Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00
I wish to take this opportunity to thank all our local residents and community organizations that assisted in this year’s community blood drive. Through everyone’s efforts we were able to collect 279 pints of whole blood on Friday June 28. This year’s drive and blood donations will go to benefit one of our local children, Owen Hogan. Owen’s illness requires numerous blood transfusions.
I wish to also thank the Wednesday’s Mothers Club for establishing a fund raising effort through the sale of delicious homemade baked goods at this year’s Community Blood Drive. It added to the success of the day in addition to raising funds for the Hogan family in their time of need.
It is during the summer months that the spare blood supply in the NY area is at its lowest levels. Prior to our Community Drive the spare blood supply in our area would only last another day and a half.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.
“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”
Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00
Hundreds of civic, business, community and elected officials gathered in Baldwin at the Coral House to support the annual kick-off of the Long Island Toys for Tots Drive on Monday, Oct. 27. The toy drive is the nation’s largest gift program for children during the holidays. Marine Corps Major Chuck Kilbride gave special recognition to the many people who make Toys For Tots possible locally, including U.S. Postal Service workers, marines, legislators, and the police and fire departments, who work tirelessly to collect toys each year.
The hundreds of guests were treated to special performances by the F.R.E.E. Players Jazz Ensemble and the American Bombshells trio.