The Monday, Nov. 22 Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education meeting featured the first recognition ceremony of the school year. Before regular school board business, 170 students received awards from the district in academics, art, music and athletics, while many faculty members were recognized for their contributions as well.
In addition to the regular awards, Superintendent Gerard Dempsey Jr. recognized Rochelle Morgan from the Art Department, who performed CPR on a child who had stopped breathing in class, possibly saving his life; the student has since returned to school in good health.
There are many people who enjoy reading, but only a few who devour stacks of books with a speed and passion that simply beguiles their friends and family. Roberta Kaufman was one of those special readers. Scott Kaufman, her son, remembered his mother’s voracious appetite for literature. “She would go through these books, I mean, quicker than anything- I didn’t believe that she was reading them! But in fact, she did,” said Scott. Now, with the installation of the Roberta S. Kaufman Reading Room at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, made possible by a donation by the Kaufman family, serious bookworms in the community have a destination to call their own.
With the county’s fiscal woes dominating the headlines, it’s hard to be optimistic about Nassau’s future. However, the tone of the Nassau County Planning Commission Public Hearing on the draft of the 2010 Master Plan, which makes policy recommendations to attempt to guide the county towards economic growth and prosperity, was hopeful. In fact, most of the speakers at the Thursday, Nov. 18 hearing spoke in praise of the plan, with few, if any, caveats.
There is simply no better way for local runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday season than by being part of the fun at the Ho Ho Ho Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 18, athletes from Plainview-Old Bethpage, Woodbury, Syosset, Jericho and surrounding communities are invited to celebrate the 23rd annual edition of this event at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage.
The magazine Library Journal, the primary trade publication for libraries in the United States, recently conducted their annual survey of “star” libraries. This year, they surveyed 7,407 public libraries and identified 258 “stars,” or libraries that received three or more stars in the rankings. This is the third time the index, created by Ray Lyons and Keith Curry Lance, has awarded the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library a five-star rating since the start of the program in 2008; in other words, the Plainview-Old Bethpage library has received five stars from the survey since its inception.
While one of the main items on the agenda at the Monday, Nov. 1 meeting of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education was a vote on the Board Goals for the 2010/2011 school year- a topic the board had discussed and debated for several weeks- the main topic of the evening was something beyond the board’s control entirely; the shifting of property tax refund responsibility from Nassau County to school districts and municipalities, an idea which became reality when the Nassau County Legislature passed its 2011 budget.
The 7th State Senate District ballot recount and absentee ballot count began earlier this week. The counts are reportedly going to conclude sometime Friday. While Mineola Mayor Jack Martins has already claimed victory, Democrats feel the race for incumbent Sen. Craig Johnson’s seat is a race far from over.
The Nassau County Legislature continued a hearing on County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s 2011 proposed budget that went on all day Friday, Oct. 29, and late into Saturday night, eventually passing the $2.6 billion plan along party lines with Halloween approaching and opposing lawmakers accusing that the budget’s “no tax increase” label was just a costume.
A 144-acre piece of property, located between Round Swamp Road and Old Country Road in Plainview, has been back in the news lately after a brief absence. Faced with a groundswell of community opposition, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang withdrew his application to rezone the property for an ambitious mixed-use development called “Old Plainview” in 2007, stating that he did not wish to create discord in the community with the controversial plan. Now, in a partnership with The Beechwood Organization, a Jericho-based developer of residential property, the plan may live again- or is it a different plan altogether? With little confirmed information available at this early stage of the project, it’s hard to say.
Who won last Monday night’s first and only New York gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University? The answer may not be measured in a simple set of poll numbers, but rather in the comedic talents of a zany band of fringe candidates who towed the line between jabs and a few well-rehearsed punch lines.
News 12 hosted the 90-minute debate, which offered the seven gubernatorial candidates a chance to answer questions posed by News 12 anchor Doug Geed, Newsday columnist Joye Brown and the public. Despite a much-anticipated showdown between Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino, the two rivals remained cool while discussing solutions to the state’s most dire issues.
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