While most of the political discourse on Long Island this election season has focused on hot topics like cutting taxes and cleaning up government waste and corruption, 2nd District Congressman Steve Israel had a very different set of topics in mind during his Oct. 17 appearance at Jericho Jewish Center: The safety and security of the state of Israel, and decreasing the United States’ dependence on foreign oil. While not everyone present seemed to agree with Israel’s contentions, at the very least, the congressman’s focus on international politics clearly resonated with the audience in the sanctuary that evening.
While students and parents criticized school policies at the Monday, Oct. 18 Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Board of Education meeting, that didn’t stop many members of the community from coming out in support of the board for School Board Recognition Night. In fact there was even poetry and singing to be heard in honor of the board (although dancing was only threatened.)
The Plainview Water District Commissioners Joel R. Kessler, Edward I. Shulroff and Andrew N. Bader have announced plans to rehabilitate Plant Three, which is located on Orchard Street in Plainview. This reactivation will allow the district to better serve the public with clean, potable drinking water for generations to come.
Incumbents. Insurgents. Tea Party. Voter Anger. Government Dysfunction. Accountability. Election Day is just around the corner and voters want answers and action.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education covered a set of important topics at the Monday, Oct. 4 meeting, including building safety, state assessments, and, perhaps most importantly at this time, school climate.
To kick off the meeting, Talia, the student government representative, reported that Back to School Night and the senior car wash were successful. According to Talia, Homecoming will take place on Oct. 16, and twelve POB students have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, which places them in the top 5 percent of juniors who took the PSAT.
There’s no question that bullying is a hot topic in the Plainview-Old Bethpage community right now. While opinions for how to deal with ongoing problems with bullying within the school district range far and wide among students, parents and educators, most people seem to agree that something needs to be done quickly. When the POB Parents Concerned About Bullying held their first community forum on Tuesday, Sept. 28, despite windy and threatening weather, the theater at the POB Library was nearly filled to capacity.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library is now home to a handsome trophy case donated to the library by the Plainview Sports Council. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to dedicate the new case on Saturday, Sept. 25. Members of many of the area’s teams were present along with Town of Oyster Bay councilwoman Rebecca Alessia and Nassau County legislator Joseph Belesi. The sports trophy case is the result of the collaboration between the library and the Sports Council, and will feature awards earned by local teams. The trophies will be displayed on a rotating basis so that each teams’ achievements will be recognized.
David Kaufman, chairperson of the council, thanked library director Gretchen Browne and trustee Michael Polansky for the opportunity of locating the case in the library lobby, a high visibility spot in the community. “It was our pleasure to gift it to the library for future generations of children to enjoy,” Mr. Kaufman said.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Board of Education held a very different sort of meeting on Monday, Sept. 27. Not only was the format different, with a more informal discussion among the board members and no public participation segment, but the venue was different as well; due to problems with the electrical systems at Mattlin Middle School, the meeting was held at the high school instead.
At the Monday, Sept. 13 Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education meeting, many topics were covered. In addition to a robust program of reports and presentations, many parents spoke up about myriad concerns during the Public Participation segment, broadening the range of topics dealt with further.
Talia, the new representative from the POBJFK HS student government for the school year, started the meeting off on a high note by reporting on the success of the senior barbecue, and the victory of the varsity football team over a team from Herricks in the first game of the season.
Long Island Professional Educators Network (LIPEN) has been fighting the idea that schoolyard bullying is inevitable for years with the aid of “Bully Frog”, a particularly bellicose cartoon amphibian with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Over the course of the first Bully Frog children’s book, used by LIPEN as a part of an interactive anti-bullying program conducted within schools, the titular Bully Frog (actually Billy Frog) learns how to deal with other children in a more positive way, and the other children learn how to stick up for each other as well. However, is even a kid as tough as Billy Frog safe in the era of 24-hour text messaging?
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