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The Art Of Water Conservation

These youngsters know how to express their belief in water conservation.

Fifteen students from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District were recently named by the Plainview Water District as winners of the district’s annual Water Conservation Poster Contest. Water District Chairman Joel Kessler and Commissioner Andrew Bader were on hand at the awards ceremony.

Judges chose three winners per grade whose posters conveyed the best message about the importance of water conservation in taps, showers and every other aspect of home use. Bader said that it is encouraging to know that Plainview-Old Bethpage parents are discussing the need to conserve water with their children.  

“Nearly 500 students in Plainview-Old Bethpage submitted entries in this year’s poster contest,” said Bader. “It is very exciting to see that parents and children in our community are discussing the importance of not wasting our community’s most precious resource.”

For more than 20 years, the Plainview Water District has helped create public awareness among students in the local community to help protect its local natural water supply. With each poster contest, students are asked to use art to express their answer to an important water conservation question. This year’s question was: “What do I like about our water supply and why do we need to conserve this precious resource?”

Kessler said that the future of water conservation in Plainview and Long Island at large is in good hands with this group of concerned young people.

“It’s an annual tradition to see so many young people in the community participate in the poster contest,” said Kessler. “The quality and quantity of posters that we received this year exhibits that our students in this District are learning about the subject, and that is very rewarding.”

The winners of the 2014 Plainview Water District Water Conservation Poster Contest are:

First Grade:  Chloe Lee, Chelsea Belluomo, Sofia Katz

Second Grade: Devin Silberman, Misaki Sawada, Hailey Acquaviva

Third Grade: Koko Takahashi, Zachary Zutler, Sophia Kim

Fourth Grade: Grace Kim, Athena Protonentis, Gabrielle Sorgie

Sixth Grade: Nicole Tollefson, Alba Ianni, Madalyn Metzger

News

One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.

Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.

Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.

“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”


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