The Italian and Spanish Honor Societies at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School recently hosted a visit from Dr. Joseph Bacotti, a local eye surgeon affiliated with Lion’s Club International. Dr. Bacotti told the students all about his volunteer work abroad with those in need of eye care, and how his ability to speak three languages empowered him to better serve and understand the cultures in which he was immersed.
The Italian and Spanish Honor Societies collaborated to run a drive to collect eyeglasses for the needy, and were successful in collecting two large boxes full of used eyeglasses. The glasses were donated to Dr. Bacotti to be used towards his volunteer efforts.
The Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) recently honored Lisa Elbogen for her adult volunteer service and lifelong achievements with the Girl Scouts. Lisa received the GSUSA Appreciation Pin, which recognized her service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and her memorable impact in at least one community where Girl Scouting is offered.
In addition to Troop Leadership, Lisa has held two Service Team positions, most recently taking on the role of Association Treasurer. Lisa will continue to serve on this committee as an adult volunteer and use her passion and knowledge of Girl Scouts to benefit the Girl Scouts community.
The ceremony was held at the Hillwood Commons Auditorium at the LIU-Post campus in Brookville.
Several area residents have been named to the Deans’ List for the spring semester at SUNY Oswego. Showing academic achievement, with their class year and major in parentheses, are: Kathryn Weiner of Tad Lane in Old Bethpage (junior, meteorology), Christopher Craddock of Phipps Lane in Plainview (sophomore, economics), Denise Davis of Manor Street in Plainview (senior, sociology), Catherine Koenig of Elmwood Court in Plainview (senior, human resource management), Peter Rukis of South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview (junior, economics) and Jessica Sandler of Beaumont Drive in Plainview (senior, childhood education).
The President’s and Deans’ lists represent the academic top 32.0 percent of the Oswego student body. To be included on the Deans’ List, students must have a semester grade average of 3.30 to 3.79.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School Symphonic Orchestra recently presented their annual springtime performance for the Plainview Senior Citizens Club.
The highly anticipated annual concert took place at the Jamaica Avenue School and consisted of a variety of classical and popular selections. Ms. Renee Ashley, music teacher at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, organized the event.
Steve “Slow Hand” Bernstein will be competing in the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity on November 25 at the Hilton in Melville.
The Old Bethpage resident has an admiration for the sport of boxing, which he grew up watching.
“I am a big fan of Mohammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard,” said the 59-year-old. “Although I have never boxed before, I’ve always harbored a secret desire to actually get in the ring.”
Two Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School students recently donated gently used prom attire to charity. Students Brooke Sender and Ben Green collected dresses, suits, shoes, accessories and more from members of the Plainview community and delivered them to “Rock and Wrap It Up,” an organization that collects food, clothing and other necessities and distributes them to charitable agencies. Ben Green’s sister, POBJFK alumni Leah Green, started the collection when she was a student. Ben and Brooke decided to continue to the tradition this year.
Runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes from all over Long Island and beyond are cordially invited to come to Plainview on Sunday morning, July 21 for the 10th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run/Walk. The event will once again be start and end at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, on Central Park Road and Southern Parkway in Plainview, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The 2013 event is being held to honor the memory of Dr. Gary Rachlin, and the net proceeds will be used to support the grant that has been established in Dr. Rachlin’s name, to fund family medicine research, scholarly activities and community outreach programs.
Seventy-eight Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) students recently traveled to Anaheim, California to join 16,000 students from all over the world to participate in DECA’s 67th International Career Development Conference Competition. Students presented business projects they have worked on throughout the school year and tested their business skills. Eighteen POBJFK students were finalists in their respective competitions and three students, Joshua Fried, Stephanie Horowitz and Shirel Ozinci were awarded “Top Ten” recognition for their project. Senior Jamie Bernstein received a $1,000 scholarship for her hard work, dedication and leadership skills.
Last month, Bethpage Water District’s shut down one of its drinking-supply wells following detections of elevated levels of radium.
As a neighboring district, Plainview Water District Board of Commissioners Joel Kessler, Andrew Bader and Edward Shulroff recently stressed that the district continues to be committed to providing the Plainview-Old Bethpage community with the cleanest, safest and best tasting water possible. The community’s water supply undergoes strict testing standards and meets or exceeds Nassau County, New York State and Federal guidelines.
Baylis Elementary students in the string orchestra, concert band, jazz band and chorus put on a recent spring concert.
At Baylis, there are approximately 120 students involved in the various bands, which include more than a dozen instruments, and almost 100 students involved in chorus. Baylis has 60 NYSSMA soloists that are included in its music program.
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