On Long Island, the New York Islanders marked the end of an era. The NHL team played their last regular season game Saturday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. The arena holds many memories for long-time fans...
...Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg scored in the shootout to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a wild 5-4 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night in the last regular season game at Nassau Coliseum...MORE (ABC7 Online)
The New York Islanders will have an extended lease on life at NassauColiseum.
Saturday will be the team's final regular-season game at the aging stadium, which opened in 1972, but the Islanders clinched a playoff berth this season.
Once they're eliminated from the postseason — or celebrate a fifth Stanley Cup title — the Islanders will pack up the banners and the six retired numbers and move about 25 miles west to Barclays Center in Brooklyn...MORE (USA TODAY)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have spent the majority of the Sidney Crosby era treating the regular season as an 82-game exhibition until the playoffs start. Not this year. Not by a long shot.
John Tavares broke a tie with his 37th goal of the season early in the third period and the New York Islanders pulled away to beat the reeling Penguins 3-1 on Friday night. Pittsburgh has lost five straight but can still claw into the postseason through a series of scenarios, the easiest coming with a win over lowly Buffalo on Saturday night...MORE (NBC NY)
Places 1st in New York State for Health Factors
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is pleased to announce that Nassau County ranks as one of the healthiest counties in New York State, according to the 2015 Annual County Health Rankings. In a report released today by University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nassau County ranks number one out of all 63 counties in New York State for health factors and has moved up to fifth place for health outcomes. This ranking is based on a comprehensive report that ranks the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states by using standardized measures.
“Nassau County’s ranks as one the healthiest counties in New York State,” said County Executive Mangano. “I am proud of the professional excellence demonstrated by the Department of Health and all the work they do to promote and protect the health of all who live, work and visit Nassau County. This report is a testament to the combined efforts of government, businesses, health care providers, schools and community-based organizations working together to improve the health and safety of Nassau County residents.”..Read More (nassaucounty.gov)
Need a summer job? It’s not too late! Hempstead Town is looking for lifeguards at its pools and beaches!
The Aquatics Division of Hempstead Town is offering a unique screening program for certified and non-certified lifeguard candidates at least 16 years of age. Interviews for candidates will be held at the Echo Park Pool on Nassau Boulevard in West Hempstead, every Saturday from May 16th to May 30th from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Participants are asked to bring all of their certification cards to the interview as well as a bathing suit, goggles and towel. Each lifeguard must swim 200 yards under 3 minutes and 45 seconds to qualify for the interview.
Applicants who wish to apply, but are not certified, can enroll in lifeguard training courses offered by the American Red Cross. For more information on training courses conducted in the area please visit www.redcross.org/ux/take-a-class.
“Lifeguarding is a fantastic summer job,” stated Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “Not only is it a great, outdoor, well-paying job, but it offers an opportunity to keep all of our residents safe while enjoying the water. I encourage everyone interested to apply.”
The Town of Hempstead currently operates 22 outdoor pools and 1 indoor pool. Four ocean beachfronts at Point Lookout, Lido, Lido West and Sands are also available to Town of Hempstead residents. Hewlett Point Park is the only Hempstead Town operated bay beach.
For more information regarding lifeguarding opportunities or to determine if your qualifications are suitable or if you have any questions, please contact the Lifeguard Office at Echo Park Pool at 565-0508 or visit www.toh.li/activities/aquatics/lifeguard-interviews. Town of Hempstead Source (Toh.li)
Winter-weary residents will be happy to hear that things are heating up at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. A new adoption season will kick off on Saturday, April 11th as the shelter hosts “Spring Fling: Spring Ahead to a New 4-Legged Love.” From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all pet adoptions are free, and adopters will go home with a free photo with their new family member.
“We encourage all local pet lovers to come visit the wonderful cats and dogs at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter on April 11th,” said Supervisor Kate Murray. “With all fees waived, there’s no better time to adopt!”
In addition to free adoptions, owners will not pay fees for spaying/neutering, rabies vaccinations, age-appropriate shots or microchipping. What’s more, all adopters will receive a free family portrait with their new pet, as well as a free cat or dog goody bag.
The shelter will set the scene for a great spring adoption event with live music, face painting, raffles and much more. All residents who bring a pet toy or bag of treats will be eligible for a door prize...The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information, call the Shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit http://www.toh.li/animal-shelter
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CBS Sports: With a playoff berth at stake, the New York Islanders pulled off a rally to remember.
It's the finish to forget they have to shake off.
Brayden Schenn capped a wild final 2 minutes with the winning goal with 2.1 seconds left to lift the Philadelphia Flyers past the New York Islanders 5-4 on Tuesday night...MORE (CBS Sports)
Chants of "We Want Playoffs!" echoed through Nassau Coliseum Saturday night as the Islanders took care of business against the last place Sabres, 3-0, in Uniondale.
The Isles took the lead at 6:37 of the first period on a power play goal from Kyle Okposo. Okposo's attempt from the slot deflected off the stick of Sabres captain Brian Gionta and past goaltender Andrey Makarov.
A hooking penalty by Cal Clutterbuck and a double minor high sticking penalty by Brian Strait put the Isles a man down for a healthy chunk of the second period, but Buffalo was unable to come away with any offense. The latter kill was especially impressive considering Clutterbuck and Matt Martin - two of the team's best penalty killers - were in the locker room with injuries. Frans Nielsen also dealt with an injury during the second period and was doubled over in pain on the bench. He too would spend a brief amount of time in the locker room, but all three Islanders returned...MORE (NY DailyNews.com)
Did you know Hempstead has a Hydrogen station? We didn't. (More on that soon!) We wanted to find out more about it and during the course of our little investigation we discovered Empower Solar. If you are thinking about Solar or Hydrogen power and want some quality local information EmPower Solar is a good place to start Here's a brief video introduction:
From their website: Our portfolio of residential and commercial photovoltaic installations continues to grow. EmPower Solar has installed over 750 systems across Long Island and New York City over its ten year legacy.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano launched “Nassau Now,” the County’s newest state-of-the-art mobile and web application designed to assist residents in communicating more efficiently and effectively with County government. “Nassau Now” is an online and real-time application, which provides a free and simple way for residents to use a smartphone or tablet to contact Nassau County directly.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, as well as several eager dogs and cats, today unveiled the town’s new Mobile Vet Surgical Suite during a press event at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh. This state-of-the-art mobile facility is the only one owned by a municipal shelter in Nassau County, and will allow the shelter staff to perform additional spay/neuter surgeries both at the shelter and in local communities across America’s largest township. Murray, Santino and King Sweeney were joined by Town Animal Shelter Director Mike Pastore, town veterinarian Dr. Jeffrey Siegel and local animal rescue groups that included Almost Home. Also on hand was a young veterinary enthusiast and her dog.
“This state-of-the-art Mobile Vet Surgical Suite is another example of how the Town of Hempstead is leading the way in promoting safe, humane methods of reducing the population of animals in our shelters and on the streets,” stated Murray. “Combining an effective spay/neuter strategy with our shelter’s fantastic rate of adoption, the town is reaffirming its commitment to finding forever homes for our lovable dogs and cats.”... Read More + Details here (Toh.li)