Relocating to a new country can be intimidating enough, but taking on a brand-new occupation once you get there as well? It’s enough to make someone think twice about the whole thing and just stay put.
But not Kumar K. Chhetri, owner of New Chilli and Curry restaurant located at 106 Woodbury Road in Hicksville. Originally from Nepal, where he worked in the antique jewelry trade, Chhetri moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago for a change of scenery with a desire to try out a new career as well.
An organization is getting ahead of old man winter thanks to the charitable efforts of youngsters and a local businessman.
Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way Inc. received a $1,000 grant recently from The Allstate Foundation. The gift honors Allstate Agent and Massapequan Salvatore Ferrante’s volunteer efforts to make sure everyone has a warm coat when the winter chill blows back.
“We are pleased to partner with Allstate and their commitment to making our hometowns better, safer places to live,” said Kids Way Inc. executive director Bob Eslick.
When you stroll into the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library these days, look around — you might just notice a little something has changed.
The library recently finished work on an extensive $200,000 renovation project, a major undertaking that took well over a month of hard work to complete. The goal was to provide more of the services that patrons have been requesting over the years, according to library director Gretchen Browne, and to that end the library’s old Media Department was re-purposed to make room for additional media space, more quiet study and meeting rooms, and a bigger Community Services Department.
For the past year, Manetto Hill Jewish Center (MHJC), a progressive Conservative synagogue in Plainview, has been celebrating its 45th birthday. And members — both long-timers and new ones — are comfortable in its skin.
A small, but growing synagogue, its motto “large enough to serve you, small enough to know you,” has been embraced by its 200-family congregation. Ronni Mordechai, a mother of two young adult children from Levittown, joined MHJC three years ago.
Life can be hard enough without having to worry if the next bite you take will have you sick to your stomach. No, we’re not talking food poisoning; we’re talking celiac disease, and it’s an ailment that affects, depending on where you get your statistics, up to 1 in 150 people in the U.S. alone.
A young Plainview resident is getting a jump on his professional, post-college career.
Matthew Silver, a master’s student at the University at Buffalo School of Management, was recently selected as one of only six students nationwide to earn a post-graduate technical assistantship with the Financial Accounting Standards Board. The FASB establishes accounting and financial reporting standards for all businesses in the country, and landing an assistantship with the organization is considered the business school equivalent of clerking for a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Temple Chaverim will host its third annual Casino and Entertainment Night on Saturday, May 10, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Club Chaverim will include live music and comedy in the “Lucky Chai Lounge,” as well as gaming tables including a game show, blackjack, roulette, craps and Texas Hold’em; all operated by Event Kings.
“We’ve expanded to a Night Club concept which includes musical entertainment with our Temple Chaverim Band,” said Jill Schwartz, the event’s chairperson. “Since the night falls in between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness we have a Horse Racing theme for the evening. Wear a Kentucky Derby style hat and receive an additional raffle ticket. Join us for a fun evening.”
The passing of a Plainview resident due to leukemia inspired a local restaurateur to help others touched by the dreadful disease.
Tony Lubrano, owner of Piccola Bussola in Mineola, started Night On The Town in memory of his father, Plainview native Pasquale, after the family patriarch died. Pasquale Lubrano was an Italian immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1957, seeking the American dream. His dream came true in 1980 when he opened his own restaurant in Glen Cove, La Bussola Ristorante.
As the years accumulate — slowly at first, and faster as time goes by — many people find themselves in their twilight years struggling to retain the independence that defined their adult lives for many a year; for some, this is harder than others, and a helping hand in this situation can indeed be a blessing.
Abe Kirschman works for the Town of Oyster Bay out of the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center of Plainview, assigned to POB CARES, as he has done so for the past seven years and counting. POB CARES is a Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC), which is primarily a volunteer-driven organization that is dedicated to helping the elder members of the community, free of charge. Kirschman said that the only requirements for aid are that someone be over the age of 60 and a resident of Plainvew-Old Bethpage.
Classical music will once again take center stage at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, as the North Shore Symphony Orchestra presents the third concert of its 53rd season Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.
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