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Plainview Diner Welcomes All

The Plainview Diner is welcoming all residents to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, this year, where co-owners John Papavasilopoulos and Nicholas Kalamaras have operated the neighborhood favorite since 1972.

The diner will have a special Mother’s Day dinner menu, which will feature up to seven items, including steak and fish entrees. Their regular breakfast menu will be served, as well as daily discounts.

“Mother’s Day is the biggest day of the year, right after Christmas,” Kalamaras said, who recalled his youth in Greece, where his mother cooked “delicious Greek food that I’ll never forget.”

Kalamaras and his wife, Irene, have been married for 45 years, and he said his wife continues to make Greek food for family gatherings.

Papavasilopoulos, who first came to the U.S. in 1972, said numerous dishes on the menu have been inspired by his mother, Pam’s, cooking — including their spinach pie and Greek chicken, which is only available on Thursdays.

“She lives in Greece and comes to visit when she can,” Papavasilopoulos said. “It’s a great feeling to see families come in and enjoy Mother’s Day; it’s a very special day.”

Papavasilopoulos said he expects an estimated 1,000 customers to come through their doors on Mother’s Day.  He will be joined by his wife, Anna, of 29 years, and son, who works at the restaurant to welcome all customers in Plainview, or those passing through from other towns.

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The wife of a Plainview man traveled all the way from Uganda to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola to give birth the way she wished.

Chanda Ginsberg, whose Plainview native husband works for the United Nations and is currently posted in Uganda, was determined to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). And when the time came, she and her husband chose Winthrop. While researching labor and delivery options, the couple was uncomfortable with the medical providers in Uganda and regional hospitals in East Africa. Her husband’s family lives in Melville with connections to Winthrop; his mother is a nurse practitioner who has worked with Winthrop, and his brother’s children were born at the Hospital as well. She also had her first child there three years ago, when they were back in the U.S. between posts.

Evel Knievel twitched his nose, wiggled his tattooed ear and winked at the Palamino bunny. Too Hot to Trot flipped over and was judged according to the American Rabbit Breeders Standard of Perfection.

The haybarn in the Old Bethpage Village Restoration recently played host to 40 exhibitors with their assortment of bunnies ranging from Dutch Satins, Angoras, English Lop, and the Lionshead at the annual Spring Long Island Rabbit Show put on by the Long Island Rabbit Breeders Association. After viewing these animals, one quickly realizes that not all rabbits are white with pink noses.


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