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Plainview Student Named Intel Semifinalist

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District is proud to announce that John F. Kennedy High School student Reva Butensky has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.

Reva earned the highly prestigious honor for the outstanding research in medicine and health that she conducted at Michigan State University during the summer of 2013.

“We are extremely proud of Reva’s accomplishment. It is a shining outcome for the exceptional efforts demonstrated by students and staff in our research program,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “We are fortunate to have a community that fully supports great programs for our students.”

In 2013, Reva was selected to participate in the High School Honor Science Program at Michigan State University, where she pursued her research on the Evaluation of Novel Polyacrylamide Gel for Studies on Biological Redox Reactions.

In addition to her comprehensive research, Reva is currently on JFK High School’s Executive Board of Student Government and Vice President of the High School, Varsity Captain of the Quiz Bowl Team, President of the National Honor Society, Managing Editor of the Hawkeye School Newspaper, Co-President of the Science Honor Society, Secretary of the Mathletes Team, Mechanical Engineer of the F.I.R.S.T Robotics & Engineering Club and a member of the Drastic Measures A Cappella Group and the Spanish Honor Society.

The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Previous Intel semifinalists and finalists have made extraordinary contributions to the sciences and hold many of the world’s most coveted honors in math and science, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.

All semifinalists, including Reva, will receive a $1,000 award for their research. Forty finalists from the current group of semifinalists will be invited to the 2013 Intel Finalist stage in Washington, D.C. in March 2014. The students will have their research displayed to the public and judged in the final round. In addition, the students will meet with notable scientists and compete for the top award of $100,000.

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Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


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