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Editorial: Greetings

My name is Michael Scro, and as of this week, I am officially the new editor for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald.

All of my 25 years I have lived on Long Island, and I am honored to serve the communities of Plainview and Old Bethpage.  As a graduate of St. Anthony’s High School and Hofstra University, I pledge to the residents that I and my colleagues at Anton Community Newspapers will work to bring you truthful, insightful and relevant news.

I began my writing experience out of Hofstra freelancing for various news outlets. I covered a wide range of subjects, including sports, local government, profiles, special features, human interest and business. If nothing else, reporting has taught me to listen to the community, and if I’m going to bring them a story, to do it right.

With the explosion of the Internet and, more recently, mobile phones, news is becoming increasingly local and instantaneous. Residents want to know what is happening in their neighborhood, school district and town, whether it’s something to be celebrated or an issue to be addressed.

I encourage anyone in Plainview or Old Bethpage to contact me if they wish to introduce themselves and begin a working relationship. My e-mail address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I look forward to bringing you the news.

- Michael Scro

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


Calendar

Blood Drive

Thursday, Aug. 28

Take A Book On Vacation

Through Aug. 30

Knitting Circle

Tuesday, Sept. 2



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com