Nassau County's Museum of American Armor is about to break ground on facility that will house a major collection of World War II-era armored vehicles, located in Old Bethpage.
An assortment of construction partners is beginning work Sept. 30 on the 25,000 square foot facility to house the collection at Nassau County's Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
“With a $1 million gift from Museum of American Armor founder Lawrence Kadish and a recently awarded New York State Economic Development Corporation grant of $1 million we are creating a powerful public-private partnership that will strategically strengthen heritage tourism in Nassau County,” said County Executive Edward P Mangano.Visitors will arrive at the park to find a museum complex that is separate from the restoration village. Permanent displays include a Wall of Honor that pays tribute to those from the region who have worn our country’s uniform, exhibits that highlight unique military chapters in our nation’s history and interactive displays that showcase the role of armor in defending our freedoms.
Virtually all of the museum’s operational vehicles will be on public display including the iconic Sherman tank, a Stuart light tank often deployed by the Marines during their WW II Pacific campaigns, a potent 155 mm howitzer, reconnaissance vehicles that acted as armored scouts for American forces, anti-aircraft guns and similar weapons that broke the back of the Axis powers during World War II. Other vehicles range from a classic LaSalle staff car in the markings of a Fleet Admiral to jeeps, weapons carriers and half-tracks.
operational weekends are planned, during which World War II living
historians will mount joint operations with the armor and take to the
fields of Old Bethpage
Village Restoration to demonstrate how these weapons were deployed.
At other times, the armor will be displayed on the ramp at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale or at parades and special events throughout the bi-county area.
Youth Hockey Registration Scheduled
Registration for the town's Youth Ice Hockey Program will take place on Saturday, Oct, 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 9th 6-9 p.m. at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.
Following those dates, registration will continue in the Recreation office at Town Hall South, located at 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, from Oct 10 through the end of the month, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.“The Youth Ice Hockey Program provides youngsters, ages three to 13, with the opportunity to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” said Councilman Christ Coschignano stated. “The highly regarded program has earned it recognition by the NHL..."
For more information, see the town's website here.
Oyster Bay Clean-up Brings Out the Stars
Legendary songwriter Billy Joel gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo a lift to Oyster Bay's annual beach cleanup Saturday, motoring to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in the Piano Man's boat.
More than Ed Mangano, John Venditto and 200 locals showed up to clean the beach and surrounding harbor as part of the 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup. See the story and great photos here.