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Are you a Renew Hempstead Champion?


As the revitalization of Hempstead’s downtown is said to begin breaking ground soon Renew Hempstead is gearing up by asking community members to share their ideas of what they would like to see in their downtown and become a Champion.

A Renew Hempstead Champion exudes character, leadership, and the ability and will to want to help others by outreaching and connecting with the community during the revitalization efforts. Being a champion is a key factor in outreaching to the community because fellow community members like to see someone who is from their neighborhood take on a key role in giving valuable information and working alongside the redevelopment. As a champion you can work hand and hand with your community on ensuring the things you want to see become implemented.

A person can become officially recognized as a champion by: being a top contributor for the month with indications of sustaining and committing to championing an idea by campaigning vigorously for it, investing in it, speaking in public on behalf of it.

Visit and find out more about becoming a champion and what some of your fellow community members are talking about!


Welcome Back to School Students!!!


Welcome back to school to all students and staff!

Education is important and so is uplifting and taking pride in your community.  This is a perfect opportunity to  share some ideas and thoughts of some of the things you would like to see in Hempstead. As youth you can help shape a better community with vibrancy, activities and more of the things that would help create a fun and walkable downtown. It is a great step to encourage friends, family and other relatives to log on to and check out some of the cool ideas that fellow community members are interested in having implemented into a flourishing revitalized downtown.

There are several ideas on the site that are geared towards our youth which will help ensure some safe and fun extracurricular activities. On Renew Hempstead there are ideas like a Center for Arts and Technology, a Movie Theater, a Cultural Arts Center and a Skate Park. You can “like” or upvote these ideas and campaign either in school, at work, at home with your neighbors, and have your voices heard by adding comments to show your support and encourage dialogues about new ideas.  Since Hofstra is connected to the community you could think of ways to incorporate new ideas into classes or some of the things college students need to stay right in Hempstead instead of going to other states for college.

If you would like to know more about Renew Hempstead and ways you can get involved, please feel free to email [email protected] or call (516) 307-8310.


Growing your business from the ground up!


Incubators are vastly growing around the world because of their significance and importance especially during the era of redevelopment and revitalization. Incubators are places that serve new businesses and provide low rent for work spaces.

There are many individuals in the Hempstead community that freelance and use their homes to promote, market and do general work from their respected areas of interest. Imagine being a web designer and wanting to have your own office with little to no staff, but just a general work environment where you could meet with potential clients. An incubator is a great way to begin your business because it allows you to get in the market and start from the ground up until your business grows to allow for more capital, more employees, more equipment etc.

Below are some articles and research on incubators:

Forbes :J.J Colao, Eight Reasons Why Startup incubators Are Better Than Business School


If you own a small business and you are just starting out and would be interested in finding out more about incubators and the steps to becoming involved in an incubator project please email [email protected]

Hempstead’s National Night Out Recap!


On Tuesday August 5th the Hempstead community came together to host The 31st annual National Night Out. This night was geared toward coming together as a community to speak on behalf of some of the violence in the community and ways that we can help prevent some of this. There were several hundred attendees including vendors with everything from signing up for health care to getting a free safety kit for your children, which includes their own identification card and fingerprinting; bouncy castles, cotton candy, bbq ice cream and so much more.

The highlight of the evening was a great demonstration from some of the local kids who attend the PAL karate division. They showed the crowd some of the moves they learned and the core thoughts such as discipline and focus. There was also a visit from one of the representatives from the National Action Network who gave some statistics about what is going on around the world.Overall this night was a success because as a community everyone came out to enjoy themselves, learn about new services, speak with the chief of police and the fire department and meet and greet with fellow community members.

If you would like to be a part of next year’s NNO, be sure an check for updates!

Street Gear celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary!


On Sunday, July 27, 2014 Street Gear celebrated its 25 years of success by inviting the community to come and partake in their festivities of free food, free takeaways and great deals on some of the latest sneakers. Street Gear offered free pizza and soda, free ice cream for the kids, free t-shirts and raffle ticket giveaways to show their appreciation for the continued support from the community and businesses.

There was a enormous amount of support from the community as they showed their gratitude and appreciation. Sheila Deponzi of Washington St. says, “I come here to get all of my kids sneakers for school, it is a nice environment and the workers are courteous.” The consensus among everyone was that the store has been a perfect example of how no matter the location of your business if you have a strong backing from the community you can succeed. The owner of Street Gear Richard said, “ I have had 1 incident since I have been open and people actually respect my business and don’t try to break in or cause chaos.” That says something when you have had only had 1 incident in 25 years!

If you know any other businesses that are having an anniversary or that should be highlighted specifically on please call (516) 307-8310 or email [email protected] with the subject HIGHLIGHT THIS BUSINESS.

To find out more about Street Gear please visit


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