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TOBAY Notebook: Help with home repairs; scholarship program

The Town of Oyster Bay has a program that allows eligible seniors assistance with home repairs.

The Town of Oyster Bay and a charitable organization have announced the "Kids of Distinction" scholarship program for 2011.

“Now seven years running the ‘Kids of Distinction’ Scholarship Program was initiated in an effort to recognize outstanding young people who have been active in exceptional endeavors in their community,” said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. “At last year’s ceremony, six exceptional Town of Oyster Bay youngsters were honored for their commitment to their communities.”

The Kids of Distinction program focuses on activities participated in outside of school. These activities should have, in some way, benefited the community. 

Nominees will be placed in two categories, 5th-8th graders and 9th-12th graders. To nominate a student, fill out a nominating form and submit it to Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., prior to the April 30 deadline. Nominating forms can be obtained at Town Halls North (Oyster Bay) and South (Massapequa), as well as at local libraries. Nominating forms can also be found on the Town’s Web site,www.oysterbaytown.com.

Some seniors, physically challenged, elibible for home repair money:

Low- and moderate-income senior citizens and physically challenged homeowners are eligible for home repair funding through the town.

“The funding allows eligible homeowners to make their homes much more accessible and functional,” Supervisor Venditto said. 

The Town Community Development Block Grant Program provides the funding to eligible residents of unincorporated communities throughout the town.

“Among the many possibilities, physically challenged homeowners can have ramps built, stair glides installed, and doors widened to help enhance their freedom and mobility at home,” Venditto said. “Meanwhile, senior citizens can benefit from a wide variety of essential home repairs, including new roofs, oil or gas burners, new windows and updated plumbing and electrical systems.”

Eligible homeowners must be 60 years of age or physically challenged and own and occupy their own home. All applicants must meet federal income guidelines. For an application and/or further assistance, homeowners can call the Town Community Development Office at 624-6170/6177.   

Planning Advisory Board to meet Thursday:

The Town of Oyster Bay Planning Advisory Board has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall in Oyster Bay.

The board reviews applications for projects in certain designated areas of the Town…RMF-6, RMF-10, RO and OB…as well as site plans for major projects in other commercial and residential areas within the town. 

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