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POB BOE Says Goodbye To Retirees, Superintendent Dempsey

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00
While the latest meeting of the POB CSD Board of Education may have opened with song and dance, the final meeting of the year was a somber affair: the district said goodbye to many retirees, including Deputy Superintendent, Office of Human Resources Arthur Jonas and Superintendent Gerard Dempsey Jr.

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.


Caring For The One Who Cares Most

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Caring for the Caregiver at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church helps caregivers to realize they are entitled to a life of their own

Many people provide regular care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member not for any compensation, but out of love. However, while love may be priceless, the value of the time and energy these people expend is not: The National Alliance for Caregiving estimates that if all those in the United States who currently take care of their loved ones for free were to charge for their services, they would collectively be owed approximately $450 billion in wages per year. Obviously, what many caregivers provide out of the goodness of their hearts has tremendous value, in every sense of the word.

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?


POB Library Ready To Kick Off Summer Reading Season

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

This year, children are encouraged to ‘Read for the Gold’ from June 25 through Aug. 12

As the weather heats up, children’s thoughts rapidly change from vocabulary and fractions to hitting the beach, splashing around in the pool, or just whiling away some time in the shade with a fruity popsicle. It can be hard to tear their attention away from summer fun in the sun to getting some reading done, but the staff Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library are pros at it: their innovative program, which features interaction with teen role models as well as the usual events and prizes, gets kids all over the community reading throughout the summer.

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.


POB BOE Votes To Challenge July 1 APPR Deadline

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

Also decides to hold off on building Fern Place parking lot after hearing residents’ concerns

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.


Nassau County Continues Empire State Games Traditions

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

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.”


Legislators Hold Meeting On Proposed Sewer Privatization

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00
When NIFA rejected the contract between Nassau County and Morgan Stanley that would have allowed for sewer privatization, many people thought that the controversial plan to sell sewage system operation and maintenance to New Jersey-based United Water (UW) was dead in the water. Not so fast, said Legislators Judy Jacobs and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton: not only is the deal not dead, they expect the Mangano administration to present a second draft of the deal for NIFA approval shortly.

At an informational meeting held on Monday, May 21, at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, Jacobs and DeRiggi-Whitton, along with fellow Democratic Legislator Dave Denenberg, attempted to explain what they perceive to be the many failings of the Mangano administration’s proposed sewer privatization plan. So far, NIFA agrees with them.


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


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