Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
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.
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00
One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.
Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.
“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”