The Plainview Old Bethpage Public Library opened its doors on Saturday, after being closed for a week, with a new look. After entering the library and walking through the lobby, residents are now greeted with an information desk and circulation desk.
The library staff member seated at the information desk is there to help with general questions and information on programs, fax machine assistance, help with the copy machines, program registration and information about other library services and materials. The circulation desk will strictly be for transitions involving checking materials in and out.
On September 8, the Plainview Fire Department lost a very dear friend, ex-Chief Ed Ocker. He was 90 years old. Ex-Chief Ocker joined the department on January 1, 1940 and proudly served his community until his passing last Tuesday. He rose to the rank of Chief in 1949 and held that position until 1951. He was also a charter member of the 9th Battalion Chief’s Council. For 50 of his almost 70 years of service, ex-Chief Ocker gave the children of the department’s members tremendous joy as their Santa Claus at the annual Children’s Christmas Party, inheriting that task from his father Anton. Afterward, he would then go across the street to Central General Hospital where he would visit the pediatric unit to spread some holiday cheer.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library relies on the generosity of volunteers as well as employees to keep their operation running properly. The Friends of the Library, was proposed over a decade ago by a now retired library board member who wanted the Plainview Old Bethpage Public Library to reap the benefits that others did across the United States from the support of a friends group. At that time, the Library Board and staff eagerly supported the all-volunteer organization from its inception.
Currently there are over 150 members all taking advantage of the tax-deductible annual fee of $5 per person or $10 for a family membership.
Jericho resident Gina Russo recognized a dangerous situation when she saw the Wantagh Parkway Bike Path, also known as the Ellen Ferrant Bicycle Path, back in February. The 4.5 mile paved path runs from Jones Beach State Park to Cedar Creek Park along the Wantagh Parkway and is utilized by thousands of residents weekly who like to walk, jog, bike, and rollerblade.
A majority of the path has no protection from vehicles on the highway There are no barriers, trees or fencing to protect pedestrians from the oncoming traffic that passes within feet of the path.
Russo created an awareness and activist group on the social networking website Facebook entitled “Guardrail for Wantagh Parkway Bike Path.” The group, which includes over 2,300 members, is petitioning to have a guardrail placed along the path at Cedar Creek Park to separate it from the busy parkway.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs recently reminded those grandparents who are raising their grandchildren that there is a non-parent caregiver grant available through the state of New York. According to Jacobs, many people who qualify for the grant do not apply for it.
“This is a little known resource to help ease the financial burden that grandparents often experience while raising their grandchildren,” Jacobs said. “And less than 10 percent of the people that are eligible for the grants have applied. I encourage grandparents to contact the National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights now. Money should not be an obstacle when raising grandchildren.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District will open its doors for the 2009-2010 school year. In a statement from the school district they said: “We look forward to working together with the whole community to create a successful school year.
“Our schools continue to demonstrate a great deal of academic growth and improvement. For many years the district has achieved a high percentage rate of Regents diplomas and excellent passing scores in Regent exams. In addition, the district’s English Language Arts scores and mathematics scores in grades three through eight improved again in 2008-2009. On all levels our emphasis has been on increasing passing rates but also in improving the number of students achieving mastery on all exams.”
The Plainview Water District’s Board of Water Commissioners recently announced that a public budget hearing will be held on Sept. 3 at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, which is located at 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, at 8 p.m.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, located at 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, will be closed for renovations from Monday, September 14 to Friday, September 18.
Seniors Helping Seniors, a licensed organization that offers in-home services on Long Island providing care to seniors of all income levels, recently held their annual picnic at the Plainview/Old Bethpage Community Park.
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