Blankets have comforted children ever since the first knitter put needle to wool at some point along the timeline of human history.
Plainview resident Beverly Artz continues that tradition, volunteering her time to an organization that distributes handcrafted blankets to children undergoing cancer treatment.
Artz recently spent time at Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa Park, which hosts a blanket-knitting program every Wednesday, collecting blankets for the nonprofit organization, We Care Blankets.
It has been more than a decade since Debbie Wells moved to Plainview to raise her family and pursue her passion for art. This week brought Wells her latest milestone when she was elected vice chair of the Art League of Long Island’s Board of Trustees.
“I love the Art League for so many reasons,” said Wells, a graduate of Parsons School of Design and established artist. “It’s close. It’s a great place and I want to do everything I can to make it even better.”
Standing on stage at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. in late November, Lisa Matassa was wrapping up rehearsals for her part in a tribute to country music great George Jones.
She was to sing part of a medley on the Jones classic, “The Love in Your Eyes” with a few other artists when she received a special request from a noteworthy person. Nancy Jones, the late country singer’s wife, asked the Plainview resident to wrap her voice around “Walk Through This World With Me.”
A Plainview professor coached a young Farmingdale math talent all the way to a mathematical championship recently.
Farmingdale State College sophomore Javier Garcia took first place in the 2013 annual U.S. National Collegiate Mathematics Championship, part of the Mathematical Association of America’s conference, Mathfest, held in Hartfod, Conn.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Farmingdale and Levittown.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.
Elementary school students in Plainview wrapped up a home-and-home exchange with the New York Islanders after some players made an appearance on their turf.
Three of the team’s finest pro hockey stars answered questions and signed autographs for more than 150 kids between grades three and five in a Monday morning assembly at Kramer Lane Elementary School on Nov. 25. The visit came two weeks after the students’ chorus serenaded an Islanders home game under music teacher Jonathan Wibben’s direction.
The Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community held their Annual Winter Safety Forum at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library recently, and as per the norm for this passionate civic organization, security and preparedness were indeed the name of the game.
Carol Meschkow, president of the Concerned Citizens, started the group 20 years ago originally as a two-week campaign; however, it soon took on a life of its own and is still going strong today, she said.
The Plainview Jewish Center celebrated its 60th anniversary on Nov. 17 with all the flair expected for such a joyous occasion. A brunch was held following a special “Walk Down Memory Lane” held at the Temple at 95 Floral Dr. West.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs, a presenter of a county proclamation said, “This was a very moving and special tribute to a wonderful Temple which has been the source of joy and comfort to so many in the community for so many reasons. It was a pleasure to be part of this 60th Anniversary celebration.”
More than 150 people attended the event, which featured singing children singing, Shofar blowing, a video presentation and the Plainview Jewish Center leadership at its finest.
Plainview resident Dr. Steven Frierman plays mind games.
Everyday, the Hofstra University professor employs his knowledge of sports and the study of the mind to help athletes stay focused, improve their performance and avoid slumps — or scratch and claw their way out of a slump, if necessary.
“The idea of working with athletes and teach them how to use their mind is profoundly fascinating to me,” said Frierman, who has lived in Plainview for 13 years. “What motivates them to achieve their goals and what stops them and how to get them to enjoy the process.”
The late, great trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louis Armstrong, once summed up his views on music in one concise yet poignant statement:
“Hot can be cool, and cool can be hot, and each can be both. But hot or cool, man, jazz is jazz.”
You’d rarely expect to find that statement to apply to your local library, but to Mike Ficco, whose Long Island Jazz Orchestra meets at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library for weekly jam sessions, that statement is a way of life.
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