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District Honors Board President

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District recently announced District Board of Education President Ginger Lieberman will be honored at the 2014 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards for her dedication to education. Lieberman will be recognized as one of the most influential school board members for public education on Long Island.

“Ginger Lieberman has been a strong advocate for our students and has been an influential leader in our community for more than 30 years,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “We are very proud of Ms. Lieberman for being honored by our leaders as she has been a strong voice for public education on Long Island.”

“I am extremely honored to be named among Nassau County’s most influential leaders in education who have helped provide our students of all ages and abilities with the best education possible,” said Lieberman. “Despite the many obstacles that public educators have faced in the last few years, I am proud to say that we have gone above and beyond to ensure that each of our students is provided with the necessary resources and opportunities to succeed.”

In addition to being the District’s board president, Lieberman has served as a trustee on the board for more than 28 years. Lieberman has played an instrumental role in maintaining the District’s essential academic and extracurricular programs, which foster student development and academic excellence.  

Lieberman is also a national expert on the behaviors associated with bullying, including cyberbullying, and continues to host workshops for parents and students to educate them on how to recognize bullying behavior. She is an award-winning author for her children’s books on character building and the vices of bullying. Lieberman co-authored Bully Frog, which was the first in a series of children’s books that focus on character education and was the winner of the 2004 National Legacy Book Award. Forlorn Frog, the sequel, was published in 2006.

Lieberman has been conducting workshops for more than 15 years for students, staff and parents on how to recognize and prevent bullying. She blazed the trail on identifying cyberbullying as an extension of the harassment that occurs in schools and set about incorporating that into the curriculum.

The long-time education and student advocate earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from Rider University.  She is the co-director of the Long Island Professional Education Network and a Dignity for All Students Act training instructor for graduate students at Columbia University, Long Island University Post and Touro College.

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When it comes to food, New York is known for three things; pizza, deli sandwiches and bagels. Some of the best bagels are right here on Long Island. Plainview to be exact.

“When I was in eighth grade, I took a job at the local bagel store next to the high school,” said Steve Cohen, owner of Town Bagel in Plainview. “I still have that same job today, 36 years later.”

It’s hard to imagine that it’s Thanksgiving already. Is it me, or did we just celebrate? Halloween wasn’t even upon us and the stores were stocked with Thanksgiving and Christmas items. We say to ourselves, “each year, it comes earlier and earlier.” While some prepare to cook and figure out where to seat relatives to avoid arguments, others plan to dine out. To many of us, Thanksgiving means shopping on Black Friday. But for the few and far between who look forward to catching the latest film from the array released exclusively for the holiday weekend, the time has come to relish relaxation. Sit back and enjoy the weekend at the movies, while the deliciousness of turkey and stuffing is probably still digesting in your tummy.

The following movies opened on Nov. 26:

The Penguins of Madagascar (PG–92 mins)

The Penguins of Madagascar finally have their own movie. If you’re familiar with the previous Madagascar films, featuring the zoo animals and their adventures, then you already know the funny and lovable spy penguins. Packed with animated fun for the whole family, Skipper, Kowalksi, Rico and Private begin a journey as undercover agents to help stop the notorious villain, Dr. Octavious. New and returning voices include Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Christopher Knight, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and many more.


Calendar

Owl Prowl

Saturday, Nov. 29

Holiday Tea

Monday, Dec. 1

Art in the Afternoon

Wednesday, Dec. 3



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