Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hempstead Town to Join State Department in Passport Day in the USA

Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla have announced that Hempstead Town will join the State Department in celebrating “Passport Day in the USA,” providing convenient passport application services to U.S. citizens and sharing important information about travel requirements. This special passport event will be held at Hempstead Town Hall on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

“We want to make sure that everyone interested in traveling outside of the country will have the necessary documents to leave and re-enter the U.S.,” Supervisor Murray said. “Passport Day at Hempstead Town Hall will make it even easier for residents who might not be able to come to Town Hall during the work week to apply for a passport.”

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. American citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

“As it normally takes between four and six weeks for a passport application to be processed, we recommend that residents plan well in advance of their departure date to avoid a delay as the summer travel season begins,” said Town Clerk Bonilla.

In addition to hosting the Passport Day, Hempstead Town has taken numerous steps to make the process of obtaining a passport easy and convenient. The Town Clerk’s One-Stop Passport Shop provides applications and passport photo services to town residents without an appointment, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. To make it easier for groups of travelers to obtain necessary travel documents, the Town Clerk’s Office offers a “Speedy Pass” mobile passport service that brings a mobile passport facility to organizations, teams and clubs who plan to travel abroad.

For information on how to apply for a passport book and/or a passport card, visit the town’s web site at www.TOH.LI or call the town’s One-Stop Passport Shop at (516) 812-3100 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

“Whether you are driving to Canada, cruising to Mexico, or flying to France, you’ll need a passport for any travel adventures outside of the U.S.,” Bonilla concluded. “Be ahead of the crowd and visit the Hempstead Town Clerk’s office to get your passport in time.”

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nassau County Police Congratulates Eagle Scout James Kaminski

Achieving the highest rank in scouting, takes perseverance and dedication. 18-year-old James Kaminski, member of Boy Scout Troop 240, earned the Eagle Scout status last weekend.

Kaminski chose to revitalize and restore the flagpole outside the St. Thomas School in West Hempstead — the school he had attended for 12 years. He added plants and stepping stones to the garden area around the flagpole, and replaced the rope along which the flag is raised and lowered spending more than 100 hours on the restoration. The purpose of the project, was to improve the aesthetics of the facility and “give back” to the school.

Kaminski started his scouting journey in the first grade as a Tiger Scout. Since then he has been dedicated to the scouts, earning 32 badges and taking on leadership roles whenever possible. It was only natural for him to advance to the Eagle Scout ranking.

Kaminski continues to stay involved in his parish, currently teaching in its Religious Education program and serving as a Eucharist Minister for the church.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Community Forum on Childhood Obesity

Stop & Shop Supermarket will host a community forum on childhood obesity at 11am on Thursday, March 31st at the Stop & Shop located at 50 Cherry Valley Road in West Hempstead.

The expert panel will be chaired y Nassau County Executive, Edward Mangano. The other panelists will include: Dr Rene Bargman Director Pediatric Endocrinology Nassau University Medical Center. Rob Gewirtz, Health & Physical Education Instructor, West Hempstead High School and a member of the West Hempstead District Wellness committee. Deborah Colfer, Interim Executive Director, Nassau County Cornell Cooperative Extension. Sabrina Candelaria, MPH, RD, CDN, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology at Hofstra University and Arlene Putterman, Coordinator Stop & Shop Childhood Obesity Initiative.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.

Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.

Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

The costs of treating obesity-related diseases are staggering and rising rapidly. Direct and indirect health costs associated with obesity are $98 billion.

Fewer than 25% of adolescents eat enough fruits and vegetables each day.

64% of high school students don't meet currently recommended levels of physical activity.

· 85% of adolescent females do not consume enough calcium. During the last 25 years, consumption of milk, the largest source of calcium, has decreased 36% among adolescent females. Additionally, the average daily soft drink consumption almost doubled among adolescent females, increasing from 6 ounces to 11 ounces, and almost tripled among adolescent males, from 7 ounces to 19 ounces.

What: Stop & Shop Community Forum on Childhood Obesity
When: 11am on Thursday, March 31st
Where: Stop & Shop Supermarket located at 50 Cherry Valley Road in West Hempstead.

Congresswoman McCarthy's Annual Blood Drive

Dear Friends,

With a great need for Type O blood looming in the area, I will be hosting my annual blood drive in Garden City on Monday, March 21. Long Island Blood Services will administer the drive, in the organization’s bus in the parking lot of 400 Garden City Plaza between 10:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Blood donors save countless lives every day. Giving blood today may save the life of a child, a parent, or a grandparent tomorrow. While there’s a particular need for Type O right now, we need to help make sure all types of blood will be available to our hospitals and clinics.

Over four million Americans benefit from life-saving blood transfusions every year. I urge you to make an appointment to donate blood to help fulfill this critical need today.

What: Congresswoman McCarthy’s Annual Blood Drive

When: Monday, March 21, 2011

10:45 am – 4:45 pm

Where: Blood Bus, 400 Garden City Plaza Garden City NY 11530

Eligibility: -ID with signature or photo

-Minimum weight of 110 lbs.

-Age 16 – 75 (Age 16 must have parental permission, age 76 and older must have a

doctor’s note)

-Eat well and drink fluids

-No tattoos within past 12 months

RSVP: Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments are encouraged

Contact Toby Nussbaum in Rep. McCarthy’s office at (516) 739-3008

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Application Process Begins for County Summer Recreation Program

Affordable Camp Provides Summer Fun for Children

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the County’s Summer Recreation Program is on its way to success with scores of children already signed up to attend. Whether they’re in Cantiague Park, Eisenhower Park, Nickerson Beach Park or Wantagh Park, children attending Nassau County’s Summer Recreation Program can count on real summer fun.

“These beautiful parks provide perfect settings for youngsters to enjoy a range of activities, from recreational sports to arts and crafts,” said Mangano. “This low-cost summer recreation program represents just one of the many steps my administration is taking to enhance the quality of life for children in Nassau.”

Details on Nassau County’s Summer Recreation Program:
Open weekdays, for children aged 5-12, from July 5th to August 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at four locations: Cantiague Park in Hicksville; Eisenhower Park in East Meadow; Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach; and Wantagh Park in Wantagh.

Activities include: swimming (three parks), arts and crafts, board games, scavenger hunts, disk golf, horseshoes, potato-sack races, and sports such as baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

Registration deadline: June 11, 2011. On-site registration is available at the Eisenhower Park Administration Building (located just south of the Hempstead Turnpike entrance to the park) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays.

Fees: $750 per child from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., $600 per child from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Additional sibling option (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. only): $570 for the second child and $540 for the third child in same family.

More information, contact: (516) 572-0245 or avisconti@nassaucountyny.gov.

For more information about the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, call (516) 572-0200 or visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Peanut Butter Recall

Some 16.3-ounce plastic jars of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread, which may be contaminated with salmonella have been recalled.

The organism can cause fever and abdominal problems in healthy people and serious and even fatal infections in the young, old and frail.

The jars were sent to stores in in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The affected jars have UPC numbers 048001006812 and 048001006782 and have "best if used by" dates of MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1, and MAY2112LR1. Details: by phone at 800-453-3432.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Town of Hempstead Offers Free Child Seat Safety Inspections

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has announced the 2011 spring schedule for Hempstead Town's Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Program. Hempstead Town's certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will inspect and properly install child car safety seats and instruct guardians on their proper installation.

"According to safety experts, a properly installed safety seat is the most effective way to prevent injuries to a child in a vehicle crash," stated Supervisor Murray. "In 2010 our technicians performed over 500 child car seat inspections and we hope that many more families with infants and young children will avail themselves of this free program this year."

Town technicians have received rigorous training and are certified by Safe Kids Worldwide, a coalition of 450 health and safety experts, educators, foundations, governments and volunteers. During the months of March, April and May the Child Car Seat Inspection Team will be available to perform car seat safety inspections on most Wednesdays and specified Saturdays at either Veterans Memorial Park or Speno Park in East Meadow. From June through September, the inspection team will visit communities throughout the town twice weekly.

All inspections take place by appointment only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guardians are asked to provide information about the child's age, weight, height and current car seat. Inspectors can provide recommendations for appropriate car seats, as well as information about recalls and possible defects. The service is provided free of charge.

"The safety of our children is our most important responsibility. Through this program, we can ensure that Hempstead Town's youngest residents are safer when they are on the road," concluded Supervisor Murray.

The Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Program schedule is available online. To schedule an appointment, please visit www.toh.li/content/cs/childsafe.html or call the Town of Hempstead Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900, extension 217.