A judge recently issued a 30-day temporary restraining order against the MTA, regarding cuts to its Able-Ride program and told disability advocacy groups to raise an $80,000 bond to help pay for the service, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs.
Several disability advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the MTA after Able-Ride users were informed of cuts to the program, expected to take place on April 12. On April 9, US District Court Judge Joanna Seybert issued a two-week restraining order on the cuts and asked the MTA and groups to discuss options for those affected.
While there can be advantages to moving into assisted living facilities, for many senior citizens, staying in the homes where they’ve lived for years- and sometimes decades- is the preferred course of action. However, it’s not always so easy; the rigors of everyday problems like keeping up with food shopping, health appointments, and arranging transportation, can be difficult for some. For others, the everyday chores may not present major problems, but the sense of community that has been lost- perhaps, after many family and friends have left the area- can take some of the pleasure out of staying in an otherwise well-loved home. Fortunately NORC, or Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, provides a plethora of services intended to make staying in the home both feasible and enjoyable for area senior citizens. In that spirit, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Neighborhood NORCS, a program of the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center, held its first annual “NORCWALK” on Sunday, April 25.
I-Con, the largest sci-fi convention in the Northeast, dedicates a large part of its programming to videogame fans, so it makes sense that its largest sponsor this year was a videogame merchant; however, GameStop was nowhere to be found. Instead, Play N Trade made its presence known, with representatives from various Long Island stores working hard to win over the crowd.
GameStop, the juggernaut of gaming retail, dominates the scene and has bought out major competitors like EB Games. But unlike its publicly owned counterpart, Play N Trade is a private franchise that prides itself on localization.
The Lions are an international organization with clubs all over the world. They are known as the “Knights of the Blind” and their aim is to help those in the community who are less fortunate. The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Club members are proud of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island for corneal research, transplants and transports. They host a summer camp for children with diabetes. Their Empire Speech and Hearing summer program hosts children with developmental disabilities from all communities. The Plainview Bethpage Lions Club distributes over 100 baskets of food for Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas to help needy families enjoy the holidays. We also give two high school scholarships.
C.P. Siebenhuer of Plainview, author of the children’s book But What if I Don’t Understand?, available from Tate Publishing & Enterprises, will donate half of the profits from the sale of her book to the Arthritis Foundation. For Siebenhuer, a first-time author and mother of two who wasn’t seeking a career in fiction, but submitted her story for publication at the request of her daughter, the motivation is personal:
For many senior citizens, selling the house and moving to an assisted living facility can be a good choice; however, it can be a lot of work. In addition to getting the property ready for the market and all of the smaller tasks that effort entails, there is often a vast quantity of possessions to be inventoried, all of which present their own questions: what should be packed, given away, donated to charity, sold at auction, or just plain thrown out? Furthermore, even the most well-meaning family members may not have the time or patience available to help their parents and grandparents though every step of a difficult move. Fortunately, Rosemarie Davidson's Caring Transitions aims to be the next-best thing; the new Old Bethpage branch of the Caring Transitions franchise aims to provide a variety of services to senior citizens with an unusually sensitive, personal touch.
Calling underage drinking a serious issue would be a gross understatement; in addition to serving as a causal factor for a host of debilitating and potentially deadly conditions, underage drinking costs residents of New York state billions of dollars in medical costs and lost work hours.
Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services Inc. recently presented a special program entitled “Underage Drinking in Our Community,” to educate more people about the true risks that underage drinking presents. While parents and teachers do make some effort to discourage teens from drinking, from the information provided at the meeting, not nearly enough is being done.
On Sunday, April 25, students and seniors in Plainview-Old Bethpage will participate in the first NORCWALK, an intergenerational event to benefit seniors in the community. Students will select a senior to partner with and they will spend some time getting to know each other in the weeks before the event. This event will promote intergenerational communication, enhance the student’s understanding of the life history of the senior and the challenges they face, raise awareness of POB Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) raise funds so that this vital program can continue to help area seniors remain in their homes and live independently. The walk will start at 9 a.m. at POB Middle School.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with members of the Town Board, honored eight extraordinary recipients at the 12th annual Town of Oyster Bay “Women of Distinction” Awards Ceremony, held at Town Hall March 23. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of women who either live or work in the Town.
“The ‘Women of Distinction’ Program has certainly proven to be a memorable tradition, honoring women who stand as role models for the younger generation in the Town of Oyster Bay,” Supervisor Venditto said. “These women are a shining example of the outstanding citizenship that has made the Town of Oyster Bay such a special place to live and raise a family.”
The 2010 Census is under way and those working on it urge residents to return their forms as soon as possible. The bureau hopes to receive as many back in the mail as possible prior to April 12. For those who do not mail back the form, a Census enumerator will begin knocking on doors after to record the information personally.
Those working on the Census stress its importance as the number of residents in a community can determine the amount of governmental aid a community will receive as well determine a community’s need when it comes to factors such as transportation and medical facilities. According to the Census Bureau, Census data “helps to determine how more than $400 billion of federal funding is spent on infrastructure and services.” In addition, the data will be used to redraw Congressional districts.
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