Amidst blooming flowers, warm sunshine, festive music and a community of friends, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce dedicated the opening of Serenity Garden on June 8.
Close to 140 people attended the ceremonies, which celebrated the transformation of a once overgrown, garbage-filled lot at the corner of Old Country Road and Central Park Road in Plainview into an oasis of flowers, shrubbery, ornaments, whimsy and memories. Landscaped gardens, a beautiful pergola and dedicated brick paths line Serenity Garden. Plainview’s “Horse of a Different Color”, wearing sneakers, stands guard over Serenity Garden and beckons residents to come and visit.
While many topics were covered at the June 21 Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Board of Education meeting, the hot topic of the night- and the subject that compelled several parents to speak their minds during the public participation segment- was Project Challenge, the district’s program for gifted children. Both board members and parents expressed concern that the now half-day program for third and fourth graders- down from a full day in previous years- does not provide enough enrichment for gifted children.
On Saturday, May 29, Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services had 419 runners at the 18th Annual 5K Runday. This was their largest field ever, surpassing the previous 17 years.
The event raised $29,286 in unrestricted funds to surpass its goal of $25,000. The funds raised will benefit the many services that Central Nassau provides throughout Nassau and Suffolk including counseling, outpatient chemical dependency services, personalized recovery oriented services, case management, and residential programs.
On Friday, June 11, Senator Kemp Hannon led a roundtable discussion regarding the effects and tactics of cyber-bullying at H.B. Mattlin Middle School with a student-only panel. Hannon has introduced legislation (S7158) which prohibits bullying and cyber-bullying on school property, establishes a statewide central registry for bullying, cyber-bullying and hazing complaints, and increases the penalties for acts related to hazing.
A Syosset man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Endangerment on Wednesday, June 9 after taking a joyride in Plainview at 110 miles an hour.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, at approximately 3 a.m., an officer from the Highway Patrol Bureau was monitoring westbound traffic on the Long Island Expressway at exit 46 when he observed a grey 2005 Maserati passing motorists in excess of 110 MPH in a posted 55MPH zone.
At the Monday, June 7 meeting of the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Board of Education, there were a lot of weighty issues on the table and plenty of strong opinions to be heard, both from the board and members of the community. Items of discussion included Race to the Top (the controversial educational incentive program introduced by the Obama administration), the use of new technology by the district to improve communication with parents, the questionable value of overseas field trips in difficult economic times, and the usual slate of resolutions. In addition, while it wasn’t on the written agenda, the subject of the departure of several coaches from the high school was broached by several members of the community, who came to speak on their coaches’ behalf.
Once a year, the sheep at Old Bethpage Village Restoration get a haircut - otherwise known as a shearing. On Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, the Restoration demonstrated old-fashioned shearing in an event called “Sheep to Shawl.”
Since her appointment by Governor Paterson to the U.S. Senate, taking the seat vacated by Hilary Rodham Clinton, followed by her winning the special election in March of 2009, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has had a lot on her plate- from issues as high profile as the economic stimulus package of 2009, to dealing with issues that are less controversial, such as the risk to infants posed by dangerous drop-side cribs. Gillibrand will be running to hold on to her seat in November.
For better or for worse, the days when going to the library was all about wandering the stacks are over. At the May 19 meeting of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library Board of Trustees, much of the discussion centered around new services and technologies that are either available at the library now, or will be in the near future.
The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC-Plainview) sponsored a hair drive to benefit the Israeli charity “Zichron Menachem” (www.zichron.org). What started as one girl growing her hair for the project quickly caught on; twelve braided ponytails were donated this week to help make wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy as part of their treatment for cancer. For several students, this was their second time donating.
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