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Community Gives Thumbs Up To School Budget

Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis, POB Board of Education members and all administration and staff expressed their gratitude to the Plainview-Old Bethpage community members for approving the District’s 2014-15 budget proposal during the May 20 vote. More than 70 percent of the voters approved the District’s budget.

“The 72 percent passing of our proposed budget sends a strong message of our community’s support for public education,” said Lewis. “Our entire community — the staff, students and administrators — thank you for the commitment you have made to preserving the unique qualities of the Plainview-Old Bethpage schools.”

Voters in Plainview-Old Bethpage voted to pass the $144,639,038 budget, up 2.32 percent from last year, by a vote of 1,445 to 569. Along with the budget, voters also approved renovations for Mattlin Middle School, as well as the creation of a reserve fund of up to $5 million for capital projects.

Lewis said the passing of the proposed budget will enable the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District to continue offering its high-quality programs, classes and extracurricular activities. In the past year alone, the District has seen students receive prestigious distinction in several fields, including science, mathematics, visual arts, business administration, music and athletics.

“With the support of the community behind us, we can continue to provide the high-standard of education that Plainview-Old Bethpage is known for,” said re-elected Board of Education President Ginger Lieberman. “We’d like to thank the residents of Plainview-Old Bethpage, and we look forward to serving the community next year and into the future.”

The approval of the budget comes during a time still marked by a struggling economy and tenuous job market, said Lewis.

“We know how hard the current economy has been for residents Plainview-Old Bethpage,” she said. “We worked hard to preserve our great programs while staying under the tax cap. We’d like to thank the community."

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Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.

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.


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