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Writer Copes With Love Of Her Craft

Written by Steve Mosco, smosco@antonnews.com Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Most writers tend to proclaim a love/hate relationship with their chosen profession; teetering between madness and glory, writers often feel the stress of each word as they search for the eventual gratification of a finished piece.

Stephanie Kepke of Plainview is no stranger to such an existence. With a writer’s spirit seething inside of her from a very young age, the mother of three exercises her talents with blog posts, essays and an ever-evolving work of fiction entitled Goddess of Suburbia. The novel, her first, is currently on submission with a major publishing company as she works through the arduous revision process.

 

The Airing Of Grievances

Written by Chris Boyle, editorial@antonnews.com Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00

It’s no secret — living on Long Island these days isn’t cheap, and folks are always looking for ways to cut corners and save a buck or two. With property taxes being what they are, shaving off a few dollars from property taxes is a great way to improve financial situations.

Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker is doing her best to help local residents do just that by offering them assistance in grieving their property taxes; that is, if a homeowner feels that their home has been assessed at higher than it’s actual value, and by that error they are paying higher taxes than they should be, they can challenge that assessment and potentially have their taxes lowered.

 

Plainview State Aid Barely Bumps

Written by Daniel Offner, doffner@antonnews.com Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $137 billion spending plan will increase education aid by $807 million for the 2014-2015 school year, but school officials say it will still put them up against the wall.

“While we appreciate having a very tiny increase in state aid, this increase is nowhere near where we should be because of the loss in Gap Elimination adjustment to districts like us,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “In the past three years we have lost over $6 million dollars.”

 

Chili Cook-Off Set In Plainview

Written by Steve Mosco, smosco@antonnews.com Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

Common core testing is the constant hot topic on the lips of teachers, parents and students in the Plainview community — but not when chili takes over on Feb. 25.

Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School’s PTA presents a chili cook-off benefiting Dollar’s for Scholars, a PTA program that awards graduating seniors for their dedicated involvement in school, the community and their family. Organized by the PTA, the third annual “POB’s Most Delicious” chili cook-off happens to fall close to National Chili Day; an added bonus that PTA mom and chili chair person Susan Stewart believes will add some spice to the event.

 

Young Israel Branches Out

Written by Herald Staff, plainview@antonnews.com Saturday, 25 January 2014 00:00

The Young Israel of Plainview, in honor of the Jewish Holiday of Tu B’Shevat, hosted a community wide Kiddush, where eco-friendly refreshments were served and all were welcomed. The event, held after synagogue services on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 132 Southern Parkway in Plainview, was carefully planned for some time and created an air of excitement in the local community. Tu B’Shevat is translated literally as 15th of Shevat, and essentially signifies the New Year for the trees.

To honor the holiday, in a way commensurate with its historical origins, the synagogue planned the Kiddush with an environmental focus. All products served were from local vendors, thereby bypassing the wasted energy and inherent damage to the Earth caused by importing goods from other areas. The vegetarian offerings, selected in a way to highlight gifts from earth, were as diverse as they were eclectic, with a special spotlight on sustainability.

 

From Old Bethpage To Jericho

Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, jgallucci@antonnews.com Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00

After a decade of service as director of education at Temple Beth Elohim in Old Bethpage, Deborah Tract is taking her more than 28 years of Jewish education knowledge to a cutting-edge program in Jericho.

Tucked away off Jericho Turnpike on Tobie Lane, the Reform Jewish congregation Temple Or Elohim has come a long way since its beginnings in 1957, when Friday evening services were held in members’ homes and the first High Holiday services took place in an unoccupied store in the Birchwood Shopping Center.

 

Abolishing Cancer

Written by Chris Boyle, plainview@antonnews.com Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:29

Born out of one woman’s terrible loss of her daughter more than 40 years ago, the Long Island League to Abolish Cancer has championed the cause of research doctors questing to do just that: abolish the scourge of cancer once and for all, until it is just a far and distant memory.

Lena Gaynes of Plainview, long-time president of the Long Island League to Abolish Cancer (LILAC), said that she was drawn into the fight against cancer when the deadly disease struck too close to home for her to bear.

 

POB Holds Tourney In Teacher’s Memory

Written by Steve Mosco, smosco@antonnews.com Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

High school seems to flash by in a fleeting moment, with memories becoming more threadbare with each passing year.

Students and faculty joined together in a charity basketball tournament recently to keep one of those memories alive and to honor a teacher who imparted much more than just textbook platitudes.

Michael Secko was a business teacher at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School for more than 10 years. Anecdotes laden with humor and advice permeated his teaching style, as he used his life experience in the business world to instruct his students and prepare them for life after high school.

 

Locals Fight Fracking

Written by Edith Updike, eupdike@antonnews.com Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:13

David Brennan of Bethpage was among hundreds of vocal locals who took the fight against fracking to Albany last week, riding to the state capitol in buses to show their support for a ban at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address.

Long Islanders were joined by concerned citizens from across the state, who stood behind ropes before the entrance to the speech shouting, chanting and pumping “Ban Fracking” and “Save Our Water” signs. Attendees put the crowd at around 2,500; a separate protest, against gun restrictions, boasted about 20, they said. They did not see Gov. Cuomo himself, but some legislators, such as Assemblyman Charles Lavine, did come out to speak with the public.

 

Fire Dept. Inaugurates Members

Written by Herald Staff, plainview@antonnews.com Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:47

The Plainview Fire Department recently held its installation ceremeony at station no. 1 on Old Country Road.

The ceremony saw the installation of officers, as well as the swearing in of Chief Ross Dubner for his second term. Dubner was installed as the 48th chief of the department.

 

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