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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

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently announced that the annual “1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration” at Old Bethpage Village Restoration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors to Old Bethpage Village, the re-created mid-19th Century village, will be able to enjoy the sights and aromas of an old-fashioned Thanksgiving including decorated pumpkin pies baked in a beehive oven and turkey roasted over an open fire. In addition, each afternoon, traditional fiddle music will be played, and children’s stories will be read several times each day.

A little bit of Hollywood has come to Plainview. The Loft Sound Studio, a Plainview-based vocal and performance training facility, is the creation of lifelong music artists Donnie Klang and Matthew LaPorte. The duo says that they draw upon their personal experience of the ups and downs of the recording industry to give kids today the chance to be superstars.

“Essentially, we’re looking for the next Justin Bieber, someone we can train and teach them how to really become an artist, put them on YouTube and hope they really blow up,” said LaPorte. “If they do, through our connections that we made while we were in the music industry the past 15 years, we would try and get them a record deal.”


Calendar

Concert Performance

Friday, November 21

Craft Barn Open House

Saturday, November 22

8th Annual POB Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 25



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