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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Milburn Park cleanup scheduled for Oct. 20 The Baldwin Civic Association, in conjunction with members of the State Assembly and the Nassau County executive’s office, are planning a cleanup of Milburn Park, to be conducted on Oct. 20. The cleanup is slated to include graffiti removal, weed whacking, grass reseeding, the painting of trash cans and bridge railings, and other maintenance. (Alligator wrangling is not expected to be among the activities.) The County Parks Department will be on hand to help out, and Sanitary District No. 2 will distribute brooms, bags, rakes and shovels. Sani2 will also collect and haul away refuse. Local businesses and residents who would like to take part are encouraged to contact State Assemblyman Brian Curran’s office, at (516) 561-8216.
Alligators all around?
Coral House fields hundreds of calls about reptiles, answering, ‘not here’
Chris Connolly
Sue Grieco
Butch Yamali, at lectern, owner of the Coral House, appeared with staffers Brittany Musto, far left, Adam Panetta, Jill Ibarra and Jennifer Rickert to allay fears about alligators at the catering hall.

The owner and staff of Baldwin’s

elegant landmark the Coral House spent much of their time last week fielding calls about an alligator invasion.

The headline-grabbing discovery of two small gators in a Baldwin shopping center parking lot attracted some national and much local attention, and event planners, party hosts and brides from across New York state called to ensure that their gatherings would not be subject to frightening reptilian disruptions.

“It’s not funny, it’s scary,” the restaurant and catering house’s owner, Butch Yamali, said last week. “A lot of our clients come from Suffolk County, Queens, New York City, and they read about

Baldwin and alligators, and they know we’re right on a lake, so they’re worried. They’re asking ‘Are there alligators in the lake? Are there alligators near the catering hall?’”

Yamali said that he and his staff fielded more than 100 calls on the subject of alligators, and their message to each

client was the same. “I told everyone that the health, welfare and well-being of our clients comes first,” he said, “and that the alligators were discovered in a parking lot, not around here.”

Yamali said he has contacted Nassau County, the entity that oversees Milburn Pond, which the Coral House overlooks, and asked for an investigation. But, he said, the county had not yet responded to his request. Yamali was quick to point out, however, that Coral House staff members maintain the property on a daily basis, and have yet to encounter any alligators.

“I don’t need Baldwin becoming synonymous with alligators,” he said. “I’m a community member of this area and I want to make sure we don’t get a black eye. Some people have joked that this is a publicity stunt, that we planted the alligators. But why would I put alligators near my catering hall?”

Yamali added that while it’s extremely unlikely that any new alligators will emerge from the pond out front, he and his staff are walking the grounds and “keeping an eye out.”

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