Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), an organization based in Old Bethpage, strives to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. On Wednesday, June 27, FREE joined forces with Heart Gallery NYC for a special day to help foster children find homes while mentoring differently-abled people involved in FREE’s services.
At the event, members of FREE’s photo club had a rare opportunity to be mentored and critiqued by professional photographers. All photographers volunteer for Heart Gallery, a unique organization that takes professional portraits of children in need of families and a place to call home. The members of FREE’s photo club took portraits of these children alongside Heart Gallery’s experts for their own photography portfolios.
On Thursday, June 28 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Plainview Fire Department dispatcher received a very unusual type rescue call from a home owner on Elmwood Court in Plainview. The caller stated that his exotic bird had flown the coop and was stuck it a tree in front of his house, going on to ask if there was anything the fire department could do. Firefighters were surprised: they’d fielded calls for cats stuck in trees, but never before a bird.
“I found this to be a constant discussion; no matter what forum, no matter where on Long Island,” said Butts, who serves on both the board of the Long Island Association and as a member of the Long Island Regional Economic Development. High school students aren’t achieving at the level in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math) that may be necessary to prepare them for the careers of the future, and Butts and members of the college’s council feel something must be done about it. Their proposed solution, and the subject of the Monday, June 25 open forum at the student union on campus, is to open a new STEM-focused charter school, slated to open as soon as the fall of 2013.
However, at least for Nassau residents, there’s one small problem with this system: when you try to get a hot title from the Nassau Digital Doorway, the system that all county libraries participate in, there may be 200 people in line in front of you. It may not be the hot title anymore if you have to wait several months to read it.
The Monday, June 18 meeting opened with a performance of God Bless America by the B-Sharps, the district’s all male a capella group, who went on to perform other songs in their polished, barbershop quartet style. Following the vocal group, the full cast of the high school’s recent production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying took to the stage to perform a medley of numbers from the show.
The problem is that while people in need may be saving a cool $450 billion on nursing expenses, there is always a toll to be paid, and in this instance it is the caregivers themselves who invariably pay it. Caregivers often become so busy caring for their relatives that they lack the time to care for themselves, often to the point where their own health is negatively affected. No one thinks that people should stop caring for people they love, but after a while, one has to ask: Who cares for the caregiver?
Most libraries have some kind of summer reading program for children, but the program at POB is special for several reasons. First of all, the staff at the library’s Family Center is given a lot of freedom to change and improve the program, making it a unique entity compared to others throughout New York. For example, instead of adopting this year’s statewide theme, “Dream Big READ,” the staff decided to adopt a more current “Read For The Gold” theme, based on the 2012 Olympics. In addition to making the program stand out from other cookie-cutter programs, library director Gretchen Browne says the little boys especially respond well to the Olympic theme.
As per usual, there was a lot on the agenda at the Monday, June 4 meeting of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Board of Education, however the most notable for those following the ongoing saga of the proposed Fern Place School parking lot over the past few weeks was the board’s decision to hold off on building the $80,000 lot in light of extensive community opposition.
Superintendent Gerard Dempsey reported that he and buildings and grounds director Kim Parahus had recently met with fifteen different families from the neighborhood around Fern Place to discuss concerns about building a second parking lot. Though not all residents agreed, many said that parking on the street in front of their homes was not as extensive as it had been in the past, and they did not feel the additional parking lot was necessary.
In 2011, New York State eliminated all funding for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged and Nassau County returned for the second year to help preserve and maintain the games.
“The young student athletes who are able to participate in the weekend of events are truly inspirational to watch,” County Executive Ed Mangano said. “As you see them cross the finish line, you see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy in their eyes. For one weekend, they get to compete with their friends from across New York State, share their stories and continue to build long-lasting friendships.”
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