The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education discussed a diverse array of topics at the Monday, Dec. 6 meeting including curriculum writing, grammar, financial concerns and staff development.
As per usual, Talia, the student government representative, reported on the success of several recent high school activities: the SADD Blood Drive on Nov. 23, the NYSSMA All-State Conference in Rochester from Dec. 2-5, and the DECA Holiday Gift Fair on Dec. 4. She also apprised the board of several then-upcoming events like Choir Processional Night, which was held Dec. 13, SADD “Grim Reaper Day” on the importance of making safe decisions on Dec. 16, and “Plainview Idol” on Dec. 17.
At the Thursday, Dec. 2 meeting of the Nassau County Planning Commission, the comment period on the 2010 Nassau County Master Plan was extended from Dec. 1 to Jan. 20, 2011. A second public hearing on the plan was also scheduled for 10 a.m. on Jan. 20 in the Legislative Chamber of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building.
The 2010 Roller Derby season on Long Island came to an exciting end as the Ladies of Laceration took on the Rolling Thundercats for the title of season champions. While the Rolling Thundercats eventually prevailed, it was a competitive, exciting bout all the way through that had hundreds of fans at Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage on Saturday night, Dec. 4 cheering on their favorite “roller girls.”
(Editor’s Note: The Plainview Water District provides service to all of Plainview and Old Bethpage. The following was submitted by the candidates.)
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.
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