Roller derby skaters, or “Derby Girls,” from all over the state descended on Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage on Saturday, Sept. 3 for the Second Annual Empire Skate Showdown. While there was plenty of the traditional glitter and fun associated with the sport, the all-day contest to determine the best female roller derby team in New York State for 2011 brought out the kind of physical, aggressive play that football and hockey fans could appreciate.
For those unfamiliar with the sport, the action of roller derby takes place during two-minute intervals called jams. There are three positions: The scorer, called a jammer, scores points for her team by lapping members of the opposing team during a jam. Skaters of the second position, called blockers, try to block the other team’s jammer from passing them. The third position is the pivot, who sets the pace for the blockers and acts as their leader.
On Nov. 8, 2008, Marcelo Lucero, 37, born in Ecuador, was murdered in Patchogue by a local teen, Jeffrey Conroy. In the wake of Lucero’s death, other Latinos came forward about being attacked and harassed by local teens, an activity their aggressors sometimes referred to casually as ‘beaner-hopping.’
In LIE, a new young adult novel written by Caroline Bock of Old Bethpage, while the situation is fictional, in the wake of a brutal attack that ends with a young man dead, the characters grapple with the same question that many Long Islanders asked in the wake of Lucero’s fatal stabbing: How did people just let this happen? How could this happen here?
The challenges and solutions of “Aging in Place” were two main aspects of the Town of North Hempstead, Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ collaborative conference and expo at Hofstra’s Student Center on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Lawrence Levy, Hofstra University’s executive dean at Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies, said that suburban life in Nassau County is no longer akin to that of previous generations.
With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the several monthlong saga of potentially redistricting Nassau County in time for the November elections, as proposed by the Republican majority that controls the county legislature, came to an end at the New York State Court of Appeals. The court, composed of four Republicans and three Democrats, overruled the Second Judicial Department Appellate Panel’s Aug. 11 decision (3-2), which had upheld the Republican-drawn plan for new legislative districts.
The full text of the Court of Appeals ruling enumerated that the court agreed with Democratic legislators that section 112 of the County Charter – the linchpin to the Republican redistricting plan’s alleged legitimacy – could not legally be adhered to without heeding the latter sections of the charter as well.
Before they graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in 2008, the trio of Jason Bader, Jason Blackman and Brett Meiselas accomplished something impressive: they convinced their teachers to let them hand in movies in lieu of traditional school assignments. Not only that, but the aspiring filmmakers garnered a reputation for quality at the same time; according to Meiselas, 60-70 people would show up at the end-of-year project presentations just to see the team’s newest film.
On Aug. 11, continuing the trend, approximately 250 people packed the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library to see the group’s newest project, the first episode of the sketch comedy show The Inside Kids, but the team has racked up more impressive numbers yet; on the Internet, the opening clip from The Inside Kids, “Silence Your Cell Phones” now has over 40,000 views.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto invites all residents, their families and friends to attend the town’s 9-11 Memorial Ceremony to honor the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001. The Town of Oyster Bay 9-11 Memorial Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at Tobay Beach.
“The Town’s September 11 memorial is situated on the bayside of Tobay Beach, where there is a direct line of sight to where the Twin Towers once stood,” Supervisor Venditto said. “It provides a serene and peaceful surrounding, making it a fitting backdrop for a place of remembrance.”
1975 Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School graduate David Peikon has made major strides in the art world: not only has he sold over 400 paintings, which hang in private and corporate collections all over the world, but his upcoming show, “15 Years to Life: the Education of a Painter,” will feature his work displayed at the beautiful Old Westbury Gardens on the weekend of Sept. 17 and 18. Not too shabby for a painter who never went to art school.
Peikon, who grew up in Plainview right behind the Morton Village Shopping Center, credits high school art teacher Philip Greenberg with giving him the strong artistic foundation that laid way for his career, decades later, as a self-taught artist. He knew he wanted to be an artist from the age of 14, after seeing a gallery show featuring the work of famed landscape artist Neil Welliver. However, his parents weren’t terribly keen on the long-term prospects of painting as a career.
On Wednesday, Aug. 10, up to 40 protestors from MoveOn.org gathered by Rep. Peter King’s office in Massapequa to protest his recent support for legislation that raised the nation’s debt ceiling.
“We have a simple message: we need jobs, not budget cuts,” said Bob McKee, a local MoveOn.org member. “We’re here today to say ‘enough is enough’ and demand that Representative King stop his assault on the American Dream. It is far past time that Washington end the tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy and use that money to revitalize our community and create good jobs that we so desperately need.”
Every hockey fan likes to think their favorite team is special, but the New York Islanders can boast one thing that no other team in the NHL has: the Ice Girls, a dedicated team of skaters who present the Islanders’ flag at every game. On Saturday, Aug. 6, 24 female skaters headed to Iceworks Syosset on Underhill Boulevard to try out for one of only 10 spots on the 2011-2012 Ice Girls team.
With the exception of one lockout season (2004-2005), the Ice Girls have been part of the show at Islanders’ games since the 2001-2002 season. In addition to presenting the Islanders flag at every game, Ice Girls keep the ice clean during games, and perform an additional routine when the team wins. The girls must be over 18 with strong skating skills, capable of skating backwards as well as doing lunges, spirals, t-stops and power crossovers.
By district standards, the agenda at the Monday, Aug. 8, Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education Meeting was fairly light, but the recently received results of the New York State Grades 3-8 Assessment gave the board plenty of weighty material to discuss. While board members debated the merit of the additions made to the tests in the past year, bigger questions about the value of testing as an educational tool in general may have been lurking in the background.
The meeting began with a moment of silence for the Navy SEALS recently lost in Afghanistan. Board President Gary Bettan then announced that there will be three workshop-format board meetings coming up on the following topics: Academic Standards on Oct. 17, School Climate on Dec. 5, and Financial Issues on Jan. 23. There will be no public participation at these workshops, but residents are encouraged to provide feedback during public participation at the following board meeting in each case.
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