While interest in religious education has always been to some extent cyclical, in recent years religious institutions have had to compete for members like never before. That is why Plainview Jewish Center created the FOCUS committee to restructure the synagogue’s religious school curriculum, and has recruited Plainview-Old Bethpage School Board Trustee Evy Rothman for the position of committee chair. Rothman is to bring her experience from the school board to the Hebrew school, with the aim of not only modernizing the experience, but perhaps re-imagining it as well.
It became official last week that the MTA plans to cut its funding to Long Island Bus, a move that will effectively eliminate all bus service to over 100,000 Nassau County residents who rely on it daily. A war of words between Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the MTA has now escalated to a legal battle, with the county filing suit over the controversial MTA employer payroll tax.
While many other teens and twenty-somethings are currently taking advantage of the long summer days by hitting the pool or the beach, two recent Plainview-Old Bethpage High School graduates have been spending their time in areas where the average temperature is decidedly cooler: the ice rinks, and even the board rooms, of the New York Islanders hockey team, as a part of their summer ‘Islanders University’ internship.
The roughly 102,000 Nassau County residents who rely on the bus daily to get where they need to be may have a serious problem if the MTA goes ahead with a proposal to eliminate the $40 million it has been funding annually to keep Long Island Bus’s service going. As the transit authority struggles to fix its own huge deficit, it has ended up at odds with Nassau County, threatening cuts for which there would be no easy solution. The county is either facing the elimination of all service or has to explore a solution such as the privatization of the system.
A tragic fire at Old Country Animal Clinic on Old Country Road early on Sunday morning, July 18, left 17 animals dead.
According to 2nd Deputy Fire Chief Craig Robinson, the fire started before 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. Firefighters from the Plainview, Jericho, Farmingdale, Syosset, Hicksville, Bethpage and Melville fire departments battled the flames for approximately half an hour before subduing the fire, he said. While 17 animals did die inside the clinic, firefighters were able to rescue the reptiles and amphibians. Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, and one for an asthma attack; all of the treated firefighters were from Plainview.
While “community activist” is a title that anyone running for political office would like to put on their résumé, few people demonstrate the “active” in the title the way Francesca Carlow does. The co-owner of Trio Hardware in the Morton Village shopping center for 25 years, a store known for its philanthropic presence in the community, is a member of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, the Empire Zone Administrative Board, the Long Island Junior Chambers of Commerce, Safenet, POB Athletic Booster Club, Title IX, Student Advisory, POB Bond Issue Task Force, Friends of the POB Library, and PTA Council, has also served as the former president of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as second vice president of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce. She is also the recipient of the Lifetime PTA Founders Day Award.
Join the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center for a summer celebration of fun at the 9th Annual Tour de Fundraiser Family Night at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds on Wednesday, July 28, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., rain date Thursday, June 29.
More than 400 parents and children attended last year’s celebration, which raised $6,500. Proceeds from Tour de Fundraiser enable the JCC to provide financial support to families who cannot afford to send their children to summer camp.
By Louisa Bonnanzio
Waking up early on a warm, summer Sunday to run may not be for everyone, but for 392 Long Islanders, the 9 a.m. starting horn was the perfect way to greet the morning on July 11, at the 7th Annual Heart & Sole 5K Run.
Runners coursed through flat neighborhood streets as enthusiastic supporters cheered them on. Notwithstanding the rapidly rising temperature, Dan McGrath, 27, of Lynbrook blazed a trail as the overall 5K winner, breaking the tape at 16:10 . First-place in the women’s division went to Long Island Marathon champion Tracy Kemper, 46, of Oyster Bay, who clocked in at 19:45.
Carlyle on the Green, overlooking the challenging black golf course at Bethpage State Park, is a place where many Long Islanders choose to host their most festive gatherings. However, on Wednesday, June 30, the venue was host to not just the 10-year anniversary of the “Party in the Park” series, but also the wrap party for the episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which provided a new home for the Lutz family of East Setauket. The crew and volunteers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition were provided free admission tickets to the event, which included the music of bands The Mystic and Hi-Tek Reggae, dancing, cigar rolling, and the delicious appetizers of the new Taste 99 menu. The Lutz family themselves received VIP treatment at the event.
On July 6, the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Board of Education held their annual organization meeting. New trustee Emily Schulman took the oath of office, while Garry Bettan and Amy Pierno were appointed to the positions of president and vice president, respectively.
During board announcements, Bettan commented on the success of the recently-graduated POBJFK HS Class of 2010: “This class really set a bar that I hope that all of our future classes can reach and exceed.” He noted that members of the graduating class got into some of the most selective colleges in the country including Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Cooper Union, and MIT.
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