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.”
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.
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.
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.
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).
School Budget (Proposition #1)
School Board Trustees
Amy Pierno: 1,871
Evy Rothman: 1,794
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Stefanie Nelkens: 1753
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 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?
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?
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