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Oh My Girls! Healthy Living Center Opens in Syosset

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

First Ever Healthy Living Center for girls ages 8-18 helps girls achieve fitness, proper nutrition, and social wellness

Many young girls are used to using technology for near-constant communication, however, Oh My Girls! – a new healthy living center for girls ages 8-18 – specializes in a different kind of communication: the face-to-face kind. Before the girls enter the circular, cozy We Chat meeting room at OMG!, they surrender their cell phones and prepare to give their friends and classmates their undivided attention.

“This is a media-free zone: a time to get offline, face-to-face,” said Claire Lieber-Saul, co-founder and vice president, at the center’s Saturday, Sept. 10 grand opening.


Jericho High School Walks to Remember September 11

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

Zorn’s Catering Donates Food to Contribute to Successful Event

On Sept. 11, the Jericho High School National Honor Society, along with the entire student body, sponsored a district-wide walkathon to honor the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001.

Event organizer and high school guidance counselor Mary Jo Moriarty spoke to those in attendance about the importance of September 11 as a day of service and remembrance.


Transparency Sought for New Privatization of Buses for NC

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) attended “The People’s Hearing” on the situation with the elimination of L.I. Bus and the Privatization of the system.

Judy Jacobs was joined by other Legislators in expressing their concerns to the 200-plus crowd. She said, “This is a grave concern. Privatization starts out with great promises good for one year and then, afterwards, history shows that rates are raised and routes cut.


Jericho Welcomes New School Year

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Jericho students had an extended summer vacation after Hurricane Irene left many without power, including some of the school buildings within the district.

Students filled the halls on Tuesday, Sept. 6 to start the 2011-2012 school year. Smiles, and even some tears, could be seen as students walked off of the buses, but excitement was definitely in the air.


NIFA Rejects County’s Mid-Year Plan, Warns About Next Year

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Orders $225 Million Cut or Fixed in 2012 Budget

The Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) has officially rejected Nassau County’s mid-year financial plan and ordered some specific actions for County Executive Edward P. Mangano as he prepares a multiyear plan that includes next year’s budget as well. The NIFA Board of Directors met on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola to vote on a resolution regarding the two financial plans, but had already made their wishes clear to the county on these issues.

Director Robert Wild was not in attendance. It was the first meeting for new Director Dermond Thomas, a Valley Stream lawyer who was recently recommended to fill the vacant seat on the board by House Speaker Sheldon Silver and appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, NIFA Chairman Ronald Stack said, as he presided over the meeting.


Fighting for Retiree Benefits for 15 Years

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Jericho Resident Bob Rehm, CFO of the Association of BellTel Retirees, Works to Protect Earned Benefits in A Changed Corporate America

For 30 years, Jericho resident Bob Rehm knew he could make more money away from his job as a division manager at NYNEX, one of the seven “Baby Bells” that emerged from the breakup of AT&T in 1982. However, the job had excellent benefits, and he liked working for the telephone company. “So, in lieu of additional pay – maybe additional vacation time, or additional benefits – I was told ‘hey, this is what you’re getting in health care,’ and they were some of the best benefits in the country in those days,” said Rehm. “‘And then when you retire, you will continue to get these benefits.’”

NYS Court of Appeals Rules Against Redistricting Plan

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Next County Redistricting to Take Place, With Bipartisan Input, in 2013

With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the several monthlong saga of potentially redistricting Nassau County in time for the November elections, as proposed by the Republican majority that controls the county legislature, came to an end at the New York State Court of Appeals. The court, composed of four Republicans and three Democrats, overruled the Second Judicial Department Appellate Panel’s Aug. 11 decision (3-2), which had upheld the Republican-drawn plan for new legislative districts.

The full text of the Court of Appeals ruling enumerated that the court agreed with Democratic legislators that section 112 of the County Charter – the linchpin to the Republican redistricting plan’s alleged legitimacy – could not legally be adhered to without heeding the latter sections of the charter as well.


OB Town’s 9-11 Memorial Ceremony On September 9

Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto invites all residents, their families and friends to attend the town’s 9-11 Memorial Ceremony to honor the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001. The Town of Oyster Bay 9-11 Memorial Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at Tobay Beach.

“The Town’s September 11 memorial is situated on the bayside of Tobay Beach, where there is a direct line of sight to where the Twin Towers once stood,” Supervisor Venditto said. “It provides a serene and peaceful surrounding, making it a fitting backdrop for a place of remembrance.”


The Balancing Game of Oyster Bay Town Politics

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Independent Terry Kelly on Dem Line As GOP Keeps Him Off Independence Line

Politics is a balancing game in this Democracy.  Terrance Kelly of East Norwich, a candidate for a seat on the Oyster Bay Town Board got the news on Thursday, Aug. 18, that his name would not be on the Nov. 8 ballot on the Independence Party line – although he is a member of that group himself. His name will however be on the Democratic line.

Rick Bellando, the head of the Independence Party in Nassau County said, “I’m sorry to see Terrance Kelly off the Independent line. He is definitely a strong candidate. He has a great future ahead of him. I heard many people in Oyster Bay Town are very fond of him.


Homes by Mara Realty of Syosset Prepares to Celebrate First Anniversary

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

In September of last year, when real estate veteran Mara Navaretta disclosed that she was about to open her own brand-new, boutique real estate agency, people were skeptical to say the least: a new business, in this economy? And in real estate, no less? However, after experiencing a year of rapid growth that exceeded even Navaretta’s expectations, Homes by Mara, located in Syosset at 567 Jericho Turnpike, has proved the pessimist contingent wrong in pretty spectacular fashion.

“When people said that I was crazy, I just had enough faith to know that it doesn’t matter if it’s a good time in real estate or not- homes need to sell,” said Navaretta, who credits the agency’s success to her positive attitude, a belief in the power of personal service, and having the opportunity to hire like-minded people.  “I believe in home ownership.”


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