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Clark Gardens Returns

Botanical paradise devastated by Sandy reopens

Clark Botanic Gardens had its official reopening last Wednesday, six months after it was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town Councilman Thomas Dwyer and Town Clerk Leslie Gross and other officials were on hand to re-open the 12-acre living museum and educational facility in Albertson with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

 

"Clark Garden is a beautiful place that our residents can enjoy all year round,” said Supervisor Kaiman. “I am thrilled to be able to re-open this facility in its entire splendor.”

 

The Garden was established in 1969 on the former estate of Grenville Clark, a noted attorney and advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It contains hundreds of labeled trees and more than 5,000 species of plants.

The Botanic Garden lost over 50 trees as a result of Sandy and had a lot of structural damage to its surrounding property including broken walkways, railings and benches. Parts of the grounds were totally impassable in the weeks after the hurricane and indigenous plant and wildlife was severely affected.

 

“We had over $40,000 worth of damage with the loss of trees and everything else,” said Parks Commissioner, Jennifer Fava. “We are working hard through the spring to get everything back in order but it definitely will be an ongoing process.”

 

The Garden has over 30,000 visitors walk through its doors on annual basis and holds exciting events, including a Winter Wonderland, Halloween Spooky Walk and the 8th annual EcoFest, which took place last Saturday and Sunday to raise awareness among residents about environmental preservation.

 

“The festival is a real treat for the family,” said Councilman Thomas Dwyer. “It will have great music and wildlife displays for the children and the beautiful scenery of a botanical garden for parents to enjoy. It will be an even more special occasion this year after the devastation caused by Sandy.”

 

The re-opening of the Clark Botanic Garden would not have been possible if it were not for donations from private donors. One of those donors was Dr. Harvey Manes who donated $10,000 to Clark’s restoration effort. 

“I read the article about all of the trees that were effected and I thought it would be a great opportunity to donate some much needed funds,” said Dr. Manes. 

Other contributors included Environmentalists Patti Woods of the Grassroots Environmental Education and Frank Morris of The Sierra Club.


News

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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