To catch anyone up who has not been following my blog, my name is Tamara Lebo and I am a Licensed Sales Associate with Century 21/ Sherlock Homes in Rockville Centre. In order to ensure that I am equipped with the most knowledge of Rockville Centre, therefore, ensuring that I am the best equipped to sell a home in Rockville Centre; I have started a blog about the amazing town that I work in. It has been broken down into 15 categories (ex: nightlife, public services, unique boutiques), in which I try to explore what is so great about Rockville Centre. For each category I visit the place I include, giving you a personal experience for each section. Some categories have included coupons to fantastic establishments in RVC. For this weeks edition of “15 REASONS TO MOVE TO ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY” I will be focusing on the public services RVC has to offer. Rockville Centre has public services like are (like everything in Rockville Centre) stellar and above average. During the week I visited the Public Library, the Police Department and the Fire Department and everyone was just so kind and accommodating. So I would like to share my experiences with you and give you as much information as I can, that should hopefully be useful to you if you ever decide to consider this beautiful town when purchasing a home or even renting and apartment or a Co-op.
Rockville Centre, according top City-data.com has a very low crime rate compared to the United States average and I believe we can attribute that, not only to the kind law abiding citizens of Rockville Centre, but also to the extremely dedicated and hard working men and women or the Rockville Centre Police Department. The Rockville Centre Police Department serves a community of nearly 26,000 residents. The department has a sworn strength of fifty-two police officers and a support staff of forty-one civilians, including dispatchers, neighborhood aids and twenty crossing guards. The department is assisted by an eighteen member auxiliary force, which logs more than thirty two hundred hours a year in voluntary service. “The mission of the Rockville Centre Police Department is to provide quality service to the residents and visitors of the community in a professional manner. To view more on the crime statistics in Rockville Centre, please clink on the city-data.com link below.
RVC PUBLIC LIBRARY
I have been to Rockville Centre Library many times, but for the sake of this blog I wanted to meet some of the people that work there and help it serve the community the best way it can. I shot an email over to the Director of the Rockville Centre Library, Miss Catherine Overton, hoping for a response and she got back to me almost immediately. Not only was she willing to meet with me but she reached out to some of her colleagues, Ellen B. Bermen (Head of Reference) and Terry C. Ain (Head of Youth Services) who met with me as well. They took me on the whole tour and gave me an overwhelming amount of information. What truly impressed me so much is the amount of pride and heart they put into their work. They strongly care for the entire community, especially the children. I couldn’t see needing another reason to make Rockville Centre your hometown, especially if you are looking for a place to raise a family. They have such amazing programs for families with children of all ages. During my tour they took me to the lower level where Ellen Fox (Head of Youth Programs), was running a program where parents take their small children (from infant to toddler age) to play using all toys that stimulate learning, which is also a great way for parents of children to meet each other, which is a great aspect of the program for parents moving to Rockville Centre, who are new to the area and do not necessarily know anyone. The library also offers summer programs for children of all ages including a science program and an end of summer petting zoo. Over 400 children attended these programs last year. Wouldn’t it be great if your child made it 401 next year? The library works closely with the schools of Rockville Centre to make sure they optimize the help they give your children in absolutely anyway they can, including free homework help, offered by the Public Library along with The Sandel Senior Center’s Service Corps. Also, a program where children can read to trained service Dogs who are trained to quietly listen. Another program that I thought was very impressive is a program they run on Saturdays, so that parents that work during the week can get involved with activities with their children. The library isn’t just for children though, they have adult reading programs and a no adults allowed section for teens, 9 computers, plenty of quiet study areas, teen volunteer programs and so much more. The Rockville Centre Library is 100% run by people that love their community and that love shines through 100%!
Me with the amazing crew at the Rockville Centre Public Library.
Ellen B. Berman (head of Reference), Catherine Overton (Director)
and Terry C. Ain (Head of Youth Services). Thank you so much, ladies!
Rockville Centre Public Library News Letter:
Link to the many flyers provided to me during my visit:
DEPARTMENT OF SENIOR SERVICES
Rockville Centre takes care of all member of the community. Not only does it have an excellent library and school system focused on the children, and an exceptional police force to keep our streets safe, but this community cares deeply for its seniors and elderly as well. Considering seniors comprise 20% of the population of Rockville Centre, I would say that’s rather important. The Village of Rockville Centre is one of the few on Long Island to have a Department of Senior Services. The Departments programming is so extensive that Rockville Centres programs are known to the county as the “Broadway of Senior Centers”. Activities include Tai Chi, Yoga, Men’s Club, health fairs and even exotic trips abroad. Volunteering is an important activity of the Sandel Senior Center. Intergenerational programming is also provided throughout the year. Joint programs are held with elementary, middle and high school students. The highlight of the year is the intergenerational “Sharing” Conference is held annually in the spring creating a link between seniors and South Side High School students. The Care Club is an adult say services program, provides therapeutic and recreational environment where physically challenged older adults participate in a program that is designed to meet individual needs under the supervision of a professional staff. The service has been expanded to include “project 50” serving disabled adults from the age of 50.
I truly believe Rockville Centre is such an optimal place to live because as a community every takes care of each other from the earliest stages of life to the latest. This is a factor that is very important to consider when choosing where to buy a home and raise your family.