle the shrink wrap at no cost to the township. This season alone, the recycling effort should keep up to 7 tons of shrink wrap out of the waste stream. In years to come as more and more boaters participate in the recycling effort, the total of collected shrink wrap should rise significantly.

"Recycling keeps the non-biodegradable material out of landfills and eliminates the chance that plastic material will find its way into waterways," Councilwoman Angie Cullin said.

Boat shrink-wrap is made of polyethylene, which can be recycled and used in the manufacture of new products such as plastic bags, guard rail blocks, wheel chalks, lawn edging, plastic banners, and plastic lumber.

The shrink wrap recycling initiative compliments the township's many rigorous recycling efforts, including programs for recycling mercury, household pollutants and electronic materials, as well as successful school-based and residential recycling programs.

"Boaters can now ready their vessels for fun on the waterways without worrying about adding to the waste stream," Murray concluded. "I encourage all marina operators and recreational boat owners to help make this spring season even greener by recycling plastic shrink wrap and rescuing our landfills from tons of added plastic trash. I want to thank SPLASH and Rob Weltner for bringing this issue to light and for partnering with us to address it."

Project 21 Arrest

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. On Tuesday March 23, seventeen locations were checked out and one arrest was made in Valley Stream to a merchant who was selling cigarettes to minors. Future visits will follow on any reported locations.

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

Too Good For Drugs

Dear Neighbors,

As you all know, the growing heroin epidemic is of great concern. I am happy to announce that I met with County Executive Ed Mangano to announce our joint participation with the Nassau County Police Department to implement Nassau’s new “Too Good For Drugs” Program. “Too Good For Drugs” is a school-based drug prevention program for kindergarten through 12th grade which is currently in place in over 2,500 school districts throughout all 50 states and was created in 1978 by the Mendez Foundation. This drug education program is designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, including heroin which is becoming a dangerous problem for Long Island teens.

We need to reach the students before they make the wrong choices. Proper education and programs like “Too Good For Drugs” are excellent ways to make sure our children don’t go down the wrong path.

This initiative is the third prong of the County’s plan to combat the current heroin epidemic that is spreading across our neighborhoods. The other two prongs of the drug education program include: 1) The Enforcement Initiative called Operation H.A.L.T. (Heroin Abuse Location Targeting), which targets heroin users traveling in and out of the county to purchase heroin; and 2) The Awareness Initiative which includes the creation and dissemination of advertisements aimed at educating parents about the current heroin epidemic.
To learn more about the “Too Good For Drugs” program please visit
Pictured: Deputy Presiding Officer Ciotti and County Executive Mangano displaying ads for the program.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact my office at (516) 571-6203.

Legislator John Ciotti
Deputy Presiding Officer

Monday, March 22, 2010

Move Over Law

Can you let everyone know this?

New Law: If a patrol car is pulled over to the side of the road, you must change to the next lane (away from the stopped vehicle) or slow down by 20 mph. Every state except New York, Hawaii and Maryland and Washington D.C. has adopted this law now.

In New Jersey, the "Move-over" law became operative in 2009, fine up to $500. http://www.moveover

A friend's son got a ticket for this recently. A police car (turned out it was 2 police cars) was on the side of the road giving a ticket to someone else. He slowed down to pass but did not move into the other lane. The second police car immediately pulled him over and gave him a ticket. He had never heard of the law.

It is a fairly new law in some states, if any emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, if you are able, you are to move into the far lane. The cost of the ticket was $754, with 3 points on his license and a mandatory court appearance.

Please tell everyone you know about this new law.

Thank you,

Move Over, America
More than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by vehicles along America's highways, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. To lower that deadly toll, a new coalition of traffic safety and law enforcement groups is launching a nationwide public awareness campaign to protect emergency personnel along our nation's roadsides.

"Move Over, America" is a partnership originally founded in 2007 by the National Safety Commission, the National Sheriffs' Association and the National Association of Police Organizations. Most recently, the partnership has also received the full support of the American Association of State Troopers. The campaign is the first nationally coordinated effort to educate Americans about "Move Over" laws and how they help protect the law enforcement officers who risk their lives protecting the public.

According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission:
·71 percent of Americans have not heard of “Move Over” laws;
·86 percent support enacting “Move Over” laws in all 50 states; and
·90 percent believe traffic stops and roadside emergencies are dangerous for law enforcement and first responders.
The poll was conducted among 625 registered voters from June 23-25. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.
Forty three states have passed “Move Over” laws, which require motorists to “Move Over” and change lanes to give safe clearance to law enforcement officers on roadsides.

Friday, March 19, 2010

March is Red Cross Month

Letter: A Message From The Red Cross
Written by Frank Cassano Chief Executive Officer American Red Cross – Nassau County

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.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Date: Saturday March 20, 2010
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Eisenhower Park, East Meadow Parking Field 3

The S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) Program is designed to provide area residents with a safe, environmentally sound method of disposal of the many hazardous materials found in the average home. By bringing such toxins as antifreeze, drain cleaners and pesticides on any of the scheduled S.T.O.P. collection days, you and your family can make a significant contribution to the protection of our precious groundwater supply and the preservation of our bays and estuaries. Please join with us in cleaning our homes of hazardous material and ensuring their proper collection and disposal. Together we can ensure the continued integrity of our fragile ecosystem.
When bringing items, please follow these simple guidelines: Wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place in a plastic bag or larger container. Make sure all caps and lids are tight. Place items securely in a box for transportation. Use newspaper or cardboard to keep items from tipping or hitting each other. Place chemicals which may react with each other in separate areas of the vehicle. Do not leave products in a hot, unventilated vehicle for an extended period of time. Do not smoke near chemical products. Wear rubber gloves when handling containers.
Waste from commercial establishments, schools, churches, synagogues or home businesses will not be accepted. No commercial vehicles are permitted.

Aerosol cans
Asbestos (double bagged)
Bug & Rodent killers
Car Batteries
Cell Phones
Chemistry Sets
Drain Cleaners
Fertilizers with Herbicides
Flammable Liquids (fire starter)
Flourescent lamps (including CFLs)
in shatterproof containers & ballasts
Household Batteries Kerosene*
Latex & Oil-Based Paint
Oven Cleaners
Paint Stripper
Paint Thinner & Brush Cleaner
Photography Chemicals
Polishes & Wood Preservatives
Spot Removers
Swimming Pool Chemicals
Telephone Books
Thermostats (containing mercury)
Tires (car - off rims)
Waste Oil*
Weed Killers
* Limit 6 in 5 gallon containers only
Fire Extinguishers
Electronic Recyclable Waste Infectious or Medical Waste
Propane or Oxygen tanks
Radioactive Materials
Unlabeled Materials

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Franklin Square Historical Shares Kate Smith Story

In early 1940, Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic American, and the biggest star on radio, was deeply worried about her country.
She asked Irving Berlin if he could give her a song that would re-ignite the spirit of American patriotism and faith. He said he had a song that he had written in 1917, but never used it. He said she could have it.
She sat at the piano & played it and realized how good it was. She called Mr. Berlin and told him that she couldn't take this from him for nothing. So, they agreed that any money that would be made off the song would be donated to the Boy Scouts of America.
Thanks to Kate Smith and Irving Berlin, the Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties.
This clip is from the movie "You're in the Army Now". You will see a familiar face in this—one that we are all very proud of.
Frank Sinatra said that when Kate Smith, whom he considered the greatest singer of his age, first sang this song on the radio, a million guys got 'dust' in their eyes and had to wipe the tears the 'dust' caused.
If you can watch and listen without 'dust' getting in your eyes, you have no soul. Sit back and enjoy a Real Star.
copy and paste the following link

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Congratulations to Two of Our Own

Town Honors Outstanding Women At Annual Pathfinder Awards

March 9, 2010

Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the Hempstead Town Board honored 9 women who live or work in the Town of Hempstead for their outstanding contributions to the community at the town's annual Pathfinder Awards ceremony on March 9th. In addition, an award was presented posthumously to music legend and Levittown native Ellie Greenwich.

An inspiring keynote speech was delivered by Rebecca Campbell, the first female president and general manager of WABC-TV in New York. Shattering the glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry, Ms. Campbell oversees the highest rated television station in the nation's largest television market.

"Recognizing the achievements of women in all areas of society and encouraging young girls to realize their fullest potential are at the very essence of this event," noted Murray. "What the women we are recognizing this year have achieved serves as an inspiration to all those who will follow their example."

The two local winners of the prestigious Pathfinder Award are as follows:

Community Affairs: Elizabeth Gottlieb- For 30 years, Elizabeth Gottlieb of Garden City South worked in various capacities at J.P. Morgan Chase before she decided to be a stay-at-home mom, devoting more time to her family and volunteer activities. Elizabeth has served as the Recording Secretary and President of the Washington Street School PTA, Recording Secretary and Vice President of Softball for the Garden City South Little League, Team Parent Manager for the Franklin Square Warriors Cheerleading, Second Vice President of the Franklin Square Interschool PTA, and Recording Secretary of the Sewanhaka Central Council PTA. Even after Elizabeth's husband James passed away in 2005, she remained active in the Keynoter Chorale and continued to volunteer her time with the PTA, the Garden City South Little League and the Franklin Square Warriors Cheerleading. Elizabeth Gottlieb's contributions to the community have been vast and far-reaching.

Town of Hempstead Employee: Peggy Mahoney- Peggy Mahoney's career with the town includes 35 years of distinguished service. From her early days as a seasonal employee, organizing and creating athletic programs, Peggy was tough to keep up with. She captained the team that ran the flag football and softball leagues, achieved all her goals with the street hockey program, spiked interest in the March of Dimes Volleyball Tournament, and staged the legendary crab races at East Meadow Pride Day. Peggy also runs the town's Cheerleading Program, welcoming every youngster with open arms in a spirited and fun-filled program that culminates in a packed, energy charged gym. Every year she helps costume all 9,000 kids, even paying "out of pocket" for the occasional kid who finds it hard to afford an outfit. In 30 years, Peggy has welcomed over 100,000 girls to the program. Her affection and attention for children is also apparent in her work with the Child Safety Program. She has trained with the FBI and other federal agencies to understand and implement town-wide safety initiatives. A computer expert, Peggy introduced a "Stranger to Danger" Internet Safety Program and toured local schools to share her expertise.

"Each of these women is truly extraordinary," concluded Murray. "They are all deserving of this honor and it is an extreme pleasure to have this opportunity to recognize them for their many accomplishments."

A Night at the Races

Join Local Businesses who are helping a non for profit
with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit

At a Night at the Races
Join us the VFW Post 1790
65 E Merrick Road
Valley Stream, New York

Saturday March 13, 2010

Doors open 7:30 pm
Post time is 8:00 pm

Tickets are $30 in advance
$40 at the door
includes food , soda, beer and wine cash bar

Raffle Prizes and 50/50 sold


Mail checks to:
1058 Delmar Avneue
Franklin Square, NY 11010
or call for tix 352-7990

For more info see

Town of Hempstead to Host First Spay/Neuter Day for Feral Cats

Supervisor Kate Murray has announced that the town will hold its first spay/neuter day for feral cats (non-pet felines, living in outdoor environment) at town's animal shelter on Thursday, March 18, 2010. Feral cats that are not spayed or neutered may wander from place to place throughout our region resulting in pockets of feral cat overpopulation.

"In an effort to mitigate the overpopulation of feral cats in our area, Hempstead Town is pleased to offer the first in a series of spay/neuter events for feral cats," stated Supervisor Murray.

"The Town of Hempstead is being proactive in combating this serious problem and will be scheduling a number of free spay/neuter events throughout the year," said Councilwoman Angie Cullin. "I urge residents to call today to make a spay/neuter appointment for the feral cats under their care."

Residents of the town can bring up to three feral cats for free spay/neuter. For the safety of all participants we ask that cats be brought in carriers. Residents are encouraged to schedule an appointment for the feral cats that they are feeding and plan to bring to the program. Space is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of residency must be provided.

To register for an appointment or to get more information about this program, please call the Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220. The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh.

"This is such a great program to help control our feral cat population in the town," concluded Supervisor Murray. "I urge every resident who cares about feral cats to take advantage of this great opportunity."

T Mobile Update

T-Mobile Is At It Again!

As most of you know, T-Mobile lost their prior application before the Board of Appeals to construct a cell tower at 340 Dogwood Ave (shopping center with Romeo's Pizza). They did not appeal the Board's decision. Earlier t his year, T-Mobile submitted another application for another cell facility at the same property to be located on the roof of the building. WHY SHOULD THE COMMUNITY GIVE UP WHAT IT HAS WON! The community filed a brief with the Board to have T-Mobile's second application dismissed upon the grounds of "res judicata" - meaning T-Mobile had a full and fair hearing and must be precluded from having a second hearing on the same matter. T-Mobile will submit a responsive brief. We will reply to their brief and T-Mobile can respond to our reply. All briefs will be submitted by May 1, 2010. The Board will then make a decision as to whether to dismiss their application or grant another hearing to construct the cell facility. The fight against T-Mobile has been very costly. . We must engage an expert to rebut whatever expert affidavits are submitted by T-Mobile regarding the "res judicata" issue currently before the Board. If you would like to make a contribution, please make your check payable to Franklin Square United Neighborhood Association, Inc. Mail to: FSUNA c/o Stuart Lipsky, P.C., 575 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, New York 10018. Contributions in any amount would be helpful. Contributions to FSUNA are not tax deductible. Thank you very much for your generosity and caring for our community.


BLOOD DRIVE April 15, 2010
1:00pm – 7:00pm
At Washington Street Elementary School
760 Washington Street
Franklin Square, NY

Your donation will help to save up to THREE lives.
Our community hospitals need your help.
Please share this lifesaving gift!

Thank you for caring.
Long Island Blood Services

Thursday, March 4, 2010

AMT Children Of Hope Foundation

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was joined today by Timothy Jaccard, President of the AMT Children of Hope Foundation/Baby Safe Haven Program, to announce that Nassau County will be the first county in the nation to implement a new program identifying ambulances as official “baby safe haven” drop-off sites. The ambulance signage program is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the program, which allows for mothers to legally and safely relinquish their babies at certain locations.
“The Safe Haven law provides a safe alternative for mothers who are frightened and feel they have nowhere else to turn. The message is simple: if you truly feel that you cannot care for your baby, you have options. Find a Safe Haven location and put your baby into safe and caring arms,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. “Nassau County is committed to the health and welfare of newborns and we are happy to lend our support to this important program.”
New York law allows a mother who believes she cannot care for her baby to legally leave the newborn at a number of locations, including police precincts, firehouses, hospitals, churches or with any responsible adult willing to accept the baby and call proper authorities. Over the past decade, safe haven laws have been adopted in all 50 states and 2,636 babies have been safely relinquished.
All ambulances in Nassau County, and later, the nation, will be identified as Safe Haven locations with signs reflecting the logo, "Safe Baby - Safe Place - Safe Haven.” The Nassau County Police Department has installed them on all of its ambulances, as did the North Bellmore Fire Department, Winthrop Hospital, Wantagh-Levittown Ambulance Corp. and Life Star Ambulance Corp. This initiative is being funded by AMT Children of Hope and will have no financial impact on Nassau County.
The AMT Children of Hope Foundation was founded in 1998 in response to a number of abandoned, deceased infants discovered in the community. The organization — comprised of members of the Nassau County Police Department, AMTs, local healthcare workers and civilians — provides dignified burials for innocent children lost to unsafe abandonment, and is committed to putting an end to such tragedies.
The goal of this awareness campaign is to prevent the loss of innocent lives - most recently, the infant discovered in the Yaphank Recycling Center in January 2010,” said Timothy Jaccard. Named “Thomas John Hope,” a burial for the infant is currently being arranged.
The AMT Children of Hope Foundation operates a 24/7 emergency hotline to offer assistance to individuals in crisis who are pregnant and have nowhere to turn. In 2009, the hotline received 2,115 calls. The organization also provides support to prepare parents-to-be to raise their child or make an adoption plan if they choose to; counsels them to share their situation with parents and/or other relatives; and educates them on the Safe Haven law.

Art Exhibition

"EASEL" Art On Exhibition At East Meadow Library

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes announced that the town's Experienced Art Students Enrichment League (EASEL) is presenting an art exhibition at the East Meadow Public Library from March 3rd through March 25th.

"EASEL, a daytime art league administered by the Town of Hempstead's Department of Senior Enrichment, is open to all resident seniors 60 years of age or older. It is geared to those individuals who have had previous experience in the field of art, painting or graphics," said Supervisor Murray.

The art exhibition will be on display in the library, located at 1886 Front Street in East Meadow, during its regular business hours. A "Meet the Artists" reception will be held at the library on Sunday, March 7th from 2 to 4 p.m. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Residents of all ages should take advantage of this wonderful art viewing opportunity," said Councilman Hudes. "I encourage senior residents who have such creative skills to take advantage of the opportunity to practice their artistry weekly in EASEL's creative, relaxed atmosphere."

The EASEL program meets at the Oceanside Senior Center, located at 2900 Rockaway Avenue in Oceanside, each Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Some of the program's benefits include demonstrations, an opportunity to work in one's medium, as well as participation in discussions and museum trips. New members are encouraged to join the league.

"I encourage residents to visit the East Meadow Library to view some of the original paintings and sketches on display that have been created by members of the league," concluded Murray.

Please call the Oceanside Senior Center at (516) 766-8888 if you wish to obtain further information about the EASEL program.

New Animal Cruelty Unit and Tip Hotline

Newly created unit will combat animal cruelty and endangerment

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the creation of a new unit within her office to handle cases involving animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect in an effort to better protect vulnerable pets and animals.

“This newly created unit will give a voice to the victims of animal abuse, and send the message that the abuse and neglect of animals is not tolerated in Nassau County,” Rice said. “The Animal Cruelty Unit will do everything possible to ensure that those who endanger pets and other animals will face the full brunt of the criminal justice system.”

This unit will handle all felony and misdemeanor cases, including:

Animal abandonment
Severe physical abuse
Domestic violence-related abuse, such as violence exacted against a significant other’s pet or use of violence to ensure silence of child sex abuse victims
Neglect, such as food or water deprivation, lack of medical care or shelter

In addition, prosecutors within the unit will conduct training for local law enforcement agencies and give presentations to animal rights groups.

Residents are also encouraged to call in to the unit’s newly created hotline at
(516) 680-8624 if they think an animal is being abused. All callers will be kept anonymous.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What to do if...

What should I do if I lose my dog or cat?

It is very important to make sure your animal has a tag with its name and your address and phone number securely attached to his collar. It makes it so much easier for anyone who finds your pet to call you directly with the good news.
The precinct (573-6500) keeps a log book of telephone calls made by people who report finding a stray animal and of those who call to say their dog is missing. We have been successful in reuniting pet owners and pets. If the dog is unclaimed he is brought to the Town Of Hempstead Animal Shelter. We will also suggest you call the Shelter if we have recieved no reports of a found animal.

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Avenue
(516) 785-5220

Did you know that Animal Control officers respond to over 6,000 requests for service, including 500 night emergency calls, every year. If you have a problem concerning a loose or stray dog or an injured or sick cat contact the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220. After hours, contact the Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900.

Adoption Information
The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter boasts one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Come tour the Animal Shelter and bring the abiding love of a pet into your home! All pets are adopted at your own risk, and we do advise you to have your newly adopted pet examined by your veterinarian.
Adoption Fees 85.00 Dogs 75.00 Cats
Adoption fees include all required vaccinations including rabies vaccine,
New York State dog license, spaying or neutering and microchipping.
You may view the adoptable pets from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter by visiting PETFINDER.COM, the oldest and largest searchable directory of adoptable pets on the Web.

“Too Good For Drugs Program”

Mangano & Mulvey Announce
Implementation of “Too Good For Drugs Program”

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey were joined by Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s (LICADD) Executive Director Jeffrey Reynolds today at a press conference where they announced the implementation of the “Too Good for Drugs Program,” which was created in 1978 by the Mendez Foundation.

“Too Good For Drugs” (TGFD) is a school based prevention program for kindergarten through 12th grade. It builds on students’ resiliency by teaching them how to be socially competent and autonomous problem solvers. TGFD K-8 has a separate, developmentally appropriate curriculum for each grade level, which include emotional competency skills, social and resistance skills, goal setting and decision making skills. TGFD from 9th to 12th grade is designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among students. Each curriculum builds on earlier grade levels, an instructional design which enables students to learn important skills sequentially and retain them year after year.

The “Too Good For Drugs Program” is an evidenced based program that has been widely recognized for its successes and is currently in over 2,500 school districts, substance abuse treatment agencies and community organizations in 50 states. Studies conducted in elementary, middle and high schools have evidenced positive effects on risk and protective factors relating to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use/violence. The TGFD program was effective for students regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnic background. Positive effects on substance use and protective factors continued to be evidenced both short and long term.

This initiative is the County Executive’s third prong in an approach to combating the current heroin epidemic that is claiming the lives of many residents here in Nassau. The County Executive announced on February 11th the first two prongs of his approach to combating heroin here in Nassau which are: his Enforcement initiative entitled Operation H.A.L.T. (Heroin Abuse Location Targeting), which targets heroin users traveling in and out of the county to purchase heroin; and his Awareness initiative which was the creation and dissemination of an ad campaign which is aimed at getting the attention of parents about the current heroin epidemic.

“Just as you can not spend your way out of deficit, we have learned you can not arrest your way out of a heroin epidemic,” said County Executive Mangano. “Education is one of the best ways to prevent our children from heading down a very dangerous path. The implementation of this proven program in our community will help give our children the tools they need to resist this very hazardous lifestyle that often leads to tragic circumstances.”

“Today (March 1st) and tomorrow (March 2nd) the Mendez Foundation will provide training to many school officials, substance abuse professionals and law enforcement personnel at our Nassau County Police Academy,” said Commissioner Mulvey. “Attendees will be trained to implement the program, including the program components, and will cover how the lessons are set-up and the importance of delivering with fidelity. In addition, the training will provide sample lessons delivered by the trainers and by the participants. The two day training program will be paid for using Nassau County Police Asset Forfeiture funds.”

“This proactive approach to combating the current heroin epidemic will allow us to educate our children from with age appropriate material that will yield results for years to come,” said County Executive Mangano. “I would like to thank LICADD for their advice and assistance as we continue to work together towards eradicating heroin use from our communities.”

LICADD’s Executive Director Jeffrey Reynolds stated: "Nassau County clearly understands the need to both address the supply side of our current heroin crisis and the demand side simultaneously. Too Good For Drugs starts the educational process early and gives young people the knowledge and skills necessary to avoid alcohol and other drugs as they approach adolescence. We thank County Executive Mangano and the Nassau County Police Department for bringing this evidence-based intervention to Long Island. We know it will help save lives."

Monday, March 1, 2010

Knights of Columbus 12 Apostles Council

St Patrick's Day Dinner Dance

St. Catherine School Auditorium
Date: Saturday March 13, 2010
Time: 7 p.m. 11 p.m.

Enjoy the music of C&T Entertainment


Corned Beef and Cabbage
Boiled Potatoes and Rye Bread
Zeppoli and Sfingi

Tickets are $25 per person
$10 children 12 and under

To Purchase Tickets:
Joe C. 352-2902
Angelo 361-7371
Joe A. 358-3902