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If you see a problem in our neighborhood, submit it here. You also have the ability to vote on issues reported by others. The Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County appear to be paying attention to the issues submitted, as well they should – our governments purposes are to address the issues of the public. “No more one-to-one communication with your government!”

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Roslyn Country Club, Nassau County, Long Island, New York – Census Tract 302501

Browse our local data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, based on samples from 2005 to 2009.

View maps showing data regarding Race and Ethnicity, Income, Housing and Families and Education.

Our Suburban Neighborhood has changed a great deal in the past decade. We will continue to see change as time keeps creeping through the neighborhood.

Click the image to the left or click here to view the interactive maps.

What Will Save the Suburbs? (New York Times, Jan. 11, 2009)

For a long time now I’ve been obsessed with suburban and exurban master-planned communities and how to make them better. But as the economy and the mortgage crisis just seem to get worse, and gas prices continue to plunge, the issues around housing have changed dramatically. The problem now isn’t really how to better design homes and communities, but rather what are we going to do with all the homes and communities we’re left with.

Read on @ The New York Times
The Suburbs

I still dream that some major overhaul can occur: that a self-sufficient mixed-use neighborhood can emerge. That three-car-garaged McMansions can be subdivided into rental units with streetfront cafés, shops and other local businesses.

In short, that creative ways are found not just to rehabilitate these homes and communities, but to keep people in them.

The Roslyn Country Club is in danger as time slips by…

The Roslyn Country Club is in danger and we can’t just ignore it.
Let’s be a concerned community and spread the word.

Re: Civic Association Meeting on Tuesday 10/20/2010

Thanks you attending the Roslyn Country Club Civic Association meeting held on October 20, 2010. A great turnout of around 100 people were able to make it out during the Yankee game. It was reassuring to see such a respectable turnout.

If you were not able to make it, for whatever reason, the Civic Association requested each of us to contact Supervisor Jon Kaiman or Councilman Tom Dwyer and ask them to work with us saying something to the effect of “I would like the Roslyn Country Club to re-open and would greatly appreciate your support in whatever way you can help.”

You should contact Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman:
kaimanj@northhempsteadny.gov
5160869-6311

and Councilman Tom Dwyer
dwyert@northhempsteadny.gov
516-869-7702

We need them to want to be involved to help fix the situation, and they have to feel that we are paying attention and want their involvement. Please do this as soon as possible and help spread the word to your friends.

Also, can you help your neighborhood in any volunteer capacity?

Five officers of the Civic Association can’t effectively communicate with 700 people. We would love for your involvement!

Block captains would be a great asset. Some kind of phone chain or modern equivalent, like the schools use in emergencies, would be very helpful.

The Town of North Hempstead seems to be interested in taking this challenge on.

If the town officials are invited to attend the next meeting we need a full auditorium of informed, cooperative residents – ideally with some form of consensus amongst the community.

Let’s get this going! Time keeps slipping through the neighborhood. Now is the time to create the change in our neighborhood that we want.

Out My Windowsill…

The animals that once lived in the wilderness of our suburban neighborhood before the town was built might be long gone, but much life still exists. Don’t be afraid to pay the cost, for what we’ve lost.

This place has changed so much, since I was a little child. Now is the time to set some things right.

I don’t want to be around to see the death of everything that’s wild.

Music and much inspiration from Arcade Fire.
Recorded in the Roslyn Country Club neighborhood (6/6/2010 – 11/2/2010).

Roslyn Country Club Civic Association Public Meeting at The Wheatley School on October 19

The Roslyn Country Club Civic Association will be holding a meeting on October 19, 2010 @ 7:30 pm at The Wheatley School Auditorium to update the residents on progress made with the Town of North Hempstead in taking steps to reopen our country club. The options going forward appear to be the creation of a Park District or a Town Park – the pros and cons of each will likely be addressed at the meeting.
See you there!

The Pebble Lane Block Party (In the Roslyn Country Club Community) by Judy Orshan

[audio:http://www.roslyncountryclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/RCC-Poem-Judy-Orshan.mp3|titles=RCC Poem Judy Orshan]

The Block Party was a big success,
And as each one gave his home address,
Each neighbor placed a name tag on,
And was quickly greeted – shyness gone.

Out from houses came young and younger,
Mothers, fathers, sisters, brother,
And Grandpartens residing here 60 years,
When all were friendly and knew their peers.

The food came forth and drinks and such
But the conversations meant so much,
About Roslyn Country Club – Could it be saved?
Could it be reopened? That is what all craved.

Talk of the pool in its former glory,
Old-timers supplying much of the story,
We felt the party had met a need,
Common interests were strong indeed.

Can it be done? Can we resume the fun?
Of a day on the courts or a swim in the pool?
And the law courts have favored us in their rule,

And bring back the day where each kid could play
With racket in hand on the RCC land.

The courts have ruled we should get the club back,
But somehow or other – we don’t have the knack.
Levitt had a purpose – a thorough plan,
Let’s unite the community – Yes! We Can!

Written and read by Judy Orshan

The Kettles of Our Roslyn Country Club Neighborhood

Restoring a sense of community in our modern suburban neighborhood is vitally needed to ensure the sustainability of the Levitt sprawl created over six decades ago. Though we find companionship with computers and television, family and friends, the neighborhood where one lives, throughout mankind’s history, has always been one of our species most important relationships. Walls that divide us have been constructed in our recent history. These walls cannot remain so high.

Much of a sense of community has been lost on Long Island, especially in our neighborhood, the Roslyn Country Club. We have had a very odd decade, with great upheaval in this upper-middle class neighborhood. Since its construction in the late 40s, until 2007, the Roslyn Country Club has remained open to the residents during the summer as a place to gather, play tennis and swim at a reasonable cost. It was an initial perk to attract new residents, and throughout the community’s history, has been a draw for families with children. Labor Day 2010 had no community party, tennis tournament or swimming races, though the Royalton likely had several events that holiday weekend. There is no Country Club for us anymore.

For our August 29 Block Party, a few interested and motivated residents of Pebble Lane got together to organize an event to help unite our suburban neighborhood. We had some food, some drinks, some snacks, some games, an Albertson firetruck was able to come by for a few hours, music played from classic records, and a sense of community that has not been experienced for many years was rekindled for a brief period that Sunday afternoon. You can go to RoslynCountryClub.org to view a video and pictures from the event.

The Block Party has shown the need and benefit for a community gathering place. It is surprising how many neighbors that live so close to each other never met until this event. Kids were able to make new friends, adults of different generations were able to mingle, and the youth was able to learn some history from the elderly.

Roslyn Country Club has much history and it should not be wiped out by the misguided pursuit for profit and personal agenda’s of a few. The neighborhood needs to be restored to the prior glory of the early 50s. In the isolated world of the 21st Century, the least we can do is make our neighborhood a more welcoming, united place that can inspire the best in us.

As our efforts go forward, we are looking for old pictures of the Country Club and neighborhood for our website, any classic “Ranchers” newspapers and interested and motivated residents to get involved. You can email me, ben@RoslynCountryClub.org, call us, 516-234-5236 or check the website, RoslynCountryClub.org.

We have to be willing to come together to work for the restoration and reopening of the Roslyn Country Club, restoring it to its glory of many decades ago, for the neighborhood.

We have no expectation this will be easy. It will take time as time keeps creeping through the neighborhood. It will not be solved in a court room or through an annual community meeting. It will only be solved when you and a few of your interested and motivated neighbors come together for our suburban neighborhood. Why can’t we succeed?

In Our Pursuit of Unity…

We are planning big things for the month of August.

Keep checking back in the coming weeks for updates on how you can get involved to help change our suburban neighborhood into what was envisioned when it was created all those many decades ago.

We can be stronger than bombs, if you’re singing along and know that you really believe.

Feel free to email me, ben – at – roslyncountryclub – dot – org, if you have ideas you would like to share, old pictures of our neighborhood, interested in becoming more involved in these efforts, or just want to say “Hi”.

Thanks. Have a great August!

Ben