Stepping Stones 5K run builds on joint efforts for restoring lighthouse

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Town of North Hempstead Town Clerk Wayne Wink (front row third from left), Assemblyman Tony D"urso, Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Historical Society event chairman Charles Schneider, GNPD Commissioner Robert A. Lincoln, Jr., Event Power LI representative, Village of GN Plaza Mayor Jean Celender, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, Park District Superintendent Jason R. Marra and GNPD Commissioner Daniel M. Nachmanoff with the 176 runners at the starting line.

By Michele Siegel

The Great Neck Park District and Great Neck Historical Society, have partnered with the Town of North Hempstead for a combined effort to save the Stepping Stones Lighthouse.

On Sunday, October 22, a 5K Run was held to initiate more awareness and increase funds for the repairs. In addition to the money raised, the Town of North Hempstead assigned $520,000 in its 2017-21 capital plan toward the renovation.

This is on top of a $165,000 National Park Service grant to the Town of North Hempstead, a $100,000 New York State Assembly grant and a $100,000 grant to the Great Neck Park District from former state Sen. Jack Martins.

The first step will be the construction of a dock, which is essential since it will be an arrival area for the construction workers and their equipment.

Robert A. Lincoln, Jr., Great Neck Park District Commissioner and chair of the Lighthouse Restoration Committee of the Great Neck Historical Society stated: “Things are starting to move. Stepping Stones Lighthouse, built in 1877, is in no danger of falling. However, the lighthouse has several windows, rooms and brickwork in need of major repair. We look forward to starting the work.”

One hundred seventy six people participated in the 5K Run, which started and ended at the Park District’s Steppingstone Park with the lighthouse in the near distance on Long Island Sound.

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