With the arrival of the warm summer months comes the opportunity for parents to spend more time having fun with their kids. One great way to spend quality time as a family is by attending one of the town’s Children’s Summer Festival shows together.
In July, three exciting shows are traveling to our town parks. All three shows are free and suitable for all ages. At “Erik’s Reptile Edventure” children have the opportunity to learn about the importance of science and nature. The show offers a fun-filled educational experience that encourages kids to learn about reptiles, amphibians and bugs. For those who are looking for a good laugh and spellbinding magic, “The Magic & Comedy of Jim McClenahan” is sure to please. Finally, children will enjoy “The Tell Tale Storytellers,” which will entertain audiences with their singing and storytelling.
This month, Nassau County, in cooperation with the Lustgarten Foundation, is hosting a ceremony and building illumination for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Over 37,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year –which is why our goal is to raise awareness in order to prevent and fight this disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, the overall 5-year relative survival rate for 1999-2005 was 5.5 percent. We must work together to thwart pancreatic cancer.
Hempstead Town is once again holding its “Summer of Love” pet adoption program now until Aug. 22. During this time, the town is waiving a complement of fees at Hempstead Town’s Animal Shelter for pets that are adopted during the summer season. By waiving adoption fees and other charges, residents can experience the joy of pet ownership without the financial burden.
While Senator Dean Skelos and his colleagues are playing political games in Albany, the state budget deficit keeps ballooning and nothing is being done to control property taxes. When this chaos ends, legislators should tackle rising education costs. To do that, teachers’ and school administrators’ salaries must be frozen and their lifetime health benefits eliminated since over half of our property taxes go for paying these salaries and benefits.
This past month, our community has seen huge amounts of rainfall. For the first time in many, many years, our residents have been able to safely travel on Hempstead Avenue without the need to dodge deep ponds of water. Please remember as you drive up and down the avenue in the future, no longer impeded by overflowing catch basins, that a community working together with the West Hempstead Civic Association and County Legislator Muscarella accomplished this project. It’s about time that West Hempstead received back some of our tax money through capital projects.
It is my hope that by the time that you read this, the stalemate that has gripped the Senate will be over.
Senator Craig M. Johnson will be sponsoring upcoming mobile office hours at the Shelter Rock and Williston Park Libraries.
The mobile office hours program, which was started soon after the senator’s election to the State Senate, is designed to make it easier for residents to bring their concerns, suggestions and ideas to Senator Johnson’s office.
The Town of Hempstead proudly takes part in the celebration of our nation’s independence with our Annual Independence Day Celebration and Veterans Salute. The salute will occur Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The State Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Craig Johnson that would protect residents from deception, harassment and possible fraud over the phone lines.
West Hempsteaders gave a warm welcome to Town Supervisor Kate Murray at the recent annual meeting of the civic association.
Granted, we are a cordial bunch, but I must confess, this generous reception was much more than a polite courtesy.
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