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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

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.

The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.

The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.

 

“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


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