The last time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving shared the same date — 1861 — Thanksgiving wasn’t actually an established holiday. And it won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. Dubbed “Thanksgivukkah,” this convergence of holidays has inspired all sorts of celebrations in our area.
The Town of Oyster Bay Chabad in Woodbury will take over the Plainview Shopping Center Nov. 27 parking lot on South Oyster Bay Road for its annual Hanukkah Spectacular, free and open to everyone who RSVPs, offering post-Thanksgiving dinner festivities beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Plainview protestors stood outside Mineola High School during a lively forum on Wednesday, Nov. 13, leading calls to end the vastly criticized common core standards in schools throughout Long Island and beyond.
Amid calls of “1,2.3.4, we don’t want your Common Core!” Plainview-Old Bethpage Teachers Union president Morty Rosenfeld said the common core forces undue stress and confusing test preparations on the minds of the island’s young people.“[It’s] forcing stuff down the throats of students, stuff that shouldn’t be,” said Rosenfeld.
The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone — and one community organization is looking to help Plainview-Old Bethpage residents achieve piece of mind when it comes to safety.
The Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community announced their free Annual Holiday Community Safety Forum Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd. This year’s program includes something for every resident with a presentation from the coordinator of Community Affairs from the Nassau County Task Force Against Gangs and the Nassau County Police Department Second Precinct POP Unit, as well as free photo ID cards and fingerprints.
Lynne Berge sat at a computer at the Plainview Family History Center clicking through digital records and unearthing hints of her family history. Berge grew up sharing a room with her Irish immigrant grandmother, but knew precious few details about the family’s beginning in the old country.
“She didn’t like to talk about it,” Berge said, remembering her grandmother’s unease with tracing the family roots back to Ireland. “They wanted to be Americanized.”
But following her grandmother’s death, Berge took to the task of playing familial detective. She dedicated time and effort in her search and eventually came across a random photo of her grandfather — which then led her through the criss-crossing branches of her family tree.
Long regarded as a premium venue for screening first-run independent and commercial movies, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington holds monthly screenings of vintage rock n’ roll recordings, attracting members from deep in Nassau County — including the Plainview-Old Bethpage area.
Shirley Ruby, an artist and designer who lives in Old Bethpage, is a member of the Centre and often takes to visiting in order to gain some inspiration. Most stimulating, she believes, is the monthly “Rock Legends Live;” screening of film and video containing vintage musical peformances, started by Bill Shelley in 2009.
We all have our junk drawers or closets filled with knick-knacks, old clothes, collectibles, or what have you; it’s common for many people to develop a bit of a pack-rat nature when they have their own living space.
But imagine that junk drawer becoming a junk room — or several junk rooms — or your entire house. Before you know it, the things you own end up owning you. And unfortunately, due to the shame and despair some people engulf themselves in when they see their homes becoming overwhelmed with obsessively-obtained belongings, many don’t seek out help to cope; however, help indeed exists.
A popular bakery-café aiming to give visitors that warm, fresh-from-the-oven feeling is about to rise in Plainview.
Panera Bread will open its first drive-thru café on Long Island on Monday, Nov. 18 at 1082 Old Country Rd., just west of Manetto Hill Road and the Plainview Diner. The Plainview location, which is already hiring, will offer its regular menu of sandwiches, soups and seasonal selection — with the added convenience of a drive-thru, unique to the franchise’s Long Island stores.
In a journey that took more than 20 years to complete, the new pastor at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Plainview has come full circle from a seminary of the same name in Mumbai, India.
Ordained into the priesthood in 1989 at St. Pius X Seminary — close to 8,000 miles away in Mumbai — Father Valentine Rebello joined the Plainview parish after two decades spreading his heavenly message in his home country and then in different churches on Long Island. When he got the Plainview assignment, Rebello had to double check to make sure he was reading it correctly.
Halley Nemeth left her comfort zone and ended up with a scary-good piece of photography in a juried art show.
The senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School had her piece, titled “Psychosis,” featured among other students’ work at the Huntington Arts Council’s “Nightmare on Main Street” Nov. 1. Fellow Plainview resident and high school student Mackenzie Venezia had her piece, “Heaven and Hell” featured in the show as well.
The Young Israel of Plainview teens participated in the Making Strides of Jones Beach, an event to honor survivors of breast cancer and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight this terrible disease.
The walkers, participating under the name Team YIP, came together to support this event, one of the many orchestrated by the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer network. The team was organized by Max Kahn of Plainview, who said of the experience, “It was inspiring to look around me and see all my friends from our shul walking together as a team to raise money to fight cancer.”
The teens raised more than $1,000 from sponsors in their synagogue.
The event, which was from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., was formatted with a rolling start such that participants can begin their walk at different times. The walkers used each other for inspiration as they pushed forward toward the finish line, all against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, a fitting representation of the enormity of the challenge faced by those affected. The walk concluded in an emotional finish as participants got together to both celebrate those that have defeated breast cancer as well as honor the memories of others not as fortunate.
Jordana Rothschild, a representative of the synagogue, expressed how uplifting the whole event was. “Seeing both the passion and dedication of the teen participants showed today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. Unfortunately, breast cancer is an illness that will not be cured overnight. That being said, raising awareness by taking part in events such as these is, indeed, a great way to put our best foot forward.”
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