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Woodmere Merchants Pin Hopes on Events

Group hopes to attract more shoppers to the lagging area.

Members of the are hoping that various events it plans to host over the course of the year will bring shoppers to the area.

The group discussed holding another fall festival, a classic cars show during the summer and taking part in the Memorial Day Parade to help build traffic in the lagging village. Many spaces in Woodmere remain vacant, which association head attributed to the economy and said there isn’t much the organization could do to help. But the group also faces challenges with each of its proposed events.

“We need a lot of time to put this together,” Santopolo said about hosting another fall festival during its meeting on Monday at . “If we had half the number we had last time we can get away with it. You have to walk before you run.”

The Woodmere association plans to speak with Lynbrook merchants about that village’s classic car show, which the group hopes to replicate on Wednesdays in July and August.

The group also hopes to take part in the Memorial Day Parade that runs through Hewlett and ends in Woodmere. 

Meanwhile, Superintendent Dr. Joyce Bisso, who attended the meeting, said she hoped that local business owners could speak with students and provide them with real world experiences.

“The vitality of the school district is important to the community. The vitality of the community is important to the school district,” she said. “One hand washes the other.”

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