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Sparks Fly In The Debate Arena

Written by Rich Forestano and Dave Gil de Rubio Monday, 22 October 2012 15:49

Town hall format and Obama’s performance finds president rebounding in the polls

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Hofstra University was the site for the second of three debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Hofstra had also hosted a debate between then-Democratic nominee Obama and GOP nominee Sen. John McCain back in 2008, making the school just the second university to host consecutive presidential debates. (St. Louis’ Washington University was the other.)

With Romney scoring what many considered an upset victory over Obama’s decidedly lackluster performance in the first debate, this follow-up was going to be a “deal maker or breaker in this campaign,” according to political pundit Chris Matthews, who spoke at Hofstra the prior week. Shortly after moderator Candy Crowley took the stage at 9 p.m., it was clear both candidates were prepared to come out swinging, making for a lively hour and a half that found roughly 65 million viewers tuning in to the town hall-style debate, according to the Nielsen Ratings.


POB Students Sing Alongside Renowned Vocal Soloist

Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Choral students train and perform with voice coach and soloist Ron Meixsell

Over 50 students in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District in grades 7-12 dedicated two weeks of their summer to working with high school choir teacher Mr. Paltrowitz and guest clinician Ron Meixsell at the annual summer choral clinic. Meixsell is a professional singer and voice coach who has performed with the New York Grand Opera. 


POB Congratulates National Merit Commended Students

Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

John F. Kennedy High School students earn national recognition

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District has announced that 14 John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended Students in the 2012-13 competition.


Nassau County Unveils Task Force Initiatives

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 12 October 2012 09:00

Nassau parents recall family tragedies

At a press conference last week, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano unveiled the results of a year-long work by the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, one that the county executive said was unique to New York State and one that he vowed would help to win the declared war on prescription drug abuse.

Mangano was joined by several members of the task force, plus State Assemblymen David G. McDonough (R – Bellmore) and Joseph Saladino (R – Massapequa). But the drama of the press conference was when parents of young people who lost their lives to substance overdose made their appeals.


Second Annual Run For Rob To Honor Dr. David Chalif

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 12 October 2012 08:57

Event at Bethpage State Park on Oct. 28 seeks to raise $100,000 for brain cancer research

After last year’s successful inaugural event, the 2nd Annual 5K Run For Rob, which raises funds for brain cancer research, is coming up on Sunday, Oct. 28. This year, organizers of the event at Bethpage State Park seek to raise $100,000 for Voices Against Brain Cancer in memory of Dr. Robert Bernstein of Brookville, a beloved family man, coach and OB-GYN who lost his battle with the disease in June 2010.

Dr. David Chalif, chief of neurovascular neurosurgery and co-director of the NSUH Brain Aneurysm Center at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, will be awarded the 2012 Robert Bernstein Humanitarian Award at the event. Chalif, who saw Bernstein as a patient, said that despite a lot of medical progress over the course of his career, particularly in digital imaging techniques, the prognosis for patients with this often aggressive cancer is sobering.


BOE Discusses Tour Of District Facilities

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 05 October 2012 09:03

Superintendent Lewis also discusses testing, APPR

During the Monday, Sept. 24 meeting, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education discussed a recent tour of all schools in the district on Friday, Sept. 14 by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lorna R. Lewis, Director of Buildings and Grounds Kim Parahus and Director of Technology Guy A. Lodico and assistant superintendents.

The general consensus for all schools was finding an improvement in almost all areas from previous years, including the quality of education as well as each building. “In general, the level of kids’ work has really improved throughout the district,” said Trustee Gary Bettan.


POB Library Hosts Meet The Candidates Night

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 05 October 2012 08:36

State Senate and Assembly candidates sound off on creating revenue, redistricting and cutting down on unfunded mandates

The 2010 Meet The Candidates Night at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library was a rowdy affair, with candidates for NYS Senate and Assembly seats harshly criticizing each other and sometimes yelling to be heard over a hostile crowd. In comparison, the 2012 Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, Oct. 2, moderated by Paula Blum of The League of Women Voters, was downright friendly. Despite the fact that the event was shorter and the crowd smaller, the candidates by and large had no problem proposing specific solutions to problems in response to questions from members of the audience.

“I think our national political discourse would be far better off if the discourse were as civilized and as substantive as it was tonight,” commented 6th District Senate Candidate Ryan Cronin at the end of the evening.


Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt Dies

Written by Ronald Scaglia Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:00
Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt died suddenly on the morning of Oct. 3. According to Ed Ward, spokesperson from the legislator’s office, Schmitt, 62, collapsed while in a budget meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building and was rushed to Winthrop Hospital. He died at 11:55 a.m.

“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”


Proposed ’13 County Budget: Holding The Line On Property Taxes

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 28 September 2012 08:21

Mangano cites spending discipline; Abrahams criticizes past budgets

Touting what he said was his second consecutive year in spending decreases and the third straight year without a property tax increase, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently unveiled the county’s proposed 2013 budget. The proposed budget totals $2.79 billion in expenditures. Published reports said the approved 2012 budget totaled $2.8 billion, up from the proposed budget of $2.63 billion.

Mangano also hailed the proposed budget for providing “essential services,” while practicing “aggressive fiscal management and a continued commitment to spending cuts.” Mangano said that since 2009, the Republican Legislative Caucus has cut over $290 million in spending from the county budget. 


Fitness Instructors Host Charity Zumbathon At JCC

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
More than 80 women came out to dance for a cause on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Mid-Island Y JCC Zumba Fundraiser. Four licensed Zumba instructors— Danica Ruhalter, Aja Mills, Amy Bernstein and Beverly Koondel— volunteered their time and expertise to help raise money for leukemia research. The event was held in memory of Spencer Reis, a boy from Plainview who tragically died of the disease earlier this year.

The event raised over $1,000, and organizers say they look forward to holding similar fundraisers in the future. “We felt lucky to be able to be a part of such a great event,” said Ruhalter, who was previously involved in a fundraiser for pediatric cancer held at Oheka Castle. “Remembering not the passing of a young boy, but the life and the happiness of this young boy, his memory living on forever.”


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