Hempstead Town Notebook: Mercury Recycling Program, Pathfinder Awards

A weekly look-in at news from around the Town of Hempstead.


Mercury Recycling Program Announced

Hempstead Town is reminding residents that they can still turn in their old mercury thermostats at town-sponsored S.T.O.P. events as part of a mercury recycling program organized by the town and Covanta Energy.

The benefit is two-fold: residents are helping to safely dispose of a potentially harmful toxin and they will receive a $5 gift card toward the purchase of a modern mercury-free thermostat at Home Depot.

According to the town, the mercury recycling program -- now entering its fourth year -- has resulted in more than 67 pounds of mercury being collected at Town of Hempstead S.T.O.P. events. To put this in perspective, the mercury collected equates to the amount found in over 10 million fluorescent light bulbs.

The Town of Hempstead will be holding S.T.O.P. events beginning in March, including:

  • Saturday, March 24, at Eisenhower Park (Parking Field 3) in East Meadow
  • Sunday, April 22 at the Long Beach City Hall Parking Lot (Centre Street, off Park Avenue) in Long Beach
  • Sunday, May 20 at Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore
  • Saturday, June 23 at Bay Park in East Rockaway
  • Saturday, July 21 at Town of Hempstead Parking Field L2 (Division Avenue) in Levittown
  • Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Hempstead Village Department of Public Works (Milburn Avenue) in Hempstead
  • Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Valley Stream State Park (Fletcher Avenue) in Valley Stream
  • Sunday, Oct. 21 at North Woodmere Park (Branch Boulevard) in North Woodmere
  • Saturday, Nov. 10 at Baldwin Park (Grand Avenue) in Baldwin
  • Sunday, Dec. 2 at Eisenhower Park (Parking Field 3) in East Meadow

For more information on the mercury recycling program or upcoming S.T.O.P. events, please contact the Hempstead Town Department of Sanitation at (516) 378-2200 or visit their website.

Town Hosts Annual Pathfinder Award Ceremony

Hempstead Town honored nine women who live or work in the town for their outstanding contributions to the community at the town's annual Pathfinder Awards ceremony Tuesday.

An inspiring keynote speech was delivered by Long Island's own Christine Conniff Sheahan, founder, publisher and CEO of Networking Magazine, a national award-winning publication for enterprising executives. Sheahan began her career as an illustrator and started her own publishing corporation in 1981 and launched Networking Magazine in 1991.

The winners of the award are as follows:

  • Mary Ann Cali (North Valley Stream)
  • Taniella Jo Harrison (Garden City)
  • Camille Leone (East Meadow)
  • Leeann Graziose (Bellmore)
  • Carolyn Simpkins (Freeport)
  • Kayla Babbush (Merrick)
  • Nancy Howard (Rockville Centre)
  • Dorothy Criscuolo (Rockville Centre)
  • Sheila Dauscher (Malverne)


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