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Board Discusses Assessment Results, Lunch Changes

Written by Jennifer Gewant Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00
On Monday night, Aug. 13 the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education continued to move forward with the assistance of new Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lorna Lewis, who graciously began the meeting with a warm thank you to community members for welcoming her with open arms. The theme of this academic year will be “Moving Forward Together,” a concept inspired by the high school graduation ceremony, said Lewis.

Jill Gierasch, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, led the analysis of the New York State Grades 3-8 Assessments. District average grades can be found on the district website. One area of concern for parents at the meeting was the difference in grades between Mattlin Middle School and Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School. The percentage of passing students at Mattlin exceeded the percentages at POB in almost all categories. Parents stated that they hoped to see some sort of unification of curriculum and opportunities so that the percentage of students passing the ELA and state math examinations at POB will be closer to that of Mattlin. 


LI Veterans Honor Purple Heart Recipients

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

War memorial ceremony

On Wednesday, Aug. 2 dozens of Vietnam War veterans and local officials gathered at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow during the construction of the Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall to honor Purple Heart veterans.


It’s A Nice Day For A … Free Wedding

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Viana Hotel & Spa offering ceremony, honeymoon for veteran on Nov. 11

This Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, Westbury’s Viana Hotel & Spa is giving back to one lucky veteran in love.

In collaboration with the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, the Village of Westbury and the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, Viana, a recently constructed small luxury hotel featuring a number of green initiatives located at 3998 Brush Hollow Road, will host a complimentary wedding ceremony – and provide accommodations for a honeymoon – to one active duty or retired service member (who has been honorably discharged) living here in Nassau County.


New Legislation To Combat Medicaid Fraud

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

‘At least 50 percent of recovered funds would go to counties and localities’

On Friday, July 27, Congressman Steve Israel joined Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano to announce federal legislation to make it easier for counties to prosecute Medicaid fraud, potentially saving taxpayers billions of dollars in wasted funds. Israel’s legislation would allow states to apply for grant money to support the local expenses associated with Medicaid fraud investigations and would require at least 50 percent of the funds recovered go to counties and localities.

Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people below a certain income level, jointly funded by the state and federal governments. Due to the program’s complexity and size, it is susceptible to fraud. In 2010 alone, the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated $22 billion was lost to Medicaid waste, fraud, abuse, and improper payments nationally. Medicaid currently costs Nassau County $248 million a year.


County Democrats Hold Redistricting Forum

Written by Jennifer Gewant Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

Redistricting commission members allege that the public is being left out of the process once again

On Wednesday, July 25, prominent county Democrats gathered at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview to discuss what they view as the Republican majority’s inability to fairly and successfully redraw district lines. The meeting was set up by the Democratic members of the Nassau County Temporary Districting Advisory Commission in response to the June 28 commission meeting. Commission members said that Republican chairman Francis Moroney would not allow the public to influence the commission’s decisions, whereas their party welcomes public input.

Republican members of the 11-person panel were invited to this town-wide meeting, but chose to not participate. The purpose of the meeting, according to Democratic commission member Bonnie Garone, was to educate the public. Garone stated that “[redistricting] is a public process, and frankly the public is not being treated fairly.”


County Executive Edward Mangano Outlines Budget Reductions

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Claims to balance budget without property tax increase

Recently, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that the county’s unaudited 2011 budget deficit would reach $50.4 million. Maragos blamed the gap on failures to approve pending bonding legislation.

Maragos also said that County Executive Edward P. Mangano would be announcing a fresh round of budget reductions. And that is what happened at a press conference on Monday, July 23. There, Mangano, along with Maragos and Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R – Massapequa) outlined a $45 million deficit reduction plan, one that the county executive said would balance the budget without raising property taxes.


Nassau County Museum Of Art Celebrates The Opening Of ‘Marc Chagall’

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

“World class” exhibition features the largest collection of the artist’s works ever assembled on LI

On a rainy Friday evening at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Ambassador Arnold Saltzman, founding president of the museum, spoke of a very different time. A time when people lived in tents, or perhaps even caves, and though life was hard, they could always look up at the stars and find beauty and serenity. Nowadays, many are too busy to look up at the sky, and with the city lights blocking our view, the stars don’t seem to shine quite as brightly.

 “I thought, how could we resurrect some of that peace and quiet, and bring man back to nature?” remembered Saltzman. “And there is one man, one artist, who I knew could do that, and his name was Marc Chagall.”


Maragos: Bonding Failure Increases Budget Deficit

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

NIFA, Democratic legislators targeted for criticism

Last week, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that the 2011 unaudited budget deficit would reach $50.4 million. He added that the projected deficit for 2012 is set at $45 million. However, he placed the blame on both NIFA and the Democratic Party caucus in the county legislature.

Maragos said that the failure of both NIFA and the Democratic caucus to work with County Executive Edward P. Mangano and approve $43.1 million in bonding for property tax refunds caused the deficit to balloon. With such approval, he said the deficit for 2011 would be at only $7 million and the 2012 projected budget would be nearly balanced.


Roslyn Native’s Company Acquires LI Radio Stations

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 20 July 2012 08:55
It seems that Jeff Warshaw, CEO of Connoisseur Media, was destined to be involved in Long Island radio. Growing up in Roslyn, Warshaw was intrigued by the radio business as his parents owned the Mineola-based radio station, WTHE (1520 AM), and still own it today. Therefore, when Connoisseur Media Group purchased KJOY 98.3 FM (WKJY), WHLI (1100 AM), 94-X (WIGX, 94.3 FM), and B103 (WBZO, 103.1 FM), Warshaw is finally returning to his roots after almost three decades in broadcasting. Yet, as he explains, the synergy and nostalgia of owning stations where he grew up, factored very little into his decision to acquire these stations.

“It’s fun and I’m really gratified by it, but it’s really about our belief that this is a great community to do business in,” says Warshaw of the decision to acquire the four stations. “Maybe I knew them a little bit better than I might know other businesses so I was a little more comfortable with them, but it’s not like I’m buying these stations because I always wanted to come back to Long Island. It’s more like these are great stations, and that’s why we’re buying them, in a great community.”


Temple Shalom Celebrates First Anniversary

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Reform temple with traditional flair pioneers new model for synagogues

In some respects, Temple Shalom in Woodbury is more traditional than most reform synagogues. Weekly Shabbat services contain just as much Hebrew as English, if not more, and Cantor Stephen Stein, who spent 36 years as a cantor in a conservative synagogue, chants with classic style and intonation. But surprisingly, no one could accuse the synagogue of being anything less than thoroughly modern; not only is Temple Shalom pioneering an innovative pay-as-you go model for its members, virtually all communication is done by email. Furthermore, there are plans in the works to institute a webcast service, so all those who can’t be at The Historical Chapel in body can still be a part of the congregation, with a little assist from the Internet.

It’s also a family affair. Cantor Stephen Stein and Rabbi Alan Stein are a Cantor/Rabbi father-son team, the only one in the New York area and likely beyond. In addition, members from different generations of the Stein family all pitch in at Temple Shalom, making the synagogue a multi-generational melding of old and new.


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