Saturday, November 12, 2011

Oyster Bay Town Board to Consider Landmarking Maine Maid Inn

The Town of Oyster Bay has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, November 15, at 10 A.M. to consider landmarking the Maine Maid, a structure on Old Jericho Turnpike in Jericho that is more than 200 years old.

Also known as the Valentine Hicks House, the building is one of the few surviving remnants of the Quaker community that thrived on Long Island during the 18th and 19th centuries. It
has been a stage coach stop, post office, and way station on the Underground Railroad. It is said that runaway slaves made their way to the property by sailing across Hempstead Harbor, landing on the eastern shore in the vicinity of the community that later came to be known as Glenwood Landing, and then traveling farther east overland through Glen Head.

Valentine Hicks was the first president of the Long Island Rail Road. For the past 50 years, his homestead was a restaurant. Frank Sinatra dined there after performing at the Westbury Music Fair. Charles Dolan regularly held meetings in a second-floor room to develop a company known as Cablevision. Grumman engineers gathered in the dining room to discuss designs for the lunar lander over lunch.

The restaurant is now closed, and the property is presently in foreclosure. The East Norwich Civic Association submitted a landmark application to the TOB Landmarks Commission, which recommended that the Town Board landmark the site.

The East Norwich Civic Association has incurred various expenses related to the application and has retained an attorney to assist in the application process. Opposition from a bank that is foreclosing on the property is anticipated. Contributions can be sent to the East Norwich Civic Association, P.O. Box 126, East Norwich, NY 11732.

The hearing will be held at Town Hall, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay.

Hempstead Harbor Water Trail: Your Input Needed

The Town of North Hempstead is conducting a survey to gather information that will be used to create a canoe and kayak trail in TNH waters (Little Neck Bay, Manhasset Bay, and Hempstead Harbor). The grant was awarded through the New York State Department of State Division of Coastal Resources and funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The consultant is Nelson, Pope and Voorhis.

To increase the likelihood that some launch sites will be established in Hempstead Harbor, especially on the eastern shore, it is important for people who live in eastern shore communities to weigh in on the matter. Click here to fill in the quick and easy survey, which is managed by the consultant using a service called Survey Monkey. You can fill out the survey even if you are not a canoer or a kayaker. If you wish, at the end of the survey, you can sign up for more information.

On several occasions over the years, Tom Halton (then a Roslyn Harbor Trustee) and the Glenwood / Glen Head Civic Association proposed a canoe and kayak put-in at the western end of Scudders Lane. Sometimes the proposal has prompted positive feedback from TNH; other times the feedback has been less than enthusiastic.

The Town of Oyster Bay has received a similar grant for a canoe and kayak trail in TOB waters (Hempstead Harbor, Oyster Bay, and Cold Spring Harbor). The civic association will pass along information as it becomes aware of developments. Meanwhile, more information about each project may be available on the Town of North Hempstead website or the Town of Oyster Bay website.

The Glen Head / Glenwood Civic Council, an organization made up of civic groups in Glen Head and Glenwood Landing, is an adviser to the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, an inter-municipal organization made up of the municipalities surrounding Hempstead Harbor.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Vote Running Against Appoving New Coliseum in Nassau County Special Election

With votes counted in 54 percent of precincts, the vote is running against approving plans for The Hub development to fund a new coliseum and related projects in Nassau County, New York. According to the Nassau County Board of Elections, as of 11:29 P.M., 31,300 votes had been cast in favor of the proposal and 42,688 had been cast against it.

Friday, July 15, 2011

County-wide Vote Scheduled for Aug. 1 on Funding for Coliseum Redevelopment

Nassau County has scheduled a special election for Monday, August 1, on a referendum to fund a a new sports and entertainment complex at the Nassau Coliseum site in the Town of Hempstead. Referred to as the Hub, the proposed development would include a sports arena that would accommodate the New York Islanders professional hockey team and a minor league baseball stadium. Should residents approve the measure, County Executive Edward Mangano has said that construction would likely begin in 2012 and the facility would open no later than 2015.

Vote at your local polling place unless you received other instructions from the Nassau County Board of Elections. Polls will be open from 6 A.M. to 9 P.M.

The referendum reads: Shall a Local Law be approved to establish “The Nassau County Hub Area Development Program” (the “Hub Program”) and to (i) authorize the expenditure of up to $400,000,000, to be bonded by the County and expended solely for the construction of projects in the Hub Area including a new Nassau Coliseum, a minor league baseball stadium, and other economic development projects, (ii) established a line on property tax bills dedicated to the payment of the debt service associated with the Hub Program, and to (iii) to establish a special revenue fund dedicated exclusively to the payment of the debt service on the bonds issued pursuant to the Hub Program?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Suspects in Glen Head / Glenwood Burglaries Arrested

Nassau County Police have arrested three suspects in connection with three burglaries in the Glen Head / Glenwood Landing area in Nassau County, New York, according to Detective Lieutenant Commanding Officer Harun Begis in a letter to victims dated April 19.

In the letter, Detective Lieutenant Begis reported that there have been eight residential burglaries in the community since January. "The Nassau County Police Department has dedicated significant resources to enhance patrols in the area," he said. "We are actively pursuing every possible lead to apprehend and successfully prosecute the person(s) responsible."

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Community Acts to Strengthen Security

Residents of Glen Head and Glenwood Landing have responded to a recent rash of break-ins by establishing an email address and email list to keep neighbors informed about security breaches. They also are posting Nassau County Police Department Crime Stopper signs throughout the community. A reward of up to $5,000 has been established for information leading to arrests through Crime Stoppers.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Glen Head - Glenwood Business Association Replacing Avenue of Flags Brackets

The Glen Head - Glenwood Business Association seeks donations to replace the failing brackets that for many years have held flags on Glen Head Road and Glenwood Road on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

The Glen Head-Glenwood Business Association, with support from Glenwood Landing American Legion Post #336, has maintained the Avenue of Flags for many years. Recently, wear and tear have taken a toll, and the brackets that hold the flags must be replaced.

To make a donation of any amount, please make a check payable to Glen Head - Glenwood Business Association 2011 American Flag Sponsorship. Please mail to or drop off at First National Bank of Long Island, 10 Glen Head Road, Glen Head, NY 11545, attention John Mulder.

Home Invasions: Best Protections

North Shore High School

Home Invasions in Our Community
Representatives from the Nassau County Police, 6th Precinct
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
High School Cafeteria at 7 P.M.
Glen Head, New York

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