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Friends of the Library Remain Active

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 18 September 2009 07:43

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.


Water District Announces No Rate Increase And No Tax Levy Increase for 2010

Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00
The Plainview Water District held its scheduled public budget hearing meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3 at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. After fielding various questions from attending community members, Commissioners Kevin Langberg, Joel Kessler and Edward Shulroff announced that the proposed budget comes with no rate increase and no change in the tax levy for the upcoming year. The district’s conservative budgeting practices and strict cost-cutting measures, limiting expenditures, have allowed the district to maintain a strong fiscal outlook.

Petitioning for a Guardrail Along Wantagh Bike Path

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00

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.


Grants Available to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Full Time

Written by Denise Nash Saturday, 05 September 2009 00:00

Less Than 10 Percent of Those Eligible Apply

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.”


Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Welcomes Students Back on September 9

Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00

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.”


Plainview Water District Announces Hearing

Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

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.


POB Library to Close for One Week In September

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

Library to Undergo Modernization

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.


Local Organization Holds Annual Picnic

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

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.


Legislation Aims to Reduce Jet Noise at Republic Airport

Written by Debora Toth Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

FAA Looking into Lowering

Height Requirements for Aircraft

While a local assemblyman’s proposed legislation to reduce jet noise at Republic Airport in Farmingdale is moving through the New York State legislature, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is studying new airplane routes for the region that could possibly lower the height requirements for jet aircraft and possibly produce more jet noise in Republic’s surrounding neighborhoods including Farmingdale.


Plainview Resident Rescues Swimmer From Riptide

Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00

Michael Rainer, a resident of Plainview, rescued a man during a riptide on Aug. 2 at Nickerson Beach.

According to Rainer, he was jumping the waves in rough water. While he was out there, he saw three people much further out splashing around. He knew something was not right, so he swam over to them and asked if everything was all right - all three of them said no.


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