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Plainview Singer Lisa Matassa Performs at Me Time Release Party

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

New Music Video For I Don’t Feel Anything Premieres at EP Release Bash

Former teen singing sensation and Plainview mother of two Lisa Matassa may often be credited with bringing the country music sound to Long Island- especially now that her EP, Me Time, will soon bring her very own “Long Island Country” style to local radio stations. However, on March 31, she brought a lot of Hollywood-style glamour to Long Island as well. The release party, which featured the premiere of the music video for the single I Don’t Feel Anything as well as a full live performance of the album by Matassa and a team of A-list musicians, brought more flash, excitement and star power to Carlyle at the Palace in Plainview than anyone- except maybe the organizers- had expected.


POB Board of Ed Wraps Up Budget Discussions

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

Approves Addition of Elementary Health Teacher and Additional Fifth-Grade Teacher to Budget, But Concerns Remain Over Adding Guidance Counselor

The evening of Monday, April 4 was an eventful one for the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District; not only did it include a Board of Education Recognition Ceremony, featuring the announcement of the 2011 Valedictorian and Salutatorian, but the board held their last major budget discussion of the season as well. The budget discussion featured many in-depth and, at times, philosophical discussions between board members about the merit of various positions, as the board made difficult decisions concerning which programs to maintain and which to cut for the following year.


Plainview-Old Bethpage School Board Discusses Anti-Bullying Policy

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

In addition to continuing their discussions on the proposed 2011-2012 budget at their March 28 meeting, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education discussed comments on the first draft of the district’s new anti-bullying policy, formed with the help of the district’s DASA (Dignity for All Students) Committee. Board members discussed issues raised by parents who had posted their comments on the school’s website, as well as their own concerns about how the fight against bullying behavior should best be conducted.


County Slashes Budget, Cuts Services and Jobs, Drops Lawsuit

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

NIFA Freezes Raises, Declares Crisis, Says Budget Still Not Balanced 

On Jan. 26 of this year, NIFA declared a control period in Nassau, assuming direct authority over the county’s budget. After that declaration, County Executive Edward P. Mangano led a legal effort to fight the takeover, which resulted in a court-ordered stay of the takeover until a 29-page legal decision from New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Diamond allowed the control period, and the county subsequently announced this week that it was dropping any further action. As a result of that decision, Mangano was forced to submit a new budget that eliminated what NIFA found to be a $176 million deficit. In order to do this without raising taxes, the county executive submitted plans to NIFA on March 22 that included major layoffs, cuts in services and pay furloughs. On March 18, the county executive requested a “wage freeze” or suspension of any pay increases to county employees. This required NIFA’s consent and would save over $10 million. 

Plainview-Old Bethpage Library Board Continues Budget Discussion

Written by Jordan Lauterbach Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

The Plainview Old Bethpage Library Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting on Monday evening in room C & D of the library. After meeting with their lawyer, Lawrence Tennenbaum, for over an hour to discuss staff performance and salary negotiation, the room was opened up to the public.


Plainview Resident Speaks in Washington About Stricter Teen Driving Laws

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

On Jan. 19, 2008, 16-year-old Brian Assa died in a car accident on Woodbury Road in Plainview. After his son’s death, Jerry Assa started the Think First Foundation, Inc. to talk to teens about taking their safety seriously, not only for their own sake, but for all those who care about them as well. However, Assa is hopeful that pending legislation may see to it that fewer teens share his son’s fate; so much so, that he said that he ended all of his talks on a recent trip to Washington D.C. with the same comment: “If this had been passed three years ago, I wouldn’t need to have the Think First Foundation today, because my son would still be alive.”


Injunction Denied – Supreme Court Allows NIFA ‘Control Period’

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Mangano Responds With Major Budget Cuts for Nassau

“I can’t get no satisfaction from the judge,” sang Chuck Berry in a lyric that may well articulate emotions around Nassau headquarters this week after an injunction County Executive Edward P. Mangano was seeking against NIFA’s takeover was denied in New York State Supreme Court and plans for major budget cuts began in order to fill what NIFA views as a deficit.

State Supreme Court Justice Arthur M. Diamond issued a 30-page decision dated March 11, 2011 in favor of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), dismissing Nassau’s efforts to prove that the control period enacted on Jan. 26 of this year was unconstitutional.


Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Ed Holds Third Budget Meeting

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Board Members Discuss Ways to Trim Transportation Costs

At the March 14 Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education Meeting, the board continued going through the proposed budget on a department-by-department basis, as they had done at the previous meeting on March 7. This time, the areas on the agenda were Athletics, Curriculum, Personnel, Board of Education/District Clerk, and Superintendent. Assistant Superintendent for Business Ryan Ruf also reported on the proposed revenue for 2011-2012. In general, while noting that they were unwilling to compromise wherever the children’s safety was concerned, board members looked for small areas of the budget where additional savings could perhaps be reaped.

POB Board of Education Holds Second Budget Meeting

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

At the March 7 Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education Meeting, the board went through the proposed budget on a department-by-department basis. In addition, Kim Parahus, the district’s Director of School Facilities and Operations II Buildings and Grounds, went through how the capital reserve fund, approved by the community in May 2010, will be spent on capital improvements throughout the district.


POB Library Board of Trustees Holds 2011 Budget Meeting

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

(Editor’s Note: Due to how the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library presents its budget, references to increases and decreases in dollar amounts refer to the difference between the proposed 2011-2012 budget and the anticipated expenditures of 2010-2011, not the 2010-2011 budget as it was originally proposed.)

The board of trustees of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library had a difficult task ahead of them on March 2: to attempt to present a “bare bones” budget that would satisfy a recession-weary public, yet still maintain the five-star service said public has come to expect.


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