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Photo Contest, Winter Wonderland, Tree-cycle

Happenings in North Hempstead.

The Town of North Hempstead is hosting a Facebook contest beginning Monday to win a gift certificate for a lunch for two at the Grill Room at North Hempstead’s Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington. The contest is open to all North Hempstead residents. See the contest’s rules and details by clicking here.

Winter Wonderland

Enjoy the winter wonderland celebration at Clark Botanic Garden, bringing together various faiths, cultures and histories. On Dec.15-16 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,  there will be special activities for children, including train displays, nature crafts, holiday readings and more.

The garden will feature a lighted landscape and an indoor holiday train display from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Admission to Winter Wonderland is free. Call 311 for the latest updates and hours of operation.

Recycling during the holidays

North Hempstead residents who want to preserve the planet are encouraged to recycle their used Christmas trees and unwanted electronics.

“Tree Cycling benefits the environment and the community,” Supervisor Kaiman said, noting that old trees are turned into mulch for use in gardening and landscaping. “And recycling your electronic waste is a win, win undertaking, freeing up valuable space while keeping damaging materials like lead, mercury and arsenic out of landfills, thus keeping toxins out of our drinking water.”

This holiday season, town officials also recommend that residents switch to energy-saving Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights, which ultimately lowers electric bills.

Residents can get rid of energy-thirsty Christmas lights every Sunday from 7:30am-3:30pm until the end of January at 999 West Shore Road in Roslyn, North Hempstead’s residential drop-off site, and at the Town of North Hempstead Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) 802 West Shore Rd, Port Washington Monday – Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., excluding holidays.

For more information on "tree cycling," call 311 or visit the town's website.

Those receiving new electronics can recycle their unwanted gadgets through the town. Collected electronic waste is hauled off by the town’s EPA certified e-waste recycler, who disassembles the items, salvages the useable parts, separates out potentially damaging materials, and recyclables the balance.

The town takes the e-waste program to every community through its school recycling partnership program. Following are the e-waste collection dates, and drop-off locations available to all residents:

School District             Location                                              Dates

Carle Place                 Rushmore School                                 Jan 8-9

Herricks                     Herricks Community Center                    Jan 10-11

Port Washington         Sousa Elementary School                       Jan 14-15

Manhasset                 Manhasset Middle/High School               Jan 17-18

New Hyde Park           New Hyde Park Road School                   Jan 22-23

East Williston             Wheatley High School                           Jan 24-25

Great Neck                 Parkwood Parking Lot                           Jan 30-31     

Hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

E-waste disposal is available to residents only at the Town of North Hempstead Resident Drop-Off Center, 999 West Shore Rd, Port Roslyn Sunday’s only from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm excluding Holiday’s and newly added drop-off times at the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) 802 West Shore Rd, Port Washington Monday – Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, excluding Holidays.

Derp December 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
With respect to your first point, would you complain about being excluded from a cute-baby-photo contest if you do not have a baby? I agree somewhat with your second point.
Deborah B. December 10, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Hi, Derp, Given that this is a community-based award, being given to a PUBLIC school district, I would complain about ANY contest that, whether by intent or design, is irrelevant to that public entity's mission which, in this case, is public education. Any contest involving a public entity should be designed around a subject matter relevant to that public entity. A cute baby contest to win (for example) a year's supply of Johnsons & Johnsons products, or a free photography session, is an entirely different animal. (Did I understand your analogy correctly?)
bob young December 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Seriously get over your anti-Christmas bias. Christmas is a season. Most people I know are in a better state of mind. Chanukah is part of the season. Just enjoy it and stop the war of Christmas rant already. BTW I know many Jews who do decorate and put up Christmas trees. Enjoy the season even if Jesus isnt your reason. Based on your logic the olympics are discriminatory because people who dont spend hours a day training for their events are excluded? BTW, for port to have any chance of taking the $100k prize you'll have to rely on me to enter my home.
Deborah B. December 14, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Oh my goodness, bob young... this is NOT an "anti-Christmas bias," nor is it a "war of Christmas;" so sorry for you that your bias makes you look at it that way. It's about having a level playing field for a nation-wide contest where money is going to a public school district. Pity those public school districts where the majority population is Hindu, or Muslim....
Deborah B. December 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
And, by the way, bob, I greatly enjoy this season, if ONLY because most people are in a better state of mind... wish they could maintain it year round... not sure why they can't/don't... certainly they should. And, I am sure your house looks splendid.

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