Written by Steve Mosco Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00
Peter and Angie Barbera never dreamed a routine trip to the bank would pay off like this.
The couple, Plainview residents for close to 50 years, won the grand prize in a raffle with Bethpage Federal Credit Union last week, winning their choice of a new car or its cash equivalent.
“I was in disbelief,” said Peter, recalling he thought he was on the receiving end of a prank call. “I never won anything in my life, so why believe this?”
But after verifying his bank information, Peter quickly came to turns with his newfound grand prize status.
“I guess I’m pretty lucky,” he said.
The Credit Union’s give-away is one component of a month-long “All-American” celebration campaign aimed at underscoring the benefits of credit union banking at Bethpage. The bank asked customers to fill out raffle tickets for a chance to win a Chevrolet Camaro, Equinox, Malibu or the $30,000 cash equivalent.
The Barberas chose the cash.
“We don’t need a car at the moment,” said Peter, 77, a retired engineer and former Cub Scout leader. “And the money will come in handy in this economy.”
Linda Armyn, senior vice president of the Credit Union, said the campaign and raffle was a way of thanking the Long Island community for their support.
“What’s more American than credit unions, apple pie and Chevrolet,” said Armyn. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to thank the Long Island community for their ongoing support and loyalty, helping us grow to become the largest credit union in New York State. It’s important that the community reconnects with their roots and learns about the best banking options available to them. That’s what this campaign is all about.”
Peter and Angie Barbera know plenty about their community’s roots. When they moved to Plainview nearly 50 years ago, the town was still mostly farmland with plenty of open spaces and long, dirt roads.
“You would hear roosters around the neighborhood. Now, there’s no space to be had. It’s all be developed,” he said. “It has its advantages and disadvantages. But Plainview itself is still very friendly and a great place to live.”
And since the Barbera’s five children and six grandchildren all still live nearby in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Peter knows the Credit Union prize money will not have to travel far to go a long way.
“I’m very thankful to the bank. This money will help a lot,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to do business with them. They don’t nickel and dime you to death.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.
Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
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.