New program for North Hempstead seniors

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The Town of North Hempstead board approved an agreement with E-Joy Community Resource Center, Inc. in Roslyn at the board’s Tuesday night meeting to provide summer recreational programs for town residents 60 years old or older as part of the town’s Project Independence initiative.

E-Joy will run the programs at the Roslyn Community Center each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., providing an opportunity for senior residents of the town to chat with each other, play bingo and engage in other activities, according to Casey Meyers, town commissioner of services for the aging. She said E-Joy already has a group of senior citizens engaged in a similar program, “so we’re starting with a base to do this program.”

“We just want to bring more services to the Roslyn area and build more awareness of Project Independence at the same time,” Meyers said.

The E-Joy Community Resource Center is a non-profit organization in Roslyn Heights that offers a range of community services to people in need.

The board also authorized the issuance of a request for information for technology and related services for Project Independence.

Meyers said Project Independence is seeking to upgrade its Web site to enable interactive features that would enhance existing services it offers. She said interactive features could enable seniors to arrange for discounted taxi rides for essential shopping or medical appointments now offered through Project Independence online. She said an interactive calendar might also be developed to alert seniors to upcoming Project Independence events.

“It might just be a wave of the future. It may be some seniors won’t use it,” Meyers said.

Project Independence is the town’s ongoing initiative to provide seniors with services to enable them to maintain independent households. The program includes free services for seniors to make home improvements and repairs at no cost to themselves.

The Project Independence Web site is accessible online at www.tonhprojectindependence.net. Information about E-Joy is accessible at www.ejoycrc.org.

In other developments:

• The board also approved an agreement with L.K. McLean Associates to make improvements to the drainage system in the vicinity of Allen and Brian Streets in New Hyde Park. The town is implementing a plan to revamp the drainage system this summer to address recurrent flooding problems in the neighborhood.

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