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State Budget & Reform Plan Presented to Local Community

Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

Reform plan includes major focus on mandate relief and the “education crisis”

N.Y.S. Governor Cuomo recently proposed his 2012-2013 Executive Budget & Reform Plan, with four main points of reform focusing on economic development, re-imagining government, mandate relief, and education. To create a dialogue with communities across the state, Governor Cuomo has been sending state representatives to various locations to speak on his behalf about the proposed budget and reform plan.

Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state’s Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Department, visited the Port Washington Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 19 to begin this conversation with local community leaders. This event was co-hosted by Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn), Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, and the Port Washington Public Library.


Police Charge Man in Hempstead Home Invasion

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

Two suspects still at large

Police arrested a Lynbrook man in connection with a Hempstead home invasion and robbery last week. Wiseallah Hightower-Castro, 24, is charged with first-degree rape, committing a criminal sexual act, second-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree burglary, criminal use of a firearm, assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Hightower-Castro was arraigned in the First District Court in Hempstead on Jan. 12.

Police revealed that they still are looking for two other men who joined Hightower-Castro in the home invasion. Hightower-Castro was ordered held without bail, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office said.

Police said Hightower-Castro and two other men forced their way into the Grove Street home at about 11 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, when a 22-year-old man was visiting his godmother at the address.


Williston Park’s La Marmite Turns Into Tax Cap Lecture Center

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

NYCOM, NCVOA, Comptroller’s Office convene to discuss
2 percent tax cap and how it affects local municipalities

The year 2012 is still in its infancy, but an issue that dates back years in New York State and other states, is dominating its first steps into the New Year. Local municipalities and school districts will work to get under the inaugural 2 percent property tax cap that was enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo in June.

La Marmite in Williston Park went from a fine dining restaurant to debating ground on Jan. 10. The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) and the State Comptroller’s Office hammered out the issues and implications on the property tax cap and its affect on municipalities.

The tax cap limits the increase in property taxes each year for school districts and local governments to 2 percent, or the rate of inflation. New York City is exempt from the tax cap.


Police Investigating Hempstead Break-In

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00

Woman sexually assaulted by two of three unknown subjects

Nassau County Police is investigating a robbery that occurred in Hempstead on Sunday, Jan. 8 at approximately 11 p.m. According to Lt. Raymond Cote, three men invaded a home, rummaging for drugs, money and sexually assaulted a woman.

Police said the incident occurred when a 22-year-old male was visiting his 47-year-old mother at the Grove Street home when a knock was at the door. Three masked men, one with a gun and two with knives forced themselves into the house.


WH School District Holds Second Budget Café

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00

Hogan: ‘Failure really isn’t an option’

New York State’s 2 percent property tax cap is changing the landscape of school district budget planning throughout Long Island, and the West Hempstead Board of Education is taking an innovative approach to address the issues at hand.

On Jan. 10, Superintendent John Hogan and Deputy Superintendent Richard Cunningham held the second “Budget Café” of the 2011-12 school year, to hear feedback from the community of how the district’s funds should be appropriated for this year’s upcoming budget. According to the superintendent, the mission statement of the particular evening was to “prioritize what we value in our children’s education now and in the future.” Additionally, the focus of the evening was to discuss how the school board should distribute financial resources in order to address West Hempstead’s values, and to deliver an excellent instructional program.


Man Confesses to Elmont and Queens Firebombings

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

Five different locations, two of which were houses of worship hit on New Year’s Day

New York City and Nassau County Police investigated a firebombing attempt Sunday night, Jan. 1 in Elmont that was revealed to be related to four firebombings in nearby sections of Queens the same evening, officials said.

Ray Lengend of Queens confessed Tuesday, Jan. 3 to going on a firebomb spree. Lengend, an unemployed truck driver, was charged with five counts of criminal possession of a weapon and five counts of arson, one considered a hate crime, police said.


Senator Jack Martins Congratulates Metros Champ Titus Williams

Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

State Senator Jack Martins congratulated Metros boxing champion Titus Williams on his sensational boxing victory this past week. Williams fought his bout in Franklin Square’s Plattdeutsche Hall in front of a packed hometown crowd from Franklin Square, Elmont and South Floral Park.

Senator Jack Martins congratulated Titus on his victory and wished him continued success as he continues to climb the ladder of boxing success throughout New York State and the tri-state area. “Titus is a great young man who makes Elmont, South Floral Park and Franklin Square proud. His win was truly extraordinary. He shows everyone what commitment and hard work can achieve,” said Senator Martins.


Timing Is Right to Give the Gift of Clean Water

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00

Comment period extended to Jan. 11, 2012 to request that Cuomo protect water supply and ban fracking

Governor Cuomo’s proposal to open New York to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has come under fire for failing to protect the state’s residents from a method of gas drilling that pollutes the environment, explained a host of speakers at a rally to ban fracking held Dec. 15 at Mary Jane Davis Green in Manhasset.

In this challenging economy the buzzword is job creation and Cuomo has also been criticized for claiming fracking will create jobs, but, as speaker Patti Katz, Reach Out America (ROA), said, “You can’t drink money.” The complaint period against fracking has been extended to Jan. 11, 2012 and rally speakers encouraged everyone to visit and to send Governor Cuomo one of their own letters.


At the Elmont Public Library: December 28, 2011

Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00

Elmont Public Library

700 Hempstead Tpke.

Elmont, NY 11003-1896


December Feature Films

The Tempest

Friday, Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m.

PG-13 for nudity, suggestive content and scary images and bawdy bits. 2011. Drama. Comedy. 110 minutes.   This modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical, and magical fantasy. Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospero conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge. This modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical and magical fantasy with Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, leading a star-studded cast including Russell Brand.

Cast: Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Chris Cooper, Russell Brand.

January Feature Films

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m.

Rated PG for mild rude humor and some language. 94 minutes. 2011. Comedy.

The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. Come and join us for the Jim Carrey hit flick! Cast: Jim Carrey, Angela Langsbury.

Another Earth

Friday, January 6th, 2012 at 2:30pm

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use. 92 min. Sci-Fiction. Drama.

In Another Earth, Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined.

Cast: William Mapother, Brit Marling.

The Debt

Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m.

Rated R for scenes of extreme violence. 2010. 1 hour, 53 minutes. Drama. Suspense.

The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stefan (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David. All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1965, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington) tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin.

At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations. A possible best actress award for Helen Mirren?

Cast: Tom Wilkinson, Helen Mirren.

Glee in 3-D

Friday, Jan.13 at 2:30 p.m.

Rated PG 13 for thematic elements, brief language and some sensuality. 2011. 84 minutes. Documentary. Musical.

A concert documentary shot during the Glee Live Concert.  Come and enjoy a fun filled afternoon of Glee! Cast: Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Diana Argon.


On Display in the Gallery for the month of December: Oil Paintings by Photography by Winifred Boyd.

The “New World” with Howard Shurdut

Friday, Jan. 6 at 12:30 p.m

This presentation focuses on the many, rapidly changing items that are affecting us in the United States as well as around the world.  We will highlight several areas including national and international political situations, currency, immigration and developments in the worlds of science and technology.

Zumba with Diane

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at 2 p.m. (Registration began on Friday, Dec. 23). This is the fast-paced Latin inspired dance class everyone wants to experience. Classic Latin moves including Cha Cha, Salsa, Samba and more are combined with pulse-pounding rhythms for a workout that feels like a party. Elmont Library Card Holders Only. Class size is limited. Visit the Adult Reference Desk at the Library to register.

Empire Driver Safety Program

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration begins Friday, Dec. 23). Sponsored by the Empire Safety Council. This is a six hour Defensive Driving Course. Receive 10 percent off Collision and Auto Liability /PIP rates on your auto insurance.

A Taste of Opera: Opera, the Broadway Musical

Theatre and Beyond

Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Elmont Library Theatre

Join Naomi Zeitlin and enjoy the beauty and diversity of songs of the musical theatre, ranging from grand and light opera to Broadway and Beyond.

Ask the Nutritionist With Jennifer

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. This month’s topic: New Year, New You. Let’s kick off 2012 with healthy eating tips and motivational techniques for a healthier you.

Line Dancing with Barbara Fraser

Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m.

Continuing the ever-popular adult program, Barbara Fraser reviews dances previously taught and introduces something new for the line-dancing crowd.

Say That I Tried to Love Somebody…From the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m.

Join Terry Lewis as we discuss the messages conveyed in the works of this prominent civil rights leader. What do the messages mean today? How might the ideas be applied in our daily lives? Share personal reflections and insights.

Diabetes Education With Jennifer

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at 7 p.m. This month’s topic: New Year, New Technology and Innovations in Diabetes Care

All about eBay with Sharper Image Training

Solutions, Inc.

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. (Registration begins Saturday, Dec. 31). Elmont Cardholders only, please. Find out more about how to buy and sell items using eBay, the world’s most popular online auction website. Learn about setting up an account, checking reliability of seller & buyers, online safety and much more.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Louis Russo

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at 1 p.m. Welcome to the year of the Dragon! This presentation will focus on Chinese history and a brief overview of key dynasties, classic stories, fascinating Chinese literature, classical Chinese dance (Shen Yun) and Chinese musical instruments.  Find out how Shen Yun uses dance to express Chinese civilization and its values.

Chi Gong

Thursday, Jan. 12, 26, 2012 at 10 a.m. (Registration has begun). Join the library “Chi Gong,” an ancient Chinese system of exercises or movements performed in meditation, which promotes relaxation and inner peace.  The class, taught by Cathy Anastasio, consists of easy breathing and movement exercises. Elmont Library Card Holders Only. Class size is limited. Visit the Adult Reference Desk at the Library.

Tai Chi

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at 10am  (Registration begins Jan. 5) Join for a class in Tai Chi, a system of movements and positions believed to have been developed in 12th Century China. Tai Chi techniques aim to address the body and mind as an interconnected system and are traditionally believed to have mental and physical health benefits to improve posture, balance, flexibility, and strength. Registration begins two weeks before each class; Elmont Library Card Holders Only. Visit the Adult Reference Desk at the Library to register.

Young Adult Services

Teen Lounge

All activities are for teens grades 7-12.

For all teen programs and workshops

• Register in person or by phone at the YA Desk

• To register for a program, please have your Elmont Public Library card handy

• Registration for each program begins 3 to 4 weeks before the program’s date

• Priority is given to Elmont residents and cardholders

• No fees

Please Note:

• Registered participants must be present at the time the program is scheduled to begin. We regret that after that time, your place may be given to those on the waiting list.

• If you are unable to attend a program, please call YA Services so your place can be given to a patron on the waiting list.

For questions, call Young Adult Services at 354-5280, ext. 247 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . In person registration started Monday, June 20.


There’s a lot more: Book and Craft Clubs for all ages, Fitness and Fun in the Morning, The Baking Coach, The Chess Club, Tween Beading Workshops, Storytimes, and Family Movies are just some of the events scheduled. Join us for a fun-filled summer. Call the Children’s Room at 516-354-5280, extension 1005, for more information.


The Teen Corner offers so much more this summer, including Teen Cuisine workshops, Manga Madness and Henna Happiness, fashion design, tango and belly dancing, as well as arts and crafts. For a complete list of our summer teen programs and dates, please check the Teen Corner on the library web site at or call 516-354-5280 ext. 247.


Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at noon

Help make a difference and let your voice be heard! Great for community service!

Teen Book Club

Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

The monthly-featured book will be available at the time of registration. Refreshments served.

Teen Craft Club

Friday, Jan. 6, 20, 2012 at 4 p.m.

Come and join every other Friday on a crafting adventure!

Test Taking/Study Skills Workshop

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Teen Cuisine: Pretzel Making Workshop

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Children’s Events

For all children’s programs and activities:

• Please register in person

• Please show your Elmont Public Library card

• Registration for each program or activity begins two weeks before the program/activity date.

Rules for Children’s Program

All participants must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the program to ensure a seat. People on the waiting list will be admitted to the program at 5 minutes prior to the program. Latecomers will not be admitted. In-person registration is required for all library programs and begins two weeks before each program date for Elmont library cardholders. Non-cardholders may call the Children’s Room the day before the program to check on availability. Space is limited.


Chair Yoga

Every Monday at 1 p.m. Enjoy relaxing the body and opening the heart, mind and spirit. Experience classic asanas (postures), meditation, music and chanting in a safe, supportive environment. This is a class suitable for all levels and will help participants learn how to listen to their bodies with gentle stretching and breathing. Regular Yoga practice can reduce stress, increase flexibility and enhance an overall feeling of wellness.

Chair Exercise

Every Friday for Chair Exercise at 10 a.m., led by RSVP volunteer instructors Millie Danko and Juanna Thornhill.   

Intermediate Bridge

Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. This is not a beginner’s practice; attendees must have experience in playing the game in order to participate. Practice is on Mondays at 1 p.m.

Rules for Children’s Program

All participants must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the program to ensure a seat. People on the waiting list will be admitted to the program at 5 minutes prior to the program. Latecomers will not be admitted. In-person registration is required for all library programs and begins two weeks before each program date for Elmont library cardholders. Non-cardholders may call the Children’s Room the day before the program to check on availability. Space is limited.

Health Assessments

June Friedel, RN, will help identify problems associated with blood pressure, weight control and medication monitoring. She will be available to answer individual questions and for one-on-one counseling. This is an ongoing program held the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m.

Live Homework Help

Free online help from real tutors for grades 4 to 12 and college prep too from is available at your library seven days a week from 3 to 9 p.m. Have your library card handy since a library card number is required to enter the site.

Senior Connections

Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Senior Connections is a service of seniors helping seniors with daily matters such as health care, Social Security, etc. Come to discuss these important issues with representatives Ethel and Caroline in the History Room at the rear of the Elmont Library.


Elmont Memorial High School Recognizes Scholar Athletes

Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00

At the end of each sport season, The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, (NYSPHSAA), honors high school sports teams with members that excel in the classroom and on the athletic field. A scholar athlete is a student who places equal value on maintaining a high academic average and athletic success, and a scholar athlete team is when the majority of the team earns an average grade point average of 90 percent and above.

Elmont Memorial High School has two teams that have been recognized for their academics and sportsmanship. The teams are the Girls Varsity Soccer Team, coached by Ms. Renee Chin, and the Girls Varsity Volleyball team, coached by Ms. Anna Limitone.  Elmont Memorial High School Principal John Capozzi congratulated the coaches and the student athletes on their accomplishments both on and off the field.  The entire school celebrates their success.


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