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Plainview Student Spends Summer Volunteering in Africa

Written by Denise Nash Thursday, 13 August 2009 15:36
Lacey Reimer, who is entering her junior year at Plainview-Old Bethpage High next month, spent her summer vacation volunteering in Ghana through a program called Cross Cultural Solutions.

Even before she left, Reimer was preparing for her trip. She spent a great deal of time receiving inoculations for yellow fever, typhoid, malaria, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B, studying the Ewe language, and learning about the culture and customs of the people of Ghana, before flying to Ghana as a volunteer.


District Prepares to Open Doors to Students

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

In 2001, then-Governor George Pataki signed into law a measure that required all New York State schools to install new safety devices on all moving partition walls used in school gymnasiums and auditoriums. The legislation was designed to prevent accidental deaths and serious physical injuries.


Nassau Reveals Red Light Camera Locations

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

Under Phase I, 20 Intersections to

Be Equipped by September 1

In conjunction with National Stop on Red Week (Aug. 2–8), Nassau County this week launched Phase I of its red light camera program. In April, Governor David Paterson signed the state legislature’s red light camera bill into law and authorized the installation of up to 50 cameras at various intersections. On Aug. 6 at 12:01 a.m. the first of three were activated.


USPS Offers Tips to Prevent Dog Bites

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

United States Post Service (USPS) employees have always had to guard themselves against the threat of a dog bite, something very common in their profession. Although the USPS asks dog owners to be responsible and help protect their workers as well as others, accidents do happen.

Based on statistics provided by the USPS, last year Long Island had 40 dog bites.


POB Middle School Principal Dr. Edward Metzendorf Retires

Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

Retires After 24 Years of Service to the District

Dr. Edward Metzendorf, principal of Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, has retired after 24 years of service to the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District. Dr. Metzendorf is revered by his colleagues, providing structure and stability to the Middle School.


Dr. Gloria Bennardo Retires After 31 Years Of Service to POB School District

Friday, 24 July 2009 08:05

After 31 years of service to the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, its children and community, Dr. Gloria Bennardo has retired. The Principal of Old Bethpage has concluded her service with the school district.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work for the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District,” said Dr. Bennardo. “My experiences at Old Bethpage Elementary School and within the district have provided me with wonderful memories. Working with children has been a delight and I learned something new every day.”


AG Sets Up Website For Government Consolidation, Dissolution

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 24 July 2009 08:02

Citizens Need to Submit a Petition And Pass a Referendum

Now that the government consolidation bill has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has set up a website with instructions for citizens on how to go about dissolving or consolidating governments. The website,, includes the method by which citizens of a government can dissolve that government through a petition and referendum vote. The site even contains sample petitions that can be downloaded.


Congressman Israel Holds First Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 17 July 2009 08:18

Discusses New Healthcare Bill

In an effort to remain connected to his constituents, Congressman Steve Israel, who has been spending most of his time in Washington D.C. after admitting this has been a very busy month, conducted his first telephone town hall meeting, which was geared toward those over 55 years of age.

Residents had the opportunity to dial in and listen to Congressman Israel discuss broad topics such as the new healthcare plan that was released by house Democrats Tuesday night, and local issues on how this plan will impact his constituents. Residents had the opportunity to interact with Israel as well as William Stoner, associate state director AARP, who was also available to answer questions. 


Long Island Artifact Museum Opens at JFK High School in Plainview-Old Bethpage

Friday, 17 July 2009 08:05

Museum Made Possible With a Grant From the LI Index

The new Long Island Artifacts Museum at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School opened recently. The museum, created by Nick Ventimiglia, a social studies teacher at the school, was made possible by a grant from the Long Island Index for the development of a program that engages Long Island students in learning more about the region. The museum will be utilized by students in the Plainview-Old Bethpage district and will be available, by appointment, to school groups from other districts.

Ventimiglia was inspired to create the museum after taking classes from local historian Beverly Tyler and believes that the museum’s exhibits will be an excellent supplement to the new course he has created called, “Long Island’s History Through its Economics”, and a great project for JFK’s students.


Republican Assembly Members Seek MTA Oversight Board

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00

The MTA hasn’t exactly earned the trust of the public lately with its recent fair increases and a state bailout plan that includes a payroll tax to help fund the agency’s budget. The distrust of the MTA has also found its way to the state legislature as Republican lawmakers in the Assembly are planning on introducing legislation to create more oversight of the MTA.

“The commuters and
 residents have really had it with the MTA. The fare increases, the
 payroll tax and cutting of customer service are truly disgraceful. This oversight board will bring accountability to the people,” said Republican Assemblyman Tom Alfano.


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