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LIRR Parking Enrages Commuters

Written by Jennifer Fauci, Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has frustrated commuters for years with it’s ridiculous fares, limited trains and constant problems, especially during the rush hour ride home.

Though the MTA is making an effort to add more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.


Local Tattoo Artist Still In The Game

Written by Herald Staff, Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00

After surviving the “Cold Blooded” episode last week, the eight remaining contestants on Ink Master faced off in a “Flash Challenge” testing their ability to use finesse. The tougher the situation, the more finesse an artist needs to create a masterpiece, and this week was no exception.

Artists were given five hours to tattoo amputees. The residual limb left behind after an amputation can be badly traumatized, unusually shaped and scarred. The artists were challenged to create a phenomenal tattoo on the residual limb to make these amputees love the part of their body they are missing. Although all of the contestants created beautiful designs, Bethpage’s Erik Siuda’s incorporation of the scar tissue and pre-existing tattoo into his design showed the most finesse.


Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

Written by Herald Staff, Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently announced that the annual “1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration” at Old Bethpage Village Restoration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors to Old Bethpage Village, the re-created mid-19th Century village, will be able to enjoy the sights and aromas of an old-fashioned Thanksgiving including decorated pumpkin pies baked in a beehive oven and turkey roasted over an open fire. In addition, each afternoon, traditional fiddle music will be played, and children’s stories will be read several times each day.


The Loft Sound Studio: Music Men

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

A little bit of Hollywood has come to Plainview. The Loft Sound Studio, a Plainview-based vocal and performance training facility, is the creation of lifelong music artists Donnie Klang and Matthew LaPorte. The duo says that they draw upon their personal experience of the ups and downs of the recording industry to give kids today the chance to be superstars.

“Essentially, we’re looking for the next Justin Bieber, someone we can train and teach them how to really become an artist, put them on YouTube and hope they really blow up,” said LaPorte. “If they do, through our connections that we made while we were in the music industry the past 15 years, we would try and get them a record deal.”


23-Piece Orchestra At POB Library

Written by Herald Staff, Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

On Sunday, Nov. 2 the 23-piece Concert Festival Orchestra presented a concert at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library of Grand Prix Winners from its 2014 Concerto Competition.

Conducted by Maestro Vladimir Polezhayev, the concert featured four pianists in the first half and two violinists and a vocalist in the second.


Bethpage Turkey Drive Cooks Up Benefits

Written by Herald Staff, Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00

Long Island’s largest food drive event, the 6th Annual Bethpage Turkey Drive to benefit Island Harvest Food Bank, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s main branch located at 899 South Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage.  

Long Islanders are asked to donate frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items or cash donations to this worthy cause. Donations will go directly to Island Harvest, which will then help supply Thanksgiving holiday meals to the more than 300,000 hungry Long Islanders through its distribution to 570 food pantries and agencies on Long Island.   


Local Named To New York Super Lawyer List

Written by Herald Staff, Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

Jeffrey M. Kimmel, a partner at the New York law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP (SSK&B) has been named to the prestigious New York Super Lawyers list, published earlier this month in The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

A longtime Plainview resident, Kimmel, who heads the medical malpractice division of the firm, has been named to the list for the last six years. His partners at the firm, Marvin Salenger, Robert Sack and Joseph S. Bavaro join him on this distinguished 2014 roster with two firm associates, Carolyn Caccese and Benjamin Salk, named among the Rising Stars on the New York Super Lawyer list. SSK&B concentrates its practice in personal injury and medical malpractice law.  


Carving Out A Martial Arts Legacy

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

John Busto, a 6th Degree Black Belt in American Kempo Karate and lifelong Hicksville resident, was inspired to begin the rigorous path of martial arts at the young age of 9 after watching the old David Carradine television show Kung-Fu.

“I saw that show and I thought, ‘I have to do this!’ It was just something that was interesting to me; the mystique of martial arts,” he said. “So my parents brought me to a local school called Tracy’s Karate. Back then there weren’t many schools like there are today, and I was lucky enough to have one in my town.”


Plainview Resident Channels Broadway At Roosevelt Field

Written by Herald Staff, Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
Nicole Sanchez of Plainview and model Linda Jean-Baptiste recently participated in Roosevelt Field’s Broadway by Design, a competition between fashion design students from Nassau Community College.  

A total of seven designers from Nassau Community College each created a customized look for their model inspired by Broadway’s Pippin, Motown the Musical or Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. They were required to stay within a $100 budget for materials and complete the process in a six week timetable.

The looks were revealed during a live action runway presentation and judged by a distinguished panel.

$10,000 Boy Scout Essay Challenge

Written by Herald Staff, Saturday, 08 November 2014 00:00
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Museum of American Armor recently announced an essay challenge in conjunction with the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The essay challenge is designed to create a better understanding of the heroes within our own families and those throughout our communities with as much as $10,000 in scholarship awards to be presented to the selected winners.


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