Community Center manager feels right at home

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Much of her career has been spent in the marketing field. She worked for Henry Schein, Inc. for 15 years marketing products for the medical and dental distributor. She also had a similar job for Chodos Dental in New Hyde Park.

Esposito said the Community Center job gives her the opportunity to return to marketing, as one of her tasks is promoting all that the facility has to offer, from village-sponsored recreation programs to rental space for parties.

She works with Recreation Director Tom Roberts to offer activities for Valley Streamers of all ages. She is organizing a series of Zumba workshops for adults beginning in March and is looking to bring a Lego robotics program to the building for children. This Saturday, the Community Center will host a Black History Month celebration for families.

Esposito will also oversee the Silver Threads senior citizens group, which was displaced during the renovations but is now back at Hendrickson Park. Esposito, taking over for recently-retired Silver Threads coordinator Barbara Diglio, said she is looking expand the senior program and offer members more activities.

Creating a warm atmosphere

During the renovations, the building was given a water-resistant design with cinder block and plaster walls, an epoxy floor, electrical outlets several feet off the floor and plastic furniture. If it ever floods again, it can simply be dried out with no residual damage. Esposito wants to make the building a little more homey. She and Barbara DeGrace, an assistant to the Board of Trustees, have collected some historical photos that will be hung in the lobby. The centerpiece of the photo collage will be a picture of park namesake Arthur J. Hendrickson when he was 16 years old.

Esposito also said she plans to have pictures of Hendrickson Park hung throughout the building.

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