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Merrick Preserve Gets Boost From Town

A weekly look-in at news from around the Town of Hempstead.

The Norman J. Levy Preserve is formerly a landfill, but transformed by the Town of Hempstead into a beautiful eco-friendly park where the grass is cut by Nigerian dwarf goats and guinea hens keep pesky ticks at bay.

Now, the town has introduced it's latest green initiative – solar powered jitneys, which are electrical transports used to ferry guests about the park's 51 expansive acres.

Town Supervisor Kate Murray spoke with Merrick Patch about the preserve earlier this week.

Lawrence Costco Plan Sees Opposition

A handful of people and attorneys representing Five Towns merchants and residents and Rockaway Turnpike gas stations voiced opposition to Costco’s request to add a 22-pump gas station to its warehouse store in North Lawrence.

Opponents’ request on Wednesday to adjourn the chain’s variance request at the Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals was granted, and a new hearing date was set on Aug. 1 at 2 p.m.

Costco brought its plan to convert 163 of the Lawrence store’s 822 parking spaces into a gas station in March. To do this, the company needs a parking variance from the BZA because the amount of spaces would not meet the required town minimum. It also needs a permit from the Town of Hempstead Board to install three 30,000-gallon storage tanks at the southwest corner of Rockaway Turnpike and Nassau Expressway.

Click the headline to read more on the story. Stephen Bronner contributed to this report.

paul June 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
To Lawrence Etwick: Way off base. Yes we want Americans to have jobs but the reality of it is most Americans do not want that as an occupation..... I have done that and am proud of that fact.....
Jason June 24, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Just waht we need more enviornmental pollution and more fuel depots?
Tideline June 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Shell, Sunoco, Mobil, etc get to have their stations and Costco should not. That is the new America for you. So much for equal opportunity for all.
Frank T June 25, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I wonder how much the solar panels cost? No mention of price by Murray, it's not her money what does she care. Can't wait until it breaks down and town employees can't figure out how to fix it. Maybe they should strap the Nigerian goats to the jitney and have them pull it around the preserve. Now that's green energy!
Frank June 25, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Want to help the South Shore? Push local, county, and state government to move the sewage outfall pipes from the Western Bays into the Atlantic Ocean.

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