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TOH Announces Family Festival, Calendar Contest

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

Hempstead Town is hosting its Annual Family Festival by the Sea at Lido Beach Town Park on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The festival will feature bands, food, craft and novelty vendors, sand sculptures, eating contests and a lineup of children's shows.  

Food and craft vendors interested in participating are asked to call the Cultural Arts Section of the town Parks Department at (516) 292-9000, ext. 255. 

Resident can also satisfy their appetite by sampling a taste of the clam and rib eating contests on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in entering the clam eating or rib eating contests can call  (516) 812-3307.

Guests can also stroll the boardwalk to water's edge to check out the sand castle contest or race in Sunday's Biathlon. KJOY’s popular morning team "Steve & Leeana" will be on hand Saturday to meet their fans and spin the station’s wheel of prizes. 

Family Festival sponsors include Swingbellys Beachside BBQ of Long Beach and Lynbrook as well as the Landshark Tiki Bar and Grille in Freeport. Additional support has been provided by Atlantic Nursery of Freeport. 

Lido Beach Town Park is located at 630 Lido Boulevard in Lido Beach. Admission and parking are free. Up-to-the-minute festival information is available by calling (516) 292-9000, ext. 382 or by visiting the town's website.

Town Announces Calendar Photo Contest

The Town of Hempstead is pleased to announce its 15th Annual Calendar Photograph Contest. Accredited judges will choose from the submitted photographs that best depict a Town of Hempstead scene, event, park, circumstance or other happening.

Judges will choose at least one photograph for each month and many smaller photos for positioning within the front and back covers as well as other portions of the calendar.

The following criteria will apply to contestants’ submissions:

  1. This is a Town of Hempstead contest. The contest will be open to only Town of Hempstead residents (including Town of Hempstead employees) and all photographs must be taken in the Town of Hempstead.
  2. Deadline for submitting up to five photographs is Sept. 15. Entries can be mailed or hand delivered to: Town of Hempstead Calendar Photo Contest, One Washington St., Hempstead NY 11550 or e-mailed to jblenn@tohmail.org. No exceptions, the deadline will be strictly enforced.
  3. Slides, transparencies or copies of photographs may NOT be submitted. Only photographically printed photographs (any size up to 8" x 12") or digital photos (saved as approximately 9" x 14" or larger, 300 dpi jpg images) emailed to jblenn@tohmail.org may be submitted. All photographically printed photographs submitted will be returned upon completion of the printing of the calendar. If you have any questions regarding the formatting of emailed photos, please call Joni Blenn at 516-812-3300.
  4. Photographs must be accompanied by a descriptive phrase indicating the photographer, address and phone number, the approximate month/season in which the photo was taken; the location and/or event and the individual(s) (first and last name(s)) in the photograph. The photographer is responsible for submitting the correct spelling of the names of the individuals in the photographs, as well as notifying the subjects that their likeness may be reproduced in the Town of Hempstead 2013 calendar. The town will not print the names of those in the photograph, but they do need them.
  5. There will be at least 12 "winners" whose photos will appear as large photos and many other "winners" whose photos will appear as smaller photos in the 2013 Town of Hempstead Calendar, which will be distributed to all 240,000 homes in the Town of Hempstead. All "winners" will receive an award certificate from Supervisor Kate Murray.
Cecelia Sommers August 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM
why don't they take a picture of grassey lane and show that the town of hempstead likes to destroy levitt homes to accomadate an empty building instead of fixing it up to put a wounded worrier in it or the levittown historical society but i guess greed takes first place
paul August 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM
At a cost of how much to the tax payers.....????? I will figure low: With printing and postage at lets say $1.00 a piece times 240,000 homes you are looking at a minimum of $240,000.00....... WOW.... I bet it costs more than that......... Can someone please tell me I am guessing to high...... ;o) ........ 2013 Town of Hempstead Calendar, which will be distributed to all 240,000 homes in the Town of Hempstead. All "winners" will receive an award certificate from Supervisor Kate Murray........ Is it an election year?
David August 20, 2012 at 06:17 AM
The Town of Hempstead sends out a calendar every single year. I guess you just throw your calendar away every year otherwise you'd know of its existence and not make your ridiculous remark about it being an election year.
EJ48 August 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM
The only reason I can come up with for TOH (or any governmental entity) to print general calendars and distribute them is to promote the names of its officeholders and distribute some money to the calendar printers, some of which I suppose will find its way back in the form of campaign contributions. Or am I a bit too cynical? Naw!
Cecelia Sommers August 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM
you are correct AND if you notice the county stopped sending the calendars to SAVE money something kate said we have plenty of the proof being 7.45 million dollars in the town of hempstead animal shelter and 600,thousand dollars to the clerks office for dog licencing and the town refused to answer the foil requests on this very subject .
Carmela Soprano August 20, 2012 at 02:12 PM
The calendar comes as no cost to the Town. Did you see the boatload of advertisers in each calendar? THOSE are the ones that are vying for your business and paying for the calendars. Cheap PROMO for the Town, but it works!
EJ48 August 20, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Even if there is no unreimbursed out of pocket cash outlay by TOH (which I do not for one second believe) some Town employee(s) are spending time on this needless project. Better they should be reassigned to do something more constructive or be laid off. You want lower taxes, eliminate costs.
paul August 21, 2012 at 02:46 AM
To David: Looks like you missed my point, I made a ridiculous remark? NOT....... You should read the other comments here too and maybe, just maybe you would understand.....
paul August 21, 2012 at 02:47 AM
To EJ48: Truthful and realistic.....
paul August 21, 2012 at 02:53 AM
To Carmela Soprano: At NO COST... Are you kidding me. As someone had said there will be TOH employees working on this project and what do you think the post office will deliver them for free..... NO
David August 21, 2012 at 02:26 PM
My remark referred to your comment about it being an election year. I pointed out that the calendar is sent EVERY year, election year or not. I did not comment about whether it is or isn't money well spent OR whether we even need a TOH calendar. The calendar has nothing to do with it being an election year. So again, you missed MY point. Btw, if I'm not mistaken, the calendar has ads and sponsors, does it not? I can't find mine to check it but if it does, those sponsors and ads would cover the cost. The TOH also sends out an activities guide a few times a year. That guide, which I do have, clearly lists the sponsors. I would think that both the calendar and the guide cost the taxpayer little or nothing after the sponsorships.
paul August 21, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Thank you David... ;o)

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