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POB Pool Keeping Residents Cool

In the scorching and humid summer weather that has reached mid 90s, residents of Plainview and Old Bethpage have been making good use of the outdoor swimming pool at Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park.

In an effort to help residents cope with the extreme heat, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano had extended the closing times to various outdoor swimming pools, saying: “Nassau County’s outdoor pools provide residents with a terrific place to exercise, have fun and beat the heat, and with the temperatures climbing to particularly oppressive levels we’re going to provide two extra hours of relief.”

While Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park was not one of them, residents can enjoy the pool until 6 p.m. through June 28, 9 p.m. until August 25, 8 p.m. until September 1 and 6 p.m. until Labor Day when pools close for the season.

The Herald visited Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park last week, and found over a dozen families enjoying the ice cold olympic size pool.

A Plainview mother and her two children below age 10 said they had been in the pool almost two hours.  With her kids padding and learning how to swim, she said the pool provides “a great escape for the heat - we’re a minute away from here, and with this weather, its the place to be.”

With lanes set apart, residents can utilize the pool for exercise, or use the free area of the pool to dive and splash the heat away.

 

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.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



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