Wednesday, February 23, 2011

15th Annual Community Food Drive

The West Hempstead Franklin Square Association of Girl Scouts is organizing it’s 15th Annual Community Food Drive on February 28 – March 13. Food will be donated to St. Catherine’s Outreach, St. Thomas the Apostle Outreach Center, St Vincent DePaul and Long Island Cares, Inc. who notified us their cupboards are bare.

Long Island Cares, Inc., was founded by the late Harry Chapin in response to the problem of hunger and poverty on Long Island. This is the only regional food bank serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties by providing emergency assistance. Member agencies include, Homeless Shelters, Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Group Homes, Day Care Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, Senior Nutrition Sites.

Public drop off locations are: West Hempstead Library, Franklin Square Library, Ridgewood Savings 1010 Hempstead Turnpike, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Catherine of Sienna and St Vincent DePaul Churches.

Suggested Donations for the Food Pantry, Kitchen or Shelter
Tuna Fish, Soups, Vegetables, Fruits (canned or dried), Juices, Beef Stew, Rice/Beans, Pastas and Sauces, Dry or Evaporated Milk, Peanut Butter/Jelly, Crackers, Tea/Coffee, Cereal, Personal Hygiene Products, Enfamil with iron, Diapers # ‘s 3, 4 or 5

As we prepare for our 15th Annual Community Food Drive, we’d like to thank the community for all the generous support you’ve given over these past years. One thing we have learned running this event is how generous and compassionate our community truly is.

Your anticipated support, as always, is so greatly appreciated.

Jo-Lynn Tripp
Chair of WH/FS Girl Scouts
Community Food Drive

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

County Announce Dental Network Card Program for Residents

County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced a voluntary Dental Network Card Program designed to make going to the dentist easier and more affordable for individuals and families in the county. County residents can purchase a card for reduced rates on dental services for themselves and their families.

“Proper dental hygiene is often out of reach for many retirees and families. Dental care is a key ingredient to overall good health, and this new program puts a trip to the dentist in reach for more families in our county,” said the County Executive. “We are pleased to provide residents without dental insurance with more affordable access to participating dentists in our communities.”

The Dental Network Card Program provides cardholders with information they can use to locate dentists who have agreed to charge reduced fees for dental services. This is not an insurance program. It is an educational and access program that is intended to help patients for whom cost is a barrier to receiving dental treatment.

“Too often people avoid going to the dentist because they don’t have insurance,” said NYSAC President William J. Ryan. “Counties can now provide their residents with access to this card so they can receive the same rates that insurance companies pay.”

The Dental Network Card Program is a partnership created by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and the Health Economics Group (Rochester, New York) so that counties can offer the program to residents in their communities.

“We saw the need in our communities and we identified one more way that we can help connect our residents with the care they need to stay healthy,” said the county executive.

The Dental Network Card program makes use of the extensive DenteMax network of dentists, with more than 100,000 dental access points throughout the country. Dentists in the network have agreed to charge the prevailing DenteMax network fee schedule when a patient presents an identification card bearing the DenteMax name or logo.

For more information and to enroll in the program, visit

Capital One Bank Robbed

Robbery Squad detectives are investigating a Robbery that occurred on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM in West Hempstead.

According to detectives a male black subject entered the Capital One Bank, 611 Hempstead Tpke, and displayed a robbery demand note to the teller. After obtaining an undetermined amount of U.S. currency, the subject fled the bank in an unknown direction.

At the time of the Robbery there were eight employees and three customers present in the bank. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

The suspect is described as a male black, 35 years old, 6’ tall, with a thin build. He was wearing clear glasses and a dark hooded jacket.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this Robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Friday, February 11, 2011

George Washington School Crossing Guard Says "Thank You" to Community

Each day, no matter what the weather, Sharon McCarthy guides our children to safety. She is positive, pleasant and extremely conscientious.  Her post at William Street and New York Avenue has afforded her the opportunity to get to know a great many of the George Washington families.  This past holiday season in particular she found a tremendous outpouring of gratitude and appreciation from the West Hempstead community.  Whether is was a card,  a warm smile or a hot cup of coffee, Sharon wanted us to know that the "little gestures" made a big and lasting impression.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey announces with great sadness the line of duty death of a Nassau County Police Officer. Police Officer Michael J. Califano was killed while performing a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway on February 5, 2011. Officer Califano was assigned to the Highway Patrol Bureau and was one of Nassau’s finest. His department family mourns the loss of a fellow officer and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.

Donations for the family of Nassau County Police Officer Michael J. Califano who was killed in the line of duty on February 5, 2011 can be made to the Michael J. Califano Memorial Fund, c/o Nassau County P.B.A., 89 E. Jericho Tpke., Mineola, NY 11501. Officer Califano leaves behind a wife and three young boys

Friday, February 4, 2011

Nassau County Police Department Fifth Precinct POP Unit Project 21 Arrest

On February 2, at the Sunoco Gas Station located at 1200 Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream, police made an arrest for selling drug paraphernalia. In response to numerous community complaints for local convenience stores selling drug paraphernalia to youths, Police Officers conducted an investigation using an Undercover Police Agent who purchased one package containing 100 drug bags (glassine envelopes) from the defendant. Officers observed a large quantity of drug paraphernalia behind the counter in plain view.

Fifth Precinct Problem Oriented Policing Unit or POP Officers were also conducting Project 21 which targets underage sales of alcohol products to minors. The defendant sold an alcoholic beverage to an undercover Police Agent who is under the age of twenty one. The defendant did not ask for any form of identification in showing proof of age. Officers made an arrest at: Roniely Deli 691 Woodfield Road, Lakeview.