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North Hempstead Town Notebook: Celebrations Planned

Black History Month, a Polar Plunge and Jazzy Night are on the schedule.

North Hempstead Town Notebook: Celebrations Planned

Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town Clerk Leslie Gross, the North Hempstead Town Board have announced the third annual Valentines Day Marriage Vow Renewal ceremony at in Port Washington.

“We are so happy to be able to celebrate the love the couples married over 50 years have shared during their long lasting marriages,” said Gross, who conceived the event. “Perhaps the most important business of life is to learn how to love!” 

About 70 couples from across the town who have been married for 50 years or more are expected to recommit themselves to each other at the Feb. 14 ceremony themed “Over the Years, Flying High.”

The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m.


 Kaiman, Councilwoman Viviana Russell and the North Hempstead Town Board announced a Black History Month presentation featuring performances drawing on key elements of the African-American experience, music, dance and the spoken word.

The second annual program will take place at Westbury High School on Feb. 16. The presentation kicks off at 6:30 pm.

The Black History Month program will not only feature music and movement, but Westbury School students will also tell stories of African American figures that played prominent roles in the history of North Hempstead.

The program will kick off with an entrance by a duo of drummers that will explore rhythms from Mali.


Town residents are invited to dive into the frigid waters at for the eighth annual Polar Plunge.

Sponsored by the Special Olympics, the “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge will be held at North Hempstead Beach Park on March 3. Registration will be from 10-11:30 am, and the plunge starts at noon.

“Besides being a great event to socialize with family, friends and neighbors and engage in friendly and fun rivalry, the Annual Polar Plunge gives everyone the opportunity to raise funds for a worthy cause,” Supervisor Jon Kaiman said. “I look forward to seeing you there.”

All funds raised support Special Olympics’ programs, and promote awareness of people living with intellectual disabilities in New York.

In addition to Kaiman, plungers will also include State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Special Olympics athletes, students from local universities and high schools, as well as members of the community.

The Polar Plunge & Winter Festival features plenty of entertainment, a display, children’s activities including professional face painting, and much more! Hot cocoa and winter treats will also be served.

Individuals or teams of plungers can earn fabulous prizes for raising the greatest amount of money. To start a team, join an existing one, or enroll as an individual, log onto  www.polarplungeny.kintera.org/NHempstead and click the “Register Here” button. 


The town is planning Jazzy Night at Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington, March 22.

Jazzy Night will supply party goers with a non-spicy style buffet of New Orleans fare, including exotic cheeses and sumptuous desserts. Coffee and tea are included, while alcoholic beverages can be purchased from the cash bar.

Spectrum, a six-piece band, will perform Latin Jazz mixed with funk and roots reggae.

The evening of food and fun is $27 per person pre-paid, and kicks off at 7 p.m. Make checks payable to Harbor Links Golf Course. Send to: Town of North Hempstead Department of Parks & Recreation, 1801 Evergreen Avenue, New Hyde Park NY, 11040, c/o Jazzy Night.

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