In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.
Standing at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by the Long Island STEM Hub and dozens of Long Island students who are part of the school’s engineering and robotics team, announced her education agenda to encourage more youths, especially women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), bolster engineering education programs across Long Island’s elementary, middle, and high schools and draw more STEM teachers to educate children in high-need areas.
With eight of nine of the fastest growing industries requiring math and science proficiency and women, minority, and low-income students underrepresented in STEM-related careers, Gillibrand is pushing for federal measures to close the achievement gap and bring more STEM-related programs, such as the Long Island STEM Hub’s Career Academies, to schools across Long Island. With the success of POB-JFK high school’s targeted STEM curriculum and engineering program, the Hub will be launching an additional career academy in engineering next school year.
All Music in Plainview has maintained its subterranean location for close to 30 years — a feat worth noting as the music industry tends to change faster than a thrash metal chord progression.
Multiple musical genres have come and gone since the store in the Plainview Shopping Centre first opened in 1984; New Wave gave that 80s sound to everything, hip-hop moved from the street to the studio, hair metal gave music a glossy shine, grunge cleaned up at ticket booths and the intrusion of auto-tune into the mainstream insulted the sensibilities of music lovers everywhere.
For many, art is a wonderful language that transcends social and political boundaries and cuts right to the very core of what makes us human — the ability to find a very personal way to express the inexpressible.
Serge Alahverdian, a prominent local artist who recently moved from Bethpage to Babylon, is the current treasurer of the Independent Art Society, a club of like-minded individuals for whom art is the governing passion of their souls.
A local temple is joining in one of the biggest days of rest in the Jewish calendar.
Plainview’s Temple Chaverim welcomes members of the community to participate in an inspiring display of Jewish revitalization and Jewish Unity with the 18th annual Shabbat Across America set for Friday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Conceived and organized by the National Jewish Outreach Program in 1997, Shabbat Across America represents a united effort by the entire Jewish community, more than 70,000 across North America, to renew interest in the fourth of the Ten Commandments — observing a weekly day of rest.
Not far from the traffic-choked lanes of Route 110 and the generic strip-malls of any-town Nassau, lies an oasis of rich farmland run for the past seven years by a husband and wife team straight off the American Gothic canvas.
And now after a new deal with Nassau County to update their lease, Daniel Holmes and Caroline Fanning will continue to stake their claim to all seven acres of Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage for five more guaranteed years with the probability of more to follow.
With cell phones containing an 8-megapixel or better camera, everyone fancy themselves a photographer; however, as a wise man once said, “If it has a ring tone, it’s not really a camera.”
And many like-minded individuals meet regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.Former Photographic Federation of Long Island (PFLI) president Karen Newman of Levittown has been a member of the Wantagh Camera Club for about five years; however, she’s had an interest in photography ever since she was in her teens.
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
The kids, who include Paul Weinberg of North Massapequa and 17-year-old, Mike Israelton of Bethpage, do drills and practice once a month in preparation for the Winter Classic.
Forget Harry Potter; when it comes to the real-life magic that is the wonder of science, the only real game in town is a mysterious and benevolent marvel known far and wide throughout the land as the Science Wizard, who recently made an appearance at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.
The Science Wizard, otherwise known in his civilian identity as Anthony Abbate of Shirley, is a professor and a New York State certified science teacher who just has a thing about spreading the word to kids that science is important to know, and, believe it or not, fun to learn as well.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library is in the process of a major $200,000 renovation project that is slated to provide some much-asked for new services to the community — services, according to Library Director Gretchen Browne, that the community has been requesting for quite some time now.
“We are re-purposing out Media Department to make room for more quiet study rooms, meeting rooms, and a bigger Community Services Department,” he said. “We will have a new area for all our media – CDs, DVDs, and so on – and behind that will be a medium work room, quiet and group study rooms, expanded office space for Community Services, and in the back of the area will be a big, all-purpose meeting room with a white board, desks, and chairs. The whole area will be carpeted, wired for Wi-Fi and telephones, and everything else.”
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