The Young Israel of Plainview held their 42nd annual dinner recently, singling out two extraordinary couples for their years of dedication to the synagogue. Elaine and Gerry Gross were recipients of the prestigious Pillars of the Community award, while Shelley and Gary Katz were the evening’s guests of honor, the highest award bestowed by the synagogue.
Elaine Gross was involved in educating and inspiring youth for 44 years before recently retiring. Gerry, a Navy veteran, currently serves as a facilities manager at Jamaica Hospital. Elaine was vice president of Hebrew Academy of Nassau County and was a member of the Board of Education. Gerry was previously the Plainview Coordinator for the Orthodox Little League for 10 years. They have been members of the Young Israel of Plainview for 34 fruitful years.
When a school district tightens its budgetary belt, arts education is usually the first to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune.
That is why organizations like the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Plainview exist — to fill in the gaps left by cash-strapped schools.Founded in 1995, the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Plainview is a year round regional, off-Broadway theater that has produced more than 500 productions including educational and touring shows. The playhouse serves thousands of people each year with its profesional adult productions, children’s theater performances and theater education class for youngsters ages seven through 18.
A senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School is set to grace the stage with her violin talent.
Concert festival competition winner Amanda Hedgecock will be featured in Menselssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Island Chamber Sympony March 16.
Hedgecock started learning the violin at four years old using the Suzuki method at the Music Institute of Long Island, located in Manhasset. The Suzuki method instilled confidence in Hedgecock, as well as a love for music and performing.
For ages, humankind has debated the myriad intricacies of life, all the while pondering the imponderable in a desperate bid to satisfy the great questions that plague every man, woman, and child: Why are we here? What is my destiny? And how do I get that coffee stain out of my favorite dress shirt?
A former student at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School had the good sense to start a career in fashion — and now, her work is set to land on the pages of a highly influential magazine.
This year, John F. Kennedy Class of 2002 alumna Traci Krasilovsky celebrates a benchmark achievement in her career as a senior swimsuit designer for a major design corporation. Ten swimsuits from the junior private label that Krasilovsky designs for a major retail chain are being featured in the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and on the Sports Illustrated website.
From smiling to swaddling to teething to crawling to walking; there are seemingly millions of little moments in a child’s life that go by in a flash.
Parents try to capture each significant second either with the semi-permanence of a cell phone camera or the fleeting nature of a mere glimpse — but some moments call for a professional’s touch, an inviting setting and an expert’s eye.
With her comfortable studio and lens talent to spare, Plainview resident and photographer Mindy Useloff-Milano captures the ephemeral flashes of a child’s life through I Hope You Dance Photography; her own business venture that started with the inspiring smiles of her own young children.
Famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe was the topic of discussion at the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library on Feb. 20.
Members of the audience were given an in-depth look into the life and artwork of O’Keeffe through a self-made and researched lecture and slideshow by art appraiser Louise Cella Caruso.
O’Keeffe lived for 98 years. Within her lifetime, she was granted the Medal of Arts by Ronald Regan, and in 1938, she was selected as one of the 12 most outstanding women of the previous 50 years. When she passed away she was accorded the honor of a first page obituary in the New York Times.
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.
Standing at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by the Long Island STEM Hub and dozens of Long Island students who are part of the school’s engineering and robotics team, announced her education agenda to encourage more youths, especially women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), bolster engineering education programs across Long Island’s elementary, middle, and high schools and draw more STEM teachers to educate children in high-need areas.
With eight of nine of the fastest growing industries requiring math and science proficiency and women, minority, and low-income students underrepresented in STEM-related careers, Gillibrand is pushing for federal measures to close the achievement gap and bring more STEM-related programs, such as the Long Island STEM Hub’s Career Academies, to schools across Long Island. With the success of POB-JFK high school’s targeted STEM curriculum and engineering program, the Hub will be launching an additional career academy in engineering next school year.
All Music in Plainview has maintained its subterranean location for close to 30 years — a feat worth noting as the music industry tends to change faster than a thrash metal chord progression.
Multiple musical genres have come and gone since the store in the Plainview Shopping Centre first opened in 1984; New Wave gave that 80s sound to everything, hip-hop moved from the street to the studio, hair metal gave music a glossy shine, grunge cleaned up at ticket booths and the intrusion of auto-tune into the mainstream insulted the sensibilities of music lovers everywhere.
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