August 19, 2013
Presiding Officer, Legislator Norma L. Gonsalves recently attended the Court of Honor ceremonies for several local Eagle Scouts.
To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, Corey revitalized “Safety Town” an educational activity area located in Eisenhower Park, East Meadow and operated by the Nassau County Police Department. He refurbished several of the buildings, replaced rotten lumber, installed new roofs, painted curbs, street lights, street lines, installed new plants and also provided a new equipment storage shed to replace the one damaged during Hurricane Gloria.
Eagle Scout James Reilly constructed and repainted a 13 x 8 sun shelter over a shuffleboard court at Newbridge Gardens Senior Living Center in East Meadow. He solicited donations of materials from local businesses and over the course of three weekends together with the help of volunteers, built the sun shelter and painted the courts.
Shown in top photo, left to right, back row: Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Carpenter and Scoutmaster John Feeney. Front row: Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, Eagle Scouts James Reilly and Corey Skinner, Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.
To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, Christopher gathered other members of the troop and volunteers to construct five bat houses and install them in Veterans Memorial Park in East Meadow. After losing a neighbor a few years ago to West Nile Virus, Christopher constructed these bat houses to help combat the mosquito population at the local park and pool.
“Christopher’s loss inspired him to help prevent any future tragedies in any way he could,” said Presiding Officer Gonsalves. “His project is certainly a great way to increase the safety of residents using this park from being exposed to West Nile Virus and other mosquito-related illnesses. He serves as a great role model for future scouts.”
To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, James completed a restoration of the front of his local public grammar school, including building a picnic area with tables, flowers and benches.
“James’ project was a great way to give back to his community and create something that all residents can enjoy,” said Presiding Officer Gonsalves. “He serves as a wonderful role model for future scouts.”