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Violinist Tugs At Heart Strings

A senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School is set to grace the stage with her violin talent.

Concert festival competition winner Amanda Hedgecock will be featured in Menselssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Island Chamber Sympony March 16.

Hedgecock started learning the violin at four years old using the Suzuki method at the Music Institute of Long Island, located in Manhasset. The Suzuki method instilled confidence in Hedgecock, as well as a love for music and performing.

“Amanda is a gifted musician and combines humility and harmony in her performances,” said Geri Kushner, violin instructor and co-director milimusic.com.

The gifted violinist has won many other music competitions. Most recently, she was selected as one out of 100 to perform with the National High School Orchestra in Tennessee at the American String Teachers Conference. This past November, Hedgecock was selected and performed in the Chamber All-State Orchestra in Rochester. She has been selected to perform in many Master Classes at MILI and chamber ensembles and she is a member of the New York Youth Orchestra in Manhattan.

The Island Chamber Symphony, under the baton of Jeremy Niles Kempton, will perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Glen Cove on Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m.

Admission is available at the door, $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and students. St. Paul’s is located at 28 Highland Rd.  

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That innocent bit of disorganization in your medicine cabinet might actually pose a risk if you’re not careful, according to Leonard Langino, a pharmacist with North Shore Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Group, who recently held a lecture on the subject at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library.

In a pronounced response to the New York State Common Core standards, more than 800 Plainview-Old Bethpage students opted out of the English Language Arts and Mathematics exams, according to New York State Allies for Public Education.

In response to concerns from school officials, parents, and teachers regarding the level of testing administered to children in grades 3-8, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel joined 12 of Long Island’s school district superintendents, on Sept. 8, to present new legislation that would reduce the number of tests taken by students in grades 3-8.  


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