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Gillibrand, Israel Host LI Sound Roundtable

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

Legislators seek regular funding schedule to preserve Sound’s economic engine

Oyster Bay, known for its pristine water quality as a result of years of good stewardship – a great place to grow oysters and clams – was chosen as the location for a roundtable discussion on funding for the Long Island Sound. On April 13, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel hosted a Protect the Long Island Sound roundtable with local stakeholders held at the Sagamore Yacht Club. Federal funding for restoration and stewardship programs to protect Long Island Sound expired at the end of 2011. Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Representative Israel, a co-chair of the Long Island Sound Caucus, introduced legislation last month to support the restoration of Long Island Sound through 2016. The LI Sound borders New York and Connecticut, with 8 million people living on the coast and 20 million people living within 50 miles.

Local Teens Rock Out For Autism April 28

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

Long Island musicians turn passion into charity

For the fourth year in the row local teen musicians are joining forces to bring awareness to childhood autism through a musical showcase, Rock Out Autism.

“No matter what background you are, whether you have autism or not, music is something that resonates with people,” said Rafe Tangorra, member of the band Paging Grace and co-founder of Rock Out Autism.


Israel Stands With Lavine To Promote New Legislation

Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Israel points out that a veteran-owned business policy exists on the federal level and should apply on state level

On Thursday, April 5, New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine announced new legislation he is introducing in the state assembly to require 3 percent of all state contracts be procured to veteran-owned businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. While a similar policy has existed on the federal level for more than 10 years and since 2004 for service disabled veterans, New York State does not have this requirement in place while other states do. The assemblyman was prompted to author this legislation after discussing the issue with Rep. Steve Israel, who has promoted tax credits for hiring veterans and incentives for veteran-owned businesses.


Mammone Triumphs In Nationwide 10K Run For ASPIRE

Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Mammone places first for the third year in a row in 35th annual race

Chris Mammone of the Bellmore Striders scored still another convincing victory in the 35th Annual Nationwide 10K Run for ASPIRE through the streets of Plainview and Old Bethpage on April 1. ASPIRE, which stands for Adolescent Sarcoma Patient’s Intense Rehabilitation through Exercise, supports amputees and encourages them to pursue an active lifestyle. Mammone’s 31:51 finish at Plainview’s H. B. Mattlin Middle School brought him home for his third win in a row a full 2 minutes, 50 seconds in front of runner-up Boyd Carrington. Top Master was John Francisco Martinez, scoring in seventh place overall.

The irrepressible Heather Williams was the winner in the women’s division, with a 37:49 finish that completed her back-to-back wins in Kings Park and ASPIRE. Noni Accetturi outlegged Shari Klarfeld for second place honors in the women’s division, and Karen Pompay scored as the top female Master. It was Accetturi’s second straight finish as the women’s runner-up.


‘Sweeping’ Security Changes for SAT/ACT Testing

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman: Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

NCDA Rice announces test-taking overhaul

High school students: Get ready for your close-up. The SATs and ACTs now want a photo of you.

The requirement that photos be uploaded at the testing site is just one of the new security measures that will now govern SAT and ACT test-takers. In the aftermath of the arrests of 20 local students late last year, all charged with either taking SAT or ACT exams for other students or having paid someone to take the test for them, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced a “sweeping security overhaul” to prevent further cheating. DA Rice was joined by executives from the College Board and the ACT exams at a press conference on Monday, March 26, as she outlined the new rules.


POB Board of Education Adopts 2012-2013 Budget

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

New superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis introduces herself to the community

Though Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education meetings typically cover a lot of ground, they don’t tend to feature lots of tasty snacks. That changed on Monday, April 2, when new superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis was greeted not only with flowers and accolades, but also a rare mid-meeting break for refreshments and chatting so that the new administrator could introduce herself to parents and staff. While the board had their typical slate of reports to get through, as well as the important matter of adopting the 2012-2013 budget, the warm welcome for Dr. Lewis lent the whole evening a festive, celebratory air.


NIFA Mandates Nassau County Pay Freeze

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Marlin criticizes proposed sewage deal

For the second consecutive year, Nassau County workers will have their wages frozen.

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) made the announcement last week, citing a possible budget deficit this year of up to $100 million.

County Executive Edward Mangano praised the decision as a “stabilizing” force in the budget process. 


Multiple FD’s Extinguish Large House Fire

Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

The Plainview Fire Department received a call for a house fire on Brook Path on Tuesday, March 20 at 11:07 p.m. After activating the department, the dispatcher received multiple calls reporting a house fire and notified the responding chiefs. Upon arrival, Engine 9503 found heavy fire in the rear and the corner of a single story 100-by-60 private dwelling.

Firefighters encountered two main problems. First, siding on the neighboring house was melting and burning due to the radiant heat. Second, the primary electrical line to the house was beginning to detach itself from the house, creating a very hazardous condition.


Town of Oyster Bay Joins the County’s Natural Gas Contract

Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano on March 20 announced that the latest municipality to benefit from Nassau County’s low-cost natural gas contract is the Town of Oyster Bay, which expects to generate significant savings on the natural gas it uses to heat several of its facilities and, soon, to power its sanitation fleet.

“This is another home run for county-wide taxpayer savings,” Mangano said. “We’re working hard on collaborative initiatives like this one which helps residents of other municipalities, because in the end it benefits all county residents.”



Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis, With Additional Reporting By The Anton Newspapers Editors: Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Dangerous beef filler might be in our kids’ school cafeterias

An Anton Newspapers investigation into a national story that impacts our local schools

Have you ever wondered what’s in that hamburger patty they are serving up in your child’s school? You may be surprised to learn that it might not be pure beef, but meat with filler known as “pink slime.”

Consumer food activists and high-profile chefs have been campaigning against the use of this product often found in fast food, and McDonalds, Taco Bell and Burger King have now all discontinued using pink slime. However, this year the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has plans to purchase millions of pounds of the “Lean Finely Textured Beef” (aka pink slime) for the National School Lunch Program. This cost-cutting measure once used for prisoners is now being used for school lunches around the country.


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