In conjunction with National Stop on Red Week (Aug. 2–8), Nassau County this week launched Phase I of its red light camera program. In April, Governor David Paterson signed the state legislature’s red light camera bill into law and authorized the installation of up to 50 cameras at various intersections. On Aug. 6 at 12:01 a.m. the first of three were activated.
United States Post Service (USPS) employees have always had to guard themselves against the threat of a dog bite, something very common in their profession. Although the USPS asks dog owners to be responsible and help protect their workers as well as others, accidents do happen.
Based on statistics provided by the USPS, last year Long Island had 40 dog bites.
Dr. Edward Metzendorf, principal of Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, has retired after 24 years of service to the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District. Dr. Metzendorf is revered by his colleagues, providing structure and stability to the Middle School.
After 31 years of service to the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, its children and community, Dr. Gloria Bennardo has retired. The Principal of Old Bethpage has concluded her service with the school district.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to work for the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District,” said Dr. Bennardo. “My experiences at Old Bethpage Elementary School and within the district have provided me with wonderful memories. Working with children has been a delight and I learned something new every day.”
Now that the government consolidation bill has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has set up a website with instructions for citizens on how to go about dissolving or consolidating governments. The website, reformnygov.com, includes the method by which citizens of a government can dissolve that government through a petition and referendum vote. The site even contains sample petitions that can be downloaded.
In an effort to remain connected to his constituents, Congressman Steve Israel, who has been spending most of his time in Washington D.C. after admitting this has been a very busy month, conducted his first telephone town hall meeting, which was geared toward those over 55 years of age.
Residents had the opportunity to dial in and listen to Congressman Israel discuss broad topics such as the new healthcare plan that was released by house Democrats Tuesday night, and local issues on how this plan will impact his constituents. Residents had the opportunity to interact with Israel as well as William Stoner, associate state director AARP, who was also available to answer questions.
The new Long Island Artifacts Museum at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School opened recently. The museum, created by Nick Ventimiglia, a social studies teacher at the school, was made possible by a grant from the Long Island Index for the development of a program that engages Long Island students in learning more about the region. The museum will be utilized by students in the Plainview-Old Bethpage district and will be available, by appointment, to school groups from other districts.
Ventimiglia was inspired to create the museum after taking classes from local historian Beverly Tyler and believes that the museum’s exhibits will be an excellent supplement to the new course he has created called, “Long Island’s History Through its Economics”, and a great project for JFK’s students.
The MTA hasn’t exactly earned the trust of the public lately with its recent fair increases and a state bailout plan that includes a payroll tax to help fund the agency’s budget. The distrust of the MTA has also found its way to the state legislature as Republican lawmakers in the Assembly are planning on introducing legislation to create more oversight of the MTA.
“The commuters and residents have really had it with the MTA. The fare increases, the payroll tax and cutting of customer service are truly disgraceful. This oversight board will bring accountability to the people,” said Republican Assemblyman Tom Alfano.
Lara Fourman has been named Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School Valedictorian. With an average of 103, this student exemplifies hard work, perseverance and dedication to her studies and extra-curricular activities. Lara has obtained a number of Excellence Awards over the course of her studies at Plainview-Old Bethpage High School. She has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, The Hawk Eye, in addition to serving as Science Olympiad President and Mathletes President. Lara’s talents extend further, serving as a flutist for the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band as well as participating in NYSSMA. She has been named a Regional Finalist in the Siemens Competition in math, science and technology for both her junior and senior year. Lara Fourman will be attending Yale in the fall.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto announced that the 2009 “Music Under the Stars” concert series will kick off on Monday, July 6, with a performance by Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pops of Long Island with a program entitled “Best of the Pops.” The show will be held at Ellsworth W. Allen Town Park, Motor Avenue, Farmingdale, beginning at 8 p.m.
“Everyone who has had the pleasure of watching director/conductor Dean Karahalis is well aware of his vivacious style,” Venditto stated. “Instead of fans simply watching a show, Mr. Karahalis and the Concert Pops encase audiences in the music. This performance will feature tunes from Broadway, pops, Hollywood and more played by some of the finest musicians in our area.”
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