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POB Board Of Education Discusses Science Program

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00
At the Monday, May 21 meeting of the Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD Board of Education, tenure was awarded to four administrators: Jill Gierasch, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction; Suzanne Gray, principal, Old Bethpage Elementary School; John McNamara, principal, Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School; and Laurie Lynn, director of guidance. After the tenure presentation, much of the meeting was devoted to an update on various aspects of the science program from district Science, Technology and Research Chair Joyce Barry.

Barry updated the board on the capabilities of the TI-Nspire, next generation of the Texas Instruments graphing calculators, which teachers in the district recently had a chance to demo. A Plainview teacher will attend an all-expenses paid training course on the new device over the summer, at which point he will become a certified trainer for district teachers, Barry explained. The new calculators have several functions that allow them to integrate with SMARTBoards for a more dynamic learning experience.


Final Resting For 62 Unclaimed Cremains At LINC

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Spanish-American War veteran among those honored

On Saturday, May 19 the Long Island National Cemetery (LINC) became the final resting place for the ashes of 62 unclaimed veterans, along with some of the cremains of family members. Dozens of Patriot Riders, police escorts, the Shields Pipe Band, and the Joint Color Guard of Fort Hamilton escorted the hearses containing the remains from their respective funeral homes, to an assembly location off the expressway, and finally to the cemetery.

The procession passed through nearly a dozen “arches of honor,” where American flags fly high between two fire engines with ladders extended, along Wellwood Avenue in East Farmingdale, performed by many of the local fire departments.


Cappellini And Kartes-Heino Lead In Greenbelt Trail 50 Kilometer Run

Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Forty-five-year-old Norton, Massachusetts veteran ultra-marathoner Christopher Cappellini, who had scored first in the Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50K Run in 2011, scored a repeat victory in this year’s 10th annual run. Cappellini finished in 4:30:15 this year, a tad slower than his 2011 finish of 4:27:37. Forty-two-year-old Jodi Kartes-Heino, a Long Island local who had finished as the third woman in 2011 with a time of 5:46:06, vaulted to first place this year in 5:31:45.

A contingent of local finishers included Kenneth Colantuoni of Plainview (25th place, 6:31:48), Vincent Colantuoni of Syosset (33rd place, 7:13:06), and Howard Cragg of Bethpage (46th place, 9:30:52). In the accompanying 25K run, local finishers included Miriam Fein of Plainview (2:57:13) and Michael Korol of Syosset (3:18:04).


Election Results

Thursday, 17 May 2012 12:19

School Budget (Proposition #1)

Yes: 1,736
No: 848

School Board Trustees

Amy Pierno: 1,871
Evy Rothman: 1,794

Library Budget (Proposition #2)

Yes: 1,801
No: 774

Library Board of Trustees

Stefanie Nelkens: 1753


POB Students Earn Top Honors At DECA Conference

Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

John F. Kennedy High School DECA students declared finalists in national competition 

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District announced that eight John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) DECA teams were recently named finalists at the International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over 50 students from POBJFK competed at the conference, which was attended by 12,000 students and advisors from across the world.

In order to be selected for the final round of competition, students had to deliver several presentations over the course of five days. Plainview Old-Bethpage DECA was very successful, with several teams outscoring hundreds of competitors to achieve finalist recognition.


Cottage Pharmacy To Open Spa Treatment Room

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

Independently-owned Woodbury pharmacy offers new services as customer needs change

Cottage Pharmacy in Woodbury is a rarity. Independently owned and operated for 37 years, it’s a pharmacy that lacks any chain affiliation, proudly going its own way in an era when a CVS seems to crop up on every other corner. Furthermore, Cottage is not only surviving but thriving; last fall, the business saw a move to a new location in Woodbury Common that is 50 percent larger than their old store on Jericho Turnpike, leading to the expansion of several departments and the opportunity to carry many new product lines. How has the business remained so vibrant, in light of all the competition?


ACDS Prepares Students For Kindergarten And Life Beyond

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

School for children with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities celebrates new technology and facilities

We often think of kindergarten as a time for children to do little more than fill in coloring books with some friends and build castles with blocks, but the fact is, it can be tough to be a kindergartner these days. Many children experience some culture shock when they go from the relatively carefree world of pre-school (or time at home with Mom and Dad) to kindergarten, and that can lead to bouts of crying and other behavioral problems. Most children adapt, but if kindergarten can be so difficult for the average child, what problems does it present for children with disabilities?


Plainview-Old Bethpage Board Of Education Holds Annual Budget Hearing

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

Proposed Fern Place parking lot continues to dominate discussion

The Monday, May 7 meeting of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education featured a full agenda, but one item dominated much of the discussion: the proposed parking lot repairs and additional parking lot construction at The Fern Place School, expected to cost between $40,000 and $80,000. However, before addressing this controversial project, there was the non-trivial matter of the $137,263,959 2012-13 budget in its entirety to consider.



Written by Ronald Scaglia: Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

Forget dealers—new generation of addicts goes straight for the medicine cabinets

The 10th-grader selected her favorite color. It was a very simple task that she and most young people have probably done countless times before. However, this time, the stakes were never higher. She was not choosing a color for a blouse, a cell phone case or curtains for her bedroom. Instead, she was selecting a pill from a menagerie of narcotics that her peers had brought to a “pharm party” – an alarming and frightening phenomenon that’s been making a comeback among teenagers throughout Long Island.


Nassau GOP Calls Dem’s ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Illegal

Written by Rich Forestano: Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

Republicans call on DA to investigate Democrat’s demand of independent redistricting for bond approval

Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli revealed at a press conference on April 26 that he asked District Attorney Kathleen Rice to investigate if all nine Democratic county legislators engaged in criminal activity. He cited the Democrats threat of refusing to vote on bond approvals if a compromise on redistricting is not reached.

The county attorney read a Dec. 15, 2011 correspondence from Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, which was also signed by the other eight minority legislators, advising County Executive Ed Mangano that, “we cannot in good conscience consider any borrowing requests for any purpose until we arrive at a satisfactory resolution of legislative redistricting.” The county is looking to borrow up to $140 million, which requires a super majority (13 of 19) vote from the legislature.


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