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Parents Line Up For Kids Safety Day

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, a stunning autumn day, parents and children came together to learn about safety for every facet of their life.  

On that date, the Town of North Hempstead sponsored its Sixth Annual Kid Safety Day at Mary Jane Davies Park in Manhasset. Over 300 people attended. The news of the nearby shooting in Garden City might have triggered the overwhelming response because a long line was in front of the Child Safety ID kit table. Parents were able to have their child fingerprinted and have an identity kit put together in the event their child goes missing. The National Child Identification Program that has been in place since 1997, urges parents to put together the following information, should a child should go missing: A complete physical description including birthmarks, scars and identifying features, a current photo and fingerprints.

The Boy Scouts of Pack 3 and Pack 101 loved visiting with firefighters Alex November and John Bernic from the Manhasset Lakeville Fire Department. Company One firefighters were on hand with their water rescue boat and fire engines to show eager children what equipment and precautions they need to take in the event of a fire, smoke, or water rescue. The children were allowed on the equipment and received a special fire hat and coloring book for their visit. An Emergency Medical Technician was there along with a special smokehouse from Company Five. The smokehouse was a live demonstration to show kids what to do in the event smoke occurs in your home.

“The children are taught to crouch down low where air in the room is still cool enough to survive,” said Deputy Chief Mike Farrone. The kids loved the role-play of dropping to the floor and having real smoke pour into the trailer. It was a good thing that Farrone was there to guide them out.

Dog safety and understanding animal behavior were also an important part of the event. Marcie Geller and Paula Kellner spoke to children about how to always ask permission to approach a dog even though you might think the dog is friendly. Coloring books and pencils were given out to teach kids the “dos” and “don’ts” related to dog safety.

The event was also an opportunity for town council members and other government representatives to greet constituents. Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross, plus town council members Dina DeGeorgio, Anna Kaplan, Judi Bosworth and Angelo Ferraro were all in attendance. They were joined by Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink and New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimmel.

There were at least a dozen tables set up. Jim Thompson and Armand Saidai of the Hempstead Harbor Aero Modelers at North Hempstead spoke of the fun in learning how to construct, motor and fly mini aeroplanes. Lis Shibley manned the table for the Coalition Against Substance Abuse. Nancy Morris State Farm Agency provided arts and crafts. Jen Costantino and Nicole Caccamo manned the water safety table.

But best of all were the free brownies given out by Bennie and Barbara Borgognone of Buttercooky Bakery to make it a sweet day.