Supervisor Kate Murray and the Town of Hempstead will host the town's annual 9/11 memorial ceremony -- the largest on Long Island -- on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Town Park Point Lookout.
A major component of this year's ceremony will be interactive, including a 35-foot long interactive mural of the New York City skyline and a 15-foot tall shadow box image of the Twin Towers. At the conclusion of the ceremony, residents can write messages, prayers and the names of victims on the mural.
Hurricane Irene Anniversary: Hempstead Town Tally
As Hurricane Irene barreled through Long Island last August, residents endured flooding, downed trees, power outages and damaged homes.
Local municipalities - including the Town of Hempstead - worked around the clock to clean the streets, parks and waterfronts. But what was the final total bill of devastation?
According the Town of Hempstead, the total cost of preparation, clean up and repairs incurred by the town was $3,632,087.16. The town was approved to be reimbursed for the entire amount in FEMA and New York State OEM Public Assistant Disaster Aid. Seventy-five percent will be paid by FEMA and the remaining 25 percent by NYS OEM.
To date, however, the town has only received $385,512.61 in aid from both agencies. They expect to receive the remaining aid within the coming weeks.
Town Announces Seventh Annual Seaside Spectacular Car Show
The town will hosts its seventh annual Seaside Spectacular Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 from 12-4 p.m. (display cars must arrive/be checked in between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.). Hundreds of vintage cars are expected to cruise into Town Park Point Lookout for the high-octane event.
First, second and third-place award plaques, provided by Merrick Dodge, will be presented to car owners in 15 different categories, with the car show participants judging classics, American and foreign models and best of various time periods. There will also be an award for Best in Show. Dashboard plaques, provided by Merrick Collision and Towing, will be given to the first 400 cars checking in on Sept. 15.
Murray will also pay tribute to the late Arnie Levey, an avid car collector, a car racing champion and one of the founders of the town’s car show. One of his classic cars will be on display in his honor.
A special group of premier exhibitors will showcase unique vehicles too. The Autoseum in Mineola will provide famous movie and television vehicles. A special exhibit of Cobras and other hot rods from H.R.E. Motor Cars of Freeport will be featured, as well as a special presentation of unique motorcycles, courtesy of the Nettesheim Museum. The premier displays will be provided by H.R.E. Motorcars of Freeport, the Nettesheim Museum and the Autoseum of Mineola. B-103 Radio (media sponsor) and a live band will provide musical entertainment throughout the day.
The Seaside Spectacular is open to pre-registered cars with model years of 1987 and older. Pre-registration is ongoing through Friday, Sept. 7 and carries an entry fee of $10. Car owners may also register between 10 a.m. and noon on the day of the event (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 16). Registration forms can be obtained through the town's Office of Communications by calling (516) 812-3496 or on the town’s website.
Town Officials Move to Preserve Lindbergh Take-Off Site
Twenty-year old Hofstra student Adam Sackowitz is taking steps alongside Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby to preserve the take-off site of Charles Lindbergh's historic 1927 trans-Atlantic flight.
The trio announced their plan to safeguard the Garden City property site, which was set to go up for auction Aug. 28, with worries that it could be threatened by development under change of ownership. Chairman of the town's Landmark Preservation Commision Angelo Corva, Assemblyman Ed Ra and Cradle of Aviation Museum Executive Director Andrew Parton joined the town officials at a press conference regarding the state of the property.
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