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Clarification: Woodmere Merchants Seek Involvement in Parade

Head of group says he wants more groups involved in parade. Meanwhile, Legislator Howard Kopel says he disapproves of closing of Inwood garage.

Clarification: Woodmere Merchants Seek Involvement in Parade

Editor's note: The original article contained a few points that were misleading. The following version has been edited for clarification.

The head of the said he would like the Hewlett-Woodmere Memorial Day Parade to be bigger and involve more groups.

"The parade used to stretch from the Nassau County Police Fourth Precinct building up to the Conklin War Memorial," Dr. John Santopolo said at the group's Feb. 16 meeting. "It also involved a great deal of members including the police associations, boys and girl scouts and the high school's marching band."

Santopolo said that the Woodmere Merchants Association has sent out letters to both the Hewlett and Woodmere fire departments to discuss the parade.

"Both fire departments have been diligently working to increase the participation in the parade year after year," Santopolo said, "and bringing in both merchant's associations would be a great addition to this event."

He added, "As soon as we receive word from them we can get started in [helping in] the planning of the parade."

Plans for the spring/summer car show and the Woodmere Fall Festival are also .

The group is currently seeking a chairperson and a committee for both events.

"It's the time of year to begin applying for a permit for the festival," Santopolo said. "We are going to be calling soon and asking for volunteers."

Kopel Disapproves of Possible Closing of Inwood Garage

Seventh District Legislator Howard Kopel voiced disapproval of a to close the public works garage in Inwood and move its machinery and personnel to the Bay Park facility.

"If this were to happen," Kopel told the Woodmere Merchants Association on Feb. 16, "it would result in poorer service to the Five Towns as a whole."

The move would uproot 17 to 18 employees including administrative personnel, he said. The county would also eventually sell the facility.

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