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, 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.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:49
Standing at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by the Long Island STEM Hub and dozens of Long Island students who are part of the school’s engineering and robotics team, announced her education agenda to encourage more youths, especially women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), bolster engineering education programs across Long Island’s elementary, middle, and high schools and draw more STEM teachers to educate children in high-need areas.
With eight of nine of the fastest growing industries requiring math and science proficiency and women, minority, and low-income students underrepresented in STEM-related careers, Gillibrand is pushing for federal measures to close the achievement gap and bring more STEM-related programs, such as the Long Island STEM Hub’s Career Academies, to schools across Long Island. With the success of POB-JFK high school’s targeted STEM curriculum and engineering program, the Hub will be launching an additional career academy in engineering next school year.