BLAKE COMEAU: EATING BETTER, SHOOTING MOREAlso: Hempstead details "jump starting" of LHP

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Blake Comeau, who has six goals and seven assists in his last nine games, credits a surprising source for his improved all-around play this season: defenseman/nutritionist Freddy Meyer.

 

“Freddy and Andy Sutton have been major inspirations to me when it comes to fitness and nutrition,” said Comeau, who had an assist in last night’s 5-2 win in Vancouver. “Freddy, since the end of last season, has taught me so much about good eating habits. I knew coming ino this season that I wanted to play lighter so I can be quicker on my feet, but not lose any strength. By talking to Freddy about it so much, I’ve learned how.”

 

The result of Meyer’s wisdom was a loss for Comeau of ten pounds and a gain of a career-high 12 goals.

 

“The difference in my game, especially in the second half, has been noticeable,” said Comeau. “I have a lot more left late in games. I’m beating guys to the puck. I owe a lot to Freddy.”

 

“I can’t take credit for Blake’s success,” said the veteran defenseman. “He’s a very good player just coming into his own. He’s asked some questions over the year and I’ve given him some advice. My wife (Lindsey) and I have always been into nutrition. Now that we’ve started a family, we really try to stay on top of what we eat. If the advice has helped Blake in any way, I’m glad.”

 

Comeau said he has made a pair of adjustments to his game that have also made a difference.

 

Consistent competitiveness: “I was guilty of taking my foot off the peddle at times,” said Comeau, referring to an inability to play physically for 60 straight minutes or consecutive games. “I feel I’ve made a lot of strides in the way I compete.”

 

Scoring chances: “Something has clicked the last month or so. I’ve made it a personal goal to get least five good shots off a game – at least,” said Comeau. He grinned. “You have to figure I’m going to miss the net once or twice, maybe have another one blocked. This gives me the chance to get a few high quality scoring chances a game. It’s worked.”

 

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ToH Communicates: Town of Hempstead supervisor Kate Murray has mailed a letter to residents explaining the Town’s decision to “jump-start” the Lighthouse Project. Some highlights of the Murray missive:

 

“Reasonable development is coming to the hub of Nassau County.”

 

“The Lighthouse proposal’s process has ground to a halt. If the town did not act to get the process moving forward, development at the Lighthouse site would simply remain in limbo indefinitely.”

 

“The developers (Charles Wang and Scott Rechler) have withdrawn from participating in the environmental review and zoning process.”

 

“We have directed the (town) consultants to come up with a Planned Development District that would complement a refurbished Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and accomodate many of the priorities that have been included in the Lighthouse proposal…I believe the PDD should be harmonious with our region’s suburban character.”

 

“In my opinion, the Lighthouse plan, as it stands, would create a mini-city with numerous mid- and high-rise buildings (of the total 41 buildings proposed, 19 towers range from five to 40 stories), casting shadows over three zip codes.”

 

“The developers have indicated that their project would add 1,500 car trips per hour, while town consultants have calculated that the proposed development will result in 6,500 new car trips per hour (during peak travel periods).”

 

“We are hopeful that the Lighthouse Group will embrace a new zone and adjust its development proposal accordingly. I am proud that the town has “jump-started” the process and I am excited about the future of Nassau’s hub. We’re all Islanders, and reasonable development will promote a bright future for our region and help to keep our local hockey team where it belongs.”

 

Point Blank Take: No one can blame Kate Murray and the Town of Hempstead for trying to explain their process, even if the whole “jump-start” stuff is pretty funny. Since the Lighthouse Development Corporation has basically gone dark since Oct. 1, the Town has every right to attempt to get its bullet points across to its residents. They did so in an effective, politically-smart manner.

 

A Nassau County source tells Point Blank that Hempstead has a lofty goal of presenting its vision for the Lighthouse property by Memorial Day. It will be fascinating to see what Murray and her Westchester-based donor/consultants come up with. By cutting the project drastically – and they will – the ToH board could back itself into a difficult corner. They could run the risk of push-back like, “Town scraps affordable housing” or “Town doesn’t want business development” or even “Town okay with less than state-of-the-art arena.”

 

Of course, the big question is, how much will the Town scale back? Count on it being a lot. If that wasn’t clear before, it should be from the letter. “Casting shadows over three zip codes” is a great, knife-twisting line by Hempstead PR guy Michael Deery.

 

If the town cuts the Lighthouse Project by more than half – the house Project? the Liferaft Project? – there won’t be enough room for Wang to negotiate. It’s difficult to envision, after all the years and dollars spent, Wang settling for less than 75% of what he proposed. If Murray scales down dramatically, Wang will have to turn to his options.

 

One thing is for certain: Paris has her tower, London has her bridge, but Nassau is not getting the “iconic destination point” Wang wanted for Long Island. Nevertheless, he doesn’t want to go anywhere else, and Nassau and the Town of Hempstead could still give the Islanders owner his best deal.

 

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