Hempstead Town Unveils New Solar Car Port
The Town of Hempstead celebrated the grand opening of the its four new state-of-the-art solar car charging stations during a press conference held at Point Lookout's East Marina last week.
Among the first vehicles to utilize the new environmentally friendly charging stations will be two additions to the Town of Hempstead fleet that were unveiled at the press conference – a pair of John Deere Gator Electric Vehicles.
The charging station units and the associated solar canopy have a value of approximately $200,000. The canopy was funded with federal grant monies secured by the town while the charging station units were provided to the town by Green Power Technologies with the benefit of federal grants provided to that company. The 14K system was installed by EmPower Solar. The solar car ports at East Marina will be open to the public and will be free of charge (during an evaluation period).
With one overnight charge, the two electric-powered John Deere “Gator” vehicles can be used all day for transportation, as well as hauling up to 500 pounds of materials. One of the new vehicles will be stationed at the Oceanside Nature Study Area, with the other at the Department of Conservation and Waterways headquarters in Point Lookout.
Animal Shelter Offering 40 Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries for Feral Cats
Helping to curb the population of stray cats in Hempstead Town, the town's animal shelter will host a free Trap/Neuter/Return Day on Saturday, July 28. On a first-come, first-serve basis, the animal shelter will perform 40 free spay/neuter surgeries on cats trapped by town residents.
Feral cats brought to the shelter on this date will also receive a rabies vaccine, a 5-in-1 one-year vaccine, 30-day flea control and mandatory left ear tipping. Appointments must be made in advance. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Animal Shelter's TNR coordinator, Steve Reichert, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (516) 785-5220, ext. 4630.
Cats must be brought to the Animal Shelter in a trap (no pet carriers) between the hours of 6-7:30 a.m. Pets are returned (to those residents who dropped them off) from 3-5 p.m. the same day.