Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Nassau County Fire Marshals Office Warning






Thursday, December 16, 2010

Take the Free Ride

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey support the taxi companies Holiday Free Ride Initiative.

On December 14th local taxi companies are giving free rides to those who need a ride home in an effort to deter Driving While Intoxicated and prevent holiday celebrations from ending in tragedy or arrest. They will continue to offer free rides through January 1, 2011.

“The local taxi companies providing free rides this holiday season truly embody the spirit and generosity we hope to endear,” said County Executive Mangano. “Don’t drink and drive…instead, take the free ride.”

Commissioner Mulvey supports these efforts and believes the public should be aware of this generous offer of public service.


If any of our residents and customers need a free ride home, after drinking at a local tavern, bar, restaurant or catering hall, from December 14th, 2010 – January 1, 2011 call (516) 326-9090.

Your local taxi companies throughout Nassau and Eastern Queens, are offering free rides, in an effort to prevent drunk driving, which could be deadly.

* Ollie’s Taxi & Airport Service
* All Island Transportation
* Taxi Latino
* Luxury Transportation
* Glen Belle Car Service
* Deluxe Transportation

“I am pleased to support and promote this generous offer of public service by the local taxi companies listed above, said Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey. There is no acceptable excuse for DWI with this offer of a free ride. If you do so in Nassau County, you will be arrested”.

Too many people, despite having too much to drink, are reluctant to give up his or her keys, or have no way to get back to their cars the next day. These taxi companies, will also give you a free ride back to the driver’s car the next day.

“We want all or our residents and customers to be safe over the holiday season. During this joyous time of year, our goal is to prevent or stop any horrible tragedies. If we can avoid one accident or someone from being injured it is well worth it. Don’t drink and drive, let your Transportation Companies be your designated driver and keep you safe,” said Marianne Blessinger, President of Ollie’s Taxi and Airport Service.

We thank the Media for doing their job in informing the public of this important service of ”Don’t drink and drive, call for a free ride home and return ride the next day to pick up your car.”

Contact: Marianne Blessinger (516) 326-9090 Ext. 303

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Driveway Robberies

Robbery Squad detectives are investigating an attempted Robbery that occurred on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM in Baldwin.

At that time, according to detectives, the 56 year old female victim, while exiting her vehicle was approached and grabbed from behind in her driveway by a male black subject who attempted to take her handbag off her shoulder. During a struggle, the victim was able to fend off the subject and retain her handbag. The subject then fled the scene on foot. During the altercation, the victim sustained pain and tenderness to her left wrist and refused medical aid at the scene.

The subject is described as a male black in his early 20’s, 5’7” to 5’8” tall, thin build, medium complexion and was clean shaven. The subject was wearing a blue or black sweatshirt with white lettering on the front, dark blue jeans and a dark colored baseball hat.

Investigating detectives state this incident matches a pattern of Robberies in the area by a male black subject(s).

Anyone with information regarding this attempted Robbery is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Details by: Det. Lavelle/Robbery Squad 11/30/10/2330/6672

Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Shopping Safety

County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey and the Police Department are taking affirmative steps to ensure the safety of the people of Nassau County during the upcoming holiday season. All of our regular marked and plainclothes patrols will be intensifying their coverage of shopping malls and commercial areas. The patrols will be augmented by patrol from our Mounted Unit and Bureau of Special Operations. Concurrently, dedicated patrols have been assigned to the major malls within the county, putting additional police officers at those locations during peak hours.
In addition to shopping safety, Nassau Police will also be on the outlook for drivers and occupants who are not complying with the Seat Belt Law. This includes children who are not in child safety seats or buckled in their seat. Police Officers will also be vigilant watching for drivers who are drinking and driving on all roads in Nassau. Handicapped parking violations will be strictly enforced. Parking in handicapped spaces are reserved for those with visible permits.
Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey suggests some holiday shopping tips:
Before Leaving Home
· Plan your shopping trip carefully. Know where you are going and what routes you will take to get there.
· If possible, arrange for a friend to go shopping with you. There is safety in numbers.
· Let someone know where you are going and what route you will be taking. Additionally, let them know when you expect to return.
· Leave your home secure, engage alarms and give the appearance that your home is occupied by leaving the lights on in the most frequently used rooms.
· Don’t leave valuable items out in the open. Secure them in closets, safes, etc.
When Parking
· Always park in well-lit areas.
· Note the location of your vehicle in the parking lot to conveniently return after shopping.
· Always lock all your doors
· Remove all items, such as radar detectors, laptops or packages and hide them in the trunk, glove compartment, out of site.
· Avoid parking near vans or other vehicles with covered cargo areas.
· Avoid carrying large handbags. Carry only what is necessary.
· Look around the parking lot for suspicious persons before you exit your vehicle.
· Don’t get out of your vehicle until you are ready. If you don’t feel safe, stay in the car or drive away.
While Shopping
· Keep your money and credit cards in your front pocket and try to limit the number of credit cards and cash you’re carrying while shopping.
· To avoid being a victim of “Identity Theft”, be aware of exposing credit cards, debit cards and other identification at the cash register and ATM’s. Thieves will utilize cell phones to capture card information without your knowledge.
· Be cognizant of any other type of “Distraction” type of crimes that typically occur during this time of the year.
When Returning To Your Car
Never leave the store with your arms full of packages. Use a courtesy cart.
Have your car key in hand, ready to unlock your door.
Check the parking lot for suspicious people and look around before you exit the store.
Do not return to your vehicle if you see people loitering nearby.
Carry a whistle or other audible device. If you feel threatened, use it. If you’re inside your vehicle, lock your doors and honk your horn to attract attention.
Check underneath, in front and in back of your car as you approach it.
Check the front and rear passenger seats inside your car before you enter it.
If you are planning on returning to the store, never leave your packages in plain view inside your vehicle. Lock them in the trunk or place them on the floor and cover them with a blanket or jacket.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

County Clerk Warns About Deed Scam

“Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell wants to caution homeowners about mass mailings being sent out claiming “The U.S. Government Federal Citizen Information Center website recommends that property owners should have an official or certified copy of their deed.” These letters urge homeowners that it is necessary to purchase a certified copy of the deed to their home.
All deeds for property located in Nassau County are recorded and maintained at the County Clerk’s Office and only the Clerk’s Office can issue certified copies of these records, which are equivalent to the original. Once processed the original deed is returned directly to the owner or their attorney. These private companies continue to solicit the purchase of a deed on behalf of the homeowner sometimes for more than 800% over Clerk’s Office fees.
County Clerk O’Connell, concerned by these deceptive practices, advocated along with County Clerks throughout the state for the passage of legislation requiring these solicitations to disclose that certified copies of deeds are available directly from the County Clerk for a nominal fee. However, many homeowners continue to be victimized by these scams.
It is not necessary to retain a service to get a copy of your deed. Certified copies of deeds can always be obtained from the County Clerk’s Office for $5 to $10. Anyone wishing to request a certified copy of their deed can contact Clerk O’Connell’s office at 516-571-2664 for further information.”

Thursday, October 7, 2010

100 Years Ago...

A new exhibit honoring the 100th Anniversary of the Belmont Air Meet of 1910.

At the Cradle of Aviation Museum September 10th-20th and Belmont Park Oct. 8th-17th.
Garden City, New York – One hundred years ago, airplanes and not thoroughbreds raced at the famed Belmont Park Racetrack during the 1910 Belmont Park Aviation Meet, the first international aviation meet held in the United States. For ten days in the fall of 1910, the world’s leading aviators and the most advanced aircraft gathered at Belmont Park.

To commemorate this unique anniversary the Cradle of Aviation Museum has put together a special exhibit that will be at the Museum for a limited time from September 10th through the 20th and then will move to Belmont Park Racetrack from October 8th through the 17th. This new exhibit will feature examples of the type of aircraft that flew at the Belmont Meet, including a French “Antoinette” and “Demoiselle” that are on loan from other museums.

The Belmont Park Aviation Meet offered a total of $75,000 in prize money in various categories, a huge sum for 1910. At the Meet several new world records were set including altitude (9714 feet) and speed (61mph). The Meet also allowed Long Islanders and New Yorkers to see airplanes in flight for the first time. Visitors to the exhibit at the Cradle and Belmont Park will be able to get up close to airplanes that haven’t been on Long Island for 100 years plus see rare photographs, artifacts and film from the Meet itself.

Admission to the exhibit is free with museum admission at the Cradle and general admission at Belmont Park. The exhibit has been created with the support of the New York racing Association and Belmont Park.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum has over 75 air and spacecraft that take you through over 100 years of aviation history from kites and balloons to man’s first steps on the moon.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Mangano & Mulvey Announce:
NCPD to Hold R.E.A.C.H. Registration Event at
LI’s “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” this Sunday

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey announced today that the NCPD would be conducting a R.E.A.C.H. Program Registration Event at Long Island’s “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” fundraising event that is being held this Sunday, October 3rd at Jones Beach Field 5. The event was coordinated by Autism Speaks, which is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

The R.E.A.C.H. (Return Every Adult and Child Home) Program is a Nassau County Police Department program that keeps the photographs, contact information, medical background and other pertinent details of registrants diagnosed with a cognitive disorder (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Autism, etc.). This information is stored on a secure website, created and overseen only by the NCPD.

If a R.E.A.C.H. registrant where to go missing, the NCPD could instantly send out all information to every precinct, squad, patrol car and villages. A separate notification would also be sent to the media through Silver Alert.

There are times when you might not realize that someone has wandered away. While on 24/7 patrol, officers can review the database of registrants’ photographs and information. If officers spot a registrant far from home, heading towards public transportation or looking confused or lost, they can return them safely.

“The Silver Alert Program has been very successful here in Nassau County,” said County Executive Mangano. “The R.E.A.C.H. Program takes it a step further by having key information and a visual image on hand to disseminate when needed. That is why I am urging family and guardians of individuals that have been diagnosed with a cognitive disorder to come down to the NCPD’s booth this Sunday with their loved one and register with the R.E.A.C.H. Program.”

“The NCPD relies heavily on intelligence led policing,” said Commissioner Mulvey. “Having this information at our fingertips is an essential tool that will enable us to cut down on notification time and minimize search areas which will lead to reuniting loved ones in a more expeditious fashion.”

Interested parties who can not attend Sunday’s event are urged to call the NCPD’s Asset Forfeiture Unit at (516) 573-5775, Monday through Friday to 4:00p.m. to set up an appointment. Registration is free and takes just 10 minutes.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Long Island Fair

Long Island Fair Returns To Old Bethpage Village From September 30 To October 3

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announces that the 168th annual Long Island Fair, one of America’s oldest agricultural festivals, will be held from September 30 to October 3 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The family-friendly festival, one of the most popular fall events on Long Island, offers a range of attractions, including Lawton Trout Farm, exotic animal and reptile shows, and pony rides, as well as the amazing Flying Horses Carousel, a replica of a 19th-century folk art carousel.

“The Long Island Fair is a local tradition and one of the truly special family events that takes place each year. In particular, in our technology-driven age, the event allows children and parents to connect with the sort of recreational activities that people enjoyed in an earlier and simpler time in America,” said County Executive Mangano.

Children can take part in fun-filled contests such as corn husking and children’s potato sack races, while adults test their skill and strength at two-person cross-cut sawing in friendly competition for ribbons and prizes. Meanwhile, the livestock barn includes cattle, sheep, goats, horses, rabbits and other animals, while the livestock demonstration ring will feature the beautiful horse-drawn carriages of the Paumanok Driving Club and the miniature horses of the Keystone Miniatures Club.

In the spirit of the historic nature of the fair, the Wells Fargo Company will have a replica of a famous Wells Fargo coach with a handsome team of four horses on the Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday of the event.

The Long Island Fair will also present a variety of historical period musicians, dancers, jugglers, mimes and other artists. For example, a giant entertainment tent will be home for a “Punch and Judy” puppet show, a magician and musical performances by the folk group Stout. Meanwhile, baseball fans can enjoy the end-of-season matches of OBVR’s Old Time Base Ball League, which recreates “base ball” as it was played in the latter half of the 19th century, with teams competing in authentic uniforms and playing under the names of Long Island clubs of that era.

The Long Island Fair, the New York state-recognized county fair for Queens, Nassau and Suffolk, involves the cooperation of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums and the Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Thousands of exhibits are entered every year in friendly competition, with blue ribbon categories including livestock, flowers and vegetables from farms and home gardens, culinary, needlework, hobbies, and a junior division for those 13 and younger.

The fair is unique among New York State County Fairs in that it maintains much of the historical ambiance of the 19th century. The fair was founded in 1842 and became known as the Queens County Agricultural Fair, but soon after was called the Mineola Fair when it moved to a permanent location in Mineola in 1866. The fair moved to Roosevelt Raceway in 1953 and to the newly opened Old Bethpage Village Restoration in 1970, where it is held on a 12-acre recreation of the original Mineola Fairgrounds.

This year’s fair is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Wachovia Bank and the Wells Fargo Company.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a re-created mid-19th-century American village set on more than 200 acres. Hours are Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Entrance fees are $8 for children 5 - 12 (those under 5 are free), seniors and volunteer firefighters; and $12 for adults. It is located at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage; for more information, call 516-572-8400.

For more information about the Long Island Fair, visit For more information about the Parks Department, visit or call 516-572-0200.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Families Should Visit to Learn Steps to Prepare for Hurricanes and Severe Weather
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to closely monitor Hurricane Earl, as it moves past Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and toward the East Coast of the United States. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Earl is now a Category 4 hurricane. FEMA is closely coordinating with state, territorial, and local officials in the affected areas and along the East Coast and stands ready to support their response as needed.

State and local officials make decisions on evacuation orders. FEMA urges everyone to heed any evacuation decisions made by state and local officials and to take steps now to ensure they are prepared for possible severe weather, and remember that hurricanes and tropical storms frequently bring flash flooding as well. Anyone can visit to learn more about how to prepare for an emergency. A Spanish version of the website is available at

"We continue to monitor Hurricane Earl and remain in close contact with state, territorial, and local officials to ensure they have the resources to respond if needed," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "I encourage everyone in the region and along the eastern seaboard to visit and take steps now to keep their family safe and secure. The most important thing for people living in Earl's potential tract to do is to listen to and follow the instructions of their local officials, including evacuation instructions if they are given."

Since this weekend, FEMA has been in constant contact with the White House and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide regular updates on the storm's developments. Fugate briefed DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday on FEMA's ongoing preparations and coordination for severe weather in the Atlantic Ocean, including Hurricane Earl.

The National Weather Service forecasts the center of Hurricane Earl to move into the open Atlantic today, and travel east of the Turks and Caicos Islands later today and tonight. Although no watches or warnings are currently in effect for the mainland United States, history has shown that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly. Officials are closely monitoring the areas from the Carolinas to New England, and FEMA is coordinating with the Governors and local officials along the East Coast to aggressively prepare for possible severe weather. Severe weather and flash floods can occur miles inland, and are possible even if a hurricane does not make landfall.

FEMA has activated the National Response Coordination Center and its Regional Response Coordination Centers in all four of its regional offices in the eastern United States, located in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. FEMA has designated a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) and has personnel on the ground North Carolina at the state's Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh supporting the state, and is mobilizing personnel and supplies along the coast.

FEMA continues to support the Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in their response to Earl. FEMA staff are on the ground in both areas working closely with commonwealth and territorial officials, and FEMA has deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) to St. Thomas and to San Juan, where staff are on watch around the clock monitoring developments.

FEMA also continues to monitor Tropical Storm Fiona, which according to the National Weather Service, is expected to pass north of the Leeward Islands today. According to the National Weather Service, tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is expected today in Puerto Rico, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. The Governor of Puerto Rico has issued a State of Emergency.

FEMA is also coordinating across the federal government to ensure commonwealth and territorial officials have the support they need. Federal and other support includes:

· Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has deployed a Regional Emergency Coordinator (REC) to the U.S. Virgin Islands in support of the FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) there, and has other resources prepositioned and ready for deployment.
· Department of Defense (DOD) has activated a Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO) in St. Thomas and a State Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (SEPLO) team in Puerto Rico ready to support a response if needed.
· U.S. NORTHCOM is conducting weather reconnaissance flyovers today, including one departing from St. Croix, and one departing from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss.
· U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has closed U S. Virgin Islands seaports and has redirected cruise ships slated for the area. Coast Guard assets have also been on alert and prepared to help in search and rescue efforts.
· American Red Cross has personnel on the ground in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

FEMA has life-saving and life-sustaining commodities and supplies strategically located across the country to support states in their response, including in the areas of possible impact. These supplies, including water, meals, tarps, blankets, generators and other essential items, can be replenished through the national logistics supply chain.

The National Weather Service remains the source of official severe weather watches and warnings, including flash flooding which can take only a few minutes to develop in the case of heavy rains.

FEMA encourages all individuals in the region to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and their local news to monitor for severe weather updates, and to follow the directions provided by their local officials.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Hempstead Proposes Tough New Law to Control Cell Towers, Hire Wireless Communications Expert

Making telecommunications giants meet the highest standard of proof in establishing the need for new cell towers as well as ensuring that approved wireless communications equipment is located at sites that minimize negative impacts on local communities are the motivation behind a new proposal by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. In addition, Murray announced at a Franklin Square press conference that the town has retained nationally renowned wireless telecommunications expert Richard Comi to review applications and provide objective testimony on wireless telecommunications applications that come before the Hempstead Board of Appeals. The Supervisor was joined by Councilmen James Darcy and Ed Ambrosino, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Mr. Comi. Also present were Nassau County Legislators John Ciotti and Vincent Muscarella and several members of the Franklin Square community who have successfully fought a proposal to locate a cell tower in their neighborhood.

"The new law that is being proposed will provide protections that neighbors deserve when confronted with proposals for new cell towers and antennae," stated the Supervisor. "Wireless communications providers will have to submit compelling evidence indicating an absolute need for new wireless equipment, and the town's new expert will give residents a voice with the same technical knowledge as the consultants hired by the telecommunications industry. Mr. Comi will ensure that cell companies provide accurate technical information to the town's board of appeals."

The town's proposal authorizes Hempstead to retain consultants like Mr. Comi to review and analyze the applications of wireless service providers. Further, the new legislation outlines documentation that applicants must provide as evidence in establishing an absolute need for the proposed wireless equipment. Among the required documentation are drive test or call test results that demonstrate gaps in service as well as a checklist to determine whether existing locations have been excluded from consideration. Maps detailing all structures within 1500 feet of a proposed location are also mandated.

A key goal of the town's proposed law is to encourage shared use or co-location of new antennae onto existing cell towers or other structures while discouraging the unnecessary construction of new towers. In support of that priority, applicants for new cell towers must furnish a written report to the town detailing meaningful efforts to co-locate. Cell companies requesting a new tower must also conduct widely advertised balloon tests which offer the public a representation of the visual impact of a newly proposed tower utilizing a large, brightly colored balloon at the proposed tower site. Written reports, replete with pictorial representations of the proposed tower must also be produced as well as a thorough discussion of steps the applicant would take to effectively minimize the visual intrusion of wireless structures as much as possible.

"Minimizing the number of cell towers in local communities is an important priority," said Ambrosino. "This legislation will help residents to receive more information and allow them to participate in cell tower public hearings in a meaningful way."

Establishing a priority agenda, outlining the town's preferences in the siting of wireless telecommunications equipment, is an important component of Hempstead's planned law. First priority would recommend co-locating equipment on existing structures on town-owned and other public property. The second most preferred option would be the co-location of equipment on other existing structures (towers) in the town. The third priority would be a new tower located on town-owned or other public properties. Other preferred options (in order of priority) include a new tower on industrial-zoned land, light manufacturing areas, other non-residential areas within the town. The least preferred option would be the location of a new tower on residentially zoned land.

"Putting forth a clearly defined priority list for the locating of wireless equipment will help promote their placement in areas that present the least impact on residential communities," stated Darcy.

Other highlights of the new legislation include the following:

* No new cell towers or antennae shall be located closer than 1500 feet to a residential home, house of worship, daycare center or school.

* Applicants proposing new cell towers must provide a report inventorying existing towers and other suitable structures within 2 miles of a proposed cell tower site.

* In justifying a request for a cell tower of any height, data must be provided to document the effectiveness of a tower at a lower total height at the same location.

"We are pleased to work together with the town on any measures that will protect residents from the intrusion of unwarranted cell towers in local neighborhoods," stated Ciotti.

"We have fought successfully against a cell tower that was not needed right here in Franklin Square and I support legislation that gives neighbors a greater voice in determining where cell towers are located," stated Muscarella.

The town's new proposed wireless communications law will also codify guidelines that support oversight in the placement of other wireless communications equipment to be installed within Hempstead Town.

"Hempstead Town will now have the most aggressive tools at its disposal in dealing with telecommunications giants," concluded Murray. "A new telecommunications law and the testimony of a telecommunications expert at public wireless communications hearings will protect residents and give them greater voice in the preserving the suburban character of our communities."

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Update from West Hempstead School District

Mr. Hogan is alert, talking with his family and is expected to come home soon. The Hogan’s thank everyone for the prayers and positive thoughts.

Richard Cunningham
Deputy Superintendent
West Hempstead UFSD

Friday, August 13, 2010

Phase ll of Leandra's Law Begins Sunday



"Drinking and Driving has taken too many lives and broken too many hearts," Nassau Executive Ed Mangano said. Nassau County will do everything in its legal power to prosecute convicted drunk drivers. Leandra's Law will certainly prove to be another deterrent to this senseless crime. The second provision of Leandra's Law will take effect on Sunday, which requires anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor or felony including first time offenders to install an ignition interlock system, in his or her vehicle. To operate a vehicle with an ignition interlock system, drivers must blow into a device that checks blood alcohol levels. The law will require DWI offenders to install a global positioning device at their own expense and keep them there for at least six months.
The law was adopted after Leandra Rosado was killed in a car crash because the driver of her car was drunk. The first provision of Leandra's law went into effect in December making it a felony for anyone to drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs with children under 16 in their vehicle.
Together Leandra's father Lenny Rosado and Neil and Jennifer Flynn of Long Beach, whose daughter Katie, 7, was killed by a drunk driver who drove the wrong way on the Meadowbrook Parkway in 2005 worked tirelessly to see this law come into effect.
The crash also killed limo driver Stanley Rabinowitz who was driving the Flynns back from a wedding.

Domestic Violence

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today declared family violence a “public health emergency” after reviewing a report compiled by the County Executive’s Task Force on Family Violence that shows a dramatic increase in the number of reported domestic violence incidents over the last year in Nassau County.

“These numbers are shocking, and today I am declaring this a ‘public health emergency.’ Family violence is not acceptable under any circumstance in Nassau County,” said County Executive Mangano. “Family violence affects individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or educational background. We must reach out to the victims of domestic abuse so they have the resources and help they need to get out of a dangerous situation.”

Early in his administration in February, the County Executive appointed the members of the Task Force on Family Violence to review the situation of family and domestic violence in Nassau County. The group is comprised of representatives from public and private agencies, and represents health and human services, education, and law enforcement and is chaired by John Imhof, Ph.D., Commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Social Services.

In its report, the Task Force on Family Violence statistics indicate a:

58% increase in the number of domestic violence arrests by the Nassau County Police Department;
82% increase in domestic violence arrests with a Child Protective Services referral;
25% increase on the number of total domestic violence reports to the Nassau County Police Department; and
16% increase in the number of physical abuse accusations made on behalf of children

In response to these numbers, County Executive Mangano has announced a major public awareness campaign designed to reach out to victims of domestic violence. As part of the campaign, the County will be creating a toll free number which will tie in to the 24 hour Domestic Violence hotline to report incidents of family violence. This will be advertised throughout Nassau. In addition, posters will be seen on public buses and hospitals, and informational pamphlets will be included in phone and electric bills, and County paychecks.

“Unfortunately, domestic violence affects every community in Nassau County,” said Mangano. “We are committed to educating the public on this serious public health issue in order to reduce the scope and prevalence of family violence in our County."

The Police can help you:
o Get to a safe place away from the violence
o Get information on how the court can help protect you against the violence
o Get medical care for injuries you or your children may have
o Get necessary belongings from your home for you or your children
o Get copies of police reports about the violence
o File a complaint in criminal court and tell you where your local Criminal and Family Courts are located
Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Stop Family Violence
National Domestic Violence
Rape and Incest National Network
Stalking Resource Center

Cruise to the Show Parade

Mangano Announces Nassau County Executive's First Annual "Cruise To The Show" Parade And Car Show
Reminds Interested Participants to Register Online

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano reminds residents that the first annual “Cruise to the Show” parade and car show will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2010.* Those interested in participating can register online at

Featured at the event will be a restored 1909 Alco-6 Racer that is believed to have been the winner of the historic 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup races held on the Long Island Motor Parkway. This “Black Beast” is one of only 12 Alco Racers that are known to exist, out of the 1,100 built between 1908 and 1913, and the priceless car made a return to Long Island when it was purchased by Howard Kroplick in December 2008. It had previously spent 15 years in France.

Beginning at the Nassau County Supreme Courthouse in Mineola, at 9:00AM, the "Cruise to the Show" will continue along Stewart Avenue in Garden City before ending in Eisenhower Park. More than 500 vehicles of all makes, models and years will follow the parade route, and spectators are encouraged to watch them drive by on Stewart Avenue – the ‘best seat in the house’.

Following the parade, the County will host a car show featuring live music, refreshments, vendors, and of course, some great-looking classic cars.

“As a car enthusiast, I am very excited to be hosting this great event,” said County Executive Mangano. “If you have a car that you want to show off, or if you just want to enjoy the classic, fast, and unique cars, I invite you to come and spend a beautiful summer day at Eisenhower Park.”

“Cruise to the Show” sponsors include HUB Garage, Automat Customization and Restoration, and Obar Auto Parts. For more information, including registration and how to become a vendor or sponsor, please visit or call (516) 573-3488.

*Rain Date is August 22, 2010

Blood Drive

Please remember that the St. Catherine of Sienna Blood Drive is on Sunday from 8:30Am to 2:30Pm. St. Catherine's is located at 33 New Hyde Park Road, in Franklin Square. The Blood Drive is being held in the basement of The Sienna Center. follow the signs. Please help us make this drive a success and surpass last years collection of 123 pints.


Joe Camolli
Grand Knight 3rd term
Twelve Apostles Council #5001

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Update from West Hempstead School District

Good morning,

News regarding last night’s fire at George Washington School and Mr. Hogan can be found at We will be updating the information regularly to keep you apprised of the latest developments.
On a personal note, Mr. Hogan is resting comfortably with his family. We will continue to keep you informed during his recovery while respecting his right to privacy.
We thank the community for the outpouring of support and assistance, and we appreciate your patience during the next few days.

Richard Cunningham
Deputy Superintendent
West Hempstead UFSD
(P) 516-390-3103
(F) 516-489-1776

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Nassau County 7th Gun Buy Back Program

Nassau County Gun Buy Back Program, a program which pays donors anonymously for turning in illegal firearms, is set for this Saturday at the Tabernacle of Joy Church at 1070 Brookside Ave., in Uniondale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
"No personal information is required, no forms need to be signed, and no video or audio footage will be recorded," Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice in a news release.
The operation, run jointly by Nassau County police and the district attorney's office, pays individuals who bring in illegal guns $200 apiece. Since introducing the program in December 2008, agencies have collected 1,609 weapons, according to the county. Saturday marks the seventh collection in the program.
The county buy back is separate from the police-run GunStoppers initiative launched in February 2008. Both programs are both funded through money seized in criminal prosecutions.
For more information on the gun buy-back effort, call 516-382-0152.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The B.A.T. Mobile

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey unveiled the county's latest weapon to combat drunken driving.

The Breath Alcohol Testing vehicle, or BAT mobile, will provide police with a mobile team of certified breath technicians to process drunken drivers, from their initial arrests through testing.

State Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr., a Republican from Merrick, acquired the state funding for the District Attorney’s Office to purchase the $249,918 vehicle using New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services grant funds.

The 29-foot vehicle will be used by Nassau County police officers. The unit will function as a “sobriety testing center” and be equipped with breath alcohol testing equipment and four video cameras to monitor the exterior of the vehicle and the testing area.

The sides of the vehicle will also serve as a rolling anti-DWI billboard and have graphic images of injuries suffered from drunk driving accidents, stating “Not Everyone Who is Hit by a Drunk Driver Dies,” and also a photo of the horrendous aftermath of the 2005 crash caused by Martin Heidgen, which killed seven-year-old Katie Flynn and limousine driver Stanley Rabinowitz, with the question “Could you live with yourself?”

Arrestees can be brought into the vehicle where breath alcohol testing or drug recognition exams can be conducted. If they are found to be intoxicated, they will be arrested.

“This new tool in our concerted effort to stop drunken and reckless driving will absolutely save lives,” Rice said. “It may save a life by taking a drunken driver off the road, or it may serve as a deterrent to a driver who passes by its graphic images and thinks twice before driving drunk. Either way, the BAT mobile will be on duty, taking unsafe drivers off the road.”

“The BAT mobile combines enforcement with prevention to give Nassau County a tremendous new tool to remove drunk drivers from our roads,” Fuschillo said. “Nassau Police will be able to immediately test suspected drunk drivers for intoxication, which better preserves important evidence of a DWI crime. The high-visibility nature of the vehicle will also raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving and deter people from getting behind the wheel if they are intoxicated. I'm pleased to have helped Nassau County obtain this new, high-tech resource to stop DWI.”

“Let it be known that if you drive under the influence in Nassau County, you will be arrested and prosecuted. We will do whatever we can to make our streets safe,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said.

"During my administration, apprehending DWI offenders has been one of my top priorities. The Nassau County Police Department has been very successful in doing so, but there is still work to be done. The "Bat Mobile" is another resource available to the law enforcement community for us to utilize in not only arresting DWI offenders, but an opportunity to educate motorists of the dangers associated with drinking and driving." Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Crime Stoppers

The Fifth Squad is investigating a robbery that occurred on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 12:15 AM, in West Hempstead.
At that time, according to detectives, two 17-year-old male victims were walking on Hempstead Avenue, at Roosevelt Boulevard, when they were approached by two unknown male subjects: Subject 1, black, 18-20 years, wearing a red hoodie; Subject 2, white, 18-20 years, wearing a black hoodie. Subject 1 produced a silver revolver, which he pointed at each victim in turn, causing them to relinquish their wallets and cell phones. Both subjects then fled with these proceeds, eastbound onto Locust Avenue, on foot.
There were no reported injuries. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Details by: Det. Rios, 5th Squad 7/27/10 0415 6218

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Crime Stoppers

The Fifth Squad is investigating a robbery that occurred on 7/15/10 at 10:45 PM, in West Hempstead.
At that time, according to detectives, the two 18-year-old victims were confronted on Hempstead Gardens Drive by a group of four unknown males, who exited a dark 4-door sedan, asked them for the time and, subsequently, for money. The four subjects then proceeded to assault the victims with their fists, before one of the subjects produced a small silver handgun and pointed it at one of the victims, as another subject went through the same victim’s pockets and removed his cell phone. All subjects then fled with the phone in the same vehicle, eastbound on Washington Avenue.
The victims refused medical attention. The armed subject is described as male, black, 17-18 years old, 5’8”, 150 lbs, wearing a blue shirt; others were described as black males, one being 5’10’, 175 lbs, wearing a white shirt.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Details by: Det. DePierro, 5th Squad 7/16/10 0330 6218

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Census Still Counting

I have received a phone call on my answering machine on Sunday, July 4th from someone claiming to be from the U.S. Census Bureau. (On a nat'l holiday?) I googled it and it seems to be a fraud. I had completed and returned my forms months ago. I will not return their calls, but am worried about others. See something, say something...right?

The number they gave me is 866-851-2050.

Thanks for your help. I love the blog!


Dear Theresa,

We had called the Census Bureau Garden City Office (559-7520) to ask if they are still collecting information. They are still calling and visiting homes to collect information and do quality checks. The phone number they have is 866 861 2010. If anyone else receives calls with the other number for a return call, please call the Garden City Census office and they will report it to the authorities.

A census taker is a person from your community who is hired by the Census Bureau to make sure that your neighborhood gets represented as accurately as possible. The census taker's primary responsibility is to collect census information from residences. Most of these residences have not sent back their 2010 Census form.

The Census Bureau provides the census taker with a binder containing all of the addresses that didn't send back a filled out census form.
The census taker then visits all of those addresses and records the answers to the questions on the form.

If no one answers at a particular residence, a census taker will visit a home up to three times and attempt to reach the household by phone three times. The census worker will leave a double-sided (English and Spanish) NOTICE of VISIT in the doorway that includes a phone number for the resident to schedule an appointment.
The census taker will ONLY ask the questions that appear on the census form.

The census taker who collects your information is sworn for life to protect your data under Federal Law Title 13. Those who violate the oath face criminal penalties: Under federal law, the penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both.

The Census Bureau will never ask you your social security number.

Fraudulent Activity and Scams
The Census Bureau uses a workforce of trained federal employees to conduct a variety of household and business surveys by telephone, in-person interviews, through the mail. They understand your personal information is sensitive, and go to great lengths to protect the data they collect. Although they cannot stop or warn against all bogus or false collections of data -- here are some tips to help you recognize fraudulent activity or unofficial data collections.

If you are contacted for any of the following reasons -- Do Not Participate. It is NOT the U.S. Census Bureau.
'Phishing' is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, social security numbers, bank account or credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out by email and it often directs users to enter sensitive information at a fake web site whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.

Other Scams:The Census Bureau does NOT conduct the 2010 Census via the Internet

The Census Bureau does not send emails about participating in the 2010 Census

The Census Bureau never:
Asks for your full social security number
Asks for money or a donation
Sends requests on behalf of a political party
Requests PIN codes, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

How to report scams and bogus Census web sites
If you believe you have been contacted as part of bogus or fraudulent activity falsely representing the Census Bureau:

In Person Scam
Check for a valid Census ID badge
Call your regional office to verify you are in a survey

Email Scams
If you think it is a bogus email, do not reply or click on any links within the email.
Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain code that could infect your computer
Forward the email or web site URL to the Census Bureau at
After you forward the email to us, delete the message. You will not receive a confirmation email after forwarding the information to us. However, the Census Bureau will investigate the information and notify you of its findings.

Mail and Phone Scams
Contact the Federal trade Commission
Is your survey legitimate?
You may further verify if a collection activity is legitimate by calling your regional census office regarding mail surveys, and the National Processing Center for phone surveys.

U.S. Census Bureau.
National Processing Center
1201 East 10th Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47132

If you have not been contacted about a survey and are looking for general Census Bureau information, please call 301-763-INFO (4636) and they can better answer your questions.

If you:

want to verify that the person who called you is a Census Bureau employee,
have a question about a survey form you received, or
need to return a call about one of our surveys
please contact them at one of these numbers:

Hagerstown, MD: 1-800-392-6975
Jeffersonville, IN: 1-800-523-3205
Tucson, AZ: 1-800-642-0469
Additional language specialties may be available.

If you have questions about any of their telephone center operations, you can contact them via

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

NCPD Programs and Presentations

I’m on the Board of Directors of the Franklin Square Raiders Soccer Club, and we’d like to set up a day where the police would come to the field and do the fingerprinting of the kids. We have several hundred children in the organization and think it’d be a nice thing to offer the parents. We’d like to set it up for a Sunday in October, could you tell me who I’d need to contact about this?
Thank you,
Deanna Gisonda

Dear Ms. Gisonda,
It is wonderful of you to coordinate this effort. The Police Department does not provide this service however the Town of Hempstead does. Below is the information from the Town of Hempstead web site link. I know other youth groups in our community have had great success with this program.
Nassau County Police 5th Precinct P.O.P. Unit does provide Officers who do presentations on many topics with parents, senior citizens and/or children. Topics include: Bullying, Cyber Bullying, Drugs, Gangs, Crimes Against the Elderly, Staying Safe, Social Host Laws, Seat Belts- Cellphones- Leandra’s Law… The Nassau County Police Departments Fifth Precinct P.O.P. Unit can be reached at 573-6570 if you would like to schedule a presentation.
Nassau County Police Dept Community Affairs Division, Officer Dockswell also does presentations on Cyber Bullying, Bullying and Sexting that no parent or child should miss. His mission is to educate students and parents throughout the county on staying safe and using technology responsibly. Officer Dockswell challenges students to consider how someone who doesn’t stop another person from being bullied contributes to the problem. He provides the audience with “much food for thought” about using technology and respecting other’s feelings. A responsibility that everyone shares. Police Officer Dockswell can be reached at (516) 573-7360
As for fingerprinting, The Town of Hempstead wants to protect and safeguard our children. Accordingly, the Town Clerk's office administers a comprehensive Child Safety Identification Program.
This program is unique in that they actually take the child's fingerprints and photograph FREE of charge. In addition, there are no privacy violation concerns because there is no negative generated from the child's photo (Polaroid camera is used). They will also assist you in affixing strands of hair to this identification file. The completed kit is given to the child's family. By utilizing Mobile Town Hall, the Town Clerk's office can bring this service to schools, clubs, teams and organizations in our communities. To schedule the Town Clerk's Child Safety Program or for additional information, call (516) 489-5000, ext. 3219. This service is also available at Town Hall.
If you require any further assistance please contact the P.O.P. Unit at 573-6570
P.O. John Miller
Problem Oriented Policing Unit

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Heat Advisory


Summer is here and along with it comes hot and humid conditions. Rising temperatures, and upcoming heat waves can create a dangerous environment for the residents and visitors of Nassau County. In an effort to help prevent heat related medical conditions, we have put together some tips to keep Nassau residents aware of the signs and symptoms of heat related medical conditions such as dehydration, heatstroke, and heat exhaustion. In addition, we have also listed some tips on how to prevent heat stroke and dehydration and how to treat heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

“I would like to remind residents to dial 911 at the first sign of a medical emergency,” said Commissioner Mulvey. “In addition, I also ask that residents check on their family, friends and neighbors, especially if they are senior citizens.”

Signs & Symptoms:
Heat Exhaustion
· Severe thirst
· Fatigue
· Muscle cramps
· Aches
· Muscle weakness
· Nausea and/or vomiting
· Fast, shallow breathing
· Irritability
· Headache
· Increased sweating
· Cool, clammy skin
· Elevation of body temperature to 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

Heat Stroke
· Severe throbbing headache
· Dizziness
· Disorientation, agitation or confusion
· Sluggishness or fatigue
· Seizure
· Hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty
· A high body temperature
· Loss of consciousness
· Rapid heart beat
· Hallucinations

· Thirst
· Less-frequent urination
· Dry skin
· Fatigue
· Light-headedness
· Dizziness
· Confusion
· Dry mouth and mucous membranes
· Increased heart rate and breathing
In children, additional symptoms may include dry mouth and tongue; no tears when crying; no wet diapers for more than 3 hours; sunken abdomen, eyes or cheeks; high fever; listlessness; irritability; skin that does not flatten when pinched and released.

How Heatstroke Can Be Prevented·
Drink plenty of fluids during outdoor activities; water and sports drinks are preferred; tea, coffee, soda and alcohol should be avoided
· Wear lightweight, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing in light colors
· Schedule vigorous activity and sports for cooler times of the day
· Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses and using an umbrella
· Increase time spent outdoors gradually get your body used to the heat
· During outdoor activities, take frequent drink breaks and mist yourself with a spray bottle to avoid becoming overheated
· Try to spend as much time indoors as possible on very hot humid days
How dehydration Can Be Prevented
· Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working or playing in the sun
· Make sure you are taking in more fluid than you are losing
· Drink appropriate sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance
· Infants and children should be given Pedialyte to maintain their electrolyte balance

How to treat Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion
· Bring the person indoors, or into the shade immediately
· Remove their clothing, and gently apply cool water to the skin followed by fanning to stimulate sweating
· Apply ice packs to the groin and armpits
· Have the person lie down in a cool area with their feet slightly elevated

Nassau County Police Auxiliary

The Auxiliary Police are made up of residents from communities throughout Nassau County which:
* Patrol in marked vehicles helping to make their community a safer place to live
* Help prevent criminal activity by being the "eyes and ears" of the Police Department.
* Direct traffic at parades and special events.
* Serve during disasters and other emergencies.

The Auxiliary Police was established pursuant to provisions of the Civil Defense Act of 1951 and is composed of civic-minded residents of the community who work together to improve the level of safety and security in their community. The presence of the Auxiliary Police, in uniform, on patrol in marked police units has been proven to reduce vandalism and other crimes in the community.

How do you benefit as an Auxiliary Police Officer?
* Self-satisfaction in knowing that you are serving your community.
* Excellent experience for those considering a career in law enforcement.
* Many local colleges give credits to criminal justice majors who successfully complete the Auxiliary Police basic training course at the Police Academy.

Members attend and complete a 23-session basic training course given at the Nassau County Police Academy.
Training includes:
* Peace Officer powers
* New York State Penal Law
* Hazardous Materials Awareness
* Baton Training
* Blood-Borne Pathogens
* Basic First Aid/CPR
* Traffic and Pedestrian Control
* Response to Critical Incidents
* Gang Awareness
Communication Officer
Officers serving in this unit engage in various tasks:
Coordinating and documenting daily and emergency functions of personnel, telephone networking of members duties, radio dispatching of units on patrol, managing emergency response to disasters and events, along with providing an important link to other law enforcement agencies as well as fire, medical and governmental entities.

Applicant Requirements:
· Must be at least 18 years old
· Must be resident of Nassau County
· Must be a citizen of the United States
· Must possess a valid NYS driver's license
· Must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D.
· Must be of good moral character without a felony conviction.
(A misdemeanor conviction may also prevent acceptance.)
· Not more than one (1) alcohol-related driving offense and cannot have been convicted of any drug-related driving offense.
· Must pass a physical examination
· Must submit to fingerprinting
· Must consent to a background investigation
· Must submit to a drug test and be willing to submit to a psychological exam.

Members with certain disabilities may be eligible to serve in non-patrol duties,
such as the Auxiliary Police Communications Unit. If you have any Questions
about the Auxiliary Police or would like to join the ranks of the dedicated members serving their community, please call 573-7520. or email

Monday, June 28, 2010



Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Legislator Rose Marie Walker are pleased to announce that, along with the Nassau County Police Department, they will be hosting a R.E.A.C.H. (Return Every Adult & Child Home) Program Registration Event for Nassau residents on Wednesday, June 30th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Bethpage/Senior Community Center, located at 103 Grumman Road West in Bethpage.

Registration for the R.E.A.C.H. Program is free; however, the person being registered must be present at the time of registration. No medical records are necessary, but residents should be prepared to discuss whether the registrant has medical conditions that may require immediate treatment if they were to go missing.

The R.E.A.C.H. Program was designed by the NCPD in an effort to provide law enforcement officials with pertinent information and photos of individuals who suffer from a cognitive disorder (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Autism, etc.) should they go missing. After an individual is registered with the R.E.A.C.H. Program, their information-- including a photograph--is stored in a secure database, which was created by the NCPD. When law enforcement is notified of a missing loved one, the NCPD will disseminate a photo and pertinent information to the NCPD’s Real Time Intel system (RTI). RTI is a system designed to deliver timely intelligence into the hands of those in the operational side of law enforcement, and it can be viewed in every precinct, squad room, patrol car, and in many villages. A separate notification will be disseminated to the media through the existing Silver Alert Program.

The R.E.A.C.H. Program also provides a proactive approach to keeping these individuals safe and returning them to their families. Officers will be able to view the photo and information of registrants in the areas they are patrolling. If, while on patrol, they see a R.E.A.C.H. Program registrant walking far from home or heading towards public transportation, they can help to ensure their safe return home.

Residents who are unable to attend the registration event can call the NCPD at (516) 573-5775, Monday through Friday to 4:00p.m. to set up an appointment.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Break the Grip of the Rip

In Wake of Beach Drowning, Town Lifeguards Demonstrate How to Survive Rip Current
June 24, 2010

Tuesday, the latest youngster died in Long Beach after being caught in a riptide while swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard. In the wake of this most recent tragedy, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and town ocean lifeguards will offer beach safety tips and demonstrate how to avoid being caught in a deadly rip current.

"One drowning death is one too many," said Supervisor Murray. "As the weather heats up and more people head to our local beaches, we want to ensure that they are armed with the information they need to swim safely."

Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from the shore. Typically, rip currents extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone and past the line of breaking waves. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves.

Some tips the supervisor offered to swimmers who are caught in a rip current include remaining calm and conserving energy; not fighting against the current; thinking of the current like a treadmill that cannot be turned off, which you need to step to the side of; swimming out of the current in the direction following the shoreline; if unable to swim out of current, float or calmly tread water, swimming toward the shore when out of the current; or, if unable to reach the shore, waving arms and yelling for help. Tips were also issued for those on the shoreline who see a person in trouble to prevent them from becoming a victim of the rip current as well.

Other simple safety tips that beachgoers can follow are never swimming alone and never swimming outside designated swimming areas.

"One of the most important safety tips that we can offer is to always swim near a lifeguard," concluded Murray. "Our lifeguards are trained to deal with the rip currents. If there is no lifeguard, DO NOT go in the water."

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Water Safety

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey would like to remind county residents that water safety is something that all parents should be aware of. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death among children ages 1 - 14. It can happen very quickly and in less than 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of water, so filled bathtubs, swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs, and even buckets of water and sinks can be dangerous.
To reduce your child's risk of drowning
Never leave a small child unattended in the bath. If you must answer the telephone or door, don't rely on an older sibling to watch the child, bring the younger child with you.
Never leave a small child unattended near a bucket filled with any amount of water or other liquid.
Never use a bathtub seat with suction cups. The seat can overturn and flip a baby headfirst into the water.
Install a toilet-lid locking device or keep bathroom doors closed at all times. (Or you may want to install a doorknob cover.)
Never leave your children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment. An adult who knows CPR should actively supervise children at all times.
Practice ‘touch supervision’ with children younger than 5 years. This means that the adult is within an arm's length of the child at all times.
If you are planning a pool party, consider hiring a certified lifeguard to supervise those who will be in the pool.
Put up a fence to separate your house from the pool. Most young children who drown in pools wander out of the house and fall into the pool. Install a fence at least 4 feet high around the pool. This fence will completely separate the pool from the house and play area of the yard. Use gates that self-close and self-latch, with latches higher than your children's reach.
Keep rescue equipment (such as a shepherd's hook or life preserver) and a telephone by the pool.
Do not use air-filled "swimming aids" as a substitute for approved life vests.
Remove all toys from the pool after use so children aren't tempted to reach for them.
After the children are done swimming, secure the pool so they can't get back into it.
A power safety cover that meets the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) may add to the protection of your children but should not be used in place of the fence between your house and the pool. Even fencing around your pool and using a power safety cover will not prevent all drowning.
Drain Entrapment occurs when part of a child’s body becomes attached to a drain because of the powerful suction of a pool or hot tub filtration system. The powerful suction can trap a child underwater or cause internal injuries. It can also occur when a child’s hair, swimsuit or jewelry becomes entangled in the drain. In 2007, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act made it illegal to manufacture, distribute or sell drain covers that do not adhere to the standards for anti-entrapment safety set by the Consumer Product and Safety Commission.
Warn your children about the dangers of drain entrapment, and teach them never to play near a pool drain, with or without a cover.
Pin up long hair when in the water and remove loose parts of swimsuits and loose jewelry that can get ensnared.
Equip pools and hot tubs with an anti-entrapment drain cover and an approved safety vacuum release system and regularly check that drain covers are secure and have no cracks. Flat drain covers can be replaced with dome-shaped ones.
Be aware of public wading pools with missing or broken drain covers. Small children have direct access to the bottom drain in wading pools and sitting on open drains can cause serious internal organ damage.
Remember, teaching your child how to swim DOES NOT mean your child is safe in water. Most young children who drown in swimming pools were last seen in the home, had only been missing from sight for a matter of minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time. There is no substitute for active adult supervision to prevent drowning.

Police Issue Tips for Social Networking Sites

Social networking sites have opened a fun new world for internet users. Sites like Facebook, My Space and Twitter have allowed people to stay in touch with friends and family, reconnect with old friends and even conduct business from there pages. However, these sites are also a perfect opportunity for criminals to get personal information about you and your children. Remember, what you put on the Internet STAYS on the internet, FOREVER. All of the personal information that is being posted on profiles — names, birth dates, kids’ names, photographs, pet’s names, addresses, opinions on your company, your friends and your acquaintances — all of it serves as a one-stop shop for thieves. The Nassau County Police Department would like our citizens to remember the following safety tips for social networking websites.
1. Don’t accept friend requests unless you absolutely know who they are from and that you would associate with them in person, just like real friends.
2. Be cautious about the personal information that you post on any social media site, as there is every chance in the world that it will spread beyond your original submission.
3. Assume that everything you put on a social-networking site is permanent. Even if you can delete your account, anyone on the Internet can easily print photos or text or save images and videos to a computer,
4. Learn how to adjust your privacy settings so that you know who can see your personal information.
5. Never post that you are on vacation or away from home, even if it is just for a few hours.
6. Don’t post or upload photos while away from your house, wait until you are back home before you post.
7. The old adage “some things are better left unsaid” holds true for social networks. Avoid making derogatory or insensitive remarks about others.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pool Safety

Hempstead "Sounds the Alarm" for Pool Safety
June 21, 2010

Before the summer solstice marks the official start to the 2010 summer season on June 21, three Long Island children have already drowned in homeowner swimming pools. In the wake of these recent tragedies, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has partnered with Cablevision and King Kullen to promote pool safety and help prevent accidental drownings. The group has commenced a media campaign and will disseminate a brochure to all town residents on the subject of swimming pool alarms and pool safety.

"Each summer, children tragically drown in homeowner swimming pools," Murray said. "To prevent more devastating pool accidents from occurring this summer, we're working hard to educate pool owners, parents and grandparents of children who may swim in neighborhood pools. There are positive and important safeguards and practices that we can undertake to protect our kids."

To safeguard children from the hazards associated with swimming pools, Murray passed legislation in 2008 requiring all pools in the town to be alarmed. Under Murray's pool alarm law, all homeowner swimming pools located in unincorporated areas of the town must have an alarm capable of detecting a child entering the water. A poolside alarm must emit an 85-decibel alert and a remote device must be located at a second site in the home. The town's law is more stringent and comprehensive than current New York State law, which mandates pool alarms only for pools built or significantly altered after December 14, 2006.

"A pool without an alarm is an invitation for disaster," Murray said. "This law is helping to save countless young lives."

Along with a campaign to raise awareness of the town's pool alarm requirements, Cablevision will air a public service announcement and Murray is promoting pool safety with informational brochures and mailings. The pool safety guide mailed to all residents discusses pool alarm requirements and the benefits of using the safety device. Additionally, the brochure discusses a host of pool safety tips, including the following issues:

-Never leave a child alone or out of sight at a pool
-If a child is missing, check the pool first
-Secure or remove steps on above ground pools when not in use
-Never use a pool with a broken or missing drain cover
-Keep emergency rescue equipment and emergency phone numbers by the pool
-A rope float line should be placed across the pool, alerting swimmers of the separation of the deep end from the shallow end
-All pools must be permitted by the local town/jurisdiction and are required to have physical barriers surrounding them (many other safety restrictions also apply)

"Pool alarms and other safety measures are important safeguards against accidental drowning," stated Murray. "However, there is no substitute for vigilant adult supervision around the pool."

Teaching children to swim is also an important component in preventing accidental drowning. Each summer, the Town of the Hempstead teaches thousands of kids how to swim at various locations throughout the township.

"Every parent, grandparent and friend to a child should be aware of life saving pool safety information," Supervisor Murray concluded. "You can protect your loved ones and enjoy a safe summer in and around your pool."

Monday, June 21, 2010

Knights of Columbus

Joe Camolli
Grand Knight
Twelve Apostles Council #5001

In 1882 a priest named Father Michael J. McGivney gathered a small group of Catholic men together in St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Ct.. That group formed a fraternal benefits society to provide insurance for the widows of it's members while offering fellowship among Catholic men. That Group became known as the Knights of Columbus. Today the Knights of Columbus has grown to more than 1.7 milloin members located in over 14,000 councils throughout the world. Each year members of this organization donate more than 64 million volunteer hours and over $145 million dollars to charitable and church causes. The Knights of Columbus Councils provide a wide variety of opportunities for members and their families that are enjoyable and that benefit not only the Church but the community as a whole. We are practicing Catholic men who come together to support our church and parish community.Won't you join us?
If you are interested in membership please contact Twelve Apostles Council , P.O.Box 595 , Franklin Square NY 11010, or call St. Catherine of Sienna RCC parish office at 516-352-0146 to leave a message and we will get back to you.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

School Budget Vote Today

Make sure you mark your calendars and make room in your day to vote on Tuesday at the West Hempstead Middle School Gym between 6am and 9pm.

Remember to Vote on June 15th. It's Important!

Look for more budget news at

Have questions? Email

LIPA's Critical Care Program

As we prepare for hurricane season and the assorted storms that come with summer, the Long Island Power Authority is urging customers with special medical needs to sign up for LIPA’s Critical Care Program in the event of a loss of power.

Customers enrolled in the program will receive advanced notice of scheduled outages or sever weather that could interrupt service. In addition, every effort will be made to restore power to customers enrolled in the program as soon as possible should there be an outage. However, in the event timely restoration is difficult, customers should have a backup plan ready.

Customers wishing to enroll in the Critical Care Program must provide LIPA with a medical certificate from a doctor or a Board of Health.

Devices which meet the criteria of “life-support equipment” include:

§ Apnea Monitor
§ Curraise Respirator
§ Positive Pressure Respirator
§ Suction Machine
§ IV Feeding Machine
§ Tank Type Respirator
§ Respirator/Ventilator
§ Hemodialysis Machine
§ Rocking Bed Respirator
§ Oxygen Concentrator
§ IV Medical Infusion Machine
§ Additional devices may qualify as life-support equipment if certified by a physician.

For additional information, please visit LIPA’s Critical Care Program website at or call 1-800-490-0025.


Deputy Presiding Officer John J. Ciotti
Legislator, District 3

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hoop It Up With Hempstead and Hofstra

Elementary and middle school age youngsters can sharpen their basketball skills this summer by teaming up with Hempstead Town and Hofstra University for a series of FREE instructional clinics. Players and coaches from both the men's and women's teams at Hofstra will work with town youngsters to improve shooting, dribbling and passing techniques. Supervisor Kate Murray will welcome the Hofstra "hoopsters" to six town parks for upcoming July clinics.

The upcoming clinic schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, July 6 - Newbridge Road Park, Bellmore at 2 p.m.
Monday, July 12 - Harold Walker Park, Lakeview at 1 p.m.
Thursday, July 15 - Coes Neck Park, Baldwin at 1 p.m.
Monday, July 19 - Averill Blvd. Park, Elmont at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 22 - East Village Green, Levittown at 1 p.m.
Monday, July 26 - Smith Street Park, Uniondale at 1:30 p.m.

Clinics are free but pre-registration is suggested by calling (516) 292-9000, ext. 245. Each clinic is open to boys and girls, and youngsters will be grouped according to skill levels. Clinics are approximately one hour in length. Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes on site, including t-shirts and gift certificates. Youngsters may bring their own basketballs if they desire.

"To a wealth of summer recreational programming, Hempstead Town proudly adds a series of basketball clincs with the talented athletes at Hofstra University," commented Supervisor Kate Murray. "This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to learn from top flight NCAA players who play for traditionally strong collegiate programs. We take great "Pride" in our new partnership with Hofstra University athletics.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Town of Hempstead Summer Swim Lessons Info

Summer swim lessons are held at many town pools for residents six years of age and older as of 12/1/10. Skilled instruction will be offered on the following levels:

Guppies - Water Orientation (ages 4 & 5)
Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Level 3 - Stroke Development
Level 4 - Stroke Improvement
Level 5 - Stroke Refinement
Level 6 - Advanced Strokes & Skills
Guard Start (Ages 11-14)
Lifeguard Training (Ages 15 & up)

A parent or guardian must accompany any child younger than 10 years of age to registration and all classes. Lifeguard Training participants must be 15 years of age and Guard Start participants must be 11 to 14 years of age. Classes meet twice a week. Participants must hold a pool membership or they will be required to pay the daily admission rate. Proof of age and residency are required at registration. Swim classes must have a minimum of six people.

The Guppies program is open to youngsters who are 4 and 5 years of age. Parental participation is required at all Guppies classes. You may register a child for the Guppies program at a participating pool on the first day of class. You do not have to go to the General Registration for the Guppies program. Proof of age and residency is required at registration. Contact the individual pools for all scheduling information. Guppies classes begin Friday, July 9 or Saturday, July 10.

Town of Hempstead Parks
Averill Blvd. Park, Elmont; Echo Park Pool, West Hempstead; Forest City Park, Wantagh; Walker Memorial Park, Lakeview; Hewlett Point Park, Bay Park; Levittown Pools, Levittown/Hicksville; Newbridge Road Park, Bellmore; Oceanside Park, Oceanside; Rath Park, Franklin Square; Roosevelt Pool, Roosevelt; Town Park at Malibu, Lido Beach and Veterans Memorial Park, East Meadow

Registration: First Session: Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. Second Session: Friday, July 23 at 8 a.m.
Season pass holders may pre-register for the first session only at pool offices from June 5 to June 15.
Pool Office hours are:
Saturdays and Sundays, June 5 & 6 and June 12 & 13 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.);
Monday thru Friday, June 7 to 11 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and
Monday, June 14 and Tuesday,
June 15 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
Fee: Adult - $46.50 ($23.50 discounted fee)
Children - No fee for Guppies,Levels 2 and 3;
$42.50 for Levels 4, 5, 6 & Guard Start)

Friday, May 28, 2010

West Hempstead Budget Vote

Since the original budget proposal was rejected on May 18th, more than $1.65 million has been cut from the original budget proposal. These reductions cuts spanned all areas of the school district operation including:
-Academic, Athletic and Co-curricular activities
-Administrative, Faculty and Support personnel
-Supply and Equipment Allocations

The revised budget proposal brings a budget to budget increase of 0.54% (down from 3.69%), and a projected tax levy increase of 4.9% (down from 9.4%).

Remember to Vote on June 15th. It's Important!
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

West Hempstead School Budget Update

A resident has requested we post the most recent Fiscal Accountability Supplement for West Hempstead at In addition, we have posted West Hempstead’s most recent District Report Card. Both of these documents are from the New York State Department of Education website. In addition, copies had previously been made available for review by the public since May 4th as an attachment to the 2010-2011 Proposed Budget in all public school Main Offices, in the office of the District Clerk and at the West Hempstead Public Library.

Here are direct links to the documents:

Fiscal Accountability Supplement

New York State District Report Card

Make a Commitment to Education
Remember to Vote on May 18th. It's Important!
Look for more budget news at
Have questions? Email them to

Friday, April 30, 2010

United States Census Phase ll

United States Census Bureau

May 1st, The Census Bureau is beginning phase 2 of the Census taking. With less then half of New York State turning in their census forms, census workers will be visiting neighborhoods to count the people. To date only 44% of the people living in New York State have responded meaning billions of dollars in aid could be lost funding for roads and bridges and other public works projects, emergency services, hospitals and the number of Senior Centers. , Also the number of representatives awarded to NY State would shrink in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If a census worker comes to your door they will show you an ID Badge, hand you an information sheet and ask you a few simple questions. Your answers are confidential and protected by law. All US Census Bureau employees have taken an oath and are subject to a jail term, a fine or both if they disclose ANY information that could identify you or your household. Your answers are used for statistical purposes, and no other purpose. As allowed by law, your census data becomes public after 72 years. This information can be used for family history and other types of historical research.

You are required by federal law to provide the information requested. Visit the Census web site and click on “Protecting Your Answers” to learn more about their privacy policy and data protection

Who to count as of April 1st
Count all people where they live and sleep most of the time. Including babies and children, foster children, roommates, boarders, and people staying with you who have no permanent place to live. Do not include college students living away at school, Armed Forces personnel who live away, people in nursing homes, a mental hospital, jail, prison, or detention facility.

Participation isn’t just important it’s mandatory.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

GS USA National Agenda Meeting

Taking Action for Girls Be Part of the Conversation
Who: Girls (12 and up), parents, volunteers, community members
When: Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Where: Girl Scouts of Nassau County
110 Ring Road West, Garden City
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Girl Scouts of the USA has set a national agenda to address the girl issues of bullying and cyberbullying, disordered eating, and unhealthy media images. Come and be part of our work as we turn people into power, advocate for girls, and make the world a better place.
Questions? Carole Aksak, Critical Issues Coordinator, 516.282.7521.

Monday, April 26, 2010

West Hempstead School Budget Information

On May 18th, the residents of West Hempstead will be asked to go to the polls and cast their vote on the proposed 2010-2011 school budget. The economic climate is not in West Hempstead’s favor. While in recent year’s the Board of Education has been able to keep tax levy increases among the lowest on Long Island, including a year when the tax levy actually went down, this year West Hempstead’s tax levy increase is likely to be among the highest on Long Island.

As of today, Albany has still not adopted a budget. Any additional state aid that comes from Albany would be used to decrease the 2010-2011 tax levy.

On May 18th, residents are casting their vote on the proposed budget that supports the education of our children. The attached document outlines what programs and services the proposed budget provides. Likewise, it outlines what is at stake.

Make a Commitment to Education
Remember to Vote on May 18th. It's Important!
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

West Hempstead Board of Education Adopts Budget

On Tuesday, April 20th, the West Hempstead Board of Education adopted the proposed 2010-2011 School Budget. The budget supports all current educational programs and continues to maintain facilities with a budgetary increase of 3.69% over the present 2009-2010 school budget. As you recall, the 2009-2010 school budget presented a 0% increase over the previous year. Therefore, West Hempstead’s two year average increase is 1.85%.

The revenue side of the budget continues to be a struggle during these tough economic times. The combination of state aid cuts, reduced revenue from Island Park and lack of fund balance result in a revenue loss of over $1.8 million since July 2009. In addition, payments to the Teacher Retirement System, the Employee Retirement System and the New York State Health Insurance Plan have increased this expense area by almost $1.2 million. Due to circumstances beyond the control of West Hempstead, the 2010-2011 tax levy was already going to increase by 7.6%.

Through frugal budgeting and careful decision making, the Board of Education has been able to find a way to support our children and fund obligations to its employees while adding an additional 1.8% to the tax levy that was already a stark reality at the beginning of the budget process. While the projected 2010-2011 tax levy of 9.4% is admittedly very high, we ask that you consider the following:

Ø Including the projected 2010-2011 tax levy, the five-year annual average increase in the tax levy for West Hempstead is 2.74%.

Ø At the time of the budget adoption, New York State had yet to adopt a budget that finalized state aid to West Hempstead. Any additional aid provided by the 2010-2011 state budget will be used to decrease the tax levy when it is set in July.

Ø Since the beginning of the budget process, almost $1 million in expenditures has been cut from the proposal. These cuts have been made with the philosophy that we need to continue to help our children grow even when we struggle financially. Therefore, while some class sizes may be slightly higher, no programs have been cut.

Ø Before and after school activities and programs such as music and art help our children to become better educated and more cultured adults. They also give our children something to do during non-school hours at a relatively low price tag. These activities and programs have been maintained.

Ø The school district and education as our children know it would look vastly different with further cuts to the proposed budget. Someday, our children will be parents. They will look to the school to help their children learn, grow and mature just as our schools are doing today. We are worried that further cuts would severely undermine our ability to provide the support our children deserve.

We remind you to come to the polls on Tuesday, May 18th between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the West Hempstead Middle School Gym. We ask you to consider that while times are hard for all of us who are adults; it is incumbent upon us to protect our children.

Make a Commitment to Education

Remember to Vote on May 18th. It’s important!

6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in West Hempstead MS Gymnasium

Look for more West Hempstead UFSD school budget news at

Have questions about the proposed budget? Email them to

Friday, April 9, 2010

Donald Clavin Announces Convenient Payment Options

April 7, 2010
Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin reminds residents to take advantage of the convenient payment options offered by his office as the deadline for paying the second half 2009-2010 school tax approaches. Taxpayers who prefer to make payments in person can avail themselves of satellite offices, the mobile tax office and the EZ-Pay drive thru payment window located behind the Town Receiver's office in Hempstead. In addition, tax bills can be paid by credit card or e-check, online or via telephone. Tax payments received or postmarked by May 10 will be penalty-free.

"Taxpayers who prefer to pay their taxes in person from the comfort of their car may choose to utilize the EZ-Pay drive thru payment window located behind the tax office at 200 North Franklin Street," said Clavin. "My office also accepts electronic payments via e-check and credit card."

Office hours at the main tax office located at 200 North Franklin Street in Hempstead will be extended during peak collection times. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. The fully staffed main office accepts all forms of payment and can provide taxpayers with assistance regarding account inquiries.

Satellite offices established at Rock Hall Museum (located at 199 Broadway in Lawrence) and Levittown Hall (located at 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville) will be open to receive tax payments (checks and money orders only) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10.

"Our mobile town hall brings town government to local neighborhoods," remarked Clavin. "This is especially convenient for residents who have limited time or ability to travel to the main tax office and desire to make their tax payments in person by check or money order." The mobile tax office will visit the following locations from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as follows:

Monday, May 3, Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick

Tuesday, May 4, Town Parking Lot O-3, Davison Avenue, Oceanside (directly across from Oceanside Library)

Thursday, May 6, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont

Friday, May 7, Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square

The E-Z Pay drive thru payment window will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. Only checks and money order payments are accepted at this facility.

Residents who would like to pay via credit card or e-check may log onto the town's website at www.TOH.LI and follow the Receiver of Taxes link to "Online Tax Payments," or call Official Payments Corporation toll-free at 1-877-306-6056. A convenience fee of 2.5% of the total tax payment will be incurred for credit card payments. A flat fee of $2 will be charged for electronic check payments. Hempstead Town receives no portion of these fees.

"I encourage residents to utilize the services designed to make the tax payment process less burdensome," concluded Clavin. "Supervisor Murray and I continue to look for innovative ways to assist residents with all of their tax payment needs."

Taxpayers should bring their entire tax bill when making payments in person. Tax stubs should not be detached from the bill. For further information visit the town's website at www.TOH.LI or contact the Office of Receiver of Taxes at (516) 538-1500.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

With Just One Click....

Cyberbullying is: Using technology in a hostile way that is intended to harm others.
Bullying has spread from the playground to the Internet. With one click of button it reaches into a mass audience further and faster then ever.
Although some may think cyber bullying is fun and entertaining, what they might not know is that is traceable and in some cases a crime.

Types of online bullying behaviors:
Flaming Angry rude arguments
Harrassment Repeatedly sending offensive messages
Denigration Dissing someone online by spreading rumors or posting false info
Outing and Trickery Disseminating intimate private information that is then sent to others who were never meant to read it
Impersonation pretending to be someone else and posting material to damage that person’s reputation
Exclusion Intentional exclusion from an online group by blocking them.
Cyberstalking: creating fear by sending offensive messages and other harmful online activities
Cell phones have been used to take pictures at school and then pictures posted on line

Kids might not tell you they’re being bullied because of fear of revenge by the bully. Some think no one can or will help them. Others think it will make things worse.
Kids might feel that they will lose privileges of using the computer.

How do you know if your child is a target?
Hopefully they’ll come to you. If not, pay attention to their behavior when they are at the computer. If you notice they are often upset ask what’s going on. Also go to the internet yourself and using the google search engine type in your child’s first and last name in quotes to see if there is anything posted on a website.

· Be observant, recognize the problem when it’s happening,
· Talk to your child about what you expect. Addressing this behavior will let your child know you will not condone it. Caution against joining in on bullying, it’s just as bad as starting it.
· Explain we don’t say anything online we wouldn’t say to someone’s face. Email is not private, a mean remark can be easily forwarded.
· Because email and instant messages don’t include facial expressions, communication can be misinterpreted.
· Stress that passwords should never be shared; someone else could send emails from your child’s account.
· Do not let your child respond to the bullying online. That can make it escalate.
· Let your child know your there for them.
· Make sure the Instant message “buddy list” is limited only to people they know and block all other incoming messages.
· Save the offending messages to your hard drive. The IP provider will want live communication not just a printout.
· Limit time spent online.