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Additional Handicapped Buses For Town’s Senior Summer Beach Program

On the second day of Hempstead Town’s free Senior Summer Beach program, Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin welcomed senior residents to Lido Beach Town Park while announcing an increase in buses to accommodate physically challenged senior citizen residents who want to participate in the 10-week summer program. Joining Blakeman and Clavin at a press conference for the announcement were Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr. and seniors from the Green Acres Senior Center in Valley Stream.

“While Don and I were visiting a number of Hempstead Town’s senior citizen centers last week, several senior residents expressed concern over the limited number of handicapped accessible buses for the Senior Summer Beach Program and were saddened that they couldn’t participate in the program,” stated Councilman Blakeman. “Every senior resident throughout the township should be able to participate in this amazing program, and as a result of our conversations with residents, we are increasing buses for our physically challenged senior residents to ensure that all of our senior residents will have a fun-filled summer!” 

“No senior citizen should ever feel left behind because of any disability or ailment,” Clavin said. “The Town of Hempstead’s Senior Summer Beach Program is truly a gem, and all of our senior citizens should have the opportunity to soak in the sun and enjoy the variety of educational and social programs. As soon as we heard the concerns of senior citizens, Councilman Blakeman and I acted immediately to ensure that these accessible buses were available in time for the opening of the Senior Summer Beach Program.”

The program, now in its 52nd year, is open to senior town residents (ages 55 and over), and will run until August 30th . The days are packed with fun activities including favorites such as bocce ball, shuffleboard, line dancing, swimming and daily aqua aerobics classes while crafts, painting, movies and games are presented in an air-conditioned building. Health services, including blood pressure screenings are also offered. The highlight of each day is special live entertainment under an outdoor tent.  Giant-sized mushroom shelters ensure maximum comfort for picnicking as well.  The Town of Hempstead provides senior residents with free bus transportation from appointed locations on specified days or free parking passes for those residents who prefer to drive.

“We are committed to providing the best possible services to our residents, and our Senior Summer Beach Program is second to none,” added Councilman Dunne.  “By adding additional handicapped buses, all senior residents will have the opportunity to experience the joys of this one-of-a kind program.”

Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch, but refreshments are also available for a fee on program days. For more information on the Senior Summer Beach Program, or any other services offered by the Department of Senior Enrichment, please call (516) 485-8100.

“Summer is here in America’s largest township and I encourage all of our senior residents to take advantage of the wonderful Senior Summer Beach Program,” concluded Blakeman.  “We are pleased to provide additional handicapped buses so more residents can enjoy the warm summer rays of the sun while spending time with friends and taking part in many entertaining activities.”

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