Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
Stratford Road Elementary School recently hosted its third annual Empty Bowls Festival. The Empty Bowls Project is a grassroots effort to help feed the hungry. Stratford Road teachers, administrators and staff began planning the event last fall.
Students made homemade clay bowls with the help of artist-in-residence Cliff Mendelson at the school’s Day in Clay. With the direction of their art teacher, Debbie Mittleman, each fourth grader’s clay bowl was painted and fired by another fourth grader. The bowls emphasize the true communal spirit of Empty Bowls, and were used to serve food at the festival.
Students, staff members and parents all participated in this school-wide event, which helps raise awareness of hunger on Long Island and collects donations for Island Harvest—the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island. Last year’s event brought in more than 2,200 pounds of food and $1,000 in cash donations.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe was the topic of discussion at the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library on Feb. 20.
Members of the audience were given an in-depth look into the life and artwork of O’Keeffe through a self-made and researched lecture and slideshow by art appraiser Louise Cella Caruso.
O’Keeffe lived for 98 years. Within her lifetime, she was granted the Medal of Arts by Ronald Regan, and in 1938, she was selected as one of the 12 most outstanding women of the previous 50 years. When she passed away she was accorded the honor of a first page obituary in the New York Times.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.