Once upon a time, in the mid-1990s, frozen yogurt shops like TCBY and Yogurt ‘N Such battled for dominance in the strip malls and shopping centers of Long Island, and beyond. For some mysterious reason, the popularity of the frozen treat soon waned in favor of more traditional ice cream, and the neighborhood frozen yogurt shop (or three) seemed to have become a thing of the past. However, with 16 Handles now open for business in Jericho and other stores like Red Mango already well ensconced in several nearby locations, it would appear that the second wave of what can only be called the Frozen Yogurt Invasion has come to town.
The Reverend Dr. Sean B. Murray, Pastor of the Community Church of Syosset, United Church of Christ, has announced that the church is beginning a yearlong celebration of its founding 150 years ago. In the summer of 1860, five Syosset residents met and agreed to establish Syosset’s first church. They named it the Free Church, and constructed the small wooden meetinghouse on the north side of what is now Church Street, west of Berry Hill Road.
Declaring that his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for governor was in “great shape,” former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio made another campaign stop in Nassau County last week, with a visit to the Massapequa Diner.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced that a sweep targeting county residents who steal undeserved Medicaid benefits has resulted in the arrest of eight people who collectively stole more than $304,000 in taxpayer funds, including one Holbrook couple who had more than $1 million in the bank. The sweep was the result of joint investigations by the District Attorney’s Medicaid Fraud Unit and the Nassau County Department of Social Services, and Health and Human Services Medicaid Investigations Unit.
While there has been plenty of commentary on the delayed Jackson Avenue improvement project over the years, perhaps Legislator Judy Jacobs said it best: “There were more bumps and detours on the road to reaching an agreement than the ones on Jackson Avenue itself,” said Jacobs.
As summer comes to a close, the Jericho Board of Education met one last time before the start of the new school year. At the Wednesday, August 11 meeting, Superintendent Henry Grishman was pleased to report that, despite the current economic downturn, an unexpected “windfall of federal funds…could bring $250,000 to Jericho.” Once distribution is approved, the board will have a clearer idea of how the district might use the funds in the coming year.
While Syosset Library has been encouraging children to read during the hottest months of the year for decades now, the adult summer reading program just made its debut this summer. For librarians Lisa Caputo and Jackie Ranaldo, the motivation to start an adult program was simple: “We know how much adults love to read, and why shouldn’t they have some fun too?” said Caputo, head of Adult Services at the library.
On Thursday, Aug. 12, Governor David Paterson held a news conference at the Nassau County Police Academy in Massapequa Park to announce a new provision to Leandra’s Law, requiring that all individuals convicted of a DWI, even first time offenders with, or without a child in the vehicle to install an ignition interlock system on any vehicle they operate. The provision went into effect on Sunday, Aug. 15.
The August 16 Syosset Central School District Board of Education Meeting was brief, even including three musical numbers from the recent Summer Stock production of Hippy Flower Power. On the humid evening, the board quickly wrapped up regular business and prepared the community for the upcoming school year.
Young 20-somethings are notoriously hard to pin down on the subject of what they want to do vocationally; with so many possibilities to explore, picking a career path is no easy task. However, for 22-year old Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School alumnus Raina Hirschhorn, opening Raina’s Place- a new private party room in Woodbury- was an endeavor where she displayed no hesitation whatsoever.
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