Pathfinder Award Winners Announced, Animal Shelter Fees Waived

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Hempstead Town Pathfinder Awards

Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the Hempstead Town Board honored ten women who live or work in the Town of Hempstead for their outstanding contributions to the community at the town’s annual Pathfinder Awards ceremony Tuesday.

The keynote speech was given by East Meadow resident and Island Harvest CEO Randi Shubin-Dresner.

The winners were as follows:
  • Arts and Entertainment: Sharna Jenkins of Baldwin
  • Business: Rose Fuger and Monica Tarantino, the owners of “A Taste of Home Bakery” in North Bellmore
  • Community Affairs: Shannon Boyle of Hempstead
  • Education: Lorraine Poppe, Principal of JFK High School in Bellmore
  • Health Services: Lynn Bert, oversees pediatrics at South Nassau Communities Hospital
  • High School Senior: Natalie Thomas of Elmont
  • Humanitarian: Lois Cornibert, Manager of Astoria Federal Savings in Levittown
  • Volunteer: Ann DeMichael of Woodmere
  • TOH Employee: Jo-Ann Delgado of Oceanside
  • Posthumous Town of Hempstead Employee: Pat Rhodes of Rockville Centre

“As I read our honorees biographies, I marveled at stories that demonstrated strength, intelligence, compassion and so many impressive qualities and characteristics,” Supervisor Kate Murray said. ”Several of the ladies whom we are honoring have battled adversity, risen to their individual challenges and emerged victorious.”

Animal Shelter Waives Adoption Fees for ‘Lucky You, Lucky Me’ Event

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter will be waiving all adoption fees between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 for the shelter’s second annual “Lucky You, Lucky Me” pet adoption event.

Shelter fees are being waived on adoptions, spaying/neutering, rabies vaccinations and microchipping. Also, cats will be tested for feline aids/leukemia, free of charge.

There will also be a “St. Pitties Parade” just outside the shelter (weather permitting) at 1 p.m. to highlight the animals up for adoption. In addition, all residents adopting a pet on March 16 can have their photos taken free with their new pal and a St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun.

Town to Hold Lottery for Free Bike Lockers in Bellmore

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Angie Cullin and Councilman Gary Hudes invite locals to participate in a lottery for the use of eight no-cost bike lockers at the Bellmore train station.

The lockers will be available for use by the eight winners for a one-year period, beginning on April 1.

“Now entering the second year of this program, eight bike lockers will provide lottery winners with a safe, secure location at which they can lock up their bikes before getting on the train,” Murray said. “The Town of Hempstead encourages all our health-conscious and environmentally minded residents to enter this lottery for a chance to use a free locker for one year.”

Each of the bike lockers is four feet tall, six feet long and 3 ¼ feet wide, all located on the north side of the tracks at the Bellmore train station. Each locker easily fits a standard bicycle, protecting it from damage, theft and bad weather. The town requires a $40 key deposit, which is refunded at the end of the one-year lease. No sub-leasing is permitted.

The winners will be randomly selected during a lottery drawing to be held on March 25.

Applications for the lottery, which is being administered by the Town Clerk’s Office, are being accepted through March 18. To obtain an application, residents should contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 516-812-3026.


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