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Bethpage Time Travels To the 1800s

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Residents enjoy horse-pulled wagons, Irish step dance music in re-imagined 19th century town

The First Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration was held at Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Saturday, March 10.  Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano hosted the event, which featured Donny Golden Irish Step Dancers, music by the Celtic rock band Finn’s Fury, horse wagon rides around the restoration and a variety of Irish themed goods, food and entertainment.

Mangano was joined by his wife Lisa Mangano, and Commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, Carnell T. Foskey.


Casino Royale Night at Temple Beth Elohim

Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Casino Royale gained literary notoriety in 1953 when the novel introduced the world to James Bond.  On Saturday evening, March 31 at 7 p.m. at 926 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, Temple Beth Elohim is creating a modern day Casino Royale fundraiser that will include casino tables, blackjack, roulette, craps, slot machines and Texas Hold’em. In addition to the colorful casino ambience there will be a silent auction including wonderful vacation packages, sports tickets and goods and services from around the community and beyond.


County Legislature Approves New Police Precinct Plan

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

First, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Precincts to be downsized as negotiations continue

Valley Stream resident Milagros Vincente clutched her daughter as the Nassau County Legislature voted 10-9 to realign four of its eight police precincts on Monday, March 5. She echoed sentiments of dozens of residents, business owners and police in attendance that opposed the plan from its inception.

The plan will alter the First, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Precincts. The county has been trying to erase a $310 million deficit in 2012 and touted this plan as a step in the direction of eliminating it. In 2011, the deficit totaled $145 million.


Plainview School Board Discusses Technological Initiatives

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

Details on department-by-department budget numbers combed

After being presented with an overview of the first draft of the 2012-2013 school budget on Feb. 27, members of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education began going through the numbers, department-by-department, at the latest meeting on Monday, March 5. In general, while most departments covered thus far are projected to see only small increases or reductions from last year, the intention to provide students with access to new technologies accounts for modest increases in some areas.

During the usual slate of announcements, Assistant Superintendent Ryan Ruf acknowledged that Kim Parahus, director of School Facilities and Operations (Buildings and Grounds) was recently named a VIP Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). Parahus later provided information on the Buildings and Grounds budget for next year, as well as planned capital projects, in great detail.


POB Presents First Draft of 2012-2013 Budget

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

First look shows no cut in instructional programs

On Monday, Feb. 27, members of the Plainview-Old Bethpage (POB) Board of Education got their first look at the proposed 2012-2013 school budget. With a total figure of $137,018,011, the proposal calls for a 2.1 percent increase over last year’s budget, while maintaining all instructional programs. While the board expressed approval with the budget so far, members discussed several concerns with the purchasing of certain instructional materials—concerns that may end up affecting the final budget that residents will vote on this May.


NCPD Precinct Closure Plan Vote Postponed

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

Negotiations to close four station houses continue between County Executive and PBA

No vote was taken on Monday, Feb. 27, on the plan to close four Nassau County police precincts and convert them into Community Policing Centers.

The Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority had hoped for such a vote, one that would close the First and Fifth and Sixth and Eighth precincts. However, according to a spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa), County Executive Edward P. Mangano asked the legislature to delay the vote for at least a week, while his office remains in negotiations over unspecified issues with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA).


Breathing Easy: The Gary Klausner Story

Written by Rick Karas Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Plainview resident going strong 13 years after double lung transplant

 On the surface, Gary Klausner lives the typical life of a Plainview resident. A wife, two kids. Works in sales. It is what’s beneath the surface, however, that truly tells his story.

Gary is 47 years old, and has only had his lungs for 13. He is a double lung transplant recipient, the result of his battle with cystic fibrosis. When he was first diagnosed, life expectancy for those afflicted was 16 years. Now it is 35.

Gary almost became a statistic. Now, he is a survivor.


POBJFK Celebrates WPOB 40th Anniversary

Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Larry “The Duck” attends celebration

WPOB 88.5 FM, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy (POBJFK) High School’s radio station, celebrated 40 years of broadcasting as one of only four high school radio stations on Long Island on Friday, Feb. 10. The anniversary celebration included several well-known speakers in the broadcasting field, many of whom had begun their careers at WPOB.

Past, current, and future broadcasters gathered together at the school’s auditorium with over 400 POBJFK High School students to pay tribute to the groundbreaking and distinguished radio program that has given students a head start in the broadcasting industry for generations.


Nassau Legislators Hold Packed Debate on Precinct Closings

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Legislators discuss public safety issues

An overflow audience packed into the Nassau County Legislative chambers on Monday, Feb.13 as that body held a public hearing on a proposal to close four police precincts in the county and transform them into community policing centers.

The hearing focused on public safety issues. It featured a long presentation by Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale who maintained that the plan would not compromise public safety, while noting that certain usages of advanced technologies have helped to reduce crime in the county.

Dale said the consolidation would result in a “more effective and efficient” police department, while also addressing the county’s budget situation. The precincts in question are the First, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Precincts.


Globetrotter Spreads C.H.E.E.R. To Local Students

Written by Rick Karas Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Player entertains crowd at Old Bethpage Elementary School

They’ve been entertaining crowds around the world for 86 years, dazzling millions with their unique style of basketball, sending folks home with smiles on their faces (unless you’re a Washington Generals’ fan). The Harlem Globetrotters are back in town, getting ready to play a couple games at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday, Feb. 19. Well, not games really, more like performances, with shows slated for 1 and 5 p.m.

Before taking the court with his teammates, one Globetrotter paid a visit to students at Old Bethpage Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb 15. ‘Slick’ Willie Shaw stopped by, happy that the Globetrotter tour has brought him close to home.

“I haven’t had a chance to perform in New York in a couple years, “the 29-year old Bronx native and St. John’s grad said. “It’s good to play in front of my people.”


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