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New York state’s new $163 billion budget passed last week, including an allocation of $2.5 billion for the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, which aims to improve water distribution systems’ safety and quality. more
It was a summer evening nearly two years ago when Island Park business owner Jared Judson re-evaluated his career path. He and his wife, Melanie, were on the shore of Long Beach in a Tuesday-night beach volleyball league. Judson, 39 at the time, who grew up in Baldwin and lives in Freeport, began to feel a pain in his chest, and decided to lay down courtside. The discomfort didn’t stop. more
The Island Park Civic Association collected nearly 100 stuffed bunnies at its third annual Hug-A-Bunny Fundraiser earlier this month, which the group donated to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside on April 12 to be distributed to children. more
Gene Vandermosten, known around Island Park for his unwavering service to the community — including his longtime commitment to Boy Scouts and various fire departments in the area — died on April 3 at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens from a heart condition. He was 80. more
“It’s like they just stopped painting last week,” one concertgoer said, as he walked down Section 104’s shiny grey-and-yellow stairs that seemed to sparkle in the dim pre-concert haze. After a $165 million renovation, the Uniondale venue, now called NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, was complete, and fans filed in on April 5 to see Long Island’s favorite rock legend reopen the place. “It’s still wet,” the man joked. more
The Oceanside and Island Park communities got in the Easter spirit on April 8, as children took to Masone Beach and the Schoolhouse Green to hunt for eggs in preparation of the upcoming holiday. The event provided fun for dozens of residents, including children of all ages. more
A treasure trove of original survey maps of the Long Island Motor Parkway — the country’s first road built exclusively for automobiles, in 1908 — have been in the basement of a Malverne business, the Learning Circle, for decades. “I saw them about 20 years ago and I didn’t pay much attention to them,” said Roy Knoernschild, an on-call custodian for the building. more
The Hempstead Industrial Development Agency gave a tentative OK on March 30 to tax breaks for an apartment complex in Barnum Island, but the developer said it would not be financially possible to build under the terms of the current agreement. more
New equipment for the Department of Public Works, iPads for village building inspectors and LED lights around the village are among the items included in Island Park’s tentative budget for the coming fiscal year. more
More than 150 community members — dressed in snazzy attire — filed into Bridgeview Yacht Club on March 30 for the 67th annual Island Park Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner & Dance, where they celebrated some of the village’s most integral people and businesses. more
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