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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Elmont residents voice safety concerns
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Vikas Girdhar/Herald
Officer Rita Bopp-Carroll took notes about Elmont streets and intersections that residents said do not have enough stop signs or law enforcement.

Residents asked Bopp-Carroll to spread the word throughout the precinct about drivers’ road rage and speeders. They said that residential streets are no longer safe because too many drivers speed and ignore stop signs. One group complained about an inadequate number of stop signs along Butler Boulevard, which, they said, contributes to the speeding. Bopp-Carroll promised to follow up.

Aside from police matters, town cleanliness was a prominent issue of discussion. Residents complained about the look of Hempstead Turnpike, with graffiti and broken-down homes.

One community member, Noah Sheroff, said that one way to transform the graffiti-sprayed buildings would be to replace the graffiti with “street art” — pictures and paintings with a local historical context that would help revitalize and beautify the area.

“I think people would respect the street art more, and they would be less inclined to paint over it,” Sheroff said. He urged residents to support such a project.

Nicolosi said that he would like to see all the local civic groups join forces, and that the groups need more young members. He also announced that longtime member Dotty Werner, 89, was retiring from the civic group.

Eli Soblick, who is also 89 and a member of the group, said that the only way to bring about change is to have enough residents voice their opinions and rally for it.

The next Elmont East End meeting will be a Meet the Candidates night on Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at the Elmont Library, and will include members of five civic associations.

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