Trying Not To Have Residents Feel The Burn

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Complimentary sunscreen now available at
Town of Hempstead-operated beaches and pools
Supervisor Don Clavin was recently joined at Hewlett Point Park in East Rockaway by Dr. Adhi Sharma, Mount Sinai South Nassau chief medical officer and executive vice president of Clinical and Professional Affairs, along with members of the Hempstead Town Board, to announce the implementation of complimentary sunscreen dispensers at town-operated beaches and pool complexes.

From left: Town Clerk Kate Murray, Dr. Adhi Sharma, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Supervisor Don Clavin and Receiver Jeanine Driscoll demonstrating the use of the new and free sunscreen dispensers
(Photo courtesy of the Town of
Hempstead)

Hewlett Point Park is one of 23 Town of Hempstead recreational facilities that will offer SPF 30 sunscreen via conveniently located dispensers at no cost to the public as part of a joint initiative between America’s largest township and Mount Sinai. This announcement by Clavin and Sharma was also made by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.

“It is vitally important that members of the public take sun safety precautions while enjoying our beautiful Town of Hempstead beaches, pools and parks,” Clavin said. “The addition of these dispensers containing complimentary sunscreen at area recreational facilities is a palpable step America’s largest township is taking to safeguard pool visitors and beachgoers against overexposure to the sun. Thank you to Dr. Sharma and the team at Mount Sinai South Nassau for their efforts in helping us expand access to sunscreen for our residents.”

“This is the fourth year that we have proudly partnered with the Town of Hempstead to provide this essential summer health and safety program,” Sharma said. “Mount Sinai South Nassau’s promise to the communities and resident of the South Shore is to ensure that they always have convenient access to high-quality, compassionate medical and healthcare services. This program is a small, but important example of our enduring commitment to fulfilling that promise.”

The joint effort between the Town of Hempstead and Mount Sinai South Nassau to provide sunscreen at no cost to the public at pools and beaches is part of an ongoing educational initiative spearheaded by the Town of Hempstead to spread awareness about the harmful effects of overexposure to the sun. Large amounts of unprotected sun exposure can potentially lead to damaging health conditions such as skin cancer—the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States according to the United States Department of Health & Human Services, with more than 5 million people treated each year.

The rollout of the new sunscreen dispensers is ongoing at several township pools and beaches. The full list of recreational complexes offering the SPF 30 sunblock are as follows:

Averill Park Pool
Echo Park Pool
Harold Walker Memorial Park Pool
Rath Park Pool
Roosevelt Pool
Oceanside Park Pool
Newbridge Road Park Pool
Veterans Memorial Park Pool
Forest City Park Pool
Atlantic Beach East Beach
East Atlantic Beach
Hewlett Point Park Pool
Town Park Point Lookout Beach
Lido Park Beach
The Sands
Lido West Beach
Slate Lane Pool, Levittown
Acorn Lane Pool, Levittown
Bluegrass Lane Pool, Levittown
Azalea Lane Pool, Levittown
Jerusalem Ave Pool, Levittown
West Village Green Pool, Levittown
Parkway Pool, Levittown

“The science surrounding sun safety is abundantly clear—wear sunscreen and plenty of it,” Clavin said. “With the implementation of these dispensers and the complimentary sunscreen they offer, members of the public are now able to enjoy many of Hempstead Town’s pristine beaches, sprawling parks and cool pools knowing they are within reach of potentially lifesaving sunscreen.”

—Submitted by the Town of Hempstead

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