Across Nassau County, residents are reacting—some with outrage, some with delight—to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including one such “john” from Plainview.
The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs. Many local residents think it finally shows local government taking the issue seriously.
At a school board meeting last Monday, the Plainview Board of Education presented seventeen retiring employees with plaques commemorating their service to the school district for a combined total of over 320 years. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Dr. Timothy T. Eagen announced each retiree, and commented on their service on behalf of the school board: “We are very much appreciative of your efforts, hard work and leadership.”
When the Robeks smoothie and juice shop at 331 Oyster Bay Road closed earlier this year, longtime customer Andy Spathis quickly scooped it up. After renovations and improvements, the store reopened May 30 with a revamped menu featuring 21 new items, including an expanded selection of fresh-squeezed raw vegetable juices. A Re-Opening Extravaganza Celebration is planned for June 15, where ten percent of all proceeds from the June 15 grand opening will be donated to the Lexiebean Foundation, a charity based in Plainview that supports families fighting childhood cancer.
Spathis, who grew up in Plainview, graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, and coaches youth soccer, discovered Robeks during a lunch break seven years ago.
For the past decade and more, the Greater Long Island Running Club has donated a substantial portion of the proceeds of the annual Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run to the Brain Tumor Foundation, and this year the Club continued the tradition.
On Wednesday, June 5, GLIRC Race Director Steven J. Toto and Ralph Rosella, Managing Partner of the leading Suffolk County law firm of Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid, presented a check in the amount of $2000 to Zazel Chavah O’Gara of the Foundation. The presentation took place at Lazer Aptheker’s Melville facility.
The annual Plainview Memorial Day Parade attracted over a hundred residents last Monday morning along the traditional parade route of Old Country Road, Washington Avenue and Manetto Hill Road to celebrate freedom and remember those who have died while serving in the armed forces.
The parade featured members of the Plainview Fire Department, who draped a large American Flag from cable wires held by two fire trucks over the intersection of Manetto Hill Road and Old Country Road.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage School District’s 2013-14 budget for $141,358,095, a 2.98 percent increase from last year’s budget, passed 1815 to 827 last week.
“We appreciate the tremendous support that the community has shown in the overwhelming support of the budget and Proposition 2, creating a capital repair reserve to address emergency repairs in the near future,” Superintendent of Plainview-Old Bethpage Schools Lorna Lewis said. “This is a community that values a sound educational system and tonight you voted to ensure a strong and vibrant future of our schools.”
As part of a summer education initiative, the Plainview Water District Board of Commissioners Joel Kessler, Andrew Bader and Edward Shulroff invite all community organizations in the Plainview-Old Bethpage community to visit the Plainview Water District and tour its facilities. The summer season at the district presents an educational hands-on opportunity for members to learn the day-to-day responsibilities that go into protecting the community’s natural resource.
The Plainview Water District Board of Commissioners Joel Kessler, Andrew Bader and Edward Shulroff recently visited Plant No. 1 at Manetto Hill Road to review the progress of the district’s pavement restoration project and to check heightened security measures. The construction at Plant No. 1 is part of an extended series of capital improvements designed to enhance efficiency and productivity within the district’s facilities.
“We’re very pleased at the progress we continue to make at the Plainview Water District throughout the past 12 months,” Kessler said. There are a variety of ongoing projects, he added, and it is important that “my fellow commissioners and I thoroughly oversee each capital improvement” to ensure continued high-quality service.
“It has been an honor to serve the Plainview-Old Bethpage community — while some may not have always agreed with my positions on various issues, I trust nonetheless that I was considered honest and principled,” Cepeda said.
Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School students in the Social Skills in our Schools Group, The After-School Group and John F. Kennedy High School Student Government recently honored the memory of members of the Plainview-Old Bethpage community who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, by re-planting a 9-11 Memorial Garden.
The ceremony also was dedicated to community member Jane Pollicino, who died in February 2013. Pollicino, who lost her husband on 9-11, was a prominent supporter of 9-11 community events. The students honored her memory by planting a weeping cherry tree in the garden and celebrated her life and the lives of her family members and friends, and Plainview-Old Bethpage staff. Members of the Student Government mentored special needs students from the social skills and after-school groups through all phases of the garden enhancement project.
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