Friday, April 30, 2010

United State Census Count in Phase 2

United States Census Bureau

May 1st, The Census Bureau is beginning phase 2 of the Census taking. With less then half of New York State turning in their census forms, census workers will be visiting neighborhoods to count the people. To date only 44% of the people living in New York State have responded meaning billions of dollars in aid could be lost funding for roads and bridges and other public works projects, emergency services, hospitals and the number of Senior Centers. , Also the number of representatives awarded to NY State would shrink in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If a census worker comes to your door they will show you an ID Badge, hand you an information sheet and ask you a few simple questions. Your answers are confidential and protected by law. All US Census Bureau employees have taken an oath and are subject to a jail term, a fine or both if they disclose ANY information that could identify you or your household. Your answers are used for statistical purposes, and no other purpose. As allowed by law, your census data becomes public after 72 years. This information can be used for family history and other types of historical research.

You are required by federal law to provide the information requested. Visit the Census web site and click on “Protecting Your Answers” to learn more about their privacy policy and data protection

Who to count as of April 1st
Count all people where they live and sleep most of the time. Including babies and children, foster children, roommates, boarders, and people staying with you who have no permanent place to live. Do not include college students living away at school, Armed Forces personnel who live away, people in nursing homes, a mental hospital, jail, prison, or detention facility.

Participation isn’t just important it’s mandatory.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Organ Donation Registration

Life is Beautiful Pass it on…
Organ Donation Registration Drive
In Memory of Lauren Emily Davis
4/11/90 – 1/1/09
Please register on
April 29, 2010
3-9 pm
Hicksville Community Center
28 West Carl Street
18 years or older
NYS Drivers License or ID card needed
Any Questions? Contact Coleen Clark 516-573-6270

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

1st Annual Art in the Park

Envision Valley Stream 1st Annual Art In the Park
Art in the Park
Date: June 12, 2010
10a.m. – 5p.m.

Valley Stream Village Green
Directly behind Valley Stream Village Hall
(123 S. Central Ave Valley Stream, NY)
Next to Henry Waldinger Memorial Library
(60 Verona Place Valley Stream, NY)

Early on in the development of Envision Valley Stream a member suggested having an Art in the Park event. The idea began to formulate as she mentioned coming home from NYC on the train and passing the Village Green as the train pulled into the station. She felt it would be exciting for someone passing through or getting off at Valley Stream to see art displayed around the Green, people enjoying food and music as they made there way around the event, and in general something just a bit different that the usual scene outside the train window. From that discussion the idea of Art in the Park was born.

Envision Valley Stream has and still is working hard to make Art in the Park a unique, fun and exciting event for our community.

For those hopefully attending Art in the Park: We hope the event will encourage you to have fun, to learn about Envision, and to keep active in your community.
For the artists and crafts vendors participating in Art in the Park: The event is an opportunity to display, discuss and sell your work. Your hard work, dedication and creativity is evident in your art and craft which is of great cultural value to our society. Events such as this Art in the Park are your chance to share your talent.
Application and further information for Vendors and Artists can be found on the website at Envision Valley Stream. Deadline May 30. For more information please contact Envision Valley Stream by: Email:
Phone: 516-726-1246
Mail: PO Box 1454 Valley Stream, NY 11582

We hope you will tell your family, friends and co-workers about Art in the Park and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Girl Scouts USA National Agenda Meeting

Taking Action for Girls Be Part of the Conversation
Who: Girls (12 and up), parents, volunteers, community members
When: Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Where: Girl Scouts of Nassau County
110 Ring Road West, Garden City
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Girl Scouts of the USA has set a national agenda to address the girl issues of bullying and cyberbullying, disordered eating, and unhealthy media images. Come and be part of our work as we turn people into power, advocate for girls, and make the world a better place.
Questions? Carole Aksak, Critical Issues Coordinator, 516.282.7521.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Local Girl Scout Troop organizing a "Fundraiser for Flowers" for Rath Park 9/11 Memorial and Gazebo

A Polk Street Girl Scout Troop #1689 from the West Hempstead/Franklin Square Association of Girl Scouts is collecting recyclable cans and plastic bottles
on May 1, 2010, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Rath Park Pool parking lot.
Money raised from turning in the recyclable bottles will be used to purchase flowers to plant around the Rath Park 911 Memorial and the gazebo.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Arrests Made for Serial Thefts from Cars

Two West Hempstead men have been arrested in connection with a rash of thefts from parked cars in the Garden City South area. From March through the beginning of April, items were stolen from 17 cars parked on the streets in Garden City South, including Whitehall Road South, Euston Road South, Oxford Road and Dorchester Road. Most of the thefts were made between 10 pm and 6 am often by breaking the car window. Police in plainclothes were working the streets and uniformed patrols intensified. The two men are arrested and charged with Larceny and Felony Criminal Mischief.

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: 04/22/10 3:35 P.M.

Missing Person’s Name: Mohammed Saleem

Missing Person’s Age: 23

Physical Description: male, black 5’2”,180 lbs, missing person has Down Syndrome, is hearing and speech disabled: has phone number tattooed on the inside of left forearm

Last Seen Wearing: blue jeans, white long sleeved shirt with black stripes and black sneakers

Missing Person was last seen at: 737 Caroline Avenue,Elmont

Motor Vehicle and direction of travel: N/A

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Franklin Square Civilian Patrol

Dear Neighbor,

We are your Franklin Square Civilian Patrol, the oldest Civilian Patrol operating on Long Island. Through the years we have exercised our commitment to the security of Franklin Square with a 100% voluntary, dedicated membership. Every year it is our custom to ask the people of Franklin Square to step forward and aide us in our efforts and in response the people have always backed us up. Frankly what we really need right now is more help running the street patrols. The proven best deterrent to criminal action is attention to our streets. Criminals by nature are sneaks and sneaks work best when backs are turned on them. Our position as a Civilian Patrol is simple, to watch. Recent events in our neighborhood show that although there have been decreases in crime rates there will always be a few bad apples. In no way can the Civilian Patrol ever be considered a Police type of organization; we already have one of the finest Police Departments in the country right here in Nassau County! The job of a Civilian Patrol is to act as a watch on wheels giving the community the edge to know that there is someone else out there keeping an interested eye on things. The sole commitment we require of our volunteers is a least two hours of their time per week to rove the streets of Franklin Square in either marked or unmarked cars acting as a deterrent and reporting and unusual activity to the proper authority. If you love your community and feel you would like to get involved in community affairs then you belong with us. Please send us a note for more information and JOIN UP!!
Thank you.
Franklin Square Civilian Patrol
P.O. Box 96
Franklin Square New York 11010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Clavin Offers A Variety of Choices For Payment Of School Taxes

April 7, 2010
Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin reminds residents to take advantage of the convenient payment options offered by his office as the deadline for paying the second half 2009-2010 school tax approaches. Taxpayers who prefer to make payments in person can avail themselves of satellite offices, the mobile tax office and the EZ-Pay drive thru payment window located behind the Town Receiver's office in Hempstead. In addition, tax bills can be paid by credit card or e-check, online or via telephone. Tax payments received or postmarked by May 10 will be penalty-free.

"Taxpayers who prefer to pay their taxes in person from the comfort of their car may choose to utilize the EZ-Pay drive thru payment window located behind the tax office at 200 North Franklin Street," said Clavin. "My office also accepts electronic payments via e-check and credit card."

Office hours at the main tax office located at 200 North Franklin Street in Hempstead will be extended during peak collection times. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. The fully staffed main office accepts all forms of payment and can provide taxpayers with assistance regarding account inquiries.

Satellite offices established at Rock Hall Museum (located at 199 Broadway in Lawrence) and Levittown Hall (located at 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville) will be open to receive tax payments (checks and money orders only) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10.

"Our mobile town hall brings town government to local neighborhoods," remarked Clavin. "This is especially convenient for residents who have limited time or ability to travel to the main tax office and desire to make their tax payments in person by check or money order." The mobile tax office will visit the following locations from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as follows:

Monday, May 3, Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick

Tuesday, May 4, Town Parking Lot O-3, Davison Avenue, Oceanside (directly across from Oceanside Library)

Thursday, May 6, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont

Friday, May 7, Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square

The E-Z Pay drive thru payment window will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. Only checks and money order payments are accepted at this facility.

Residents who would like to pay via credit card or e-check may log onto the town's website at www.TOH.LI and follow the Receiver of Taxes link to "Online Tax Payments," or call Official Payments Corporation toll-free at 1-877-306-6056. A convenience fee of 2.5% of the total tax payment will be incurred for credit card payments. A flat fee of $2 will be charged for electronic check payments. Hempstead Town receives no portion of these fees.

"I encourage residents to utilize the services designed to make the tax payment process less burdensome," concluded Clavin. "Supervisor Murray and I continue to look for innovative ways to assist residents with all of their tax payment needs."

Taxpayers should bring their entire tax bill when making payments in person. Tax stubs should not be detached from the bill. For further information visit the town's website at www.TOH.LI or contact the Office of Receiver of Taxes at (516) 538-1500.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kemp Hannon Introduces Legislation

Hannon Fights Cyber-Bullying - Introduces New Legislation
Posted on March 29, 2010
Senator Kemp Hannon, who’s been spreading cyber-bullying awareness on Long Island and across New York State, has introduced new legislation which prohibits bullying and cyber-bullying on school property and establishes a statewide central registry for bullying, cyber-bullying and hazing complaints.

“Tragically, cyber-bullying has become a new reality, and thus, a serious focus in our communities. We must respond by increasing awareness as well as prohibiting such dangerous behavior,” said Senator Hannon. “It’s important for parents to speak to their children about cyber-bullying and to review the warning signs,” continued Hannon. “We must send a message to everyone as parents, elected officials and community leaders that this type of detrimental behavior will not be tolerated in our schools nor anywhere in our community,” said Hannon.

Signs that your child may be a victim of cyber-bullying include: Avoiding the computer, cell phone, and other devices; appearing stressed when receiving e-mails, instant messages or text messages; withdrawing from family and friends, or acting reluctant to attend school and other activities and avoiding conversations about the computer.

Signs that your child may be cyber-bullying others include: Prior involvement in bullying, or the target of bullying; avoiding conversations about computer and cell phone activities; switching screens or closing programs when you, or others, are nearby; laughing excessively while using the computer or cell phone; using multiple online accounts or an account that is not his or her own; excessive use of a computer and/or cell phone and agitation if access to a computer or cell phone is restricted or denied.

For more information regarding cyber-bullying, visit and type “cyber-bullying” in the search bar located on the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

2010 John E. Rath Citizen of the Year

The Franklin Square Historical Society to announce the selection of Vincent Giordano as the Franklin Square Citizen of the Year for 2010. Vincent is well known in Franklin Square as a charitable, civic minded citizen who has been very active in organizations such as the Sons of Italy, Chamber of Commerce, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Association and the Historical Society. Vincent who is the proprietor of Tulip Caterers will be receiving the Award on April 22, 2010 at the Annual Dinner at the Plattdeutsche Restaurant at 6:00 pm. 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010. Dinner Cost is $40.00 per person – for reservations please call 516-352-1586.