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Arts Center in Sprint to September, But With Hurdles

In the grand scheme of development projects, what members of the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center are trying to do is like an Olympic-speed 100-yard dash.

Kids moved out of the on April 23, and painting, sculpting and teaching by September.

“This is something that could be so unique to Dedham and be so unique to [East Dedham] – part of the efforts we are involved in to revitalize this area,” said Joe Heisler, a supporter of the project and Mother Brook Community Group member.

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Study: Keep Endicott Management In-House

Following nearly a year of discussion, town officials look to have a way forward on how to manage the Endicott Estate.

A study by Open the Door, Inc., concluded that the town needed to focus on bookkeeping and increase marketing in order to drive revenue, while still providing a civic purpose.

The study recommends against outsourcing management of the Estate to a private company.

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Avery Tree Removal Infuriates Neighbors

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Just last week, Jamie Simpson and Denice Kresker had a shaded area to relax next to a pool in the backyard of their Whiting Avenue home.

Only now they have a view of an estimated 15-foot high dirt pile along an old railroad bed.

But they aren’t alone. Eight homes on Whiting Avenue, plus several more on Hazelnut Street, have a mountain of dirt and rocks behind their homes as construction continues on the new Avery School.

Construction crews removed close to 40 trees over the past week without the knowledge of the School Building Rehabilitation Committee, which is overseeing the project, committee members told Dedham Patch.

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Ferry Terminal Bid Approved, Project to Begin Soon

The multi-million dollar Glen Cove Ferry Terminal is one step closer to reality after the City Council awarded a bid to start construction on the project at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Chesterfield Associates of Westhampton Beach received a contract for waterborne and site improvements – more or less to get the project off the ground.

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North Hempstead Town Board Approves Upgrades to Beaches, Golf Course

A trio of state grants have paved — and paid — the way for Town of North Hempstead projects to begin at two Port Washington beaches.

The town board unanimously approved two bond resolutions Tuesday evening to spend $530,000 to build a new boat ramp at Bar Beach, and $200,000 to rehabilitate wetlands and erosion issues in Bar Beach Cove.

Read the full article, with video, here.

Bellmore neighbors object to 24-hour White Castle

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

February 6, 2010 By TIMOTHY ROBERTSON  Special to Newsday

Eileen Casazza just doesn’t have that late-night craving for a suitcase of White Castle mini-burgers.

Casazza and her neighbors along St. Mark’s Avenue in Bellmore are fighting the sale of four nearby properties – a bloc of three houses and an auto body shop – to White Castle, the 24-hour fast-food restaurant. Months of mounting opposition are set to culminate at a Town of Hempstead Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on Wednesday.

“We don’t want a 24-hour [restaurant]. This isn’t a ‘hate White Castle.’ It is a ‘do what is best for this community’ ” issue, said Casazza, who’s lived in the neighborhood for nine years.

The group’s lawyer, Christopher Benes, said White Castle has revised the original proposal. Parking spaces were added on the site to reduce concern about on-street parking.

As far as the neighbors’ opposition, he said, “it’s a quality-of-life issue. It has to do with the traffic going into the community, the proximity to the community, and it has to do with the relationship between the residents and the facility.”

Thomas Bray, a regional director for White Castle, said that as a company dating to 1921, White Castle and its neighbors have had good relationships.

“We’ve operated in some neighborhoods for 50 to 60 years. You don’t do that unless you develop good relationships with your neighbors,” Bray said.

Worries about traffic

But in Bellmore, many residents don’t want to wind up as White Castle neighbors. Those living within 100 feet of the site – which extends from Sunrise Highway to Royle Street – got word in September about the plans.

White Castle’s revised proposal calls for a 2,100-square-foot building with an entrance from Sunrise Highway and a secondary entrance and exit on St. Mark’s Avenue, a residential street.

St. Mark’s residents said they’re worried patrons of White Castle will use their street to drive south to Merrick Avenue.

“It’s going to be constant – all day long. That’s one of the biggest issues, aside from having lights [shining into] my house all night long,” said Michael Quartararo, 60, who has lived 100 feet from the site since 1991.

White Castle’s lawyer, Thomas Pantelis, told Newsday that while the St. Mark’s exit would be necessary for the flow of traffic, the restaurant wouldn’t object to a “no right turn” sign that would prohibit patrons from going down St. Mark’s.

“But the entrance/exits on Sunrise and St. Mark’s are really necessary for circulation on site,” said Pantelis.

Neighbors also fear the late-night clientele White Castle might attract will lead to customers’ hanging around the parking lot.

“You’re just giving kids another place to hang out. Nothing ever good happens after 11 o’clock,” Casazza said. “You’re going to get drunkenness and bad behavior.”

In a phone interview, Bray said that White Castle has security cameras both inside and outside that are monitored by a contracted security firm.

“They can voice down and talk to those that are loitering and explain to them that they need to leave the property,” Bray said. “It’s a highly effective system. We use it at other stores, and we don’t have those types of problems.”

Casazza said she doesn’t mean to depict White Castle as “the evil empire” and that if it proposed keeping hours similar to those at a nearby Applebee’s – 11 a.m. to midnight or 1 a.m. – it would face less opposition.

But “we don’t want a 24-hour,” she said.

24-hour service is a signature

The company isn’t interested in reducing its hours, Pantelis said, as its reputation and mantra center on that late-night crave.

“It is a regular feature of their locations, so that is something White Castle isn’t amenable to changing,” Pantelis said. “It’s a service which customers expect.”

At a recent community gathering neighbors discussed rounding up everyone they could for the Wednesday meeting at Hempstead Town Hall and spreading the word that home values would be affected if a White Castle is built.

“I feel like I’m losing half my home value if this thing goes up,” Quartararo said.

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Popeye’s Calls in Police for One-Day Chicken Discount

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment
Popeye's Deep Fried Discount
Police tape closes off the main driveway for Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits in Hempstead on Wednesday. Cars waiting in line for a half-price chicken deal had caused traffic problems during rush hour on Hempstead Turnpike, causing police to close off the front entrance.
(NNL photo by Tim Robertson)

Behind “Police Line Do Not Cross” tape stood dozens at Popeye’s on Wednesday. Cars lined down side streets waiting for the drive through as police officers put up the tape. No one was hurt. They were just hungry.

Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits offered hungry people nationwide a deep-fried discount on an eight-piece chicken meal Wednesday, and in Hempstead that brought fried chicken lovers out in droves.

The $4.99 offer was irrestible as hundreds of people packed the Popeye‘s on Hempstead Turnpike in Hempstead, pouring out the door and down a ramp, while inside people waited in a snaking line throughout the restaurant.

Krevaughn Mascall, 17 of West Hempstead, said he saw the advertisement for the one-day deal on national television as he watched the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs first-round NBA playoff game.

“It’s like there is a celebrity in there or something,” Mascall said as he waited outside with his younger sister.

Mascall said he wanted to come back on Thursday to compare the length-of-wait, but for now he just wanted to satisfy his craving.

“I hope they don’t run out,” he said. “I hope I get my chicken!”

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