The year 2012 is still in its infancy, but an issue that dates back years in New York State and other states, is dominating its first steps into the New Year. Local municipalities and school districts will work to get under the inaugural 2 percent property tax cap that was enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo in June.
La Marmite in Williston Park went from a fine dining restaurant to debating ground on Jan. 10. The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) and the State Comptroller’s Office hammered out the issues and implications on the property tax cap and its affect on municipalities.
The tax cap limits the increase in property taxes each year for school districts and local governments to 2 percent, or the rate of inflation. New York City is exempt from the tax cap.
From fire bombings to menorah desecrations to racist and anti-Semitic graffiti, an unsettling wave of intolerance has been spreading throughout the greater area. Local community and clergy leaders felt it was time to address the situation this week, meeting on Martin Luther King Day at Saint Boniface Church in Sea Cliff.
Mayor Bruce Kennedy of Sea Cliff called the forum together, after a rash of swastikas and other graffiti started turning up throughout his village recently. He was joined by State Senator Carl Marcellino, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Glen Cove City Councilman Anthony Jimenez, as well as rabbis, priests and ministers from throughout the area.
While Kennedy believes that “ignorant and confused youth” rather than “neo-Nazis,” are actually the problem in his area, he made it clear that “prejudice is not a prank.”
The Plainview Old Bethpage JFK HS Competitive Cheering team competed in their first LICCA cheer competition in many years. The rookie competition, hosted by Sachem North, was held on December 11, 2011. Despite three injuries the week of the competition, one occurring on Saturday, the day before the competition, the team performed a relatively flawless routine and took first place. The competitive cheer team is comprised of cheerleaders from the Varsity and JV cheer squads. The team competed against six other teams that afternoon.
Twenty years ago, Able Newspaper’s publisher Angela Miele Melledy wondered if there would be enough content about people with disabilities to fill a monthly newspaper. Today, she wonders how she will fit it all. Two hundred and forty issues later, Able Newspaper, based in Old Bethpage, is written for, by and about people with disabilities, is being called “my bible” by people with disabilities.”
Able Newspaper enables people with disabilities to read about people facing the same issues they are and see the possibilities that are out there. It features all the news that pertains to people with disabilities, including a calendar of events, columns written by various experts and a variety of informative articles and is printed in a larger type format for those with visual impairments.
With temperatures dropping and as a result of a bruising economy, the demand for warm coats for those in need is greater than ever. In an effort to get as many children as possible the proper winter apparel, the Town of Hempstead has partnered with Kids Helping Kids, by Kids Way, Inc., a local nonprofit organization located in Old Bethpage with various local social service groups that assist the needy.
“I’m delighted that the Town of Hempstead was able to facilitate an association between this wonderful organization and local groups that can distribute a vast quantity of warm apparel to those who truly need it,” stated Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “With the chronically depressed economy taking its toll on families, the importance of getting warm coats to families is more important than ever.”
The Concerned Citizens were very active in 2011 on behalf of the community.
The organization was very humbled to see eight years of planning come to fruition with the ground-breaking Ceremony in May for the Plainview 9-11 Memorial Garden and World Trade Center Artifact.
Shortly after, in July, the organization held a very well-attended dedication with their partners the Town of Oyster Bay who constructed the Memorial Park. The ceremony was befitting the honor that the Port Authority of NY and NJ bestowed on the Plainview-Old Bethpage community in selecting the Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community as a recipient of a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center. The Plainview Fire Department, representatives from the 2nd and 8th precincts, the water district, school board members, local, county and state representatives were there to share in this special day which was sponsored by the Concerned Citizens.
Conor Shelly reprised his Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5K win, Stefanie Braun reprised her Marcum Workplace Challenge win in the Women’s Division and Peter Hawkins completed still another wheelchair win, as beautiful skies and brisk temperatures greeted the competitors in the 24th Annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday 5 Kilometer Run on Dec. 17. A total of 1238 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes navigated the streets of Bethpage before crossing the finish line at the John F. Kennedy Middle School (the record number finishers for this event was 1256 in 2001.)
Highlighting the run from a local standpoint were the awards won by local runners: Shari Klarfeld of Plainview (second woman overall, first woman 30-34 age group), Beth Alizzi of Syosset (third woman, 20-24 age group), Thomas Brouillard of Woodbury (first, 20-24), Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury (third, 20-24 Age Group), Connie Sehlmeyer of Syosset (third woman, 65-69 age group), Bert Jablon of Syosset (second, 80-84 age group.)
The Mid-Island Y JCC Outdoor Nature Explorium earned the national designation of a certified Nature Explore Classroom from the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.
The national certification places Mid-Island Y JCC in a growing network of organizations that have created effective outdoor learning environments for children. This network allows for idea-sharing, peer support, and continuous learning and development. The first Nature Explore Classroom is located in the Tree Adventure attraction at Arbor Day Farm, the Arbor Day Foundation’s interactive conservation venue in Nebraska City, Neb. Nature Explore Classrooms are part of the Nature Explore program, a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Developed in response to the growing disconnect between children and nature, certified Nature Explore Classrooms are designed to help fill the void by educating young children using research-based principles for integrating nature into their daily learning.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by the History Channel at a press conference on Sunday, Dec. 18 where Dr. Libby O’Connell, History’s Chief Historian, presented Nassau County with a $25,000 grant to help preserve the historic structures at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The grant award comes from History’s “Save Our History” program, a national history education and preservation program that raises awareness and support for preserving local and national heritage.
“I am pleased and proud to welcome the History Channel to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in celebration of Long Island’s heritage. The History Channel’s grant of $25,000 will help to ensure that visitors and residents continue to enjoy this terrific facility. We look forward to working with Dr. O’Connell and the History Channel to restore the historic Doctor’s Office,” said Mangano. “This public-private partnership between Nassau County and the History Channel is a great example of how the private sector can help local governments preserve important items from our history for future generations to enjoy.”
After holding a successful clinic in 2011, The L. I. Thunderbolts Softball Club is now taking reservations for their second Winter Skills Clinic, which will take place in early 2012 at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, located at 25 Country Drive, Plainview. Geared for girls ages 7 – 12, this is a perfect way to get ready for the softball season; a limited amount of spots are available.
Session 1: Hitting will be held on Jan. 15, 22 and 29 for a cost of $65. Session 2: Pitching or Fielding will be held Feb. 5 and 12 for a cost of $55. Session 3: Hitting will be held Mar. 4, 11 and 18 for a cost of $65.
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