HART Bus, the only Town-operated bus system on Long Island, has begun twice-a-week service from Paumanack Village to a nearby local supermarket, in an effort to help low-income seniors affected by the recent closing of the Waldbaum’s in the adjacent shopping center.
Thirteen Paumamack residents took advantage of the service on its first day of operation, Tuesday December 8, with the possibility that additional residents might join in as word spreads. The plans call for HART buses to leave Paumanack at 10 and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Larkfield IGA, a nearby supermarket, returning as the residents finish their shopping. The fare is $3 each way.
The Town has gotten Peapod, the home delivery arm of Stop & Shop, to offer reduced-price delivery service, including a first order discount, 60 days of free delivery for orders over $100 and additional delivery discounts Tuesday through Thursday.
Town officials have been actively involved in protecting both the short- and long-term interests of Paumanack Village and the Greenlawn and Elwood communities, which rely on this supermarket for essential food and pharmaceutical needs. The Supervisor and the Council Members have met with the shopping center’s owner to impress on them the importance of a grocery store in close proximity to Paumanack Village.