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Chamber Of Commerce Holding Craft And Gift Fair

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the POB Library, held its First Annual Craft and Gift Fair on Sunday, Oct. 7 in the library parking lot.

The craft and gift fair was the first community-wide fair of its kind held in the Plainview-Old Bethpage area in over 25 years. Despite the wet weather, the fair proved a roaring success. Hundreds of residents came out to shop for goods and merchandise that ran the gamut from garden plants, jewelry, housewares, window-treatments, eyeglasses, knick knacks and toys. Vendors such as financial planners, dentists, lawyers and charitable organizations offered their services to fairgoers.

The 60-foot King Kong slide and bouncy rides proved popular among the children. The younger visitors also enjoyed face painting, courtesy of the chamber, in exchange for donations of food and personal care items that were later collected by the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Busto’s Martial Arts students kicked off the live entertainment, quite literally, with a demonstration of martial arts techniques and skills. Musical entertainment was provided by the Drama Cadets of POB John F. Kennedy High School and several a cappella groups including Rolling Tones, AcaFellas, Noteworthy and Chock Full of Notes. Especially stirring was Amanda Wittels’ and Andrew Hasher’s rendition of “All I Ask Of You,” from the Broadway play Phantom of the Opera.

Bryan Trugman, chairperson of the fair and second vice-president of the chamber, explained that one of the purposes of the fair was to “put something together for the community and to have a family fun day.”

Chamber president Gary Epstein added, “We want to promote the community, and the fair is a great way to do that.”

The chamber worked with several community groups to ensure a successful event that included the POB Volunteer Fire Department, the POB CSD Board of Education, the police department, Plainview Hospital and local sports leagues.

The chamber’s membership and visibility in the POB community continues to grow. Among other events, the chamber recently sponsored a “Meet the Candidates Breakfast” and will host multiple networking opportunities for its members to expand and grow their businesses. In addition to promoting local business, the chamber is working to develop programs that give back to the POB community such as food drives, coat drives and other charitable activities.

For more information about any of these events and programs, visit www.pobcoc.com.

News

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Thanks in large part to a substantial increase in sponsor support – and Mother Nature’s cooperation – the 2014 Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft and Gift Fair was a rousing success.

A caravan of vendors filled the parking lot of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library starting at 7 a.m. By the time fairgoers crossed the blue and green balloon arch at 10 a.m. to receive their free T-shirt and bags stuffed with sponsor goodies, there were 108 booths ready to welcome them on the sunny day.


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4th Annual Harvest Festival

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Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

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